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41 women candidates for provincial and parliamentary elections

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KATHMANDU — A total of 41 women candidates are contesting in the first phase of elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies, in 32 districts scheduled for November 26.

Of them, 18 women are contesting in the House of Representatives and the rest in the State Assemblies.

According to the Election Commission, a total of 323 members would be elected in the House of Representatives and 484 in the State Assemblies.

As per the latest details received from the Joint Election Operation Centre, 103 women candidates from the Nepali Congress, 62 from the CPN-UML and 49 from the CPN (Maoist Centre) have filed their candidacies.

Similarly, 81 women candidates from the Naya Shakti Party Nepal, 55 from Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, 43 from Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Democratic), 24 from Jana Samajbadi Party Nepal, 38 from United Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Nationalist) and Mongol National Organisation are contesting in the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies.

Eight political parties have filed their candidacies in the elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies.

Election to the House of Representatives is taking place at 37 constituencies and State Assemblies at 74 constituencies.

Likewise, a total of 112 independent candidates have filed their nomination in the elections. Around 3.22 million people would exercise their right to vote in the first round of elections.

Name lists of candidates would be published on October 24 after scrutinizing complaints filed against the candidates.

EC Spokesperson Nabaraj Dhakal said that election symbol would be granted to the candidates after publishing the final name lists of candidates after conclusion of withdrawing the candidacy on October 25.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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