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PM Oli apprises parliament of India visit agenda

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday has briefed the House of Representatives and informed the parliamentarians about various agenda to be raised during his upcoming official visit to India.

The Prime Minister, in his address, revealed the agendas including reconstruction works, Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project (PMP), completion of postal highway, railway projects among others that will be discussed with the Indian government in the visit.

Oli, who will begin his three-day visit from Friday informed the Parliament that his government always wanted to have balanced relation with the neighbouring countries.

Praising the support provided by the India during the 2015 earthquake, Oli said, “I will discuss the projects that were committed to be reconstructed by India after the devastating earthquake.”

“We will go unified for the development and the promotion of the nation. We obviously will go forward in the developmental activities and also will maintain harmonious relations with our neighbouring nations for the purpose of development and prosperity,” PM Oli said.

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During the address, Oli said that Nepal’s relations with China and India was closer and their relations with them would deepen furthermore.

“We will not do such kind of activities that fragments the unity or spring up the feeling of disparity developing the relation of mutual benefit and understanding,” Oli added.

The Prime Minister made the commitment to present forward the previously agreed issues treaties and make the updates over the issues which requires attention with time.

“This time also I am not going to pile up additional agreements, I would focus on turning the relations into reality, and how we can turn it to practice or be effective,” Oli said.

During the latter’s visit, PM Oli and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also set to inaugurate an integrated check post, which is built in the town of Birgunj in Nepal.

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Supreme Court continues stay order against protest ban

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has decided to continue the short-term interim stay order on the government’s decision to ban public protests at key places, including Maitighar Mandala, in the city.

A division bench of Justices Om Prakash Mishra and Kedar Prasad Chalise on Monday has issued a verdict to this effect upon concluding a hearing on the writ filed against the government by Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathi.

Advocate Tripathi had filed a writ petition on July 5 in the SC urging a stay order on the government’s decision to ban public rallies at Maitighar Mandala and other places in the city.

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Earlier on Friday(July 13), a division bench of Hari Krishna Karki and Dambar Bahadur Shahi passed the order, first issued on July 6.

On June 29, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa had declared Maitighar Mandala as a protest free zone effective from July 15, reiterating the Kathmandu District Security Committee’s decision announced on April 13.

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