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Nepal, China agrees protocol of trade transit

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KATHMANDU—In the protocol agreed during the third senior official-level meeting held in Kathmandu on September 4-6, China has agreed to grant access to Nepal to its four seaports and three dry-ports for trading with third countries.

Nepal can use Shenzen, Lianyungang, Zhanjiang and Tianjin, the latter one being the nearest sea port at the distance of around 3,300 kilometers from Nepali Border. Likewise, Nepal has been allowed to use Lanzhou, Lhasa and Xigatse land ports (dry ports).

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Earlier on Tuesday, the Nepali and Chinese team carried out field visit of Kurintar in Chitwan where the proposed Nepal-China rail is expected to cross as well as a new north-south corridor to be built. They examined the road condition and geography of the area.

The Transit Transport Agreement with China, signed in March 2016 during Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s China visit, will come into force once the protocol is exchanged following the high level visit from one of the neighbouring countries.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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