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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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Seventh day of Bada Dashin, Fulpati being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today on the occasion of the Dashain festival, Fulpati is being observed as per tradition throughout the country.

Fulpati, an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious, is anointed at the Dashainghar on the seventh day of the Dashain festival.

The Fulpati is brought to Kathmandu as per the Vedic rituals to be anointed at the Dashainghar at the Hanumandhoka Durbar.

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The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police Force and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands and decorated kalsyoulis, and a procession along with cultural pageantry leave Hanuman Dhoka for Jamal with the Fulpati.

During the monarchy, the King, as the Head of State, used to attend the Fulpati ritual at Dashainghar, but with the foundation of Republic, the Minister for Culture is attending, said the Durbar Museum Development Committee.

The auspicious hour to bring the Fulpati this year is fixed at 4:00pm. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, and local level representatives in Kathmandu have been invited to the ritual.

Though the Dashain festival begins from Ghatasthapana, the festival sees special fervor from the day of Fulpati.

All government as well as private offices remain closed from today encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.

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