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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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President nominates NA members

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has nominated three persons to the post of National Assembly Members on the recommendation of the government on Tuesday.

President Bhandari has nominated former Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission (NPC) Yubaraj Khatiwada (Jhapa), CPN Maoist Centre lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari (Makawanpur) and former NPC member Bimala Poudel Rai (Morang) to the posts as per Section B of the Article 86 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal, according to the Office of the President.

Earlier today, a meeting of Council of Ministers had recommended their names to the president after withdrawing the recommendations made by the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government.

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Meanwhile, the Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed its serious reservation over the government recommendation on National Assembly (NA) members.

NC Spokesperson Bishow Prakash Sharma said that NC has protested the governmen decision on new recommendation to the NA that was made by calling back the recommendation made by Deuba-led government.

The Deuba-led government had recommended the names of Chandani Joshi, Gopal Basnet and Krishna Prasad Poudel as the NA members.

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