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Dr. Baburam Bhattarai Prime Minister Nepal Interview Fireside

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2011


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प्रधानमन्त्री डा भट्टराईको जनतासंग प्रत्यक्ष रेडियो कार्यक्रम

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 2, 2011

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Address by the Rt. Hon. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Prime Minister of Nepal, to the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 24, 2011

Mr. President,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,

Let me begin by congratulating you, Mr. President, on your election to the President of the Sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly. I also take this opportunity to sincerely thank the outgoing President, His Excellency Mr. Joseph Deiss, for having successfully steered the Sixty-fifth session. Let me also express our sincere appreciation to His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations for strong commitment and dedication with which he has been serving the United Nations. We wish him further success in his second term. Nepal warmly welcomes the Republic of South Sudan as a newest member of the United Nations.

Mr. President,
It is a distinct honor and privilege for me to bring to this august Assembly the voice of the voiceless of the world. I have brought with me greetings from the nearly 30 million toiling but proud people of Nepal, who have recently liberated themselves from age-old feudal monarchy and autocracy. Nepal is an enchanting land of Mt. Everest, the top of the world. It is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the apostle of peace. And it possesses an unbelievable variety of natural beauty and diversity. Read the rest of this entry »

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PM addresses high-level meetings at UNGA

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 21, 2011

Dr. Baburam Bhattarai held bilateral meetings with Evo Morales Ayma‚ President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia‚ Eric Solheim‚ Leader of the Norwegian delegation and Minister for Environment and International Development of Norway‚Bruno Rodriguez‚ Leader of the Cuban delegation and Minister for Foreign Minister of Cuba‚ and Ms. Navanethem Pillay‚ High Commissioner‚ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai addressed high-levels meetings and held bilateral meetings with different development partners at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday as a part of the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai reached New York on Monday night to attend the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Prime Minister addressed the Roundtable 5 of the United Nations Private Sector Forum 2011 on the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for All: Water, Food and Energy Security.” In his address, PM Bhattarai highlighted that the Government of Nepal is committed to addressing the problems related to water, food and energy security in an integrated manner.

Similarly, Dr. Bhattarai also addressed the High-level meeting on nutrition where he expressed Nepal’s commitment to improving the nutritional status of children and women as a foundation for future social economic growth and development.

PM also addressed the high-level meeting ‘Every Women and Every Child’ hosted by the UN Secretary-General, which was attended by donors, government leaders who made progress on women and children’s health, private sector, and civil society organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s involvement in SAARC crucial: PM

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 14, 2011


KATHMANDU, Sept 14: Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai on Wednesday said that China´s involvement in SAARC has become crucial in view of its geo-proximity to the sub-continent and rapid economic growth.

“China neighbors five out of eight SAARC countries. Therefore, its involvement in SAARC has become crucial,” the prime minister said on Wednesday.

The prime minister further added that South Asian countries and China “must unite” to eradicate poverty in the region, which is home to about half of the world population.

Addressing the inaugural session of the Second Convention of China and South Asia Forum of Organizations in Kathmandu on Wednesday, the prime minister also stressed on Nepal´s interest in linking South Asia and China.

“Nepal would like to act like a vibrant bridge between these two historic regions, rather than merely playing the role of a traditional buffer state,” the prime minister said.

Altogether 30 delegates from Nepal, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are participating in the four-day event. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Acid test for PM Bhattarai

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 8, 2011

N. P. Upadhyaya

Kathmandu: One year after his NOIDA return to Kathmandu, Nepal Maoist Chairman Prachanda, the ferocious of the bygone era, while talking to a local newspaper in Nepal had bluntly stated that “the substantial support from India to Nepal would be no support at all from that country”.

He may have talked in his whims, as he occasionally does, but yet his declarations are partially correct.

He may have preferred to ventilate his ire against India on some personal counts, which could have been made for public consumption in Nepal, but the manner the Indian leadership from all shades and colours and the “affiliated and tamed Indian media” have begun pouring in their inner love and honour for the newly appointed Nepal Prime Minister, Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai, do tell that finally it would be these Indian machinations which will enormously damage the very popular credentials of Nepal PM sooner than later. The damage Bhattarai campaign is in full progress.

Thanks the Indian media has so far not made the story that Nepal PM Bhattarai belonged from the Indian origin.

These unessential praise and seductions, that is in its full swing, will ultimately stamp and certify that Nepal Prime Minister Bhattarai was excessively closer to the Indian establishment and that his elevation this time as Nepal Prime Minister must have become a reality only with the Himalayan support that he may have enjoyed from the Indian establishment.

Though Dr. Bhattarai has the right to rebuke these allegations but yet the manner the Indian leadership is exhibiting its beaming mood with his elevation as Nepal PM faintly hints that Bhattarai’s relations with the Indian regime must have been a long time affair and that his “special” relation with the Indian command, hopefully, will bode ill for the overall political and sovereign health of Nepal and may even have a negative impact on Nepal-India relations that is in its lowest ebb ever recorded. Read the rest of this entry »

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PM Bhattarai praised for choosing Nepal-made Mustang

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2011

By Sanjaya Dhakal

The Mustang has a reputation for being basic but ideally suited to Nepal's roads

New Nepalese PM Baburam Bhattarai has spurned the opportunity to travel in a luxurious car and instead chosen an unglamorous vehicle assembled in Nepal.

Dr Bhattarai, who was sworn in on Monday, has chosen an unfancied Golchha Mustang as his official vehicle.

Not to be confused with its namesake in the US, the Mustang is made from parts imported from India and China. Fewer than 1,000 have been sold in Nepal.

His decision to choose a Nepalese-made vehicle has won praise from the media. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pm Election, Part 1, August 28, 2011

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 28, 2011

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Deputy chief of former rebels elected new Nepal PM

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 28, 2011


KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s parliament elected the deputy leader of the former Maoist rebels as the new prime minister on Sunday, halting the Himalayan nation’s latest political crisis.

Baburam Bhattarai of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) received 340 votes in the 601-seat parliament with the backing of several smaller parties. That was more than the simple majority needed to be elected.

Bhattarai’s only opponent, Ram Chandra Poudel of the Nepali Congress party, received 235 votes.

The political crisis was triggered by former Prime Minister Jhalnath Khanal’s resignation on Aug. 14 after he failed to make process in drafting a long-delayed constitution. It had taken Khanal 17 rounds of votes in parliament over seven months to be elected in February, while Bhattarai was selected in the first attempt.

Bhattarai, 57, is the second-highest leader of the Maoist group which fought government troops until 2006 demanding political reforms and an end to the centuries-old monarchy.

Bhattarai remained in hiding during the 10 years of fighting. The bloody revolt began in mountain villages in western Nepal in 1996 but spread to most of the country by the time the rebels gave up their revolt and joined a peace process under United Nations supervision. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN to continue support for Nepal’s peace even after UNMIN exit

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2011

A senior UN official has assured continuation of the world body’s support for the Nepalese peace process even after UNMIN’s departure.

The senior UN official, Tamrat Samuel, who is director of the Asia Pacific Division of UN’s Department for Political Affairs, said this during his meeting with UCPN (Maoist) vice-chairman Dr. Baburam Bhattarai on Wednesday.

Samuel, who arrived in Kathmandu Tuesday evening ahead of UNMIN’s scheduled departure on Jan 15, went to meet the Maoist ideologue at the latter’s residence in Sanepa today morning.

During the meeting, the post-UNMIN scenario in Nepal and the way the peace process will move ahead in it were discussed.

Dr Bhattarai is learnt to have told Samuel that some kind of UN involvement is necessary in the country’s peace process even after UNMIN’s exit. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Interview with Dr. Baburam Bhattarai

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 6, 2010

There is no dispute within the party about the political line we have pursued so far

The just-concluded plenum of the UCPN (Maoist) in Palungtar was expected to provide the party with a clear future political course, which would have an impact on the ongoing peace and constitution writing process. But party leaders deferred the discussion to the Central Committee and instead agreed to formulate an ‘interim strategy’ for the next six months. Akhilesh Upadhyay and Pranab Kharel met Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattrai of the UCPN (Maoist) to solicit his views

on the party’s internal dynamics post-plenum, its relationship with India and Bhattarai’s relationship with Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Has the party come out stronger or weaker from the plenum?

The party has come out stronger after the plenum. The party is the unity of the

opposites, and in that sense the ideological and political struggle that we call the two-line struggle has made the party stronger.

In our party’s history this was the highest form of manifestation of the two-line struggle, which took place among some 7,000 party cadres in the most democratic manner. In that sense, this democratic exercise has strengthened the party. Read the rest of this entry »

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