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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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Attorney General Kharel directs police to file a case to seek life imprisonment to rapists

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DHANUSA— Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel has directed the police department to file a case seeking life imprisonment to the men arrested for raping and murdering 10-year-old girl Manika Yadav along with confiscation of all property.

He made this direction to Superintendent of Police Gobinda Thapaliya during an inspection of the office of district government advocate and high government advocate office in Janakpur.

Kharel also met Manika’s family at Aaurahi Rural Municipality.

During the meeting, he assured the bereaved family of action against the rapists and economic help to them.

The Dhanusa police have arrested Binod Mukhiya and Nathuni Pandit from the locality on the charge of raping Manika.

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