Watered down

Mar 18, 2016- For many Nepalis, the water resource issue instantly comes to the forefront as far as Nepal-India relations are concerned. They say the white gold that gushes down Nepal’s mountains and gorges—making up to 70 percent of the Ganga’s lean season flow—is what interests India the most in their country. Feeding this deep-seated belief is the worsening scarcity of water in many Indian states. And yet, water is one issue the two countries have not talked about in recent decades. Or, at least, it is not public knowledge.

“There wasn’t any talk on water separately,” Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said at a press briefing during Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s Delhi visit last month. “There were talks on why there was no progress on Upper Karnali and Arun hydropower projects and they (the two prime ministers) discussed about Pancheswor as well,” he said when one journalist asked if anything was discussed on the sharing of water resources between the two countries.

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India assures Nepal of support for peace, stability

New Delhi, March 17:  India has assured Nepal of all its support for ensuring peace and stability in the Himalayan nation, a statement by the external affairs ministry issued here on Thursday said.  “India will continue to extend all support and assistance to Nepal, for peace, stability and socio-economic development of the country,” India said in its statement on the adoption of the Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nepal at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Wednesday.

“A climate of political stability, consensus and predictability is a pre-requisite for Nepal’s socio-economic development, particularly in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in April 2015,” it said.   “As the principal donor in global support for Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction, India urges a strong national consensus in Nepal on its political and developmental agenda.”  The UPR is a unique mechanism of the UNHRC aimed at improving the human rights situation on the ground of each of the 193 UN member states.

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Misunderstandings in Indo-Nepal ties will be cleared soon, says India’s ambassador to Nepal

Misunderstandings in Indo-Nepal relations due to the border blockade resulting from protests by Madhesis will be cleared soon, the Indian envoy here has said while underlining that a peaceful and prosperous Nepal is in India’s interest.

India’s Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae, while speaking at a function organised here to observe Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, said all the misunderstandings created in bilateral relations will be cleared soon. He said that with the arrival of new year, the “problems” in Indo-Nepal relations due to the border blockade resulting from protests by Madheisis will end and the “friendship between the two countries will be further strengthened”.

“India always wants to see welfare of Nepalese people, and we want a peaceful and prosperous Nepal which will also be in the interest of India,” he said.

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Indo-Nepal joint panel meet on Kosi, Gandak in February

Patna: A two-day high-level meet of the Indo-Nepal Joint Committee of Kosi Gandak Project (JCKGP) is slated to be held in Patna on February 8 and 9 as part of bilateral cooperation between the two counties to sort out the issues regarding implementation of the Kosi and Gandak irrigation projects.

Since the Kosi and Gandak irrigation projects are under execution in Nepalese and Indian territories, the Nepalese high-level delegation would have discussions with the Indian counterpart, said Bihar water resources department (WRD) principal secretary Arun Kumar Singh on Wednesday.

This would be the eighth meet of JCKGP, earlier set up by the Joint Committee of Water Resources (JCWR) of the two countries to resolve the issues.

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Eko launches Indo-Nepal remittance service with Prabhu Money Group

BENGALURU: Eko, a mobile-based Financial technology company, today announced the launch of Indo-Nepal remittance services in partnership with Nepal’s Prabhu Money Group.

“This is Eko’s first international tie-up for remittance services. Through this product launch, Eko agents are able to initiate remittances to Nepal. The service will benefit 50 Lakh Nepali migrants living across India,” the company said.

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