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House endorses Open University Bill

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KATHMANDU — The Parliament has endorsed the Nepal Open University Bill with majority on Thursday.

After Minister for Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel answered queries put forth by lawmakers of various parties over the Bill, majority of the members of the legislative body had voted for the Bill while it was presented for the decision by the Speaker.

Minister Pokharel had argued that the Open University would help the students otherwise unable to attend classes regularly get university degrees. The Bill would let everyone get access to formal education, he added.

It has already been around a decade that Nepal has been discussing possibility of opening an open university.

Lawmakers Ganesh Man Pun, Kamal Prasad Pangeni, Ramhari Subedi, Banshidhar Mishra, Janak Raj Joshi, Nisha Kumari Sah and Prem Suwal among others had aired their views over the Bill during the discussion today.

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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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