|THE proposed opening of Qatar´s embassy
in Nepal and the signing of two major pacts
between them will pave the way for diversification
of bilateral ties, the visiting Nepalese
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has said.
In an interview with Qatar Tribune, he said
that the two countries shared a three-decade
it was time both
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|ISTUMBLED out into the autumn
sunshine, figures ricocheting
around my head, still trying to
absorb what I had heard. I felt as if I
had just attended a funeral: a funeral
at which all of us got buried. I cannot
claim to have understood everything in
the lecture: Sonnenschein-Mantel-
Debreu theory and the 41-line differential
equation were approximately 15.8
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going to stink for a few more
years. It is beset by shortterm
problems (low consumer
housing prices, too much debt) and
long-term problems (wage stagnation,
rising health care costs, eroding
Realistically, not much is going to
be done to address the short-term
problems, but we can at least use
this winter of recuperation to
Polish president discusses govt formation with leaders
WARSAW POLISH President Bronislaw Komorowski launched talks on Wednesday with party leaders on forming a new government, after parliamentary elections at the weekend.
Komorowski met first with Prime Minister Donald Tusk, whose centre-right Civic Platform party won the elections with some 39 percent support. The party had boasted that its policies helped Poland escape recession in 2009, and promised to maintain good relations with Berlin and Moscow.
Tusk has said he did not want changes in his party’s coalition with the agrarian Polish People’s Party until after the country’s rotating presidency of the EU, which ends in December.
The opposition Law and Justice party said the delay in forming the new government would be “bad for Poland.” It was an “excuse” to keep power because the Polish EU presidency was “only formal,” while the real decisions in the 27-member-bloc were made by France and Germany, senior party member Mariusz Blaszczak told TVN 24.
The Civic Platform party would propose “a deep reconstruction” of the government at the turn of the year, Tusk told the daily Polityka.
Tusk said last week he would propose transferring the energy portfolio from the finance to the environment ministry, and make changes in several other ministries.
The idea has sparked conflict between Civic Platform and its coalition partner, as the Polish People’s Party wants to combine the finance and environmental ministries, saying that the change would help as the country plans to drill for shale gas.
Komorowski met later Wednesday with opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the right-wing Law and Justice party.
Kaczynski came under fire before Sunday’s election, over controversial remarks about German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying she wanted “subordination” from Warsaw.
Komorowski was due on Thursday to meet with Janusz Palikot, a former lawmaker who launched the liberal Palikot’s Movement party last year.
The party surprised commentators by winning 10 per cent of the vote, after a campaign that called to legalize soft drugs and civil unions for homosexuals.
Palikot’s Movement would appeal to the lower house speaker to remove a cross from parliament, Palikot said on Wednesday.
A small wooden cross hangs behind the podium in the parliament assembly hall.