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Dahal, Oli seek middle path for merger

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that his party and CPN-UML will be merged soon making both the parties acceptable.

Addressing the party’s parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday, Chairman Dahal underscored that the unification would be completed, leaving no space for reservation and doubt for both sides.

There is a dispute over proportion of representatives from the two parties in the central committee of the united party. The CPN (Maoist Centre) has proposed sharing the party central committee on the basis of 50:50 ratio.

Stating the joint taskforce on unification has already come up with report, Dahal said the merger between the two parties will be announced soon after the left alliance unification committee finalises the report.

“Political and statute draft taskforces submitted the report yesterday. The political report is uni-vocal” he said. The Chairman argued that he had felt machination both from within and out of the country to frustrate the unification.

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He added that though the parties have agreed to have two chairmen at the centre, the issue of leadership at lower committees remain to be settled.

Chairman Dahal also underlined the need to be vigilant about possible attempts to foil the unification bid, though the unification process has reached the final stage.

Likewise, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has also said that the planned unification between UML and CPN (Maoist Center) would be finalized soon after he returns from India visit.

Briefing party leaders about progress in unification talks with Maoist Center, the UML Chair said that the two parties have agreed upon most of the issues. He said that few other pending issues would be addressed on the basis of compromise and understanding.

“Only some issues remain to be settled and they would be settled soon. The merger will be given final shape within the next few days,” Oli briefed leaders during a meeting held at party headquarters in Kathmandu.

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TIA resumes operation after Malindo aircraft skids off runway towed

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KATHMANDU — Tribhuvan International Airport has resumed operation since 9:00 am Friday morning after it was closed at around 10:45 pm on Thursday.

The airport had halted all international flights following the runway excursion by the Kuala Lumpur-bound Malindo Air flight on Thursday night, according to TIA officials.

The Boeing 737-900ER aircraft taking off for Kuala Lumpur from Kathmandu skidded off the runway at 10:07 pm yesterday.

The flight OD 181 with call sign 9M-LNJ, was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 with 139 people, including 4 crew members, on board the aircraft.

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It has been learnt that the pilot swerved the plane towards the ground from the runway after sensing some technical glitches with the tyres of the aircraft.

But the aircraft apparantly couldn’t stop because of the take-off speed and load at the final moment and overran 50m south (Koteshwor side) from the runway threshold and rested in a grassland at around 22:08 pm (local time).

The runway was closed following the incident. However, the aircraft has not suffered any damage but the front tyre has been stuck in the mud.

In March 2015, a Turkish Airlines aircraft also suffered a runway excursion during landing at TIA that had closed the country’s sole international airport for four days.

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