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Oli and Dahal hold one to one talks on party unification

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KATHMANDU — CPN-UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal have held one to one talks to take the party unification process to a conclusion.

In the meeting held at PM’s official residence, Baluwatar on Saturday, Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal met one-on-one for nearly two years and held serious discussion on the matter.

Both the parties held positive deliberations on the matter of party unification, said Chairman Dahal’s press coordinator Bishnu Sapkota.

The Party Unification Coordination Committee has scheduled an event at the City Hall today (Sunday) to mark the establishment day of Nepal Communist Party. PM Oli and Dahal are addressing Sunday’s programme in the Capital to communicate their resolve to unify the two parties within weeks.

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Both the leaders are expected to voice commitment to party unification in the near future.

The left alliance’s plan to announce the merger on Sunday by organising a mass meeting failed after Maoist Centre leaders demanded further deliberation on some of the major issues.

Maoist leaders are pressing for an equal share in the unified outfit and a respectable position for Dahal while mentioning the Maoist-led ‘People’s War’ in party documents.

Dahal is said to be seeking clarity on the roles of the two top leaders in the interim arrangement when the new party has two co-chairmen. He wants assurance of his leadership after the unity convention if Oli is to continue as the prime minister.

Meanwhile ,the Maoist Centre has called a headquarters meeting on Sunday morning to discuss issues that figured in the recent interactions between the two chairmen.

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Maha Astami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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