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Prachand to embark on six-day India visit from September 7

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Communist party cochair and former Prime Mnister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda will embark on a six-day visit to India from September 7 to 12.

“The dates for former prime minister Prachanda’s visit to India have been confirme,” stated an official statement from the secretariat of Prachanda He will visit India from September 7 to 12,” adding ,”After returning from India he will leave for China on September 17 for a week.”

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During his visit, Prachanda will engage in various high-level talks and discussions.

This will be Prachanda’s maiden visit to India after the two communist parties — Nepal Maoist Center and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist — recently unified.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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