Nepal Prime Minister requests Modi to provide exchange facility for demonetised notes

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A direct bus service will be of significant help to Hindu pilgrims, and it has the capability to facilitate travel between India and Nepal. The visits are seen as an attempt to mend the relations between the two countries.

He also announced assistance of 1 billion Indian rupees (14.85 million US dollars) for the development of Janakpur. "We have been there for each other in the most hard of times", the PM said, stressing Nepal's top position in India's "Neighbourhood First" policy.

Modi on Saturday prayed at Nepal's iconic Muktinath temple that is regarded sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists, becoming the first world leader to offer prayers there.

Nepal and India have agreed to further deepen their bilateral cooperation in wide-ranging areas such as hydropower, agriculture, connectivity, trade, information technology and tourism.

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He also said that India and Nepal are committed to strengthen mutual strategic ties and ensure that "no unwanted element" can take advantage of the open border between the two nations. The circuit is a part of Modi's vision to build a 650-km connectivity project.

Many even switched off lights for 10 minutes in a symbolic protest against India when Modi and Oli were in a closed-door meeting on Friday. "We have been there for each other in the most hard of times", said Modi. He was felicitated with a garland weighing 121kg.

Later, attending a civic reception organised by mayor Lal Kishor Sah at the Rangabhumi Maidan Modi said, "Ayodhya is incomplete without Janakidham. Our ties are religious, based of deep faith and historical and complement to each others". He completed his address in Hindi. "Our "Dhaam" is incomplete and Ram is also incomplete". They inaugurated a bus service between Janakpur, considered in Hindu mythology as Goddess Sita's "maika" (parent's place), and her "sasural" (in-laws' place), Ayodhya. "We remain committed to doing everything that we can, which furthers the economic development of Nepal", he tweeted. "Whenever there has been a problem, India and Nepal have stood together".

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