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Ministry seeks clarifications over disfigured national flag with 4 officials

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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has sought clarification from four government officials over the use of a disfigured national flag at Janaki Temple premises during the visit of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on Friday.

Minister Lal Babu Pandit taking after minister-level decision on Monday has sought clarification as to how the shape of national flag was deformed and who were responsible for that, according to Spokesperson at the ministry Suresh Adhikari.

Province 2 acting Chief Secretary Hari Phuyal, Province 2 Internal Affairs and Law Ministry Secretary Deviram Bhandari, Dhanusha Chief District Officer Gopal Parajuli and Janakpur sub-metropolis executive officer Madan Bhandari are asked to furnish written clarification within three days on how the disfigured national flag ended up at the temple premises.

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The disfugured national flag was put at the place where PM KP Sharma Oli and Modi had jointly inaugurated the Ramayan Circuit and flagged off Janakpur-Ayodhyay bus service.

The flag was not triangular, almost rectangular, and the border was also too thick.

According to the constitution, the national flag of Nepal consists of two juxtaposed triangular figures with a crimson-colored base with deep blue borders, there being a white emblem of the crescent moon with eight rays visible out of sixteen in the upper part and a white emblem of a twelve-ray sun in the lower part

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Niramal Panta rape, murder case: Govt forms new probe committee under DIG Dhiru Basnet

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a new nine-member probe committee under DIG Dhiru Basnyat to investigate the role of police officers involved in the probe of rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta on Sunday.

SSP Niraj Bahadur Shahi, SP Uttam Subedi and investigation expert police officers are in the team, according to Nepal Police Spokesperson Shailesh Thapa Chhetri.

The high powered probe committee was formed after the role and activities of the police officers involved in the investigation of rape and murder of Panta found suspicious.

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The Home Ministry on Saturday suspended five officials, including two DSPs, as per the report tabled by a high-level probe committee under joint secretary Hari Prasad Mainali.

Earlier, a committee was formed under Uttam Subedi to look into the case.

Nirmala of Kanchanpur was found dead in a sugarcane field close to her home on July 27. A forensic report showed that she was raped  then murdered.

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