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Maoist Center to file motion of no confidence against Oli govt

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KATHMANDU — The CPN Maoist Center has decided to file a no confidence motion against the government at the Parliament meeting on Wednesday after prime minister Oli decided to face parliament.

CPN Moist Center, one of the main ruling coalition partners of the government, had withdrawn support from the CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli-led coalition government on Tuesday claiming that the Prime Minister’s party had failed to implement the past agreements made with it.

According to CPN Maoist Center spokesperson Pampha Bhusal, the party would file a no confidence motion against the government if the Prime Minister did not step down himself.

After the Maoist withdrawal, the coalition government was pushed to a minority.

According to the provision, the Prime Minister would be relieved from his post if he resigned or if no confidence motion is passed by a majority of the total existing members of the Parliament.

UDMF not to join new govt

After the new political development in the country, the Mades based parties have said that they would not join the new government at this time.

It will need the support of at least 298 members of the existing 595 members of the Parliament to form a new government and UDMF can play a vital role to make majority.

The combined strength of NC and CPN-MC is now 289 as NC has 207 members and CPN-MC has 82 members. They will need at least nine more members to form the new government.

Sadbhawana Party leader Laxman Lal Karna said the UDMF would not join the government until its demands were addressed.

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Bir Hospital to get new surgery building

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KATHMANDU— The oldest hospital of the country, Bir Hospital, is in the process of getting a separate well-equipped building for surgery within the next two years.

The proposed nine-storey building will have 15 operation theaters.
The new building will have a post-operative ward; a 40-bed surgical ward; an Intensive Care Union (ICU); and a library as well. The new infrastructure will also have the facilities friendly to the senior citizens, disabled and the visitors, the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) says.

It is estimated to cost Rs 3.85 billion to complete the construction in two years. It is being constructed in an area of the old building of the NAMS nursing college which collapsed in the 2015 April earthquake. The building construction was inaugurated by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on March 9.

The hospital that had started its services in 1947 BS with 15 beds has now 450 beds. The NAMS operates Nursing, MBBS, MD classes and training as well.

The post of NAMS Chancellor has been lying vacant since the past five months. As shared by an employee, the delay in appointing the chancellor has caused inconveniences to the operation of hospital regular activities.

Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Sushilnath Pyakurel, said the recommendations have been already made before the minister to make appointments in the posts lying vacant in various health academies.

Similarly, infrastructures are being developed to upgrade the hospital by adding extra services including a helipad service for the first time from the government level.

The hospital has started its service from its branch at Duwakot of Bhaktapur from October 10 as part of its service expansion in line with the policy of the Ministry of Health.

The Duwakot branch provides OPD and surgery at present. OPD service starts from 9 am to 5 pm. The NAMS has permitted the construction of well equipped physical infrastructure for the hospital branch to provide international standard service, said the Hospital’s Director Prof Dr Bhupendra Basnet.

The Ministry of Health has allocated Rs 300 million as per the master plan of the NAMS and provided approximately 570 ropanis of land for the construction of physical infrastructures for the hospital branch.

“Necessary human resources including a medical officer, nurses and assistant health workers have been managed for the hospital branch. Medical equipment and other workforce that includes specialist doctors will also be managed as per need,” said Basnet.

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