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KATHMANDU — Nepali film Naakaa has released its first trailer.

A Nepali drama featuring Bipin Karki and Robin Tamang in the lead roles, tells the stroy of people living in the Sindupalchowk district, who make a living as coyotes smuggling people from China to Nepal.

Alongside Karki and Tamang, Naakaa also features actors Prakash Gandharva, Sajan Thapa Magar, Thinley Lhamo, Shiva Mukhiya, Ram Bhajan Kamat, Abhishek Subedi, Ghanshyam Joshi and Keshab Rai.

The trailer shows that parts of the dialogue are preserved in the ethnic dialects of the region where the film is based.

Claimed to have based in the real incident, the film has the pivotal role of Mr Karki who is essaying the role of Goldi, the character who is active in the area as human trafficker from China to India through Nepal.

It tells how the protagonists find themselves involved in a racket that traffics people across the border after the earthquake disrupts the border area.

Written and directed by Amit Shrestha, the film features background score by Rohit Shakya while the music to the songs is composed by Jason Kunwar.

Abhishek Subhedi wrote the screenplay, and Chintan Rajbhandari has provided the principal photography for the movie.

The editors of the film are Bibhusan Basnet and Pooja Gurung, two filmmakers who have established themselves as the voices of avant-garde cinema in Nepal.

Naakaa is slated to release in theaters across the country on March 1.

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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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