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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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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

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

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