King will revive democracy: Bista

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, February 23:

Vice-chairman of the Council of Ministers, Kirti Nidhi Bista, speaking at a function organised to mark the centenary of the Rotary International, said that the monarch is committed to restoring multiparty democracy once peace is restored in the country.

Bista, the chief guest of the function, appreciated the contributions made by Rotary Clubs in the fields of poverty alleviation, literacy and medical care in Nepal.

He also thanked the Rotary International for its humanitarian services, especially the launching of polio eradication programmes in developing countries like Nepal. He also lauded the initiatives taken by the late king Mahendra for the establishment of the first Rotary Club in Nepal in 1959. In the morning, the Rotary Clubs of Nepal organised various functions to mark the occasion.

A peace procession, accompanied by an elephant carrying the centennial flag and Rotary slogans, Batuks chanting mantras for peace, women and musical troupes, was taken out. The procession went through various parts of Kathmandu and Lalitpur.

During the concluding function, which was organised in the evening, the Rotary Centennial Flag of Rotary International was handed over to Harsha Ratna Shakya, coordinator, Rotary Centennial Everest Expedition 2005. Three Rotarians, including Moni Mulepati, charter president of the Rotary club of New Road City, are taking part in the three-month expedition, which begins in March.

The organisers of the function also plan to establish a Rotary Peace Park in Salambu, some 15 km northeast of Kathmandu.