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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of Agriculture and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have sined an agreement to help make Nepal self-reliant in rice production on Monday.

Agriculture Minister Chakra Pani Khanal and Matthew Morell, IRRI Director General signed the agreement amid a programme at the Ministry.

Paddy is the major crop of Nepal, nonetheless, it imports about six million metric tons of rice annually. The country produced around 4.3 million metric tons of rice last year.

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On the occasion, Minister Khanal said that the Ministry was working to increase rice production by adopting scientific measures and technology.

On the other hand, the IRRI has planned to hand over the paddy seeds which sustain in dry and inundated areas as well, to the farmers.

The IRRI is supporting the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) with new paddy seeds and technical assistance. The agreement will be effective for five years.

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All programmes of Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 cancelled

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KATHMANDU— All the programmes to be organised on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 have been cancelled due to the demise of pioneer of the Nepal Sambat movement, and leader of the Indigenous Nationalities movement and human rights movement, Padma Ratna Tuladhar.

All the programmes have been cancelled in honour of late Tuladhar. A meeting of Nepal Sambat Nhudah National Celebration Committee held today took the decision to this effect.

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A Main Celebration Programme had already been scheduled at Basantapur, Kathmandu, on November 8 on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1139 New Year this year too as in the previous years. All programmes to be organised at different places on the same day have also been cancelled.

Coordinator of Newa Jagaran Manch, Sujib Bajracharya, said that the meeting also decided to organise all the cancelled programmes at suitable time after the 13th day of the demise of Tuladhar.

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