Durga Prasad Bhattarai to be recalled from UN

Kathmandu, July 8

The government has decided to recall Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations Durga Prasad Bhattarai.

A meeting of the Cabinet decided that the government would ask Bhattarai to return home by July 31. The Cabinet also approved the criteria for appointment of ambassadors, according to Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Baskota.

The government also decided to provide compensation to 33 individuals on the basis of the recommendation of National Human Rights Commission. It also decided to accept a $100 million loan as budgetary support from the World Bank Group’s International Development Association to boost investment in the energy sector and improve efficiency.

The government also decided to sign General Agreement on the Cooperation between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, encompassing industry, investment, trade, science, information technology, tourism and sports.

The government also decided to set up an implementing agency and devise implementation procedure for India-supported small development projects. Other decisions taken by today’s Cabinet meeting include scrapping local-level financial commission, approving Electricity Regulatory Commission Regulation-2075 and approving National Master Plan on eradicating child labour.