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Even after Bedi Twitter apology, the first “Buddha” serial with misinformation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 20, 2013

By Ram Kumar Shrestha

Buddha_Zee_TVCreating misinformation on Buddha birthplace from Indian side is not a new issue andBuddha born in Nepal Nepali side is very furious from this kind of regular drama and attempt to take an unnecessary advantage from Buddha’s Global importance. A recent Hindi language television serial, “Buddha” launched by Zee TV Network already frustrated Nepalese by Indian over interference.

 In reaction Nepalese did not limit them only in social medias, but also on September 13, staged demonstrations in the streets of Kathmandu against the serial, Nepal Cable TV Association blocked the channel when the new series on the life of Buddha premiered on Sunday (Sept. 8) and which prompted the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu to post hastily the next day, September 14th, on its Facebook wall, “The question of where Lord Buddha was born was settled over 2000 years ago when Emperor Ashoka installed the pillar with his inscription in Lumbini. Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal.”  And also actor and TV presenter and commentator Kabir Bedi Twitter apology appeared, “Yes, my friends, I mis-spoke. Forgive me. Lord Buddha was certainly born in Lumbini, Nepal. My apologies to all whose feelings were hurt.” And this issue got space in International papers like Huffington Post and Washington Post as well.

 Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement wrote letter to Chairman of Cabinet of Nepal Khil Raj Regmi, however; some Movement activists informed that when they had gone through the serials on line specially the first serial was very embarrassing because of not corrected misinformation. This clearly shows that Movement guess and writing letter to Chairman of Cabinet of Nepal were correct. And wrote another letter to him as our guess was correct and the scenario is changed now.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jhalanath Khanal elected PM of Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 5, 2011

Plagued by a “sleepless night” and fears that “lawmakers would not be able to venture out on the streets due to people throwing shoes at them”, Nepal’s Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda decided to make a “sacrifice” and bow out of the 17th round of prime ministerial election Thursday.

However, it was more a defeat for India than the two losing politicians. Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao’s recent visit to Nepal had not envisioned the possibility of such an opportunistic poll alliance between the Maoists and the communists and as Prachanda indicated in his exit speech, it was an act of defiance against “Indian interference”.

KATHMANDU: Plagued by a “sleepless night” and fears that “lawmakers would not be able to venture out on the streets due to people throwing shoes at them”, Nepal’s Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda decided to make a “sacrifice” and bow out of the 17th round of prime ministerial election Thursday. The surprise exit paved the way for the Maoists’ last-minute poll ally, the ruling communists, to sail to a facile victory with their chairman Jhalanath Khanal pipping his remaining two contenders, Ram Chandra Poudel of the Nepali Congress, and this election’s surprise contender, Bijay Kumar Gachhedar, who was backed by an alliance of regional parties from the Terai plains of southern Nepal.

The election, that started almost three hours behind schedule and continued for nearly five more hours, protracted by long speeches by the contestants, recriminations and counter-recriminations, saw the 61-year-old Khanal, a former information and communications minister, poll 368 votes, more than the simple majority needed. Poudel, who had fought 16 earlier rounds of fruitless elections for the last seven months, polled 122 votes while Gacchedar, the sitting deputy prime minister, got 67 votes.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jhalanath Khanal elected PM

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 3, 2011

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Ending seven months of impasse, the parliament on Thursday elected Jhalanath Khanal as the prime minister after UCPN Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, in a surprising move, withdrew his candidacy and his party voted for Khanal.

The 34th prime minister of Nepal, Khanal secured 368 votes against 122 of his nearest rival Ram Chandra Paudel. Another candidate Bijaya Gachchhadar bagged 67 votes. Khanal, 61, is the third leader from the CPN-UML to reach to the top executive post of the country. Late Manmohan Adhikari was the first prime minister from the party while outgoing Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal was the second.

Earlier, the parliament had failed to elect a new prime minister despite 16 rounds of votes since the Madhav Kumar Nepal-led government stepped down on June 30 last year.

As he saw no possibility of him being elected, Dahal withdrew his candidacy following a decision of the Maoist standing committee held just ahead of the election.

“I sensed I am not going to win this election,” said Dahal while announcing his withdrawal, adding that he took the decision to sacrifice to the nation.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Wikileaks Nepal Document: Gachchhadar offered bribe to PAC member to approve aircraft deal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 4, 2011

A US diplomatic cable leaked recently by Wikileaks has revealed that influential Nepali politicians including Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) were actively lobbying for either Airbus or Boeing while making decision to purchase two new aircraft for the national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC).

Date 2010-02-24 12:46:00

Source Embassy Kathmandu

Classification CONFIDENTIAL

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KATHMANDU 000163

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/23/2020
TAGS: PGOV, ECON, EAIR, PREL, NP
SUBJECT: NEPAL: AIRBUS DEAL IN TROUBLE, EU LOBBIES HARD

REF: 09 KATHMANDU 1046 AND PREVIOUS

Classified By: Charge d’ Affaires, a.i., Donald A. Camp. Reasons 1.4 (b
/d).

1. (C) Summary. The Government of Nepal is unlikely to guarantee the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) loan to purchase two Airbus aircraft, according to Finance Secretary Khanal, essentially killing the deal and reviving Boeing’s hopes to sell its aircraft to the NAC. The European Union continues to lobby aggressively for Airbus, most recently by sending a strongly-worded letter to the Prime Minister urging him to complete the Airbus purchase immediately (full text in para 8). End Summary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal fails in eighth attempt to elect new premier

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 27, 2010

AFP

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Maoist party called Sunday for the formation of a new power-sharing government after

Nepal has been without a government since June 30

parliament failed for the eighth time to elect a new prime minister.

The former rebels abstained from Sunday’s vote, the latest in a series of attempts to elect a new leader for the troubled country, which has been without a government for almost three months.

Their candidate, party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, earlier withdrew from the running to be prime minister to pave the way for fresh talks on forming a national consensus government.

Nepal has been without a government since June 30, when former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal stood down under intense pressure from the Maoists.

Since then, the parties have been unable to agree on the shape of the new administration and a series of votes in the 601-member parliament have proved inconclusive, with none of the candidates securing an overall majority.

“It is clear that we cannot elect a new prime minister in this way. We should now look to form a national unity government,” said Maoist vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai after the vote.

The Maoists, who fought a decade-long civil war against the state before transforming themselves into a political party and winning elections in 2008, hold the largest number of seats in parliament, but not enough to govern alone.

Dahal, a former warlord who still goes by his nom de guerre, Prachanda (“the fierce one”), was the front-runner in earlier votes, but failed to win the simple majority he needed to form a new government.

His only rival, Ram Chandra Poudel, chairman of the second-largest party in parliament, the centrist Nepali Congress, stood uncontested on Sunday but took only 116 votes.

The next vote is due to be held on September 30.

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Govt, Maoists sign 4-point accord

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 14, 2010

MYREPUBLICA.COM

BY KIRAN CHAPAGAIN

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: The government and the UCPN-M on Monday signed a four-point agreement that, among other things, pledges to complete the three-year-old peace process in the next four months starting September 17.

Accordingly, both sides are sending a consensus request to the United Nations to renew the term of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for the “last time” for four months, with continuity for the existing mandate, the government and the UCPN-M said Monday evening.

“We have agreed primarily to complete the remaining tasks of the peace process between September 17 and January 14 [2011],” Maoist Vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha told myrepublica.com after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal signed the four-point agreement late Monday evening. Read the rest of this entry »

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