Indian Maoist Influences
VOL. 05,NO. 07, September 30, 2011 (Ashwin 13, 2068)
After the keys of the cantonments were handed over to the special committee, Mohan Baidya faction has reacted to the decision by coming out on the streets. Prachanda faction is suspecting whether the Baidya faction is doing this in the influence of R.I.M. and composa. Although composa has not yet given the official reaction about the new coalition government, the ‘brother’ organization of Indian Maoists, Naxalites and Maoist communist center Manipur have taken the side of the Mohan Baidya and strongly criticized Prachanda through an email over the decision of handing the keys to the special committee.
In the email, they have also asked Prachanda to make details about his recent secret India visit public.
From the support of party chairman Puspha Kamal Dahal Prachanda and vice-chairman Mohan Baidya-Kiran, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai was appointed the Prime Minister. But now the Baidya faction has accused PM Bhattarai of betraying them and taking decisions at the behest of India's foreign intelligence agency - the Research and Analysis Wing [RAW]. Now it’s only left to declare Baburam and Prachanda as traitors, said the leaders from the Baidya faction. They have even requested government officials to provide them with the information about activities of the Prime Minister and the party chairman. Leaders from Baidya faction, Dev Gurung and Hitman Shakya requested government officials last Friday in the capital at a meeting of the party cadres.
Last Sunday on Jundo party palace, Kalimati, all the government officials, employees of various organizations and bankers of the valley met. Likewise, other officials held a meeting last Saturday at Lumanti. At the meeting, people were trained by Gurung and Shakya. “Are the people who meet with ‘RAW’ revolutionary?” questioned the politburo member, Shakya, at the meeting, “It’s only left to declare them as traitors.” Although we made Baburam Prime Minister, he betrayed us, he said and he requested the participants at the meeting: “Give us the report about what they (Baburam and Prachanda) do.”
Crown Won’t Come Out Safely
It is yet unknown when the crown worn by former kings will be put on display at Narayanhity Durbar. The crown, which is worth millions of rupees, is kept in a special locker which is protected by the Army 24 hours a day. The crown is in danger due to the government’s delay in publicizing it as there are only two people who have the security information to obtain the crown securely. If those two people lose their memory then Nepalese people will never see the crown again.
The crown and the royal wand are kept behind the main building of the museum at a room which was built by the former king for his personal use. The room has iron doors and the crown is kept inside a locker in the room, which is protected by two armed personnel having advanced weapons. There is another layer of security around the room.
Along with those external securities, the crown is kept inside a special locker; the locker along with an external key has another code and key like in a suitcase. Even if somebody obtains the outer key, and breaches the security, he still cannot get the crown. The outer key to the locker is with Bhuwan Bahadur Karki, the executive officer of the museum.
The main key is with the two former home secretaries – Umesh Mainali and Govinda Kusum. If they forget the code of the lock, the crown cannot be taken out safely as the locker is highly secure. And, the locker can be broken down only using cannon, and if cannons are used, the crown is sure to break along with the locker.
About 300 Firms Counterfeited VAT Bills…
In the investigation of fake VAT (value added tax) bill scam, around 294 firms-- including the big business houses-- have been found to be engaged in producing forged VAT bills and they have evaded taxes worth 3.2 billion. Out of 518 suspected tax payers, who were brought into investigation by Inland Revenue Department, it was found that 294 businessmen have evaded taxes worth 3.20 billion.
Out of 3.2 billion determined by the department, 1.5 billion has been counterfeited in the VAT, 1.38 billion in income tax and 0.29 billion in others bills. Businessmen have already paid 0.81 billion fines slapped on them by the department. Twenty-eight businessmen who have not been satisfied by the fine determined as by the tax officer have approached the department and submitted their application. Under the existing law, firms can approach the director of the department if they are not convinced with the decision of tax officer.
The department has not yet finished investigation on the VAT bills although it has started the investigation from the previous year. Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun said the investigation on the 518 business men will be concluded till Ashoj and will be kept as top priority. “Against those who have forged the VAT bills and evaded taxes, stringent action will be taken by the end of Ashoj,” said the Finance Minister during a press conference at the finance ministry, “I have been working to make environment on which tax evaders won’t be able flee to at any cost.”
Private Sector Incompetent To Run Public Organizations
Amidst uncertainties about the government thoughts to privatize public organizations, Nepal’s private sector has been found incompetent to buy and run public organizations.
According to a study done on the business and production houses about their capacity to earn profit, earnings and cash positions, it was found that Nepalese private companies are not in the position to be able to buy and run public organizations.
The study has shown that public organizations are very weak at cash positions. The private companies are found relatively better at cash positions than the public organizations but still they are not in a position to buy and run public organizations.
The study was conducted by a group, which was led by senior trainer Basudev Sharma of the Revenue Administration Training Centre.