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Prez Bhandari’s India visit cancelled

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s maiden foreign visit to India has been cancelled.

President Bhandari was scheduled to leave Kathmandu for the southern neighbor at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee on May 9.

Foreign Ministry and President Office had been coordinating the president’s India visit.

It has been learned that the visit was cancelled due to the recent political developments in the nation and speculations about the government change. Nonetheless, the visit has been canceled stating that it was not endorsed by the cabinet.

The president was scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Mukherjee, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, among other ministers, as well as other top political leaders during her stay in the Indian capital.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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