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UCPN (M) senior leaders’ internal rift resurfaces

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UCPN (M) senior leaders’ internal rift resurfaces

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KATHMANDU, JUL 12 – At a time of circulating rumours of the UCPN (Maoist) falling prey once again to internal disputes, the party’s leaders corroborated the claim by exchanging heated accusations at a public programme.

During the ‘Political Training and National Labour Campaigners’ Honour’ organised by All Nepal National Independent Students Union (ANNISU) here, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Baburam Bhattarai indulged in recrimination.

On the occasion, UCPN (Maoist) Chair Dahal warned the party could face dissolution if the unforeseen transformation of the party towards a bourgeoisie character continued...

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Madhes parties to launch joint stir

KATHMANDU, JUL 04 – In an indication of new unity, almost all the Madhes-based parties in the Constituent Assembly and outside agreed on Friday to launch a unified movement to press the ruling parties to incorporate their agendas in the new constitution.

In a meeting held at the Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party office, which was attended by top leaders of almost all the Tarai parties except Upendra Yadav, chairman of the newly unified Federal Samajbadi Forum Nepal, the leaders agreed to launch their Janajagaran Campaign soon. Yadav, who was in Pokhara, is said to have assured his party’s participation in the joint struggle.

Putting aside their differences, the parties that earlier broke away from the Madhesi Morcha, agreed to form the alliance again in order to press their agendas.

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Lipulekh dispute: UCPN (M) writes to PM Koirala, Indian PM Modi & Chinese Prez Xi

KATHMANDU, JUL 09 – The UCPN (Maoist) on Thursday wrote to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala drawing their attention towards the recently signed trade agreement between India and China involving ‘ Lipulekh ’ as a trade transit between the two neighbours.

In the separate letters sent to Indian PM Modi, Chinese President Xi and Nepali PM Koirala, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said his party’s attention has been drawn to a provision of the India-China pact on expanding trade and cooperation during Indian PM Modi’s visit to China.

Our attention has been drawn to a provision of the recently concluded agreement between India and China on expanding trade and cooperation during the visit of the Prime M...

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Lawmakers demand Rs 50 million per constituency under CDP

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KATHMANDU, JUL 09 – Cross-party lawmakers have pressed Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat to allocate Rs 50 million to each constituencies under Constituency Development Programme (CDP). The amount released under CDP would be spent under the supervision and choice of lawmakers .

The lawmakers have made such demand at a time when there are reports that budget allocated in the name of lawmakers in their electoral constituencies have been misused in several districts.

The government began to allocate Rs 10 million to each constituency through CDP from the last fiscal year. But the government has been providing some cash to lawmakers after the 1996 parliamentary election.

Though the government provided Rs 1.5 million under this heading, the lawmakers are demanding 50 million for CDP and 10 mil...

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Writ filed at SC demanding right to willful death

KATHMANDU, JUL 09 – A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court , demanding it legalised the willful death.

Reasoning that the willful death would be better that the life in coma, advocates duo Uttam Prasad Rijal and Tankahari Dahal jointly filed the writ petition at the SC on Thursday. As the constitution has guaranteed citizens the rights to live dignified life, the citizens should be guaranteed the right to have willful death.

It is the human right to finish life rather than living in unconscious state for long and languishing life in pain, they argued.

In the writ, the advocates have made defendants to the Constituent Assembly and the Legislature-Parliament.

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CNN investigates claims Sanjay Gupta misled viewers in Nepal report

UL 09 – CNN has launched an investigation into claims that one of its star correspondents misled viewers in a report showing his emergency medical intervention on an earthquake victim in Nepal.

Dr Sanjay Gupta , an acclaimed neurosurgeon and the network’s chief medical correspondent was reporting on the devastating 7.8 magnitude quake that killed more than 8,000 people in the poor South Asian country in April, when he participated in an emergency operation on a victim.

In both a report and interviews with CNN anchors, Gupta said he had been involved in an intervention which had saved the life of an eight-year-old girl suffering from major head injuries...

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Quake-damaged house collapses, one dead

CHARIKOT, JUL 08 – A worker died when a house damaged by the earthquake collapsed in Dolakha district headquarters on Wednesday.

Worker Gopi Krishna Thami of Chyamawati-9 Suspa in the district died when the house came crashing down today. Another worker Man Bahadur Thami was injured in the incident.

Chief District Officer Devendra Lamichhane informed that five persons buried under the rubbles were rescued alive. “The house was alongside a busy road. We are searching the debris to look if anyone was trapped under it,” said Lamichhane.

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Justices appointment my first priority: CJ Shrestha

KATHMANDU, JUL 08 – Supreme Court Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha assumed his office from today after taking oath of his office and secrecy.

Shrestha was administered oath by President Ram Baran Yadav amid a function at president’s office in Sheetal Niwas.

Talking to reporters after assuming office, Shrestha said that he will put the appointment of justices as his first priority to handle the growing number of cases. “The case files are piling up. But there are few justices to look into them. So my first priority will be to appoint judges to check the growing number of cases,” Shrestha said.

He also assured that the appointment of judges will be free from any political interference.

Describing judiciary as a free organ of the state, Shrestha urged everyone to let it function freely without i...

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Maoists press for state borders before charter

KATHMANDU, JUL 07 – At a time when four Madhes-based parties are boycotting discussions in the Constitution Assembly, the UCPN (Maoist) has said that the delineation of federal units should be decided before constitution promulgation. The main opposition party has presented its position in informal meetings with the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML. Citing the changed circumstances, the party argues that it is better to settle the demarcation as the constitution draft undergoes modifications over the next few weeks. In the 16-point agreement signed on June 8, four major political parties have agreed to decide the boundaries of eight federal states within nine months of constitution promulgation while provincial assemblies name the states...

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RPP-N announces fresh stir

KATHMANDU, JUL 05 – The Rastriya Prajatantra Party- Nepal (RPP-N) on Sunday announced protest programmes demanding termination of secularism and re-establishment of Hindu state. The party has announced district centered stir all over the nation starting July 7.

Announcing the protest programme, RPP-N said that the party is planning to stage protest outside the Constituent Assembly (CA) building on July 7. As part of the protest, separate rallies would be taken out from three districts of Kathmandu valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur) and the rallies will converge outside CA building.

“We will begin Capital-centered protest from the first week of Shrawan (third week of July),” read a press statement issued after the party’s Central Committee meeting, “Our party lawmakers will play a v...

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