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.
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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters
JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.
The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.
Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.
The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.
Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.
Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.
The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.
After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.Follow @gorkhapost