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Govt to send aircraft to Afghanistan to bring bodies of 12 Nepalis back home

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KATHMANDU — The government of Nepal has arranged to send Nepal Airlines aircraft to bring the bodies of 12 Nepalis killed in Kabul suicide attack on early Monday morning.

At least 12 Nepali security guards were killed and seven others sustained critical injuries when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a minibus they were travelling in, in the Afghan Capital, Kabul yesterday morning.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa Tuesday said that the government has decided to send a aircraft to Afghanistan to bring home the remains of 12 Nepalis killed in Kabul suicide attack.

The Nepalis were on their way to the Canadian Embassy where they work as guards.

The ill-fated Nepalis were hired by a British security consultancy firm, Sabre International, for the security of Kabul-based Canadian mission.

The incident occurred when Nepalis were on their way to the Canadian embassy where they had been working as security guards, according to the Afghan Ministry of Interior.

A suicide bomber targeted a minibus which was carrying employees working for a foreign company in Banae area at 05:40 am (Afghanistan time) Monday.

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President nominates NA members

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has nominated three persons to the post of National Assembly Members on the recommendation of the government on Tuesday.

President Bhandari has nominated former Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission (NPC) Yubaraj Khatiwada (Jhapa), CPN Maoist Centre lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari (Makawanpur) and former NPC member Bimala Poudel Rai (Morang) to the posts as per Section B of the Article 86 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal, according to the Office of the President.

Earlier today, a meeting of Council of Ministers had recommended their names to the president after withdrawing the recommendations made by the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government.

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Meanwhile, the Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed its serious reservation over the government recommendation on National Assembly (NA) members.

NC Spokesperson Bishow Prakash Sharma said that NC has protested the governmen decision on new recommendation to the NA that was made by calling back the recommendation made by Deuba-led government.

The Deuba-led government had recommended the names of Chandani Joshi, Gopal Basnet and Krishna Prasad Poudel as the NA members.

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