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EC annuls candidacy of (Maoist Center) candidate from Sarlahi-4

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has annulled candidacy of the CPN (Maoist Center) candidate Shiv Pujan Raya Yadav for the federal parliament elections from Sarlahi-4 constituency.

Based on complaints filed against him of abuse of the diplomatic passport, the election body has decided to cancel Yadav’s candidacy as per the House of Representatives Election Act. The returning officer concerned and candidate Yadav will be informed about the revocation, said EC.

Nepali Congress (NC) has fielded Amresh Kumar Singh from the constituency.

Independent candidates from his constituency Sarlahi-4, Ganesh Kumar Singh and Anil Kumar Singh, on November 5 had also complained with the EC demanding revocation of his candidacy.

The candidate duo had then moved the Supreme Court (SC) after the EC delayed in taking decision on the complaints.

On August 11, 2015, the Special Court had sentenced Yadav for four months and fined Rs 15,000 after finding him guilty on the criminal charge of tampering with the diplomatic passport he had acquired as a Constituent Assembly (CA) member.

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In the first CA election in 2008, Yadav had defeated Mahantha Thakur of the then Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party and NC’s Amresh Singh from Sarlahi-6 on a Madhesi Janadhikar Forum ticket.

He, however, had lost the second CA election in 2013, that he contested on a ticket of Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, to NC’s Singh.

Yadav then joined Rastriya Janta Party Nepal (RJP) after merger of six Madhes-based parties before joining Maoist Center before the local elections took place.

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Massive fire destroys entire settlement at Madhuban in Sunsari





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ITAHARI — A massive fire that broke out at Ikrahi settlement at Baraha Kshetra Municipality-11 here Saturday night has destroyed goods and property worth more than Rs 6 million. However, no human casualties have been reported in the incident so far.

The fire gutted around 82 shelters with corrugated zinc and straw roofs in the settlement, said Kedar Bista, the Baraha Kshetra Municipality Ward No 11 Chairman.

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He said it is estimated that goods and property worth more than 6 million rupees have been destroyed.

According to him, the entire settlement was destroyed and some children were also injured by fire. Two cattle heads were killed in the incident. It is not known how and from whose house the fire started.

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