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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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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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