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Court extends Dixit’s custody for 10 days

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KATHMANDU — The Special Court on Sunday allowed the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) permission to extend custody of Kanak Mani Dixit to 10 days.

A bench of Judges comprising Mohan Raman Bhattarai, Prabha Basnet and Madhes Prasad Pudasaini passed the order in the wake of hearing arguments from lawyers representing both the parties in the case.

The CIAA had sought a month’s detention at the Special Court Sunday.

Three lawyers, Senior Advocate Lav Kumar Mainali, advocates Raman Shrestha and Narendra Pathak, pleaded along with government lawyers on behalf of the anti-graft body while Senior Advocates Shambhu Thapa and Satis Krishna Kharel and advocate Ramesh Badal had pleaded on Dixit’s behalf.

A toral of 18 lawyers had filed their applications seeking to represent Dixit, but the remaining lawyers could not speak due to lack of time.

A total of 18 lawyers had filed their applications seeking to represent Dixit, but the remaining lawyers could not speak due to lack of time.

Dixit, who was admitted to Bir Hospital on Saturday after complaints of heart ailment, did not attend the court proceedings.

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Chhayanath Rara Municipality bans liquor

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RARA— Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district has been declared liquor-free zone. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

The municipality and local police administration had conducted a regular publicity campaign in all settlements for two months.

Chief Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi read out a commitment paper by declaring a liquor-free zone to the municipality.

Chairman of Ward No. 5 Dambar Bahadur Rawal of the municipality shared that the municipality council took a decision two months ago to impose a ban on liquor in the municipality with the conclusion that gender-based violence, child marriage, misuse of development and irregularity increased due to liquor.

Mayor Harijung Shahi, lawmaker Gopal Bahadur Bam, representatives of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, among others were present on the occasion.

During the event, Chief Minister Shahi compared Karnali with heaven.

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