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.
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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari
ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.
It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.
The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.
Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.
Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.
He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.Follow @gorkhapost