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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NC CWC MEET AGAIN INCONCLUSIVE

Kathmandu, 30 Nov.: Twelve speakers at the NC central working committee (CWC) Tuesday continued their opposition to party President Sushil Koirala’s proposal to appoint Ram Chandra Paudel and Krishna Prasad Shitaula vice-chairman and general secretary respectively.
Discussions will continue for the fourth and possibly last consecutive day Wednesday.
Thirty-nine newly elected central committee members expressed their views.
Majority speakers urged for appointment of party office bearers through understanding.
Presidential nominations have to be confirmed by the CWC.
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PRESIDENT INAUGURATES TRADE FAIR

Kathmandu, 30 Nov.: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav Wednesday
launched the Western Region Trade Fair 2010 at Parasi in Nawalparasi.
The president called for an end to politics of arms while
inaugurating the fair where 200 stalls have exhibited produce of the region.
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BIJAYA KUMAR GACHEHDHAR TO HANDLE PM’S RESPONSIBILITIES

Kathmandu, 30 Nov.: Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of MJFD Bijaya Kumar Gachedhar will handle responsibilities of the prime minister in the absence of Caretaker government chief Madhav Kumar Nepal who left for Cambodia Wednesday to attend a conference of Asian political parties.
He returns in five days and will proceed immediately to Brussels to attend a conference of LDC states.
The grouping is chaired by Nepal.
The responsibilities assigned to Gachedhar by the president confirms the MJFD chairman is senior to another Deputy Prime Minister Sujata
Koirala of NC.
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NO PROGRESS IN CONSTITUTION IN SIX MONTHS

Kathmandu, 30 Nov. Not a single article of a constitution to institutionalize a republic has been drafted in six months after the elected two-year tenure of the constituent assembly (CA) was extended by one year 28 May.
A replacement of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal who resigned under Maoist pressure 30 June hasn’t been elected by parliament in 16 rounds of parliamentary voting.
In the last five months, three major parties have only concentrated their while attention either in grabbing power or retaining it.
Parties haven’t eliminated differences on 230 articles to be incorporated in a constitution.
Differences persist on eight themes.
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REPORT ON PARLIAMENT SCUFFLE SUBMITTED TO SPEAKER

Kathmandu, 30 Nov.: A report prepared by parliament secretariat on
the scuffle in parliament during a failed government attempt to
present an annual budget in the legislature was submitted to Speaker
Subash Nemwang Tuesday.
The contents weren’t disclosed.
Maoists this month encircled Finance Minister Surendra Pandey
and mauled him and cabinet colleagues as he proceeded to the
rostrum to announce the budget.
Ruling parties demanded the speaker take action.
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CORRECTION ON SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPORT

Kathmandu, 30 Nov.: Maoist member of the special committee on army integration, supervision and resettlement Barsha Man Pun said his party has claimed the position of joint coordinator of the secretariat.
A demand was submitted at a special meeting chaired by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
The demand will be taken up at the next meeting of the committee, Pun said Tuesday.
There was no agreement on the Maoist demand.
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PROF. S.D.MUNI THREATENS MAOISTS

Kathmandu, 30 Nov.: Prof. S. D.Muni who has retired from state university
Jawahrlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi and currently lives in Singapore Monday threatened Maoists.
‘Ranas and Shahs orchestrated the anti-Indian rhetoric in Nepal but failed to develop Nepal resulting in both the regimes getting wiped out.
‘It would be a big mistake if anyone thinks that they can remain in power for ever by fueling anti-Indian sentiments here,” he told a gathering at Reporters’ Club Monday.
It’s not the purpose of the write-up here to go into the accuracy of his claims why the Rana regime collapsed and monarchy was ousted.
But Muni, who acts as an emissary of the Indian government and has worked for it, has come to Nepal immediately after the Maoist
plenum in Gorkha where it was hotly debated whether India is the main enemy of Maoists.
Muni’s statement is a mere political rhetoric that has come at a time when India claims Maoists are training their Indian counterparts called Naxals in India—a claim denied by the Armed Police Force Chief.
There’s no academic veil to the threat.
Muni has probably been sent as an emissary by the government of his country to warn Maoists and feel their pulse.
No action has been taken by government against Maoists who hurled shoes at Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood in Solu.
He has been used by the federal government in the past.
He developed close contacts with Maoists in New Delhi and permitted a contact office of Maoists to be opened in the New Delhi University when he was there as a professor.
Muni, a Nepal ‘expert’, has very close contacts with Dr. Baburam Bhattarai in the Maoist camp and held discussions with Chairman Prachanda
Dahal quoted Prachanda as telling him: “Dahal told me that it [India is arch enemy of Maoists] was engineered by the media. However, he said that India has been creating hurdles to the Maoists party’s bid to come to power.”
The retired professor has been deeply involved in Nepali politics.
He had direct to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Baluwatar during the transition.
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EU GRANT

Kathmandu, 30 Nov.: European Union (EU)Tuesday gave Nepal a grant ofassistance of 1,047,000 euros equivalent to Rs 100.15 million) through World Food Programme (WFP) no monitor and analyze food security and to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives (MoAC).
The assistance is part of a 9 million euros assistance funded by the European Union and implemented by WFP in seven food insecure districts in the mid and far western development regions.

District Food Security Networks have been set up by WFP in close cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) in 61 out of the 75 districts of Nepal, the statement added.
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GOVT. LIFTS BAN ON GOLD IMPORT

Kathmandu, 30 Nov.: Commerce Ministry Tuesday lifted a ban on gold imports.
Commercial banks have now been authorized to import and sell the precious metal.
A ban was slapped nearly three months ago.
To meet local demand, Nepal Rashtra Bank organized a weekly auction which been discontinued after the presentation of the full annual budget.
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