Nepal Today

Sunday, August 4, 2013



Kathmandu, 4 Aug.:: Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal ( RPP-Nepal) Kamal Thapa said the president should play a role of facilitator to create an environment of election for dissenting political parties, RSS reports from Biratnagar.

At a press meet organised here today, he said the president should not remain a silent spectator when no election environment is created so far.

He said if there is no consensus on constitutional monarchy, Hindu religion, local autonomy, economicliberalism, form of governance, secularism and ethnic federalism, referendum should be held on them.

Chairman Thapa said leaders should not visit foreign countries at the nation is heading toward election, but to the people, and stressed on cooperation among all nationalist forces as country's nationalism is in serious crisis due to wrong political practice in the past seven years.
Kathmandu, 4 Aug.: Dacoits robbed three houses at Siswani VDC-2 of Siraha district on Saturday night, RSS reports from Golbazzar..
According to police, properties worth Rs 150,000 were robbed by the armed looters.
While retaliating with the dacoits, locals Manish Yadav and his wife Nilam Kumari were injured. Both of them were attacked with rods. They have been undergoing treatment at a local health post, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Tamang, from Ward Police Office, Lalan.
The looters had come with guns and homemade weapons, the locals said, adding that they robbed Rs 50,000 from Rama Nanda' home while Rs 60,000 from Ramdev Yadav's.
Meanwhile, two other houses at Asanpur of the district were robbed by the armed looters in the Saturday morning.
Police said the search for the looters was underway.
Kathmandu, 4 Aug.: General Secretary of the CPN-ML, CP Mainali, has said that an environment should be created for the participation of all political parties in the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA), RSS reports from Butwal..

At a programme organised here on Sunday, Mainali stressed on the need of ensuring participation of all political parties in the second CA election by amending the 11-point and 25-point agreements even if all the demands put forth by the dissenting parties would not be addressed in the present context.


Kathmandu, 4 Aug.: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Sunday named September 7 as election day, hoping to complete a stunning political comeback by keeping the centre-left Labor Party in power three years after it ousted him. AFP reports from Sudney..

Kicking off an election campaign set to focus on the economy and a decision to send asylum-seekers to Papua New Guinea and Nauru, Rudd met Governor General Quentin Bryce in Canberra to pave the way for the polls.

"It´s on. A few moments ago I saw the governor-general and asked that she dissolve this parliament and call the federal election for September 7," Rudd said in an email to Labor supporters.

"Australians now face a choice. And the choice couldn´t be starker. I have a positive vision about the country we can be."

Rudd became prime minister for a second time in late June when Labor members of parliament voted to remove the nation´s first woman leader, Julia Gillard, in favour of the former diplomat in hopes of saving the party from catastrophic electoral defeat.

Rudd´s first prime ministership, which began with his landslide victory over conservative leader John Howard in 2007 polls, ended suddenly in mid-2010 when his Labor colleagues turned on him and voted in Gillard.

Gillard went to the polls shortly afterwards but that vote ended in a hung parliament, and she was forced to form a minority government with the help of several independents.

Mandarin-speaking Rudd had kept the nation guessing on when the 2013 election -- at which voting is compulsory in Australia -- would be held.

He said he knew he was the underdog going up against conservative leader Tony Abbott, a former minister in Howard´s government, but the feeling in the community was that a poll should be held.

"This election will be about who the Australian people trust to best lead them through the difficult new economic challenges which now lie ahead," he told a press conference in Canberra at which he announced the date.

"New challenges brought about by the end of the China resources boom."

Treasurer Chris Bowen last week revealed the budget deficit had risen to Aus$30 billion (US$26.7 billion) and revenues were shrinking, as he unveiled a pre-election mini-budget that includes a controversial plan to tax bank deposits.

The government also cut its growth outlook for the fiscal year to June as the mining-driven economy grapples with a slowdown in China that has seen commodities prices tumble.


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