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Government to unveil policy and program today

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled topresent the government’s policy and programs at the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday.

President Bhandari will address the parliament at 4 pm today and will present the policy and programs, said the parliament secretariat.

This is the first time that the president will present government’s policy and programs after assuming office some seven months ago.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bhim Rawal said that the policy and program will accommodate relevant issues of the current time.

He informed that the policy and programs will include issues like implementation of the constitution, preparations to hold local body elections, the post-quake reconstructions and relief distribution and providing social security to the April 25, 2015 quake victims.

He also said that other issues that will be accommodated in the policy and programs are economic prosperity, energy development, tourism promotion, commercialization of agriculture, strengthening of health facility and diplomatic relations, development of physical infrastructure, maintaining of peace and security among others.

The policy and programs was approved by the cabinet meeting on Friday.

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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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