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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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