NEPALI RUPEE DEPRECIATES FURTHER AGAINST DOLLAR
Kathmandu, 23 Nov. The depreciation of the
Nepali against the US dollar
which gained against the Indian curreccy Thursday continued.
The Nepali legal tender was devalued to maintain a cross exchange rate
with the Indian ruppe against which the exchange rate of
the Nepali rupee
Neplai rupee is floated against convertible currencies.
The rupee posted a Rs 2.03 per dollar fall.
UCPN MAOIST CANDIDATES FROM SINDHUPALCHOWK
Kathmandu, 23 Aug.:
mounting election fever, political parties have begun selecting and
recommending candidates for the CA poll scheduled for November 19. UCPN(Maoist)
in Sindhupalchowk, on Thursday recommended 15 different names as candidates for
three election constituencies. Dhruba Dangal writes in
Republica from Sindhupalchowk..
According to the party, the candidates were chosen in alphabetical order and
they represent Dalits, Janajatis and women as well. Among those recommended,
five are from the Janajati communities, four are Dalits and three are women.
Candidates recommenced from constituency no. 1 are Raj Kumar Shrestha, Saral
Sahayatri, Lal Kanchha Tamang, Amrita Nepal and Sahadev Khati. Shrestha
was elected to the previous CA also and Sahayatri is in charge of the party in
the region and a former PLA commander.
Candidates recommended from constituency no. 2 are former lawmaker elected from
the same constituency Agni Prasad Sapkota, who is now party spokesperson,
Dhurba Parajuli, Madhav Sapkota, Aman Singh Tamang and Bimala BK.
Among them, Parajuli is a central committee member, Sapkota was a former PLA
commissar, and Tamang is deputy in-charge of the party in the district.
Similarly, Chandra Bahadur Thapa Magar, Bidur Rayamajhi, Rohini BK, Shree Lama
and Laxmi Dhimal have been recommended as candidates from constituency no. 3.
This area has been impacted by the party division. Former lawmaker Dawa Tamang,
who defeated then RPP President Pashupati Shumsher JBR, is currently in the
According to Maoist leader Madhav Sapkota, the party was able to recommend
names for candidates following a month-long election campaign in the district.
He said that the names will be formally presented at the upcoming CC meeting of
the party and a candidate chosen from the five for direct representation.
"The rest of them will be participating in elections under the
proportional representation system.”
Among other parties, the RPP and Rastriya Janamorcha have also announced some
candidate names. RPP has announced a single candidate from each constituency
whereas Janamorcha has recommended six names.
Among the RPP candidates are Dharma Raj Bhandari from constituency no.1, Bishnu
Bikram Thapa from no. 2 and Pashupati Shumsher JBR from 3. Rana was candidate
from constituencies 1 and 3 in the past.
Likewise, Janamorcha has recommended the names of Krishna Subedi, Laxman Upreti
and Bhagwati Paudel from constituency no. 1, Nirmal Dangal and Jeet Bahadur
Yangjo from 2 and Mangal Singh Tamang from 3.
Other major political parties such as the CPN(UML) and Nepali Congress (NC)
have also been mulling names for the upcoming CA election. “Once the party
circular is received, we will recommend the names without delay," said
CPN(UML) District President Jhamak Nepal.
According to NC District Secretary Krishna Neupane, they are to receive names
from all the constituencies within a week and forward them to the party central
FEWA LAKE WATER BANNED
Kathmandu, 23 Aug.: To stem the possibility of
water-borne diseases, Pokhara Sub-metropolitan Office (PSMO) has decided not
to prohibit the hotel entrepreneurs to pump the water from Fewa Lake, Santosh
Pokhrel writes in Republica from Pokhara..
Of late a lot of hotels and restaurants operators in the tourist town are
pumping the water from the scenic lake, which is polluted to a certain
extent, for laundry and other cleaning purposes. Moreover, such pipelines
could tangle and capsize the boats that ferry tourists and locals alike.
According to a PSMO spokesperson, Ananta Prasad Koirala, the sub-metropolitan
office has asked the hotel entrepreneurs to stop pumping water from the lake
by the next three days.
Over a hundred hotels and restaurants in the vicinity of the lake directly
supply water from the lake. While many hotel entrepreneurs directly supply
the lake water to their hotels and restaurants, using machine pumps, some
hotel operators have even laid underground pipelines.
“It has been found that the polluted water of the lake is being used for
various purposes in the hotels. It can have adverse effects upon the health
of the public as well as the tourists,” Koirala said.
“Thought the hotel operators claim that they purify the water before using
it, our health experts have found that the lake water is not eligible for
daily use purpose,” he further said, adding that waste materials from
drainages, canals in Pokhara have seeped into the lake.
Apart from this, the locals are further polluting the lake by bathing,
washing clothes, swimming and cleaning their domestic animals.
If the hotel operators do not take out their water pipes and pump sets within
the next three days, the PSMO will confiscate the materials and take action
as per Local Self Governance Act -2055 B.S., informed Koirala.
The act stipulates a fine up to Rs. 15,000. On the other hand, the hotel
entrepreneurs complain that they were compelled to pump water from the lake
as the water cooperation in Pokhara does not supply water sufficiently.