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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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