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PM addresses nation from Rara Lake on New Year

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MUGU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has addressed the nation on the occasion of the Nepali New Year 2075 from Rara Lake on Saturday. For this, on Friday Prime Minister Oli left Mugu district from Kathmandu.

Addressing the nation, PM Oli said the new government is committed to developing and raise the country to new height. He stressed the need for filling the gap between the rich and poor people to develop the country.

The PM further reiterated that the significant role played by people in bringing democracy and federal republic respectively in the country saying, “The government will formulate policy and programmes in coordination with local level and provincial government”

PM Oli is accompanied by Minister of Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel, Minister of Defence Ishwor Pokharel and Minister of Tourism Rabindra Adhikari for the inauguration of the event in Mugu.

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He is scheduled to inaugurate Karnali-Rara Tourism Year-2075 BS later. The cabinet meeting of Karnali Province on March 10 decided to observe the Nepali New Year as Rara-Karnali Visit Year-2075.

The Karnali province government has requested all domestic and international tourists to visit Rara once in a lifetime to experience natural beauties of Karnali.

A Cabinet meeting of the province was held on Friday where the ministers raised issues of connectivity in the region through construction of international airport and road system, Giriraj Mani Pokharel said.

PM Oli also launched the School Admission Campaign too from Mugu today itself. He had visited Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve in Baglung before arriving in Dolpa on Friday evening.

The PM decided to visit the province after Karnali Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi formally invited him for the inauguration of the event.

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Nepal, China to establish mechanism on Chinese-aid projects; expedite feasibility study and DPR on rail link

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KATHMANDU — Nepal and China have agreed on establishing mechanism on Chinese aid projects in Nepal for the implementation of various key agreements including a cross-country railway link which were reached with China during K P Sharma Oli’s previous stint as prime minister.

At a bilateral meeting held in Beijing on Wednesday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held discussions with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi about the early conduct of a feasibility study and preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Nepal-China Cross Border Railway line.

Minister Gyawali, addressing a joint press conference held after the bilateral meeting, said they held a comprehensive review of the progress made in implementing various other agreements reached during recent high-level visits including the visit of Prime Minister Oli to China in March 2016.

During the meeting held at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the duo discussed bilateral relations and among other issues of mutual cooperation between Nepal-China.

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Foreign Minister Gyawali said they exchanged views on the draft protocol for the transit and transport agreement and agreed to step up negotiations for its early finalization.

The two foreign ministers also held discussions about implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU) under the Belt and Road Initiative.

“Nepal has expectations that the Initiative should contribute to the development of physical infrastructure, enhancing of cross-border connectivity including by rail and road, promotion of trade, tourism and investment, and people to people relations,” Gyawali further said.

On the occasion, Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang said China-Nepal-India, the three neighbouring countries, are natural allies connected by rivers and mountains.

Wang further said they agreed to continue deepening mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Nepal. “China will give full support and China will continue to encourage Chinese businesses to invest in Nepal in light of need on the ground to contribute to local development,” Wang said.

Saying that China and India are the neighbours of Nepal, the Chinese Minister said the two countries should support Nepal in its development works.

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Talking about Nepal’s vision of multidimensional cross-Himalaya connectivity network, Wang said as China-Nepal have signed BRI cooperation, the connectivity network falls under the part of BRI cooperation. He said BRI further covers links to ports, railways, highways, aviation, electricity and communications.

Moreover, Wang said Nepal could take advantage from cooperation and development of China and India.

On the occasion, Gyawali thanked Chinese Foreign Minister Wang for China’s support for reconstruction projects including the Araniko Highway Repair Project and cross-border bridges at Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi.

Earlier, Minister Gyawali has called on Vice-President of China, Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai on Wednesday morning.

A press release issued by Nepali Embassy in Beijing mentioned that Foreign Minister Gyawali conveyed the greetings and best wishes of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and said that Nepal appreciates President Xi Jinping’s vision of ‘building a community of shared future for humanity,’ and supports China’s thrust on enhancing cooperation among nations under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Highlighting the fact that Nepal and China have been enjoying excellent relations based on friendship and good neighborliness since ancient times, Vice-President Qishan stressed on fully tapping the potentials of bilateral relations between the two countries.

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