Nepal bans broadcast of Indian news channels except Doordarshan

Nepal on July 9 banned the broadcast of all Indian news channels except Doordarshan, saying that some channels ran defamatory ‘shows’ on Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, along with the Chinese envoy.

“The Multi-System Operators (MSO) have decided to stop the broadcast of Indian news channels in Nepal,” the Himalayan Times said in a report.

Nepal Communist party spokesperson and former deputy prime minister NK Shrestha Prakash lashed out at the Indian media channels, saying that the baseless propaganda by the Indian media against the Nepal government and their prime minister has crossed all limits.

“This is getting too much. Stop with the nonsense,” he tweeted.

“Nepal is united as far as matters related to sovereignty and geographical integrity are concerned. What we do here is our concern. Divide and rule policies tried by foreign elements will not work here,” he further tweeted.

According to local media, Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanqi on July 9 met with Nepal Communist Party chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, continuing her marathon meetings with the ruling party leaders, since the party has plunged into a fresh round of crisis.

The relations between Nepal and India have turned sour since the ruling party, under Oli, passed a bill that endorses a new political map, which includes Indian territories of Kalapani, Lipu Lekh and Limpiyadhura.

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