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Oli leaving for India today

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is leaving for India on a three-day state visit on Friday. This is his first foreign visit after assuming office.

The Prime Minister, who will stay at the Presidential Palace, is scheduled to attend a diplomatic reception to be hosted in his honor by the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi in the evening.

He is also scheduled to hold an interactive meeting with the business communities of Nepal and India. The prime minister will then hold an interaction with the Nepali community residing in India.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Oli will attend a ceremonial reception and inspect a guard of honor at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. He will then separately call on Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

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After the courtesy calls on the president and vice president, Prime Minister Oli will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. He will then hold an official meeting with his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will host a banquet luncheon in honor of Prime Minister Oli and his delegation.

According to Ministry of Foireign Affairs (MoFA), the two prime ministers are scheduled to jointly inaugurate the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj during the visit.

Prime Minister Oli is likely to raise the issues of the long-stalled Pancheshwor Multi-purpose Project, energy cooperation, the Arun III and Upper Karnali hydropower projects, the release of the Indian reconstruction grant and soft loan, removal of non-tariff trade barriers and the expansion of market access opportunities for Nepali products.

During his stya in India, The External Affairs Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Home Affairs of the overnment of India and senior political leaders will also call on Prime Minister Oli.

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On Sunday, the prime minister will fly to the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology at Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, where he will be conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

Prime Minister Oli is accompanied with his wife Radhika Shakya, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav and Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth.

Chief Political Adviser Bishnu Rimal, members of parliament, the chief secretary, secretaries and other high-ranking government officials are among members of the entourage, according to the MoFA.

The prime minister and his delegation shall return home the same afternoon.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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