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Oli inducts 2 more ministers from FSFN

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KATHMANDU — Two new ministers from Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) has been inducted into the KP Sharma Oli-led Cabinet on Friday.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered oath of office and secrecy to two new ministers in the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN)-led government.

The newly sworn in as ministers are Upendra Yadav (Minister for Health and Population) and Mohammed Ishtiyak Rai (Minister for Urban Development).

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The President appointed them to the posts as per the Article 76 (9) of the Nepal’s constitution. Prior to this, portfolios of both ministers were held by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli himself.

Earlier, following a two-point agreement, the FSFN had decided to join the government.

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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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