Saturday, May 26, 2007

Govt to begin judicial probe into Terai unrest
The government on Friday decided to set up a high-level commission to investigate into the loss of life and property during the Madhesi unrest spearheaded by the Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) in February.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers at Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's residence at Baluwatar today agreed to form a five-member commission headed by Supreme Court justice Khila Raj Regmi.
"A decision to form a high-level probe panel under the co-ordination of SC justice Khila Raj Regmi was taken today," said government spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara after the meeting.
The judicial probe has been one of the demands of both the Madhesi lawmakers who repeatedly disrupted parliamentary sittings and the agitating MPRF who have refused to sit for talks until such a probe panel was formed.
The cabinet also decided to allow the eight parties to seek an outlet to the stalled parliamentary proceedings and fix a date for the deferred Constituent Assembly elections.
The meeting also discussed ways to resolve the teachers' issue and other political deadlock.

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