Kathmandu, April 17: The government had declared public holiday on April 21 to mark the return of President Bidya Devi Bhandari from her five-day India visit but this has been revised due to the public pressure. There will be no public holiday that day. Following the custom, the government in Nepal had been declaring public holidays in departure and returning day whenever the Head of the State embarked on a state-visit abroad.
President Bhandari left here for New Delhi, India today at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and to mark the occasion, a public holiday is declared for today. President’s delegation from Kathmandu comprises Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Sita Devi Yadav, Foreign Secretary, Shanker Das Bairagi, advisors to the President and other officials of the Government of Nepal and media persons.
However, issuing a press statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs, has mentioned that it has made an amendment to its decision of giving a public holiday on the day of the President’s arrival. President Bhandari is scheduled to return home Friday, April 21.