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PM secure three-fourths vote of confidence from House of Representatives

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has secured a three-fourths majority at the 275-member strong House of Representatives on Sunday.

Out of 268 votes, 208 members voted in favor while 60 members cast their vote against PM Oli.

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara concluded the meeting and announced next meeting of the current session will commence on Friday, March 16.

Among the nine parties and an independent present in the Lower House, six parties including an independent, voted for Oli while the Nepali Congress was the only party which stood in the opposition. Out of the its 63 lawmakers, 60 who were present in the House voted against the motion.

Besides the UML and the Maoist Center, Oli received support of various fringe parties including the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), Rastriya Janamorcha (RJ), Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and an independent parliamentarian.

The UML and the Maoist Center have 121 and 53 parliamentarians respectively, while the two Madhes-based parties have 16 members each. Janamorcha and RPP have one seat each.

RJPN’s parliamentarian-elect Resham Chaudhary, who is undergoing trail over his alleged involvement in the Tikapur massacre, and Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara did not participate in the voting.

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Likewise, Baburam Bhattarai of the Naya Shakti Party-Nepal was absent, while Prem Suwal of the Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party abstained from the voting process.

PM Oli secured the vote of confidence 24 days after being appointed the head of the government as per the constitutional provision. President Bidya Devi Bhandari had on February 15 appointed CPN-UML Chairman Oli who also secured the support of CPN (Maoist Centre) as the PM of the country.

Article 73 of the constitution stipulates that the PM, who has been appointed as the executive head with the support of two or more parties, secure the vote of confidence from the HoR within 30 days of his appointment to the post.

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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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