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ICC WCL Championship: Namibia chooses to bat first after winning the toss

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KATHMANDU — Namibia won the toss and selected to bat against Nepal in the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) at Tribhuvan University Cricket Stadium in Kirtipur on Saturday.

In a tournament that provides 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers billet for main four groups, winless Nepal are right now moping at the base of the points table while Namibia are at the sixth position on the basis of run rate.

To stay in hunt for the top four spot, Nepal face a tough task to beat Namibia in both the matches. Both Nepal and Namibia are under pressure to win both games to secure their berth.

The Netherlands is at the top of the table with 10 points from six games followed by Hong Kong (nine points), Scotland (seven points), Kenya (six points ) and Papua New Guinea (four points).

Earlier, Nepal had lost to Scotland and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the first two rounds. Namibia had edge Hong Kong and lost to Kenya.

The top four teams would secure their berth in the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Bangladesh.

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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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