KATHMANDU — Nepali Congress (NC) leader and former minister Khum Bahadur Khadha passed away after multiple organ failure on Friday while receiving treatment in New Delhi, India, NC spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma confirmed. He was 67.
Khadha had been on life support for a week at Appolo hospital after his condition deteriorated critically. He had earlier received a kidney transplant and was taken to India for further treatment in February following complications including kidney, chest and nervous system before dying of multiple organ failure.
A team of specialist doctors including kidney transplant specialist Dr. Sandeep Gulariya, chest specialist Dr. Rajesh Chawal and Neuro specialist Dr. Mukul Barma had attended senior Nepali politician Khadka at the hospital.
Khadka, who won in all three parliamentary elections from Dang district after restoration of democracy in 1990, held ministerial portfolios for 12 times in his controversial political career.
He had a tainted image outside the party following corruption scandals, but his friendly nature with party workers and a long history of struggle at the time of the party-less Panchayat period kept him popular within the party.
He had been advocating a Hindu state in Nepal and expressing discontent with the new constitution. The NC had decided to send party leaders including Ramesh Lekhak and Shankar Bhandari to Delhi to observe his treatment.
Khadka had lived in exile in India with party founding leader BP Koirala.
The body of Khadka would be flown back to Kathmandu from New Delhi tomorrow evening, according to spokesperson Sharma.Follow @gorkhapost
NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education
KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.
Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.
On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.
Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.
Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.Follow @gorkhapost