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Govt shuts down UN’s DPA office in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to shut down Kathmandu office of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA), saying that Nepal’s peace process has successfully concluded after the completion of the three-tier elections under the new constitution.

The DPA was set up as a liaison office at the office of the UN Resident Coordinator after the United Nations Mission in Nepal ceased operations in 2011.

A cabinet meeting held last week took the decision to shut down the DPA office that was in operation as the residual office of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).

The government move comes after reports that the UN body courted controversy over its involvement in various unwarranted activities. The office faced allegations of supporting separatist elements and working in tandem with western countries promoting similar agenda in Nepal.

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Earlier this year, the office was dragged into a controversy after it was found carrying out an unauthorized political survey under the cover of UN Resident Coordinator.

The government has already written to the UN-DPA at the UN headquarters, with a copy to the UN office in Kathmandu, about its decision.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Spokesperson Bharat Raj Paudyal said that the government has decided to shut down the office as Nepal is now already moving ahead on the path of stability and progress after successfully forming elected governments at both provincial and federal levels.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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