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Bibeksheel Sajha abstains from president and vice-president election

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KATHMANDU — The Bibeksheel Sajha Party has decided to not take part in the elections of a new President and Vice President, the party said in a statement.

In a press statement released today, Bibeksheel’s State Assembly parliamentary party province 3 leader Ramesh Poudyal said,”The Bibeksheel Sajha is in favour of a directly elected prime minister and a constitutional president. In the parliamentary practice, the role of constitutional president should be neutral, impartial and above the partisan interests. But, some of the decisions had crossed the jurisdictions.”

The party has three members elected under the proportional representation system in Province 3’s State Assembly.

Earlier on Monday, the party handed the rights to take a decision on the matter to the province-level leadership, deciding not take part in the both elections.

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The presidential election is underway at the New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building and two candidates–incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai–are in the race for the post. The election that began at 10:00 am will conclude at 3:00 pm.

Meanwhile, Rastriya Prajatantra Party ( RPP) led by Kamal Thapa has announced its support for presidential candidate Bidya Devi Bhandari.

In a press statement today, party spokesperson Bhuwan Pathak said the party decided to vote in favour of the presidential election. Earlier, the CPN (UML) agreed to repeat incumbent Bhandari as the party’s candidate for the post.

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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.

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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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