Thursday, January 31, 2008
King Gyanendra Speaks up.. after a long time
In what is seen as his first media interview since the April uprising of 2006, King Gyanendra has said that he has remained silent to let the peace process succeed.
In an interview to Hari Lamsal, Editor of Rastra Bani weekly, which was published on Wednesday, King Gyanendra is quoted as saying that he remained silent to make the peace process successful.
Nepali people themselves should speak out on where the nation is heading, on the direction it is taking and on why it is becoming chaotic, the King is reported to have said.
King Gyanendra has also refuted that monarchy has ever sought power.
When asked why he did not speak out till now, the King said, "Silence is also (an) action.” “….There is a meaning in our silence. Those who have understood it (meaning) have understood it well. We think others are pretending not to have understood.”
In the interview, which has been published at a time when the interim parliament has amended the interim constitution declaring Nepal a federal republic, subject to endorsement by Constituent Assembly, the King has said that the monarchy predates the unification of Nepal itself.
He asked, where would we be today had the nation-builder Prithvi Narayan Shah not unified Nepal?
King Gyanendra also said Nepal has such a large heart where every Nepali can find shelter.
He also recalled his February 1, 2005 move – which prompted political parties to unite with the Maoists that ultimately forced the King to step down. He accepted that his move turned out to be a failure.
Stating that the monarchy should never involve in politics, the King pointed out the need to strengthen relations between monarchy and democracy.
Editor Lamsal has said that he took the interview last Friday at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace. Although it was not a formal interview, Lamsal said, he took permission to publish the King's views at the end of his audience.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
More explosions.. Need to put a stop.
Thirty-two persons, including Parsa Chief District Officer Bhola Prasad Siwakoti, were injured when a bomb exploded near the venue of seven parties’ mass meet at Narayani Rangasala here. Eleven others were hurt in separate blasts in Birgunj.
The blast at the SPA meet occurred in an open space near Gautam School when Nepali Congress leader and Minister for Science, Technology and Environment Pharmulla Mansur, who was the last speaker, was addressing the joint meet.
The bomb occurred just five minutes before the conclusion of the meet. Eyewitnesses said an unidentified person left the bomb at the site seconds before it exploded.
Earlier, seven persons, including a bus driver, were injured when a bomb was hurled at the bus that was heading towards the meet venue carrying Maoist cadres in front of Kediya Eye Hospital at Parwanipur at 3:30 pm.
In another incident, four persons were injured when a bomb was hurled targeting a tractor that was heading to the meet venue carrying people near the venue at 2:00 pm.
Injured CDO has been undergoing treatment in Advanced Medical College, while other injured have been admitted to Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital in Birgunj, Parsa district SP Yogeshwor Ramkhomi said. He added that most of the injured were hurt in legs. Of the injured undergoing treatment at NSRH, condition of two is critical, the hospital source said.
There were two more blasts in Birgunj — one in front of the Indreni FM building and another near National Medical College. No one was hurt.
A home ministry official said bombs were planted with an intention to kill. He added that Biratnagar and Janakpur blasts were meant only to terrorise. “But this time, the bomb was planted near the assembly area, apparently targeting the public,” he said. The official added that today’s blasts exposed chinks in security arrangement. Home ministry spokesperson Modraj Dottel said metal detector was used to screen all. According to him, over 3,000 police personnel were deployed in Birjung.
Meanwhile, Parsa district coordinator of Madhesi Mukti Tigers, Kanchan Bidrohi, has owned up the blasts.
Martin condemns explosions:
Kathmandu: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Nepal Ian Martin has condemned the blasts during a political rally held to promote the Constituent Assembly election in Birgunj on Wednesday. “United Nation Mission in Nepal and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-Nepal teams were present conducting monitoring activities at today’s and previous rallies,” a statement issued by UNMIN here said. “I hope that those responsible will be identified and brought to justice,” Martin added.
Saying that violence and intimidation have no place in a democratic transition, and in particular in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly election process, Martin said political differences must be resolved through peaceful means. “I have no doubt that acts of terror will discredit whatever cause they claim to promote.”
Source: Himalayan News Service
Sunday, January 27, 2008
ABOUT THIS BLOG
So, I think its time we all see this devil and stand up and work together to defeat it. I think if our political leaders take off their shade of greed for power and money they will be able to see this devil too. I think if for once, they can clear up their heads with all that selfishness and feeling of superiority they will be able to see this devil too. As, we have seen in past our leaders are amazingly great at uniting against a common enemy, we just need to pray that they will see this common enemy before its too late.
I believe its still not too late to work together to eradicate this common enemy from roots. I believe from my heart that Mother Nepal has thousands, even millions, children in Nepal and abroad who will be delighted to heal her wounds. Youths will be ever excited to help lay those tracks of development back that the devil crushed.
Explosions and threats scares Nepalese
January 27 2008, A bomb hoax elicited a prompt evacuation of three municipal offices in the Nation's capital kathmandu Valley. This would have been a fourth major explosion this month had it been real. The country seems to be taking one step forward to peace and stability simply to take three steps backward.
A series of bomb explosions rocked Sunsari district headquarters Inaruwa(Eastern Nepal) January 26 Saturday afternoon.
The blasts took place at Bihibarehat area where senior Nepali Congress leaders were attending a gathering of the party workers. Reports said that a bomb went off just a few metres away from the programme venue while two other bombs exploded in the vicinity.
The blasts were apparently targeted at the NC leaders, but there was no human casualty.
NC acting president Sushil Koirala, vice-president Prakash Man Singh and general secretary Dr Ram Baran Yadav were inside the programme hall when the bombs went off.
An armed outfit called Madhesi Mukti Tigers has claimed responsibility for the bomb blasts.
Security has been massively beefed up in Inaruwa and surrounding areas following the incident.
January 23 2008, Police have recovered at least nine explosives from a pig-shed in Dharan(my hometown) on Wednesday morning.
According to reports, six socket bombs and three pressure cooker bombs were recovered from Ratnachowk in a pig-shed near the house of Sanuman Rai where three old people live.
A team of experts from the Nepal Army barracks in Pakali safely disposed the bombs to a nearby river.
The security agencies are investigating.
On January 14 2008, At least eight persons were injured when a bomb went off near Bhotahiti, Kathmandu, minutes after a mass gathering of the seven parties to kick start their election campaigning concluded.
The bomb exploded underneath the overhead bridge at Bhotahiti at around 3:30 pm.
Eyewitnesses said they heard explosion in the middle of the road at the busy Ratnapark-Bhotahity intersection which lies few hundred meters from Khula Mach, the venue of the seven-party mass meeting.
They said a person hurled the socket bomb and slipped into the crowd.
Peace in Nepal
The Ministry of Local Development informed its branch offices after an unidentified person called up the ministry at 2 pm, and said that explosives were planted at Kathmandu Metropolitan office at Sundhara, Lalitpur sub-metropolitan city office at Puchowk and Bhaktapur Municipality Office.
Following the telephonic warning, the police and army personnel, including bomb disposal squads vacated and sealed off all three municipal offices in the capital and searched for the explosives.
The tension ended only after the security personnel confirmed that the call was a hoax and that no explosive was discovered in any of the three municipal offices.
Normal life in various Terai district was affected for the fourth consecutive day Sunday due to the indefinite shutdown strike announced by the United Madhesi Front (UMF), a amalgamation of Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) and Nepal Sadbhawana Party (Mahato).
Life was crippled in Dhanusha, Mahottari, Siraha, Saptari, Sarlahi, Bara, Rautahat and Nawalparasi districts due to strike called to press the government to implement the 22-point agreement it signed with Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (MJF).
Although the main market centers, factories and educational institutions in Biratnagar and other urban centers were not much affected by the strike and remained partly open, both long and short route vehicles were stopped from plying the road in most of the affected districts owing to which hundreds of passengers were stranded, reports say.
UMF had waged phase-wise protest programmes in eastern Terai districts from January 19. The most affected due to the strike was Janakpur of Dhanusha district which virtually remains under seize from the last four days.
On Sunday also, the city was affected by the bandh called by various Madhesi groups. The bandh had been called ahead of Saturday's joint mass meeting in the city by seven party alliance.