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Nepal’s acting envoy to Saudi injured in knife attack

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SAUDI ARABIA — Nepal’s Acting Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ananda Prasad Sharma, was assaulted with a knife at his office on Thursday by a fellow Nepali.

Laxman Bahadur Rai of Sunsari, who was taking shelter at the embassy, suddenly entered into Sharma’s office at around 11am and assaulted him with a knife, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Sharma was working at the Riyadh-based office while the assailant approached him, the Office of the Spokesperson at the MoFA said.

Police promptly rushed him to King Faisal Hospital. “He has received a deep cut injury on his shoulder and is out of danger. He might be discharged today itself,” an official at the embassy said.

The assailant is said to have mental disorder.

According to the embassy, Rai arrived in Saudi Arabia three months ago. “We gave him refuge at the embassy shelter after we found out that he was suffering from mental disorder,” the official informed.

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Mid-Hill highway opens door of prosperity: Minister Adhikari

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GALKOT- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Mid-Hill highway had opened the door of prosperity.

He added that the highway was easing the transportation service of the hilly people.

Inaugurating the Badigad Festival and Nwagi Fair-2075 BS here in Baglung district on Saturday, Minister Adhikari stressed on preserving and promoting the domestic cultures to strengthen the nationality and create harmony among the people.

The festival organizer committee coordinator Tika Paija shared that the festival was organized to preserve domestic culture and promote local tourism.
The festival will run until November 25.

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