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PM Oli to take vote of confidence today, likely to win two-third majority

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KATHMANDU — The newly elected Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli will take the vote of confidence at 3:00 pm on Sunday, as per Article 76(4) of the Constitution.

The senior-most member of the Parliament Mahantha Thakur made the announcement at a Parliamentary meeting held on Saturday.

As per Constitution, new Prime Minister should win the vote of confidence from the Parliament within 30 days of appointment.

Oli is likely to receive 210 votes in the 275-member lower house, according to leaders of the ruling CPN-UML as they expect to get the votes of left alliance partner CPN (Maoist Center), Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), Rastriya Janamorcha and independent member.

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Of the total 274 members eligible to vote, 121 lawmakers from CPN-UML, 53 from Maoist Center, 16 each from FSFN and RJPN, one each from Rastriya Janamorcha, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and an independent are likely to vote for Oli.

Nepali Congress (NC), with 63 members in the lower house, and Baburam Bhattarai, the only member of his Naya Shakti Party in the house, are likely to remain in the opposition.

Oli was sworn in as the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal, on February 15, and President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 65-year-old Prime Minister.

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Seventh day of Bada Dashin, Fulpati being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today on the occasion of the Dashain festival, Fulpati is being observed as per tradition throughout the country.

Fulpati, an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious, is anointed at the Dashainghar on the seventh day of the Dashain festival.

The Fulpati is brought to Kathmandu as per the Vedic rituals to be anointed at the Dashainghar at the Hanumandhoka Durbar.

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The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police Force and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands and decorated kalsyoulis, and a procession along with cultural pageantry leave Hanuman Dhoka for Jamal with the Fulpati.

During the monarchy, the King, as the Head of State, used to attend the Fulpati ritual at Dashainghar, but with the foundation of Republic, the Minister for Culture is attending, said the Durbar Museum Development Committee.

The auspicious hour to bring the Fulpati this year is fixed at 4:00pm. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, and local level representatives in Kathmandu have been invited to the ritual.

Though the Dashain festival begins from Ghatasthapana, the festival sees special fervor from the day of Fulpati.

All government as well as private offices remain closed from today encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.

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