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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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