Nepal, India to jointly promote tourism

The 2nd meeting of the joint working group on tourism cooperation between India and Nepal concluded in Kathmandu, Nepal. Both sides agreed to jointly promote Buddhist and Ramayana circuits and Adventure tourism. The meeting also decided to set up an industry-led India Nepal Tourism Forum. The Indian delegation was led by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Suman Billa.

Final Nepal-India EPG meeting ends

The 9th & final meeting of Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India Relations concluded in Kathmandu. The Representatives from Nepal & India deliberated upon various bilateral issues including 1950 Peace & Friendship treaty, trade, transit and border. EPG is a joint mechanism consisting of experts & intellectuals from India & Nepal to make suggestions for updating existing bilateral agreements.

Nepal, China to sign deal for 3 oil depots

An agreement on building oil storage depots at three locations in Nepal with Chinese assistance is expected to be signed. As per the agreement, the building oil storage depots would have a combined capacity of 110,000 kilo litre. The construction of the project is expected to be completed by mid 2019. The site for this purpose has been specified.

India-Nepal Joint Ex SURYA KIRAN-XIII

Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIII, a joint military training exercise between India & Nepal culminated at Pithoragarh. The troops of both Armies participated in 14-day long joint training based on counter-terrorist operations. The training culminated with a 72-hour outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out a Cordon and Search Operation in a mock counter-insurgency village.

India-Nepal joint military exercise begins

A joint military exercise between India and Nepal began on May 30 in Uttrakhand. The military exercise, which is set to conclude of June 12, is called ‘Surya Kiran’ and is conducted alternatively in India and Nepal every six months. Surya Kiran with Nepal is India’s largest military exercise in terms of troop participation.

Nepal to announce first federal budget

29 : Nepal’s Finance Minister will present the first federal budget of the Himalayan nation after completing the three-tier elections held simultaneously in the year of 2017. The Government of Nepal is expected to unveil the budget of about 16 trillion for the upcoming fiscal year. The Constitution of Nepal mandates the government to unveil the budget in a joint meeting of federal parliaments.

India, Nepal to conduct a military exercise

Armies of both the nations, India and Nepal will conduct a 2-week long military exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ in Uttarakhand. The focus of the exercise will be to enhance cooperation in conducting counter-terrorism operations in mountainous terrain. Around 300 soldiers from both the nations will be participating in this exercise.

Nepal: First country to eliminate Trachoma

Nepal became the 1st country in south-east Asia to eliminate Trachoma. Trachoma is a kind of chlamydial infection that happens due to unclean water supply & lack of hygiene and spreads through contact with nose, throat or eye of infected person. Nepal government took important measures like providing incentives to districts & local communities to build latrines in order to improve sanitation

Nepal to shut India’s field office

Nepal has decided to close Indian Embassy’s field office in Biratnagar in the near future as it has “outlived its purpose”. India was permitted to set up a temporary field office in 2008 to issue passes to vehicles for plying on Indian roads in the bordering regions after Koshi floods damaged a 17-km stretch of east-west highway. Nepali had also tried to remove the field office 6 years ago.

India gives NRs 180 million for river training

India has provided the largest sum of Rs 180.74 mn Nepali rupees for river training in Nepal to control floods that also affect India during the monsoon season. India has so far given 13 instalments since 2008 to Nepal for river training works totalling to over NRs 4.68 bn. River training & construction will carry on near the Indian border in 3 rivers – Lalbakeya, Bagmati & Kamla.

Nepal to hold BIMSTEC 2018

Nepal’s PM, KP Oli has announced to host the 2018 Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical& Economic Cooperation summit. BIMSTEC is an international organisation of 7 nations of South & South East Asia, including Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan & Nepal. BIMSTEC aims to enhance technological & economic cooperation among South & South East Asian countries.

India-Nepal IGC meeting began in Kathmandu

India-Nepal Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, transit and cooperation to control unauthorised trade in Kathmandu started on 26th April.The meeting provides a regular platform to review the implementation of past trade and transit agreements.IGC also deliberate upon day-to-day problems in regulation of Nepalese traffic-in-transit and issue of Indian investments in Nepal.

Bangladesh, Nepal launched trial bus service

Bangladesh and Nepal have launched a trial bus service between their capitals through India.The proposed commercial bus service comes under the purview of BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) Motor Vehicles Agreement. Currently, passengers use the Lalmonirhat-Burimari-Changrabandha-Siliguri route to go to Kathmandu.

India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline

9 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli launched the Rs 3.24 billion India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline from Motihari, Bihar to Amlekhgunj, Nepal on 7th April.This is the first international cross-country pipeline project in India. The Motihari-Amlekhgunj Pipeline project was approved by Indian Oil in September 2015.

India, Nepal for strong relations

India and Nepal have agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in key areas of border security, connectivity, trade and agriculture.The two countries have agreed for a rail line that will connect the border city of Raxaul in India to Kathmandu in Nepal. The agreements were reached during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Trekking trail for differently-abled, elderly

Nepal has launched its first “accessible” trekking trail in Pokhara city for the differently-abled and the elderly.The trail was inaugurated as a part of 3 day international conference on Accessible Tourism’ held for the first time in the Himalayan nation. ’Accessible tourism’ is an emerging concept to ensure that tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people.

Nepal banks can borrow from foreign banks

Nepal‘s Central Bank has allowed other commercial bank in the country to borrow money from foreign banks and financial institutions to finance sectors such as agriculture and infrastructure projects. Nepal‘s commercial banks could borrow loans up to 25% of their core capital. The banks can borrow loans for the period from one year to five years.

Nanda Bahadur Pun is the new VP of Nepal

Nanda Bahadur Pun has been re-elected as the Vice-President of Nepal for the second term. President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to her deputy, Vice-President Pun. Bidhya Devi Bhandari was elected as First President of Federal Nepal.

Nepal cricket team gets ODI status

Nepal cricket team was given One-Day International (ODI) status for the first time ever after its six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea in the World Cup Qualifiers. Nepal was given the Affiliate status by the ICC first in 1988 and was later promoted to the Associate rank in 1996. In 2008, Nepal was included in World Cricket League Division 5, where it finished on the third spot.

Nepal gains ODI status

A six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea has rewarded Nepal with One-Day International (ODI) status for the first time ever. Nepal was awarded Affiliate status by the ICC in 1988, and was promoted to Associate rank in 1996. After Afghanistan, Nepal are taking quick strides in terms of developments.

Nepal Chief Justice sacked

Nepal‘s Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli has been sacked for faking his date of birth in order to remain in office longer. A judicial council concluded that Parajuli should have retired 7 months ago when he turned 65, the age of retirement for official positions in Nepal. Parajuli became Chief Justice last June after his predecessor Sushila Karki – the first woman to hold the position turned 65.

Bhandari gets second term as Nepal President

Nepal‘s incumbent President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has been elected for a second term, extending the tenure of the Himalayan country‘s first female head of state for another five years. With this President Bhandari is the first President of federal Nepal. She is also the first Nepali woman to be elected as the country‘s president twice.

Swaraj’s Goodwill Visit To Nepal concludes

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has returned after successful completion of the visit to Nepal.During her stay at Kathmandu, Mrs. Swaraj met top leaders and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and take forward age-old special relationship between India and Nepal.The visit was very significant as the new government under left alliance is likely to be formed soon in Nepal.

First Nepal player to get IPL contract

Sandeep Lamichhane has become the first cricketer from Nepal to land an IPL contract.He was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing players auction at his base price of Rs 20 lakh. The leg-spinner rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 U-19 World Cup where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place.

Former Nepal PM Kirti Bista Passes Away

Former Prime Minister of Nepal Kirti Nidhi Bista passed away in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was 90 and suffering from cancer. Bista was born in Kathmandu on 15th January 1927. He first became Prime Minister of Nepal in 1969. Bista served three times as Prime Minister from 1969 to 1970, 1971 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979.

Nepal opens bridge built by India’s help

Nepal inaugurated a bridge on the Kaligandaki River at Jomsom area in Mustang district near China border. This bridge has been built with the financial assistance of 44.5 million Nepali rupees provided by India as a part of India–Nepal Economic Cooperation programme. With the inauguration of this bridge, people of Mustang now have direct motorable connectivity.

India’s first black buck cons. reserve

UP Pradesh State cabinet took a decision to make India’s first conservation reserve for blackbuck in Meja Forest Division of Allahabad. This decision will not only protect black bucks but will also attract tourists. The blackbuck is also known as the Indian antelope. It is found in India, Nepal, and Pakistan. As per Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, hunting blackbucks is prohibited in India.

Nepal & Ind to conduct joint tiger count

Nepal & India are going to conduct a joint head count of tigers in national parks, forests & sanctuaries of Nepal & India using the same camera tapping method. Conservation authorities & experts from both countries would install cameras in various locations & capture & track down their movements. By conducting joint count of tigers chances of counting the same tiger over again remains slim.

Survey to remeasure Mount Everest

Nepal has begun remeasuring Mount Everest to check if the height of the world’s tallest peak was altered by a powerful earthquake that struck the nation in 2015. The official height of Mount Everest is 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), first recorded by an Indian survey in 1954. Nepal has never measured Everest on its own although the world’s highest peak lies in its territory.

Smart snow leopard plan

Nepal has launched its climate-smart snow leopard landscape management plan, leading the way in safeguarding the endangered species and its habitat. The conservation plan addresses key current and emerging threats to the snow leopards, including climate change. This is the first climate-smart landscape management plan for snow leopard conservation in the world.

India, Nepal ink eight pacts

India & Nepal have inked 8 pacts, including on cooperation in countering drug trafficking. Pacts were signed after comprehensive talks b/w PM Modi & Sher Bahadur Deuba on strategic bilateral & regional issues. The two leaders jointly inaugurated Kataiya-Kusaha & Raxaul-Parwanipur cross-border power transmission lines. This is Deuba first foreign trip after assuming office in June this year.

Nepal Rastra Bank Stops INR Exchange

Nepal’s central bank stopped all transactions & exchange of Indian currency notes of ` 1,000 & ` 500 denominations. It also requested RBI governor Urjit Patel to arrange exchange facilities for Nepalese. Presently Rs 33.6 million in old currency notes within the financial system in Nepal. Nepalese rely on Indian currency and have huge stock of high denomination notes.

Nepal earthquake, magnitude 7.3, strikes near Everest

A major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 died in a devastating quake. The US Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 7.3. An earthquake on 25 April, centred in western Nepal, had a magnitude of 7.8. The tremor was also felt in northern India and Bangladesh, and was centred east of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, in a rural area close to the Chinese border.