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Maoists Sit-In at Indian Embassy in Kathmandu

Posted by Ka Frank on January 20, 2010

Indian embassy in Kathmandu

This article was published in Nepal News on January 19, 2010.

Maoists stage protest in front of Indian Embassy

The Unified CPN (Maoist) staged dharna (sit-in) in front of the Indian Embassy at Lainchour Tuesday afternoon, protesting the border encroachment and ‘ Indian intervention’ in Nepal’s internal affairs. Hundreds of Maoist cadres marched from Bhadrakali to Lainchour to stage the dharna, which was part of the 4th phase of agitation launched by the party to ‘safeguard national independence’ and restore ‘civilian supremacy’.

There was huge presence of security personnel around the Indian Embassy during the Maoist protest programme. The protesters sat for dharna about 200 feet away from the embassy’s main gate as the security men prevented them from advancing further. Addressing the gathering following the dharna, Maoist vice chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha accused India of interfering in Nepal’s internal matters and encroaching Nepali land. He said the party had to spearhead the protest movement as civilian supremacy had been trampled and national independence was at stake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Home Minister Chidambaram Tells Jharkhand Government to Take On Maoists

Posted by Ka Frank on January 20, 2010

This article was published in Hindustan Times on January 19, 2010.

Brace up for Maoist threat: Chi-dambaram warns Jharkhand govt

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday hoped that the new government in Jharkhand would face up to the Maoist threat following the landmine explosion triggered by the rebels last week where seven police personnel and a civilian were killed. Condemning the incident, the home minister said chief minister Shibu Soren would need to send clear instructions to the state police and the administration to brace up to the challenge.

“In a loud and clear signal to the new government in Jharkhand, the CPI-Maoist have committed their first major act of depredation (this year) by triggering a landmine blast in which seven personnel of security forces and one civilian were killed. The Maoists also looted nine weapons belonging to the security forces,” Chidambaram said in a statement.

“There was no provocation for this act of mindless violence. A team belonging to the Bishnupur police picket was returning from a routine patrol in the mining area. The team was not engaged in any search operation; nor did the team open fire on any one. Yet, the team became the target of attack and eight precious lives were lost.”

Chidambaram said the area where the attack happened was well known for illegal mining of bauxite.  “The Naxalites (Maoists) collect levies from the illegal miners. The Naxals resorted to this attack only to scare the police away from the area in which they operate and collect illegal levies.”

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US Sets Terms for Taking Nepal Maoists Off Terrorist List

Posted by Ka Frank on January 20, 2010

This article was published on My Republica on January 20, 2010.

US terms for taking Maoists off terrorist list

KATHMANDU: Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has requested the visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Patrick Moon, to remove his party from the US list of international terrorist organizations.

Moon, who is on a four-day Nepal visit that started Sunday, met Dahal at the latter’s residence on Tuesday morning and discussed issues related to the peace process. During the meeting, Dahal requested Moon to remove the Maoist party from the US terrorist watch list and establish normal relations.

According to Maoist foreign department chief Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the US official told the Maoist leadership that the US would “soon change its policy on the UCPN (Maoist) and treat it like any other political party in Nepal.” However, the US doesn´t seem to have changed its official view of the Maoists. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Report from the Narayanpatna War Zone

Posted by Ka Frank on January 20, 2010

CMAS march in Narayanpatna

This article was published in Tehelka on January 18, 2010.

The After Kill of Narayan-patna

The bloodshed may have halted, but violence, fear and the possibility of starvation still haunt. SANJANA reports from the remote Orissa town where police killed two Adivasis last month.

THE VOICE at the other end of the line is weak and tired. It’s past 8 pm. “We are on our way to the village,” he says. “We walk six hours every day – three hours at daybreak from our village into the forest and three hours at sundown back to the village. We hide in the jungles during the day and come to the village at night. We don’t want to be arrested by the police who come to our villages during the day,” says the 24-year old. A few minutes of conversation later, he asks if his name and village can be kept anonymous. “If the police read the report, they may come to our village and hunt us down,” he says. Nothing you say can dislodge the fear.

Three weeks after a police firing, Narayanpatna in Orissa continues to resemble a war zone – with near-empty villages. The 24-year-old Adivasi that TEHELKA spoke with is only one of several hundred families who live in constant fear.

On 20 November 2009, two Adivasis died in the paramilitary forces’ firing at the Narayanpatna police station. Both the Adivasis were part of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh – an Adivasi organisation in the region that is fighting for the last 15 years for the Adivasis’ right over land – and were part of a 150 strong group that had gathered at the police station to protest over continued police harassment. Last week, in the story ‘A zone of twisted law’ (issue 50 dated 19 December, 2009) TEHELKA had detailed attempts by the state to derail the CMAS and other Adivasi organisations working in the area by equating them directly with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) active in the region. Read the rest of this entry »

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US State Department Official Holds Top-Level Meetings in Nepal

Posted by Ka Frank on January 20, 2010

This article was published on Nepal News on January 18, 2010.

US to aid Nepal’s peace process

Visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Patrick Moon called on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal at the PMO in Singha Durbar Monday and pledged his government’s continued assistance in taking the ongoing peace process in the country to a logical end.

During his meeting with PM Nepal, Moon is learnt to have queried about the latest political situation of the country including the progress on drafting the new constitution of the country, the ongoing peace process and UNMIN’s role in it. Similarly, issues of bilateral interests including the US assistance to Nepal’s development also featured very highly during the talks between the two.

Early this morning, Moon met Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala and talked about the bilateral relations. Moon is also scheduled to meet senior political leaders including Defense Minister Bidhya Bhandari, Chief of Army Staff Chattra Man Singh Gurung, top government officials, civil society leaders, human rights activists, and representatives of the international community, prior to his departure on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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