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Kathmandu: At least five protesters were killed and many injured in Nepal’s southern plain on Tuesday during agitations against the proposed seven-province model in the Himalayan nation, taking the toll to 20 in two weeks. Nepal has been witnessing deadly clashes over the federalism model. Four protesters died during a violent clash in Birgunj of Parsa district on Tuesday. The toll in Birgunj rose to five, as another person was killed on Monday during a clash with police. Meanwhile, in Kalaiya, headquarters of Bara district, a person died and 17 were injured during a clash with security personnel on Tuesday.

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Hifajat Miyan, of Kalaiya-10 area, died after being hit by a bullet fired by police at protesters during the clash. The demonstrators took away Miyan’s body. Three protesters injured in clashes with police at Laxmanuwa Chok in Birgunj died during treatment. Dinanath Sah and Bhola Prasad Sah, who sustained bullet injuries during the clash, succumbed at the National Medical College Hospital, its in-charge Dililp Sah said. Another man named Sohan Kalwar died on the spot during a clash in Naguwa Chok, while the name of the fourth person killed in Birgunj on Tuesday was not immediately known. Around a dozen people including Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L) central member Ameri Lal Pal Raut were injured.

Meanwhile, the local administration declared Birgunj a riot-hit area. Police opened fire during a clash with protesters on Tuesday afternoon in Birgunj Sub-Metropolitan City-16. Cadres of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha demonstrated in various parts in Birgunj, defying the indefinite curfew enforced by the administration since 4 p.m. on Monday. Police also fired at the protesters when they reached the District Development Committee office, leading to injuries to many people.

(IANS)

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India, Nepal Review New Developments in Ties

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning more towards China than India

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Recent developments in India-Nepal ties across various sectors came up for discussion during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Thursday.

“The two ministers reviewed recent developments in bilateral ties across diverse sectors, including progress achieved on the three transformative initiatives launched in 2018 in the areas of agriculture, railways and inland waterways as well as pace of implementation of ongoing bilateral development and connectivity projects,”the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

“They expressed satisfaction at the significant progress made in different sectors of cooperation as a result of intensified bilateral exchanges at all levels in recent months,” it said.

According to the statement, the two leaders reiterated their commitment to maintain the new momentum and to further strengthen the traditionally close and friendly ties between the two countries.

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India, Nepal review new developments in ties.

India reset its ties with Nepal last year through a visit by Prime Minister Modi, his first after K.P. Sharma Oli became the Prime Minister.

During the visit, both sides agreed to boost trade and economic links, connectivity via air, land and water, people-to-people ties, with Modi declaring that India will work like a sherpa in the Himalayan nation’s development endeavours.

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This happened after there was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning more towards China than India. (IANS)