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Korean Speaker calls on Speaker Gharti

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KATHMANDU — Speaker Onsari Gharti and her South Korean counterpart  Mr Chung Eui-hwa had a meeting at the Legislature-Parliament building at New Baneshwor on Monday.

On the occasion, speaker Gharti praised the Korean support provided to the quake survivors and expected more support in the days ahead as well. She briefed her counterpart Chung that Nepalese had good response and wishes to the Korean people.

Issues related to strengthening relations between Nepali and Korean parliament were discussed in the meeting. They further discussed to strengthen bilateral relations at the level of people, said Gharti’s press advisor Babin Sharma.

Similarly, Korean speaker Chung assured that he will talk to Korean government for more investment in Nepal as environment was favorable in Nepal for the same. He urged speaker Gharti to create investment friendly environment in the country, adding that Korea was willing to extend cooperation in the development of hydropower and energy sectors in Nepal.

In response to her counterpart’s query, Speaker Gharti added that the government of Nepal and parliament were committed to ease the complexity seen in such developmental sectors.

Similarly, Korean Speaker extended the invitation to Nepalese Speaker Gharti for Korea visit in appropriate time.

Present on the occasion were the secretary- general at the Parliament Manohar Prasad Bhattarai, Secretary Mukunda Sharma, spokesperson Dr Bharat Raj Gautam among others from Nepalese side and a 21-member delegates from Korean side.

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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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