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Nepal, India decide to speed up connectivity, boost cooperation

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NEW DELHI — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is on a three-day state visit to India, today held extensive deliberations with his Indian counterpart Prime Minster Naredra Modi, covering entire expanse of bilateral relationship and vowed to boost ties in key areas of connectivity, defence, security and trade.

During a joint press conference at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Indian PM Modi congratulated KP Oli on his electoral victory and hailed the people of Nepal for reposingtheir faith in the democratic process at the provincial and central levels.

“This is a matter of joy for us in India”, the Mr Modi said., adding, “PM Oli’s vision of ‘prosperous Nepal and developed Nepal’ is compatible to ‘sabka sath sabka vikas (collective efforts inclusive growth)'”, Mr. Modi said.

Modi said India will continue to support Nepal as per that country’s priorities, adding both sides have agreed to expedite all connectivity projects. Modi also said the two countries agreed on laying a new railway line to link Kathmandu with India.

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Modi said that Nepal would gain access to coast with inland waterways. “Sagarmatha ( Mt Everest) will be connected to Sagar(ocean)”, he said.

He said cooperation between the two countries will enhance Nepal’s democracy.

Promising to expedite the Arun 3, Pancheshwar, and Saptakoshi projects, the Prime Minister also wanted the borders to be safe. “Both the countries are committed to prevent abuse of open borders”, Mr. Modi said.

PM Oli, on his part, said, he has come to India to take the bilateral ties between the two countries to newer heights commensurate with the realities of the 21st century.

“We want to erect a strong edifice of trust-based relationship between the two close neighbours that we are,” he said.

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“Nepal has great importance to its relations to India. We have many things to offer each other ranging from economical to commercial. Prosperity is our common goal,” said Oli.

“I and Modi noted the ongoing works to understand the overall growth of our bilateral ties and discussed developmental projects. Infrastructure and connective are vital agendas of this visit,” he added.

Oli and Modi held bilateral talks this afternoon. He also met top Indian leaders including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He will meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh later this evening.

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At least 5 killed in California wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — At least five people have been found dead in their burned-out vehicles when an explosive wildfire swept through the Northern California town of Paradise, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said officials located five bodies inside a vehicle overcome by the Camp Fire.

The fire also injured three firefighters but the total casualty was not yet clear.

Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

The fire, which sparked Thursday, burnt 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of 10:30 am Friday local time, according to media reports.

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Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had almost quadrupled in size to nearly 285 square kilometres.

Celebrity website TMZ reported the Malibu Ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America’s best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes in and around Malibu from a separate fire burning north of Los Angeles.

TMZ also reported the blaze had reached the grounds of the mansion in nearby Calabasas owned by Kardashian and husband rapper Kanye West.

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