Japanese aid to flood victims
Japan has provided the first shipment of emergency relief goods for the flood victims of Nepal. Japanese ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa handed over the relief materials to Home Minister Janardan Sharma at the Humanitarian Staging Area of Tribhuvan International Airport on Wednesday, August 23. The first shipment of emergency relief goods that arrived on Wednesday includes 3,000 blankets, 100 plastic sheets, 2,000 sleeping pads, 100 tents and 10 water tanks, weighing almost 10.4 tons, reads a press statement issued by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The statement further said that the relief materials were sent by the Japanese government in response to the damages caused by heavy rainfall since August 11 in the southern parts of Nepal. JICA said the relief supplies provided are worth about NRs 23.4 million. During the occasion, Ogawa extended his heartfelt condolences to the victims of the unfortunate natural disaster and said, “The Japanese Government and Japanese citizens have not forgotten the friendship and compassion given to Japan during the great east Japan earthquake in March 2011 and the Kumamoto earthquake in April 2016 by the government and people of Nepal. Likewise, the Japanese Government and JICA are happy to be able to implement emergency assistance ahead of other governments and international organizations, which is an indication of the cordial relationship between our respective governments and citizens.” The Government of Japan sincerely hopes that these goods will be delivered promptly to the victims and will someway help in improving the lives of those affected and that restoration work will go ahead steadily in the disaster-affected areas and the victims will be able to go back to their normal and peaceful lives as quickly as possible, reads the statement. Agni Group has authorized a new service center, Utsuk Automobiles Pvt Ltd, in Battar, Nuwakot for its Mahindra Utility Vehicles. Agni Group informed that the center was jointly inaugurated by Bidur Municipality's mayor SanjuPandit and Tara BahadurKarki, president of Nuwakot Chamber of Commerce on August 25. “The new service center avails outstanding facilities of Mahindra Utility Vehicles by offering top- notch servicing and genuine spare parts. The main aim is to increase the access of customers to the excellent facilities and quality services of Mahindra,” reads a press statement issued by the company. Agni Group, the authorized distributors of Mahindra Utility Vehicles, said it believes the new service center will help in strengthening the bond of Mahindra with its customers by giving an exemplary international brand experience.