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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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Constitution Day today

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KATHMANDU — The Constitution Day is being observed throughout the country by organising various programs on Wednesday.

The government has organised a special function at the Nepal Army pavilion to mark the third anniversary of the Constitution, promulgated by an elected body after six decades of political struggle.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari,Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the National Assembly, deputy prime ministers, ministers, high-ranking government officials, security chiefs, heads of diplomatic missions based in Kathmandu, among others, are attending the function.

The government had formed a main organising committee chaired by Prime Minister Oli to celebrate the event.

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An aerial display of a banner reading ‘Constitution Day-2075’, balloons, and flowers were showered from helicopter as parts of the celebration.

Similarly, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Scouts are set to perform march past.

Meanwhile, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have extended best wishes to fellow citizens on the occasion of Constitution Day and National Day 2075.

In her message, President Bhandari said it was a matter of happiness for all to have an environment conducive to prosper democratic political system of Nepal through constitutional roadmap.

She said that the Constitution has envisaged creating an equitable society based on social justice with a goal to develop a socialism-oriented economy.

“I think it is the timely need for all the actors including people-representative institutions, political parties, state organs and entire Nepali people to embrace the letter and spirit of the Constitution to expedite socio-economic development”.

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Likewise, Prime Minister Oli expressed deep tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives and also owed heartfelt gratitude to entire people of the country for their substantial contributions to bound the country to rule of law.

He said that the consitution, which was framed through the Constituent Assembly after a seven-decade long wait not only fulfilled people’s aspiration and optimism but also included principles and values.

Prime Minister Oli has also said that the Constitution has guaranteed fundamental rights and freedom to all citizens without any discrimination.

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