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NC Gen Secy Koirala’s health condition improving

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KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress General Secretary Shashanka Koirala’s health condition is improving and he has regained consciousness this morning, according to the doctors involved in his treatment.

The 58-year-year-old leader, however, is still on advanced life support at the Intensive Care Unit of the Chabahil-based hospital.

“His condition is still critical, but showing signs of improvement”, says a statement issued this morning by Om Hospital, where Koirala has been undergoing treatment since Tuesday evening.

Dr Koirala’s blood pressure has stabilized with minimum medical support while oxygen saturation remains maintained, with adequate urine output, adds the statement. He is also responding to verbal commands since last night.

He suffered from aspiration pneumonia followed by septic shock and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome yesterday.

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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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