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Govt to provide health insurance to all Nepali within 3 years

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KATHMANDU —The government has announced to provide health insurance to all Nepali within next three yeasr.

Presenting the budget for the fiscal year 2016/17 at the Legislative-Parliament on Saturday, the government said that it will implement ‘National Health Insurance Scheme’ in a phase-wise method which targets to provide health insurance facility to every Nepali citizen within next three years.

Although the government has not finalised the procedures and detail work plans, it has allocated a budget of Rs 2.5 billion for the upcoming fiscal year to implement the scheme.

Presenting the annual budget of Rs 1.05 trillion on Saturday, Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel said that the scheme will be expanded in the 25 districts in the upcoming fiscal year 2016/17. But he didn’t clarify which district will get the health insurance scheme in the first stage.

Minister Paudel told the parliament that the scheme was aimed to forever end the situation whereby any citizen has to be deprived of medical treatment in the lack of money.

Though the insurance companies in Nepal provide health insurance services, people rarely insure themselves against the risk of incurring medical expenses.

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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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