CEC hardens position on int’l poll observers

  • Says there’s no need for missions, monitors to certify elections of Nepal
Post Report, Nov 23 2017
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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has hardened position on international observers following some “questionable activities” on the part of some representatives in Kanchanpur district.
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Advanced radar system to make Nepal’s skies safer

    SANGAM PRASAIN, Nov 23 2017
    Nepal’s air traffic control (ATC) can now monitor the country’s entire airspace and keep track of aircraft from the Himalaya to the Indian border using an advanced radar system recently built on a hilltop in Lalitpur.
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    CIEDP to summon Deuba over conflict-era disappearances

    • Transitional justice
    Post Report, Nov 23 2017

    The Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP), one of the two transitional justice mechanisms, is preparing to summon Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to record his statement on the charge that the state of emergency imposed during his tenure as the prime minister at the time of the decade-long war was responsible for enforced disappearances. 

    The CIEDP formed on February 9, 2015 is investigating into war-era cases of disappearance both by state actors and then Maoist rebels during the 1996-2006 insurgency. As many as 3,093 complaints have been filed at the CIEDP. The commission has shortlisted 2,300 “genuine cases” for investigation. Some of the complaints filed at the CIEDP are said to be not related to the war-era period, while others fall under the preview of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As around 90 percent of cases of the enforced disappearances occurred during emergency imposed by then Deuba-led government, most of cases are directly or indirectly against him. 

    Then government led by Deuba had imposed emergency on November 26, 2001.
    “We are preparing to summon PM Deuba after the elections,” CIEDP Spokesperson Bishnu Pathak told the Post. 

    According to him, more than 80 percent of the complaints the commission has received are by the relatives of those who were disappeared by security forces, meaning the state was more responsible for enforced disappearances than the rebels. 

    Pathak said it is important to summon PM Deuba as he is answerable to the cases that occurred during his prime ministership. The CIEDP has carried out preliminary investigation into the complaints and is now preparing to start detailed investigation which includes gathering evidence and recording statements. 

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    Congress, Chand-Maoist working together to foil polls: Oli

    DURGA LAL KC, DANG, Nov 23 2017
    UML Chairman Oli addressing a press meet organised at Ghorahi, Dang, on Thursday. POST PHOTO: DURGALAL KC
    CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has alleged that the ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and Netra Bikram Chand led CPN-Maoist have been working together to foil the upcoming elections.

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    MoHA: Tight security in place for Sunday polls

    KAMAL DEV BHATTARAI, Kathmandu, Nov 23 2017
    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has said adequate security measures are in place for the first phase of federal parliament and provincial assembly elections.

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    ‘Illiterate women voters of Bajhang at risk of manipulation’

    This file photo shows women voters of Bajhang’s Jay Prithvi Municipality-3 during the recent local level elections. Post Photo
    High number of illiterate women voters in Bajhang is a cause for concern as assisted voting procedure could increase voter manipulation risk, say women rights activists in the district.

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    Two dead as bike hits parked truck in Nawalpur

    Narayan Sharma, NAWALPARASI, Nov 23 2017
    Two people were killed in a road accident at Kawasoti, Nawalpur along the East-West Highway on Wednesday, District Police Office Nawalpur said.

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    Private building on heritage site property

    Anup Ojha, Nov 23 2017
    A private building being built in the “property zone” of Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square could poses a serious threat to the treasures located at the Unesco World Heritage site, experts have warned.
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    126,326 households added to NRA list of beneficiaries

    Post Report, Nov 23 2017
    The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) has collected data of additional 126,326 households after holding re-survey in 14 districts worst affected by the Gorkha Earthquake in 2015.
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    Nepali migrants in Qatar: Poor treatment of workers goes on

    Despite recent announcements by Qatar of major reforms to improve working conditions for millions of foreign workers on its soil, a large number of Nepali workers have not been paid for months on end.
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    Nepal announced a 20-member squad for the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) seventh round matches against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) slated for December 6 and 8 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

    A selection committee headed by ICC representative Aminul Islam, Nepal head coach Jagat Tamatta and skipper Paras Khadka will announce the final 14-member squad plus a four reserve players in due course. Mehboob Alam and Saurabh Khanal withdrew due to injuries.

    The team includes Basant Regmi, Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Shakti  Gauchan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Arif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Siddhant Lohani,  Anil Kumar Sah, Binod Bhandari, Dilip Nath, Dipendra Singh Airee, Hasim  Ansari, Jitendra Mukhiya, Karan KC, Bhurtel, Sagar Pun, Lalit  Bhandari and Sushil Kandel.

    With only top four teaKushal ms in the eight-team tournament assured of places in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, Nepal were already out of the race after their sixth round results against the hosts Hong Kong in October. Nepal lost one game and another was washed out meaning they were placed in seventh with nine points. Even if Nepal win both the final round matches against the UAE, they cannot catch Hong Kong, who currently occupy the fourth place with a round to go. 

    The Netherlands and Papua New Guinea have already earned tickets to the World Cup Qualifiers set for next year in Zimbabwe. Two more spots are still up for the grabs from the final round matches.

    Irrespective of the results in Abu Dhabi, relegated Nepal will now play in World Cricket League (WLC) Division 2 in Namibia early next year where they need to make it to the final for a place in the Qualifiers. Canada, Oman, Nepal, Namibia and the UAE along with another relegated team from the WCLC will make the six-team Division 2. 

    Nepal had finished fourth in the Division 2 in Namibia two years ago but the International Cricket Council (ICC) had handed them a chance to compete in the WCLC Division 1 tournament after Ireland and Afghanistan joined the 10 full members in the ranking-based qualification system for the 2019 World Cup.

    Nepal’s second match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Asia Qualifiers against Hong Kong on Tuesday has been washed out due to rain at the Terdthai Cricket Grounds in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Nepal also had their opening day match against Thailand washed out on Monday. The result means Nepal now have two points in the six-team table that sends top two teams into the final and 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Global Qualifiers.

    Thailand lead the table with three points. Nepal meet United Arab Emirates in their third match at the AIT grounds on Wednesday. (PR)

    Nepal shared points with hosts Thailand after their opening day match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Asia Qualifiers was washed out due to rain in Bangkok on Monday.

    Electing to field first at the Terdthai Cricket Ground, Nepal restricted Thailand to 90-6 in 20 overs. Nepal were 10 without loss from 3.4 overs in reply before rain intervened and washed out the remainder of the game. Jyoti Pandey (four) and Sarita Magar (five) were opening the innings for Nepal. 
    Earlier, Thailand began their innings briskly after Nattakan Chantam and Sirintra Saengsakaorat (five) collected 19 runs in the first two overs. Skipper Rubin Chhetri applied brakes on the run flow getting rid of Saengsakaorat in the third over. Sarita Magar soon removed opener Chantam and followed her wicket with another dismissal of Nattaya Boochatham (two) in a space of 14 balls as Thailand began to struggle.
    Two run outs then reduced Thailand to 42-5 in nine overs but Naruemol Chaiwai anchored the innings with two notable partnerships. She added 26 runs for the sixth wicket with skipper Sornarin Tippoch (15) and unbeaten 22 runs with Chanida Sutthiruang who made a run-a-ball 13. Chaiwai top scored for her side with a 37-ball 23, while opener Chantam struck 18 from 18 hitting the only two boundaries of Thai innings. 
    Sarita was the pick of the Nepal bowlers taking 2-11 from four overs, while Chhetri’s figures read 1-22 from four. Nepal will now meet Hong Kong at the same ground on Tuesday. The tournament sends the top two teams into the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Global Qualifiers to be held in the Netherlands. Two teams after the round robin league will meet in the final. 
    In other matches of the day, Hong Kong defeated Malaysia by 35 runs. Batting first, Hong Kong made 77-7 from 20 overs and bundled out Malaysia for 42 in 17 overs. United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, stunned China by 16 runs in a match reduced to five overs due to rain. UAE made 40-1 and stopped China at 24-2.

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