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Executive president is not agenda of present time: Dahal

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CHITWAN — Chairperson of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has said that executive president was not the agenda of the present time.

Speaking at a news conference organised by Press Chautari Nepal and Press Centre, Chitwan, here today, Chairman Dahal, who was elected as a lawmaker from Chitwan Constituency no 3, said it was the time of good governance, development and prosperity.

He further said that the incumbent government has unveiled the budget, which will gradually bring the national economy in balance and addressed the most of the issues mentioned in the party’s manifesto.

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The CPN Chairman said that discussion was underway to bring Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) on board the incumbent government.

He said although the regulations is silent over the issue of lawmakers charged with crime, the parties have agreed to include word ‘suspend’ in the Act.

Chairman Dahal also clarified that the government would take stern action against the contractors failing to complete the works on time.

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World mourns death of Kofi Annan

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GENEVA — Leaders across the world expressed their condolences following the death of Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan. World leaders praised Annan’s contributions and expressed their admiration for the long-time UN statesman.

Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the UN who rose through its ranks to become its first black African secretary-general, died on Saturday morning in Bern, Switzerland

Antonio Guterres, the current UN chief, described his predecessor as “a guiding force for good.”

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations…He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” Guterres said.

The United Nations has lowered its flags to half-mast. At UN headquarters in New York, the UN flags flew at half-mast and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Mr Annan’s portrait.

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Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness.

The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did”.

Annan had served two terms as UN secretary-general in New York from 1997-2006, retired in Geneva and later lived in a Swiss village in the nearby countryside.

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