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Karnali govt mobilizes all mechanisms in full scale in quake-hit area

Published Date : November 7, 2023

Bheriganga (Surkhet), Nov 7:  The Karnali Province government has fully mobilized its mechanisms in the earthquake hit areas.

Chief Minister Raj Kumar Sharma is currently in his home district Rukum, while Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning, Bedraj Singh in Jajarkot.

Similarly, other ministers including minister for social development are in Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim along with government employees to facilitate in the rescue and relief distribution.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment on Monday distributed relief materials at Nalgadh Municipality of Jajarkot and Athbiskot Municipality of Rukum Paschim.

Minister Krishna Kumar BC urged all concerned to extend support to the disaster hit people. The disaster hit people were complaining of not getting warm clothes.

The increasing cold of late has aggravated the condition of the earthquake survivors. Also worrying is the aftershock recorded on Monday afternoon.

Periodic plan should incorporate issues from all three tiers: CM Jammakattel

Manahari, Nov 7: Chief Minister of Bagmati Province, Shalikram Jammakattel, has said the periodic plan should align the spirit of constitution in order to achieve sustainable development goals. The plan needs to incorporate the issues from all three tiers of government, he stressed.

During a discussion organized by the National Planning Commission on preliminary draft of the 16th periodic plan here Monday, the Chief Minister suggested the Commission reflecting government policy and programmes as per changed context in the plan. He further viewed proper use of resources in province could be another priority in the periodic plan.

On the occasion, National Planning Commission member Prabhu Budhathoki expressed the view that the plan was being prepared with the goal of achieving good governance, social justice and prosperity.

Similarly, Province Policy and Planning Commission’s Vice Chair Prof Dr Narbikram Thapa viewed prosperity and sustainable development of the province must be stressed by the national plan.

‘Prioritize Madhes in 16th plan’

Janakpurdham, Nov 7: The stakeholders here have suggested the government that it prioritized Madhes in the 16th plan. Reasoning that Madhes is backward in human development and suffering from multiple crises including that of climate change, the periodic plan needs to address Madhes well, they underscored.

During an interaction organized by the National Planning Commission on preliminary draft of the 16th periodic plan (2081/82-2085/86) here Monday, the ministers and other stakeholders in Madhes province made such views.                                                                             

Minister for Physical Infrastructures in province, Krishna Prasad Yadav, viewed various issues need adequate attention and address in the Madhes Province- agriculture, irrigation, infrastructure, chemical fertilizer, population and un/employment. The periodic plan should incorporate these issues with utmost priority, he suggested.

Similarly, Minister for Finance in province, Sanjay Yadav, said the province is home to over 6 million people and contributes 30 percent to the government income. The budget allocation to this province is unjust, he argued, adding why 15th periodic plan ignored Madhes. He drew attention of the National Planning Commission, and political leadership in the centre to this end. 

Moreover, Minister for Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Govinda Bahadur Neupane, said agriculture must be focused by the 16th plan because it the base for prosperity.

Also speaking on the occasion, Vice Chairman of Madhes Province Policy and Planning Commission, Nathu Prasad Chaudhary, informed that although arable land was decreasing by 11 percent in Madhes, the households engaging with agriculture was increasing by 9.4 percent. He sought attention towards sustainable solution of water. The tube wells were being dried up, so long term solution of water for drinking and irrigating is essential, he underlined.

President Paudel leaving for earthquake affected districts today

Kathmandu, Nov 7: President Ramchandra Paudel is leaving for earthquake hit districts, Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim, today.

President’s press advisor Kiran Pokharel informed that President Paudel would visit the quake affected districts to take stock of the situation of disaster survivors.

In the wake of the earthquake occurred last Friday, President Paudel also postponed his scheduled visit to Europe from November 8.

Two die in road accident

Balewa (Baglung), Nov 7: Two persons died in a road accident occurred at Dhorpatan, Baglung.

Those killed in a taxi accident were Hom Bahadur Pun, 28, from Pakhute, of Dhorpatan-2, and Ashwin Pariyar, 32, from Chhisphant of Badigad-6 in the district.

The accident occurred at Malkatibang of Dhorpatan-2 while the taxi (Dha 1 Ja 994) heading to Dhorpatan from Badigad fell 100 meters down the road. Both of them died on the spot, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police, Madan KC.

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All should have common view on national interest: Leader Rajbhandari

Kathmandu, Nov 7: Nepali Congress leader Sapana Rajbhandari has said all political powers should have common understanding on nationality and national interest. She expressed worry over contradictory views of political parties.

“Unity among government and opposition is essential for the sake of country,” she said, wondering over opposing stand among parties on pressing issues of the country.

Leader Rajbhandari said it while speaking with ‘RSS with lawmaker’ team of RSS. She also suggested her party that it continued orientation to enliven party activities.

She was elected under the proportional system for the House of Representatives (HoR).

In her observation, the political parties were not performing up to the mark in parliament as expected from outside. She added that she could not see the progress on law making either.

According to her, the last election result showed that chief political parties were losing public trust. Launching people-centered programmes can restore trust, she suggested.

She shared her priority to the preservation of World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, including Newari culture, jatra and temples.

Lawmaker Rajbhandari had entered politics since student life. She worked actively for expanding party organization in Kathmandu district.

She viewed the voters in her constituency had no complaint except drinking water. The voters are concerned over preservation of their culture. The constituency is a home to historic place, Hanuman Dhoka, and religious site, Swayambhu. Indrajatra is one of the important cultural festivals here.

Constituency no 8 which she represents is the place of archaeological importance. If the archaeological importance of Kathmandu city is given priority, Nepal could be an attractive tourism destination.

She, however, complain that although the parliament records significant issues, the lawmaking is indifferent.

“Present election system is costly. It is also reported that politics of honesty is shadowed. Election code was not enforced well,” Rajbhandari said, adding that corruption was posing threat to smooth service.

People must be vigilant against corruption, irregularity and price hike of goods.

Brief rainfall, snowfall predicted in high hills

Kathmandu, Nov 7: The partial impact of westerly wind will cause brief rainfall and snowfall in some areas of high hills and mountains for three days.

The weather forecast bulletin has stated that some places of hilly region in the country is predicted to have brief rainfall along with thunder and lightning, while snowfall in upper hilly and mountainous areas. However, the other places will have clear weather.

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