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Baidya led Maoist to protest against decision to hike power tariff

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KATHMANDU — The CPN Revolutionary Maoist led by Mohan Baidya has protested the decision taken by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to hike power tariff by 22 percent from July 16.

In a statement issued by CPN Revolutionary Maoist Spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma on Sunday, the party has pressed the NEA to retract its decision.

CPN Revolutionary Maoist has warned for stringent nationwide strike if the government does not backtrack on its decision to hike electricity tariff.

The NEA announced its decision to hike electricity tariff by 11.25 and 22.15 per cent citing its ballooning losses and service fare.

The party has claimed the strategy to import power on exorbitant prices from foreign companies, private electricity companies vested interests and intention on part of concerned government officials to draw commissions as the underlining factors at play behind the decision to hike electricity tariff.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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