A bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to be held here this afternoon would focus on the construction of hydropower projects, development of physical infrastructure of Nepal and expansion of connectivity.
The nation is marking the 2566th Buddha Jayanti by organising various programmes in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha on Monday. On the occasion of the 2566th Buddha Jayanti, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has expressed best wishes for happiness, peace and prosperity to all Nepalis at home and abroad. She has urged one and all to take the lead in building greater national unity by enhancing the spirit of mutual harmony, tolerance and brotherhood among religious, social and cultural diversity by embracing the timeless teachings and guidance of Gautama Buddha. Since the birth of Gautama Buddha on the Baisakh Shukla Poornima (full moon day of Baisakh) is a triple coincidence of birth of Buddha, attainment of knowledge and Mahaparinirvana, this day is celebrated by the Buddhists around the world as a holy day of reverence and devotion to Gautama Buddha.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that life should be made happy and peaceful by putting into practice the teachings and messages given by Gautam Buddha. In a message issued on the occasion of the 2566th Buddha Jayanti on Monday, PM Deuba has urged one and all to work towards making the society prosperous by following the teachings of the Buddha.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in Lumbini, Rupandehi, on Monday. The Indian Prime Minister is arriving in the birthplace of Buddha on the occasion of the 2,566th Buddha Jayanti at the invitation of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to arrive by a helicopter at around 11 am. According to the itinerary shared by Vinay Mohan Kwatra, secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs of India at a press conference in New Delhi on Friday, Modi will start his visit by participating in a prayer at the Mayadevi Temple.
Prem Bahadur Singh, assistant returning officer of the rural municipality, informed that Jaisi and Thapa have been elected.
The EC has urged the federal as well as provincial governments to prioritise deploying the employees for the task of vote counting so that the task is completed in time.
Maoist Center candidate for the Chairman of the RM, Rhishikeshav Budhamagar 'Sabin', secured 2,122 votes to get elected while his nearest rival Darjit Rokamagar, an independent candidate supported by the Nepali Congress and CPN (UML), got 1505 votes.
Ayurved Hospital Naradevi, Bharatpur Hospital, Kanti Children's Hospital, TU Teaching Hospital, Paropakar Maternity and Gynecology Hospital (Thapathali), Seti provincial hospital, and Karnali provincial hospital in Surkhet are some of the hospitals which have decided to continue OPD services on Sundays by not implementing the two-day (Saturday and Sunday) public holiday provision as announced by the government.
Nepali Congress Gulmi president Khil Dhwaj Panthi has been elected as the mayor of Resunga municipality of Gulmi district. The party has won the Mayor's post by getting 8,614 votes.
Shrikrishna Shrestha of Nepali Congress has been elected as the ward chair of ward no. 2 of Madhyapurthimi Municipality. He won with 988 votes while his nearest rival was Prakash Thapa Magar of the CPN (UML) who got polled 894 votes.
The country on Friday successfully conducted local level elections nationwide. This local polls is the second of its kind after the country adopted a federal republic system following promulgation of a new Constitution in 2015. The local polls were largely peaceful except for few reports of clashes amid tight security. People throughout the country, including as old as 113-year-old voter, enthusiastically participated in the polls to elect 35,211 representatives of their choice for 753 local units from 145,011 candidates.
The two-day off a week (Saturday and Sunday) will begin as a trial from May 15, Sunday. Citing the excessive rise in the price of fossil fuel in the international markets and its impacts on foreign currency reserves, the government has decided to take two days off a week as an alternative to reduce fuel consumption. Apart from this, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had been suggesting that if there was a two-day holiday in a week, domestic tourism would be promoted as well.
Candidates and political parties spent lesser amount of money for Friday’s local election than previous polls. Restrictions on over-spending and the type of promotional materials allowed to be used seemingly brought down the candidates’ expenditure this time around.