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Nepal facing ‘war-like’ situation due to India’s blockade, says Oli


New Delhi: Nepal’s prime Minister KP Oli has said on Sunday that the ‘undeclared blockade’ by India has caused a severe ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the country  and undermined the historic ties between the two nations. India has also violated the rights of a landlocked country under international law, he added.

The blockade has led to a shortage of emergency medicines and adversely affected pregnant women and school children, Oli said in a televised address to the people of Nepal.

Oli further said that the undisclosed blockade has tarnished  the image of India in the minds of the Nepalese.
While recalling high-level visits by Indian leaders and resumption of major hydro-projects last year, he claimed that the current “war- like situation that Nepal has been facing” had relegated all that progress to the background.
(With inputs from agencies)
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India donates ambulances and buses to Nepal on Republic Day


Kathmandu: On its 67th Republic day, India has donated 40 ambulances and eight buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions in Nepal to strengthen the education and health services in the Himalayan nation.

Among them, 33 ambulances and six buses were distributed at a function at the Indian embassy here while seven other ambulances and two buses were gifted by the Consulate General of India, Birgunj, to different organisations under its consular jurisdiction.

Since 1994, the Government of India has gifted 542 ambulances to various organisations across 73 districts in Nepal.

The Indian Embassy also released a statement regarding this stEarlier during the day,

This has helped in bringing healthcare services to the doorstep of thousands of people who do not have access to healthcare services,

India has so far gifted 106 buses to various educational and welfare institutions across 25 districts in Nepal, making access to education easier for thousands of students.

Earlier during the day, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae hoisted the national flag at a function in the embassy premises and read out the message of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee that stressed, among other things, on India’s support for peace, stability and development in its neighbourhood.

The event was marked by unveiling of the ‘Bhu Puu (ex-army men) 2015 Magazine’, published by the Defence Wing of the Embassy to publicise all welfare initiatives of the Indian government for ex-servicemen domiciled in Nepal.

The widows and dependents of ex-servicemen and disabled ex-servicemen were handed over cheques and blankets by the ambassador. In addition, books were donated to 52 libraries, and educational and training institutions located in different regions of Nepal, including the remote districts.

Ambassador Rae also hosted a reception, attended by senior leaders, public personalities and representatives of various sections of the Nepalese society, as well as prominent Indian citizens here.

(Inputs from IANS)

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