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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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KMC demolishes shops and restaurants at Dharahara

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KATHMANDU — The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Office has started demolishing the shops and restaurants built on the premises of the Dharahara from Saturday, terminating its previous contracts with the shopkeepers.

The KMC had issued a statement on Friday asking the shops and restaurants owners inside the now-collapsed Dharahara be removed within 24 hours saying that the agreement signed with a private company Sidewalker’s, entrusted with managing Dharahara, had automatically ended after Dharahara collapsed in the 2015 April 25 Great Quake.

A meeting of KMC executive committee held on Friday had decided to demolish the buildings around Dharahara and had issued a notice to evacuate the shops and restaurants.

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It was mentioned in the notice that the contract between the shopkeepers and KMC was already terminated following the destruction of Dharahara on April 25, 2015.

Officials at the KMC said the police personnel of the KMC have been instructed to start clearing structures around Dharahara in order to start the reconstruction of the historical monument.

About 100 personnel each from Kathmandu Metropolitan Police and Nepal Police were present at the site when the police personnel evacuated shops and restaurants starting 3 pm Saturday.

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