Former Nepali law minister Nilambar Acharya is now the hill State’s envoy to India. The Nepal government nominated him to take over the post, which was lying vacant for about a year now after Deep Kumar Upadhyay resigned October last year to join politics. A cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli proposed Acharya’s name for the diplomatic post, officials said. However, Acharya’s appointment by the leading Nepali Communist Party came as a surprise for many owing to his well-known affiliation to the Nepali Congress Party.
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