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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
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Tribhuvan Univeristy Teaching Hospital doctors have stopped all services, including emergency services, over their demand to scrap the post graduate examination because they say the questions were released to some students prior to the tests. The Himalayan Times writes:

The committee has been demanding the implementation of their four- point demand. The demands include the official cancellation of entrance examination for Post Graduation studies which was held on March 13 and 14, resignation of Dr. Arun Sayami, Dean of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) who had been accused of accepting a hefty bribe of Rs. 12 million for the question papers, a fair probe into the dean’s role in leaking out the exam question papers and a re-examination to be held at the earliest.

It is reported that at least 210 resident doctors and other employees of the hospital are involved in the strike.

Talking of demands, Maoist leader Mohan Baidya has threatened that the party will launch a revolt if the constitution is not written on time. Kantipur writes:

Talking to journalists at Tharmare, Salyan, he said people would launch a movement if the statute was not promulgated within the stipulated time frame. Baidya said the Maoists would launch a nationwide campaign to draft the constitution on time and take the peace process to a logical end. The Maoist vice chair, who is considered as a hardliner inside the party, charged that the government was not in favour of timely statute. The government is pushing the country towards confrontation derailing the constitution-drafting process and army integration, he said.

The Maoist party has said the constitution will not be written if a Maoist government is not constituted. The High Level Political Mechanism was formed to “take the peace process to a logical end” but is missing a coordinator after Girija Prasad Koirala’s demise. Kantipur writes about the state of the Mechanism:

Chairman of the ruling CPN-UML Jhalanath Khanal said on Tuesday that the High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) would be reconstituted.

Khanal’s statement comes at a time when the Nepali Congress (NC) has been claiming for the HLPM coordinator’s chair that had gone vacant after the demise of NC President and HLPM Coordinator Girija Prasad Koirala.

“The mechanism should be made more effective by reconstituting it,” said Khanal adding, “The level of understanding must exceed the former heights.

And, some recommended reading on the late Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala:
‘He was my friend, philosopher, guide’ – Sujata Koirala talks to The Kathmandu Post
GPK, true to a maverick brood – from Republica

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