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China to provide 200m yuan to support peace process; Wen leaves for Qatar

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 14, 2012

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and his visiting Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao signed an eight-point bilateral agreement during the talks held at the PM´s office in Singha Durbar on Saturday.

During the luncheon held after the talks, Wen announced that China would provide 200 million yuan in assistance to Nepal in the current fiscal year with intent to support Nepal´s peace process, our correspondent Kiran Chapagainreported.

On the occasion, Wen also pledged to provide 750 million yuan in concessional loan to Nepal in the next three years. The talks chiefly dwelt on economic issues of bilateral cooperation and other issues related to cultural exchange and infrastructural development.

Wen has left Kathmandu for Qatar after completing his four-and a-half hours trip to Nepal. PM Bhattarai and other high government officials saw him off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayankaji Shrestha is addressing a press meet on Wen´s Nepal visit at the VIP lounge at the TIA.

Earlier in the day, Wen had arrived in Kathmandu, almost an hour behind schedule, in a special aircraft  at 11:50 am. PM Bhattarai, Speaker Subash Nembang and other high government officials received Wen at the VVIP lounge at the airport. Nineteen gunshots were fired in honor of the Chinese premier.

Before wrapping up his visit, Wen called on President Dr Ram Baran Yadav at the latter´s official residence in Maharajgunj. Prior to this, he attended the official luncheon hosted by PM Bhattarai in Singha Durbar. UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal and a very few government ministers also attended the function.

Wen’s visit is the first by a Chinese premier since the then premier Zhu Rongji’s Nepal trip in May 2001. Before that, Chinese President Jiang Zemin had paid a visit to Nepal back in 1996. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another Chinese foundation plans to raise $ 3b to make Lumbini ‘magnet for Buddhists’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2011

Months after plans of a Chinese private sector company to invest Rs 8 billion to develop Lumbini as an International

Buddha Center hogged media headlines there comes news that a Chinese-backed foundation is planning to raise $ 3 billion to help Nepal develop Buddha’s birthplace.

According to Reuters, the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation plans to raise the aforesaid amount at home and abroad “to build temples, an airport, a highway, hotels, convention centres and a Buddhist university in the town of Lumbini.”

Interestingly, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is the vice-chairman of the foundation which aims to transform Lord Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal “into a magnet for Buddhists in the same way as Mecca is to Muslims and the Vatican for Catholics”, the report adds.

The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Nepal government last month to jointly develop and operate Lumbini.

According to the report, the foundation also pledged to bring communications, water and electricity to Lumbini.

“Lumbini will transcend religion, ideology and race. We hope to rejuvenate the spirit of Lord Buddha,” Xiao Wunan, a devout Buddhist who is executive vice president of the foundation, told the news agency.

The development of Lumbini will also help boost government revenues, create jobs and improve infrastructure in the impoverished corner of Nepal, the report cited the memorandum as stating. 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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UNMIN submits details to govt

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 9, 2010

TKP By Phanindra Dahal 

KATHMANDU, OCT 08 – The  United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has started the process of submitting to the government the detailed information of all verified Maoist combatants.

On Wednesday, the UN political mission handed over the compact discs containing the names, addresses and age of all 19,602 combatants verified by UNMIN in December 2007 to the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR). The information was shared in response to a letter sent by the MoPR to UNMIN early this week.

Earlier, UNMIN had turned down the Madhav Kumar Nepal led government’s unilateral request demanding the information on the Maoist combatants. The fresh move comes following the Oct. 2 agreement between the UCPN (Maoist) and the government in the Special Committee to acquire details of combatants living at the UN monitored cantonments. Read the rest of this entry »

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11 parties urge NC to withdraw

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2010

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KATHMANDU, Sept 29: A meeting of 11 political parties including UCPN (Maoist), CPN-UML and TMDP on Wednesday decided to urge speaker Subas Nembang to use the constitutional provision to solve deadlocks if Nepali Congress (NC) turns down their request to withdraw prime ministerial candidate.

The meeting held at the Maoist parliamentary office in Singha Durbar also asked NC to pull out of the PM race so to initiate talks for national consensus government.

NC parliamentary party leader Ram Chandra Paudel is the lone remaining PM candidate in parliament but had already failed to garner majority for eight times. Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal too failed to get majority in seven times but pulled out the race. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Maoists are ready to sacrifice’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 23, 2010

SOUTH ASIAN MEDIA NET / THE HIMALAYAN TIMES

KATHMANDU: Chief of the foreign affairs department of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Krishna Bahadur Mahara says his party is committed to constitution-writing, taking the peace process to its logical end and army integration. Inaugurating the fourth convention of the Nepal National Guardians’ Union, the former minister says the issues of national priority will be implemented by forging a national consensus among the parties.

He also said that those issues were affected due to the foreign intervention though the UCPN (Maoist) was genuinely attempting to resolve the issue.

He said his party was ready to sacrifice whatever is necessary if national consensus was forged for the sake of constitution-writing and concluding the peace process.

On the occasion, principal of Little Angels’ School, Umesh Shrestha and Raju Thapa, Chairman of PABSON, suggested taking initiatives to end the problems seen in the education sector. The programme was chaired by the Union’s chief Wangchhe Sherpa.

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Nepal: Tarai security scene worrisome: UN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 10, 2010

The Himalayan

KATHMANDU: A United Nations report points at a worsening security situation in the country, especially parts of the Tarai.
According to the latest monthly update of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-Nepal (OCHA), abductions, tax collection and donation drives, robberies, and attacks on different factions of society continued during the reporting period (May 1-31).
“Impunity for human rights violators, threats against the media, arbitrary arrests, and lengthy pretrial detention remained serious problems across the country,” says the report.
According to local human rights organisations, the security situation in Dang has been getting worse in the past few months, especially due to the emergence of criminal outfits.
The newly formed Dang Tiger and Ajingar along with the UCPN-Maoist have been associated with IED explosions, demands for donation and issuance of death threats to those who refuse to pay.
The report goes on to take note of the situation in other Tarai districts and eastern hilll district of Okhaldhunga. Read the rest of this entry »

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