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Mishra nominated for Chief Justice post

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KATHMANDU — The Constitutional Council (CC) has recommended acting Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra for the post of Chief Justice.

A meeting of the CC presided over by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at his office in Singha Durbar on Thursday afternoon decided to recommend Mishra’s name to the top post of the judiciary.

The post of Chief Justice has been lying vacant since the sacking of former CJ Gopal Prasad Parajuli on March 14, 2018.

According to the constitutional provision, a candidate for Chief Justice post is nominated from a group of Justices having at least three years of experience at Supreme Court.

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Justices Om Prakash Mishra and Cholendra Shamshar Rana are eligible for the Chief Justice. The CC recommended Mishra as the Chief Justice on the basis of seniority.

Earlier, in the first of its kind event in the country’s parliamentary history, the Parliamentary Hearing Committee (PHC) had rejected the nomination of senior Justice Deepak Joshee as the Chief Justice on August 3. He is currently on a leave.

The senior-most Justice of the Supreme Court Mishra had assumed the charge as acting CJ on August 6 after Joshee went on a leave after PHC rejected his nomination.

The Chief Justice is appointed by the President after the parliamentary hearing confirms the candidate nominated by the Constitutional Council.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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