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Big 3 fail to forge consensus on parliamentary regulations

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KATHMANDU — A meeting between the head of the three major political parties and Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar held here on Sunday failed to break the deadlock on the two key issues of Parliamentary Regulations.

The major political parties, however, have expressed their commitment to forge a consensus in drafting the parliamentary regulations.

Ruling and opposition parties’ representatives in the Parliamentary Regulations Drafting Committee are divided on how many members should be there in the Parliamentary Hearing Committee and whether the confirmation or rejection of nominees should be endorsed by a simple majority or two thirds majority.

The parties are reportedly yet to agree on the number of members of the parliamentary hearing committee, with the NC proposing 73 members while the ruling UML and UCPN (Maoist) for 15.

Speaking at a meeting held at the office of Speaker Onsari Ghari, the senior leaders of the parties responded positively to the call for a consensus from the speaker. “The leaders have committed to give a way out, let’s hope we have a consensus on it”, Speaker Gharti said.

According to Speaker’s Press Adviser Babin Sharma, the Speaker termed yesterday’s meeting positive, as the top leaders of the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Unified CPN-Maoist decided to settle the issues on the basis of consensus without putting the disputed issues to vote in the Parliamentary Regulations Drafting Committee.

The drafting of the regulations remains stalled since the past eight months for lack of a consensus.

Following the meeting, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal expressed the confidence of reaching to a consensus soon. “The NC has assured us of coming to an agreement, we will hopefully have an agreement soon”, he said.

Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and President of the main opposition Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba were also present at the meeting.

The regulations drafting committee is scheduled to meet on Monday.

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Mid-Hill highway opens door of prosperity: Minister Adhikari

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GALKOT- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Mid-Hill highway had opened the door of prosperity.

He added that the highway was easing the transportation service of the hilly people.

Inaugurating the Badigad Festival and Nwagi Fair-2075 BS here in Baglung district on Saturday, Minister Adhikari stressed on preserving and promoting the domestic cultures to strengthen the nationality and create harmony among the people.

The festival organizer committee coordinator Tika Paija shared that the festival was organized to preserve domestic culture and promote local tourism.
The festival will run until November 25.

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