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India-Nepal to Strengthen Bilateral Relations; 3 Agreements Signed
Aug 05, 2014

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal on 3-4 August. The Prime Minister, in a historic address to the Constituent Assembly of Nepal, said that Nepal’s Constitution would set an example for the whole world, especially to strife-torn regions, as a model for leaving the path of violence, and how a peaceful and democratic process can help achieve goals.On economic issues, the Prime Minister said Nepal’s hydropower potential can resolve India’s power shortage. If harnessed properly, it can make Nepal a prosperous country. 

Three agreements were signed between India and Nepal:

1. Letter of Exchange for establishing Pancheswar Development Authority
2. MoU in the health sector for Goitre Control Programme
3. Cooperation between Doordarshan and
Nepal TV

  • The Prime Minister gave a HIT formula for Nepal, saying India wants to help Nepal build highways (H), information highways (I) and transways-transmission lines (T). 

  • India will give Nepal 10,000 crore Nepali rupee concessional line of credit, for its development. 

  • India announced that he is keen to double power supply to Nepal. 

  • Pipelines would be built to help transport oil to Nepal. 

  • Scholarships to students from Nepal would be increased. 

  • India would help Nepal emerge as a major exporter of herbal medicines. 

  • India would also help develop the tourism potential of Nepal, both as a spiritual, and adventure tourism destination.

  • The bridge on the Mahakali river and the Pancheshwar multi-purpose project should be taken up at the earliest. 

  • Noting that it is more expensive to make a telephone call between India and Nepal, than it is to make a call between India and USA, the Prime Minister said he is keen to change this fact. 

  • The India-Nepal border should not be a barrier but a bridge which helps bring prosperity to both sides.

  • India offered assistance to Nepal in the fields of organic farming, and soil health.


 


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