Nepali people will not accept any-type of violence: Chair Oli

CPN (UML) Chairperson KP Sharma Oli has said that the Nepali people are not in favour of violence.

Chair Oli said so in a book release programme organised by Nepal Afro Asian People’s Solidarity Organisation (AAPSO) at Oli’s residence at Balkot on his 72nd birthday today.

Unveiling the book ‘Nepal-Bangladesh Buddhist Relations’ published by the Organisation, he opined that the Nepali people would not accept any-type of violence anymore.

The CPN (UML) Chair also mentioned that the government’s decision of observing Falgun 1 as People’s War Day was wrong.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

University should be committed to produce capable human resources: PM Dahal

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said that a university should be committed to produce the human resources required for the country by providing quality education at affordable price.

Addressing the sixth Assembly of Rajarshi Janak University organised at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar today, Prime Minister Dahal shared that the University should help fulfill the demand of human resources required for different sectors of the country by producing capable human capital as per the need of the country.

“It is good to increase the numbers of universities in the country. It will help to establish access of all in higher education. But with the increasing number of universities, it is challenging to keep the quality of education high,” he mentioned.

Stressing that the University should prove itself outstanding in terms of quality, PM Dahal laid emphasis on the need of paying attention on higher education that is useful in life, employment-oriented and helps the society and country.

He suggested running educational and academic programmes to be different and unique from other universities by preserving uniqueness and identity of the University, urging the University to formulate its curriculum and educational programme accordingly.

Prime Minister Dahal lauded the University for running educational programme in Bachelor’s and Master Degree in agriculture, arts, philosophy, forestry, law, medicine and tourism in short five-year period of its establishment.

He also assured of providing possible support to the University, saying it has been facing problems to run educational programme in lack of physical infrastructure.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Finance Minister Poudel leaves for India to attend G20 ministerial-level meeting

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Bishnu Prasad Poudel, today left here for India to take part in the First G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting.

The event is to be held on February 24 and 25 under India’s Presidency in Bangalore officially known as Bengaluru, Karnataka.

The Deputy Prime Minister and the Finance Minister is scheduled to hold meetings with his counterparts from various nations including India on the sidelines of the gathering. He is accompanied by Shree Krishna Nepal, chief of International Economic Cooperation Coordination Division, Ministry of Finance.

Though Nepal is not the G-20 member, it is attending the gathering as an invitee when India is taking its presidency.

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the USA are the members in the Group of Twenty (G20).

The Minister is scheduled to return home on February 25, according to the Ministry.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

PM Dahal must abide by Dec 25 agreement: Chair Oli

CPN UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said he was confident that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ would not breach the December 25 agreement they had made.

Talking to media persons at his residence at Balkot on Thursday, Chairman Oli reiterated that the ruling alliance would remain intact.

“UML believes Prime Minister Prachanda will not betray UML in electing the President. Agreement was made on December 25 that UML candidate would be the President while the Maoist Centre candidate Prachanda became the PM,” he reminded.

Chairman Oli further argued that Maoist Centre could not strike a deal with other parties by violating the December 25 agreement.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

President’s post not my priority: Chair Nepal

Chairman of the CPN (Unified Socialist), Madhav Kumar Nepal, has said the President’s post was not in his priority.

At the Bagmati Province level orientation programme his party organized here Thursday, Chairman Nepal who is also the former Prime Minister, viewed the President’s prestige must be kept high, and the discussions were going on to forge consensus and final decision with the parties including the Nepali Congress to pick the person for this post.

He however maintained that his party too would have role on power sharing. Nepal urged all not to be swayed by the media reports come lately on the political meetings and developments.

Chairman Nepal also informed that he had held a meeting with UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli after two years where there was a normal discussion on selecting a common person for the President.

According to him, his party was concentrated on protection of political achievements and solving national problems. Unity among the communist parties is imperative because the foreign interference was growing. The cooperation among them is essential, Nepal stressed.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Need of balanced foreign policy: President Bhandari

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has underscored the need for balancing the foreign policy and international relations, while attaching high importance to the national interest.

Addressing the 75th anniversary function of the Nepal Council of World Affairs in Kathmandu on Thursday, President Bhandari reiterated that the diplomatic relations should be handled in a balanced manner in view of the changed context. Discussion on Nepal’s foreign policy objectives and aims should be discussed in line with changing scenario in such forum, she reminded.

At a time when the unprecedented development of science and IT have made people’s life easier and happier, there are other global challenges posed by geopolitical adversity, widening inequality, crisis plagued by climate change, which the President argued, had caused threats to world peace and prosperity.

She further said Nepal’s presence should be made more effective by developing self-sufficient economy. Nepal has kept intact its independence and sovereignty, President Bhandari said, reminding the stakeholders including the political parties to build a comprehensive and common consensus and unified perspective on foreign policy. “It is our priority to conduct foreign policy by paying attention to the changed national and international scenario. We should move ahead by prioritizing the governance, integrity and national independence as provisioned in the constitution.”

According to her, major objective of foreign policy is to promote interest of Nepal and Nepalis in the international community. Effective diplomatic channel helps to create harmony and support and bring in assistance, thereby making international atmosphere conducive for the country. She suggested the Nepal government that it continuously advocated for the rights of landlocked country for cross-border transportation and development of mountain country.

Moreover, the Head of State stated that Nepal had kept in priority the socioeconomic development of the country with sustainable peace, and prosperity and meaningful change in people’s life. Other issues she reminded were SDGs, promotion of exports, foreign investment, and transfer of technology.

She also underlined the need for strengthening the friendly and cordial relations with two neighbours-India and China. Nepal is happy to see development in India and China, and Nepal should reap benefits from it.

Also reminded by the President during the address were relations with other friendly countries, labour destination countries, strengthening relations with UN and its agencies, respect to sovereign equality, independence, territorial integrity as per UN Charter, peaceful and diplomatic dialogue for settling disputes.

She believed such programme would help strengthen Nepal’s foreign policy based on peace, non-alignment, and panchasheel principles.

On the occasion, former Foreign Minister Bheikh Bahadur Thapa suggested Nepal played a positive and coordinating role via balanced diplomacy in the present complicated global atmosphere.

Council’s Chair Hemanta Kharel said the Council was playing an important role on whetting diplomatic dialogues.

On the occasion, President Bhandari released a souvenir the Council published, and honoured noted diplomat Thapa, offering him a shawl.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

NTV’s Upreti honored with Journalism Award

Chief Program Producer of Nepal Television Dr Tanka Upreti has been honored with this year’s Badri National Kalashri Journalism Award. The award, also carrying a purse of Rs 50,000, was presented at a program held in the capital today by Nepal Kala Sahitya Dot Com Pratisthan.

Dr Upreti was honoured in recognition of his contribution to informing the people about various subjects through the means of broadcasting as well as through documentaries.

Likewise, the National Kalashri Award has been presented to the famous critic professor Dr Laxman Prasad Gautam. The award carries a purse of Rs. 100,000.

Similarly, poet Bhupin has been honoured with the Sasiddhi National Kalashri Youth Award worth Rs. 75,000. Photojournalist Jagdish Tiwari won the Thirchhaya National Kalashree Fine Arts Award of Rs.50,000. The Padmanetra National Kalashri Music Award went to singer Molina Rai. The award also carries a purse of Rs 50,000.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

DIG Singh’s resignation accepted

The resignation tendered by Nepal Police’s Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Ashok Singh has been endorsed today.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, who also holds the portfolio of Home Ministry, endorsed his resignation. Singh had submitted his resignation to the Police Headquarters on Wednesday.

Before resigning, DIG Singh was working as the Chief of the Sudurpaschim Police Office. He reportedly resigned after a complaint was filed before the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority taking over his date of birth.

Source: National News Agency Nepal