Kathmandu, September 26, 2007 The Nepali Congress, which has long been indicating that it will not stick to constitutional monarchy, today formally endorsed the republican manifesto to a thunderous round of applause from mahasamiti delegates. Speaking at the closing session, NC President and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala made it clear that he will never compromise territorial intergrity, sovereignty of the people and national independence while the nation is irreversibly on the republican course. “I will never compromise territorial intergrity, sovereignty of the people and national independence. I have told this to all,” Koirala said. He said this by way of reassuring the delegates and central leaders who have expressed isolated apprehension that going for the republican order could cause a threat to territorial intergrity, sovereignty of the people and national independence. While the manifesto and political paper were debated the whole day and passed unanimously when put to vote by Minister of Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Paudel and NC central leader and co-ordinator the manifesto drafting committee, Chakra Prasad Bastola, respectively. “Our political proposal advocates a democratic republican state. This will go a long way in heralding a bloodless revolution. In fact the upcoming election will complete the revolution underway now,” Paudel, who headed the team which drafted the political proposal, said.

Four killed in Myanmar protest crackdown Myanmar security forces used batons, tear gas and live rounds today in a violent crackdown on mass protests against the military junta, killing at least four people including three Buddhist monks. Up to 100,000 people defied heavy security to take to the streets of the main city Yangon, marching and shouting abuse at police despite blunt warnings from the ruling generals who are facing the most serious challenge to their rule in nearly two decades. Two of the monks were beaten to death while another was shot when he tried to wrestle a gun away from a soldier and the weapon discharged, two senior Myanmar officials told AFP. They said the monks were killed near Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s holiest site and a key rallying point for the clergy leading the nine days of protests which have spread across the Southeast Asian nation. A fourth man, who was not a monk, was shot dead, a hospital source said. The UN Security Council was to meet in an emergency session in New York later today to discuss the spiralling crisis, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose country is the former colonial power, said “the whole world is now watching Burma” and called for a UN envoy to be sent there to talk to the “illegitimate and repressive regime.”