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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari graced a special function organised at the Army Pavilion,Tundikhel to mark the Republic Day 2016 on Saturday.

VP Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Speaker Onsari Gharti, Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki and other distinguished personalities also attended the function.

Addressing the dunction, Prime Minister Oli said today was a day of important achievement with the establishment of republic as the cornerstone of social justice and equality, and by doing away with the monarchy based on unscientific principle of supremacy by birth.

“We should take the republic day today as an epochal time when the foundation of a people-oriented and democratic system of governance was laid to build a modern Nepal”, he said.

Stating that the constitution was promulgated through the people-elected Constituent Assembly on September 20, 2015 as a result of the Nepali people’s struggle since 1951, Prime Minister Oli said the constitution is thereby a recognition of the long struggle and sacrifices by the Nepali people, and has institutionalized the achievements made through those struggles.

“The new constitution has not only granted equal rights to all Nepalis, but also guarantees socio-economic, cultural as well as political rights”.

Prime Minister Oli said, “This progress can be advanced at speed, we can strengthen the political achievements including democratic republic set up and make it prosperous.”

He also renewed his appeal to all to continue engagement in the effort to resolve the problems through dialogue and underscored the fact that differences in political views including other disagreements could be resolved through dialogue and negotiations.

The Prime Minister referenced the act of beating of the mattress to clear the dust, liking it to the government’s overcoming the mega crisis emanating from the earthquake-triggered massive destruction, agitation, strikes and supply management crisis, and added it was now working to reconstruct and rebuild.

“The present government is committed to protecting and consolidating peace, democracy, social justice and equality, sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and country’s interest and self-dignity,” PM asserted.

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He stressed on the need for national unity, resoluteness and extensive effort to use Nepal’s natural resources and heritages correctly, so as to usher in prosperity. He wished that all would be motivated to that end on the occasion of the Republic Day.

At the ceremony Nepal Army helicopter showered flowers and made a flyover with a banner reading ‘Republic Day, 2073’.

Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force (APF), representatives of the district development committees, municipalities, sport associations, athletes and locals made a march-past, and took out processions and parades evoking various cultures, traditions, dances and musical instruments.

On the occasion, the President among special dignitaries released pigeons taken as the symbol of peace.

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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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