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Former Nepalese King Gyanendra disappointed with country’s present situation

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Nepal: Former King Gyanendra of Nepal is not satisfied with the present situation in the country. The former king visited the Pashupatinath Temple on Monday evening.

On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, he extended his greetings to all the Hindus in Nepal and around the world, upon a brief encounter with journalists.

The former king expressed his disappointment with Nepal’s present situation which seems to be going downhill. Political uncertainty in Nepal has made it extremely hard for its economy to grow.

Nepal’s rocky geography, scarcity of tangible natural resources accompanied by poor infrastructure are factors to its declining economy. Also, the ineffective post-1950 government and the long-running civil war are contributing factors in demolishing the nation’s economic development.

The King prayed to the Lord Pashupatinath for country’s peace and relief from the present situation.

The 2,000-year-old temple of Pashupatinath is situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River in Kathmandu valley. It comes under one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva who is considered the creator of the world.

Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was the King of Nepal from 2001 to 2008. He also briefly served as king in his childhood from 1950 to 1951. This was when his grandfather, Tribhuvan, went into exile in India with the rest of his family.

There’s a celebratory flavor to Maha Shivaratri, and maintaining the long followed tradition, he performed the 45 minutes long pooja at the Pashupatinath Temple on the festival’s occasion. (With Inputs from Agencies)

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Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

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The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS

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