From the Kathmandu Press: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Major English and Nepali broadsheet dailies published from Kathmandu today have given priority to the Nepali Congress Central Working Committee meeting that began in Kathmandu on Saturday. Kantipur, The Himalayan Times, Naya Patrika and Republica have covered the meeting in the front page.


Paudel wants leadership handover in Nepali Congress

L-R: Ram Chandra Paudel and Sher Bahadur Deuba

Speaking at the CWC meeting of the party yesterday, Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel proposed that party President Sher Bahadur Deuba and himself quit the party leadership so as to pave way for the new generation.

The Himalayan Times in its lead story for the day quotes Paudel as saying, “We are too old to lead the party now. I am ready to quit active politics. It’s time you and I pave way for the new generation.” Kantipur has also carried the same quote.

Other newspapers have given a priority to Paudel’s faction accusation to the party leadership for defeat in the first and second phases of local level elections. According to Republica, the disgruntled leaders said the party’s disastrous performance could have been avoided had the establishment led by Deuba paid enough attention to candidacy selection and accommodated diverse views in the party. Naya Patrika says the speakers at the meeting suggested that the party formulate an appropriate strategy to secure better performance in September 18 polls in Province 2.

Maoists to advocate for directly elected executive chief

The ruling CPN-Maoist Centre’s Secretariat meeting held on Saturday concluded that the current system of electing Prime Minister from Parliament maintained instability in politics therefore a system to elect the executive chief directly from the people should be adopted.

The CPN-Maoist Central Secretariat meeting. Photo: Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Secretariat

The executive chief position could be either PM or President, says a report in Naya Patrika. The party has decided to hold talks with other political forces to convince them in the party line and go for a constitution amendment, according to party leader Mani Thapa.

Annapurna Post has covered the meeting from a different angle and has claimed that the party finally accepted parliamentary politics. Party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal presented a political paper at the meeting proposing that the party adopt a policy to use elections peacefully and competitively and the meeting endorsed the report, the story says.


Heritage reconstruction delayed owing to short supply of woods

The anchor story in Republica says the post-earthquake reconstruction of Patan Durbar Square is likely to take around four years because of shortage of wood. The report says the deadline of early 2021 set by the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust is too early to meet, also because there are not enough skilled wood carvers and artisans. The artisans are required to have skills and knowledge in Malla and Lichhaviera architectures created around more than 1,500 years ago, the report claims.

Maoists to revive YCL

The ruling CPN-Maoist Centre is reviving its notorious youth wing, Young Communist League, according to the lead story in today’s Rajdhani daily. A meeting of the party’s Secretariat recently decided to hold an assembly of the organisation next month and make it active again, an anonymous leader has been quoted in the report.

The party had formed the YCL as soon as it had quit the armed struggle and joined parliamentary politics. The organisation was heavily criticised by opposition parties and members of the public for its paramilitary activities, forcing the party for its de facto dissolution.


Educated ones also give continuity to menstruation exclusion

Annapurna Post‘s anchor story says educated people in mid-west and far-west of Nepal have been giving continuity to centuries-old tradition of not allowing menstruating women to enter home. Though various government and non-government agencies have launched aggressive campaigns against the chhaupadi tradition, people from the new generation are also complacent with the tradition and are reluctant to change, the story filed from Surkhet reads. Educated women have also not been able to revolt, the report says.

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