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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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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

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The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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