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Voting begins to elect new President

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KATHMANDU — Voting has begun at the parliament in New Baneshwar for election of the new President of the country on Tuesday.

The result will be out by the evening,according to Election Commission’s spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal.

Incumbent President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is standing in the fray for her second term where as Laxmi Rai from the opposition Nepali Congress has challenged her.

A total of a total of 330 lawmakers from the Federal Parliament and 550 lawmakers from the Provincial Council are eligible to vote. Currently, there are 275 lawmakers in House of Representatives and 59 in the National Assembly.

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The vote weightage of lawmaker of Federal Parliament is 79, whereas it is 48 of the lawmakers from the Provincial Council. The combined vote weightage of the votes as per the calculations now is 26,000 and 70.

A total of 549 lawmakers from the Provincial Council will vote to elect new president which will have the total vote weightage of 26,352.

The calculation of the votes to be cast in favour of incumbent President Bhandari from left alliance is 33,575 where as the main opposition Nepali Congress has the vote weightage of 11,428 only.

The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has a total of 148 lawmakers in National Assembly and House of Representative or the Federal Assembly. Likewsie, a total of 243 are in Provincial Councils. They all have the vote weightage of 23,356 with 10,319 votes from the Maoist Center.

Other fringe parties — the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal — are expected to vote in favour of Bhandari assuring Bhandari’s continuation over the post.

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Nepal removed from ICAO’s blacklist

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KATHMANDU — International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed Nepal’s aviation sector from the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.

Speaking at the House of Representitives on Friday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has informed that the international flight regulation body has removed from the black list.

“Nepal has been eliminated from the ICAO’s Significant Safety Concern List. The ICAO has been keeping an eye on the air space and the functionaries of its 192 member nations,” Minister Adhikari informed.

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In it’s 2013 audit report, Nepal was enlisted in SSC list and Nepal’s compliance to the ICAO’s standard at that time stood only at 55 percent out of the standard 60 percent.

“In regard to this, the attempts made by the government of Nepal and the International Aviation Organization have leaped forward to 66.08 percent which can be regarded as the most significant progress,” Adhikari apprised the parliament on Friday.

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