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KATHMANDU, April 18: The Central Committee meeting of CPN-UML has been deferred for five days as the Chairman Jhalanath Khanal failed to submit his political document in the meeting for discussion on Friday.

The Document Drafting Committee had entrusted Chairman Khanal and General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel with the responsibility to prepare the political paper for the discussion in the CC meeting. The next meeting of CC is scheduled for April 23.

CC was scheduled to discuss the chairman’s political document, which is to be submitted in upcoming 9th General Convention of the Party slated for June 7.

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  BY Peter J Karthak  
 
First Person, Present Continuous Tense

First, an advertisement for myself – and no apology to Norman Mailer for his essay collection, ‘Advertisements for Myself’ – for my own reasons.

The fact: I’ve finished writing a novel. For five years, I’ve been at its craft and creativity. But it began as a long-form short story of 11,000+ words. I wrote it and let it gestate in my folder. Then the grapevine of Ajit Baral and Shushma Joshi messaged that they were looking for short stories from Nepali writers writing in English (NWWIE) for an anthology commissioned by Rupa of India. ‘Do you have any?’ they asked. ‘I sure have,’ I said, and emailed my masterpiece to these consulting editors. ‘Oho, Peter Dai!’ Ajit wrote back: ‘It’s too long!’ ‘How short do you want?’ ‘Cut it in half.’ So I trimmed the original to some 5,500 words, and the bonsai version was published in “New Nepal: New Voices.” My short story is called ‘Dark Kathmandu Sideways.’

But the original remained in the womb of my laptop. Some four years ago, I fished it out to my open computer screen, read it a few times over many days, and then started enhancing it as a novella. It totaled 48,000 words. Then I lengthened it to a novel, and stopped counting seriously after keying in 79,000 words. It’s been a vertical task of building on the original skeletal foundation.

 
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