Nepal Today

Monday, June 29, 2009

Swine flu detected for first time in Nepal

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 30 June: Swine flu which has spread to 113 countries from Mexico has been detected in Nepal for the first time.
The disease has been detected in neighbouring India and China as well.
Three members of an American family who flew in from Qatar Monday tested positive for the virus AH1N1 that causes the disease; their identity, at the family’s request, has been kept secret.
The disease was detected in a man, 44,
His wife, 38, and the couple’s eight-year-old son.
Authorities immediately sounded a health.

UCPN (Maoist) urges national govt. under its leadership

Kathmandu, 30 June: The politburo meeting of UCPN (Maoist) Monday unanimously authorized Chairman Prachanda to talk with other parties to from a national unity government under the party’s leadership.
Prachanda said immediately called the government of Madhav Kumar Nepal a ‘water bubble’ that will burst in weeks.
Nearly one month after his appointment, Nepal has not yet formed a complete government.
“Soon there will be an environment for the formation of a government under our leadership,” Prachanda told reporters.
“The new government will take the peace process to a logical conclusion, accomplish the task of drafting the new constitution writing, safeguarding national sovereignty and carry out army integration and rehabilitation in the spirit of the comprehensive peace accord and as per the spirit of the special committee formed by the previous government which I headed,” Prachanda added.
Prachanda headed the committee on major parties to rehabilitate 19,000 Maoist combatants in society with option for some to be integrated in Nepal Army.
The Maoist strongman said his party won’t join a government led by CPN-UML.
But CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanaath Khanal Monday urged such a government under his party.

Nepal, Pakistan agree to jointly take on terrorism

Kathmandu, 30 June: After three days of bilateral talks, Nepal and Pakistan Monday agreed to jointly tackle terrorism in South Asia.
“Prime Minister Nepal assured the Pakistani foreign secretary of his commitment not to allow terrorists to use Nepalese soil.
“They agreed to work together to fight terrorism in the region,” Rajan Bhattarai, foreign advisor of the prime minister said after Madhav Kumar Nepal held discussions with visiting Foreign Secretary Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani.
Nepal has been invited to visit Pakistan.

Former king attends wedding of your blogger

Kathmandu, 30 June: Former king Gyanendra Monday evening attended the wedding of your blogger’s daughter Jaya Rajeshwori Rana with Dipesh Budhathoki.
The former king spent nearly two hours with members of Bhola B Rana’s family at his residence.
Jaya is a computer teacher while Budhathoki runs a compost factory in Kirtipur manufacturing nearly 20,000 tons of compost that helps to curb fungal disease in rural Nepal.
Budhathoki also runs the popular tantra restaurant in Thamel.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rato Machindranath bhoto being displayed

Kathmandu, 27 June: Bhoto of Rato Machindranath is being displayed Saturday.
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav is the chief guest.

Pakistan foreign secretary arriving

Kathmandu, 27 June: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Basshir arrives later Saturday for bilateral political discussions with his counterpart Gyan Chandra Acharya.
They will review bilateral political and economic relations and means to strengthen ties, Pakistan embassy said.

Mandate of OHCHR-Nepal being extended another nine months

Kathmandu, 27 June: The mandate of the OHCHR-Nepal is being extended for another nine months, foreign advisor Rajan Bhattarai of the prime minister said.
The government of Madhav Kumar Nepal earlier extended the mandate only for three months.

34 Tibetans arrested

Kathmandu, 27 June: Thirty-four Tibetans, including some women, Friday were stopped and arrested Friday at Sindhupalchowk as they attempted to enter Tibet protesting Chinese rule there.
The exiles launched their drive to enter Tibet from Baudhanath where they boarded a bus.


“There’s a conspiracy to restore monarchy gradually by making the constituent assembly ineffective.”

(Chairman Prachanda, Annapurna Post, 27 June)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Six more ministers join govt.

Kathmandu, 25 June: Six more ministers Wednesday joined the month-old Madhav Kumar Nepal government
They are from the MJF, RPP, CPN (ML) and TMLP.
Sharat Singh Bhandari and Mrigendra Kumar Singh were appointed ministers for tourism and agriculture from the MJF.
Ganesh Nepal and Ram Chandra Kuswaha of CPN (ML) joined the government as ministers for youth and sports and education.
Dipak Bohara (RPP) was appointed forest minister
Man Bahadur Shahi CPN (ML) was appointed state minister for land reforms.
Ram Kumar Sharma and Dan Bahadur Chaudhary from the TMLP didn’t take their oaths of office..
Government expansion isn’t yet complete.

UNMIN mandate extended for six months

Kathmandu, 25 June: The cabinet Wednesday extended the mandate of the UNMIN which ends 23 June for another six months.
Government Spokesman Shanaker Pokhrel said the peace process and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants are yet to be completed.

Head of Khyati Shrestha foud

Kathmandu, 25 June: The decomposed head of Khyati Shrestha was found by police from Raniban near Balaju.
Police recovered part of the ransom money of Rs 900,000 paid by the girl child’s from the apartment Merina Shrestha, 16, and main accused Biren Shrestha Pradhan.

Indian ban on Naxalites meaningless: Nepal’s Maoists

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 25 June: Unified CPN (Maoist) declaration of Naxalites terrorists and an Indian ban on their activities was meaningless, Rajdhani reports.
Military action has been launched against them as well.
Indian federal government announced the ban Monday,
“Nepal has shown what ensues when a political power for sweeping change is declared a terrorist; they [Naxalites] won’t be eliminated by declaring them terrorists. Chief of the International Department CP Gajurel said in an authoritative statement.
[Note: India doesn’t negotiate with Naxalites on their demands. India negotiated a peace between eight parties, including Nepal’s Maoists] in 2006.

Nepal to open more embassies

Kathmandu, 25 June: Cabinet Wednesday decided to open embassies in four more countries.
Embassies will be opened in South Africa, Canada, Brazil and Kuwait.


“Paudel’s [Ram Chandra] tiumps in theparlaiemnary party election reinforces thenever-say-never adage, especially wen it comes to horses cast inthedarkes colors.”

(Maila Baje, People’s review, 25 June)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Maoist politburo to discuss

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 19 June: A Maoist politburo meeting Friday will government’s overnight decision to overturn the decision ousted Prachanda government to sack Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
Government of Madhav Kumar Nepal also supported beleaguered ceremonial President Dr Ram Baran Yadav who asked Katawal to continue in office even after dismissal by Prachanda, who is also chairman of CUCPN (Maoist).
The coalition government took the decision although CPN-UML and Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, in an attempt to appease Maoists, was trying to ease out the army chief.
A large section of PM Nepal’s party also believes President Dr Yadav acted unconstitutionally in overturning the decision of the ousted Maoist-led government bundled out of office in nine months.
Top Maoist leaders reacted immediately.
Narayankazi Shrestha said the government decision was ‘suicidal’.
“The decision will be suicidal for CPN-UML and the nation. The council of ministers under the leadership of Madhav Kumar Nepal has encouraged the supremacy of military.”
Dr Baburam Bhattarai said: As the government has overruled our decision there is no way to continue dialogue. Now, we will focus on agitation.
Since ouster in May, Maoists are already agitating in parliament and on the street.
‘This is a natural decision of a puppet government. A
puppet government does what the master orders,” said Defence Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal of the Maoist-led government.
“Since the president appoints the chief of army staff, the power of dismissal is also vested in him,” Gen Katawal told the supreme court Friday in reply to a writ challenging his continuance in office.

China invites PM Nepal

Kathmandu, 19 June: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has been invited to visit China, foreign ministry sources said.
Chinese Ambassador Qiu Guohong expended the invitation Thursday through Foreign Secretary Gyan C. Acharya.
Indian Foreign Secretary Shib Shanker Menon arrives Saturday to finalize date and details of the proposed India visit of PM Nepal.

Inquiry committee formed

Kathmandu, 19 June: Joint Deputy Attorney General Yubaraj Subedi will head a three-member judicial committee to investigate the death of Maoist district leader Rajendra Phuyal.
Maoists charge CPN-UML Youth Force for murdering the Kathmandu district leader.
Police said Phuyal died of poisoning.


Kathmandu, 17 June: Government collected Rs 121.24 billion in revenue in the 11 months until 14 June of the current fiscal year—a 34.4 percent increase compared to the same period the previous year, the finance ministry said.
Revenue collection declined after the fall of the Maoist-led government in May.
Until mid-May, revenue collection averaged 40 percent growth.
Ousted Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai claimed revenue collection growth was a major achievement of the Maoist-led government.
But the ousted government failed to spend the money in capital development.
Only Rs 33 billion of the allocated Rs 92 billion in capital expenditure has been spent so far.

Govt. overturns decision of Prachanda govt.

By Bhola B Rana
Kathmandu, 18 June: Government in its cabinet meeting Wednesday overturned a decision of the Prachanda government to sack Gen Rukmangud Katawal and other major decisions including criticism of the president to retain the army chief.
CPN-UML also formed a four member task force to recommend running the government.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Chairman Jhanalant Khanal. General Secretary Ishwor Pokhrel are and ecretary Bishnu Paudel are members.
MJF leader Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar was empowered Thursday to appoint the party’s government team in the Nepal government.
Gachedhar said other two parties from terai are likely to join government Friday.
Nepal increasing vigilance

Kathmandu, 18 June: Following an international WHO alert, Nepal this week increased vigilance at international points and the border along Tibet and India to stop swine flu already reported in India and China.
The borders with India and Tibet are open.
There are no screening measures along the borders.
High alert is being maintained 40 points where surveillance systems have been set up.

Nepal making progress in eliminating trafficking in persons
Kathmandu, 18 June: Nepal is making significant efforts to eliminate trafficking in persons but has not fully met the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, a US State Department report said.
The assessment was released as part of the 8th annual Trafficking in Persons Report by the U.S. Department of State Tuesday6 in Washington, D.C.
Speaking at the release, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated, “The Obama Administration views the fight against human trafficking, both at home and abroad, as a critical part of our foreign policy agenda. The United States currently funds 140 anti-trafficking programs in nearly 70 countries, as well as 42 domestic task forces to address the challenge here. We are proud of the work we do, but we know we have much more ahead of us. Economic pressure, especially in this global economic crisis, makes more people susceptible to the false promises of traffickers.”.
United States law requires the U.S. Department of State to issue the Trafficking in Persons Report annually with the goal of stimulating action and creating partnerships around the world in the fight against modern-day slavery. Countries determined to have a significant number of trafficking victims are assigned to one of three tiers.
Nepal maintained its status as a Tier 2 country. The report notes that Nepal still does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued modest efforts to prosecute traffickers and raise public awareness on trafficking during the reporting period, though its efforts to adequately punish labor trafficking could be improved. Additionally, trafficking-related complicity by government officials remained a serious problem in Nepal, according to the US embassy.

Direct flights between Kathmandu, Kunming to start
Kathmandu, 18 June: A Chinese will start direct thrice weekly flights on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday between Kathmandu and Kunming, southwest China 17 July.
The airline already operates such flights linking Kunming with Kolkata and Dhaka in South Asia.

Kathmandu, new shopping mall

Kathmandu, 18 June: Nepal’s capital has another Rs 450 shopping mall at Kamalpokhari.
The Nepal Life Insurance Co Ltd (NLIC) City Center with 125 showrooms and 15 restaurants was launched Wednesday.

Kathmandu, 18 June: MJF and two other parties continued intra-party discussions Thursday on their ministerial appointments in the government of Madhv Kumar Nepal.
Terai parties didn’t join the expanded government Wednesday although ministries were allotted.
Besides, the defence and finance ministries led by Bidya Bhandari and Shanker Pandey respectively, CPN-UML leaders Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Shanker Pokhrel, Rabindra Shrestha and RakamChenjung have been appointed home, information and communication, general administration and peace and reconstruction ministers respectively.
Dilli Bahadur Mahat, Jit Bahadur Gautam and Rijwan Ansari have been appointed ministers of state for peace and reconstruction, general administration and home respectively.
From the Nepali Congress, Prakash Sharan Mahat and Bal Krishna Khand energy and irrigation ministers by splitting the water resources ministry.
Purna Kumar Sharma, Minendra Rijal, Mohammad Aftab Alam and Umakant Chaudhary are ministers for local development, federal affairs, labour and transport and health respectively.
Ganesh Bahadur Khadka, Chandra Singh Bhattarai and Khadga Bahadur Bashyal are ministers of state for local development, energy and health respectively.
Dambar Shrestha (CPN-ML) has been appointed land reforms minister.
By the third but the full government now with 22 members hasn’t yet been finalized.
Influential CPN-UML leader continued discussions with senior government and opposition leaders Wednesday in the Indian capital where is also undergoing medical examination.
Oli held discussions Wednesday with main opposition BJP Chairman Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Forward Block Chairman Debdutta Bishwas.
He held discussions on bilateral issues with Foreign Minister SM Krishna and main opposition leader in parliament Lal Krishna Advani.
Indian Foreign Secretary Shib Shanker Menon arrives in the capital Saturday for discussions after a partial expansion of one-month government of Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Government formation is still incomplete without the participation of three parties of the Madesh front.
“First, there laws only foreign intervention. Now foreigners are in government. What could be more insulting” Chairman Upendra Yadav of one faction of FMF said after Wednesday’s government expansion.

Adulterated liquor kills five

Kathmandu, 18 June: Adulterated Sofi brand liquor killed five persons in two days in two villages in Sindhupalchowk this week.
Ibnday and Tuesday.
The tainted liquor killed residents of Palchowk and Dubachaur VDCs Monday and Tuesday.

Maoists continue discussions on new constitution

Kathmandu, 18 June: Maoist politburo continued and concluded discussions for the third day the state structure in a constitution whose drafting schedule has been delayed by difference between major political players.
Political parties disagree fundamentally of a republican form of government.
Dr Baburam Bhattarai has prepared the draft of a presidential-style constitution with an executive president rejecting Westminster-style parliamentary government.
Maoists have proposed a people’s constitution.
Maoists have proposed 15 autonomous federal states; Prachanda has proposed additional ethnic states of lamas and sherpas.
The party is yet to start discussions on a political report presented by Chairman Prachanda to prepare the party’s new strategy after being ousted from government one month ago after only nine months in office.
Maoists are protesting of what has been called a democratic front in parliament and on the street delaying the prorogation of parliament’s winter session to prepare for a budget session.
A faction led by Mohan Baidya Kiran, claiming majority in politburo, is preparing to register an differing political report demanding ‘people’s revolt’ for a people’s republic while terming the Prachanda report a ‘ status quoist’.
Spokesman Dinanath Sharma said discussion on a
Constitution may end Thursday to enable debate in the constituent assembly with party mandate.

Heat wave kills one person in Parsa

Kathmandu, 18 June: A week-long heat-wave killed Krishna Deb Yadav, 60, is Parsa Wednesday.
Schools have been closed in the hill and terai districts where sick are being rushed to hospitals.
Monsoon, which breaks over Nepal around 10 June, has been delayed with maize and rice crops drying up.
Monsoon is not expected to arrive for still another five days.

EU envoys collectively hold discussions with Sujata Koirala

Kathmandu, 18 June: Nepali diplomats government is under pressure to extend the mandates of the UNMIN and OHCHR (Nepal).
Envoys of EU countries held collective discussions with Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala Wednesday.
Ambassadors from Finland, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, France and representatives from The Netherlands and European High Commission held discussions on the extension of the mandate of the UNMIN and OHCHR (Nepal).
The OHCHR (Nepal) mandate has been extended only for three months although a three-year extension was sought.
There’s been dissatisfaction with the work of the UNMIN and the OHCHR (Nepal); UMNIN mandate ends 23 July.
OHCHR (Nepal) Representative Richard Benett tried to pacify critics Wednesday by saying his organization wasn’t competing with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
“We are not competing with the NHRC or any other organization working from human rights in Nepal: there is enough wok for all of us…” he said.
NHRC is a major critic of OHCHR (Nepal) accused of interfering in the national human right rights organizations work whose capability instead should instead be fortified.
Presence of foreign powers and donors is ensured through the presence of the UN agencies in Nepal.
UN last entered Nepal through OHCHR (Nepal) through international pressure before 2006 by defaming NHRC.


“The abortive ambassadorship to India allowed Shilja’s [Acharya] opponents to strike what they considered the final blow to their demolition drive. The 48-year –old image [of a non-corruptible democrat], it turns out, is too solidly frozen in time.”

(Maila Baje, People’s Review, 18 June.)

“I am confused. According to the Roman calendar, I should be in service until Sunday. I haven’t decided what I’ll do after that. Government hasn’t yet decided to remove my acting status.”

“Lt Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka appointed Acting Army Chief by Maoists, Kantipur, 18 June.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Limited govt. expansion

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 17 June: The government of Madhav Kumar Nepal was expanded Wednesday by inducting five ministers and six ministers of state from CPN-UML and Nepali Congress only.
They took their oaths of office.
Government was expanded for the third time in nearly one month.
Three terai-based parties still didn’t join the government despite extended talks Prime Minister Nepal had with leaders of the three parties from the south.
Five ministers and six ministers of state were added.
Bhim Rawal (CPN-UML) was appointed home minister, Shanker Pokhrel (CPN-UML) communication minister, Rakam Chemjung (CPN-UML) peace minister and Rajendra Shrestha (CPN-UML) minister for general administration.
Mohammad Aftab Alam (Congress) was appointed labour minister
The expanded ministry now has 20 members.
Six Congress ministers without portfolios were assigned ministries.
An agreement was reached between five parties to have a 45-member council of ministers.

Army chief, defence minister have discussions

Kathmandu, 17 June: Army Chief Gen Rukmgud Katawal and Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari held discussions on army issues and security matters Wednesday.
Army has been pushing for disciplinary action against Lt Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka retiring Saturday.
The move is opposed by the government trying to seek a deal with Maoists who appointed Khadka acting chief by sacking Katawal.

KB Gurung announces candidacy for parliamentary party leader

Kathmandu, 17 June: Congress general secretary Kul Bahadur Gurung Wednesday announced his candidacy for leader of the party parliamentary leader.
Sher Bahadur Deuba is likely to contest as well; Ram Chandra has already announced his candidacy.

Three Marxists killed by Naxalites in India.

Kathmandu, 17 June: Naxalites Wednesday killed three more Marxist leaders in West Bengal.
Naxalites are Indian Maoists.
Some Indian analysts say Naxalite movement is worse than the Kashmir insurgency.
Three Marxists were killed and six others went missing Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Govt. may by expanded Wednesday

Kathmandu, 17 June: The full Madhav Kumar Nepal government is likely to be formed Wednesday by expanding the three-member government.
CPN-UML and Nepali Congress have agreed to share ‘important’ ministries with three terai-based parties as demanded, especially home which may go to kingmaker MJF .
Maoist Chairman Prachanda at a politburo meet Tuesday has proposed an elected government under its leadership.
The meeting is discussing the Prachanda report Wednesday.

Attorney general appointed

Kathmandu, 17 June: Dr Bharat Bahadur Karki has been appointed attorney general.
He is to begin work Wednesday after formal installation by the president.


Monday, June 15, 2009

KP Sharma Oli holds discussions with defeated Indian communists

Kathmandu, 16 June: CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli Monday held discussions in New Delhi with Indian communists routed in recent parliamentary elections won by Congress I of Sonia Gandhi., party sources said.
Oli held discussions with CPI (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat and the party’s foreign department chief Sitaram Yechuri.
Oli also discussed Nepal with CPI General Secretary NB Bardhan and senior leader B Raja.
The right-leaning CPN-UML leader also held discussions with Indian Foreign Secretary Shib Shanker Menon arriving in the capital Saturday.
Oli consulted Girija Prasad Koirala and Surya Bahadur Thapa before flying for India.

Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie visit cancelled

Kathmandu, 16 June: The scheduled visit from Tuesday of Britain’s Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and daughter Princess Eugenie has been cancelled, British embassy said.
They were arriving on a three-day visit
The visit was being coordinated by White Ribbon Alliance (WRA)—a global alliance working for safe motherhood and neonatal health initiative.
The embassy didn’t give reason for the cancellation.
But the county has been paralyzed by a series of Maoist strikes.

YCL deployed at Pashupatinath

Kathmandu, 16 June: Pashupati Area Development Trust has deployed a 28-member Maoist YCL team for the protection of the temple complex, Rajdhani reports.
They were deployed last week to implement a master plan, according to a trust source.
The group was trained by retired Maj Surya Bahadur Bista before deployment.
Member-secretary Paramanda Sahya admitted they were hired on contract.
‘They come from all over the country; that’s why they can’t be called YCL,” Sakya said.

Maoists won’t meet US pre-conditions

Kathmandu, 16 June: Maoist leader CP Gajurel said Monday Maoists won’t meet US pre-conditions to get off the US terrorist list
“Maoists aren’t in favour of agreeing to US conditions; Let them put us on the terrorist list as long as they want.
“Maoists are ready to accept whatever conditions set by Nepalis but aren’t ready to accept foreign conditions,” he told reporters in the capital.
Maoists, in government, had negotiated unsuccessfully with Washington to get off the list.

French, Danish ambassadors visit Maoist camp

Kathmandu, 16 June: French Ambassador Gilles-Henry Garault and Danish Ambassador Fin Thilsted Monday inspected the fourth division cantonment of PLA in Nawalparasi.
The camp is under UNMIN watch.

Five parties again trying to assemble govt.

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 16 June: Five parties of a proposed coalition are again attempting Tuesday to expand the three-week government of Madhav Kumar Nepal by sharing what has been called important ministries.
Talks between CPN-UML, Nepali Congress and three terai parties were inconclusive Monday.
CPN-UML and Nepali Congress have been accused for ignoring coalition culture and sharing important ministries themselves.
International concern has been expressed at delay in government formation.
Indian Foreign Secretary Shib Shankar Menon arrives Saturday for political discussions even as government expansion is delayed.
CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli and Menon held political discussions in New Delhi Sunday.

Maoist politburo meets Tuesday

Kathmandu, 16 June: The delayed meeting of Maoist politburo to discuss future strategy is being held Tuesday.
The meet will discuss a 13-point political report of Chairman Prachanda.
Mohan Baidya Kiran is expected to present an alternative proposal.

Three Bhutanese refugees dead, seven seriously sick

Kathmandu, 16 June: Three Bhutanese refugees died overnight and seven others fell seriously sick after eating wild mushrooms in Ilam,
The refugees died while undergoing treatment at Ilam hospital overnight,

Indian injured in bomb blast

Kathmandu, 16 June: An Indian national from New Delhi was injured in a bomb blast at Gulariya, Bardia, Tuesday morning.
He was identified as Dhirendra Shah.
Shah was carrying the bomb.


“Shailja’s death has shocked me; I don’t want anything now. I’ve done this, right or wrong.”

(An aide of Girija Prasad Koirala quoted by Annapurna Post saying the Congress president is retiring, 16 June)

Violent Maoist protests continue

Kathmandu, 15 June: Nearly one dozen vehicles were smashed in the capital Monday during Maoist demonstrations to protest the murder of a district leader allegedly by ruling party CPN-UML Youth Group.
Maoists attacked and damaged buildings of Nepal Electricity Authority and Revenue Office in Daldeldhura during anti-government and anti-president demonstrations Sunday.
Maoist foreign relations expert CP Gajurel defiantly told reporters in the capital Sunday they won’t accept American pre-conditions to get off a US terrorist list.
Visiting US Assistance Secretary of State for South Asia Richard O. Blake spelt out the pre-conditions during his just concluded Nepal visit.

No agreement on government expansion

Kathmandu, 15 June: There was no agreement even Monday between five parties on expansion and sharing of ministries after eight hours of talks Sunday after more than eight hours of talks.
The meeting was called by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal who was installed more than three weeks ago.
Five parties, including three from terai, are again meeting Tuesday to arrive at an agreement.

NC parliamentary party election Saturday

Kathmandu, 15 June: Nepali Congress parliamentary partyelection to elect 18officials will now be held Saturday.
It was scheduled for last Sunday.
Party election committee fixed the new date.
Election in what has been described as Nepal’s biggest democratic party is being conducted 15 months after parliamentary elections.

Gov official shot dead in Nawalparasi

Kathmandu, 15 June: A government official of terai origin was shot dead in Nawalparasi Monday.
Violence continues in the region.

Norwegian minister boasts he and Norway negotiated a successful Nepal peace

By Bhola B rana

Kathmandu, 15 June: Norwegian Minister for International Relations Erik Solheim repeatedly boasted in Hardtalk programmed over BBC Sunday he and Norway successfully negotiated a peace agreement that brought Maoists into the political mainstream in Nepal.
The BBC interviewer never asked him about Nepal.
The interviewer reminded him of his personal failure to negotiate a deal between LTTE and the Sri Lankan government that crushed the four-decade separatist movement in the island nation.
But the interviewer repeatedly reminded him a small and country like Norway without international clout stuck out carrots to appease rulers of Burma and Zimbabwe.
The Norwegian Minister had admitted he kept direct contacts with Prachanda when he was on the terrorist list of Nepal, India and USA.
The minister didn’t explain how Norway’s role in Nepal’s peace process was successful.
The exact role of Norway in Nepal’s peace process is not known.
But New Delhi in a lead role helped broker a 12-point peace agreement between seven parliamentary parties and Maoists in 2006.
India played the main role to get the support of USA and EU against the royal regime.
But what is known is Norway funded Nepal’s communists and Christian movement in the Himalayan state.
The peace process that the Norwegian minister claims to have successfully negotiated is now shaky with Nepalis suffering because of it.
The country is now passing through another phase of instability, uncertainly and daily strikes
The peace process was an example of how not to negotiate a hasty and vague peace between rebels and a state with foreign interference and backing.
Foreign donors are now complaining they are losing patience and may have to stop funding as UN attempts to lobby extension of its Nepal mandate to implement the vague agreement.
UN is seeking an extension of its mandate even while admitting it is for Nepalis to integrate and resettle Maoist PLA into the army and society.
But before that, UNMIN demanded a major role.
Withdrawal of UN from Nepal at this stage won’t impact Nepal especially after a lousy job the world body has done.
The human rights commission only hands out statements on rights violations while observing strike.
The work could by done by the UN without the huge presence of the UN human rights organization.
UN is silent on a Prachanda boast it duped the world body into confirming 19,000 combatants when, in fact, it had only 7,000 to 8,000 fighters.
Prachanda said the stipends paid to the combatants is partly being used to purchase arms as child soldiers and unqualified continue to live in camps under UN observation.
And visiting senior UN official Samuel Tamrat said the number of verified combatants doesn’t make any substantial difference.
UNMIN came to Nepal to oversee CA elections and verify soldiers; it certified a questionable voter exercise and failed abysmally in verifying soldiers when the Nepal Army insisted that only armed combatants should be certified.
The only losers, if UN withdraws under threat, will be rich house owners e4specially in capital where their houses are leased by UN officials.
UN is lobbying to continue in Nepal probably and mostly to provide employment to citizens of donor countries; the money goes back to donor countries without substantial benefits for Nepal.
Foreigners enjoy while Nepalis suffer from non-implementation of the peace agreement.
When the question of foreign responsibility arises, the pat answer comes Nepalis negotiated the peace and they are responsible for its implementation.

India wants good relations with Maoists in opposition: Sood

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 15 June: India, which had good relations with Nepali Congress in opposition, wants similar relations with Maoists now out of government, Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood said.
“Nepali Congress is a part of the government; yesterday it was in the opposition. India’s relations with NC remained good in both periods.
“I hope we will also have a similar situation with the Maoists,” Sood told The Kathmandu Post in an interview published Monday.
“… the breakdown of the Maoist-led coalition brought them into a minority. And that is why Prime Minister Prachanda decided to resign,” Sood added.
Sood’s call for good relations with Maoists comes at a time when the UCPN (Maoist) has been charging foreign powers and parties for toppling the nine-month Prachanda government in a presidential military coup.
The peace process and politics of understanding have suffered.

Two killed in landmine explosion laid by army

Kathmandu, 15 June: Two persons were killed Monday morning in an explosion of a landmine laid by Nepal Army along a highway in Dang.
Another person died while being rushed to hospital for treatment.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Crucial Maoist politburo meeting rescheduled

Kathmandu, 15 June: A crucial of a Maoist politburo scheduled for Monday was rescheduled for Tuesday at the final moment.
Maoist YCL have closed down the Valley Monday to protest what they call the murder of their district leader Rajendra Phuyal.

Clashes again break out in Kalikot

Kathmandu, 15 June: After a night curfew was lifted at Kalikot district headquarters, Maoists again launched an attack on the CPN-UML office Monday morning destroying party documents.
Maoists said dozen of their activists were injured in Youth Force attacks.
District administration slapped a curfew Sunday night after violent clashes between Maoist and CPN-UML workers during anti-government and anti-president Maoist protests.
Maoists Monday closed seven districts in Seti and Makali anchals protesting the action of the president to retain the army chief.

Girija imposed Sujata unilaterally on a party committee: Ram Chandra Paudel

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 15 June: Congress Vice-President Ram Chandra Paudel revealed Monday President Girija Prasad Koirala unilaterally imposed daughter Sujata on a task force selecting the party team in the Madhav Kumar Nepal government.
The task force consisted of Paudel, Sushil Koirala, and Sher Bahadur Deuba, the vice-president said.
“OK. Declare Sujata, Then, he didn’t agree to my reaction. It’s not our wish that the only daughter of Girijababu shouldn’t enter politics or be established in the party.
“But the attempt to establish her by leapfrogging hasn’t been taken normally,” Paudel said in an interview in Nagarik.
Paudel said Deuba didn’t object.
“I don’t know what personal benefit he saw,”
Paudel said other members of the Congress government team wasn’t made by the task force as well.
“When her [Sujata’s] name appeared, everything went haywire,” Paudel said.
Paudel declared his candidature for the leadership of the postponed Congress parliamentary party.
Paudel said he pushed for a ‘senior person’ to lead the Congress government team and added ‘he [Gachedhar] wanted deputy prime minister if a senior Congress leader wasn’t going.’

Indian doctor extracts kidney from Nepali suffering stomach ailment

Kathmandu, 15 June: A patient lost his life when an Indian doctor extracted a kidney of a patient suffering a stomach ailment, RSS reports from Kanchanpur.
Raju Chandharu, 32, died and the hospital took Irs 150,000 form the family.
He went for treatment at the trauma center in Lucknow in Falgun.

Maoist politburo meets later Monday

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 15 June: A repeatedly postponed meeting of a 45-member Maoist politburo gets underway later Monday after the end first phase of anti-government anti-president protests against what it called unconstitutional action of a ceremonial president to retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
Maoists also protested a ban on a debate on a censure motion against President Ram Baran Yadav’s action in parliament.
Maoists secretariat Sunday ahead of the politburo meet and finalized a 3-point political document being president by Chairman Prachanda Monday.
The meeting will discuss the second of protests.
A curfew was slapped on Kalikot district headquarters district headquarters overnight following clashes between activists of ruling party CPN-UML and Maoist activists during the Maoist-led protests in Bheri and Karnali anchals.
The politburo will also discuss other burning issues such as integration of its combatants in Nepal, delayed drafting of a constitution and future strategy.

Maoist Valley strike disrupts life

Kathmandu, 15 June: A strike called Monday by YCL district committee in the Valley to protest was it said was a murder of a district leader paralyzed life in the capital and adjoining districts.
Vehicles that defied the strike were attacked as shops, schools and industries closed down.
Rajendra Phuyal, 35, died while undergoing treatment at Teaching Hospital.
Police picked up Phuyal in an unconscious state from Dharmasthali 8 June and first admitted him to Bir Hospital.
Family members they lost contact with Phuyal four days ago.
YCL claims Phuyal was murdered.
Meanwhile, Maoist district leader Tek Raj Joshi was arrested in Kanchanpur Saturday for allegedly murdering businessman Bishal Jain 16 May.

Five parties meeting discuss stalled govt. expansion

Kathmandu, 15 June: Five parties, including three from the terai, are meeting later Monday to discuss a stalled expansion in the government of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Three parties of the Madesh front accused CPN-UML and Nepali Congress Sunday for sharing important ministries; MJF, TMLP and NSP accused the two largest parties in the government for ignoring a coalition culture without broader discussing government expansion.
The meeting is being held at the residence of NC President Girija Prasad Koirala.
Congress Sunday submitted a list of one more minister and three ministers of state to the prime minister.
Congress has proposed Mohammad Alam minister and Ganesh Bhadur Khadka, Chandra Singh Bhandari and K Bahadur Bashyal ministers of state.

Another personal secretary for PM Nepal

Kathmandu, 15 June: Rajendra Kumar Rai has been appointed second personal secretary of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Rai is a former chief of the party student wing.
Yadav Sharma is the other secretary.

Indian foreign secretary Menon arrives Saturday

Kathmandu, 15 June: Indian foreign secretary Shib Shanker Menon arrives for a two-day visit Saturday after a four-month lapse, Annapurna Post reports.
He will hold discussions with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala and leaders of political parties.
Source said PM Nepal’s India visit, bilateral political and economic issues will be discussed.
Date for Nepal’s India visit will be finalized during discussions.
Foreign Secretary Gyan Chandra Acharya is visiting India to prepare the visit’s agenda.

Finance company CEO arrested

Kathmandu, 14 June: Binit Mani Upadhaya, CEO of World Merchant Banking and Finance Co, was arrested for fraud by police Sunday.
Upadhaya was arrested for cheating Rs 77.2 million on order of Nepal Rashtra Bank and CIAA.

SC stays sale of Chilime shares

Kathmandu, 15 June: A one-man bench of the supreme court issued an interim order stopping the public issue of shares of the 20 MW Chilime Hydropower Company promoted by Nepal Electricity Authority from Monday.
Petitioners challenged a decision to issue only five percent of shares to locals of Chilime, Rasuwa, when an agreement was to set aside eight percent shares.
Altogether 23,04,000 shares of Rs 100 par value were being sold with a Rs 223.70 premium per share.

Entry fee into Pashupatinath area doubled

Kathmandu, 15 June: Entry fee for tourists into the sacred Pashupatinath area has been doubled to Rs 500 from Monday.
Nearly 600 tourists visit the temple complex every day.


“Tinau river was too small to sweep away groupism in our party.”

(CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, Annapurna Post, 15 June)

Curfew slapped on Kalikot district headquarters

Kathmandu, 14 June: Curfew was slapped on Kalikot district headquarters Sunday night after clashes between Maoist and CPN-UML activists during anti-government and anti-president protests by Maoists,
More than one dozen activists and policemen were injured, come seriously.
Maoists also attacked district prison as well.

Girija Prasad Koirala, Samuel Tamrat hold discussions

Kathmandu, 14 June: Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and senior UN official Samuel Tamrat held hour-long discussions on the future of UNMIN mandate and other issues.
The UNMIN mandate ends 23 July.
Tamrat, who arrived in Nepal last week, after consultations in New Delhi, was assisted by UNMIN Chief Karen Landgren.
Nepali Congress has been critical of UNMIN role in Nepal demanding re-verification of Maoist combatants after Prachanda boasted he fooled UNMIN into accepting 19,000 combatants when the actual strength of PLA commandants was only between 7,000 to 8,000.
Prachanda revealed Maoists are making money out of stipends for Maoists to finance weapons purchase or a people’s war.
UNMIN said re-verification wasn’t practical and would create additional problems without addressing the serious issues raised in the Prachanda tape.

Madesh front rejects govt. offers; govt. expansion delayed

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 13 June: Expected Sunday’s expansion of the MAdhav Kumar Nepal government was delayed,
Three parties of a Madesh Front Sunday rejected cabinet and ministries offered to the terai parties by CPN-UML and Nepali Congress.
MJF, TMLP and Rajendra Mahoto faction of NSP didn’t join the expanded government.
“We were not consulted and two big parties came to an understanding against coalition culture,” Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar said after the front’meeting.
Congress and CPN-UML along with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal efforted the entire day to a assemble government.
Nepal held discussions inconclusive discussions with Gachedhar.
“Serious attention has been drawn and against the coalition culture of CPN-UNL and Nepali Congress,” TMLP leader Hridesh Tripathi said.
CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath objected to demands of terai parties and said,” All ministries are important. Objections have no meaning.”
He added: “Present government is national government and efforts are ongoing to include Maoists.”
The Nepal government formed three weeks ago has only three CPN-UML representatives.

Youth Force, CPN-UML activists clash in Kalikot

Kathmandu, 14 June: Maoists Sunday attacked CPN-UML office in Kalikot district headquarters during anti-government and anti-president demonstrations.
More than one dozen YCL and CPN-UML activists were injured in clashes at district headquarters which is tense.
Maoists closed down eight districts in Bheri and Karnali anchals.
They again disrupted parliament proceedings Sunday.
But Maoists last week allowed parliamentary proceedings to pass a resolution of the death of Congress woman leader Shailja Acharya.

Nepali Congress has problem in internal democracy

Kathmandu, 14 June: Nepali Congress has a “problem of internal democracy” and needs to reform itself as it moves into the future, party leader Ram Sharan Mahat said at an interaction program on June 11 with the Washington Nepal Forum in Washington, D.C, a report received from the US capital said..

The stakes, he said, have never been higher. The old ways that served the party well as it championed the cause of democracy for decades no longer function as effectively in today’s tempestuous Nepal, Mahat said.

The five-time finance minister decried the violence and economic paralysis of recent ethnic agitation, which he said is handicapping the nation as it attempts to forge a sustainable democracy.

The Nepali people want peace, democracy and economic prosperity, but are getting only slogans, broken promises and more violence. Mahat called on the Maoists to commit to peace “in action, not just in words” and challenged the Maoist leadership to make public their internal resolutions.

He spoke at the Washington Nepal Forum, a nonpartisan organization that provides a space and platform for conversation on contemporary issues related to Nepal. It was held at the United States Institute for Peace and moderated by forum founder Homraj Acharya.

Sood calls for exchange and signing of border strip maps
Kathmandu, 14 June: Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood said Sunday strip maps signed by experts of the two countries in December 2007 are signed 98 percent of the boundary between Nepal and India will be resolved.
But the maps are yet to signed and approved by governments of the two countries.
He said India has asked Nepal government to formalize the sighing and exchange of the pampas, an interview published in The Kathmandu Post Sunday.
He demanded old border pillars be removed.
“There is some degree of confusion as old border pillars have not yet been removed,” he said.
When the maps are signed and exchanged,” The rest concerning Kalapani and Susta can be taken up at the political level.”
Sood reiterated there was no intrusion along the border in Dang despite findings to the contrary by two parliamentary teams after on-the –spot investigations.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

New problem crops up in govt. formation

Kathmandu, 14 June: Two Madesh parties decided Sunday morning not to join government led by Madhav Kumar Nepal even as Congress and CPN-UML divided ministries between themselves.
Ramjanam Chaudhari charged CPN-UML and Congress kept important ministries for themselves while allocating lesser ministries to other parties.
Ministry-sharing wasn’t discussed by CPN-UML and Nepali Congress with other parties, he charged.
Madesh Front, an umbrella organization of terai-based parties, is holding a meeting later Sunday.
Top CPN-UML and Nepali Congress continued discussions in government expansion and sharing of ministries and ministerial appointments Sunday.

Renewed Maoist threat to capture power

Kathmandu, 14 June: Senior Maoist leader CP Gajurel said the YCL strength will be expanded from 400,000 to one million.
Gajurel revealed this in Nawalparasi Saturday at a party district conference.
He also said Maoists would capture state power without returning to the jungle, published reports said.
YCL central coordinator Uma Bhujel Siru has aa new strategy for safeguarding nationality and republicanism and added the party will capture national army, court, government and prisons.
More then one after quitting government, Maoists Saturday also formed a 11-member people’s government under Top Bahadur Rana at Dashrathpur VDC in Surkhet.
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Bobert O. Blake Saturday called for an end to violent activities of YCL.
‘UCP-M should first end violent activities of Youth Communist League (YCL) and actively cooperate with other patties to achieve peace,” Blake said revealing US terrorist tag on Maoists won’t be immediately lifted.
Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood also called for a resolution of the YCL issue.
“Once you have resolved the issue of YCL, then the people and parties of Nepal will be assured that the Maoists are committed to the process of multi-party democracy,” Sood told The Kathmandu Post..
On the fall of the Prachanda government, Sook told Kantipur: …the Maoist-led government was reduced to a minority and Prime Minster Prachanda reached a point where he had to resign.”
He denied any Indian hand in the fall of the Prachanda government.

New questions have arisen after Prachanda tape: Rakesh Sood

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 14 June: Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood said Sunday ‘new questions have arisen” after the new tape of Prachanda.
“New questions have arisen on UNMIN’s verification and its clarification after the new tape [Prachanda’s claim he duped UNMIN into accepting 19,000 plus combatants when the actual strength was only between 7,000 to 8,000].
“Its for political parties to decide the role of the UNMIN,” Sood told Kantipur in an interview.
Nepali Congress has demanded re-verification after the Prachanda boast.
Top UN official Samuel Tamrat who visited Nepal last week rejected re-verification adding new problems will be created.
Maoists have opposed re-verification demanded by Congress.
UN officials haven’t made comments Prachanda’s claim Maoists sought integration in the army to destabilize it or another claim UCPN (Maoist) would import arms from stipends for combatants in camps under UNMIN watch.
‘The peace agreement does not look at these issues separately. Integration and resettlement are parts of one process,” Sood said in reply to a question whether he preferred resettlement of integration in Nepal Army.
‘It’s not written that way in the peace agreement,” Sood said in reply to another question: Then there’s no choice [between integration in the army and resettlement in society].
Sood said new questions on UNMIN verification have arisen as a top US diplomat for South Asia warned Nepal should not expect a blank cheque from the international community and UNMIN.
“This should not be considered a blank cheque. We and other donors feel that it’s important for there to be real concrete progress and for the Nepalese to show everyone they are truly committed to achieving progress that will provide the basis for future support for UNMIN’s very important activities,.” Robert O. Blake said.
‘Nepal should not think that there will be unlimited patience on the part of the international community for this [peace] process,” Blake said complained the process had ‘dragged out’.

Maoists shut down Bheri, Karnali districts

Kathmandu, 14 June: Maoists Sunday closed down eight districts in Behri and Karnali eight districts.
After ouster from government, Maoists have been staging daily protests on the street and parliament demanding a correction of the president’s action to retain Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal dismissed by the Prachanda government.

Journalists demand security in front of Baluwatar

Kathmandu, 14 June: Journalists Sunday staged a sit-in front of the official residence of the prime minister at Baluwatar demanding security.
They later submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Nepal assured the security demanded.
Reporter’s Club led the sit-in.

Congress, CPN-UML reach agreement on ministry sharing amid opposition

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 14 June: CPN-UML and Nepali Congress late Saturday agreement on sharing six ministries each nearly three weeks after Madhav Kumar Nepal was installed prime minister.
But two terai parties have protested the deal between the two largest parties in the shaky coalition.
CPN-UML will get the ministries of defence, home, information and communication, peace and reconstruction and tourism and civil aviation.
Nepali Congress has been allocated foreign, local development, health and population, water resources, labour and transport management and law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministries.
President Girija Prasad is expected to submit the division of portfolios of Congress ministers to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Sunday when the government could be expanded.
Sujata Koirala has been appointed foreign minister but ministries haven’t yet been assigned to other youth leaders Balkrishna Khad, Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minendra Rijal, Umakant Chaudhary and Purna Kumar Sharma.
Besides defence minister Bidya Bhandari and finance minister Surendra Pandey, Bhim Rawal, Surendra Pokhrel, Rabindra Shrestha, Rakam Chemjong , Jitu Gautam, Dilli Mahat and Rizwan Ansari were selected for the CPN-UML government team.
Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar demanded what he called important ministries Saturday and threatened to support government from outside if such ministries weren’t allocated to the king-making party.
“We must get the home ministry. This is our stand. Forum should also get the important ministries of water resources, physical planning and transport, education, health, information and communication and local development.
“If we don’t get the ministries of our choice, we’ll lend the government outside support,” Gacheddhar told reporters Saturday.
Hridesh Tripathi of TMLP charged Congress and CPN-UML for sharing major ministries without consultations with coalition partners.
For the first time after 2006, a RPP candidate is being appointed minister confirming a break in consensus politics between seven parties and Maoists that toppled monarchy.
RPP is a party of former monarchists.
Dipak Bohara is likely to join as youth and sports minister.
Chairman Pashupati SJB Rana said the utility of 12-point New Delhi was now over and called for a new understanding between political parties.
One ministry each has also been allocated to CPN-ML and Sadbhavana Party; Dambar Shrestha (CPN-ML) and Rajendra Mahoto (Sadbhavana) are likely to be assigned land reforms management and commerce and supplies ministries respectively.
Before ending a two-day Nepal visit, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert O. Blake urged early government expansion to complete the peace process.
“I encouraged the new government to move quickly to name all the new ministries and the portfolios so that the important work on peace process can begin,” Blake told reporters.

Guardians close down Valley schools; other details

Kathmandu, 14 June: Guardians Sunday closed down schools in the Valley Sunday.
They are protesting the attempted abduction of fourth grade student Monica Piya last week.
Trader Mahesh Sarda, abducted from Thapathali last Friday, has returned home, Naya Patrika reports.
The family is silent of the details of his release.
Abductors demanded a Rs 70 million ransom.

Nepali garments unlikely to get duty-free access in USA

Kathmandu, 14 June: US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert O. Blake hinted Saturday Nepal may not get preferential entry for readymade garments as there was ‘some opposition to significantly increase market access’ during an recession.
“Right now there are a number of bills and legislations in the Senate and the House of Representatives and it is hard to characterize where those are going.”
‘The issue of preferential entry did ‘not really come up’ during his two-day Nepal visit that ended Saturday, he told reporters before flying for Bangladesh.
Two senators have introduced a bill in the Senate for duty-free access for Nepali garments in USA.

Rs 500 entry free for tourists to Pashupatinath

Kathmandu, 14 June: Foreign tourists will be charges Rs 500 for entry into the holy Pashupati area from Monday.
Passhupati Area Development Trust made the announcement Sunday.


“Monarchy was an obstacle for republican forces. With its falland if a republic can’t be institutionalized, monarchy will still be a threat.”

(Jhalanath Khanal, Kantipur, 14 June)

CPN-UML, Congress discuss govt. expansion

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 13 June: Influential CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli and NC President Girija Prasad Koirala Saturday discussed expansion of Madhav Kumar Nepal government.
Nepal is also holding discussions with Koirala later Saturday.
CPN-UML central committee Friday empowered Chairman Jhalanath Khanal and Nepal to select more party nominees in government.
Nepal held discussions with leaders of MJF Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar faction of MJF and TMLP Friday
Khanal told a meeting in Biratnagar Saturday the party had submitted nine nominees for ministers.
MJF has sought 10 positions in government—five cabinet and five ministers of state Friday .
Names suggested are Sharat Singh Bhandari, Jitendra Deb, Rameshwor Raya Yadav, Dr Tilak Rawal and Rameshwor Lal Kayastha.
It has taken Nepal nearly three weeks to expand the three-member government consisting of two more CPN-UML representatives.
Dr Rawal is chettri from the hills in the terai-based party.
Nepal told a political rally in the capital Saturday he hadn’t been able to work as desired because of the difficult situation.

India has encroached on border

Kathmandu, 13 June: Two all-party and parliamentary team have found India has encroached on Nepali land in Dang.
Leader of the all-party probe team Amik Serchan said this in Dang Saturday at a news conference.
There’s no presence of the state at the border, the team concluded.
The teams came to a conclusion after a four-day study.
The Indian embassy claims there’s been no Indian encroachment

Jhalanath Khanal to look after party school

Kathmandu, 13 June: CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal has entrusted responsibility to run the party school—a responsibility that will give him direct access to cadres to influence them ideologically.
Bidya Bhandari will manage the women’s section.
The party central; committee Friday night distributed responsibilities to 116 central committee members nearly four months after their election by a general convention in Butwal.
The party now heading the government has 17 divisions.
Ashok Rai has been entrusted organization responsibility while Bamdeb Deb will look after agriculture in the party.

US official leaves for Bangladesh

Kathmandu, 13 June: US Assistant Secretary State for South Asia Robert O. Blake flew for Bangladesh Saturday after a two-day visit.
Blake arrived before the end of the UMNIN mandate on July 23; the issue figured in discussions with Nepali officials.
Senior UN official Samuel Tamrat was in town the same time canvassing support for the extension of the UNMIN mandate.
Blake told Maoist Chairman Prachanda at a meeting Friday to settle misunderstanding with parties and work for concluding the delayed peace process.
Before leaving for Dhaka, he said removal of Maoists from a terrorist list will depend on their behaviour.

KP Oli leaving for India

Kathmandu, 13 June: CPN-UML leader KP Oli is leaving for India later Saturday for what has been described as medical treatment immediately after Congress-I swept elections.
Oli had a kidney transplant.
Oli is flying to New Delhi after the reappointment of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Oli is expected to hold political discussions with party leaders in the Indian capital.
Communists were routed in parliamentary in India but they dominate politics in Nepal.
Nepali political leaders frequent the Indian capital especially after government changes for consultations even on bilateral issues.
New governments have been installed both in Kathmandu and New Delhi.


“He [Girija] wouldn’t have nominated his own daughter for the post of foreign minister if he were a democratic leader.”

(RPP-Nepal leader Padma Sundar Lawati, The Himalayan Times, 13 June)

Friday, June 12, 2009

20 Indian police personnel killed in three days

Kathmandu, 12 June: Naxalites or Indian Maoists killed 10 more police in the state of Jharkhand in two separate attacks Friday.
Ten policemen were killed in a landmine blast three days ago in the southeast Indian district taking the death toll 20.
The Naxalite attacks on policemen are linked to Nepal where New Delhi imposed the Himalayan state’s Maoists into the political mainstream.
But India refuses to negotiate with Naxalites even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has admitted its Maoist insurgency is worse that the Kashmir separatist movement.
A clear case of double standard.

Violence in hills and terai

Kathmandu, 12 June: Maoist Magar Rashtriya Mukti Morcha anti-government and anti-president protest affected nine hill districts in the mid and far-West Friday.
Six persons, including policemen, were injured in YCL attack and stoning at district headquarters office in Dolpa.
Five policemen and 12 civilians were injured in clashes over a local dispute at Rajpur, Rautahat, Friday.
Police fired 20 rounds in the air to control the mob.

Congress elections indefinitely postponed

Kathmandu, 12 June: Election of the leader of Nepali Congress parliamentary party leader and other office bearers was postponed indefinitely.
Party election officer Ananda Prasad Dhungana made the announcement amid protests within the party that calls itself democratic.
Vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel said the postponement was a conspiracy.
Election was scheduled on Sunday nearly 14 months after parliamentary elections.
All other parties in parliament have elected their parliamentary party leaders.

Gachedhar demands 10 seats in government

Kathmandu, 12 June: Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar Friday demanded 10 ministerial berths in government—five full ministers and five ministers of state.
The demand was made at a meeting with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
They discussed a split in the MJF—terai’s largest political party.
Gachedhar opposed a Nepal plan to appease Maoists by retiring both Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal and Lt Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka honourably.

Shailja Acharya cremated with state honours

Kathmandu, 12 June: Shailja Acharya was cremated at Pashupatinath Aryaghat with full state honours Thursday in the presence of a large number of Congress activists.
The only surviving member of Congress Krishna Prasad Bhattarai paid his last respect by visiting the party where was kept briefly for viewing by public.
Bhattarai quit Nepali Congress after the party and Girija Prasad Koirala adopted a republican agenda.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Blake to discuss govt. formation

Kathmandu, 12 June: Visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary for Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake will discuss formation of a delayed government and other issues during his two-day stay in Nepal, US embassy said
Besides government leaders, he will hold discussions with opposition leader and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the embassy said.
During his two-day visit, Blake will “ discuss the establishment of the new government, continuation of the peace process, and economic issues’.
He will hold discussions with UN officials as well as the mandate of the UNMIN ends 23 July.


“The process [verification of Maoist combatants] has been completed; problems will crop up with re-verification.”

(UN official Samuel Tamrat, Rajdhani, 12 June)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Shailja Acharya dead

Kathmandu, 12 June: Congress woman leader Shailja Acharya, 67, died at a hospital in the capital Friday morning after prolonged illness.
He was rushed to hospital this week after suffering pneumonia.
She died at 4.25 in the morning.
Acharya was sacked from the first government of her uncle Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala when she as agriculture minister charged the government of rampant corruption.
She held senior party positions but was never inducted in Congress governments again.
Acharya was jailed for three years for waiving a black flag at King Mahendra during panchayat rule after December 1960.
Acharya is being cremated Friday.

US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia arrives

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 12 June: US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert O Blake arrived Friday on a visit—the highest official of the Obama administration to visit Nepal.
Blake is arriving for political discussions immediately after the fall of a Maoist-led government installed 10 months ago.
He is holding discussions Friday with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and other party leaders.
Blake is in Nepal at a time when the prime minister hasn’t been able to complete the expansion of government nearly three weeks after appointment of the government chief.
Maoists at the same time are holding anti-government and anti-president protests charging a ceremonial president of attempting to impose military rule through foreign interference.
The top US diplomat for South Asia arrived one day after an announcement of the constituent assembly said work on drafting a constitution has been stopped indefinitely after nine subject committees failed to suggest drafts,
The assembly, which has to draft a constitution within 12 months, is also without a chairman after Madhav Kumar Nepal joined government.
Maoists, demanding a communist constitution amid protests of other parties, are in majority in the assembly as well.
Fears have been expressed the constitution may not be drafted within the deadline.
The parties that drafted a 1990 constitution once described as the world’s best shred it to pieces.
The same parties are now trying to draft another basis law.

Maoists continue anti-government, anti-president protests

Kathmandu, 12 June: Maoists Friday continued their anti-government and anti-president.
The continuing violent portents hit the hill districts of the west and mid-west.
Maoists are demanding correction of a presidential order retaining sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
“OHCHR-Nepal calls on leaders of political parties and their affiliated bodies to ensure that their cadre respect the rights of other political parties to peacefully carry out lawful activities.
“I appeal to all leaders to ensure that their member refrain from violence and threatening speeches, and respect the commitments made in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” representative Richard Bennett said as violence continued.
The statement also came after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal charged the UN rights body was silent when Maoists launched attacks against CPN-UML activists.

Nepal Army delayed at delayed action against Lt Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka

Kathmandu, 12 June: Delay in the formation of a court of inquiry to determine the fate of Acting Chief of the Army Staff Kul Bahadur Khadka, ignoring the recommendation of the Army’s legal department is tantamount to allowing ‘politics’ a back-door entry into Nepal Army, Brigadier General B.A. Sharma said of Thursday, The Kathmandu Post reports.
The ongoing efforts aimed at seeking a ‘political solution’ to a legal case being handled by the institution internally would only make the Army Act defunct, Sharma told the Post.
His statement comes at a time when Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is busy negotiating with his coalition partners and the main opposition party on the future course of action against Khadka, named Acting Chief of Nepal by the Maoist-led government on 3 May.

International conference on endangered tigers

Kathmandu, 12 June: World Tiger Forum (WTF) is holding its 13th international conference in Kathmandu from 27 to 30 October.
The stately cat is on an endangered list.
The tiger is found Nepal around Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park.
The conference will discuss the protection effort for the cat.

Harry Potter in Nepali

Kathmandu, 12 June: Nepali Harry Potter fans can rejoice finally, for the official Nepali translation of the first book in the boy-wizard’s series ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ has been published in Nepal, The Kathmandu Post reports.
Translated by Slesha Thapaliya and Bijaya Adhikari, the publishers, Sunbird Publishers, had to wait for a year before British author J.K. Rowling gave a go-ahead for the project.
The Nepali version ‘Harry Potter ra Parasmani’ will hit the stands this week.


“As the declaration of the republic was made possible through consensus, the same would be required for writing the constitution.”

(PM Madhav Kumar Nepal, The Himalayan Times, 12 June)

“Let the government not encourage the apolitical army to do things other than obey government orders-- provoking it by saying the army helped to usher in a republic or defaming it by saying royal rule and December 1960 was encouraged.”

Retired Brig Gen Rajendra Thapa, Naya Patrika, 12 June)

UAE foreign minister arrives

Kathmandu, 11 June: UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al Mahyan started political discussions with top Nepali leaders immediately after arrival Thursday.
Discussions were held with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala.
Discussions were held on expanding bilateral ties, including opening on embassy and a consulate in Nepal.
UAE is a popular destination for Nepali workers.

No agreement between CPN-UML, Maoists

Kathmandu, 11 June: There was no agreement between Maoists and CPN-UML to run the parliament smoothly even Thursday.
Two rounds of talks were inconclusive; the two parties agreed to continue discussions Friday in n effort to run parliament smoothly; house sessions have been disrupted for nearly three weeks by Maoists protesting presidential action to retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal dismissed by Maoists who were themselves ousted from government. the .
CPN-UML presented a four-point proposal to Maoists rejected by Maoists who demanded critical appraisal of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav’s
Maoists contend a ceremonial president exercised executive unconstitutional powers and asked the action be addressed within 15 days.
CPN-UML proposed PM Madhav Kumar Nepal would address the Maoist concern within one month.
Nepali Congress in discussions with CPN-UML objected to any critical reference to the president by the prime minister in a proposed address to parliament demanded by Maoists to run the legislature smoothly.
The extended regional daily shutdowns by Maoists was violent in Bhojpur ,Mithila and Abhad regions in the terai Thursday.
Maoists have been launching daily regional violent protests smashing vehicles and disrupting running of industries, schools, transport and markets
Unified CPN (Maoist) and CPN (Maoist) launched by rebel Maoist leader Matrika Prasad Yadav clashed in Rautahat Thursday.
Police fired in the air and lobbed teargas shells to separate the two groups in bloody clashed that left nearly eight persons injured.

Congress parliamentary election postponed

Kathmandu, 11 June: Scheduled Sunday’s election of the parliamentary party leader and other leaders was postponed for at least two days.
President Girija Prasad Koirala asked party election officials to reschedule the vote.
A section including Sher Bahadur Deuba asked the vote be postponed until resolution of the appointment of the party government team in the Madhav Kumar Nepal government.
A sizeable section in the party opposed the appoint of Sujata Koirala leader of the Congress team in government saying she was too junior.

One more Rasuwa prisoner dead

Kathmandu, 11 June One more prisoner shot and injured by police during a jailbreak Tuesday died at a Kathmandu hospital while undergoing treatment.
One prisoner died instantly and another was captured one day later.

CA session postpone indefinitely

Kathmandu, 11 June: Regular sessions of the
Constituent assembly to draft a constitution has been postponed indefinitely.
Only two of 11 subject committees submitted drafts of assigned subjects on which there were differences.
Remaining nine committees haven’t submitted their drafts.
Only one year remains to meet a deadline to suggest a new constitution.
Maoists are suggesting a communist system opposed by other parties; Maoists don’t have a majority to impose their proposal in the CA.

Indians, Nepalis inspect repair work of Kosi river embankment

Kathmandu, 11 June: Indians and Nepalis Thursday inspected repair work of the embankment along Kosi river before the full onset of the monsoon to prevent another disaster like last year.
Nepalis aren’t satisfied with the work done by Indians responsible for the maintenance.
Ambassador Rakesh Sood, Bihar minister for flood control and Nepali officials made anon-he spot-inspection Thursday.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Six Indian pilgrims die in Tibet

Kathmandu, 11 June: Nepali tourism industry sources have asked Indian pilgrims to be cautious after six Indian pilgrims died recently in Kailash Mansarovar, Tibet, of altitude sickness, not because of starvation..
Nepal has become a transit point for thousands of Indian Hindu pilgrims going to Kailash Mountain for pilgrimage.
Kailash is situated at 4,556 meters or 14,945 ft.
Major entry points are through Kodari and Hilsa in Nepalese side; Kailash is approximately 800 km from Kodari.
”Acclimation is considered as the best and most effective precaution to avoid such sad situation,” sources advised.
Industry sources recommended pilgrims spend a few days in Nepalese pilgrimage sites like Muktinath and Gosaikunda situated in higher altitude before proceeding to Kailash in Tibet.


“…. what happened on the night of June 1, 2001 and its aftermath may have been the outcome of a divergence between the objectives of King Birendra’s detractors. Specially, between those who wanted an immediate end to the monarchy and those who sought to widen their own room for maneuver before the denouement.
“But King Gyanendra was fully aware of the machinations played out in Kathmandu over the decades, homed, through the close consultations the royal family held on political and national-security affairs.
“The day prime minister Dahal made that commitment [to prove the royal palace massacre]---regardless of his sincerity—everybody inside the country and abroad who had thought that they had gotten away by dumping everything on the deposed king and his son for the June 1, 2001 carnage began scurrying for cover. And they still are.”

(Maila Baje, People’s Review, 11 June)

“Nepal is being Sikkimized by using political parties.”

(Maoist leader Mohan Baidya Kiran, 11 June)

Maoists shut down terai; other details

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 11 June: Maoists Thursday shut down terai districts demanding what they call unconstitutional presidential action asking sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal to continue in office.
The shutdown had disrupted life in the south.
The crisis led to the ouster and fall of the nine-month Maoist-led government of Prachanda instead.
Maoists charged foreigners for colluding with parties to usher in military supremacy.
Maoists have been holding daily regional protests demanding supremacy of civilian authority.
Maoists have been disrupting parliament sessions since six weeks as well.
The effort of the newly installed government of Madhav Kumar Nepal to end the winter session and to prepare for the budget session has been stalled.
CPN-UML is attempting to address and prioritize the Maoist demand to address civilian supremacy through inter and intra-party consultations.
Top lawyers Wednesday advised PM Nepal to rescind a decision of the ousted Maoist government to sack Gen Katawal.
Maoists have been demanding implementation of decisions of their government as a pre-condition for the smooth running of parliament.
CPN-UML and Maoists chief points Thursday morning began discussions of
on a CPN-UML proposal to end the a political impasse before parliament is scheduled to later.

Nepali Congress parliamentary party elections

Kathmandu, 11 June: The delayed election of the leader of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party will now be held 14 June.
The election hasn’t been conducted even 14 months after the April 2008 parliamentary and constitutional assembly elections.
Party President Girija Prasad Koirala is officiating as leader of the parliamentary party as well.
Elections will be held for 18 positions, including deputy leader and one member each from five development regions.
Koirala had been pushing for nominations to most of the positions by the president.

CPN-UML central committee scheduled to appoint department chiefs

Kathmandu, 11 June: Central committee of the CPN-UML, which is leading a new coalition government, is scheduled to appoint 17 departmental and zonal chiefs Thursday.
Responsibilities will be shared by 116 committee members four months after the party’s Butwal general convention elected a new leadership electing Chairman Jhalanaath Khanal.
Consensus is being sought in the appointments.
Khanal and KP Sharma Oli are pushing their candidates.
Twenty-nione departments were reducted to 17 Wednessday.


“Our movement has ended. We have now got equal treatment and same status of British counterparts.”

(Chairman of Gurkha Ex-Servicemen Organization Padam Bahadur Gurung, Kantipur, 11 June)

“Relevance of 12-point agreement between seven parties and Maoists has ended. Now there should be a new agreement.”

(RPP Chairman Pashupati SJB Rana, Annapurna Post, 11 June)

“Government has prioritized the holding of elections with the drafting of the constitution in time. The press that played an important role in the democratic movement should help remove hurdles.”

(PM Madhav Kumar Nepal, Naya Patrika, 11 June)

“Both Girija and Madhav Kumar Nepal are Indian agents; you tell me who split the Forum?”

(MJF Chairman Upendra Yadav, Naya Patrika, 11 June)

“I would like to clarify that the government has confirmed that this [extension of term by three months when three-year extension was sought] is an interim measure, which will allow it to hold further consultations before it decides on the request for a longer renewal of the agreement.”

(OHCHR-Nepal Representative Richard Bennet, The Kathmandu Post, 11 June)


Shailja Acharya admitted to hospital in serious condition

Kathmandu, 10 June: Congress woman leader Shailja Acharya was admitted to a hospital Wednesday in serious condition.
Acharya has been ailing for a long time.

9,800 officials haven’t submitted

Kathmandu, 10 June: Altogether 9,8000 officials from civil service, army, police and political appointees haven’t submitted details of their assets as required, national Awareness Center said.
The Center is recommending action against them to CIAA.

Naxalites kill 10 more security personnel

Kathmandu, 10 June: Naxalites killed ten security personnel and injured at six others in a landmine explosison in the state of Jharkhand
India helped bring Maoists to political mainstream in Nepal but refuses to negotiate with Naxalites who are active of half of the 29 states.

Factions of MJF clash in Birgunj

Kathmandu, 10 June At least 10 activists of rival factions of the MJF clashed in Birgung Wednesday.
Police was deployed to bring the situation under.
The faction held by Upendra Yadav is meeting in Birgunj while the group led by Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar in meeting in Lalitpur.
Fifteen central committee members associated with Gachedhar boycotted the Birgunj meeting.

Limbuwan region closed down

Kathmandu, 10 June” Maoists closed down the Limbuwan hill region Wednesday demanding correction of a presidential decision to retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
Maoists have announced protests until 14 June.
CPN-UML and Maoists Tuesday discussed ways to end a political stalemate created by the Maoist demand.
Chief whips of the two parties Wednesday discussed ways to run the smooth running of parliament.
A Maoist secretariat meeting demanded Wednesday all decisions of the ousted Prachanda government be implemented to run parliament smoothly.

One prisoner killed in Rasuwa jailbreak

Kathmandu, 10 June: Police shot dead one prisoner and another was injured during a jailbreak in Rasuwa Wednesday.
One prisoner has gone missing.

MJF central committee holds discussions

Kathmandu, 10 June: MJF central committee began discussions in Birgunj Wednesday to discuss a split in the party.
A faction led by Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar Tuesday registered a new party splitting terai’s biggest political party.
The party is discussing ways of tackling the split.
Party headquarters is located in Birgunj.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bjaya Gachechar registers party with election commission

Kathmandu, 10 June: Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar Tuesday registered Madeshi Jajaadhikar Fourm-Nepal at the election commission with the support of 29 of 53 members of parliament.
Sixteen central members were behind the Gachedhar faction of the MJF, terai’s biggest party, after a formal split.
The MJF central committee is discussing the split later Wednesday.
The faction led by chairman Upendra Yadav expelled Gachedhar from the party.
Differences surfaced in the party is the issue of joining a government led by Madhav Kumar Nepal—opposed by the faction led by Chairman Upendra Yadav who was charged for siding with Maoists.
The future of the Nepal government is not at risk with the split after the Yadav faction decided to stay in the opposition bench.

Maoists demand full implementation of its decisions

Kathmandu, 10 June: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Maoist Chairman Prachanda held discussions Tuesday to run parliament smoothly.
“Talks are moving in a positive direction,” Nepal said after the talks.
Maoists have come out of the street and disrupted parliament proceedings demanding correction of a presidential request asking Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal to continue after dismissal by Maoists.
PM Nepal will address the concerns raised by Maoists in parliament and the government won’t immediately take action against Lt Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka, Annapurna Post reports quoting Maoist leader Narayan Kazi Shrestha.
Parliament is scheduled to meet Wednesday.
But a Maoist secretariat meeting Wednesday decided to permit the smooth running of parliament only if the Nepal government implement all past decisions of the Maoist-led government.
Prachanda Wednesday briefed the secretariat on Tuesday’s meeting.

Top UN official in town
Kathmandu, 10 June: Samuel Tamrat held discussions with Madhav Kumar Nepal Tuesday of the extension on the UNMIN mandate which ends 23 July.
Tamrat was deputy to Ian Martin Special Representative of the secretary general.
The integration is not expected to be completed by the 23 July deadline.
UN officials said
Tamrat, director of UN Department of Political Affairs, also held discussions Tuesday on the extension of the mandate with Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist Chairman Prachanda.
Nepali Congress has been critical of the UN role in Nepal demanding a
re-verification of 19,000 Maoist combatants after Prachanda boasted Maoists tricked the UN into verifying 19,000 combatants when the actual strength of the PLA was only 7,000 to 8,000.
Tamrat is continuing discussions Wednesday.

Nepali killed in Iraq

Kathmandu, 10 June: A internet blog has showed clips of the murder of a Nepali youth in Iraq, Rajdhani reports.
He was identified as Gyan Bahadur Thapa—a security guard.
An unidentified terrorist group killed him.


“ The president attempted to topple an elected government and impose military rule like in December 1960 with incitement of foreign power centers and political parties in the country. Had the prime minister not resigned tactfully, a graver crisis would have ensued.”

(Maoist Spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Nepal Samacharpatra, 10 June)

“Our claim is the seed of the 12-point agreement [signed in New Delhi] was sown in Rolpa”

(Maoist Chairman Prachanda, Janadisha, 10 June)

Monday, June 8, 2009

US Assistant Secretary of State visiting Nepal

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 9 June: US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert O.Blake will visit Nepal for three days beginning 11 June, foreign ministry source said.
Blake will be visiting Nepal after the collapse of the nine-month Maoist-led government and installation of Madhav Kumar Nepal as new prime minister.
Blake is scheduled to hold discussions with Nepal and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala.
Only a provisional government with two CPN-UML ministers has been formed to assist Nepal.
Parties are still discussing expansion of government two weeks after the appointment of Nepal amid differences on sharing of important ministries.
Parties are also divided on sending representatives to government.

National Life Insurance Co account frozen

Kathmandu, 8 June: The account of National Life Insurance Co was frozen by Nepal Rashtra Bank Monday.
The account was frozen to protect seven billion rupees in investments.
It will be lifted after election of new a new board, an announcement said.

Disagreement in CPN-UML on ministerial appointments

Kathmandu, 8 June: There was no agreement in meetings of CPN-UML on party nominees in government.
Meetings were suspended Monday.
The standing committee met twice to appoint members in addition to PM Madhav Kumar Nepal, defence minister Bidya Bhandariu and finance minister Surendra Pandey.
Maoists Monday attacked CPN-UML office in Banepa in which several activists of the ruling party were injured and were threatened with physical attacks.
Maoists retaliated Maoist attacks against their office one day earlier.

Jhapa declared bird flu free

Kathmandu, 8 June: Jhapa bordering West Bengal, India, was declared bird flu free Friday by the cabinet.
Traces of the disease surfaced three months ago.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

MJF, Maoists call strikes

Kathmandu, 8 June: A strike called by MJF opposing what has been called attempts by Nepali Congress and CPN-UML to divide the biggest party in the terai has paralyzed life in the south Tuesday.
A faction has joined the government of Madhav Kumar Nepal opposed by another group.
Continuing anti-president strike called by Maoists has disturbed life in eight districts of Gandaki and Dhaulagiri anchals Monday.

Parliamentary team to visit Dang

Kathmandu, 8 June: A 14-member parliamentary team is visiting Dang for an on-the-spot inspection of alleged border encroachment in the district denied by the Indian embassy.
But encroachment has been confirmed b7y local authorities and people.
Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala has come under criticism for saying there was no Indian encroachment.

Youth killed in continuing terai violence

Kathmandu, 8 June: A youth was killed in Dhanusha overnight in continuing violence in the terai.
Surendra Mahoto, 25, of neighbouring Mohottari was shot dead at a village in the district.

Japanese, Indian tourists injured in bus attack

Kathmandu, 8 June: A Japanese and Indian tourist were injured in an attack on a bus by a group in Chitwan Sunday.
Among the seven injured were Japanese Robishi Masuli and Najir Alam.

Curfew slapped in Banepa

Kathmandu, 7 June: Local authorities Sunday afternoon slapped an curfew from Banepa to Dhulikhel along the Arniko highway after clashes between Maoists, locals and police when a situation went out of control during anti-president protests by Maoists.
Ten districts were affected by a continuing Maoist strike.
One dozen vehicles were smashed in Banepa during clashes which also broke out in Makwanpur where police fired in the air.
An Indian vehicle was smashed in Chitwan.

No breakthrough in government expansion

Kathmandu, 7 June: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal discussed his government’s 100-day programme of with top officials and asked for report from them within two days.
There was no agreement Sunday between Nepal and Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala on expansion of government and sharing of important ministries between CPN-UML and Congress..
RPP recommends has recommended Dipak Bohara as minister in the Nepal government, Chairman Pashupati SJB Rana said.
A faction of MJF has asked Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar , Sarad Singh bhandari and Ram Jamansingh Chaudhari to expelled from parliament.
The request was made to the president and Speaker Subash Nemwang.
PM Nepal has asked Forum to resolve party dispute internally.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Karen Langrin accuses Madhav Kumar Nepal Govt. of attempting to overturn Maoist-govt.

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 7 June: UNMIN Chief Karen Langrin Sunday leveled serious accusation against Madhav Kumar Nepal government of attempting to prioritize the negation of the previous Maoist-led government.
The first priority of this government looks like is to overturn the decision of the previous government. This won’t create a good environment. This is not the time for provocative action.
“I have to say peaceful demonstrations here aren’t always peaceful,” she said.
Nepali Congress , which was critical of UNMIN, is also in the Nepal government.
She said this in reply to a question: “In the common minimum programme of the government, the money of combatants will be collected in their personal bank accounts. Maoists are on a movement centered around the capital and district headquarters. Won’t the peace process be affected?”
“Government formation and internal politics have paralyzed the peace process now.”
She added: “ I ask political parties to give special attention to issues of ending state of impunity and search of missing persons.”
She avoids mention of new situation created by Prachanda boast and admission the ultimate aim of the Maoists is to turn Nepal into a Stalinist communist state.

UNMIN chief against re-verification of Maoist fighters

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 7 June: UNMIN Chief Karen Langrin said re-verification of 19,000 plus Maoists combatants won’t help the peace process.
She said this in an interview published in Nepali language in Kantipur Sunday.
“A special committee of [UNMIN Maoists and Nepal Army] should look into this. Its decision can be important. We should understand what will happen in the re-verification process.
“Going into re-verification with the concept of only 8,000 combatants is meaningless. This is a difficult exercise. Re-verification will not help the peace process,” she said in reply to a question “What’s your reaction to Congress demand for re-verification?”
Congress, now in government, made the demand after Prachanda claimed in a videotape interview Maoists had duped UNMIN into verifying 19,000 combatants while the actual strength was only 7,000 to 8,000 fighters.
She also didn’t address concerns generated in the claim that Maoists were set to start a rebellion in the state army through integration and the purchase of arms by misusing funds set aside for combatants.
“I wrote in the report [to the security council]’ ‘this has been mentioned’ only. The situation was different then. Prachanda said he worked on basis of agreement.
“It’s another matter if he took the Congress agreement or not on that subject. But I was told the works was done on basis of agreement.
“I feel sorry this has been interpreted differently.” she said in reply to a question she pushed for the dismissal of Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal when while Congress pushed for his continuation.
She admitted the Prachanda ‘created quite a tension’.
“It doesn’t look combatants will be rehabilitated by 23 July.
“ We will be waiting whether the mandate of the UNMIN will be extended,” she said in reply to a question whether the mandate of UNMIN will be extended after 23 July..
She said that is for Nepal government, political parties, secretary general, and security council to decide.
“There’s a big possibility of a clash here. Its’s true the peace process has been endangered,” she said of latest internal political developments.

Maoists, UPN-UML exchange abuses
Kathmandu, 7 June: CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal Saturday asked party workers to counterattack for self-defence.
Khanal issued the directive to activists while addressing workers at a rally in Ramechap where party general secretary Ishwor Pokhrel was attacked by Maoists; he escaped unhurt.
“Don’t’ remain quiet when attacked; you counterattack. This is a party directive,” he said even while adopting a soft approach to Maoists compared to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
“Maoist anarchist cadres are responsible for the fall of their own government,’ he harshly called them Fascists, extremists while protecting criminals.
Maoists also continued their attacks against CPN-UML.
Dr Baburam Bhattarai Saturday called them ‘counterrevolutionaries’ and ‘puppets’.

Two dozen persons in Kavre firing and teargas shelling

Kathmandu, 7 June: More that two dozen people who defied a strike clashed with Maoists in Kavre Sunday were injured.
Maoist office in Banepa attacked by locals.
Police fired in the air and lobbed teargas shells to control mobs during the violence.
Several vehicles were also damaged.

Prachanda returns from Godavari Village Resort

Kathmandu, 7 June: Unified CPN (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda returned home Saturday after spending three days at the Godavari Village Resort.
Prachanda is preparing a new party strategy after being ousted from government which he led for nine months and disagreement of party leaders with his 13-point political report at a recent politburo meeting, Annapurna Post reported quoting unidentified party sources.
He also reviewed the 12-point New Delhi agreement, the peace process, the interim constitution, the fall of his government and foreign play
Another unidentified Maoist leader said Prachanda spent his leisure at the resort after developing high blood pressure.
“Prachanda suddenly becomes emotional while delivering a speech. This is a result of high blood pressure,” he said.

Bhabani Prasad Kharel elected chairman of AI Nepal

Kathmandu, 7 June: Agni Prasad Kharel was Saturday elected chairman of Amnesty International (AI) Nepal chapter by the 25th general meeting for a two-year term.
Binod Bhattarai, Raj Kumar Gurung, Rana Bahadur Theme and Hari Chandra Bhattarai were elected deputy coordinator, secretary, treasurer and joint secretary respectively.

Maoists shut down 10 districts

Kathmandu, 7 June: Maoists shut down 10 districts of Tamang Shaling hill districts Sunday demanding correction what they called unconstitutional act of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav retaining sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
Ten vehicles proceeding to the capital were destroyed in violent attacks at Banepa in the early morning.
Maoists shut down three eastern terai districts Saturday.
They have been on anti-president protests in parliament and on the street since their ouster from government.
Maoists have vowed to continue protests until presidential decision is rectified.

CPN-UML standing committee meets, other details

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 7 June: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Goirija Prasad Koirala held discussions Sunday morning on sharing of ministerial berths and ministries.
CPN-UML standing committee is meeting later Sunday today to discuss party team in government.
Two weeks after the appointment of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal only Bidya Bhandari and Surendra Pandey have been appointed ministers of defence and finance respectively.
Acting Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and Vice-chairman Ram Chandra Paudel Saturday boycotted a meeting called by President Girija Prasad Koirala to discuss sharing of ministerial berths and ministries with CPN-UML.
But Sher Bahadur Deuba, Bimalendra Nidhi and Krishna Prasad Shitaula were present.
Differences have surfaced in the party after Koirala
appointed his daughter Sujata leader of the party team as foreign minister.
Congress and CPN-UML differed on running ‘important’ ministries
The Upendra Yadav faction of MJF is holding torch processions in the terai Saturday against Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar and his for joining the Nepal government without a decision of the central committee.
Forum burnt effigies of Nepal and Gachedhar in capital Saturday accusing the Congress and CPN-UML for dividing terai’s biggest political party.

Action recommended against Lt Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka

Kathmandu, 7 June: Senior officers have recommended action against Lt Gen Kul Bahadur Khadka, appointed acting army chief by the previous government, for breaking a chain of command, Nepal Samacharpatra reports.
The joint written recommendation was made by principal staff officers and division commanders to Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal by 55 of 56 officers.
The government of Madhav Kumar Nepal hasn’t taken any decision on Lt Gen Khadka so far although Gen Katawal’s term was extended.
The plan [to take control of army headquarters on 3 May] was meticulously authored in Kavre’s Lapsiphedhi on 1st May by Prachanda and six Maoist commanders who spend nearly seven hours to give it a final shape, newsfront reports.
Gen Katawal was given marching orders accordingly on 3d May followed by appointment of Lt Gen Khadka as Acting Chief.
Khadka swung into action as directed and asked his subordinates to ‘sanitize’ the headquarter that meant clearing off all hostile or defiant elements.
It also meant disarming, capturing and even killing them.
According to information available from highly placed sources, the Maoist combatants-People’s Liberation Army (PLA) , were to come to Khadka’s support or rescue if Gen Katawal refused to honour the PM’s order by midnight [12 mid-night May 3/4.]
“It was because of this compelling situation that president Yadav intervened and ordered Gen Katawal to continue as the Chief of Army Staff,” an aide of the President said.

Newsfront hits newsstands

Kathmandu, 7 June: Weekly newspaper newsfront
hit the newsstand Sunday after a short disruption.
The newspaper is edited by Yubaraj Ghimire and published by Utsarga Prakashan Pvt Ltd.
The newspaper will be published every Monday, management announced.


Kathmandu, 7 June: Less then one week after the liquidation of Nepal development Bank, Nepal Rashtra Bank has is declaring a financial crisis in another financial institution, Rajdhani reports.
The bank is preparing to declare Nepal Sri Lanka Merchant Banking and Finance is in financial crisis.
The central bank has already put the company on its emergency list.


“The party would soon face hard times. The leaders [Girija Prasad Koirala and Sher Bahadur Deuba] continue to steer the party like their family. We need to bring about changes in the ways we steer the party.”

(Congress leader Gagan Thapa, The Himalayan Times, 7 June)

‘There’s no place called Madesh. Such demands are only aimed at disintegrating the country.”

(Chure Bhawar National Unity Party Chairman Keshav Prasad Mainali, The Himalayan Times, 7 June)

“.. he [Chairman of National Human Rights Kedar Prasad Upadhaya] said cadres mobilized by main political parties are continuing murder, violence, and abductions, deteriorating the human rights condition.”

((RSS report in The Rising Nepal, 7 June)