India Prohibits Gathering at Nepal Border Area

Feb 2– In face of the rising tensions in the central and eastern terai regions, the district magistrate of Bihar, India today put into effect Article 144 of the Indian Constitution that prohibits more than five to seven people from gathering at one place in areas adjoining the Nepal border. The new order, which came into effect at various checkpoints along the Nepal-India border since yesterday evening, also prohibits anyone from carrying any kind of weapon in the restricted areas.

The clause will continue to remain in effect until the ongoing unrest in Nepal subsides, according to a public notice issued by magistrate Upendra Raya of Ararariya district adjoining Biratnagar. According to Indian government officials, the clause will be effective in the region stretching from Raxaul to Kishangunj in India. The officials have also issued a travel advisory urging Indians not to visit Nepal until the tension subsides there.

Nepal Sets up Talks Team to Address Terai Unrest

Feb 2: In a bid to bring down tensions in the Terai region, the government of Nepal today set up a ministerial level talks team committee to hold dialogue with the agitating Madheshi community to resolve the Terai unrest. A meeting of the Counsil of Minister today morning set up the 3-member committee under the coordination of Agriculture Minister Mahanta Thakur. Likewise the meeting elected Minister for Local development Rajendra Pandey and State minister for Water Resource, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki as the other members of the committee. According to Minister for Law, Narendra Bikram Nemwang, the newly formed talks committee has been directed to immediately begin dialogues to address the demands of the Madheshi people. The government, however, has no plans to go into talks with ethnic groups and janajatis to address their longstanding demands for autonomy and self-governance at the moment. (more)