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Govt revises income tax slab

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KATHMANDU — The government has revised income tax slab to all Nepalis. Presenting the annual budget for fiscal year 2073/74 in the Parliament Saturday Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel announced raised of annual slab of income tax to Rs 350,000 for a single person and to Rs 400,000 for a married couple.

Now, a dingle individual earning Rs 29,167 a month and a wedded couple winning Rs 33,333 a month won’t need to file income tax from the upcoming fiscal 2016-17 according to new budget.

The existing individual income tax slab for a single person is Rs 250,000 and for a married couple is Rs 300,000.

Changes were made to the existing income tax slab along with salary increment for government staffers. The government has also increased the salary of government staffers by 25 per cent, which will be come into force from the next fiscal.

Although the new fiscal year will begin after one-and-a-half months, the new tax provisions of customs, excise, infrastructure tax and road maintenance tax set by the Financial Bill will come into effect from Saturday itself.

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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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