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PM Oli set to visit India from April 6-8

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is leaving for a state visit to India from April 6-8 at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi as his maiden foreign trip after assuming the office on February 15 , Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Friday.

This will be in line with the tradition of Nepali PM visiting India first. Delhi and Kathmandu desire to put the past differences behind and start a ‘new chapter’ in its relationship with PM Oli.

During the visit, PM will hold official meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi and exchange views on matters of mutual interests.

He will pay courtesy call on President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu. Some senior Cabinet members of Indian Government will call on PM Oli,according to a statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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PM Oli will also visit Pantnagar, Uttarakhand and attend a program organised at Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya, a government delegation comprising ministers, members of parliament, secretaries and other high-ranking officials of Nepal governmen, the statement read.

PM Oli is expected to invite Modi to visit Kathmandu which could happen for the BIMSTEC Summit.

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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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