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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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रुबेल चौधरीको नालीबेली (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 18, 2010

यी भिडिओहरु एतिहासिक बन्न सक्छन यदि सबै कुरा कानुनी राजमा जानु पर्ने किसिमले जाने हो भने:

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UN vows support for Nepal’s peace process after exit

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 4, 2010

Gulf Times

The United Nations is to maintain its supervision of Nepal’s peace process after its mission in the Himalayan nation

Chief of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe, talks to the media upon his arrival in Kathmandu yesterday

ends, a UN official said yesterday.

UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe, who arrived yesterday inKathmandu, said the world body would continue supporting and monitoring Nepal’s peace process for three years, even after the UN Mission in Nepal’s (UNMIN’s) mandate ends on January 15.

“UNMIN is here for only 43 more days,” Pascoe said. “The time is really short, and we’re here to talk with people to see how much the political leaders are keeping their promises.”

UNMIN said the visit was aimed at encouraging politicians to implement the agreements on integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants now living in UN camps. More than 19,000 former fighters have been living there since the Maoists signed a peace deal with the government in 2006, ending a decade-long insurgency.

During talks with Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala, Pascoe said clarity was needed on the number of combatants to be integrated into the national army and the number of those to be rehabilitated. Read the rest of this entry »

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China, India to bid for MRP

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 3, 2010

Both the neighbouring countries – India and China – are likely to bid for the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) contract for which the government had recently called tenders. According to The Kathmandu Post daily, both these countries have recently picked up tender copies for MRP bids at a cost of Rs 10,000 each.

It is not know whether the Chinese company is government owned or private but it was the same company from India, the Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India (SPMCI), to whom the government earlier had given the contract, which picked up the tender copy.

The contract was earlier scrapped following directives from Public Accounts Committee of the legislative parliament and pressure from leaders of ruling and opposition parties. The deal turned controversial after a secret letter by Indian envoy Rakesh Sood to Foreign Affairs Minister Sujata Koirala was leaked out.

The Indian company was given contract at 4 USD per copy though other companies proposed to supply as low as 2.9 USD per copy. Companies from Canada, Malaysia and Indonesia are likely to bid this time as well.

nepalnews.com

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