Indian Embassy in Nepal celebrates Republic Day

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Kathmandu, Jan 26 (UNI) The Indian Embassy in Nepal celebrated the 59th Republic Day at a function at Lainchaur here today.

A large number of Nepali and Indian nationals attended the function.

Indian ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee handed over 30 ambulances, two dozen generators and books to various organisations of Nepal on the occasion.

This was part of the Rs 21 million aid promised by India to Nepal, the Embassy said in a press release.

India provided 1,200 four-wheelers and 14,000 sets of communication equipment for the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls to Nepalese Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula yesterday.

Mr Mukherjee said India wished to see Nepal's transition to a democratic, peaceful and prosperous country and reaffirmed India's commitment to efforts aimed at creating such a country for the people of the Himalayan nation.

The assistance rendered by India would facilitate the efforts of the Nepal government and the people to hold free and fair elections, he said.

''The CA polls will not resolve all the crises immediately but will definitely open doors to the path of peace, stability and progress,'' he added.

Mr Sitaula lauded India's cooperation in strengthening the public security management by granting vehicles and communication equipment for improving the functioning of the Nepal Police.

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