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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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