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New constitution a milestone: UK foreign secy Hammond

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KATHMANDU — British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Philip Hammond, on Thursday said Nepal’s new Constitution was a ‘milestone’ towards ensuring rights of the people and paving the way for development and prosperity.

The British foreign secretary welcomed the adoption of the new constitution and described it as ‘a milestone in Nepal’s history’, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Expressing his concern about disruption of supplies at the Nepal-India border checkpoints, Hammond hoped that the problem would be resolved soon, the MoFA said in a statement.

During a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa at British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Hammond also assured Britain’s backing for Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery and development efforts.

During the meeting, DPM Thapa had briefed him on Nepal’s current political situation, including the promulgation of the new constitution and the difficulties faced by the Nepali people due to supply disruptions.

Thapa is currently in the UK to participate in the event marking the bicentennial of the bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Massive fire destroys entire settlement at Madhuban in Sunsari





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ITAHARI — A massive fire that broke out at Ikrahi settlement at Baraha Kshetra Municipality-11 here Saturday night has destroyed goods and property worth more than Rs 6 million. However, no human casualties have been reported in the incident so far.

The fire gutted around 82 shelters with corrugated zinc and straw roofs in the settlement, said Kedar Bista, the Baraha Kshetra Municipality Ward No 11 Chairman.

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He said it is estimated that goods and property worth more than 6 million rupees have been destroyed.

According to him, the entire settlement was destroyed and some children were also injured by fire. Two cattle heads were killed in the incident. It is not known how and from whose house the fire started.

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