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NCP and FSFN sign two-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) have signed a two-point agreement on Monday. Following the agreement, Upendra Yadav-led FSFN has decided to join the government.

Both the chairs of Nepal Communist party, KP Sharma Oli and Puspa Kamal Dahal and FSFN Chair Upendra Yadav signed on a two-point agreement during a meeting held in Baluwatar this morning.

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Earlier on Sunday, as a sign of the positive development in the ongoing engagements with the ruling party, the FSFN lawmakers had withdrawn their amendment proposal on government’s policies and programmes.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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