Nepal Today

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Election for chairman of CPN-UML held

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 23 Feb: Altogether 1,790 ballots were cast overnight in Butwal to elect chairman of CPN-UML, Nepal’s third largest political party.
There were altogether 1,820 eligible voters at the party’s general convention.
General Secretary Jhalanath Khanal and former Deputy Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli are contesting the powerful presidency.
Former General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal isn’t contesting.
Power in the party is now being transferred to the chairman from general secretary through a statute amendment.
Vote counting started at seven in the morning Monday.
Result is expected to be announced later Monday.
Oli said he has the support of Nepal and pledged to from a national government by inducting Nepali Congress if he’s elected.
Effort for a consensus candidate failed.
Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala said the election of Khanal or Oli won’t make any difference to the main opposition party.
Oli is contesting to lead the party for the first time.
Khanal has led the party as general secretary for two stints.

Shibaratri being celebrated

Kathmandu, 23 Feb: Shibaratri is being celebrated by Hindus from Nepal and India Monday .
Thousands of pilgrims from the country and India have converged at Pashupati where devotees took a holy bath at Bagmati.
There thousand plus policemen have been deployed at the temple for security.

Supreme court stops army recruitment

Kathmandu, 23 Feb: A one-man bench of the supreme court Sunday ordered the government and Nepal Army to stop recruitment to fill in vacancies.
The army has already announced the results to fill in 2,8000 in the state army.
A stay order was issued by the court after a public interest litigation was filed at the apex court saying the recruitment was unconstitutional.
The army defied a defence ministry order to stop recruitment.

Yogendra Sakya elected GAA chairman

Kathmandu, 23 Feb: Yogenbdra Sakya has been elected chairman of Godavari Alumni Association (GAA).
Hotelier Sakya succeeds Alok Tumbahangphey.

Supreme court stops appoint at Nepal Academy

Kathmandu, 23 Feb: The supreme court Sunday ordered the government not to implement the prime minister’s decision to appoint members of the Nepal Academy.
Government had appointed Ishwar Chandra Geywali chairman, Bhupal Rai vice-chancellor and Arabinda Kular Lal secretary.

Bamdeb Gautam suffering Bell’s Palsy

Kathmandu, 23 Feb: Deputy Prime Minister Bamdeb Gautam is suffering Bell’s Palsy, The Kathmandu Post reports.
He has been admitted to TU Teaching Hospital for physiotherapy treatment.
Gautam just returned from Bangkok where he had gone for treatment.

Bird flu again surfaces in Jhapa

Kathmandu, 23 Feb: Bird flu has again surfaced in Jhapa which was declared free of the disease.
The disease was first detected in east Nepal last month.


“We’ve reached conclusion to give alternative and challenge to Maoist threat of rebellion and capture of state power.”

(Congress Spokesman Arjun Narsingh KC, Annapurna Post, 23 Feb.)


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