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Pokhrel and Yadav appointed as deputy prime ministers

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has appointed Ishwor Pokhrel (Minister for Defense) and Upendra Yadav, who was inducted as Minister for Health and Population earlier, as deputy prime ministers on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday.

Likewise, State Minister for Communication and Information, Gokul Baskota was promoted from state minister to Minister for Communication and Information after inclusion of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN)in the government.

With the inclusion of the FSFN into the cabinet on Friday, the KP Sharma Oli government now commands a two-thirds majority in parliament that allows the government to take any decision, including amending the constitution.

With this expansion of the cabinet, the number of ministers in the Oli governemnt has reached 24, including two deputy prime ministers and three state ministers.

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It has been learned that Prime Minister Oli was forced to break his earlier decision not to have any deputy prime minister in his cabinet after FSFN Chairman Yadav insisted on the post of deputy prime minister along with the health ministry portfolio.

The prime minister has also given Deputy Prime Ministers duo Pokharel and Yadav first and second places in the cabinet hierarchy respectively.

Leaders said the ruling NCP, formed after the unification of the erstwhile CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center), has agreed to give two full ministers and one state minister to FSFN in the federal cabinet.

The NCP has a total of 174 members in the 275-member House of Representatives. Altogether 16 legislators have been added to the ruling combination after the inclusion of FSFN in the cabinet.

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School reconstructed with community investment

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Myagdi-  Locals of Shikha, Annapurna Rural Municipality-5, in Myagdi district have rebuild an earthquake-damaged school by mobilizing millions of rupees at the community level.

Two buildings with 17 rooms have been reconstructed at a total cost of Rs 32.8 million, said Min Bahadur Buddhuja, president of the school management committee.

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He said the local community has invested more than the government bodies in reconstruction of the school buildings.

Both buildings are disabled-friendly and earthquake-resistant.

 

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