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SC allows swearing-in of three NA members

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has issued an order to allow the three members of the National Assembly (NA) recommended by the KP Sharma Oli-led government to take the oath of office and secrecy on Wednesday.

KP Sharma Oli-led government had nominated three members — former Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission (NPC) Yubaraj Khatiwada, CPN Maoist Centre lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari, and former NPC member Bimala Poudel Rai to the NA.

A division bench of Justices Kedar Prasad Chalise and Sarada Prasad Ghimire scraped the interim order issued by the government, paving the way for the swearing-in of Khatiwada,Bidari and Poudel that was stalled on Sunday. Though the swearing-in was stalled, Khatiwada has been appointed as Finance Minister.

Attorney General Agni Kharel, advocate Shambhu Thapa, Tikaram Bhattarai, among other senior advocates had argued on behalf of the government.

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Earlier on February 25, a single bench of Justice Prakashman Singh Raut had issued an interim order directing the government not to administer the oath of office and secrecy to the three National Assembly members nominated by President on the recommendation of Oli-led government.

Gopal Basnet, Chandani Joshi and Krishna Prasad Paudel, who were earlier nominated to the NA by the erstwhile She Bahadur Deuba led-government, had filed a writ at the Supreme Court challenging government’s decision to appoint three new members to the NA.

The Deuba-led government had appointed three members to the NA as per the Article 86 Sub Article 2 and Clause ‘B’ of the Constitution, on February 09, 2018.

But, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had revoked Deuba-led government’s decision on the nomination of members to the NA.

Despite Court’s stay order, Former NRB Governor Yubaraj Khatiwada was inducted to the cabinet by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Februray 26, 2018 as the Finance Minister.

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PM Oli returns home

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home on Sunday after completing of a six-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China. PM Oli and his entourage landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu at 10:15.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timilsina and Nepal Communist Party leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, among others, received PM Oli at TIA’s VVIP Lounge.

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Oli had left for China on Tuesday (June 19). He paid the official visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

During his visit, PM Oli held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, among other Chinese leaders, and signed 14 agreements incluidng a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a railway link connecting Tibet with Kathmandu.

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