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PM Modi Nepal Visit: Ram Janaki Temple decked up like a bride

11 May 2018

Indian Premier Narendra Modi is due in Nepal on Friday for a two-day visit created to mend fences with its smaller neighbor, but anger is still simmering in the landlocked country over a crippling blockade some two years ago.

SPEEDY implementation of key India-assisted projects and building trust will be among the focus areas when Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Nepal on Friday, a visit reflective of attempts to bring back normalcy in Indo-Nepal ties after a spell of uneasiness.

This will be his third visit to Nepal as Prime Minister. Modi is scheduled to visit the temple on the morning of May 12, when Karnataka is set to vote.

Ahead of PM Modi's visit, Chief Minister of Nepal's Province 2 Mohammad Lalbabu Raut expressed optimism saying "We are looking forward to his visit".

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In the afternoon, Modi will travel to Kathmandu where he will meet Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun. The two prime ministers will be jointly inaugurating the Arun-III hydroelectric project in Nepal for generation of 900 megawatts of electricity.

The following day, Modi will visit the Muktinath temple and is expected to announce assistance for a project to restore the place of worship revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

Gautam says: "Modi's visit is less about resetting diplomatic ties with Nepal and more about his own domestic electorate politics, and geopolitics". Stung by the blockade and in a bid to reduce landlocked Nepal's dependence on India for trade and transit, the pro-China Oli was quick to visit Beijing in 2016 and ink no less than 10 pacts, among them being ones for connectivity through rail and inland waterways. Roads have been decorated with flags of Nepal and India.

There will be a call by Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Gyawali.

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In the evening, PM Modi will have delegation level talks with his Nepalese counter part. "These include the Madhes-based parties as well", a government official said on Thursday. "I am confident that my visit will further cement our people-centric partnership with Nepal on the basis of mutual benefit, goodwill and understanding", Mr Modi added.

The Prime Minister will also visit Janakpur temple.

The sources said there may be an announcement on the proposed Ramayan circuit, under which fifteen destinations like Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot will be developed to promote religious tourism.

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PM Modi Nepal Visit: Ram Janaki Temple decked up like a bride