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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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Vice President Pun leaves for China

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KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has left for China today on a six-day official visit.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa bade him farewell at the VVIP lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport.

On the occasion, a contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honour to the Vice President. Chiefs of Nepal-based diplomatic missions, high-ranking government officials and senior security officials were at TIA to see off Vice President Pun who will lead a Nepali delegation to the ’17th Western China International Fair’ in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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According to his private secretariat, the Vice President is scheduled to address the inaugural session of the fair on September 20 and a programme on ‘Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ‘ to be organised by the business community on the same day.

During his stay in China, he will meet Chinese Vice Premier, Sichuan province secretary of the Communist Party of China, and other government representatives. He will also inspect Sichuan-based development programmes.

He will return home on September 24.

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