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UAE opens embassy in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — The United Arab Emirates has opened its embassy in Kathmandu.

Foreign Minister of UAE, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, inaugurated the embassy amid a function in Lazimpat, Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Speaking on the event, Nahyan said bilateral ties between Nepal and UAE had reached a new height with the establishment of the Gulf nation’s residential mission in Kathmandu.

Saeed Hamdan al Naqbi has been designated as UAE’s first residential ambassador to Nepal. He will soon present his Letter of Credence to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, according to Deepak Adhikari, joint secretary at the foreign ministry.

Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, who was also present on the event, said the establishment of the embassy would facilitate hundreds of thousands Nepali workers seeking employment in the UAE.

Earlier, UAE’s embassy based in New Delhi had been concurrently looking after Nepal.

Nepal had set up its embassy in Abu Dhabi in 2004. The diplomatic relations between the two countries was established on January 22, 1977.

UAE is one of top job destinations of Nepali migrant workers. It is estimated that about half a million Nepalis are working there.

Meanwhile, Nahyan has called on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, separately.

During the meeting, the UAE minister urged PM Oli to conclude the proposed Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement and Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between the two countries so that the Gulf country can make more investments in Nepal, according to the prime minister’s foreign affairs expert Gopal Khanal.

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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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