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Foreign minister Gyawali to leave for China on Monday

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali is leaving on an official visit to China on Monday in an invitation of State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi , leading a high level Nepali delegation, the Ministry said on Friday.

During his April 16-21 visit, Gyawali will communicate to the top Chinese leadership about the priorities of the Oli-led government, according to a statement released by the Foreign Minitry.

In Beijing, Gyawali and top Chinese officials will discuss the status of China-funded projects in Nepal, expedite negotiations for projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and lay the ground for high-level exchanges between Nepal and China in year 2108, said the statement.

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Apart from discussing acceleration of the past accords,Gyawali will also communicate with the Chinese leadership about development, infrastructure and investment priorities of the government. He is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterpart Wang on Wednesday before jointly addressing the media.

The Chinese foreign minister will host a luncheon meeting for the Nepali delegation. Gyawali is also said to be meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang besides addressing a round-table meeting of Chinese think tanks.

Nepal’s Ambassador to China Leelamani Paudyal will host a reception in honour of the foreign minister on Tuesday. In Chengdu of the Sichuan Province, Gyawali will meet with provincial leaders and speak at Sichuan University on Friday.

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FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today

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KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.

The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

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Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.

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