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First Nepal-India EPG meeting kicks off in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — The first meeting of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Nepal-India Relations has started in Kathmandu on Monday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa has inaugurated the opening session of the meeting this morning.

The inaugural would be followed by an exclusive close-door discussion by its eight members.

The two-day meeting would finalise the body’s agenda, time frame, and code for its members, as well as working procedures.

The body will come up with a joint report containing recommendations for both the governments on how to improve bilateral relations in the changed context.

The body has four members each from Nepal and India. Nepali EPG members include former foreign minister Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, former chief commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Surya Nath Upadhyay, former law minister Nilamber Acharya and CPN-UML lawmaker Rajan Bhattarai.

Likewise, the Indian EPG members are lawmaker and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari, former vice-chancellor of Sikkim University Mahendra Lama, former Indian ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad and VIF senior fellow BC Upreti.

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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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