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  • Prachanda ready for second China trip

    12/03/2008 4:34:44 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 144+ views ^ | December 03, 2008
    Nepal's first Maoist prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” is expected to visit Beijing early next year, marking an unprecedented bonhomie in Nepal-China ties. It would be his second visit to the communist republic within six months of assuming visit, a diplomatic feat unparalleled by any of his predecessors. The invitation came on Wednesday from visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who along with a 10-member delegation held talks with Prachanda and Nepal’s Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav. Soon after he leaves Kathmandu for Myanmar Thursday, a military delegation from China will arrive Saturday, the second such delegation within a fortnight....
  • No more private school, Nepal's Maoist government declares

    11/14/2008 1:18:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 611+ views
    cs monitor ^ | 11-14-08 | Bikash Sangraula
    The former rebels plan to put all children in public schools by 2010, saying it will even the playing field. Kathmandu, Nepal - The massive election win last April by Nepal's former rebel Maoists put them in the position to set the government agenda, and bring about drastic changes they promised during their campaign. But their initial proposals on education – to end private investment in schools and distribute academic certificates to Maoist fighters – have left many Nepalese worried. They're concerned that their new government will take the country in too radical a direction that favors its former fighters...
  • Teen 'Reincarnation of Buddha' Draws Crowds (Obama's Nemisis Rising)

    11/12/2008 8:45:21 AM PST · by Scythian · 56 replies · 1,941+ views
    RATANPUR, Nepal — The teenage boy revered as a reincarnation of Buddha sat silently in the jungle as he blessed his devotees Wednesday with a light tap on the head, which they consider the touch of the divine. The followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, 18, believe he has been meditating without food and water since he was first spotted in the jungles of southern Nepal in 2005, when believers say he spent months without moving, sitting with his eyes closed beneath a tree. Where is your Obama now ...
  • In Maoist Nepal, dogs still have their day (Kukur Tihar is the Dog Worship Festival)

    10/29/2008 1:11:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 485+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | October 27, 2008 | Anirban Roy
    The proverb—Every dog has his day — literally came true on Monday when people in Nepal, the world's last Hindu nation, worshipped their dogs with utmost devotion. Despite the transformation of Nepal into a “secular nation”, people did not forget to worship their dogs on the day of Kukur Tihar, and protect their families from destruction. The festival is also known as Narak Chaturdashi. Big red tikas — a paste of vermilion, curd and rice — were put on dogs' foreheads and were garlanded. “It (Kukur Tihar) is a very important festival in our society, and there cannot be any...
  • Japanese team finds 'yeti footprints' in Nepal

    10/20/2008 1:35:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 782+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/20/08 | AFP
    KATHMANDU (AFP) – A team of Japanese adventurers say they have discovered footprints they believe were made by the legendary yeti said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. "The footprints were about 20 centimetres (eight inches) long and looked like a human's," Yoshiteru Takahashi, the leader of the Yeti Project Japan, told AFP in Kathmandu on Monday. Takahashi was speaking after he returned with his seven-member team from their third attempt to track down the half-man-half-ape, tales of which have gripped the imaginations of Western adventurers and mountaineers for decades. Despite spending 42 days on Dhaulagiri IV...
  • Is India Nepal’s enemy?

    10/16/2008 1:50:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 250+ views ^ | October 16, 2008 | Bhaskar Roy
    Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, assured New Delhi during his official visit to India September 14-18 that that his government would not play strategic games between India and China. But his defence minister preached the opposite after returning from a visit to China in the last week of September. A elated Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal told the CPN (Maoist) periodical, The Janadisha Weekly aboutthe support China was prepared extend to Nepal in the military field. Thapa is the ex-Deputy Commander of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA-M), and one of the leading voices from the...
  • Nepalese girl begins life as 'living goddess'

    10/07/2008 1:56:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 897+ views
    AFP ^ | October 7th
    The three-year-old daughter of a Nepalese watch repairer became a "living goddess" on Tuesday after being approved by the country's new atheist government. Despite Nepal being a Maoist republic after the monarchy was unseated in May, the centuries-old tradition of worshipping a young virgin as the living embodiment of a powerful Hindu goddess has survived. "Matina Shakya was chosen after consultation with Buddhist priests, community leaders and officials who will look after her," said Achyut Pokharel, a member of the government-run trust that maintains the tradition. "She became Royal Kumari after a series of pujas (religious ceremonies) on Tuesday at...
  • The debt we owe the Gurkhas(Britain)

    10/01/2008 4:41:40 PM PDT · by milestogo · 21 replies · 1,032+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 01 Oct 2008 | Thomas Bell
    The debt we owe the Gurkhas Lance Corporal Ram Bahadur Limbu won his Victoria Cross in a mostly forgotten war, the Indonesian Confrontation, in Borneo in 1965. First, he charged a machine-gun nest, knocking it out with a hand grenade. Then he made two forays into open ground to rescue wounded comrades, and another to retrieve a Bren gun. He used it to charge down and kill what was left of the enemy. When I decided to look up Lance Corporal Limbu a few years ago, it was a simple matter to find him – I just went to his...
  • Indian education turns fatal for Tibetan children

    09/23/2008 8:34:16 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 6 replies · 233+ views
    IANS / Sify ^ | Tuesday, 23 September , 2008, 15:25 | IANS
    Kathmandu: Thousands of Tibetan children and their families face stiff punishment at the hands of the Chinese government for enrolling into schools in India that are run by the Tibetan government in exile, headed by their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a rights body said. The Washington-headquartered International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) has expressed its misgivings as the ultimatum issued by the Communist Party of China authorities to the Tibetan Party and government workers expired last week. In July, Communist Party authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region had issued a directive stating that Tibetan children must confess if they have...
  • Row over Prachanda's visit to China

    08/25/2008 1:57:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 115+ views ^ | Aug 24, 2008
    Kathmandu, Aug 24 (PTI) Maoist leader Prachanda's first foreign trip as Prime Minster to Beijing has sparked a row in Nepal, with the opposition Nepali Congress questioning his visit to China ahead of India, which had "invited him first". Prachanda's five-day official visit to Beijing is in a sharp departure from tradition where India has been the first port of call for most previous Nepalese prime ministers. Nepali Congress general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi criticised the newly-elected Prime Minister for visiting China to attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics at a time when thousands of people have been rendered...
  • Nepal Assembly Picks Maoist as PM (ChiComms take over Nepal)

    08/15/2008 6:39:30 PM PDT · by navyguy · 37 replies · 64+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 15 2008 | Amy Kazmin
    Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who led a revolutionary insurrection that claimed 13,000 lives over 10 years, was elected prime minister of Nepal on Friday night, becoming the first Maoist to lead a democratic government. The election of Mr Dahal – who used the nom de guerre Comrade Prachanda (”the Fierce One”) – follows four months of political wrangling as the Maoists struggled to garner sufficient support from other parties to form a government, and even gave up at one point after their rivals united to elect a president opposed by the party. Dahal, 53, led his Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)...
  • Maoist to launch 'people's struggle' to settle constitutional crisis

    06/23/2008 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 28+ views ^ | June 23, 2008
    Kathmandu, June 23: The CPN (Maoist) has decided to launch a 'people's struggle' to settle the constitutional crisis in Nepal, after charging the Nepali Congress (NC) of intentionally delayed the formation of the next government. According to Kantipur, the Maoists took the decision as a meeting of Seven Party Alliance (SPA), held at Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's residence on Sunday failed to reach consensus over the structure of Security Council, including a few issues on integration of armies-Nepali Army (NA) and the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Senior Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai said that the Nepali Congress doesn't want...
  • Maoists shift stand on UN monitors

    06/13/2008 9:18:29 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 64+ views
    IANS ^ | June 13, 2008 | Sudeshna Sarkar
    Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas have indicated a sudden shift in their position on the deployment of the UN in the thorny peace process, saying the world body could be asked to stay on even after its tenure ended next month. "The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) will be needed as long as there are two armies in Nepal," Maoist deputy chief Baburam Bhattarai said. UNMIN was sent in by then UN secretary general Kofi Annan when both the Maoists and the other major parties asked for arms monitors to keep watch over the barracks and weapons of the Nepal Army...
  • Prachanda to visit Mao-land for 'more inspiration'

    06/13/2008 9:12:32 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 48+ views ^ | June 13, 2008
    While the contentious issue of power sharing continues to vex Nepali politics, leading many to fear a new round of political turmoil in the country, Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has expressed his eagerness to soon visit China where he wished to visit the village of "the great helmsman", Chairman Mao, and "get some more inspiration". In an interview to a correspondent of China Daily at his residence in Buddhanagar Thursday, the Maoist chairman said he hoped to visit China soon. "When our communication minister was there (in China) he was instructed to prepare for my visit. I hope...
  • I didn't kill my brother: Ex-king

    06/13/2008 9:01:08 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 43+ views ^ | 12 Jun 2008
    KATHMANDU: Before making his final exit from the Narayanhity palace, Nepal’s dethroned king Gyanendra held his maiden press conference in the palace in whichhe defended himself and his family against several dark allegations, the darkest being that he had engineered the murder of his elder brother Birendra and the latter’s entire family in 2001 so that he could ascend the snake throne of Nepal. “At a time the nation and the royal family were plunged in grief, the allegations were part of the war strategy by certain quarters to malign me and my family,” the 61-year-old said. “I was not...
  • Nepal Celebrates As Former King Evicted From Palace

    06/11/2008 4:59:04 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 147+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-11-2008 | Thomas Bell
    Nepal celebrates as former king evicted from palace By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent Last Updated: 11:16PM BST 11/06/2008 Nepal's former king has been evicted from his palace as his former subjects revelled in the loss of his dignity and the opening of his secrets. Gyanendra loses his £1.5 million annual allowance and 600 staff The country was declared a republic two weeks ago and Gyanendra – now Mr Shah – was told to pack his bags and leave. In his final public act before leaving the palace, he addressed the nation on television. "I have assisted in and...
  • Maoists ask Koirala to quit within 24 hours

    06/04/2008 9:05:24 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 36+ views ^ | 4 Jun 2008
    Less than a week into a republic, Nepal stands on the verge of fresh political chaos once again with the Maoists Tuesday asking prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala to quit within 24 hours or face their pullout from the coalition government as well as a new street movement. Maoist supremo Prachanda and his deputy Dr Baburam Bhattarai met the premier Tuesday to remind him that as the largest party in the newly elected constituent assembly, their party had the "people's mandate" to head the next government. Sources said the two leaders had also talked tough about power-sharing, refusing to budge...
  • Prachanda warns media against criticising Maoists

    05/31/2008 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 137+ views
    PTI ^ | May 31, 2008
    Kathmandu, May 31 (PTI) Maoist chairman Prachanda, who is set to lead the next Nepal government, has warned the media of "serious consequences" if it continues to criticise the party, a move flayed by the country's apex journalists' body. "We will no longer tolerate criticism as we have already been elected by the people," he said addressing a rally here to celebrate the country's transition to a republic. Targeting the Kantipur publication that brings out the largest circulated dailies Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post, the former rebel leader said, "You journalists did well to continuously criticise the Maoists before the...
  • Nepal declares itself a democratic republic

    05/28/2008 11:44:29 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 110+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 28 May 2008, 2317 hrs IST | The Times of India
    KATHMANDU: Nepal on Wednesday scripted a new chapter in its turbulent history as the new constituent assembly abolished the 240-year-old monarchy and declared the country a "secular, federal democratic republic". The 601-member assembly met at the Birendra International Convention Centre on Wednesday evening where a motion was passed to declare the country the world's newest republic. After a series of meetings, the Seven Party Alliance agreed to table the motion of republic in the first meeting of the constituent assembly, dominated by Maoists. Out of 601 members of the constituent assembly, 572 were present during Wednesday's meeting. The motion to...
  • Nepal’s Maoists not in favour of open border with India

    05/27/2008 2:09:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 58+ views
    Indo-Asian News Service ^ | May 27th, 2008
    New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Maoists in Nepal do not favour an “open border” with India and want the unregulated cross-border movement to be reviewed. Baburam Bhattarai, the second most important leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), has said in an interview with an Indian monthly magazine “Hardnews” that the current arrangement to have “open borders” that are “unregulated” is not to the advantage of either country. “Open border is not a big advantage, not even to India,” Bhattarai told the magazine. He said the current arrangement was mostly misused by big smuggling networks. Large number of...