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Pakistan doubles scholarship quota for Nepali students

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KATHMANDU — The Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu has doubled the scholarship quota being allocated for Nepali students at the local level.

The decision follows the announcement of increasing Pakistan’s scholarship quota for Nepali students made during Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent official visit to Nepal.

The Pakistan’s scholarship scheme has been in force in Nepal since the past five years. It is provided to students of primary, secondary and higher secondary level on merit basis.

The Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu provided scholarship amount to the entitled Nepali students (for the sixth year) amidst a programme here today.

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Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Khagraj Baral, Pakistani Ambassador for Nepal, Mazhar Javed, and chair of Nepal-Pakistan Friendship and Cultural Association, Himalaya Shamser JB Rana jointly presented the scholarship amount to 250 students from community and some private schools in 40 districts in the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley. They received Rs 10,000 each.

On the occasion, Secretary Baral expressed gratitude to the Government of Pakistan for its continuous support to Nepal’s human resources development and production of technical human resources.

Ambassador Javed was of the view that the scholarship scheme remained as one the means for further consolidating Nepal-Pakistan bilateral ties. The decision regarding the increment in scholarship quota shall be implemented from the upcoming year.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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