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Govt concludes India-EU joint statement over Nepal’s constitution inappropriate

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KATHMANDU – The government on Friday objected the joint statement issued by the European Union and India after the thirteenth EU-India summit held in Brussels on Wednesday, which had a reference to Nepal’s recently promulgated Constitution was completely inappropriate.

According to government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai, the Cabinet meeting held Friday at Singha Durbar concluded that the EU-India joint statement on Nepal was completely inappropriate.

Point 17 of the joint statement expressed that “India and the EU have agreed on the need for a lasting and inclusive constitutional settlement in Nepal that will address the remaining constitutional issues in a time-bound manner, and promote political stability and economic growth.”

The meeting also said that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s state visit to China was productive.

The government said that the agreements signed with China during Prime Minister Oli’s visit to the northern neighbor were historic achievements.

Issuing a press statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also took serious exception to the statement. It said that the joint statement not only hurts the sentiments of the people of Nepal but also defies the fundamental principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of a country, and is in breach of the UN Charter and the norms of international law.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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