Nepal Today

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Winter session adjourned with minimum business

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 29 March: The first day of the winter session of parliament was adjourned with minimum business lasting not more than two minutes.
Chairman Subash Nemwang read out a letter of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to the legislators.
Legislators mourned the death of two parliamentarians as well.
PM Prachanda flew for visits of Norway and Finland one day before the parliament was scheduled to meet drawing criticism from ruling and opposition parties.
Main opposition Nepali Congress is presenting itself aggressively in the legislature.
This could affect the future of the six-month Maoist-led government and the constitution drafting process as Maoists don’t have a majority to enforce a communist agenda.

Curfew renewed in Butwal

Kathmandu, 29 March: A curfew was renewed in Butwal Sunday noon.
CPN-UML is protesting what it called murder of its student activist
Thursday by coalition partner Maoists
threatening the future of the six-month government.


“I don’t know details of the peace treaty submitted by China; I haven’t got the details.”

(Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav on treaty that he’ll discuss with China during a visit to China in April, Nepal newsmagazine, 29 March)

“Nepal Sadbhavana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahoto called another Madeshi party MJF an enemy of Madesh.”

(Rajdhani report, 29 March)

“Because honourable persons in the judiciary are an obstacle,
true republic hasn’t emerged in the country. Tike [ appointed justices
] are conspiring against the government. Justices now should be directly elected by the people.”

(Baburam Bhattarai, Naya Patrika, 29 March)

“The judiciary has been adversely affected by slogans against the decisionof the supreme court, allegations against supreme court justices and burning of their effigies.”

Nepal Bar Association Chairman Bishwakant Mainali, Naya Patrika, 29 March)

“The chairperson of NSP (Debi) and former Minister Shyam Prasad
Gupta said the present national army is not the army of the kink
but of people and it would be disastrous for the nation if the dignity of national army was underestimated.”

(RSS report, The Rising Nepal, 29 March)


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