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Nepal blocks transmission of Indian news channels for hurting national sentiments

Nepal stopped the transmission of all Indian private news channels after accusing them of airing reports hurting the country’s sentiments.

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

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




The development comes after some Indian channels aired reports critical of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and his government.

Former deputy prime minister and spokesperson of the ruling Nepal Communist party Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that the Indian media “must stop the baseless propaganda” against Prime Minister Oli and his government.

“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 wrote in a tweet.



The tensions between India and Nepal rose India inaugurated a 80-km-long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.

Nepal reacted sharply to the inauguration of the road claiming that it passed through Nepalese territory.

Later, Kathmandu approved a new map which included three Indian territories in their region.