Nepal Today

Monday, November 30, 2009

President, Maoist dialogue

Kathmandu, 1 Dec: In continuing direct dialogue between the president and Maoists on anti-government and anti-president protests, Vice-Chairman Narayan Kazi Shrestha Prakash Monday held a dialogue with Dr Ram Baran Yadav. .
The meeting was the second in eight days.
Prachand and Chairman Prachanda held the first round of discussions last week.
Shrestha met the president alone Sunday.
‘The Maoist vice-chairman requested an end to a political impasse. The president is for an agreement between political parties. He said he alone cannot do anything and asked parties to move forward jointly,” presidential press advisor Rajendra Dahal said.
Shrestha said quoting the president,” I’ll work staying within the parameters of the office. Three parties should work for an outlet.”
They discussed the controversy over the taped conversation between Prachanda and Girija Prasad Koirala, according to Shrestha.

Prime minister invited to visit China

Kathmandu, 1 Dec: China has extended an invitation to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to visit China from 26 to 31 December, a foreign ministry source said.
The invitation was extended Friday by Chinese Ambassador Qiu Guohong.
Nepal has already visited India.

Kamal Thapa cleared

Kathmandu, 1 Dec: A special court Monday cleared RPP-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa.
The court dismissed a CIAA petition seeking recovery of millions of rupees Thapa disbursed as home minister during a last popular 2005 movement.
Ministers in governments dole out government funds to cronies.
The present government doled out Rs 20 million for the medical treatment of Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala although he is in a position to pay his health bills; the party could have paid the money as well.

Two killed by wild elephant

Kathmandu, 1 Dec: Two persons were killed by a wild elephant while fishing at Kamalakoch in Sindhuli Friday while fishing
A tusker entered Sindhuli from Udaipur where two other persons were also killed.

P Kharel NPI chairman

Kathmandu, 1 Dec: P. Kharel has been elected chairman of Nepal Press Institute (NPI).
Tapanath Sukla, Shoba Gautam and Manteshwori Rajbhandari have been elected vice-chairman, general secretary and treasurer respectively.

Top army brass at defence ministry

Kathmandu, 1 Dec: Military leadership has asked not to Nepal Army a tool in power play, Annapurna Post reports.
Army Chief Gen Chatraman Singh Gurung and senior generals said this at internal discussions at the defence ministry Monday.
The meeting was held at the office of Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari.
He said the army will be put in a difficult situation with wrong reports on the meeting with the president, prime minister and defence minister on the centered around the Singapore tape.
Major generals Toran Bahadur Singh, Gaurab Shumsher Rana. Ajit Jung Thapa, Nepal Bhusan Chand and others were present ant the two-hour meet.
Filling vacancies, stopped promotions, training, import of ammunition and budget for the air wing were also discussed.

Nepal, India security meeting

Kathmandu, 1 Dec: Joint secretaries of Nepal and India are meeting for three-day talks in the Nepalese capital to discuss security issues, Nepal Samacharpatra reports.
Foreign ministry said talks are being held after agreement with India during the August visit of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Discussions will center around supply of non-lethal weapons, non-military hardware and construction of a helipad in Surkhet.
India has agreed to construct the helipad during the India visit of Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari.
“We’ve learnt India will raise the issue. India has claimed it has evidence Indian Maoists are receiving arms through Nepal,” a foreign ministry source told Nepal Samacharpatra.
(Note: The claim comes after India sheltered Nepali Maoists during the 10-year people’s war and finally brokered a peace agreement between seven parties and Maoists.)

Maoists seize forest

Kathmandu, 1 Dec: UCPN (Maoist)–aligned organizations representing the landless have led thousands of people from various hill districts of mid and the far-West to a state-owned forest in Kailali for settlements, The Kathmandu Post reports.
In the last five days, a round 10,000 people have thronged Dudejhari forest in Baliya VDC in Kailali district, and the mass exodus continues.
These squatters were told they would be provided free land in Kailali.


“Why is Nepal keeping a distance from an old friend like France?. We’re surprised. By not sending an ambassador [for three years] Nepal is intentionally is staying aloof from us. France is Nepal’s true friend.”

(French ambassador to Nepal, Annapurna Post, 1 Dec.)

“We can guarantee the new constitution and take the peace process to the logical end through this movement.”

(Maoist leader CP Gajurel, The Himalayan Times, 1 Dec.)

“Bescause different committees formed by the constituent assembly is searching for a resolution on differences between parties for drafting a new constitution, a political mechanism or another committee will benefit only some individuals.”

(RPP-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa, Annapurna Post, 1 Dec.)

Emergency army chief meet with OM, president and defence minister; assurance army won’t support unconstitutional moves

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Army Chief Gen Chatraman Singh Gurung Saturday held separate emergency meetings with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari, Jana Bhawana reports.
After a video tape of the meeting between Prachanda and Girija Prasad Koirala laws made public, army has taken the matter seriously and held consultations.
During the meetings, the army chief told them the army won’t support any unconstitutional moves saying reliable information
have come out of the Singapore meet.
The chief assured it will fulfill its constitutional responsibility by carrying out orders of the constitutional government.
The move of the chief is being appreciated and is also being interpreted as a a serious warning to Prachanda and Girija.


“During the talks, [in Singapore] Girijababu said government can be changed if needed. On that basis, Chairman Prachanda, on return, said government can fall. But Girijababu’s opinion doesn’t prevail inside Congress. Congress leaders of Kathmandu didn’t give him leverage.”

(Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel, Annapurna Post, 30 Nov.)

“The country will get an outlet only after the president, who is the protector of the constitution, resigns.”

(Maoist leader Netra Bikram Chand, Janadisha. 30 Nov.)

“Those leaders at first told me not to take the oath in Nepali language and later put me in moral crisis. The leaders who used to call me frequently have left doing the same since 30 August.)

(Former Vice-President Parmananda Jha, The Himalayan Times, 30 Nov.)

‘There are flaws in those treaties [water treaties with India], but we could have done what we wanted to do in the upper catchments. Mahakali denies us that right. After 50 years of Gandaki, you bring a new set of democratic leaders who have learnt nothing.”

“Water resources expert Dipak Gyawali, The Kathmandu Post, 30 Nov.)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Anup Raj Sharma new chief justice

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Senior judge Anup Raj Sharma has been appointed chief justice.
A meeting of the constitutional council headed by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal recommend Sharma’s name.


Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Anil Shah, CEO of Nabil Bank Ltd., resigned Friday.
Amrit Charan Shrestha succeeds Shah who has joined Megha Bank.


Nepal fifth

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Nepal finished fifth in the ACC Twenty20 cricket tournament in UAE.
Nepal defeated Singapore by nine wickets Sunday scoring 89 runs in 19.4 overs in Group B match.

World Elephant Polo

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: World Elephant Polo starts at a new venue in Bardia Monday.
The National Park at Chitwan was the old venue.
Twelve teams from home and abroad are participating.


“Congress parliamentary party leader Ram Chandra Paudel, central leader Dr Ram Sharan Mahat and some other central leaders are opposing a mechanism proposed by Sanubabu [Girija Prasad Koirala] to same the country from conflict.”

(Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala, Annapurna Post, 30 Nov.)

Constitution drafting committee begins

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: Main constitution drafting committee began Sunday began discussions which will continue Monday.
The committee is headed by former Law Minister Nilambar Acharya who replaced Madhav Kumar Nepal who was appointed prime minister.
The committee has been entrusted responsibility to propose a draft of a proposed basic law which has to be promulgated by 28 May 2010charged
The committee is discussing articles of a constitution proposed by sub-committees over which there are no differences.
Discussions are targeted to be completed within one week.
Natural resources committee submitted its report to Chairman Subash Nemwang saying janajatis should have first control over them.
There was no unanimity between parties in the 30-point recommendation.
Only seven of 11 subject committees has submitted their recommendations for a proposed constitution.

Petrol pumps closed in the east for second day

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: Maoist petrol pump workers forced the closure of petrol pumps in the eastern region for the second consecutive day Monday.
They are pressing 17 demands, including increased pay and perks.
The closure has affected the movement of vehicles.

Foreigners helped establish republic: Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal Sunday confirmed the charge 238-year-old monarchy was toppled with foreign help.
Without naming India, he also said India helped retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
“They [foreigners] may helped somewhat against monarchy. They watched for some years. In their perception Maoists didn’t bow down and surrender,” told Kantipur why foreigners intervened when Maoists were in government.
“A conspiracy began after constituent assembly elections to bring Maoists down to size.”
Badal was defense minister in the Maoist-led government of Prachanda.
“They incited the army to fill in vacancies in the arm. They propelled the president against the law and constitution,” he charged.
“We knew everything. The development [our ouster from government] wasn’t sudden,” he said in reply to another question.
‘You’ve seen who is encroaching the border Who is forcing on us unequal treaties directly or indirectly? They’re directly intervening. It’s open, nothing is hidden. We want friendly relations; we can’t tolerate intervention. There was intervention in the Katawal case,” Badal said.
He charged Katawal for disobeying government directives.
“Under no circumstances can it disobey government order,” he said charging army filled in vacancies disobeying government directive.

Big parties spreading uncertainty Gachedhar

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar charged Sunday in the far-West big parties were spreading uncertainty by claiming there’ll be government change.
The chairman of LMJF said can’t be changed by only Prachanda and Girija Prasad Koirala.


“Observing the constituent assembly closely, it’s been found even lawmakers don’t know what sort of constitution is being promulgated.”

(Congress leader Gobindaraj Joshi, Desshantar, 29 Nov.)

‘Ethnic and regional tensions after the constituent assembly (CA) elections. Political and social tensions are escalating. People feel insecure. For this, there’s no qualitative representation in CA.”

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Girija, KP Oli meet

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and anti-Maoist CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli agreed Saturday to continue with the government by inducting Maoists.
“We discussed ways to induct Unified CPN (Maoist) in this government to make it a national unity government,” Oli said after consultations.
The two leaders said the incumbent government should continue amid a sensational revelation Prachanda and Girija agreed to a seven-point agreement to replace President Dr Ram Baran Yadav with the congress president while appointing Prachanda prime minister.
Maoists denied the report.

Cabinet to meet at Gorakshep 4 Dec.

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: A cabinet meet will be held at Gorakshep situated at 5160 meters below the 8848 meters high Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak.
The meeting was first scheduled for mid-November at the base camp of the mountain but was postponed.
“The meeting will only be symbolic and won’t last long,” said Bishnu Rijal, press advisor of the prime minister.
Cabinet members could develop altitude sickness by flying directly to base camp without acclimatizing to the rarefied air.
The assembly will adopt a resolution for the December Denmark summit
on climate change.
Nepal will highlight the adverse impact of climate change on the Himalayan environment.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is leading the Nepali team to the summit.
Nepal is emulating Maldives which held an at the bottom of the ocean to highlight its concern with rising sea level that will drown the island.

International forces don’t want change: Prachanda

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: Chairman Prachanda warned Saturday some unidentified international forces don’t want change which is inevitable.
“Some international forces don’t want change in this country. The fight against reactionaries will end soon,” Prachanda said.
“Government is running of the strength of international support.”
‘The prime minister and other ministers in government have been used against national interest by foreign powers,” he added.
“Progressives will win the battle between regressive and progressive forces. “The result will be seen in a few months,” Prachanda added.

Sujata cancels Kenya visit

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala has cancelled a proposed visit to Kenya to attend a south-south summit, Kantipur reports.
The visit has been cancelled to enable her to attend a meeting of the constitutional council.
[Note: The scheduled Sunday meeting has been postponed.]

Chinese military team coming

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: A eight-member Chinese military team headed by a top general is arriving 4 December, Nepalpatra reports.
The general is chief of the PLA in Tibet.
The team is flying to India from Nepal.

Nepal out of ACC T-20 cricket

Kathmandu, 29 Nov: Nepal is out of the ACC T-20 cricket tournament even after a seven wicker win over Bahrain Saturday.
Nepal scored the required 158 runs in 18 overs in UAE.
Nepal won only three of five matches in the Group B


“Those who do not give donations to Maoists are regressive for them.”

(Finance Minister Surendra Pandey, The Himalayan Times, 29 Nov.)

“She [State Minister Begum] is changing her statements repeatedly to hide her mistakes.”

(Former Parsa CDO Durga Prasad Bhandari, Dhristi, 29 Nov.)

“Maoists are not in favour of removing the president. But the prime minister should be a Maoist on the basis of the mandate of the people.”

(Maoist vice-chairman Narayan Kazi Shrestha Prakash, Annapurna Post, 29 Nov.)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Report creates sensation

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 28 Nov: A claim Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and Chairman Prachanda reached a secret agreement at a Singapore hotel this month to change leadership has created a sensation.
A leak said under a deal between the two leaders, Koirala would replace President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and Prachanda would head a new government.
Prachanda after returning from Singapore where he held discussions with controversial Indian academician Prof SD Muni has predicted a change of guard.
Maoists denied the report amid silence from Nepali Congress.
“There was no written or oral agreement in Singapore. Discussions were held not to continue the deadlock and both sides should take a moderate stance and form a high-level political mechanism,” said Krishna Bahadur Mahara, party foreign depart chief who was present at the meet.
A newspaper report claimed there was a seven-point agreement between Koirala and Prachanda.
Mahara said the report was an ‘attempted sabotage’.
Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood held consultations with Koirala Friday.
CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, who was not present at the Koirala, Prachanda meet, said Saturday in the capital he had no faith in the newspaper report.

Another Indian sermon

Kathmandu, 28 Nov: A senior Indian political of a ruling party in India is again in the capital preaching how Nepal should conduct its affairs.
“To draft a new constitution is to maintain civilian supremacy.
:Anybody can go to power through election after drafting a constitution,” DP Tripathi, general secretary of the Indian National Congress of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Friday.
He said this after consultations on Nepal’s internal matters with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, Chairman Prachanda and other top party leaders.
Tripathi is in town amid the third round of anti-government protests by Maoists and delay in drafting a constitution to replace an interim basic document drafted by a self-appointed and unelected parliament that declared a republic without a referendum.
He is in town after Surya Bahadur Thapa, Khanal, Pashupati SJB Rana and Upendra Yadav held consultations with top Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Singh.

Sunday declared public holiday

Kathmandu, 28 Nov: Government has declared Sunday a public holiday.
The holiday was declared to observe Bakkar-Eid.

Footballer dead

Kathmandu, 28 Nov: Former national soccer player Narendra man Singh, 51, died Friday.
He was suffering jaundice.

One shot dead in Chitwan

Kathmandu, 28 Nov: One person was shot dead
overnight at the Chitwan national Park in a clash with Nepal Army security guards.
Army has been deployed to protest endangered wildlife.

Two bombs defused at RPP-Nepal office

Kathmandu, 28 Nov: Two bombs were defused at the RPP-Nepal office at Chudaldebi in the capital Saturday morning.
A caller claimed the bombs were planted against opponents of a federal structure and a republic.

EC appoints ambassador

Kathmandu, 28 Nov: Alexander Spachis has been nominated first resident ambassador of the European Commission to Nepal, The Kathmandu Post reports.
He is currently the Commission’s charge d’affaires in Nepal.


Kathmandu, 28 Nov: Asian Development Bank (ADB) which holds 15 percent shares in the West Seti Hydropower Project, has decided to withdraw its stake from the project, The Rising Nepal reports from Dhangadi.
The 750 MWA project requires an estimated Rs 220 billion. SMEK, which is the prime investor and has played the managerial role, had been given additional tome till 31 December for financial management.

NRB to handover management of Nepal Bangladesh Bank

Kathmandu. 28 Nov: Nepal Rashtra Bank (NRB) which has taken charge of Nepal Bangladesh Bank (NBB) decided to hand over the bank’s responsibility to the new elected board by holding its annual general meeting on 13 January 2010, The Kathmandu Post reports.
NBB has remained under NRB control since November 2006 as the bank was in financial trouble as a result of mismanagement at the hands of its key promoter, NB group.
The NRB board meeting of Thursday decided to relinquish control over the bank as its condition had improved to a large extent.


“What a long queue! Is it for rice or salt?”

(One person asks another in front of KFC outlet, cartoon in The Rising Nepal, 28 Nov.)

“A party with a private army and weapons cannot be of the people.”

(PM Nepal, Annapurna Post, 28 Nov.)


Thursday, November 26, 2009

President, Prachanda meet

Kathmandu, 27 Nov: In the midst of anti-government and anti-president protests, Chairman Prachanda a meeting with President Dr Ram Baran Yadav at the official residence of the head of state Thursday.
Maoist Vice-chairman Narayan Kazi Shrestha Prakash was present.
Prachanda asked the president to help break a prolonged political impasse.
The Maoist chairman said the meeting was free and frank.
“The long political impasse should end and for that major political parties should hold a dialogue and reach an agreement.
“I will extend full support to the agreement of major parties. My personal and institutional support will always be there for any role,” the president’s press advisor Rajendra Dahal quoted the president as telling the chairman.
Prachanda held consultations with the president after allowing the budget to be approved Thursday without obstructing parliamentary proceedings for here days.
The passage of the annual budget 2009/10 was delayed for five months.
But the third phase of their public protests continues.
Maoists have called a nation-wide two-day strike 9 December.
They also decided to declare 13 autonomous republics as critics say it is against the spirit of the comprehensive peace agreement.
Major parties haven’t agreed on a new federal structure to be incorporated in a new constitution.

CPN-UML politburo meet continues

Kathmandu, 27 Nov: Ruling party CPN-UML politburo Friday continued discussions on Chairman Jhalanath Khanal’s political report for the second consecutive day.
Khanal criticized the government led by his own party in the report charging it for not implementing its own declared policy for national consensus to draft a constitution and complete the peace process.
Khanal even suggested a change or a reshuffle in government.
The report has come under strong criticism from an anti-Maoist faction in the party.
Khanal argues a government change/reshuffle by including Maoists is needed to draft a constitution and complete the pace process.
Bamdev Gautam, a firm supporter of Maoists in the party, charged Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal
“Madhav Kumar Nepal became prime minister on the proposal of the Nepali Congress to push its interests by encouraging conflict between communists,” Gautam charged at a meeting Thursday.

Gachedhar says controversial minister has asked for apology

Kathmandu, 27 Nov: Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar
And Chairman of LMJF of State Minister Karika Beagum is member the controversial minister has already apologized through a statement for slapping Parsa CDO Durga Bhandari and asked protests against her be called off.
Gachedhar said this as he was greeted with black flags Thursday at Gadimai temple in Bara where he offered worship
But officials are continuing protests against her demanding action for slapping Bhandari in his office.
Government has been charged for protecting the minister.
Manhandling a government official is a serious crime.
An arrest warrant against her issued by thee Parsa district police hasn’t been executed.

Dr Baburam Bhattarai going to South Korea

Kathmandu, 27 Nov: Maoist Vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai is flying to South Korea Friday.
He’s going there to run a training tamp for party supporters, the party said.
Bhattarai returns home Monday.

Two Nepalis sentenced to death in Malaysia

Kathmandu, 27 Nov: Malaysian high court Thursday sentenced to death two Nepalis, Bernama news agency said.
Hari Bahadur Ghale, 29 and Sajan Suring were sentenced for drugs trafficking.
They were arrested six years ago with 85.w2 grammes of heroin.

Give and take to pass budget

Kathmandu, 27 Nov: It’s been learnt the budget was approved only after the finance minister agreed to sanction Rs 100 million for the special development programme, Kantipur reports.
The money is to be diverted to parliamentary constituencies with parliamentary approval.
Representatives of the ruling LMJF got the concession from Minister Surendra Pandey one day before the passage of the budget.
Pandey continued the programme started by his predecessor Dr Baburam Bhattarai.

Nepal out of cricket

Kathmandu, 27 Nov: Nepal is out of the ACC Twenty20 cricket tournament even after a six wicket over Qatar on Sarjha Thursday.
Nepal bowled out Qatar for 96 runs in 19 overs; Nepal scored the required 97 runs in 18 overs.
Nepal earlier lost two matches and won another.
Nepal plays its last Group B match against Bahrain Friday.


“Maoists out of power are like fish out of water.”

(PM Madhav, Kumar Nepal, Annapurna Post, 27 Nov.)

“Constitution is more important than the timeframe. The statute can be drafted soon if the political parties come to terms of agreement.”

(Sher Bahadur Deuba, The Himalayan Times, 27 Nov.)

“There are only six more months left to declare the constitution and the ruling parties want to just pass time passively so that they can declare a state of emergency and start presidential rule.”

(Maoist leader Narayan Jazi Shrestha Prakash, The Kathmandu Post, 27 Nov.)

Maoists declare 13 autonomous regions

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: Maoists Thursday decided to declare 13 autonomous regions even as there’s no agreement with other parties on a new state structure.
Vice-president Dr Baburam Bhattarai said this after a joint meeting of party fraternal organizations.
Maoists had withdrawn the declared declaration at the beginning of their second round of anti-government protests now in the third phase.
Protests continue after Maoists allowed the budget to be approved after a the debate that concluded Wednesday.
“Nobody will submit power to you if you don’t have parliamentary majority,” Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal told Maoists in a hard-hitting speech at a public meet in the terai.
Maoists are demanding a national government under their leadership to break a political impasse,

DPM Gachedhar greeted with black flags at Gadimai temple

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: Bara residents Thursday greeted Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Gachedhar with black flags when he went to Gadimai temple in the district Thursday to offer worship and prayers.
Demonstrators were protesting the assault on CDO Durga Bhandari by State Minister Karima Beagum of his party for protecting her amid demands for action.
Thousands of animals and birds are offered at the temple every five years to fulfill wishes.
The festival attended by Indian and Nepali Hindu devotees ended Wednesday.
It’s said the sacrifices are the world’s largest.

Youth abducted, killed in Mohottari

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: The body of Ram Bahadur Sahani.25, was found in a field in Mohottari Thursday after he was abducted Tuesday from his home and shot dead by unknown abductors.
The body was riddled with bullets and scars.


“If consistency is visible in UML, it is surely in the sturdiness of the shield Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari has provided to the army.”

(Maila Baje, People’s Review, 26 Nov.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Offices padlocked in Parsa

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: Officials padlocled government offices in Parsa district Thursday.
They are protesting protection of Agriculture State Minister Karima Beagun who assaulted CDO Durga Bhandari at his office more than two weeks ago.
The district police office has issued an arrest warrant.
Beagun haols from LMJF of Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar.
Beagun complained the CDO allotted her an old car during a district visit.

Nepal Telecom to invest in Tamakoshi

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: Nepal Telecom finally will invest Rs 6.6 billion in Upper Tamakoshi, Kantipur reports.
A formal decision for the investment has been made.
Internal financial resources has been mobilized for the project.
An agreement will be concluded soon with Nepal Electricity Authority.
Nepal Telecom will get 10 percent share for the investment.

13 student unions submit memorandum to PM Nepal

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: Thirteen student university unions Thursday submitted a memorandum Madhav Kumar Nepal demanding the prime minister intervene to stop a tenfold increase in fees at Tribhuvan University, Nepal’ s oldest.
Management says the first increase in several decades is necessary to raise education quality.
Fees, the university says, are comparatively low.
Students have threatened to gherao campuses for one day later Thursday to press demands.
The university failed in the past as well to increase fees amid student opposition.

Nepali politics discussed at Indian’s house in Singapore

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: High profile Indian Prof S D Muni has advised Maoist and Nepali Congress to unite and India can’t do anything, Janaastha reports.
This advise was given over cocktail dinner at his house to Prachanda and Girija’s nephew Dr Shekhar Koirala.
Prachanda dashed to Singapore for a half-hour meeting with ailing Girija Prasad Koirala at a Singapore hospital.
“You only criticize India, he told Chairman Prachanda. “New Delhi has charged me for being Maoist.” What are you doing? If you unite, New Delhi can’t do anything. India won’t get space to play if you unite. Unite. There’s no reason to fear New Delhi.”
After returning from Singapore, Prachanda said this government will fall following Muni’s advice.
‘In the past, you made a mistake by not putting my uncle [Girija] in the right place [president],” Shekhar told Prachanda at that meeting with Muni who attempted to please Maoists.
According to a source, Muni said,” This is an unnatural government. Noe a national government must be formed.”

CPN-UML politburo meets

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: CPN-UML politburo meets Thursday after Maoists Wednesday allowed the passage of the annual budget 2009/10 after a five-month disruption of parliamentary proceedings.
The meeting began earlier this week.
Correction in the party statute which has been published after a Butwal general convention will be discussed, central committee member Pradip Geywali said.
Corrections are being made to make committees and not individuals powerful in the party Gyewali said.
The politburo will also discuss divisions in party as groups form parallel committees in districts.
The meeting will discuss the political report of Chairman Jhalanath Khanal who said indiscipline was rife in the party.
Khanal charged in the report the government led by the CPN-UML has failed to implement a declared policy to forge national consensus to draft a constitution and complete the peace process
He said the party was on a rightist trend moving away from Maoists.
The report has been challenged by an anti-Maoist section in the ruling party led by KP Sharma Oli.
Nepali Congress central committee also meeting Thursday and
will discuss its recommendations for a federal state structure.
Congress is the only major party that hasn’t submitted its suggestion.
President Girija Prasad Koirala has proposed a structure linking the HImal, hills and terai like in the panchayat.

Chinese assistance for Nepal

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: China has agreed to extend financial assistance for constructing Nepal’s consulate general office at Lhasa, Tibet, upon Nepal’s request, The Kathmandu Post reports.
According to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala, the Chinese side is positive about Nepal’s request and will provide phase-wise assistance for the multi-million dollar project.
“China has allocated a million RMB (approx Rs 20.4 nillion) for construction of the consulate building.
“This assistance will be released from 2010,” Nagendra Upadhaya, Nepal’s Consul General of Lhasa told the Post.
The Chinese side has agreed to provide 3 million RMB (Rs 30.6 million) as food assistance annually from this year.
China has also pledged military assistance worth Rs 100 million. The military assistance will include non-lethal weapons, logistics support, training for army officials and communications equipment.
China is positive about providing duty-free access to 497 Nepali goods. For the first time, the Tibetans side also made its commitment to build schools in bordering areas, launch income generation schemes and provide scholarships to Nepali students.
(A 10-member Tibetan delegation led by Hao Peng, deputy executive vice-chairman of Tibet, is currently on a goodwill visit of Nepal.)

Appointments at PADT

Kathmandu, 26 Nov: Prabeshman Bhandari, Sita Pant and Sunil Kumar Bamsal have been appointed members of the governing council of Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT)
The government appointed the trio.


“Madhav Nepal is liked by some Indian bureaucrats; they want this government to continue; but leaders understand this government is unsuccessful”

(MJF Chairman Upendra Yadav, Naya Patrika, 26 Nov.)

‘They declare Congress as the main even as after bringing the arms wielding Maoists to the constituent assembly. But the president [Girija] is soft towards them. That’s why party leaders and workers have started presenting differing views.”

(Nepali Congress Acting President Sushil Koirala, Rajdhani, 26 Nov.)

“Prime Minister’s removal at this point of time will squarely affect the constitution drafting and the country won’t be able to have its new constitution.”

(CPN-UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari, The Kathmandu Post, 26 Nov.)

Attempt to dissolve constituent assembly: Dr Baburam Bhattarai

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Maoist Vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai said Wednesday at a programme in the capital counterrevolutionary and regressive forces are attempting to dissolve the constituent assembly.
Bhattarai warned his party will fight and foil the attempt.
Maoists are the largest party in the assembly and parliament with 601 members.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal threatened several days ago to dismiss the assembly while continuing with parliament.
The assembly is charged with the responsibility to draft a constitution by 28May 2010.
The deadline may not be met with fundamental differences between major political players of fundamentals to be incorporated in the basic law.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said Wednesday parties are discussing a high-level political mechanism, to end the current deadlock
Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal discussed such a mechanism during hour-long talks to satisfy Maoists.
Meanwhile, Nepali Congress Acting President Sushil Koirala supported President Dr Ram Baran Yadav for retaining sacked Army Chief Gen. Rukmangud Katawal.
Koirala said Maoists would have captured state power without the presidential move.


“Government has a majority with the support of 22 parties. It has international cooperation and support.”

(Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar, Ghatana ra Bichar, 25 Nov.)

Budget approved, Girija, Jhalanath Khanal hold discussions

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: The annual budget 2009/10 was unanimously approved by parliament Wednesday after a five-month delay by the obstruction of the legislature by Maoists.
Chairman Subash Nemwang announced the approval.
Meanwhile, Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Wednesday held political discussions to end the political impasse with CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal who suggested a government change or its reorganization to conclude the peace process and draft a new constitution with Maoist cooperation.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Govt. for first time supports British Gurkha demands

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Nepal government has spoken for the first time in support of British Gurkha demands for equal treatment, Kantipur reports from London.
Government wrote to the British government through the British embassy in Kathmandu on 2 November saying Gurkha demands were just and should be immediately implemented.
Despite being an integral part of the British army Gurkhas have not been treated equally.

$80m ADB loan, grant for Nepal

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Board of directors of Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $10 million in grant and $70 million in loan for Nepal Air Transport Capacity Enhancement Project, the bank said.
Tribhuban International Airport, the country’s only international airport will be reconfigured and upgraded to international safety standard.
Three domestic airports at Lukla, Rara and Simikot will get improved communication equipment, visual approach aids and weather equipment.

Nepal may be out of cricket tournament

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Nepal may not qualify for the next round of the ACC T-20 being played in UAE after losing two matches first to Malaysia and then to Oman.
Nepal lost to Oman by 12 runs Tuesday in the group match.
But Nepal won the match against Kuwait.
Nepal plays two more matches.

Govt. preparing to write off irregular expenses of ministers

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Government is preparing to write off irregular expenses totaling Rs 10 million of former prime ministers, deputy prime ministers and ministers, Naya Patrika reports.
The money taken years ago by President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, {rime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar have not been regularized.
The Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers at the initiative of the prime minister is attempting to regularize the expenditure.

Parliament approves budget Wednesday

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Parliament Wednesday will approve the annual budget 2009/10.
Appropriations bill was approved by majority vote in parliament where only two Maoist lawmakers were present Tuesday.
Presence of the main opposition is required to pass the budget.
The bill which apportions budget of government ministries was approved after five-month obstruction of proceedings by Maoist who lifted it for three days until Wednesday.
Maoists said they will resume obstruction Thursday until their demand for what they call correction of an unconstitutional decision of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
Maoists have pushed three demands, including the installation of a national unity government and the formation of a mechanism to complement a peace accord and draft a constitution.
Government can now spend budgetary allocations in the annual 2009/10 budget.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Tuesday held political consultations with Bhaktapur communist ladder Narayanman Bijukakchaya.
Nepal said government is ready to discuss Moist demands without dragging the president into controversy.
Ruling parties oppose Maoist demand arguing a constitutional president can do no wrong.
The ceremonial president who acts on the advice of the executive prime minister, acted at the request of 18 political parties.

Prachanda US top diplomat meet

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Prachanda held political discussions with US Acting Ambassador Randy Berry who called on the Maoist chairman at his residence Tuesday,
US has direct contacts with Maoists even though they are on Washington’s terrorist list.
They discussed Maoist anti-protests, the peace process and delayed drafting of the constitution, party sources said.

Tibet delegation meets PM Nepal

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Visiting 10-member Tibetan delegation led by Hao Peng, Wednesday morning called on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and held discussions.
The delegations will continue political discussions with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala Wednesday.
The delegation began consultations with Nepali leaders Tuesday by first meeting Chairman Prachanda immediately for a goodwill visit after arrival Tuesday.

Sacrifices continue in Gadimai

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Animal and bird sacrifices continues for the second and last day Wednesday at Gadimai temple in Bara.
More than 15,000 animals were sacrificed at the temple Tuesday despite calls to end the practice.
Hundreds of thousands of devotees from home and India offer worship every five years.

Govt. under fire from party

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: The government led by the CPN-UML has come under fire from the party whose Chairman Jhanalanat Khanal this week criticized it for rightist trends and not implementing own declared programme.
Khanal said this in his political report to the politburo which will discuss the criticism Thursday after debate of the budget concludes in parliament Wednesday.
Without suggesting who should lead the government, Khanal hinted government should change.
The demand suits Maoists who have demanded a national unity government.
‘All parties should make some concessions for national consensus, including our own party,” Khanal suggested.
“Government hasn’t been able to make progress to forge agreement between parties. Government in the first point of its own declared common minimum programme called for this to implement the peace process and draft a constitution,” the chairman said in a stinging criticism of the government led by former party General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal..
Khanal called for end to ‘political polarization’ without which ‘ nobody can escape from the quagmire of crisis’, Khanal added and accused the government for being rightist.
“After the fall of the Moist-led government and the formation of a new government, the polarization process between Maoist and non-Maoist parties has deepened and without our desire our party o some extend has gone rightist, ‘the chairman charged in his report.
Khanal said this as a strong wing in the party demands closer ties with Maoists and PM Nepal opposed a call for a Maoist demand for a national government’ Nepal instead asked Maoists to join the present government.
The polarization, he concluded, won’t help the peace process and the process to draft a new constitution.
KP Sharma Oli, a firm critic of Maoists, said the report was not the party’s but Khanal’s personal view.

Nine Nepali women commit suicide in Lebanon

Kathmandu, 25 Nov: Nine Nepali women domestic helpers have committed suicide in Lebanon so far, Kantipur reports/
Two women committed suicide in Kartik [early Nov.], according to Dipendra Uprety who represents the county in Lebanon.
Suicides occur after exploitation by employers.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Voting of annual budget today

Kathmandu, 24 Nov: Parliament will vote on the annual budget later Tuesday after Maoists stopped disruption of parliament temporarily for three days from Monday.
Twenty-two ruling coalition parties have issued whips to lawmakers to be present for voting.
Maoists are boycotting the vote.
Appropriations of 16 ministries were discussed Monday.
Chairman Prachanda and Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala discussed Monday formation of a high-level political mechanism of three major parties to end a six-month political deadlock.

Sacrifices begin at Gadimai

Kathmandu, 24 Nov: Sacrifices began at Gadimai temple in Bara Tuesday morging despite calls to end the practice.
Sacriufuces began after the start of the main puja.
Thousands of animals and birds will be sacrificed in the next two days.
Hundreds of thousands from India and the country have flocked to the temple for the puja held every five years.

Maoist convention postponed

Kathmandu, 24 Nov: Maoist general convention has been postpone by one year to 29 February 2011.
The party central committee took the decision Monday.

Tibetan delegation arrives

Kathmandu, 24 Nov: A 10-member delegation led by Hao Peng, Tibet’s executive deputy chairman, arrived Tuesday for a goodwill visit.
The delegation will hold discussions with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and government ministers.

Oldest man to attempt Everest again

Kathmandu, 24 Nov: The oldest man to climb the 8848 meters high Mount Everest will attempt to climb the world’s tallest peak for the second time.
Min Bahadur Serchan, 78, he will try to step on the highest point on earth after belated recognition of his feat by Guinness Book of Records.

Three Maoist conditions to end deadlock

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 24 Nov: Maoist Vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai made three demands to end the current political impasse including a joint resolution in parliament to correct the reinstatement of sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
‘The bottom line of our demand is that the president has violated the constitution.
“So that is why a way should be found out, whereby that move of the president should corrected so that there is no wrong precedent set.
“Civilian supremacy or the democratic control of the armed forces should be established in the country,” Dr Bhattarai told The Kathmandu Post.
Katawal was sacked by Maoists unilaterally in a coalition government without discussion in parliament and appointed by the prime minister and not the president.
The president, who appoints the chief on the recommendation of the government, was only informed of the decision.
Dr Bhattarai called for a joint resolution to ‘correct the move of the president”
H also called for a joint mechanism to implement a comprehensive peace accord (CPA) to draft a new constitution and implement the peace process, and a ‘national unity government’.
He said a national government should be formed under Maoists, the largest party in parliament, but was ready to compromise on the demand.
“Let any government be formed, which should be guarantee the implementation of the CPA and the formation of a few constitution, If that happens then we may remain outside the government and cooperate,
The UCPN Maoist vice-chairman demanded the ‘democratization; of Nepal Army whatever the word means in the vague peace agreement between seven parties and Maoists.
Election of the army chief and officers?
Western diplomats in the capital in a recent statement described ‘democratization’ as the reorganization of the state army.
In reply to a question what democratization meant, Dr Bhattarai also said,” And since we have entered into the democratic republican era, the size and the nature of the army should be worked out in view if the geopolitical situation, And thirdly the army should be inclusive.”

China to supply food to districts along Tibet border

Kathmandu, 24 Nov: China is supporting Nepal to address its food insecurity by providing food, sugar and salt in 10 mountainous districts bordering China, The Kathmandu Post reports.
Officials said food aid worth 300,000 yuans (Rs 3.28 million) would go to each of the 10 districts.
“This is probably the first time that China is providing food aid to Nepal,” said Lal Mani Joshi, joint secretary at the finance ministry.


“Parties must make some compromises [including leaving government] for national understanding.”

(CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, Kantipur, 24 Nov.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Parliament begins budget discussion

Kathmandu, 23 Nov: Maoists didn’t obstruct parliament proceedings as announced when parliament began discussions on the annual budget 2009/10 Monday.
Maoists said they won’t disrupt proceedings for three days to pass the budget.
Twenty-two ruling coalition partners asked lawmakers to be present all three days to approve the budget.
Maoists said they will boycott discussions.


“That man [Retired Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal] time and again refused to take orders from an elected government and challenged it. And that cannot happen a democratic society.”

(Dr Baburam Bhattarai, The Kathmandu Post, 23 Nov.)

Ruling parties issue whip to approve budget

Kathmandu, 23 Nov: Twenty-two ruling parties issued whips Monday asking lawmakers to be present in parliament Tuesday to approve the annual budget 2009/10.
Whips were issued after a joint meeting in Baluwatar,
The budget will be approved Tuesday.
Maoists said they won’t disrupt parliamentary proceedings for three days beginning Monday to approve the budget.
Maoists had been disrupting parliamentary sessions for five months.
But Maoist anti-government continues.

CPN-UML politburo meets

Kathmandu, 23 Nov: The powerful CPN-UML politburo meets for the first time after the Butwal general convention earlier this year that elected Jhalanath Khanal chairman.
The meeting will review work of the government and controversy in the party statute, secretary Yubaraj Geywali said.
Discussions will also be held on differing perceptions of leaders towards Maoists.

Donors complain

Kathmandu, 23 Nov: Donors, UN and the Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN) Monday issued an appeal to political parties and other stakeholders to respect 12 principles in the basic operating guidelines.
“We are particularly concerned when our staff and projects face challenges, such as pressure to provide donations, and financial assistance, as well as undue interference in tendering processes,” a joint statement said.
The appeal was issued to the government as well.

Defence minister visiting China

Kathmandu, 23 Nov: Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari in visiting China in the first week of Paush [16 to 22 December], Rajdhani reports.
She couldn’t visit China immediately after her appointment on invitation of her Chinese counterpart because of poor health.
She is visiting New Delhi for two days for medical treatment before flying for China.

Unidentified foreign aircraft flies over Kanchanpur

Kathmandu, 23 Nov: An unidentified foreign aircraft [jet] flew over Kanchanpur sky Sunday as well, Rajdhani reports.
The aircraft has made six unauthorized flights since Saturday.
There is an Indian air force base at Barely 90 km from Kanchanpur.
The army in Kanchanpur has reported to army headquarters.

Army asks for Rs 800 million

Kathmandu, 23 Nov: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Sunday inspected the Nepal Army air base at Tribhuvan International Airport.
The army has asked for Rs 800 million for repair of aircraft and grounded helicopter, Annapurna Post reports.
The army has five aircraft and 21 helicopters.

Nepal, India sign Pancheshwor

Kathmandu, 23 Nov: Water secretaries of Nepal and India Sunday signed an agreement in Pokhara to form a Pancheshwor Development Authority (PDA).
The Pancheshwor project was conceived 14 years ago in the Mahakali treaty.
The accord was signed after an extended three- day talks.
The PDA office will be located in Mahendranagar.
The chief executive of the PDA will be elected through open competition.
Water and energy ministers of both countries will meet January 2010 in January to pursue the project.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Girija returns from Singapore; other details

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 22 Nov: Ailing Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala,86, returns Sunday from Singapore where he underwent medical tests at a hospital.
Maoist Chairman had suddenly flown there last week for political consultations to break a political impasse; he held discussions there with Indian academician Prof S.D. Muni who is believed to be an Indian government operative.
The discussions created backlash after Prachanda predicted a fall of the Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal government.
Nepali Congress parliamentary party met and issued support to the Nepal government.
Maoists will lunch fresh month-long anti-government protests Sunday even though they decided to stop house disruptions for three days but hope to discuss and end on the impasse with Koirala after his return.
Maoist parliamentary party meeting Sunday endorsed the central committee decision to launch fresh protests and not to temporarily disrupt house proceedings Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The parliamentary party decided boycott the house for three days.
Maoists had been disrupting proceedings for five months.

Second road link with Tibet

Kathmandu, 22 Nov: Chinese Ambassador Quo Guohang Saturday said that track along the Syaphrubensi-Rasuwagadhi stretch of Kerung would be constructed within a month, RSS reports.
Talking to RSS after his inspection visit to the site, Ambassador Quo said different physical infrastructures including customs office would be prepared after the road construction.
He hoped the area’s economic and social development after the completion of the 16 km road.
Ambassador Quo said the road would be graveled within three years.
(Note: The road will be the second linking Nepal and Tibet after the Kathmandu-Kodari highway.)

Sood again in Mustang

Kathmandu, 22 Nov: Rakesh Sood, Indian ambassador to Nepal, visited upper Mustang, along with Umesh Nath Panjuyar, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, India, to study the feasibility of hydropower projects on Saturday, The Himalayan Times reports from Myaghi.
There were five persons from Nepal in the team, including Shanker Prasad Koirala, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources.
The team was flown to Mustang in a special helicopter of Nepal Army.
Umessh Kumar Ghimere, Secretary, Ministry of Energy, said the team observed 12-kilowatt hydropower station in Ranipouwa of Muktinath VDC and returned to Pokhara by 12 noon.
(Note: The visit is Sood’s second to Mustang north of the Himalaya in nearly two months. India is trying to build a presence in the area along the sensitive Nepal-Tibet border amid Chinese concerns.)


KFC, Pizza Hut come to Nepal

Kathmandu, 22 Nov: The first outlet of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and its sister restaurant-chain, Pizza Hut, is being inaugurated in the capital Sunday.
The eatery is located at the Annapurna Complex on Durbar Marg.
Chicken is being imported from Brazil.


“How can a majority government be a puppet?”

(PM Nepal, The Himalayan Times, 22 Nov.)

“The peace agreement says Maoist combatants and their weapons will be managed in six months. Regular recruitment in the national army can’t be stopped three years after the provision in the agreement hasn’t been implemented.”

(Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari, The Himalayan Times, 22 Nov.)

“Prachanda resigned as prime minister without a majority in parliament. It’s unconstitutional to demand civilian supremacy after losing majority in parliament.”

(Bhaktapur communist leader Narayanman Bijukakchaya, Annapurna Post, 22 Nov.)

“CPN-UML is leading the government. It’s not the time to be complacent because the prime minister and some ministers are from the party.)

(UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, Kantipur, 22 Nov.)

“Those who have only their body in UML and entire souls with the Maoists have no space within UML.)

(PM Nepal, The Rising Nepal, 22 Nov.)

“We’ll be pushed decades back if we can’t respect judicial independence. Even Rana Prime Minister Juddha Shumshere did not let the executive interfere with the judiciary.”

(Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi, The Himalayan Times, 22 Nov.)

PM Nepal warns CA could be dissolved

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 21 Nov: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal warned Saturday the constituent assembly (CA) could be dissolved.
He issued the warning at a public meeting in the capital.
But he said parliament won’t be dissolved.
Altogether 601 legislators elected in the 10 April 2008 constituent assembly elections are members of the CA and parliament as well.
The prime minister’s threat comes amid suggestions to form a commission to draft a constitution to replace the interim constitution promulgated by an unelected and self-appointed body.
A republic has been declared by the self-appointed parliament but it has to be institutionalized by drafting a constitution and then it has to be sustained as well.
The prime minister issued the threat as the assembly revised a schedule asking 11 subject committees to submit proposals for a basis law by 15 December.
Chairman Subash Nemwang bravely said the a constitution will be promulgated by the 28 May 2010 deadline.
But many have doubts a constitution will be promulgated in the next six months.
Even if it is announced, it will be a document imposed on the people by three major parties.
Meanwhile, Maoist central committee central committee Saturday announced fresh rounds of anti-government protests from Sunday after government didn’t meet its demands.
But the powerful committee Saturday said it will lift obstruction of parliament for three days to let parliament approve the annual 2009/10 budget.

One Indian woman pilgrim dead

Kathmandu, 21 Nov: One woman Indian p was crushed to death Saturday at a Bibaha panchami festisal in Janakpur reenacting the wedding of Lord Ram with Sita.
Hundreds of devotees from India and Nepal attended the festival.

Maoists won’t obstruct parliament for three days (BREAKING NEWS)

Kathmandu, 21 Nov: Maoists won’t obstruct parliament proceedings for three days, Chairman Prachanda told reporters after a central committee meeting. Saturday,
The move will enable parliament to approve he annual budget 2000\10.
Maoists have had been obstructing legislative sessions for six months.
But Prachanda announced three day continuous nation-wide strike from 20December if their demands aren’t met.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Maoists decide to wait

Kathmandu, 21 Nov: Maoist politburo meeting Saturday decided to wait until Sunday when ailing Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala from Singapore to decide on threat of more anti-government protests.
The powerful central committee will discuss the politburo decision.
Maoists had threatened protests after government didn’t respond by Friday to demand to discuss what the UCPN (Maoist) call unconstitutional decision of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.

Two more dead after drinking spiriousliquor

Kathmandu, 21 Nov: Two more persons died after drinking spurious liquor and three are serious at the Dadimai fair in Bara where liquor sale in banned.
Three others, including two Indians, died Friday.
Thousands of animals are sacrificed in the fair held once every five years.

US nationals advised to be cautious

Kathmandu, 21 Nov: In the midst of anti-government Maoist protests, the US government has asked its nationals to be cautious while traveling to Nepal.
The advisory comes at the height of the peak tourist season.
“We warn our citizens of the risks of traveling to Nepal, and urge caution when traveling under unavoidable circumstances amidst political violence,” a State Department travel advisory issued Thursday said.

Fire at Wai Wai factory

Kathmandu, 21 Nov: Assets worth four million rupees was damaged in a fire at Wai Wai factory in Lalitpur Friday.
Fire fighters from three valley towns took three hours to extinguish the fire.

ADB grant for Nepal

Kathmandu, 21 Nov: Asian Development Bank (ADB) has issued Nepal $ 12.5 in grant and another $ 12.75 in loan for tourism infrastructure development.
The money will be invested in developing Buddhist tourism sites as well.


“It makes no difference whether there’s a government or not. How can you say a government limited only in Singha Durbar exists?”

(CPN-UML leader Bamdeb Gautam, Janadisha, 21 Nov.)

(Constitution may not be drafted on schedule unless political parties forge a consensus.”

(President Dr Ram BaranYadav, The Kathmandu Post, 21 Nov.)

Nepali Congress parliamentary party supports Nepali govt.

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: Nepali Congress parliamentary party meeting Friday extended crucial support to the beleaguered government of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Nepali Congress is also a coalition partner in government.
The support came days after Chairman Prachanda predicted the fall of the ‘unnatural’ government following consultations with ailing Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala at a Singapore hospital this week.
Koirala returns home Sunday.
It wasn’t known if Girija supported Maoist demand for a new government.
Prachanda flew to Singapore for consultations with Girija and a meeting with controversial Indian academician Prof S.D Muni who is a front for the Indian government.
Retired Mini was a professor of state-run Jhawarhalal University and a former ambassador.
The parliamentary party took the decision to support the Nepal government as Congress leader Narayan Khadka charged Prachanda for buttering Koirala to gain power.
The parliamentary took the decision as Koirala is losing control of the party; his presidential powers have been curtained and he has come under criticism for promoting his daughter Sujata to deputy prime minister without institutional consultations.
Nepal is heading towards a crisis as there was no agreement Friday to meet Maoist demand for correction of what they call an unconstitutional decision of ceremonial President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to reinstate sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
Maoist central committee Saturday will determine future plans.
Meanwhile, three years of the peace agreement between then seven ruling parties and Maoists was completed Friday.
The peace agreement is in limbo without its objectives fulfilled.
Fresh reports said UN is looking for an exit after parties invited foreign intervention in Nepal’s political affairs.
Maoists are still in UNMIN camps and a constitution is unlikely to be promulgated by the 28 May 2010 deadline.
Parties are only haggling on the leadership of government.
After Girija’s ‘gamble’ to bring Maoists into the political mainstream and for the ‘last time’ to promulgate a ‘permanent constitution’ the agenda of the ailing octogenarian leader who in the name democracy acted but abused it is in the doldrums.
Whoever gave Girija the right to gamble on the nation’s future?
Nepal’s future is uncertain and the people are the suffers for foreign intervention and the shortsightedness and greed of political party leaders..

No breakthrough, country heading toiwards crisis

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: There was no breakthrough in talks between Maoists, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML Friday.
There was no agreement between representatives on the three parties in a task force to draft a common parliamentary resolution to meet Maoist demands to correct what Maoists call an unconstitutional decision by a ceremonial president to retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukhamgud Kawal who acted on the request of 18 parties.
The action was against the spirt of the third popular movement which created a strong executive prime minister by limiting the power of the head of state.
Ruling parties say the president like a constitutional monarch can do do wrong.
Maoist central committee meeting Saturday will decide on the next move of the main opposition party which threatened to launch decisive anti-government protests from Friday if demands weren’t met.
Nepal is heading towards a crisis.

Apa Sherpa on European tour

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for the most climbs of the 8848 meters high Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak,. leaves on a tour of European capitals Friday to raise international awareness on the adverse impact on the Himalaya by climate change.
He will be accompanied by another Everest climber Dawa Steven Sherpa.
The duo will begin their five-week tour from Prague.
They will be in Copenhagen and participate in a street carnival to celebrate Mountain Day.


UFTTA conference begins

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: The 43rd congress of United Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTTA) was launched by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal in the capital Friday.
Altogether 125 delegates from 45 countries are participating.
Travel agents will discuss service fees, zero commission, low-cost travel to promote tourism and other issues.

FNCCI to promote business in Malaysia

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: FNCCI and Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) have signed a memorandum of understanding in Malaysia to strengthen trade and financial relations.
Visits will be exchanges to promote trade, industrial cooperation and investments.


“It is a wonder of wonder that Koirala [Girija] chose to proceed by air ambulance to Singapore, neglecting the less expensive and perhaps equally efficient hospitals in India. [government paid Rs 20 million for treatment. .he was in position to pay or the party could have also done it People die in Nepal without financial resources for treatment of serious ailments.]”

(Shyam K.C., The Rising Nepal, 20Nov.)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

PM Nepal, Chairman Prachanda hold talks

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Maoist Chairman began talks to end a six-month deadlock as Maoists threatened to announce the next phase of their anti-government Friday.
Talks began at the personal residence of the prime minister.
Nepal, accompanied by Finance Minister Surendra Pandey and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Minendra Rijal Friday briefed President Dr Ram Baran Yadav of the current political situation.
A summit meeting of leaders of UCPN (Maoist), CPN-UML and Nepali Congress is being held Friday to discuss a common parliamentary resolution to end the impasse.
A task force of the three parties is meeting Friday to prepare such a resolution; there was no agreement of a draft Thursday.
The ruling parties oppose discussion of a censure motion in parliament; Maoists say the president acted unconstitutionally to retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
The ruling parties say the president can do no wrong.
Maoists say they won’t approve the annual budget 2009/10 without a package solution.

Nepal, India water talks

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: A meeting of the joint commission of water resources between Nepal and India begins in Pokhara Friday.
Secretaries of the two countries will lead the respective delegations at the talks.
Construction of Pancheshower power project, inundation, power purchase , flood control and other issues will be discussed.

Former king gets diplomatic passport

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: Former King Gyanendra has been issued a diplomatic passport Tuesday after a decision of the foreign ministry, Nagarik reports.
“He has been issued a diplomatic passport as a former king. It’s normal to issue a diplomatic passport to a former head of state,” a foreign ministry source told Nagarik.
The passport is valid for one year.

UN existing from Nepal

Kathmandu, 20 Nov: B Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary General for Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations, is visiting Nepal next month to discuss the ‘exit’ of United Nations Mission to Nepal (UNMIN), officials said of Thursday, according to The Kathmandu Post.
UNMIN Chief Karen Landgren informed about Pasceo’s visit at a meeting with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Thursday morning.
The UNMIN mandate is expiring on 23 Jan 2010.


“The opposition doesn’t do such work as obstructing the house and not letting the budget pass.”

(Chairman Subash Nemwang, The Himalayan Times, 20 Nov.)

“Democracy is alive because of the president.”

(Congress Vice-president Prakash Man Singh, Bimarsha, 20 Nov.)

Political deadlock continues ahead of threatened Maoist strike

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 19 Nov: A six-month political deadlock continued Thursday as Maoists, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML failed to reach an agreement on a common parliamentary resolution to address Maoist demands for discussion in parliament.
There was no unanimity between the leaders of three parties on a common resolution parties agreed to draft Wednesday.
A summit of three party leaders couldn’t be held as a result.
Three parties have agreed to meet again to reach an agreement Friday the day Maoists threatened to launch anti-government protests to bring the country to a halt.
There was no agreement between three parties even after Chairman Prachanda flew to Singapore and held discussions with ailing Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala at a hospital.
Despite denials by S.D. Muni the meeting was brokered by him.
Prachanda on the pretext of interacting with party activists in the city state spent his entire time holding discussions with Koirala and Muni who is a pointman for the government of India.
Following strained relations with India, Prachanda held discussions with the India government pointman in Singapore.
Muni reports regularly to New Delhi and acts on behalf of the Indian government which is concerned with the delayed peace process and the drafting of the constitution.
Meanwhile, central Maoist leaders following a meeting agreed not to cooperate in the passage of the annual budget until their demands are met to correct what they call a unconstitutional act of the president to retain sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
Maoist leaders say a ceremonial president acted unconstitutionally against the spirit of the third popular movement after which all executive powers were vested in the prime minister.
But Maoists also didn’t follow procedure by directly appointing a replacement army chief while only informing the president earlier this year..
Ruling parties are attempting to form a parallel power center around th president after Maoists won the April 2008 constituent assembly elections.
The country is heading towards a political crisis after parties invited the UN to mediate in political matters while encouraging and tolerating intervention of foreign countries, including India, EI and USA.
New Delhi is a city of political pilgrimage for Nepali leaders; Singapore has emerged as a new center.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two more swine flu cases detected in Pokhara

Kathmandu, 19 Nov: Two more swine flu cases were reported Wednesday in Pokhara where 17 cases have now been confirmed.
More than 66 cases of the disease have been detected in the capital, Chitwan, Pokhara and Parbat.

First phase of discharge completed

Kathmandu, 19 Nov: The first phase of the discharge and rehabilitation of disqualified Maoist combatants was completed Wednesday but uncertainty persists over the commencement of the second phase, Republica reports.
Marking an important step in the ongoing peace process, the discharge and rehabilitation of the disqualified—minors and late recruits—began October 11 from the second division Maoist cantonment in Dudhauli, Sindhuli. Discharge and rehabilitation of the disqualified is part of the ongoing peace process which enters its fourth year on Sunday.
… of the 4,000 combatants disqualified by UNMIN, the second phase of the process scheduled to commence November 22 has remained uncertain due to Maoist reservations over the questionnaire needed to begin that phase. Among the disqualified 2,973 are minors.

China asks for return of Tibetans

Kathmandu, 19 Nov: Police officials here say they are under tremendous pressure from Chinese authorities to hand over the Tibetans who sneak into Nepal through Khasa, The Kathmandu Post reports from Sindhupalchok.
According to Kodari Immigration office, over 100 Tibetans entered Nepal via his point within two months.
A source at the office said Nepali authorities do not want to hand over Tibetans who cross into Nepal fearing that these people might face tough punishment back home.
On Monday, 19 Tibetans, including seven children, entered Nepal.
With Chinese police pressing for their handover, police hid the asylum-seekers at a house before sending them to Kathmandu at night.
A police officer said police hid the 19 Tibetans on humanitarian grounds.


“Had gone to Singapore to show my palm. Muni said the next government is ours. Only this much for now.”

(Chairman Prachanda in Nagarik cartoon, 19 Nov.)

“Three parties have always taken decisions forcefully.”

(TMLF Chairman Mahanta Thakur, The Himalayan Times, 19 Nov.)

“Chitwan should be the state’s capital for geographic, political, cultural, economic and other reasons.”

(Maoist General Secretary Badal, Janadisha, 19 Nov.)

“I slapped his [Parsa CDO] him as he disobeyed and dishonoured me,”

(Agriculture Stat Minister Karima Begum, The Himalayan Times, 19 Nov.)

Three parties agree on a common parliamentary resolution

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: Three parties agreed to activate a three-member task force to end a political stalemate ahead of a Maoist threat to launch fresh round of anti-government protests if their demands aren’t met.
The parties agreed to a common parliamentary resolution to end the deadlock Wednesday.
“There was an agreement to end the political stalemate,” Maoist Vice-chairman Narayan Kazi Shrestha said after the meeting.
Three parties are attempting to draft an unanimous resolution without involving the ceremonial president who Maoists say acted unconstitutionally to retain ousted Army Chief Gen Rukmangad Katawal.
The resolution will be presented at a summit of three parties Thursday for approval.
Three parties agreed to meet again Thursday to end a political deadlock.
Leaders hoped the common resolution will end a deadlock and budget will be passed.
Prachanda didn’t attend the meet.
The Maoist chairman hinted at a change in government soon.
“Unnatural play will end. I have confidence the coalition will end,” the chairman told reporters after returning to the capital from Singapore where he held political discussions with ailing Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala..
Maoists obstructed parliament proceedings Wednesday as well.
Even as controversial Indian academician S.D. Muni claimed he didn’t facilitate a meeting between Prachanda and Koirala, he held discussions with Koirala and the Maoist chairman in Singapore where he is attached to a university.
Muni has direct access to Baluwatar when Girija was prime minister and brokered a peace agreement between Maoists and parliamentary parties on behalf of the Indian government.

CA approval for rescheduling

Kathmandu, 18 Nov. The constituent assembly (CA) Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal of Chairman Subash Nemwang to
submit proposals for a draft constitution by 15 December.
Eleven subject committees should have submitted their recommendations Sunday.
The schedule was changed for the seventh time.

Cabinet approved treatment expense for Girija although he has financial resources

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: The cabinet Wednesday appointed Ain Bahadur Rana chief of National Investigation Department.
The cabinet also decided to meet the entire medical expense of Girija Prasad Koirala.
Sick party leaders get free treatment at government expense although they have the money for treatment.
The leaders of ruling parties criticized King Gyanendra when money was sanctioned by government for cancer patient Helen Shan, aunt of the monarch, during royal rule.
Earlier government also met the medical expense of Acting Nepali Congress President Sunsil Koirala for throat cancer.

India proposes revised extradition treaty: Retired Home Secretary Chandi Prasad Shrestha

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: Retired Home Secretary Chandi Prasad Shrestha disclosed Wednesday India has presented a revised copy of a proposed extradition treaty that he previously initialed with India during the Girija Prasad Koirala regime.
Maoists stopped the agreement even as then Home Minister Krishna Prasad Shitaula was about to emplane for New Delhi to formalize the treaty replacing a 1953 document.
Pakistan has also proposed Kathmandu and Islamabad should sign a similar treaty.
“I’ve learnt the document I signed with not be signed. India has presented a new draft on which Nepal will lose a lot. I’ve learnt the present government and administration hasn’t stuck to our previous positions.
“India’s intention is to sideline the administration through the extradition agreement. The signing has been delayed. The administration and elected leadership wants to establish they don’t want to be under a shadow.
“The main point is whether the treaty is on our interest.
“Will the Indian police enter our country to arrest nationals of their country on the basis of the treaty? The main concern is whether such a treaty is on our country’s interest.
“According to an extradition law our nationals can’t be extradited whatever the charge. The right to extradite out nationals remains with us. This is mention in our law. This is also mentioned in the 1953 extradition treaty,’ Shrestha said in an interview in Janaastha.
He also opposed right to Indians to plead for extraction cases in Nepali courts.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Three parties meet later Wednesday

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: Top leaders of three major parties meet later Wednesday to find ways to end a six-month political deadlock.
The meeting will begin after Chairman Prachanda returns from Singapore where he held political discussions with ailing Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala at a hospital.
The two leaders agreed to form a high-level political mechanism to break the impasse.
Parties have so far failed to find a solution to the obstruction of parliament and the parliamentary approval of the annual budget 2009/10.
:”On the Maoist demand of restoring civilian supremacy and correction of the move of the president, Nepali Congress leader asked Prachanda to follow a middle path so that the president would not be drawn into controversy,” Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala said.
‘I didn’t facilitate the meeting,” S.D. Muni told Republica after Nepali media reports said the professor who many believe in an Indian government operative brokered the dialogue.
But Nagarik quoted Muni as saying,” While I was leaving after meeting Koirala, I briefly met Prachanda. I know Koirala and Prachanda are in Singapore.”
Meanwhile, Girija returns from Singapore Sunday.
“The deadlock will end soon. He [Koirala] said the deadlock will be broken by forming a high-level political mechanism,” Prachanda told Nepal Television after the meeting.

Schedule for constitution draft being rescheduled

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: The constituent assembly (CA) meets later Wednesday to propose a new schedule for subject committees to submit proposals for a new constitution.
The schedule is being changed for the seventh time.
Four of 11 subject committees didn’t submit their proposals by the 15 November deadline.
There was no unanimity between major parties on proposals of seven subject committees that submitted their drafts.
Chairman Subash Nemwang said the deadline of 28 May 2010 to promulgate the constitution won’t be changed.
The interim constitution was promulgated by an unelected and self-appointed parliament by declaring a republic.
Nepal will have four constitutions in 20 years if a proposed constitution is drafted within the deadline.
Parties have fundamental differences with Maoists pushing a French-style presidential system of government while other parties are demanding a parliamentary system of government with a strong and elected prime minister.
There are also fundamental differences on a federal structure of state.
Maoists are pushing for a communist republic also opposed by others.
The constitution has to be drafted to institutionalize a republic after toppling the country’s 238-year-old monarchy.
Nepal’s extended transition has lasted four years.

Special committee meets

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: The special committee on supervision, integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants meets later Wednesday.
Maoists boycotted three successive meetings of the committee headed by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal who was also sick but resumed work from Sunday.
Weekly meetings normally are held every Sunday.
The committee is discussing a code of conduct for Maoist combatants and a chain of command for the combatants.

Two arrested for extortion drive

Kathmandu, 18Nov: Two persons have been arrested for attempting to extort Rs 10 million from Prerana Singh, daughter of former King Gyanendra.
Personal Secretary Pratikshya Shah and her friend Rajesh Hamal have been arrested.

Corruption up

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: Corruption level increased in Nepal sharply during 2008, according to 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index of the Transparency International, The Kathmandu Post reports.
Nepal ranked 143rd nation out of 185 countries in the index.

Mahendra Golcha dead

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: Industrialist Mahendra Golcha, 53, died Tuesday after a prolonged battle with lung cancer.
He left behind a wife, four daughters and a son.

Lok Bahadur Shrestha dead

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: Former Chief Secretary Lok Bahadur Shrestha died Monday.
He was 74.
He was also royal Nepalese Ambassador to Bangladesh.


Govt. to tax former King Gyanendra

Kathmandu, 18 Nov: The cabinet meeting scheduled for Wednesday will discuss a proposal on collecting Rs 200 million in tax and dues from ex-king Gyanendra and four members of his family who enjoyed tax exemption until the monarchy was abolished in 2008, Republica reports.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Tuesda6y approved the proposal prepared by office of Prime Minister and Co8ncil of Ministers to be present at the cabinet meeting.


“Even if the constitution is promulgated, it won’t be written by the constituent assembly. Such a constitution can’t incorporate the rights of all.”

(Former Speaker Damannath Dhungana, Nagarik, 18 Nov.)

“The CDO should have immediately slapped the minister three or four times. Or, an arrest warrant should have immediately been issued in cooperation with the SP.”

(Home Secretary Chandi Prasad Shrestha, Janaastha, 18 Nov.)

Girija, Prachanda meet in Singapore

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: Ailing Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist Chairman Prachandal held political discussions at a Singapore hospital Tuesday.
Initial reports said they agreed to form a high-level political mechanism to break a six-month political impasse.
Controversial Indian government operative Prof S.D. Muni brokered the meet, Nagarik and Dhristi reported Tuesday.
There was no agreement to form such a mechanism before in repeated talks in Nepal.
Maoists in talks with Nepali Congress in the capital Tuesday rejected a request to approve the annual budget 20009/10.
Maoists demanded a package solution to the deadlock, including the formation of a national government led by Maoists, Dr Baburam Bhattarai said after the meeting.
Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba said the budget will be approved through ordinance with continued Maoist disruption of parliament.

Army chief visiting India

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: Army Chief Gen Chatraman Singh Gurung will be visiting India for nine days beginning 11 December, Dhristi reports.
He will be the chief guest at a passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun.
He is being appointed honourary general of the Indian army.


“I found some leaders in India have a very loving relationship with Madhav Kumar I found some power centers have deep love for Madhabji. New Delhi is a place of political pilgrimage for Nepal. That’s why Nepali leaders go visiting there.”

(MJF Chairman Upendra Yadan, Dhristi, 17 Nov.)

Monday, November 16, 2009

IIE Report: 29.6% rise in Nepali students in U.S. universities
Kathmandu, 17 Nov: The number of Nepali students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education increased from 8,936 to 11,581 in 2008/09 a 29.6% increase over the 2007/08 academic year, according to Open Doors 2009, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
This was stated in a news release of the US embassy.
Nepal ranks 11th among the leading countries of origin of international students, as it did the last year. In the academic year 2006/2007, Nepal ranked 13th among the countries of origin of international students. India tops the list with 15.4% followed by China with 14.7%.

According to U.S. Embassy Kathmandu’s Counselor for Public Affairs Terry J. White, “America’s nearly 3,000 accredited schools of higher education continue to attract new students in what is becoming a highly competitive international ‘market’ around the world. The U.S. remains the preferred destination for students from Nepal who want to study abroad because of the quality and prestige associated with an American degree. ” Another contributing factor is greater access to comprehensive and accurate information about study in the U.S. through EducationUSA advising offices in Nepal and an increased level activity by United States colleges and universities to attract students from Nepal.

US Ambassador to Nepal

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: President Barack Obama has appointed Scott H. DeLisi, ambassador to Nepal.
As a 28 year career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Scott H. DeLisi has served as Ambassador to the State of Eritrea and as Deputy Chief of Mission of the American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana, US embassy said
Currently Mr. DeLisi is the Director of Career Development and Assignments in the State Department's Bureau of Human Resources where he has played a key role in the staffing of embassies. This has included missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Previously, as the Director for Entry Level Programs, Mr. DeLisi was responsible for the training, placement and career development of 600 new entrants and over 2500 existing Foreign Service Officers. Mr. DeLisi has also served as Director for Southern African Affairs, Vice Counsel for the Embassy in India, the Chief of Political Section in Sri Lanka, in addition to other postings in Madagascar and Pakistan. A native of Minnesota, Mr. DeLisi holds both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
DeLisi succeeds Nancy J. Powell.

Three persons injured in bombing

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: Three persons were injured overnight when a group bombed the house of journalist Padam Thapa in Bhimdutta municipality in Kanchanpur.
The father of the journalist was among the injured.


“… the official inquiry headed Defence Secretary Nabin Ghimere was submitted almost a month ago absolving Maj Gen Singh [Toran Bahadur] of any human right violation in the alleged disappearance of 48 Maoists kept inside the Bhairabnath battalion.”

(Report in newsfront, 17 Nov.)

Bhindatta, Kanchanput
PadamThapa bombed over night
His father three persons injured

Prachanda, Girija meet

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: Chairman Prachanda will hold political consultations with ailing Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala at a hospital in Singapore Tuesday.
Prachanda flew to the island Monday for consultations and party work.
The Maoist chairman returns home Wednesday.
Meanwhile, ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML leaders discussed Tuesday an outlet to a six-month obstruction of house proceedings by Maoists.
CPN-UML parliamentary party meets alter Tuesday as well.
Government is facing a financial crisis as the annual budget 2009/10 hasn’t been approved by parliament with the obstruction of parliamentary party proceedings.
Results of Koirala’s medical tests are expected Tuesday, according to nephew Dr Shekhar Koirala.

Parsa gets new CDO

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: Joint Secretary Yadav Koirala at the home ministry has been appointed Parsa CDO.
He replaces Durga Prasad Bhandari who has been recalled.
Bhandari was assaulted by State Minister for Agriculture Karima Begum.
Even as officials asked government to take action against her, the minister charged the CDO for touching her against Muslim tradition.
Officials protested a government plan to seen an apology from the minister.


Prices of kerosene, diesel hiked

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: Prices of diesel and kerosene was hiked Tuesday by Rs 3 a liter.
A liter will now cost Rs 58.

RBB records Rs 319.1 million profit

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: Rashtriya Banijya Bank (RBB), Nepal’s largest commercial bank, recorded a net profit of Rs 319.1 million in Q1 of the current fiscal year.
The bank is wholly owned by the government.

Load-shedding hours extended

Kathmandu, 17 Nov: Weekly load-shedding will be extended from 12 to 16 hours a week from Wednesday.
Nepal Electricity Authority said power demand had increased with the onset of winter and river levels were falling.


“ You [Maoist Hishila Yami] end your piece [article] by arguing, nay, requesting international stakeholders, ‘particularly India and China’, to do their part in bringing ‘democracy, stability and peace’ in the country. Isn’t that what you have been fighting against for the whole time?”

(Anil Nepali, The Kathmandu Post, 17 Nov.)

“ … Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala asked for the transfer of US dollar worth Rs 10 million Nepalis to some personal account in Singapore, a proposal that the prime minister is believed to have rejected outright. [for Girija treatment].”

(Report in newsfront, 17 Nov.)

Prachanda Singapore bound

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: Maoist Chairman Prachanda flew to Singapore on a two-day visit for a meeting with ailing Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala.
It wasn’t certain whether he flew to the island republic for crucial political a; discussion with Koirala or for internal party reasons.
He’s accompanied by Foreign Department Chief Krishna Bahadur Mahara.
Prachanda said he will hold discussions with Koirala at a hospital but added he will promote party activities with activists in Singapore before emplaming.
Prachanda flew to Singapore Monday as the party tried to break a six-month deadlock with ruling parties.
Discussions were held with Maoists, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML leaders throughout Monday to break a deadlock.


“The government should persuade UNMIM not to make unnecessary comments on internal matters.”

(Former Home Minister Krishna Prasad Shitaula, newsfront, 16 Nov.)

‘Rule of law is exception rather than the rule. And shamefully, the lawmakers break it the most,.)

(Bonod P. Bista. Newsfront, 16 Nov.)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Maoists will resume disruption of parliament

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: Maoists will resume disruption of parliament Monday when it meets.
Maoists didn’t disrupt proceedings Sunday for the first time in five months to allow passage of a motion condoling the death of former Nepali Congress Law Minister Tek Bahadur Chokhyal Friday.
Maoists are demanding discussing a censure motion in the legislature condemning ceremonial President Dr Ram Baran Yadav for ‘unconstitutionally’ retaining sacked Army Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal.
Ruling parties argue a ceremonial president can do no wrong.
The ceremonial president acted at the request of 18 political parties against th spirit of the third popular president that installed a power prime minister.
Maoists charge ruling parties are attempting to create a parallel power center around the head of state after they lost the 10 April 2008 constitutional assembly elections to Maoists that emerged as the biggest political party.
Maoists have given government until Friday to meet demands threatening to launch another round of protests to replace the government of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal if demands aren’t met.

PM Nepal attending office from Monday

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal will attend office Monday.
He was recuperating from viral fever at his official Baluwatar residence for six days and even cancelled a scheduled visit of Italy to attend a FAO conference in Rome.

Matrika Yadav Maoists call

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: A strike called by the Matrika Prasad Yadav’s Maoist faction has disrupted normal life in the terai Monday.
Six vehicles were damaged in arson attacks in Sunsari.
The strike has affected mainly districts in the east and central terai.
Nine Yadav activists pushing the strike were arrested in Biratnagar Monday.

Home Minister Rawal’s India visit suddenly cancelled

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: Home Minister Bhim Rawal’s India visit that was scheduled to begin Tuesday has been suddenly cancelled, Rajdhani reports.
He was scheduled to visit India for three days with top security officials.

PM Nepal, Nemwang discussions

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal held discussions with Chairman Subash Nemwang for nearly 45 minutes Monday.
They discussed prolonged obstruction of house proceedings by Maoists.
Three biggest ruling parties, Nepali Congress and LMJF leaders are also holding discussions at Baluwatar to find an outlet to the political deadlock. nnnn

India suggests wire fencing open Nepal-India border

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: India’s Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB) has proposed fencing the open 1,800 km Nepal-India border to the central government, Kantipur reports.
SSB has been deployed nine battalions every seven to 12 km along the border.
According to a senior Indian political source, the central government in May 2009 has proposed sealing the border and erecting security towers around sensitive areas.

Former king visiting India

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: Former King Gyanendra and Queen Komal
are flying for New Delhi 6 December, Jana Bhawana reports.
During their two-day stay in the Indian capital, the former king is meeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress I President Sonia Gandhi and some diplomats.
They then fly for Bhubaneshwor, Orissa, for the marriage of a relative.

Severe petrol shortage

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: There’s a severe shortage of petrol in the Valley where it is being distributed through government pumps only.
For several days motorcyclists have been queuing up for hours at petrol pumps for oil.
The situation is expected to ease from Tuesday, officials said.
Petrol is being loaded in tankers across the border in Raxaul Monday after Nepali officials on strike since resumed work Sunday.
Officials in Bara and Parsa were protesting the excess of a woman minister from the terai.

Dress code at president’s office

Kathmandu, 16 Nov: The President’s Office has made dress code mandatory for all its staff and security personnel, The Kathmandu Post reports.
“As desired by President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, black Bhadgaule cap has become compulsory for all staff at the office on any occasion If there is any function or ceremony at the office, all staff should be dressed in daura-surwal and black Bhadagaule cap. For regular office wear, grey suit and blue shirt has been prescribed,” said Baman Prasad Neupane, Secretary at the President’s Office.
The government has provided a separate fund of Rs 14,000 a year to those who work at the President’s and Vice-President’s Office, No other government employee gets such an allowance.


“Why shouldn’t they [officials] be beaten? They’ve been deputed in Birgung by the minister to earn money.”

(Matrika Prasad Yadav, Rajdhani, 16 Nov.)

“This government has failed. A new national government should be formed to draft a new constitution.

(MJF Chairman Upendra Yadav, Annapurna Post, 16 Nov.)

“The government has compulsion to approve the budget on time. But the ongoing political deadlock has forced the government to seek other alternatives to get the budget endorsed.”

(Government Spokesman Shanker Pokhrel, The Rising Nepal, 16 Nov.)

“The kind of queuing up to go to our neighbour [India] for blessings or sympathy has scarred our foreign policy conduct.)

(Dr Bhek Bahadur Thapa, The Kathmandu Post, 16 Nov.)

‘We made him a ceremonial president; but he [Dr Ram Baran Yadav] has become an executive president.”

(Maoist leader Ishwor Dahal, Jana Bhawana, 16 Nov.)

“We demanded the government and the UN representatives to give land on lease for apple farming or 4,000 cows to the disqualified combatants as rehabilitation package.”

(Maoist politburo member Janardhan Sharma, Republica, 16 Nov.)