Once-over

Acharya’s proposal

Kathmandu: Nepali Congress Central Working Committee member Narahari Acharya on Saturday moved a proposal calling for the meeting of the party’s Mahasamiti “in light of the need to debate the march to a democratic republican order.” The proposal emphasises the need to convene a Mahasamati meeting to deliberate over the current political scenario and the expediency of going for a democratic republican order. —HNS

Boy swept away

LAMJUNG: Sixteen-year-old Arjan Wagle, a resident of Gaunsar-3, Bahunbensi of Lamjung, has gone missing after the Marsyangdi river swept him away on Saturday. Wagle had been swimming in the river, locals said. — HNS

‘No racial bias here’

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress general secretary, Ram Chandra Paudel, said on Saturday the country is now free from racial discrimination. Addressing a seminar organised by the Nepal Dalit Mahashangh — on inclusion of Dalits in the constituent assembly, he said inclusive democracy would avail equal status to all communities. Binod Kumar Bishwokarma and Krishna Nepali, through their papers, demanded reservations for the Dalits in political, educational and financial arenas as well as in various areas of employment, including traditional occupations. —HNS

SPA mass meet

JANAKPURDHAM: CPN-UML central committee member Ramchandra Jha has urged the Maoists to lay down their weapons and stop extortion. Speaking at a mass meet organised by the seven party alliance (SPA) here on Saturday, he stated that the Maoists now have an opportunity of “peaceful landing”, adding that it would do no good to them if they let go this favourable opportunity.— RSS

Maoists’ plea

BAGLUNG: The Maoist Baglung District Committee has called on all those displaced due to the conflict to return to their homes. Maoist District Secretary, Sagar, issuing a statement on Saturday, also urged the government to make public the whereabouts of all the disappeared persons. The statement also demanded the release of Maoists being held at different jails in Baglung. The Maoists will continue their agitation as the reinstated House had accepted a ceremonial role for the King, the statement further said. — HNS

UML’s call to Maoists

BARA: CPN-UML,Bara, has called on the Maoists not to disrupt the running of the industries in Bara and Parsa. A meeting of the UML district committee, chaired by district secretary Achyut Mainali, urged the Maoists to stop financial extortion, expansion of their union in

industries and mistreatment of management officials. — HNS

Shah’s health worsens

Tanahun: The health of former Maoist cadre Dilip Kumar Shah, who has been on a fast-unto-death strike at the Maoist Rehabilitation Centre at Dhakaltar since last Monday, is fast deteriorating. Shah is now reportedly in a critical condition. Shah, who has been charged with the murder of a cop in Bara, has been staying at the centre after his surrender before the police. On Saturday, Shah vowed to continue with his strike until all charges against him were dropped. Another centre resident, Saraswati Dangol, who is also charged with a similar offence, is reportedly going on a fast-unto-death from May 22. — HNS

Teams atop Everest

KATHMANDU: Four teams scaled Mt Everest on Saturday. Six Indian border security force personnel and six Nepali high altitude climbers (HAC) of the BSF Everest Expedition 2006, seven American, Belgian and Austrian members and six HACs of the Alpine Ascents International Everest Expedition 2006, one HAC of 2006 IMG Everest Expedition (II) and one American member and one HAC of the 2006 IMG Everest Expedition (I) scaled the world’s highest peak on Saturday, the mountaineering department of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said. Meanwhile, Eylem Elif Mavis of 2006 Turkish Everest Expedition became the first Turkish woman to have climbed Everest, the team said in a press statement on Saturday, adding that Mavis had climbed the highest peak on May 15. — HNS

Plea for help

KATHMANDU: Rina Dhimal (50) has appealed to the public to save her son’s life by providing money for treatment. Her son, Chandra Dhimal (31), a kidney patient admitted at the ICCU of Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, has to undergo dialysis each day just to remain alive. The hospital has been providing Chandra with bed and dialysis free of cost for a week. To help Chandra, one can contact the Dialysis Unit of the hospital. — HNS