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Injured Nepal’s envoy to Saudi released from hospital

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KATHMANDU — Nepal’s Acting Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ananda Prasad Sharma, who was admitted to the King Faisal Hospital in Saudi Arabia following a knife attack, was released from the hospital on Thursday evening, said second secretary at the Embassy Bijay Raut.

A Nepali national, who was taking shelter in the embassy attacked Sharma when was on duty at his office in Riyadh yesterday.

Sharma’s health condition is normal, Raut said.

Motive behind the attack is not yet clear. Moreover, the name and other details of the attacker have not been disclosed yet.

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One-year national youth leadership studies programme concludes

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JANAKPUR—The first academic session of one-year national youth leadership studies programme has been completed.

The one-year course titled “Nepali Emerging Leaders Programme” jointly launched by the US-based Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice- University of San Diego and the Kathmandu-based Leadership Academy last January from Kathmandu concluded today at Janakpur.

The programme was conducted in the mountainous, hilly and the Tarai regions subsequently. The second phase of programme was held in Dolakha (mountainous region), the third round in Chisapani of Kaski (hilly region) and the convocation ceremony (graduation) was held in Janakpur( Terai region) of province 2.

A total of 21 youths representing the seven provinces in the country had participated in the programme.

Young political leaders, activists, social leaders and local-level representatives from 25 -40 years of age group were selected for the programme aimed at further enhancing the leadership quality among the Nepali emerging leaders, according to organisers.

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