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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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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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