THT 10 YEARS AGO: Security chiefs brief cabinet on security situation

Kathmandu, November 15, 2007

Security chiefs under the Home Ministry today apprised the cabinet of the overall security situation in the country, particularly in the Tarai region.

Sources said that that Inspector General of Nepal Police Om Bikram Rana, Inspector General of Armed Police Force Basudev Oli and Chief of National Investigation Department Dhan Singh Karki briefed the cabinet of the security situation.

The cabinet meeting was held in Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar this evening. The security chiefs told the cabinet that the security situation in the Tarai, particularly in the districts east of Parsa, had become worse due to activities of a couple of armed groups masquerading as political outfits.

The cabinet took the briefing from the security wings after the armed groups and other nonarmed groups announced fresh agitation plans in the Tarai region after the Chhath festival, which is going to end in three days. “We received information from the security chiefs about the country’s overall security situation and we have adopted necessary policy to improve it,” said Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel at the end of the cabinet meeting. But he refused to disclose what the new security strategy the government has taken.

Minister for Land Reforms and Management Jagat Bahadur Bogati said that the government could not tolerate violent activities such as setting the national flag on fire and replacing the government boards with other illegal ones.

Oli says his own party showed immaturity

Kathmandu, November 15, 2007

CPN-UML politburo member K P Sharma Oli today accused his own leadership of reaching an understanding with the Maoist on fully proportional electoral system in the special session of the interim parliament without analysing the Maoist’s objective, or cause and effect of the parliament’s decision.

“It is immaturity on the part of the UML to support the Maoist proposal of fully proportional electoral system without understanding its cause and effect,” Oli, who is critical of the Maoists, said at a programme at the Reporters’ Club. He said the parliament passed the motions of a republic and fully proportional electoral system when there was no uniform definition about the full proportional electoral system. “I also do not see any possibility of declaring the country a republic by the upcoming session of the House,” he said. He, however, said that his party supported the Maoist’s proposal of fully proportional electoral system for the sake of “consensus” among the seven parties.

Oli said that the special session gave a directive to the government going against the constitutional provision that requires a twothirds majority to amend the interim constitution.