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EC forms three-member monitoring team to investigate into Chitwan incident

EC forms three-member monitoring team to investigate into Chitwan incident Kathmandu, May 29: The Election Commission has formed a three-member monitoring team to carry out investigation into the incident related to tearing of ballot papers by CPN (Maoist Centre) cadres in course of counting votes of ward no 19 of Bharatpur Metropolitan City under the first round of local-level election. Today's meeting of the Commission decided to form the monitoring team under the coordination of Joint-Attorney Gita Prasad Timilsina. Joint-Secretary of the Home Ministry and Deputy Inspector General at the Police Headquarters are also in the team, said EC Spokesperson, Surya Prasad Sharma. The team has been asked to submit its report within May 31. Chief Returning Officer had sent a report to the EC on the reason of suspending the vote counting for the time being citing tense situation had arisen there after some ballot papers were torn down. Out of 29 wards of the Metropolitan City, vote counting of 27 wards has already been completed. Devi Gyawali from the CPN (UML) and Renu Dahal from the alliance of the CPN (Maoist Centre) and Nepali Congress are in race of Mayoral post in Bharatpur Metropolitan City. …

Economic prosperity through private, public and cooperatives

Economic prosperity through private, public and cooperatives Kathmandu, May 25: The government has adopted a policy to move ahead towards building a prosperous nation through joint initiative of the private, public and cooperatives sector. Presenting the government's policy and programme for the coming fiscal year 2017/18 at the Legislature-Parliament today, President Bidya Devi Bhandari said that the government has given special priority to economic reforms. Saying the budget would be brought to give continuity to the programme of the current fiscal year, President Bhandari said economic growth is expected to be more than seven per cent, higher than the estimation of the current fiscal budget. Stating that the projects of national pride would continue ahead, she said that the government would enhance the capacity of the National Reconstruction Authority in speeding up the post-quake reconstruction in the country. President Bhandari said the financial stability would be ensured through capital mobilization of the banking and non-banking sector, while inflation would be kept within a specific boundary, and the public procurement process would be made more transparent. Fiscal transfer to the local level would be made as per the constitution, while the capacity of the local level units would be enhanced. Economic reforms would be made through increased foreign investment in the industrial sector. The government also adopts a policy to make domestic and foreign investment result-oriented. …

PM Prachanda resigns from his post

PM Prachanda resigns from his post Kathmandu, May 24: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has resigned from his post today. In an address to the nation from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Prachanda announced his resignation with effect from today. He also announced that he would submit his resignation to the president immediately. The Prime Minister said that he resigned from the post as per the understanding with the Nepali Congress, in the backdrop of a 'long draught of morality' in politics in Nepal for long. Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre) Prachanda was elected to the post of Prime Minister on August 4, 2016 with the support of different parties including Nepali Congress. …

Vote counting from 10 places in Bharatpur Metropolis

Vote counting from 10 places in Bharatpur Metropolis Chitwan, May 16: Responding to criticism from different quarters over delay in counting of votes, the vote count here is to take place from 10 different places from tonight. The vote count was being carried out from three different places. According to Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta, the ballot paper arrangement will be done from six places and counting from four places. Meanwhile, CPN-UML mayoral candidate Devi Prasad Gyawali is taking lead with 1,373 voters against 987 secured by CPN (Maoist Centre)'s Renu Dahal. On deputy mayor, Parbati Saha of Nepali Congress has obtained 1,187 votes against 1,108 by Divya Sharma Acharya of CPN-UML. Total 112,000 votes were cast in Bharatpur Metropolis. …

President Bhandari leaves Sri Lanka for home

President Bhandari leaves Sri Lanka for home Kathmandu, May 16: President Bidya Devi Bhandari left Colombo for Kathmandu this afternoon upon the completion of her four-day official visit to Sri Lanka, according to the Embassy of Nepal, Colombo. She had a meeting with former President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in Colombo today itself. Views upon empowerment of women, women's participation in the social development and politics and issues of common concerns were discussed during the meeting. Similarly, President Bhandari attended breakfast meeting hosted by President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena in his official residence in Kandy yesterday. She also participated in a program on Women Empowerment organized in her honour by Minister of Women and Child Affairs of Sri Lanka in Colombo the same day. Moreover, on 15 May, the President paid homage to the Keleniya Temple in Colombo which is believed to be visited by Gautam Buddha after attaining enlightenment. She also participated in an interaction program with the Nepali Community and dinner reception hosted by Embassy of Nepal in her honour in Colombo on 15 May, added the Embassy. …

Reports about fund misappropriation baseless: Energy Minister Sharma

Reports about fund misappropriation baseless: Energy Minister Sharma Salyan, May 9: Energy Minister Janardan Sharma has brushed off the reports about misappropriation of money in the process of the government to purchase LED bulbs from India as untruth and baseless. Talking to media-persons on his way to home district Rukum, the minister said the process to buy the bulbs would be initiated after an agreement between governments of both Nepal and India. "So there is not any misappropriation of money in the process," he said. In a different context, Minister Sharma directed Salyan branch of Nepal Electricity Authority to provide electricity at the earliest to start Khalanga Sitalpati Drinking Water Project. Likewise, he justified that the local level polls are scheduled to take place in two phases with the motive to bring all groups including the disgruntled Madhesi Morcha onboard the elections. Referring to clashes between cadres and leaders of various political parties at different places during a time when the polls are nearing, he also urged all political parties to exercise restraint. …

PM Dahal and UML chair Oli discuss contemporary issues

PM Dahal and UML chair Oli discuss contemporary issues Kathmandu, May 4: Prime Minister and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and main opposition CPN (UML)'s chair KP Sharma Oli held a meeting today, focusing on the contemporary political affairs. During the meeting that took place at the Singha Durbar-based office of Speaker Onsari Gharti, the two exchanged views on how to implement the schedule of the second round local level election fixed for June 14 and address the constitutional provision for bringing the budget on Jeth 15 (May 29) in the Nepali calendar, the date that falls in the midst of the two elections. The meeting mainly focused on the discussions on the issues whether to prepone the election or revise or postpone the constitutional deadline for announcing the budget, according to CPN (M C) leader Narayankaji Shrestha. "The main opposition has showed its concern at the schedule of bringing the budget in the midst of two elections," he said, adding that a solution regarding this issue would be sought through discussions with all parties and sides concerned. The meeting also touched on the issues relating to the constitution amendment proposal and the impeachment motion registered in the parliament against Chief Justice (now suspended)Sushila Karki. Terming the impeachment against Karki 'wrong', UML chair Oli urged the ruling parties to roll it back. Talking to media after the meeting, the main opposition leader said the amendment proposal was expected to be brought to the House for …

Impeachment motion to protect dignity of independent judiciary: NC

Impeachment motion to protect dignity of independent judiciary: NC Kathmandu, May 1: The Nepali Congress has said that the impeachment motion was brought against Chief Justice (presently suspended) Sushila Karki to maintain the prestige of an independent and impartial judiciary. At a press meet organised by the NC publicity coordination subcommittee at the party central office today, party leaders accused the Supreme Court (SC) of giving intentional verdicts going against the principle of independent judiciary and interfering in the government's executive rights. Speaking on the occasion, party General Secretary Dr Shashank Koirala said the NC was always in favour of an independent and fair judiciary and the CJ had to be impeached just to safeguard the prestige, dignity and image of the judiciary. In response to journalists' query as to who the party was sending to the post of Home Minister now lying vacant with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi resigning from the post, General Secretary Koirala said the matter would be finalised by a meeting of party top leaders. Party former General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula claimed that there would be no impact on the election of a first round scheduled for upcoming May 14 if the constitution amendment proposal remained unendorsed till then. Efforts would be continued to pass the amendment bill. On the occasion, he took time to share that party's preparations for the upcoming local-level election have neared the final phase. Also speaking on the …

PM Dahal, UML Chair Oli meet, discuss upcoming election

PM Dahal, UML Chair Oli meet, discuss upcoming election Kathmandu, May 1: Prime Minister Pusha Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and CPN (UML) Chairperson KP Sharma Oli held a meeting and discussed contemporary political issues as well as the upcoming local level election. During the meeting held at the Secretariat of the Speaker of the House at Singha Durbar, PM Dahal and leader Oli discussed the scenario following the registration of the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice Sushila Karki, according to the PM's Press Advisor Govinda Acharya. The two leaders also dwelt on holding upcoming local level election within the stipulatedtime being unaffected by the political developments in the country. Issues relating to forwarding the prime agenda of the country also figured during the meeting, shared PM's press advisor Acharya. PM Dahal also sought the cooperation from the leaders of the major opposition, UML, for forwarding the constitution amendment bill that is registered in the Parliament. Emerging from the meeting, UML Chair shared that the UML will publicly voice its opinion on the issues discussed with the PM from the office of the UML. …

Election inevitable for strengthening democratic republicanism: President Deuba

Election inevitable for strengthening democratic republicanism: President Deuba Kathmandu, April 29: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has stated that the election is inevitable for strengthening federal democratic republican system in the country. At a press meet organized by NC's central publicity coordination committee at the NC's central office at Sanepa in the capital city today, leader Deuba asserted, "NC will shoulder the responsibility of implementing the new constitution that was promulgated during its leadership." Deuba, also the former Prime Minister, expressed his confidence that the CPN-UML, the major opposition, would also cooperate in the constitution amendment process. He is also confident that the NC will get thumping majority in the upcoming local level election as in the second constituent assembly election in 2013. Responding to the queries of the media persons on the new government to be led by NC, Deuba replied, "Everything will be based on the consensus." On the occasion, senior leader Ramchandra Poudel argued that the NC should win with a majority so as to ensure rural development by taking on board the Dalits, indigenous, Muslims and marginalized communities. Poudel further claimed that it is the NC that could usher the country in the path of prosperity as it has already led many groundbreaking political movements from the 2007 BS to 2046 BS to people's movement in 2062/63. He spoke of the need to hold the election by bringing on board the dissenting Madhes-centric political parties. Similarly, …

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