All seven passengers onboard confirmed dead in helicopter crash in Taplejung district on Wednesday afternoon. According to local resident Suarj Bhattarai the rescue authorities retrieved all dead bodies from the crash site. Those identified so far are Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's Aide Yubraj Dahal, Tourism enterpreneur Ang Tshering Sherpa, Captain Prabhakar Shrestha and Minister Adhikari's bodyguard Arjun Ghimire.
Nepal has called India and Pakistan to exercise utmost restraint and not to engage in actions that would threaten peace and security in South Asia. In a press statement released on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has said that Nepal is concerned about the escalating tensions between two countries following terrorist attack on security convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, 2019.
Taking strong objection to the recently-endorsed Civil Servants Adjustment Bill, the government doctors have started boycotting their services except emergency across the country since today morning. Association of Nepal (GODAN) stated that the government doctors were forced to launch agitation after the government failed to address their demands.
Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi has taken strong exception to the recent comments made by US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for South and Southeast Asia Joseph H. Felter on the China-Nepal bilateral cooperation under the framework of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. “I hope that the relevant country can do more practical things for the developing countries themselves, instead of making indiscreet remarks or criticisms” Yanqi said.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali addressed the high-level segment of the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday. During his meeting, Gyawali reiterated Nepal’s firm commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights at home, and to constructive engagement with the international community to fulfil the mandate of the Human Rights Council as its member.
An IAF jet crashed on Wednesday in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing at least one person, the Press Trust of India reported quoting the Indian government officials. The jet crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am, the Indian authorities said. The jet broke into two and caught fire immediately, adding one body was seen near the site crash, the PTI said in its report.