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Oli, Dahal agree for party unification prior to govt formation

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KATHMANDU — CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed for a party unification within this week prior to the formation of new government.

The two leaders of the left alliance held a one-to-one discussion at at Manbhawan, Lalitpur on Monday afternoon and agreed for the party merger by the first week of the Nepali month of Falgun (mid February), according to the sources.

The sourcses said that the party leadership and modality will be discussed in another one-to-one meeting of the leaders scheduled for Tuesday morning followed by a meeting of Party Unification Coordination Committee which will finalise the merger process.

Th much talked party unification was stalled as leaders of both parties could n’t reach to power sharing model. The Maoist Centre has been demanding Dahal to be a Party Chairperson of unified party if Oli is to be the country’s Prime minister in the new government. However, the UML are not willing to accept Dahal immediately as the party’s chair.

Instead, UML leaders have proposed Dahal as co-chair, which the Maoist Centre is unwilling to buy. Likewise, while the UML has been pushing ahead to form the government as soon as possible, the Maoist Centre is reluctant to abide innstead it is focusing more on party unification.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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