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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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Massive fire destroys entire settlement at Madhuban in Sunsari





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ITAHARI — A massive fire that broke out at Ikrahi settlement at Baraha Kshetra Municipality-11 here Saturday night has destroyed goods and property worth more than Rs 6 million. However, no human casualties have been reported in the incident so far.

The fire gutted around 82 shelters with corrugated zinc and straw roofs in the settlement, said Kedar Bista, the Baraha Kshetra Municipality Ward No 11 Chairman.

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He said it is estimated that goods and property worth more than 6 million rupees have been destroyed.

According to him, the entire settlement was destroyed and some children were also injured by fire. Two cattle heads were killed in the incident. It is not known how and from whose house the fire started.

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