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Kathmandu: The movement of personal vehicles between India and Nepal is set to be facilitated under a protocol to be put in place shortly with the entire process of applying and getting permit for the journey available online, it was announced here on Friday.

The proposed measure is one of several in the pipeline aimed at streamlining the movement of people and vehicles across the India-Nepal border, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu said on Friday.

The facility, under the bilateral motor vehicle agreement, received the nod at the first meeting of the India-Nepal Cross Border Transport Facilitation Joint Working Group in New Delhi. At present, only passenger buses are allowed to travel between the two countries.

Citizens of both countries do not require visas for travelling across the border but need to carry valid identity documents issued by the respective governments.

As for vehicles, certain procedures have to be followed, which were made easy in 2014 after both countries signed the bilateral motor vehicles agreement.

“In order to facilitate movement of vehicles across India-Nepal border, the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the IT-solution provider of the government of India, will design a web-based system for issuance of online permits under the bilateral agreement,” the Indian Embassy here said.

It would help issue, monitor and verify permits for non-scheduled and personal passenger vehicles. The new online permit system, once developed, would be approved by the Nepal government.

“The new system will facilitate procurement of vehicle permit for people based in far-flung and remote areas. After concurrence by both sides, the web-based portal would be tested on a pilot basis at the Birgunj-Raxaul and Bhairahawa-Sunauli border points,” the embassy said.

The existing manual system for vehicle permits in vogue in both countries would continue alongside.

Both sides also agreed to rationalise permit fee, customs duty and bank guarantee for different categories of vehicles.

The Indian side said free WiFi service and tracking system had been installed on the Delhi-Kathmandu route.

Meanwhile, the Joint Working Group has recommended introduction of regular bus service between India and Nepal on the Kathmandu-Patna-Bodhgaya, Mahendranagar-New Delhi, Siliguri-Kakarbhitta-Kathmandu and Janakpur-Patna routes.

Regular bus services on the Kathmandu-New Delhi and Kathmandu-Varanasi routes are already operational.

“The new routes will help improve connectivity and seamless movement between Nepal and border states of India, that is Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand,” the embassy said.

The new routes would be made operational after discussions and consent of all stakeholders on both sides of the border.

(IANS)

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‘Super 30’ Founder Anand Kumar Urges Indians in Canada to Join Hands for Country’s Progress

Anand Kumar runs the ‘Super-30’ programme in India for talented students from underprivileged background and provides them free mentoring

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Vancouver, Sep 05, 2017: ‘Super 30’ founder and mathematician Anand Kumar has urged Indians in Canada to contribute to their native country’s progress in whatever way they could.

“With such a large number of successful Indians in different fields here, India can bank on it and hope to use this vast expertise for its progress,” Kumar said.

He was speaking at the grand finale of ‘Namaste Canada’ programme, organised by 20 big Indian groups in association with the Indian Embassy, on Monday.

He said distance would not matter in this digital era, but passion and commitment would.

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He said there were abundant opportunities in the fields of education, healthcare and skill development in India, which had a young workforce below 35 years of age comprising more than half its total population.

In India, Kumar runs the ‘Super-30’ programme for talented students from underprivileged background and provides them free mentoring.

So far, over 400 of his students have made it to the Indian Institutes of Technology. (IANS)

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Indian Arabic Magazine ‘Satwul Hind’ to Publish its 500th Edition in July

Indian embassy celebrates as the Indian Arabic magazine 'Sawtul Hind' reaches 500th edition

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  • The Arabic magazine ‘Sawtul Hind’ published by the Indian embassy reaches a milestone next week as it publishes its 500th edition
  • The launch of the 500th commemorative issue of the magazine will be celebrated in Cairo
  • A photo exhibition will be featured as the celebration of Sawtul Hind’s 500th issue from July 17 to 20 at The Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation

New Delhi, July 12, 2017: The Indian Arabic magazine ‘Sawtul Hind’ published by the Indian embassy in Egypt for the past six decades is going to witness a milestone next week as it publishes it 500th edition depicting the strong bond and vibrant cultural exchanges between India and Egypt.

The launch of the 500th commemorative issue of the magazine will be celebrated by the Indian embassy at the Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation in Cairo on Monday, mentioned PTI report.

The first edition of ‘Sawtful Hind’ was published in 1952 and continues to be an interface between India and Egypt by collating information on the political, economical and cultural relationship between the two countries.

Sanjay Bhattacharya, India’s Ambassador to Egypt, wrote an editorial in the commemorative issue saying when a journal reaches its 500th edition, in a journey over six momentous decades, it becomes a “chronicle of history”.

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“Sawtul-Hind came to light as our nations emerged out of the shackles of colonialism as independent countries. India and Egypt were actively engaged in promoting South-South cooperation, growth of Non-Aligned Movement and encouraging regional and multilateral cooperation,” added Bhattacharya in the latest edition that will be released during the celebration on Monday.

The magazine is committed to continue its efforts to “feature the rich diversity of India, a nation with the confidence of a rich heritage and the optimism of a dynamic future,” said the ambassador.

A photo exhibition will be featured as a part of the celebration of Sawtul Hind’s 500th issue, displaying Sawtul Hind’s journey over the past six decades, through various covers of the magazine. The exhibition will be open for the visitors from July 17 to 20 at the hall of the Egyptian Centre for International Cultural Cooperation.

The launch ceremony will witness the performance of an Oriental Music group from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Egyptian Minister of Culture Helmy El Namnam is going to be the Chief Guest of the event.

Being one of India’s most important trading partner in the African continent; having mutual political understanding based on cooperation on bilateral, regional and global issues; India and Egypt, two of the world’s oldest civilizations have shared a history of close relationship from ancient times.

Three streets in Cairo are named after Indian leaders namely, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and Dr. Zakir Hussein.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel. Twitter: goel_samiksha

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36-year-old Egyptian Woman Eman Ahmed weighing 500 Kg gets Visa with help of Sushma Swaraj

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New Delhi, December 7, 2016: By External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj intervention a bed-ridden Egyptian woman weighing 500kg was on Tuesday granted visa by Indian Embassy in Cairo.

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It was due to Eman’s weight that she was prevented from pursuing her studies as due to weight gain she dropped out of school.

According to PTI, “36-year-old Eman Ahmed, a resident of port city of Alexandria, was issued the medical visa hours after a Mumbai- based bariatric surgeon requested Swaraj to help the woman travel to India for her treatment.”

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Swaraj tweeted in response to the request, “Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We will definitely help her.”

A few hours later, Dr Muffi Lakdawala, who is a philanthropist, tweeted that Indian Embassy in Cairo granted visa to Eman, a resident of Alexandria.

Lakdawala said,”Embassy in Cairo called Visa granted.Thank you so much for this prompt response, impressed Appreciate the help @SushmaSwaraj.”

He said Eman weighs 500 kg and has been refused the visa.

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“Ma’am , Eman Ahmed (Egypt) 500kgs requested me 2 save her pls help me get her a medical visa as refused thru normal process @SushmaSwaraj,” he had tweeted.

by NewsGram team