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PM Oli leaves for China

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has left for a six-day official visit to China on Tuesday.

PM Oli, at the invitation of Premier Li, is paying the visit leading a 120-member delegation including four ministers, half-a-dozen lawmakers, over two dozens government officials, media persons and other individuals.

PM Oli boarded a special Himlayan Airlines flight and left for northern neighbour this morning.

Deepening ties with the top Chinese leadership, exploring new areas of cooperation with Beijing and signing new agreements with China based on the 10 points of agreement reached during Oli’s visit in 2016 are high on the agenda.

During his visit, PM Oli will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday and his counterpart Li Keqiang on Thursday.

After the visit China is likely to announce a significant aid or project for Nepal to showcase its deep attachment to Nepal at a time when a stable government in Kathmandu has pledged the people prosperity, according to officials.

It has been learned that attracting Chinese investments in sectors of Nepal’s comparative advantage and minimising trade deficit will be the major focus of the visit.

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The two countries, however, are unlikely to sign the Protocol to Transit and Transportation Agreement signed during Oli’s visit to China two years ago. It may be signed in July, said officials.

PM Oli will also meet with Jin Liquan, president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to explore projects to be financed by the Chinese-led institution.

PM Oli, while briefing the House of Representatives on his second visit to the northern neighbour in his two tenures as on Monday, said every agreement and discussion in Beijing would be guided by our national interests and dignity in a transparent manner.

PM Oli informed the House that Nepal will be looking for Chinese support in three areas — direct aid, cooperation and joint investments.

Without specifying projects, the PM claimed that there would be new agreements in energy and power transmission, railway connectivity, post-earthquake reconstruction and border entry points.

Prime Minister Oli is accompanied by his spouse, Radhika Shakya, Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, Members of Parliament, high-ranking government officials, representatives of private sector and media persons.

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Maha Astami being observed today

Pratigya Waiju

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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