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Probe panel formed to investigate budget leak

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KATHMANDU — The legislature on Tuesday formed a parliamentary probe committee to look into the budget leak issue as demanded by the main opposition Nepali Congress.

Nepali Congress (NC) had been blocking the parliament since yesterday demanding to form a probe panel to investigate the budget leakage prior to the announcement.

CPN-UML Chief Whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal had proposed to form a eight-member special committee led by Nepali Congress legislator Ramesh Lekhak.  Other members from the board are yet to be named.

Chief Whips of Nepali Congress and UCPN-Maoist Chin Kaji Shrestha and CPN (Center) lawmaker Hit Raj Pandey respectively had seconded the proposal.

After the formation of the committee, Nepali Congress allowed the House session.

Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel subsequently tabled a proposal to begin debate on the budget announcement.

Earlier, the ruling parties had agreed to form such panel as demanded by the main opposition.

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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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