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Nepal establishes formal diplomatic relations with Suriname

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KATHMANDU— Nepal and Suriname established formal diplomatic relations on Thursday. With the signing of a Joint Communiqué to this effect in New York, USA, the two sides have agreed to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation at the bilateral level as well as in multilateral forums.

The two countries have been working closely at the United Nations and other intergovernmental processes, including the Non-aligned Movement and the Group of 77, according to a press statement issued by New York-based Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

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Nirmal Raj Kafle, Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations and Mrs. Kitty Sweeb, Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations signed the Joint Communiqué on behalf of their respective countries.

On the occasion, the two acting heads of the mission discussed the matters of mutual interests, including the potential areas for cooperation and issues of global concerns. Suriname, a unicameral presidential republic, lies in the northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana. The number of countries with which Nepal maintains diplomatic ties has reached 163.

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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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