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PM Oli off to India for three-day state visit

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has left for New Delhi for a three-day state visit to India on Friday. This is Oli’s first foreign tour after taking office.

He left for India on a regular morning flight of Nepal Airlines to New Delhi at 9:00 am. He is accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya.

The 50-delegation of PM Oli includes Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Yadav, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, members of Parliament, chief secretary, secretaries and other high-level government officials, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Defense Minister Ishwor Pokharel and high-level government officials including ministers and security chiefs reached the Trihbuvan International Airport to see him off this morning.

Oli will stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi as the state guest of the government of India.

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After arriving in New Delhi, the PM will hold an interactive meeting with the business community of Nepal and India at around 12:30pm. This will be followed by an interaction with the Nepali community in New Delhi.

Oli will attend a diplomatic reception to be hosted in his honour by the Embassy of Nepal and will also have a separate meeting with members of the Nepali community this evening.

Oli is scheduled to attend the ceremonial reception and inspect the guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. He will then separately call on Indian President Ramnath Kovind, and Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu. He will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

The same day, Oli will hold official meeting with Indian PM Modi, who will be hosting a banquet luncheon in honour of the visiting Nepali prime minister and his delegation. Oli will hold delegation-level and personal-level talks with Modi.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will call on Oli. Senior Indian political leaders will also call on Oli.

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Both the prime ministers will remotely inaugurate the Integrated Check Post at Birgunj, following which Oli will interact with the intellectual community at a civic reception hosted by India Foundation.The same day the two prime ministers will hold a joint press conference.

On Sunday, Oli will attend a programme at Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, where he will be conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.

The PM will return home the same evening on a Nepal Airlines flight.

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Dahal says discussion about party unification process positive

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KATHMANDU — CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification between the party and CPN-UML are heading positively.

Chair Dahal apprised the extended meeting held today at his Khumaltar-based private residence of the progress in the unification process.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that time would be taken for uniting the parties.

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“The date for the unification cannot be declared right now,” she said while stressing the need to make no haste on the matter of making a new party by merging two political parties.

According to Spokesperson Bhusal, party chair Dahal briefed the meeting about his discussions with the UML chair regarding party unification committee’s reports.

Stating that bilateral talks and discussions on the political and organisational issues were heading positively, leader Dahal assured the meeting that merging process was going ahead to ensure the unification as per the interests of both parties and the nation, according to Spokesperson Bhusal.

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