Students in Nepal perform vedic practice to mock government's 'unconstitutional move'
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Students in Nepal perform vedic practice to mock government's 'unconstitutional move'
Students studying at the Sanskrit University or Balmiki Campus affiliated with rival Dahal-Nepal faction of ruling Nepal Communist Party's student union took this unique way to demonstrate against the Nepal PM Oli's move to dissolve the Lower House.
The rift within the party increased further with two-side warring for legitimacy after Oli recommended President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to dissolve the lower house calling for an early election.
President Bhandari who promptly ratified the proposal of Oli has triggered protests all over the Himalayan nation.
Reacting to the political crises of Nepal, former Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said that it is not right for a country's democracy when Parliament is dissolved midway to give way to instability. "Nepal is going through crisis. Nepal Communist Party that had formed govt with a majority is almost divided into two factions," said Baburam Bhattarai while speaking to ANI on March 02. He further said that they will talk to all parties in Nepal to bring stability, economic development and ensure that India-Nepal relations are good.
India provided COVID-19 vaccines to Saint Lucia on March 01. 'Made in India' vaccines was received by the Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia. India provided 25,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to the island nation Saint Lucia. The consignment of coronavirus vaccine reached under India's 'Vaccine Maitri' initiative. The 40,000 doses of 'Made in India' coronavirus vaccines also arrived in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It was received by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on March 01. They received Serum Institute of India (SII)'s Covishield doses today. Earlier, India supplied COVID-19 vaccines to neighbouring countries Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh under the 'Neighbourhood First' policy.
Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Wednesday participated in "Kshama Puja" and administered the inauguration of the new 'Jalahari' at Pashupatinath Temple. President Bhandari reached the revered Hindu holy site in the late afternoon and performed the special worship for atonement and administered the inauguration of the new 'Jalahari', the base of Shiva Linga inside the temple. Thirty-three Brahmins from India have come for worship before placing the golden 'Jalahari' in the main Shivalinga of the Pashupatinath Temple. They have been worshiping for few days. A total of 121 priests of Bhagwat Ashram and Pashupati are performing pooja. The decision of the government to replace the base of the Shiva Linga with a gold filling came into controversy as historians claimed that it is against historical and religious values. Many activists protested the plan to replace the ancient silver base with gold. Two writ petitions were also filed in the Supreme Court on Monday against the government's decision to install golden Jalahari at the Pashupatinath Temple.
Nepal's Caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has been removed from ruling Nepal Communist Party, said splinter group's spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha. He was removed by a Central Committee Meeting of the splinter group amid increasing political unrest following his decision to dissolve the lower house of the Parliament. This step was approved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari. After the announcement, the NCP split into factions with each claiming to be authentic one.
Calling the Nepal government's move to dissolve the lower house of the Parliament to be a 'political move', Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said the Supreme Court should dismiss the case. Oli's comments come as the move, which has been claimed to be unconstitutional by members of the ruling party and the opposition, is being challenged in the apex court, where hearings are currently underway. A total of 13 petitions are filed in the Supreme Court of Nepal, challenging the decision of Oli and President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to dissolve the House of Representatives, the lower house parliament, claiming it unconstitutional. The apex court has yet to give a verdict on the writ petitions. Following the dissolution of the Lower House and the announcement of midterm elections, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) witnessed its vertical split as the already-strained ties between the two rival factions of the party have further deepened. The Oli-led faction of the ruling party is backing the dissolution of the House while the other faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal is firmly opposing the government's move and demanding the restoration of parliament.
Several protestors were injured on Thursday in Kathmandu as resistance against the dissolution of parliament continued to intensify in the Himalayan Nation. Cadres and members of the student union of a rival faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party clashed with police near the parliament in a bid to enter the restricted area which left several injured. The protest against the "unconstitutional move of Oli to dissolve parliament" on Thursday intensified with the arrest of a female leader Ram Kumari Jhakri from her house. She was arrested in line with Clause 58 of the National Penal (Code) Act, 2017 related to the Prohibition of Intimidation of the President or Parliament. Jhakri while addressing a mass meeting in recent weeks in Gorkha had made comments over President Bhandari which led to the arrest of the leader. According to Clause 58 (2), the person who commits, or causes the offence to be committed, could be jailed up to seven years or fined up to Rs 70,000, or both. Protestors raised slogans against Oli demanding his resignation along with the Home Minister for not being able to maintain peace and stability in the society. Kathmandu has been marred by anti-government protests on a daily basis which has been growing significantly over the period of time starting from December 20 when now caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved the parliament.
Amid ongoing tensed situation in Nepal over parliament dissolution issue, Chairman of rival faction of ruling Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal took a jibe on caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli challenging him to prove existence of ancient Ayodhya in Thori of Chitwan. In an address to thousands of his supporter and cadres on Wednesday, Dahal hit back on Oli over his false and perplexing claim about birth place of Lord Ram. On 13th July, 2020, now caretaker Prime Minister Oli claimed that ancient Ayodhya lies in Nepal and has ordered to build a Ram Temple to grace the birth of Lord Ram. Earlier to his claim, Oli also blamed India of Cultural encroachment by 'creating a fake Ayodhya'. Nepal's Foreign Ministry also had to issue a release clarifying on the issuewhich has been brought into limelight time and again by Oliwho now acts as caretaker Prime Minister.
With growing rage against the dissolution of the lower house of Nepal Parliament, caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli met Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday, urging him to expedite preparations for the elections slated for April 30 and May 10 this year. Oli on Tuesday reached the office of the electoral body to take an update about the preparations for the elections. He met Chief Election Commissioner and other officials. Oli's visit to the election commission comes after a meeting of Council of Ministers decided to hold the first phase of the mid-term elections in 40 districts of Province 2 and Gandaki, Karnali, and Lumbini provinces on April 30 and in 37 districts of Bagmati, Sudurpaschim and Province 1 on May 10 in the second phase. Elected after a landslide victory in the 2017 elections, KP Sharma Oli from the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) became the first Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nepal. The NCP was formed after the amalgamation of two communist parties in the Himalayan Nation, but it is headed for a split after more than two years. A faction under the leadership of former Prime Ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal has practically broken off from the Oli alliance but has been denied recognition from the Electoral Body.
Congress MPs created ruckus in the Lower House of Parliament during PM Narendra Modi's reply in Lok Sabha to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address. Later they walked out amid PM's address. Speaking on this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a jibe at Congress leaders and said the party is divided and confused. "Congress party is divided and confused. Neither it can work for its own good nor can it think about solving the issues of the country. What can be more unfortunate than this?" questioned PM Modi in Lok Sabha.
As the vaccination drive has already been kicked off in the Himalayan nation, the inoculation drive for elderly and most vulnerable age groups will commence from next month. Nepal has received the first batch of one million COVISHIELD Vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India on Sunday via Air India flight. The vaccines would be used to inoculate people above 60 years of age, which is 8.73 per cent of Nepal's population, in the vaccination drive that will begin on March 7. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, there are 2,652,258 elderly people above 60 years in the country. On January 21st 2021, Nepal had received a total of One Million COVISHIELD Vaccine from India under grant assistance.
The first high dam on the Yamuna is scheduled to come up at Lakhwar in Dehradun and Tehri in Uttarakhand after the Union environment ministry’s expert appraisal committee recommended the 300MW Lakhwar Multipurpose Project for environmental clearance in its December 2 meeting last year. Residents of Lohari village along the Yamuna are both happy and anxious about the project. The Lakhwar Project is contentious as it will impact a large forest area. Dams on Himalayan rivers can also amplify glacier burst, flash floods etc. Watch this ground report filed by Hindustan Times’ Jayashree Nandi from Lohari village in Uttarakhand.
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