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Mahara elected as Speaker of House of Representatives

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KATHMANDU — Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a senior CPN-Maoist Centre leader and lawmaker, has been elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives unopposed on Saturday, as he was the only candidate who filed nomination for the post.

Senior most-member of the House of Representatives and acting speaker, Mahantha Thakur, from Rastriya Janta Party-Nepal announced and congratulated Mahara for his win.

Senior CPN-UML leader and former speaker of the Parliament Subas Chandra Nembang proposed his nomination, while CPN-MC leader Dev Prasad Gurung seconded it.

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Main opposition Nepali Congress did not propose any candidate for the position. “We hope Mahara’s neutral behaviour will boost the dignity of the House,” NC Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma said.

Addressing the parliament’s session Saturday, Minendra Rijal from NC said that the party supported Mahara’s victory. As a result, there was no election for the post.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will administer the oath to Mahara at 11 PM tomorrow.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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