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Nepal wants to benefit from neighbors’ development: PM Oli

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NEW DELHI — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday said that Nepal wants to profit by the excelling economic developments of its neighbors – India and China – while taking steps forward.

Addressing the program on the fourth day of his ongoing state visit to India, the PM expressed Nepal’s cravings to mount result-oriented collaboration with India and China for the sake of development.

PM Oli attended the 21st Sapru Prawachan organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) in New Delhi.

He made it clear that Nepal’s soil would not be allowed to be misused against any of its neighbors, and spoke of Indian government’s security concern and long existing friendship with India.

The PM said the new constitution addressed the Nepali people’s diverse sentiments and its promulgation ended a historic political workload.

“The constitution was not promulgated at once but rather through minute deliberations and a democratic process,” PM Oli said, adding, “The world community was curious and excited on this, and we have rightly addressed their sentiments as well.”

He reminded of the process held at the Constituent Assembly (CA) which saw consultations being held with all the communities and sections, and emphasized that the constitution got votes of more than 90 per cent of the CA members.

All the sides may not agree on all the provisions, PM Oli said, adding that the constitution has embraced internationally recognized values on all fundamental rights.

The constitution in this view is exemplary and progressive, he said.

“The constitution has not discriminated against any communities on subjects pertaining to citizenship, employment opportunities, inclusiveness, social justice, equality and democracy rather it has specified provisions for reservations for backward communities,” PM Oli asserted.

He shed light on the election of women representatives as country’s President and House Speaker while adding that the constitution has arranged for a federal commission for settling the issue of demarcation of the provincial borders.

PM Oli expressed gratitude to the Indian government and the world community for hailing the constitution’s promulgation as a significant achievement in ending the outstretched transitional period in Nepal.

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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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