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China hails election



KATHMANDU: China on Wednesday welcomed the smooth conduct of the second Constituent Assembly election across the country. The northern neighbour expressed hope that the stakeholders in Nepal would succeed in completing the constitution drafting process early. “China welcomes the fact that the Constituent Assembly election of Nepal was held smoothly and it sincerely hopes that the political forces in Nepal will continue to strengthen dialogue and consultations for early completion of the constitution-making process and realise its goal of national stability and development,” said the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, in an e-mail sent to THT. The mission has also asserted that the Chinese side is ever ready to work with Nepal to push forward with the consistent development of China-Nepal Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation featuring “ever-lasting friendship” for the benefit of the people of China and Nepal.

26 held with weapons

DANG: Police arrested as many as 26 youths with 11 country-made weapons from Bostern Palace Hotel in Tulsipur, Dang on Tuesday night. A police team raided the hotel after receiving information of suspicious activities in the hotel and seized khukuris, swords, and other weapons, said SSP Sarad Kumar Khatri of DPO. Action will be taken against them as per the law of the land, he said.

Koirala congratulates

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala on Wednesday congratulated all the people for the successful completion of the Constituent Assembly elections on Tuesday. In a statement, he thanked all the people for their overwhelming participation in the polls to end the longstanding political stalemate and ensure peace, stability, federal democratic republic and an inclusive state mechanism. “Election is the fundamental of democracy. We have hoped that this election will give the right direction to the country,” Koirala said. NC expresses its commitment to promulgate a new constitution with democratic values, ideals and pluralism and address the people’s aspiration for nation building, he said.

Helicopter sought

Rolpa: The District Election office in Rolpa has sought a chopper to ferry ballot boxes from polling booths in the remote areas of the district. “The ballot boxes have been brought to Mirul VDC from Thawang, but as it is a day’s trek to the district headquarters, we have sought a chopper,” said election officer Romnath Neupane, adding that he hoped all the ballot boxes would be brought to the headquarters by tomorrow. The district has a total of two constituencies. Meanwhile, in Rukum, a chopper has been managed to collect ballot boxes from the remote parts of the district. Today, though a chopper had flown to Gotamekot and Syalakhadi voting centres, it had to fly back after failing to identify the poll booths. “As the booths could not be identified, we are preparing to send it again to collect the ballot boxes,” said chief election officer Hemant Rawal, adding that ballot boxes from Hukam and Ranmamaikat VDCs had already been collected by the chopper.

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