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Implementation of constitution main responsibility: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma has said that the main responsibility of his government is the execution of the new constitution, promulgated in last September, through the people-elected Constituent Assembly.

Addressing the country Tuesday evening on the eve of New Year 2073 according to Nepal’s official calendar, PM Oli, who is also the Chairman of decision CPN-UML, said the efforts for the implementation have been made in a fast pace highlighting that many laws that were not on a par with the new statute have already been amended from the Legislator-Parliament.

Oli described 2072 BS both as a horrible and remarkable year, reminding the countrymen of the tragedy and hardships Nepal had to endure and a new height Nepal gained after the constitution promulgation.

Lauding people in general for their patience even during extreme circumstances, he argued that the country ‘has emerged stronger from the tribulations it endured’.

Stating that he came to power at a time when the country was passing through an unusual situation in the wake of a blockade and protests in the southern part of the country, Oli said things have but improved.

Oli claimed that his government improved Nepal’s international relations with the immediate neighbors by visiting the two countries within a short span of time.

“My visit was successful in changing Nepal’s position as a land-locked country to one that is ‘land-linked’ with neighbors and other countries,” Oli said.

While expressing frustration over the slow pace of reconstruction in the wake of the April and May Nepal earthquakes, Oli said the government, however, had made its presence felt during the relief and rescue efforts.

The September-February blockade, bureaucratic red tape, lack of legislation and other factors delayed the reconstruction work, according to him.

The Prime Minister said that unity shown by the people to help those affected by the devastating twin earthquakes of April 25 and May 12 was laudable.

Prime Minister also extended greetings to the on the occasion of Nepali New Year 2073.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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