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ICC World Cricket League Championship:Namibia post 195 run target against Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Namibia has posted a 196-run target against Nepal at the ICC World Cricket League Championship being held at the TU Cricket ground in Kritipur on Saturday.

Winning the toss Namibia had chosen to bat first.

Basanta Regmi took three wickets for Nepal. Sompal Kami claimed two wickets. Sandeep Lamichhane and Paras Khadka took one wicket each.

Namibia made a total of 195 runs losing nine wickets in 50 overs.

Sarel Burger topscored 77 runs including four fours for Namibia. Pikky Ya France made 26 runs including two sixes and two fours off 47 balls while JJ Smit hit the same number of runs including two sixes and one four off 22 balls. Similalry, Gerhard Erasmus contributed 25 runs off 38 balls.

Nepal claimed the seventh wicket with a run out. The ninth wicket was also a run out.

Among the eight teams contesting in the WCL title, the main four teams after playing double round robin league will book their tickets for the World Cup Qualifiers.

Each team has to face every other team in twice in the league. In total, every team has to play 14 matches.

The match will be crucial for both the sides since victory will keep them in contention for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Bangladesh in 2018.

The second match is scheduled for Monday.

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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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