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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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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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