CPN-Maoist to systematise donation collection
KATHMANDU, JAN 30 – The CPN-Maoist leaders have demanded that the party’s donation drive be stopped for six months to systematize the donation collection. Speaking at the party politburo’s meeting that kicked off in the capital on Thursday, most of the speakers said that the party was defamed due to the uncontrolled donation drive launched in party’s name by some leaders. The CPN-Maoist leaders have also asked to develop the party’s policy on donation collection adding that some persons’ job in the party was just to collect money by issuing threat and terror.
Party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said discussions were held to run the party independently instead of collecting donation round the year. The meeting is expected to discuss the party’s national conference to be held on June. The politburo meeting of the CPN-Maoist is likely to take a decision on party unification with the CPN-Unified led by Pari Thapa and Mani Thapa led Revolutionary Community Party, Nepal.
CPN-M set to bring fringe communist forces under one umbrella
KATHMANDU, JAN 31 – In a move aimed at bolstering the left forces, the CPN-Maoist is likely to announce unification with the CPN (Unified) and CPN-Revolutionary within a month. Both the CPN-R headed by one-time Maoist rebel Mani Thapa, and the CPN (Unified) led by Pari Thapa, a well-known communist face in Nepali politics, have made decision to that respect. Meanwhile, a CPN-Maoist politburo meeting is expected to approve the agenda of party unification this week, leaders said.
“We expect to formally merge within a month or so. Very little remains to be done,” said Mani Thapa. While the Thapa duo are leading the talks team of their respective parties, CPN-M talks team will be headed by Vice-chairman CP Gajurel. Leaders from both sides said talks are heading in positive direction, indicating that the unification would take place soon as they sort out a few things including technical and ideological aspects of the unification. CPN-M efforts for unification follow a recent decision by the party’s Central Committee meeting to bring the scattered fringe communists together under its umbrella. During the meeting, CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidya had said that his party should be focusing on becoming a pivotal force in communist politics in the country.
Cops under siege as anger explodes
A Limpopo village was under siege yesterday as thousands of angry residents demanded justice following a night of deadly clashes between police and protesters. The violence at Relela, near Tzaneen, claimed three lives. As tensions rose yesterday the police sent in reinforcements of heavily armed officers in armoured vehicles and riot gear. The police blocked roads around the village and the residents – who had stormed the satellite police station on Tuesday night, injuring 15 officers – barricaded roads in the village with burning tyres, logs and steel structures.
Raila Odinga firm workers strike over salaries
Kisumu, Nyanza: Over 300 workers at Kisumu’s Spectre International blocked the Kisumu-Busia highway protesting over four months’ salary arrears amounting to Sh40 million. The workers, who burnt tires and plastic cans on the road for the better part of the morning, said the company’s management had failed to address them over their pay. They chanted, “Haki yetu” (our rights) and carried placards with the words: “Raila, pay us our money,” at the firm’s entrance.
Youths clash with PA security forces in Ramallah
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out on Wednesday between Palestinian youths and Palestinian Authority security forces in Ramallah, a Ma’an reporter said. Dozens of shops in al-Jalazun refugee camp closed in mourning after a 22-year-old from the camp, Muhammad Mubarak, was shot dead by Israeli forces. When one man refused to close his restaurant, enraged Palestinian youths threatened to burn it down. PA security forces intervened and clashed with the youths.
Plans unveiled for police force overhaul
Faced with a resurgence in urban guerrilla activity, the government unveiled plans to overhaul the Greek Police (ELAS) in a bid to improve patrols and cut spending. During an Athens press briefing, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said the aim of the authorities is to reduce the force’s response time by up to 25 percent and to bring Greek officials’ performance ratings up to the same level as the European Union average.