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Two UK officials touch base in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — Two high level UK officials have touched base in Nepal on Tuesday.

Their visit occurs as Nepal and the UK are celebrating 200 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Simon McDonald and the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock touched base in Nepal for an official visit.

During their visit McDonald and Lowcock will talk about discuss bilateral and international issues with senior figures of Nepal government, including the PM, foreign minister, and finance minister, the British Embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“They will also meet with a wide range of people from business and politics to discuss issues that are important to both countries, including the current political situation, human rights, and the economic and humanitarian challenges facing Nepal, ways the UK can help Nepal improve its business environment and boost bilateral trade and investment, and future development partnerships,” the statement read.

This is Mark Lowcock’s fourth visit to Nepal, he was last here in 1993 as part of delegation accompanying the late Princess Diana, it said.

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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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