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Gajurel asks incumbent prime minister to quit

JANAKPURDHAM: Communist Party of Nepal, Maoist vice-chairman CP Gajurel today warned of chasing Baburam Bhattarai out of Baluwatar, Prime Minister’s official residence. Noting that Bhattarai had murdered Constituent Assembly, Gajurel called on the Prime Minister to step down and pave the way for the consensus government. “Since Bhattarai is adamant on sticking to power, he has to be thrown out of the power,” Gajurel said, while talking to mediapersons in Janakpur. On a different note, he accused the incumbent government of trying to bring the full-fledged budget at the ...
Published On: 2012-07-09

Single ethnic state unacceptable‚ says Pokharel

MAHENDRANAGAR: CPN-UML general secretary Ishwor Pokharel today said that single ethnicity-based federalism would not be acceptable at any cost. Inaugurating a training programme of Mahakali Zonal cadres in Mahendranagar, Pokharel clarified that his party was not in the favour of single ethnic state. The Constituent Assembly was dissolved just because of Maoist’s proposal of single ethnic state concept, he added. Maintaining that the formation of seven states along multi ethnicity-based identity was the core principle of UML, he said that party’s decision would not be changed. &...
Published On: 2012-07-09

Landslips disrupt water supply

DHADING: Over 1,000 households in Mulpani, Salyankot and Aginchowk VDCs in Dhading have been affected after landslides damaged the drinking water project under construction. The landslip has damaged 3,150 metres of water pipeline of Salyankot Drinking Water Project causing an estimated property of Rs 3.3 million. Meanwhile, two suspension bridges and some structures including Majuwa Drinking Water Project in Phulkharka were affected due to landslide. Farmers stage sit-in Accham ACCHAM: Farmers’ representatives on Monday staged a sit-in in front of the Accham District Administration Of...
Published On: 2012-07-09

TSA will be wired to all 75 districts

KATHMANDU: If everything goes as planned, all government-financed agencies would come under the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by 2013, sources said. Experts believe such a step would bring transparency in government resource management as the single account would be wired to all the 75 district treasury offices. A treasury single account is an essential tool for consolidating and managing governments’ cash resources, thus minimizing borrowing costs. By adding 22 more districts to the existing central networking system from July 16 or the beginning of new fiscal year, the number of di...
Published On: 2012-07-09

Row over municipal governance builds up

KATHMANDU: A dispute over the ownership and governance in municipalities has build up between the two key ministries dealing with governance and development in the country. The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD) and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) both claim that the control of municipalities be kept under their ministry. Officials at the MoFALD claimed that the government’s Terms of Reference clearly mentions that the control of the municipalities be handled by the MoFALD. “However, the MoUD officials are trying to dominate us by claiming that th...
Published On: 2012-07-09

Manakamana gets 1 kg gold

GORKHA: The government has donated over one kilogram gold for the renovation of the Manakamana temple, in Gorkha. According to the Manakamana Area Development Committee chairperson Dinesh Joshi Rs 5.847 million (value of 1,208 grams gold) has been deposited in the committee’s name at the New Road-based Rastriya Banijya Bank in Kathmandu. The committee, during a meeting with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Friday, had sought the government’s help for the renovation of the temple. ...
Published On: 2012-07-09

Locals padlock NEA office in Damauli

DAMAULI: Locals of Byas Municipality, Baireni and Kumaltari today padlocked the Damauli branch, Nepal Electricity Office for three hours. They blamed on the sloppiness on the part of the administration to fix the power outage that they have been facing since Sunday morning. Former ward chairperson Maya Nath Koirala said they were compelled to lock the office as the authority did not take necessary measures even 24 hours after the Baireni-based transformer was blasted. More than 2,000 people have been affected by the power cut. The office was unlo-cked following an agreement reached betwe...
Published On: 2012-07-09

Embankment collapse on Doda River puts locals at risk

KANCHANPUR: The Doda River has swept away the embankment built in the access road at Bichphanta of Parasan-8 in Kanchanpur district. The local people had built the earth filled embankment to protect the people of Wards. No. 7 and 8 of the Parasan VDC from flood risks. It was built at a cost of Rs. 450,000, by collecting Rs. 1,000 from each household and from VDC, said Convenor of the Embankment Construction Committee Kubernath. More than two kms of embankment had been built to protect the settlement from floods by using a dozer. "We are terrified by the collapse of the embankment"...
Published On: 2012-07-09

Two held with hashish

HETAUDA: Police nabbed two persons along with 11-kg of illegal hashish in Hetauda municipality-1, Chaukitole along the Tribhuwan Highway on Sunday night. The arrestees are Ram Singh Dhalan, 32, and Raj Kumar Dhalan, 30, of Kakanda VDC of Makawanpur, said the District Police Office, Makawanpur. The arrestees were moving ahead to Raksaul of India from Aghor, Namtar VDC for the export of hashish, it is learnt. ...
Published On: 2012-07-09

IoM gets new dean‚ finally

KATHMANDU: Prof Dr Govinda KC today ended his fast-unto-death after the Tribhuvan University (TU) Executive Council appointed Prof Dr Kumud Kumar Kafle as new dean of the TU Institute of Medicine (IoM). Dr KC, head of orthopaedic department, had launched the hunger strike at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) on Thursday, demanding merit-based appointments to key posts at IoM and disciplinary action against those institute officers found guilty of corruption and other irregularities and a fair appointment in the vacant posts through competition. The major posts at IoM, namely as...
Published On: 2012-07-08