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DPM Thapa meets Israeli prez Reuven Rivlin

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KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday night.

Nepal’s envoy to Israel Prahlad Prasain and Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Yaron Mayer arranged the meeting between DPM Thapa and President Rivlin at the Teddy Stadium where final match of Israeli FA Cup was being held. Envoy Mayer had reached Israel along with Prasain for the meeting.

DPM Thapa, who was in Istanbul Turkey for the World Humanitarian Summit, reached Israel on a three-day official visit along with Ambassador Prasain and Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi.

Thapa is also scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. During the meeting, Nepal and Israel will sign an agreement on Permanent Diplomatic Mechanism.

DPM Thapa will also address the Israeli Council on Nepal-Israel relations.

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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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