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PM invites agitating paeties for dialog

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KATHMANDU —

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala late on Sunday evening approached the unsettling parties to join dialog to talk about their complaints about the new constitution.

Issuing a statement PM Koirala asked the forces that are protesting the draft constitution, to participate in the constitution-writing process and seek a negotiated settlement of their grievances.

The statement comes in the wake of delayed fomentation of different political parties and stakeholders in several parts of the nation where about six individuals have been killed and dozens injured.

In a meeting between the three parties and the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) on Sunday, it was decided that PM Koirala would address the country later trying to defuse protests. The meeting had also decided to revise the constitution draft to suit proposals received from different quarters.

“I call on all the agitating parties, communities and other sections to come to the negotiating table to resolve the issues in a peaceful manner and to secure the rights of women, Madhesis, Dalits, Adivasis, Tharus, Janajatis, Muslims, backward communities, minorities and marginalised community in the new constitution,” the PM stated in his statement.
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The PM stated that promotion of national unity and reconciliation was necessary to protect national independence, territorial integrity and the sovereignty.

He said walking out of the constitution-making process would affect peace, stability and prosperity. “It is our commitment to ensure a federal, inclusive and democratic republican constitution,” he added.

He said people’s feedback was incorporated into the draft constitution and possibility of incorporating appropriate suggestions of the public had not ended yet.

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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