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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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Rolpa begins hair oil production

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ROLPA— A factory established in Sulichaur, the eastern belt in Rolpa district, has started the production of hair oil through processing of medicinal herbs available in the locality.

Established with the investment of Rs 15 million, a total of 35 people have been employed, proprietor of the industry Tek Bahadur Ghartimagar said.

According to Ghartimagar, the productions of the company are exported to the bigger cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other market areas, as they are not sold in the local market due to higher prices.

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He said that cinnamon, bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala), Calamus (Acorus Calamus), muskroot and many other locally available herbs are processed to produce the hair oil.

He also said that the local farmers are also encouraged to produce grass and herbs to avert the crisis of the raw materials as the materials produced in community forests and private forests could not meet the demand for raw materials.

Ghartimagar is of the view that the income of the community forests could be increased by doing farming of the medicinal herbs. “It would increase the income of community forests and also ensures sustainability of the industries,” he adds.

Rolpa is considered as a good source of many medicinal herbs where the local residents are making good income from the sale of the products. However, some herbs are yet to be identified despite their high values.

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