News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (August 5-11)

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Kathmandu-Raxaul Railway MoU deferred

The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the detailed feasibility of the Kathmandu- Raxaul has been postponed due to a delay in the appointment of the new Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport. The former government had allotted 8.92 billion for the development of railways, metro, and mono railway in the 2019-20 fiscal year. Out of the total allotted budget, 3.75 billion has already been spent. Further, the DPR cost will be borne by India.

The first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan has reached Nepal

Nepal received first batch of 1.6 million AstraZeneca vaccines provided by Japan. Japanese Amb H.E. KIKUTA Yutaka handed this over to Hon. Umesh Shrestha, State Minister for Health & Population at TIA. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nepal has received the first batch of 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan on August 7. Japanese envoy handed over the vaccines to the Minister of State for Health and Population. The second batch of the vaccine reached Nepal on August 8.

CPN-Maoist Centre Spokesperson states India should apologize for the Tuin incident

CPN-Maoist Centre Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha broke the silence regarding the Tuin incident in the parliament and urged the Indian government to immediately apologize for the actions of Indian Seema Suraksha Bal. He also stated that strict action should be taken against individuals involved in the Tuin case and ensure justice to the family of the missing youth.

India was uncooperative in the investigation process of the Tuin incident

India has refuted Nepal’s claim regarding the Tuin incident in Darchula. Nepal government has formed a probe committee to investigate the incident. However, the committee is receiving no cooperation from India. Nepal had sought permission from India to use a drone to search for the missing boy and to gather evidence. Nepal has not received any response from India. As the investigation did not finish in 10 days, the Minister of Home Affairs has extended the investigation period by 7 days.

People-to-people relation at Indo-Nepal border

The problems at the Indo-Nepal border have deepened during the pandemic as per the participant at a cross-border conference of Nepali and Indian journalists organized by the Human Rights Journalist Association in Dhangadi. An Indian journalist stated that the Darchula incident highlighted a false narrative that there has always been tension between people-to-people relations at the Darchula border. The journalists of both sides of the border have agreed that small issues often tend to get overstated by the media.

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