Stories By 'PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA'
People in 136 local units of the eight districts in Province 2 are voting on Monday to elect their representatives.
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The stage has been set for local elections in Province 2, which will conclude the local level polls, the first in the country in two decades. Though there were concerns about possible clashes in the run-up to the polls, no violent incident was reported during campaigns, which officials and polls observers said “is good news”.
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Incumbent lawmakers contesting the upcoming provincial or federal elections may get an “unfair” advantage over their rival candidates, as they will have ample opportunity to influence voters by showcasing the projects to be implemented under the Constituency Infrastructure Special Programme (CISP) and Constituency Development Programme (CDP).
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The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) paid three to four times the going rate while buying land plots in Chitwan, Bhairahawa, Jhapa and Sarlahi, a parliamentary sub-committee has concluded.
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The CPN-UML tops the list of political parties in the income for the fiscal year 2016-17 with earnings of Rs64.67 million, followed by Rs33.4 million of the CPN (Maoist Centre) and Rs30.76 million of the Nepali Congress, according to audit reports.
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The Election Commission (EC) has once again proposed holding provincial and federal elections in two phases—on November 26 and December 7.
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