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Nepal, India barrage war

world Updated: Aug 08, 2007 04:42 IST
Anirban Roy
Anirban Roy
Hindustan Times
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The Laxmanpur Barrage has emerged as a bone of contention between India and Nepal. Heavy rainfall during the last three weeks has submerged large areas in Nepal's Terai region and political leaders blame India for the inundation.

As the issue figured in the Nepalese parliament, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula rushed to Nepalgunj with a group of senior leaders and promised the flood victims in Banke and Bardiya districts that the issue would be sorted out.

Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala met Indian Ambassador to Nepal Shiv Shankar Mukherjee and discussed
the issue.

The talks between Mukherjee and Koirala comes a day after the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar requested Manmohan Singh to hold talks with the Nepal government on the “flooding caused in Bihar by the rivers in Nepal.”