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PM Oli briefs foreign diplomats in Baluwatar

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has briefed diplomatic community (ambassadors, chiefs of foreign diplomatic missions and development partners based in Kathmandu) about government’s foreign policy and future plans at his official residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday.

PM Oli, in his briefing, said the country has just achieved the historic success in political transition and foreign community should also cherish the achievement.

He also urged the development partners to align further assistance with country’s priorities, respecting its leadership and ownership in the process and channelising such support through government mechanisms.

Acknowledging the support and cooperation received from our development partners, Oli said Nepal still needs an enhanced level of development cooperation from its partners mainly for economic development.

He further said that the incumbent government has the motto of ‘Prosperous Nepal and happy Nepali’.

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The Prime Minister had slammed the report by the European Union’s Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) on the recently concluded elections of the House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies, however, he didn’t mentioned issues regarding the EUEOM report during the briefing.

The briefing program was coordinated by the foreign ministry.

Addressing the program, Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali said Nepal wants to maintain a cordial relationship with all the countries and expects help and assistance in its strive for development.

Earlier, the ruling CPN-UML had expressed bitterness against the report saying that the statement of EUEOM was a blatant violation of the political independence of Nepal which is protected by the Charter of the UN and other intentional laws, including customary international laws.

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Govt forms panel to look into vegetable syndicate

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a committee to look into the issues of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market and come up with a viable solution after receiving several complaints from customers regarding the price of vegetables skyrocketing due to the prevalence of syndicate.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav formed a seven-member committee on Tusday. Nabaraj Dhakal, the joint secretary and also spokesperson at Ministry for Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), has been appointed as the chair of the committee.

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Other members of the committee are joint secretaries of the Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development and Ministry of Home Affairs, Executive Director of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Committee Tejendra Prasad Poudel, a deputy inspector general of Nepal Police and two officer-level staff of MoICS.

Earlier, vegetable traders had halted trade at the Market demanding immediate release of Bharat Khatiwada and Ujwal Dhungana, who had been arrested on Monday for creating disturbance and obstructing the vegetable market monitoring.

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