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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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Govt forms panel to look into vegetable syndicate

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a committee to look into the issues of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market and come up with a viable solution after receiving several complaints from customers regarding the price of vegetables skyrocketing due to the prevalence of syndicate.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav formed a seven-member committee on Tusday. Nabaraj Dhakal, the joint secretary and also spokesperson at Ministry for Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), has been appointed as the chair of the committee.

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Other members of the committee are joint secretaries of the Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development and Ministry of Home Affairs, Executive Director of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Committee Tejendra Prasad Poudel, a deputy inspector general of Nepal Police and two officer-level staff of MoICS.

Earlier, vegetable traders had halted trade at the Market demanding immediate release of Bharat Khatiwada and Ujwal Dhungana, who had been arrested on Monday for creating disturbance and obstructing the vegetable market monitoring.

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