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Supreme Court orders to furnish Prez’s oath taking docs

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has has ordered to furnish the documents related to the oath of President Bidya Devi Bhandari and the then Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli’s date of birth.

Responding to the writ filed challenging the legality of the oath taking of President Bhandari by advocates duo Hemmani Subedi and Narayan Kharel on March 28, a single bench of Justice Kedar Prasad Chalise on Sunday issued a directive order to submit the documents.

The apex court has also ordered the President’s Office to send the copy of documents related to Parajuli’s resignation and acceptance to the court.

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Likewise, the SC has also ordered the Judicial Council to submit the copy of the documents related to Parajuli’s date of birth and retirement. The court has also asked for a copy of the recommendation of Parajuli for the post.

President Bhandari had taken the oath of office and secrecy from then Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli on March 14. However, the Judicial Council had relieved Parajuli from his post sending a letter to him the same day.

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PM Oli leaves for New York

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma has left for New York leading the Nepali delegation to the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. PM Oli is accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya.

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, among others were present to see him off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Deputy PM Pokhrel will officiate duties as the acting Prime Minister during Oli’s absence.

During his New York stay, the prime minister is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will engage in sideline meetings with Swiss President Alain Berset and Cambodian Prime Minister Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

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The prime minister will also attend the reception to be hosted by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the evening of September 24 and a luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary-General on September 25.

Besides addressing the UNGA on September 27, Prime Minister Oli will address a high-level plenary meeting of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on September 24 being organized to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

The prime minister will also deliver a statement at the High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) being hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on September 25.

According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the prime minister, after concluding UNGA, will leave New York for San Jose, Costa Rica on September 29 to have a bilateral meeting with the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada.

Oli will return to Kathmandu on October 3 after an 11-day long abroad stay.

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