The December agreement between Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and Madheshi parties, which envisions, among other things, forming a High Level Political Committee (HLPC), has become a bone of contention now. While NC and UML have ruled out forming any political body outside CA, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has threatened to obstruct House proceedings if ruling parties don’t address his demand. Why such hard stance when parties should be working on war footing for timely statute? What is the relevance of HLPC when Maoist party heads by far the most important CA committee, Committee for Constitutional and Political Dialogue and Consensus (CCPDC)? UCPN (Maoist) treasurer Haribol Gajurel, who is also a close confidante of chairman Dahal, defended party’s stand in a conversation with Mahabir Paudyal and Ashok Dahal Wednesday afternoon.
Why do we need to revive HLPC at this hour when statute drafting process seems to be going toward positive direction?
Shashank Srivastava, the executive director, International Marketing and Product Planning of Maruti Suzuki, India was here in Nepal to study the automobile market and prepare for the launch of Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Sujan Dhungana of Republica met up with Srivastava to talk about Maruti Suzuki´s future plans and strategies in Nepal along with prospects and challenges facing Nepali auto industry. Excerpts:
Can you elaborate the purpose of your visit to Nepal?
This is the third time I´ve been here to Nepal. On each of my visit to Nepal, I´ve been witnessing that the automobile market of Nepal is growing significantly. Thus, as that of earlier visits, my visit to Nepal this time too aims to search ways and develop strategies on how the market of Maruti Suzuki can grow here. Likewise, my visit this time also intends to make necessary preparations to launch the Maruti Suzuki Celerio here in Nepal. We are preparing to unveil the new Celerio amid the NADA Auto Show next month.
Dr Ratnakar Adhikari, is the Executive Director of Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) -- a mechanism established by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Trade Centre (ITC) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for supporting the trade-related capacity development of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Among 46 LDCs and three recently graduated countries, Nepal is one of the countries receiving assistance for three projects to build its supply capacity. Pushpa Raj Acharya of Republica talked with Adhikari on the various aspects of EIF’s cooperation in trade capacity development of the LDCs including Nepal. Excerpts:
What is your assessment about the effectiveness of EIF’s support to the Least Developed Countries including Nepal?
While Nepali Congress and CPN-UML government has been a terrible failure in vital issues, including appointing 26 members and giving full shape to CA and heads in various constitutional bodies even after seven months, coalition partners are exchanging war of words. UML accuses Congress of ignoring seven-point deal and endorsing President and Vice-President through the Parliament. A section of Nepali Congress says the issue has lost relevance.
Some like Central Working Committee member Dr Shekhar Koirala has suggested UML might as well walk away if it is not satisfied with government functioning. What is cooking up between the two parties? How will NC-UML relation go ahead in the coming days? Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala caught up with Dr Koirala Wednesday afternoon at NC’s Parliamentary Party Office, Singha Durbar.