Nepal Today

Monday, April 20, 2009

Army chief furnishing written explanation

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 21 April: Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal is submitting a written reply to the defence ministry Tuesday demand for an explanation for defying government directives and decisions triggering a crisis,
Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said the chief will be sacked if the reply isn’t satisfactory.
The army chief has also been charged for not helping the peace process and politicking.
A Maoist secretariat meeting Tuesday morning supported the Maoist action.
But main opposition Nepali Congress delegation led by Acting President Sushil Koirala met President Ram BaranYadav and asked him to intervene on behalf of the army chief.
Ailing party President Girija Prasad Koirala was absent.
Nepali Congress Monday decided to boycott parliament indefinitely and stood behind the beleaguered chief charging Maoists for attempting to destroy the army structure.
Parliamentis scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Congress has also called a meeting of all parties, excluding Maoists, to discuss the crisis Tuesday.
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Policeman shot and injured in Dhanusha

Kathmandu, 21 April: A policeman on patrol was shot and injured in Mahendranagar, Dhanusha, oversight.
Violence continues in the troubled terai.
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One killed in police firing, other details

Kathmandu, 21 April: One person was killed in a police firing in Simara Monday when police tried to control an irate mob Monday.
The mob set fire to three trippers after a child was overrun and killed.
Two persons were killed, including a child, in Siraha during wedding celebrations overnight.
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MEDIA GOOGLE

“I have heard he [Sujit BK, alleged killer of CPN-UML activist] went to Baluwatar. But I don’t know whether be went to the official residence of the prime minister there.”

(Home Minister Bamdeb Gautam, Nayapatrika, 21 April)
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