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Buddhists on strike

  

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Buddhists from Kankrebihar, Surkhet, started a hunger strike at Ratnapark-based Shantibatika in the Capital on Tuesday demanding installation of an idol of Lord Buddha at Kankrebihar. They started the strike at the call of Surkhet Kankrebihar Buddha Idol Installment Joint Committee. The strike will continue till August 25. Police had snatched a Buddha idol when a group of Buddhists tried to install it at Kankrebihar in Latikoili VDC on the occasion of the 2557th Buddha Jayanti. Coordinator of the committee, Phupu Chhembe Sherpa, said the government should guarantee that Buddhists will not be mistreated in the days ahead. Narbu Sherpa, one of the hunger strikers, complained that the government had insulted Buddhists by not allowing them to install the idol of the Lord Buddha, pioneer of world peace. — RSS

Project hurdles

KATHMANDU: The Investment Board-initiated process for the Project Development Agreement (PDA) with different hydropower projects has not seen much progress due to policy hurdles. The problem has emerged since the concept of PDA is quite new in Nepal, said Joint-Secretary at the Board, Mukunda Poudel. He said it was challenging to bring in foreign investment for hydropower projects without amending 10 relevant acts, including Electricity Act, Public Procurement Act and Trade and Commerce Act. Foreign investors have expressed concern about some provisions in the Electricity Act, he said, adding that the Parliament should amend the acts, which is not in existence now. The Board is making efforts to bring the investors into confidence, he said.

NSU leader no more

KATHMANDU: Sabina Koirala (Bunu), elder daughter of Saroj Koirala and Nepali Congress central committee member Leela Koirala, passed away in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. She was 58. She died of cardiac arrest. Bunu was the former central committee member of Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the Nepali Congress. The Panchayat regime had incarcerated her for taking part in the movement for the restoration of democracy and subjected her to physical torture. — RSS

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