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Thursday, July 4, 2013



Kathmandu, 5 July: Tourist arrivals dropped 3.9 percent in six months of 2013
compared to the same period the previous year.
Only 282,249 tourists visited the country until June when  294,019
visitors arrived in 2012.
Arrivals from Europe dropped 6.3 percent.
Arrivals in June declined 4.5 percent
Only 41,259 tourists came in June 2013..
Arrivals from India dropped but increased from China.

Kathmandu, 5 July: Friday morning temperature at seven in the capita; was 21 degrees Celsius.
Mercury is expected to rise to 26 degrees Celsius on a rainy day;
Altogether 1.88mm rainfall was recorded Thursday.


Kathmandu, 5 July:  Terming judicial strictures of the Supreme Court biased, the Judicial Council has acquitted some judges against whom action was recommended and promoted few of them to higher courts, Ananta Raj Luitel writes in The Himalayan Times. .

“All of those who were under scanner have been given the clean chits,” a highly placed JC source told The Himalayan Times on condition of anonymity. According to him, as the judgments directing the JC to take action against judges were ‘self-centred and biased’, all judges have been acquitted of all charges. The JC, however, refused to make public the report it prepared after carrying out over a year-long study on the strictures against more than a dozen judges.

This is the first time that the Acting Chief Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma-headed JC termed the apex court orders against judges ‘biased’.

Nepalgunj Appellate Court Chief Judge Keshav Prasad Mainali, Surkhet Appellate Court Chief Judge Deepak Raj Joshi, appellate court judges Bishwo Nath Joshi, Dilli Acharya, Raj Kumar Ban, Cholendra SJB Rana and Shahadev Banstola are among those who have been given the clean chits. The apex court had issued judicial strictures against them a few years ago.

According to the source, late justice Rana Bahadur Bam and former judge Hari Bahadur Basnet were also acquitted of charges that were levelled against them by former SC justice Balaram KC. Former chief justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi had issued stricture against appellate court judge Shahdev Banstola, and SC Justice Shushila Karki and Tarka Raj Bhatta had recommended action against Special Court judges Bhoopdhoj Adhikari, Komal Nath Sharma and Cholendra SJB Shama. Adhikari retired last year, Sharma has already resigned and Rana is still an appeal judge. In an allegation that they favoured former minister JP Gupta and former defence secretary Chakra Bandhu Aryal, the apex had then directed the JC to punish the Special Court judges.

“Now all the strictures against all the judges are null and void,” the JC source said. “We would have followed the orders had they been impartial and proper,” he added. “Some (judges) have died and others have resigned so there is no need to punish them anyway.”

According to the source, two separate committees were formed to look what action was to be taken against the judges. Earlier, then seniormost justice Damodar Prasad Sharma, now acting CJ, and JC members Khem Narayan Dhungana and Upendra Keshari Neupane had conducted the study and later the committee was led by seniormost justice Ram Kumar Prasad Shah after Sharma became acting CJ.

Apex court officials and lawyers, however, wondered as to why the JC challenged the apex court orders.

“The judgments were issued as per Article 107 (2) (3) of the interim constitution so such orders must be implemented by the concerned authorities,” former Justice Bala Ram KC said. “This is against the judicial norms and the precedential value of the cases,” KC, who also former member of the JC, added.

According to him, a judicial order has the precedential value unless overruled by the larger bench therefore the JC must follow accordingly.


Kathmandu, 5 July:: More explosives were found from a cave in Thurpalek in Gairigaun, of Rolpa today [Thursday], The Himalayan Times reports from Rolpa. .

Police on Tuesday had found a huge cache of explosives including 70 socket bombs in the cave.

Though a bomb disposal team reached Thurpalek today to defuse the explosives found earlier, the team had to wait after more explosives were found.

A bomb disposal team led by lieutenant Ramhari Shrestha from 19 No brigade of Nepali Army based in Tulsipur, Dang, had reached the site but as they along with the APF personnel scoured the cave more explosives were found.

According to inspector Laxman Panthi of the APF camp deployed at the temporary camp of the former Maoist combatants, additional 265 socket bombs, 650 aluminum pipes, and gunpowder among other things were found inside the cave on today.

“We lack manpower and necessary equipment to defuse the explosives in the district. As additional personnel have to arrive from other districts because more explosives have been found, the defusion of the explosives has been delayed,” said Chief District Officer Yadav Sudedi.

APF personnel deployed for the security of the former PLA combatants’ camp at Gairigaun had found the explosives. According to DSP Om Bahadur Rana Magar, a police team led by ASI Karna Bahadur Gharti is now keeping guard of the explosives.


“Grade IX-X students are overwhelmed by lessons on tsunamis and ways to remain safe in case of such disasters, but do these chapters strike the right note in a landlocked country like Nepal, where scores of people are killed every year not by the sea calamity but by lightning, a topic that curriculum experts have failed to incorporate.”
(Surya Ps.S.Kandel in The Himalayan Times, 5 July)


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