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SAARC Cabinet secretaries’ meet kicks off in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Cabinet secretaries meeting has kicked off in Kathmandu.

PM KP Sharma Oli initiated the two-day meeting on Thursday.

Other than chief secretaries of eight member states, high officials of the observer nations are also present in the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, PM Oli said public administration should be smooth and effective in order to bring economic prosperity in the region.

“It is very important to further enhance regional cooperation in SAARC,” said the Prime Minister, adding the regional bloc was yet to effectively meet expectations of people from it.

Oli has also praised Nepal’s Constitution promulgated last year as world’s one of the best constitution claiming it had institutionalised the republicanism and ensured people’s rights.

Secretaries of member states of the SAARC would hold discussions on governance practices of the region, common problems of governance and their solutions and initiatives to be taken for the improvement.

Addressing the inaugural, SAARC Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa commented that the regional organisation achieved some significant successes in its 30-year history.

Likewise, Nepal’s Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi said good governance could be achieved with corruption control, economic prosperity and inclusive development.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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