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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.

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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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Newly appointed guvs take oath of office and secrecy

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed governors of all seven provinces on Friday amid a special function at the official residence of the President, Shital Niwas.

All seven governors appointed as the ceremonial state heads by the incumbent government on Wednesday were sworn-in at 4:00 pm Friday in Sheetal Niwas, according to Keshav Ghimire, joint secretary at the Office of the President.

Thegovernment had appointed Prof Govinda Subba as governor of Province 1, Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha as governor of Province 2, Anuradha Koirala for 3, Baburam Kunwar for 4, Umakanta Jha for 5, Durga Khanal for 6 and Mohan Raj Malla for Province 7.

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Immediately after their sworn in by the president, the election body on Friday itself handed over the name lists of those elected to the provincial assemblies under the proportional representation (PR) category in the polls held November 26 and December 7.

As per the legal provisions, the election body needs to submit the name lists of members elected to the provincial assemblies to the governors within five days after announcing the poll results.

Before that, the EC had distributed the certificates to the winning candidates, paving the way for the formation of provincial assemblies and for conducting the upper house elections slated for February 7.

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