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Senior advocate Kusum Shrestha passes away

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KATHMANDU— Senior advocate Kusum Shrestha has passed away at the age of 83. Shrestha who was admitted to the Thapathali-based Norvic International Hospital after he complained of breathing difficulty died at 5:35 am today, Nepal Law Society (NLS) executive director Krishna Man Pradhan said.

Shrestha was born in Bandipur of Tanahu district and had received the LLB degree from Kolkata of India. He was the first president of the Nepal Bar Association (NBA).

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Shrestha as a legal practitioner had pleaded then democratic leaders including BP Koirala during the Panchayat regime.

Administrative Court Nepal chair Kashiraj Dahal said Shrestha had played an important role in the development of law education and constitutional development at home.

His mortal body will be kept at the NBA premises from 1:00-4:00 pm tomorrow for last tributes and his last rites will be conducted at the Pashupati Aryaghat tomorrow evening, according to the family source.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

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He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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