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Differences narrowing down, says DPM Thapa

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KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa, has said that transport and supply management would be smoother as the obstacles seen at the Nepal-India border and unannounced blockade imposed by India would end soon.

In today’s meeting of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee under the Legislature-Parliament, DPM Thapa he was hopeful and confident that the problems would be resolved soon due to his recent talks with Indian leaders. He further said that the government should continue give continuity to the diplomatic initiative for the same.

Stating that Nepali people have been facing hard time while the country endures economic and human crisis due to the agitation of the Madhes-based political parties and blockade imposed by India, DPM Thapa said that initiatives were underway to resolve the problems through political and diplomatic channels.

Foreign Affairs Minister Thapa said formal and informal meetings were held in different phases to resolve the existing problems, saying the government, main opposition party as well as other political parties held deep initiative in course of addressing the demands put forth by Madhes-centric parties through agitation.

He said it has been clearly seen that the differences are narrowing down. The DPM shared the information that the common proposal has addressed the important demands of the agitating parties, saying it was the great achievement itself to prepare a common proposal by the ruling and opposition parties to address the demands of Madhes-based parties.

“Although the agitating parties have not made their positive view over the proposal. The proposal will contribute to maintain forging national consensus in days ahead.”

The Foreign Minister said talks were underway with different countries including China to find out alternative to the problem surfaced in supply and added that the world has praised the new constitution of Nepal, saying it was inclusive and proportional.

On the occasion, committee members questioned Minister Thapa why the result-oriented initiative was not taken to end the existing problem.

They suggested to give priority to the work of searching alternative to make the country self-dependent.

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World Cup: Belgium defeats Tunisia 5-2

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MOSCOW — Belgium have defeated Tunisia 5-2 to move one step closer to the next round of the World Cup on Saturday.

Two goals each from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku eased Belgium to a 5-2 win over Tunisia at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.

Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, added the fifth in the game’s dying minutes, only for Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri to claim a consolation goal in added time.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Belgium with a goal from the penalty spot before Lukaku extended the Belgium lead, Tunisia pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 before Lukaku restored the two goal cushion with a deftly chipped finish over the goalkeeper.

Second half goals from Hazard and Batshuayi finished the game as a contest before a consolation from Khazri with the last kick of the game.

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