In upcoming visit to Nepal for attending 18th SAARC Summit, Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is scheduled to handover a trauma centre at the heart of Nepal's Capital Kathmandu.
Also, Indian PM will gift an advanced light helicopter (ALH) named HAL Dhruv Mark-3, to Nepal which will be very helpful in emergency period too and will meet the requirements of both military and civil operators.
The keys of the helicopter will be handed over to Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala who will then hand them over to Chief of the Nepal Army (NA) Gen Gaurav Sumsher Rana at a function organized at the Nepal Army Pavilion in Tundikhel.
The 200-bedded Trauma center was built with Indian aid of Rs.1.5-billion years ago for providing better medical facility to Nepali citizens.
Few years ago, Nepal had sought to expressed interest in purchasing two ALHs from India at a highly subsidised price at the 11th Bilateral Consultative Group meeting in Kathmandu in July.
The helicopter is designed to meet the requirements of both military and civil operators. Manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the helicopter costs $6.5 million. It has already landed in Kathmandu Saturday.
Tthe helicopter which costs $6.5 million is well equipped with rocket, air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles and a gun turret.
The centre is equipped with advanced 150 beds, six operation theatres, 14 intensive care units (ICUs), eight resuscitation rooms and beds for emergency observation, 10 examination cubicles in the outpatient department and a triage area.
As a rehearsal for welcoming ceremony for the Heads of State and Governments of eight nations coming for attending the 18th SAARC Summit going to be held in Nepal's Capital completes with the presence of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.
The 18th summit will start from November 26th, 2014 at City hall in the heart of Kathmandu.
The rehearsal of the welcome ceremony started from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to Hotel Soaltee where the guests would be staying. The rehearsal was continued to City Hall from the hotel on Monday.
On the occassion of 18th SAARC Summit going to be held from November 26 to 27, 2014, the Government of Nepal (GoN) has made rule for operation of vehicles based on odd and even number plate system effective from Nov 24 to 28.
The numebring system is done on alternate days with the motive for reducing the traffic congestion in the capital's roads to tighten security for the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association fore Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
The new system for traffic system has halted the life of number of citizens due to reduction on number almost by half than on usual days.
Due to reduction on the number of public vehicles, passengers of Kathmandu are having hard time catching vehicles to work and heading offices. Also, the running public vehicles are carrying very large number of passengers due to which citizens are compelled to head towards workspace on foot.
The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, Kathmandu stated that the odd and even number plate system which came into effect from the morning of Mangsir 8th, 2071 have not encountered any problems managing the traffic so far.
Some vehicles not conforming to the odd and even number plate system at sensitive areas of the capital were turned back while vehicles found violating this rule would be subjected to action from tomorrow.
Besides for general public vehicles, those used for essential services , the media, ambulances, mortuary vans, fire vehicles, vehicles used in blood transfusion services, vehicles carrying hospital and diplomatic mission staffs, vehicles carrying tourists and marriage ceremony can run freely.
SAARC Summit preparations are yet to reach the final stage, but the government has already incurred expenses of nearly Rs 2 billion to host the regional event.
While Rs 780 million has already been spent for the SAARC preparations, another 840 million was released later on by the Finance Ministry to various other ministries. Likewise, various government agencies received the finance ministry´s nod recently to spend additional amounts totalling about Rs 350 million for summit preparations.