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Party unification will take place with no further delay : PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said the unification between his party CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre would take place with no further delay with the goal of socialism-oriented economy.

Addressing a special program organised by the CPN-UML Central Publicity Programme to present the Madan Bhandari National Journalism Award at the party central office in Dhumbarahi Monday, Prime Minister and the party chair said, “We neither want to unite the parties in haste nor wish to lengthen the process.”

A joint taskforce formed to facilitate the unification process is reportedly working. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Oli will be on an official visit to India from April 6 to 8.

On the occasion, PM Oli promised to ensure employment opportunities for Nepali youth within the country through proper utilisation of domestic capital as well as by attracting foreign investments.

Nepal would move ahead by assimilating the challenges for upgrading the country to a developing nation in the next three years; maximum production, just distribution, and economic savings and benefits would be the priorities of the government, he added.

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On the occasion, the award carrying a purse of Rs 50,555 was presented to senior journalist and writer Kamal Koirala. The Prabashi Manch Nepal, Qatar has set up a revolving fund of Rs 1 million for the award.

Journalist Koirala who has various articles in his name on the personality and political career of leftist leader Madan Bhandari and on ‘people’s multiparty democracy’ is a former ambassador and lawmaker. Journalism is a significant and powerful profession in the world, he said.

Receiving the award, Koirala announced to handover the award money to the family of late journalist Birendra Saha who was killed during the conflict.

Party secretary and department chief Yogesh Bhattarai said establishment of the award commemorating leader Bhandari was to further explore the personality of the veteran leader and promote people’s multiparty democracy.

Party central member and department deputy chief Surya Thapa highlighted the contribution of journalist Koirala to democracy and the communist movement in Nepal.

Koirala is the son of former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress leader Matrika Prasad Koirala and was arrested for his involvement in the communist movement while his father was in the prime ministerial post, as stated by Thapa on the occasion.

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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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