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Why did police ‘destroy’ evidence?

Published On: September 17, 2018 07:39 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

KANCHANPUR, Sept 17: Monday marks the 53rd day of the rape and murder of Kanchanpur teenager Nirmala Panta. Yet, there has been no breakthrough in the investigation into the case and police are nowhere close to nabbing the culprit(s).

Kanchanpur worried about protests losing steam

Published On: September 15, 2018 07:40 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

KANCHANPUR, Sept 14: Local women right activists have expressed serious concerns over the Nirmala Panta rape case after the parents of the raped and murdered teenager moved to Kathmandu instead of mounting pressure on local investigators. They have warned that this move could cause a serious backlash to the campaign aimed at holding the real rapist and murderer accountable.

Mentally unstable Bista released after DNA failed to match

Published On: September 12, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, Sept 12: Police on Tuesday released Dilip Singh Bista, one of the accused in the rape and murder of teenager Nirmala Panta in Kanchanpur, after Bista's DNA failed to match DNA samples found on the raped girl.

Police should not have opened fire at protestors: Probe Panel

Published On: September 11, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

KANCHANPUR, Sept 11: A high-level probe committee formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) on August 23 to investigate into the rape and murder of a teenager, Nirmala Panta, in Kanchanpur has concluded that police had unnecessarily opened fire at the protestors in Bhimdutta Municipality on August 23 and 24.

Dilip Bista's family accuse police of torture

Published On: September 5, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

KANCHANPUR, Sept 5: Family members of Dilip Singh Bista, the alleged perpetrator of Nirmala Panta's rape and murder have accused the police of giving extreme torture to Bista.

Govt discriminates in compensations for rape

Published On: September 1, 2018 07:30 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, Sep 1: A month after the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta of Bhimdutta Municipality of Kanchanpur, the federal government has provided Rs 1 million as compensation to the victim’s family. The government also provided the same amount of money to the family of a 17-year-old boy, Sunny Khuna, a passer-by who was killed in police firing after he got caught in an anti-government protest carried out in the district demanding justice for Nirmala and arrest of her rapists.

New CDO says probe should have begun right after the incident

Published On: August 26, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

KANCHANPUR, Aug 26: The newly-appointed Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kanchanpur, Taranath Adhikari has said that the victim's family would have got justice and there would not have been human causality and other losses had the District Police Office (DPO) initiated investigation into the rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta right after the incident.

One killed, four injured in Kanchanpur clash

Published On: August 24, 2018 09:33 PM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

KANCHANPUR, Aug 25: A 17-year-old boy was killed and others injured on Friday after police opened fire at protesters demanding justice for rape and murder victim Nirmala Panta.

Federal units using tax money to appease party cadres

Published On: August 20, 2018 03:30 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, Aug  20:  At a time when the hefty taxes imposed by the federal units are being criticized by various quarters, it has been revealed that the taxpayers' money is being used to appease political cadres.

Teenager raped and killed in Kanchanpur

Published On: July 29, 2018 09:05 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, July 29: Police have failed to identify the culprit(s) responsible for raping and killing a 13-year-old girl of Bhimdattapanta Municipality-2 of Kanchanpur district even three days after the incident. Nirmala Panta, who was missing since Thursday, was found dead on Friday.

NC stalls parliament in province - 7

Published On: July 21, 2018 01:20 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADI, July 20: Terming the government's approach toward Dr Govinda KC as inhuman, the main opposition party Nepali Congress on Friday stalled the provincial assembly meeting in Province 7. No sooner had the assembly meeting begun, the lawmakers rose from their seats and started chanting slogans. They did not pay heed to the Speaker Arjun Thapa's repeated requests to calm down. Thapa then announced that the assembly would not resume before 3 pm Monday. The lawmakers had stalled the assembly proceeding as instructed by their party.

Province 7 awaits tourism promotion

Published On: July 17, 2018 08:05 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, July 17: Though rich in places of tourist attraction, Province 7 is yet to take benefit from tourism.

Girl gang-raped and murdered for refusing sex proposal

Published On: July 8, 2018 05:05 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, July 7: Maya BK, 21, a girl from the underprivileged Dalit community, grew up fighting with social discrimination and injustice. Despite battling with social barriers and financial strain, she always had her head held high.

Lack of irrigation infrastructure holding back export potential

Published On: July 1, 2018 05:20 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, July 1: Around two-thirds of the arable land in Province 7 does not have irrigation facilities. The other problems that farmers are facing include lack of improved seeds and fertilizers, according to Hema Raj Panta, a professor at Kailali Multiple Campus, Kailali.

Most contracts go to limited few

Published On: June 6, 2018 09:08 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

According to knowledgeable sources, most construction projects are likely to get completed on time if work could be distributed equally among all contractor companies.

Local bodies bring codes of conduct for meetings

Published On: June 2, 2018 02:33 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, June 1: Kailari Rural Municipality of Dhangadi has introduced its own code of conduct for meetings of elected people's representatives. They have introduced rules that demand respect for the rural municipality's chairperson akin to the respect shown to the Speaker in parliament. The code of conduct requires other elected representatives to stand up in the honor of the chairperson as he enters the meeting hall and restricts them from leaving the meeting room before the chairperson.

Postal Highway bridge contractors miss deadlines

Published On: May 25, 2018 07:41 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, May 25: It has already been seven years since a contracting company ‘Lama Sherpa Shalpa Biruwa JV’ was awarded the contract to build a bridge over the Kandra River along the Postal Highway, a project of national pride.

Lack of building compels parliamentarians to wait under tree before meetings

Published On: May 16, 2018 08:56 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, May 16: When a meeting of provincial assembly gets postponed or delayed, it becomes a real trouble for the parliamentarians to find a place to stay until the meeting resumes. Those who arrive earlier than the scheduled time also have to deal with this problem.

Elected representatives demand salary

Published On: May 16, 2018 08:52 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, May 16: Instead of turning their focus on development and other important tasks, local representatives in Province 7 have been prioritizing on getting more benefits for themselves.  Just recently on Sunday, three separate groups of newly elected 150 people's representatives at the local units separately submitted memorandum to Province 7 Chief Minister Trilochan Bhatta, demanding increase in their salary.

DCA puts Dhangadhi Premier League expenditures at Rs 31 million

Published On: May 9, 2018 09:01 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL

DHANGADHI, May 9: Ruslan Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) has put the total expenditure for the second season of the marquee cricket event at Rs 31.2 million. Organizing a press meet on Tuesday, Dhangadhi Cricket Academy (DCA) made public its income and expenditure details.