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Indian PM Modi’s visit to be religious and cultural: Home Minister Thapa

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JANAKPURDHAM — Minister for Home Affairs, Ram Bahadur Thapa, has said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on May 9 would be ‘religious and cultural’.

Minister Thapa revealed the visit’s status during a press conference which followed his onsite tours to Janaki temple today, where PM Modi will be holding religious worship rituals and prayers, and the public felicitation venue at the Bahra Bigaha area.

Elaborating further on the visit itinerary, Minister Thapa shared that PM Modi will also be visiting the Muktinath Temple.

He further added that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will also be arriving in Janakpurdham during the visit by the Indian Prime Minister.

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The Home Minister also clarified that there will be no programmes for political agreements this time around during the Indian premier’s visit.

Answering a question from a journalist, Home Minister Thapa said that PM Modi’s security responsibility rested with the country and promised high security arrangement.

He also expressed confidence that the Indian PM’s visit would help strengthen the religious and cultural relations between the two countries.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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