Govt decision made 2nd phase polls uncertain: CPN-UML

    Post Report, May 23 2017

    The CPN-UML has taken a serious exception to the government decision to increase the number local units in a dozen Tarai districts and give metropolis status to Birgunj and Biratnagar.

    At a press conference organised in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the main opposition CPN-UML said the Cabinet decision would push the second phase of local level polls slated for June 14 into uncertainty. The party said the government move to add local units after the first phase of local polls and ahead of the second phase elections is an example of “gerrymandering”.   

    “The redrawing of local unit borders has directly violated the constitutional provision and the recently endorsed law regarding restructuring of local units,” read a statement issued by the party.

    Objects delay in withdrawing impeachment motion

    The CPN-UML has drawn the attention of the concerned sides to immediately and unconditionally withdraw a motion to impeach Chief Justice Sushila Karki.

    The party said the impeachment motion against Karki was prejudiced and motivated by the intention to damage the reputation of a free judiciary. “The reluctance to withdraw the impeachment motion until today is part of a conspiracy to drag the controversy surrounding the conscientious Chief Justice until her retirement,” read the statement.

    The opposition party accused that though the first phase of local polls were mostly held in a peaceful and enthusiastic environment, there have been incidents of irregularities, misuse of resources and violence by the cadres of ruling parties in certain places. The party has demanded the government form a parliamentary probe committee to conduct independent investigation of the incidents and so as to not repeat the incidents in the second phase of local polls.

    Likewise, the UML has condemned the recent Cabinet decision to withdraw the criminal cases lodged in connection with Tikapur, Kailali incidents and other subsequent protests. 

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    Govt decision puts EC in difficult position: EC officials

      PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, May 23 2017

      The government's decision to increase the number of local units by 22 in Tarai has put the Election Commission (EC) in an uncomfortable position as it was preparing for holding the second phase of local polls on June 14.

      A Cabinet meeting on Monday decided to add local units in Sunsari, Saptari, Rautahat, Parsa, Dhanusa, Sarlahi, Bara, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Kavilvastu, Kailali and Banke.

      Likewise, 24 village councils of Jhapa, Siraha, Rautahat, Dhanusa, Bara, Rupandehi, Banke, Kailali and Mahottari have been promoted to municipalities.  The government has elevated Biratnagar and Birgunj as Metropolitan City. 

      With just 10 days to go for nomination of candidates for the second phase of polls on June 2, the government's decision has put enormous pressure on the election body as it has to print voter's list, voter identity cards and should also adjust polling centres. These tasks need to be completed before the nomination date of June 2.

      "Holding elections on June 14 by adjusting the added local units is extremely challenging," said Election Commissioner Ila Sharma. "A scheduled meeting of EC on Tuesday evening may make public its opinion."

      She said that the meeting would look into both political and technical aspects of adjustment of added local units. "We will also take the view of our technical team into consideration," she told the Post.

      With Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development working on the exact boundary of the newly created local units, the EC officials said that it is not sure how long it would take to adjust the new local units into the EC's system has not been sure.

      According to EC officials, the addition of local units not only forces the EC to adjust voters' identity cards and voters ' list in newly created local units but in the local units from where they were taken out.

      "How can we do it when counting of first phase is still not over and nomination date for second phase of elections in just 10 days ahead?" asked Election Commissioner Sudhir Shah.

      Following the addition of local units, the next phase of elections should take place in 483 local units in provinces 1, 2, 5 and 7 instead of 461.

      EC officials fear whether new local units have been created by splitting several local units and whether even a single ward has been divided into a part of different local units. They said it will complicate the adjustment process. "Technically, I do not find it feasible to hold elections on June 14 with the adjustment of added local units," said Narendra Dahal, another commissioner of EC. "The time to be taken by adjustment process will make it impossible to hold local polls in slated date."

       

      On April 23, EC had asked Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to increase local units if it is required within seven days. Amid political differences over increment of local units as well as constitution amendment, the government failed to increase the number of local units.

      "The EC has been forced to take stress for political parties failing to reach political consensus in time," said Shah.

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      Over 4,000 valuable animal parts burned to ashes

      • Move symbolises Nepal’s commitment against wildlife trade, poaching
      DIPENDRA BADUWAL, SHIVA PURI, May 23 2017
      Post Photo: Hemanta Shrestha
      Thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts, stored for about 20 years after they were seized from poachers, were destroyed on a huge pyre in the Chitwan National Park (CNP) on Monday, in a symbolic gesture of the country’s commitment against wildlife trade and poaching.
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      Additional local units pose new challenges to hold 2nd phase polls on time: CEC Yadav

      Post Report, MORANG, May 23 2017
      Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhyee Prasad Yadav has said that the government decision to increase the number of local units has posed a challenge to hold the second phase of local level elections on the slated date.

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      Extreme mission planned to recover body from Everest

      SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu, May 23 2017
      High-altitude climbing guides who have been doing the most dangerous job on the planet are set to embark on the “most challenging, expensive and longest” mission on Everest to retrieve the body of an Indian climber spotted in a 200-metre-deep crevasse near the summit.

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      12 Tarai districts to get 22 more local units

      Post Report, Kathmandu, May 23 2017
      The government has decided to increase the number of local units in 12 districts along the plains and give Birgunj and Biratangar the status of metropolis.

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      House meet postponed for 11 am Wednesday

      Post Report, Kathmandu, May 23 2017
      The Legislature-Parliament meeting rescheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday has been postponed for 11 am on Wednesday.

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      Parliament meeting put off again

      Post Report, May 23 2017
      The Legislature-Parliament meeting has been rescheduled for third time on Tuesday.
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      Parliament meeting postponed for 5 pm

      Post Report, May 23 2017
      The Legislature-Parliament meeting rescheduled for 3 pm on Tuesday has been postponed for 5 pm.
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      We must end shame for women with fistula: UNFPA

      Post Report, May 23 2017
      Women should never endure decades of discomfort and shame that could be easily prevented and the time has come to put an end to obstetric fistula wherever it occurs, said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
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      Money

      World

      The Delhi court on Friday awarded life imprisonment to five persons arrested on charge of gang-raping a 52-year-old Danish woman at knife-point near the New Delhi railway station two year ago, according to Press Trust of India.

      Additional sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar awarded the jail term to convicts Mahender alias Ganja, 25, Mohd Raja, 25, Raju,23, Arjun ,21, and Raju Chakka ,30.

      "For the offence of section 376 D IPC, all the convicts are sentenced to life imprisonment," the Judge said while giving the order.

      The court also imposed a fine of Rs 83,000 each on Raju and Raju Chakka, Rs 93,000 each on Mahender and Mohd Raja and Rs 1, 03,000 on Arjun respectively.

      The court has held them guilty guilty for the offences under IPC sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).

      Besides sentencing these convicts for the offence of gang rape, the court also awarded varying jail terms to them for other offences for which they were held guilty.

      According to the police, the nine people, all vagabonds, had robbed and gang-raped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers' Club near the railway station, the PTI said.

      The sixth accused, 56-year-old Shyam Lal had died in February this year and proceedings against him were abated. Three other accused in the case are juveniles and inquiry against them is in progress before the Juvenile Justice Board.

      Before commencement of proceedings on Friday, the convicts were taken out of the courtroom and were frisked by the police on the direction of the judge.

      Special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava had sought maximum punishment for the convicts i.e. imprisonment till the remainder of natural life, saying the crime was committed in a barbaric and inhuman manner.

      Legal aid counsel Dinesh Sharma, who represented the convicts, had sought leniency for them saying they belong to poor background.

      The victim had come here on January 1, 2014, and stayed for a couple of days before leaving for Agra.

      After visiting several places, she returned to Delhi on January 13, 2014, and stayed in a hotel in Paharganj near the station.

      The next day when she was returning to her hotel, she lost her way and had asked one of the accused for directions when the men waylaid and gang-raped her.

      During the trial, the accused had claimed innocence.

      Entertainment

      Sports

      Seven young shuttlers studying at the government schools of Kathmandu have earned themselves opportunity to assimilate with the Australian culture following their enrolment in the Shuttle Time Connect programme. 

      Bijaya Maka (Bageshwori HS School), Prasiddhi Aganja (Basu HS School), Rashmi Maharjan (Jana Sewa HS School), Sujan Khadka (Ratna Rajya HS School), Shailee Shah (Kaika Sharan HS School), Ambar Bahadur Magar (Sitaram HS School) and Yunikua Niraula (Bal Bikash Secondary School) are leaving for Gold Coast, Australia on Friday under an exchange programme. 

      Run by the World Badminton Federation in 108 different countries, Shuttle Time Connect is an international school badminton programme that offers young kids an opportunity to get cross cultural understanding through exchange programmes. Sports Matters and Badminton Australia have connected the schools from Kathmandu with seven Australian schools to share sports, educational and cultural experience through badminton.

      Gold Coast is hosting the Sudirman Cup Badminton Championships from May 21 and the Nepali students will be joining over 500 students for badminton activities on court on the sidelines of the tournament. Apart from their engagement in the Sudirman Cup, the Nepali students will also join educational and cultural exchange with Gold Coast schools.

      The seven students were picked up following their involvement in the Shuttle Time Connect programme of Kathmandu that initially enrolled students from 40 schools. Deepak Thapa, Shuttle Time Connect coordinator and Kathmandu Badminton Association President, said it was not an easy task to prepare the final list of players.

      “It was really tough to pick up the final seven because we had to select those kids who play badminton and are equally good in performing cultural activities and education. Additionally, they needed to be from government schools as well. Those were the criteria set by the programme and we had to prepare them accordingly,” said Thapa adding their tour of Australia will be fruitful for the kids. 

      “Its a great programme because the kids will get to learn about various culture of a country. They will also be joining classes in Gold Coast schools and coordinate with their schools in Kathmandu through skype. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who seek to learn more,” added Thapa.

      The Nepali kids will be accompanied by two teachers Manoj Acharya (Ratna Rajya) and Ram Laxmi Koju (Bageshwori) along with two parents. Two officials from the Nepal Badminton Association will also leave with the team which will be led by Thapa.

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