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DPM Thapa meets Israeli prez Reuven Rivlin

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KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday night.

Nepal’s envoy to Israel Prahlad Prasain and Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Yaron Mayer arranged the meeting between DPM Thapa and President Rivlin at the Teddy Stadium where final match of Israeli FA Cup was being held. Envoy Mayer had reached Israel along with Prasain for the meeting.

DPM Thapa, who was in Istanbul Turkey for the World Humanitarian Summit, reached Israel on a three-day official visit along with Ambassador Prasain and Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi.

Thapa is also scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. During the meeting, Nepal and Israel will sign an agreement on Permanent Diplomatic Mechanism.

DPM Thapa will also address the Israeli Council on Nepal-Israel relations.

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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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