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PM Oli likely to visit India from April 6-8

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is likely to embark on an official visit to India from April 6. This will be his maiden foreign trip after taking office for second term last month.

India has proposed April 6-8 for the PM Oli’s official visit, according to sources. The formal announcement, however, is yet to made and will be confirmed once the Nepali side gives its concurrence to the proposed date, according to an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu.

Sources said Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali is also likely to visit New Delhi ahead of Oli’s official trip.

This will be the first foreign trip of PM Oli after assuming his office after the left alliance secured close to two-thirds votes in the December elections and his government received a whopping three-fourths of support in the confidence vote in the House of Representatives.

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There has been speculations that whether Oli will visit Delhi or Beijing first. There has also been speculations that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be invited to Kathmandu before Nepal’s prime minister would visit Delhi.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi became the first head of state or government Kathmandu after Oli was appointed the country’s executive head.

Earlier, before Oli took office, Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had visited Nepal.

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Journalists’ code of ethics on use of social networking sites stressed

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KATHMANDU- Code of ethics on the use of social networking sites for journalists has been stressed.

The speakers at a programme argued that code of ethics for journalists on use of social sites is needed as their status on social sites could raise credibility questions on the news contents.

On the occasion, FNJ Vice-Chairman Bipul Pokharel and FNJ Secretary Prakash Thapa shared that FNJ is drafting the code of conducts targeting the members of FNJ.

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Likewise, coordinator of digital media committee of FNJ and central committee member Lekhnath Neupane reasoned the need for such code of ethics to make the entire media sector more responsible and decent.

Executive Director of Centre for Media Research Centre Ujjawal Acharya, Chairman of Online Journalists’ Association Shiva Satyal and FNJ central committee member
Janmadev Jaisi also expressed their opinions at the interaction programme on ‘Use of social networking site and development of code of ethics for journalists’ organized by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Centre for Media Research on Saturday.

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