News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (September 2 – 8, 2021)

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Nepal sends diplomatic note to India over Darchula incident

The Ministry of Foreign Ministry has sent a diplomatic note to India to investigate and compensate the family and requested India to ensure that such occurrences do not take place in the future. The diplomatic note was sent on September 3 after the probe report was submitted to the Home Ministry and they wrote to Foreign Ministry on September 2. However, the spokesperson of the Indian Foreign Ministry stated that India is unaware of any official communication from the Nepal government. A former ambassador to India has stated that now that Nepal has sent a diplomatic note with concrete evidence, we can be hopeful of a probe from the Indian side.

Government prepares for parliamentary endorsement of MCC

The Ministry of Home Affairs has given instructions to Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and the National Investigation Department to stay on high alert as there could be nationwide agitation as the government prepares to endorse MCC. The Government has also issued a statement asking the public not to get involved in any activities that could threaten relations with friendly nations. The MCC will be tabled in the federal parliament on September 8.

Aftermath of untangling of tuin in Darchula

In Darchula’s Duhu, Pipalchuari, there is a scarcity of basic food and raw materials that are used in daily consumption due to the detachment of Tuin by India’s Sashastra Seema Bal. The residents of Duhu used to travel via India road using Tuin as there is no alternative road to Duhu via Nepal. The detachment of Tuin has severely impacted the daily lives of people living in Duhu.

Nepal to receive 4.4 million doses of Vero Cell vaccines from China this week

According to the Ministry of Health and Population 4.4 million doses of the Vero Cell are anticipated to come from China within a week. This comes under the 6 million doses of vaccine that the government bought from China out of which 1.6 million doses have already reached Nepal. Earlier in June Nepal bought 4 million doses under a non-disclosure agreement. However, in August there was a new deal to purchase 6 million doses of vaccines. China has announced to provided additional 1.6 million doses of vaccine under grant assistance, nevertheless, the arrival date of the vaccines under the grant is not confirmed as per the Health Ministry.  China has provided 7.4 million doses of the Vero Cell Vaccine thus far.

Nepal requests India to investigate SSB’s involvement in the Tuin incident

Nepal has sent two diplomatic notes to India on September 3. On a separate note, the Foreign Ministry asked the Indian embassy to correspond about the Indian helicopter with Indian authorities hovering in the Nepali skies regularly in the recent days without permission of concerned authorities of Nepal  and asked to communicate to seek prior permission for the same to the Foreign Ministry of India.

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