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Govt recalls envoy Upadhaya

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to recall Nepal’s Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyaya, on the charge of working against Nepal’s interests.

Upadhyay is the main victim of the cancellation of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s scheduled visit to the southern neighbor hot on the heels of a dazzling drama of regime change.

The government has decided to recall Ambassador Upadhyay after his brief discussion with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday morning taking after the cancellation of President Bhandari’s, as per the sources.

Sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ambassador Upadhyaya had “defied” with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in regards to the cancellation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s scheduled visit to India.

Another source at MoFA said Upadhyaya, who was a Nepali Congress leader before to his appointment as ambassador, is accused of being involved in attempts to topple the incumbent government.

Upadhyay was appointed ambassador from the Nepali Congress quota in April last year.

President Bhandari’s visit, which was scheduled to begin on May 9, was cancelled by the government on Friday.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

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

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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