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US envoy Teplitz calls on Home Minister Thapa

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KATHMANDU — Ambassador of the United States of America for Nepal, Alaina B Teplitz, today called on Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal) at latter’s office in Singha Durbar. The meeting focused on the discussions about Nepal-US relations; and mutual cooperation and assistance.

On the occasion, Home Minister Thapa stated that the two countries had established the diplomatic relations some 70 years ago and such ties had further consolidated throughout this period.

He thanked the US Government for its ongoing support to Nepal in the areas of development, security training and construction of physical structures, according to the Ministry.

The US Ambassador congratulated the (new) Home Minister on his appointment on the post, wishing for his successful term. She also put the issues relating to the control of human smuggling and management of Bhutanese and Tibetan refugees before the minister.

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Stating that the US Government was ready to help Nepal regarding immigration security affairs, she put her queries about progress on the proposal relating to the revision of visa fees being taken by Nepal from the US citizens.

In reply, the Home Minister said the government was studying about it and decision would be taken in the future on the basis of same study.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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