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Police launch app to oversee city traffic

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KATHMANDU — Traffic Police Division on Monday launched an Android app ‘Traffic Police Nepal’ to manage traffic movements in the valley.

The app will help road users, pedestrians and drivers better manage city movements, according to police as it updates road users on traffic situations nearby and also helps them find important phone numbers secretly file complaints against traffic rule violators.  This app will also inform the police about accidents, or find a bank in the vicinity.

Launching the app in Nepal Police Club, Bhrikutimandap , Upendra Kanta Aryal, chief of Nepal Police, said “We are not using technology, we are living with technology”.

“With road comes development. But, because of improper management of road, many accidents occur and to minimize them and create awareness, we have launched this app,” he added.

iPhone users will have to wait for a week or so to be able to use the app as its IOS version is under final phase of construction.

The functions included in the app are traffic lights, traffic news, traffic control room number, public eye, find bank, traffic station, important numbers, traffic FM, traffic sign, information and videos.

App users can get information about traffic jams, traffic rules and also watch the videos installed in the app to learn more about traffic police, traffic rules and road management.

“Our main objective is to make traffic more accountable, create awareness, punish rule violators, provide traffic education, minimize road accidents and ensure traffic management,” said IG Aryal.

Previously, police had launched an app called ‘Crisis Call’. This time a different branch of Nepal Police has launched the Traffic Mobile app with some advanced features.

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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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