Nepal stops transmission of India’s information channels; Doordarshan stays on air

Kathmandu, July 9

Nepal on Thursday stopped the transmission of all Indian non-public information channels besides Doordarshan, accusing them of airing experiences hurting the nation’s nationwide sentiment.

There was no quick response from India on the difficulty. People accustomed to the event mentioned the Nepalese embassy in New Delhi apprised its views to the Indian authorities over protection of Nepal’s political developments by the Indian channels.

“We have stopped the distribution of all Indian news channels except Doordarshan,” Dinesh Subedi, the chairman of Multi-System Operator (MSO), overseas channel distributor, instructed reporters right here.

“We have halted distribution of India’s private news channels as they have aired news reports hurting Nepal’s national sentiment,” he added.

The improvement comes after some Indian channels aired experiences essential of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his authorities.

However, the Nepal authorities didn’t formally announce halting the telecast of the Indian information channels.

Minister for Finance, Information and Communication Yuvraj Khatiwada additionally condemned a number of the experiences aired by the Indian information channels.

“Nepal government condemns such acts,” Khatiwada mentioned whereas responding to a query on the difficulty throughout a press meet on Thursday. “The government will seek political and legal ways against such an objectionable act,” he added.

Earlier within the day, former deputy prime minister and spokesperson of the ruling Nepal Communist occasion Narayan Kaji Shrestha mentioned that the Indian media “must stop the baseless propaganda” towards Prime Minister Oli and his authorities.

“The baseless propaganda by the Indian media against the Nepal government and our Prime Minister has crossed all limits. This is getting too much. Stop with the nonsense,” Shrestha mentioned in a tweet.

The India-Nepal bilateral ties got here beneath pressure after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 80-km-long strategically essential highway connecting the Lipulekh cross with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.

Nepal reacted sharply to the inauguration of the highway claiming that it handed by Nepalese territory. India rejected the declare asserting that the highway lies fully inside its territory.

Later, Nepal up to date the nation’s political map by a Constitutional modification, incorporating three strategically vital Indian areas.

India termed as “untenable” the “artificial enlargement” of the territorial claims by Nepal. India has handed over a diplomatic notice to Nepal over the map situation, Nepalese media experiences mentioned. PTI

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