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Big 3 fail to forge consensus on parliamentary regulations

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KATHMANDU — A meeting between the head of the three major political parties and Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar held here on Sunday failed to break the deadlock on the two key issues of Parliamentary Regulations.

The major political parties, however, have expressed their commitment to forge a consensus in drafting the parliamentary regulations.

Ruling and opposition parties’ representatives in the Parliamentary Regulations Drafting Committee are divided on how many members should be there in the Parliamentary Hearing Committee and whether the confirmation or rejection of nominees should be endorsed by a simple majority or two thirds majority.

The parties are reportedly yet to agree on the number of members of the parliamentary hearing committee, with the NC proposing 73 members while the ruling UML and UCPN (Maoist) for 15.

Speaking at a meeting held at the office of Speaker Onsari Ghari, the senior leaders of the parties responded positively to the call for a consensus from the speaker. “The leaders have committed to give a way out, let’s hope we have a consensus on it”, Speaker Gharti said.

According to Speaker’s Press Adviser Babin Sharma, the Speaker termed yesterday’s meeting positive, as the top leaders of the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Unified CPN-Maoist decided to settle the issues on the basis of consensus without putting the disputed issues to vote in the Parliamentary Regulations Drafting Committee.

The drafting of the regulations remains stalled since the past eight months for lack of a consensus.

Following the meeting, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal expressed the confidence of reaching to a consensus soon. “The NC has assured us of coming to an agreement, we will hopefully have an agreement soon”, he said.

Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and President of the main opposition Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba were also present at the meeting.

The regulations drafting committee is scheduled to meet on Monday.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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