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Congress objects to Dhungel’s release

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KATHMANDU — Main opposition Nepali Congress has drawn the attention of the government over it’s decision of award amnesty to murder-convict Balkrishna Dhungel, who was serving the jail term.

Objecting the government decision to release murder convict Dhungel, all lawmakers from the NC stood up leaving their seats as soon as the meeting of the federal parliament began Tuesday. With this, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara gave time to lawmaker Gagan Thapa to speak about the objection.

Lawmaker Thapa argued that the case of Balkrishna Dhungel could not be handled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission because he was serving imprisonment with the verdict of the Supreme Court on murder charge.

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“Prime Minister has no right as the King had previously to award amnesty to the murderer in the name of having ‘good conduct’. This decision must be withdrawn,” he underscored.

After the government decided to condone former lawmaker of then CPN Maoist-Centre Dhungel on the Republic Day, he was released from Dillibazar jail on Tuesday.

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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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