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Domestic airfare slashed

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KATHMANDU — Private domestic airlines operators have slashed domestic airfare with effect from Monday.

The Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) on Sunday decided to slash the fuel surcharge after Nepal Oil Corporation’s decision to reduce air tribune fuel (ATF) cost.

The airfare has gone down by a minimum of Rs 150 to the maximum of Rs 375. “We decided to reduce airfare after Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) reduced the price of air turbine fuel (ATF),” AOAN Spokesperson Ghanshyam Acharya said.

NOC reduced ATF price by Rs 10 per liter effective from last Friday. The new airfare will be implemented from Monday.

NOC decreased aviation fuel price to domestic airlines by Rs 10 to Rs 99 per liter effective from Friday night.

Now, the fare from Kathmandu to Simara per passenger is Rs 2,650 and for Dhangadhi is Rs 10,605. The current fare for Simara from Kathmandu is Rs 2,765 and for Dhangadhi is Rs 10,990.

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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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