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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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Nepal, China to establish mechanism on Chinese-aid projects; expedite feasibility study and DPR on rail link

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KATHMANDU — Nepal and China have agreed on establishing mechanism on Chinese aid projects in Nepal for the implementation of various key agreements including a cross-country railway link which were reached with China during K P Sharma Oli’s previous stint as prime minister.

At a bilateral meeting held in Beijing on Wednesday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali held discussions with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi about the early conduct of a feasibility study and preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Nepal-China Cross Border Railway line.

Minister Gyawali, addressing a joint press conference held after the bilateral meeting, said they held a comprehensive review of the progress made in implementing various other agreements reached during recent high-level visits including the visit of Prime Minister Oli to China in March 2016.

During the meeting held at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the duo discussed bilateral relations and among other issues of mutual cooperation between Nepal-China.

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Foreign Minister Gyawali said they exchanged views on the draft protocol for the transit and transport agreement and agreed to step up negotiations for its early finalization.

The two foreign ministers also held discussions about implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU) under the Belt and Road Initiative.

“Nepal has expectations that the Initiative should contribute to the development of physical infrastructure, enhancing of cross-border connectivity including by rail and road, promotion of trade, tourism and investment, and people to people relations,” Gyawali further said.

On the occasion, Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang said China-Nepal-India, the three neighbouring countries, are natural allies connected by rivers and mountains.

Wang further said they agreed to continue deepening mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Nepal. “China will give full support and China will continue to encourage Chinese businesses to invest in Nepal in light of need on the ground to contribute to local development,” Wang said.

Saying that China and India are the neighbours of Nepal, the Chinese Minister said the two countries should support Nepal in its development works.

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Talking about Nepal’s vision of multidimensional cross-Himalaya connectivity network, Wang said as China-Nepal have signed BRI cooperation, the connectivity network falls under the part of BRI cooperation. He said BRI further covers links to ports, railways, highways, aviation, electricity and communications.

Moreover, Wang said Nepal could take advantage from cooperation and development of China and India.

On the occasion, Gyawali thanked Chinese Foreign Minister Wang for China’s support for reconstruction projects including the Araniko Highway Repair Project and cross-border bridges at Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi.

Earlier, Minister Gyawali has called on Vice-President of China, Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai on Wednesday morning.

A press release issued by Nepali Embassy in Beijing mentioned that Foreign Minister Gyawali conveyed the greetings and best wishes of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and said that Nepal appreciates President Xi Jinping’s vision of ‘building a community of shared future for humanity,’ and supports China’s thrust on enhancing cooperation among nations under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Highlighting the fact that Nepal and China have been enjoying excellent relations based on friendship and good neighborliness since ancient times, Vice-President Qishan stressed on fully tapping the potentials of bilateral relations between the two countries.

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