Nepal takes Indian TV channels off air

KATHMANDU: In a new low in relations, youth cadres of major political parties are whipping up anti-India sentiments and all Indian TV channels were taken off air Tuesday by cable operators. Moves are also afoot to stop screening of Hindi films.

In Bhaktapur, youths burnt the effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while nine youth organisations submitted a memorandum to the UN country representative claiming that the sovereignty and independence of Nepal was “under threat”.

Tribhuvan International Airport authorities have indicated that there could be shortage of aviation fuel because supplies were not coming from India.

Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae, speaking at a meeting organised by the Nepal-India Maitri Sangh, said there was no blockade by India, nor was India against Nepal’s Constitution.

Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyaya hoped that there would be ease in supply of essential commodities from India soon since efforts were being made at the diplomatic and political level.

“India has always played an important role during the hardship faced by Nepal in the past which was evident during the recent earthquakes. Let’s not speak irresponsible things and develop negative attitude towards each other at this sensitive time which might damage the centuries-old friendly relations,” he said.

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