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Deuba picks Nidhi as NC Vice-Prez, Khadka Gen Secy

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KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba appointed three office bearers on Friday.

Deuba appointed leader Bimalendra Nidhi as party Vice-President, Purna Bahadur Khadka as General Secretary and Prakash Sharan Mahat as the Joint General Secretary during the party’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting held at party office, Sanepa, Lalitpur.

All three newly elected officials of the party had suffered defeats in federal parliament elections held on November and December of 2017. Nidhi had vied in the election from Dhanusa Constituency-1, Khadka from Surkhet-1 and Mahat from Kathmandu 5.

Elected Central Working Committee members were only present in the meeting held to appoint office bearers to the key positions of the party.

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President Deuba was supposed to nominate the names for these posts with in two months from general convention, however, it took 26 months post the convention of the party for the appointment of the aforementioned officer bearers.

Meanwhile, NC senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel faction boycotted the meeting accusing Deuba of making decision against the agreement and provision of the statute.

The Paudel faction has been arguing that the appointment should not take place until the suspension of certain provisions of the party statute.

Former General Secretary Prakash Man Singh and leader Mahesh Acharya also boycotted the meeting saying that the appointment was made against the agreement and provision of the statute.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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