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Gathabandhan’s Singha Darbar gherao to continue

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KATHMANDU — Sanghiya Gathabandhan(Federal Alliance), a coalition of more than two dozen parties — Madhesi and Janajatis — dissenting the Constitution, decided to continue the Singha Darbar gherao program till Tuesday.

Protesters affiliated to Sanghiya Gathabandhan on Sunday blocked entry points to the government secretariat demanding constitution amendment to reflect their aspirations.

Later in the evening, Gathabandhan partners held a meeting at the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal’s party office to review the program and decided to extend Singha Durbar picketing by two more days.

“The gherao program will stay until Tuesday. Talks are going ahead to disclose more programs of protest,” said Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav.

The Gathabandhan would meet again on Monday again to decide whether to change the type of the protest, said Yadav.

The Gathabandhan concluded that the demonstration was peaceful and successful today.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has extended his support to the Kathmandu-centric protest of the Madhesi-Janajati alliance.

Issuing a statement on Sunday, Bhattarai pledged his moral support to the agitation and the protesters’ demands. He also regretted the delay in addressing the demands of the agitating communities.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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