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3 tankers with Chinese petrol to arrive in Capital today

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KATHMANDU — Three tankers filled with Chinese petrol came back from Kerung, the closest border town of China from Rasuwagadhi, on Saturday night.

Chief District Officer of Rasuwa, Shiva Ram Gelal has informed that the three fuel tankers that arrived at Rasuwagadhi custom point will be dispatched for Kathmandu early today morning.

Nepal has sent 12 tankers having 12 kilolitres capacity to Kerung in the first part to bring fuel from China. Of the 12 tankers that came to Nepal-China border on Friday,the Chinese side permitted only three tankers to enter China to refill yesterday as just a couple of tankers arrived at Kerung from Lhasa.

The tankers should cross the border in the morning however a snowfall in Kerung had deferred their departure.

China is providing loading facility to Nepali tankers from Kerung, which is 26 km far from Nepali border point at Rasuwagadhi. Nepali custom at Rasuwagadhi has been requested that dispatch all the remaining nine tankers for Kerung today as fuel tankers of China will be coming there by today.

According to NOC Spokesperson Deepak Baral, China-grant 1,000 tons of petrol will be transported within one week.

NOC has kept more than 100 tankers on standby for dispatch to Kerung to bring China-grant fuel. It is learnt that it will store petrol brought from China at the Thankot depot and it will be distributed to the petrol pumps of Kathmandu Valley at the current business rate.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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