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Gyanendra likely to quit with public notice

Wednesday, 06.11.2008, 11:01pm (GMT+6.5)    | Comment | Print | Tell friend

KATHMANDU, June 2 - Former king Gyanendra is likely to leave the palace by issuing a public notice, said our sources at Narayanhiti Palace. However, they refused to say when he was planning to leave the palace for good.

"Seems he has not made up his mind about the day. If he had done so, we would have known," said a senior palace official seeking anonymity.

It is also learned that some cabinet members have established communication link with  ousted Gyanendra Shah regarding his security, after he becomes a civilian.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Umesh Mainali, and Defense Secretary Baman Prasad Neupane went inside the palace along with the team headed by Joint Secretary Modaraj Dotel on palace security to take stock of the security situation. The palace is being guarded by around 2000 army personnel, according to Dotel.

The team is to make recommendations on the measures to be taken up for security of the palace within a couple of days.

Inaccessibility hampers panel’s work in palace

The government panel formed to prepare an inventory of the royal property inside Narayanhiti Palace has complained of lack of accessibility.  "The team has been denied access of many places inside the palace," a cabinet source told the Post.

The source said that the panel's complaint has been taken seriously, and will be discussed in the political committee of the cabinet.

The committee headed by General Administration Secretary Dr Govinda Prasad Kusum on Sunday attempted to go to the vault inside the palace but were sent back saying that only former king Gyanendra had the keys to the vault.

The team then spent over four hours inquiring from palace officials who are to compile a list of the property, valuables, and historic documents and objects inside the palace.

The government team has been mandated to prepare the inventory of the property, archeologically important objects and historically important documents, and suggest ways to protect them.

A palace official too conceded that access was quite restricted earlier, even to employees. "For the first time in over 20 years of my service I got an opportunity to go around the army barracks with the government committees."

Palace officials worked even on Saturday as it has been given Tuesday's deadline by the committee to prepare the inventory. Dr Kusum's panel is trying to finish its report by Sunday. 

Meanwhile, the government is going to issue its own identity card to officials inside the palace who now belong to the Ministry of General Administration. Until now they were using IDs issued by the palace.

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