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Friday, August 9, 2013



Kathmandu, 9 Aug.:: Commissioner of the Election Commission, Ram Bhakta PB Thakur, has said that the EC is going to extend time of bio-metric voters' list collection for those, who are missed out so fa, RSS reports from Dhangadir.

Talking to media persons here on Friday, Thakur said that the EC has been doing necessary homework to extend time for the voters' list collection for those, who are missed out in the previous list, in order to hold the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) on November 19.

Responding to a query, he said the EC has been carrying out works in order to hold the CA election on the stipulated date, adding that the EC activities would not be affected even if the date for CA election was extended.

Thakur said that the CA election would be held across the country at the same time. Earlier, the EC had given the dead line to register names of voters in bio-metric voters' list till July 15.

The EC has been making mentality to extend time of voters' list collection of late for the citizens eligible for voting rights and missed out registering their name following their complaints.


Kathmandu, 9 Aug.:: Police released soon after the arrest of the office bearers of the Nepal Human Rights Organisation and other human rights activists, who had staged sit-in at the Office of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar on Friday morning demanding action against those involved in murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Gorkha, rSS reports..

Police had kept them at Metropolitan Police Circle, Kamal Pokhari for one-and-a-half hour.

According to the Organisation, police had arrested various human rights activists including chairman of the Organisation, Sudeep Pathak, Kanakmani Dixit, Charan Prasain, Dinesh Tripathi, Birendra Thapaliya, Bhanubhakta Dhakal, Prof. Amuda Shrestha and Rina Shrestha using force.

The petition filed by Nanda Prasad, father of Krishna Prasad, in 2063 BS demanding action against those involved in murder of his son, was not headed. Nanda Prasad had filed petition saying cadres of the then UCPN-Maoist had killed his son, Krishna Prasad, in 2061 BS, it is learnt.

Father Nanda Prasad and mother Ganga Maya of the deceased has now been staging fast-unto-death at Bir hospital to get their demands of legal action to murders of their son fulfilled.

Kathmandu, 9 Aug.:: Police of the Armed Police Force (APF) arrested two Indians along with gold and silver from Jaleshwor in Mahottari district on Friday, RSS reports from Gaushala/.

The arrested are Rajeev Kumar Thakur (31) and Shankar Purbe (21) of Sitamadhi district of Bihar state in India, according to Police Inspector, Rajeshwor Saha.

Police seized 10 tolas of gold, silver ornaments of 1.2 kg, Rs. 8,760 in cash, three sets of mobile and a motorcycle with Indian plate (BR 30 E 9435).

The confiscated goods are worth Rs. 645,850.

Superintendent of Police at the Armed Police Border Security Office, Mahottari, Bhuneshwor Chaudhary, said that both the arrestee have been sent to the Main Customs Office, Bhittamod, for legal action.

A patrol team of the APF arrested them with gold and silver ornaments from Khaira Chowk of Jaleshwor in course of checking while they were heading towards Janakpur from Bhittamod.

Kathmandu, 9 Aug.: The United States evacuated all non-emergency staff from its consulate in the Pakistani city of Lahore, citing "specific threats" amid a worldwide alert over Al-Qaeda intercepts, RSS reports from Lahore..

The travel warning issued by the State Department on Thursday also reiterated longstanding advice to US citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Pakistan.

The closure comes as Pakistan celebrates the festival of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and a day after a suicide bomber killed 38 people at a police funeral in the southwestern city of Quetta.

"On August 8, 2013, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency US government personnel from the US Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan," a State department statement said.

"The Department of State ordered this drawdown due to specific threats concerning the US Consulate in Lahore.

"The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to US citizens throughout Pakistan."

Meghan Gregoris, spokeswoman for the US embassy in Islamabad, said the evacuation was not linked to a terror threat that prompted the closure of 19 diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa.

"We received information regarding a threat to our consulate in Lahore. As a precautionary measure we have undertaken a drawdown for all but emergency personnel in Lahore," she told AFP.

The US embassy and consulates in Karachi and Peshawar were closed Friday for the Eid al-Fitr public holiday but are expected to open again on Monday, she said. But the Lahore mission was likely to remain closed and there was currently "no indication" of when it might reopen.

"We will continue to evaluate threat reporting and take decisions as appropriate," she said.

Despite Pakistan's fractious alliance with the United States in the "war on terror", anti-American sentiment runs deep in the restive country, fuelled in part by the CIA's campaign of drone strikes against militants in the tribal northwest.

A suicide car bomber rammed a US diplomatic vehicle in the northwestern city of Peshawar last September, wounding around 20 people -- at least the third time the consulate and its staff had been attacked by Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants since April 2010.

This week's closure of US missions mainly in the Arab world was reportedly ordered because of intercepted messages from Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to the terror network's Yemeni franchise.

The alert focused on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen-based group which has made several attempts to attack the United States in recent years and is widely seen as the group's most sophisticated offshoot.

On Tuesday the US and other Western nations withdrew diplomatic staff from Yemen, where the Americans are fighting a drone war against the Al-Qaeda regional affiliate.

US officials have said Al-Qaeda's core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been decimated in recent years. They cite the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden and the killing of several senior operatives in US drone strikes.


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