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RPP cadres clash with police in Capital

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KATHMANDU — Ratriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) cadres clashed with police as the former tried to picket the Election Commission in Kathmandu, protesting the constitutional body’s decision to delete “Hindu State” and “constitutional monarchy” section of the party’s statute.

The RPP took out a rally in the Capital on Monday demanding the restoration of the terms in the party statute and a clash erupted between the RPP cadres and police outside the EC.

Police have lobbed tear gas shells and baton-charged to disperse the mob after the RPP cadres tried to breach the police barricade.

The EC had decided to remove Hindu State and constitutional monarchy sections from the RPP statute on Friday claiming that the portions contradicted constitutional provisions of republican order and secularism.

Following the EC’s decision, the party on Saturday(March 18) had decided to move the Supreme Court against the EC’s decision to erase some sections of the statute.

Meanwhile, Rastriya Janamorcha has also issued a press release agaisnt the EC’s decision yesterday, stating that the RPP has the right to  advocate the constituonal monarchy and Hindu state.

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria on Monday morning, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia Province where he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and addressed Russian military servicemen.

“I order the defense minister and chief of the general staff to start the withdrawal of Russian troops to the site of their permanent deployment,” Putin stated, speaking in front of Russian military personnel at Khmeimim.

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Mr Putin said that in the space of two years the Russian and Syrian militaries have “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists,” adding that he had made the decision that a significant number of the Russian military contingent in Syria should return to Russia.

Russia first launched air strikes in Syria in September 2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in Assad’s favor while dramatically increasing Moscow’s own influence in the Middle East.

After a short visit to Syria, the Russian president headed for Cairo, where he is scheduled to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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