Sunday 14th August 2022

Nepali territory will be retrieved at any cost: PM Oli

Kathmandu, Jan 10, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has made it clear that although his party was given huge number of votes for political stability, the government was obstructed to work. PM Oli said it while putting forth his views at the National Assembly meeting on the contemporary issues and the issues raised by lawmakers today.

He commented though the government was moving ahead as per people’s mandate, the undemocratic bargaining was made to foment political instability in the country. “There was machination to topple government every six month though it was mandated to continue for five years. Now, with the announcement of fresh election, country will engage fully for election,” he asserted.

PM Oli reminded, “People had wished five year term to the government. But sheer unhealthy competition within the ruling party created present situation. The situation was that even the government’s proposals were denied.” He took the opportunity to share the historic works of the government in the front of physical development, education and health. The construction of Ranipokhari to which he had laid foundation stone completed recently.

Some 700 thousand houses damaged by the earthquake were reconstructed; reconstruction of Dharahara reached the final stage; beauty of the Kathmandu Valley increased; cultural heritages were built; industrial estates were expanded; agriculture was modernized and commercialized; sewerages made in Tarai cities; and irrigation facilities were expanded.

Even the education and health sectors witnessed remarkable progress, the PM made elaborate, arguing that such progress had never occurred before. According to him, notable initiative was made to solve problems in the relations with India by holding comprehensive dialogues. “Since 1928, water is supplied to India via Sharada barrage, but our land is not irrigated. Still, none spoke on it.

When I spoke, why the question is raised over the discussion on Nepal’s relations to India during my tenure?” Some have said the relations with India would be strained when new map was issued by incorporating Nepali lands as Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani, but the territories were brought with the issuance of new map and made it a part of constitution, he reminded.

“Now, the discussion with India is held on the basis of friendship. Nepali land will be retrieved at any cost,” he stressed while addressing the seventh session of the parliament. Moreover, PM Oli said Nepal bravely faced the blockade imposed for promulgating constitution. Nepal was land-linked by making transport and transit agreement with China. Earlier too, efforts were made to topple his government being nervous over the good works it did, he claimed.

PM Oli warns of existential threats posed by climate change

Kathmandu, Oct 8, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has underlined the existential threats posed by climate change such as rising temperature, rising sea levels, and melting of glaciers which have impacted the lives and livelihoods from the high Himalayas to the lowlands.

The PM highlighted this while addressing the Climate Vulnerable Forum Leaders Event held virtually today. “Climate change today poses an existential threat. The best available science tells us that with rising temperature, rising sea levels, and melting glaciers, humanity is on the wrong side of the race against nature.

Retreat of the glacial ice due to global warming has negatively impacted the lives and livelihoods of the Himalayan and high mountain civilization, induced disasters in the lowlands and caused rise of the ocean levels,” he said. In his statement, the Prime Minister further highlighted the importance of Nepal’s snow-fed rivers that nourish the basins and clean the ocean ecosystems, serving as natural climate stabilizer and signifying the organic linkages between mountains and the oceans.

While appreciating the vision set by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) in limiting the rise of global temperature to 1.5oC and its good track record in leading the long-term sustainable solution to climate change, the Prime Minister also stressed the need for full and effective implementation of the Paris agreement and making climate issues top global political agenda during the COP26 next year.

“It is ironic that the climate vulnerable countries like ours have borne the brunt of inaction of others. The impacts of climate change do not respect political boundaries. Therefore, the vision set by the CVF for increased commitment by all nations to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5°C is now more important than ever. The inception of ‘Survival Deadline’ today highlights the urgency of climate action.

The large emitters should break their silence and scale up climate ambitions to send a strong signal. This is a time to walk the talk. It is a time to inspire others by example with full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. For us, every year counts and reducing every fraction of a degree in temperature matters.

It is a question of survival for the vulnerable countries.” The Event, organized in conjunction with the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 2020, was hosted by the Government of Bangladesh as the Chair of the CVF. RSS