KATHMANDU — Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala would be cremated with state honors on Wednesday.
An emergency meeting of the Cabinet held this morning made the decision to that effect.
The government has expressed its shock over the demise of Koirala and offered its heartfelt condolence on his death.
The meeting has also decided to hoist the national flag in government offices across the country and Nepali embassies for three days (Feb 10-12) and announce public holiday tomorrow (Wednesday) to mourn the death of Koriala.
Likewise, the government has decided not to organise any formal programs for the next three days and condolence books will be opened for Koiral at Nepali embassies in foreign countries on Feb 12-13.
The government also expressed its sympathies with the bereaved families, relatives and well-wishers and Nepali Congress party.
Koirala died of cardiac arrest in the wee hours of Tuesday. He was 76.
Koirala served as Nepal’s 37th Prime Minister from February 2014 to October 2014. He was elected as the Nepali Congress President in September 2010. 0214Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost