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Rights and responsibilities come together : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said rights and responsibilities come together and it is the duty of all to bear this fact in mind while exercising one’s rights.

The Prime Minister while receiving an annual report of the National Information Commission (NIC) here today said duties and responsibilities are attached to fundamental rights of the people guaranteed by the constitution.

He was of the view of according priority to the preliminary and basic human freedoms in the practice of the right to information (RTI).

“Confidential information are not forever, but for a certain and appropriate time,” he asserted, adding that information should not be unnecessarily held back forever.

“People have the right to information, but social duties and responsibilities attached to the information and issues relating to individual’s privacy cannot be forgotten while exercising this right,” PM Oli said who sees the need of utilising the RTI as a tool for informing and educating the people.

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The Commission submitted its annual report for the fiscal year 2073-74 BS to the head of the government.

On the occasion, Commission chief commissioner Krishnahari Baskota briefed the Prime Minister about organizational activities. Stating that the Commission was in the process of establishing its mechanism in every province and had expected the support from the government for so.

In the fiscal year 2073-74 BS, the Commission had settled 494 complaints among 497 registered there. It had conducted programmes on RTI in all the 77 districts and issued 4,144 orders in this period.

The significant achievement of the Commission is that it has been successful in incorporating RTI materials in school curriculum. Commission member Yasoda Devi Timsina and secretary Maniram Ojha were also present on the occasion.

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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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