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House endorses Open University Bill

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KATHMANDU — The Parliament has endorsed the Nepal Open University Bill with majority on Thursday.

After Minister for Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel answered queries put forth by lawmakers of various parties over the Bill, majority of the members of the legislative body had voted for the Bill while it was presented for the decision by the Speaker.

Minister Pokharel had argued that the Open University would help the students otherwise unable to attend classes regularly get university degrees. The Bill would let everyone get access to formal education, he added.

It has already been around a decade that Nepal has been discussing possibility of opening an open university.

Lawmakers Ganesh Man Pun, Kamal Prasad Pangeni, Ramhari Subedi, Banshidhar Mishra, Janak Raj Joshi, Nisha Kumari Sah and Prem Suwal among others had aired their views over the Bill during the discussion today.

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President summons the first Federal Parliament meeting for March 5

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called for the first ever Federal Parliamentary meeting on March 5, 2018 at the International Conference Center, New Baneshwor.

President Bhandari has summoned the meeting as per Article 93 (1) of the constitution, a press release issued by the Office of the President said.

275 members, directly elected and those elected on basis of proportional representation system, constitute the Federal Parliament. House of Representatives and National Assembly jointly is called the federal parliamentary.

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The first federal parliament is being held after over two months since the House of Representative elections were held.

The election for the President is scheduled for March 9.

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