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President Bhandari takes oath

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KATHMANDU — Bidya Devi Bhandari has been sworn in as the President of Nepal for the second time on Wednesday.

Ousted-Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly elected Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas.

With this President Bhandari is the first President of federal republic of Nepal. She is also the first Nepali President to be elected as the country’s president twice.

President Bhandari got elected for a second term on Tuesday.

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According to the Election Commission of Nepal (ECP), President Bhandari of the Left Alliance garnered 39,275 votes. Her competitor, Laxmi Rai of the opposition Nepali Congress party secured 11,730 votes.

The Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) and the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) who went on a marathon protest demanding the amendment in the country’s constitution, voted for President Bhandari in the elections.

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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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