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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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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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