Ban-ki Moon positive about extending term of UN Mission in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nov 3 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon and the UN Security Council are positive about extending the term of the UN Mission in Nepal, which is ending in January, 2008.

Ban-ki Moon and the UN Security Council were positive about extending the tenure of UN Mission in Nepal and have committed to extend all manner of support for it, said Ian Martin, the chief of the UN Mission in Nepal, who returned to Nepal on Friday after participating in the discussion on the recent report on Nepal tabled at the UN Security Council in New York.

“Secretary General Moon is very hopeful that the Nepalese peace process would bear fruit,” Nepalnews quoted Martin as saying.

Agreement eludes Girija Prasad Koirala

Kathmandu, Nov 3 : Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala today "rejected" the Maoist demand for declaring the Himalayan country a republic immediately.

Koirala said it is “impossible” to accept the Maoists proposal that the Parliament should immediately announce Nepal as a republic, saying that is it against the spirit of the agreements reached earlier, and the existing constitutional provisions.

During his discussion with senior leaders of Nepali Congress (NC), Koirala was quoted as saying that the party would remain against announcing Nepal a republic immediately and adopting a fully proportional election system.

Security beefed up along Indo-Nepal border following drugs seizure

Sonauli (UP), Oct 31 : Police has stepped up security along the Indo-Nepal border after a huge haul of hashish was made on the Indian side of the border.

During a recent seizure, Indian police seized about two quintals of hashish being trafficked through vehicles in secret cabinets.

"After searching the car, we located secret compartments, where we found one quintal, 94 kilograms of hashish (extract of cannabis plant).  It is one of the biggest seizures ever made. The value of the seizure in the international market is about 508,582 dollars," said R P Chaturvedi, Superintendent of Police in the Siddhartha Nagar District of the state.

United Nations Security Council urges Nepal to set early date for election

Kathmandu, Oct 26 : The United Nations Security Council has urged Nepal to set an early date for Constituent Assembly elections, which have been postponed twice in recent months.

Although no formal or informal statement was issued following a discussion among the Security Council members, it's President for October, Ambassador Leslie K. Christian from Ghana, was quoted on Thursday as saying: “The Council members expressed their deep concern over postponement of elections in Nepal and hoped that things would get back on the right path.”

Member nations have asked Nepal to ''look into the possibility of elections before the end of the year,'' Christian was quoted by Nepalnews, as saying.

Security along Indo-Nepal border tightened

Gorakhpur (UP)/ Jalpaiguri (WB), Oct 17 : Security along the Indo-Nepal border has been tightened following the postponement of the assembly elections for a new Constitution in Nepal.

"Patrolling is always done. Now, we have added more forces. Our dog squads are also there on the border. We have introduced new gadgets to our force. Along with that we have also alerted our intelligence network to gain information," said S. Bandhopadhya, Deputy Inspector General, Seema Sashtra Bal (SSB) today.

On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee called for holding of early elections in Nepal.

Pranab Mukherjee calls for early election in Nepal

Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), Oct 17 : External Affairs Minister Pranab MukherjeeExternal Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has called for the holding of early elections in Nepal.

"As far as the question of the future of Nepal is concerned, it should be a collective effort with a social objective. The interim government should immediately start the democratic process to conduct the polls. After the elections, let the Constituent Assembly decide the future of the monarchy," Mukherjee said on the sidelines of a seminar.

Stalemate in Nepal again, next Parliament meet on Oct 28

Kathmandu, Oct 16 : The seven political parties on Tuesday decided to adjourn till October 28 the special session of interim Parliament, which was convened to decide on the fate of monarchy, apparently to buy time for discussions before the House goes for voting on the proposals.

The alliance took the decision to prorogue the special session after hectic parleys during the week could not defuse the political deadlock over the Maoists’ demand for declaring Nepal as a republic immediately and the Constituent Assembly elections based on proportional representation system.

The session, which had been adjourned for two days, was expected to resume today.

Shyam Saran commences parleys with Nepal leadership

Kathmandu, Oct.11 : Foreign Secretary Shyam SaranIndian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s special envoy to Nepal and former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran has commenced parleys with the Nepali leadership.

Saran, who is here on a two-day visit, met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, CPN-UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal and Maoist chairman Prachanda on Wednesday evening.

“The meeting was positive,” Saran told reporters after meeting with Prachanda. Senior Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai was also present in the meeting.

Maoist round-table meet starts

Maoist Communist Party
Kathmandu, Oct.11 : A three-day round table conference organised by the Maoist-affiliated Seti-Mahakali Rastriya Mukti Morcha (SMRMM) has begun in far western town of Dipayal on Wednesday.

A total of 225 participants in the conference from far western districts will discuss over the structure of federal system and proportional representation of all groups, sectors and ethnic communities as proposed by the Maoist party.

Nepal’s political future uncertain

Kathmandu, Oct 9 : The political future of Nepal looks more and more uncertain with the polls to elect the Constituent Assembly being deferred time and again.

The Constituent Assembly polls have been suspended for the third time and doubts are being raised whether the elections will ever be held in the Himalayan country.

The constitution of the Constituent Assembly is essential for deciding the future of monarchy in the country.

The Maoists, have largely been blamed for the postponement of polls.

The polls were suspended after the parties failed to break a deadlock that emerged after the Maoist withdrew from the government.

More Than 40,000 Nepalis Have Heart Problems

Heart ProblemKathmandu: A recent report has confirmed that more than 40,000 people are suffering from heart problems in Nepal.

The Nepal Heart Foundation (NHF) stated that heart troubles account for 25 percent of the total deaths in the country. Nearly 20 percent of Nepali adults have high blood pressure and the number of heart patients has increased five folds in the past ten years.

Blast near Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Oct 1 : A bomb blast took place near the Japanese Embassy at Panipokhari, Kathmandu on Monday afternoon. However, no injury or casualty was reported.

The blast occurred at around 1.10 p.m., police officials said.

A person on a motorbike with a pillion rider threw a plastic bag on the pavement and fled away, Nepalnews quoted eyewitnesses, as saying. The bomb exploded immediately.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast so far.

Police said that the investigations are on. (With inputs from ANI)

Nepal Minister arrested for leading protest demonstration

Kathmandu, Sept 29 : Nepal police today arrested Minister for Industries, Commerce and Supplies Rajendra Mahato, who was leading a protest demonstration by his party here today.

Around 40 of the Mahato’s supporters were also arrested. They were protesting outside the Election Commission office against the EC decision not to recognise the dissident faction of Nepal Sadbhavana Party-Anandi Devi (NSP-A) led by him.

On Friday, the EC refused to recognise the Mahato-led NSP-A faction as the official NSP. Mahato-led faction split recently from the NSP-A.

Nepal Maoists want new political agreement to return to Govt

Kathmandu, Sept 25 (ANI): The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), which recently withdrew from the Government, has indicated of a patch up provided there is a new political agreement among the coalition parties.

Nepal Maoist chairman Prachanda has said the Maoists will not return to the government unless there is "new political understanding".

India assures support for development of Nepal railway

Kathmandu, Sept 25 : India will support the development of the railway service in Nepal, said Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Nepal Railway General Manager Yugeshwor Kapar on Monday met Lalu, who was in Jayanagar to inaugurate Jayanagar-Kolkata broad-gauge railway service.

Kapar sought support for construction of the proposed Jayanagar (India) to Bardibas (Nepal) railway.

New Delhi had assured the extension of Janakpur (Nepal)-Jayanagar(India) railway up to Bardibas in Nepal’s Mahottari District.

Nepal Maoists begin agitation to disrupt Constituent Assembly polls

Kathmandu, Sept 22 : The Maoist cadres on Saturday launched their agitation to disrupt the Constituent Assembly elections slated for November 22.

As part of their campaign, Maoists staged demonstrations in front of the Village Development Committee's (VDC) and municipal offices across the country today.

The Maoists had warned to disrupt the Constituent Assembly elections earlier this week after the Interim Government turned down the Maoist demand to declare the Himalayan nation as a republic immediately.

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