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India-Nepal Ink 10 Agreements; Nepal-India Friendship Trauma Centre Inaugurated
Nov 27, 2014

 Narendra Modi inaugurated a 200-bed trauma centre in the Bir Hospital, Kathmandu. The centre was constructed some five years ago with Indian assistance in Kathmandu, is a symbol of the time-tested Indo-Nepal friendship. India described it as a gift for life which will remain like a lively monument of the relations between the two countries. Once it comes into operation, the centre is set to provide complex, multi-disciplinary treatment, including neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, in order to give victims the best possible chance of survival and recovery. The centre will begin operation with 50 beds. The 200-bed centre will come into full-fledged operation once the India installs all equipments. Consultants, neurosurgeon, orthopedic, anesthetist, radiologist and pathologist are already hired from Bir Hospital for the centre.

10 Agreements Signed: India and Nepal inked 10 agreements, further cementing their close ties. It reflects the importance India has to its unique and special relations with Nepal. Flagging off the Delhi-Kathmandu bus service, Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed 10 agreements with Nepal, showing that India is prepared to go the extra mile for its neighbours. A number of strategic issues, including defence and security were discussed during the talks between Narendra Modi and Sushil Koirala.

  • The new India-Nepal motor vehicle agreement envisages regular bus services between the two countries, including allowing private vehicles to cross the border, facilitating hassle-free movement of people and promote tourism.  Initially, bus services will work on three routes: Kathmandu-New Delhi, Kathmandu-Varanasi and Pokhara-New Delhi.

  • The two countries finalized the 1 billion dollar line of credit announced during the PM's visit to Kathmandu in August. This will be utilized for hydropower, irrigation and infrastructural development projects. This credit will be at a concessional rate of interest of 1 percent and will, in case of civil works, allow JVs and reduced Indian content requirement of 50 percent.

  • India will also help to build a police training academy in Nepal to train over 400 police officers annually. Currently, India trains 350 Nepali police officers every year.

  • The two countries signed agreements on traditional medicine, tourism and youth affairs for better coordination, even cooperation between stakeholders in both countries to exchange information, marketing of tourist destinations, which may be complementary. Besides holiday, adventure and mountaineering tourism, immense scope exists in developing spiritual tourist circuits, such as the Buddhist Circuit (Lumbini-Bodh Gaya-Sarnath-Kushinagar).

  • At present, India is the largest source of tourists in Nepal with 1,65,815 Indians visiting the country in 2012. Total tourist inflows into Nepal in 2012 was 803,092. After India, China came second with 71,861, followed by Sri Lanka (69,476), USA (48,985), UK (41,294) and Japan (28,642).

  • A new pact was signed to set in place twinning arrangements between Kathmandu-Varanasi, Janakpur-Ayodhya and Lumbini-Bodh Gaya as sister cities.

  • India gifted a sapling from the Bodhi Tree at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya to be planted near the Ashoka Pillar at the Maya Devi Temple complex at Lumbini.

  • Indians travelling to Nepal will now be able to use Indian currency notes of Rs. 500 and 1000 denominations. At present, only Rs. 100 denomination notes are allowed for Indian visitors, which hampers tourists and remittances alike.

  • Among the n agreements inked was one for project development agreement for the Arun III Hydropower project.

  • India also handed over the keys of a Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter to the Nepali army and a mobile soil testing laboratory.


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