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Nepal Prime Minister's advisers test positive for COVID-19

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Three advisers to Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli said on Saturday they had tested positive for COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of 528 people in the country.

Oli’s press, political and foreign affairs advisers told Reuters they had been infected and were isolating themselves.

An assistant working for Oli also tested positive, they added.

Oli has previously tested negative, but had yet to take a test after his associates tested positive, press adviser Surya Thapa said.

India: Border issues with Nepal to be solved soon: Tamta

Pithoragarh, July 31 (PTI) BJP MP from Almora Ajay Tamta on Friday said border issues between Nepal and India will soon be solved mutually keeping in mind the close ties between the two countries.

Reacting to reports about alleged encroachment by Nepal in the no man's land at Tanakpur border, Tamta said the government agencies concerned are keeping an eye on the borders and expressed hope that a solution will be found soon.

Nepal's ruling communist party meet to decide PM Oli's fate deferred till Monday

Kathmandu, Jul 4 (PTI) A crucial meeting of Nepal's ruling communist party to decide the political future of embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli was postponed until Monday to allow more time for the top leadership to iron out their differences over his autocratic style of functioning and anti-India statements.

The meeting of the Nepal Communist Party's 45-member powerful Standing Committee was scheduled to be held on Saturday at 11 AM local time. But it was postponed at the last minute.

Rasuwagadhi-Kerung Border Point Between Nepal, China Likely To Reopen Next Week

KATHMANDU, June 21 (NNN-NEPALNEWS) – The Rasuwagadhi-Kerung (Geelong) border point, between Nepal and China, is likely to reopen within a week after the closure for about five months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nepali officials said.

It is one of the two main border points for international trade between the two countries. The Rasuwagadhi-Kerung border point remained closed since Jan. The Tatopani-Zhangmu border point was reopened in late Mar.

Nepal Extends Flight Suspension Till July 5

KATHMANDU, June 15 (NNN-NEPALNEWS) – The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), issued a statement on Sunday, saying, the suspension period of all domestic and international commercial passenger flights has been extended till July 5.

“Special permission from CAAN is required for repatriation flights, rescue flights, freighter flights and flights related to medical and other essential supplies,” the statement read.

All the flights, except special charter flights, have been suspended in the Nepali sky, since the lock-down in the country on Mar 24.

Nepal army developing own track route to avoid dependence on Indian track

Pithoragarh, May 24 (PTI) The Nepalese army is developing in their territory a track route parallel to the Indian border to reach their high-altitude villages of Tinkar and Changru to minimise their citizens' dependence on an Indian track route, said an Indian official.

Nepal Confirms First COVID-19 Death

KATHMANDU, May 17 (NNN-NEPALNEWA) – The Nepali government, on Saturday, confirmed the first death from COVID-19.

Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population said, a 29-year-old woman from Sindhupalchwok, in the country’s central region, died, while being brought to a hospital, in the outskirt of the capital, Kathmandu.

“A detailed investigation and a series of tests confirmed that this is the first death due to COVID-19 in the country,” read the statement.

Four children die in blast in Nepal; abandoned weapon suspected

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A blast in a remote part of Nepal has killed four children, police said on Friday, with suspicion it was caused by old ordnance left over from a decade-long Maoist insurgency.

The children, aged from five to 13, had taken cattle to graze in a forest in the northwestern district of Rolpa on Thursday when they found a device and played with it, probably mistaking it for a toy, said police official Shanta Kumar K.C.

“It may have been abandoned during the conflict,” he said. Authorities were investigating.

Germany sends plane to rescue stranded tourists from Nepal

Kathmandu, Mar 27 (AP) A rescue flight arranged by the German government on Friday picked up hundreds of tourists who had been stranded in Nepal since the Himalayan nation went on lockdown earlier this week, officials said.

The Qatar Airways charter flight took off with 305 people on board, said Deo Chandra Lal Karna, an official at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport.

Nepal shuts Border With India For A Week To Prevent COVID-19

KATHMANDU, Mar 23 (NNN-NEPALNEWS) — With the increasing spread of COVID-19 infection across the world, Nepal decided to shut down its border with China and India for a week.

The decision was made in a cabinet meeting, held on Sunday evening, under the leadership of Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli at his official residence, Baluwatar. It was the first cabinet meeting held by PM Oli, after his kidney transplant.

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