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The Nepal Digest Friday 19 Nov 94: Mangshir 3 2051 BkSm Volume 33 Issue 12

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               Election Crunch Time - Apologoies for no topic headers.

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********************************************************************** Date: 16 Nov 1994 09:11:11 U From: "qmadmin" <qmadmin@qmadmin.ucs.ualberta.ca> Subject: Election update To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

HEADLINE: Low voter turn out marks Nepal's mid-term poll DATELINE: Kathmandu, Nov 15
 BODY:
    A low turnout of voters marked the end of balloting in mid-term polls for the 205 seats of Nepal's House of Representatives Tuesday.

    When the polls closed at 1700 local time (1115 GMT) after nine hours, it was estimated that only about 50 percent of the 12.2 million eligible voters exercised their franchise.

    A low turnout, compared with over 65 percent in the last general election, was seen as unfavourable to the ruling Nepali Congress party because only the leftist parties are known to have committed voters.

    It was the second general election to be held since the restoration of multi-party democracy in 1990.

    A few disturbances were reported inlcuding booth capturing in at least three constituencies of Dhanusha district southeast of Kathmandu, bordering India.

    According to the main rivals of the Nepali Congress, the United Marxist-Leninists, police resorted to firing in the air to disperse clashes in Dhanusha, Argaghachi in mid-west Nepal and in Biratnagar, home town of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala in eastern Nepal.

    No injuries were reported.

    The Kathmandu Valley which comprises the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts with 12 parliamentary contituencies, had registered less than 50 percent votes by 1600 hours local time.

    Many polling centres in the Nepalese capital had just a few voters casting their ballots in contrast to the last general election when people had to stand in long queues.

    Repolling was expected to be ordered in a number of constituencies where disturbances took place but an announcement from the election commission was expected only later Tuesday.

    Ballot boxes, sealed and under tight security, will be taken to counting centres of each constituency where the slow process of counting each ballot paper will begin after the arrival of all boxes.

    In Kathmadu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur in the Kathmandu Valley, counting was expected to begin from the early hours of Wednesday morning.

    According to the election commission, all results are expected to be officially declared after six or seven days.

****************************************************************8 From: dk@accunix.wjc.edu (Diwas Khati - student) To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 14:19:38 -0500 (EST) Forwarded message: Subject: NEPAL SOCIAL SCIENTISTS THREATENED Sender: AAAS Human Rights Action Network <AAASHRAN@GWUVM.BITNET> September 23, 1994

         AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
               HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION NETWORK (AAASHRAN)

 Nepal--VIOLATION OF SCIENTIFIC FREEDOM; SOCIAL SCIENTISTS THREATENED

 CASE NUMBER: NE9425SIW

  FACTS OF THE CASE: A group of scientists conducting an independant
  inquiry into environmental, economic and cultural impacts of a
  hydro-electric project have been subjected to threats and
  intimidation to prevent public criticism of the project that might
  delay its approval. The government of Nepal strongly supports the
  project, and is seeking funding for it from the World Bank.
   
       On July 22, 1994 a mob of 60 persons, led by the president of
  the District Development Board of Sankhuwasabha, burst into the
  Arun Public Commission's office in Kathmandu, which was conducting
  independent hearings on the Arun III hydroelectric project. The
  attackers physically wrestled Commission members to the floor,
  including Dr. Parthiveshwor Timilsina, an economist, and another
  social scientist who was present. They threatened them with
  harsher consequences if they continued to conduct public hearings
  on the project. There is evidence that government officials may
  have known about or supported the attack as part of an effort to
  stifle opposition to the state-sponsored development project.
   
       After the initial attack, mob members threatened to raid the
  local International Institute For Human Rights, Environment and
  Development (INHURED) office, publicly threatening Mr. Gopal
  Krishna Siwakoti, Dr. Gopi Upreti, an agronomist and agricultural
  biologist, and Ganga Subedi. Although the attackers were
  eventually stopped by the police, there is great fear of future
  attacks due to the controversial nature of the Arun III project,
  which has become a major issue in upcoming Nepalese elections.
   
       During the second week of January, both the Executive Director
  and Program Director of INHURED International received anonymous
  death threats after they filed a petition at the Supreme Court of
  Nepal for the disclosure of information on Arun III.
   
       The Public Commission on Arun III was created by INHURED in
  order to conduct independent public hearings on the Arun III
  project and it's environmental, economic and cultural impacts.
  The attack on the Arun Public Commission and the intimidation of
  members of INHURED constitute serious violations of international
  human rights standards, particularly the provisions of the
  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which has
  been ratified by Nepal, providing for:
   
       o the right to freedom of expression and to receive and impart
         information and ideas of all kinds (Article 19(2));
       o the right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly
         (Articles 21 and 22);
       o the right and opportunity to freely take part in public
         affairs and political life (Article 25).
   
       Of special concern to the scientific community, the reported
  actions also infringe on the ability of a group of scientists in
  Nepal to engage in independent inquiry into scientific and other
  aspects of proposed development projects.
   
  RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send faxes, telegrams or airmail
      letters:
   
       o protesting actions that threaten, intimidate and impinge on
         legitimate scientific research and inquiry;
       o urging the Nepalese government to assure protection for
         those engaged in analysis or criticism of the project Arun
         III; and
       o requesting prompt investigation and prosecution of those who
         violently interfered with the Arun III hearings.
   
  APPEAL AND INQUIRY MESSAGES SHOULD BE SENT TO:
  
  Rt. Hon'ble Girija Prasad Koirala
  Prime Minister, Prime Minister's Office
  Singhdurbar, Kathmandu NEPAL
  Fax: 0977 1 227286
   
  Hon'ble Sher Bahadur Deuba
  Home Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs
  Singhdurbar, Kathmandu NEPAL
  Fax: 0977 1 227187
 
  Moti Lal Bohara
  Inspector General of Police, Police Headquarters
  Naxal, Kathmandu NEPAL
  Fax: 0977 1 415994
   
       Please send copies of your appeals, and any responses you may
  receive, or direct any questions you may have to Morton Sklar, AAAS
  Science and Human Rights Program, 1333 H St. NW, Washington, DC
  20005; tele:(202)326-6799; E-Mail: MSKLAR@AAAS.ORG on the Internet
  System; fax:(202)289-4950. The keys to effective appeals are to
  be: courteous and respectful; accurate and precise; impartial in
  approach; and as specific as possible regarding alleged violations
  and the international human rights standards and instruments that
  apply to the situation. Reference to your scientific organization
  and professional affiliation are always helpful.
   
       To ensure that appeals are current and credible, please do not
  continue to write appeals on this case after 90 days from date of
  posting unless an update has been issued.

************************************************************** Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 13:17:01 -0600 (CST) From: RKP6723@UTARLG.UTA.EDU Subject: Top 10 Reasons to Write Top 10 List by Robin Pandey. To: Nepal@cs.niu.edu

                 Top 10 Reasons to Write Top 10 List
                 ------------------------------------

10. To accomplish something in life. 09. It is one way to be funny. 08. This is safe if you are a pussy cat, and fun too. 07. You can say: Hey I contributed something on TND, so leave me alone. 06. Heck...that Letterman guy does it why not we do it: Because it's funny. 05. You'll be recognized worldwide. 04. To get weakly argued e-mails from some friends, who do not have any clue. 03. You can throw punches at other writers, and people without getting punches
    back: Easy man. Lighten up! It's only comedy, where is sense of humor...
    Hey didn't mean a thing so hold your punches... 02. To get women's attention: They like humor, and are resonding to top 10. 01. TOOOO Briiighten up TND!

********************************************************************* Date: 16 Nov 94 14:29:59 EST From: Rajendra.P.Shrestha@Dartmouth.EDU (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: Election update To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

Please post this in TND only if more recent results are not in by the time you send the TND out.

Contributed by Chitra Tiwari

Following is the latest result (10 P.M. Nepal Time):

Declared: 33

UML 19 NC 8 RPP 3 NWPP(Rohit) 2 Dissident NC 1 (in Manang, Mr. Palden Gurung)

The following is list of winners:

Devi Ojha (jhapa)--UML All Seven from KTM--UML Dhanpati Upadhya (Rupandehi)--UML All Three from Kanchanpur--UML All Three From Bardia--UML Birodh Khatiwada (Makwanpur)--UML Mitha Ram Sharma (Lalitpur)--UML Lila Shrestha (Sunsari)--UML Krishna Bd. Gurung (Kaski)--NC Duryodhan Singh (Rupandehi)--NC Baldev Majgainya (Dang)--NC Shailaja Acharya (Morang)--NC Hari NAth Bastola (Sunsari)--NC Bijaya Gachhedar (Sunsari)--NC Narayan Man Bijukchhe (Bhaktapur)--NWPP
?? (Bhaktapur)--NWPP
? Shukla (Rupandehi)--RPP Shanti Shamsher (Banke)--RPP Phhatte Singh Tharu (Banke?)--RPP

They are now counting in 94 constituencies. Of these UML is ahead in 40, NC in 31, RPP in 20, and independents (dissidents) in 3 places.

************************************************************************ Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 15:30:39 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu From: M. Lama <IA20062@MAINE.MAINE.EDU> Subject: Any B.Com. from Nepal

TO: ANYONE WHO COMPLETED B.COM FROM ANY COLLEGES OF NEPAL

I am writing a term paper. I would like know if any of you have taken a course named "Human Resourse Management" or any relates course. Ifyou would be kind enough to share some of your insight or observationson how it was rele vant the work force in any form of an organization. organization.

I thank you for being a facilitator of my learning experience.

Mingma.

******************************************************************* Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 15:33:56 -0500 From: rshresth@black.clarku.edu (RaJesh B. Shrestha) To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: Flash : Nepali Election news From: umanandhar@vax.clarku.edu (UDAY MANANDHAR)

The results as of 4pm Kathmandu time

UML 7 declared, 15 leading RPP 3 declared, 5 leading NWPP 2 declared, 0 leading Congress 0 declared, 14 leading

The UML declared victories are in Kathmandu (5) and the far west (they had 4 of these seats in the old Parliament, Congress had three of these seats.

Two of RPPs are seats that were Congress before.

NWPPs were theirs in the old Parliament.

Many of the existing Ministers are reported to be trailing badly.

The PM is ahead in his home base, but only barely ahead in Sunsari, where he is also contesting.

There is a UML demonstration outside the US Embassy at 5pm today. To violence is expected, probably just a victory celebration.

Probably no more reports during working hours. We will have something together at the opening of business tomorrow.

Neal

******************************************************************************** From: dk@accunix.wjc.edu (Diwas Khati - student) Subject: requests To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 16:50:10 -0500 (EST)

CAN ANYBODY OUT THERE SEND ME SOME FACTUAL INFORMATION ON TIHAR. I NEED THE CULTURAL, HISTORICAL AND RELIGIOUS ASPECTS OF THE FESTIVAL. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.................sawid :) MY E-MAIL ADDRESS <dk@accunix.wjc.edu> or send to

THE NEPAL HOUSE 1203 STEENROD AVE. WHEELING, WV 26003

******************************************************************* From: rais2@rpi.edu (Suraj K Rai) Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 17:02:15 -0500 In-Reply-To: The Editor <nepal-request@cs.niu.edu> To: The Nepal Digest <NEPAL@cs.niu.edu> Subject: Using Nepali text

HI!

I would like to know if any of you guys know anthing about using Nepali Text on a PC. Is it available in the market??? etc. etc.

thanks s.r.

************************************************************************** Date: Wed, 16 Nov 94 23:08:14 WET From: SURES@CERNVM.CERN.CH Subject: Election Updates To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

Dear editor,

I am sure large number of TND members are just checking the mail for TND with election results like me. I would appreciate if you could provide these updates on daily basis. So far as I came to know there were 5 seats declared and go to UML, RPP and Kishan Majdoor Party. I look forward to receiving the news.

Regards.

Suresh, CERN, Geneva

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************************************************************************** From: rais2@rpi.edu (Suraj K Rai) Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 18:04:11 -0500 To: The Nepal Digest <NEPAL@cs.niu.edu> Subject: Help in locating friend.

HI!

Do any of you folks know Ajit N. Shrestha? The last time I heard from him, he was going to Florida Inst. of Tech. If you have his e-mail add. then I would appreciate if you e-mailed me his address.

dhanyabadh rais2@rpi.ed

**************************************************************** From: Tanka Sunuwar <tankas@microsoft.com> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu, subin@uhunix4.uhcc.Hawaii.Edu Date: Sat, 26 Nov 94 18:28:49 TZ Subject: info about devanagari font

Well,

If you have the font, can't you just look in Key Caps under Apple Menu?

I don't know how current your font is? The very first Devanagari Font had problem with later programs.

Is it bitmap, post script, or truetype font? In any case, you should be able to find out how to type it by pulling the Key Caps desk accessory program. When it is opened, go to Key Caps menu and choose Devanagari. It will show you all the available character on each key
(with various options).

Hope this helps.

--------------------------- Date: Sun, 13 Nov 1994 22:15:22 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: info about devanagari font From: subin@uhunix4.uhcc.Hawaii.Edu (Subin Shakya)

Hi there,
        Just wondering if anyone can help me with devanagari font. Question is:
        1) How to type "dha" for "paniko dhal"
        2) How to type "da" for "dashain" this font is for Macintosh Word 5.0 5.1.

Thanks very much.
- subin

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*********************************************************************************************** Date: Wed, 16 Nov 1994 23:12:31 EDT From: mahendradb@UFCC.UFL.EDU To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Subject: YOU DID A RIGHT THING,ASHU

I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT. THE JOKES WERE EXCELLENT. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM SOMEBODY THAT HAS A 'COW' BRAIN.

******************************************************************* From: GP <a41590a@nucc.cc.nagoya-u.ac.jp> To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

Rajpal ji
        Namaste!

I am not sure whether you have laready got latest list than the one which I am sending to you. If it is newest then you may circulate through the TND. Hope you will send me copy of TND.

Thanks.

Gyaneswor

27+(7+3) + 1 = 38 UML / out of 66 rpp 6 NC-18 2 free

1. Ram k gyawali kanchanpur UML 2. Bhoj raj joshi ,,p UML 3. Bhumidal pant ,, UML 4. Shanti s. rana Banke RPP 5. Phate s. tharu ,, ,, 6. Shankar Pokharel Dang UML 7. Baldev Majgaiye ,, NC 8. Hari P. Chaoudhary NC 9. K.B. Gurung Kaski NC 10. Khaga Raj Adhikari ,, UML 11. Sobendra Nath Sukla Rupandeahi RPP 12. Dhanpati Upa. ,, UML 13. Jotindra M. Choud. ,, (freelance) 14. Lila Shrestha Sunshari UML 15. Harinath Bastola ,, NC 16. Girija ,, NC 17. Lax. P. Mahat ,, NC 18. Palten Gurung ,, free 19. Syam Dhakal Bardia UML 20. Bamdev Gautam ,, ,, 21. S.P. Dhakal ,, ,, 22. Birodh Khatiwada Makawanpur ,, 23. R. K. Mainali Jhapa ,, 24. C.P. Mainali ,, ,, 25. KP Oli ,, UML 26 Chakra Bastola ,, NC 27 Jagrita P. Bhetwal Chitwan UML 28 Kashinath Adhikari Chitwan UML 29. Dr. Gangadhar lamsal ,, NC 30 Girija Morang nc repeat 31 Bharatmohan Adh. ,, UML 32 Harkaman Tamang ,, UML 33 Kamal Koirala ,, UML 34 Sailaja ,, NC 36. B. K. Gachidar Sunshari NC 37. Duryodhan Singh Rupandhehi NC 38. Guru P. Baral Morang UML 39 Rakam Chemjong Dhankuta UML 40. Surya Thapa ,, RPP 41. Govinda joshi Tanahu NC 42.RP Poudel ,, NC 43. Bishnu B. Thapa Shindhupalchoka RPP 44. Kashiram tharu Bardia UML 45. Rajib Parajuli Parbat RPP 46. Ramchandra Kushahambe ,, NC 47. Padam Bhandari ilam UML 48. Bishnu raj Acharya Kapilbastu NC 49 Trilochan Dhakal Syanjha UML 50. Sivaraj Subedi Pyuthan NC 51. Bishnuraj Acharya ,, NC 52. Som Prashad Pande Palpa UML 53. Keshab Baral Kavre UML 54. Kathmandu All A-male UML 55. Lalitpur ,, UML 56. Bhaktapur all Bichyuke.------ 27-uml+kl(7+3) + 1 name could not read= 38 UML / 66 rpp 6 NC-18 2 free

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>From og13@cornell.edu Thu Nov 17 09:47:37 1994
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 10:47:28 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu From: og13@cornell.edu (om gurung)

According to the latest information of this morning from Kathmandu the election result for 101 seats in the lower house has been declared. According to the result UML has captured 51 seats NC 26 RPP 10 seats Majdur.Kisan party 3 seats Independent 4 seats NCP 2 seats Others 5 seats

        UML has been leading for 35 seats in the parliament. UML's estimation is about 90 seats. There are great possibilities of Communist gvoernment led by UML in Nepal

********************************************************************** Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 18:53:00 -0500 (EST) From: Helen Abadzi SA1PH 80375 <HABADZI@worldbank.org> Subject: the need for Sanskrit To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

I want to thank Mr. Tilak B. Shrestha for his very kind comments. I appreciate the fact that he took my comments in the kind spirit they were meant. I learned what sanskrit I know by studying the gr. 6-8 textbooks of Delhi public schools, and it became plain to me that students don't learn the quality and quantity of material needed to understand slokas.

For example, another participant sent me the following:

tam soma jyotir gamaya asato ma sat gamaya

I asked someone, and I got the correct version of the sloka as:

Asato ma(m) sadgamaya tamso ma(m) jyotirgamaya mritio-ma(m)mritam gamaya

>From asatya take me to satya
from tamas take me to jyoti from mritiu take me to amrita

I think asato is the locative (7th vibhakti) of asatya. It would make more sense if it were ablative, though (the 5th vibhakti), and I will check to see if the ending is a result of sandhi. Same ending for tamso and mritio. The r of jyoti and the d of sat are the results of sandhi.

Here is the point about the need for Nepalis (and Indians) to learn usable sanskrit: You know all the words, but if you don't know the conjugations, the material doesn't make sense. Knowing what is needed as an adult, I focused on what I need to know to make sense out of commonly quoted material. So, my attempts to understand are relatively effective even though I really don't know very much.

I am terribly flattered to be thought of as a worthy descendant of of Kshatriya Sikandar. His only known son was killed at 12 (his intact grave was found in 1979), but I live only 30 km. away from his capital in Macedonia. So, I may very well descend from his relatives. In another posting I joked that according to Manu I am a kshatriya and should be allowed in the Pashupatinath temple.

I am also happy that the Indo-Greeks of 2200 years ago left a rather decent memory behind them. King Milinda converted to buddhism and an ambassador named Heliodoros erected a pillar in Gujarat stating that he was a devout Vaishnava.

********************************************************************** Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 14:21:16 -0500 To: nepal@cs.niu.edu Subject: election as of thursday 8:am ktm time (from neal cohen, usaid,ktm)
>From Neal Cohen (usaid,ktm)

As of 8:00 am ktm time UML 30 declared, leading 10 Congress 12 declared, leading 10 RPP 7 declared Peasants (left Communists) 2 declared Independents 1 declared (apparently a former Pancha who was denied a Congress
  ticket, one other independent is leading from Manang)

UML has a clean sweep in Kathmandu and Patan; Peasants party a sweep in Bhaktapur...so the Valley is all Communist, at present.

The Congress Speaker, chief Whip and Industry Minister have lost. Home Minister Deupa is leading Transport Minister won Ram Chandra Poudyal, Ag and Local Development Minister and potential
  replacement for PM is leading Joshi, Ed Minister won PM won is both his seats Shalija Acharya (former Ag Minister in Congress) won Rai, Physical Planning Minister is losing, but close Southern part of Far Western District is all UML Banke District (Nepalganj) is all RPP Surya Bahadur Thapa, former PM and leader of RPP won for one seat and lost
  the other UML is winning big in Jhapa where they won before, but where Congress was
  expected to make inroads, UML leaders CP and RK Mainali won there Communications Minister won

Next update around 10-11 am.

(Sorry for the disjointed nature of this e-mail, but we get it off the radio, and from what different people here or heard).

*********************************************************************** Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 01:55:08 To: a10rjs1@cs.niu.edu From: himalaya@ronast.ernet.in Subject: News items for TND

Dear Mr. Singh,

As I mentioned in my previous mail, enclosed are the news items for the inclusi on in the digest if they are of your readers interest.

With best regards Sichendra Bista himalaya@ronast.ernet.in

ATTN.: MR. M. K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

ELECTIONS UPDATE

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER15: SPORADIC CASES OF VIOLENCE AND EXTREME ACTS WERE REPORTE D FROM THE DISTRICTS OUTSIDE THIS CAPITAL VALLEY IN CONNECTION WITH THE NATIONA L ELECTIONS TO THE NEPALESE PARLIAMENT, BEING HELD TODAY.

MR. TEK BAHADUR THAPA, SPOKESMAN AT THE ELECTION COMMISSION, SAID THAT POLITICA L CLASHES WERE LEARNT TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE EASTERN TERAI DISTRICTS OF RAU TAHAT, SARLAHI AND MAHOTTARI. NEVERTHELESS, HE ADDED, THE INCIDENTS HAD NOT BEE N CONFIRMED YET.

N 205 CONSTITUENCIES IN 75 DISTRICTS OF THIS HIMALAYAN KINGDOM.

ACCORDING TO MR. THAPA, ACTIVISTS OF UNITED PEOPLE'S FRONT (BHATTARAI FACTION) AN ULTRA NATIONALIST LEFT WING GROUPHAVE SNACHED AWAY THE ELECTORAL MATERIALS I N ROLPA DISTRICT IN FAR WESTERN NEPAL TUESDAY MORNING.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, ELECTION OFFICIALS ARE MAKING THEIR BEST EFFORTS TO HOLD THE POLLS THERE.

THE UPF-BHATTARAI HAS BOYCOTTED TODAY'S NATIONWIDE POLLS, CLAIMING THAT THE MID
-TERM ELECTIONS WAS MEANT FOR BETRAYING THE INNOCENT PEOPLE BY REACTIONARIES.

POLITICAL SOURCES SAID THAT A UPF LEADER MR. JHAKU PRASAD SUBEDI WHO IS ALSO TH E PRESIDENT OF THE ROLPA DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, WAS NOT ALLOWED TO MOV E AND MAKE TELEPHONE CALLS FROM HIS OFFICE AS IF HE WAS TAKEN INTO PREVENTIVE D ETENTION.

SIMILARLY, ANOTHER ULTRA-NATIONALIST LEADER MR. LEKH RAJ BHATTA WAS TAKEN INTO HOUSE ARREST WITHOUT ANY WARRANT IN ANOTHER FAR WESTERN DISTRICT OF DHANGADHI. MORE/PAGE TWO PAGE TWO/ ELECTIONS UPDATE/ SICHENDRA BISTA/ KATHMANDU

IN GORKHA DISTRICT IN WESTERN NEPAL, THE ULTRA-NATIONAL POLITICAL WORKERS WERE ALSO LEARNT TO HAVE ATTACKED TWO POLLING CENTRES WHEN THEY FOUND THAT PROXY VOT ES WERE CASTED IN THEIR NAMES.

LLETS IN THE AIR TO BRING THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL.

MOREOVER, SECURITY PERSONNEL HAD TO FIRE IN THE AIR TO CALM DOWN THE POLITICAL CLASHES AT BANGI IN THE ARGHAKHANCHI DISTRICT IN WESTERN TERAI THIS AFTERNOON. NO CASUALTIES ARE REPORTED FROM THERE.

TELEPHONIC REPORTS FROM DHANUSHA IN EASTERN TERAI SAID THAT ALL THE POLLING CEN TRES IN CONSTITUENCY NO. 5 THERE HAD BEEN CAPTURED BY THE ACTIVISTS OF THE NEPA LI CONGRESS CANDIDATE AND MINISTER FOR HEALTH DR. RAM BARAN YADAV.

LIKEWISE, A POLLING BOOTH IN LAGMA VILLAGE IN THE SAME DISTRICT HAS ALSO BEEN T AKEN UNDER CONTROL BY THE RULING PARTY ACTIVISTS FROM THE EARLY MORNING.

MEANWHILE, ELEVEN INDIAN NATIONALS HAD BEEN TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY BY THE EL ECTIONS SECURITY PERSONNEL ON THE CHARGES OF POSSESSING ILLEGAL WEAPONS IN THE BORDER DISTRICT OF SIRAHA, EASTERN NEPAL ON MONDAY.

ONE REVOLVER, THREE HOME-MADE GUNS, FOUR ROUNDS OF BULLETS AND A HAND BOMB WERE
 RECOVERED FROM THEM WHEN A NEPAL POLICE TEAM RAIDED THE HOUSE OF MUSLIM MIYAN IN WHICH THE CRIMINALS WERE TAKING REFUGE.

POLITICAL SOURCES INFORMED PTI OVER THE PHONE THAT THE INDIAN MUSCLEMEN MUST HA VE BEEN HIRED FROM BIHAR, INDIA TO TERRORIZE VOTERS IN THAT DISTRICT DURING THE
 ELECTIONS.

THE ELECTIONS ARE BEING HELD QUIETLY IN THREE SATELLITE CITIES OF THIS CAPITAL VALLEY. END ITEM+ ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

ELECTIONSTECHNICAL DETAILS

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 15: MORE THAN 1,400 (ONE THOUSAND AND FOUR HUNDRED) CANDIDA TES INCLUDING 385 INDEPENDENTS ARE CONTESTING THE MID-TERM POLLS TO THE 205-SEA T HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (LOWER HOUSE) TODAY.

OUT OF 65 POLITICAL PARTIES REGISTERED AT THE ELECTION COMMISSION, 24 INCLUDING
 FIVE NATIONAL PARTIES FIELDED 1057 CANDIDATES FOR THIS ELECTIONS.

THE RULING NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY HAS FIELDED IN ALL 205 CONSTITUENCIES IN ALL 7 5 DISTRICTS WHILE THE BIGGEST OPPOSITION COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEPAL (UNITED MARXI ST-LENINIST) HAS 196 CANDIDATES ENTERING THE FRAY.

LIKEWISE, THE REPUBLICAN UNITED PEOPLE'S FRONT HAS FIELDED 62 CANDIDATES, PRO-P ANCHAYAT NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY 205 AND ETHNIC NEPAL SADBHAVANA PARTY 87.

IN THE DISBANDED PARLIAMENT, THE NEPALI CONGRESS CONTROLLED 114 SEATS, CPN-UML 68, NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY 4, UNITED PEOPLE'S FRONT 9 AND NEPAL SADBHAVANA P ARTY 6.

POLITICAL PUNDITS PROJECTED THAT THE GOVERNING NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY NOR ANY OT HER POLITICAL GROUPS COULD WIN SIMPLE MAJORITY (MORE THAN 103 SEATS) THIS TIME.

TALKING TO PTI THIS MORNING, MR. LILAMANI POKHAREL, EX-PARLIAMENTARIAN AND UNIT ED PEOPLE'S FRONT CANDIDATE IN THE CONSTITUENCY NO. 7 IN KATHMANDU, PRESUMED TH AT A COALITION GOVERNMENT WOULD BE FORMED AFTER THE ELECTIONS.

ASKED WHETHER A LEFT GOVERNMENT COULD BE FORMED, MR. POKHREL PLAINLY REPLIED, " NO. BECAUSE THIS COULD BE DREAMED ONLY IF THERE WERE COORDINATION BETWEEN ALL L EFT-WING GROUPS."

BESIDES CPN-UML AND UPF, THREE MORE LEFT-WING GROUPS FIELDED THEIR CANDIDATES I NDEPENDENTLY FOR THE ELECTIONS.

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E ELECTIONS.

SS-BORDER CRIMES.

IN TOTALITY, THE ELECTION COMMISSION HAS SET UP 7,412 POLLING STATIONS AND 8,19 1 SUB-STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM FOR THE ELECTIONS WITH NECESSARY SECURITY
 ARRANGEMENTS.
  ACCORDING TO THE ELECTION COMMISSION, SOME 12.26 MILLION PEOPLE (6.19 M MALE AN D 6.10 M FEMALE) ABOVE 18 YEARS OF AGE WERE IDENTIFIED AS ELIGIBLE VOTERS FOR T HIS ELECTIONS. IN PREVIOUS GENERAL ELECTIONS IN 1991, THE FIGURE STOOD AT 11,19 1,777 ONLY.

IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT NEPAL KING BIRENDRA FIXED THE ELECTIONS DATE ON JULY 11 O N THE RECOMMENDATION OF PRIME MINISTER MR. GIRIJA PRASAD KOIRALA.

AFTER THE UNPRECEDENTED DEFEAT OF THE NEPALI CONGRESS GOVERNMENT UNDER MR. KOIR ALA IN A CRUCIAL PARLIAMENTARY VOTE ON JULY 10, MR. KOIRALA RESIGNED AT ONCE, A DVISING THE MONARCH TO DISSOLVE THE PARLIAMENT AND TO HOLD MID-TERM POLLS ON NO VEMBER 13.

LATER, THE PALACE RESCHEDULED THE ELECTIONS FOR NOVEMBER 15 ON THE ADVICE OF NE PAL'S SUPREME COURT AND THE CARETAKER GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THE PRE-SCHEDULED DATE
 HAPPENS TO FALL ON HARIBODHINI EKADASI ONE OF THE GREATEST HINDU FESTIVALS. EN D ITEM+

PS: ELECTION COMMISSION SPOKESMAN MR. TEK BAHADUR THAPA INFORMED THAT THE VOTER S TURNOUT WAS AROUND 45% TILL 1600 HOURS NST. THE VOTING BEGAN AT 0800 HRS IN T HE MORNING. SB. end of message+

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

ELECTIONS UPDATE TWO

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 15: A PERSON WAS SHOT DEAD AND FIFTEEN OTHERS INCLUDING A P OLICE PERSONNEL WERE INJURED IN THE ELECTION-RELATED VIOLENCE AND POLICE FIRING
 IN SIX DIFFERENT DISTRICTS IN EASTERN NEPAL, HOME MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MR. SHREE
 KANT REGMI SAID.

ERN TERAI NEPAL.

BAIGENDRA LIMBU (21) AND BANJABI LIMBU (25), TWO YOUTHS AMONG THE INJURED ARE I N CRITICAL CONDITION AND UNDERGOING TREATMENT IN THE BIRATNAGAR HOSPITAL, MR. R EGMI ADDED.

TNAGAR BY A ROYAL NEPAL ARMY HELICOPTER FOR TREATMENT. (MORE)

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A YOUTH, PURENDRA PUNDIT, WAS KILLED AND TWO OTHERS WERE WOUNDED IN FIRING AT D HARAHARI POLLING BOOTH IN RAUTAHAT DISTRICT THIS AFTERNOON.

THE UNIDENTIFIED PERSON WHO FIRED WHEN THE CLASH BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT FACTIONS
 WAS TAKING PLACE, IS ABSCONDING, THE HOME MINISTRY SAID.

SIMILARLY, THE SECURITY POLICE BLANK-FIRED 12 AND THREE ROUNDS OF BULLETS IN SI NURMADA VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (VDC) OF DHANUSHA DISTRICT AND BHRAMARPUR A VILLAGE OF MAHOTTARI DISTRICT RESPECTIVELY TO CONTROL AGITATED MOB.

A POLICEMAN SUSTAINED MINOR INJURY IN DHANUSHA WHEN SOME EXCITED PEOPLE THREW F IRECRACKERS ON HIM.

TWO PERSONS WERE INJURED IN RAUTAHAT DISTRICT WHEN TWO OPPONENT PARTY WORKERS E XCHANGED FIRE THIS AFTERNOON.

A PERSON WAS WOUNDED IN POLICE FIRING IN SUNWAL VDC OF SUNSARI DISTRICT.

ASKED WHETHER THE MINISTRY HAD ANY KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ANY INCIDENTS OF BOOTH CAPTU RING, MR. REGMI SAID THAT HIS MINISTRY HAD NO REPORT RELATING TO PHYSICAL COERS ION FOR CAPTURING POLLING BOOTHS, SO FAR.

MOREOVER, HE INFORMED THAT 32 PERSONS WERE CAUGHT RED-HANDED ON TUESDAY WITH WE APONS IN FOUR TERAI DISTRICTS IN EASTERN NEPAL.

GUNS WITH 12 PEOPLE IN SARLAHI DISTRICT.

WITH TODAY'S DEATH, THE TOLL OF ELECTIONS-RELATED DEATHS ROSE TO FOUR, BUT UNOF FICIAL SOURCES CLAIMED THAT IT HAD NOW REACHED EIGHT.

MENTIONABLY, MINISTER FOR PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION MR. KHUM BAHADUR KHAD KA OPENED FIRE AT THE OPPOSITION GROUP IN DANG DISTRICT, FAR WESTERN NEPAL LAST
 WEEK, KILLING THREE AND INJURING SEVERAL OTHERS.

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE OBSERVERS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES INCLUDING THAT OF INDIA WITNESSED TODAY'S ELECTION IN NEPAL. END ITEM+ ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

CANCELLATION OF ELECTIONS

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 15: IN 42 POLLING CENTRES IN 21 CONSTITUENCIES OF 13 DISTRI CTS, THE ELECTIONS WERE CANCELLED DUE TO POLITICAL CLASHES AND UNCONTROLLABLE V IOLENCE, ACCORDING TO ELECTION COMMISSION SPOKESMAN MR. TEK BAHADUR THAPA.

MR. THAPA ALSO INFORMED THAT REPOLLING WOULD TAKE PLACE IN THOSE VIOLENCE-STRIK EN STATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.

HE CLAIMED THAT THE NUMBER OF CENTRES WHERE THE POLLS COULD NOT BE CONDUCTED PE ACEFULLY ARE RELATIVELY NEGLIGIBLE TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POLLING STATIONS.

MENTIONABLY, THERE ARE ABOUT 15,000 POLLING CENTRES AND SUB-CENTRES, SET UP IN 205 CONSTITUENCIES IN 75 DISTRICTS IN THE KINGDOM.

THE TURNOUT OF THE VOTERS WAS 58% WITH HIGHEST VOTECAST IN THREE TERAI DISTRICT S OF JHAPA, SUNSARI AND KAPILBASTU, THE EC SPOKESMAN ADMITTED.

IN FOUR DISTRICTS INCLUDING THE CAPITAL DISTRICT OF KATHMANDU, DHANKUTA, BHOJPU R AND ROLPA, THE VOTERS' TURNOUT WAS RECORDED COMPARATIVELY LOW BELOW 50%.

IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 12.29 MILLION 18-PLUS VOTERS FOR THE ELE CTIONS WHICH COMPRISES OF 6.19 MILLION MALE AND THE REST FEMALE. THE NUMBER OF VOTERS ROSE BY SOME 1.10 MILLION THIS TIME COMPARED TO THOSE DURING THE GENERAL
 ELECTION IN 1991.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED THIS EVENING, PRIME MINISTER MR. GIRIJA PRASAD KOIRALA AP PEALED ALL TO WAIT FOR THE ELECTIOS RESULTS PATIENTLY AND CALMLY.

COUNTING OF VOTES WILL BEGIN FROM TOMORROW MORNING, IT IS LEARNT.

MR. KOIRLALA ALSO COMMENDED THE ELECTION COMMISSION FOR HOLDING THE ELECTIONS P EACEFULLY DESPITE FINANCIAL AND RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS. END ITEM+

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

MORE POSTPONEMENT & PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 16: THE ELECTIONS IN 22 MORE POLLING CENTRES IN 11 CONSTITU ENCIES OF 6 DISTRICTS WERE POSTPONED DUE TO VIOLENCE AND OTHER UNAVOIDABLE REAS ONS ON TUESDAY, ELECTION COMMISSION SPOKESMAN MR. TEK BAHADUR THAPA SAID WEDNES DAY.

WITH THESE, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POLLING STATIONS WHERE THE ELECTIONS WERE CANCE LLED YESTERDAY, ROSE TO 64 IN 33 CONSTITUENCIES IN 19 DISTRICTS.

" THE FIGURE IS LIKELY TO GO UP AFTER THE ELCTION COMMISSION COMMPLETES MONITOR ING THE SITUATION IN THE REMOTE AREAS OF THE KINGDOM WHERE THERE ARE NO ADEQUAT E COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES," HE ADMITTED.

FURTHER, MR. THAPA SAID THAT THE REELECTIONS WOULD BE HELD ON THURSDAY IN ABOUT
 30 PER CENT OF THOSE VIOLENCE-PRONE AREAS. THE COMMISSION HAS ALREADY ISSUED N ECESSARY DIRECTIVES IN THIS CONNECTION, HE INFORMED.

IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT THE ELECTION COMMISSION HAD SET UP ABOUT 15,000 POLLING C ENTRES AND SUB-CENTRES IN 205 CONSTITUENCIES IN 75 DISTRICTS IN THE KINGDOM.

PARTYMEN OF THE ULTRA-NATIONAL UNITED PEOPLE'S FRONT (BHATTARAI FACTION) WHICH BOYCOTTED THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS YESTERDAY, HAD TRIED TO DISORGANISE THE POLLS IN TWO POLLING STATIONS, BUT THEIR EFFORTS WERE FOILED, ACCORDING TO THE ELECTI ON COMMISSION.

THE VOTE COUNT BEGAN EARLY THIS MORNING.

NSTITUENCIES WHILE THE GOVERNING NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY IS ON THE TOP IN FIVE CO NSTITUENCIES ONLY.

CONSTITUENCY IN RUPANDEHI DISTRICT IN CENTRAL TERAI NEPAL.

MENTIONABLY, THE RULING PARTY FIELDED ITS CANDIDATES IN ALL 205 CONSTITUENCIES,
 THE LEADING LEFT WING GROUP CPN-UML IN 196 CONSTITUENCIES, NSP IN 86 PLACES, N DP IN 202 CONSTITUENCIES AND NPLP IN 27 CONSTITUENCIES.

IN THE DISBANDED PARLIAMENT, THE NEPALI CONGRESS CONTROLLED 114 SEATS, CPN-UML 68, NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY 4, UNITED PEOPLE'S FRONT 9 AND NEPAL SADBHAVANA P ARTY 6.

ASIDE FROM 1057 CANDIDATES FROM 24 DIFFERENT POLITICAL GROUPS INCLUDING FIVE NA TIONAL PARTIES, 385 INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES HAVE ALSO ENTERED THE FRAY ON WEDNES DAY. END ITEM+

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

MORE REPORTS ON VIOLENCE

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 16: A YOUTH WAS STABBED TO DEATH BY SOME UNIDENTIFIED PEOPL E IN ILAM DISTRICT, EASTERN NEPAL YESTERDAY HOME MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MR. SHREE K ANT REGMI SAID ON WEDNESDAY.

WITH THIS, THE ELECTION-RELATED DEATHS HAS REACHED FIVE. THE INJURED YOUTH DIED
 ON HIS WAY TO HOSPITAL.

MORE THAN 250 ARMED PEOPLE ON TUESDAY SNACHED AWAY THE BALLOT BOXES AND OTHER E LECTORAL MATERIALS AT MUHALE POLLING CENTRE IN CONSTITUENCY NO. 1 OF ROLPA DIST RICT IN WESTERN NEPAL, HE ADDED.

A SECURITY PERSONNEL WAS MINORLY INJURED WHEN THE ARMED HOOLIGANS ATTACKED THE POLLING STATION.

SIMILARLY, SOME ULTRA-NATIONAL ACTIVISTS ARE LEARNT TO HAVE THROWN AWAY THE BAL LOT BOXES AT NARJAMANDAP VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE IN NUWAKOT DISTRICT TUES DAY EVENING.

THE POLLING BOOTH AT HAKU VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE IN RASUWA DISTRICT WAS CAPTURED AND THE BALLOT BOXES WERE LOOTED BY SOME AGRESSIVE POLITICAL ACTIVISTS
 ON TUESDAY, MR. REGMI BRIEFED. END ITEM+

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

RESULTS DECLARED

KATHMANDU, NOVMEBER 16: EX-PARLIAMENTARIAN AND CPN-UML CANDIDATE MR. KRISHNA GO PAL SHRESTHA WAS ELECTED FROM CONSTITUENCY NO. 7 OF KATHMANDU DISTRICT.

MR. SHRESTHA SECURED 22,313 VOTES WHILE HIS NEAREST RIVAL MR. DHYAN GOVINDA RAN JIT OF THE RULING NEPALI CONGRESS SECURED 11,123 VOTES.

R WESTERN NEPAL.

REPORTS REACHING HERE SAID THAT MR. RANA SECURED 15,761 VOTES WHILE HIS CLOSEST
 RIVAL MR. KOIRALA OF THE GOVERNING PARTY SCORED 10,222.

EX-LEGISLATOR AND CPN-UML CANDIDATE MR. PADMA RATNA TULADHAR HAS BEEN ELECTED F ROM THE CONSTITUENCY NO. 4 IN KATHMANDU DISTRICT.

MR. TULADHAR, A GOOD ORATOR AND SOCIAL ACTIVIST TOO, SECURED 17,926 VOTES WHILE
 HIS IMMEDIATE CONTESTANT MISS KRISHNA AMATYA OF THE ACQUIRED 9,337 VOTES.

IN CONSTITUENCY NO. 1 IN BHAKTAPUR DISTRICT, LEADER OF THE NEPAL PEASANT AND LA BOURERS PARTY AND EX-LEGISLATOR MR. NARAYAN MAN BIJUKCHHE (POPULARLY KNOWN AS R OHIT) HAS BEEN ELECTED, REPORTS REACHING HERE SAID.

BHAKTAPUR IS THE STRONGHOLD OF MR. BIJUKCHHE WHO SECURED 16,770 VOTES WHILE HIS
 OPPONENT MR. SURENDRA PRATAP SHAH OF THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY SCORED 9,81 8 VOTES.

TELEPHONIC REPORTS RECEIVED FROM BIRATNAGAR SAID THAT PRIME MINISTER MR. GIRIJA
 PRASAD KOIRALA IS ON THE LEAD IN THE CONSTITUENCY NO. 1 IN THE EASTERN TERAI D ISTRICT OF MORANG.

ACCORDING TO ELECTION COMMISSION, THE VOTE COUNT IS CURRENTLY CARRIED OUT IN 42
 CONSTITUENCIES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE KINGDOM.

THE ELECTION COMMISSION DELIMITED 205 CONSTITUENCIES FOR 19 MILLION POPULATION.
 END

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

ELECTIONS RESULTS

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 16: NEPAL'S LARGEST LEFT WING GROUP, COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEP AL (UNITED MARXIST LENINIST) IS ON THE LEAD WITH ITS VICTORY IN 16 CONSTITUENCI ES IN EIGHT DISTRICTS.

SO FAR, THE ELECTIONS RESULTS HAVE BEEN DECLARED IN 27 CONSTITUENCIES. THE VOTE
 COUNT IS UNDERGOING IN ABOUT 100 CONSTITUENCIES OUT OF 205, ACCORDING TO ELECT ION COMMISSION.

THE RULING NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY CANDIDATES WERE ELECTED FROM FIVE CONSTITUENCI ES IN FIVE DIFFERENT DISTRICTS NAMELY, DANG 2, SUNSARI 4, DANG 4 AND KASKI 3, R EPORTS REACHING HERE SAID.

MINISTER FOR PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORT MR. KHUM BAHADUR KHADKA HAS BEEN ELECTE D FROM DANG 4.

 AND MR. SHUSHIL KOIRALA, WERE TOPPLED BY A CPN-UML CANDIDATE AND AN NDP CANDID ATE RESPECTIVELY IN KANCHANPUR 2 AND BANKE 2.

CPN-UML CANDIDATES HAVE TOPPLED IN ALL SEVEN CONSTITUENCIES IN THIS CAPITAL DIS TRICT. CPN-UML PRESIDENT MR. MANMOHAN ADHIKARI HAS BEEN ELECTED FROM TWO CONSTI TUENCIES IN THIS CAPITAL CITY.

IN THREE PLACES, THE PRO-PANCHAYAT NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP) CANDIDATES W ERE ELECTED. THE CONSTITUENCIES INCLUDE BANKE 1 AND 2, AND RUPANDEHI 5.

WITH THE PRELIMINARY RESULTS IN FAVOUR OF CPN-UML IN KATHMANDU 1-7, SUNSARI 1, DANG 3, KANCHANPUR 1 TO 3, RUPANDEHI 2, MAKAWANPUR 2. LALITPUR 2 AND JHAPA 3, P ARTYMEN OF THE LEADING OPPOSITION APPEARED EXITED TO SEE A GOVERNEMENT OF ITS O WN.

IN BOTH CONSTITUENCIES IN MORANG 1 AND SUNSARI 5, PREMIER KOIRALA IS ON THE LEA D.

THAT DISTRICT SOME 13 KILOMETRES AWAY FROM THIS CAPITAL CITY.

TURING.

EC SPOKESMAN ALSO INFORMED THAT SOME UNIDENTIFIED SNATCHED AWAY THE BALLOT BOXE S ON ITS WAY TO THE VOTE COUNTING STATION AND DROPPED 80 FEET BELOW THE ROAD IN
 TWO PLACES IN SYANGJA TUESDAY EVENING.

THE COMMISSION IS LEARNT TO HAVE RECONSIDERING TO HOLD REELECTIONS IN THOSE POL LING BOOTHS. END ITEM+

ATTN.: MR. M.K. RAZDAN, PTI, NEW DELHI, INDIA FROM: SICHENDRA BISTA, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

RESULTS

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 17: COMMUNIST PARTY OF NEPAL (UNITED MARXIST LENINIST) IS A HEAD OF ALL PARTIES INCULDING THE GOVERNING NEPALI CONGRESS PARTY WITH ITS VICT ORY IN 40 CONSTITUENCIES.

SO FAR, THE RESULTS OF 75 CONSTITUENCIES HAVE BEEN DECLARED. FOUR WINNERS ARE W OMENT, THREE OF CPN-UML (BIDHYA BHANDARI, SAHANA PRADHAN, LEELA SHRESTHA SUBBA)
 AND ONE OF THE NEPALI CONGRESS (SAILAJA ACHARYA).

THE RULING PARTY SECURED 22 SEATS, NEPAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY EIGHT, NEPAL PEASANTS
 AND LABOURERS PARTY 3 AND TWO INDEPENDENTS INCLUDING A REBEL NEPALI CONGRESS C ANDIDATE AND FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.

AMONG THE CONSTITUENCIES WHERE VOTES ARE BEING COUNTED, THE RULING PARTY IS LEA DING IN 14 PLACES, CPN-UML IN NINE, NDP IN ONE, AND NEPAL SADBHAVANA PARTY IN O NE .

IN A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT, PRIME MINISTER MR. GIRIJA PRASAD KOIRALA HAS BEEN
 ELECTED FROM BOTH CONSTITUENCIES IN MORANG 1 AND SUNSARI 5. EARLIER, IT WAS AP PREHENDED THAT HE MIGHT LOSE IN SUNSARI 5.

ND NC DISTRICT PRESIDENT MR. PRAKASH MAN SINGH.

NC CANDIDATE AND FORMER ROYAL NEPALESE ENVOY TO INDIA MR. CHAKRA PRASAD BANSTOL A HAS BEEN ELECTED TO THE 205-SEAT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (LOWER HOUSE) FROM CONSTITUENCY 4 IN COMMUNIST-DOMINATED DISTRICT OF JHAPA, FAR EASTERN NEPAL.

MR. BANSTOLA SECURED ABOUT 1,000 MORE VOTES THAN HIS IMMEDIATE RIVAL MR. NARAYA N RAJBANSHI A CPN-UML CANDIDATE.

HUM BAHADUR KHADKA; AND FORMER DEPUTY SPEAKER OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MR. M AHANT THAKUR HAVE BEEN DECLARED ELECTED FROM TANHUN 1, TANHUN 2, DADELDHURA 1, DANG 4 AND SARLAHI 5 RESPECTIVELY.

EMO GANESH MAN SINGH AND YOUTH LEADER MR. PRAKASH MAN SINGH (KATHMANDU 3) AND P RESIDENT OF THE STUDENTS WING OF THE GOVERNING PARTY MR. N.P. SAUD ( KANCHANPUR
 3).

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A PRASAD BHATTARAI IN THE BY-ELECTIONS IN KATHMANDU 1 ON FEBRUARY 27.

D THE GOVERNMENT-PROPOSED CRUCIAL VOTE IN THE PARLIAMENT ON JULY 10, DEFEATING MR. KOIRALA IN THE LEGISLATURE.

AFTER LOSING THE KEY PARLIAMENTARY VOTE, MR. KOIRALA RESIGNED RECOMMENDING KING
 BIRENDRA TO DISSOLVE THE 205-MEMBER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TO HOLD THE M ID-TERM POLLS ON NOVEMBER 13.

ODHINI EKADASI - A GREAT HINDU FESTIVAL.

AMONG THE KATHMANDUITES, MRS. BHANDARI IS MUCH POPULAR AS THE WIDOW OF FORMER C PN-UML GENERAL SECRETARY LATE MADAN BHANDARI WHO ALONGWITH ANOTHER PARTY LEADER
 MR. JEEB RAJ ASHRIT WERE KILLED IN A JEEP MISHAP LAST YEAR.

IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT ALL 12 SEATS IN THREE SATELLITE TOWNS IN THIS CAPITAL VAL LEY HAVE BEEN CAPTURED BY LEFT-WING CANDIDATES, PARTICULARLY OF CPN-UML.

FT WING GROUP WITH ITS STRONGHOLD IN THAT DISTRICT.

FORMER PRIME MINISTER AND NDP CANDIDATE MR. SURYA BAHADUR THAPA HAVE BEEN ELECT ED FROM DHANKUTA 2 BUT HIS FATE IN ANOTHER CONSTITUENCY IN SUNSARI DISTRICT IS STILL UNDECIDED. END ITEM+
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