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Govt working on to import fuel from China : Minister Pun

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Supplies Ganesh Man Pun said the government was working on to import fuel from China as the two neighbours had agreed for so during Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s China visit in May.

Speaking at a meeting of the Parliament’s Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Committee today, the Minister said his Ministry had sent a proposal to import the fuel after diplomatic correspondence between the two nations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The MoS proposal, according to Pun, has pointed out that issues of taxation and transportation are yet to be settled between the two nations and diplomatic initiatives should be taken in order o settle them.

Pun informed that the government planned to import around 33 per cent of the total supply of petroleum products in Nepal from China.

Meanwhile, the parliamentary committee also held a discussion with gas bottlers and consumers, concerned government officials and Nepal Oil Corporation regarding smooth supply of liquefied petroleum products.

During the meeting, the Committee Chairperson Bhishma Raj Angdembe said the government agencies could not furnish reports about whether the Committee’s directives were implemented.

He also urged the government to ensure smooth supply of petroleum products notwithstanding various road sections are frequently obstructed during the monsoon season.

The Committee would continue discussions on Tuesday also.

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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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