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PM Oli briefs foreign diplomats in Baluwatar

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has briefed diplomatic community (ambassadors, chiefs of foreign diplomatic missions and development partners based in Kathmandu) about government’s foreign policy and future plans at his official residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday.

PM Oli, in his briefing, said the country has just achieved the historic success in political transition and foreign community should also cherish the achievement.

He also urged the development partners to align further assistance with country’s priorities, respecting its leadership and ownership in the process and channelising such support through government mechanisms.

Acknowledging the support and cooperation received from our development partners, Oli said Nepal still needs an enhanced level of development cooperation from its partners mainly for economic development.

He further said that the incumbent government has the motto of ‘Prosperous Nepal and happy Nepali’.

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The Prime Minister had slammed the report by the European Union’s Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) on the recently concluded elections of the House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies, however, he didn’t mentioned issues regarding the EUEOM report during the briefing.

The briefing program was coordinated by the foreign ministry.

Addressing the program, Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali said Nepal wants to maintain a cordial relationship with all the countries and expects help and assistance in its strive for development.

Earlier, the ruling CPN-UML had expressed bitterness against the report saying that the statement of EUEOM was a blatant violation of the political independence of Nepal which is protected by the Charter of the UN and other intentional laws, including customary international laws.

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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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