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KATHMANDU — The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) formally started its house rebuilding campaign to 11 severely quake-affected districts including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk on Sunday, on the occasion of first anniversary of the devastating earthquake of April 25.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari announced the beginning of the campaign by establishing the foundation stone for Gopal BK’s home in Barpak– the epicenter of April 25 quake while Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reached Chautara in Sindhupalchok — the the worst-hit district in terms of casualties — to lay the foundation stone for the house of Sarbe Tamang.

President Bhandari also established the foundation stone of the quake memorial park in Barpak, Gorkha.

Likewise, The PM also handed over agreement paper for reconstruction of the house belonging to Yadu Maya Ghorasaini, a single woman, at a special function organised in Chautara.

Earlier, PM Oli had laid a floral wreath at the base of the ruins of Dharahara, in Kathmandu, in memory of those killed during the quake last year.

Deputy prime ministers, ministers, chief executive officer of National Reconstruction Authority, chief secretary, high-level government officers, security chiefs, representatives of diplomatic missions and the public offered condolences to those who died in the earthquake last year at the condolence ceremony.

The PM expressed dissatisfaction with the conditions of donors for reconstruction of houses of quake victims.

The Oli-led government has been facing criticism from all quarters, besides the International Community for delaying the reconstruction process and not providing necessary subsidies to victims to reconstruct their damaged dwellings.

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The NRA announced the names of 300,981 beneficiaries in 11 of the 14 worst-his districts.

The Dolakha sub-regional office of the NRA has begun reconstruction of 10 houses in Ramechhap district.

Meanwhile the four top leaders of major parties are scheduled to inaugurate the reconstruction work of cultural heritages at a program organised by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in different parts of Kathmandu Valley on Monday.

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New govt likely to have 18 ministers

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KATHMANDU — The new government is likely to have 15 to 18 ministries in total as Prime mInister KP Sharma Oli is preparing to give his cabinet a full shape.

As per discussion between Prime Minister Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the government may include Madhes-based parties to make the government inclusive and have two-thirds majority in the Parliament.

According to Article 76 (9) of the constitution, the number of ministers cannot exceed 25 in the federal Cabinet. With the new constitution limiting the size of Council of Ministers to 25, the new governing team could be limited to 18 members including three state ministers. A formal decision on the matter is yet to be taken.

Speaking at a program organised in Kathmandu on Tuesday, UML leader Pradeep said: “Cabinet expansion is likely to take place on Wednesday. A few Maoist ministers will be joining the Oli government.”

“Our taskforce has recommended that the government form a 15-member Cabinet. Some of the ministries will be integrated and others scrapped.”

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Ishwor Pokhrel, Pradeep Gyawali, Rabindra Adhikari, Raghubir Mahaseth, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal and Padma Aryal are the probable ministerial candidates from the UML.

Like3wise, Maoist chair Dahal and senior CPN-MC leaders Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Ram Bahadur Thapa have been given the responsibility of selecting ministers from their party.

Probable ministerial candidates from the Maoist Centre include Ram Bahadur Thapa, Matrika Yadav, Pampha Bhusal, Devendra Poudel, Lekhraj Bhatta, Chakrapani Khanal, Pun, Girirajmani Pokhrel and Dev Gurung, according to the sources.

Thapa may lead the CPN-MC in the government as deputy prime minister. Yadav is being considered for appointment since he represents Madhes, Bhusal as a woman while Poudel is one of the leaders who joined the party lately. Poudel had left the Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Party to join the Maoist Centre just ahead of unification talks with the UML.

Leaders involved in discussions said the Maoist Centre could appoint up to eight ministers if the Cabinet size does not exceed 18.

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