State-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) on Tuesday wrote a letter to the Chinese petroleum company – PetroChina Company Ltd to provide price list of the fuel products.
NOC Executive Director Gopal Bahadur Khadka sent the letter to PetroChina asking for availability of a price list for commercial transaction.
NOC is forwarding additional processes to import fuel from China in view of a proof that fuel can be successfully supplied from Nepal's northern neighbour, Khadka said. More Nepali tankers left for Kyirong to receive the grant fuel provided by the Chinese government.
NOC received 1.3 million liters of fuel products in grant from China after severe shortage of fuel products due to the undeclared economic blockade imposed by Indian government at the southern belt crippled general movements across the country. The grant fuel is in course of being supplied to Nepal and are being stored at the Thankot depot.
A Nepali delegation led by Nepali Ambassador to China Mahesh Man Maskey a few days ago sealed a bilateral deal with PetroChina to import fuel from China. NOC has reached an agreement to import 33 percent of the total consumption from China.
New UK envoy arrives
Newly appointed UK ambassador to Nepal, Richard Morris, arrived Kathmandu on Tuesday to assume his office.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Ambassador Morris was welcomed by Deputy Chief of Protocol Rajaram Bartaula.
According to Deputy Chief of Protocol Bartaula, the British Ambassador is likely to present his letter of credence to President Bidya Devi Bhandari in near future.
MoHP to form task force
Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has decided to form a task force to prevent crisis of medicines amid the ongoing economic blockade imposed by India on Nepal, which has already resulted in acute shortage of essential items.
Officials at the MoHP informed that they have been working to form a high level task force that includes representatives of drug suppliers and the government officials. Health facilities across the country have already started complaining about the shortage of essential drugs. He informed that the DDA is aware about the dwindling stock of medicines across the country and that it has been working to prevent possible crisis.
Chand-led Maoist urges govt to tighten border security
Communist Party Nepal Maoist led by Netra Bikram Chand urged the government to deploy security forces along the border with India. The party has also demanded that Indians be allowed to travel in Nepal only with travel permits and work permits to the Indians coming to Nepal.
The party criticized Nepal Government for not exploring proper and effective alternatives to end the crisis resulting from the blockade imposed by India. The party has urged people to retaliate against "the undeclared blockade imposed by India." Expressing solidarity to the protests launched by Madhesis, Tharus and other indigenous people, the party said it condemns the Indian move of taking undue advantage from the protests of Nepali people.
The party has also said that it would launch a movement against the Indian blockade and interference in the internal matters of Nepal after major Nepali festivals end. The party has said in the press statement that the blockade imposed by India was against the special rights of a land-locked country, UN charter as well as other international laws and treaties.