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Oli defends BIMSTEC joint military exercise

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KATHMANDU—Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has defended the joint military exercise among the armies of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economical Cooperation (BIMSTEC) member countries as a “friendly gesture” amid growing criticism of the drill from within the party and the opposition.

Oli, however, refrained from revealing whether the decision on the exercise was taken by the government or was the decision of the armies from the seven member states.

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The proposal for the joint military exercise was first proposed by the Indian Army, followed by an initial meeting of BIMSTEC army representatives in June. The Indian government in August announced that it would be hosting the drill and convene a meeting of the chiefs of the army staff on the concluding day.

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Three metric tonnes trash removed from river

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KATHMANDU- Three metric tonnes of garbage was removed from the river today as part of the ongoing campaign of cleaning the Manohara and Hanumante rivers even during the festival period. 

Today marks the 84th week of the Manohara River Cleaning Campaign and the 34th week of the Hanumante River Cleaning Campaign. The areas around the tri-junction of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur were cleaned. 

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The river cleaning today was done in tribute to Ram Keshar Bogati to commemorate the 12th day of his death. Bogati was the president of the Nepal Film Board and the advisor of Tripura Sangam Samaj and Hanumante River Cleaning Campaign. 

Some 200 people including lawmaker and CPN leader Mahesh Basnet, government secretary Dinesh Thapaliya, representatives of various community organizations and NGOs as well as army and police personnel took part in the river cleaning works today.

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