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The Nepal Digest Friday 13 Jan 95: Push 29 2051 BkSm Volume 35 Issue 8

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  Today's Topics:

        1. TAJA_KHABAR News From Nepal
                               Nepalis Raped and Abused in Korea
                               Macroeconomic Performance in Nepal

        2. KURA_KANI
                  Economics - Re: Foreign Aid
                  Environment - Arun III

        3. KATHA_KABITA
                  Muktak - Chithhi and Rahar

        4. JAN_KARI

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********************************************************************** Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 02:08:10 +0000 To: From: (Mary Des Chene) Subject: TAJA_KHABAR: Current News

Cardinal Kim Apologises to Foreign Workers in Seoul

 (Updates, recasts throughout)

    SEOUL, Jan 10 (Reuter) - South Korea's Cardinal Stephen Kim apologised on Tuesday to Nepali migrant workers demonstrating for better work conditions and prosecutors began investigating alleged abuses by their employers and placement agent.

    ``I am very sorry, as a Korean,'' Kim said as he shook hands with the 13 Nepalis who have been protesting since Monday outside Myongdong Roman Catholic Cathedral in central Seoul.

    The Nepalis, braving chilly winter weather, tied themselves up in chains and walked around outside the church with protest placards around their necks.

    South Korean labour activists have been helping the demonstrators in order to highlight the plight of tens of thousands of foreign workers in Korea.

    Tens of thousands of foreigners work in South Korea, many of them illegally in so-called ``3-D'' jobs -- dirty, difficult and dangerous -- which locals shun.

    The workers said they came through an agency in Nepal, which has an office in Seoul, thinking they would earn about $400-$500 a month and learn technical skills. Instead they were offered $210 which they had yet to receive, they said.

    Seoul's prosecutors began an investigation after Prime Minister Lee Hong-koo ordered a thorough study of the case and the working conditions of foreign workers.

    ``We can't let foreign workers be mistreated, especially when we are heading for an era of globalisation,'' Lee told senior officials at his office.

    ``First, find out the reasons for the Nepalese workers' rally, and also find solutions to change the working conditions for foreign workers,'' a spokesman quoted him as saying.

    A Nepali worker told Reuters a Nepali woman was beaten and raped on Saturday in her room at the factory she works for. ``She is now in hiding but that is what happens to us here,'' he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    ``We get no salary in our hands. We have no passports. We get beaten up by the broker and the owner,'' said one of the 13 Nepalis.

    ``I came here to take training, I don't get it here,'' said another protester outside the cathedral. ``I have to work like Korean workers but the factory owner beats us and we don't get our basic salary.''

    The 13 said in a joint statement: ``We may be from a poor country and that's why we are working here in Seoul like slaves. But we have our basic human rights too.''

 REUTER Transmitted: 95-01-10 09:31:38 EST

S.Korean Manager Arrested for Raping Nepali

    SEOUL, Jan 11 (Reuter) - A South Korean factory manager was arrested after a Nepali migrant worker accused him of raping and beating her, police said on Wednesday.

    The arrest came as 13 Nepali migrant workers continued their protest for a third day on Wednesday outside a Seoul cathedral, saying they had been beaten and worked in poor conditions.

    ``He was arrested last night after the woman filed charges,'' a police official in Kyonggi province, on the outskirts of Seoul, told Reuters.

    A Nepali woman, who identified herself only as Miss G, earlier told reporters that the manager entered her room at the factory late on Saturday night and beat and raped her. She said her female roommate, also from Nepal, fled after being punched in the face by the manager.

    Miss G managed to escape after being raped and was staying at a place that houses foreign workers in South Korea.

    The case was brought to the police after South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hong-koo ordered a thorough investigation into allegations by the 13 Nepali workers, who are protesting outside Seoul's Myongdong Roman Catholic cathedral.

    They carried placards reading: ``No More Slavery'' and ``Don't beat us please.''

    A Nepali at the Shelter for Foreign Workers in Seoul said they would continue their protest indefinitely.

    ``There are only 13 of them protesting now but this is something that conchan office in Seoul, thinking they would earn about $400 to $500 a month and learn technical skills. Instead, they were offered $210 which they had yet to receive, they said.

    Prosecutors on Tuesday began a probe into the workers' employers and placement agent.

    Tens of thousands of foreigners work in South Korea, many of them illegally in so-called ``3-D'' jobs -- dirty, difficult and dangerous -- which locals shun.

 REUTER Transmitted: 95-01-11 05:29:51 EST

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********************************************************************** Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 15:50:25 -0500 (EST) To: Nepal Digest <>, From: Neal Cohen <> Subject: Macro-Economic Performance

Marco-Economic Developments for the First Five Months of the Nepal Fiscal Year
  The developments in different sectors of the economy based on the stat-
  istics available for the first five months of FY1994/95 reflect a mixed
  trend. Improvement in Government's fiscal position mainly due to
  enhanced revenue mobilization, restrained monetary expansion and a
  marginal decline in the rate of inflation could be cited as positive
  developments. Decline in export earnings in the face of sustained
  increase in imports which has exacerbated the deterioration in trade
  balance is the single most factor of concern. The widening trade and
  current account deficits have put pressure on the country's balance of
  In the monetary sector, the rate of growth in money supply has deceler-
  ated to 4.5% in the first five month of FY1994/95 as compared to a
  higher rate of growth of 6.2% in the same period last year. Net foreign
  assets has declined by 2% to $720million whereas domestic credit has
  expanded by 7.7% to $1.2billion in the review period. Net foreign
  assets and domestic credit had grown by 11% and 5% respectively in the
  same period last year. Acceleration in credit allocation to the private
  sector by 15% from a growth rate of 7% last year has been the main
  expansionary factor this year. Credit to the private sector has
  increased by $97million to $740million. Credit expansion to the public
  sector (government and government enterprises) has declined by 1.5% in
  the review period as against an increase of 4% last year. Credit expan-
  sion to the government and government enterprises has declined by 1.4%
  ($6million) and 2.7% ($1million) to reach $463million and $39million
  respectively. Growth in time deposits has slowed down to 4% this year
  from 84% last year.
  On the price front, the rate of inflation as measured by the national
  urban consumer price index has shown a marginal deceleration. On a
  point to point basis the price index has risen by 9.0% in mid-December
  1994 as compared to mid-December 1993. Such increase was slightly
  higher at 9.1% in the same period last year. On a point to point basis,
  the price index for food and beverages has increased by 8.8% which that
  for non-food and services has gone up by 9.4% this year. Price indices
  for these two categories had gone up by 9.1% and 9.2% respectively in
  the same period last year. On a monthly basis, the price index in mid-
  December over the previous month has shown a decline of 2.3%. Such
  monthly decline had been 2.4% in the same period last year.
  Government's budgetary position shows improvement mainly as a result
  of improvement in revenue collections. Reduced development budget
  spending has contributed toward the decline in the deficit. Based on
  budgetary statistics on a cash flow basis for the first five months of
  FY1994/95, total expenditure increased 16% to $39million because reg-
  ular budget spending 64% (partly due to transfer of some items from
  the development to the regular budget and the cost of elections) Total
  receipts increased by 29% to $184million in the review period. Of this,
  revenue receipts increased by 31% to $157million. In the same period
  last year, total expenditure declined 10%, total resources (and
  domestic revenue) grew 19%. Improved revenue mobilization contributed
  to lowering the budgetary deficit by 43% to $19million in the first
  five months of FY1994/95. The budgetary deficit had been$33million in
  the same period last year. The budget deficit in the review period has
  been financed by internal loans worth $5million (well within the
  structural adjustment target of $20million for the fiscal year) and
  foreign cash loans worth $26million. The budgetary position has con-
  tributed to an increase in government's deposit balance by $12million.
  Last year, internal loans were $10million and foreign cash loans of
  On the external front the declining trend in exports has continued.
  Total exports declined by 17% to $140million in the first five months
  of the current fiscal year. While export to India increased 50% to
  $27million, export to third countries declined 25% to $113million.
  Exports of woollen carpets, the single largest export item, declined
  by nearly 35% as against a rise of 18% in the same period last year.
  Readymade garments, the second largest export item, decelerated its
  growth from 60% last hear to just 5% this year. Total import growth,
  on the other hand increased 33% to $458million. Imports grew by 31% in
  the same period last year. Imports from India amounted to$154million
  (a 22% increase) and that from third countries $304million (39%
  increase). Total trade deficit has widened by 81% to $317million in the
  review period as compared to an increased of 40% in the corresponding
  period last year.
  Total foreign exchange reserves as of December 23, 1994 stood at
  $777million registering a decline of $10million over the level of
  reserve prevailing at the end of FY1993/94. The available reserves
  would be adequate to cover about eight and a half months of merchandise

********************************************************************** Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 17:15:32 -0800 (PST) From: Frank Kroger <> To: The Nepal Digest <> Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - Jan 12, 1995 (28 Push 2051 BkSm)

Would it be possible to put the masthead of the Nepal Digest at the end? That way regular reader could start reading the digest without having to scroll through all that stuff everytime and could bail out when they reach it at the end. A brief announcement about the masthead's existence could be included at the top of TND....

Frank Kroger, Seattle, WA, USA.
********************************************************************** Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 21:12:58 EST From: tilak@UFCC.UFL.EDU To: Subject: Foreign aid in Nepal.

Dear Ms. Shirley Cheung,

        I am glad to note your concern about Nepal and Nepalese development. However, I am not able to understand the connection between Hindu religion and underdevelopment or women's plight. Would you please kindly elaborate and mention specific religious beliefs which are against development, family planning or women's right. Your posting is most appreciated.

        Thanks and regards. Sincerely yours - Tilak B. Shrestha.

*********************************************************************** Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 22:03:40 +0700 To: Nepal Digest <> From: Suman Kumar Manandhar <> Subject: Matrimonials

It is very funny that TND matrimonial section does not tell us the sex of either the candidate or the wanted person. Sure we can guess that Raju might be a boy (I know one Raju who is a girl) and Daya is certainly ambiguous. Height considerations give us a clue but well ....

The effort is, however, a very welcome one. Nepalese lonely hearts are now offered an opportunity to tie the blissful knot via cyber"lami"nation. Good luck to the Lonely Hearts Club members ...

Suman Kumar Manandhar Computer Science Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok

********************************************************************** Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 10:23:41 -0500 (EST) From: Jagadish Dawadi <> Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - Jan 12, 1995 (28 Push 2051 BkSm) To: The Nepal Digest <>

Dear Editor:

Gee, thanks much for sending me the Nepal Digest electronic magazine. I find this magazine very informative and have found it as a convenient tool for keeping myself abreast of what is going on in Nepal and what Nepalese people are doing here in the USA. I higly appreciate your wonderful work of making this electronic magazine available on the internet. Keep up this good work!

With best wishes, Jagadish Dawadi Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York

********************************************************************** From: Shailesh R. Bhandari <> Subject: muktak To: Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 11:41:53 -0500 (EST)


                 Timro naam ma pathaaeko prem patra
                 Timi lai khojdai khojdai merai chhaatima
                                   Taasina aaipugeko chha
                 Malaai ke thaahaa ki
                 Timro mutu le mero chhaati vitra
                                       Ghar banaaeko chha.


                 Meraa aankha niyaali hera
                              Prem nai prem ko lahar chha
                 Ani mero man lai bujhne kosis gara
                 Timi laai anggalo maa rakhera
                      Europe ra America ghumne rahar chha.

********************************************************************** From: (Gopal Shah) Subject: Matrimonial To: Date: Mon, 9 Jan 1995 11:48:05 -0500 (EST)

Thanks to all TND board members for this Matrimonial("Lami") section. Let's hope through this section many hearts will join together. At the moment, we have two candidates. If it works, we will have more candidates.


Name: "Raju" Name: "Daya" Height: 5' 8" Height: 5' 5" Weight: 165 lbs. Weight: 155 lbs. Caste: Brahmin Caste: Brahmin Age Group: 25-30 yrs. Age Group: 25-30 yrs. Education:BA in Chemistry,MBA Education: BA in Chemistry Job: Work in a chemical company Job: Work in a chemical company Location: Georgia,USA LOcation: Georgia,USA

Looking for: Height: 5' 1" + Height: 4' 11"+ Age: 19 yrs+ Age: 19 yrs.+ Education: undergraduate Education: undergraduate

Interested candidates/parents can send confidential email to PLEASE DO NOT CALL.All the confidential reports including names will not be disclosed.

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************************************************************************ Date: Jan 10, 1994 Forwarded by: Rajpal J. Singh <> To: The Nepal Digest <> Subject: Matrimonials

       Looking for 25 + years female.
       Caste no bar

  Name: Ramesh Shrestha
  Age Group: 25-30
  Profession: Self employed
  Phone: 312-665-0214

*************************************************************************** Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 18:13:14 -0800 To: From: bhushan@Tanner.COM (Bhushan Mudbhary) Subject: matrimonials

A great idea! But why identify oneself with a "caste". I just love people who say " No, I do not believe in the caste system, and yes I am a brahmin".

Lets do away with the caste bigotry once and for all.

Bhushan Mudbhary

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%%%%% It's a WIN-WIN situation, isn't it? :-) %%%%

************************************************************************** From: (Gopal Shah) Subject: Matrimonial To: Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 11:43:43 -0500 (EST)

We are thrilled that more and more people are posting in "LAMI" section. It is really a great start!

Yo Bhushan! It was not our intention-Brahmin guys looking for brahmin women. Our purpose was simply providing as much information as we could to women so that they would response accordingly. We also don't believe either that caste is a major obstacle in the marriage.On the other hand, we agree with Rajpal that it is a matter of personal choice. Let's forget about caste and other obstacles and let their hearts join together!

******************************************************************** From: (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: News from Nepal Date: 12 Jan 1995 23:51:02 GMT To: The Nepal Digest <>

January 11
------------------------------------------------------------------ India presents locomotives to Nepal

PTI report

   India has presented two diesel hydraulic locomotives and six coaches to Nepal to commence the "dieselization" process of its railway. The diesel trains will connect Jayanagar railway station in India to Janakpurdham station, one of the prominent pilgrimage centres of Terai region. Rail India Technical and Economic Services supplied the locomotives and coaches under the Indo- Nepal cooperation programme. It will also look after their maintenance for one year in addition to imparting training to Nepalese operating and maintenance staff. The dieselization of trains between Jayanagar and Janakpurdham has now been completed and regular diesel train services have begun.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Finance Minister says Government Reviewing Privatization Process

Radio Nepal Report (as monitored by BBC)

   Finance Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari has said that as His Majesty's government is making a reappraisal of the corporations sold to the market sector in the past, the government has not discontinued the privatization drive. Replying to a question of Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani of RPP [Rashtriya Prajatantra Party] during question hour in the House of Representatives today [9th January], Finance Minister Mr Adhikari gave the information, and said once the task of assessing the achievements and weaknesses of the corporations that have gone to the private sector is completed, His Majesty's government will specify its next measure. He also made it clear that the government does not intend to bring under its control industrial institutions that have already been handed over to the private sector.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Nepal Expected in India Next Month

Excerpts from Reuters report

   Deputy PM and foreign minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is expected to travel to India next month on his first official foreign visit, government officials said on Wednesday. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Bimal Prasad delivered an invitation on Tuesday to the home of Madhav Kumar Nepal, who is deputy prime minister and foreign minister in Nepal's new government, the ministry said in a statement. Foreign Ministry officials said the dates of Nepal's visit had not been set, but last week he told a newspaper he planned to go to India in the first week of February.

   The new government formed by the Communist Unified Marxist-Leninist
(UML) party has signalled its desire to put relations with India on a new course by demanding renegotiation of a four-decades old treaty with New Delhi. The communists have complained that the so-called friendship treaty has allied Nepal too closely to its southern neighbour. They say relations with India and China must be put on a more balanced footing.

   Diplomatic analysts attached considerable importance to the visit to India by Nepal, who is also the UML's general-secretary.

    Nepal's visit to India would pave the way for a trip by Adhikary to New Delhi for talks with Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, who has already invited the Nepali prime minister to the Indian capital.

   "I am looking forward to having open talks with friends in India on matters concerning the Mahakali River, its source and the question of sovereignty over its waters and the Tanakpur project during my visit to India," Adhikary said in a speech in the western town of Mahendranagar on Tuesday.

   He was referring to the Tanakpur hydro-electric project built by India on the Mahakali River, which forms part of the border between the two nations.

    Nepal now receives only two megawatts of electricity and 1,000 cubic feet per second of irrigation water in exchange for permitting India to extend part of the project into Nepal.
------------------------------------------------------------------- January 12
------------------------------------------------------------------- Minister denies Political Bias Against Civil Servants

Excerpts from Xinhua report

   Replying to a motion in parliament, general administration minister Subash Chandra Nemwang has stated that no political prejudices exist against those civil servants working in the general administration. the minister told the on-going parliament session tuesday that no employees with inclination towards the former ruling nepali congress have been sacked, transferred or compelled to resign from the ministry of general administration. NC mp Govinda raj Joshi, the motion proposer, asserted that the administration ministry has been politicized by sacking the employees whose tenure was yet to expire or by compelling them to resign. Nemwang also pledged that no employees will be removed even if any of them has been promoted to the post of secretary or the like during the nepali congress rule.

Taken from: India News Digest

  Business Week, January 16, 1995
 By Helen Chang in Kathmandu

    In the Durbar Square shopping area in Kathmandu, vendors sell swanky leather jackets from India, while others offer garlic and tomato sauce from China.

    With recent market reforms, Nepal's trade ties with its two giant neighbors have started to warm. And with the call by Nepal's new communist government for more privatization and foreign investment, analysts say the question is not whether market reforms will continue, but how quickly they will be implemented.

    Sandwiched between India and China at the foot of the Himalayas, this tiny kingdom remained largely sealed off from the rest of the world until a popular revolt in 1990 led to a multiparty system and market reform. After two years of turmoil, the economy has started to take off, with growth doubling to 7.8% last year.

    In recent years, Indian businesspeople have found a welcome in Nepal. Eager to expand trade in northern India, yet worried about political instability and market restrictions there, southern Indian industrialists have set up shop in Nepal, where they enjoy special tax incentives. The goods are then sold in northern India.

    Approvals for Indian industrial projects in Nepal skyrocketed nearly 700% -- from $ 103 million in 1991-92 to $ 685 million in 1992-93, according to the Industry Ministry. Two-way trade has also flourished, growing to $ 7.2 billion in the first nine months of 1994
-- equivalent to the whole amount in the previous year.

    But Nepal has long had close but uneasy trade with India, and remains wary of its larger cousin. For 18 months, the kingdom was nearly at a standstill as India -- angered by Kathmandu's purchase of Chinese arms -- blockaded the border. One Nepalese businessman explains it this way: ''We're paranoid about the Indians. We're dependent on them, but they can screw us at any time.'' Distrust of Indians is the reason the tiny Nepalese stock market -- only 67 listings, with less than 30 actively traded -- is closed to outsiders. Foreigners can list joint-venture companies, but they cannot buy shares. Explains one government official: ''Indians are very well advanced. If we allow Indians to buy, then Nepali people will be left behind.'' Stock exchange General Manager Madan Raj Joshi says the government's main reason for excluding foreigners is to allow time to assess the full impact of recent foreign-exchange convertibility policies. But the long-term plan is to open the market to foreigners. Says Joshi: ''You should be competitive, no matter if you have the foreign investor or the local.''

    Nepal has had more distant relations with China. Geographically separated by the Himalayas, the two have traded mostly by way of Tibet. But China's recent market opening and its desire to maintain Tibetan stability through greater economic prosperity have increased Beijing's interest in trade with Nepal. Last year, the two countries agreed to liberalize Tibetan border trade, and the Chinese set up a representative office in Kathmandu last fall.

    Chinese investment in Nepal -- mostly state-owned producers of cement, steel, and machinery -- has also grown, tripling to $ 20 million from $ 6.6 million, according to the Industry Ministry. But trade volume with China is still negligible -- even smaller than with Singapore or New Zealand -- and the Chinese often fail to adapt to the Nepalese market. Outside Kathmandu, Chinese brick factories are stacked with unwanted blocks, the sizes too large for Nepalese standards.

    Still, many Nepalese believe that continued Chinese and Indian market reforms will spur Nepal's own trade policies as well. Says Walter Diller, chairman of NIDC Capital Markets Ltd., a Kathmandu-based securities firm: ''As long as India and China are moving toward market reform, everyone can see there are a lot of advantages involved, like industrial development, increased employment, more government tax revenue.'' And as Nepal pursues reform, its prospects for economic growth also look promising.

********************************************************************** Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 12:13:49 -0500 (EST) From: rpanth@uceng.uc.EDU (Ranjan Panth) Subject: Arun To:

        About ArunIII

        Does anyone think that the reason we have the debate over Arun III pop up again has anything to do with the fact that the people who were "compensated" to get the job done are no longer in power ? Does anyone know if the lobbyists had offered the World Bank a "money back guarantee" on getting the government to accept the loan ?
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