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PM Oli leaves for New York

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma has left for New York leading the Nepali delegation to the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. PM Oli is accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya.

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, among others were present to see him off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Deputy PM Pokhrel will officiate duties as the acting Prime Minister during Oli’s absence.

During his New York stay, the prime minister is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will engage in sideline meetings with Swiss President Alain Berset and Cambodian Prime Minister Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

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The prime minister will also attend the reception to be hosted by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the evening of September 24 and a luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary-General on September 25.

Besides addressing the UNGA on September 27, Prime Minister Oli will address a high-level plenary meeting of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on September 24 being organized to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

The prime minister will also deliver a statement at the High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) being hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on September 25.

According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the prime minister, after concluding UNGA, will leave New York for San Jose, Costa Rica on September 29 to have a bilateral meeting with the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada.

Oli will return to Kathmandu on October 3 after an 11-day long abroad stay.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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