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Maoist Center forms 1,099-member Central Committee

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KATHMANDU — The CPN (Maoist Center) announced a 1099-member Central Committee on Thursday.

A Politburo meeting held today at the party headquarters in Paris Danda made the decision to that effect, according to CPN (Maoist Center) Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal

The size of the committee is against the decision of earlier Central Committee and Unity Convention.

The recently unified party has earlier had decided to form a 699-member Central Committee.

Remaining 100 central members is yet to be finalized as some leaders of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist and Baburam Bhattarai-led Naya Shakti Nepal might join the party, Bhusal said.

The party has also decided to form a 255-member Politburo and an 85-member Standing Committee.

Earlier on Wednesday, a task force formed to suggest size of various committees had recommended to from a 75-member Standing Committee and a 241-member Politburo.

The party was established after unification of 10 Maoist parties and factions on May 19.

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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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