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Kevin Anderson | 23:58 UK time, Thursday, 18 May 2006

Serbia and Croatia mapI was looking through the comments on Thursday and saw a suggestion from Thapa, one of our frequent commentors:

I noticed you've set the agenda for today's programme but I would've liked to have seen something on Nepal.

That's the idea. Leave your ideas here. Make a case, not to convince us, but to convince your fellow listeners. You can even record your own audio and e-mail to us. Mark, the editor, is away, en route to South Africa on Friday so this is your chance.

Continue reading to see another few stories that people seem to be talking about.

Of course, there was the news of rival Palestinian forces exchanging gunfire in Gaza. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned on Thursday that the rivalry had created a "very tense" situation and said that all forces should be brought under the control of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The clashes have come between police forces loyal to Mr Abbas and the Fateh movement and a new force fielded by the new Hamas-led government.

Pro-indepdence protest in MontenegroOne story that we probably will do is this weekend's refrendum in Montenegro to decide whether to break away from Serbia. A huge pro-independence rally was held in Podgorica, the Montenegran capital. Go here to listen to opposing views on the future of the country.


But back to Thapa, who went on to pose some interesting questions:

The Nepali parliament has, in effect, got rid of the monarchy. The question that needs answering is, does a parliament that has not sat for 4 years and it's members, who's parliamentary terms expired during the suspension of parliament, have a mandate to make such sweeping changes? Were the pro-democracy protests the mandate? Why wasn't the 'historic proclomation' put before a national referendum? After all, did the half a million protestors, who put pressure on Gyanendra, speak for the rest of the population?

And we had this comment a few days back from Praveen:

Dear sir,
The working conditions of European countries are good inall aspects,especially in star hotels. We have every thing for west in star hotels but not the working hours. The poor students who join as trainees in star hotels are either continuing due to the money they spent on studies or due to some other reasons. Most of the students return or discontinue training in star hotel due to harassment or long working hours. This is a type of exploitation ask any Hotel management student who underwent industrial training . If you could do some thing to give importance in this issue it will be good for all the younge generations who took Hotel Management as a career.
I personally don't want to get involved in this issue but this is true.
Requesting u to study this topic especially from Hotel Management Students.
B.Praveen

What do you think? Is there an issue that you're burning to talk about? Mark's away, so we'll let you be the editor.

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