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Republic Day being observed

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KATHMANDU — 11th Republic Day is being observed across the country on Tuesday marking the day on which Nepal became a republic state.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari took part in a ceremony held to mark the Republic Day 2075 at the Nepal Army Pavilion, Tundikhel.

Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli along with other ministers and high level officials were also attended the event.

The Nepal Army displayed a banner of Republic Day from a chopper and showered flower petals. Likewise, security forces of the country showcased various precision drills and parades to mark the ceremony. The Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police staged musical performances to evoke patriotism and presented Nepal’s favorite Maruni and Kaura performances.

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Likewuise, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, and women police officers and army personnel also presented their musical bands.

A minute’s silence was also observed to honour the sacrifices made by known and unknown martyrs in different stages of uprisings for political transformation and democracy.

On the occasion, President, Vice President, Prime Minister, acting Chief Justice, House Speaker, National Assembly Chairperson released a pair of white pigeons each as a sign of peace.

Centuries old monarchy had officially come to an end on Jestha 15, 2065 of the Nepali calendar, and the country had adopted republicanism as the system of governance. Therefore, this day is observed to commemorate this milestone in the country’s history, from which point onwards the country is known to have taken a crucial step towards becoming a federal democratic republic.

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US to provide 4 Sky Trucks to Nepal Army

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KATHMANDU — The government of the United States is providing four Sky Trucks, light cargo and passenger aircraft, to the Nepal Army for rescue and disaster response efforts.

Two of the four Sky Trucks that will arrive in Kathmandu by 2020. Those two aircrafts will be newly manufactured while the rest will be refurbished aircraft.

The Army is running short of aircraft, with just around a dozen of heavy, medium, and light transport helicopters comprising its fleet.

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According to the US Embassy in Nepal, the value of the four aircraft is $35.5 million.

The US government had pledged the aid during an outgoing Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri’s visit to the United States in April 2016. The US government, during Chhetri’s visit to the US, had pledged to provide Nepal Army with four aircraft within two years.

During his farewell speech on August 8, Chhetri highlighted the US support as one of the significant achievements of his tenure.

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