Nepal Today

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nepal Army told to stop recruitment (BREAKING NEWS)

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 27 Jan: Defence Minister RamBahadur Thapa Badal Tuesday ordered Nepal Army to stop recruitment of 2,800 soldiers to fill in vacancies amid charges unnamed foreign embassies were trying to the bring a rift between the state and the defence ministry.
Badal said this while addressing a national interest committee of the constituent assembly (CA).
Badal said the army should be under the control of government.
Badal charged Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katwal of maintaining contacts with foreign embassies and called differences between the government and the army chief on recruitment ‘unnecessary’.
Army didn’t implement a ministerial order to stop recruitment to fill in vacancies.
Army said the recruitment doesn’t violate the peace agreement.
The position is supported by main opposition Nepali Congress and other parties in and out of government.
UN said the recruitment violates a peace agreement between then government and Maoists when they were rebels.
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Constitution drafting to begin 12 February

Kathmandu, 27 Jan: The drafting of a constitution will begin 12 February, according to Chairman of constitutional committee Madhav Kumar Nepal.
The committee formed five sub-committees for the purpose.
Sub-committees were formed Tuesday to draft a preamble of the constitution, role of political parties and emergency declaration.
Nepal was member of a commission to draft the 1990 constitution that was shred to pieces by present rulers.
Nepal was defeated in elections from two constituencies in the 10 April constituent assembly even as claims are being made the people are drafting the constitution.
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Surya Bahadur Thapa given responsibility to form broad democratic front

Kathmandu, 27 Jan: Rashtriya Janasakti Party (RJP) meeting Tuesday empowered Chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa to conduct negotiations with other political parries to form a broad democratic front against the Maoist-led government,
The party decided to conduct a national meet of workers in Falgun and a general convention in Bhadra.
Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirakla first suggested the formation of a front.
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Finance secretary threatens to conduct raids to unearth black money

Kathmandu, 27 Jan: Finance Secretary Rameshwor Prasad Khanal Tuesday threatened to raid premises of persons keeping unaccounted wealth,
He issued a threat while speaking at a meeting of Reporters’ Club,
He said 40 percent of the economy is funded with black money.
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