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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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Rolpa begins hair oil production

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ROLPA— A factory established in Sulichaur, the eastern belt in Rolpa district, has started the production of hair oil through processing of medicinal herbs available in the locality.

Established with the investment of Rs 15 million, a total of 35 people have been employed, proprietor of the industry Tek Bahadur Ghartimagar said.

According to Ghartimagar, the productions of the company are exported to the bigger cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other market areas, as they are not sold in the local market due to higher prices.

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He said that cinnamon, bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala), Calamus (Acorus Calamus), muskroot and many other locally available herbs are processed to produce the hair oil.

He also said that the local farmers are also encouraged to produce grass and herbs to avert the crisis of the raw materials as the materials produced in community forests and private forests could not meet the demand for raw materials.

Ghartimagar is of the view that the income of the community forests could be increased by doing farming of the medicinal herbs. “It would increase the income of community forests and also ensures sustainability of the industries,” he adds.

Rolpa is considered as a good source of many medicinal herbs where the local residents are making good income from the sale of the products. However, some herbs are yet to be identified despite their high values.

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