CPN-Maoists to seek ‘donations’ just once a year
KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The CPN-Maoist has announced that the party is to collect ´donations´ only once in a year. Party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said a Politburo meeting that started Thursday discussed ways to check the practice of the party´s lower level committees collecting donations on a random basis and ensure accountability and transparency in the donations collected. “We will not collect donations on a round-the-year basis. We will collect only once a year,” Bhusal told media persons after the meeting.
Spokesperson Bhusal said the party´s decision would help strengthen relations with ordinary people at the grassroot level. “We want to be self-reliant in terms of financial resources for running the party. The politburo meeting will discuss ways to reform the party as a proletarian revolutionary party,” she added. CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung said they plan to develop the party as a distinct revolutionary communist party, adopting a proletarian working style, adhering to a nationalist agenda and struggling for the real agenda of ordinary people. All 13 politburo members put forth their views on different issues at the Politburo meeting. “Most of our leaders stressed the need to reform the party and avoid the political line taken by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai,” Gurung told Republica.
Frequent bandhs hit work at Marshyandgi project
LAMJUNG: Work at the 50 MW Upper Marshyangdi A hydro power project was halted once again due to workers’ agitation, today. According to project officials, the protesting workers have demanded that the project provide employment to locals as per their qualification along with other demands like hike in allowances and implementation of previous deals. All Nepal Energy and Mine Workers Association chairperson Bishnu Tamang said the protest will continue until their demands are met. Meanwhile, the project management has lamented the frequent disruption of work despite the local political parties’ pledge to shun bandh and strikes.
Student unrest rocks Hartzell High
MUTARE – Student unrest rocked Hartzell High School since Sunday evening with the militant pupils demanding the removal of their headmaster, Mr Shorwi Kawadza, from the school, accusing him of being insensitive to their welfare and education. So tense was the situation that it had to take the intervention of the police in full riot gear to stop the pupils from marching to Mutare on Monday morning.
The police, who were first called in on Sunday night when the demonstration started, had to fire teargas canisters to disperse the rampaging students who had vandalised the girls’ hostels fence. When The Manica Post visited the school on Monday, heavily armed police officers had just intercepted the students at Mutare River and were marching them back to the school.
Taxi drivers protest killing of fellow cabman
Around 3:30pm hordes of taxi drivers drove through with a coffin containing the remains of Goliath Dick hanging on the taxi he used to drive. Dick was allegedly strangled to death by a Harare municipal police officer after he refused to pay a bribe for parking at undesignated parking bay.
Peasaalai villagers mobilize against genocidal land grab in Mannaar
The Tamil Catholic people of the coastal village of Peasaalai in the north-west of the Mannaar island on Thursday took to the streets in protest against the genocidal land grab by the occupying Sinhala military. The protest took place when the SL Navy brought land surveyors to measure a land belonging to the 600-year-old church in their village. The occupying Navy, which is already stationed in the one-acre coconut palm grove, is now trying to permanently seize the land from the church. The people of the village mobilized against the move and blocked the surveyors from measuring the land despite the harassment by the occupying navy video-filming the people amidst the deployment of a large number of SL navy sailors at the site.
Rival Kurdish party supporters clash in Diyarbakir
On Friday, an Islamist Kurdish party, Huda-Par, protested against an attack by the secular pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir. BDP supporters attacked Huda-Par supporters on Thursday evening, after the two groups were involved in a dispute over the upcoming local elections. 16 people were injured and five cars were burnt in the attack. As tension remain, about a thousand people gathered today in Diyarbakır’s Ulu Mosque after Friday prayers.