China lifts curbs on import from Nepal
Added At: 2012-04-16 9:47 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-16 9:47 PM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: In an apparent bid to boost trans-Himalayan trade, China on Tuesday scrapped the provision of licences for importing Nepali goods.The Chinese gesture, welcomed by Nepali traders, is expected to help reduce trade deficit between the two neighbours. The Chinese decision was conveyed by visiting chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, Lek Chok, during his talks with Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat here today. During the meeting Chok said the provision of licences for importing Nepali goods has been removed, and that China was positive on reducing trade deficit for Nepal. He also evinced keen interest in further increasing Chinese investments in Nepal, especially in energy, communications, construction materials like cement, infrastructure development and tourism. During the meeting Dr Mahat has urged Chok to help reduce the growing trade deficit between the two countries and boost Chinese investments in Nepal. Chok is heading a high-level, eight member delegation that includes, among others,Wang Wenpei, vice chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region and secretary general Shi Weiqiang. Chinese goods — from electronics to textiles — are popular in Nepal because of their cheap price. Chok also had extensive discussions with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Arjun Jung Bahadur Singh. They discussed cooperation in trade promotion, investments, tourism, agriculture and science and technology.
More arrests of Maoists likely
KATHMANDU: Following the dramatic arrest of some top level workers of the outlawed Maoist group, the security personnel are pinning high hopes on important clues leading to more important arrests in the valley, a highly placed government source said. Central committee member of the outlawed Communist Party ofNepal (Maoist), Rekha Sharma,was arrested along with her husband Krishna Dhoj Karki, valley bureau chief of the party, from their hide-out at Dallu. “Both of them had been nabbed on Saturday morning following a tip-off from a cadre arrested earlier,” said the source, who also claimed that further arrests were on the cards before five day-long general strike called by the terrorists begins.The source said that Khadka who had been working as a valley chief after the arrest of Rabindra Shrestha, yet another top notch guerrilla leader and central committee member of the group from Kathmandu five months ago. Khadka has been accused of masterminding a series of blasts in the capital including setting fire to government vehicles. However, the source did not disclose the whereabouts of the detainees. The security force also recovered valuable documents from the arrested couple regarding the hideouts of the underground cadre including a detail game plan of their activities.