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Eleven Nepali women arrested in Sri Lanka

Kathmandu: Eleven Nepali women were arrested in Sri Lanka for the violation of tourist entry visa provisions this week, local media report said quoting police. The Nepali women who were working in a night dance club illegally have been detained from a Colombo night club in the suburb of Bambalapitiya. It is learnt that the detained women have been handed over to the immigrations authorities for the further interrogations. Sri Lanka has tightened the visa system following misuse of tourist visas since last year....

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SLC exams over

Kathmandu: This year’s School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exams that kicked off from March 14 concluded on Friday. A total of 547,165 students sat for the exams with 4,30,097 in regular category and 1,17,068 in the exempted category, according to the Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE). The OCE had set up 1,786 examination centres across the country while same number of superintendents were mobilised along with 2,655 assistant superintendents. The office also claimed that this year’s examination concluded in an organised...

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Robbers loot houses in Lahan

Lahan: Challenging the presence of security personnel, burglars have robbed two houses in Lahan municipality at gunpoint at around 3 Friday morning. The robbery took place at the home of Renu Karna and Paltu Sadaya of Lahan municipality-8. The looters burgled 10 tolas of gold, Rs 8,000 in cash and a mobile set from the home of Karna and two tolas of gold and a mobile set from Sadaya´s home, confirmed the Ward Police Office, Lahan . Tul Bahadur Magar, a local, injured while retaliating the burglars is admitted to Lahan Hospital for treatment. Police speculated that the burglars had stabbed knife to the stomach of Magar. Locals retaliated against the robbers when the latter stormed into the houses and started burgling. Siraha Police Chief and Superintendant of Police Manoj Neupane said that the police squad had recovered a homemade pistol and its bullet from the site. Investigation into the incident is on, said SP Neupane....

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Regmi assures to finalise FSU election date

Kathmandu: A meeting between Chairman of Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi and leaders of agitating eleven student unions ended positively on Friday. During the meeting, the student unions—Nepal Students Union (NSU), All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANN FSU ), among others– submitted an 11-point memorandum to Regmi. It has been reported that Regmi assured to direct the Education Minister to hold Free Students Union ( FSU ) election at the earliest. The meeting was held for an hour, student unions spokesperson Yukti Lamichhane said. According to him, Regmi has also assured to address other demands following meetings with the concerned authorities. The students have been agitating against the high level political mechanism’s proposal of nominating an ´anti-democratic´ person as the Chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), a constitutional body, demanding to hold the election of FSU and to roll back the recent price hike in the public...

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Dahal in Jha’s residence

Kathmandu: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has reached the residence of CPN-UML leader Ram Chandra Jha at Kadamchowk, in Janakpur-2 who had resigned as a politburo member of the party on Thursday. Dahal reached Jha’s residence at around 11 this morning with party leaders Haribol Gajurel, Ram Kumar Sharma and Ram Kumar Yadav and discussed Jha’s entry to his party. It has been reported that Jha decided to join the UCPN (M) formally only after finalising his position in the party. Jha tendered his resignation from his Janakpur home via fax on Thursday. Jha’s resignation is understood to be a major blow to the UML. Former Janakpur zonal in-charge and elected Constituent Assembly member, Jha is believed to have strong hold in some Madhesi constituencies. When UML had lost seats in many Tarai districts in the 2008 CA elections, Jha played an important role to secure six seats from Janakpur zone under his leadership. Jha decided to quit the party expressing dissatisfaction over the responsibility given to...

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CPN-M softens boycott threat with 4 demands

Kathmandu: The CPN-Maoist on Thursday floated four conditions to participate in the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) polls. Issuing a press statement the party has demanded the rejection of the 11-point pact reached between the four major parties to form the Chief Justice-led government along with the order for the removal of constitutional hurdles issued by the President and dismissal of the incumbent government. Similarly, the party has demanded a roundtable conference and formation of national unity government within the political party as conditions to take part in the polls. “There is no meaning of CA polls that would be held without addressing and implementing these demands, and in such circumstances, there is no alternative but to boycott the polls,” said the party in the statement. The party has also urged all the concerned sides to halt the process for holding CA polls taking their demands seriously. “If the demands are ignored, the president, the government, and four major political parties will be responsible for the consequences”, further reads the...

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Regmi shifted to official residence of PM

Kathmandu: Chairman of the Interim Election Council of Ministers, Khil Raj Regmi, has shifted to the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar this afternoon. Before this, he had been residing at a government quarter allocated for the Chief Justice at Baluwatar...

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Prachanda backs Dhungel‚ slams activists

Kathmandu: UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday threw his weight behind his murder-convicted deputy Bal Krishna Dhungel, insisting that he is clean, and refuting his murder convict status. Amidst deafening demands by human rights activists to put him behind bars as per the Supreme Court’s order to do so, the Maoist head, also a former prime minister issuing a press communiqué charged the agitating human rights activists of going against the peace process in the name of human rights and civil movement. The Maoist chief was referring to the campaigners of the Occupy Baluwatar, a campaign which is protesting Violence Against Women (VAW) and other human rights related cases demanding action against the masterminds of the various criminal acts. In the statement, Dahal has stressed on the need to decide on the incidents through Truth and Reconciliation Commission as they were war-era cases, dubbing the street protest to book Dhungel into custody a mere “street dance.” The Maoist Supremo also said that his party has drawn concern over the “anti-peace” activities being accelerated of late, and also urged all not to engage themselves in such...

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Lightning claims three lives

Sindhupalchowk:Three people died when lightning struck them at different parts of the country. According to the police, Ful Kumari Thapa (35) and Rabina Thapa (7) of Chhelang-2 of Sindhupalchowk died in their house, and five people were injured due to the lightning. Meanwhile, according to reports from Kaski, one person was killed, and 8 others became unconscious due to lightning in the Lahachok-9, Armala of the district. According to locals, Dhan Lal Tamang (59) was killed in the incident, while Prem Maya Tamang (54), Bishnu Maya Tamang (20) and Dil Maya Tamang (58) lost consciousness. Similarly, four people became unconscious when lightning struck at Sindhujure VDC of the...

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UN for inclusive, credible polls in Nepal pronto: Feltman

Kathmandu: UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, who arrived in Kathmandu Tuesday evening, has said that the UN wants to see elections being held in Nepal at the earliest. Jeffrey Feltman “The election process in Nepal needs to be credible and inclusive, and it should also reflect the political ambitions of the Nepali people,” said the UN envoy, who called on Interim Election Council chief Khil Raj Regmi at his office in Singha Durbar. Feltman, who is on a three-day tour to Nepal, is to meet top leaders of the political parties, head of the interim electoral government, senior government officials and representatives of different sections of the society. “I found that Chairman Regmi is committed holding elections at the earliest. The UN will continue its support to the electoral process in Nepal,” added the UN Under-secretary. Meanwhile, Under-Secretary General Feltman visited former PLA fighters, who are now training to become NA officers, at the Nepal Army’s Academy in Kharipati, Bhaktapur. During the visit to the military facility, Feltman held an interaction with cadet officers, the army’s Directorate of Public Relations said. During the meet, the UN official inquired about the integration process and the reasons why the former PLAs opted for integration, said the army. He also called on NA Chief of Army Staff Gaurav Shumsher Rana earlier in the...

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