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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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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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