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A Nepalese volunteer sprays disinfectants as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A drug store is seen covered with plastic layers during lockdown in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A Kathmandu metropolitan worker sprays disinfectants at Kalimati vegetable market as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. AP/PTI(AP25-03-2020_000269B)

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Nepalese evacuees from China arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. More than 150 Nepalese citizen were evacuated from several different cities across Hubei Province including Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus.

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Students and a teacher wear masks as a precautionary measure at Matribhumi school in Bhaktapur, Nepal. There has been one confirmed case of a new coronavirus infection in the Himalayan country.

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A Nepalese health official wearing face mask talks on the phone at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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An infrared thermal imager is placed to check the temperature of passengers at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Authorities have started screening passengers after one confirmed case of a new coronavirus infection was detected in the Himalayan country.

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Hospital staff load bodies of Indian tourists into an ambulance for postmortem, at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. Eight Indian tourists were declared dead after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, police said. The resort was fully booked so the eight tourists were sharing the same room. The official said the group reportedly turned on a gas heater inside the room while the windows and doors were closed.

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In this photo, trekkers are being rescued in a helicopter a day after an avalanche hit Mount Annapurna trail in Nepal. Special army and government rescue personnel were searching again on Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides lost since an avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains.

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Nepalese men carry logs of wood for a cremation, enveloped in thick morning fog in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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Nepalese Hindu devotees roll prayerfully on the ground as part of a ritual during the Madhav Narayan festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. During this festival, devotees recite holy scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swasthani and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray to get a good husband while those married pray for the longevity of their husbands by observing a month-long fast.

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Detained Chinese people cover their faces as they are taken to a court in Kathmandu, Nepal. Police in Nepal said that they have detained 122 Chinese nationals who are suspected of being involved in financial crimes.

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Veteran cricketer Sachin Tendulkar meets Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli during his visit, in Kathmandu

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Tripura royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya meets Bru refugees during their protest demanding resumption of free ration and cash-dole to them, in Kanchanpur.

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Bru refugees display placards during an indefinite road blockade at Laxmipur between Dasda and Anandabazar subdivision during a protest demanding resumption of free ration and cash-dole to them, in Kanchanpur.

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A police dog shakes off water from its body as it is bathed before being worshipped during Tihar festival celebrations at a police kennel division in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dogs are worshipped to acknowledge their role in providing security during the second day of Tihar festival, one of the most important Hindu festivals that is also dedicated to the worship of Hindu goddess of wealth Laxmi.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli greet during their bilateral meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal. Xi became the first Chinese president in more than two decades to visit Nepal, where he's expected to sign agreements on some infrastructure projects.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli during a banquet at Soltee Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping walks with Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari during a welcome ceremony upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Xi on became the first Chinese president in more than two decades to visit Nepal, where he's expected to sign agreements on some infrastructure projects.

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A Nepalese man looks at a portrait of Chinese president Xi Jinping placed on a road in Kathmandu, Nepal. Officials from both China and Nepal have confirmed that Chinese President Xi Jinping will be arriving in Kathmandu on Saturday. It will the first visit of a Chinese president in 23 years since Jiang Zemin visited in 1996.

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Nepalese army men worship guns at the army barracks during Dashain festival in Bhaktapur. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by Hindu goddess Durga, marking the victory of good over evil. Animals are sacrificed at Hindu temples during this festival.

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A priest covers the ears of living goddess Kumari as soldiers fire a gun as a part of rituals during Indra Jatra festival, an eight-day festival that honors Indra, the Hindu god of rain, in Kathmandu. The girl child revered as the Living Goddess Kumari is pulled around Kathmandu in a wooden chariot, families gather for feasts and at shrines to light incense for the dead, and men and boys in colorful masks and gowns representing Hindu deities dance to the beat of traditional music and devotees' drums, drawing tens of thousands of spectators to the city's old streets.

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A former living goddess Kumari, middle, watches the Indra Jatra festival, an eight-day festival that honors Indra, the Hindu god of rain, in Kathmandu. The girl child revered as the Living Goddess Kumari is pulled around Kathmandu in a wooden chariot, families gather for feasts and at shrines to light incense for the dead, and men and boys in colorful masks and gowns representing Hindu deities dance to the beat of traditional music and devotees' drums, drawing tens of thousands of spectators to the city's old streets.

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Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses with with Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli during their meeting at prime minister's residence in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepalese Hindu women take rest at the Pashupatinath temple during Teej festival celebrations in Kathmandu. During this festival, Hindu women observe a day-long fast and pray for their husbands and for a happy married life. Those who are unmarried pray for a good husband.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is greeted by the dignitaries on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu. Jaishankar arrived to participate in the 5th Joint Commission Meeting between India and Nepal and to take stock of the entire gamut of the bilateral relationship.

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India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, left, arrives at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Jaishankar is on a two-day visit to attend the Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting.

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Participants dance during a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A participant dances during a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Participants take selfies during a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders paraded through Nepal's capital to demand an end to discrimination against sexual minorities. Nepal is considered a conservative nation, most of its people are Hindu, and many still follow traditional beliefs.

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In this file photo, former External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj talks to journalists after she arrives at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepalese people burn an effigy of demon during the Gathamuga festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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Nepalese people carry an effigy of demon before burning the same during the Gathamuga festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The Nepalese believe the festival wards off evil spirits, and brings peace and prosperity.

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Nepalese people with their belongings move through flood waters in Gaur, Rautahat district, Nepal. After causing flooding and landslides in Nepal, three rivers are overflowing in northeastern India and submerging parts of the region, affecting the lives of more than 2 million, officials said.

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A man carries a child on his back as he wades across a flooded street following incessant rainfall, in Kathmandu.

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A man carries a child on his back as he wades across a flooded street following incessant rainfall, in Kathmandu

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An elderly Nepalese man falls in the mud in a paddy field while playing with another during 'Asar Pandra', or paddy plantation day in Dhading district, Nepal. Nepalese Hindus consider 'Asar Pandra' an auspicious day for planting paddy.

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People perform yoga asanas ahead of International Yoga day, in Thyangboche, Nepal. The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu organised a yoga event to celebrate the fifth International Day of Yoga at Nepal's Thyangboche -- the gateway to Mount Everest.

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Activists wear masks of various animals during a protest against the animal sacrifice in the upcoming Gadhimai festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. During Gadhimai festival Hindus sacrifice thousands of goats, buffaloes, chickens and ducks to please the goddess as part of a practice that dates back centuries.

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In this photo made on May 22, 2019, a long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest. About half a dozen climbers died on Everest last week most while descending from the congested summit during only a few windows of good weather each May.

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Indian climber Ameesha Chauhan who survived dangerous overcrowding on Mount Everest gets treatment at a hospital after she was rescued in Kathmandu. Seasoned mountaineers say the Nepal government’s failure to limit the number of climbers on Mount Everest has resulted in dangerous overcrowding and a greater number of deaths.

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In this file photo, Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, 48, waves as he arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Sherpa mountaineer extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his 24th ascent of the world's highest peak on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

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A helicopter carrying dead bodies of two Indian mountaineers arrives at Teaching hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. Two mountaineers died on Nepal's famous Himalayan peaks, while another two climbers were missing, officials said.

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Footprints, claimed by the Indian Army in its twitter account to be of the "mythical beast Yeti", which were sighted by their expedition team near the Makalu Base Camp, Nepal.

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Footprints, claimed by the Indian Army in its twitter account to be of the "mythical beast Yeti", which were sighted by their expedition team near the Makalu Base Camp, Nepal.

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Nepalese devotees carry chariots of different deities during Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal

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A Nepalese cavalry horse is decorated for the Ghode Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. The 'Ghode Jatra' is an annual horse festival celebrated on the Nepal Cavalry grounds in Kathmandu, which marks the defeat of a Hindu demon. The president of Nepal, diplomats, top officials and civilians all gather to watch 106 horses and more than 200 soldiers display warfare techniques which are believed to keep the demon away. The preparations of this event start three months prior, when a dedicated team of soldiers spend days bonding with the animals, by feeding and grooming the horses.

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Victims walk next to the remains of a tree damaged by rain storm in Bara District, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Pinnacle of a Mosque damaged by rain storm lies amid debris in Bara District, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu, Nepal. Government workers and private volunteers provided food, tents and clothing to the thousands of people in southern Nepal who lost their homes and belongings in a weekend storm.

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A Nepalese man walks on the debris of a mosque damaged by a rain storm in Bara District, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu, Nepal. Government workers and private volunteers provided food, tents and clothing to the thousands of people in southern Nepal who lost their homes and belongings in a weekend storm.

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Damaged residential structures are seen after a rainstorm in Bara district in Birgunj, 136 kilometers (85 miles) from Kathmandu, Nepal.

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An injured boy receives treatment at a hospital after a rainstorm in Bara district in Birgunj, 136 kilometers (85 miles) from Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Relatives carry body of man killed in a rainstorm in Bara district in Birgunj, 136 kilometers (85 miles) from Kathmandu, Nepal. Villagers who survived a powerful rainstorm that killed at least 28 people and injured hundreds in southern Nepal searched for food and shelter as rescuers struggled to reach remote areas.

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An Injured of rain storm from Bara district is being brought to a government hospital, in Birgunj, 136 kilometers (85 miles) from Kathmandu.

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A man collects water from a hand pump next to the debris of houses damaged in a rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu.

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A dead buffalo is lies amidst the debris of damaged structures in a rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu.

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A woman sits in the middle of the debris of a residential house damaged in rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu.

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Women grieve the death of their relatives in a rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepalese children wait for the food to be distributed as they sit next to their houses damaged in a rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu.

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Women grieve the death of their relatives after a rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepalese army soldiers arrive for rescue operations in an area hit by a rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A woman carries her one-month-old child as she stands at the entrance of her house damaged in rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu.

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A woman stands in front of her house damaged in a rainstorm in Bara district, 125 kilometers (75 miles) south of Kathmandu, Nepal. Rescuers struggled to reach villages in southern Nepal cut off by a powerful rainstorm that killed at least 28 people and injured hundreds more.

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A man throws colored powder during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Patan, Nepal.

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People play with colored powder during celebrations marking Holi, the festival of colors, in Patan, Nepal.

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A holy man poses for a photograph as he smears his face with ash and vermilion powder at the courtyard of the Pashupatinath Temple during Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepalese Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the river Hanumante during the Madhav Narayan festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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Nepalese Hindu devotees roll on the ground as part of a ritual during the Madhav Narayan festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. During this festival, devotees recite holy scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swasthani and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray for a good husband while those married pray for the longevity of their husbands by observing a month-long fast.

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Nepalese people take a morning walk as pigeons fly on the street enveloped by fog in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal. Mountain regions across Nepal experienced heavy snowfall as Kathmandu valley received rainfall that led to a dip in temperatures and heavy fog enveloped the city affecting air and road transportation.

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A holy man warms himself around an open fire in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Nepal enacted a law in 2017 ­criminalising the custom of banishing menstruating women to a ­chhaupadi hut

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Mask dancers perform during Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal..

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Dancers pose for photographs wearing mask of god Bhot Bhairabh in Kathmandu, Nepal. For centuries, Nepal has celebrated the Indra Jatra festival of masked dancers, which officially begins the month-long festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalyan nation. The dancers, who come from a variety of backgrounds, pull off this performance every year despite minimal financial support from the government and other sources, they say.

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Prime Minister Narendra and Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli inaugurate the 'Pashupati Nath Dharamshala' at Tilganga in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra and Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli at the inauguration of the 'Pashupati Nath Dharamshala' at Tilganga in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra and Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli inaugurate the 'Pashupati Nath Dharamshala' at Tilganga in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra speaks at the inauguration of the 'Pashupati Nath Dharamshala' at Tilganga in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the Chief Advisor of the Interim Government of Bhutan, Dasho Tshering Wangchuk, on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BIMSTEC leaders in a group photograph with the HODs of Ministerial delegations and senior officials, during the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others BIMSTEC leaders at the signing ceremony of BIMSTEC convention and the adoption of Kathmandu Declaration, in Kathmandu.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the signing ceremony of BIMSTEC convention and the adoption of Kathmandu Declaration, in Kathmandu.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with President of Myanmar Win Myint during a meeting, on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina at a meeting, on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the media upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Modi is in the country to attend a meeting of members of BIMSTEC, or Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by the Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli, at the inaugural session of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina at a meeting, on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BIMSTEC leaders calls on Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari, in Kathmandu.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to participate in the 4th BIMSTEC summit, in Kathmandu.

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A Nepalese man prepares an effigy of demon Ghantakarna symbolizing demolition of evil during the Ghantakarna festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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Nepalese people burn an effigy of demon Ghantakarna symbolizing demolition of evil during the Ghantakarna festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The festival is believed to ward off evil spirits, and bring peace and prosperity.

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Nepalese stand atop of a bench in a flooded area in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The flooding was caused by overflowing of the Hanumante River following heavy rain.

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Nepalese army men rescue a sick boy from a flooded area in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The flooding was caused by overflowing of the Hanumante River following heavy rain.

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Indian pilgrims being evacuated from Simikot to Surkhet and Nepalganj, as authorities stepped up efforts to rescue those stranded there due to heavy rain while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet in Simikot.

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Nepalese farmers cover themselves with plastic sheets as they work in a paddy field during a drizzle in Kathmandu, Nepal. Agriculture is the main source of income and employment for most people in Nepal, and rice is one of the main crops.

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Nepalese men play soccer in the mud in a paddy field during Asar Pandra, or paddy planting day in Lele, Lalitpur, Nepal.

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Nepalese play in a paddy field during Asar Pandra, or paddy planting day in Lele, Lalitpur, Nepal. Farmers and others plant rice saplings, sing, dance and play with mud on the paddy field on Ashar Pandra which means 15th day of Ashar month in Nepali calendar.

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Sunlight illuminates Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Swayambhunath stupa is an ancient religious complex atop a hill also known as the monkey temple.

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Noida-based mountaineer Arjun Vajpai poses for photos after summitting Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

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Prachanda and K.P. Sharma Oli in Kathmandu

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