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Ruling partners CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Center to face opposition

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KATHMANDU — The major ruling partners, CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Center, on Monday agreed to jointly defend the annual budget announcement presented at the Parliament.

A meeting held between CPN (UML) Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and CPN Maoist Center Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the Prime Minister’s residence at Baluwatar in Kathmandu today decided that together they will face the criticism made by Nepali Congress (NC) on the same.

The leaders of the both sides have also reached a conclusion to implement new budget estimates for fiscal year 2016/017  for it has brought cheer on public and further enthused them, according to Pramod Dahal, press advisor to PM.

Furthermore, leader Oli and Dahal are learnt to have discussed on the latest political scenario in the country. The upcoming budget, amounting to Rs 1.048 trillion, was tabled at the Legislature-Parliament on May 28 by Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel.

The budget estimates received criticism from many quarters, including the NC, referring it as a ‘huge size’ and ‘distributive’ as well as for leaking information on the same before the formal announcement.

NC has decided to protest the recently unveiled budget at the Legislature-Parliament. Deliberation on the same is due to take place at the parliament from today.

“Both CPN (UML) and CPN Maoist Centre have decided to face the criticism to be made by the opposition party at the Legislature-Parliament,” shared press advisor to PM, Dahal

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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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