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Birtamod back to normalcy after all-party meet

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JHAPA —  Life in Birtamod, Jhapa, started limping back to normalcy after an all-party meet where the District Administration Office (DAO) agreed to recommend the government to provide Rs 1 million compensation to the family of Naresh Thapa, who was shot dead by police during a protest that was organised on Friday demanding probe into the alleged murder of 11-year-old Laxman Shiwakoti.

The local administration had imposed a curfew in Birtamod after violence erupted in the area when 30-year-old Thapa of Arjundhara-11 was shot dead by police. More than 50 people, including some security personnel, were also injured in clashes.

According to the agreement reached in the meeting, the DAO shall recommend the Home Ministry to provide Rs 1 million compensation to Thapa’s family.

Similarly, Birtamod Municipality and the District Coordination Committee, Jhapa, shall also provide Rs 25,000 each to the families of Thapa and Shiwakoti while the Birtamod Chamber of Commerce and Industry shall provide Rs 10,000 each to the two families.There has also been an agreement to make arrangements for providing Thapa’s widows a job at the municipality.

Besides, it was also agreed that the authorities would recommend investigations into the alleged involvement of Deputy Superintendent of Police Raj Kumar Silwal of Anarmani Area Police Office in the firing incident and Shiwakoti’s death.

Political parties, people’s representatives, journalists and civil society, among others, have been requested to help normalise the situation.

Chief District Officer Rishiram Tiwari, Mayor of Birtamod Municipality Dhruba Kumar Shiwakoti, Deputy Mayor Pabitra Mahatara Prasai, among others, were present at the meeting.

Meanwhile, a high level probe team, formed by the Home Ministry, has initiated investigation into the incident.

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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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