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NC prepares to obstruct today’s House meeting

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party Nepali Congress is preparing to make a strong protest in the Legislature Parliament against the government’s failure to address the concerns of earthquake victims during the eight months.

The party is preparing to impede today’s House meeting, seeking government’s assurance to address the NC’s concerns on the performance of National Reconstruction Authority.

Claiming that the ruling UML party has been doling out money from the fund to its non-government organizations (NGOs) through the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), the NC said it would raise this issue in the Legislature-Parliament meeting on Wednesday.

Yesterday, NC president Sher Bahadur Deuba held a day-long discussion at the NC’s PP office with the party’s lawmakers from earthquake-affected districts.

At a meeting attended by the lawmakers of the quake-affected districts and district presidents, most of the participants accused the government of not providing any relief to the real quake victims, according to lawmaker Ram Hari Khatiwada.

Following the discussion, Deuba instructed party lawmakers to bring to light misuse of authority and funds collected for earthquake victims.

The NC said the UML has been benefiting its cadres by recruiting them in various NGOs funded by the government, and thereby depriving the real quake victims of the quake relief.

Wednesday’s House meeting will be obstructed and the protest will continue until the government assures NC that it will not politicise reconstruction work or relief distribution among the earthquake victims, said NC’s lawmaker.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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