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Friday, March 17, 2017

Madhesis reject Nepal PM's offer; launch fresh agitation
The agitating Madhesis today rejected Prime Minister Prachanda's proposal to participate in Nepal's local polls and launched fresh agitation, a day after they withdrew support from his government. The government has decided to hold local body polls on May 14 despite failure to reach an agreement with the alliance of Madhes-based parties which pulled out of the government after accusing it of failing to meet a seven-day ultimatum to fulfil their demands that included endorsement for the revised Constitution amendment bill.

Pak Army chief on 1st visit to China, meets top leaders
China's top leadership has assured Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa that they completely understood the geo-political, economic and security situation in the region and its implications for the two "all- weather" friends, the Pakistan Army said today. The assurance was given to Gen. Bajwa as he met senior Chinese leaders and the military leadership on his maiden visit to Beijing where he discussed a range of issues, including defence cooperation, regional security situation and the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

Queen signs Brexit trigger bill into law
Queen Elizabeth II today gave her Royal Assent to the Brexit trigger bill, empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to invoke Article 50 at any time to begin Britain's exit talks from the European Union. Speaker John Bercow announced the historic milestone in the House of Commons, prompting cheers from ruling Conservative Party Mps. "Her Majesty has signified her royal assent," he said. The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill had been passed by MPs and Lords in Parliament earlier this week.

Hollande, Merkel condemn Erdogan's 'unacceptable' remarks
The French and German leaders today condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "unacceptable" remarks accusing Germany and the Netherlands of acting like "Nazis". Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel "consider comparisons with Nazism and aggressive statements against Germany and other member states unacceptable", they said in a joint statement after speaking by telephone.

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