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New constitution a milestone: UK foreign secy Hammond

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KATHMANDU — British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Philip Hammond, on Thursday said Nepal’s new Constitution was a ‘milestone’ towards ensuring rights of the people and paving the way for development and prosperity.

The British foreign secretary welcomed the adoption of the new constitution and described it as ‘a milestone in Nepal’s history’, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Expressing his concern about disruption of supplies at the Nepal-India border checkpoints, Hammond hoped that the problem would be resolved soon, the MoFA said in a statement.

During a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa at British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Hammond also assured Britain’s backing for Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery and development efforts.

During the meeting, DPM Thapa had briefed him on Nepal’s current political situation, including the promulgation of the new constitution and the difficulties faced by the Nepali people due to supply disruptions.

Thapa is currently in the UK to participate in the event marking the bicentennial of the bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Country marking today as Black Day

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KATHMANDU- The country is marking today (December 16) as Black Day to protest the disposition of the first democratically elected government by the late former king Mahendra Shah on December 15, 1960.

Mahendra took charge of the state with the help of the then Royal Nepali Army and formulated the Panchayat System by overthrowing the elected government led by B.P. Koirala and dissolving the parliament.

Various programmes are scheduled on the occasion.

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