Thapa challenges Koirala to prove he is a royalist

Kathmandu, August 17, 2005

Former general secretary of Nepal Students’ Union Gagan Kumar Thapa denied charges reportedly shot at him by Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala that he is a royal agent. Denying the charges, Thapa challenged Koirala to take action against him if he was found to have ties with parties that go beyond his party’s values. “I am an active member of the party. The party can take action against me if I have any tie with any party go beyond my party’s values,” Thapa said at an interaction at the Reporters’ Club. Thapa was a presidential candidate at the union’s failed 10th general convention, which has been postponed for indefinite period after factions led by Thapa and the establishment resorted to violence in Pokhara. Thapa said, “I was not against an unanimous candidate for the union’s top post. What I wanted was that my agenda of democratic republic be discussed in the close-door session. But, instead of discussing my agenda, the session was boycotted.” He also demanded the NC probe into the violence that took place during the NSU’s failed convention at Pokhara. At the same programme, former student leaders NP Saud and Chandra Bhandari said the Pokhara episode was the failure of the student leaders of both the factions. Deepak Giri, member of the convention organising committee, said royal agents had infiltrated in the convention. Former ANNFSU leader Tanka Karki said the student unions cannot be parallel organisation to the mother party.

Thematic maps of Lalitpur on cards

Lalitpur, August 17, 2005

The Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LMC) is preparing thematic maps of Lalitpur. Among others, the maps will cover network of roads, water pipelines, drainage systems, institutional, educational and commercial buildings, stone spouts, monasteries, and temples of Lalitpur will figure in the maps. The Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City has adopted the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a computer-based tool, for mapping and analysis of infrastructure and events. Suman Meher Shrestha, the GIS coordinator at the LMC, said the maps will bring accurate and up-to-date information, which will help in formulating plans, arriving at decisions and manage resources. “The GIS technology will help address haphazard urban growth, construction of inadequate urban infrastructure, urban problems, heritage loss, low revenue generation, and lack of long-term strategic planning.” He added that accurate and up-to-date information will support in planning and managing resources and infrastructure at local level.