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Archive for February, 2010

 

No more banda?

The Public Accounts Committee, which went into deliberations after having a hearing with Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala two weeks ago, has advised the ministry to revive the bidding process for machine readable passports. Kantipur reports: PAC directed the government to continue the tender process among the four companies that were pre-qualified through the global bidding […]


Misuse and abuse

Former Education Minister Ram Chandra Kushwaha, who was sacked after being investigated for selling relief teachers’ vacancies for up to Rs 300,000, and who almost got a $120 million education program scrapped, said he was innocent at the Reporters Club in Kathmandu Today. Nepalnews writes: A day after being recalled from the cabinet over corruption […]


Combating corruption

Education Minister Ram Chandra Kuswaha has been sacked and replaced by Sarbendra Nath Shukla after the former was accused of involvement in a corruption scandal. The new minister has vowed to fight corruption, reports Nepalnews: After taking oath, Shukla told reporters that his first priority will be to make education ministry free of corruption and […]


Corruption scandal

Education Minister Ram Chandra Kuswaha, who is being investigated by the Public Account Committee for corruption, is about to lose his job after international donors threatened to scrap aid if appropriate action was not taken against the minister. Republica writes: International donors have demanded action against Kuswaha as a condition for continuation of funding of […]


One weapon, one combatant

The government has unveiled a strategy to integrate as many Maoist combatants into the army as there are arms in the Maoist arsenal. According to Kantipur: Peace Minister Rakam Chemjong said the integration would be based on ‘one combatant one weapon’ theory. “UNMIN has verified that there are 3,400 weapons, so only as many combatants […]


Arms controversy

Maoist cadre captured two Armed Police Force trucks ferrying arms to the capital last night. According to the Home Ministry the trucks were carrying “explosives, bullets and training logistics for the Armed Police Personnel”. According to Republica: The Maoists have taken strong exception to arms import by the Armed Police Force, calling it a breach […]


Dead horse?

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is having another bad day. Today, his party compared his government to ‘expired medicine’, writes Republica: Ruling CPN-UML leaders have fiercely advocated for and against the government at the party´s ongoing central committee (CC) meeting. Several CC members demanded that the central body come up with an alternative to the […]



 

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