Nepal Today

Saturday, June 15, 2013

PRACHANDADMITS ANOTHER MISTAKE Kathmandu, 15 June: Maoist Chairman Friday admitted another mistake Friday while receiving a memorandum from Chhetris and Brahmins who constitute the two biggest ethnic groups. “It was a mistake to put them in the others grouping> he told a group presenting a memorandum at party headquarters. He said the party is considering in which group to place the ethnic groups. Putting them in the adbashi group is one option. UML has already admitted its mistake on the issue. NC and UML stopped its hate campaign against Royal Nepal Army the day the parties lost constituent assembly elections and even began a national praise campaign of the state army which still continues. The hate campaign lasted barely for nine months. nnnn MOTHER, INFANT DAUGHTER KILLED IN ACCIDENT Kathmandu, 15 June: A mother and her infant daughter were killed and her infant daughter were killed after a truck hit a motorcycle in which they were pillion riding. Ruksana Khatunmm,20, and Soyal were killed. The family head Amar Ali of Govindapur, Siraha, driving the motorcycle was seriously injured. Nnnn . ROHANI LEADS IRAN POLLS Kathmandu, 15 June: Moderate Iranian cleric Hassan Rohani looked to be heading towards an outright victory over his conservative rivals in the presidential election, initial results showed on Saturday, Reuters reports from Dubai.. The vote is unlikely to radically alter ties between Tehran and the West, but if Rohani wins he has indicated he would pursue a less confrontational foreign policy than current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and enact a "civil rights charter" at home. With more than 5.2 million votes counted from the 50 million electorate, Rohani had 52.30 percent of votes cast, Iran's interior ministry said. That takes Rohani above the 50 percent of the vote he needs to avoid a second round run-off on June 21. Rohani's nearest rival was conservative Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a long way behind with 17.33 percent. Other hardline candidates scored even lower. Rohani received significant boosts earlier this week when reformist candidate, Mohammad Reza Aref, withdrew in his favour. His campaign was also endorsed by former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. In contrast, Iran's big-hitting conservatives failed to organise themselves around a single candidate, suffering what appeared a decisive split in their support base as a result. Voting was extended by several hours at polling stations across the country on Friday as millions of Iranians turned out to cast their ballot in the first presidential race since a disputed 2009 contest led to months of political unrest. Press TV reported that turnout was about 80 percent. Security has been tight and campaigns subdued compared to the euphoric rallies that preceded the last presidential election in 2009, when reformist supporters thought they scented victory and the prospect of change in Iran. Those hopes were dashed when rapid announcements gave Ahmadinejad 63 percent of the vote, returning him to office and starting a series of deadly protests that lasted for months. nnnn


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