Makawanpur, June 29 (RSS): The Sisneri road section linking Hetauda and federal capital Kathmandu has been obstructed since this morning due to landslide.
Police Inspector at Area Police Post, Bhimphedi, Pratima Karki shared the road section was disrupted due to landslide in Indrasarobar rural municiplaity-3, Ramchandra Bhanjyang last night.
With the rainfall continuing, efforts to remove the landslide debris have turned to be challenging in the landslide-hit area.
Traffic movement would be made smooth after clearing off the road, he said, adding the authority concerned would start working once the rain stops.
However, the Kulekhani-Fakhel road section and Tribhuvan highway are operational. Likewise, the Kantipath connecting Kathmandu-Hetauda has also been obstructed with the rainfall.
CPN (UML) parliamentary party demands early Province Assembly meeting
Gandaki, June 29 (RSS): The CPN (UML) Gandaki Province parliamentary party demanded that the Gandaki Province Assembly meeting be called immediately.
In a press conference organised here today by the CPN (UML) Parliamentary Party, the parliamentary party chairperson Prithivi Subba Gurung rued that the request to resume the Province Assembly meeting was turned down. He said the Province Assembly meeting is long overdue.
Leader Gurung blamed that the provincial government was being engaged in budget sharing instead discussing the endorsement of the Province’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, 2022/23 in the budget session.
The provincial government trying to discuss the proposed budget in the Financial Development Committee was against the parliamentary practice, rules and laws, he argued. He demanded earliest resolution to the current impasse.
Obstructed Prithivi Highway resumes
Tanahun, June 29 (RSS): The obstructed Prithivi Highway has resumed following the removal of landslide debris near Aina Pahara at Aanbukhaireni-2 in Tanahun district. A dozer was deployed to clear the landslide deposition, said the Area Police Office, Aanbukhaireni.
The road was obstructed by the landslip at the area, resulting in scores of vehicles heading to their destinations getting stuck midway, said the police. The road leading to Gorkha through Muglin and Aanbukhaireni reopened after clearing the road.
But, the obstructed road leading to Pokhara has yet to resume as the removal of debris is underway, said Deputy Superintendent of Police. “The obstructed road too will reopen soon.”
Prachanda sees need of uniting Maoist forces for nation’s prosperity
Kathmandu, June 29 (RSS): CPN (Maoist Center)’s Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘ Prachanda’ has urged the leaders of the Maoist stream to get united for the cause of national independence and change.
In his address to a programme organised to welcome newcomers to the party at the party head office in Parisdanda here today, he was of the view of promoting collectiveness among the people in the Maoist stream and launching a campaign for a national unity, independence, building a base of socialism, nation’s development and prosperity.
“It is all known that changes were possible in the nation with the back support of the Maoist movement.”
He was of the opinion of bringing all true communist forces together to ensure more significant changes in the nation. “There are revolutionary forces outside the Maoist circle and they should also be incorporated in the movement.”
According to him, there are people inside the CPN (UML) who wished to be part of the journey towards socialism and they could be involved in the campaign.
Local people asked to stay alert as Rapti river gets swollen
Ranjha, June 29 (RSS): The local administration in Banke has urged the locals to remain cautious as the water level in the Rapti river has been increasing. The river has been swollen due to torrential rain since Tuesday night, said Rupan Gyawali, information officer at the District Emergency Operation Center, Banke.
The water level in the river has been measured 3.18 meters high at 9 am on Wednesday while water level measuring 5 meters means to be an alarming sign and 5.4 meters signifies a danger line, it has been said. Banke measured 150 milliliters rain in the past six hours, said Gyawali.
The water level in the river is predicted to increase throughout the day today as moderate rain is predicted, he said, adding that settlements including Holiya, Chaupheri, Betahani and Kamdi of Duduwa Rural Municipality and Baijapur, Binauna and Phattepur of Raptisonari Rural Municipality are at risk of being washed away.
The caution notice has been issued following the increment of the water level in the river, said Chief District Officer, Banke, Surya Bahadur Khatri.
Local people are requested to stay alert and not to resort to any activities near the swollen river like fishing and collecting logs brought by the river.
Communications Minister Karki calls for making Nepali journalism open, free in South Asia
Kathmandu, June 29 (RSS): Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has stressed the need for making Nepali journalism open, free and respected in the South Asia.
He made this statement at a seminar with the theme of ‘Workplace safety in communications sector’ organised here today by the Media Advocacy Group. “The directives related to ensuring workplace safety in communications sector should not be limited to only a document, but it should be implemented in a way that sets an example for all citizens, but not only journalists.”
Emphasising a discussion in making the entire society safe, but not only ensuring safety in workplace and fields for media-persons, the minister said, “For media-persons to become disciplined, responsible and impartiality means to rid themselves and the society of violence of any sort.”
Similarly, Ministry Secretary Dr Baikuntha Aryal viewed that communications should be treated differently and sensibly while stating that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure workplace safety in the sector. Workplaces and fields for journalists should always be taken as different and sensible, he said, adding that the Press Council Nepal is an authorised body to make and implement the directive related to workplace safety for media-persons.
“Implementation of the journalist code of conduct and other related directives remains within the purview of the Press Council,” he said. He expressed the hope that the government would help implement the directive related to workplace safety in communications sector.
On the occasion, former Chairperson of the Federation of Nepali Journalists Mahendra Bista tabled a concept of the directive related to workplace safety in communications sector.
PM Deuba congratulates newly elected ANFA leadership
Kathmandu, June 29 (RSS): Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has congratulated and offered best wishes to the newly elected leadership of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA).
He offered his congratulations amid a function here today at his official residence in Baluwatar.
On the occasion, the PM pledged to always provide assistances for the development of football. Pankaj Bikram Nembang was recently elected the ANFA President through its election on June 20.
Similarly, Bir Bahadur Khadka was chosen as senior vice president and Dawa Lama, Dipak Khatiwada, Birat Jung Shahi and Dirgha Bahadur KC vice president.
Elected ANFA members are Rabindra Chand, Anil Malla, Bhojraj Shahi, Purushottam Thapa, Mahendra Chhetri, Bijaya Narayan Shrestha, Ramesh Byanjankar, Bharat Budhathapa, Tika Lama, Maniraj Bista, Manish Joshi, Pema Dolma Lama and Sarila Shrestha.
Ward chair arrested in Baitadi
Baitadi, June 29 (RSS): Two persons, including a ward chairperson, have been arrested on the charge of raping a woman in Baitadi district.
The arrested ones are Sharad Singh Negi, the chair of Melauli rural municipality-1and Keshav Singh Negi from the same locality, according to District Police Office, Baitadi.
They were arrested after a complaint filed by a 28-year-old woman. The incident had reportedly taken place on March 29 this year. Police Inspector Lokraj Joshi shared that the medical examination of victim was conducted the same day she lodged the complaint.
Police have detained both accused ones and taken forward further investigation. The victim woman is under the protection of her family.
Minister of State Oli resigns
Lumbini, June 29 (RSS): Minister of State for Health, Population and Social Welfare of Lumbini Province, Bimala Oli, has resigned from the post today.
Oli submitted her resignation on June 26 and it was approved, Province Chief Minister Kul Prasad KC informed today’s meeting of the Provincial Assembly. Her resignation followed the formation of a three-member committee by the provincial government acting on a complaint that Oli two weeks ago reportedly barged into the house of Ekraj Basnet of Dang, a Young Communist League leader and mistreated his spouse and daughter.
President insists on taking arrears clearance efforts as campaign
Kathmandu, June 29 (RSS): President Bidya Devi Bhandari said the report of the Office of Auditor General (OAG) indicates the increasing size of arrears, suggesting the need for a campaign to downsize it.
The Head-of-the-State in her address to the 64th anniversary of the OAG here today underlined the need of fiscal discipline to prevent arrears.
“Economic fairness will help establish the good governance,” the President said, seeking the attention of all bodies concerned towards that end. The President insisted on transparency in public finance behaviours, acknowledging the role of OAG report to make the public finance management effective.
As the President said, authorities ranging from the federal to local government should take the issues raised in the OAG report seriously.
Also speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Janardan Sharma said the government was effortful to clear arrears and to enhance the fiscal management. The Ministry was at work to settle the arrears worth Rs 676 billion remained so far, he added. “The issues of arrears clearance has been accorded priority in policies and programmes and budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the OAG will be provided necessary physical and financial assistance for the same.”
She drew the attention of the government to control unnecessary expenditures in foreign trips and be frugal at the time the country was reeling under economic difficulties.
Similarly, Auditor General Tanka Mani Sharma (Dangal) shared that report prepared through electronic auditing would be released from this year. Stating that the OAG could not observe office anniversary due to COVID-19 risks, he shared that a total of seven staffers were awarded this year for their best performance.
According to him, separate audit report of COVID-19 would be made public very soon. The OAG had adopted risk-based auditing system from this year, he said. It was shared that no encouraging works could be accomplished in clearance of arrears this year.
The OAG said that cases of irregularities were rife in local level. Effective implementation of OAG report was emphasized for restoration of good-governance.
Deputy Auditor General Ramu Prasad Dotel urged to embrace the issues that would ensure good-governance through the quality work of auditing.
The OAG has been auditing of over 6,000 public offices annually.