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Party unification announcement within May 5 : Dahal

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CHITWAN — CPN Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the party unification could be announced on May 1 or 5.

Speaking with the mediapersons at a press meet organised by the Chitwan Chapter of Press Chautari at Bharatpur Airport on Tuesday, Chairman Dahal said that his and Prime Minister and UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli’s busy work schedule was the major reason behind the delay in unification.

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“There are no other issues. We took some extra days to do the homework. Now, we will announce the unification date on April 27 and the two parties could be unified on May 1 or 5,” Dahal said.

In a different context, Dahal also expressed his hope of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming Nepal visit to strengthen the ties between the two nations. He also informed that the Indian PM would visit Janakpur and Muktinath during his Nepal stay.

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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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