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Bhattarai takes swipe at party chairman

May 4, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on Bhattarai takes swipe at party chairman



KATHMANDU, MAY 04 –
Senior UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai has dismissed Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s proposal for unification with the CPN-Maoist and polarisation of communist forces as a “publicity stunt and opportunist alliance.”

In his strongly-worded speech during Saturday’s closed-session at the party’s ongoing national convention in Biratnagar, the Maoist ideologue said though the concept of formation of a powerful communist centre appears correct in principle, it will be “counterprodutive” for the party.

Dahal in his political document presented on Friday proposed such a centre to press the cause of proletariat class but his deputy did not subscribe to his proposal. Bhattarai challenged the party chairman to come up with a clear ideological ground for such polarisation and unification.

Bhattarai also expressed his dissatisfaction over Dahal’s position on promulgation of a new constitution.

“The chairman’s document states that chances of promulgation of a new constitution are gradually becoming

slim. It suggests the party is indifferent to the new constitution. It will send out a wrong message, which is harmful for the party,” Bhattarai said, reading out his seven-point document.

Dahal has underlined a need to form an alliance with the like-mined parties and groups, claiming that there is still no guarantee of promulgation a new constitution this time too. Bhattarai presented written comments on Dahal’s political document, which he said is not a separate document. After the party’s poor show in the November 19 election, Bhattarai has challenged both Dahal’s leadership and ideology saying that it cannot run the party.

Bhattarai, who is advocating for the line of peace and constitution since the party’s Chunwang meet in 2005, said the party’s immediate policy should be promulgating a new progressive constitution from the Constituent Assembly (CA). “After the second CA election, our position has become weak but there is a high chance of promulgation of the new constitution. The party should work towards the same direction which would be beneficial for

both the party and revolution,” he said.

Bhattarai who was last week elected as a chairperson of Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the Constituent Assembly (CA), a powerful body inside the CA, warned that party would plunge into another ideological crisis if it deviated from the line of peace and constitution. Despite gaining a remarkable success in the first CA polls, he said, the UCPN (Maoist) failed to draft a new constitution under its leadership due to the unhealthy and harmful two-line struggle.

After the first CA in 2008, the party was divided over the line of peace and constitution and the revolt. The then Mohan Baidya faction of the party was against the line of peace and constitution, which was also Dahal’s position until 2011. However, Bhattarai has been advocating for promulgation of new CA since the very beginning.  

Meanwhile commenting on party Chairman Dahal’s document, senior leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the document was not complete. “The main spirit of this document is good but is not complete. It should be reformed,” he said.

Bhattarai counters

  • Nothing new in Dahal’s document

  • Party should call general convention to formulate new ideology, leadership pattern

  • Completion of constitution drafting process for socialist revolution

  • It fails to realise the importance of a new political force

  • No concrete plan for rebuilding the party organisations

Central members to be elected

BHIM GHIMIRE

BIRATNAGAR

Following pressure from youth leaders, the party has started preparations for the election of Central Committee members at the ongoing national convention in Biratnagar.

Election officer Dharma Sheela Chapagain said work had begun to prepare the voters’ list. As per the party statute, 74 members will be directly elected and the rest nominated in the 99-member CC.

Though older leaders were of the view that the CC members should be chosen in consensus, younger ones pressed for a vote to elect the members in order to strengthen the party.  

The closed session of the convention was delayed for hours over disputes of legitimacy of the district convention representatives and failure to submit levy.

Team leaders demanded a direct voting system to elect the CC members, with some going as far as demanding the party chairman be elected through a direct vote.

Posted on: 2014-05-04 06:52


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ACC Premier League: Nepal do down against Oman by 2 wkts

May 4, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on ACC Premier League: Nepal do down against Oman by 2 wkts



KATHMANDU, MAY 04 –
Nepali national cricket team lost to Oman by 2 wickets in their match at the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Premier League in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Put into bat after loosing the toss at the Selamgor Turf Club, Nepal could muster only 157 runs losing all its wickets in the 45th over.

Gyanendra Malla, who scored 26 runs in 24 balls, was the top scorer for the Nepali team followed by Naresh Budayair (23) and Sagar Pun (20). The fourth highest score came in the form of extras at 19 runs.

Aamir Kaleem was instrumental in limiting Nepal to a paltry score with 4 wickets in 10 overs, and giving away just 36 runs. This also won him the man-of-the-match award. Ajay Lalcheta and Zeeshan Maqsood chipped in with 2 wickets a piece.  

In reply, Nepali bowlers too bowled exceptionally well with Sompal Kami taking a wicket in the first ball of the first over. But it proved insufficient in defending the low total put up by the batsmen.

Nepal however dragged the match to the 48th over taking wickets and bowling maiden overs— 11 in total.

Spinner Shakti Gauchan was brilliant, giving away just 19 runs at the rate of 1.9 in his full quota of 10 overs, while claiming 2 wickets. Paras Khadka and Sompal Kami also took two wickets each while Sagar Pun and Basanta Regmi took one each.

For Oman, Zeeshan Maqsood top scored with 44 runs followed by the wicket-keeper batsman Sultan Ahmed who remained undefeated at 32 runs, steering his team past the Nepali total.

With the win, Oman has topped the points table with Nepal in the second position with two wins and one loss so far. With equal points as Nepal, Afghanistan stands in the third position with an inferior run rate than Nepal.

Nepal had won both its games before this match against the UAE and hosts Malaysia. Nepal will now play against Hong Kong tomorrow.

 

Posted on: 2014-05-04 07:00


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Everest climbers face hard time getting return air tickets

May 3, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on Everest climbers face hard time getting return air tickets



KATHMANDU, MAY 03 –
The foreign climbers who had come here to scale the top of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest , spending thousands of rupees, have faced another shock in the aftermath of the last month’s devastating avalanche .

Having aborted their mission to scale Everest following the deadliest avalanche on April 18 that claimed the lives of 13 Sherpa guides with three still missing, the foreign mountaineers are now facing difficulty getting air tickets at Lukla Airport to get back to Kathmandu and home.

This is due to the large number of foreign climbers who are now preparing to return home after giving up their attempt of Everest expedition.

“We are facing a surge in the number of passengers seeking return air tickets to Kathmandu. They mostly comprise the foreign climbers, the mountain guides and assistants who want to return after cancelling their mountaineering expedition on Everest,” according to airlines agents.

A staffer with the Simrik Air, Lukla said that the foreign climbers who are visibly in a tense mood after having to give up their climbing bid on Everest even chastise the airlines staff without understanding the problem when informed of lack of tickets.

 The Lukla town, the gateway to Everest, is full of these climbers waiting for air tickets to return to Kathmandu. Some of them have been waiting for weeks for air tickets.

“We have not been able to issue tickets to a good number of these foreign tourists due to the limited number of flights and also the bad weather,” Phuniru Sherpa, the station manager of Tara Air, Lukla, said.

Sherpa said although every airlines operating flights here has been conducting additional flights in view of the sheer number of climbers  who have returned from the Everest Base Camp, the flights are affected due to the weather which becomes bad in the afternoon.

 

Posted on: 2014-05-03 03:45


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UCPN (M) nat’l convention: CC likely to be selected via polls

May 3, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on UCPN (M) nat’l convention: CC likely to be selected via polls



BIRATNAGAR, MAY 03 –
The election committee has made preparations to hold polls for the election of the central committee members at the ongoing national convention of the UCPN (Maoist) in Biratnagar.

The election committee has become active after the youth leaders exerted pressure on the party leadership to select central members through election and not via consensus.

Election officer Dharma Sheela Chapagain informed that the election committee had started the task of collecting the voters list and verification for the same.

As per the UCPN (Maoist) party statute, 74 will be directly elected while the rest 24 will be nominated in the 99-member CC.

Though the older leaders floated that the CC members should be selected through consensus, the younger leaders have asserted that there needs to be direct polls to select CC members for strengthening party.

The closed session at the ongoing national convention in Biratnagar had finally begun yesterday after being delayed for hours following dispute over the legitimacy of the district convention representatives and failure to submit levy.

 Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal will table the political document at the closed session . The statute drafting committee is also preparing to table a separate proposal on statute amendment.

 

Posted on: 2014-05-03 06:58


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Govt to bear costs of Oli’s treatment

May 2, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on Govt to bear costs of Oli’s treatment



KATHMANDU, MAY 02 –
The meeting of the Cabinet held at Singha Durbar in the Capital on Friday deputed 39 joint secretaries, who were recently promoted, to their respective posts and also transferred them.

Likewise, the meeting has assigned Devendra Sitaula, joint secretary at the Ministry of Defence as an acting secretary of the ministry, said government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications, Minendra Rijal.

Likewise, the meeting also accepted Rs. 2.9 billion as foreign aid from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under the south Asian Tourism Infrastructure Development programme.

Similarly, the meeting has decided to bear the entire cost of the medical treatment of CPN-UML parliamentary party (PP) leader KP Sharma Oli who is undergoing treatment in Bangkok.  

Meanwhile, the meeting also decided to provide Rs. 500,000 each to former ministers and Nepali Congress leaders Govinda Raj Joshi and Siddha Raj Ojha for their respective medical treatment s.

 

 

Posted on: 2014-05-02 04:34


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Call to send back SC justices’ nomination to JC for review

May 2, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on Call to send back SC justices’ nomination to JC for review



KATHMANDU, MAY 02 –
The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) should send back the Judicial Council ( JC )’s recommendation list for the appointment of Supreme Court justices to the JC for review, speakers at a programme here today stressed.

Taking part in an interaction programme on ‘Judicial Council and Appointment of Justices’ organised by Youth Legal Practitioners’ Group here in the Capital on Friday, the participants expressed concerns over the exclusion of ‘good judges’ in JC ‘s recommendation.

Nomination of only eight appellate court judges for the post of SC justices after a long gap shows petty interests of council, the speakers said.

They accused the JC of underestimating the contribution SC’s temporary justices and sidelining the professional judges of appellate court while recommending candidates for the permanent posts of SC judges.  The JC has also been accused of breaking the value of seniority.

Advocate Hari Phuyal said it was really unfortunate that the JC , constituted for appointing independent and capable candidates at the SC, has failed to maintain its prestige, adding it has come under the political influence and has become polluted. The PHSC should send back the proposal to the JC for review, he said.

Another advocate Dinmani Pokhrel questioned why the JC forced the five SC temporary justices to work at the same post for five years and to go home with the same status. He accused the JC of snatching their professional rights and the PHSC should question the JC about this, he said.  

Democratic Lawyers’ Association President Gopal Krishna Ghimire said the JC ‘s nomination for SC permanent justices has been dragged into controversy as it failed to nominate capable candidates.

But, evidences are necessary to disqualify the recommended candidates instead of just levelling accusation against them superficially, he said.

 

Posted on: 2014-05-02 06:50


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CoAS Rana visits US Naval Postgraduate School

May 1, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on CoAS Rana visits US Naval Postgraduate School


KATHMANDU, MAY 01 –
Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Gaurav SJB Rana, who is currently on a visit to United States, visited US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) based in San Francisco.

During his visit, Rana received knowledge about the NPS and met with US Director of Center for Civil-Military Relations, Richard Hoffman, among other high level US army officials.

The duo held discussions on post conflict civil military relations and security sector reform (SSR), Nepal Army said in a press statement.

Rana also attended International Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony organised at US Army Command and General Staff College. NA has expressed confidence that the CoAS’s visit would help boost the diplomatic and military relations of two countries.

CoAS Rana left for an official visit to US on Saturday night to participate in the Induction Ceremony at US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Posted on: 2014-05-01 03:18


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UCPN (M) convention kicks off in Biratnagar

May 1, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on UCPN (M) convention kicks off in Biratnagar

MAY 01 –
The national convention of UCPN (Maoist) kicked off here in Biratnagar on Thursday.

UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal inaugurated the convention by hoisting the flag of party workers’ front.

Addressing the programme, party leader and former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said a fresh campaign has begun to form a new party.

“We have initiated a serious debate once again. Political revolution has completed with the beginning of a new phase of socialism,” said leader Bhattarai. “Working guidelines, organisations and leadership of yesterday are not enough. It is necessary to transform the party and its organizations in order to achieve the new tasks of revolution,” he added.

Leader Bhattarai went on to note that the leadership should not put the science and ideology on the backburner by becoming emotional.    

At the convention, leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha underlined the need for transformation of the party saying the failure to do so would make the party similar to Nepali Congress and CPN-UML.

He added that there were problems of factionalism, trend to defy code and lack of impartial evaluation on the part of leadership in the party. He stressed on the need for transformation in order maintain the party unity.

Leader Shrestha claimed the UCPN (Maoist) is moving on the path to destruction in the parliamentary system. “It is the need of the hour to bring the party back on the revolutionary path,” he said.

Though the UCPN (Maoist) is the third largest force in the Constituent Assembly, the party is the mainstream in terms of its agenda. He added that his party would forge alliance with progressive forces and struggle against status quoist forces.

Moreover, UCPN (Maoist) leader Hisila Yami ruled out the possibility of change from any other party except the UCPN (Maoist) .She went on to claim the people from other parties are gradually joining the UCPN (Maoist) that raised the issues of class, caste, region and gender

According to the convention management committee coordinator Gopal Kiranti, around 1500 participants have been attending the convention. The party will have 400 additional volunteers and observers. The local administration has beefed up security in view of the convention by deploying huge number of security personnel.  

 

Posted on: 2014-05-01 05:12


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Jaundice outbreak in Morang; over 100 affected

Apr 30, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on Jaundice outbreak in Morang; over 100 affected

BIRATNAGAR, APR 30 –
More than 100 people have been affected by Hepatitis E ( jaundice ) in Morang district in the past week, the District Public Health Office, Morang said on Wednesday.

Doctors in the district fear a jaundice epidemic if precaution and protection is not adopted against this viral outbreak .

Although it is estimated that the disease has claimed the lives of four people and infected around 300 in the district, pathology tests carried out on suspected jaundice cases at government and private hospitals here by the DPHO confirmed Hepatitis E in 100 patients.  

The DPHO has warned the people against drinking contaminated water, stale and spoilt food.

The Biratnagar Sub Metropolitan City has already issued a notice urging the public to take precautionary measures against jaundice in the wake of the rising cases of the disease reported by the health institutions.

The Koshi Zonal Hospital (KZH) said that it is receiving around 60 jaundice patients on a daily basis. Dr Dipak Sigdel said that the number of people suffering from the disease has increased in the past one week. “There are at lease 36 jaundice patients in the hospital’s out-patient department,” he said, adding that the situation could get worse if precautionary measures are not adopted at the earliest.

Dr Sigdel said that consumption of polluted water and contaminated food causes the disease and its symptoms include yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin and loss of appetite. “One can be safe from the disease if they consume purified water and avoid contaminated food,” he said. “The disease can be cured if treated in time.”

 

Posted on: 2014-04-30 04:55


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Prez urges media to play leading role in statute writing

Apr 30, 2014   //   by Administrator   //   News from Nepal  //  Comments Off on Prez urges media to play leading role in statute writing



KATHMANDU, APR 30 –
President Ram Baran Yadav said that the issues of federalism and form of governance in the new constitution are crucial ones and that the journalists should write about the twin issues after doing thorough study.

President Yadav said so while inaugurating the newly constructed building of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in the Capital on Wednesday. Remembering the contributions of media in achieving democracy in the past, the president urged the media persons to play a leading role in the task of constitution writing.

President Yadav further urged the media to become more responsible as press would find itself in trouble if democracy was not ensured.

Also speaking on the occasion, Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal said that the government was ready to work in collaboration with the FNJ. He appealed the journalists to play a supportive role in their effort to draft a new constitution within a year.

FNJ President Shiva Gaule expressed happiness in completing the task of constructing new building at the FNJ premises which his group had initiated three years ago. He added that they were planning to convert the new building into a sophisticated training center with the help of the government.

 

Posted on: 2014-04-30 06:44


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