Nepal PM Deuba's India visit begins today


PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a telephonic call to his Nepal counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba and offered all possible assistance from India to deal with the situation created by floods.

Other issues on table are addressing the problems of flood and inundation in the bordering areas of Nepal caused by the construction of embankments on the Indian side, Nepal's huge trade deficit with India, expediting implementation of Indian projects in Nepal, Indian cultural support to Lumbini and Pashupatinath, construction of the second global airport in Nijgadh, and feasibility study of the east-west electric railway. He will visit the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi.

Likewise, the Prime Minister is scheduled to attend a reception to be hosted in his honour by the Embassy of Nepal, New Delhi, and have a separate interaction programme with Nepali community.

Deuba's Delhi visit takes place in the background of the Doklam standoff involving India, China, and Bhutan. This is his first visit overseas after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Nepal in June 2017. Deuba's visit aims to get India committed to post-earthquake reconstruction and infrastructural expansion in the country.

Sushma Swaraj had met Deuba when she went to Kathmandu to attend the 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) regional bloc on August 10-11. During the visit, some senior members of the Indian Cabinet will call on Prime Minister Deuba.

Nepal will hold parliamentary and provincial elections on November 26, the government announced on Monday, a key step towards cementing democracy in the politically unstable country.

Officials said Nepal will raise the issue of inundation of the Tarai belt because of the construction of embankment by India on its side of the border.