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Durja Kumar Rai promoted APF chief

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KATHMANDU — The government on Tuesday promoted Durja Kumar Rai to the post of Inspector General of the Armed Police Force (APF).

A cabinet meeting held in Singha Durbar today took a decision to this effect, according to Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Sherdhan Rai.

The Rayamajhi Commission had prescribed action against Rai stating that he had played a key role in stifling the People’s Movement II.

Rai was appointed as the acting head of the APF following the arrest of IGP Kosh Raj Onta by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on debasement accusations.

The meeting additionally selected Resham Kumar Lama as the Assistant Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development in the wake of soothing Biraj Bista of his post from Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal.

Similarly, the Cabinet meeting also decided to recommend to the President to summon the parliament’s budget session on May 3 at 11 o’clock.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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