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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
At least 5 killed in California wildfires
LOS ANGELES — At least five people have been found dead in their burned-out vehicles when an explosive wildfire swept through the Northern California town of Paradise, sheriff’s officials said Friday.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said officials located five bodies inside a vehicle overcome by the Camp Fire.
The fire also injured three firefighters but the total casualty was not yet clear.
Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
The fire, which sparked Thursday, burnt 70,000 acres with 5 percent containment as of 10:30 am Friday local time, according to media reports.
Only a day after it began, the fire near the town of Paradise had almost quadrupled in size to nearly 285 square kilometres.
Celebrity website TMZ reported the Malibu Ridge home of Caitlyn Jenner, America’s best-known transgender person, was destroyed by the flames on Friday.
Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano and Melissa Etheridge were among thousands fleeing from their homes in and around Malibu from a separate fire burning north of Los Angeles.
TMZ also reported the blaze had reached the grounds of the mansion in nearby Calabasas owned by Kardashian and husband rapper Kanye West.Follow @gorkhapost