PM's China visit uncertain due to lack of confirmation of Jinping meeting
The China visit of Prime Minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal scheduled for the last week of March is uncertain after failure to set up a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
PM Dahal is now unsure about the visit in lack of confirmation for the meeting with Jinping even though formal invitation for the program of Boao Forum scheduled from March 23-26 in Hainan province arrived Thursday evening, according to a source at Baluwatar.
PM Dahal had called coalition partners at Baluwatar for discussion last week saying he has received invitation from China for Boao Forum with promise of a meeting with Jinping. But the invitation had come through the Chinese Communist Party and not the government channel, according to the source.
The Foreign Ministry held discussion with Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong Thursday evening after formal invitation did not arrive until Thursday afternoon. The Chinese envoy expressed ignorance about the invitation. The invitation from organizers of Boao Forum, however, arrived late Thursday evening after Baluwatar mobilized Nepali Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal.
"There was talk about meeting with Jinping when the Chinese Communist Party first offered the invitation but there is a possibility that PM Dahal may not visit only for the annual program of Boao Forum," the source stated. PM Dahal has not taken the final decision yet but he is understood to be not inclined to go to China if meeting with Jinping cannot be confirmed.
The Foreign Ministry and the Nepali Embassy in Beijing are continuing their initiative to set up a meeting with Jinping but there has been no definite response from Beijing until now.
CoAS Chhetri returns home from US
Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri returned home Friday upon completing an official visit to the United States of America. Chief of General Staff of the Nepalese Army Baldev Raj Mahat welcomed the Army Chief at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A contingent of the army also presented a guard of honor to CoAS Chhetri on the occasion.
Militants attack Christians in Egypt, killing at least 26
Masked gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 26 people, including children, and wounding 25, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
- Oli bats for consensus government
Election wave sweeping across Parsa
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- UML continues House obstruction, next meeting at 1 pm Saturday
Oops! Deuba does it again
Deuba and Dahal have made a mockery of the constitutional provision of impeachment as a weapon of last resort with its preemptive registration as a tactical move to stop CJ Karki from delivering justice. This will set a bad precedent and there will be more such tactical use of impeachment in the future considering how justices at the SC are being appointed in political quotas in recent times.
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
Apil KC/Keshab Sharma
Jhamsikhel as I knew
Hari-ko-pasal, right at the said junction used to be the place to buy any household item ranging from food grains and other household items. There was nothing that he did not have. Most often he loved keeping his customers waiting, more so if they were younger. He kept his client engaged with jokes and tole gossip.
Empowering local bodies
It is common to rent a room or two based on nothing more than a verbal contract. There are two types of owners. There are many who rent legal properties informally and those who rent out illegally built ones. The rental space demand is so much that owners openly flout bylaws by building more number of floors than approved. It is difficult, as it is, to bring both type of owners within the system.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.
Menstrual taboo outdated
I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.