Nepal Today

Monday, August 30, 2010

No cabinet decision on UNMIN

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 30 Aug.: A regular meting of the cabinet Monday couldn’t take a decision of the UNMIN future in Nepal.
It’s tenure ends 16 September.
The next cabinet meet will take a decision, a government spokesman said.
Sixteen of 25 parties in parliament have told the government the tenure should be extended by taking Nepal Army off the UNMIN watch while the UN political agency should continue monitoring Maoist PLA.
Maoists, who complain of foreign intervention in Nepal’s political affairs, have demanded the UNMIN tenure should be extended by six months without changing its mandate.
The cabinet also decided to present a white paper to the security council on points implemented between seven parties and Maoists in a comprehensive peace agreement three years ago.
The agreement should have been implemented in six months.
Manwhile, Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari said Monday UNMIN tenure should be extended only by one month while demanding a new verification of Maoist combatants on 28 cantonments and satellite camps under UNMIN watch.
The country’s first woman defence minister is a firm critic of UNMIN and Maoists.
Her role has been appreciated in Nepal Army while Maoists denounce her
Bhandari has received firm support of senior UML leader KP Sharma Oli who is another critic of Maoists and is close to Nepali Congress.

Week’s garbage to be lifted Tuesday

Kathmandu, 30 Aug.: Amid fears of an epidemic outbreak, tons of garbage on the streets of the three cities of the Valley will be lifted from Tuesday following a three-point agreement Monday between Valley local authorities and managers of a landfill site at Okharpauwa in neighbouring Nuwakot.
A three-point agreement promises employment opportunities for residents at the landfill site, the construction site, construction of a three km road there and implementation of past agreements.
Past agreements have been broken regularly for failure to implement agreements threatening health of valley residents with regular disruption of garbage clearance.
There’s o guarantee the fresh agreement will be implemented
People has to walk past heaps of rotten smelly garbage with their noses cupped.


“My own daughter-in-law is selling leafy vegetables in the US despite having a nursing degree. This is exactly the condition of most young Nepali nurses abroad.”

(Girija Mani Pokhrel complaining of inferior quality of nurse education at institutions, Republica, 30 Aug.)


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