Nepal Today

Monday, February 25, 2013

MAN, TWO GRANDCHILDREN KILLED IN KILLED IN SANKHUWASABHA Kathmandu, 26 Feb.: A 65-year-old man and his two grandchildren were killed at a remote village in Sahkhuwabasabha overnight. A police investigating team has been sent to the village. Full details of the triple murder are yet to come. Nnnn . BOMB DEFUSED IN BUTWAL AS WELL Kathmandu, 26 Feb.: A bomb disposal of Nepal Army (NA) Tuesday defused a bomb planted at Puspa Lal Park in Butwal. A pamphlet of CPN- Revolutionary was recovered from the park. nnnn 711 YOUTH ROUNDED UP, RELEASED Kathmandu, 26 Feb.: Calling it a campaign to curb theft, robbery and hooliganism, Metropolitan Police Range on Monday rounded up 711 young people, mostly males, sporting long hair and wearing ear studs or ear rings from different parts of the city, The Himalayan Times writes. . Their detailed identities were recorded along with finger prints and photos, police said. “Some of these youth were handed over to their guardians and police had their hair cut. They were warned not to repeat such get-up and hair-do in future and released in the evening. The campaign was launched at 11:00 am for three hours on the streets. MAJOR PARTIES WELCOME CHIEF JUSTICE REGMI’S READINESS TO LEAD E;ECTION GOVT, MORE DETAILS Kathmandu, 26 Feb.: The joint meeting of UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha Monday welcomed chief justice Khil Raj Regmi's readiness to lead an election government, Ram Prasad Dahal writes in The Rising Nepal... The meeting, held a few hours after the Supreme Court issued a statement about the CJ's readiness to lead the election government, also decided to forward process to appoint chief justice as the new prime minister. After meeting, UCPN-Maoist vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the meeting entrusted responsibility to cross-party taskforce to present proposal to remove constitutional and legal hurdles within two days to form new government. He said the task force would prepare a proposal tomorrow and four-party meeting that is scheduled for Wednesday would finalize it. “Building political trust was main thing. The country is now heading towards election, which could be held within mid-June.” Shtestha said. He also said the process to form the new government would take momentum although it could take time. Nepali Congress vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel said the taskforce would come up with solution to appoint sitting chief justice as executive chief. Both informed that the meeting welcomed statement issued by the SC. Earlier, chief justice Regmi expressed his readiness to lead an election government. He showed the positive signal for the leadership in a meeting held with top leaders of four major political powers including the Madhesi Morcha, this morning. It is learnt that Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai raised some political and constitutional questions at the meeting held at the official residence of the Prime Minister. Talking to media persons after the meeting, Coordinator of the United Democratic Madhesi Forum and Deputy Prime Minister, Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, said that Regmi seemed positive on the proposal put forth by them. Gachchhadar said that the CJ has raised some issues which should be settled before taking the leadership of an election government and expressed the belief that a meeting of top leaders scheduled to be held this afternoon would finalize it. He said open discussions were held with the CJ and added that he was positive to taking up the leadership of an election government which is to be formed in order to hold election of the Constituent Assembly (CA). The meeting that took place at the Army Integration Special Committee Secretariat at Naya Baneshwar held on Sunday evening decided to urge the Chief Justice today for the last time to assume the leadership of an election government. As per the decision, the top leaders of the four major political parties went to meet Regmi to urge him for taking the leadership of an election government. Present in the meeting were Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Vice-Chairman and Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman, Jhalanath Khanal and Coordinator of the Madhesi Morcha, Gachchhadar. Present in the meeting were Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Vice-Chairman and Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman, Jhalanath Khanal and Coordinator of the Madhesi Morcha, Gachchhadar. nnnn PLAN TO CREATE 4 MILLION JOBS Kathmandu, 26 Feb.:: With the endorsement of 'Forestry for Prosperity: A vision paper of 2030', the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) seeks to create 4 million forestry-based jobs within a decade, Purusottam Khatri writes in The Rising Nepal.. The Ministry said the ambitious scheme was possible to be materialized within 10 years of its implementation through forest-based enterprises. The ministry endorsed the vision on January 24. The dream project was conceptualized after Dr. Krishna Chandra Paudel joined the forestry as new secretary. He, for the first time, launched the vision 2030 at gathering event in WWF-US programme, at Washington D.C on February 1. Presenting his hour long video presentation at a seminar in the capital Monday, Dr. Paudel said the theme of forestry for prosperity was tantamount to people’s prosperity by executing the forestry-related businesses. Saying that of the total land area of Nepal, 40 per cent was still covered by forest areas, Nepal’s economic growth was possible through sustainable forest management. “In the next few years, forestry sector will be a fundamental pillar as the largest contributing factor for Nepal’s economic growth and become a key development approach up to the grassroots levels,” said Dr. Paudel. Dr. Paudel said that his ministry was working for the development and implementation of forestry sector strategy, policies and plans through multi-stakeholders processes. Pointing to the outcome of the past 21-year- long master plan of forest development, he said that Nepal still needed next 20 years new master plan targeting to support rural communities especially the poor, disadvantage and climate vulnerable communities. Saying that Nepal still lacked forestry-based enterprises, he noted that the vision 2030 had also emphasized for running and establishing forestry-based enterprises. The government had declared 20 forest areas as protected areas in Nepal like 13 National Parks, six conservation areas and a hunting reserve, which can also be promoted and integrated in tourism by adopting business model approaches. The export medicinal herbs found in the Himalyan belt and its business within Nepalese markets is another possible avenue to earn million of rupees yearly in Nepal, Dr. Paudel added. The Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme (MSFP), an internationally funded body in Nepal contributing to the Forest Ministry to implement the vision 2030. nnnn


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