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India gives 20 ambulances, four buses to Nepal

India gives 20 ambulances, four buses to NepalKathmandu, Aug 15 : Twenty ambulances and four buses were Thursday gifted by India to various hospitals, non-profit organisations and educational institutions in Nepal, on the occasion of India's Independence Day.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad hoisted the national flag and read out the address by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held in the embassy premises in Kathmandu.

The speech stressed on India's support to peace, stability and development in its neighbourhood.

The Indian ambassador presented 14 ambulances and three buses to recipient organisations from 16 districts in Nepal.

The remaining six ambulances and one bus were gifted by the Consulate General of India in Birgunj to organisations under its consular jurisdiction.

Ambassador Prasad also presented books to 50 educational and training institutions located across Nepal.

Since 1994, India has gifted 402 ambulances to various organisations across 70 districts in Nepal.

"This has helped in bringing healthcare services to the doorstep of thousands of people who do not have access to such services," said a statement from the embassy.

India has also gifted 78 buses to various educational and welfare institutions in 24 districts of Nepal, making access to education easier for thousands of students.

Gifting of ambulances and buses is a part of the India-Nepal Development Partnership, with an overall outlay of over NRs. 65 billion.

The cooperation consists of 450 large and small projects in health, education and infrastructure development sectors.(IANS)