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Mahato injured in clash with police

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KATHMANDU — Sadbhawana Party Chair  Rajendra Mahato, one of the key leaders of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front, was injured in a clash with police at Rani customs point, near Biratnagar of Morang district, on Saturday.

Mahato has sustained serious wounds on his head and legs. While police claimed that Mahato was injured by stones tossed by the protesters from the Jogbani area crosswise over Nepal-India border, Sadbhawana Party leader Santosh Mehta accused security forces for using excessive force.

After the clash, Mahato and other UDMF activists went to the bordering Indian town of Jogbani where Mahato received primary treatment. Later he was brought to Biratnagar-based Golden Hospital and admitted in the ICU.

Mahato, alongside other Morcha activists, was staging a sit-into hinder the fringe point. The UDMF protesters then crossed into the Indian domain and heaved stones at police. Police had lobbed some tear gas canisters and charged batons to prevent any untoward situation. Five Morcha activists were also arrested.

Meanwhile, Upendra Mahato, a Central Committee member from Sadbhawana Party, wrote on Facebook that the protesters seized leader Mahato from the police custody and took him to the Golden Hospital in Biratnagar.

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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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