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Nepal defeated to UAE in World Cup football qualifiers

Published Date : June 7, 2024

Kathmandu, June 7: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made an emphatic win in the second round match of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers here on Thursday.

UAE defeated Nepal 4-0 in the match held at Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia. UAE had a two-goal lead in the first half of the match and scored two more goals in the second half.

Harib Abdallah Almusherakh scored two goals for UAE, while Ali Saleh and Hazem Mohammad scored one goal each.

With the win, UAE is at the top of Group H with 15 points with five wins. Nepal is without points after losing all the five matches. Nepal will play its last match against Yemen on June 11.

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02-       RSS photo exhibition to continue up to June 14

Kathmandu, June 7: The photo exhibition ‘Achievements of Republic: Infrastructure for Prosperity’, organized by the Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) on the occasion of the Republic Day, is to continue up to June 14.

RSS management informed that the time of the exhibition has been extended till June 14 with some distinguished persons expressing their interest to observe the photo exhibition and continuing inflow of observers, including infrastructure experts, art lovers, photo journalists, political leaders and eminent personalities to the photo gallery.

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Rekha Sharma had inaugurated the exhibition on May 23 and it was earlier extended by a week on May 30.

RSS executive chair Dharmendra Jha said the time has to be extended till mid-June as leaders of various political parties, distinguished persons, infrastructure experts, journalists, artists and general public are coming to observe the exhibition held at the RSS central office.

Speaker Devraj Ghimire, National Assembly Chair Narayan Prasad Dahal, First President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and former Chairman of the Council of Ministers Khilraj Regmi, former Prime Minister and Chair of Nepal Communist Party (Unified Socialist) Madhav Kumar Nepal and former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal, among others had visited the exhibition with interest.

The exhibition includes photographs of national and provincial pride projects being constructed and under construction with the help of all three levels of government of the country with their skills, human resources and capital and with the help of neighbours as well as other friendly countries.

A total of 95 photographs related to physical infrastructures constructed in all seven provinces have been displayed in the exhibition. On the occasion of Republic Day last year, RSS had organized a photo exhibition titled ‘Our Culture: Our Heritage’.

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03-       Nepal fully committed to work for collective well-being of peoples of BIMSTEC region-PM

Kathmandu, June 7: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said Nepal was fully committed to work for the collective well-being of the peoples of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) region.

In a message delivered on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of inception of the BIMSTEC, Prime Minister Dahal expressed Nepal’s unwavering commitment to the objectives and principles enshrined in the BIMSTEC Charter.

Extending best wishes to the governments and the people of the member-nations on behalf of the Nepal government and on his own, he said regional cooperation stood as a mainstay of stability, economic prosperity and solidarity in today’s complex, dynamic and interconnected world.

The BIMSTEC was established as an intergovernmental forum comprising friendly countries of South Asian and South East Asia to realize the shared aspirations of our peoples for a well-integrated, peaceful and prosperous region through strengthened regional cooperation and partnerships, the PM noted, adding the forum has made some landmark achievements and much remained to be done to translate the spirit of its Charter into a concrete reality.

“BIMSTEC as a region holds immense potentials and opportunities in uplifting millions of people out of poverty, establishing missing links in connectivity; expanding energy cooperation; enhancing trade, investment and tourism; keeping progress of Sustainable Development Goals and leaving no one behind”, the message reads.

By leveraging its diverse strengths and complementarities, BIMSTEC has continued to make strides towards institution-building process, forge synergies for win-win benefits and deepen collaboration in agreed areas of cooperation, the PM stated.

He further said that Nepal as a lead country in the people-to-people contact sector remained steadfast to further work closely with all the member-states in a spirit of unity and friendship for meaningful partnerships to unlock regional potentials for shared prosperity.

The peace, prosperity and collective well-being of the peoples of the region hinges on success stories of BIMSTEC, he noted, highlighting urgency of building broader political commitments and consensus for enhanced collaborations and achieving people-centered development.

He further noted that the coming into force of BIMSTEC Carter since last May has provided added momentum to this end.

BIMSTEC aims to support the rapid economic development of member nations by implementing assistance projects for trade, investment, industry, technology, human resources, tourism, agriculture, infrastructure and connectivity expansion.

BIMSTEC was established on June 6, 1997 with the objective of jointly achieving economic growth and social prosperity of the member nations by embracing the spirit of equality and cooperation.

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04-       ‘Secretariat active in realizing SAARC’s objectives’

Kathmandu, June 7: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) secretariat said it has been working relentlessly with the SAARC Chair, Nepal to strengthen the process in attaining the objectives of the organization enshrined in its Charter.

SAARC’s Secretary General Golam Sarwar said this during his recent visits to India and Pakistan, stated a press release issued by its secretariat.

The Secretary General paid a courtesy call on Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad on 21 May 2024 and briefed him the recent progress on activities of SAARC.

During the meet, the Secretary General emphasized the need of sincere efforts from all Member States in reinvigorating the SAARC process.

On the occasion, PM Sharif expressed Pakistan’s firm commitment in strengthening SAARC and assured full support to the Secretary General to carry the SAARC process forward.

He also reiterated Pakistan’s desire to host the 19th SAARC Summit at the earliest. The Secretary General was on an introductory visit to Pakistan from 20-25 May 2024.

Likewise, Secretary General had separately called on India’s State Minister for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Foreign Secretary Shree Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Secretary (East) Ambassador Jaideep Mazumder and other senior officials of the External Affairs Ministry and briefed ongoing activities of SAARC and its way forward.

The Indian leadership and high dignitaries reiterated India’s full commitment to the SAARC process and assured full support to the Secretary General for his endevour to revitalize SAARC, the press release reads.

05-       PM bats for enabling province by reforming service delivery

Kathmandu, June 7: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said federalism would go strong by delivering services as per the people’s aspirations while calling for positive efforts from all the agencies concerned.

Prime Minister Dahal said this at a meeting with the office-bearers of the Inter- Legislative Forum at the PM’s residence, Baluwatar, this morning. 

“The formation of the Forum for making parliament effective is important. Such discussions are necessary periodically. The government will take the Forum’s findings seriously and make attempt to address them in maximum”, the PM said.

During the discussion, the Prime Minister said that a debate was going on between the supporters and opponents of the federal democratic republic and better ‘delivery’ should be given to the people.

“We are in favour of strengthening the federal democratic republic and effective implementation of the constitution”, he said.

“The opponents of federalism are trying to spread disaffection on the system by attacking the provinces. We need to discourage such tendencies. Province and local governments should be strengthened by giving good ‘delivery’ to the people”, Dahal explained.

According to the Prime Minister’s private secretariat, the PM said that he was taking initiatives to conclude the federal civil service act and police integration work at the earliest.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairperson of the National Assembly, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Minister for Law, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Vice-Chairperson of the National Assembly, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of all seven provinces, Chief Secretary of the government, among others, were present on the occasion.

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