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Failure to disseminate info on statute resulted in crisis: Chief Justice Shrestha

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BHAKTAPUR — Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha has said that the present issue surfaced because of failure to disseminate true information related to the Constitution to the people immediately after its promulgation.

Chief Justice Shrestha made this comment at a program ‘Role of Media in Enhancing Access to Justice’ jointly organised by the Access to Justice Commission and Constitutional and Judicial Journalists Forum in Bhaktapur on Wednesday evening.

Though the Constitution has enshrined 31 fundamental rights to the people, the beneficiaries were not well informed about the provisions immediately after its promulgation, he said, suggesting the media to disseminate information to the constitutionally-guaranteed rights to the people.

Noting that the promulgation of Constitution was a remarkable achievement, he said the challenge now is to ensure its effective implementation.

Justice is under the reach of only 5 to 10 per cent people, he said, noting that the many significant cases could not come to the door of the court.

He stressed that judges, journalists and lawyers should move ahead together to increase access to justice.

“I would keep the court free from politics and would not allow politics within the court”, CJ Shrestha asserted, adding, “There should be no politicisation in appointing justices. The tendency of keeping the court under political influence should be put to an end.”

The delay in appointment of judges hampered the settlement of cases on time, he added.

The justice has multiple stakeholders, he said, adding that the time has come to form and mobilise volunteers’ groups to villages to increase public trust on court and increase their access to justice.


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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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