UML, Maoist student unions inspect encroached Nepali land at Birgunj

  • Say Strip Map was wrongly prepared
BHUSAN YADAV, Jan 21 2018

Leaders and cadres of two major student unions on Sunday visited the bordering Chhapkaiya area of Birgunj for an onsite inspection of the land that has fallen into Indian territory following a recent position marking by Nepal-India joint survey team for new subsidiary boundary pillars.

Chairperson of CPN-UML aligned All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU) Nabina Lama and Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre) aligned All Nepal National Independent Student Union (ANNISU)–Revolutionary Ranjit Tamang, among other office bearers, reached Birgunj Metropolitan City-1 under the banner of Border Protection and Awareness Campaign. The team interacted with locals and inspected the encroached land.

The team of student unions found out that around three km Nepali territory has fallen into Indian side between main border posts 391, 392 and 393. Based on the experts’ opinions and land ownership certificates of local, the team has urged the Survey Department to verify the Strip Map and stop erecting new border pillars at the moment.

The Strip Map was prepared following Sugauli Treaty with East India Company in 1816, according to Nepal-India joint survey team. The chairman of both the student unions have sought an immediate review of the Strip Map, which they claim was prepared under unequal treaty and pressure from India by forgoing historical basis and customary use of land.

The student unions have demanded the Land Survey Department authenticate the validity of the Strip Map.

Survey Department Director Anil Marasini said that the problem has surfaced as the Strip Map was prepared based on 1816 treaty, while the landowners were given ownership certificate in 1965. The preparation of Strip Map and distribution of landownership certificates were conducted based on the river position of those times, he said, adding the problem occurred because the river has changed its course. 

Badri Sah Kanu stands in a pit dug for a new border pillar on the land that he says rightfully belongs to his family. (Post file photo)

“The elderly says that the river used to flow 100 metres south from current position,” said ANNISU-Revolutionary Chair Tamang, “The Strip Map looks full of error. It seems that the Strip Map was prepared with premeditated strategy to encroach the Nepali land. Our authorities acted helpless. It is necessary to review the map by high level teams of both the countries.”

ANNFSU Chairman Nabina Lama said that an Eminent Persons Group of Nepal and India are looking into the old and unequal treaties. “We do not claim others land, but we can’t give away our lands. Mapping should not be done based on false documents,” she said.

Locals complain that pillars are immediately installed when Indian lands expand to Nepali territory but it does not happen when Nepali land expands to Indian side.

“Looking at the land ownership certificates distributed by the Nepal Government, it is evident that nearly 50 Bighas of Nepali land has been clearly encroached,” said a joint statement issued by both the student unions after border inspection.

The team asserted that the Strip Map prepared after Sugauli Treaty based on river banks was wrong and betrayal to Nepali territory. The team demanded the government and concerned authority to seek a permanent solution to border issues through diplomatic channel.

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A bus fire in north-western Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

The bus was travelling along a road in the remote Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border, Reuters reported.

It was unclear in which direction the bus, a Hungarian-made Ikarus, had been travelling, but the route is widely used to transport Uzbek workers to and from Russia where they often take work on building sites.

Only five people managed to escape the burning vehicle, the interior ministry’s emergencies department said in a statement.

The ministry said the apparent accident had happened at 1030 local time (0430 GMT), but provided no details about its cause.

A photograph posted online from the site showed the bus completely burnt out. Video footage also posted on the Web showed it positioned diagonally across a two-lane freeway in the middle of a snow-covered steppe, in flames and emitting heavy black smoke.

Uzbekistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement its embassy staff were en route to the area, roughly midway between the Russian border and the Aral Sea.

Last October, another Kazakh-operated bus carrying over 50 Uzbeks was hit by a train in Russia after getting stuck on the tracks; 17 people died in that accident.


Four justices of India’s top court on Friday criticized its distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments, in an unprecedented public airing of problems at one of the country’s most respected institutions, Reuters reported.

The move spells far-reaching implications for jurists and politicians in the chaotic South Asian democracy where the Supreme Court often sets the agenda on matters of policy and orders measures taken in the public interest.

Exposing a rift with Chief Justice Dipak Misra, some of the Supreme Court’s most senior judges told a news conference the issues involving its administration were serious enough to prompt them to go public.

“The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country,” Justice Jasti Chelameswar said on the lawns of his residence in the Indian capital.

The justices gave few details of the incidents they were referring to, but released a letter they had written to Misra.

In the letter, they mentioned instances of cases with “far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution” that were selectively assigned by the chief justice without any rational “basis for such assignment”.

All Supreme Court judges should be involved in setting the procedures used to hire and promote judges in various courts in the country, including the high courts, they added.

Reuters could not immediately reach the chief justice for comment. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad declined to comment.

Two close aides of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was looking into the matter and had summoned top law ministry officials for consultations.

Some Supreme Court lawyers praised the justices’ action.

“Looking at its own flaws is the first step to correcting an institution, to deepening true constitutional democracy,” said Karuna Nundy, a Supreme Court lawyer.

The Supreme Court has 25 judges appointed by India’s president, including the chief justice, and each retires at the age of 65, the court says on its website.

The four justices at Friday’s news conference - besides Chelameswar, they included Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph - are the most senior after Misra.

Three of them are scheduled to retire this year, while Gogoi is in line to be the next chief justice, based on seniority.

Efforts to alert the chief justice that certain things were not in order and that remedial measures were needed had failed, prompting the news conference, Chelameswar said.

The justices did not want to be accused of not having spoken up for the institution, or of “selling their souls”, he added.

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Thirteen people were swept away by three near-simultaneous avalanches at three places in a stretch of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) on a mountainous road in Kupawara district on Friday.

Police officer Shamsher Hussain said about 200 police, army and civilian rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people.

Two people were rescued alive and were in stable condition at a hospital, he said.

Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir and have caused heavy death tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camped near the mountainous and forested highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals.

At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches last year, and in 2012 a massive avalanche in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 Pakistani soldiers.

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The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers (81 miles) north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers and two crew on board when it went off the road about midday.It plunged 100 meters (330 feet) and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.

The incident "left at least 48 victims" dead, the statement posted on the Interior Ministry's website said. Efforts to recover bodies from the overturned vehicle were suspended at nightfall because the tide had risen and reached the bus, the police said.

A police helicopter had winched some rescue workers to the wreck of the blue bus while others made the precarious journey down on foot with the assistance of ropes.The navy sent a patrol boat to assist the rescuers trying to get everyone out before the tide came in.

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The fixture of the six-team event announced on Friday saw Nepal take on Oman the very next day at the same venue. After a day’s break, Nepal return to play the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Trustco United Club ground before tackling Kenya on Feb 12 at the Wanderers Cricket Ground.

Nepal play Canada at the Wanderers Cricket ground on Feb 12. The Div 2 comprises of four teams—Nepal, Kenya, UAE, Namibia—demoted from the ICC WCL Championships and two teams—Canada, Oman—promoted from Div 3.

The top two teams from Division 2 will not only play for the title on February 15 but will also ensure their passage to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March. They will join the likes of West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Netherlands, PNG, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong to battle for two available berths for the 2019 World Cup.

Qualification to the 2019 world Cup may be a far cry considering the presence of the West Indies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland but what’s more significant is to reach the final in Namibia which will open future opportunities to Nepal. While the Qualifiers provide the three highest-placed Associate nations One-Day International status until 2022, it also opens up the opportunity to compete in the Intercontinental Cup—a four-day cricket tournament between top Associates—and the World Cricket League Championship which is a 50-over home and away tournament. For that to the happen, Nepal need to pass the first hurdle,i.e, to grab the top two position in Division 2.

Nepal will fine tune their preparations in the UAE after their initial plan to travel to South Africa collapsed. The Nepal team is scheduled to play a few friendly games against the local clubs and train at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

WCL Division 2

Feb 8: vs Namibia

Feb 9: vs Oman

Feb 11: vs UAE

Feb 12: vs Kenya

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Taman ousted Dipesh Shakya of Central Region 21-7, 21-8 to set the last 16 date with Nir Bikram Devkota. Devkota beat Shahroj Ansari of Midwest 21-7, 21-8. Dhami saw off Devraj Rama of Farwest 21-10, 21-10 and will next play Rukesh Maharjan of Army, who dispatched Bilal Waris of Midwest. Pabin Lenthap of Army beat Bhugol Gurung of Western 21-17, 9-21, 23-21 while Sajan Krishna Tamrakar of APF saw off Irfan Ansari of Mid-west 21-9, 21-11.

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Departmental teams Tribhuvan Army Club and Nepal Police Club advanced to the semi-finals of the National Men’s Football Tournament in Dang on Wednesday.

Army beat Eastern Region 2-0 in Ghorahi and Police eased past Western Region 4-0 in Tulsipur. Bivek Basnet put Army ahead in the 17th and Deep Lama ensured the win two minutes from time against Eastern. Suman Lama struck twice for Police. Nir Kumar Rai gave 28th minute lead to the Police team and Lama made it 2-0 three minutes later.

Bhola Silwal added the third in the 43rd and Lama completed the rout of Western Region with the fourth goal in the 67th minute.

Police will take on Nepal Armed Police Force Club and Army will meet Farwest in the semi-finals on Thursday.

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