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President, PM extend May Day wishes

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has wished for peace, happiness and prosperity to all Nepali sisters and brothers at home and abroad on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day -2016.

In a message of all the best today, the President has wished for the guarantee of workers’ rights. “May this occasion inspire the entire Nepali working community to fully exercise their rights for a meaningful cause”, the President said in the message.

Similarly, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated all Nepali sisters and brothers residing in and outside the country on the same occasion. In the May Day message today, the Prime Minister expressed his hope that this day would inspire the authorities concerned to ensure the rights of Nepali workers.

The May Day 2016 has a special importance for the Nepali people as we are going through special situation in the aftermath of last year’s earthquake and the promulgation of the new constitution through the people’s elected Constituent Assembly.

And now, in the post-earthquake reconstruction phase the new constitution should be of focus of the May Day besides the rights for eight-hour work, eight-hour entertainment and eight hour-rest, the Prime Minister said. Rainy season is just ahead and people left homeless by the earthquake need to be provided shelter before its arrival, the Prime Minister stressed calling upon the entire Nepali community to join hands in the post-quake reconstruction and nation-building campaign.

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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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