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HoR Regulations-2075 endorsed with majority votes

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KATHMANDU — The Lower House has endorsed the House of Representatives Regulations, 2075 BS with majority votes on Friday. A meeting of the House of Representatives held Friday afternoon endorsed the Regulations with majority votes.

The draft proposal for House of Representatives Regulations was tabled by Chairperson of Regulations Draft Committee, Krishna Bhakta Pokharel.

The Regulations have been developed to regulate and manage the operations of the House. According to the new regulations, any lawmakers arrested on criminal charge will not be suspended and lawmakers arrested on the criminal charge will remain the Member of Parliament.

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Lawmakers taking part in discussions on the draft proposal suggested the endorsement of Regulations through a consensus. A total of 15 lawmakers registered six draft amendment proposals. Lamakers Durga Poudel, Yashoda Gurung Subedi, Purna Kumari Subedi, Nara Bahadur Dhami and Minendra Prasad Rijal participated in discussions.

Janamorcha lawmaker Durga Paudel and Nepal Workers and Peasants Party lawmaker Prem Suwal had voted in favour of suspension of lawmakers.

Committee Chair Pokharel ruled out any further discussion on the matter of suspension of lawmakers charged with criminal offense, as there already is a provision in place that such lawmakers will face discontinuation of facilities and perks entitled to them.

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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.

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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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