Nepal Today

Tuesday, August 6, 2013



Kathmandu, 7 Aug; HLPM is meeting Wednesday to discuss 18
demands of 33 opposition parties to discuss the 19 November assembly elections announced by government an supported by the mechanism and major
world powers.
Mechanism coordinator Prachanda was skeptical of meeting the demands that include negotiating  new election date with a consensus and replacement of the government of retred employees supported by the body.
Talk re being held Wednesday by the mechanism with Ashok
Rai-- chairman of federal Socialist party.
Separate probing talks were held Tuesday with MJFN and the 33
opposition alliance.

To discuss dmands
Shok RaiSamajbadi fedral front today

Kathmandu, 7 Aug.: A massive fire engulfed the arrivals hall at Kenya's main international airport early Wednesday, forcing East Africa's largest airport to close and the rerouting of all inbound flights, AP reports from Nairobi.

Dark black smoke that billowed skyward was visible across much of Nairobi as emergency teams battled the blaze. Stranded passengers stood on sidewalks outside the airport with their luggage in hand.

The Kenya Airports Authority said the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been closed until further notice so that emergency teams can battle the fire.

Associated Press reporters at the scene said the fire had gutted the international arrivals hall, where passengers pass through immigration and retrieve their luggage.

As in many countries in East Africa, public sector services like police and fire units are hobbled by small budgets and outdated or no equipment. A British passenger, Martyn Collbeck, said he was surprised that the airport wasn't shut down sooner so that emergency vehicles could respond.

"When I arrived there were one or two fire engines parked outside the international arrivals. It spread very fast," said Collbeck, who had been scheduled to fly back to London on an early morning KLM flight. "There were a couple of explosions which I think were a couple of gas canisters."

But, he added: "I would have expected more fire engines to respond faster."

The Nairobi airport is the busiest airport in East Africa, and its closure is likely to affect flights throughout the region.


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