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PM Modi Visits Nepal To Strengthen Bilateral Ties On Shared Culture, Connectivity And Energy

PM Modi Visits Nepal To Strengthen Bilateral Ties On Shared Culture, Connectivity And Energy

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Kushinagar ahead of his visit to Nepal. This will mark PM Narendra Modi’s first visit to Nepal after his 2019 win. During the visit, PM Modi will meet Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and will focus on strengthening bilateral ties on the pillars of shared culture and civilisational heritage, connectivity, energy and education. On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, PM Narendra Modi will visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha, who became Buddha after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in India. He will also visit the historic Lumbini heritage site. In Lumbini, PM Modi and Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba will inaugurate an India-funded Buddhist centre and deepen the cultural ties between the neighbouring countries. The two countries will also establish better connectivity through road and air, with Kathmandu seeking more air entry corridors. In the education sector, both India and Nepal would carve out the possibilities of building a premier Indian Technical University and establishing a satellite campus in Nepal’s capital. India and Nepal would also discuss hydroelectric cooperation based on mutual benefit. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,202 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,202 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 17,317. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with recording 2,550 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have now reached 4,25,82,243. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.74% and 0.59%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 84.41 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 191.37 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Court-Ordered Videography Survey Of The Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque Complex Begins Today

On Monday morning, the court-ordered videography survey of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque Complex began in Varanasi. Tight security is being maintained due to a massive influx of devotees at the Temple for Vaishakh Purnima. The survey is being conducted after five women filed a petition in the court to seek permission for daily worship at the Shrinagar Gauri Temple, which is claimed to be situated inside the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Mosque. The Civil Court then passed an order granting permission to conduct a survey and videography at the Mosque premises despite objections from the Mosque authorities. The Commissioner of Police Varanasi, Satish Ganesh, said: “The Court Commission is conducting the Gyanvapi Mosque survey on the third day. We have made adequate arrangements to manage the heavy inflow of devotees to Kashi Vishwanath Temple on Vaishakh Purnima today,” Another petition which claims that the entire premises belonged to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Gyanvapi Mosque is just a part of the Temple is also pending before the court since 1991. The petitioner Vijay Shankar Rastogi claimed that the Kashi Vishwanath Temple had been built over 2,000 years ago and that the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb demolished the Temple during his reign. 

Centre Askes the Wheat-Producing States And UTs To Keep Procuring Wheat Till May 31

In a statement on May 15, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution asked the wheat-producing states and Union Territories to keep procuring wheat till May 31 as the procurement closing dates are expiring early. The Ministry added that the extension of the wheat procurement was expected to benefit farmers and directed the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to continue the wheat procurement. The statement from the Ministry read: “The wheat procurement under Central pool has been less during ensuing RMS 2022-23 corresponding to previous RMS 2021-22, mainly due to the higher market prices than MSP, wherein farmers have been selling wheat to private traders. The Central government had on May 13 decided to restrict the export of wheat to rein in high prices of wheat, except in case of an irrevocable letter of credit and requests from neighbouring/food-deficit countries,”

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