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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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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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