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Govt will run for full five years: Dahal

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Communist Party’s Co-chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has reiterated that the incumbent government will run for full five years.

Speaking at a program organised by Nepal National Industry Trade Association to mark its 12th anniversary in Kathmandu on Thursday, former Prime Minister Dahal added that the government would run for five years comfortably as it has received the public mandate for the same adding that era of unstable government went away after the unification of two major communist forces.

Chair Dahal argued that they will not miss the opportunity to lead nation on the way to prosperity as the communist party has got a majority in federal, provincial and local levels.

On another note, chair Dahal shared that the government policy and program have paved a clear way for the development targeting upcoming five years.

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He added that the budget will focus on infrastructure development and social sector.
Saying the unity is above power accumulation to stabilize politics, he said no force would intervene and make the unity fall apart.

Referring to the main opposition Nepali Congress attending the all-party meeting held in Baluwatar on Wednesday saying reportedly the unification would help stabilize politics and bring development, he urged all to work for the economic development of the country.

“Independent and self-reliant economy will lead the country towards prosperity. To that end, foreign investment, skills and technologies are also needed,” he said.

UML General Secretary Bishnu Poudel said new doors of opportunities have been opened in the country with the beginning of political stability.

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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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