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Curfew imposed in Birtamod

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JHAPA — The Local Administration has imposed curfew in Birtamod of Jhapa district on Friday after the situation became violent following a clash between locals and police personnel this afternoon.

The curfew has been imposed from 1:30 pm today till further notice, informed District Police Office, Jhapa.

The locals have been staging protest demanding action against three people arrested on the charge of murdering 11-year-old Laxman Siwakoti in Arjundhara on September 30. But the clash erupted as the police personnel tried to control demonstrators this afternoon.

Some people were reportedly injured in the clash. Police fired dozens of tear gas shells to contain the situation.

The curfew has been enforced from Birta Bazaar in South, Buspark area in East, Charpane in West and Mahananda Chok in North to avert the possible unwanted incidents, authorities said.

Siwakoti, who had gone missing on the day of Vijaya Dashami, was found dead the next day. His body was recovered at Bisawadi of Birtamod-1 from the bush.

The deceased’s uncle Bishnu Prasad Siwakoti then filed a complaint at the DPO against Suresh Pokhrael among eight other members of his family on the murder charge.

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DPM Pokharel gets responsibility of Officiating PM

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KATHMANDU — Ahead of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has given the responsibility of the Officiating PM to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel.

PM Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party (CPN), is leaving here for China today.

Similarly, Oli has appointed party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the officiating chairman of CPN, according to CPN central committee member Bishnu Rijal. Currently, another chairman of CPN Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is out of the country.

Likewise, deputy parliamentary party leader of CPN Subas Chandra Nembang has got the responsibility of officiating parliamentary party leader in the absence of parliamentary party leader and PM Oli.

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