Nepal Today

Sunday, June 9, 2013

NEA EMPLOYEES’ PROTESTS CONTINUE Kathmandu, 10 June Employees of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) are cutting off electricity supply for the second day for two hours Monday from 11 in the morning. They have threatened to cut off power supply completely if a decision if a decision to upgrade the Trishuli A from 60 to 9()MW is not overturned. Locals at the site say the project benefits them and work for it construction y a Chinese company shouldn’t be disrupted. nnnn t FIRE DESTROYS CHARIKOT BUS PARK Kathmandu, 10 June: A fire overnight at Charikot bus park caused damage estimated at Rs.1.5 million. .Nobody was injured when seven gas cylinders burst. Nnnn FOREST LAND CAPTURED Kathmandu, 10 June:- Some individuals have allegedly acquired around 56 hectares of land belonging to the Namuna Shankarnagar Community Forest in Butwal using forged documents, The Kathmandu Post reports from Rypandehi.. Locals said the individuals, including Narayan Prasad Sapkota, Udaya Gurung and Suman Thapa, acquired the ownership of the land illegally with the help of some staffers at the District Land Revenue Office and the High-level Forest Reform Project. Sapkota, Gurung and Thapa, however, claimed that the project provided them with the land ownership certificates. Forest users blamed the District Forest Office (DFO) and the District Administration Office (DAO) for not taking actions against the guilty. “We repeatedly asked the authorities concerned to return the land to the forest, but our requests have not been heard so far,” said Dil Bahadur Gurung, chairman of the local forest users' group. Earlier, the Appellate Court scraped a writ in which Sapkota claimed that the land belongs to him. The Commission for the Investigations of Abuse of Authority, which investigated the matter at the request of the forest users' group, also concluded that the land belongs to the forest. Later, the individuals who illegally own the land filed a case in the Supreme Court, demanding that they should be allowed to use the land they own. Meanwhile, members of the community forest users' group have submitted a memorandum to the DAO requesting the authorities concerned to solve the problem. The DFO officials said they have sent documents to the Supreme Court stating that the land belongs to the community forest. Nnnn INDIA, CHINA HAPPY WITH CPN MAOIST PARTY LINE ACCORDING TO PARTY CHIEF Kathmandu, 10 June: Filling vacant posts in Office Bearers’ team dominated the proceedings at the UCPN (Maoist) Central Committee (CC) meeting which got under way on Sunday, Lamal Dev Bhattarai writes in The Kathmandu Post.. According to party sources, multiple proposals have been floated, one of which was to elevate party’s general secretary Post Bahadur Bogati, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi and Krishna Bahadur Mahara to the post of vice-chairman and Barsha Man Pun to general secretary. Another suggested making Bogati vice-chairman, Mahara general secretary and Pun, Rayamajhi and Giriraj Mani Pokhrel as secretaries. The other one was to retain the current structure but making Mahara the senior-most secretary. Similarly, there has been a proposal of making Hisila Yami the party treasurer. Filling key positions in the party’s organisational structure has been a contentious issue, with party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairmen Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha each keen on seeing their men at top positions. Appointments in the party’s Office Bearer, Standing Committee and Politburo have not been finalised due to the disputes among the rival factions. Meanwhile, the CC meeting on Sunday appointed Ram Chandra Jha and Urmila Aryal, who defected from the CPN-UML, as CC members. According to the leaders, Jha will be elevated to the Standing Committee and Aryal as a Politburo member soon. The party is also scheduled to finalise the policy on engaging cadres in production-related tasks. The party has also prepared detailed information on its leaders aspiring to become CC members. A panel led by Office Secretary Hitraj Pandey has prepared personal details of its leaders. During the meeting, Chairman Dahal reportedly said that India and China held the same view on holding the new Constituent Assembly election, while “westerners” were not “fully cooperating” in holding the polls in November. Dahal also said that the NC and the UML were being stubborn about the threshold provision to spoil the election environment. He also told the leaders that both India and China were happy with the party’s political line adopted during its seventh general convention. The convention had abandoned the political line of “protracted people’s war” and embraced “capitalist revolution”. nnnn


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