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Oli, Deuba hold discussion on Parliament regulations

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and president of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba on Saturday have held talks on resolving the dispute over the Legislature-Parliament Business Operation Regulations.

The meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar was positive in regard to arriving at a consensus during discussions on the Regulations taking place in the Parliament on Sunday, PM’s press advisor Pramod Dahal said.

According to him, the two leaders talked on passing the Regulations on the basis of consensus. The Regulations is to be presented for discussions and its endorsement in the parliament meeting on Sunday.

The ruling and the opposition parties have been sparring over the number of members on the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee. The ruling parties are sticking to a 15-member PHSC as per the new constitution while the main opposition party is pressing for a 75-member committee as per the erstwhile constitution.

Parliamentary hearing on the recommendation to the posts of the Supreme Court justices and ambassadors to different countries has been stalled due to the delay in forming the PHSC.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

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

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