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House endorses government’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The Legislature-Parliament has endorsed the government’s annual policies and programs by the small majority on Friday.

The majority also dismisses four amendment proposals to the document registered by various lawmakers.

Earlier today, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had answered questions raised by lawmakers of various parties over the document.

Responding to the questions raised by the lawmakers, PM Oli said that the government’s policies and programs incorporate new visions and are aimed at nation building. He also added that the upcoming budget will incorporate the important issues missed out in the policies and programs.

PM Oli said that long-overdue local elections should not be delayed adding further that the year 2016 will be the constitution implementation year.  There are not constitutional or legal hurdles to holding local polls by mid-December, Oli said.

PM also reiterated that the Kathmandu-Nijgadh fast-track will be constructed by the government itself as directed by Parliament.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari had presented the document in front of the House for deliberations on May 8.

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Chhayanath Rara Municipality bans liquor

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RARA— Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district has been declared liquor-free zone. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

The municipality and local police administration had conducted a regular publicity campaign in all settlements for two months.

Chief Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi read out a commitment paper by declaring a liquor-free zone to the municipality.

Chairman of Ward No. 5 Dambar Bahadur Rawal of the municipality shared that the municipality council took a decision two months ago to impose a ban on liquor in the municipality with the conclusion that gender-based violence, child marriage, misuse of development and irregularity increased due to liquor.

Mayor Harijung Shahi, lawmaker Gopal Bahadur Bam, representatives of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, among others were present on the occasion.

During the event, Chief Minister Shahi compared Karnali with heaven.

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