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US Deputy Secretary Blinken calls up PM Oli, urges to take concrete steps to resolve the crisis

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KATHMANDU — US Deputy Secretary of State Antony John Blinken held a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday evening.

According to a statement issued  by the US Department of State’s Office of the from Washington DC in the evening , the Deputy Secretary Blinken talked with Nepali Prime Minister Oli via phone to discuss the political crisis in Nepal.

“The Deputy Secretary urged PM Oli to represent the interests of all Nepalis and take concrete steps to resolve the political impasse, emphasizing the importance of all sides working toward a compromise and not taking unilateral steps,” the statement said.

Blinken further called for the Nepali authorities to exercise restraint in responding to protests, according to the statement.

He expressed the United States’ readiness to help Nepal in its reconstruction efforts. “The Deputy Secretary told Prime Minister Oli the United States stands ready to further partner with Nepal to ensure earthquake reconstruction efforts are efficient, transparent, and inclusive,” the statement said.

Blinken also called for restraint in responding to protests.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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