Sunday, August 28, 2005

Narahari Acharya For Nepali Congress President

I endorse his candidacy. That is like endorsing the issue of internal democracy inside the Nepali Congress.

The Narahari Acharya Proposal
Somnath Ghimire On Leadership Crisis In Nepali Congress
Narahari Acharya Deserves A Platform
Anatomy Of The Conflict In Pokhara
Girijaspeak: When Republicans Are Royalists

Chances are Girija will win. But what exactly is his platform? Other than that he is the incumbent? Has he discussed his program? Has he even declared his candidacy yet? Has he asked for votes?

In The News
  • Acharya announces candidacy for NC president NepalNews The NC general convention, scheduled to be held in the capital in August 30 to September 02, will see a gathering of about 1,400 delegates who will formally choose the new party leadership...... Acharya kicked off his election campaign by organizing a press conference in his residence today......He has recently moved a motion in the party by urging the party leadership to omit all provision related to monarchy from the party’s statute....... According to Acharya he represents change and new thinking, new vision and new culture in the party.
  • RCCC Summons Ex-Minister Rawal Over Graft Charges NepalNews Bhim Rawal, former minister and CPN-UML central leader ...... charges of irregularities while leasing a China South West Airlines plane when he was Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation some six years ago..... the RCCC has also started interrogating then Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation (RNAC) managers BK Man Singh and Bharat Bahadur Karki for their involvement in the commission scam.
  • Three Maoists killed in Sarlahi NepalNews .... a security operation carried out by the Unified Command forces ..... District Committee member of the rebel party, Roshan Shrestha, was among the killed....... One motorcycle used by the Maoists, bullets, and socket bombs were recovered from the clash site
  • Writ challenges RCCC verdict against Deuba, Singh NepalNews
  • His Majesty returns to the capital NepalNews (His Majesty visits Dang, King visits Kailali)
  • NBL employees protest against new regulations NepalNews ..... six hundred employees at the head office of Nepal Bank Limited (NBL)—the oldest bank in the country—walked out of their offices Sunday in protest...... Nepal Bank Employees Union and Nepal Financial Institutes Employees Union...... also alleged that the ICCMT Consulting group – that was hired three years ago—has failed to fulfill provisions in its contract including recovering loans from ‘willful defaulters.’...... NBL’s externally audited results showed an operating profit of Rs 418 million and a net profit of Rs 789 million at fiscal year-end 2003/04. .... CEO of Nepal Bank Limited J. Craig McAllister...... “In two years, Nepal Bank moved from posting the largest loss in the history of Nepalese financial markets to producing the highest audited profit among banks in the market in 2003/04. The bank has been successfully restructured in all areas and is reducing the negative equity position dramatically. Our staff has been reduced by approximately 49%, new systems and procedures have been successfully implemented, computers are being installed, our cost of funds has been reduced by more than 50%, and we have a strong budgeting process with a rolling strategic plan that presently carries NBL,” McAllister said..... approximately 40% of non-performing loans at NBL were held by about 15 groups of influential borrowers and that this small group of willful defaulters had been steadfast in their refusal to negotiate in good faith.
  • NBL employees protest against new regulations NepalNews
  • 16 students hurt in clashes with police NepalNews ..... petrol per liter will cost Rs 67, diesel Rs 46, kerosene Rs 39 and air transport fuel Rs 53. Earlier, the government had increased the LPG gas Rs 900 from Rs 800 per cylinder.
  • NC youth leaders urge party to remove monarchy from its statute NepalNews “The party should mention, in its policy and program, that the Nepali people’s verdict on the monarchy will be acceptable to the NC” .... the party must think over alliance with the Maoists only if the latter publicly expressed their commitments to multiparty democracy, supremacy of parliament, human rights and press freedom...... Over 30 youth representatives of Nepali Congress (NC) general convention including youth leaders Biswo Prakash Sharma, Dhanraj Gurung, Gagan Thapa, Umesh Jung Rayamaghi and others had organised the press conference...... NC leader Shailaja Acharya has said there is a serious ploy to destroy the life and soul of the country’s largest democratic party..... “There is intense polarization between active monarchy and republicanism in the country which is weakening the middle path of the NC. NC will collapse once it leaves middle path.”
  • HM King warns administrators of action NepalNews ..... top administrative officials of the Mid-western Region would be subjected to stern departmental action should they fail to shift all regional government offices to Surkhet...... for the first time since his ascent to the throne that the King, who assumed direct power on Feb 1 this year, has issued warning against administrative officials publicly...... “I am receiving complaints from the people of Surkhet about it. If you [administrators] fail to shift the regional offices to Surkhet within the next three months I will initiate departmental action against you” ..... “We are in a difficult situation. You all know this very well. We should move ahead in unity and with the participation of the people in general. That’s what the people and the nation want” .....
  • Police intervene in a cultural programme in Kathmandu NepalNews ..... At least two dozen people were injured when police intervened and tried to stop people from mid- and far-western region from observing ‘Gaura,’ a popular religious festival, at Tundikhel.... .....police stopped them from erecting tents at Tundikhel Saturday morning citing ‘orders from the higher authorities.’..... angry crowd stopped traffic at Ratna Park and Ghantaghar area for nearly two hours in the afternoon. They also chanted slogans against monarchy.....

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