Nepal Today

Friday, August 27, 2010

Maoists ask PM not to send back UNMIN

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 27 Aug; A Maoist team led by Chairman Prachanda Friday drew government attention and asked Caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal not to sent back UNMIN, the political agency of UN, until the end of the peace process or change its mandate.
Prachanda met Nepal for the first time at SIngha Durbar nearly two months after the government chief’s resignation.
The extended tenure ends mid-September.
Governing parties, dissatisfied with the work of UNMIN, has formed a task force to suggest how to limit the agency mandate if it is extended.
Maoists, complaining about foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs, are pushing for a continued UN presence.
Nepal told Maoist delegation UNMIN hadn’t succeeded in completing its mission in an extended four months.
The premier told Maoists government will take a decision by consulting parties, Home Minister Bhim Rawal said.
Rawal and Peace Minister Rakam Chemjung assisted the government chief in talks.
In a separate meeting with major parties in which UML wasn’t present Maoists asked for their views of Nepal Army third boycott of joint monitoring coordination committee headed by UNMIN.

Maoist central committee begins discussions

Kathmandu, 27 Aug.: Maoist central committee Friday began delayed discussions of three political proposals of Chairman Prachanda and Vice-chairmen Baburam Bhattarai and Mohan Baidya Kiran.
The proposals present the views of the three top leaders on the party’s future course of action following a standoff with government.
Bhattarai and Kiran differed with the party chairman and suggested alternative action plans this week.
The 149 central committee members weren;t permitted to take home the proposals and studied the drafts at party headquarters for nearly seven hours Thursday.
An expanded central committee will approve the final party line after the three proposals are discussed by lower party units as well, Spokesman Dunanath Sharma said.

Chinese gift for Kathmandu municipality

Kathmandu, 27 Aug.: Chinese government Friday gifted goods worth Rs 170 million to lift the capital’s garbage.
The Chinese embassy delivered the equipment, including transport vehicles, to Mayor Ananda Raj Pokhrel.

Embankment collapses three days after construction

Kathmandu, 27 Aug.: A Rs 260,000 embankment along Dora river in Kanchanpir in the far-West collapsed three days after completion Friday.
Thirty six families along the river have been displaced and 110 houses threatened.

Prachanda flexible on monarchy: Kamal Thapa

Kathmandu, 27 Aug.: RPP-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa Wednesday claimed Maoist Chairman Prachanda has become flexible on monarchy after foreign play surged.
‘Prachanda told me at a meeting, monarchy is necessary to protect nationalism.
“Because foreign play has increased after sidelining monarchy, Prachanda has become flexible on monarchy.
“Lately, the need and relevance of monarchy has increased.
“It’s our campaign to restore monarchy,” Thapa told a gathering at the Reporters’ Club.

Govt. directs contractor to repair damaged residence of Krisshna Prasad Bhattarai

Kathmandu, 27 Aug.: Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar Thursday directed a contractor to repair the damaged and leaking home of former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai near Badegaon in Godavari.
Gachedhar issued the directive in the presence of Bhattarai at the latter’s home provided by the government for the only surviving founder member of Nepali Congress.
Bhattarai said Wednesday he was ‘saddened’ at government apathy to the condition of his home.

Former minister dead

Kathmandu, 27 Aug.: Former state minister in the panchayat era Lokendra Pratap Bista died Thursday while undergoing treatment at a hospital in the capital.
He left behind a wife, two sons and a daughter.


“’The open principled and physical support for political change in the last four years from foreign countries has opened the door for them to run the country.”

(Yubaraj Ghimere, Annapurna Post, 27 Aug.)


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