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VVIPs will now receive guard of honor at Army Pavilion, Pakistan PM to receive guard of honor today

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KATHMANDU — Revising the existing location of offering honor to foreign dignitaries, the newly-formed government has decided to establish a new practice of offering the guard of honor to all the visiting foreign VVIPs at Sainik Manch (Nepal Army Pavilion), Tundikhel.

Until now, Nepal Army has been offering the guard of honor to the foreign delegates at the VVIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport upon their arrival in Kathmandu.

But,this practice is being discontinued from Monday with the government preparing to offer such honor to the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Sahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Army Pavilion.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is arriving here for two day official state vitit on Monday, will be accorded a guard of honour by the Nepali Army at Sainik Manch, Tundikhel.

Prime Minister Abbasi is scheduled to land in Kathmandu at 3:15 pm. Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada is likely to receive him at the VVIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport.

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“He (Pakistan Prime Minister) will be conferred with guard of honour. To receive the honour, he will head to Tundikhel where he also will be received by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli,” said Nepal Army Spokesperson Gokul Bhandari.

“We have received instructions from the government to offer the guard of honor to Pakistani Prime Minister Abbasi at the Army Pavilion. We have made our arrangement accordingly,” he added.

Prime Minister Abbasi is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Nepali counterpart K P Sharma Oli at Hotel Yak and Yeti after receiving guard of honor. The two prime ministers are scheduled to discuss the issue along with various bilateral issues. Nepal is the current chair of SAARC.

Although Pakistan earlier proposed to host the SAARC Summit in November 2016, but this could not take place after India along with three other SAARC nations announced they were pulling out amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue.

Prime Minister Abbasi will fly back home after paying a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari at 10 am on Tuesday.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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