Two blasts near CA convention venue

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Kathmandu, May 28 (UNI) Two minor blasts were reported near the International Convention Centre, the venue of the Constituent Assembly (CA), where the political parties of Nepal were poised to abolish the 240-year-old monarchy from the Himalayan nation.

Two people, who were responsible for the explosion, were handed over to the police by the people gathered outside the centre.

The CA meeting, scheduled to be held at 1100 hrs (local time), had been delayed by several hours as the political parties had been holding consultation on the role and responsibilities of the new president.

The CA members had already arrived and the meeting was said to begin shortly.

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala had arrived at the CA venue but was not seen in the CA meeting hall.

The parties were all set to abolish the monarchy and declare Nepal a Federal Democratic Republic.

A large number of people had gathered outside the CA venue in Baneshwor and shouting slogans against Gyanendra.

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