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Modi to visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Sunday

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi and launch a scheme aimed at strengthening power transmission in urban areas.

Officials said Modi will first visit Jharkhand and lay the foundation stone of an agriculture research centre in Barhi area of Hazaribagh district.

Modi will visit Varanasi in the afternoon and launch the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), a programme of the power ministry aimed at strengthening transmission and distribution networks in the urban areas.

IPDS is part of a ministry initiative to supply uninterrupted power to the people, officials said.

They said that IPDS was announced in the 2014-15 budget and aims at strengthening the sub-transmission network, metering, information technology application and customer care services.

The central government was committed to provide budgetary support of Rs.45,800 crore for IPDS, they said.

An amount of Rs 1,067 crore has been sanctioned under IPDS for Uttar Pradesh of which Rs 572 crore is for Varanasi.

The project envisages converting overhead lines into underground cables in the areas around the temples and ghats in Varanasi city.

The scheme includes upgrading electrical assets at sub-centres, capacity enhancement and renewal of the old sub-stations.

It also includes installing roof-top solar panels in government buildings.

During his visit to Varanasi, Modi will review the progress of work on four-laning the ring road in the city and will also inaugurate a trauma centre at Banaras Hindu University. He will also address a public rally.

(IANS)

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Gokhale said that Modi's two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations
KP Sharma Oli, PM of Nepal, wikimedia commons

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)

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