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.
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.
2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident
HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.
Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.
Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.
Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.