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First Nepal-India EPG meeting kicks off in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — The first meeting of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Nepal-India Relations has started in Kathmandu on Monday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa has inaugurated the opening session of the meeting this morning.

The inaugural would be followed by an exclusive close-door discussion by its eight members.

The two-day meeting would finalise the body’s agenda, time frame, and code for its members, as well as working procedures.

The body will come up with a joint report containing recommendations for both the governments on how to improve bilateral relations in the changed context.

The body has four members each from Nepal and India. Nepali EPG members include former foreign minister Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, former chief commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Surya Nath Upadhyay, former law minister Nilamber Acharya and CPN-UML lawmaker Rajan Bhattarai.

Likewise, the Indian EPG members are lawmaker and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari, former vice-chancellor of Sikkim University Mahendra Lama, former Indian ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad and VIF senior fellow BC Upreti.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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