KATHMANDU: Reacting to the UCPN-Maoist’s protest plan that begins on November 1, the government today called the main opposition party for talks to resolve all the crisis.
Today’s cabinet meeting took a decision to call the Maoists for a dialogue. After the meeting, Minister for Information and Communication and government’s spokesperson Shankar Pokharel said the government’s doors for talks were open.
He, however, added that the government would take necessary steps to maintain law and order in the country.
The cabinet also dwelt on preparing a strategy to tackle the Maoist protest plan and passing the budget.
It also decided to recommend Dr Suresh Chalise and Shyam Lal Tabdar as ambassadors to United Kingdom and Egypt, respectively, and Binod Kumar Pandey as economic councellor to Hong Kong.
Pokharel added that the cabinet also decided to form a nine-member climate change council under the leadership of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
The cabinet has asked the political committee of the cabinet to do necessary groundwork to decide on the national day, as there had been confusion regarding the same after the establishment of republic.
It also decided to form a mechanism to monitor the development projects and other activities of the government across the nation under the leadership of Prime Minister
The cabinet withdrew politically motivated cases against some individuals in Taplejung and Saptari districts. It decided to form a task force under the leadership of Home Minister to study other such cases and settle them as soon as possible.
Cabinet declared Pradip Kumar Khadka, a resident of Emadol in Lalitpur, a martyr and decided to give compensation to the victims of Surkhet incident that occurred at the time of CA polls.

Top Maoists to lead protests

KATHMANDU: Top leaders of the Unified CPN-Maoist today decided to lead protests in the Kathmandu Valley in the wake of government statements to suppress the Maoist movement beginning November 1.
Maoist vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha ‘Prakash’ said a meeting of the top leaders held at the party office in Paris Danda this afternoon decided to give special focus to the movement within the Valley.
“We have already disseminated special circular throughout the nation,” he said.
He added that the meeting decided to deploy maximum number of people possible for the peaceful movement’s success.
Another meeting of the party’s top leaders would be held on Friday morning to decide the deployment of central leaders to make the movement in the Kathmandu Valley more effective. Shrestha said the leaders of Newa State Committee of the party and the leaders of the sister organisations would dwell on how they could make the movement effective.
Following the brief meeting held at Paris Danda, United National People’s Movement chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai said the leaders would face the plight of former king Gyanendra if they tried to suppress the people’s movement.
Shrestha added the party would tolerate minor action on part of the government but the people would be forced to retaliate if the government tried to suppress the movement.