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SC allows swearing-in of three NA members

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has issued an order to allow the three members of the National Assembly (NA) recommended by the KP Sharma Oli-led government to take the oath of office and secrecy on Wednesday.

KP Sharma Oli-led government had nominated three members — former Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission (NPC) Yubaraj Khatiwada, CPN Maoist Centre lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari, and former NPC member Bimala Poudel Rai to the NA.

A division bench of Justices Kedar Prasad Chalise and Sarada Prasad Ghimire scraped the interim order issued by the government, paving the way for the swearing-in of Khatiwada,Bidari and Poudel that was stalled on Sunday. Though the swearing-in was stalled, Khatiwada has been appointed as Finance Minister.

Attorney General Agni Kharel, advocate Shambhu Thapa, Tikaram Bhattarai, among other senior advocates had argued on behalf of the government.

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Earlier on February 25, a single bench of Justice Prakashman Singh Raut had issued an interim order directing the government not to administer the oath of office and secrecy to the three National Assembly members nominated by President on the recommendation of Oli-led government.

Gopal Basnet, Chandani Joshi and Krishna Prasad Paudel, who were earlier nominated to the NA by the erstwhile She Bahadur Deuba led-government, had filed a writ at the Supreme Court challenging government’s decision to appoint three new members to the NA.

The Deuba-led government had appointed three members to the NA as per the Article 86 Sub Article 2 and Clause ‘B’ of the Constitution, on February 09, 2018.

But, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had revoked Deuba-led government’s decision on the nomination of members to the NA.

Despite Court’s stay order, Former NRB Governor Yubaraj Khatiwada was inducted to the cabinet by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Februray 26, 2018 as the Finance Minister.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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