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Govt concludes India-EU joint statement over Nepal’s constitution inappropriate

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KATHMANDU – The government on Friday objected the joint statement issued by the European Union and India after the thirteenth EU-India summit held in Brussels on Wednesday, which had a reference to Nepal’s recently promulgated Constitution was completely inappropriate.

According to government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai, the Cabinet meeting held Friday at Singha Durbar concluded that the EU-India joint statement on Nepal was completely inappropriate.

Point 17 of the joint statement expressed that “India and the EU have agreed on the need for a lasting and inclusive constitutional settlement in Nepal that will address the remaining constitutional issues in a time-bound manner, and promote political stability and economic growth.”

The meeting also said that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s state visit to China was productive.

The government said that the agreements signed with China during Prime Minister Oli’s visit to the northern neighbor were historic achievements.

Issuing a press statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also took serious exception to the statement. It said that the joint statement not only hurts the sentiments of the people of Nepal but also defies the fundamental principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of a country, and is in breach of the UN Charter and the norms of international law.

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CCTV cameras lying idle

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BETRAWATI— The CCTV cameras installed at main market area and road side of Bidur Municipality in Nuwakot are lying idle.

As many as 25 sets of CCTV which were installed on the initiative of Nuwakot Chamber of Commerce and Industry are now dysfunctional.

The cameras were set up at the cost of Rs 3.5 million. The concerned side has not paid any attention to repair the cameras in the public which were helpful in maintaining security in the areas.

Right now almost all the CCTVs installed in the public places are not in functioning condition, said Basanta Kunwar, Superintendant of Police.

The cameras were installed a year ago in collaboration among the Nuwakot District Development Committee, Bidur Municipality, different banks and financial institutions.

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