News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (November 4 – 10, 2021)

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As per the Nepal Electricity Authority, India granted permission to Nepal to sell 39 MW generated by the Trisuli and Devighat powerhouses in the initial phase at the Indian Energy Exchange. Under India’s central electricity grid, Nepal will sell power in the day-ahead market. Every day from 10 AM to 12 PM, NEA will participate in the bid with the quantity of energy sold on the exchange market.

Under the support of the Chinese Embassy in Nepal, an internet facility will be provided in four community schools in Pokhara. An MOU on internet connection in schools was signed during a program in Pokhara on Tuesday in the virtual presence of Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanchi. As per the agreement, the school will get one year of free internet. Gandaki Province’s Minister of Education urged the Chinese Ambassador to take the initiative to open the Korla border crossing with China as it would help in rapid development if it were operated smoothly.

Nepal received 1.6 million doses of Vero Cell vaccines from China on November 3. The vaccine provided was under grant assistance.

The Ministry of Health sent a proposal to the Serum Institute of India, requesting that the government purchase the vaccine from the vaccine producer. Health Minister Khatiwoda also requested assistance from the Indian embassy.

Army Chief Prabhuram Sharma has reached New Delhi for a four-day official visit to India. He will hold high-level talks after receiving the honorary rank of Maharathi of the Indian Army. He will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar.

Officials from Nepal’s Ministry of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation believe that India, which views energy as a “strategic commodity,” is attempting to restrict the rising use of Chinese contracts, workers, and technology in Nepal’s hydropower projects. As per the NEA’s proposal, electricity from 456 MW Upper Tamakoshi, 69 MW Lower Marshyangdi and 45 MW Bhotekoshi hydropower projects have not been allowed to sell in a competitive market yet.

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