Public holidays for Prez's visit and return against her wish

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The government on Sunday has announced public holidays on Monday and Friday to mark Bidhya Devi Bhandari's state visit to India and her return home respectively despite the president not seeing any need for that.

"The cabinet has endorsed the proposal of Home Ministry to give public holidays on the day of her state visit and return home from the visit," Law Minister Ajay Shankar Nayak confirmed to Setopati. 

The head of the state had earlier said the government should not declare public holiday on occasion of her state visit to India at an invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee during a discussion held among secretaries, staffers and advisers of the Office of the President.

"President Bhandari said that she's not been informed whether the government will declare holiday tomorrow. She also said that there's no requirement of giving holiday," president's adviser Sushil Pyakurel had said.

The government had declared a public holiday on the day Indian President Pranab Mukherjee had visited Nepal last November.

The government had stopped giving public holiday during the state visit of the head of state during the terom of the then president Ram Baran Yadav. 


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