Monsoon arrival to Kathmandu to take a few days

Kathmandu: It will take a few days for the monsoon to enter the Kathmandu Valley.

Currently there is an influence of the monsoon system in the eastern part of the country and the local and western winds as well as low pressure system formed around Bihar in remaining part of the country.

Meteorologist at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology Sanjeev Adhikari said there slim chances of rain in the Kathmandu Valley today.

The maximum temperature is expected to remain in between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius. The weather will be partly to generally cloudy in the hilly regions of the country including Sudurpaschim, Karnali and Koshi provinces and fair in the rest of the country.

Light rain is also taking place at one or two places of Koshi province. The weather will be partly to generally cloudy in the hilly regions of Bagmati and Gandaki provinces and mainly fair in the rest of the country this afternoon.

Light to moderate rain with thunder and lightning is likely to occur at some places of the hilly regio
ns of Koshi, Bagmati and Gandaki provinces.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division has predicted partly to generally cloudy in the hilly regions of Koshi and Gandaki provinces and partly fair in the rest of the country tonight.

Light to moderate rain accompanied by thunder and lightning is likely to occur at some places of the hilly regions of Koshi and Gandaki provinces. The maximum temperature is expected to hover between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius.

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FM Shrestha congratulates India EAM Dr Jaishankar

Kathmandu: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayankaji Shrestha has congratulated Dr S. Jaishankar on his reappointment as the External Affairs Minister of India.

During a telephone call today, DPM Shrestha extended his heartiest congratulations to Dr Jaishanker and added that he looked forward to working together for further advancing mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

Various aspects of Nepal-India relations were also discussed between the two leaders.

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President Paudel and Swiss President Viola discuss Nepal-Swiss relations in Bern

Kathmandu: President Ram Chandra Poudel met with Swiss President Viola Emherd in Bern, Switzerland today.

President Paudel is currently in Switzerland to attend as a keynote speaker in the inaugural session of the Forum of Global Coalition for Social Justice that is taking place during the high-level segment of the 112th International Labor Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

During the meeting, President Paudel said that Nepal’s current need and priority is to achieve economic prosperity which is indispensable to sustain democracy. “In 2026 Nepal will be upgrading from a least developed country which needs to be made consistent, sustainable and irreversible and to achieve this historic development goal we need great amount of resources, technology, investment and financial aid”, the President said, according to President Paudel’s press advisor Kiran Pokharel, who is also a member of the visiting delegation.

Lauding the support of the Swiss government to the economic and social devel
opment endeavours of Nepal since the 1950s, President Paudel said that the government of Nepal was looking forward to welcoming Swiss investors to Nepal and is committed to carrying out the required facilitation in that regard.

President Paudel sought for investments in the fields of agriculture, tourism and water resources for the social and economic transformation of Nepal.

On the occasion, Swiss President Emherd said that Switzerland was always ready to help Nepal in its socio-economic development endeavours, and in the areas that it identifies and needs.

President Emherd also praised Nepal’s constitution for federalism and inclusion. She mentioned that large-scale development partnership between the two countries has completed 60 years and assured that it will continue to grow in the days ahead.

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Chinese Minister of Cultural Affairs visits Lumbini

Chinese Minister of National Religious and Cultural Affairs Administration, Chen Ruifeng, today visited Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Dr Lharkyal Lama, Vice President of Lumbini Development Trust, welcomed the Chinese delegation including the Minister in Lumbini. Minister Ruifeng shared that his visit will find the way to future collaboration between Lumbini and Chinese sites for the holistic development of the Buddha’s birth place and exchange of ideas between the two sides.

Chinese Minister and his team visited Mayadevi Temple, Ashok Pillar, Pushkarani Pond, Shanti Deep and collected information about the places around there. During the visit, the vice president of the Trust, Dr. Lama, sought initiative for regular flights from China to the Gautam Buddha International Airport, which is ready for operation.

“If there were regular flights, the tourism of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, would be promoted and it would be easier to spread the Buddha’s message to the world.” he said.

Meanwhile, a
team including President of Chamber of Commerce Rupandehi Thakur Kumar Shrestha today submitted a memorandum drawing the attention of the Chinese Minister for the operation of Gautam Buddha International Airport.

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OPMCM seeks information about delay in formulating bills

Kathmandu: The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) has sought information from different ministries regarding the delay in formulating significant bills related to constitution implementation.

At an interaction organised by the OPMCM as per the direction of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ here on Wednesday, 22 ministries including authorities concerned were asked to report about the reason behind the failure move ahead with the drafting of significant bills.

During the joint meeting of Chiefs and Under-Secretary of Law and Verdict Implementation Section of 22 ministries including the OPMCM, information was sought about the bills which are in different ministries, said PM Dahal’s Press Advisor, Govinda Acharya.

The ministries were asked to present the bills to the cabinet soon, he added.

Secretary at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary, Phanindra Gautam, stressed the need of prioritizing law making task, while noting that it was delaying the parliament bus

Similarly, Law Secretary at the OPMCM, Leela Devi Gadtaula, pointed out the need of holding discussion with secretary and minister of concerned ministries to more the bill ahead and the issue should be seriously raised at the secretary-level meeting to be held under the leadership of the Chief Secretary.

Six bills are now under consideration at the Law Ministry, 11 at Finance Ministry and four bills at the Bill Committee of the OPMCM.

The Law Ministry had on January 29 informed the Prime Minister about the status of 117 bills. Of them, 63 are in first priority, 39 in second priority and 15 in third priority.

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Performance-based evaluation of all civil servants

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has directed the concerned authorities to develop and implement a performance-based evaluation system with indicators for all civil servants from the new financial year.

At the third quarterly progress review and ministerial-level development action committee meeting of the current financial year held at Singha Durbar on Wednesday, he said that it was necessary to transform every employees’ performance level and conduct. Furthermore the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers (OPMCM) should be to be made the real center of government affairs.

Prime Minister Dahal urged for special attention to the implementation of the remaining programs and activities of the current financial year, and thereby achieve 100 percent results. Likewise, necessary preparatory work should be carried out on time for the effective implementation of the policies and programs and budget of the next financial year.

Stating that pro-active role of all employees
is necessary to achieve the results according to the set goals and in the specified time, he said that the competence of the employees will be developed along with incentives and motivation.

Pointing out the need to establish the OPMCM and its subordinate bodies as national standards in terms of level of performance, results and quality, he said that attention should be paid to the overall image and progress of the executive headquarters of the country, which is also a reflection of the performance of the government.

He also emphasized on the need to develop an effective monitoring and evaluation system to receive information on time, to make in-depth analysis of information and take positive intervention for problem solving.

In the meeting, reports on the progress of the OPMCM and their subordinate bodies up to the third quarter of the current financial year, the problems seen in implementation and other matters were presented.

On the occasion, the Secretary of the OPMCM, and the heads and representative
s of the subordinate agencies expressed their views on their respective responsibilities. The Prime Minister’s Advisor, the Chief Secretary, secretaries of subordinate bodies and other employees were present in the meeting, according to OPMCM spokesperson Prem Prasad Acharya

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HoR to discuss on Industry, Land Management, Health ministries’ headings

Kathmandu: Discussion would be held on various headings of three different ministries under the Appropriation Bill in the meeting of the House of Representatives on Thursday.

In today’s HoR meeting, Speaker Devraj Ghimire shared that discussion would be held on Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation and Ministry of Health and Population.

Discussion on Appropriation Bill has commenced from June 11 in the HoR. The HoR will meet next at 11:00 am on June 13.

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Alternative political forces should be united: Former PM Bhattarai

Kathmandu: Leaders of various political parties have emphasized that alternative political forces should move forward with unity.

On the occasion of the founding day of Nepal Samajbadi Party here today, the leaders of the various political parties present in the event emphasized that the new forces should be united on the basis of ideology and agenda based on the ‘relevancy and potential of alternative politics’.

Chairperson of Nepal Samajbadi Party and former Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai stressed that all political parties should unite in the journey of development and economic prosperity of the country while strengthening the federal democratic republic.

He said that the alternative new force is the demand of the time and circumstance. He mentioned that his party’s resolution is to have a directly elected executive president and a fully proportional but directly elected legislature for democratic stability.

Bhattarai was of the view that an action plan for prosperity should be developed with the
four dimensions of rapid economic growth, equitable distribution, environmental sustainability and human happiness.

Similarly, President of Janamat Party Dr Chandra Kant (CK) Raut said that the new forces should be united and move ahead through street struggle. He was of the view that ideologically, Janamat Party and Nepal Samajwadi Party have the same issues, so they can cooperate in the future.

President of Aam Janata Party Prabhu Sah said that forward-thinking political forces should be united and active in the interest of the people.

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