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HLPCC urges govt to hold talks with disgruntled parties

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The first meeting of newly formed High Level Political Coordination Committee (HLPCC) has urged the government to take concrete steps for talks with agitating Madhes-based political parties.

The meeting held in the office of Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers at Singha Durbar today took a decision to this effect, informed UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who coordinates the committee.

Earlier, a meeting of various political parties, who supported the CPN-UML in the recent Prime Ministerial elections, held in the Capital today had formed the 11-member committee.

Dahal said that a talks team will be formed at the earliest, in coordination with the opposition party Nepali Congress, to sort out the problems facing the country.

The meeting also urged agitating parties to call off their protest programs on the Nepal-India border so as to ease the restrictions on the border.

Dahal said that the committee would help the new government to ease the supplies on the border and implement the new constitution. And for that terms of reference will also be made, he said.

Meanwhile, the second meeting of the Cabinet began today.


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PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted

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15 new ministers inducted. RSS photo

KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.

Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.

The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.

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The newly ministers are as follows :


Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation

CPN Maoist Centre

Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives

PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet,   had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.

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