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Party unification between UML and Moist Center today

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KATHMANDU — After a long period of conflicts over the issues of unification, the left ruling two parties — CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) — are all set to merge as one on Thursday.

A meeting of the Party Unification Coordination Committee (PUCC) with top leaders of both parties was held today at the official residence of the Prime Minister in Baluwatar which endorsed the unification between the parties which will be announced publicly later today.

The meeting has also come up with a decision to form a nine-member secretariat of the unified party.

Speaking at a programme organised to mark the 25th Madan-Asrit Smriti Diwas today, PM Oli said that the party unification will take place on this auspicious day.

Oli also urged all leaders and party workers to come at the City Hall in Exhibition Road to take part in a programme being organised to announce the party unification.

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The unified party will be called ‘Nepal Communist Party’ and to be registered formally in the Election Commission bearing the election emblem of the Sun today itself.

Likewise, CPN (MC) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, speaking during the programme, said that it he who suggested that the party unification should take place on the occasion of Madan-Asrit Smriti Diwas.

As per agreement reached between two leaders, the power-sharing in the unified party will be 45:55 percent ratio. The Maoist Center will have 45 percent share in the central committee of the to-be-formed new party.

There will be a total of 441 central committee members in the newly formed party in which the share of CPN-UML, the largest party in the parliament will have 241 members and the remaining 200 from the Maoist Center.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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