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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari, for the first time after parliamentary elections, has addressed both the houses — the House of Representatives and the National Assembly — as per the Article 95 (2) of the Constitution on Thursday.

Addressing the joint assembly of federal parliament today, the head of the state stressed that democracy is not worth if the citizen cannot increase the living standard.

President Bhandari said that the country has entered into a new era of political stability and economic development following successful holding of the three-tier—local, provincial and federal—elections.

Reading out a paper that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has handed over to her, she said that the successful conclusion of elections has brought an end to the protracted political transition and uncertainty and induced rays of hope for prosperity.

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She further said, “The mandate from the public has given the way out for the prosperity of the country.”

Offering condolences to the people who sacrificed their lives for the nation, she said that time has come to fulfill the dreams of martyrs to take the country towards the path of prosperity and economic development.

She said, “The public should have an equal approach to the development, optimum use of the natural sources and youths shouldn’t have to go abroad for employment.”

Stressing on coordination with the neighbouring countries for the prosperity and development of the country, the President said that the government should have maintained diplomatic relations with neighbors for the prosperity of the nation.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, House of Representatives Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara and National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Timalsina, among others, receiveed President at the conference hall,according to Parliament Secretariat Spokesperson Bharat Raj Gautam.

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Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters

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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.

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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.

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