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Heavy snowfall affects life in mountainous district in Karnali

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SURKHET — Heavy snowfall since Monday morning continued to affect life in mountainous districts including Mugu, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla and Kalikot.

People’s movements have been largely restricted, while vehicular movements on a long and short route came to a halt. Likewise, flights from and to the affected districts have been affected.

Snow started falling at 2 am on Monday and Khalanga in Jumla received half a feet snow, said Chief District Officer, Jumla Bishnu Poudel.

Snowfall occurs on the day of Maha Shivaratri every year, he added. The district recorded minus 6 degree today morning, according to the district weather field office, Jumla.

The snowfall will benefit farmers however. The district agricultural development office said the snowfall will help to irrigate crops grown by the farmers and to maintain temperature to plant apple saplings.

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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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