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Govt recommends envoys for 21 nations

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KATHMANDU — The government has recommended envoys for 21 nations, including China, Japan and the United Kingdom, and opened another Nepali Embassy in Austria on Tuesday.

Out of 21 recommendations, eight were made from among career diplomats and the rest 13 were split by governing parties and out of the 13 political appointments, UML has made six recommendations.

However, the Cabinet has not picked any ambassador for Oman and the quota for this mission from Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Loktantrik led by Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar.

It is learnt that the appointment issue was hugely debated during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting; as a result it took hours for making recommendations.

Names were selected from among career diplomats and individuals who are “close to political parties”.

Former foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, an UML leader, has been recommended as ambassador for China. Pandey will supplant Mahesh Maskey who became the ambassador from the UCPN (Maoist) quota around three and a half years ago.

Likewise, Yubaraj Karki, a former minister, has been recommended as ambassador for South Korea.

Narad Bhardaw, an aide to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, has been recommended for Sri Lanka.

Similarly, Khadga KC has been recommended for Japan.  He is the head of International Relations Department of Political Science at Tribhuvan University.

Likewise, Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe has been recommended for Israel and Ali Akhtar Mikrani for Saudi Arabia.

From the UCPN (Maoist) quota, Yubnath Lamsal, has been recommended for Denmark, former lawmaker Lucky Sherpa for Australia, Padam Sundas for Bahrain and Prof Mahednra Singh has been recommended for Qatar.

Likewise, From Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, former minister Niranjan Thapa has been recommended as ambassador for Russia, retired Nepal Army General Bharat Rayamaji has been recommended for the United Arab Emirates and former education secretary Khagendra Basnet has been recommended for Bangladesh.

The appointments made from among the career diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include Tara Pokhrel, Ramesh Khanal, Lok Bahadur Thapa, Prakash Subedi, Jhabindra Aryal, Sewa Adhikari, Durga Bahadur Chettri and Rishi Ram Ghimire.

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1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap

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DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.

The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.

Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.

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