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PM Dahal directs transport authorities for effective services

In Nepal ,Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed the concerned authorities to make transport-related government services effective and efficient as well as friendly for service-seekers.

Issuing directives to Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport PM Dahal urged them to develop three more transport service centres in the Kathmandu Valley – two in Kathmandu and one in Bhaktapur – for the purpose.

The new centres would help ease the process of issuing driving licences, renewing bill books and receiving route permits.

He had also directed Minister Lekhak and Secretary Karki to manage online registration system and utilise school and college buildings for driving licence examinations.

Germans told to stock up for a disaster

For the first time since the Cold War the German government is advising citizens to stockpile food and water for use in a national emergency. Some opposition MPs said the new civil defence concept, to go before ministers, was scaremongering.


Modi promises full central support to 5 flood-hit states

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern over the worsening flood situation in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand and promised total support from the centre in rescue and relief operations.


Flood misery returns to parts of India.

Large parts of India have been flooded after a number of rivers started flowing above danger level. At least 17 people have been reportedly killed in flood-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh state. In the eastern Bihar state, at least 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after a "flood-like situation" in a dozen districts.


US election: Trump campaign spending still lags far behind Clinton

Donald Trump's election campaign doubled its spending last month but still lagged far behind US presidential rival Hillary Clinton, figures show. The Trump campaign spent 18.5 million US dollars in July, compared to his Democratic rival's 38 million US dollars.


Kurdish wedding massacre blamed on IS

So-called Islamic State is likely to have carried out a deadly bomb attack on a wedding in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. The death toll in the attack in the southern city of Gaziantep has now risen to 50, the local governor's office said, with almost 100 wounded.


Afghan troops 'retake Kunduz district from Taliban'


Afghan government forces have recaptured a key district of the northern province of Kunduz from the Taliban, the provincial governor says. Asadullah Omarkhel's announcement came hours after Khanabad district was seized by Taliban fighters. But local sources told the BBC that Taliban fighters were still present near the district headquarters.


Pakistan ready to invest in various fields

Pakistan High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Syed Shakeel Hussein says his country is eager to invest in various fields of Sri Lanka. Special attention will be focused on the fields of agriculture, IT and construction in this regard.


Much awaited Glass Bridge to open in China.

This weekend, the much heralded "world's highest and longest" glass-bottomed bridge will open to visitors in central China. It connects two mountain cliffs in what are known as the Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. Completed in December, the 430 meter-long bridge cost 3.4 million dollars to build and stands 300 meters above ground. State news agency Xinhua reported, it has been paved with 99 panes of three-layered transparent glass. According to the officials, the 6 meter-wide bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, has already set world records for its architecture and construction.

US: Iran cash linked to prisoner release.

The State Department has said a 400 million dollars cash payment to Iran was used as "leverage" in the release of five US prisoners. Spokesman John Kirby maintained the payment was negotiated separately from the release, but said it was withheld until the Americans had left Iran.

Five Americans held in Iran were released in January in exchange for seven detained Iranians. The US airlifted 400 million dollars worth of cash to Iran on the same day. The exchange came as the US lifted international sanctions against Iran as part of the country's historic nuclear deal.

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