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Nepal ranked second most peaceful country in South Asia

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has been positioned as the second peaceful country among seven south Asian nations by Global Peace Index.

According to the report by Vision for Humanity, Bhutan named as most peaceful country in South Asia. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been ranked the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.

Overall, the individual overall scores of Afghanistan, Nepal and India deteriorated, while for Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, scores improved modestly.

“The overall global level of peace continues to deteriorate while the gap between the most and least peaceful countries continued to widen,” said the report.

“In 2016, Nepal’s internal peace score is two percent better than it was in 2008 and its Positive Peace score was seven percent better in 2015 than in 2005,” the report reads.

The report raises its concern that the world was becoming less peaceful.

“The last decade has seen a historic decline in world peace. This interrupts the long-term improvements in peace since World War II. The historic ten-year deterioration in peace has largely been driven by the intensifying conflicts in Middle East and Africa,” the report said.

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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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