Nepal Today

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Maoist central meet begins

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 22 April: Maoist central headquarter meeting
Tuesday decided to cooperate with other parties while leading the government.
The meeting called to discuss government formation and future party strategy was the first after it was elected the largest party in the 601-member constituent assembly without gaining a majority.
Some senior leaders in Congress are putting hurdles in the appointment of Chairman Prachanda as prime minister arguing he needs a two-thirds majority to replace incumbent Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala as per a provision in the interim constitution.
Prachanda is now pushing to be the prime minister although the party projected him as the country’s first executive president because there’s no such provision in the interim constitution.
Senior leader Jhalanath Khanal Tuesday
asked Prachanda to control excess against continuing excesses against CPN-UML workers as one pre-condition for cooperation after withdrawing from government following a humiliating defeat.
Maoists need such cooperation to implement their agenda in and out of government; a two-thirds majority in required to approve every article in the proposed constitution.

China lauds Nepal deployment of troops on Everest

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 22 April: Chinese has applauded the deployment of Nepalese troops on Mount Everest to prevent obstruction of Chinese efforts to take the Olympic torch to the top of the top of the world from 1 to 10 May.
Nepal has attached troops with foreign expeditions climbing the 8848 meters peak from the Nepalese side to even forcibly stop climbers from obstructing the torch relay.
Climbers have been prevented from climbing beyond 6,500 meters before 10 May.
Thirty-one expeditions are climbing Everest from this spring; the peak lies astride the Nepal-Tibet border.
Chinese ambassador Zheng Xiaglin conveyed the appreciation to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala at a meeting Monday.
But Zheng told Koirala Tibetan refugees were continuing daily anti-China protests in front of the embassy despite Nepal’s support for a one China policy.



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