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Mega Bank Fraud Mastermind Surrenders To Police
REPUBLICA
KATHMANDU, Jan 28 : Five days after the Nepal Police unraveled the mystery behind the defrauding Rs 20.99 million from the accounts held by Tourism Development Bank in two different banks, Rajendra Pandey, the Mega Bank official accused of masterminding the fraud, has surrendered to the police on Tuesday.

Pandey, 26, of Salang VDC-6 of Dhading district, who was the Dhading branch manager of Mega Bank in 2014, had masterminded the fraud with help from Kantipath-based Branch manager of the same bank and two of his brothers. Pandey, who resigned on the pretext of pursuing further studies in Canada, had then fled to Japan. Pandey had come to Nepal from Japan on Tuesday after confessing his crime over the phone, according to the police.
CIAA Claims 80 Percent Success In Corruption Cases
SANTOSH GHIMIRE
KATHMANDU Jan 28: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has claimed that it achieved a successful conviction rate of 80 percent among the corruption cases filed at the Special Court in the fiscal year 2013/2014.

An annual report submitted by the constitutional anti-graft body to President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Tuesday reads: "Among the corruption cases filed by the commission at the Special Court, verdicts on 98 cases have been made available. The commission has achieved a successful conviction rate of 80 percent during 2013/2014; and for 19 cases lost at the Special Court; a review process is underway at the Supreme Court."
Ruling Parties Urge Oppn For Positive Support In Constitution Drafting
MyREPUBLICA
KATHAMNDU, Jan 27: The ruling partners--Nepali Congress and CPN (UML)-- have urged the main opposition CPN (Maoist) including other parties in its alliance for positive support and cooperation in the constitution drafting process.

The first and second largest parties in the Constituent Assembly (CA), respectively, in a joint press meet today have urged the UCPN (M) to join the ´proposal formulation committee´ aimed at completing the constitution making that was approved by the CA meeting on January 24. The committee is in favour of the interests of the people and the country and of democracy and is purported to prevent the country from becoming a hostage of indecisions, the statement said.
Statute Drafting Process To Go Ahead With Consensus
MYREPUBLICA
KATHMANDU, Jan 27: The meeting of Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, CPN-ML, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Rastriya Janamorcha Nepal among other parties has decided take the constitution drafting process along with dialogue and effort for a consensus with opposition parties.

The meeting held at Prime Minister´s official residence at Baluwatar this afternoon decided to go ahead with the process as well as with consensus, NC vice-president Ramchandra Poudel said.
We Met Raut On Human Rights Grounds: Envoys
KOSH RAJ KOIRALA
KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Amid various controversial activities by Kathmandu-based western diplomats, the government has cautioned European Union (EU) envoys in Kathmandu to carry out their activities within the limits permitted by international laws.

During a meeting with ambassadors from EU countries, except Germany, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday afternoon, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey cautioned the envoys to understand the ‘political sensitivities’ of the host country while carrying out their activities, according to senior government officials.
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