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PM Oli to leave for China on June 19

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is set to pay a six-day official visit to bnorthern neighbour China beginning from June 19,Foreign Ministry has confirmed in a statement.

The date of his visit was simultaneously announced by both Kathmandu and Beijing on Wednesday.

PM Oli is visiting the northern neighbor on the invitation of Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keiqiang.

During the visit, Oli is scheduled to hold delegation level bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. He will also meet with senior Chinese leaders, according to statement.

He will address Nepal-China Business Forum and think tanks in Beijing. During the visit, the two countries will also sign some agreements and memorandum of understandings.

The statement said PM will also visit Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, where he will meet with the provincial leaders.

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Moreover, during his official visit, PM Oli is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and address a university based in Sichuan Province.

The two countries will also sign some agreements and Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.

Sources said that Nepal and China will sign agreements on building fuel storage sites in Kavre and Nuwakot districts. The Nepali delegation is expected to request China to let hauliers use Chinese highways for transporting goods.

Moreover, the focus of Prime Minister’s visit would be on implementation of past agreements including Trade Transit Protocol with China.

Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, Members of Parliament, high-ranking government officials, representatives of private sector, Prime Minister’s spouse Radhika Shakya and media persons will accompany him during his visit to China.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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