Nepal Today

Monday, September 22, 2008

Maoist minister on announced suspicious visit of North Korea, China

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 22 Sept: Maoist Communication Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara left for an announced visit of North Korea through Beijing Thursday, Janabhavana reports.
Mahara cut short his India visit to fly to North Korea; Mahara accompanied .
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on his India visit but returned Wednesday before the return of the government chief.
Mahara held discussions with senior Chinese officials while transiting for hours at Beijing,
Details of the discussions weren’t known.
Mahara is accompanied by ‘hardliner’ youth leader Netra Bikram Chand.
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Daughter-in-law also accompanies PM Prachanda

Kathmandu, 22 Sept: Daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda is also accompanying him on his US visit to start a new tradition, Janabhavana reports.
His wife and son are also accompanying Prachanda on a visit of capitalist USA.
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Former king penning memoir

Kathmandu, 22 Sept: Former King Gyanendra is penning his memoir at Nagarjung, Nepal Samacharpatra reports.
The memoir is almost complete.
The former king spends most of his time, almost five hours every day, in research.
He updates himself with the country’s developments everyday with secretary Sagar Timalshina.
He meets with personal staff every Thursday.
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Defence minister boycotts passing out parade

Kathmandu, 22 Sept: Defence Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ boycotted a passing out parade of junior officers at Kharipati Thursday, Sanghu reports.
A ‘silent war’ has brewed between Bahal and army chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
The situation has worsened with the direct challenge of the government by the army chief.
Former CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal landed in deep trouble when his wife tagged along on foreign visits when he was deputy prime minister in the first communist government of Prime Minister Manmohan Adhikari.
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Former US ambassador was go-between Deuba and Dr Arjoo marriage

Kathmandu, 22 Sept: US ambassadors also act as go-betweens in political marriages in countries where they are assigned.
Mother-in-law Prathiva Rana of former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said US Ambassador Julia Chang was the go-between in the marriage between Deuba and his daughter Dr Arjoo.
Deuba was home minister when the marriage was consummated.
“A foreigner was the go-between. Julia Chang brought the marriage proposal,’ Prathiba Rana told Tarun.
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