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UCPN (Maoist) not to pull back support to Oli govt for now

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KATHMANDU — Amid the speculations, one of the main ruling partners, UCPN (Maoist) has decided not to pull back its support to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli led government for now.

The UCPN (Maoist), which yesterday chose to form a new government under its leadership, has decided not to withdraw its support to the KP Sharma Oli-led government ‘for the time being’.

According to the sources,  said UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal decide to proceed with support  Oli after the latter proposed him to lead the government after passing the annual budget and policies.

Sources said that the UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, following his meeting with UML leaders—Jhalanath Khanal and Bamdev Gautam—on Thursday morning took the decision.

On Wednesday morning, UCPN (Maoist) astounded its partners in the coalition with formal announcement of its plan to break the alliance. The party was also considering pulling back its members from the government.

Later on the day, PM Oli made a new offer to Dahal to break the alliance in making. During a meeting with Maoist leaders including Dahal at his official residence, Oli said that he was ready to support Maoist-led government if the Maoist supports him in presenting the annual budget policies and programs.

The source further added that Khanal and Gautam requested Dahal not to topple the government before it could present the government’s policy and programs in parliament. The source said Dahal agreed to the request.

Earlier in the morning, a meeting of the Council of Ministers was postponed after ministers from the UCPN (Maoist) did not show up at meeting.

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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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