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Party unification by Mid-April : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister and CPN (UML) Chairperson KP Sharma Oli today said the unification of the UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) could take place by mid April.

“The party unification means as per the need of the hour and aspirations of the people, and it could take place even before April 22 when Nepal Communist Party was established despite suggestions for the same to occur on the day,” he said.

The PM was speaking at a tea reception organised at Prime Minister residence in Baluwatar for the parliamentary and provincial members who supported the incumbent government in the recently held presidential election and gave their vote of confidence to PM Oli.

“The incumbent government is capable enough to promote and establish national unity, peace, stability, prosperity and carry out development activities,” he said.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister thanked the House of Representatives members who gave their votes of confidence to him to secure his win with a three-fourth majority on last Sunday.
He took the time to express his concern over dispute surfaced in judiciary.

“Presently, the judiciary is boiling,” he said, adding, “Those in need of justice are helpless, and it is matter of grave concern that the issues about date of birth and academic certificates of the person holding the responsible post in judiciary have been dragged to controversy.”

On a different note, he said the government was ever ready to amend the constitution as per the need of the hour and interests and aspirations of the people and nation.

Also on the occasion, CPN (Maoist Centre) chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal vowed to take the country towards the path of development and prosperity thorough united efforts after institutionalising the changes in the country.

Federal Socialist Forum Nepal chair Upendra Yadav, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal presidium chair Mahantha Thakur and federal parliament and State Assembly members supporting the government were present in the event.

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Air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program : US President

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WASHINGTON — United States President Donald Trump has said that missile attacks at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program a success.

He proclaimed on Twitter: “Mission accomplished,” echoing former President George W Bush, whose use of the same phrase in 2003 to describe the US invasion of Iraq was widely ridiculed as violence there dragged on for years.

“We believe that by hitting Barzeh, in particular, we’ve attacked the heart of the Syrian chemicals weapon program,” US Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said at the Pentagon.

The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria a week ago, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development center in Damascus’ Barzeh district and two installations near Homs.

Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s progress in the 7-year-old civil war.

The bombing was the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and his superpower ally Russia, but the three countries said the strikes were limited to Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.

The air attack, denounced by Damascus and its allies as an illegal act of aggression, was unlikely to alter the course of a multisided war that has killed at least half a million people.

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