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DPM Thapa leaves for India

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KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa left for New Delhi, India on Friday to attend and preside over the Convocation Ceremony of the South Asian University on 11 June, 2016. He will be on visit to India from 10 June, 2016 to 12 June, 2016.

During his visit, DPM Thapa will hold a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India and is expected to have meetings with other political leaders of the Government of India and discuss matters of mutual interest and current Nepal-India relations as well.

He will also address a gathering at the Observer Research Foundation on the current state of the Nepal-India relations and also meet the press at the Press Club of India.

Before leaving for India, talking to RSS, DPM Thapa said that his two-day visit would be centred to further strengthen bilateral relations.

The delegation comprises Joint Secretary Mani Prasad Bhattarai, and other officials of the Ministry. He is scheduled to return home on 12 June, 2016.

He was seen off at the Tribhuvan International Airport by high level officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae among others.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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