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Govt focused on peace and stability for prosperity , says Home Minister Thapa

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HETAUDA — Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa has said the government has now focused its attention on economic prosperity of the country by maintaining law and order, and political stability.

Home Minister Thapa in a press conference organised in Hetauda on Tuesday, stressed the need of making the law enforcement more effective to control criminal activities and smuggling in the country.

He said that it was necessary to organise province-level security seminars for some revision in existing laws to strengthen peace and security management.

Responding to a query, Home Minister Thapa said that security has been tightened in view of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit and expressed the belief that Modi’s Nepal visit would further strengthen Nepal-India relations.

He further said that unification between CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Centre) was mandatory for a sustainable development, political stability in the country and as to engage the people in economic prosperity because the people gave a majority votes to the left alliance in the election.

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Meanwhile, Home Minister Thapa inaugurated the province-level security seminar organised by the Home Ministry, Kathmandu, at Hetauda of Province No 3.

Chief District Officers, Chiefs of Nepal Police, Chiefs of National Investigation Department, Chiefs of Armed Police Force as well as high-ranking officials of security bodies of 13 districts under the Province No 3 have been participating in the seminar.

On the occasion, Home Secretary, Prem Kumar Rai, expressed the belief that the Ministry would prepare a strategy, to be adopted for peace and security, based on the suggestions collected in the seminar.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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