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SAARC Cabinet secretaries’ meet kicks off in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Cabinet secretaries meeting has kicked off in Kathmandu.

PM KP Sharma Oli initiated the two-day meeting on Thursday.

Other than chief secretaries of eight member states, high officials of the observer nations are also present in the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, PM Oli said public administration should be smooth and effective in order to bring economic prosperity in the region.

“It is very important to further enhance regional cooperation in SAARC,” said the Prime Minister, adding the regional bloc was yet to effectively meet expectations of people from it.

Oli has also praised Nepal’s Constitution promulgated last year as world’s one of the best constitution claiming it had institutionalised the republicanism and ensured people’s rights.

Secretaries of member states of the SAARC would hold discussions on governance practices of the region, common problems of governance and their solutions and initiatives to be taken for the improvement.

Addressing the inaugural, SAARC Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa commented that the regional organisation achieved some significant successes in its 30-year history.

Likewise, Nepal’s Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi said good governance could be achieved with corruption control, economic prosperity and inclusive development.

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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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