Nepal Today

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Girija, Oli oppose govt. intervention in army

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 29 Dec: Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli held discussions Sunday, Rajdhani reports.
Both leaders opposed government intervention in Nepal Army drive to fill vacancies through recruitment.
The process was started through permission of Public Service Commission and Defence Ministry.
They concluded the government obstruction to the recruitment is political intervention in army affairs.
[Note: Army rejected PM Prachanda’s directive to stop recruitment.]

Maoist union lifts obstruction

Kathmandu, 29 Dec: A Maoist-affiliated union Monday temporarily lifted obstructions at the Biratnagar regional office of Kantipur Publications following an overnight agreement between government representatives and journalists.
Printing of regional issues of publishing were obstructed for nearly one week because of obstructions.
The obstructions were lifted for one week to meet journalist demands.
Publication officials entered the office premises after the blockade lifting.

Agreement to ensure additional Muslim representation

Kathmandu, 29 Dec: An agreement was reached Monday morning to increase representation of Muslims in a CA procedural committee from 61 to 63 to include Muslim representatives.
Amid threats from the religious minority group, the representation was increased by two seats.
The group was threatening to obstruct assembly proceedings.


“Speaking against army integration is not linked to earning seized property. So those doing so are monarchists proclaiming themselves to so-called democrats.”

(Maoist military leader Barsha Man Pun Ananta, RSS report in The Rising Nepal, 29 Dec.)

“We don’t want settle down as agriculturists. Permit us to stay in the jungle and fell down trees.”

(Ratue [nomad] leader Ain Bahadur Shahi demanding unrestricted, free movement in country’s 75 districts, Janadisha, 29 Dec.)

“Army has expressed grave dissatisfaction with UNMIN Chief Ian Martin’s attempt to nurture Maoist plan to end the identity of Nepal Army. Martin has started a latest serious drive by obstructing plans to fill vacancies in Nepal Army.”

(Jana Bhawana, 29 Dec.)

“Maoist eyes opened after only three months [Nepal Army demand for recruits through advertisement in government media].
Likewise, Martin’s came to know of it [filling in vacancies] only one week after Martin’s tenure was extended.”

(Tarun, 29 Dec.)


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