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New constitution great achievement of 2072, says Prez Bhandari

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that the promulgation of the constitution of the democratic republic Nepal was the greatest achievement of the year 2072, which realized Nepali people’s long-held aspiration of becoming fully sovereign.

In a message today on the occasion of New Year 2073 B.S., President Bhandari has said that the responsibility of safeguarding the historical and epochal achievement made possible through a political campaign has fallen on the shoulders of all Nepalis to thereby guide the nation towards economic prosperity with the implementation of the new constitution.

“The time has also come along with the onset of the New Year to move ahead with a new thought, style and a new destination, and implement the new constitution on the basis of dialogue and consensus”, the President said in the message.

President Bhandari has also stressed that the government, political parties, civil society organisations and the private sector should join hands in giving priority to the post-earthquake reconstruction and rebuilding programme to normalize the daily life of the quake survivors, and resolve other problems facing the country.

On the occasion, she has extended best wishes for the happiness, peace, long-life, goodwill and harmony of all Nepalis living in the country and aboard.

In a similar message, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun has described the year 2072 as historical and significant in giving the country a new constitution through the Constituent Assembly. However, failure to speed up the post-quake reconstruction and scarcity of fuel and other daily essentials faced by the people were some unfortunate incidents of the previous year.

Expressing the confidence that the New Year 2073 would ensure implementation of the new constitution, speed up post-quake reconstruction and socio-economic transformation of the county, the Vice-president has also extended best wishes all Nepali brothers and sisters wishing them happiness, peace, good health, solidarity and continued progress and prosperity.

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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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