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Govt recommends envoys for 21 nations

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KATHMANDU — The government has recommended envoys for 21 nations, including China, Japan and the United Kingdom, and opened another Nepali Embassy in Austria on Tuesday.

Out of 21 recommendations, eight were made from among career diplomats and the rest 13 were split by governing parties and out of the 13 political appointments, UML has made six recommendations.

However, the Cabinet has not picked any ambassador for Oman and the quota for this mission from Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Loktantrik led by Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar.

It is learnt that the appointment issue was hugely debated during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting; as a result it took hours for making recommendations.

Names were selected from among career diplomats and individuals who are “close to political parties”.

Former foreign minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, an UML leader, has been recommended as ambassador for China. Pandey will supplant Mahesh Maskey who became the ambassador from the UCPN (Maoist) quota around three and a half years ago.

Likewise, Yubaraj Karki, a former minister, has been recommended as ambassador for South Korea.

Narad Bhardaw, an aide to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, has been recommended for Sri Lanka.

Similarly, Khadga KC has been recommended for Japan.  He is the head of International Relations Department of Political Science at Tribhuvan University.

Likewise, Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe has been recommended for Israel and Ali Akhtar Mikrani for Saudi Arabia.

From the UCPN (Maoist) quota, Yubnath Lamsal, has been recommended for Denmark, former lawmaker Lucky Sherpa for Australia, Padam Sundas for Bahrain and Prof Mahednra Singh has been recommended for Qatar.

Likewise, From Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, former minister Niranjan Thapa has been recommended as ambassador for Russia, retired Nepal Army General Bharat Rayamaji has been recommended for the United Arab Emirates and former education secretary Khagendra Basnet has been recommended for Bangladesh.

The appointments made from among the career diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include Tara Pokhrel, Ramesh Khanal, Lok Bahadur Thapa, Prakash Subedi, Jhabindra Aryal, Sewa Adhikari, Durga Bahadur Chettri and Rishi Ram Ghimire.

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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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