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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari, for the first time after parliamentary elections, has addressed both the houses — the House of Representatives and the National Assembly — as per the Article 95 (2) of the Constitution on Thursday.

Addressing the joint assembly of federal parliament today, the head of the state stressed that democracy is not worth if the citizen cannot increase the living standard.

President Bhandari said that the country has entered into a new era of political stability and economic development following successful holding of the three-tier—local, provincial and federal—elections.

Reading out a paper that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has handed over to her, she said that the successful conclusion of elections has brought an end to the protracted political transition and uncertainty and induced rays of hope for prosperity.

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She further said, “The mandate from the public has given the way out for the prosperity of the country.”

Offering condolences to the people who sacrificed their lives for the nation, she said that time has come to fulfill the dreams of martyrs to take the country towards the path of prosperity and economic development.

She said, “The public should have an equal approach to the development, optimum use of the natural sources and youths shouldn’t have to go abroad for employment.”

Stressing on coordination with the neighbouring countries for the prosperity and development of the country, the President said that the government should have maintained diplomatic relations with neighbors for the prosperity of the nation.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, House of Representatives Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara and National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Timalsina, among others, receiveed President at the conference hall,according to Parliament Secretariat Spokesperson Bharat Raj Gautam.

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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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