Delhi government on April 19 announced week-long lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. Migrant workers gathered at Anand Vihar Terminal and Anand Vihar ISBT to return to their native places. Navin, a native of Nepal said, "I do a job in Delhi and work is yet to resume, so it's better to return home than to sit here". Delhi will be in lockdown from 10 pm of April 19 till 5 am on April 26. The national capital, on April 18, reported over 25,000 COVID cases.
Nepal's Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has lost his seat at National Assembly or Upper House after his party CPN-Moist Centre decided to remove him. Despite the action taken by the party against Thapa, he can continue his ministership for six months. Issuing a notice on Sunday, the Parliament Secretariat stated that Thapa has been relieved from the post on the recommendation of his party, CPN-Maoist Centre. Despite losing his seat in the Upper House, Thapa can continue his ministership for another 6 months as per the constitutional provisions. Article 78 of the Constitution of Nepal-2072 allows a person who is not a member of the Federal Parliament to become a Minister but she or he must become a federal lawmaker within six months from the date of taking an oath to office. Thapa was earlier appointed as Member of Upper House from Maoist Centre and has got a term of 6 years to continue in the Upper House in a lucky draw held three years before. The decision from the Supreme Court to revive CPN-UML (Communist Party of Nepal- Unified Marxist Leninist) and CPN-MC (Communist Party of Nepal- Maoist Center) after scrapping the Nepal Communist Party faltered the unification of Nepal's largest Communist Party. Thapa along with the other 4 ministers at that time decided not to return back to the party.
A stolen figure of goddess Laxmi Narayan has returned to its home in Nepal. The idol was being worshipped at Patan's Patko Tole till 1984 when the statue went missing and later traced to a museum in Dallas, US. The figure was officially handed over to the Nepal Embassy in US during an official ceremony last month after the Nepali authorities provided evidences proving its origins to the Himalayan nation. "This statue which was kept in museum of Dallas, our mission there held four rounds of meeting and we provided them the evidences which belong to us. We have provided the documents as evidence and it matched, after matching those evidences Government of United States of America agreed to return it back and handed it over to our Embassy there," said Yadav Prasad Koirala, Culture Secretary of Nepal after the figure returned in Kathmandu.
Shantir Ogrosena, multinational military exercise, concluded in Bangladesh on April 12.The armed forces of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka participated in the exercise. Observers from the US, UK, Turkey and Saudi Arabia also participated. The multilateral UN-mandated counterterrorism exercise was held from April 4-12. The Indian Army contingent that participated comprised of 30 personnel. Indian Army chief Gen M M Naravane attended the closing ceremony of the exercise. The Army chief also interacted with the members of the Indian Army contingent. Watch the full video for more.
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A 10-day multinational military exercise named 'Shantir Ogrosena' in which troops of four countries including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka participated, culminated on April 12 in Bangladesh. The exercise also included observers from the US, UK, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and others. The exercise from April 4-12, was organised to pay tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary and celebrate the golden jubilee of the liberation of Bangladesh. The aim of the exercise was to strengthen defence ties and enhance interoperability amongst neighbourhood countries to ensure effective peacekeeping operations, the Indian Army said on April 12.
An Indian Army contingent reached Bangladesh for a multinational military exercise. Indian soldiers were greeted with flowers and salutes upon arrival in Dhaka. The Shantir Ogroshena (Frontrunners of Peace) 2021 exercise will be held between April 4 and 12, and includes soldiers from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan. Military observers from USA, UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Singapore will also be in attendance. The military exercise comes days after PM Modi's visit to the nation. Watch the full video for more.
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Acknowledging the work done by Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees, India on March 27 said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina discussed the issue during their bilateral talks in Dhaka, and both the sides have an understanding on the refugee provided to more than a million displaced people from Myanmar's Rakhine state. "This issue does come up and should come up. There was an understanding between both sides that Bangladesh has done a lot to provide refuge to over a million displaced persons from Myanmar's Rakhine state," said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla in Dhaka. "Among the 109 ambulances that we just gifted, a few of them are for the camps where these displaced persons (Rohingya refugees) are housed," he added. "There is very active collaboration and cooperation among India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan under BBIM group. We spoke about Motor Vehicle Agreement that is in fairly advanced stage. We want to take it further. We are facilitating Bangladesi exports to both these countries via India," Harsh Vardhan Shringla further stated.