Nepal Today

Saturday, September 27, 2008

PM doesn’t take president into confidence [Excerpts]

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 28 Sept: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda didn’t ‘share confidence’
with president on the results of his China and India visits but only told Dr Ram Baran Yadav he was going and had returned before and after the visits, Santosh Acharya reports in Nepal newsmagazine.
Government chief Prachanda briefed the president on his China visit over telephone.
The prime minister didn’t ‘brief’ the president on the outcome of his China visit; Prachanda didn’t give thepresident details of outcome of his India visit.
Before leaving for the UN general assembly session in New York, the prime minister only told the president he was leaving.
Maoists consider Dr Yadav a ‘Congress president’.
Dr Yadav is searching for a role for the president under the interim constitution while complaining with confidantes the Maoist-led government hasn’t created an environment.
Maoists are ‘minimizing’ the president’s role; this could be problematic in the future.
President Yadav, only in the confines of his room, criticized Prime Minister’s criticism of the parliamentary system;the president is also unhappy with the mention of ‘people’s war’ and People’s Liberation Army in his policy and programme address to the CA.
But the president can’t openly come out against his sidelining by Maoists.
Even two months after his election, the president’s office hasn’t been properly established.
Only Lalit BahadurBasnet, 36, has been appointed the president’s chief personal secretary; there’s been a delay in nominating advisors.
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Strike against federalism paralyzes live nation-wide

Kathmandu, 28 Sept: A nation-wide strike called by Rashtriya Janamorcha opposing federalism paralyzed life nation-wide Sunday.
A bus and a taxi were torched in the Valley.
Movement of vehicles on national highways have been disrupted with the burning of tires.
Janamorcha says federalism is costly and will disintegrate the country.
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Two dead, 57 injured in bus plunge

Kathmandu, 28 Sept: Two women died and 57 passengers were injured when a bus plunged off a highway at fell off a road at Chandi Bhangjyang Sunday morning.
The bus was heading for Sindhuli from the capital.
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