Nepal Today

Saturday, April 27, 2013

PRACHANDA LEAVES FOR INIDIA UPDATE Kathamandu, 26 April: Maoist Chairman Prachanda flew for India Saturday for discussions with Indian leaders. HGe returns home Tuesday. Indian officials were quoted in Nepali media Saturday saying Prachanda is first among political leaders who will be invited to New Delhi for talks ahead of constituent assembly elections. Official dates are yet to be announced. Nnnn NRT SUSPENDS SPORTING ACTIVITIES Kathmandu, 27 April: New Road Team (NRT), named after New Road the capital’s main shopping center, Saturday decided not to participate not to participate in any sporting activities because of financial problem. NRT, probably the oldest sports club, is a A division team that participates in football matches. The decision was taken by vote. The club member said the club has to settle dyes Rs.14 million. The club was founded in 1934. Nnnn KIDNAPPED MAN FREED IN MOHOTTARI AFTER PAYING RANSOM Kathmandu, 27 April A bruised Bhola Yadav, 30, was freed by abductors in Mahottari Saturday after abduction 20- April. His family paid a ransom.Rs.430,000 to unknown abductors.. nnnn. TALIBAN ANNONCES SPRING OFFENSIVE Kathmandu, 27 April: The Taliban on Saturday announced the start of their spring offensive, signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms across Afghanistan, making both travel and fighting easier, AP reports from Kabul.. The statement comes toward the end of a month that already has been the deadliest of the year. The militant group´s leadership vowed that "every possible tactic will be utilized in order to detain or inflict heavy casualties on the foreign transgressors." It said that will include more so-called insider attacks by members of the Afghan security forces against their colleagues or foreign troops. Such attacks threaten the strength of the Afghan forces as they work to take over responsibility from international forces. The latest one occurred in March, when a member of Afghanistan´s government-backed militia program shot and killed five of his colleagues in Badghis province in northwest Afghanistan. In a sign of Taliban´s determination to replace Afghanistan´s government with one promoting a stricter interpretation of Islamic law, they named their new offensive after a legendary Muslim military commander, Khalid ibn al-Walid. Also known as "the Drawn Sword of God," he was a companion of Islam´s Prophet Muhammad. U.S.-backed efforts to try to reconcile the Islamic militant movement with the Afghan government have so far failed. Insurgents intensified attacks this spring as they try to position themselves for power ahead of national elections and the planned withdrawal of most U.S. and other foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. April has already been the worst month for combat deaths so far this year. According to an Associated Press tally, 257 people — including civilians, Afghan security forces and foreign troops — have been killed in violence around the nation. During that time 217 insurgents have died. Last year during the month of April, 179 civilians, foreign troops and Afghan security forces were killed and 268 insurgents. Still, the top U.S. commander in Kabul, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, said Wednesday that the security situation has improved across the country. "As the traditional fighting season begins, the insurgency will confront a combined " Afghan force of 350,000 soldiers and police, he said. "The insurgency can no longer use the justification that it is fighting foreign occupiers — that message rings hollow," Dunford said in a statement. Nnnn


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