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Government successful on removing misconceptions of the constitution: Minister Rai

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BIRATNAGAR — Minister for Information and Communications Sherdhan Rai has said that the government has undertaken historical and remarkable works and also attained success in removing unnecessary rumors and misconceptions on the matters of the constitution.

Talking to journalists in brief at the Biratnagar Airport this morning, Minister Rai, also the Spokesperson of government, said that the foundation has been prepared to bring the relations with neighbouring countries to new height.

In course of the Nepal Prime Minister’s India visit, the Indian Prime Minister in a press conference had welcomed the promulgation of new constitution in Nepal while Chinese government also hailed the constitution of Nepal and Nepal-China signed a historical trade transit treaty.

Noting that the development works are being hampered in absence of local body elections, he said, adding that the government would unveil the national budget and date for the local election on coming May 28.

The upcoming budget will be quite different, he said, informing that the budget will lay special emphasis on Terai and also the development and prosperity of hill and mountain.

It is truth that the task of reconstruction has taken slow pace due to lack of human resource and legal procedural hassles, the Minister added. He further shared that the government will construct shared residence for the quake survivors to not allow them to live under the open sky.

On query of journalists on Madhesi Morcha’s agitation, he said a committee has been formed for the implementation of federalism and the high-level committee formed to resolve the disputed issues including boundaries of the provinces.

The Minister also asks the Nepali Congress to join the current government for the effective implementation of the new constitution in line with the 16 point gentleman agreement.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

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

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