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What’s wrong? Nepal Army asks after row over welcoming Indian actors

world Updated: May 16, 2016 00:31 IST
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In this file photo, actress Sonakshi Sinha is seen at the 6th Grazia Young Fashion Awards in Mumbai.(IANS)

The Nepal Army has been criticised by the country’s media for receiving Bollywood actors Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora Khan at the Kathmandu international airport.

With media reports saying the move “demoralises” the army and “reduces its prestige”, the army said it did not see anything wrong in the incident.

The Bollywood actors had come to Nepal for a charity function, headed by the wife of army chief General Rajendra Chhettri, for helping the of victims of last year’s devastating earthquake.

General Samir Shai was at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Friday to receive Sinha, while other senior army officials received Khan, local media reports said.

An army spokesperson said: “The welcome by the army personal was a normal incident.”

Army personnel worked in close coordination with the Nepal Police personnel for providing necessary security for the two actresses, he said.

The incident came at a time Nepal-India ties are seeing a chill after last year’s border blockade imposed by Madhesis in protest against the new constitution.

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