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DPM Thapa meets Sushma Swaraj

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NEW DELHI — Deputy Prime Minister, who is currently in New Delhi to attend the convocation ceremony of the South Asian University, an international university sponsored by the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, meets his counterpart Indian External Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi on Friday.

The duo held discourses in New Delhi, flagging resumption of bilateral engagement between the two countries.

Both the ministers discussed for more than half-an-hour about Nepal-India relations and both sides stressed on improving the bilateral relation, it has been learnt.

The two foreign ministers are also learnt to have agreed to activate all bilateral mechanisms, including the Foreign Ministerial Level Joint Commission, while keeping differences aside.

“Meeting with EAM of India Sushma Swaraj today in Delhi has been very useful and constructive,” Thapa tweeted right after the meeting.

Domestic political situation of Nepal including talks with the agitating Federal Alliance also figured during the meeting.

Relations between the two neighbours had soured after Nepal promulgated a new constitution in October and subsequent border blockade for up to five months, which created a humanitarian crisis in Nepal.

It was the first top political meeting between the two neighbors after Nepal abruptly recalled ambassador Deep Kumar Upadhyay from New Delhi and cancelled President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s scheduled visit in early May.

After reaching India, DPM Thapa attended an interaction organized by Press Club of India and claimed that no misunderstanding exists between Nepal and India and the bilateral relations have come back on track.

This is Thapa’s fifth visit to India since the formation of the CPN-UML led government in October.

Thapa will attend the maiden convocation ceremony of South Asian University in New Delhi today.

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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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