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Maoist Center to filed Mahara for Speaker post

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KATHMANDU — The left alliance of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) is preparing to field Krishna Bahadur Mahara for the post of House Speaker. The two parties, however, have not made any official announcement about who will be the candidate for the Speaker till this evening.

With the majority seast of left alliance, there is a high possibility that Mahara, who had won the federal parliament election from Dang-2, will be the Speaker of the House.

It has been learnt thta ,apart from Mahara, Giriraj Mani Pokharel, Dev Gurung and former Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar among others from the Maoist Centre have also expressed their willingness to become the Speaker.

Filing of nominations for the election to the post of Speaker has been scheduled for Friday while the election has been slated for Saturday.

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Meanwhile, former Speaker Subash Nembang has claimed for the post of Speaker from CPN-UML.

Senior leaders of the UML have claimed that Nembang’s role will be strong to make the federal parliament effective as he has already led the Constituent Assembly as the Chairman for two times. He has also has the experience of interim Parliament Speaker.

But, the Maoist Centre had already claimed the post of Speaker while allocating key posts during the process of party unification of the two parties. Maoist Centre had supported Bidya Devi Bhandari for the post of President leaving their stance for the post as per the same agreement.

The Maoist Centre had claimed for the posts of Vice-President and Speaker after the UML demanded the posts of President and Prime Minister.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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