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PM Oli off to India for three-day state visit

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has left for New Delhi for a three-day state visit to India on Friday. This is Oli’s first foreign tour after taking office.

He left for India on a regular morning flight of Nepal Airlines to New Delhi at 9:00 am. He is accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya.

The 50-delegation of PM Oli includes Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Yadav, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, members of Parliament, chief secretary, secretaries and other high-level government officials, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Defense Minister Ishwor Pokharel and high-level government officials including ministers and security chiefs reached the Trihbuvan International Airport to see him off this morning.

Oli will stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi as the state guest of the government of India.

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After arriving in New Delhi, the PM will hold an interactive meeting with the business community of Nepal and India at around 12:30pm. This will be followed by an interaction with the Nepali community in New Delhi.

Oli will attend a diplomatic reception to be hosted in his honour by the Embassy of Nepal and will also have a separate meeting with members of the Nepali community this evening.

Oli is scheduled to attend the ceremonial reception and inspect the guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. He will then separately call on Indian President Ramnath Kovind, and Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu. He will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

The same day, Oli will hold official meeting with Indian PM Modi, who will be hosting a banquet luncheon in honour of the visiting Nepali prime minister and his delegation. Oli will hold delegation-level and personal-level talks with Modi.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will call on Oli. Senior Indian political leaders will also call on Oli.

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Both the prime ministers will remotely inaugurate the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj, following which Oli will interact with the intellectual community at a civic reception hosted by India Foundation.The same day the two prime ministers will hold a joint press conference.

On Sunday, Oli will attend a programme at Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, where he will be conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

The PM will return home the same evening on a Nepal Airlines flight.

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At least 5 killed in California wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — At least five people have been found dead in their burned-out vehicles when an explosive wildfire swept through the Northern California town of Paradise, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said officials located five bodies inside a vehicle overcome by the Camp Fire.

The fire also injured three firefighters but the total casualty was not yet clear.

Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

The fire, which sparked Thursday, burnt 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of 10:30 am Friday local time, according to media reports.

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Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had almost quadrupled in size to nearly 285 square kilometres.

Celebrity website TMZ reported the Malibu Ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America’s best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.

Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes in and around Malibu from a separate fire burning north of Los Angeles.

TMZ also reported the blaze had reached the grounds of the mansion in nearby Calabasas owned by Kardashian and husband rapper Kanye West.

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