NC’s generation convention to be held by mid-September

Nepali Congress (NC) leaders have said that the party’s 14th general convention would be held by mid-September. At a virtual programme organised by the party’s district presidents, the leaders said that party’s general convention would be concluded as per the given schedule.

On the occasion, party’s senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel said that conducting a debate whether the election would be held in a democratic party like NC was unfortunate.

He said that such a situation would not have created if the NC had moved ahead by preparing a schedule on the party’s 14th general convention.

Poudel was of the view that NC should be made more systematic to make it a leading force in the country.

Likewise, NC vice president Bimalendra Nidhi said that the NC has the constitutional obligation to conduct its 14th general convention by mid-September.

Since the list of party’s active members has come from all districts except for some, the party should go for general convention by giving a final touch to list of active members, Nidhi stated.

Nidhi also directed the district presidents and leaders to prepare for the general convention adding that the NC was serious to follow the constitution and laws.

During the programme, former general secretary of NC Prakash Man Singh said that the upcoming 14th general convention of the party was crucial to bring about positive changes in the NC.

“All the leaders and cadres have equal responsibility to conduct the general convention in a free and fair manner,” he said while asking why there is always dispute in the NC over the issue of active membership.

NC central committee member Dr Shekhar Koirala said that leaders and cadres of the party should move ahead being united to save the party while another member Pradeep Giri shared that the 14th general convention of the party should be held on the slated time.

Giri further said that the party should move ahead interpreting its policy and ideology in a new way as per the time.

Similarly, another central committee member Gagan Kumar Thapa opined that this situation has surfaced in the party due to non-observation of party’s rules and regulations.

He further said that the whole party should not be made the captive of indecisions due to dispute over active membership in some districts.

Likewise, political analyst Puranjan Acharya opined that the NC should hold its general convention on time to present NC as the alternative of the communist.

Senior advocates—Harihar Dahal and Yadunath Khanal shared that the NC should hold its 14th general convention on the slated time as the constitution has clearly mentioned the provision that any political party should hold its general convention within five years.

They added that the upcoming general convention should hold serious discussion regarding making party’s statute as per the constitution.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Country records 2,918 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hrs

A total of 2,918 new cases of COVID-19 infection were registered from 14,819 tests including 9,438 RT-PCR and 5,381 antigen tests in the country in the past 24 hours.

According to Ministry of Health and Population, altogether 5,147 infected patients have recovered in the same period in the country. So far 536,252 infected patients recovered from COVID-19 in Nepal.

Kathmandu district witnessed 396 new cases while 145 in Lalitpur and 66 in Bhaktapur, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

The Ministry confirmed that 53 new deaths caused by the virus infection were recorded in the past 24 hours across the country. With this, the total death toll due to COVID-19 reached 8,465 in Nepal.

It is said that there are 65,804 reported active cases of virus infection in the country. There are a total of 8,182 active cases in Kathmandu, 2,434 in Bhaktapur and 3,442 reported active cases of COVID-19 in Lalitpur.

The Ministry also said that there are 61,122 infected ones in home isolation while 4,682 in institutional isolation. It is said that 995 patients are in ICU while 324 in ventilators across the country.

According to the Ministry, two call centers 1115 (from 6am to 10 pm) and 1133 (24 hours) are in operation since 13 March 2020 to provide counseling service regarding COVID-19 prevention and treatment.

People are requested to contact the call centers for any queries related to COVID-19. The Ministry has also requested the people with symptoms of COVID-19 to contact the hotline 1133 or mobile number 9851255839 and 9851255837 for inquiries.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Leader Khanal undergoing treatment with oxygen support

Former Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal is now receiving treatment with oxygen support at the Thapathali-based Norvic Hospital in the capital.

Suffering from fever for the past nine days, Khanal was admitted at the emergency ward of the hospital this morning. Executive Director of the hospital, Rajendra Bahadur Singh, said that Khanal has been admitted to the hospital after suffering from fatigue and difficulty in breathing along with fever for the past nine days.

The blood test report of leader Khanal showed haemoglobin deficiency. Doctors involved in treatment of Khanal suspect that the problems facing the leader might be post-COVID complications.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Farmers get agri-inputs in grants

Agricultural tools have been provided to maize farmers in Gaindakot Municipality of Nawalparasi (East of Bardaghat-Susta).

Binayak Agricultural Cooperates Limited coordinated with the local government in the distribution of agricultural tools to maize producers. Earlier, the local government had allocated around Rs 3.6 million grant amount under the Maize Production and Promotion Programme to procure agri-inputs and the fifty percent of the total cost is to be borne by farmers.

Mayor Chhatra Raj Poudel handed modern agricultural tools to the maize farmers. Cooperatives Chair Tilak Kandel said the distributed inputs include rice maize thresher, maize grinder, paddy cutting and electric spare tools and so on.

As many as 135 farmers have been benefited from this, it is said. The cooperatives has also provided 1,400 meters of pipes, seeds and fertilizer to some farmers to help in the water boring system. Mayor Poudel said that the municipality was to provide necessary assistance if the farmers approached it for the same. Though most of the people of Gaindakot are involved in agriculture, a less number of people are coming to the municipality for the subsidized agriculture programmes, said Poudel.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Elderly murdered

An elderly man was murdered in Jorsal of Phidim municipality by attacking him with a sharp weapon. Tek Bahadur Ingwa Limbu,79, was found murdered with severe injury marks to his head and body, police said.

Limbu was living with his wife, who is physically challenged. The incident came to light when their daughter-in-law came to see them this morning. Limbu is Ex-Indian army personnel. He had reportedly received his pension only last Thursday and locals have suspected that looters may have murdered him for it.

Police have begun an investigation into the incident.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Dispute in JSP: EC rejects both factions’ claims

The Election Commission (EC) has rejected the claims made by two separate factions of the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) Nepal regarding the actions taken to the rival group. The JSP Chairman Upendra Yadav had taken action against another Chairman Mahantha Thakur and the leaders of Thakur faction for joining the incumbent government. In response, Chairman Thakur had also taken action against the leaders of the Yadav faction.

Both the factions had expelled each other from the party as well. The decisions of their claims were submitted to the EC some weeks ago.

However, a meeting of the EC held Sunday decided that the claims and latest updates of both the sides were not valid and such claims could not be validated as per the Political Party Act 2073 BS.

The EC Spokesperson Raj Kumar Shrestha shared that both the factions’ claim were not as per the existing laws therefore the latest updates submitted from both sides could not be accepted.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Policy and programme of Province 1 passed with majority

The annual policy and programme of Province 1 has been passed by majority votes from Sunday’s meeting of the budget session.

Province Chief Somnath Adhikari ‘Pyasi’ on behalf of the Province Government had presented the policy and programme for the fiscal year 2021/22 on June 11 as per the clause 38 (1) of the Province Assembly Regulations-2074.

Responding to the queries raised by lawmakers during the discussions on the policy and programme, Chief Minister Rai on Sunday said that the feedback offered by the lawmakers would be taken into consideration. He stressed the need of focusing special attention in implementation of policy and programme brought by the government, expressing the view that the Province Government has put the programme to protect its citizen from COVID-19 infection on top priority.

Rai shared that the proposal of naming the province would also be presented in this session.

Shekhar Chandra Thapa from the Nepali Congress, Mohan Chandra Khadka from CPN (Maoist Centre) and Jayram Yadav from Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal also spoke at the Province Assembly meeting.

The next meeting of the Province Assembly has been scheduled for June 15, said Speaker Saraswoti Pokharel.

Source: National News Agency Nepal