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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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Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters

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JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.

The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.

Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.

The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.

Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.

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Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.

The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.

After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.

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