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Tharus strike

Friday, August 14th, 2015
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Tharu women and children block East-West Highway in Nawalparasi district on Friday. Photo: Bidrohi Giri

An indefinite strike called by the Tharuhat Struggle Committee has affected normal life in the 22 Tarai districts west of Nawalparasi.

The Tharus are up in arms against integration of Kailali and Kanchanpur districts with the far-western province. They have demanded these two districts be part of the province number 5, which they want to be named as Tharuhat province.

Dozens of public buses were stranded in Nawalparasi district as protesters carrying batons blocked the East-West highway.

In Rukum, the locals continued to protest for the sixth consecutive day against division of the district between two difference provinces.

The six-province federalism model, agreed upon by the four big parties on 8 August, has created furor across the country. Despite the call for calm by the top leaders of the four parties, protests have escalated. However, no casualty has been reported after the death of three protesters in Surkhet early this week.

In Kathmandu, UCPN (Maoist) lawmaker Prabhu Sah has quit the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) of the Constituent Assembly (CA). Sah has accused the CDC Chair Krishna Sitaula of not respecting opinions of other CDC members. The CDC has been given five days to revise the new constitution.

 

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