Nepal Today

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another strike

Kathmandu, 1 Jan.: A nation-wide strike called by Indigenous People Mega Front Friday disrupted normal life nationwide.
The Front is demanding greater political representation and access to education, government and education sectors.
It is asking government to implement past commitments.

Cold wave continues

Kathmandu, 1 Jan.: Heavy snowfall has been reported from the hill region for the third consecutive day Friday.
Temperatures began plummeting Wednesday when the first winter’s shower was recorded in the capital.
The clod wave has hit the terai as well.
Internal flights have been disrupted.

PM Nepal returns

Kathmandu, 1 Jan.: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said Friday Nepal, China relations has reached a new height.
He said this on return home Friday night concluding a six-day official China visit.
“It was basically a goodwill visit. It has been instrumental to take relations to a new height,” he said.
“The Chinese leadership is very concerned about anti-China activities in Nepal. It is a sensitive issue which we have understood; we have a constant stance in this regard. We won’t allow such activities in our country,” the premier added.

Army chief boycotts function to declare Tamu army

Kathmandu, 1 Jan.: Tamu Ghi Nepal is also forming Tamu Tiling or Tamu army, Naya Patrika reports.
The army was being Thursday is Pokhara; the plan was suspended because of the dissatisfaction of Army Chief Gen. Chatraman Singh Gurung who was staying at the western division headquarters.
Tamu Ghi said the army will soon be launched.
Gen.Gurung had reached Pokhara Wednesday to attend the concluding function of Lochar.
The programme to declare the army was cancelled after the army chief through an aide told organizers he wouldn’t attend the function.
The chief said the declaration wouldn’t benefit the organization or him.


Two more airlines coming

Kathmandu, 1 Jan.: Nepal is attracting more international airlines, Kantipur reports.
Spirit of Manila of Philippines and Oman Airlines have applied to begins flights to Nepal.
Twenty-seven international airlines will be operating out of Nepal when they begin flights.


“By the look of things, no one should be surprised if it’s the UN in Nepal which will decide the next chief of Nepal Army. The concerted effort to undermine NA’s credibility while UN agencies don’t make a squeak about the atrocities of Maoists puts a big question mark over the credibility of the world body.”

(Narayan Shah, The Kathmandu Post, 1 Jan.)

“Government doesn’t do anything even after speaking; it makes no effort even in silence.”

(Dr Prakash Chandra Lohini of Rashtriya Janasakti Party, Annapurna Post, 1 Jan.)
“Why change the government when it’s functioning? There’s no need to change the government.”

(Congress Vice-chairman Ram Chandra Paudel, Bimarsha, 1 Jan.)

“The bill [7th amendment to interimconstitution] has been introduced to prolong the life of the coalition government.”

(Maoist lawmaker Khimlal Debkota, Annapurna Post, 1 Jan.)

“There’s a conspiracy to make the vice-president take an oath of office and secrecy in Miathali. I have strong objections.”

(Sarita Giri, Annapurna Post, 1 Jan.)


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