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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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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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