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Probe panel formed to investigate budget leak

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KATHMANDU — The legislature on Tuesday formed a parliamentary probe committee to look into the budget leak issue as demanded by the main opposition Nepali Congress.

Nepali Congress (NC) had been blocking the parliament since yesterday demanding to form a probe panel to investigate the budget leakage prior to the announcement.

CPN-UML Chief Whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal had proposed to form a eight-member special committee led by Nepali Congress legislator Ramesh Lekhak.  Other members from the board are yet to be named.

Chief Whips of Nepali Congress and UCPN-Maoist Chin Kaji Shrestha and CPN (Center) lawmaker Hit Raj Pandey respectively had seconded the proposal.

After the formation of the committee, Nepali Congress allowed the House session.

Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel subsequently tabled a proposal to begin debate on the budget announcement.

Earlier, the ruling parties had agreed to form such panel as demanded by the main opposition.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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