Nepal Today

Thursday, August 8, 2013



Kathmandu, 9 Aug.: Government Thursday sent an invitation to the
33-party opposition for the fourth time to come for talks to discuss demands related to the 19Novmber elections opposed by the parties.
This was confirmed byBimal Gautam,  press advisor for Chairman of
Interim Election Council of  Ministers Khil Raj Regmi.
Opposition demanded unconditional invite


Katmandu, 8 Aug.: The meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Thursday decided to accept the loan of 37 million US Dollars (approximately Rs. 3.52 billion) and grant of two million US Dollars to be received from International Development Agency of the World Bank Group for additional investment for the construction of Nepal-India Electricity Transmission Line and Trade Project, RSS reports..

The meeting also provided all rights to the Ministry of Finance to sign the agreement regarding this project, said Spokesperson of the Government and Minister for Information and Communications, Madhav Paudel.

The government would provide the loans to the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) as loan while the government would invest the grant amount as the share in the NEA.

Similarly, the meeting decided to form a team of Nepali delegation to hold talks with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) regarding the grant assistance of 21 million US Dollars (approximately Rs. 2.04 billion) to be received from the Bank for preparations of the Energy Sector Projects.

Similarly, the cabinet meeting also decided to send the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs, on Schedule- 1 of Nepal Citizenship Regulations-2063 B.S., to Bills Committee of the Council of Ministers and that the Committee would recommend the government with necessary amendment, said Minister Paudel.

The government has decided to increase the revolving fund of Nepali side at the BP Koirala Nepal-India Foundation and add further 160 million rupees and provide the amount to Ministry of Finance.

Likewise, the government decided to extend the term of Nepal Army (NA) Technical Brigadier General Shiva Bahadur Basnyat by 18 months and one week effective from August 26.

The government has also decided to provide around 79.27 hectares of land in forest area to the Upper Trishuli ´A´ Hydropower Project and 94 ropanies and 14 annas of land to Hewa Khola Hydropower project on condition of abiding by various rules for 35 years to each.

The meeting decided to provide Rs. 500,000 financial support to run a programme on the occasion of World Indigenous Nationalities´ Day to Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities.


Kathmandu, 8 Aug.: At he inconclusive talks with HLPM Thursday, Ashok Rai;s Federal federal Socialist Party demanded scrapping a 11-point agreement
And a 25-point ordinance endorsed by President Dr..Ram Baran Yadav to
install the present government.
The party  demanded for delineating electoral parliamentary constituencies
on population basis while calling for the esignation of Chairman
Khil Raj Regmi as chief justice.
Talks will be resumed.


Kathmandu, 8 Aug.: General Secretary of the CPN (UML), Ishwor Pokhrel, has expressed the commitment that the party would include rights of the third gender in the party´s manifesto for their representation and development, RSS reports.

Talking to a team led by former lawmaker Sunil Babu Panta at the UML party headquarters at Balkhu on Thursday, Pokhrel said the demands of the third gender would be included in the manifesto as the party has a inclusive policy.

He further said responsibility would be given to those who want to join the party from all walks of life.

On the occasion, Panta said more than 100 people of third gender are joining the UML within a few days and added that he was also positive to join the CPN (UML).


Kathmandu, 8 Aug  Chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF)-Democratic, Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar said that all the demands put forth by the dissenting parties would not be addressed, RSS reports from Saptari.

At a news conference organised by the Party here today, Chairman Gachchhadar said that some demands of the dissenting parties affect the election to the Constituent Assembly.

He also added election would not be held if all the demands of the dissenting parties are addressed.

The MJF-Democratic mentioned that they are ready to adopt flexibility as far as possible to bring the dissenting parties including the CPN-Maoist in the election.

Gachchhadar, also the member of the High-Level Political Committee, claimed that talks with the disgruntled parties would reach to conclusion till Friday, August 9.

Urging all to be confident that free and fair CA election would be held on the stipulated date on November 19, he said no one could obstruct the election as the environment for the second CA has been already created in the country.

Stating that no party should backtrack from election as it was the only alternative for an outlet to the existing political problems of the country, Gachchhadar said any party to run away from election would be an anti-people act.


Kathmandu, 8 Aug: Chairman of RPP-Nepal Kamal Thapa has accused the four parties of not being honest to election process, RSS reports from Bardibas..

Addressing a press meet organized by the party´s Mahottari district chapter in Jaleswor today, he said the four parties now fear of losing majority in the next election, as the people will evaluate them for their role in the former Constituent Assembly.

They have been out to cover up their failure in the past and are for postponing the election, he said.

Stating that they have betrayed the people on secularism and republic which were not the agenda of the 2062-63 BS movement, Thapa also said RPP-N will win if the election is held in time as there is a wave for the party.

Now the four parties and dissenting parties have been wasting time in the name of talks, and suggested that the Council of Ministers can solve problems by calling an all-party meeting.

Also present at the programme held at FNJ Mahottari office was Central Member Pramod Kumar Singh and other leaders.



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