March 19, 2012 12:52:43 am
Faced with protests,campaigns on social networking sites and media pressure,the government led by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai,reportedly withdrew on Sunday its decision to dole out Rs 20 million to a private group for a planned expedition to Mt. Everest. Maoist chairman Prachandas son,who was to play a key role in the expedition,has been mired in controversy since the grant was announced Friday.
With a formal government announcement on the rollback pending,Prakash Dahal,son of Prachanda,announced Sunday he did not need any money for the expedition mission. He said he had rejected the governments offer. The expedition hoped to apply pressure on the constituent assembly to complete the constitution making process on time.
Protesters,mainly youths,belonging to the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) burnt Bhattarais effigy Saturday to protest the grant.
On Saturday,Bhattarais daughter,a university student,also declined to accept her nomination as a board member of the Cricket Association of Nepal.
Nepal govt wants halt in Gurkha recruitment abroad
Indian and British armies may no longer be able to employ Gurkhas following a Nepalese government decision to eventually stop their recruitment in foreign countries.
Nepals government has directed Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and other ministries to implement recommendations of a report that seeks to ultimately halt Gurkha recruitments in foreign armies. The PMs Office and Council of Ministers sent letters to the ministries on March 9 directing them to initiate procedures for implementing recommendations of the report,Nepals Foreign Policy in Changed Context: 2012,saying it was endorsed by a House panel.
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