News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (December 9 – 15)

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Bangladesh is preparing to buy Nepal’s electricity through long term power purchase agreement (PPA) in collaboration with private sector. Bangladeshi Minister of State Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Nasrul Hamid said that the infrastructure of the transmission line would be strengthened for the import of electricity from Nepal and construction of dedicated line would also be started. He also pledged that Bangladesh would purchase up to 3500 MW of electricity from Nepal by 2026 and preparation for that would be completed by March 2022.

Israeli Embassy in collaboration with Avsar Foundation organized the 2nd annual Krishi Tara Award in Kathmandu on December 9. Israeli embassy issued a statement stating the award function was organized to honor and appreciate Nepali farmers and agri entrepreneurs who have contributed to agriculture with technologies, and skills training they undertook in Israel under “Learn and Earn Program”.

According to officials, the government is preparing to provide identity cards to around 6,365 Bhutanese refugees residing in Nepal. The government has prepared a guideline and the ministry has tabled the proposal before the cabinet for endorsement. However, Tibetan refugees will not be given identification card at present.

Five Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested for smuggling 311 grams of gold-like yellow metal, chain roll, rings, and stolen goods from Tribhuvan International Airport. They were flying to Bangladesh from Dubai via Kathmandu on Himalayan Airlines flight on December 14.

On December 14, the MCC headquarters in Washington convened a board meeting to discuss the Nepal Compact.

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