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UDMF boycotts parliament meeting

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KATHMANDU — Lawmakers from the United Democratic Madeshi Front (UDMF) on Friday left the Parliament expressing their dissatisfaction over the government’s inability to address their demands.

Seeking time at the beginning in the Legislature-Parliament meeting today, lawmaker Ashok Rai, on behalf of the United Alliance, announced that the parties in the alliance have boycotted the meeting.

Rai blamed the government for not paying attention towards demands raised by the UDMF.

Rai demanded that the constitution should be re-written as instead of implementing it as it was more discriminatory compared to the Interim Constitution, adding that the second leg of the protest movement to get the outstanding demands fulfilled has already been started which would be expanded nationwide.

He also accused the government for not paying attention to the alliance’s demands as declaring the people who lost their lives to the Madhes movement as martyrs, providing medical treatment to the injured and withdrawing the ‘trumped up’ cases against the party leaders and cadres, he said the government was also not willing to seeking an outlet through meaningful talks.

Rai said that the reconstruction works in the earthquake-affected places was not satisfactory and corruption has proliferated.

Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel had tabled a proposal at Thursday’s meeting of the Parliament requesting discussions on the principles and priorities of new budget.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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