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Gurung a never-setting star of Nepali music: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed deep sorrow over the death of veteran singer and composer of Nepal’s national anthem Amber Gurung.

Issuing a statement on Tuesday, the prime minister said that the veteran singer is a never-setting star of the Nepali music.

“I pay my tribute to Gurung and expressed my condolences to the bereaved family. Nepali music fraternity has incurred a huge loss with his demise,” Oli said in the statement.

Oli said that the Nepal Academy of Music and Drama was his brainchild recalling Gurung for his contribution to the Nepali music as a musician, lyricist, singer, teacher, and researcher.

Gurung was the founding vice chancellor of the Nepal Academy of Music and Drama.

“Gurung, who was born in Darjeeling of India and spent his life to uplift the Nepali music, will always shine in the sky of Nepali music as a star that never sets,” Oli said in the statement.

Likewise, Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed sadness over Gurung’s demise and condoled the bereaved family.

In a statement, Deuba said Gurung’s passing was an irreparable loss on Nepali music.

Veteran musician Gurung passed away at the age of 79 this morning at the Dhapasi-based Grande International Hospital this morning.

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New govt likely to have 18 ministers

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KATHMANDU — The new government is likely to have 15 to 18 ministries in total as Prime mInister KP Sharma Oli is preparing to give his cabinet a full shape.

As per discussion between Prime Minister Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the government may include Madhes-based parties to make the government inclusive and have two-thirds majority in the Parliament.

According to Article 76 (9) of the constitution, the number of ministers cannot exceed 25 in the federal Cabinet. With the new constitution limiting the size of Council of Ministers to 25, the new governing team could be limited to 18 members including three state ministers. A formal decision on the matter is yet to be taken.

Speaking at a program organised in Kathmandu on Tuesday, UML leader Pradeep said: “Cabinet expansion is likely to take place on Wednesday. A few Maoist ministers will be joining the Oli government.”

“Our taskforce has recommended that the government form a 15-member Cabinet. Some of the ministries will be integrated and others scrapped.”

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Ishwor Pokhrel, Pradeep Gyawali, Rabindra Adhikari, Raghubir Mahaseth, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and Padma Aryal are the probable ministerial candidates from the UML.

Like3wise, Maoist chair Dahal and senior CPN-MC leaders Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Ram Bahadur Thapa have been given the responsibility of selecting ministers from their party.

Probable ministerial candidates from the Maoist Centre include Ram Bahadur Thapa, Matrika Yadav, Pampha Bhusal, Devendra Poudel, Lekhraj Bhatta, Chakrapani Khanal, Pun, Girirajmani Pokhrel and Dev Gurung, according to the sources.

Thapa may lead the CPN-MC in the government as deputy prime minister. Yadav is being considered for appointment since he represents Madhes, Bhusal as a woman while Poudel is one of the leaders who joined the party lately. Poudel had left the Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Party to join the Maoist Centre just ahead of unification talks with the UML.

Leaders involved in discussions said the Maoist Centre could appoint up to eight ministers if the Cabinet size does not exceed 18.

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