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Mahara elected as Speaker of House of Representatives

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KATHMANDU — Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a senior CPN-Maoist Centre leader and lawmaker, has been elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives unopposed on Saturday, as he was the only candidate who filed nomination for the post.

Senior most-member of the House of Representatives and acting speaker, Mahantha Thakur, from Rastriya Janta Party-Nepal announced and congratulated Mahara for his win.

Senior CPN-UML leader and former speaker of the Parliament Subas Chandra Nembang proposed his nomination, while CPN-MC leader Dev Prasad Gurung seconded it.

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Main opposition Nepali Congress did not propose any candidate for the position. “We hope Mahara’s neutral behaviour will boost the dignity of the House,” NC Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma said.

Addressing the parliament’s session Saturday, Minendra Rijal from NC said that the party supported Mahara’s victory. As a result, there was no election for the post.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will administer the oath to Mahara at 11 PM tomorrow.

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Dr KC continues fast-unto-death at Teaching Hospital

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KATHMANDU — Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC who was airlifted to Kathmandu by Nepal Army personnel from Jumla on Thursday has continued his hunger strike at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Maharajgunj.

Dr KC began his 15th hunger strike from June 30 at the Jumla-based Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) in Jumla. He was unwilling to be airlifted by force but later yielded after his supporters and security officials clashed.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr KC was brought to Kathmandu as per the recommendation of KAHS as his health was deteriorating day by day.

The government planned to keep Dr KC at Bir Hospital after he landed at Tundikhel at 6:65 PM Thursday by a Nepal Army helicopter. But, Dr KC refused to be examined at Bir and so he was taken to TUTH, according to sources.

Earlier, Dr KC was taken to the Nepal Army barrack in Jumla from where he was airlifted to Surkhet and later to Tundikhel in Kathmandu.

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Local people had gathered at KAHS to obstruct the security personnel from taking Dr KC to the barracks. The agitating doctor had agreed to come to the capital after a clash between locals and security personnel turned violent injuring scores of people including a police constable.

Meanwhile, Out Patient Department (OPD) services at almost all hospitals and health facilities were halted Thursday after Nepal Medical Association, the professional organization of medical doctors and dentists, urged health workers to shut down services except emergency .

NMA, supporting the hunger strike staged by Dr KC, on Wednesday, called for the disruption of OPD services at health facilities including those in the private sector.

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