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ICC World Cricket League Championship: Nepal beats Namibia by 5 wickets

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KATHMANDU – Nepal have defeated Namibia by five wickets to enroll their first victory in the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) match at TU Stadium in Kirtipur, Kathmandu o Saturday.

Sharad Vesawkar topscored 50 runs not out and together with Binod Bhandari he completed half century off 99 balls hitting three fours.

Binod Bhandari made 40 runs, while captain Paras Khadka and opener Gyanendra Malla contributed 21 runs each.

Nepal had made a decent begin however lost two fast wickets of openers Gyanendra Malla and Naresh Budayair in the space of seven balls.

Choosing to bat first subsequent to winning the toss, Namibia made195 runs in allotted 50 overs losing nine wickets.

Notwithstanding some early attack by Namibian openers, spinner Basanta Regmi claimed three wickets and seamer Sompal Kami had two as Nepal confined their rival to 195 runs.

Nepal, languishing at the bottom of the points table before the start of the match, has climbed two places up to sixth after the victory.

Top-four team will progress to the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

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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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