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Minister Basnet urges Australia to provide visa for Nepalis from Nepal itself

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet has urged the Australian government to make arrangements for providing visa to Nepali students going to Australia from Nepal itself.

The Minister said this during a meeting with the Australian ambassador Peter Budd when the latter paid a courtesy call on him at the Ministry of Forest and Environment on Thursday.

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At present Nepali students have to go to New Delhi, India for processing for obtaining Australian visa.

In the meeting, Minister Basnet mentioned about Australia’s cooperation in the promotion of community forestry in Nepal since two decades, he hoped for the same in the coming days as well.

Ambassador Budd said that the Australian government wanted to invest in the hydropower, environment and water supply sector in Nepal.

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Narayangadh-Muglin road obstructed

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CHITWAN — The Narayangadh-Muglin road section has been obstructed following a landslide in Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality-6 of Chitwan district, on early Thursday morning.

The road section has been obstructed following a landslide at Tope Khola on the Narayangadh-Mugling section of the highway, the District Police Office Chitwan said.

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According to police it will take five to eight hours to remove the landslide debris. Landslides are frequent on this section of the highway whenever it rains as the hill slopes on the road side have been scraped in course of the road widening works.

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