NC district presidents endorse Hetauda declaration

    Post Report, Jun 22 2018

    The national gathering of Nepali Congress (NC) district presidents concluded here in Hetauda on Friday, issuing a 21-point declaration.
    Hailing the party’s role in drafting the new constitution through the Constituent Assembly (CA) and its implementation after seven-decade long sacrifice and struggle, the NC district presidents have expressed pride for its political achievement in establishing democratic values in the country. The national gathering of NC presidents has expressed commitment to strengthen, improve and modernize the party organisation.
    Calling on the party rank and file to become serious about the recent elections results, the NC district presidents have stressed on the need to put a united face to deal with all the challenges facing the party. The gathering has urged the central working committee to ensure the representation of district presidents while forming the party statute drafting committee. The declaration has hoped that the upcoming Mahasamiti meeting will revise the statute amendment by incorporating the suggestions from district, and province groups.
    The gathering has requested for making arrangement for holding national assembly of party district presidents every two years. It has also urged the party central committee to hold assemblies of the party’s sister organisations in time and remove the confusion.
    The declaration has heartily urged the party to hold internal discussions for unity, coexistence and cooperation for making the organisation more effective, and implement the party structure mentioned in the statute in letter and spirit.  

    Apart from the internal issues, the document has stated that the NC will step up its fight against the “anti-people and authoritarian tendency” of the government.

    “The communist government’s interventionist move to prohibit and control the media, statement influencing independence of judiciary, restricting the people’s right to property, unfair terrorization of civil servents, ploy to strip the rights of trade unions, controlling professional social and non-governmental organizations, and growing impunity makes it clear that the current government is heading towards authoritarianism,” read the declaration. The party will stand firmly to defend the established democratic values to ensure press freedom, judicial independence, trade union rights and professional rights.
    Saying that the communist government has gifted the people with excessive price rise, the declaration said the government has shown its anti public character by suppressing the peaceful protests staged by students against the price rise.
    The document has lashed out at the government for the recently unveiled annual budget and policies and programmes. The declaration has alleged that the budget has made the provincial and local governments very weak thus showing the government’s anti-federalism tendency.
    Further, the NC district presidents have warned of resorting to nation-wide agitation if the government doesn’t stop the growing physical attack under government protection and witch-hunt of the leader having different opinion.   

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    PM Oli winds up Beijing visit on high note

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    Akhilesh Upadhyay, Jun 22 2018
    Nepal and China have signed a landmark accord to develop a cross-border railway line that will connect the Tibetan town of Kerung with Kathmandu, calling the Cooperation for Railway Connectivity “as the most significant initiative in the history of bilateral cooperation”.The two sides signed the memoranda of understanding on Thursday following hour-long delegation-level talks at the Great Hall of the People.
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    33kg gold smuggling case: Special probe committee detains restaurateur Akbar Shah

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    A special probe committee formed by the Home Ministry to look into the organised gold smuggling on Thursday arrested Akbar Shah, who operates a restaurant at Pulchok-based Labim Mall.

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    NAC looks abroad to fill shortage of pilots

    SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu, Jun 22 2018
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    Nigeria bounce back at World Cup to beat Iceland 2-0

    Kathmandu, Jun 23 2018
    Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia on Friday as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.

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    10 hurt in accident in Rukum West, six are in critical condition

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    One killed as tipper hits scooter in Bhaktapur

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    Lumbini FC joined Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) in the quarter-finals of the Lalit Memorial U-18 Football Championship as Group ‘A’ runners-up after defeating Saraswati Youth Club 2-0 at Anfa Complex on Thursday.

    Holders TAC, who were already assured of their place in the knockouts, stormed into quarter-finals maintaining their 100 percent winning record with 8-2 drubbing of Machhindra Club. The outcome meant TAC finished top of the table with maximum 12 points, five ahead of Lumbini.

    New Road Team (NRT), who could have made it to last eight provided Lumbini had lost or played a draw, crashed out finishing third with six points. Saraswati (3 points) ended up at the fourth spot and Machhindra (one point) finished fifth.

    TAC captain Dinesh Henjan and Dipesh Ale starred for departmental team scoring a treble each. Dipesh netted in the seventh, 25th and 30th minutes while Dinesh struck in the 39th, 60th and 90th minute. Sunil Shrestha was also on scoresheet for the departmental giants, who were also gifted an own goal. Sharad Rai netted in the 33rd minute for Machhindra and Pukar Khadka in the 52nd.

    In another match, Prince Gurung fired Lumbini ahead early in the fourth minute against Saraswati before Amrit Gurung sealed the victory in the 69th minute.

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