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NCP registered in Election Commission

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has decided to registered the newly-formed Nepal Communist Party (NCP) giving official status to party.

A meeting of EC officials held at the EC central office on Wednesday decided to register the party ignoring existing law that requires any party to ensure 33 percent seats to women.

The NCP has only 16 percent women in the central committee which is nearly half the number required by the law.

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According to the Party Registration Act, article 15 (4), at least 33 percent women representation is requireed to register the party. But the NCP has only 72 women in its 441-member central committee.

EC officials have claimed that the ruling party has decided to increase the number of women in the party committee through of its first general convention.

They also said that the registration has not violated the party as it ensures 33 percent representation to women after the merger.

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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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