Nepal Today

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Schools reopen nation-wide after three-day closure

Kathmandu, 31 July: Secondary and higher secondary schools reopened Friday after a three-day closure nation-wide.
The strike by an umbrella organization of teachers affected more than six million students.
The organization withdrew a strike after an agreement overnight with government.
Government and the organization will consider the demands Friday.

Garbage lifted from capital streets

Kathmandu, 31 July: Municipal authorities Friday started lifting tons of garbage piled along streets in the capital after an overnight with residents of
Sisdol in neighbouring Nuwakot.
A landfill site for the capital’s garbage is at Sisdol.
Twenty-four containers started lifting 4,000 tons of rubbish after one week.
Government reached a six-point agreement with Sisdol residents to develop the area and environmentally manage the landfill site.

Four terai groups unite

Kathmandu, 31 July: Madesh Mukti Tigers, Madeshi Virus Killers, Terai Smyukta Janatantrik Party and Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha announced an alliance in Rajbiraj Thusday as government unveiled a new security plan.
Government of Madhav Kumar Nepal has rejected talks with what is calls criminal groups saying it will negotiate with only political groups.
The alliance called for an end to police action in the south.

Prakash Tibrewala arrested

Kathmandu, 31 July: Prakash Tibrewala was arrested Thursday in Kavre and handed over to Metropolitan Police range for further investigation.
Tibrewala was slapped a Rs 121.3 million fine by the Kathmandu district court for financial irregularities three years ago.

Bishnu Prasad Lamsal appointed NSC member-secretary

Kathmandu, 31 July: Bishnu Prasad Lamsal, joint secretary at sports ministry, was Thursday appointed acting member-secretary of National Sports Council (NSC) until another arrangement through a ministry decision.
Jiban Ram Shrestha, a CPN-UML appointee, resigned after a government change.


“Whosever responsibility it is to administer the oath of office and secrecy should take the initiative. Then, I will take the oath.”

(Vice-president Parmananda Jha, Annapurna Post, 31 July)

“Maoists shouldn’t be given entry into Nepal Army. They shouldn’t be integrated in Nepal Army but be given other responsibilities like in other security agencies.”

(Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar, Annapurna Post, 31 July)

“What gives OHCHR the right to poke their highly-paid noses into Nepal’s internal affairs and then proselytize their opinions to the Nepali people? Are they under illusion that their meddling is welcome or indeed useful? If so they are sorely mistaken.”

(Sylvia Wineglass, The Kathmandu Post, 31 July)

“None should doubt the government’s commitment to the peace process. There will be no arms deal [with India].”

(PM Nepal, The Kathmandu Post, 31 July)