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Ruling NC, UML to ask Maoists to come back to talks

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The ruling parties NC and CPN-UML are preparing to call the UCPN (Maoist)-led opposition alliance once again to sit for talks in an effort to bring the front to a negotiating table to seek consensus on the disputed issues of constitution drafting.

In a joint meeting held at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s residence on Thursday evening, second-rung leaders of the ruling parties suggested that the initiative should resume formal converses with the opposition as soon as possible.

They warned that complexities could emerge once the Constituent Assembly starts voting on the disputed issues.

Sources near to the government said the Prime Minister is planning to call the Maoists to come back to the negotiating table assuring that there is space for bargain even as the CA has started preparation for the voting process.

The ruling parties, which have begun the process to set up questionnaires on the disputes, are in a fix after the opposition declined to take an interest in the CA process and announced fresh plans of protest.

The NC and the UML are holding an alternate meeting on Friday before making a announcement.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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