PM Dahal off to India

KATHMANDU: Leading a jumbo delegation, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal left for New Delhi of India on a four-day state visit on Thursday.

PM Dahal is accompanied by his wife Sita.

Similarly, Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat and Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak among other leaders are also accompanying PM Dahal.

Speaker Onsari Gharti, Deputy Prime Ministers Bimalendra Nidhi and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, ministers, chiefs of constitutional bodies, Chief Secretary, government high-ranking officials and chiefs of three security bodies were at the Tribhuvan International Airport to see off the PM and his entourage.

On the occasion, a contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honour to the Prime Minister.

During the visit, the head of the government is scheduled to hold official meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on September 16.

The Prime Minister will call on the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and also meet some senior Cabinet members of the Government of India.

PM Dahal will return home on Sunday, September 18.

DPM Bimalendra Nidhi acting PM

Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari assigned Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimaldendra Nidhi to perform the regular administrative functions of the PM in Dahal’s absence.

DPM Nidhi was assigned for the same as per the Nepal's Constitution, according to the President's Office.