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Ganga Maya ends hunger strike on 46th day

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KATHMANDU — Ganga Maya Adhikari has ended her fast-unto-death on Friday on the 46th day after the government pledged in writing to implement the past agreements reached with her.

Ganga Maya,61, had been staging a hunger strike demanding justice for the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari.

She drank the juice offered by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Anup Raj Sharma to end the hunger strike.

Minister for Law Justice and Parliament Affairs Sher Bahdur Tamang signed the agreement paper in the presence of human rights workers, and media persons at the Intensive Care Unit of Bir Hospital.

After signing the agreement, she said, “This is not the end of my hunger strike but only postponement.I will resume my fast-unto-death if the government fail to address my demands in the next 10 days.”

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Ganga Maya, who is being administered saline water through her throat, broke down as she spoke.

Ganga Maya Adhikari had already staged several rounds of hunger strike seeking justice for the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari for the past 13 years.

Krishna Prasad was murdered during the Maoist insurgency in the country on June 6, 2004.

Adhikari and her husband, Nanda Prasad, had first begun their hunger strike in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar in January 2013.

Following 329 days of the hunger strike, Nanda Prasad died on September 22, 2014 at the Hospital. But even after losing her husband, Ganga Maya had continued her hunger strike.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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