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DPM Thapa meets Sushma Swaraj

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NEW DELHI — Deputy Prime Minister, who is currently in New Delhi to attend the convocation ceremony of the South Asian University, an international university sponsored by the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, meets his counterpart Indian External Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi on Friday.

The duo held discourses in New Delhi, flagging resumption of bilateral engagement between the two countries.

Both the ministers discussed for more than half-an-hour about Nepal-India relations and both sides stressed on improving the bilateral relation, it has been learnt.

The two foreign ministers are also learnt to have agreed to activate all bilateral mechanisms, including the Foreign Ministerial Level Joint Commission, while keeping differences aside.

“Meeting with EAM of India Sushma Swaraj today in Delhi has been very useful and constructive,” Thapa tweeted right after the meeting.

Domestic political situation of Nepal including talks with the agitating Federal Alliance also figured during the meeting.

Relations between the two neighbours had soured after Nepal promulgated a new constitution in October and subsequent border blockade for up to five months, which created a humanitarian crisis in Nepal.

It was the first top political meeting between the two neighbors after Nepal abruptly recalled ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay from New Delhi and cancelled President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s scheduled visit in early May.

After reaching India, DPM Thapa attended an interaction organized by Press Club of India and claimed that no misunderstanding exists between Nepal and India and the bilateral relations have come back on track.

This is Thapa’s fifth visit to India since the formation of the CPN-UML led government in October.

Thapa will attend the maiden convocation ceremony of South Asian University in New Delhi today.

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‘C’ Division League Football tournament set for February

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KATHMANDU— The Martyrs Memorial ‘C’ Division League Football Championship is set to take place in the third week of February 2019.

On Thursday the meeting held between the representatives of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and ‘C’ Division clubs at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur set the date for the tournament, shared ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai.

League Director Sanjeeb Mishra said, “The ANFA and Club’s representatives have agreed to conduct the competition in the final week of February (second week of Falgun). We will finalize the specific date for the tournament in near future”.

Eleven ‘C’ Division clubs will take part in the Division League.

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