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PM Dahal directs secretaries for prioritising implementation of federalism

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachand’ has directed the concerned authorities to expedite the formulation of all federal laws commanded by the constitution.

During his meeting with government secretaries at his office on Sunday, Prime Minister Dahal instructed the secretaries to set standards without any discrimination to depute employees at the local-level on the backdrop of the preparations going on for the local poll.

He warned of punishment in the case of any employee refusing to go to assigned station. He also urged secretaries not to be lenient regarding the implementation of federalism issues, according to Press Advisor to the Prime Minister Govinda Acharya.

He informed the meeting that 38 Acts had been formulated since the promulgation of the constitution while four Acts were in the wait for an authentication, while drafts of five Acts already endorsed by the Legislature-Parliament and 39 bills under consideration in different parliamentary committees.

Stating that all laws required for holding the local level election had already been formulated, he insisted on giving priority to the formulation of federalism-related laws.

Nobody else was supposed to be treated especially while deputing human resources required for holding the local poll, he said, pledging to strongly discourage the trend of undue political influence while sending human resources to the local level in view of the coming local poll scheduled for May 14 this year.

Minister for Law, Justice and Federal Affairs Ajay Shankar Nayak and Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi were also present in the meeting.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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