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Dahal, Modi discuss producing mineral water from Everest

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KATHMANDU-Co-chair of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is in Delhi on a three day visit and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed cooperation between Nepal and India in producing mineral water from Mount Everest and exporting to the World.

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They discussed collaboration for harnessing Nepal’s hydropower potential, development of waterways from Nepal to India, railway connectivity from different points of the border, establishment of agro-based industries in Nepal and development of tourism.

They also discussed development of broader religious circuit between both countries to promote religious tourism. Both the leaders also forged understanding on upgrading customs offices on the border and resolving border issues.

Dahal had left for New Delhi on Thursday and is returning to Kathmandu tomorrow.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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