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Spain sacks Catalan government after independence declaration

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MADRID — Spain has moved to impose direct rule over Catalonia dissolving the regional parliament in Catalonia, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declaring that new elections will be held in the region on December 21, less than an hour after its Parliament declared independence in a stunning show of defiance.

Mr Rajoy called for calm and said the rule of law would be restored in Catalonia, where secessionists have long cherished the dream of being a separate nation.

“Spain is living through a sad day,” Mr Rajoy said.

Following the Catalan parliament’s earlier vote Friday, in which it took the decision to announce the region’s independence from Spain, the government in Madrid promptly fired the cabinet in Catalonia.

“We believe it is urgent to listen to Catalan citizens, to all of them, so that they can decide their future and nobody can act outside the law on their behalf,” Mr Rajoy said in a televised speech.

He also said it was firing the head of Catalan regional police, shutting down Catalonia’s foreign affairs department and dismissing its delegates in Brussels and Madrid.

A crowd of more than 2,000 independence supporters gathered in the Ciutadella Park outside the regional parliament in Barcelona, shouting “Liberty” in Catalan and singing traditional songs as the independence vote went through.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont left the chamber to shouts of “President!” and mayors who had come from outlying areas brandished their ceremonial batons and sang the Catalan anthem.

But Within an hour of vote, the upper house of Spain’s Parliament in Madrid authorised Mr Rajoy’s government to rule Catalonia directly — an unprecedented move in Spain since the return of democracy in the late 1970s.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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