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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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Attorney General Kharel directs police to file a case to seek life imprisonment to rapists

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DHANUSA— Attorney General Agni Prasad Kharel has directed the police department to file a case seeking life imprisonment to the men arrested for raping and murdering 10-year-old girl Manika Yadav along with confiscation of all property.

He made this direction to Superintendent of Police Gobinda Thapaliya during an inspection of the office of district government advocate and high government advocate office in Janakpur.

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Kharel also met Manika’s family at Aaurahi Rural Municipality.

During the meeting, he assured the bereaved family of action against the rapists and economic help to them.

The Dhanusa police have arrested Binod Mukhiya and Nathuni Pandit from the locality on the charge of raping Manika.

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