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UDMF advises govt to make favorable environment for talk

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KATHMANDU — The agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front on Thursday said that the government was not serious about finding a negotiated settlement of the agendas set forth by agitating forces.

Responding to a call for talks from Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, the parties under the UDMF banner sent their reply to the prime minister.

The UDMF wrote a letter to the prime minister yesterday saying the government spoiled the environment for talks by deceptively indicting Madhesi leaders and cadres subjecting them to torture, and unless that was corrected, there will be no relevance for talks.

The UDMF said it was always ready to sit for meaningful dialogue and forge consensus, but the government must build conducive environment for the same.

“The government should immediately make an environment for talks. We can’t accept that the government is serious about seeking a consensus through talks as long as it does not prepare the necessary environment,” stated the letter.

UDMF has also objected seriously to the leadership of the high-level political mechanism for resolving differences over province delineations.

The front said that the Coordinator of the political mechanism formed to settle issues related to provincial boundaries himself was negative about republicanism, federalism, proportional inclusion and secularism and the mechanism had no terms of reference.

“The government has never shown seriousness in addressing this agenda as the prime minister himself dismissed talks in this connection on February 16 although we had already sat for 36 rounds of talks at different levels,” the letter further states.

The front said it had held 36 rounds of negotiation with the government and major parties but those negotiations produced no results. The UDMF accused PM Oli of unilaterally breaking off negotiations on February 16.

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Bouddha registers nine rape cases in four months

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KATHMANDU— A total of nine cases of rape were registered in four months at Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Circle Bouddha.
The rape cases were registered from mid-July to mid-November 2018.

Deputy Superintendent of Police at Metropolitan Police Circle Bouddha, Narendra Chand shared that the police registered cases against 15 people on the charge of their involvement in rape cases.

An eight-year-old girl to a 67-year-old woman, among others, have filed cases against rape.

Police had arrested and filed case against seven persons on the charge of raping a 12-year girl in a room on the premises of Cricket Ground in Mulpani on November 7.

However, an accused is still at large. The arrested are Bikhasu Tharu, 28, Naresh Kushma, 21, Rajkumar Tharu, 22, Rabin Itani, 21, Rajesh Tharu, 16, Hari Kumal, 19, and Dilliram Tharu, 34.

Likewise, police had arrested Rakesh Shrestha, 40, of Kathmandu Gokarneswor Municipality-6 for raping 8 and 9 years girls on July 26.

According to the data provided by Bouddha police, Hari Timilsina, 49, of Shankharapur Municipality was arrested for raping a 15-year girl and a case was filed against him.

Similarly, a case was registered against Dal Bahadur Shahi, 47, of Shankharapur Municipality on charge of raping a 63-year-old woman.

35-year old Shanbhu Giri of Silugadhi of India was held for raping an 11-year old girl from Kavre.

Among other arrested on the rape charge are Dawa Tamang, 24 of Solukhumbu Dudhkunda Municiplaity-6, Rajan Mandal, 22, of Biratnagar, Madan Pariyar, 39, of Jhapa Gauradaha and Kabi Shrestha, 31, of Dolakha Bhimeswor Municiplaity-8.

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