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Archive for December, 2009


Sign of things to come

Two weeks after Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said his request for talks with Delhi was a joke, he launched a “fight for national independence” on Wednesday. The Himalayan Times reports: Chairman of UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachande’ today claimed that the foreign powers were attempting to stop the change. “Despite that, the fight for […]

Good and bad treatment

In Beijing on Tuesday, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal got the red-carpet welcome at the Great Hall of the People from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Nepal also got China to pledge 100 million Yuan (nearly Rs 1.5 billion) in assistance every year in exchange for controlling anti-China activities in Nepal. Republica writes: During the meeting, […]

The business of money

Remember those Airbus jets that Nepal Airline Corporation wanted to buy, and deposited a non-refundable sum of US $750,000 towards them in November? The Public Account Committee of the parliament is saying the deal breached the law and wants the corporation to scrap it. The Kathmandu Post reports: PAC has termed the NAC’s decision to […]

Nation of strikes

Nepal Medical Association has called for a nationwide shutdown of all health institutions, except emergency services, demanding that the government provide professional security in all medical facilities. Republica reports: Nepal Medical Association (NMA), the umbrella organization of doctors across the country, decided to go ahead with the strike after its deadline to the government to […]

A new Newa State

Thousands of people gathered at Dashrath Stadium and declared a separate Newa autonomous state on Saturday–exactly 10 days after the Maoists had done the same. The Kathmandu Post reports: The UCPN (Maoist) had, on Dec. 16, declared the Newa Autonomous State amid confusion and controversy over the border of the state. Representatives of the Joint […]

Singh gets a promotion

The cabinet promoted Nepal Army General Toran Jung Bahadur Singh to the position of Lieutenant General on Thursday. The prime minister made the decision on Christmas Eve hoping to draw minimum attention to the announcement. Kantipur reports: According to the Ministry of Defence, the prime minister chose the date ‘strategically’. Most embassies are on a […]

Back to business

Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal isn’t pleased with the media. Last night, he told BBC Nepali Service: Having gone through the media reports today, I realised that they did not understand my speech yesterday. It was a sarcastic political comment on the political parties for not having their own stand and for waiting for directives […]