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December 1, 2012


Dr. Karan Singh arrived in Kathmandu on Friday 30th November, 2012 to participate in the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya in his capacity as the Chief Patron of the Mahamana Malviya Mission and the Chairman of the Implementation Committee of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of the great leader.  Rt. Hon’ble Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal presided over the function yesterday. The function was attended by a large number of alumni in Nepal of the Banaras Hindu University, among others.  Dr. Singh in his speech on the occasion highlighted the role BHU has played in strengthening India Nepal relations. 

This morning Dr. Karan Singh unveiled the restored 700 year old Lok Kriti Mahavihar in Lalitpur.  The monument has been repaired and restored to its original glory under the India-Nepal Development Partnership. On the Occasion, Dr. Singh called for close cooperation between India and Nepal in promoting the birth place of Buddha in Lumbini in Nepal and places such as Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar in India as part of a Buddhist circuit. Thereafter Dr. Singh presided over a function at the Indian Cultural Centre, Kathmandu, in his capacity as the President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.  At another function, he launched the website of the India Nepal Friendship Foundation.

This, evening, Dr. Singh is scheduled to call on the Rt. Hon’ble President of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, to formally invite him, in his capacity as the Chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University, to receive a Doctorate Honoris Causa from BHU on 25th December this year.  The Banaras Hindu University was set up by Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916. The BHU convocation will also mark the end of Mahamana’s  150th  Birth  Anniversary Celebrations.

Besides the public engagements, Dr. Singh also interacted with friends and family members.

Dr. Singh is scheduled to leave for Delhi early tomorrow morning.  

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