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Nepal’s constitution is ‘promising’: Indian Chief Justice Thakur

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KATHMANDU — At the time when the government of India has not yet freely welcomed Nepal’s Constitution, Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, lauded the constitution, relating its provisions as ‘promising’.

Conversing with the mediapersons at the closing of the tenth Chief Justices’ Conference of SAARC nations in Kathmandu on Sunday, Thakur said that Nepal’s constitution was promising as it has enveloped the basic standards of human rights, independent judiciary, the rule of law and democracy.

Thakur said while saying that the Indian constitution was amended 66 times, the Constitution of Nepal also could advance keeping its essential structure in place.

On the occasion, Chief Justice of Nepal, Kalyan Shrestha said that the meeting remained milestone for the opportunity it provided for fostering cooperation between judiciaries in the region.

The meeting, inaugurated by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Saturday, closed on Sunday adopting a seven-point Kathmandu declaration including steps to be taken to foster regional cooperation for the establishment of a SAARC LAW Arbitration Center in Kathmandu.

The meeting has chosen to publish intermittent SAARC Law Reports containing landmark judgments and decisions of the apex courts of the South Asian countries.

The conference has also decided of taking initiatives to disseminate judgments relating to human rights, public interest litigation, environmental and commercial law through the website of the SAARC LAW.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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