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UML, Maoist formally unite to become NCP

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KATHMANDU — The two communist partoes — CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) — have formally announced their unification on Thursday becoming a new party called Nepal Communist Party (NCP), eight months after the two ruling parties made an initial agreement on a party unity.

Both the parties endorsed the decision of the Party Unification Coordination Committee (PUCC) to unify the party.

The formal announcement of unification between CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) to form Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has been made amid a press conference in the capital. The press conference was organised at City Hall in Kathmandu.

Leaders of the party, including chairpersons KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal and other senior leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, Janardan Sharma, including others, addressed the conference.

The Co-chair duo Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the newly formed NCP addressed the mass after official announcement of the unification. The leaders reiterated the commitment to fight corruption and walk on the path of economic prosperity and social justice.

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“Pushpa Lal Shrestha would be happy today to see his dream of one strong communist party ruling the nation with comfortable majority being realised and now we have achieved that,” said Prime Minister Oli.

“The unification will now help government to achieve the goal of prosperous Nepal.”

Likewise, Co-chair Dahal said that after the unification, party’s sole objective is to build a prosperous Nepal. Dahal said the unification between CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) is like forming water by combining hydrogen and oxygen.

“We communists leaders have devoted decades to change the governance system,” Dahal said, “Now there will be no UML or Maoist Centre, we are Nepal Communist Party and there will be no issues among the leaders of the unified party.”

Dahal termed the unification between the two communist forces as a ‘great step’.

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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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