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Prachand casts vote from Bharatpur-14

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CHITWAN — CPN Maoist Centre Chairman and Former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has cast his vote from his own constituency, Bharatpur-14 in Chitwan district, in the second phase of provincial and parliamentary elections for the first time after the peace accord signed between the government and CPN Maoist Centre in 2006.

Dahal inaugurated the casting of ballot at 7:13 am from Rastriya Adharbhut School at Shantipur in Bharatpur-14.

Similarly, his wife Sita and younger daughter Ganga have also cast their votes from the same polling station while his another daughter Renu Dahal, who is also a mayor of Bharatpur Metropolitan City, voted from Sundarbasti Lower Secondary School-based polling station in the metropolis.

Talking briefly to mediapersons after casting his ballot, Dahal said that the three-tier elections were the backbone for political stability in the country and left-alliance was made for the same.

“No government has been able to sustain for five years till date for the past few years. The alliance will garner majority in phase II polls and lead the country towards development and prosperity.”

Earlier in the local level elections on May 14, the former Prime Minister had cast his ballot from Lanku, Bharatpur Metropolitan City-4 of Chitwan district.

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Govt forms panel to look into vegetable syndicate

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a committee to look into the issues of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market and come up with a viable solution after receiving several complaints from customers regarding the price of vegetables skyrocketing due to the prevalence of syndicate.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav formed a seven-member committee on Tusday. Nabaraj Dhakal, the joint secretary and also spokesperson at Ministry for Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), has been appointed as the chair of the committee.

Other members of the committee are joint secretaries of the Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development and Ministry of Home Affairs, Executive Director of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Committee Tejendra Prasad Poudel, a deputy inspector general of Nepal Police and two officer-level staff of MoICS.

Earlier, vegetable traders had halted trade at the Market demanding immediate release of Bharat Khatiwada and Ujwal Dhungana, who had been arrested on Monday for creating disturbance and obstructing the vegetable market monitoring.

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