House of Representatives sworn-in
KATHMANDU — The newly elected members of House of Representatives have took the oath of office and secrecy todayon Sunday.
The senior-most elected member Mahantha Thakur from RJPN administered the oath to 273 MPs representing various parties amid a ceremony held at the New Baneshwar-based International Conference Centre (ICC).
Earlier, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had administered the oath of office and secrecy to Thakur today itself.
There are 275 members in the House of Representatives including 165 members elected under first-past-the-post category and 110 under proportional representation category. The CPN-UML has 121 members, NC has 63, and CPN-MC has 53 while Federal Socialist Forum Nepal has 17 and Rastriya Janata Party has 16 members.
Likewise, the Naya Shakti Party, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Rastriya Janamorcha and Nepal Majdoor Kissan Party has one member each and one member is an independent member.
Resham Chaudhary from RJPN, who is accused of Tikapur incident and is currently in police custody, did not attend the ceremony.
Likewise, three lawmakers –Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada, Ram Narayan Bidari and Bimala Paudel– who were elected in the election of National Assembly have been administered the oath on Sunday afternoon.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari on February 19 had summoned the first ever meeting of the National Assembly on March 5 as per Article 3 (1) of the constitution.
The National Assembly constitute of 59 members, directly elected and those elected on basis of proportional representation system.
The first joint meeting of both HoR and National assembly would take place at 4:00 pm on Monday. Out of the HoR members, 38 members took oath of office and secrecy in their respective mother tongue including Bojpuri, Maithali, Awadhi, Tamang, Tharu, Magar and Hindi.
176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border
KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.
On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.
The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.
Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.
The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.
The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.
Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.