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Nepal, China sign 14 different agreements

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BEIJING — Nepal and China have signed 14 different agreements including on railway construction in Nepal based on the trade and transit agreement held between Nepal and China three years ago.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Railway Projects was also signed on Thursday following the delegation level talks between visiting Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli Chinese Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

the MoU signed by the two countries on Cooperation for Railway Connectivity paves the way for extending Chinese railway network that is expected arrive in Kerung this year up to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi, according to the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing.

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth and his Chinese counterpart Li Xiaopeng signed the MoU.

Similarly, Mahaseth and Li signed a protocol concerning the utilization of highways in Tibet Autonomous Region of China by Nepal for cargo transport.

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A MoU on investment and cooperation on production capacity between the National Development and Reforms Commission of China and National Planning Commission of Nepal was also signed on the occasion.

Finance Secretary Rajan Khanal and Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission of China Zhang Yong signed the MoU.

Similarly, MoU between the two countries was signed on the establishment of a mechanism for facilitation on the implementation of China-Nepal Cooperation Programmes and Projects in Nepal.

Likewise, an agreement between the two governments was signed on the reconstruction of the Friendship Bridge in Tatopani of Sindhupalchowk and Rasuwagadhi of Rasuwa.

Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Shanker Das Bairagi and Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Kong Xuanyou signed the papers to the issues.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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