Source: News Bharati English17 Apr 2017 15:54:41

Kathmandu, April 17: The Nepal government has decided to give public holidays on April 17 and April 21 in view of five-day state visit by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to India. Meanwhile, Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari arrived in New Delhi this afternoon on a five-day visit to India.

Nepalese Home Ministry officials said the two days will be public holidays in Nepal to mark the departure and arrival of Bhandari after concluding her five-day visit to India. A Cabinet meeting held at Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Sunday decided to grant the two days the departure and arrival day as public holidays.

Law Minister Ajay Shankar Nayak informed that as per the custom public holidays are given whenever a head of state embarks on an official visit to any nation. A high-level delegation comprising several ministers and MPs will accompany her.

This will be Bhandari's first foreign trip after assuming the office in October 2015, following the promulgation of the new Constitution in Nepal. She is visiting India at the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee and will stay at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.