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Bandarmudhe incident the ‘greatest mistake’ : Prachand

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CHITWAN — CPN (Maoist Center) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal has once again called the Bandarmudhe incident the ‘greatest mistake’ made during the people’s war (decade-long armed conflict) between the government and the then CPN-Maoist.

The Maoist Supremo said during an interaction programme organised by the Bandarmudhe Support Committee here today that he held the moral and political responsibility to work for the relief of the survivors.

“Now the country has a strong government and it provides a ground for implementing the past agreements reached with the survivors,” he said, adding that works were on progress to enforce the three-point agreement he signed with the survivors during the recent election campaign.

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He made it clear that there is no debate regarding the decision of the erstwhile government to give the status of martyrs to those killed in the Bandarmudhe blast. The Maoist Center Chair pledged to come up with programmes of relief for the survivors.

As many as 38 people had lost their lives while 72 were left mutilated in a bomb blast on a passenger bus on June 6, 2005. The bus had come under an electric ambush placed by the then rebelling CPN Maoist at Bandarmudhe of Chitwan.

On the occasion, Bandarmudhe Victims’ Struggle Committee chair Mukti Neupanne, and members Maina Lamichhane and Bishwanath Poudel demanded free treatment to those injured who have been living with the effects of blast and clear information about relief assistance raised in the name of Bandarmudhe survivors.

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Meantime, during his interactions with people’s representatives at Madi earlier today, leader Dahal who is also the federal parliament member from here (Chitwan 3) said the Chitwan National Park had proved a ‘curse’ for the Chitwan folks. The former Prime Minister assured of his initiations to amend the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act- 1973 (2029 BS).

He underlined the need of amending the act to provide justice to the Chitwan people.

Madi Municipality mayor Thakur Dhakal, deputy mayor Tara Kumari Mahato, CPN (UML) town in-charge Naradmani Poudel and District Coordination Committee member Chudamani Mahato apprised Dahal about local problems.

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Nepal, China to establish mechanism on Chinese-aid projects; expedite feasibility study and DPR on rail link

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KATHMANDU — Nepal and China have agreed on establishing mechanism on Chinese aid projects in Nepal for the implementation of various key agreements including a cross-country railway link which were reached with China during K P Sharma Oli’s previous stint as prime minister.

At a bilateral meeting held in Beijing on Wednesday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held discussions with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi about the early conduct of a feasibility study and preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Nepal-China Cross Border Railway line.

Minister Gyawali, addressing a joint press conference held after the bilateral meeting, said they held a comprehensive review of the progress made in implementing various other agreements reached during recent high-level visits including the visit of Prime Minister Oli to China in March 2016.

During the meeting held at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the duo discussed bilateral relations and among other issues of mutual cooperation between Nepal-China.

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Foreign Minister Gyawali said they exchanged views on the draft protocol for the transit and transport agreement and agreed to step up negotiations for its early finalization.

The two foreign ministers also held discussions about implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU) under the Belt and Road Initiative.

“Nepal has expectations that the Initiative should contribute to the development of physical infrastructure, enhancing of cross-border connectivity including by rail and road, promotion of trade, tourism and investment, and people to people relations,” Gyawali further said.

On the occasion, Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang said China-Nepal-India, the three neighbouring countries, are natural allies connected by rivers and mountains.

Wang further said they agreed to continue deepening mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Nepal. “China will give full support and China will continue to encourage Chinese businesses to invest in Nepal in light of need on the ground to contribute to local development,” Wang said.

Saying that China and India are the neighbours of Nepal, the Chinese Minister said the two countries should support Nepal in its development works.

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Talking about Nepal’s vision of multidimensional cross-Himalaya connectivity network, Wang said as China-Nepal have signed BRI cooperation, the connectivity network falls under the part of BRI cooperation. He said BRI further covers links to ports, railways, highways, aviation, electricity and communications.

Moreover, Wang said Nepal could take advantage from cooperation and development of China and India.

On the occasion, Gyawali thanked Chinese Foreign Minister Wang for China’s support for reconstruction projects including the Araniko Highway Repair Project and cross-border bridges at Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi.

Earlier, Minister Gyawali has called on Vice-President of China, Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai on Wednesday morning.

A press release issued by Nepali Embassy in Beijing mentioned that Foreign Minister Gyawali conveyed the greetings and best wishes of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and said that Nepal appreciates President Xi Jinping’s vision of ‘building a community of shared future for humanity,’ and supports China’s thrust on enhancing cooperation among nations under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Highlighting the fact that Nepal and China have been enjoying excellent relations based on friendship and good neighborliness since ancient times, Vice-President Qishan stressed on fully tapping the potentials of bilateral relations between the two countries.

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