Monday, December 21, 2009

Why You Stay Put During a Bandh

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KATHMANDU: The general strike called by the main opposition party, Unified CPN-Maoist, was a big blow to valour of security agencies, as they backtracked from escorting the country’s Prime Minister to his official residence via the traditional route. It was the first day of three-day general strike under the third phase of Maoist stir, demanding the establishment of ‘civilian supremacy’ and formation of national unity government under its leadership.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal — who arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport from Copenhagen this afternoon — sneaked to Baluwatar via Gaushala, Ratopul, Sano Gaucharan, Naxal and Bhat Bhateni. It has been an age-old tradition to escort the motorcade of the Prime Minister via Sinamangal, Tinkune, New Baneshwor, Maitighar, Naxal and Baluwatar.

Maoist cadres thrashed Haribol Khanal, executive director of Curriculum Development Centre in Bhaktapur for opening the office, defying their strike call. According to Thimi Police Range DSP Bipin Karmacharya, the protesters entered the office and manhandled Khanal this afternoon. “I was working in my office room when 10 to 12 persons entered and beat me up, asking why I was in the office during bandh,” Khanal said. The cadres also asked other employees to leave the office and vandalised three vehicles parked on the office premises.
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Yesterday, Dan, from Brooklyn, was just itchin to get back to Lakeside and the Mount Everest orphanage where he has been volunteering. Lakeside is a 20 minute taxi ride and maybe a 2 hour walk from here. It is also the center of the tourist universe; hot water, sheets, English speaking people, laundry places, western food, cappuccino, BACKUPGENERATORS; you get the picture. But he was short 2 AA batteries. After receiving them from a volunteer from NEW JERSEY, he started up his GPS and hoofed it. I said email upon arrival; he did. Dan, if you're reading this, bring two AA to a restaurant in the Village for a free lunch/dinner. Time and place TBA.




Local kids playing in the street during the Bandh as no vehicles are allowed and all public transportation is shut down.

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