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House endorses government’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The Legislature-Parliament has endorsed the government’s annual policies and programs by the small majority on Friday.

The majority also dismisses four amendment proposals to the document registered by various lawmakers.

Earlier today, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had answered questions raised by lawmakers of various parties over the document.

Responding to the questions raised by the lawmakers, PM Oli said that the government’s policies and programs incorporate new visions and are aimed at nation building. He also added that the upcoming budget will incorporate the important issues missed out in the policies and programs.

PM Oli said that long-overdue local elections should not be delayed adding further that the year 2016 will be the constitution implementation year.  There are not constitutional or legal hurdles to holding local polls by mid-December, Oli said.

PM also reiterated that the Kathmandu-Nijgadh fast-track will be constructed by the government itself as directed by Parliament.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari had presented the document in front of the House for deliberations on May 8.

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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.

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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