9 Nov: 6 things to know by 6 PM

Published On: November 9, 2017 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

6 things to know by 6 PM

Will Congress reign Dadeldhura, again?

With single election constituency in Dadeldhura, Prime minister and Nepali Congress chairperson Sher Bahadur Deuba has been winning the elections since 2048 BS. It is from here that Deuba became Home Minister and the country’s prime minister for four times.  However, as new elections approach, can Deuba save his legacy at Dadeldhura? This time, a prominent Maoist leader and a common candidate of Left Alliance, Khagraj Bhatta is standing against Deuba for upcoming elections at Dadeldhura. After Maoists entered the peace process in the election of 2064 BS, youth leader Khagraj Bhatta matched against Deuba. Fearing defeat, Deuba was forced to file his candidacy from Kanchanpur’s Constituency-4.  During the 2048, 2051 ad 2056’s election, Deuba was reassured as he had no competitors in Dadeldhura. However, as Maoists entered peace process, Bhatta not only posed imminent threat to Deuba’s legacy, but also fought a tough battle – forcing the latter to win the 2064’s election by slim votes.

NA transports election materials

The Nepal Army has started to transport election papers, ballots, voters’ education materials, stamp pad among others in Khotang, Dolpa and other remote areas.  Election Officer, Dinesh Khatri said that preparatory works for upcoming Nov 26 election was at final stage at Khotang. The district is home to 125,183 voters. Election materials for Dolpa were dispatched from Surkhet.

Praja Parishad merges with UML

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: The Praja Parishad Party has merged with CPN (UML) on Thursday to strengthen democracy and materialize the dreams of martyrs and contribute towards holistic development of Nepal. A two-point agreement was reached for the merger. Praja Parishad’s acting chair Govinda Prasad Dulal shared the party decided to join UML due to its nationalistic stance.  The Praja Parishad was founded in 1993 BS to lead revolution against Rana regime in Nepal and consisted of many revolutionaries, including Ram Hari Sharma Nepal, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Dashrat Chand, Tanka Prasad Acharya, Gangalal Shrestha among others. 

Rape suspects at large

Parsa police has filed a case against the son of newly elected ward chairman and two others involved in rape of 16 year girl of Sakhuwa Parsauni rural municipality.  Following the incident of Oct 29, those involved in rape had tried to silence the girl’s family through compensation. The police have suspected that those accused have fled to India. “They have fled to India. We are investigating the case. We’ve conducted physical checkup of the girl and brought the report,” a source at Parsa Police Office said. Protests have been ongoing at Birgunj against the incident.

 U.N. warns if no Yemen aid access, world will see largest famine in decades

 United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Wednesday that if a Saudi-led military coalition did not allow humanitarian aid access to Yemen then it would cause “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.” According to the United Nations, some seven million people are at the brink of famine and nearly 900,000 infected with cholera. Lowcock called for an immediate resumption of U.N. and other aid flights to Sanaa and Aden, assurances from the coalition that there would be no further disruptions to those flights, and immediate resumption of humanitarian and commercial port access.

Trump criticizes ‘one-sided’ Chinese trade deals

President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the “very one-sided and unfair” trade relationship between the U.S. and China, but stopped short of castigating Chinese President Xi Jinping by saying he doesn’t blame the country for taking advantage of the U.S.Speaking after the announcement of new business deals between U.S. and Chinese companies, Trump said the U.S. and China “must immediately address the unfair trade practices that drive” the trade deficit, along with barriers to market success, forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft.


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