Nepal Today

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Parliament meet delayed (DEVELOPING STORY)

Kathmandu, 28 May: A meeting of parliament to discuss the 8th amendment of the interim constitution and a Maoist notice opposing it didn’t get off at eight in the morning Friday as scheduled.
Lawmakers were still at the venue until nine.
Parliament has only 15 more hours to approve a government bill to extend the constituent assembly’s tenure by one more year.
The country will be plunged into a constitutional and political crisis with the failure of parties and government to extend the tenure.
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Five injured, 200 houses destroyed in Tikapur

Kathmandu, 28 May: Five persons were injured, three seriously, and 200 houses were destroyed following heavy rain overnight in Tikapur in the far-West.
The town has plunged into darkness after electricity towers collapsed.
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Missing doctor in Maoist hands; party forms probe panel

Kathmandu, 28 May: It’s learnt Dr Bhaktaman Shrestha , the Executive Director of BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital of Bhaktapur, Chitwan, missing for 10 days, has been captured by Maoists, Nagarik reports.
He’s alive, according to a top investigating official who preferred anonymity.
The sources said he was abducted because of differences with Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and financial matters regarding the party.
Thapa was unhappy with Shrestha over a hospital official close to him; the doctor asked for an explanation withheld his salary.
The doctor had a majority in the board administering the hospital; his tenure which was ending was certain to be extended.
Dr Shrestha was appointed during the Maoist tenure; he’s also central member of Akhil Nepal Jajaswastha Karmi Sangh close to Maoists.
According to a source, Maoists had demanded extortion money.
Meanwhile, Maoists Thursday formed a three-member party investigation panel headed by top leader Amik Serchan and consisting of Chitra Bahadur Shrestha and advocate Dharma Raj Acharya to probe the case.
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Chief editor Yubaraj Ghimere resigns

Kathmandu, 28 May: Yubaraj Ghimere Thursday resigned as chief editor of daily newspaper Rajdhani, the management announced.
Binaya Debkota has replaced him as executive editor.
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