Nepal Today

Saturday, October 17, 2009

PM Nepal visits Mustang bordering Tibet

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 17 Oct: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Saturday inspected the border with Mustang as the government prepares to deploy Armed Police Force (APF) along districts along Tibet as Beijing’s request.
China has pledged assistance for the deployed force.
Mustang is a restricted area north of the Annapurna range and is restricted to foreigners.
Mustang is an extension of the Tibetan plateau in Nepal.
Tibetan khamps guerrillas used the region as a base for attacks against Chinese in the 1970’s.
The army flushed them out during the rule of King Birendra.r
In an attempt to gain influence in the strategic region, Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood went there and distributed money to a monastery and a school.
China is wary of such activities just as New Delhi objects to Chinese in terai bordering India.
Sood cut short his visit this week after developing altitude sickness.
China has told Nepal to control activities of Tibetan exiles in the bordering districts by using monasteries as cover for anti-China activities.
A top home ministry delegation visited China this week to discuss the deployment of APF.

Dev Man Hirachan to lead NRNA

Kathmandu, 17 Oct: Dev Man Hirachan, based in Japan, will lead the Non-resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) for the next two years.
The forth convention of the association unanimously elected Hirachan to take over the leadership from Upendra Mahoto.


“I am the senior deputy prime minister as I was the first one to be appointed as the DPM.”

(Bijaya Gachedhar, The Kathmandu Post, 17 Oct.)


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