Morcha decides to do ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure statute amendment before polls

    ROSHAN SEDHAI, Feb 19 2017

    Alarmed by what it describes as the CPN (Maoist Center)-led governing coalition’s sudden “U-turn” on its commitment to amend the constitution, the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhes Morcha (SLMM) have decided to do “whatever it takes” to ensure the constitution amendment before the planned local elections.

    A joint meeting of Morcha’s allies on Sunday agreed to take extreme measures from withdrawing support from the government to resuming a fresh protest to foil the planned elections if the government went ahead with its polls plans ignoring their concerns.

    It, however, remains unclear whether those measures would be taken immediately after announcing polls or ahead of elections whose schedule is likely to be announced this week.

    Morcha’s decision comes a day after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal disclosed the government’s intention to announce the date of local elections, possibly this week, while making sustained efforts to seek enough support to pass the constitution amendment bill.

    “We are adamant on our position that constitution amendment is a must for elections. Morcha will give appropriate response if polls are held ignoring its concerns,” Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato told the Post after the meeting. Mahato did not specify whether announcing polls date before elections was acceptable to Morcha—an alliance of seven agitating parties.

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    Oil tankers' protest prompts queues at fueling stations (Photo feature)

    Post Report, Kathmandu, Feb 19 2017
    Long queues of motorcyclists and other vehicles were seen in various fuel stations across the Valley on Sunday due to a fuel crisis as oil tanker operators intensified their protest against a recent amendment to the Petroleum Products Transportation Bylaw which requires them to maintain a minimum fleet size of five tankers.

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    Kantipur celebrates 24th anniversary

    Feb 19 2017
    Participants of the Kantipur half marathon organised on the occasion of the Publication’s anniversary in Kathmandu on Saturday.
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    (Agencies), Feb 19 2017
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    Statute amendment immediately after announcement of election date: Speaker Gharti

    Post Report, Feb 19 2017
    House Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar has said the process for endorsing constitution amendment bill registered at the Legislature-Parliament to address the grievances of Madhes-based parties will expedite soon after the announcement of the election dates.
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    PM calls Morcha for emergency meet

    Post Report, Feb 19 2017
    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has called seven political parties affiliated to Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) for a meeting at his official residence in Baluwatar on Sunday.
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    Monaco missed the chance to go six points clear at the top of French Ligue 1 when they were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Bastia on Friday ahead of their Champions League clash at Manchester City.

    Leonardo Jardim's side salvaged a point when Bernardo Silva scored after the interval to cancel out Sadio Diallo's first-half opener for Bastia.

    Monaco, who travel to City for a Champions League last-16 first-leg game on Tuesday, have 59 points from 26 games, four ahead of second-placed Paris St Germain before the champions host Toulouse on Sunday.

    With Fabinho and Kylian Mbappe on the bench, Monaco struggled to play the football that helped them score 75 goals in their 25 previous league games.

    Bastia went ahead in the 19th minute when Diallo headed home at the far post from Gael Danic's cross.

    Jardim substituted Tiemoue Bakayoko with Fabinho after the break and the visitors were rewarded seven minutes into the second half when Silva headed home from Almamy Toure's cross.

    Radamel Falcao went close to giving Monaco the lead, but his overhead kick went just wide.

    Mbappe replaced Valere Germain in the 71st minute but had only one opportunity, being denied by Jean-Louis Leca from close range three minutes from time.

    Third-placed Nice will move up to second if they beat Lorient away on Saturday.

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