KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has today performed a special prayer at the Pashupatinath Temple, longing for the welfare of the nation and the world.
President Bhandari reached at around 10:20 am and offered a special puja at the Temple, according to Dr Govinda Tondon, Member-Secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT).
Tondon said, “The President who arrived at 10:20 am at the Temple premises paid wordhip to the Basukinath and performed the puja at the main temple according to the ceremonies.”
Bhandari also offered Rs 121,360 to the temple, said Chief Account Officer of the PADT, Premhari Dhungana.
President Bhandari received a special welcome by local people with customary Dhime music and Swastibachan from clerics of Nepal Veda Bidyashram.
The Head of the State also offered special worship to the Shesh Narayan, Lal Ganesh, Surya Narayan, Gangamai, Santap Hareshwor, among other deities, assisted by the main as well as other priests.
This was the first visit of Presidnet Bhandari to the Pashupatinath Temple after her election to the post. On the occasion, she offered her salary of the first month of her tenure to the temple.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost