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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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Finance Committee meeting deferred until 1 pm today

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KATHMANDU— The meeting of the Finance Committee under the House of Representatives that was scheduled at 9 am today has been postponed until 1 pm.

The meeting was put off for lack of a quorum, said Chairperson of committee Krishna Prasad Dahal. Until 9:30 am, only nine members of the 25-member committee were present in the meeting.

Issues relating to capital expenditures and non-budgetary release of fund were scheduled for discussion in the meeting.

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