Nepal Today

Tuesday, August 6, 2013



Kathmandu, 7 Aug.:: he swollen Syali rivulet has swept away the infrastructure of the Milan Primary School at the Andhajala Freed Kamaiya Camp at
Dekhatbhuli VDC-4, RSS reports from Kanchanpur..

A three-room concrete and cement house and a two-room stone and mud block of the school crumbled after the swollen river eroded the portion of the land the school was build on. The incident took place on Tuesday.

The swollen stream also swept away the furniture in the classrooms. The school has suffered a property damage of over 1.5 million rupees due to this, according to the Area Police Office, Jhalari.

The school was established six years back catering to the children of the freed Kamaiya families living in the camp. More than 200 students are studying at the school.

With the school buildings gone, the school is facing problem in running classes


Kathmandu, 7 Aug.:The government has planned to mobilise the Army as back-up force for security during the upcoming Constituent Assembly election, Lekhanath.Pandey writes in The Himalayan Times.

Multiple sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) is quietly working on mobilising the army for CA polls. Its deployment modality would be like that of the May 1999 general election, when the NA was given various election-related security tasks, including patrolling, providing outer security for polling stations and defusing tension from the outer security ring. The army was also mobilised for escorting ballot boxes from polling booths to counting stations and to provide outer security to vote-counting centres. It was even authorised to use ultimate force (i.e. shoot) if other means of security failed.

“Homework is being done to mobilise the military exactly the same way it was used during the last general election,” revealed a top official involved in security-planning for next-vote slated for November 19.

The army was kept in the barracks because of difficulties in the peace process during the CA election in April 2008.

Nepal Police will be deployed in the front in polling stations. It will be supported by Armed Police Force (AFP); whereas the military will be mobilised for the outer security ring.

“It’s only natural that Nepali Army should be involved in integrated security during election,” said a top military officer. Currently, the Directorate General of Military Operations is directly involved in planning security arrangements for the election along with Nepal Police and APF. “They will be replaced by army personnel in order to create additional police force during election,” said an official at MoHA.

Such a strategy was adopted bach in the 1999 poll.“There is high possibility of army-mobilisation as in the form and shape of earlier general election,” Army Spokesperson Suresh Sharma told THT. “Army is ready to take whatever responsibility the government gives.”

According to him, NA had played the role of back up, rescue and quick response force, during the last general election .Besides, the government is also mulling other alternatives, including deployment of temporary police. Such police force was used in the last CA election but was later evaluated as ineffective security strategy for election given their political leanings.

“Based on earlier experience, we are now considering mobilising retired security personnel as temporary police,” officials said. HoHA has already gathered data on retired NA personnel, Nepal Police, APF, and even ex-Indian Gurkhas. “Recruiting retired forces as temporary police will prevent possibility of entry of retired Maoist combatants, members of other armed outfits and political cadres,” informed a top official.

A MoHA official, however, argued that they would not be sufficient as majority of them either wouldn’t be available to join such a force due to many factors such as old-age or they may be employed abroad.

MoHA requires 70,000 temporary police if the army is not mobilised as back-up force. MoHA spokesperson Shankar Koirala refused to divulge anything on poll security. “I am not in a position to comment on election security as it’s a sensitive issue,” he told THT.


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