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President to present Govt policies, programmes on May 15

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to present the government’s policies and programmes on May 15. The policies and programmes will be discussed in the third week of May before it is approved by the Parliament, said Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara at a press conference on Wednesday.

“An estimation of annual revenue collection and expenditure will be tabled on May 29 in line with the Constitution, theoretical discussions will be held on the budget on May 31, and thereafter Finance Minister will respond to queries related to the budget,” Mahara said.

The Appropriation Bill, before the budget, will be presented by Finance Minister, and its principle will be discussed in Parliament meeting from May 9 to 12, Speaker Mahara informed.

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President Bhandari has summoned the second session of the Federal Parliament the same day. Deliberations will be held on the report of the regulation draft committee from May 7 to 9, and the ordinance presented at the first parliament meeting will be endorsed, he said.

Meanwhile, newly appointed Secretary of National Assembly Rajendra Phuyal and Secretary of the House of Representatives Gopal Nath Yogi took oath of office and secrecy on Wednesday.

NA’s Chairperson Ganesh Prasad Timilsina administered the oath of office and secrecy to Phuyal, and Speaker Mahara to Yogi at a function held at the Federal Parliament Secretariat.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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