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Narendra Modi's Nepal visit Day 2: CPN-Maoist leader Prachanda meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Monday, 4 August 2014 - 9:20am IST Updated: Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 11:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk
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CPN-Maoist leader Prachanda on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and expressed confidence that a "new chapter" has begun in Indo-Nepal ties. Prachanda, and who led a decade-long armed movement before joining mainstream politics about seven years back, said he found Modi "very clear" in his mind about supporting the ongoing peace process and economic progress of Nepal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two day visit to Nepal, addressed the Nepalese Parliament on Sunday. On a visit to Nepal to forge a new relationship with it and start a "new chapter" in bilateral ties that will serve as a model and catalyst for regional partnership.  Narendra Modi was received by Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, where he was given the guard of honour. In a special humanitarian gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday personally handed over a Nepalese youth to his parents here having nurtured him for 16 years.

Day 2 in Nepal

PM Narendra Modi meets Unified Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 

Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal KP Oli meets PM Narendra Modi 

 

11:47 IST Monday, 4 August 2014

Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi

On the last of his two-day visit to Nepal, he will be meeting Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav and other leaders of the different political parties in Nepal before leaving for India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Pashupatinath temple. The Prime Minister will offer 2,500 kg of white Indian sandalwood to the Pashupatinath temple. Modi will also participate in a half-an-hour-long special puja. 

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses Nepalese Parliament.

I am the first guest in your Parliament who has been invited to speak. This is an honor for all Indians. I consider this as respect shown to 1.2 million Indians.  

The bond between Nepal and India is as old as Ganga & Himalaya.There is a temple in Kashi, where priests is from Nepal, and there is a temple in Nepal where priests are Indian.

As a line of credit India will extent Rs 10,000 crore to Nepal.

Call rates between India and Nepal need to be lower and for that We should speak to the mobile service providers.

Even after being so close it took us 17 years, but I promise that this will not happen again. I am coming back again for SAARC summit.

SAARC nations should wage a war against poverty and for that we should help each other.

Nepal needs 'HIT' - Highways - Infoways - Transways and we will support you in all these.

To help the SAARC nations in the field of health and education We have decided to launch a SAARC satellite.

Let us think about how the Himalayas can help humankind.

Nepal should become a leading exporter of herbal medicines and we are ready to support you in this.

Nepal can free India of its darkness. But we don't want free electricity, we want to buy it.

I congratulate Nepal for chosing the path of  "Budha" over "yudha.

We want to see Nepal become a powerful nation.

The world will get a way towards peace from this land, your Constitution will pave way for that. India will support your aspirations on your way to your achivements, that is what we want to do

Nepal is a truly sovereign nation and It is not our job to interfere in your affairs. 

 

Constitution is not a book, it brings past, present and future together.

India welcomes & respects your Federal Democratic Republic.

The world that believes in democracy is looking to Nepal constituent assembly, to the leaders sitting here.

Salute the Gurkha soldiers who attained martyrdom for India.

Nepal is a country of brave people.

16:15 IST Sunday, 3 August 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi responds to spontaneous public support in Kathmandu. 

14:52 IST Sunday, 3 August 2014

Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey discusses bilateral issues

Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey discussed some bilateral issues, including hydro-power, trade, energy and security .The meeting took place at a five star hotel an hour after Modi arrived here. After the meeting, Pandey told PTI "The talks were held in a very cordial and friendly atmosphere. We have to move hand-in-hand in development. Political and cultural issues also came up for discussion. He (Modi) speaks less but he is result oriented. During my meeting, I felt whatever he says he believes in doing it," he said when asked about his meeting with the Prime Minister.

13:30 IST Sunday, 3 August 2014

Prime Minister Modi meets Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey. Modi tells Nepal's Foreign Minister that the 23 years gap in meeting of Joint Commission needs to be made up.  

13:05 IST Sunday, 3 August 2014

Prime Minister Modi receives traditional welcome after reaching the hotel, in Kathmandu.

12:30 IST Sunday, 3 August 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets family members of Jeet Bahadur, whose education was sponsored by Modi. 

11:30 IST Sunday, 3 August 2014

A 19-gun salute is also given to Modi after his arrival. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu today for his maiden bilateral visit to fellow SAARC nation Nepal. Modi was received by Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, where he was given the guard of honour.  

One of the prime agendas would be to speed up negotiations on a power trade between the two counteis. Negotiators were trying to narrow down differences over the power pact aimed at harnessing Nepal's estimated 42,000 MW hydro-electric potential to meet domestic needs and also supply India's giant energy-starved economy. The Himalayan nation currently has an installed capacity of 600 MW as its development has been held back by years of political instability. It is still struggling with the transition to a constitutional republic after the abolition of the monarchy in 2008.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Nepal visit

During his two-day visit, Modi will be holding talks with his counterpart Sushil Koirala and meet other political leaders. He will also have the rare honour of addressing Nepal's Constituent Assembly. This is the first bilateral meet between India and Nepal in 17 years, and Modi has a team of 101 delegates including several ministers accompanying him.  Sushil Koirala, the prime minister of Nepal had been present in New Delhi during the swearing in of Narendra Modi, a first move that showed the two countries would build a relationship of cooperation. For Modi, this is the second visit to a foreign country as a prime minister after he visited Bhutan in June.

Nepal's politicians are at odds over the proposed energy pact. Opponents say it would give Indian firms a stranglehold over Nepal's energy resources and bar other countries, like China, from investment in the sector. Ahead of Modi's visit, Nepal's government urged political groups to put aside their differences, saying it was a chance to rebuild the aid-dependent economy and revitalise ties with India.

"Modi is result-oriented and gives priority to economic prosperity. He wants to consolidate ties with Nepal," Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said.

Ahead of his visit, Modi had said that he looks forward to working with the Nepalese leadership to forge a "new relationship" by identifying steps to strengthen bilateral cooperation in key sectors, including trade and investment, hydropower, agriculture and agro-processing, environment, tourism, education, culture and sports.

"I am excited about my visit and pleased that I am able to go there within weeks of assuming office as Prime Minister," he had said in a pre-departure statement yesterday. "I hope my visit will open a new chapter in India-Nepal relations, characterised by more frequent political engagement and closer cooperation across the full spectrum of our extraordinarily broad-based relations, which will serve as a model and catalyst for South Asian partnership for prosperity," Modi had said.

Describing Nepal as a close friend and neighbour, he had said, "We have had the privilege of being a leading partner in Nepal's socio-economic development. We are committed to continuing our support to Nepal in its development efforts." Modi's Nepal visit will also unite a youth with his family. 26-year-old Jeet Bahadur, who came in contact with Modi in Ahmedabad over a decade back and was since looked after by him, is travelling with the Prime Minister to Kathmandu to be personally handed over to his mother and elder brother. "On a personal note, my Nepal visit is very special... Some personal emotions are also attached to this visit.," Modi had said. In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister had said, "Years back, I met a child Jeet Bahadur in a helpless condition. He knew nothing, where to go, what to do. He did not know anybody, nor did he understand the language." Years later, after the boy had educated himself in Gujarati language, Modi has been able to find his parents. Modi will be handing him over to his parents on Sunday. 

Modi, in a statement before the journey said that the government will be discussing bilateral relations with Nepal. He said, "We will identify steps to strengthen our bilateral cooperation in key sectors, including trade and investment, hydro power, agriculture and agro-processing, environment, tourism, education, culture and sports...I will also discuss with Nepali leadership and their business leaders how we can harness the full potential of the new digital age to empower and create new opportunities for the youth of the two countries," Modi said. "We are committed to continuing our support to Nepal in its development efforts. "During the visit, we will explore the ways to further strengthen our development cooperation."

Nepal's relationship with India is important also to contain the rise of China as the strongest power in South Asia.

Nepal is ready to welcome Modi, with reports of the hotel he will stay at preparing special vegetarian food and even Gujarati food for him. 




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