The Nepal Digest - February 2, 1996 (19 Magh 2052 BkSm)

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The Nepal Digest Friday 2 Feb 96: Magh 19 2052 BS: Year5 Volume47 Issue1

  Today's Topics:

        1. Message from the editor

        2. TAJA_KHABAR (Current News)

        3. KURA_KANI

                 Political - Illigitimate Ministries

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********************************************************************** Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 09:11:37 EST To: The Editor <> From: Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - January 30, 1996 (16 Magh 2052 BkSm)

I would like to comment on two interesting news/views items of tnd, jan 30:

1. Slow and dead access to ktmpost/ 2. Ministries without legitimacy

Ktmpost access

This seems to be a problem with te nepal-info home page of mercantile, or rather access to it Over the last several weeks, I have noticed that it took an inordinate amount of time, over 5 minutes, if ever to get access to ktmpost, or independent, or icimod publictions, or for that mater any of the offerings of te nepal-info ome pages. It certainly tries one's devotion to nepal news, f one had to wait forever in the context of instantaneous communications,

At first i thought the problems was at this end: slow computer modems, slow nodes at Clark, or bad times of the day or week, but no this difficult and no access was consistent at all times on all computer modems. sometimes when one finally got through, one found out that the Independent has not been loaded for 3 weeks or the Kathmandu Post has not been loaded for 5 days. i gess the Nepali mentality has other priorities such as te can or bida or just plain nepali laid back approach, which looks kind of quaint in this aggresssive time-space annihilation realm.

I am very happy that Rajesh has given us some persuasive technical explanation. I thank him for that and I assume the conclusion from that Nepal-info home page is not really offering high-tech service from the UK node, perhaps we have to go back to Rajendra, are u still there? Or is the problem more tan technical: dealing with the voluntary, contractual, or legal arrangemets between the news providers in Nepal and the intermediaries in between?

2. Illigitimate Ministries

It does not surprize me that Ministry of Population and Environment is now holding a workshop to find out what the people want out of the Ministry. Rajesh raiased the questin why this was not done before forming the minister, a very rational question, a very naive question indeed.

When another white elephant, RONAST was formed for the PRIMARY purpose of giving a high profile to Ratna Shumsher, palace-related "intellectual" who could not quite be given a political post of a minister, he went about in a pseudo-particiipartary democracy exercise to IOF (Forestry INstitute,Hetauda) asking for role and functions of RONAST, as if our pinions mattered. Insiders in RONAST consistently claim that hr rand the organization like a Rana fiefdom ad did not care less from insiders.

It is as clear as the blue sky that thesole purpose of expanded ministryis to give longevity to Deoba pm tenure by appeasing all possible threats. Ignorance of Ganeshman and the Newars was considered such a threat, so , presto we have a Minsitry.

The problem of illegitimate ministry is deeper, it is the problem of illigitimate government whose sole purpose of deferring elections was to remove public participation in politicsl to old hackies ad back room politics. I challenge all those who were moaning about the tremendous waste of a new elections to the country and the "instability" this brings to explain away this massive waste of resources, both in in money ad trust.

at cu


*********************************************************************************************** Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 21:29:39 -0500 To: The Nepal Digest <> From: (Padam Sharma) Subject: Nepal- Bhutan update

Courtesy India Digest (1/30/96)

By Gopal Sharma
     KATHMANDU, Jan 28 (Reuter) - Nepal has sought India's participation in solving the problem of 90,000 ethnic Nepali refugees who have fled the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, officials said on Sunday.
     The refugees, who claim they were victims of ethnic discrimination in the wake of a pro-democracy movement that emerged in Bhutan in 1990, have been sheltered in United Nations-monitored camps in eastern Nepal.
     "We want participation in solving the issue at the official or unofficial level," a Nepali Foreign Ministry official, who declined to be named, told Reuters.
     Nepal wanted New Delhi to play an active and positive role, the official said after talks with Indian officials in Kathmandu, where Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee was rounding off a three-day visit.
     Nepal has said it wants the refugees to go back to Bhutan and live with honour and dignity.
     But New Delhi has tried to distance itself from the issue.
     India's role in pro-democracy movements in both Bhutan and Nepal has been viewed with suspicion by critics in the two nations, and it is often criticised for being a Big Brother in South Asia, a tag New Delhi wants to avoid.
     Foreign Secretary Salman Haidar, the most senior Indian diplomat, said on Saturday that New Delhi wanted Nepal and Bhutan to sort out the matter bilaterally. He did not speak for or against Indian participation.
     Mukherjee declined to be drawn on the issue.
     "We are aware of the problem of refugees. Let us keep it at that," he told reporters on Saturday.
     A focus of Mukherjee's visit was the future of a 6,000 megawatt hydroelectricity project India and Nepal plan to build on the Mahakali river. Nepal wants more irrigation facilities from the project while India wants more electricity, officials said.
     Indian officials say the sale of electricity from the project would be necessary for Kathmandu to narrrow its 17-billion-rupee ($297 million) trade deficit with New Delhi.
     The dam project was an issue in recent Nepali elections, with voters keenly watching the cost-benefit balance.
     Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is scheduled to visit New Delhi next month, the first time since he formed a Nepali Congress-led government last year.
     Nepal ushered in multi-party democracy under a constitutional monarchy in 1990.

******************************************************************** Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 00:54:59 -0500 (EST) From: samjhana sharma <> To: Subject: Information about Student movements in Nepal


I am doing a research paper about Student Movements in Nepal for my history class. After doing some research at the libraries, i still have a very little knowledge about the topic. Unfortunately i couldn't find the enough or i could say right information about the student movements that had occured in Nepal. I am looking for some help from those of you who are familiar with any student movements that had taken part in Nepal. Any sort of information would be very appreciative.
                                        Thank you
                                        Samjhana Sharma
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*********************************************************************** Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 11:45:16 EST To: Forwarded By: "Rajpal J.P. Singh" <> Subject: [Fwd: News 1/25/1996] From: (Sher B. Karki)

                 Copyright 1996 South China Morning Post Ltd.
                            South China Morning Post HEADLINE: Ex-PM stirs up storm in bid for party leadership

    KATHMANDU: A former prime minister has sent tremors through the Himalayan kingdom's fractious coalition Government with a bid to win control of the alliance's largest party, politicians said yesterday.

    Girija Prasad Koirala, the kingdom's first elected prime minister after parliamentary democracy was restored in 1990, has announced he will run for the presidency of the Nepali Congress party in March.

    The current president, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, has been party president for two decades.

    Mr Koirala's decision to run for the top party post sparked fears that he intends eventually to challenge Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, 49, who has headed a three-party coalition Government since last September.

    "Koirala's decision will only add to the old enmity in the party and weaken the coalition Government," said Information and Communications Minister Chiranjibi Wagle, who said he would oppose the former prime minister in the internal party poll. Mr Koirala was forced to resign in mid-1994 when members o f his own ruling party abstained in a key parliamentary vote. Party critics accused Mr Koirala of having engineered Mr Bhattarai's defeat in a crucial by election.

    The communist United Marxist-Leninist party emerged victorious from elections which followed and formed a minority government in late 1994 which lasted less than a year.

    The Nepali Congress, supported by junior partners Rastriya Prajatantra Part y and Nepal Sadbhavana Party, currently leads a coalition hobbled by a narrow majority in Parliament.

    The decision by Mr Koirala, 70, to make a bid for the party's leadership post came as younger members have begun to clamour for more power.

    "We were looking forward to our old leaders handing over the torch to the younger generation and guiding the transfer of leadership," Mr Wagle said. Mr Koirala has a reputation as a flamboyant politician and able organiser, which supporters said would be valuable in helping reverse Nepali Congress' falling popularity ratings. Critics say he has a stubborn leadership style.

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ram Chandra Poudel, who has been mentioned as a possible consensus candidate, said Mr Koirala's decision would promote factionalism.

    "There is still time for the party to work out a consensus candidate," Mr Poudel said. "He should have waited."

    The election to the post is set for March 31 when the party's general conference meets.

    Mr Koirala denied there was any rift within Nepali Congress and said he had had "extensive discussions and consultations" with Mr Bhattarai, who has said h e will not seek re-election.

    "Bhattarai has agreed to support me," Mr Koirala said. Mr Bhattarai could not be reached for comment.

HEADLINE: 5 injured in helicopter accident in nepal DATELINE: kathmandu, january 25; ITEM NO: 0125069

   a helicopter carrying construction materials crashed wednesday in northern
 nepal while landing, with five people on board injured. the russian-made mi-17 helicopter, owned by nepal airways, crashed wednesday afternoon when it was on a charter cargo flight from southern nepal to sotang in the himalayan region, a report reaching here last night said. the helicopter suddenly droppe d on the ground while its pilot was trying to land, indicating some problems on the main rotor blade, it was reported. all the five injured were out of danger and in stable condition, according to the civil aviation department here

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