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No betrayal takes place in party unification: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister and CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli today said no betrayal would take place in the unification of the UML and CPN (Maoist Centre).

The UML is committed to the party unification as it led various communist movements and has been working actively for years for the prosperity of the country, he said speaking at a memorial assembly organised in the UML Central Office in Dhumbarahi on the 45th memorial day of the five martyrs who were killed during Jhapa movement.

He also pledged to embrace the idea of social justice and equality through a democratic way, while acknowledging sacrifice of martyrs that he said led to the present federal democratic republic of Nepal.

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Four communist leaders—Ram Nath Dhakal, Netra Ghimire, Biren Singh Rajbamshi, Krishna Kuinkel and Narayan Shrestha—were killed in Sukhani forest bordering Jhapa and Ilam by the then Panchayat government on March 4, 2029 for their voices against Panchayat rule.

On the occasion, UML leaders Jhala Nath Khanal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Bam Dev Gautam, Radha Krishna Mainali and families of the four martyrs were present.

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Malindo Air aircraft skids off runway at TIA

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KATHMANDU — A Malindo Air aircraft preparing to fly to Kualalumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Thursday night skidded off a runway and stopped along a grassy area between the airport’s runways.

The Airbus, which was preparing for a take-off, narrowly escaped disaster before stopping along a grassy area between the airport’s runways after its nose wheel could not keep to the runway. All 139 passengers are safe, airport officials said.

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The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 and commenced the takeoff roll at 22:08 hours local time. But takeoff was aborted as the aircraft was halfway down the runway. It failed to stop on the remaining runway and overran.

The pilot, at the right time, turned the plane towards the parking after sensing some issue with the tyres of the aircraft (flight OD 181), thus avoiding a possible mishap.

Airport operations had halted for a while and flights enroute to Kathmandu were diverted to alternate airports.

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