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Gathabandhan’s Singha Darbar gherao to continue

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KATHMANDU — Sanghiya Gathabandhan(Federal Alliance), a coalition of more than two dozen parties — Madhesi and Janajatis — dissenting the Constitution, decided to continue the Singha Darbar gherao program till Tuesday.

Protesters affiliated to Sanghiya Gathabandhan on Sunday blocked entry points to the government secretariat demanding constitution amendment to reflect their aspirations.

Later in the evening, Gathabandhan partners held a meeting at the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal’s party office to review the program and decided to extend Singha Durbar picketing by two more days.

“The gherao program will stay until Tuesday. Talks are going ahead to disclose more programs of protest,” said Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav.

The Gathabandhan would meet again on Monday again to decide whether to change the type of the protest, said Yadav.

The Gathabandhan concluded that the demonstration was peaceful and successful today.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has extended his support to the Kathmandu-centric protest of the Madhesi-Janajati alliance.

Issuing a statement on Sunday, Bhattarai pledged his moral support to the agitation and the protesters’ demands. He also regretted the delay in addressing the demands of the agitating communities.

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Govt fixes 18 ministries including Office of PM in Center

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KATHMANDU — The government has fixed 18 ministries, including the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) from the current 30, at the central level, under the new federal setup.

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar on Friday fixed the number of ministries including the OPMCM at 18.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to limit the Cabinet to 18 ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, according to Environment Minister Lal Babu Pandit.

“Now the number of ministries will be 18, with the OPMCM included,” Minister Pandit told reporters following the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet decision comes two days after leaders of the left alliance–CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center)–agreed to bring down the number of ministries to 18 at the federal level.

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The new constitution has stated the central government can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the prime minister.

Besides the OPMCM, the proposed 17 ministries are the federal affairs and general administration; ministries of finance and planning; foreign affairs; defense; physical infrastructure and transport; health and population; information and communications; law, justice and parliamentary affairs; culture, tourism and civil aviation; labor, employment, women and children; urban development, drinking water and sanitation; and agriculture, cooperatives and land management; education and sports; home affairs; forest and environment; water resources and energy; industry, commerce and supplies.

Likewise, the Cabinet meeting has also appointed CPN-UML politburo member Bishnu Rimal as Chief Political Advisor to PM. Earlier, Rimal had served as the chief political advisor during Oli’s previous premiership.

The decision will come into effect after the government endorses the proposal on the jurisdictions of the 17 ministries, according to OPMCM officials.

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