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Maoist ministers to resign today

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KATHMANDU — Ministers from CPN (Maoist Centre) have finally decided to resign Friday almost three months after Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba stripped of their responsibilities after the party had forged electoral alliance with the CPN-UML.

On October 17,Prime Minister Deuba stripped 16 ministers, including seven state ministers, from the Maoist Centre of their responsibilities as the party refused to quit the government even after forging eletroral alliance with the main opposition UML.

Maoist Center will notify PM Deuba about recalling of tits ministers without portfolio today, according to a decision announced on Thursday.

The decision came after some ministers elected to provincial assemblies pressed the party to quit the government so that they could make preparations for joining a provincial government, sources said.

Maoist minister Mahendra Shahi has been vying for the chief minister’s post in Province 6 while minister Asha Koirala has been elected a member of the Provincial 4 Assembly.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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