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PM Oli likely to visit India from April 6-8

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is likely to embark on an official visit to India from April 6. This will be his maiden foreign trip after taking office for second term last month.

India has proposed April 6-8 for the PM Oli’s official visit, according to sources. The formal announcement, however, is yet to made and will be confirmed once the Nepali side gives its concurrence to the proposed date, according to an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu.

Sources said Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali is also likely to visit New Delhi ahead of Oli’s official trip.

This will be the first foreign trip of PM Oli after assuming his office after the left alliance secured close to two-thirds votes in the December elections and his government received a whopping three-fourths of support in the confidence vote in the House of Representatives.

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There has been speculations that whether Oli will visit Delhi or Beijing first. There has also been speculations that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be invited to Kathmandu before Nepal’s prime minister would visit Delhi.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi became the first head of state or government Kathmandu after Oli was appointed the country’s executive head.

Earlier, before Oli took office, Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had visited Nepal.

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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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