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PM Oli directs to speed up reconstruction works

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KATHMANDU – Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expressed concern over the delay in the post-earthquake reconstruction works and directed the employees concerned to expedite the whole campaign.

Inaugurating the seminar on reconstruction organized here today by the National Reconstruction Authority for the coordination among the related ministries, bodies and units, he said he has not swung into action as per the aspirations of the people and issued directives to the bodies concerned to carry out the reconstruction tasks in a speedy manner.

“I am not satisfied with the pace of entire works of the government as well as the reconstruction works. Maybe, I might also be to blame for this but the delay in the reconstruction campaign in the pretext of other obstacles and impediments would not be tolerated. I am ready to do everything on behalf the Council of Ministers or parliament for that cause,” he said.

PM Oli stated that any employee making delay in works under any pretext from now on would be transferred and replaced by the one who works. “It would not be proper if building shelter to the earthquake victims takes decades,” he added.

Stating that the details of the extent of reconstruction works and the employees assigned for overseeing that work should be made public through the national media on a daily basis from now on, the Prime Minister also underlined the need of mobilizing the youth volunteers in the reconstruction works.

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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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