Nepal Today

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Maoists unlikely to return seized assets

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Will Maoists return seized assets?
Most likely not.
Nepali Congress has renewed the demand after abandoning it before the 10 April constituent assembly elections.
The demand has been renewed after the Congress received a drubbing in the assembly elections.
Central committee member CP Gajurel was asked by Chalphal weekly Sunday: There’s opposition to your [party] proposal for the state to compensate people whose assets have been seized:
His answer: “Everyone can go and see who is cultivating the land. Farmers are tilling it; are you going to collect compensation from farmers?
“From where will they pay compensation? Aren’t farmers from other parties? They are squatting on others’ land and
earning out a living.
Poorsouls. What are you going to recover from the farmers?
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British Army Chief discusses Gurkhas with Premier Prachanda

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Visiting British Army Chief Gen Sir Richard Dannatt held discussions with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda Sunday and discussed Gurkhas and other issues of bilateral interest.
The British army chief appreciated the historic change in Nepal and assured continued British assistance, state-owned Radio Nepal said.
After the meeting with the prime minister, he told reporters recruitment of Gurkhas in the British army will depend on the decision of the Nepalese government.
An estimated 300 Gurkhas are recruited every year mainly to fill in vacancies.
Gurkhas are currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq with the British Army.
Great Britain has shown interest in the reorganization of Nepal Army after regime and government system change in Nepal after April 2005.
The visiting army chief called on President Dr Ram Baran Yadav.
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Commissions to investigate capital killings

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Government Sunday formed two separate judicial commissions to investigate murders of four youth and teenagers murders of the capital that have created resentment sending shockwaves.
Public resentment has swelled as Home Minister Bamdeb Gautam and his lackeys and party-CPN-UML-- praise him for what they call the capital’s improved law and order situation.
Gautam has prioritized removing vendors from the capital’s overcrowded streets and pavements; they are back on the streets though new space has been assigned for them at the open air theatre.
He has forced the closure of dance clubs and restaurants after 11 PM amid protests of management and workers.
A three-member commission headed by former supreme court judge Rajendra Kumar Bhandri has been formed to probe the abduction and murders of two youth in neighbouring Dhading and report with suggestions in one month.
Maoists have been charged for the murders.
A lower court judge Moti Raj Pandey heads another three-member commission to investigate the murders of two teenagers and report is 15 days with suggestions.
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MEDIA GOOGLE

“Girijababu is experiencing many new things after losing the presidential elections. Many say they reflect his anger. Any way, he’s having new experiences.”

(Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani, Deshantar, 30 Nov.)

‘This is just [Maoist] juggling with words. People’s , federal, loktantric, national democracy haven’t been explained. Priests used to confuse their jajaman by playing with words.MoNlyMaoists know know the trure; nobody else.”

(Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani, Deshantar, 30 Nov.)

Another shooting death in terai, one assassin pursued, killed

Kathmandu, 31 Nov: rebels shot dead another Madeshi in the teari overnight.
Deb Yadav, 32, was died in the shooting incident at Siraha at nine in the night,; Siraha, in central terai, is one of the worst districts affected by the insurgency in the south bordering India.
Five members of the Madesh Mukti Tigers shot dead Yadav.
Mohit Yadav, who shot dead Deb, after decamping form prison was chased and killed by villagers.
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Elephant polo at Chitwan Monday

Kathmandu, 31 Nov: Eight teams from Nepal, USA, England and Scotland are participating in a World Elephant Polo Championship in Meghauli, Chitwan, Monday.
The championship started in 1982.
The competition will be played on a field next to the airport servicing the Chitwan National Park, the home to the endangered tiger and the one-horned rhino.
Riding elephants, players try to score goals by hitting balls with long sticks through a goal posts.
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