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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Education Minister Kusbaha recalled

Kathmandu, 24 Feb.: Education Minister Ram Chandra Kusbaha has been recalled by TMLP after a parliamentary investigated charges of corruption against him.
The party said Wednesday action was taken to facilitate corruption charge.
He is being replaced by Party Spokesman Sarbindranath Sukha.
Donors temporarily suspended funding to projects run by the ministry after charges surfaced.
Government has formed a probe panel to investigation allegations.

KP Oli to hold dialogue with parties to attempt break a political deadlock

Kathmandu, 24 Feb.: UML politburo member KP Oli, a firm critic of Chairman Jhalanath Khanal was appointed head of a dialogue team by the party to initiate talks with parties to end a prolonged political deadlock.
Oli was appointed Friday by the party heading a 22-party government coalition to end the impasse.
Influential member Bamdev Gautam, a Maoist supporter in the party. was appointed had of a committee to launch a three-month nation-wide campaign to educate people on the need to promulgate a constitution within the
28 May deadline and finalize the peace process.
The party Tuesday set seven conditions for bringing Maoists into government, including disbandment of paramilitary wing YCL and vacation of 28 cantonments and satellite camps by 19,000 plus combatants before the end of May.

Three parties meet inconclusive

Kathmandu, 24 Feb.: A task force meeting of Maoists, Nepali
Congress and UML was again inconclusive Wednesday to
Draft an common resolution to address what Maoists call correction of President Dr Ram BaranYadav’s intervention to retain sacked Army
Chief Gen Rukmangud Katawal last year.
The parties entrusted the task force to draft an acceptable common resolution for discussion in parliament.
Ruling parties oppose discussion of the presidential action while Maoists
are pressing discussion of what they call an unconstitutional action by a
ceremonial president.
The task force ahead of a scheduled meeting of the high-level
political mechanism Thursday to find an outlet to a political
deadlock which may be affected.

Parliamentary committee asks for details of vehicle abuse

Kathmandu, 24 Feb.: A parliamentary committee Wednesday asked government Wednesday to furnish details of vehicle abuse of government vehicles by party leaders.
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) ,in the red, has been supplying vehicles on verbal orders of the government to top leaders including Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, former prime ministers Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Sher Bahadur Deuba, former home ministers and other leaders of political parties and officials.
Workers on NEA seized a vehicle loaned to KP Sharma Oli last week at the premises on the NEA as it was being refueled at the authority’s expense.

Plainclothesman policeman shot and injured in Sarlahi

Kathmandu, 24 Feb.: Plainclothesman Dipendra Jha was shot and seriously injured in Malangawa, Saptari, Wednesday gangsters.
He was rushed to the capital for treatment of head injuries.
Assailants decamped with his pistol and two magazines with bullets.

Leaders again flying for New Delhi

Kathmandu, 24 Feb.: Moves have started to topple the government
led by UML nine months after it was formed, Janaastha reports.
MJF Chairman Upenbra Yadav secretly left for on a secret mission
for New Delhi with this mission on the pretext of meeting his son
Dipesh Yadav.
His rival and Chairman of the MJFL and deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar is also leaving for New Delhi this week.
UML leader KP Sharma is also going to New Delhi soon.
They [Yadav,Gachedhar] received special invitations fro the Indian capital to unite them.
Yadav met Sunday with Prachanda and Girija Prasad Koirala.

Girija feigned sickened to go to Delhi to meet Prachanda

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 24 Feb.: NC President Girija Prasad Koirala feigned sickness in
2062 to meet and hold discussions with Maoist Chairman Prachanda, Koirala’s aide Krishna Prasad Shitaula said.
The meeting took place at Noida in the suburbs of New Delhi.
The meeting wouldn’t have been possible without Indian
Government acquiescence, he said.
‘Koirala went to New Delhi for talks with Maoists,” Shitaula told Naya Partrika.
“It was said the visit as for treatment. But the purpose was a dialogue.”
Prachanda, Dr Baburam Bhattarai, Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal and
Krishna Bahadur Mahara were present at the meeting.
“No Indians were present. But that meeting wasn’t possible
without the goodwill of the Indian government,” the former home minister said.
(Note: Maoists were still on the terrorist list of the Indian and Nepali


“Rest assured. I am with you.”

“Girija Prasad Koirala telling Prachanda and PM Nepal
simultaneously as daughter Sujata holds telephone on his bed,”

(Cartoon in Kantipur, 24 Feb.)

(I worked with three kings. Mahendra was brave; Birendra was peace-loving and Gyanendra was an intellectual.”

(Former PM Kirtinidhi Bista, Naya Patrika, 24 Feb.)

“Throughout the history of NEA, the vehicles were provided to the ministers, former and incumbent prime ministers as well as to various organizations through verbal order.”

(NEA Executive Director Dr Devendra Jha, The Himalayan Times, 24 Feb.)

“Don’t be surprised with the return of monarchy in some form with the leg-pulling of leaders. The restoration will be because of leaders and
not the people.”

(Former Nepali lawmaker Mamresh Kumar Singh considered close
to Indian establishment, Ghatana ra Bichar, 24 Feb.)


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