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Voting for NC PP leader underway

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KATHMANDU — Voting for the post of Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party (PP) leader is underway at the PP Office in Singha Durbar on Wednesday.

Party President Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel are in the election fray for the post.

Both, Deuba and Paudel, had registered their candidacy for the election of PP leader yesterday.

The voting started at 11 am and will end at 2 pm today. A candidate must secure no less than 104 votes to get elected to the post of parliamentary party leader.

The election to pick the main opposition leader in Parliament has been viewed with much enthusiasm outside the NC also as without a main opposition leader in Parliament since the last two months; the Constitution Council has been not able take any decision for lack of a quorum.

The position of PP leader of the main opposition and the largest party in Parliament had been lying vacant since the demise of the then party president and PP leader Sushil Koirala on February 9.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

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

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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