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Obama endorses removing Cuba from terrorism list

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US President Barack Obama asked Congress his aim to remove Cuba from the rundown of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said.

In a message to Congress on Tuesday, Obama confirms that the Cuban government “has not gave any backing to international terrorism” over the past six months and it has given confirmation that it won’t support terrorist acts later on, Xinhua reported.

Obama and his Cuban partner Raul Castro announced in December a thaw in relations following more than five decades of enmity. Obama had informed Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

“After a careful audit of Cuba’s record, which was informed by the intelligence community, and in addition confirmations gave by the Cuban government, the Secretary of State concluded that Cuba met the conditions for rescinding its designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,” the White House said in a statement.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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