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Sep 24, 2014-

PM Koirala meets Obama in NY

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday held a brief meeting with US President Barack Obama during a reception hosted by the US President and first lady Michelle Obama in New York in honour of the world leaders attending the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. According to a statement issued by the PM’s private secretariat, during the meeting, PM Koirala had extended an invitation to the US president to visit Nepal. At a time when Nepal has successfully landed the decade-long armed conflict through peaceful means and a new constitution is being drafted by the Constituent Assembly, a visit by the head of state of the world’s largest democracy would greatly help Nepal, Koirala told Obama, the statement said. (PR)


Court quashes Raut’s appeal

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Wednesday scrapped the habeas corpus petition of C K Raut, thereby keeping him in custody. Raut, who was arrested on September 14 in Morang on the charge of being involved in a secessionist campaign, had been produced before the court on Friday. A division bench of Justices Sushila Karki and Govinda Upadhyay upheld the Special Court’s decision to extend the remand of Raut, ruling that it would be inappropriate to obstruct police investigation into charges of treason. Police said they had found documents related to a separate Madhes, including its “national anthem and flag” and blueprint for a separate state in his possession. The SC has also ordered the government to allow Raut an access to medical treatment by a doctor of his choice at his own expenses. (PR)


Give Rs 2,000 to each flood-hit family: Panel

KATHMANDU: The State Affairs Committee of the Parliament on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide Rs 2,000 to each flood-affected family across the country. During a meeting held on Wednesday, the committee led by Dil Bahadur Gharti directed the government to provide the money as festival expenses to the affected families. “The government has said that it will provide Rs 500 to each family but we have directed to increase the amount to Rs 2,000,” Gharti said. (PR)


VP Jha leaves for Lhasa

KATHMANDU:  Vice-president Paramanand Jha on Wednesday left for Lhasa, the Capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, to participate in the first China-Tibet Tourism

and Cultural Fair. The fair is jointly organised by the Culture Ministry and the National Tourism Centre of Tibet. Vice President Jha is attending the fair as a key note speaker. He is scheduled to leave for Kailash Mansarovar after attending the fair. Jha is accompanied by Secretary at the Office of the Vice-president Raj Kumar Malla and Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambika Devi Luintel, among others. (PR)


Indian aid for health services

KATHMANDU: A memorandum of understanding was signed between Dharmakirti Vihar Conservation Trust and the Embassy of India in Kathmandu for upgradation of the Dharmakirti Community Health Clinic in the Capital. The project is being implemented at the cost of Rs 41.95 million. India has been providing assistance to the Trust as part of the India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme, a statement issued by the Indian Embassy said. The Trust is a community-based social and cultural institute of Newar Community in Kathmandu. (PR)


College girl raped

ILAM: An 18-year-old girl was reportedly raped at Pipalbote in Ilam Municipality-9 in the district on Wednesday morning. Sandip Niraula, 18, of the municipality took the girl under control, dragged her to a groove near Bahundhara and raped her, police said. The girl was going to college when she was raped, police said. A 12 th grader at Adarsha Higher Secondary School in Ilam bazaar, the girl has been living in the area in a rented room. The girl is currently being treated in the District Hospital. Niraula has confessed to his crimes, police said. (PR)


EC takes action against three CA candidates

GORKHA: The Election Commission (EC) has taken action against three Constituent Assembly election candidates who fielded their candidacy from Gorkha under the first-past-the-post system for breaching the election code of conduct, the EC said. Ram Prasad Aryal (Rastriya Janamorcha) who contested from Gorkha constituency no. 1, Sushila Dhakal (Madhesi Janadhikar Forum) who contested from constituency no. 2 and Jyoti Nepali who contested from constituency no. 3 have been fined Rs 500 each for failing to submit details of election expenditure, the EC officials said. (PR)


SGM, CPN-M for federal statute

OKHALDHUNGA: In a bid to get their concerns addressed in new constitution, an alliance of Sanghiya Ganatantrik Morcha (SGM) and CPN-Maoist has formed a district coordination committee of the SGM in the district. Organising a press conference in the district on Wednesday, the SGM said that it has formed a 10-member committee comprising representatives from both the parties. (PR)


Three remanded in police custody

BARDIYA: Bardiya District Court on Wednesday remanded three persons including Soharav Pathan, district chairman of Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Ananda Devi) arrested on the charge of human trafficking, into police custody pending further investigation. A single bench of Judge Basantaraj Poudel ruled against Pathan, Chhetra Bahadur Budhachhetri and Khadga Bahadur Malla. The trio has been accused of trying to send seven Nepali women abroad illegally. (PR)

Published: 25-09-2014 09:21

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