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http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/nepal-ch ... outh-asia/

Chinese officials have been cajoling India to join the New Silk Road though India has been reluctant to do so. However, many of India’s neighbors such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Maldives have been eager to participate in China’s Silk Road project. Indian reluctance to join the Silk Road is partially fueled by its wariness of China making inroads into its neighborhood, but this seems to be happening anyway. Small countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal do not embrace Chinese investment to spite India, but for their own economic and political reasons. In a previous article, I warned that South Asian countries would begin to integrate economically with East Asian economies, especially China, individually if they could not do so as a bloc. Yet integration as a bloc within South Asia, in the manner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), seems unlikely because of the failure of India’s economy to open up enough or perform well enough to drive the entire economy of South Asia (Pakistan’s obscurantism is also responsible). Despite welcome moves by the Modi government, reform will be hard and slow and its effects will not be evident for several years.

It is in this context that Nepal has decided to join the New Silk Road, marking the beginning of an overland extension of that project into South Asia. Last month, Nepal signed a four-point document endorsing the Silk Road. Nepal would be connected to a Chinese rail line in Tibet. China recently extended its rail network from Lhasa to Xigaze (Shigatse), a city just 253 km away from China’s border with Nepal and India. The plan is to extend the line to several sites in Nepal, then the capital Kathmandu, and then potentially to India.

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby Altair » 20 Jan 2015 18:56

Nepal may be declared as a Hindu State again in next 72 hours.

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http://www.jagranjosh.com/current-affai ... 25902441-1

Exercise Surya Kiran VIII: Joint India Nepal Military Exercise
Eighth India-Nepal combined exercise named Surya Kiran VIII concluded on 7 March 2015 at Salijhandi, Nepal. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Nepalese Army and it had started on 23 February 2015.


Aim of the Exercise Surya Kiran VIII
• To create a greater understanding between Indian and Nepalese Army and develop interoperability in Jungle Warfare and Counter Terrorism operations in mountainous terrain
• It also focused on the basics of Disaster Management with special reference to Pandemic or Epidemic control and aviation aspects

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SILIGURI: The key reduction in customs duty in many items proposed in Union Budget is expected to provide significant benefit to neighbouring country Bhutan by reducing outflow from its Rupee reserve.

The change in customs duty has been proposed to crease out various duty anomalies those kept import of certain goods economical than producing in India. According to Indian finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, reduction of the duty proposed on total 22 inputs materials, raw materials, i ..

Read more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/art ... aign=cppst

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http://www.indiablooms.com/ibns_new/spo ... -gate.html

New Delhi, Mar 8 (IBNS) The first Indo-Nepal Friendship Motor Rally which was flagged off at Puri, Odisha on February 27 concluded at lawns of India Gate here on Sunday.

Twenty four teams and about 90 participants from India and Nepal covered 3060 Km during the ten-day rally in both countries.

The rally aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between India and Nepal and spreading message of road safety .
- See more at: http://www.indiablooms.com/ibns_new/spo ... vNUor.dpuf

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http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/03/17/top ... 02909.html

ATHMANDU, MAR 17 - The joint Nepal-India boundary upgradation works will start on Thursday.

A senior government official said on Monday that they have received confirmation from the Indian side to begin the works based on the agreements made earlier.

"First off, there will be border survey works from eastern Nepal. After that, the two sides will start the works regarding upgradation of border pillars," the official said.

Seperate survey teams will be deployed to determine the condition of the border pillars. They will use the maps, which were jointly prepared by the two countries in 2007, as reference. Chief district officers from Nepal and district magistrates from India will lead their respective teams in the boundary upgradation works.ATHMANDU, MAR 17 - The joint Nepal-India boundary upgradation works will start on Thursday.

A senior government official said on Monday that they have received confirmation from the Indian side to begin the works based on the agreements made earlier.

"First off, there will be border survey works from eastern Nepal. After that, the two sides will start the works regarding upgradation of border pillars," the official said.

Seperate survey teams will be deployed to determine the condition of the border pillars. They will use the maps, which were jointly prepared by the two countries in 2007, as reference. Chief district officers from Nepal and district magistrates from India will lead their respective teams in the boundary upgradation works.
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Nepal and India have erected a total of 8,553 border pillars, of which 1,325 are missing and 1,956 are damaged.

“We will erect new pillars in places where the pillars are missing and the existing ones will be painted white. We anticipate that the issue of cross-holding will take more time than erecting or renovating the border pillars,” Adhikari said.

The two sides plan to complete the works within four years.

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

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Nextdoor: Nepal wants to know, India must tell
[quote]Nepal has missed the deadline to deliver a constitution four times since May 2010. It is nothing new. But the difference this time is the political leadership’s inability to promptly announce the next date, without owning accountability for the failure.
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After a long silence, former king Gyanendra Shah asked political parties to execute the “understanding reached with me for peace, stability and prosperity”.
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Gyanendra had handed over power, ending his 15-month direct rule, in April 2006, a day after Karan Singh met him. Forty-eight hours after the king made the declaration, Saran stated that India would support the democratic forces.
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His statement, read along with the provisions of the 12-point understanding mediated by India between Nepal’s Maoists and seven political parties, created the impression that India would want Nepal to be a republic. Karan Singh has not said anything on the subject, but Rana may not have spoken now without clearance. All this has come about after Manmohan Singh was succeeded by Narendra Modi. It gains significance since India’s new PM has vowed to take Nepal-India relations to a new level of mutual trust and shared prosperity.
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In a strange coincidence, Maoist leader and former PM Baburam Bhattarai rushed to India amidst prevailing uncertainties in Nepal and, through a media interview, solicited India’s “intervention”. At another interaction, Saran described Bhattarai as a “great nationalist leader” and said that India was in a “dilemma” over Nepal, which exhibited more pessimism and less hope. Coming from a key architect of India’s Nepal policy since 2005, which brought about radical changes in Nepal, it is seen as a compelling signal for the Modi government to review its Nepal policy and dispel the impression in Kathmandu that India is micromanaging its day-to-day affairs. Officially, India has asked Nepal to finish the constitution-writing process, taking into account “past agreements and the people’s mandate”.
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“Yes, an understanding had been reached with the king , and honouring that will bring order and create a conducive atmosphere for constitution-writing,” said Kamal Thapa, chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal.

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http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/03/21/bus ... 03082.html
KATHMANDU, MAR 21 - Domestic production of flowers has been on the rise in recent years which has helped to further import substitution.

According to the Floriculture Association of Nepal (Fan), commercial flower production in the last fiscal year was worth Rs 1.27 billion, representing a rise of 10.43 percent compared to the previous fiscal.

The swelling production led to imports being cut by 11.1 percent to Rs 40 million in the last fiscal year.

“As floriculture production has been growing 20-25 percent annually, more than 85 percent of the total demand is being fulfilled by domestic products,” said Loknath Gaire, president of Fan.

“We have to import roses for Valentine’s Day and marigolds for Tihar from India, but the requirement of many other types of flowers is being fulfilled by domestic producers.”

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http://glacierhub.org/2015/03/24/glacie ... kathmandu/

Kathmandu, a Nepalese valley with a rich cultural and religious history, was the venue for the International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia early this month. From March 1 to 6, 240 scientists from 26 countries gathered there to further interdisciplinary understanding of the science of glaciers, snowpack, and permafrost in the high-mountain Asia region—the Himalayan, Hindu-Kush, Karakoram, Tien Shan, Pamir, and Tibetan Plateau mountain chains. The conference was organized by the International Glaciological Society (IGS) and hosted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

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Analysis - "India-Nepal Power Trade Agreement: Challenges Before Opportunities – Analysis"
http://www.eurasiareview.com/24032015-i ... -analysis/

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http://www.lse.co.uk/ukMoneyNews.asp?co ... port__TRFN
LONDON, March 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain should cut its 86 million pound ($128 million) aid budget for Nepal unless the country acts to combat poor governance and "endemic" corruption, a parliamentary committee said on Friday.

Britain is the largest bilateral donor to Nepal which is one of the world's poorest nations with a quarter of its 28 million population living below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ind ... 717345.cms
Paro International Airport in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which acts as a global gateway to adjoining eastern India, will start limiting the number of flights from May due to a space crunch, hurting tourism and business prospects in the region.

A plan to expand the airport and its facilities has been stalled, pending the release of funds committed by India and the relocation of an Indian Air Force base from the air field.

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Postby A_Gupta » 28 Mar 2015 21:25

http://www.outlookindia.com/news/articl ... pal/888405

Indian Doctors Provide Training to 150 Medics in Nepal
A team of three Indian doctors led by a top cardiologist today provided training to 150 Nepalese physicians to help them provide the best medical treatment to heart patients at an affordable cost here.

The team led by cardiologist Subhas Chandra, chairman of BLK Hospital, New Delhi, provided a day-long training to doctors from 20 hospitals across Nepal.

Although Nepalese doctors are very good in providing Angioplasty treatment to the cardiovascular patients, they are not properly trained in performing cardiac surgery, pointed out, Chandra said.

The doctors have been provided skill and expertise on how to recognise cardiac problems at the early stage so that low cost treatment such as providing thrombolysis can save their lives, he said.

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/ ... 60049.html
Beijing/Kathmandu, March 29
Firming up ties with Nepal, Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged NRs 14.5 billion to Nepal for transport and infrastructure building as Kathmandu promised to keep up the crackdown on Tibetans supporting the Dalai Lama.

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the 900 million RMB (NRs 14.5 billion) economic aid package for Nepal during his meeting with Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan Province in China yesterday, Nepal Foreign Ministry officials said.

The assistance will be used to upgrade the 115-km Araniko Highway that links Nepal with China, and to develop the transport infrastructure, foreign ministry sources said here.

China is also willing to initiate talks on Free Trade Agreement with Nepal at an early date, Xi said, adding that the two countries should work on traffic interconnectivity, infrastructure, hydropower development, modernisation of agriculture and science and technology.

Xi welcomed Nepal's participation in the Silk Road projects unveiled by him at the forum to improve China's connectivity to Europe through a maze of road, rail and port network.

The two sides are also planning to beef up the connectivity with rail and road links, amid concerns in India over China's growing influence in the Himalayan country.

Early this month, China had increased its annual aid to Nepal to USD 128 million from USD 24 million.


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IMO, this is important for India to understand and to learn from, for reestablishment of Dharma.

http://www.timescolonist.com/life/globa ... -1.1807249
Historically, the king was the law, appointing judges and acting as the final court of appeal. However, most minor issues were resolved through an informal system of community justice. Village heads acted as arbiters, and cases (both criminal and civil) were heard and decided with the participation of the entire community. There were no lawyers, and plaintiffs and defendants alike usually represented themselves.

As Bhutan modernized and created a formal justice system, the country needed trained lawyers and judges. With no domestic law school, aspiring Bhutanese law students got their education abroad in India, the U.K. or North America. According to Michael Peil, a respected American law professor, they returned thoroughly immersed in western traditions of adversarial, punitive, winner-take-all law.

“They had been thoroughly schooled in a system that said every case has a winner and a loser. Winning is about destroying the other side,” Peil lamented.

Peil said the country’s foreign-trained lawyers lost sight of Bhutanese community law, which emphasizes restorative justice and negotiated settlements with mutually beneficial resolutions. His description reminds us of the traditional community justice practised by many Canadian aboriginal peoples.

In 2013, the Bhutanese government offered Peil a unique challenge: build a law school from the ground up with a tailor-made curriculum merging formal western law with Bhutanese ideals of community law.

The new curriculum will apply a different method for teaching law. Peil explains that western law students learn by studying past cases. “They start by learning from adversarial situations and that sends the message that all law comes from disputes.”

In contrast, Bhutanese students will learn law through practical exercises and simulations that force them to develop their own solutions, and to present multiple options for resolving a case, such as negotiating a settlement instead of launching a lawsuit. It may not sound that novel but this approach means students are learning a different philosophy of law, one that says law is not all adversarial disputes and every case does not have to have a winner and a loser.

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A_Gupta wrote:IMO, this is important for India to understand and to learn from, for reestablishment of Dharma.

http://www.timescolonist.com/life/globa ... -1.1807249
Historically, the king was the law, appointing judges and acting as the final court of appeal. However, most minor issues were resolved through an informal system of community justice. Village heads acted as arbiters, and cases (both criminal and civil) were heard and decided with the participation of the entire community. There were no lawyers, and plaintiffs and defendants alike usually represented themselves.

As Bhutan modernized and created a formal justice system, the country needed trained lawyers and judges. With no domestic law school, aspiring Bhutanese law students got their education abroad in India, the U.K. or North America. According to Michael Peil, a respected American law professor, they returned thoroughly immersed in western traditions of adversarial, punitive, winner-take-all law.

“They had been thoroughly schooled in a system that said every case has a winner and a loser. Winning is about destroying the other side,” Peil lamented.

Peil said the country’s foreign-trained lawyers lost sight of Bhutanese community law, which emphasizes restorative justice and negotiated settlements with mutually beneficial resolutions. His description reminds us of the traditional community justice practised by many Canadian aboriginal peoples.

In 2013, the Bhutanese government offered Peil a unique challenge: build a law school from the ground up with a tailor-made curriculum merging formal western law with Bhutanese ideals of community law.

The new curriculum will apply a different method for teaching law. Peil explains that western law students learn by studying past cases. “They start by learning from adversarial situations and that sends the message that all law comes from disputes.”

In contrast, Bhutanese students will learn law through practical exercises and simulations that force them to develop their own solutions, and to present multiple options for resolving a case, such as negotiating a settlement instead of launching a lawsuit. It may not sound that novel but this approach means students are learning a different philosophy of law, one that says law is not all adversarial disputes and every case does not have to have a winner and a loser.


Remarkable! Legal system as practiced in India never felt right intuitively but I wasn't able to clearly articulate what I felt to be grave shortcomings of that system. Just like the British imported life-skill focused education system, the legal system is also highly skewed and is not harmonious with Indic culture. While some original thinkers such as Sri Aurobindo and J.Krishnamurthy came out with their holistic approach to education that merged ancient Indian wisdom and modern advancements of education, we need some original thinkers in the area of law and jurisprudence. Glad to see Bhutan taking a step in the right direction, even if they had to import a thinker from west to do it for them. Kudos to Bhutan!

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Interview with a profoundly anti-Indian Nepali:
http://www.telegraphnepal.com/five-ques ... ntry-.html

If we really stand up and fight, I don’t think India can win us. India is wedging a demographic invasion and resorting to tactics of wolf. This is where the Nepali people are misled and victimized. As for this artificial nation, it is now a horror and horrible. Who is safe there? Rape, crime, murder, segregation, religious exploitation and conflict are the pillar of Indian empire and we are exposed for it. The Westerners have confined democracy in balloting but in a country where no woman can come out from their houses in daylight , inter-cast, dowry , acid killing is common, vote comes through intimidation and threat of rape and villages after villages, settlements after settlements cast their franchise to save their daughters and belongings, how democracy can exist and flourish?

India has imposed open border on Nepal and this open border is giving entry to the evils and sins of the other side. And our youths are learning it.

I wish this India creates a human society and make itself a manageable genuine nation or fall so that manageable nations that existed not very long back will reemerge and provide security to their citizens.

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From the same interview:

...Well, if India respects our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, abide by the Panchsheel and return us our sovereign territories which it has been occupying since its creation, we will always be and remain a best friend of India...


What is this? Is this Maoist agent triggering some new canard?

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby svinayak » 02 Apr 2015 05:25

^^
From the above link
The 1950 accord brokered by New Delhi may give the impression that Delhi helped to bring down the Rana Regime but in reality Delhi’s objective was to establish its rule in Nepal and it succeeded. Thus, India’s absolute gain minimized the great sacrifice of the Nepalese people, the parties and the King who played supreme role to bring down the autocratic Rana regime rather it led to the entry of the Indian military mission, posting of the Indian intelligence personnel in several parts of Northern hill adjoining China. It was the beginning of the direct occupation of Nepal by India which even India’s creator Imperial Britain never dared to perpetrate but the Nepali political parties were so servile to the Indian rule that the leaders of the ‘Nepalese revolution’ of 1950 even were compelled to accept the humiliation of being subordinate to the last Rana Prime Minister and his brothers in the first cabinet of ‘democratic Nepal’ .Thus the first Indian Prime Minister Nehru-a blue-eyed boy of Victoria’s grandson Lord Mount Batten and his wife Pamilla had all the three warring parties - the King, the ruling Ranas and the Nepali Congress in their pockets.


Nepal did not realize that once PRC China invaded and came to the doorstep of India all the borders of India became the object of GEOPOLITICAL game.

Nepal became the center of the game whether they like it or not. They need to blame Communist China for the problem and India is just reacting to moves from PRC

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Postby Tuvaluan » 02 Apr 2015 06:47

Given how Gyanendra has elbowed his way back into Nepali politics from being insignificant, these are probably planted articles by his loyalists who are also likely to be pro China. There has to be some reason for Gyanendra's sudden reappearance on the scene after a decade of hiding.

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^^^ They consider Garhwal region and Darjeeling area to be part of greater Nepal.

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http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/04/02/top ... 03591.html
KATHMANDU, APR 02 - Foreign Secretary-level talks were held between Nepal and India in the Capital on Thursday.

Officiating Foreign Secretary of Nepal Shankardas Bairagi led the Nepali team in the talks while the Indian team was led by Indian Foreign Secretary Subramanyam Jayshankar who arrived Kathmandu earlier today on a two-day official visit.

The Foreign Secretary level meeting reviewed the agreement signed between Nepal and India in August 2014 during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and during the visit of Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/world/ ... irthplace/
China has extended support to Nepal to develop Lord Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, a town close to the Indo-Nepal border, into a major tourism and pilgrimage centre, as part of its efforts to woo the country by aiding its infrastructure development.

The Director of China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuoan, who is here on a three-day visit, expressed readiness to provide China’s support for the development of Lumbini during a meeting with Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav Sunday, media reports said.

Wang also toured Lumbini on Sunday.

Nepal plans to build a “special development zone” to transform the town of Lumbini into a sprawling tourism, pilgrimage and education centre modelled on Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/231730549

The Nepal-Bharat Millat Council, the Embassy of India, the B. P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation and Jame Masjid, Ghantaghar jointly commemorated the 136th death anniversary of Begum Hazrat Mahal, on Tuesday.

The event was held at the Jame Masjid in Kathmandu. Piyush Srivastava, Charge d' Affaires of Embassy of India in Nepal, laid a wreath on the tomb of Begum Hazrat Mahal located at Bagh Bazar, on behalf of the Indian Government.

Speaking on the occasion, Srivastava remembered the contributions made by Begum Hazrat Mahal to India's freedom movement.

Prior to this, the Fatheha was read out by the students and the Maulvi of Madrassa.

Begum Hazrat Mahal was the wife of former Awadh ruler Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. Her maiden name was Muhammadi Khanum and she was bestowed the title 'Hazrat Mahal' after the birth of her son Birjis Qadr.

She rebelled against the British East India Company during the India's first struggle for freedom in 1857. After her husband was exiled to Calcutta, she took charge of the affairs in the state of Awadh and seized control of Lucknow. She also arranged for her son, Prince Birjis Qadra, to become the Wali (ruler) of Awadh. However, his reign was cut short. She finally found asylum in Nepal where she died in 1879.

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Postby A_Gupta » 08 Apr 2015 16:14

Nepalese concerns over the Indian intentions at the Indo-Nepal border. To me, the author seems conflicted about whether to trust India or not.
http://www.telegraphnepal.com/national/ ... order.html

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby schinnas » 08 Apr 2015 16:26

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Nepal should take help of Japan to develop Lumbini. That would probably get Buddha's blessings and that of the Dalai Lama.

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http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/indi ... try-272698
India’s help sought by Nepal for cricket development in country
New Delhi: A 50-member Nepalese youth delegation led by Minister of Youth and Sports Purushottam Poudel has expressed desire for exchange of sportspersons, particularly cricketers. The visiting minister said India can provide training to Nepalese cricketers and also sought support in development of cricket facilities in Nepal, a Sports Ministry release said.

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal assured his counterpart of every possible support from the Indian Government in this regard. The maiden visit of the youth delegation from Nepal, which concluded today, was part of Youth Exchange programme between the two countries.

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http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/04/11/bus ... 03937.html
NEW DELHI, APR 11 - Nepal and India are scheduled to sign an agreement to implement the long-delayed Amlekhgunj-Raxaul oil pipeline project by the first week of May, Minister of Commerce and Supplies Sunil Thapa said on Thursday.

Thapa, who is on a personal visit to New Delhi, said that Indian Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan would arrive in Kathmandu to sign the accord.

“The Indian government will be injecting IRs 2.75 billion into the project while Nepal will contribute IRs 750 million,” said Thapa. “The construction of the pipeline is expected to be completed within 30 months.”

Nepal’s contribution will be spent on automating Nepal Oil Corporation’s (NOC) Amlekhgunj depot and upgrading its capacity and building a pumping station. The government plans to construct the pipeline along the Amlekhgunj-Pathlaiya-Simara-Raxaul highway.

Earlier, the planned agreement on laying an oil pipeline between Nepal and India had snagged on differences over the period of the supply contract. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) had said that Nepal should pledge to buy petroleum products from it for 15 years, but NOC wants to continue with the present five-yearly pact.

The two countries review the supply agreement every five years. NOC and IOC have signed a new petroleum supply pact which is valid till March 31, 2017. The deal confirms IOC as the sole exporter of petroleum products to Nepal for the next five years.


The pipeline, which was first proposed by IOC in 1995, is expected to reduce fuel transportation costs by over 50 percent.

It is expected help reduce leakage, make the supply cleaner and cheaper and provide relief to Nepali consumers from frequent shortages caused by strikes.


20 years wasted!!!!

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby svinayak » 11 Apr 2015 22:07

A_Gupta wrote:Nepalese concerns over the Indian intentions at the Indo-Nepal border. To me, the author seems conflicted about whether to trust India or not.
http://www.telegraphnepal.com/national/ ... order.html

The author has not realized that once Nepal govt invited China or Peoples Republic of China Communist along with rail link from China to Nepal , India will be taking measures for Indian interest and also long term strategic plan for PRC.

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby svinayak » 11 Apr 2015 22:12

A_Gupta wrote:http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/china-extends-support-to-nepal-to-develop-buddhas-birthplace/
China has extended support to Nepal to develop Lord Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, a town close to the Indo-Nepal border, into a major tourism and pilgrimage centre, as part of its efforts to woo the country by aiding its infrastructure development.

Countries which worship Buddha and Buddhism as a state religion should be invited and not communist countries.
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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby chaanakya » 11 Apr 2015 22:13

Nepal will be next sikkim.

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 12 Apr 2015 01:36

svinayak wrote:Countries which worship Buddha and Buddhism as a state religion should be invited and not communist countries.


IMO, as Chinese Communism fades, there will be a struggle between Christianity on the one side and Buddhism and other Chinese traditions on the other. It will be good for India to strengthen both Chinese "official" Buddhism and Chinese "dissident" Buddhism in preparation for this struggle. The Pope and his minions need to be made to fail in their attempts to "plant the Cross in Asia in the third millenium".

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 13 Apr 2015 20:04

http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/ ... .123088374

Nepal's investment board has cleared China's Three Gorges International Corp to build a long-delayed $1.6 billion new hydropower project, the single biggest foreign investment in the Himalayan country.

The dam, to be built on the West Seti river in northwest Nepal, will generate 750 megawatts of power when complete, board official Ghanashyam Ojha said.

A Nepal parliamentary panel first approved the project in 2012 but state-owned Three Gorges had been waiting for the investment board's clearance.

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 17 Apr 2015 17:55

Nepal's balancing act between India and China:
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/495262--n ... ndia-china

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby Bade » 17 Apr 2015 18:53

chaanakya wrote:Nepal will be next sikkim.

What are India's option to speed this up ?

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby Supratik » 17 Apr 2015 19:28

@agupta,

That is what I think as well. Having not made much headway in India they are salivating at the prospects in China. We should see Buddhism from a strategic angle and not theological angle as some BRF members unfortunately do.

I think the time frame when Nepal could have joined India is gone.

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby Bade » 17 Apr 2015 19:32

Maybe ideally the best time was when Tibet got occupied and it would have been the perfect excuse, or even immediately after the 1962 war as a preemptive measure.

The border with Nepal is still a porous one, and they are free to join the Indian Armed forces. So trust or compatibilities should be in place already.

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Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

Postby Supratik » 17 Apr 2015 20:32

Except the Communists there is nothing to fear about Nepal exceptions notwithstanding. But Comrade Karat and Yechuri prompted the UPA to get the Maoists in power to end the violence. Ever since Nepal is in limbo without a proper constitution and a proper govt.


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