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Raju Tamang bags Rs 2.5 million as best footballer of the Year 2072

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KATHMANDU — All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) on Tuesday honored Raju Tamang, Nepal’s national football team midfielder, with the Best Footballer of the Year for 2072 BS and cash prize of Rs 2.5 million.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli handed cheque over to the player amid a special function in Kathmandu.

The 33-year old, who plays local football from Tribhuvan Army Club, turned into the 6th player to receive the award after his predecessors Hari Khadka, Upendra Man Sing, Rakesh Shrestha, disgraced Sagar Thapa and Ritesh Thapa.

Raju made his debut for the national team against Bangladesh in 2005 SAFF Championship in Pakistan has netted two international goals. Before securing a place in the national squad as midfielder, Raju played in the AFC U-20 Championship in Bangladesh in 2003 and AFC Youth Championship in Malaysia the following year.

In previous years, ANFA had provided apartments to Best Footballers Rakesh Shrestha, Sagar Thapa and Ritesh Thapa.

Former goalkeeper and striker Upendra Man Singh and Hari Khadka were also awarded with a car each.

However, this time around, ANFA awarded cash prize to the title holder.

ANFA also felicited each member of the winning teams of the South Asian Games and Bangabandhu Gold Cup held in India and Bangladesh respectively Rs 1 million each.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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