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  Oli For Signing PTA, Other Deals
       REPUBLICA  
 
    KATHMANDU, Aug 1: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has urged all political parties to stand united on signing important deals with India and help expedite development projects.

He also called for doing away with narrow-minded nationalism, unnecessary sensitivity and cynicism.

 
  Parties Not To Hinder Statute Writing Process
       REPUBLICA  
 
    KATHMANDU, Aug 1: As the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) of the Constituent Assembly (CA) shortens the list of contentious issues in the contents of new constitution, leaders from various political parties have agreed not to hinder constitution making process even if they have fundamental theoretical differences over various issues.

Key leaders from various political parties at the CPDCC have agreed to register official views of their respective parties and allow the statute drafting process to move ahead without any hindrance. CPDCC Chairman Baburam Bhattarai described the political understanding as a major progress with regard to laying ground for producing a new constitution within given time. "The political parties obviously hold fundamentally different views over some key issues of constitution making but they have agreed not to hinder constitution making while registering their official position in the records," Bhattarai told reporters. "This is very important achievement in connection of expediting the task of constitution making."

 
  PTA With India Likely During Modi Visit: FM
       KOSH RAJ KOIRALA  
 
    KATHMANDU, Aug 1: Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said Nepal and India are likely to ink Power Trade Agreement (PTA) during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s visit.

Speaking at a press conference organized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Friday to formally announce the two-day official visit of Modi to Nepal starting Sunday, Minister Pandey said fresh negotiations are under way between the two sides after the initial draft proposed by India courted controversy in Nepal. “The draft of Power Trade Agreement proposed by Nepal will be endorsed by a cabinet meeting tomorrow

 
  'Border Security Issues Not Top Priority'
        KAMAL PARIYAR  
 
    India likely to raise extradition treaty: Experts

KATHMANDU, Aug 1: Even though the officials of both governments claim that security convergence and prospective mutual benefits would justify security cooperation agreements, no real preparations have been made so far to deal with serious security issues even as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s visit to Nepal fast approaches.

At several bilateral meetings held earlier, both countries reviewed the security issues and highlighted the need to effectively tackle security threats, but with dismal results, Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, a former director general of the Department of Survey and a researcher on border issues, told Republica.

Nepal and India share about 1,880 km of open border with 87 border outposts (BOP) guarded by the Armed Police Force (APF) and 466 BOPs guarded by India´s Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

 
  Long-standing Issues Should Not Overshadow Economic Agendas: Thapa
       REPUBLICA  
 
    KATHMANDU, Aug 1: Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) Chairman Kamal Thapa on Friday said long-standing contentious issues between Nepal and India should not overshadow the new agenda of economic development and economic prosperity during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Nepal and India have some long-standing issues. These issues should not overshadow new agendas and end new possibilities. This, however, does not mean that we should ignore these issues," Thapa told Republica."We should discuss these issues and put them under the regular process for settlement," he added.

 
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