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Nepal, China agree to trade fuel on long term basis

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KATHMANDU — Nepal and China on Friday agreed to have a long term trade petroleum products, including cooking gas, petrol and diesel, and enhance trans-Himalayan network to help two-sided trade.

An accord to this effect was reached during a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa and his Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Friday. DPM and Foreign Minister Thapa is on a week long visit (Dec 24-29) to China.

The two sides sealed an eight-point deal during a bilateral meeting of Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Friday afternoon.

After Nepal proposed to import fuel from the northern neighbor, Chinese side expressed its readiness to jointly examine pricing, transportation and logistics for the same.

“China has advised the respective companies of the two countries to jointly examine the matters relating to price, transportation and other logistics,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The statement stated that China has expressed its willingness to seriously examine Nepal’s proposals for the import of petroleum products from China and has advised the respective companies of the two countries to jointly examine the matters relating to price, transportation and other logistics.

Earlier in the day, Finance Secretary Lok Darshan Regmi and Zhang Xiangchen, Vice Minister of Commerce of China, signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang told reporters that Beijing was assessing how it could support Nepal in addressing its energy needs.

He said China had a strong desire to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Nepal and assured Thapa of support for Nepal’s development endeavors.
According to MoFA, the two countries also agreed to upgrade and make operational existing border points and develop other crossing points to promote connectivity.

China would make available 900 million RMB (approx Rs 14.75 billion) as grant assistance for the implementation of the projects of repair and maintenance of Araniko Highway and other projects of interconnection and interworking. This assistance was announced by the Chinese President during his meeting with his Nepalese counterpart in March 2015 in Boao, Hainan.

During the bilateral meeting, Chinese side invited Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to visit China at an early date and expressed likelihood of a high-level visit from China to Nepal in 2016.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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