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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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Nepal removed from ICAO’s blacklist

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KATHMANDU — International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed Nepal’s aviation sector from the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.

Speaking at the House of Representitives on Friday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has informed that the international flight regulation body has removed from the black list.

“Nepal has been eliminated from the ICAO’s Significant Safety Concern List. The ICAO has been keeping an eye on the air space and the functionaries of its 192 member nations,” Minister Adhikari informed.

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In it’s 2013 audit report, Nepal was enlisted in SSC list and Nepal’s compliance to the ICAO’s standard at that time stood only at 55 percent out of the standard 60 percent.

“In regard to this, the attempts made by the government of Nepal and the International Aviation Organization have leaped forward to 66.08 percent which can be regarded as the most significant progress,” Adhikari apprised the parliament on Friday.

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