Nepal Today

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Flood situation worsens in the East

Kathmandu, 26 Aug: The flood situation in the East worsen Tuesday as Kosi river level rose with continuing rain on the upper catchment areas.
Flood victims were immediately removed to safer from camps where they are being looked after.
The Nepal Army mobilized a team of 16 doctors to help victims.
Floods have caused millions of rupees in damage.
Preliminary damage to crops is estimated at Rs 300 million.
A high-level government team, including ministers Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ and Bijaya Gachedhar, inspected the flood-hit areas Tuesday.
Floods have hit other areas in the hills and theterai.
Birgunj was deluged Tuesday.

Indian, US envoys jointly planned boycott of PM Prachanda

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 26 Aug: Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood have a big but failed effort to stop Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’s China visit even urging the government chief over telephone not to Visit China, Madhav Basnet reports in Dhristi.
He conveyed the message even at a meeting.
India and USA are unhappy with the first China visit of Prachanda.
Sood and US Ambassador Nancy J. Powell boycotted the farewell at the airport.
Sood expressed his unhappiness at a meeting with Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai who said conspiracies are being hatched to topple the Maoist-led government.
The Indian ambassador and Powell met Thursday and decided to boycott the farewell reception for Prachanda at the airport Saturday.
They concluded Prachanda used the China card to give India and USA a message.
Acting Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai Tuesday dismissed any Indian objections to Prachanda’s China visit.
“Government fixes priorities according to the situation. The China visit came all of a sudden because Olympics aren’t held every other day. That’s why the prime minister visited China.
“He didn’t go to China to oppose India. We believe in balanced relations between India and China,” Bhattarai told Maoist mouthpiece Janadesh.

Koirala won’t give up CPP leadership

Kathmandu, 26 Aug: Despite his series of failed ambitions in the recent past
, former prime minister GP Koirala is unlikely to quit as the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP), newsfront reports.
With the party already deciding to sit in the opposition in theca which is also working as he normal legislature.
According to senior Congress leaders, the former PM is more hopeful of returning to power soon, given early signs of instability that the Prachanda led coalition is likely to face.
“That is why he is unlikely to relinquish the CPP leadership,” a prominent central committee member of the party said.

Maoists preparing to give second ranking to CPN-UML in govt.

Kathmandu, 26 Aug: Maoists are preparing to handover the second position in government to CPN-UML after the return of Prime Minister Prachanda from China, Kantipur reports.
Maoists leaders said this.
Maoist leader Deb Gurung said the issue is technical and added,” Cooperation is the main basis and programme,”
The party will get the opinions from all sectors but said CPN-UML attitude was childish.
Another Maoist leader CP Gajurel said the issue in untimely as he criticized his own party for raising the issue.

Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’ resigns from CA

Kathmandu, 26 Aug: Maoist leader Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’ has resigned from the CA , Kantipur reports.
He resigned to take up the leadership of the party after the appointment of Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda as prime minister.
He resigned with the expansion of the government,” CP Gajurel told Kantipur.
The resignation will be discussed after Prachanda returns from China.

Dark blue coat for CA members

Kathmandu, 26 Aug A compulsory dark blue coat is a new dress for all members of the CA which meets Friday for a budget session.
Cream coats were the previous dress code.
Tarai CA members mainly objected to cream coats.
Security personnel were encountering problems identifying assembly members attending meetings in attire of their desire.

Former king to be Japanese ambassador’s neighbour

Kathmandu, 26 Aug: Former King Gyanendra will be the Japanese ambassador’s neighbour should be move to Himalayan Heights in Tahachal from Nagarjung.
Press reports have said the former king is moving to Tahachal where he owns a house currently rented by South Korean embassy.
The Japanese ambassador’s residence is situated across the street.


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