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Oli, Dahal agree to begin internal homeworks for party unification

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KATHMANDU — CPN-UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed to begin fresh internal homeworks to resolve disputed issues of party unification.

The two parties, which had already inked a seven-point agreement for merger, but have not been able to finalize the political and ideological draft due to differences over some key issues.

This has raised doubts on the possibility of unification on April 22, the birth anniversary of Lenin.

During the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Residence at Baluwatar on Monday, Oli and Dahal agreed to put all efforts to sort out the differences through high-level discussions within the next few days.

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Leaders from the two parties will hold a decisive negotiation on the remaining issues during a high-level meeting of the two parties planned for Tuesday, Dahal said addressing a program in the capital on Monday.

UML has summoned party’s Standing Committee meeting on Monday evening in this regard while Dahal will also hold intra-party discussions for the same.

The two parties have differences over election symbol, use of People’s War in unified party’s statute and proportion of central committee members to be inducted from both the parties.

Despite resolving above 80 percent of disputes relating to merger, the two parties have not been able to give a written shape to the merger due to differences on some key organizational and ideological issues.

Maoist has also demanded equal proportion in the central committee. But UML has not agreed to using People’s War or removing sun as election symbol and said proportion of central committee members should depend on the size of the two parties after the federal and provincial elections.

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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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