When Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa deplaned at Dhaka Airport earlier this week, his Bangladeshi counterpart Begum Khalida Zia and other senior officials were there to welcome him. The Bangladeshi prime minister advanced to offer Thapa a bouquet. Immediately after that, she greeted him with her hands joined to offer namaskar. In the meantime, Thapa passed the bouquet to one of his aides and offered a handshake. The Bangladeshi chief executive was still standing with her namaskar, while Thapa kept his hand out. Neither knew what to do next, when an aide whispered something in Thapa's ears. Thapa then returned the namaskar and gave up the idea of shaking hands. This little fluster took about 30 seconds and state-controlled Nepal Television aired the full footage without cuts in the evening.