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PM Oli directs govt officials to work passionately

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has directed the government secretaries to shun the attitude of routine administration so that they could work for people’s service.

In his first directives to the ministers and senior bureaucrats on Sunday, the prime minister repeatedly mentioned the government’s policy of zero tolerance against corruption.

“Governments of the past also talked about zero tolerance [against corruption], but that was not implemented,” he said adding “The new government will root out corruption. It will not tolerate corruption.”

“An ordinary and traditional manner of administration does not work now. So, the works should be done in a special way,” he directed the secretaries in the presence of Ministers at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Sunday.

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PM Oli underscored, “Government activities must take a pace. It should reflect the commitment made before the people, visualizing prosperous Nepal and happy Nepalis. The routine jobs work no more.”

According to him, the government formed in the background of historic elections has extraordinary and historic responsibility as the country is in the phase of constitution implementation. Therefore, it needs significant role and responsibility to run the government smoothly and effectively.

The PM was of the view that Nepal was in need of meeting of the SDGs by 2030 and act accordingly. Concerted efforts were imperative to materialize the issues the fundamental rights of the constitution have mentioned, he argued.

He directed the Secretaries to put the issues of national integrity, sovereignty, social harmony, and control of corruption, irregularities and non-transparent activities in top priority. Anyone shirking responsibility will not be spared, the PM warned.

Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali informed that the PM directed the government secretaries to work for materializing the dream of prosperous Nepal and happy Nepalis keeping in centre the people’s aspirations

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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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