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Free our cadres: JTMM

KATHMANDU: Janatantrik Tarai Madhes Mukti Party (Bhagat Singh group) today demanded the government to withdraw the cases filed against its party cadres who are serving time in jail. Organising a press meet in the Capital, party talks team coordinator Subhash Chandra Singh (Manoj Mandal) accused the government of not implementing the Sunsari five-point agreement and Kapilbastu six-point agreement reached between the party and then Minister of Peace Satya Pahadi in 2068 BS. The party has already handed over 176 arms in its possessions as per the agreements, but the government is yet to enforc...
Published On: 2013-04-30

Protests flayed

KATHMANDU: Judicial Officers Society has taken exception to joint secretaries’ protests against the Supreme Court verdict on the inclusion of top officials from the judicial service into the general and Nijamati service. Issuing a press statement on Monday, the society said ‘vested interests’ of some joint secretaries were behind the protests. Man found dead BHAKTAPUR: A man, who appeared to be in his 20s, was found dead on the premises of the Barahi Temple in Bhaktapur on Tuesday. His identity and home address are yet to be ascertained, police said. Investigators said no ...
Published On: 2013-04-30

Chief directs APF staff to hone their skills

KATHMANDU: Inspector General of the Armed Police Force Koshraj Onta today directed all cadets of the paramilitary force to engage in result-oriented performance while protecting human rights in the course of fulfilling their duties. Addressing the concluding ceremony of Company Commander and Staff Training in Swoyambhu, Onta underscored the need for all servicepersons to be perfect in professional skills and acquire adequate information about human rights and people’s fundamental rights. “I would like to direct all APF employees to demonstrate high professional skills and carry o...
Published On: 2013-04-30

Madhesi students' conclave ends with key decisions

KATHMANDU: The two-day national assembly of Madhesi Students’ Forum Nepal (Loktantrik) concluded yesterday with a number of decisions, including a go-ahead for the proportionate election system for Free Student Union elections at the Tribhuvan University. The meet held in the presence of former Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhedar also decided to said of forge an alliance with other unions to contest FSU elections in the hilly region. MSF’s agendas for the elections, slated for May 27, include inclusive and federal education, campaign against corruption in educational institution...
Published On: 2013-04-30

NHRC blames parties for impunity

BIRATNAGAR: National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kedarnath Upadhyay today said political parties were chiefly responsible for the incidents of human rights violations across the country. Speaking at an interaction in Biratnagar, Upadhyay said, “Incidents of human rights violations are escalating due to the behaviour of political parties”. Upadhyay went on to say that rights violations would not decrease as long as political instability remained in the country. He added that widening mistrust among parties had prepared the ground for rights violations. Stating that prolon...
Published On: 2013-04-30

Red sander beads found in fuel tanks

KATHMANDU: Organised rackets involved in the illegal trade of red sandalwood are using every imaginable trick to outsmart police and smuggle the contraband into China. The Metropolitan Police Range‚ Hanumandhoka‚ together with Singha Durbar police‚ today unravelled a new modus operandi of the sandalwood smugglers. It intercepted two private cars used in a bid to push the precious wood into the northern border‚ arresting five people with 65.5 kg red sandalwood in the form of prayer beads. The detainees are Narup Kshiring Sherpa (27)‚ Lila Shrestha (24)‚ Ama...
Published On: 2013-04-30

UK minister for early CA polls

KATHMANDU: Visiting UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan today said Constituent Assembly election is the best way to end the prolonged political and constitutional crisis facing Nepal. He also reiterated that the current government’s main task is to guide the country to elections. “But I hope that the Interim Electoral Council will continue to implement public policies during the transition to elections,” he added. The UK minister was addressing a press meet at the British embassy following his meeting with President Ram Baran Yadav, Chairman of In...
Published On: 2013-04-30

Grade XII board exams begin

KATHMANDU: Grade XII exams kicked off today across the country in a largely peaceful environment. A total of 398,115 students — 242,324 regular and 155,791 exempted — sat for the tests today. Higher Secondary Education Board, which conducts the exams, has designated 932 examination centres for the examinees from 3,596 schools. It has mobilised 932 superintendents, 1,241 assistant superintendents, 12,506 invigilators, 11,184 security personnel and 1,925 helpers for the examinations. Final exams of Grade XI begin on May 14. Of the 435,018 Grade XI examinees, 265,457 are regular a...
Published On: 2013-04-30

Apex court reopens Khadka's petition

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court today reopened the petition of jailed former minister and Nepali Congress leader Khum Bahadur Khadka seeking reduction of his jail term. A division bench of Justices Kalyan Shrestha and Baidhyanath Upadhayay reopened Khadka’s petition in which he has demand that the court reduce from his prison term the term that he served in detention of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority during a graft probe. He had served more than 68 days in detention in 2002 during CIAA investigations into the Bakraha River corruption and disproportionate assets c...
Published On: 2013-04-30

Metropolis' annual tax collection falls far short of the target

KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) today said its annual tax collection is way below the target: Less than 40 per cent of the projected sum. “The annual tax collection has been suffering by more than 60 per cent,” said Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, executive chief at the KMC. Though annual collection from businesses, vehicles and land and houses should be more than Rs 800 million, only about Rs 400 million is collected in a year, KMC said. “Only about one fourth of around 200,000 houses in the metropolis are paying their land-house taxes,” said Adhikari. ...
Published On: 2013-04-30