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VVIPs will now receive guard of honor at Army Pavilion, Pakistan PM to receive guard of honor today

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KATHMANDU — Revising the existing location of offering honor to foreign dignitaries, the newly-formed government has decided to establish a new practice of offering the guard of honor to all the visiting foreign VVIPs at Sainik Manch (Nepal Army Pavilion), Tundikhel.

Until now, Nepal Army has been offering the guard of honor to the foreign delegates at the VVIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport upon their arrival in Kathmandu.

But,this practice is being discontinued from Monday with the government preparing to offer such honor to the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Sahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Army Pavilion.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is arriving here for two day official state vitit on Monday, will be accorded a guard of honour by the Nepali Army at Sainik Manch, Tundikhel.

Prime Minister Abbasi is scheduled to land in Kathmandu at 3:15 pm. Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada is likely to receive him at the VVIP lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport.

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“He (Pakistan Prime Minister) will be conferred with guard of honour. To receive the honour, he will head to Tundikhel where he also will be received by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli,” said Nepal Army Spokesperson Gokul Bhandari.

“We have received instructions from the government to offer the guard of honor to Pakistani Prime Minister Abbasi at the Army Pavilion. We have made our arrangement accordingly,” he added.

Prime Minister Abbasi is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Nepali counterpart K P Sharma Oli at Hotel Yak and Yeti after receiving guard of honor. The two prime ministers are scheduled to discuss the issue along with various bilateral issues. Nepal is the current chair of SAARC.

Although Pakistan earlier proposed to host the SAARC Summit in November 2016, but this could not take place after India along with three other SAARC nations announced they were pulling out amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue.

Prime Minister Abbasi will fly back home after paying a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari at 10 am on Tuesday.

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Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters

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JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.

The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.

Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.

The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.

Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.

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Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.

The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.

After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.

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