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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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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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