Prez to seal deal to extend railways

KATHMANDU: An agreement will be signed to extend five railway lines from India to Nepal’s bordering areas during the upcoming India visit of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav.

Few other agreements marking India’s assistance in infrastructure building in the country will also be signed during the visit.

A cabinet meeting today decided to sign the agreements with India, during the February 15-18 visit of President Dr Yadav. A 27-member team will accompany the President in the formal visit.

The five railway points are Jaynagar to Bijalapur, Bijalapur to Bardibas, Jogbani to Biratnagar, Nautanawa to Bhairawa

and Nepalgunj Road to Nepalgunj, according to Shankar Pokharel, Minister for Information and Communications.

The cabinet also allowed the delegation to have an agreement on expanding air service between Nepal and India.

A memorandum of understanding has already been signed to that effect. Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Sarat Singh Bhandari will represent Nepal government while signing a deal during the President’s visit.

The government is also planning to take Indian assistance to build a Nepal India Friendship City Hall in Birgunj and to set up a polytechnic in Hetauda.

Today’s Cabinet also formed a five-member commission headed by Govinda Parajuli, former appellate court justice, to probe into the assassination of Jamim Shah, chairman of Space Time Network Pvt Ltd and Channel Nepal Television.