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    EDITORIAL : Repeat of Rukmangad sacking case ?

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    They Said & Tittle-Tattle ...........

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    It is necessary to make the Nepal Army more inclusive but establishing a separate bat talion for a particular ethnicity is against the essence of inclusion. Pradeep Gyawali, UML Secretary

    The ministers in the present government from the Madhes based political parties were corrupt, opportunist, and power-hungry. Moreover, in the present context it is not possible to recruit the 3,000 Madhesi youths in the NA.Upendra Yadav, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) Chairman

    Ministers in Bhattarai government are actively involved in bribery and amassing personal property by misusing government fund. PM Bhattarai has lost his initial image by leading the corrupt government.Jhalanath Khanal, CPN-UML Chairman

    The court gives verdict considering the constitutional aspects. Hence, the verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) on the extension of the term of the Constituent Assembly (CA) will not be reviewed. Khil Raj Regmi , Chief Justice

    The leader of the parliamentary party will be the prime ministerial candidate as per the party regulation. Otherwise, I am capable of becoming the first woman prime minister of the country.Sujata Koirala, Nepali Congress Leader

    The current government led by Baburam Bhattarai, cannot turn into a national consensus government under any circumstances and therefore it is the turn of Nepali Congress to lead such a government.CP Gajurel, UCPN (Maoist) Secretary

    We have decided to carry out various protest programmes from December 30 against the federalism, and to create momentum for completion of the constitution-writing process within the extended deadline of the Constituent Assembly. Chitra Bahadur K.C, Rastriya Janamorcha Leader

    The cancellation of Chinese premier Wen Jiaboas Nepal visit is a diplomatic failure on the part of the Baburam Bhattarai government. The Government should inform people as to what caused the cancellation of the visit.Ram Chandra Poudel, NC Vice President and Parliamentary Party Leader

    The Chinese PMs decision was a serious jolt to the UCPN (Maoist) led government. I think the insecurity, rampant corruption and uncertainty of the continuation of the coali-tion government might have encouraged Chinese PM to put off his visit.Pashupati Shamsher Rana, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman

    Progress in the peace process is satisfactory. So, our party is not for changing the govern-ment. However, we want to form the national consensus government as soon as possible.Sushil Koirala , Nepali Congress President

    The Nepal government doesn't want to extend the term and mandate of OHCHR as the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is enough to monitor and report on the hu-man rights situation in Nepal independently.Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Prime Minister

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    After conquering a number of small states and unifying them into one nation, the architect of the Nepal, King Pritvi Narayan Shah

    used to say that Nepal is a garden of 4 varieties of main plants having 36 species of them. Even though King Prithvi came from Gorkha, he did not differentiate the people of other states after unification. The army used to be the main force of the state and he welcomed them all from the unified states.

    After almost 250 years of King Prithvis rule the recently formed Nepalese coalition government of United Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (UCPN) and the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) agreed to implement their agreement of recruitment of Madhesi youths into the Nepal Army to make the armed forces inclusive. During the negotiation period of the 4 point agreements, both coalition parties agreed to recruit 10,000 Madhesis into the Nepal Army. But, with the lapse of more than 4 months the UCPN government has not initiated any concrete steps in the recruitment of Madhesis into the Nepal Army. On the other hand the faction of the UCPN party was spreading a rumour of change of maoist to the national consensus government with the Nepali Congress PM, UCPN PM Bhattarai was in threat of toppling his government.

    A meeting of the top leaders of the UCPN (M) and the Madhesi Front held at Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarais Baluwatar residence ended in an understanding. The two sides also agreed to set up a separate unit in the Nepal Army and agreed to recruit 3000 Madhesi youths to start induction of Madhesis into the Nepal Army. A Cabinet meeting held at the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) in Singha Durbar and issued ordered the Nepal Army to start the process to recruit 3000 personnel from the aforementioned marginalised communities after passing the policy paper for the new recruitment to turn NA inclusive. The Bhattarai government decided to change the language of recruitment as it recruited 3000 youths from the Adivasi Janjati, Dalit and Madheshi communities into the Nepal Army. The two ruling partners have also

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    agreed to bring a bill through the Cabinet on inclusion of Madhesis, Dalits and Adivasi Janjati communities into the state organs.

    The two main opposition parties UML and Nepali Congress have strongly opposed the governments decision to establish a separate battalion of the Nepal Army (NA) by recruiting Madhesi youths to ensure inclusiveness in the army. The government should rethink this decision and stop activities that tend to divide the NA in the name of the caste and region. The decision was taken to please a particular group and is just an attempt to prolong the tenure of the government. It is necessary to make the NA more inclusive but establishing a separate battalion for a particular ethnicity or group is against the essence of inclusion.

    The opposition parties said that the NA must open recruitment for women, Dalit, Janajati and other minority groups as well. Meanwhile, ex Lt General Kul Bahadur Khadka said that the governments decision goes against the NAs principle. The NA does not have a specific policy to open vacancies for a particular group. It will be difficult to implement decisions. The Defence Ministry has clarified that the new recruitment in the Nepal Army will be done on competition, denying that there will be "group entry" of Madhesis. Meanwhile, the secretary of the Defence Ministry informed that recruitment centres would be established in eight locations of Terai, five locations in the hilly region and three locations in the mountainous region.

    A single bench of Justice Baijanath Upadhyay of the Supreme Court issued an interim order to the government not to implement its decision to start group entry of Madhesi communities in the Nepal Army (NA). The stay order was issued after conducting a hearing on the writ petition filed by Chure Bhawar Rastriya Party, a fringe party in the legislature parliament. The stay order of the SC does not only stop the coalition government to politicise in the NA but it also saves the President to revoke the government decision as he did in the Rukmangad sacking case earlier.

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