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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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Malindo Air aircraft skids off runway at TIA

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KATHMANDU — A Malindo Air aircraft preparing to fly to Kualalumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Thursday night skidded off a runway and stopped along a grassy area between the airport’s runways.

The Airbus, which was preparing for a take-off, narrowly escaped disaster before stopping along a grassy area between the airport’s runways after its nose wheel could not keep to the runway. All 139 passengers are safe, airport officials said.

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The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 and commenced the takeoff roll at 22:08 hours local time. But takeoff was aborted as the aircraft was halfway down the runway. It failed to stop on the remaining runway and overran.

The pilot, at the right time, turned the plane towards the parking after sensing some issue with the tyres of the aircraft (flight OD 181), thus avoiding a possible mishap.

Airport operations had halted for a while and flights enroute to Kathmandu were diverted to alternate airports.

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