Nepal Today

Saturday, January 31, 2009

EU ambassadors and representatives hold discussions with PM

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 31 Jan: Ambassadors and representatives of EU based in the capital held a collective discussion with Prime Minister Prachanda at his residence.
They discussed the drafting of the constitution, the peace process and the controversial integration of the PLA combatants in Nepal Army.
Other details weren’t immediately available.
Ambassadors of five permanent members of the UN security council and Japan Friday were briefed by outgoing Ian Martin, Special Representative of the secretary general, at the British Embassy.
Martin has been accused by main opposition Nepali Congress of being openly pro-Maoist and has opposed filling in vacancies in Nepal Army but supported by three ruling parties in the Maoist-led government and Congress.
Ambassadors of USA, Great Britain and France had collectively held discussions with Girija Prasad Koirala with whom they complained Prachnada was behaving like Venezuelan Preaident Hugo Chavez.
Western ambassadors collectively met CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli separately as well amid charges by Maoist mouthpie4ce Janadisha ambassadors of power western countries were flouting diplomatic norms and interfering in Nepal’s internal affairs as a political crisis develops.

Jhalanath Khanal issues warning to Maoists

Kathmandu, 31 Jan: CPN- UML General Secretary Jhalanath Khanal Saturday warned Maoists to change their ways or the party will take a grave action.
He told a public meeting Maoists should ‘change’ themselves and threatened CPN-UML ‘ will be compelled to take grave action’.
Such a threat has been issued before as well.
CPN-UML is in a dilemma whether to quit government or continue in the Maoist-led coalition.
Top party leaders have also publicly been calling for a replacement government to be led by CPN-UML.

Parliamentary committee begins spot study of border incursions by India

Kathmandu, 31 Jan: A parliamentary committee Saturday started on the –spot investigation of encroachments along the border by India after what was called ‘unsatisfactory’ replies in parliament by Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav.
The team led by Padma Lal Bishwakarna began the study from Ilam.

Nepali Congress comes out against shifting of district headquarters

Kathmandu, 31 Jan: Nepali Congress came out against any government plans to shift district headquarters in the terai amid growing and violent public protests.
The party issued a statement Saturday after a delegation from the terai held discussions with party President Girija Prasad Koirala.

Govt. campaign to control filariasis

Kathmandu, 31 Jan: Government Saturday launched a two-day campaign to curb filiarisis in 20 of the nation’s 75 districts.
Free medicine is being distributed by 4,000 volunteers and doctors.


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