In case you missed them, here are the major news stories that Republica covered in the past 24 hours.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has reshuffled his cabinet, inducting Bishnu Paudel as the new Minister for Finance. This is the second time Paudel, who is General Secretary of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), has been appointed as the Finance Minister. According to the notice of the Office of the President, Prime Minister Oli has appointed Krishna Gopal Shrestha as the new Minister for Urban Development. Similarly, Parbat Gurung’s portfolio has been changed. He has been appointed the Minister for Communications and Information Technology while Lilanath Shrestha has been appointed as Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens. While retaining the portfolio of the Ministry of Defence for himself, Prime Minister Oli has given the responsibility to oversee the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel. Deputy Prime Minister Pokharel was the Defence Minister.
Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane will visit Nepal next month, the Nepal Army headquarters said in a press statement on Wednesday. The Army headquarters, however, has not disclosed the specific dates for the visit. Nepal Army Spokesperson Santosh Ballav Poudel said Naravane will be visiting Nepal in November, and the two militaries are in touch to finalize exact dates. Poudel said that there have been discussions between the two sides to fix the exact dates for the visit. An invitation was extended to the Indian Army Chief by the Nepal government on February 3 this year, according to the press release.
The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Sanu Siba Pahadi passed away on Wednesday. The parliamentarian was undergoing treatment in Kathmandu, according to Tanka Shrestha, the chairperson of Taplejung Sarokar Kendra. Pahadi was a parliamentarian under the proportional representation category in the House of Representatives (HoR). She was a kidney and liver patient and was admitted to Kathmandu Medical College. She had undergone a kidney transplant recently. Pahadi was also involved in Nepali music industry.