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When Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli assumed office on February 15, many Nepalis were hopeful that the first powerful and stable government in decades would steer the country forward properly.Prosperity and development were the major agenda when the erstwhile CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) went to the federal and provincial elections by forming an alliance. Now united, the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), which appealed to the imagination and hopes of the general public, was rewarded with a historic electoral victory.
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Complicated geological terrain and laborious engineering workload will become the most significant obstacles to building a cross-border railway line linking the Chinese border town of Kerung with Kathmandu, according to a classified feasibility study by a Chinese firm on the much-touted project.The report, which was obtained exclusively by the Post, said the railway line, which has to pass through the rugged Himalayan high mountains would involve orchestrating complex construction plans, raising questions about whether the most hyped infrastructure project in Nepal will see to its end.
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In an attempt to check infiltration, curb criminal activities, and maintain records of people crossing on either side of the border, the Eminent Persons’ Group on Nepal-India Relations has recommended establishing “smart borders” limiting cross-border movements only through designated points.
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Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is reaching out to the heads of government of BIMSTEC member states to ensure their participation in the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation to be held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31.
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The government is thinking over an alternative for Neel Kantha Uprety, the proposed ambassador for India, since the Cabinet has not authenticated his recommendation.
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The government is yet to schedule parliamentary hearing for nominees to head Nepal’s missions in India and Malaysia.
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