Modi in Nepal
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) receives a bouquet upon his arrival for the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu November 25, 2014.Reuters File

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Trauma Centre and flagged off Kathmandu-Delhi bus service on the first day of his visit to Nepal for 18th SAARC Summit. He will now hold bilateral talks with his counterpart Sushil Koirala.

Modi arrived in Kathmandu to attend the two-day SAARC Summit being hosted by the Nepal government, starting 26 November. He was welcomed with the guard of honour at the Kathmandu airport.

17:57pm Modi, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off Kathmandu-Delhi bus service on Tuesday, during his visit to Nepal.

17:39pm "PM Narendra Modi to flag off Kathmandu-Delhi bus service," ANI tweeted.

16:45pm Modi said the Kathmandu trauma centre will strengthen relations between India and Nepal. 

16:10pm Modi has arrived at the venue to inaugurate Nepal Bharat Maitri Trauma Centre in Kathmandu.

In the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, Modi is expected to raise the terrorism issue and seek neighbours' cooperation to adopt an approach of zero tolerance towards terrorist activities.

Apart from major issues like terrorism, Modi will work towards developing close relations with the neighbours.

"Development of close relations with our neighbours is a key priority for my government. The 18th SAARC Summit will focus on the theme of "Deeper Regional Integration for Peace and Prosperity," NDTV cited Modi as saying before he left for Nepal on Tuesday.

Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with the SAARC members on Tuesday. "I also look forward to holding bilateral discussions with other South Asian Heads of State and government on the margins of the SAARC Summit," Modi said.

There are also speculations that PM Modi will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on 25 November to talk about the tensions between the two neighbours over Jammu & Kashmir issue.