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Adding power: Modi and Deuba inaugurate two cross-border power lines

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba at the delegation level talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on August 24, 2017|Photo: IANS

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepal counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba Thursday jointly inaugurated two new power transmission lines between India and Nepal.

"Together we prosper! The two leaders jointly inaugurate Katiya-Kushaha & Raxaul-Parwanipur transmission lines," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted as Modi and Deuba remote-launched the two lines, each of 132 KV, following delegation-level talks here.

The two lines will add 100 MW to the 350 MW of power that India already supplies to Nepal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said that defense cooperation between India and Nepal is important to keep borders of the two countries secure as New Delhi and Kathmandu signed eight memoranda of understanding (MoUs), including four on post-earthquake reconstruction.

"Our defense interests are interdependent and linked to each other," Modi said.

He said that to keep the open border between the two countries secure and for the security of the people on both sides, cooperation between the defense agencies of the two countries was very important.

Stressing on cooperation in the hydropower sector, he said that both sides agreed to increase efforts to complete ongoing projects within the given time frame.

Earlier Deuba was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Modi held an unscheduled meeting with Deuba soon after the latter's arrival here, his first foreign trip since assuming office in June this year.

Apart from his official engagements in New Delhi, Deuba will also visit Hyderabad, Tirupati and Bodh Gaya.

Deuba had earlier paid three visits to India as Prime Minister in 1996, 2004 and 2005.

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