PM Modi’s Nepal visit

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday will start his two-day state visit to Nepal.

This will be his third visit to Nepal. He will start his visit from the historic city of Janakpur, the birthplace of Sita, from Friday morning where he will visit 20th century Janki temple and offer prayers. He will be accorded a civic reception by the Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City at Barhabigha ground. The Prime Minister will flag off a bus service connecting Janakpur to Ayodhya.

The Prime Minister will fly to the capital, Kathmandu where he will jointly lay the foundation stone of Arun-III hydro power project through a remote system and issue a press statement.

Welcome gates with pictures of Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Oli have been installed at different places on the way to the main city area from the Tribhuvan International Airport. Roads have been decorated with flags of Nepal and India.

The prime minister will call on Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun and President Bidya Devi Bhandari in the afternoon. In the evening, Modi will hold delegation-level talks with Oli. Modi will also attend a banquet hosted by Prime Minister Oli.

On Saturday, Prime Minister will visit historic Muktinath temple in Mustang district situated in north-west Nepal to offer prayers Modi will attend a reception hosted by Ambassador Puri in his honour.

Both sides will deliberate on the implementation of the ambitious rail project to link Kathmandu with Raxaul in Bihar and connecting landlocked Nepal with river transport system with India, apart from several other key connectivity projects.

India had offered these mega projects during Oli’s visit here last month. Modi and Oli are likely to sign a number of pacts and inaugurate the Rs 6000-crore Arun 3 project which is expected to generate around 900 MW of power.

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