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16 killed in Chhintang declared martyrs

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KATHMANDU — The Government has declared 16 people martyrs who had been killed by then Panchayat regime 38 years before in Chhintang of Dnahkuta district.

The cabinet meeting of Council of Minister held at Singha Durbar on Friday decided to declare the victims of the incident as martyrs. 16 people were killed in police firing during the cultural program organized by then underground party — CPN Marxist-Leninist in Dhankuta in 1979.

The cabinet meeting, however, took no decision regarding the appointment of provincial chiefs and fixing provincial capitals. It was expected that the cabinet would finalize the name of the Province chief.

According to the Government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet, the cabinet meeting did not take any decision on appointment of provincial chiefs and fixing provincial capitals.

The left alliance of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) have distanced themselves from appont process saying that appointing chiefs and fixing capitals of the provinces is the responsibility of the government.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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