India signs MoU with Nepal for reconstruction of 6 Secondary schools
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India signs MoU with Nepal for reconstruction of 6 Secondary schools
It seems like India is in full swing in boosting relations with Nepal with recent rollout of vaccines as grant assistance and now going ahead in improving educational infrastructure of the Himalayan Nation.
Keeping that in mind, a Memorandum of Understanding has lately been signed to reconstruct 6 Secondary schools in Nepal.
The Indian Embassy and CLPIU (Education) of NRA was also signed for construction of six secondary schools at a total cost of NR 518 million.
Out of these six secondary schools, a ceremony for reconstruction of Shree KantiBhairab Secondary School at Kageshwari Municipality was held on Thursday.
The event was attended by Mayor of Kageshwari Municipality, Secretary NRA and representatives of Shree KantiBhairab School Management Committee.
Shree KantiBhairab Secondary School is being reconstructed at a cost of NR 266 million and will be built as per earthquake-resilient reconstruction norms of Government of Nepal.
The new three floor building will have 30 class rooms, library and lab/practical rooms, separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls and also furniture.
The Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, a premier institute in India in the field earthquake-resilient reconstruction, will provide technical hand-holding for construction of these schools.
Government of India has committed a total grant of US dollar 250 million for reconstruction projects in the education, health, cultural heritage and housing sectors.
For the education sector, India has committed a grant of US dollar 50 million.
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.
Exchange of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between India and Bangladesh was held in Dhaka in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina. PM Modi also handed over a representational key of 109 life-saving ambulances to Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. He also gave a representational item of India's gift of 1.2 million COVID vaccine to Bangladesh. Bangladesh PM Hasina presented a gold and a silver coin to PM Modi. The coins were released on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She also handed over a silver coin released on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's Independence.
The reconstruction work of a dharmashala at Budhanilkantha began with Indian assistance in Kathmandu on Thursday, according to the Embassy of India in Nepal. Deputy Chief of the Embassy of India to Nepal Namgya C Khampa and Sushil Gyawali, Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority of Government of Nepal jointly laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of dharmashala at Budhanilkantha Temple, Kathmandu. Reconstruction of the dharmashala at Budhanilkantha is third of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken with a reconstruction of Nepali Rs 5800 million committed by the Indian government for the cultural heritage sector. All the 28 sites were identified by the Nepal government and both India and Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard in August 2017, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated. The Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is the implementing agency. The dharmashala at Budhanilkantha is expected to facilitate the visit of pilgrims and tourists visiting this sacred temple. The event was attended by Swami Nigamananda, Mathadhish of Temple, Laxman Khadka, Chairman, Budhanilkantha Management Committee and others. India has been working with Nepal for the restoration of cultural heritage projects in past too. We have long cultural similarities, cultural heritage to preserve for the future generation.
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on March 04, the Minister of State (MoS) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C), Mansukh Mandaviya informed that 424 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) were signed during Maritime India Summit- 2021. Mandaviya said, "424 MoUs were signed during Maritime India Summit- 2021 and investments of more than Rs 3 lakh crores were committed."
Nepal and India have agreed to carry out a joint study on construction activities underway in and around the Mahakali River in Darchula district, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali announced on Monday. Responding to the questions raised by lawmakers in Parliament, Minister Gyawali informed the meeting that both nations have formed a team to conduct the study and it will be deployed at the site on April 12. As per Gyawali, the Government of Nepal earlier also had sent a team led by the Chief Survey Officer of Darchula district to make a field study of the security wall being constructed by India on its side of Mahakali River on January 6 amid reports of encroachment. Gyawali informed the meeting that border experts from both countries are making the field study as per recommendations made by the team that it would be appropriate to find the exact measurement of the wall with the help of survey officials of both the countries and raise this issue with relevant Indian authorities. Addressing the meeting of the House of Representatives, lawmaker Badu claimed that around 25 hectares of Nepali land had turned into the riverbank on the Indian side of the border.
The restoration work of Seto Macchindranath Temple, one of the 28 heritage sites which will be reconstructed with the help of India's assistance, has begun on Sunday in Kathmandu. Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra along with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyawali and Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya jointly carried out 'Bhoomi Pooja' for the restoration of Seto Machindranath temple. The conservation work of Seto Machindranath temple is the first of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken by the Indian government. New Delhi has committed a sum of 580 crores for cultural heritage sector. All the 28 sites were identified by Nepal Government and both India and Nepal signed Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) in August 2017. The Seto Machindranath Temple will be conserved as per Nepal's Ancient Monument Preservation Act, and the Department of Archaeology's Basic Guidelines and Manual for conservation and reconstruction of heritage affected by the 2015 earthquake using material close to the original building material at the time of its construction as per the traditional ethos, local traditions, and values that sustain and enriches such living heritage sites in Nepal. The temple located in the heart of Kathmandu city is visited by Hindus and Buddhist devotees to worship Seto Machindranath are considered to be one of the Protectors of the Kathmandu Valley.
A man-eating tiger that has attacked many people has been transferred from Bardiya National Park to the Central Zoo in Jawalakhel of Lalitpur District in Nepal. The Nepal authorities took the tiger via road to Lalitpur from Bardiyawhich lies at distance of about 400 kilometers from capital Kathmandu. Earlier this week, the tiger attacked and killed a 34 year old mahout working for the Rhinoceros census at the Bardiya National Park. As per the official data, about 10 people already have fell prey to Panthera Tigris in recent years. Government officials said the increased tiger population in Nepal was one of the reasons behind the rise in tiger attacks on humans. Official data showed there were 87 tigers in 2018 in Bardiya National Park, compared to 50 in 2013.
As a mark of friendship and strong ties between New Delhi and Kathmandu, India gifted one lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Nepal Army on March 28. The nine packages of Covishield vaccines, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) arrived in Kathmandu, via an Air India flight late in the evening. So far, India has provided COVID-19 vaccines to over 70 countries. India has also provided medical supplies to 150 nations in the fight during pandemic.