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PM Oli stresses for national consensus government

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NEPALGUNJ — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that a national consensus government was essential for the welfare of the country.

Talking to media persons at Nepalgunj Airport on Tuesday, Oli claimed that preparations were afoot to form a national consensus government instead of dissolving the incumbent government.

“Discussions are underway with all the political parties for consensus. The incumbent government should be allowed to function until the next parliamentary elections,” he said.

He also said that national consensus government was a must for proper implementation of the Constitution.

“It will be easier to implement the Constitution once national consensus government is formed. So we have emphasised on the formation of national consensus government.”

The PM further said it was natural and a democratic practice for oppositions to criticise the government.

Oli was on his way to Surkhet to take part in the meeting of Mid-Western University’s Senate in Birendranagar.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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