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Voting begins for Nepali Congress PP members

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KATHMANDU -Election for the Nepali Congress (NC) Parliamentary Party (PP) working committee members has begun in Singha Durbar on Friday.

As many as 42 lawmakers have filed candidacy for 22 positions of the Nepali Congress PP working committee membership yesterday.

Of the 37-member panel, today’s election will elect 22 members from the contending 42 lawmakers.

NC lawmakers will elect one member from each of the seven federal provinces and the remaining 15 will be elected under the inclusive proportional representation categories.

According to election committee coordinator Ramesh Rijal, the results will be public immediately after the election as they are using electronic voting machine.

Ongoing factionalism between party President Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel has been reflected in the nominations. Lawmakers representing either side have been contending for the membership.

Two candidates one each from Deuba and Paudel panel are contending for Madhesi male, Dalit female, Dalit male, Khas Arya male, and Muslim reservation category. Similarly, two candidates one each from the rival factions have registered candidacy for the seven provinces.

Similarly, four lawmakers, two each from the rival faction, are contending for the two seats under Indigenous Ethnic community female and male reservation categories and four lawmakers are contending for two seats under the Khas Arya women category.

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2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house

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DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.

The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.

It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.

Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.

Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.

Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.

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