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Supreme Court issues show cause notice on ambassador nominations

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice to government on the nominations of 21 ambassadors on Friday.

A single bench of Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki has asked the Office from the President Office, Office of the Prime Minister Office and Council of Ministers, Constitutional Council and designated ambassadors to submit clarifications within 15 days why the  recommendations were not inclusive and furnish reasons and the basis of the recommendations.

The notice was issued responding to a writ petition filed by Rakshya Ram Harijan. In his writ filed on Thursday, Harijan had said the decision to recommendation ambassadors for 21 countries ‘is against the Constitution of Nepal and violates Articles 38 (4), 40 (1), 42 (1) and 282 of the constitution’.

The Cabinet on Tuesday recommended 21 names as ambassadors for various nations.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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