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Malaysia to host meeting on MH370 search plans

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia said it will have a two-day meeting with Australia and China starting Monday to talk about next steps in the fruitless search for missing flight MH370.

Malaysian state-run Bernama news agency late Saturday cited a Transport Ministry official saying the meeting would concentrate on “the future direction of the search operation for MH370”.

The three countries have said previously they will call off the Australian-lead hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 if nothing is found in a designated search area in the remote Indian Ocean.

So far 105,000 square kilometres (40,500 square miles) of the 120,000-square-kilometre seafloor search zone has been covered without success.

Recent bad weather has delayed the expected completion of the search to August, Australian authorities said earlier this month.

The jet disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board in March 2014, and is presumed to have crashed into the sea far off Western Australia’s coast.

Several pieces of debris have been found thousands of kilometres (miles) from the suspected crash area but they have so far shed no light on what caused the disaster.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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