Nepal asks India for more electricity

Nepal asks India for more electricityNew Delhi, Mar 13 : Nepal has requested India to expedite construction of transmission lines damaged by Koshi floods and the cross border lines so that the amount of power imported from India could be increased.

During the fourth high-level secretarial meeting of the Joint Committee on Water Resources (JCWR) between Nepal and India, which began here on Thursday, Nepal Water Resources Secretary Shanker Prasad Koirala, who is leading the Nepali team, said Nepal could import upto 150 Mw electricity from India.

China beefs up Tibet border against "expected sabotage"

China beefs up Tibet border against "expected sabotage" Beijing - Chinese forces have tightened border controls between the Tibet Autonomous Region and neighbouring countries ahead of "expected sabotage activities" by supporters of the exiled Dalai Lama, state media said on Monday.

"We have made due deployment and tightened controls at border ports, and key areas and passages along the border in Tibet," the official Xinhua news agency quoted Fu Hongyu, the political commissar of the public security ministry's Border Control Department, as saying in Beijing.

Warriors in the mist: A forgotten chapter of Tibet struggle

Dharamsala - Amid growing anger among Tibetan exiles at China's subjugation of Tibet and its monasteries, bitter memories of a failed armed struggle haunt former guerrilla fighter Lhasang Tsering.

Over five decades, the Tibetan movement has drawn international attention and support for being among the world's rare non-violent struggles, which has been credited to the Dalai Lama's "middle way" approach, which stresses conciliatory negotiations with China.

Although the policy has made little headway with Beijing, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in
1989 for leading Tibet's non-violent struggle.

Nepal granted excise duty waiver from India

Nepal granted excise duty waiver from IndiaKathmandu, March 7 : The two-day trade talks between Nepal and India concluded on Friday with Nepal winning major concessions from the India

Kantipur quoted Surya Prasad Silwal, joint-secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, who led the Nepali delegation as saying, India has agreed to exempt excise and other duties while Nepal imports goods from India with Indian currency.

"This provision is the same as India applies when it exports goods to other countries for hard currency," he said.

Three killed as ethnic protest turns deadly in southern Nepal

Three killed as ethnic protest turns deadly in southern NepalKathmandu - At least three people, including a police officer, were killed as violence erupted in southern Nepal during a general strike by an ethnic group, official said Friday.

Local administration in Chitwan district, about 120 kilometres south of Kathmandu, said it had imposed a curfew to contain spiralling violence in several parts of the district.

The violence came on the fifth day of a general strike by the Tharu community across the southern Nepalese plains, known as the Terai.

India to assist Nepal to upgrade food laboratories

Kathmandu, Mar 6: India has agreed to provide technical aid to Nepal for upgrading the central food laboratory and the laboratory of the Department of Standards and Meterology (DoSM).

This assistance will help to harmonize the standards and accreditation system between the two countries.

The agreement to this effect came, during the two-day bilateral trade treaty review meeting held between the two countries here on Thursday.

According to Nepalnews, the visiting Indian team also promised to fulfill the treaty of Kathmandu to incorporate a clear provision on exempting excise, additional customs and other duties and charges on Nepali exports to India, under the bilateral trade treaty.