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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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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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