Alliance government even after election: PM Deuba

 Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said it was necessary for the country to have the government of ruling alliance even after the election.

“The alliance government is imperative after election to protect constitution inclusive politics,” PM Deuba, who is also the President of Nepali Congress, said, adding that the democracy and inclusive constitution gained with much efforts must be protected. He made such remark at an election assembly organized at Bhadrapur of Ajaymeru Rural Municipality.

“Can Limpiyadhura be retrieved as KP Oli ji reaches Darchula,” he questioned, arguing that not the speech by opposition leaders in Darchula but the diplomatic dialogue is needed for retrieving the encroached land. So, Oli’s speech does not hold any meaning, Deuba added.

The PM shared that the current coalition was formed against the act of dissolving parliament by pressing the President. He expressed his confidence that coalition government would be formed after the upcoming election. “We moved to the court after we felt it was enough,” he reminded.

The Head of the Government pledged to establish a medical college and airport in Dadheldhura. “No pregnant woman will die in lack of treatment,” Deuba vowed.

For building airport, PM Deuba assured feasibility study. Stating that many development works were carried out in Dadheldhura district, the leader who is also the President of Nepali Congress pledged to deliver on remaining tasks.

On a different note, he claimed that development of Sudurpaschim Province would be faster if Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) joined hand. Pointing at Khagaraj Bhatta, Deuba said, “He is a CPN (Maoist Centre) leader. If his party and our party join hands, Sudurpaschim Province will be developed. Dadheldhura will be most developed.”

While addressing, he stressed on delivering on education, health, drinking water and physical infrastructures.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Rapti folks to vote for those vowing to solve inundation and soil erosion problems

 The people from Rapti River bank of Banke district have made up their mind to cast votes to those who could help resolve their long-enduring problems of inundation and soil erosion.

“The candidates contesting the upcoming parliamentary election on November 20 must demonstrate their willingness and capability to deliver on the inundation and soil erosion problems to win our votes,” said resident of Daduwa Rural Municipality-1, Rajkumar Shukla.

Daduwa River and Rapti River have been sweeping away a vast stretch of arable land and inundate human settlements every year, thereby affecting as many as 24,000 people of 5,000 households from Holiya, Betahani, Fattepur, Tepari and Ghodiyanpur, according to Shukla.

He frowned that none of the government in the past had taken concrete initiatives to solve the issues facing the residents of Rapti River bank. Shukla, who is also secretary of the Laxmanpur Embankment Struggle Committee, ranted that although the election hopefuls were running door-to-door campaign to lobby for votes, they seldom revisit their constituencies after their election to the post.

According to him, the locals in Rapti River bank area were long facing the inundation and floods due to the Laxmanpur Embankment built by India in the Nepal-India border area breaching the international rule.

However, CPN (UML) candidate contesting to the House of Representatives election from Banke constituency no 1, Surya Dhakal, shared that he had a plan for sustainable solution for the most pressing issue of people here. “It is impossible to work on embankment project with scant budget. For this, efforts need to be coordinated with the provincial and federal governments.”

Controlling the sweeping of land and inundation always find space in the election manifesto of almost all political parties’ candidates contesting from this area. What has been troubling the locals here like the inundation and soil erosion issue is the lax implementation of the manifestos.

Similarly, Minister for Youth and Sports in the federal government, Maheshwor Jung Gahatraj, who is contesting for HoR election from the same constituency representing democratic-left alliance, pledged to build embankment along the Rapti River and Daduwa River to resolve the inundation and soil erosion issues.

Lal Bahadur Thapa of Rapti Sonari Rural Municipality-6 is resolute that he would only vote to him/her who would deliver on the expectations of the people here.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Chair Oli for prosperous country

 CPN (UML) Chairperson KP Sharma Oli asserted that time had come for the initiatives to ensure prosperity in the country.

Inaugurating the first international convention of the Prabashi Nepali Mancha (Overseas Nepali Forum) here today, Chairperson Oli reiterated, “UML is the party that will make Nepal strong and prosperous.”

Assuring his party was the one which would protect the nationality, maintain permanent peace and take forward development works as per the public need, Oli, also the former Prime Minister, appealed to those participating in the event to vote for his party.

The septuagenarian leader maintained that poverty alleviation, environment conservation and social security were the need of the hour for the Nepalis to live with comfort and pledged to play an important role in boosting patriotism.

He recalled the overseas Nepalis extending support to Nepal during suffering and observed, “I extend by gratitude to those helping hands during earthquake, natural disasters and COVID-19 pandemic among others. Let there be such support in the coming days as well.”

A total of 300 participants from 37 countries are attending the convention that will elect a new 31-member executive committee.

Also speaking in the event, CPN (UML) Standing Committee member and In-Charge of the Forum, Dr Rajan Bhattarai, lauded that the Forum had a huge role in socio-economic development of Nepal.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Independent candidates busy campaigning

 Independent candidatures vying for the post of member of the House of Representatives and the Provincial Assembly have intensified their campaigning in their respective constituencies.

Candidates are sharing their agendas and seeking votes by reaching out to the voters’ doorsteps. In this connection, the independent candidate of Kathmandu’s constituency no. 9 is also seeking votes from the voters. Kalpana Dhamala, the candidate of the Left Democratic Alliance, and Shyamakrishna Khadka, the candidate of 2 for the Provincial Assembly, sought votes in Chandragiri Municipality-1 Dahchowk today.

Addressing the candidate introduction ward-level women’s meeting organized by the Women’s Mobilization and Coordination Committee of the Left Democratic Alliance, Dhamala, a candidate for the House of Representatives, said that they entered the election with the aim of protecting the constitution and fulfilling the goals of development and prosperity.

Dhamala expressed her determination not to misused people’s vote, not to do anything against the constitution, not to indulge in corruption and to help ward off people’s suffering.

At the program, Khadka, the candidate for the Provincial Assembly area no. 2, said that there is no chance of being defeated because the Left Democratic Alliance carries the long-term goals and interests of the country. On that occasion, the candidates of the alliance presented their agenda in terms of development of roads, tourism and skill-based employment and entrepreneurship.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Dengue toll rises to 54, with 46,768 infected

 So far, 54 people have died from dengue. Since mid-July early this year, 46,768 people been reported being infected with the dengue virus, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

Dengue has been found to have spread in all the 77 districts of the country.

Meanwhile, 16 new cases of COVID-19 has been reported in the past 24 hours. This was found in 1,276 samples tested in various laboratories across the country. During the same period, 17 people have recovered from corona virus infection.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 is 562.  So far, 12,019 people have lost their lives due to Corona Virus.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Gandaki Province government ordered to revoke decision on taxation

 The Election Commission (EC) has ordered the Gandaki Province government to revoke its decision on tax rate change within 24 hours and inform the EC to this end at the earliest possible time.

The EC had sought a clarification from the province government for change in tax rates by issuing a notice on the Province Gazette even after the enforcement of the election code of conduct.

In the clarification note, the EC has stated that the province government issued the notice to cut different tax rates.

The EC has said that such decision was against the election code of conduct and would also impact the fairness and neutrality of the polls while implementing such policy level decisions in the wake of the election.

Likewise, separate clarifications have been sought from Chief Minister of Gandaki Province, Finance Minister, Province’s Chief Secretary and Finance Ministry’s Secretary for their involvement in the decision of tax rate changes.

All of them have been directed to submit their separate clarifications within 24 hours stating that why they don’t deserve action on charge of violation of election code of conducts as per the Clause 23 (3) of the Election Commission Act, 2073 BS.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Clarification sought from Executive Director Dr Jha

 The Election Commission has directed Executive Director of Ramraja Prasad Singh, Institute of Health Sciences Dr Ranjit Kumar Jha to submit clarification within 24 hours.

This instruction was given because Dr Jha was found campaigning for Upendra Yadav, a candidate for the post of member of the House of Representatives from Saptari constituency No. 2.

According to clause (a) of section 7 of the Election Code of Conduct, 2079, Nepal government, provincial government and local level bodies, semi-governmental and public organizations and their employees shall not engage in or promote any political party or candidate.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

Border disputes will be resolved diplomatically, PM says

 Prime Minister and Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the border disputes between Nepal and India would be resolved through diplomatic channel and talks.

Addressing an electoral rally at Bhadrapur of Ajaymeru Rural Municipality-2 in Dadeldhura on Saturday, the NC President said border disputes won’t be resolved from speech rather a meaningful diplomatic initiative was needed.

“Land would not be reclaimed from speech. For this, diplomatic initiatives are required and we are doing so,” according to the PM.

Likewise, the PM said that the border issues with China also would be settled through diplomatic means.

Saying that he was informed about every district and Nepali land of the far west, PM Deuba stated that Nepali land would be recovered on the basis of map, border related agreements and facts.

PM Deuba, who is in his hometown from Thursday, addressed two electoral rallies on Saturday. During his speeches, PM Deuba said he was more worried about the geography, development construction and economic prosperity of the Sudurpaschim for being a local resident of this area.

Similarly, PM Deuba said he was working for the entire development of Sudurpaschim Province and added that now efforts are ongoing for economic prosperity.

Source: National News Agency Nepal