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Policy and program positive : Dahal

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KATHMANDU — UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the annual policy and program presented by the government for the fiscal year 2016/17 was positive.

Speaking at the Legislature-Parliament meeting today, Chairman Dahal said that diversifying international trade was an important issue, saying developing self-reliant economy and improving service sector were also genuine concerns raised by the document.

He said that it was necessary to form an effective mechanism regarding forwarding role of public, private and cooperative sectors, accelerating reconstruction task and constructing people’s houses.

Dahal further stressed the need of bringing a concrete program regarding land reform.

Stating that the policies and programs of bringing farmers under the responsibility of social security have added new excitement in farmers, he said that the plan of exploring petroleum products, ending power outage within two years and generating 10,000 MW electricity within 10 years were timely and genuine.

Forwarding big infrastructure projects like Tarai-Madhes Prosperous Irrigation Project, Rasuwagadhi-Lumbini railway and Kathmandu-Tarai-Madhes fast Track were other important programmes of the incumbent government, he added.

The former Prime Minister said that a national consensus government was necessary to resolve all the problems surfaced in the country, but urged the incumbent government to carry out its works without any doubt.

Dahal also maintained that the government’s policy and programme lacked a clear outline regarding the conclusion of peace process. He hence warned that conflicts might take place in case the peace process that moved forward as per the Comprehensive Peace Accord and the Interim Constitution would be addressed in a traditional way.

The Maoist leader said the elections should be held based on the report of the Local Body Reconstructing Commission after forging a political consensus.

However, speaking at the meeting, Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narasingh KC criticised the annual policy and program.

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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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