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Girls fall into Narayani River while taking selfie, one saved another missing

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KATHMANDU — Two girls on Sunday fell into the Narayani River while taking selfie standing on a stone on the bank of the river in Chitwan district.

While one of the girls has been rescued alive, another has gone missing after the incident, according to police.

Namrata Sapkota, 16, of Gaidakot Municipality, Nawalparasi district, was rescued alive, said Police Inspector Satya Ram Thapa.

According to him, Smita Gyawali ,18, was hanging out on the banks of the River with her six friends for taking a selfie with her friend Namrata Sapkota, with the river in the background.

Namrata, then, slipped off a stone and fell into the river and Smita plunged to save her. Gyawali, who is also from the same place, has not been found yet, informed Inspector Thapa.

Shyam Thapa of Bhaktapur, who runs a meat shop in Narayangadh and was walking along the river bank, also tried to save her but failed.

Bothe the girls were learning at Aroma College, were preparing for the board examination of Grade XII scheduled to start from March 10.

Inspector Thapa said that the search for Smita was on. “There is slim hope of recovering her alive. Nepal Police, APF, locals and her kin have been searching for her,” he said.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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