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PM’s trip to India will normalise bilateral ties: UML Secretary Gyawali

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MYAGDI — CPN-UML Secretary Pradip Gyawali said that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s official trip to India, scheduled for one week from now, would normalise the bilateral ties.

At a press conference organised by the Press Chautari, Myagdi chapter, today, leader Gyawali said that the misunderstanding surfaced between the two countries would be normalised after the PM’s visit. The visit would further strengthen the bilateral relations, he added.

Leader Gyawali further informed that PM Oli would make his next visit to China within a month and the government was preparing to sign on a petroleum trade contract with China during his visit.

Secretary Gyawali added that trade diversification was needed to lessen dependency with one country.

People were compelled to face difficulties due to unnecessary rigidity of Madhes-centric parties, Gyawali further added.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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