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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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