Nepal Today

Monday, August 18, 2008

Norwegian environment minister in town

Kathmandu, 18 Aug: Norwegian environment minister Eric Solhem again flew into the town hours before the swearing-in of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda Monday.
The far-away Scandinavian country that funds the communist and Christian movements in Nepal has kept an unusually high profile interest in Nepal, its politics and internal developments.
It invests heavily in the country’s ‘civil society’ movement destabilizing society.
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Details of Prachanda installation

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 18 Aug.: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda swore allegiance to the interim constitution in the name of the people not in the name God.
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav read a prepared text asking the prime minister to take his oath of office in the name of God.
Prachanda wore a suit and a tie with a Bhadgaon cap-- a dress code approved by the party, party sources said.
The CPN (Maoist) made a fuss when Vice-President earlier took his oath of office in Hidi and dressed in dhoti.
US Ambassador Nancy J. Powell shook Prachanda’s hand after his installation at Shital Niwas although it wasn’t known what she told him.
The US embassy congratulated the ‘people of Nepal’ and the CA on the election of the prime minister without congratulating the head of government on his election.
Outgoing Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala absented himself from the Shital Niwas function.
CPN (Maoist), CPN-UML and MJF didn’t sign a common minimum programme of the new government as announce because of differences on power sharing.
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20,000 people displaced in Sunsari

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 18 Aug: Nearly 20,000 people of four VDCs have been displaced in Sunsari when their homes were inundated when India closed the sluice gates of the Kosi barrage which collapsed partially.
People have taken shelter in Sunsari district headquarters Inaruwa.
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