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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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