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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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Notorious criminal Manoj Pun killed in police encounter

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Notorious criminal Manoj Pun killed in police encounter

RUPANDEHI — Notorious criminal Manoj Pun has been killed in an encounter with the police in Devdaha of Rupandehi early Wednesday morning, police said.

Along with Pun, his aid Som Ale also killed in the firing, Rupandehi SP Shyam Gyawali said. Both succumbed to their injuries at Lumbini Zonal Hospital while undergoing treatment.

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According to the police, Pun was the main accused in the murder case of Youth Force leader Durga Tiwari. Tiwari was shot dead in Rupandehi district. He was also allegedly involved in the recent murder of businessman Sharad Gauchan.

Pun along with his aide Som Bahadur Ale was shot at after the duo opened fired at and tried to escape the police, the police said.

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