Friday, July 22, 2005


HM designates Lamsal Judicial Council member

Kathmandu, July 22: His Majesty the King has, in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal-1990, designated Bhairab Prasad Lamsal to the post of member of the Judicial Council for two years with salary and other facilities commensurate to the one of the Supreme Court judge.This is stated in a notice issued today by the Press Secretariat of His Majesty the King.

Not to move in apex court

Kathmandu, July 22 - Gopal Man Shrestha, the acting president of Nepal Congress (Democratic), said Thursday that his party would not knock on the doors of the Supreme Court to appeal against the illegal activities of the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC).
Speaking at a function organized at the partly office Thursday, Shrestha termed the detention of former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Prakash Man Singh "illegal".
"The duo has been illegally detained for three months. RCCC was formed with political motives and they are political detainees. The seven-party alliance will fight to provide them justice," he said.
Shrestha also said that Melamchi Water Supply Project is one of the accomplishments of People's Movement of 1990. "A mafia is active to close down the project and deprive people of drinking water," he said. "The palace receives incessant supply of water from Panipokharai. Their Majesties cannot understand the problems and diseases resulting from water scarcity," Shrestha said satirically.

Free civil service from politics-lawyers says?

Kathmandu, July 22- Every civil servant should be dedicated to their jobs and endeavour to provide prompt service to the people without being involved in politics, some noted lawyers said,report the Rising nepal.Their works should be oriented towards enhancing their efficiency by staying away from all kinds of political biases, they said. The recent amendment in the Civil Service Act is practical as well as timely and it has removed a lot of inconsistencies that were prevalent in the Act and practices in the bureaucratic history, they added.Senior advocate Krishna Prasad Bhandary said that the civil servants should not remain detached from the people and nation while performing their jobs. They should not be involved in practices that were against the ethics of bureaucracy, but were seen in the last 14 years, he said. He appreciated the present amendment in the Civil Service Act, which has prohibited unions in the civil service. “They should be concerned about their profession and about enhancement of their capabilities.” The Rising Nepal reportsAdvocate Prakash Wasti said that the recent amendment had addressed lots of issues related to the norms and values of independent bureaucracy.No country in the world allows the opening of sister organisations of the political parties in the civil service. Civil service has only one organisation, which is professional. “What the government did in the field of civil service is appreciable,” he added.There were lots of bitter experiences when the civil servants were divided in line with the political parties. There are many examples of those in power victimising the other group, he said. “They failed to deliver because of deep divisions.” Wasti said it was sorry to see the civil servants not hesitating to hoist the flags of the political parties ignoring their duties.The organisation should be formed for professional interest and wellbeing but not to play the role of an activist, he said. Overall, the present amendment in the act has endorsed a lot of transparent policies regarding their professional security including promotion, he said. “It’s not necessary to oppose everything just for the sake of opposing; we should develop a positive attitude and do not hesitate to say what is right and what is wrong”.Former officer at the office of Attorney General and advocate Lav Mainali said that what the government had done to desist the civil servants, who received their salaries from people’s taxes, from partisan politics deserved appreciation. “Any organisation of the civil servants should remain devoted to their professional welfare alone,” he said

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