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Development works must be balanced with environment: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has insisted on the need of conserving environment while carrying out development activities.

Addressing a function composed by the Ministry of Population and Environment here today on the occasion of the World Environment Day, Prime Minister Oli said development works should be carried out only after completing environmental impact assessment.

“Efforts taken for environment protection are not sufficient,” he said.

“People residing in the terrestrial lands are the most affected as a result of consequences of coastal pollution and snow melting,” the Prime Minister said, adding, “Our efforts should be focused on saving the earth, the beautiful planet in the universe and its life.”

President of the Environment Committee under the Legislature-Parliament Janak Raj Chaudhary shared that his Committee had directed concerned bodies to work in relations to environment conservation and it had been monitoring the progress.

Secretary at the Ministry, Bishwonath Oli said that the issue of environment conservation should not only be restricted to a day celebration, instead should be linked up with day-to-day lifestyle of people.

Deputy Country Director of the United Nations Development Program Sophie Kemkhadze and Tribhuvan University Professior Dr Ram Prasad Chaudhary spoke about the negative impacts of climate change, emphasising working together to conserve environment.

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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.

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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