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Party unification will take place with no further delay : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said the unification between his party CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre would take place with no further delay with the goal of socialism-oriented economy.

Addressing a special program organised by the CPN-UML Central Publicity Programme to present the Madan Bhandari National Journalism Award at the party central office in Dhumbarahi Monday, Prime Minister and the party chair said, “We neither want to unite the parties in haste nor wish to lengthen the process.”

A joint taskforce formed to facilitate the unification process is reportedly working. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Oli will be on an official visit to India from April 6 to 8.

On the occasion, PM Oli promised to ensure employment opportunities for Nepali youth within the country through proper utilisation of domestic capital as well as by attracting foreign investments.

Nepal would move ahead by assimilating the challenges for upgrading the country to a developing nation in the next three years; maximum production, just distribution, and economic savings and benefits would be the priorities of the government, he added.

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On the occasion, the award carrying a purse of Rs 50,555 was presented to senior journalist and writer Kamal Koirala. The Prabashi Manch Nepal, Qatar has set up a revolving fund of Rs 1 million for the award.

Journalist Koirala who has various articles in his name on the personality and political career of leftist leader Madan Bhandari and on ‘people’s multiparty democracy’ is a former ambassador and lawmaker. Journalism is a significant and powerful profession in the world, he said.

Receiving the award, Koirala announced to handover the award money to the family of late journalist Birendra Saha who was killed during the conflict.

Party secretary and department chief Yogesh Bhattarai said establishment of the award commemorating leader Bhandari was to further explore the personality of the veteran leader and promote people’s multiparty democracy.

Party central member and department deputy chief Surya Thapa highlighted the contribution of journalist Koirala to democracy and the communist movement in Nepal.

Koirala is the son of former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress leader Matrika Prasad Koirala and was arrested for his involvement in the communist movement while his father was in the prime ministerial post, as stated by Thapa on the occasion.

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Constitution Day today

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KATHMANDU — The Constitution Day is being observed throughout the country by organising various programs on Wednesday.

The government has organised a special function at the Nepal Army pavilion to mark the third anniversary of the Constitution, promulgated by an elected body after six decades of political struggle.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari,Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the National Assembly, deputy prime ministers, ministers, high-ranking government officials, security chiefs, heads of diplomatic missions based in Kathmandu, among others, are attending the function.

The government had formed a main organising committee chaired by Prime Minister Oli to celebrate the event.

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An aerial display of a banner reading ‘Constitution Day-2075’, balloons, and flowers were showered from helicopter as parts of the celebration.

Similarly, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Scouts are set to perform march past.

Meanwhile, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have extended best wishes to fellow citizens on the occasion of Constitution Day and National Day 2075.

In her message, President Bhandari said it was a matter of happiness for all to have an environment conducive to prosper democratic political system of Nepal through constitutional roadmap.

She said that the Constitution has envisaged creating an equitable society based on social justice with a goal to develop a socialism-oriented economy.

“I think it is the timely need for all the actors including people-representative institutions, political parties, state organs and entire Nepali people to embrace the letter and spirit of the Constitution to expedite socio-economic development”.

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Likewise, Prime Minister Oli expressed deep tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives and also owed heartfelt gratitude to entire people of the country for their substantial contributions to bound the country to rule of law.

He said that the consitution, which was framed through the Constituent Assembly after a seven-decade long wait not only fulfilled people’s aspiration and optimism but also included principles and values.

Prime Minister Oli has also said that the Constitution has guaranteed fundamental rights and freedom to all citizens without any discrimination.

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