DANG — Former Prime Minister and senior UML leader Madav Kumar Nepal has warned India not meddle in its internal issues saying that Nepal won’t bow down to India and do all that it tells.
Talking in an exchange greeting program for Tihar and Chhath organised by CPN-UML Dang chapter on Saturday morning, Nepal questioned, “Why should India order Nepal?” “India may be a big country but when it comes to sovereignty, all countries are equal,” he said.
He said that the people of Nepal understand that India has solely imposed blockade to Nepal though it has been denying saying so, may be it is being afraid.
“India is imposing so as to attempt to rebuff us blockade for promulgating constitution. All Nepalis should stand together against India’s crooked conduct,” leader Nepal slammed India.
He said that there are no protests in other Nepal-India border points with the exception of Birgunj but India does not permit vehicles to enter into Nepal from those operational points too. “If that this is not blockade from Indian-side, what is this” he grilled.
Indicating the protests in Southern plain of the country, he denounced Madhes-based leaders for moving to Indian tunes. “The new constitution has ensured equal rights to all communities. Protests will be clear if they read the constitution instead of showcasing drama along the no-man’s land,” he added.
He also stressed on long term trade relations with China to break India’s monopoly on Nepal.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost