Nepal Today

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

FARSIGHTED DECISIONS NEEED SAYS DEUBA Kathmandu, 8 May : Senior leader of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba, has said that the nation would not be disintegrated if major political parties made policy decisions with farsighted vision for the greater interest and welfare of the country and peoplem RSS reports from Hetauda.. Deuba expressed this view while addressing a news conference organised by the Nepal Press Union in Hetauda on Wednesday. He said now the CPN-Maoist as well as other political parties should change their roles to hold the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) smoothly to make the parliamentary democracy lively in the country. Nnnn TRANSPORTATION DISRUPTED IN KAILALI Kathmandu, 8 May:: Vehicular movement has been halted in Kailali district on Wednesday enforced by a never heard organization named Unemployed Association, RSS reports from Dhangadi.. Vehicles along the Chisapani-Attariya road section of the East-West Highway have remained off the road while many vehicles have stranded in different parts of the highway. Earlier, the organization had distributed pamphlets calling for a transportation strike. Similarly, the vehicles of short and long routes to and from the district have remained off the road, according to the ticket-booking counter of Bus Entrepreneurs´ Association. Nnnn ADVOCATE HARASSED A NAC OFFICE Kathmandu, 8 May: Advocate Saraswati Thapa was harassed on the premises of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) here on Tuesday, The Kathmandu Post reports.. Thapa had gone to the NAC to seek a copy of the registration of her complaint against the corporation’s plan to purchase two aircraft and its move to send the lock up money to Airbus. Thapa had gone to the Supreme Court on Friday, challenging the April 23 decision of the NAC board. However, she was asked to complete all the procedures before filing a Public Interest Litigation. The court administration cited an apex court order of December 20 last year that said a petitioner has to clarify whether the authorities concerned acted on being approached for a remedy. Accordingly, Thapa approached the NAC on Sunday and Monday. She was, however, turned away on the pretext that the person concerned was not available. On Tuesday, Thapa insited she be given either a copy of the registration or a written statement saying that her matter cannot be registered. After receiving an unconvincing answer, she decided to approach NAC Managing Director Madan Kharel. “The security guards prevented me from meeting the MD and I was made to wait for an hour-and-a-half,” Thapa told the Post. “Later a security official told me that my issue cannot be registered due to orders from above.” “One Uddhav Bharati (security guard) threatned me and manhandled me,” Thapa said. When contacted, Kharel said he has no knowledge of such an incident. nnnn DONOR FRET Kathmandu, 8 May: Western donors have expressed serious concern over the plan to appoint Lokman Singh Karki as the CIAA chief. They said the move could compromise on their all-important priority of good governance, The Kathmandu Post reports.. In an informal consultation on Tuesday, representatives of Germany, the UK, Switzerland, France and Norway concluded that such a controversial decision could also hamper preparations for elections. The donors noted that their aid on good governance and human rights could be reduced if the tainted Karki is appointed the CIAA chief. “We note with concern that the appointment of the tainted former bureaucrat with a hugely controversial track record will seriously weaken its (CIAA) capacity for oversight and an institution that is supposed to be a watchdog,” a government official quoted members of the Kathmandu-based diplomatic corps as saying. “We are following the events very closely and are worried that the controversial recommendation has already overshadowed the election process,” a diplomat said. “Constitutionally, the person to head the CIAA is supposed to have high moral character. It’s for the Nepali actors to take a final call, but we are concerned how the Nepali government agencies will fare in the absence of a proper oversight mechanism, especially in light of the increasing lack of financial oversight and poor governance in Nepal.” The US Ambassador to Nepal, Peter W Bodde, who called on Chairman of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi on Tuesday, is learnt to have discussed the latest developments, including the dispute over appointments in constitutional bodies. A team led by Jean Lambert, the Chairperson of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with countries of South Asia, met NC President Sushil Koirala and expressed concern over the process of constitutional appointments and the nomination of a controversial candidate for the CIAA. In the talks, the delegation said that all government and political efforts should be targeted at conducting early elections, while they stressed that accountability is crucial in maintaining good governance and strengthening democracy in Nepal. The delegation is likely to raise this issue during its separate discussions with President Ram Baran Yadav and UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Wednesday. nnnn.