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Gautam calls for unity

Dhading: CPN-UML Vice-chairman Bam Dev Gautam on Saturday said UML is a party ‘that has always worked to safeguard the rights of backward and marginalised communities’ and added that the ongoing debate in the party relating to ethnic issues was unnecessary. Speaking at a press meet organised by Dhading chapter of Press Chautari Nepal in Dhadingbesi, Gautam said there has been no dispute between leaders and party workers regarding the issues of ethnic identity. “Nor has there been any proposal registered to this effect,” added Gautam. ...
Published On: 2012-06-02

Embankments will contain Koshi this year‚ say experts

ITAHARI: The Koshi River, which has a long history of wreaking havoc in the east during the monsoon, is less likely to breach its embankments this rainy season, technicians involved in maintenance of spurs said today. Work on improving the embankment has been effective this year as the Indian side is carrying out the work, which Nepal used to undertake in previous years, said Division Engineer Mohan Bhattarai of Water-induced Disaster Control Division, Biratnagar. Bhattarai said Indian contractors started working on the embankments a few months ago. “The embankment will not be breached ...
Published On: 2012-06-02

Gale wreaks havoc‚ kills one

DADELDHURA: A person was killed and property worth millions destroyed by gale-force winds in Dadeldhura yesterday evening. Police said roofs of around three hundred houses, dozens of schools and half a dozen police posts in Alital, Jogbudha, Sirsa, Bagarkot, Bhageshwor and Dewal VDCs were blown away. This comes a day after six persons were killed and four injured in Bajura following heavy rain. More than 200 people in the area were displaced after their homes collapsed. In Alital, Dadeldhura, Dambar Bahadur Bohara (21) was killed yesterday night after being hit by branches that fell from a...
Published On: 2012-06-02

Bhandari at risk of disciplinary action

KATHMANDU: Senior leader of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic Sharat Singh Bhandari faces the risk of disciplinary action if he fails to furnish satisfactory explanation on why he went to the President on the night of May 27 ‘along with anti-federalist forces’ to oppose the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly and government’s decision to hold fresh CA election. The party has asked Bhandari to furnish his explanation by tomorrow. According to MJF-D leader Ram Janam Chaudhari, a decision on the political fate of Bhandari will depend on how he defends himself in his ex...
Published On: 2012-06-02

Upendra Yadav urges President to sack PM

KATHMANDU: Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav, who is leading the Broader Madhesi Front, an alliance comprising Madhes-based leaders of several parties, today said the Front would launch street protests to force Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai out of the government. At a press conference organised today, Yadav demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Bhattarai for his ‘unconstitutional decision’ to hold fresh elections for a new Constituent Assembly. Minutes before the CA was dissolved on May 27, Prime Minister Bhattarai’s Cabinet had decided to hol...
Published On: 2012-06-02

BMF says it has ousted three Maoist leaders

KATHMANDU: The Broader Madhesi Front today said it has expelled Ram Rijhan Yadav, Prabhu Saha and Ram Kumar Sharma — all having their party allegiance to the Unified CPN-Maoist, from its fold. The decision, which was taken yesterday, was made public today at a press conference. The move to expel the three Maoist leaders from the Front was prompted by a warning issued by the trio that disciplinary action against Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal leader Upendra Yadav, who also leads the Front, and MJF-D leader Sharat Singh Bhandari would be initiated for ‘joining hands with anti-fede...
Published On: 2012-06-02

'English education' keeps children out of school

MANGALBARE: Six-year-old Roshan Rai of Godak VDC Ward No 2 in Ilam does not go to school, though it is just a stone’s throw away from his home. He had attended a centre for child development, a prep for kids, for one year, and now he should be going to school. But he can’t because the school nearby his home, Nanda Secondary School, now has turned into Nanda Balmaitri English Boarding School, which has started charging fees much higher than his parents can afford. The reason for fee hike: The school imparts ‘English education’. Like Roshan Rai, Soni Limbu, 9, Prabesh...
Published On: 2012-06-02

Tarun Dal‚ NSU burn PM's effigy

DHARAN: Activists of Nepal Students Union and Tarun Dal — sister wings of the Nepali Congress — burned the effigy of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and chanted slogans against the government in Dharan today. NSU and Tarun Dal also took out a protest rally that started from Dharan’s Public Higher Secondary School and ended in a corner meeting in Bhanu Chowk after traversing through major thoroughfares of the town. Demonstrators burned the effigy of Prime Minister Bhattarai at Bhanu chowk. NSU and Tarun Dal were protesting the government decision to declare elections for a ...
Published On: 2012-06-02

Lightning claims 2‚ minor dies in road accident

GAJURI: A minor died on the spot after a truck knocked down her at Charaudi of Dhusa VDC-1 in Dhading district along the Prithvi Highway on Saturday morning. Purnimaya Chepang, 10, of Lothar-4, Chitwan, died when the Kathmandu bound truck (Na 3 Kha 4028) hit her, police said. It is said that Purnimaya had gone to Charaudi to meet her senior brother. Similarly, lightning killed two persons and injured two others seriously at Mahadevsthan VDC-5 in Dhading district last night. According to police the deceased are Som Lama, 16, of Bidur Municipality, Nuwakot, and local Santosh Lamichhane Ma...
Published On: 2012-06-02

Koshi River victims to get compensation

ITAHARI: Flood victims of Saptakoshi River of Sunsari district are likely to get compensation of their property damage after four decades of the flood. The people of Barahachhetra, Mahendranagar and Prakashpur VDCs had formed a struggle committee demanding compensation for their property loss since the Panchayat regime. The local victims are hopeful of getting compensation after a ministerial-level meeting of Nepal and India decided to coordinate to provide compensation to the victims to resolve the problems of Koshi affected areas. An office of commission to provide compensation to the p...
Published On: 2012-06-02