Tatopani border shut for three days

SINDHUPALCHOWK: The Chinese administration has closed the Tatopani border with Nepal in a bid to foil possible demonstrations of Tibetans who mark the 51st year of the failed uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet tomorrow.

Keeping in view possible demonstrations and violence by Tibetans in Nepali soil, the border will be closed for all, including Nepali visitors, on March 10, 14 and 28.

According to the Sindhupalchowk administration, a joint meeting of authorities from Nepal and the Jangbu administration of China in Khasa on Sunday decided to close the border. According to a participant of the meeting, the Sindhupalchowk administration has decided to adopt strict measures in the border area as per the request of the Chinese authorities. A decision was also taken by the authorities from both the sides to do their best to suppress the Tibetans' protests.

Eight Chinese officials, including Advance and Command Officer Lui Jheng Wen and Nepali officials, including Sindhupalchowk CDO Hari Krishna Upadhyaya attended a meeting in Khasa yesterday also.