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Deliberations on govt policies and programs begin

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KATHMANDU — Deliberations on the government’s policies and programs presented by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on May 21 have started in the House of Representatives today.

Lawmaker Baburam Bhattarai, while taking part in the deliberations, commented that the policies and programs were positive as they aim to double the per capita income, end unemployment, generate 5,000 megawatt power among others in a period of five years.

He further shared that the policies and programs also mention infrastructure development, adding that clarity was of utmost importance to achieve these goals.

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He suggested the government to bring concrete plans rather than ambitious ones. Lawmaker Bhattarai, also the coordinator of Naya Shakti Nepal party, opined to invite foreign investments by keeping national interest at the centre. He urged the government to concretise the programs to institutionalise federalism in the country.

Similarly, lawmaker Bishal Bhattarai stressed on preparing the concrete foundation for the implementation of the policy and program.

Lawmaker Yagya Raj Sunar said that the policy and programme was effective as it focused on various areas with concrete programs.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

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Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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