Saturday, July 30, 2005
Chief Justice appointed
Kathmandu july 30-His Majesty King Gyanendra has, upon the recommendation of the Constitutional Council, appointed seniormost Justice at the Supreme Court Dilip Kumar Poudel as Chief Justice of the apex court, an official announcement said.
On Friday, HM the King had specified outgoing CJ Hari Prasad Sharma to chair the meeting of CJ to recommend his successor generating fresh controversy. As per the constitution, Prime Minister heads the CC.
Commenting on the appointment, former Justice at the Supreme Court, Krishna Jung Rayamajhi, said the process of specifying CJ invoking article 127 of the constitution was not in conformity with the constitution. The outcome is right but the process is not, he added.
A graduate in law and post-graduate in political science, newly appointed CJ Dilip Kumar Poudel had joined the judicial service four decades ago. “He is one of the few judges in the judiciary who have never courted any kind of controversy,” commented Kantipur daily on Saturday.
Friday, July 29, 2005
4 convicted by RCCC at large
Kathmandu, July 29 - Four of the six people convicted by the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) on July 26 for "misappropriation" of funds in the adit access road construction contract of the Melamchi Water Supply Project are at large. The police has not been able to trace them even after receiving written orders to arrest them and hand them over to the commission.
Former secretary, Tika Dutta Niraula, former chief of the Melamchi project; Dhruba Bahadur Shrestha, former deputy executive director of the project; Dipak Kumar Jha; and one of the contractors of the Melamchi adit access road, Jeep Chiring Lama, have gone incommunicado after the RCCC passed the "guilty" verdict on July 26.
Niraula's daughter, Lena Chapagain, said, "We have no information about his whereabouts. He has been out of contact since Tuesday (July 26) afternoon." Similarly, Kalpana Jha, wife of Dipak Kumar Jha, said, "He left on Tuesday afternoon saying that he was going to the commission to hear the verdict. He didn't return home and has been out of contact since."
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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
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Communication Corner illegal: written answer by Ministry
Kathmandu, July 21-The Ministry of Information and Communication wednesday reiterated its claim that Communication Corner Pvt Ltd, a producer and supplier of radio programmes, has been operating illegally.Furnishing explanations to the SC on why the government ordered to close the Corner, Lokman Singh Karki, secretary at the ministry, claimed that the Corner should be shut down as it has been operating illegally. He sought the SC’s order to ultimately shut down the Corner. The ministry also claimed that the Corner has been illegally using the radio machine beyond the limitation of its licence. It said the ministry had given licence to the Corner only to produce and supply radio programmes, not to broadcast them. Meanwhile, responding to another SC show cause notice, the ministry said it has not ordered anyone to suspend the mobile phone services.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Kathmandu, July 20 - Security personnel deployed in Royal National Chitwan Park have arrested three smugglers including leader Pemba Lama alias Yakche who were involved in illegal trade of rhino horn, Tuesday.
All three were arrested a month ago in Chitwan and were made public only yesterday after necessary investigations, reported our correspondent, quoting security forces.
Police suspect Lama is the top gun involved in illegal trade of rhino horn.
Lama, hailing from Kathmandu, confessed he has sold at least 20 rhino horns to businessmen from Tibet. He has reportedly collected assets worth over Rs.250 million by smuggling rhino horn.
“Lama was found to be the most dangerous rhino horn smuggler from the investigation,” said Kamaljung Kunwar, assistant conservation officer at the Royal National Chitwan Park. “This is a big step for us in controlling the poaching of rhinos.”
Twenty-six rhinos died in Chitwan in the fiscal year 2061-62 BS, out of which 15 were killed by the poachers.
Considered the endangered species, rhinos have depleted in number in the national park from 544 to 372 in the past five years. Their population further declined to 360 by the end of May 2005.
Wildlife experts say that poaching has been the greatest threat to rhino population. Poachers kill rhinos for their horn, which has high medicinal value and fetches from around Rs.2.5 million to Rs.4 million per kilogram in the international black market
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Chief Justice Opens Pilot Court
Kathmandu, July 17-Chief Justice Hari Prasad Sharma yesterday inaugurated the Pilot Court in the capital as part judicial reforms financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Under the latest step, the Kathmandu District Court (KDC) has been turned into a pilot court.Present on the occasion were UNDP Resident Representative Mathew Kahane and the Chief of Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ian Martin.
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Thursday, July 14, 2005
Three arrested including chief of Lagani Kosh
Lalitpur, 14 July- RCCC Wednesday arrested three persons, including Executive Director of Nagarik Lagani Kosh, for misappropriating Rs 50 million, Kantipur reports.Executive Director Nandahari Sharma, Investment Department Chief Sushil Prasad Aryal and creditor Nisha Thapa were arrested.
KDC to be a pilot court
Kathmandu, July 14- The Kathmandu District Court (KDC) will turn into a pilot court , with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to strengthen the rule of law in the country.According to the KDC registrar, Balabhadra Banstola, all necessary infrastructure has been developed to announce the KDC as a pilot court.According to him, the KDC would be the seventh pilot court in the country and the first pilot court in Kathmandu Valley.