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Civilized society thru cleanliness : Prachand




KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said that a civilized society would be built only if norms and values of sanitation can be spread across the nation.

At a special programme organised by Green City Hospital on the occasion of 50th week of Ring Road Clean-Up Campaign here today, Chairman Dahal urged all to join hands in this campaign at a time when the country is involved in the mega campaign of nation building.

Similarly, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ said that it was necessary to launch a campaign against the waste as it is the enemy of the people.

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He said action would be taken against those throwing waste in public vehicles as well as parking vehicles unsystematically.

Likewise, Minister for Forest and Environment, Shakti Bahadur Basnet, said that the constitution has guaranteed the right to live in clean and healthy environment.

He said all should work to build healthy environment, adding the mega campaign should be launched by integrating clean-up campaign of all sectors.

Deputy-Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Hari Prabha Khadgi, Mayor of Tokha municipality, Prakash Adhikari, among others expressed their views.

The campaign launched from April 15, 2017 has so far collected more than 750 metric tonnes of waste and more than 25,000 people have participated in it, said campaigner Lok Bahadur Tandon.

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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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