US Ambassador calls on CoAS Sharma

US Ambassador to Nepal Dean Richard Thompson paid a courtesy call on Chief of Army Staff Prabhuram Sharma.

In the meeting held at Nepal Army headquarters, Bhadrakali today, matters of bilateral relations and mutual interest were discussed, according to the NA Directorate of Public Relations and Information. The NA has also expressed the confidence that such meetings would help strengthen the relationship subsisting between the two countries.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Follow code of conduct to make election fair: Commissioner Dr Tuladhar

Election Commissioner Dr Janaki Tuladhar has requested all concerned to follow the election code of conduct. At a media orientation organized by the Election Commission in collaboration with the National News Agency (RSS) here today, Commissioner Dr Tuladhar said that the election to be held on November 20 is focused making the election fair through enforcement of election code of conduct on effective voter education.

Appreciating the role played by the media in the last local level elections, she said that the same role was expected in the Provincial Assembly and House of Representatives elections as well. “The role of the media in voter education is important while collaboration between the commission and the media is equally necessary to make elections free and fair.”

She also said that the Commission needs to work with the media to prevent dissemination of fake information.

On the occasion, General Manager of RSS, Sidharaj Rai, said that during the election journalists should also focus on following the code of conduct in addition to highlighting the violations of the election code of conduct by other stakeholders.

Chief Returning Officer Bishnu Prasad Aryal asked the media to make everyone aware of the code of conduct. He also cautioned the media against exaggerated the facts and instead become factual while conveying the information.

At the program, Election Commission spokesperson Shaligram Sharma pointed out that journalists should play a key role in preventing fake information and false publicity during elections.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Think seriously before casting your ‘precious’ vote: Chairperson Oli

The CPN (UML) is going amidst the voters with the major resolution ‘Protection and Promotion of National Interest: Promotion of Stability, Good-governance and Development’ in the upcoming parliamentary election.

The House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly election are scheduled to be held on coming November 20. Chairperson of CPN (UML), KP Sharma Oli, appealed with the voters to think seriously before casting their ‘precious’ vote.

At a programme organized by the major opposition party to unveil its election manifesto here today, Chairperson Oli recalled that voters, by casting their vote in favor of political stability and prosperity, had made his party the largest in the previous parliamentary elections.

The party, in the digitally unveiled 20,000-words manifesto, appealed to the voters to think seriously before exercising their franchise as it argued that a single vote could make a huge difference and decide the fate of the country.

The leftist party reaffirmed its resolution to continue fighting with unwavering integrity to fulfill people’s expectations for justice, quality and prosperity.

The party chairperson while launching the manifesto digitally viewed that the upcoming parliamentary elections were a decisive opportunity to liberate the country from the cycle of various crisis. “It is an apt time to show the world that we are capable of resolving our country’s problems ourselves.”

Stating that the upcoming election going to be conducted amid a serious and sensitive national situation held a special significance, the septuagenarian leader said that every vote cast in the election would determine the future course of the country.

The party, in its manifesto, claimed that the government led by his party, amid challenges during COVID-19 pandemic, was most dynamic, productive and successful and succeeded in implementing the constitution in a short span of time.

According to the party, the provincial and local governments were dynamic, bringing on board the disgruntled parties towards following the constitution, agreement forged in implementation of constitution and acceptance of the national charter among others during the CPN-UML leadership.

During the party’s leadership, the foreign ties were further strengthened based on sovereignty equality, mutual benefits and respect and values on non-interference, the manifesto mentioned. The party took credit for resolving various unsolved issues and taking relations with foreign countries to a new height by taking forward new works.

The manifesto further mentions publication of new political map of Nepal, initiating diplomatic dialogues to take back the encroached lands (Lipulek, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura and Nepal’s quantitative development in expansion and consolidation of ties with foreign countries were one of the achievements during UML’s government.

The party claimed in the manifesto that the international sector commending the post-quake operation during the UML leadership, continuous economic growth over 7 per cent after the formation of UML government and huge increase in foreign investment were testimony to the party’s effective delivery.

The UML in its manifesto has laid emphasis on enchaining national independence and its dignity as well as ensuring welfare and sovereignty of the nation as well as political stability, peace, development and good-governance.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

EC seeks nine clarifications against code of conduct violation in a day

The Election Commission (EC) has sought nine clarifications in a day acting on the complaints related to violation of code of conduct issued for upcoming federal and provincial parliamentary elections.

The commission has sent separate letters to those bearing beneficial posts, election candidates, local representatives, teachers and government employees, among others seeking clarification within 24 hours.

Urging all sides to comply with the code of conduct, Election Commissioner Ram Prasad Bhandari said investigation and action would be initiated acting on the complaints and information related to code of conduct breach were received.

The EC has sought 60 clarifications out of a total of 150 complaints received so far. Source: National News Agency Nepal    

Number of foreign tourists’ increases in Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Area

The number of foreign tourists visiting Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Area, a place of historical, archeological and religious value in  the capital, is increasing lately.

The historical place enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site received 10,594 tourists outside SAARC region in mid-September to mid-October this year while those from SAARC region stand at 3,178 during the same period, according to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s Hanuman Dhoka Conservation Programme.

During mid-August to mid-September, 3,610 foreign tourists outside of SAARC region arrived Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Area while 1,893 from SAARC region.

Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Area attracted 2,864 foreign tourists outside of SAARC region during mid-July to mid-August while 1,399 tourists from SAARC region visited the place features nine-storey palace, monuments, open air museum, courtyards and quadrangles, temples and open public spaces among others built during 15th to 20th century.

The influx of foreign tourists has been increasing satisfactorily post COVID-19 pandemic, according to Programme Chief, Roshan Shakya.

The Programme covers historical monuments in KMC’s ward no 19, 20, 23 and 24.Foreign tourists outside of SAARC region have to pay Rs 1,000 as an entry fee to this Area while Rs 150 is charged with tourists from SAARC region.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Candidates canvassing voters in Rupandehi

Candidates from different political parties are trying their best in canvassing the voters in view of the imminent elections to pick the members of the House of Representatives and Province Assembly.

Candidates now are reaching out to the doorsteps of the voters with their party agenda. Candidates of different political parties in Rupandehi have made development of the district the prime agenda in their door-to-door poll campaign.

Candidates have reached among the voters with a commitment to develop the district as a ‘role model’. Candidates from ruling Nepali Congress are busy canvassing the voters putting forth their resolution to make the entire district a main centre of development of the country while CPN-UML candidates have also sought votes presenting their agenda that they would lay emphasis on infrastructure and human capital development of the district.

UML has forged electoral alliance with Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Janata Samajwadi Party.

Home Minister Balkrishna Khand from ruling coalition is in race from Rupandehi electoral constituency 3 for member of the House of Representatives. Khand is the common candidate of ruling coalition and Loktantrik Samajwadi Party. Former Minster and RPP leader Deepak Bohora is contesting with Khand.

It may be noted that there was electoral alliance between NC and RPP in earlier federal parliamentary election in the same constituency.

Former Finance Minister and UML vice-chair Bishnu Prasad Poudel is in HOR election fray from constituency-2. Candidate from ruling coalition for constituency-2 Raju Gurung’s candidacy however has been expelled for his illegal track record. The ruling coalition has lent its support to candidate from Janamukti Party Keshab Bahadur Thapa Suryabamshi in the constituency.

Likewise, ruling coalition has fielded former minister Ghanashyam Bhusal in constituency 1. UML politburo member Chhabilal Biswokarma is contending with Bhusal. Bhusal has come up with the commitment to intensify the works related to the agenda of education, health, roads and physical infrastructure at local level.

Another candidate Biswokarma has pitched the agenda of development and prosperity.

NC candidate Bharatkumar Shah and UML candidate Basudev Ghimire are in electoral fray from constituency-5. Likewise, NC candidate Pramod Yadav and former minister Om Prakash Yadav from Janata Samajwadi Party are contesting in the constituency-4 of Rupandehi.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Hearing on Lamichhane’s case to begin from Wednesday

The District Court Kathmandu has finishing taking statement from Sandeep Lamichhane, suspended Captain of the Nepali National Cricket on a rape case registered against him.

The statement was taken from Lamichhane in the case registered against him by office of public prosecutor. The statement was taken before the single bench of Judge Madhav Prasad Ghimire on Tuesday. Hearing on the case would begin from coming Wednesday.

A case was registered at the Court on last Monday against Lamichhane on the charge of raping a 17-year-old girl.

The office of the public prosecutor has demanded 10 to 12 years of imprisonment for Lamichhane in the case registered. The police report submitted to the public prosecutor has also recommended for the same duration of imprisonment for the accused.

Lamichhane, who has been in police custody since he was arrested following a FIR filed against him, has been denying the charge of raping the teenager girl. He had given statement that he is innocent and did not rape the girl.

He was arrested from the Tribhuvan International Airport on October 6 on the charge and remains in judicial custody since then.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

NHRC begins investigation into bomb explosion incident

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a team to carry out on-site monitoring of the incident of bomb explosion in Kalikot.

It may be noted that two children had lost their lives and three others were injured in the incident of bomb detonation at Tilagufa municipality-10 in Kalikot on October 29.

NHRC spokesperson Dr Tikaram Pokharel informed that the constitutional human rights watchdog body has sent letter to the concerned agencies in connection with the incident and initiated investigation.

The commission has demanded that the government take such recurring incidents sensitively and bring the guilty to book after fair investigation.

The NHRC has also called for the government to arrange relief and compensation for the survivors of the incident and provide free and effective medical treatment to the injured.

Source: National News Agency Nepal