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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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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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