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ICC advises Nepal to prepare for Netherlands tours

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KATHMANDU — The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent a written notice to Nepal’s sport authorities, including the suspended Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), to prepare for Nepal’s match with the Netherlands in the World Cricket League Championship scheduled for August.

The ICC on June 4 sent a letter to CAN’s Election Committee, Ad hoc Committee, National Sports Council and CAN Chief Executive Officer Bhawana Ghimire to embark on preparation for the match to be held with the Netherlands on August 13 and 15, CAN sources said.

CAN CEO Ghimire has been entrusted with the responsibility to coordinate at local level as part of the preparation of the Championship, the letter states.

It is also noted that the ICC will bear the expenses of the Nepali squad during the trip to and from the Netherlands.

The global cricket governing body has stopped providing funds to Nepal since 2014.

The ICC has assigned coach Jagat Tamata and skipper Paras Khadka to select the team members for the match.

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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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