NOC: 10 companies interested to supply petroleum products

    Rajesh Khanal, Oct 10 2015

    A day after Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) invited bids for supplying petroleum products to ease the ongoing fuel crisis, a total of 10 companies have expressed their initial interest.
    NOC officials said 10 companies have enquired them regarding the bids. “Three companies contacted us on Thursday and seven others on Friday,” said an NOC source, adding that most of them are foreign firms.
    According to the NOC, many of them are cargo companies while a few are related to petroleum business. “We hope we will receive official applications by Sunday, the final day of the bidding,” an official said. The state-owned oil monopoly has invited global tenders for the supply of petroleum products to Nepal from any country through any medium on a daily basis for at least 15 days.
    With the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), with which the NOC has a 40-year business relation, restricting fuel supply to Nepal, the NOC was forced to look for options to ease distribution of fuel for the upcoming festive season when Kathmandu Valley sees a mass departure of people to their hometowns.
    NOC Managing Director Gopal Bahadur Khadka said they decided to look for alternatives to the IOC in order to maintain smooth supply of fuel during the festive season. “The move is expected to manage short-term fuel supply targeting Dashain which is just round the corner,” Khadka told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Friday.
    The NOC has been distributing 50 kilolitres of petrol and 200 kilolitres of diesel on a daily basis while its stock is depleting due to the Indian blockade. “As an acute shortage has been seen mainly in the Valley, we are pressed to ease supplies here besides providing adequate fuel to long-route passenger vehicles,” he said.
    During the PAC meeting, Revenue Secretary Rajan Khanal said the government was in talks with the Nepal Trans Himalaya Border Commerce Association on the feasibility of importing petroleum products via Rasuwagadhi on the Nepal-China border. “They have shown the possibility of importing fuel from Tibet overland,” Khanal added.
    According to him, the Finance Ministry is also looking for a long-term solution to reduce excessive dependency on the Indian supplier.
    During the meeting, lawmakers slammed the government for failing to resolve the fuel crisis. Though the PAC had invited Commerce Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa, Chief Secretary Som Lal Subedi, Finance Secretary Suman Pant and Commerce Secretary Naindra Prasad Upadhyay to a meeting, none of them attended it.

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    Cong to talk to Madhes forces before decision

      ANIL GIRI, Oct 10 2015

      The ruling Nepali Congress has decided to hold a meeting with the Madhes-based parties before reaching out to the ruling CPN-UML and the main opposition UPCN (Maoist) on the prime ministerial candidate.

      Not only does the party face a dilemma over picking its PM candidate unopposed, it remains indecisive whether to support a UML-led government or to sit on the opposition bench.
      A meeting of senior Congress leaders held at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s residence in Baluwatar concluded that the party will reach out to the Maoists seeking their support for forming an NC-led government if talks between the largest party and the Madhesi groups lead to a positive outcome.
      Otherwise, a senior NC leader said, the party will support the UML’s bid for premiership and garner support for a Congress leader to be appointed the President.
      Still there is a chance that the NC will field its own candidate, said Minister for Physical Planning and Infrastructure Bimalendra Nidhi.
      A marathon meeting of the party’s Central Working Committee on Thursday and Friday failed to reach a decision whether to field an NC candidate as the executive chief after top leaders Sushil Koirala, Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ram Chandra Poudel staked their claim to the post.
      A majority of the CWC members advised the NC that it should continue its leadership of the government. The CWC then entrusted the three leaders to decide on the matter but a meeting coordinated by General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula with the trio failed to choose one as none relented. A UCPN (Maoist) team led by party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal reached Baluwatar for a meeting
      with the NC brass and stressed the need for unity among three major parties at least for some time.
      Maoist leaders said they could join a government led either by the NC or the UML. “After getting signals from Maoist leaders that they had not officially decided to support UML Chairman KP Oli, NC leaders planned talks with the Madhesi parties on Saturday,” said a Congress leader. After the meeting with the Maoist leaders, NC leaders said the two parties had common agendas such as addressing the demands of the agitating forces. But some leaders such as Sitaula, another General Secretary Prakash Man Singh, Joint General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka and senior leader Sujata Koirala have openly supported a UML-led government.
      Koirala is pursuing a three-pronged strategy: to become the PM again, to become the President and to stop Deuba from becoming the PM.

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      China Eastern halts Kathmandu flights

      Sangam Prasain, Kathmandu, Oct 10 2015
      Aviation fuel crisis at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) caused by the unofficial trade blockade imposed by India has hit yet another Chinese airline.

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      Main News

      Panels to talk to India over diplomatic crisis

      Post Report, Oct 10 2015
      The government on Friday formed three separate panels to hold talks with India in order to end the current political and diplomatic standoff and ease the supply of essential commodities, including petroleum products.
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      Prime minister election tomorrow

      Binod Ghimire, Oct 10 2015
      With the possibility of a consensus government ending on Thursday, Parliament is set to vote for a new prime minister on Sunday.
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      UML hopes Oli will lead govt

      Post Report, Oct 10 2015
      If all goes well, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli is likely to be elected the new prime minister on Sunday. The second largest party in Parliament has made a calculation that it will lead the next government even if the Nepali Congress, the largest party, does not support Oli’s bid.
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      Nepal’s AFC Under-19 Championship Qualifiers campaign ended in a low note losing 3-0 to Jordan in their last Group ‘E’ match at the Samen All Aemeh Stadium in Iran on Tuesday.
      Having opened up the tournament with a humiliating 10-0 loss to title contenders Iran, Nepal—with one point— needed a huge-margin victory to stay in race for the 2016 Finals. However, the slim hopes also vanished after Jordan took control of the match scoring two early goals.
      Anas Ahmad Mahmoud Hammad opened the scoring for Jordan striking in the sixth minute before Hijazi Maher Hijazi doubled the lead in the 14th. Abdallah Ibrahim struck in the second minute of the four-minute added on time in the second half.
      The defeat saw Nepal finish at the bottom of four-team standings. After suffering crushing defeat from the hands of Iran, Nepal salvaged some pride holding Kuwait to a 1-1 draw. Kuwait had defeated Jordan 2-1 in their tournament opener on October 2.
      A total of ten group winners and five best second placed teams will qualify for the Finals with hosts Bahrain receiving an automatic qualification. If Bahrain finish top of their qualifying group or end up as one of the five second best placed teams, another best runner-up will get the chance.

      Health & Style

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      The Not So Great Storywriter

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      He yells with a mouth wide open enough for a swallow to nest in. Panting and gasping, he moves his hands and eyes all over his body, to check if he has transformed into a woman just as in one of his unfinished stories
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