KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is leaving for India on a three-day state visit on Friday. This is his first foreign visit after assuming office.
The Prime Minister, who will stay at the Presidential Palace, is scheduled to attend a diplomatic reception to be hosted in his honor by the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi in the evening.
He is also scheduled to hold an interactive meeting with the business communities of Nepal and India. The prime minister will then hold an interaction with the Nepali community residing in India.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Oli will attend a ceremonial reception and inspect a guard of honor at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. He will then separately call on Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
After the courtesy calls on the president and vice president, Prime Minister Oli will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. He will then hold an official meeting with his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will host a banquet luncheon in honor of Prime Minister Oli and his delegation.
According to Ministry of Foireign Affairs (MoFA), the two prime ministers are scheduled to jointly inaugurate the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj during the visit.
Prime Minister Oli is likely to raise the issues of the long-stalled Pancheshwor Multi-purpose Project, energy cooperation, the Arun III and Upper Karnali hydropower projects, the release of the Indian reconstruction grant and soft loan, removal of non-tariff trade barriers and the expansion of market access opportunities for Nepali products.
During his stya in India, The External Affairs Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Home Affairs of the overnment of India and senior political leaders will also call on Prime Minister Oli.
On Sunday, the prime minister will fly to the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology at Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, where he will be conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.
Prime Minister Oli is accompanied with his wife Radhika Shakya, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav and Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth.
Chief Political Adviser Bishnu Rimal, members of parliament, the chief secretary, secretaries and other high-ranking government officials are among members of the entourage, according to the MoFA.
The prime minister and his delegation shall return home the same afternoon.Follow @gorkhapost
RJPN splits in its anniversary, disgruntled leaders form new party
KATHMANDU — A dissatisfied leaders of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJPN) including Vice Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced on Friday that they have quit the party to form a new party under his leadership.
Organising a press conference at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Friday, Yadav and 32 other members left the party and announced a new party named Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik). According to which Ashok Kumar Yadav is appointed as a coordinator, Ritesh Kumar Singh, deputy coordinator and Jeevan Shah as general secretary.
Subash Chandari Biraji and Jeevan Sah have been appointed as General Secretaries in the 11-member ad hoc committee while Sadhana Yadav and Lakki Sharma as Secretaries, Madhu Maya Yadav as Treasurer and Dipendra Yadav as spokesperson.
Likewise, Dharma Raj Gupta, Bipana Acharya and Sambhu Pandit are the members of central ad hoc committee.
Coordinator Yadav accused the party leadership of remaining indifferent in piling pressure on the government to amend the constitution.
Saying that Madhes is still lagging behind in terms of development, Yadav said the Rastriya Janata Party (Democratic) will focus its activities on development.
LAst year on the same day on April 20, 2017,six Madhes-based parties — Mahantha Thakur-led Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Rajendra Mahato-led Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav-led Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Sharat Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhes Samajbadi Party and Rajkishor Yadav-led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Ganatantrik and Anil Jha-led Nepal Sadbhawana Party– had announced their unification to form Rastirya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).Follow @gorkhapost