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National Assembly approves interim rules of procedure

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KATHMANDU — The National Assembly met for the first time on Monday since the promulgation of the Constitution of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

The maiden meeting of the NA held at the Federal Parliament building in New Baneswar endorsed unanimously the interim rules of procedures for the upper house. The meeting was chaired by the eldest member of the house Taradevi Bhatta.

Parsuram Meghi Gurung, Radheshyam Adhikari and Kali Bahadur Malla were nominated to act on behalf of the National Assembly Chair in her/his absence.

At the meeting that began at 4:23 in the afternoon, Chairperson Bhatta welcomed the members to the meeting and read out the letter from the President summoning the maiden meeting of the Federal Parliament. She also read out letter from the Office of the President that informed about the expansion of the cabinet held on various dates.

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The meeting then endorsed unanimously the proposal tabled by the Chair to approve the interim rules of procedures as per Article 86 of the Constitution.

The NA is made up of 59 members. However, three members appointed on the recommendation of the Government could not attend the meeting as they did not take the oath of office and secrecy yesterday, due to an order from the Supreme Court.

There are 27 members representing the CPN-UML, 13 from the NC, 12 from CPN-MC and two each from Rastriya Janata Party and Federal Socialist Forum.

Of the total members, 21 are women and 35 men with a six-year term. The term of one-third of the members’ will however expire every two years.

The National Assembly will meet next at 11:00 am Tuesday.

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Indian truck driver held with 213 kg hashish and 2.250 kg opium

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KATHMANDU — The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested an Indian truck driver with 213 kg hashish and 2.250 kg opium from Kalanki on Sunday.

NCB, acting on a tip-off, intercepted the Indian truck with registration number WB 23 B 5885 and assrested Meraz Alam, 25, of Bihar. The truck, which entered Nepal from India yesterday offloaded a consignment of maize in Hetauda of Makwanpur and headed to Dhading to load the hashish and opium provided by local racketeers, according to police.

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The drugs were concealed in two false compartment made in cargo space of the truck.

Police said that, Alam allegedly used the truck to smuggle drugs to India for long time.

Meanwhile, the narco police had launched an investigation to ascertain the racketeer who supplied the hard drugs to Indian smugglers.

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