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CPN set to form policy and criteria on inducting new CC members

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KATHMANDU — Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) is set to finalize the location for its central office within the next two days.

The central offices of the then CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Centre) were inspected on Friday.

CPN’s central member, Krishna Gopal Shrestha, said the central office could be located at Dhumbarahi while the people’s class organizations’ office could be located at Paris Danda.

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The party will be formulating policy and criteria on nominating new members in the 421 member Central Committee (CC), which could also be finalized in the next two weeks.

CPN, which has a 45 – member Standing Committee, does not have a politburo. It has already formed a nine-member Secretariat.

Lawmaker and Office Secretary Shrestha added that CPN will hold its Parliamentary Party meeting at the International Convention Centre beginning at 11 am today.

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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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