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Nepal and China will continue to work together in the future : PM Oli

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BEIJING — Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has arrived at Beijing on a six-day official visit on Tuesday during which a host of key projects under China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, including a rail link connecting Tibet with Nepal, are expected to be finalised.

Prime Minister Oli has arrived here in Beijing for a six-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Addressing a reception held his honour by Nepali Ambassador to China Leela Mani Poudel on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Oli said that Nepal and China will continue to work together in the future for common development and everlasting peace and prosperity in a spirit of mutual trust, friendship and understanding, and close co-operation and collaboration.

Oli further said that the construction of trans-Himalayan railway and other means of transportation will be expedited by his government.

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Nepal and China are committed to taking forward the agreement to develop the cross-border railway infrastructure to mark a new era in Nepal-China friendship and bilateral co-operation.

“In addition to railways, Nepal and China are also committed to developing multidimensional connectivity networks of roadways, airways, communications, and energy,” said PM Oli.

PM Oli also shared the fond memories of his visit to China in 2016 as Prime Minister during which the leaders of Nepal and China agreed to elevate bilateral relations to a higher pedestal.

According to him, the rapid and phenomenal advancement of transportation technology has brought profound changes in contemporary society. Transportation was the backbone of an economy, whether in developed or developing status, and is a vital public good today.

In fact, economic growth and socio-economic transformation are not possible without an infrastructure base, particularly in transport and communications, he viewed.

PM Oli also shared that the present government in Nepal has placed high priority on developing transport networks within and across the border.

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“I believe railway connectivity, in particular, is of vital importance to a landlocked country in order to reduce transaction and transport transit costs, diversify international trade and transit, and promote tourism and service sectors of the economy. Therefore, with a view to improve connectivity and trade, Nepal and China agreed in principle to develop railway network, across the Himalayas, during my first visit to China in March 2016.”

According to him, Nepal was committed to taking forward this important initiative further and developing the cross-border railway infrastructure to mark a new era in Nepal-China friendship and bilateral co-operation. In addition to railways, Nepal and China are also committed to developing multidimensional connectivity networks of roadways, airways, communications, and energy, the PM added.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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