Nepal bans, blacks out all Indian news channels except Doordarshan

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Kathmandu: As the India-Nepal relations remain strained, Kathmandu has banned all Indian news channels except the state broadcaster Doordarshan starting Thursday evening.

Nepal government spokesperson Yuvaraj Khatiwada said: “We request all not to disseminate news that infringes sovereignty and self-respect of Nepalis. This includes the media of neighbouring countries. We might seek both political and legal remedies.”

Sources informed that Nepal’s ambassador to India Nilambar Acharya complained to the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday regarding coverage of Nepal’s leadership in certain Indian channels.

The announcement was accompanied by simultaneous blacking out of all Indian news channels barring Doordarshan across Nepal.

Earlier, Nepal has amended its map which show some Indian territory as part of it.

Nepal’s parliament on June 13 adopted unanimously the Constitution Amendment Bill, paving the way for accommodating the updated political-administrative map, which includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, in its symbol.

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