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Press evaluation:
Background:

31/12/2011: Parties meet key statute deadline, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties inch closer to semi-presidential model: Middle ground means President will also enjoy executive powers,though less than the PM, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Maoist leaders fear party heading for split (kp), Year that media suffered most: Kathmandu deemed safe; Tarai journos under frequent attack (ht)

30/12/2011: Sub-Committee approves report of task force; all issues resolved in principle, says Dahal (nn), PAC smells a rat over funds given to PLA: Rs 814 million unaccounted for; Peace minister fails to explain (ht), Dalits, govt strike deal; House resumes: State to provide Rs 10 lakh to Manbire Sunar’s kin (ht), Disqualified combatants enforce shutdown mid-western districts (nn)

29/12/2011: SRC to submit report by Jan 24 deadline (kp), Slow grind: Stall in peace, constitution processes is worrisome (kp), Hardliners fire salvo at Dahal, PM Bhattarai, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UCPN-M fighting war of ideology, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Party only awaits formal split: Thapa, by Kiran Pun (rep), Act decisively now (rep), Restrained by court, leaders pledge constitution on time (kp) [This should have been their duty for the past 43 months!!], Only ruse (ht), SC move draws mixed reactions from political, legal fraternities (kp), Leaders, ministers give SC a tongue-lashing: Say move to reject review applications guided by conspiracy (ht), Reactions polarized over Supreme Court decision (rep), Battle for supremacy: Balancing of the constitutional equipoise is an arduous task for Westminster-styled democracy, by Semanta Dahal (kp), TMLP flays Supreme Court move (kp), NC leaders for 6 to 8 provinces (kp) [Yes, please do everything to uphold male Bahun supremacy!!], Revelation casts doubt on UNMIN’s verification: Mahat; Details of Indian nationals in PLA surface, by Phaninra Dahal (kp) [What's been the mistake of UNMIN? All of them have typical Nepali names! Even Nepali institutions have problems in such cases!!], Far-western life crippled by daylong strike imposed by disqualified former combatants (nn), Separation anxiety, by Sradda Thapa (rep), Manbir Sunar to be declared as martyr (nn) [You have nothing else to do but to punish the guilty severely, just as you have to bring to court the crimes of the past that have been committed by army, insurgents, activists, politicians, royals, etc.!! Justice is the precondition for Nepal's future!!], Dalits lawmakers withdraw all protest programmes after govt commits to address demands within one month (nn)

28/12/2011: SC rejects CA term review petition: OAG to file another application challenging rejection, by Phanindra Dahal and Pranab Kharel (kp), Apex court refuses to register verdict review petitions: Govt, Parliament bid falls flat (ht), SC rejects review petitions, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Two options left for executive, legislature: Move court or delete Article 64; Finishing tasks only way out, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Cabinet provides Rs 1m to bereaved Dalit family (kp), Govt to provide Rs 1m to slain Dalit youth (rep) [This does not mean justice but, obviously, impunity!!], Dalit caucus forces House deferral: Lawmakers refuse to budge from their demands (ht), Bandh called to protest Sunar's death hits Gulmi life (nn), Maoists ‘capture’ land distributed to landless, by Kamal Panthi (kp), PM loses track of SC schedule (ht), Impact Of Rift In UCPN-M On Nation’s Politics, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Regenerating the process: The peace process has stalled, and there is an urgent need to politically resolve the new contentious issues, by Prashant Jha (kp), Thicker than blood: Ethnocentrism and chauvinism remain Nepal’s formidable foes, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

27/12/2011: Executive, legislature call for revision of ruling on CA term, by Phanindra Dahal and Pranab Kharel (kp), Govt, Parliament file review petitions: Claim judgment set judicially impossible goal, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Speaker seeks review on three grounds, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), On petition (ht), 50-50 chance of judicial review, by Bimal Gautam (rep), SC refuses to register review petitions on CA term verdict, by Bimal Gautam (rep), SC undermined parliamentary supremacy: Law Minister Gupta (nn) [I think you totally misunderstand the rule of separation of power in a democratic state! You have spent almost four years for power fighting and destruction of the peace process but your work on the new constitution was extremely poor! Why??], SC stays Madhesi youths’ recruitment in Nepal Army: Court says government decision against spirit of constitution; Cannot recruit only Madhesi youths in the name of inclusiveness (kp), SC stays govt decision on new army recruitment: Says separate Act based on principle of inclusiveness needed (ht), Madhesi leaders unhappy with stay order, by Gani Ansari (rep), Dahal for renegotiating terms of 7-pt deal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Baidya for adoption of revolt strategy (nn), Inclusion debate in Nepal: Last come first serve, by Murari Sharma (rep), Let’s do it better in 2012: The state of public affairs cannot be changed without citizen’s active involvement and creative interventions, by Anil Bhattarai (kp)

26/12/2011: Party rifts, absenteeism hit constitution writing (kp), Parliament to file SC review petition today: Speaker, major parties to fine-tune content, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Parliament seeks CA expiry verdict review, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), No revision to CA term ruling: CJ, by Madhav Aryal (kp), CJ defends court decision on CA term extension 'SC's decision abides by spirit of interim constitution' (rn), Baidya proposing revolt road map, by Kiran Pun (rep), Down to earth: Baidya would do well to internalise Dahal’s stark analysis (kp), Morcha ministers can’t impress party juniors (kp), No point in staying in the govt if SLMM leadership can’t deliver, interview with Jeetendra Narayan Dev (kp), Disqualified ex-combatants demonstrate against Maoist leadership (nn), Dispute over mechanism stalls integration process, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), SC stays govt decision to start bulk entry of Madhesi communities in NA (nn), Why this Kolaveri Di?, by C.K. Lal (rep), Anger of Dalits over murder of Sunar sees no sign of abatement; Dang, Syangja shut down (nn) [The NC has brought the whole country to a standstill only to have a murder accused Bahun being declared martyr! But political parties will never stand up against the murder of Dalits!!], Manbire’s Murder And Our Social Reality, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), One for the individual: New form of government should leave open the possibility of an independent candidate assuming the highest political office, by Gyanu Adhikari (kp)

25/12/2011: State restructuring report unlikely on time, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Statute writing hampered by Maoist chief’s absence, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CC meeting put off yet again (nn), 'People's war' in preamble raised again (rep), ‘Repeated attempts to capture state failed’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Hundreds of PLAs want to opt out: Find army integration difficult, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), UDMF 2nd rung rejects NA recruitment norms, by Gani Ansari (rep), Relief eludes conflict victims, by Khumba Raj Rai (kp), 7,000 war victims apply for relief (ht), Nepal Shutdown For Making Alleged Killer A Martyr, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

24/12/2011: CC puts two issues on hold (ht),  CIAA wants local all-party mechanism scrapped, by Bimal Gautam (rep), New Army recruitment not only for Madhesis: Govt; New drive ‘open to all Nepalis from all regions’, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Madhesis to be recruited through free competition, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), Govt set to withdraw cases against 130, by Kamal Raj Sigdel [???], Sustaining Democracy, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Vision For National Integration And Development, by P. Thapa (rn), Sub-committee fails to decide preamble, statute amendment modality (nn), Disgruntled PLA commanders present six-pt demand to PM Bhattarai (nn)

23/12/2011: Parties ‘most corrupt’ bodies in Nepal (kp), Revival of 3,000 NA vacancies still uncertain (kp), CoAS conveys displeasure to Prez over Cabinet decision (ht), Writ challenges govt decision on bulk entry of Madhesis in army (nn), PLA presents Dahal with 10-point demand, by Kiran Pun (rep), ‘Indian nationals’ in PLA ranks: UNMIN data confirms at least one case, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Dalit lawmakers kick up a shindy: Obstruct Parliament proceedings (ht), Lawmaker Sah suspended 10 days, fined for vandalism, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), CA member suspended for unruly behaviour (ht), Three unpopular decisions in offing, says FM (rep), Maoist threat displaces woman (ht), The joke is on us, by Guffadi (rep), Class Interest Keeps Politics Hostage, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Women: Mere Spectator Of Peace Negotiations, by Umesh Pokharel (rn), Essential justice: Peace can’t be meaningful without justice—punishment of the guilty, by Gyan Basnet (kp), Main statute drafting committee meet ends inconclusively as top leaders again play truant (nn)

22/12/2011: Resource-sharing among states: SRC mulls over forming fiscal equalisation panel (kp), State assemblies to be known as Pradesh Sabha (ht), Inclusive polity: Greater representation of diversity will strengthen state (kp), Jestha 15 to be marked as National Day (nn), Differences surface at DRSC after Maoist hardliners insist on compulsory military training to every citizen (nn), Economy stretched by swelling national army: NA strength could exceed 110,000 soon, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), No Madhesi induction in army, say Tharus: 15-day ultimatum given (ht), Stop recruitment of Madhesi youths in NA: Lekhi, by Tek Narayan Bhattarai (rep), Madhesis’ entry into nepal army: Oppn parties want decision revoked (kp), CoAS meets President Yadav to express displeasure with govt decision of bulk entry into NA (nn), New Maoist demand puts process in a rut: Special panel meet put off twice, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Disqualified PLA warn of stir (ht), Delayed integration, retirement breeding groupism in PLA, by Gajendra Bohara (rep), Govt forms taskforce on scientific land mgmt (rep), Maoists harassing woman for asking about missing husband, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep) [Please urgently call on Hello Sarkar!!], Baidya faction grabs land, houses in Kapuilvastu, by Manoj Poudel (kp), Maoists seize land, property (ht), In limbo, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), The Right To Identity, by Pragya Lamsal (rn), Peace process delay: Congress smells rat (kp), Poverty of the mind: Constantly shifting stances on any number of issues have succeeded in confusing everyone; No longer can we be sure of what values any political party stands for, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Political parties, police most corrupt institutions: Transparency International Report (nn) [see press release by TI and corresponding report on South Asia], Lawmakers bring the House down over killing of Dalit youth (nn)

21/12/2011: SRC to seek experts’ opinions (kp), Money issues boost Mohan Baidya faction, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), Govt asks NA to take in Madhesi youths (kp), Cabinet nod to recruit 3,000 Madhesis in NA, by Gani Ansari (rep), Cabinet okays 3,000 Madhesis for Nepali Army (ht), Maoists yield ground on People’s War (ht), Times they are a-changin’: Nepali Congress, major communist parties and Madhesi parties have developed some common values, by Abhi Subedi (kp), CPN-Unified plans to go underground (ht) [Nepal cannot afford another insurgency!], Making New Constitution More Inclusive and Democratic, by Khagendra Thapa (nn)

20/12/2011: Inclusion bill for 48 percent reservations, by Bimal Gautam (rep) [It must also affect leading positions!!], Top UN official warns political parties against blanket amnesty, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Expensive amnesty: Recent events have solidified the Maoists antagonism towards human rights claims, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Maoist dispute snags integration 2nd phase, by Kiran Pun (rep), Strike disrupts life nation-wide (rep), Photo feature: Strike shuts down Nepal (rep), Violence, vandalism mark bandh: Ambulance carrying patient, hospital,media vehicles targeted (ht), Tourist van, hospital and press vehicles vandalized (rep), NC banda turns violent: Party says sorry for the ‘trouble’, by Ankit Adhikari (kp) [No pardon!], NC to continue protests until Paudel declared martyr (rep) [Have you ever checked how many people have to die during a bandh because they cannot get to hospital in time and how much property is damaged or distroyed by criminal vandals? The organizers of bandhs should be made responsible for all such cases! They are a crime against the Nepali people and never appropriate reactions for another crime!!], Nepali Congress to continue agitation: Tarun Dal cadres to be freed; Poudel not declared martyr yet (ht) [Culture of anarchy propagated by a party that claims to be the embodyment of democracy!!], Exams postponed due to  Congress-called bandh: Hundreds of students badly affected (ht), Garbage not collected (ht), Bandhs can’t be the solution: The whole economy suffers, by Dilip Gurung (ht), No Bantustans in Nepal, by Kanak Mani Dixit (rep) [??], Constitutional Bodies Competence-based Selection Vital, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Untouchability Must Be Deterred (rn), Parties agree to incorporate ‘Armed Struggle’ phrase in preamble of new constitution (nn), Maoist secy roots for Nepali Congress-led national consensus govt (nn [??], Govt directs NA to open recruitment for 3000 army personnel from Janjati, Dalit and Madheshi communities (nn)

19/12/2011: NC to go ahead with banda: Govt refuses to declare Poudel a martyr (kp) [??], NC refuses to budge, bandh stands (ht), Strike out: NC banda suggests discrepancy between their words and actions (kp), Country to lose billions due to nationwide strike, by Kuvera Chalise (ht), Bandh concludes; NC withdraws protest programmes following govt’s commitment to meet its demands (nn), Parties at variance over PLA rank determination, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Give back our money: PLA guards to commanders, by Kiran Pun (rep), Maoists, Morcha ‘agree’ to induct 3,000 in Army (kp), ‘UML will not accept ethnic federalism’, interview with Ghanashyam Bhusal (kp) [But the party has nothing against the continued dominance of a single caste group!!], Dahal for majority votes in CC (kp), Statute amendment put on hold: CC sub-panel purges two contentious issues, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Key members dissociate from TRC taskforce (kp), Landless settled on captured land, by Somnath Bastola (ht), Is inequality improving in Nepal? Facts disclose the opposite, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), Rastriya Janamorcha to launch stir against federalism (nn)

18/12/2011: Army integration process: Panel secretariat fails to suggest operational plan, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Maoists, UDMF to finalize modality for Madhesi recruits, by Gani Ansari (rep), PM agrees to start process (kp), Law Minister Gupta against NID bill, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Public at receiving end as NC protests nationwide, by Navin Adhikari (kp), Nepali Congress declares strike tomorrow: Withdraw decision, govt urges; NC says response not enough (ht), Unexpected bandh paralyses life (ht), Criminalization Of Nepalese Politics, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

17/12/2011: Parties go for blanket amnesty: Maoists, Congress confident of winning UML support, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp) [Impunity is the ideal way to deprive Nepal fo a just new beginning!!], Off the record: An inclusive definition of ‘conflict victims’ is imperative for any aspiration to conclude the peace process, by Ishwar Rauniyar (kp), Govt to take OHCHR-N to task (ht) [This statement is unbelievable!!], CC builds consensus for bicameral legislature; 62 disputed issues resolved; documentation to start shortly (rn), CC gives the nod to bicameral provision for future Parliament: Report on retrospective law not presented yet (ht), CC okays bicameral legislature (rep), Special Committee fails to set date for vacating PLA camps, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Special Committee okays 15-day retirement calendar, by Kiran Chapagaim (rep), Gupta quits Constitutional Council job (ht), Supreme slip, by Murari Sharma and Bhagirath Basnet (rep), In retrospect: The People’s war, by Durgalal K.C. (kp), UCPN (M), Madhesi parties agree to continue alliance; separate unit of Madhesis to be set up in Nepal Army (nn)

16/12/2011: Taskforce members at odds over TRC jurisdiction (rep), NHRC concerned (kp), Transitional justice mechanisms: Rights body cautions parties (kp), Justice is peace: War is often only a few miscarriages of justice away, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), ‘OHCHR-Nepal crossed limits’ (kp) [The defence of human rights is always unlimited and does not need mandates!!!], Gachchhadar out to withdraw cases (rep), The Fourth Force: Diminishing clout and dipping popularity sparks a blame game among Madhesi parties, by Anurah Acharya (nt), New statute to have retrospective law (ht), CC decides to adopt bicameral legislature (nn), Statute to be silent on land, property ceiling (rep), Integration number surge ‘calculated’ (kp), Retirement, integration to begin in a week, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), CJ wants PM to sort out Gupta's CC membership (rep), SC verdict on CA term extension: CA plans to request apex court to review its latest decision, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Madhesis' recruitment: Govt mulls reactivating 3,000 vacancies in NA (kp), Living with self-determination: The right to self-determination and autonomy of individuals and groups are fundamental elements of democracy, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), The success of the SRC will depend on its members’ ability to overcome vulnerabilities, by Bipin Adhikari (kp), Rise of the Fourth Reich? Game already won, by Mani Dixit (ht), No illusions anymore: Al Jazeera documentary humanises the statistics of the peace process, by Kunda Dixit (nt) [see corresponding Al Jazeera video, 29/11/2011]

15/12/2011: Transitional justice mechanisms: Parties leaning more towards reconciliation, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Asian rights watchdog urges Nepal govt not to shelter human rights violators (nn), Bhattarai to discuss TRC with parties today (ht), Three steps: The peace and constitution writing processes are moving (kp), Parties miss peace process deadline (rep), PLA commanders seek special recruitment standards (kp), Sectt to submit work plan tomorrow, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Maoists in stalemate: No split, no unity, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), Dahal wooing Baidya with lucrative offers: Names plump posts for faction leaders: Says informed source (kp), Thapa could be PM: Dahal, by Kiran Pun (rep) [???], Model of nat’l unity govt soon: PM (kp), Death of a dalit (rep) [Nepal will never become a modern nation as long as caste thinking and Bahunbad are not abolished!!], Dalits’ road to justice full of hurdles: OHCHR-N, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), HURJA wants dalit youth murderer punished (nn), Limbuwan calls off strike (kp), Divide and conquer: Ethnic federalism is an outcome of colonialism; And it's a neo-colonial trick to keep the the Third World countries divided and weak, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp) [Some good arguments but the article does not mention that the current system of domination of one ethnic group in a multiethnic state is the outcome of Shah colonialism! That's why the other ethnic groups underline the importance of ethnic federalism! Else, they will never get a chance in the Bahun state!!], The right angle: The coming elections will be divided into four camps, the last of which will be a growing conservative force, by Siddhartha Thapa (kp), Nembang passes the buck to govt: Stresses murder not an offence with moral turpitude; Says he will not terminate Dhungel’s membership (ht)

14/12/2011: Govt, CA seek to review SC verdict (ht) [???], Fiscal federalism: SRC panel proposes co-op federal model (kp), Parties okay mixed electoral system: Subcommittee settles for 18 as voting age (kp), Parties agree on mixed polling (ht), Leaders agree on mixed electoral system (rep), Parties okey mixed poll system (rn), CC assigns Sub-Committee to finalise fundamental rights and directive principles of state (nn), Parties eye unity govt by Dec-end: NC, UML ‘ready’ for Bhattarai’s leadership, by Kamal Raj Sigdel and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Distinction for PM Bhattarai?, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), Voluntary retirement farewell in all 28 PLA cantonments, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), More ministers incurring expenses on pointless trips, by Bimal Gautam (rep), TRC formation (ht), Where's justice?, by Damakant Jayshi (rep), Political Compromises, by Bhimsen Tjhapaliya (rn), Winter’s tale: Through the past six years, political churning in the winter months has shaped major outcomes in the spring, by Prashant Jha (kp), Shades of grey: Democracy left to the machinations of the entitled cannot bring empowerment and prosperity, by Pramod Mishra (kp), FLSC calls off bandh; daily life turning normal in eastern Nepal (nn)

13/12/2011: Nepal’s Peace Process: The Endgame Nears, by International Crisis Group (Asia Briefing N131), Mixed electoral system adopted; voting rights to citizens who have reached 18 yrs (nn), OHCHR-N may get 3 months (kp), The power of money: The government’s refusal for an extension of OHCHR calls into question its commitment to human rights, by Tejshree Thapa (kp) [!!!], Amnesty asks Nepal govt to protect its migrant workers (nn), Army, PLA still at variance over basics of integration, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), We regret rehab option attracted few combatants, interview with German ambassador Verena Grfin von Rdern, Bhattarai’s success in peace process belies his other failures, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoist gen secy says party is on the verge of split (nn), House prolonged for months with no result, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), NC discusses its position on federalism, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), NC no to federalism based on ethnicity (kp) [In other words: Just as the central state federalism should be based on Bahunbad!!], Morcha threatens to withdraw from govt: Wants 4-point deal implemented fast, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Madhesi parties warn coalition, by Gani Ansari (rep), Speeding Constitution Writing Process Key To Stability And Peace, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Normal life hit hard as Limbuwan bandh enters day 3 (nn), Peace Minister invites FLSC for talks (nn)

12/12/2011: Sectt asked to table timeline for fighters, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Integration time table on Dec 16 (ht), Commanders want their concerns addressed before second phase (rep), Embezzlement of PLA allowance: NC, UML: PM, finance minister accountable, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Disputed rights issues on CC table (ht), Second day of Limbuwan strike paralyses life in eastern region (nn), ‘Welcome to the Army and good luck!’, by Prashant Jha (kp), Stay prepared for movement: MPRF-R to cadres, by Gani Ansari (rep), UDMF pressurises PM to implement 4-point deal (nn), Oli, Gautam and Bohara be made CA members: Khanal (kp) [Yes, please bring in as many male Bahuns as possible, especially those who have been rejected by the people! And, please, forget about the proportional representation system and democratic rules!!], Baidya threatens to form another Maoist party (kp), Unprincipled peace: Communist parties, including the Maoist establishment, are backtracking on past promises in the name of consensus, by Gyanu Adhikari (kp) [!!!], State restructuring: Not identity, but affinity, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Nepal: Protect Nepalese migrants from ‘false promises’ of work abroad (Amnesty International) [see also video]

11/12/2011: State Restructuring For Federalism, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), SRC members seek minister-level appointment, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Decision not to extend OHCHR-Nepal term was taken by Khanal govt: PM Bhattarai (nn), Let’s not reopen old wounds: PM (kp) [The wounds are there! They cannot be opened, they must be closed by providing justice!!], Govt rights record draws flak (ht), Constitutional panel to resume work today (kp), CC sub-committee meeting leaves hot-button issues untouched: In-depth discussions on the topics to begin from Tuesday (ht), Separate team to take stock of  disabled Maoist PLA fighters : Non-Maoist parties unhappy with decision, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Dahal seeks alternative arrangement before evicting land grabbers (rep), Govt yet to formalise new directorate formation: Nepal Army, ministry await Cabinet nod, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Commanders want their concerns addressed before second phase (rep), Recruiting 10,000 Madhesis not possible: Ex-generals (rep), Maoists delaying peace process: Koirala (kp) [What is the contribution of the NC to the peace process besides vetoing everything??], Law on state benefits soon, by Bimal Gautam and Thira L. Bhusal (rep) [???], Hundred Days In Office (rn), All heat (rep), The Mustang mystique, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Court Moves To Curb Political Corruption, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

10/12/2011: Maoists fear OHCHR-N could become ‘assertive’: Party desires ‘more’ amnesty; Despises UN body’s ‘activism’ on emblematic cases, by John Narayan Parajuli and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Leaders censure govt move (kp), Work more for human rights, EU tells Nepal (ht), EU calls for quick agreement on transitional mechanism (rep), After drawing flak, parties back on track: Top leaders decide to hold postponed CC sub-committee meeting today, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Govt rests on its honeymoon laurels: But says more to be done for good governance (ht), Progress in peace process major achievement: Govt (rep), SC verdict (rep), Shoot the bullet, by Govind Prasad Kusum (rep), Recognising the rights of fighters: With a bit of recognition, defending rights in Nepal need not be such a difficult job, by Iona Liddell (kp), Govt will seek clarification from SRC coordinator, says Minister Gupta (nn)

09/12/2011: SRC will work independently: Pariyar (rep), Discrimination, decaying justice system depriving marginalised communities: AHRC (nn), Govt not to extend tenure of UNOHCHCR (rn), Govt ends OHCHR-N term, snubs int'l community, by Kiran Chapoagain (rep), Ban concerned about OHCHR-N’s fate (ht), PM Bhattarai resists UN chief's pressure to extend OHCHR-N term (nn), OHCHR’s stay necessary: AHRC (kp), Sushil roots for one year term extension (kp) [Even this is by far not enough!!!], SC blocks ‘illegal’ perks for former ministers: Apex court order will hit at least 6 former PMs, home ministers and ex-royal family, by Pranab Kharel (kp) [!!!], Apex court purges perks of former PMs, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), SC nulls cabinet fiats on facilities for VIPs, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Madhesi leaders defend their record in government, by Prashant Jha (kp), No change of guard at least for five months, says Minister Pun: Unity govt after peace process completed (ht), Federalism: Make It Manageable, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Political Accountability And South Asia, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), The waiting game: Nepalis will judge the success of national politics on the basis of accountability in local bodies, by Sarah Levit-Shore and Ghyanashyam Ojha (kp), The rat race: The parties are competing for their share of credit on peace and constitution, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Unfinished business: The problems of a nation are too complex and entrenched to be corrected by fait accompli decision-making, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), Nepali Secularism and Its Discontents, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), Human rights: Righting Wrongs, by Keshab Poudel (sp), Translate Commitments To Practice, interview with  Gauri Pradhan (sp), Rights Come With Responsibilities, interview with Sudip Pathak (sp)

08/12/2011: Govt asks OHCHR-Nepal to end mission, leave in six months: NC, UML seek 1-yr extension; Rights body to be ‘non functional’ from today, by Anil Giri (kp) [???], OHCHR enters wrap up period as its term expires today (nn), NHRC recommendations largely unimplemented, by Binod Ghimire (kp), NHRC submits annual report, urges prez action (ht), Parties fall foul of CA calendar: Dahal-led panel postpones meeting indefinitely, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CC sub-panel fails to meet for want of homework by parties (ht), Organised graft slur on govt, UCPN-M: Opposition leaders speak out against ruling parties (ht), Gupta lashes out at bid to tarnish his image: Defends his representation at constitutional council (rn), Not yet: NC’s turn to lead gov’t is long overdue, but now is not the time (kp) [Without a clear vote by the people, the NC does not have the legitimacy! The party has been voted out of office in 2008, and this was reasonable!!], Buy land if return not to possible: Owners to govt, by Janak Nepal, Ganesh Chaudhary and Kamal Panthi (kp), Return deposits to combatants: MPs (rep), Maoists draw opposition’s flak (kp), 178 ex-security personnel held (kp), Disastrous road, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), State Restructuring For Federalism, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (rn), Bitterness in its wake: Although many Janajati groups were conditioned for centuries to discriminate against Dalits, no organisation or activist has till now come out against this discrimination, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

07/12/2011: Pariyar named SRC head, by Gani Ansari (rep), State restructuring debate: Focus on critical missing links, ambiguities, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), CA endorses 6-month timeline for statute drafting (rep), CC begins process to select officials (kp), 268 applications for vacant posts in four constitutional bodies (nn), CC to make appointment to statutory bodies transparent (rep), Fighters’ new ID cards in commanders’ possession: Some say party will take a ‘cut’ from package, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), 'Where's our deposit money, comrades?' (rep), Keep working: OHCHR in Nepal should work harder for transitional justice (kp), Maoist chief assures OHCHR Nepal of ‘enough’ mission wrap-up time (kp) [???], Truth through justice, by John Anthony Tucknott, UK ambassador to Nepal (rep), Murder convict in CA: embang asked to expel Dhungel, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), More than image (ht)

06/12/2011: SRC members not to talk to media (kp), Dr. Pariyar appointed head of State Restructuring Commission (nn), National Consensus Govt Likely (rn), Bhattarai admits bad governance (rep), Dozen ministries, depts under PMO scanner, by Anil Giri (kp), The redistributive phase: Reconciling greater democratisation with good governance remains a great challenge, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Bandh called off: Prime minister pledges probe into misuse of funds (ht), 73 pc fighters are ‘SLC graduates’: GIZ says 16,000 have acquired various skills (kp), Combatants at crossroads, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Guerrillas in the midst: The combat and political skills of the Maoists must not be forgotten after integration, by Ratindra Khatri (kp), Land return drive in limbo, by Damodar Bhandari and Shivaraj Bhatta (ht), ‘Wrap-up’ time already okayed, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), The burden of proof, by Sumit Sharma Sameer (rep), The Supreme Court Verdict: Outcry In the House, by Prem Khatry (rn), Bandh called by NC sister organisations hits Chitwan district (nn)

05/12/2011: Parties agree to hold local polls late next year: Top leaders authorised to decide on consensus govt, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties mulling over consensus govt, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Key parties plan consensus govt by December third week, by Ram Prasad Dahal (rn), Top leaders to decide on consensus govt (rep), ‘Poudel NC candidate for unity govt’ (kp) [May god protect Nepal from this incompetent poltician!!], Deuba claims leadership of consensus government (nn) [May god protect Nepal from him as well! There is no NC politician who is qualified for this position at this critical stage of history!!], CC gives its nod to statute work plan: Full session of Parliament to discuss it tomorrow (ht), Broadsheets may carry copies of statute draft (kp), Land reforms must before return, insists Baidya camp, by Durgalal KC (kp), Inflated Numbers, Declining Trust (rn), PAC members want ruling Maoist party to return allowance released for proxy combatants (nn), Maoists decide to keep OHCHR-N: Parties say peace process needs UN body help, by Anil Giri (kp), Govt under pressure to renew OHCHR-N term, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), ‘Over Rs 1 billion released’ for cantonment deserters, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Yesteryear leftovers: The young underemployed Maoist cadre need attention (kp), Parties okay relief for the injured (kp), Stitch in time, by Apurba Khatiwada (rep), Peaceful accommodation, not revolution, is real test, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp), Baidya to launch ‘internal struggle’ in Maoist party to revoke BIPPA; UML chair too takes exception to the pact (nn)

04/12/2011: Government tells OHCHR-N to pack up, by Kiran Chapagain (rep) [???], SRC gives parties excuse for compromise, by Pranab Kharel (kp), CC endorses action plan for constitution drafting with minor changes (nn), Baidhya camp spurns party order again: Captures 22 bigha of land in Bara (ht), Baidya faction seizes land in Bara (rep), No renegotiation of seven-pt pact: Dahal, by John Narayan Parajuli and Kamasl Dev Bhattarai (kp), Power grab is the goal: Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), UDMF to review gains in 4-pt deal, by Gani Ansari (rep), PM will quit for unity govt: Rayamajhi; But says an alternative candidate should be found through consensus (ht) [Why? You don't have time for such superfluous power games!!], PM ready to resign for consensus govt: Rayamajhi ‘: Proposal at cabinet likely for local level poll’ (rn), Carving it right, by Murari Sharma (rep), Restructuring The State, by Bhim Regmi (rn), 6,500 is the limit for integration, interview with Rama Sharan Mahat (kp), PM to blame for bad governance, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat, Nepali Congress (rep), Preserve the langscape: Research on language issues is crucial for cultural conservation (kp), So-called intellectuals: Intellectuals are divided in the name of ethnicity, geography, religion and political ideology, leading to a general confusion among the people, by Brabim Kumar (kp)

03/12/2011: CC sub-panel aims statute by May 27: First draft to be endorsed by March 5, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CC sub-committee hammers out work plan: Comes up with time-bound calendar to accomplish promulgation of the constitution by May 28, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), 6-month timeline for statute drafting floated, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Defectors to PLA want integration, by Kiran Pun (rep), PLA deserters not to get stipend, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Nepal Army rules out integrating defectors, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), NC no to altered integration plan (ht), PLA size for integration will decrease: Sharma (kp), Disabled Maoist combatants threaten to launch stir (ht), 'Attraction for the army prompted high number of PLA to choose integration', interview with Balananda Sharma, Childish carping (rep), Dahal says his party has not given up 'revolt' strategy (nn)

02/12/2011: Investigate all conflict-era crimes, say rights bodies (kp) [!!] (see full report by Human Rights Watch and Advocacy Forum, Nepali version), State re-do commission forms panels (kp), CA seeks to finalise first statute draft in 2 months (kp), Six-month action plan for drafting new constitution ready (nn), Parties pull their socks up to draft constitution: Dahal says ‘unaware’of Supreme Court verdict (ht), First integrated draft of statute in two months: Leaders, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Regrouping process ends (kp), PLA strength down to 16,508 as regrouping process concludes (nn), 2,795 PLA deserted cantonments (rep), 194 fighters ‘missing’ at Kailali camps: Surveyors refuse to carry on regrouping till Dec 3 (ht), Congress to take Maoists up on PLA perks ‘misuse’, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), NC, UML rule out bargain on PLA number (ht), Integration number can't be increased: NC (rep), Discharged fighters form organisation (kp), Discharged fighters rebuilding life, by Rajendra Nath (kp), Cindered dreams, by Kiran Pun (rep), Group urges stern steps for property return (rep), MPRF-R 15-day ultimatum for implementation of 4-pt deal (rep), Leaders divided over SC verdict on CA extension (kp), Statute, or elections? (ht), Virtual Or Real Reality?, by Shyam K.C. (rn), Nepal Under Perpetual Crisis, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), TI report names Nepal second most corrupt country in SAsia, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Nepal second most corrupt country in South Asia: TI; Slips eight places compared to last year; Ranked 154th among 183 (ht), A republic, if you can keep it: Nepal will be able to survive a poorly drafted federal framework, but it will not survive a framework that is too inflexible to change, by Lawrence Sez (kp), Inevitability of identity: Comprehending the present situation in light of history is crucial for politics to move in the right direction, by Ranadhoj Limbu Angbuhang (kp), Unfinished business: The problems of a nation are too complex and entrenched to be corrected by fait accompli decision-making, by Rubeena Mahato (nt)

01/12/2011: Eyes on target: Focus should remain on finishing peace and constitution processes (kp), Baidya accuses party top brass of ‘forgetting all its promises’ (nn), Land return only if state makes alternative arrangements: Baidya (rep), Supportive combatants facilitated regrouping drive, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PM, Dahal greeted with stir warning: Injured,disabled fighters submit memo; Talks on to integrate more than 6,500 combatants, says Maoist chairman (ht), ‘9,000 combatants can be integrated’ (kp), Maoists to ask other parties to increase integration quota, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), PM urges NC prez for a review on number of combatants to be integrated (nn), NC refuses proposal of increasing combatants' number for integration, doubts Maoist commitment (nn), ‘PLA choosing retirement should be sent home’ (ht), Review 4-point implementation: Madhesi leaders (rep), Ending The Culture Of Impunity, by Gyan Basnet (rn), Lawmakers dig their heels in: Say SC stepped on their toes, flay Nov 25 verdict (ht) [To write the new constitution is the task of the CA, to decide that this happens on the basis of the interim constitution is the task of the SC!! This is called separation of powers in a democratic state! Where's the problem?], Extension Of The CA’s Term And SC Verdict, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Judiciary, legislature turf war brewing? (kp), Turf war between judiciary, legislature brewing? (kp), Keeping national values intact: Nat’l dress uniform in Panchthar school, by Labadev Dhungana (kp) [Sorry, but what is the national dress in a multi-national state, especially in areas that are predominantly inhabited by ethnic groups with Tibeto-Mongolian background??], How near how far: Parties should articulate a roadmap for the next phase of the transition process, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Nepal second most corrupt country in SAARC: TI (nn)

30/11/2011: It’s official, CA gets 6-month extension: Parties say they will complete constitution drafting in time, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Six-month extension after six-point deal: Parties say national unity govt ‘soon’; Bhattarai rules out possibility of change of guard (ht), Maintaining the momentum: Despite weaknesses, the PM has delivered on the big issues; There is no reason for him to resign, by Prashant Jha (kp), CA term extended by another six months: Legislative Parliament passes 11th amendment bill on Nepal’s Interim Constitution, by Ram Prasad Dahal (rn), Is it last time? Majority of leaders parry the question: Give politic reply: Will make max efforts; Doubt whether task can be finished, by Prakash Acharya (ht), CA term extended for six months (rep), Parties agree on consensus government in two weeks, by Gani Ansari (rep), UML lawmakers come down heavily on SC verdict, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep) [???], Division commanders jostle for post in NA directorate, by Kiran Pun (rep), PLA commanders make their choice: Integration or retirement (ht), Eager to join NA, but doubts remain, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PM Bhattarai, Maoist chief to visit Kailali: Panel to observe ongoing regrouping work in 7th Division (kp), PLA regrouping process completed in six camps (kp), Regrouping complete at fifth, sixth divisions (ht), UCPN (Maoist) to negotiate with parties to review on numbers of combatants to be integrated (nn), PM Bhattarai says contribution of Maoist PLA will be acknowledged (nn), Managing Combatants, by Bhimsen Thapaliya (rn), Kids of Maoist leaders decide to quit PLA (ht), Regrouping calls into question Maoist intent, UNMIN expertise, by Lekhanath Pandey (kp), Blatant loot (rep), Parties Have One Last Chance, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Testing times, by Damakant Jayshi (rep), Review foreign policy before writing new constitution, interview with Gunanidhi Sharma (rn), Right defenders urge OHCHR term extension (kp), It’s a man’s world: The peace process in Nepal revolves around exclusively male meetings and agreements, by Ritu Shrestha (kp), A fine balance: State Restructuring Commission’s challenge is to find a balance between individual rights and group identity, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

29/11/2011: SRC prepares 8-week timetable (kp), Final six-month CA term extension likely today, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Taskforce backs six-month CA term extension: Parties to decide on unity govt; To brief top leaders today (ht), Major parties agree to extend CA term by six months; form national consensus government as per 7-point deal (nn), Parties agree to extend CA term for 6 months (rep), PLA regrouping over in four cantonments: Process in the final stage in rest of the camps; Fighters under treatment in Capital not to be left out (kp), Regrouping process completed in six of seven PLA Divisions (nn), Over 2,500 fighters skip regrouping, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), All Div commanders to join Army (kp), Scions of Maoist brass for retirement package, by Kiran Pun (rep), Maoists took Rs 27m a month in salary for deserters, by Kiran Chapagain (kp), EU rules out any cash for PLA combatants: Prefers providing rehabilitaion training (ht 29/11/2011), Apex court asks govt to okay Bippa in House, by Pranab Kharel (kp), BIPPA decision left to House (ht), SC stays BIPPA implementation (rep), End to endless extension?, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), SC Verdict Doctrine Of Necessity Reinterpreted, by Mukti Rijal (rn), The last dance: Critrcism over use of “doctrine of necessity” by SC is valid, but the use is in national interest, by Semanta Dahal (kp)

28/11/2011: 1st meet of state re-make panel picks Hachhethu as spokesman (kp), Realistic standards for federal model, interview with Stella Tamang (kp), CA extension vote put off till tomorrow: Major parties seek more time on peace calendar (ht), Taskforce to prepare calendar of events before CA extension (rep), Parties likely to endorse govt bill after calendar, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA set to get 'final' extension of six months; taskforce decides to go with govt proposal (nn), ‘After years of fighting, I find meaning in joining Army’, by Phanindra Dahal and Chetan Adhikari (kp), Why majority combatants chose integration?, by Kiran Chapagain and Kiran Pun (rep), Beating stick: Forcible return of seized land won’t help the peace process (kp), Land return process fraught with complexities, by Janak Nepal (kp), Police asked to contain plan spoilers, by Kamal Panthi (kp), Tillers to protest land return at any cost (kp), Owner starts tilling captured farmland: Other landowners in Bardiya to follow suit, by Damodar Bhandari (ht), Road to perdition, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Who’s afraid of referendums: Democracy or not, everyone seems to be afraid of really facing the people, by Shyam K.C. (kp)

27/11/2011: CA likely to get six-month extension, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Parties form taskforce to forge consensus on 6-month extension for CA; House voting to extend CA term likely to get postponed (nn), House sitting called to vote on CA term extension postponed (nn), Baidya men take back land returned to owner, by Kamal Panthi (kp), Maoist party will not abide by directives of Dahal and PM Bhattarai to return seized lands: Gajurel (nn), Land returned but seized again, by Dinesh Gautam (rep), Alternatives for peasants first: Gajurel (ht), Held property return unlikely sans option, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Combatants who’ve opted for integration: Number crosses the 6,500 mark set by 7-point deal, by Phanindra Dahal and Mohan Budhair (kp), Just two combatants opt for rehabilitation package, by Kiran Pun (rep), Categorization nears completion, by Chandni Hamal (rep), NA wants land, logistics to train ex-PLA, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), Bad medicine, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Supreme Court Slaps Parties’ Flippancy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Women urge PM to guarantee their rights (ht)

26/11/2011: Supreme Court gives CA a ‘last chance’: Assembly to dissolve if no progress in statute is made in 6 months, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Shape up or ship out, apex court tells CA: Sets final six months to write statute; Says go either for referendum or fresh polls if failed again, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), CA to automatically expire in 6 months: SC, by Bimal Gautam (rep) Parties defer decision on CA term extension (rep), Up to 20 percent PLA may have left, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Platoon commander prefers pen to guns, by Phanindra Dahal and J. Pandey (kp), Maoist cadres plotting seized land, by Janak Nepal and Durga Lal K.C. (kp), Bardiya owner gets back 30 ha of land, by Kamal Panthi (kp), Three families get seized land back in Bardiya (ht), Baidya loyalists reseize private land in Bardiya (nn), UML CC pushes for implementation of 7-pt deal, consensus govt (rep), Show unity of purpose (rep), Tharuhat withdraws bandh in mid and far western regions (nn)

25/11/2011: Statute amend bill tabled in house: Govt seeks to extend CA by six more months, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC gives authority to parliamentary party to decide on CA term extension (nn), SC verdict: CA term can be extended one last time (nn), State re-do panel to get Dalit member (kp), Dalit absence in headless SRC riles lawmakers: Govt, parties accused of working under the influence of I/NGOs, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Leaders agree to induct dalit member in SRC (rep), Lawmakers fiercely criticize SRC nominations (rep) [Only very small parties are cited!], Up to 20 percent PLA may have left, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Regrouped fighters without ID cards, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), UCPN-M imposed its will on us: PLAs (ht), Retirement funds paltry: Fighters (ht), Combatant regrouping to conclude by Sunday; no takers yet for rehab package (nn), Maoists sell, rent out seized lands (rep), Squatters irked at decision to return seized property: Form struggle committee in Kailali (kp), Identity Politics vs Ideological Politics, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Divided we stand: Maoist ideologues now realise they underestimated the perils of stirring the ethnic pot, by Anurag Acharya (nt) [Not the Maoist insurgency but more than 200 years of suppression by the Hindu state and the total disregard of ethnic inclusion and equality after Jana Andolan I originated ethnic stir!!], ‘Nepal holds a lot of promise’, interview with Helen Clark (kp), Kailali, Dang bear bandh brunt (ht), Last Minute Drama (sp), Comprehensive Peace Agreement: Five Years After, by Keshab Poudel (sp), Coming Next: President Vs Premier, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp)

24/11/2011: Govt proposes six-month extension of CA term (nn), Disengaged leadership: The Janajati opposition to an expert panel on state restructuring may not have received much attention, but its implications are worth exploring, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Headless body: The SRC requires a head who commands widespread respect (kp), Big three agree to induct a Dalit member in SRC (nn), SC stays further govt’s move to pardon Dhungel, by Pranab Kharel (kp), SC stays govt decision to have Dhungel pardoned, by Bimal Gautam (rep), We don't have rights to arrest murder convict lawmaker Dhungel: Nepal Police (nn) [You must do so on the basis of the original SC decision! It is still valit! The government has no judicial power!!], Special Committee members address fighters’ concerns, by Phanindra Dahal and Moti Poudel (kp), Baidya loyals too opts for integration, by Binod Tripathi and Bechu Gaud (kp), Women combatants prefer retirement (ht), ‘Disqualified’ fighters resent good packages, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), UML boss seeks PM’s resignation, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [Stop this nonsense talk immediately! There is no other qualified leader!!]

23/11/2011: State restructuring: Commission takes shape, finally; Parties agree to lead mechanism on a rotational basis, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Govt forms 8-member SRC sans coordinator: Maoists, NC, UML, UDMF to lead in turn (ht), Govt forms 8-member body but no head, by Thira L. Bhusal and Gani Ansari (rep), Cabinet endorses eight-member SRC: Commission formed as per agreement among top leaders, by Purushottam Khatri (rn), Political parties agree on SRC, by Ram Prasad Dahal (rn), Why big names found no place in commission?, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Seven-pt deal implementation: Parties cautiously optimistic, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Hardliners renew call to halt property return (kp), Baidhya group cadres against returning land: Forming struggle panels (ht), First land reforms, says Thapa (ht), Maoists miss property return deadline (rep), Land return: Owners not convinced, by Janak Nepal and Kamal Panthi (kp), Regrouping of 5,217 ex-combatants complete; majority opting for integration, voluntary retirement (nn), Unmarried female combatants to join Nepal Army: igh preference for integration out of fear of losing the agreed 6,500 NA quota (kp), Rehab offer fails to impress combatants: Sharma (kp), Combatants will be sorely missed, say locals (ht), UML sets terms for CA extension, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), BRB, BIPPA & beyond, by Hari Bansha Dulal (rep), Five Years of Peace Process (rn), Unity, Cooperation Produce Positive Results, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Honouring the unknown Maoist, by Prashant Jha (kp), Bomb goes off in front of UMN office, by Navin Adhikari (kp), Bomb goes off near Christian mission (ht), SC stay ‘meddling’ in govt policy: AG, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [Please replace this AG immediately! He does not understand the rules of separation of powers!!], SC orders govt not to implement Dhungel pardon decision (nn)

22/11/2011: Parties fail to appoint state re-do commission members Compete for leadership; agree on 9 members (kp), Parties fail to name SRC coordinator (ht), Parties at odds on head of State Restructuring body, by Thira L. Bhusal and Gani Ansari (rep), Govt forms 8-member SRC; meetings to be chaired by rotation as parties fail to pick its chair (nn) [!!!], Fighters won’t opt against integration: Precedent of poor ‘treatment’ of disqualified affects choice, by Phanindra Dahal and Chetan Adhikari (kp), Fighters find rehab a fruitless deal: Continue to choose between integration and voluntary retirement options (ht), Special package for injured and disabled combatants in the offing (nn), Donors not funding retirement package, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Return od seized property: Baidya faction warns of resistance, by Kamal Panthi (kp), Baidya faction's action committees to thwart land return, by Dil Bahadur Chhantyal (rep), Baidhya faction cadres trample on Dahal’s promises: Kalikot Maoists close to hardline camp capture land as well as harvest (ht), Illegitimate constitution, by Murari Sharma (rep), All together now, by Sumit Sharma Sameer (rep), The Big Constitution Hitch: Much Ado … Always, by Prem Khatry (rn), NC yet to decide on CA extension: Leaders slam PP for issuing whip without discussion (kp), Fiscal arrangements in federal Nepal: For the poorest of the poor, by Uma Shankar Prasad (ht)

21/11/2011: Leaders agree on 7-member state restructuring panel (rep) [Among those mentioned as possible members there is no women and half of them are Bahuns!!!], PM admits corruption in ministries, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Formal process to return seized property begins: Baidya camp’s protest defers actual handover, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Kamal Panthi (kp), Dahal takes faction fight to Bardiya: In district to facilitate land handover, by Damodar Bhandari (ht), Dahal fails to impress owners of seized land, by Rudra Khadka (rep), 70 pc combatants willing to join Army; Surge a result of pressure: Hardliners, by Phanindra Dahal and Chetan Adhikari (kp), More combatants likely to opt for voluntary retirement, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Injured rue regrouping offers them nothing (kp), Regrouping evokes mixed PLA response, by Udaya GM and Shivaraj Bhatta (ht), Choice between integration, retirement (ht), Injured, disabled combatants feel helpless, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Much to surprise: PLA combatants deserve credit for the maturity they’ve shown (kp), Still no takers for rehabilitation, by Shibaraj Bhatta (ht), Paths less traveled, by DB Subedi (rep), NC asks lawmakers to vote for CA term extension (kp), Occupy New Road: The inequitable distribution of income is not prevalent only in the West, but is pronounced in developing countries like Nepal too, by Shyam K.C. (kp), No person in Nepal should have special rights, Agradhikar, interview with Arjun Narsingh K.C., Nepali Congress (kp) [But the reality is that a special male section of society has enjoyed special rights over hundreds of years and is still doing so, Mr KC!]

20/11/2011: Prez meets political bigwigs: Asks on what basis statute would be drafted in 6 months (kp), Poor preparations affect regrouping: Very few go for rehabilitation option; problems faced in ID card issuance, by Phanindra Dahal and Raj Kumar Karki (kp), Combatant regrouping begins, by Kumar Luintel and Min Kumar Dahal (ht), Majority combatants opt for integration (rep), Regrouping in 7th Division on Sunday (kp), PLA mothers to grab rehabilitation option (ht), Dahal ‘misunderstood’ panel, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 'CA not obliged to heed state restructuring commission' (rep), Morcha leaders sceptical of proposed commission, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Big three agree to form SRC tomorrow, but differ over its composition, leadership (nn), Eroding Authority Of Party Leadership, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), French Semi-presidential System And Nepal, by Bhim Regmi (rn), Maoist chair, NC leader heading to Bardiya to start returning seized property (nn), UML, hardliners oppose PM’s idea (kp), In need of revival: Despite its significant number of users, the modern state of Nepal, has not been supportive in advancing Magar language and literature, by Gopal Sijapati Magar (kp)

19/11/2011: Parties okay state re-do commission: Govt registers proposal to extend CA by six months, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties tread back to SRC: Withdraw bill to amend statute: Finalise ToR for commission, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), State restructuring commission within 3 days, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Regrouping process to begin today: Secretariat hopes to complete it by Nov 28, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Categorization starts Saturday (rep), Baidya loyalist combatants agree to go with regrouping process in Rolpa cantonment (nn), Retiring fighters offer, perhaps, their final salutes, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), The great leap, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep)

18/11/2011: Statute amendment ‘today’: ToR for experts’ panel likely to be finalised Friday; dissenting lawmakers still unhappy over panel, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Parties to press ahead with expert panel bill, by Post Bahadur Basnet (rep), Indigenous groups demonstrate against constitution amendment bill (nn), Govt withdraws constitution amendment bill (nn), Categorization teams reach cantonments (rep), Regrouping process starts in PLA cantonments (nn), Most female fighters to opt for voluntary retirement, by Moti Lal Poudel (kp), PLA men protest regrouping, by Mohan Budhair (kp), Kailali combatants fight against integration: Dissenting fighters refuse to answer roll call; Pro, anti-Baidhya groups launch verbal war (ht), Return of seized property: Hardliners set to thwart govt move (kp), Baidhya faction warns of retaliation: Says seized land must not be returned (kp), Parties indecisive about TRC (kp), Police buildings yet to be reconstructed: Security compromised (ht), Military schooling at Rukum school, by Kamal Thapa (rep), Records are meant to be broken!, by Guffadi (rep), Ruptured Politics, Fractured Parties, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Cost Of Discord In Maoist Party, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The way ahead: The 1 November agreement breathed new life into the Comprehensive Peace Accord five years after it was signed, by Kul Chandra Gautam (nt), No war, no peace: No surprise that we have all forgotten the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Accord this week, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), A war of words: Fighter turned writer has doubts about whether the revolution was worth it, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), Stay strong: The Dalit community must stand united for equality (kp), Progressive necessity: The right to form a new province, by separation or by coming together, should be an inherent concept of federalism in the country, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp)

17/11/2011: Dispute delays statute amendment: Lawmakers fear experts’ panel will override CA committee (kp), House fails to pass bill again: Baidhya faction, indigenous caucus stand in opposition (ht), Passage of expert panel bill deferred, by Post B. Basnet (rep), NC not to agree on executive prez (kp), Survey teams set off for cantonment sites: Regrouping to start Saturday (kp), Survey teams reach five Maoist cantonments: To start regrouping from tomorrow after completing all preparations (ht), Surveyors reaching cantonment Thursday (rep), Fighters coming back in hordes for regrouping, by Binod Tripathi (kp), Tug of war: The Maoist combatants shouldn’t be pressured by rival factions (kp), Mercy on justice: If the President grants Dhungel a pardon, the decision can still be challenged before the SC, by Semanta Dahal (kp), Outlook is upbeat: There’s no alternative to carrying the November 1 agreement to conclusion, by Inder Malhotra (kp)

16/11/2011: SC urged to set deadline for drafting new statute (ht), Amendments against expert panel registered (rep), UCPN (M) decides not to ignore state restructuring committee report while amending constitution (nn), House sitting deferred to Friday owing to dispute over mandate of expert committee (nn), Nat’l unity govt after Nov 30: PM; Says CA term will be extended by another six months, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM puts his foot down: Says Dhungel case an exception,amnesty must; Reiterates compulsion on jumbo Cabinet; Claims he will lead unity govt after Nov 30 (ht), V for vendetta: Pardon plea for Dhungel should be withdrawn as it is a case of personal vengeance under a political guise, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Post-verification academic qualifications won't be recognized (rep) [???], PLA threatens to shun integration over edu criteria, by Kiran Pun (rep), Team Baidya asks fighters to boycott regrouping work (kp), Will Baidhya move affect integration?, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Survey teams reach cantonments to assess preferences of 19,000-plus combatants (nn), Momentum Picking up (rn), Implementing 7-point deal (rep), Days of reckoning, by Damakant Jayshi (rep), Victim hurt as ‘tormentor’ becomes minister, by Manoj Basnet (kp), Jumbo Cabinet: Hazard Of Coalition Politics, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn) [Not coalition politics but the corruption and power greed of the politicians is responsible!!], NC against discussion on govt formation now: Sitaula (kp) [And why does your party so often demand the leadership of the next government??], Back to the future: Despite the 2006 macro level changes, retaining the worst of the 90s political culture has led to a rot in the system, by Prashant Jha (kp)

15/11/2011: Taskforce submits report on govt models (rep), Taskforce proposes mixed model (kp), Report on political, poll system finalised: Submitted to CC sub-panel; Parties to discuss first (ht), Spl panel opens door for regrouping: Endorses detailed integration, rehab, retirement plan, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Final document on fighters’ fate: Special Committee comes up with integration, rehab plans, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Special Committee paves way for categorization (rep), Female PLA combatants with children on horns of a dilemma, by Durgalal KC (kp), PLA brass quiz PM on rank, education issues (rep), Baidya, Thapa urge PLA combatants to shun regrouping process (nn), Three parties agree to work on TRC (kp), Big 3 to expedite TRC formation: Implementation of seven-point agreement soon (kp), ‘Disclose time required for statute drafting’ (kp), Experts counsel President: Both sides have much to say on the ongoing controversy (ht), Dahal can still correct self: Baidya (rep), Baidhya faction’s tirade against Dahal continues, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Don’t know names of many ministers: PM (kp), National govt by Nov 21: PM Bhattarai (rep), Effective Handling Of Grievances: PM’s Efforts Alone Insufficient, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Enough id enough: End to the peace process is in sight but dissent can’t be allowed to halt progress, by Ratindra Khatri (kp), Maoist land grab continues in Kailali (ht)

14/11/2011: Disabled combatants feel neglected, humiliated, by Kiran Pun (rep), Rehab package issues delay regrouping (kp), SC stays Dhungel pardon plea, by Pranab Kharel (kp), SC stays govt bid to pardon Dhungel: Summons prime minister,Office of the President for Nov 21 hearing, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), SC stay order (ht), Don't act on pardon decision: SC to prez (rep), Not too late for PM to withdraw pardon plea for Dhungel, interview with Mandira Sharma (kp), President Yadav asks PM Bhattarai to reconsider decision to grant amnesty to Dhungel (nn), Pick & choose (rep), Hold discussion to settle Dhungel plea row: UDMF (rep), NC warns of no-trust motion: Accuses govt of giving rise to anarchy through clemency (ht), Maoists seize land ownership papers, by Kamal Panthi (kp), We won't return seized land: Baidya faction leaders, by Chandani Hamal (rep), Baidhya faction cultivating seized land, by Shibaraj Bhatta (ht), Koirala rejects PM's request for support (rep), Bhattarai Cabinet the ‘largest ever’: Oppn parties slam move to induct new faces, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Cabinet expansion: 49-member cabinet largest in history (rep), Behemoth Cabinet was a must: PM (ht) [?? Germany, e.g., has 14 ministers; this should be enough for Nepal as well!!], Indian PM hails 7-pt deal (kp), Fragmented voices: Although more than six decades old, the Dalit movement in Nepal hasn’t achieved the success it ought to have, by Sanjay Sharma (kp), Seven-point deal: Is it an auspicious agreement?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Govt notice riles squatters: Week-long protests against eviction threat made public (ht), Sub comm task force submits report on forms of governance (nn)

13/11/2011: Statute amendment process begins (kp), House to consider 11th amendment to statute (rep), Statute amendment vote date set (ht), Crucial special panel meeting likely today: Rehab package endorsement on cards, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Surveyors to visit cantonments on Monday (rep), PLA integration a nonissue in Shaktikhor, by Ganga BC and Binod Tripathi (kp), No going back in Dhungel case: PM (kp), PM adamant on Dhungel amnesty: Says US has begun process to remove UCPN-M from terrorist list, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), No rollback on Dhungel pardon decision: PM, by Kiran Pun (rep) [Nepal has absolutely no future without the rule of law, Mr PM! Politicians have no right to intervene into jurisdiction! All murders must be punished!], A bloody trail (rep) [These two cases are different: Katuwal openly disobeyed the order of the government and should have been dismissed, Dhungel has been sentenced as a murderer in a private case!!], To pardon or not to pardon, Prez ponders, by Pranab Kharel (kp), President shows willingness to consult PM on controversial cabinet decision to grant amnesty to Dhungel (nn), Oppn lawmakers mount pressure on government (kp), PM’s Plummeting Popularity, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), How about bringing an Amnesty Act?, by Prakash Rimal (ht), NEFIN meet concludes (ht)

12/11/2011: Maoists do volte-face, object to expert panel, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Rift blocks statute amendment, by Prakash Acharya (ht), House passes proposal to consider 11th amendment of Interim Constitution (nn), UML won't join govt: Khanal, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep), Lawmakers warn govt over Dhungel plea (kp), Prez to begin consultations on Dhungel amnesty tomorrow: The Head of the State will do the needful to protect the constitution, say advisers (ht), Conflict victims denied relief assistance, by Rudra Khadka (rep)

11/11/2011: Lowering the bar: Bhattarai’s government has made some poor decisions (kp), Govt move may have serious ramifications: Could create tussle among state organs; Likely to deal a blow to ongoing peace process, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), OHCHR-N concernd over rewarding of rights offenders (rep), UN tears its hair out over decision on Dhungel, Rai (kp), Govt sends amnesty to Prez as Shrestha kin moves SC (rep), Stir seeking action against Dhungel (kp), Opposition lawmakers demand withdrawal of cabinet recommendation to pardon Dhungel (nn), Judiciary helpless as govt denies crucial police force, by Kamal Raj Sigdel and Pranab Kharel (kp), Maimed ex-rebels unhappy over peace package, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep), Claims, counter claims on magic number, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Amicable understanding: The seven-point agreement makes the success of the peace and constitution processes more likely, but complications still persist, by Keshar Bahadur Bhandari (kp), Leaving ideology aside: The BIPPA is a necessary step for Nepal to gain economic liberation from its imperialist friends and foes, by Rishi Dhamala (kp), BIPPA and Nepal: Move in the positive direction, by Kamal Raj Dhungel (ht), Govt tables constitution amendment bill (nn), Bhattarai Risks Being Like Any PM, by Tilak Rawal (sp), People Get Another Rough Deal, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), Deal Enhanced Party Image, by Giriraj Mani Pokhrel (sp), Deal Betrayed Revolutionary Zeal, by Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal) (sp), Bill made to establish the proposed National Dalit Commission, 2066 BS (sp), Squatters, Appeasement and Acrobatics, by Dipak Gyawali (sp)

10/11/2011: Bhattarai's blunder (rep), Cabinet Expansion (rn), Cabinet expansion raises oppn hackles (kp), Rights bodies slam Dong appointment (kp), Imminent split in UCPN (Maoist), by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), The Incomplete Agreement And Challenges, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Property politics: Conflicts over Maoist-captured land also points to need for land reform (kp) [!!], Hardliners not to hinder combatants’ regrouping: Faction led by Maoist Vice-chairman Baidya says ex-fighters will exercise self judgment, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Prez to consult experts, review int'l practice on Dhungel plea (rep), Dhungel case personal, court documents reveal, by Pranab Kharel (kp) [Every murder has to be punished, but Dhungel's case is special. His murder case has to do with the still prevailing idea that male Bahuns are superior compared to Janajati, Dalits and women in general. This is one of the core issues that prevent a new Nepal of equality and justice!!], Rights groups to protest if Dhungel pardoned (kp), In cold blood: Balkrishna Dhungel’s case was never political, but the call for his amnesty is, by Iona Liddel (kp 10/11/2011), Prez advised to block Cabinet decision: Human rights activists, lawyers urge Head of the State to protect constitution (ht), Rights bodies slam decision: Want govt to withdraw pardon for convicted lawmaker (ht), Pardon move riles opposition (ht), No amnesty (ht), Rights activists demand PM’s resignation over controversial cabinet decision (nn), Student unions take to street against amnesty to murder convict lawmaker (nn), UN rights watchdog concerned over govt decision to pardon Maoist lawmaker Dhungel, appointment of murder-accused leader as minister (nn), Writ filed against govt’s controversial decision to allow murder-convict lawmaker to go scot-free (nn)

09/11/2011: Cabinet turns jumbo, strength reaches 46, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bhattarai cabinet second largest to date, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Dear Dr Prime Minister, by Dharma Adhikari (rep), Hardliners’ Motive Should Be Foiled, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Seized property: Complications on the ground likely to affect their return (kp), Seized property return row deepens, by Damodar Bhandari and Sivaraj Bhatta (ht), PM, Dahal to visit cantonments to boost morale of PLA combatants, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Rehab package after PM return (kp), The tragedy called UML: UML weakened the 1990s democracy, enabled royal autocracy and almost derailed the transition to the new constitution, by Prashant Jha (kp), Between idealism and political savvy: A look into the young political generation five years after its success during the Jana Andolan of 2006, by Amanda Snellinger (kp), Ire, fire and gyre: Three words in our maverick repertoire sum up the character of politics here, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Govt all set to urge president to pardon lawmaker Dhungel, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Govt seeks amnesty for murder convict: Asks prez to pardon Maoist lawmaker, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht)

08/11/2011: Special panel proposes schemes for combatants: Proposal counts on funds from donors, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), AISC secretariat submits modality of rehabilitation package (nn), PM defends integration model, PLA labels it as surrender (rep), Families with two or more PLA member to rake in moolah, by Kiran Pun (rep), UN willing to assist in combatant rehabilitation (nn), Federalism: Good development (rep), Beginning or an end?, by Sumit Sharma Sameer (rep), UCPN (Maoist)-NC Understanding Vital To Peace, Constitution, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Cabinet expansion likely today: PM may induct 8 ministers before Maldives trip (kp), Bhattarai set to expand cabinet: At least seven Cabinet, 10 state ministers to be sworn in today, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), PM inducts 7 new ministers in his cabinet (nn) [PM Bhattarai destroys all his credits by expanding the cabinet to 48 predominantly male members!!], ‘NC will lead next govt under Poudel’, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp) [Stop this nonsense discussion! Neither Poudel nor Deuba nor Koirala have the charisma and capability of the current PM! Nepal does not need a new one!], Govt to recommend Prez to pardon murder-convict lawmaker, by Kiran Pun (rep) [Yes, PM Bhattari is obviously going to destroy his credits!!], Maoist row over returning property (kp), All of us cannot be right: The 7-point agreement is indicative of the various changes in the Maoist party and in the incentives and ambitions of its leadership, by Aditya Adhikari (kp)

07/11/2011: Acharya wants six more months for CA: Constitutional Council Chair is looking at one year for transition to end (ht), Federalism today: Forming panel of experts marks a new beginning (kp), Spl committee members’ absence may see Nov-23 deadline missed, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [???], Majority of AISC members in US; debate on rehab package delayed (nn), AISC meet put off again with all 5 members still in US (nn), PLA allots integration quota to 7 divisions, by Kiran Pun (rep), Thapa asks PLA to defy gag order, by Kiran Pun (rep), Forgotten combatant struggles for life, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep), Are Madeshi leaders changing?, by Mahabir Poudyal (rep), NC leader claims Dahal agreed to hand over govt leadership to NC after 30 Nov (nn) [There is absolutely no reason for an NC led government! The people have explicitly rejected the NC in the CA elections of 2008 because of its failed politics under the 1990 system!!]

06/11/2011: State restructuring expert panel born (kp), 4th Division commanders oppose education provision, by Kiran Pun (rep) [!!], Deal a ploy to make us guards: Fighters; Maoist PLA combatants in Chulachuli ask party to review agreement (ht), Only 23 top commanders to get Rs 800,000, by Post B. Basnet (rep), NC, UML press Maoists to return seized properties (rep), Return properties, UCPN-M panels told: Baidhya faction to oppose (ht), Not in PM race: Dahal; Says no change in govt now, by John Narayan Parajuli and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC may lead election govt: Dahal (rep [???], Decisive Seven-point Deal Four Parties Reached, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Madhesi signature in the seven-point deal, by Prashant Jha (kp), Are Maoists In Ideological Transformation?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

05/11/2011: Statute amendment bill registered: The bill to pave way for experts’ panel formation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Govt registers bill to set up experts’ committee: House nod likely on November 11 (ht), State restructuring: Parties to form expert panel (rep), CC approves sub-committee decision to form expert committee (nn), Spl panel approves work plan (kp), Calendar for regrouping Maoist fighters endorsed: Special Committee Secretariat to begin work from tomorrow; Deadline set for November 23 (ht), Survey teams to reach cantonments by Nov 13, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Education, age put PLA top brass off integration, by Kiran Pun (rep), In place of cash, govt mulls issuing bonds to combatants: May also turn to donors for assistance, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Deal saps disabled Maoist fighters’ spirit: Some at Chulachuli cantonment see glimmer of hope, by Somnath Bastola and Shyam Rai (ht), Pulling Peace Together, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Peace by piece, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

04/11/2011: PLA division commanders to opt out of integration, by Kiran Pun (rep), PLA commanders slam 7-point deal, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep), PLA fighters committed to November 1 agreement: Pun (ht), Combatants, kin not at peace with 7-point deal (ht), ‘7-point pact against PLA’, by Moti Lal Poudel (kp), Donors' cash backup unlikely for rehabilitation, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Breakthrough In The Peace Process, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Parties sing praises of November 1 deal: Say pact will pave the way for lasting peace (ht), Top party leaders regret ‘wasting’ three long yrs, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [Hopefully, they will get their comeuppance in the next elections!!], The mother of all agreements (nt), Hearing on CA term begins: Curb over-use of doctrine of necessity: Lawyers (kp), Five DIGs promoted as AIGs: Officer accused of suppressing Jana Andolan among the elevated (ht) [Such persons are also members of the CA, e.g Kamal Thapa, one of the most responsible suppressors of the movement!!], Govt registers constitution amendment bill (nn)

03/11/2011: New deal: The seven-point agreement is qualitatively different (kp), The convergence of interests, by Prashant Jha (kp), Mixed reaction from combatants’ quarters: Female fighters say deal did not consider them (kp), Baidya camp slams peace deal; says party won’t split (kp), Seven-point deal won’t take off: Baidhya; Alleges agreement constitutes betrayal of people and nation (ht), Scrap the peace deal: Maoist radicals (rep), Protests foreseen: PM Bhattarai (rep), Dissatisfaction rife but limited options for PLA, by Kiran Pun (rep), Pact divides camped PLA combatants, by Chintamani Poudel and Khem Bahadur Budha (ht), PLA commanders express 'full support' to political deal on peace process (nn), Nations welcome pact (kp), Implementation of peace deal to cost Rs 10b, by Milan Mani Sharma (rep), Congress to focus on deal implementation, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Army to execute integration plan: Feels Tuesday’s historic pact addresses its concerns, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Peace gets chance (rep), Peace Process Gets Collective Push (rn), Current govt will take consensual shape, says PM: Admits ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ exists (kp), PM hopeful about unity government (ht), Govt formation is not an issue: NC: ‘Power sharing talks only waste of time’, Towards a finale: Parties took a critical leap forward on Tuesday, but they will have to be realistic about anticipating the problems in its implementation, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Sustainable peace in Nepal: Third-track approaches, by Hari Bansh Jha (ht)

02/11/2011: Parties join hands on peace process: Sign agreement on army integration, constitution drafting, power-sharing, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Breakthrough in peace process, finally: Baidhya, Thapa say seven-point deal against Maoist party decision, the country and people, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Breakthrough in peace process: 7-point peace deal, by Kiran Chapagain and Kiran Pun (rep), How the agreement was finally sealed, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Draft of the 7-point agreement (kp), The seven point agreement (rep) [unofficial translation], AISC decides to implement peace deal; regrouping schedule to be ready in two days (nn), Promises to keep (kp), Parties welcome ‘historic’ deal, by Pranab Kharel and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Leaders hail deal as historic (rep), No thanks, says Baidya (kp), Baidya registers dissent (rep), Hardliner Baidya flays 'landmark agreement'; calls it deception to PLA, country (nn), Basic draft of deal was ready on Oct 13, but finalized Tuesday, by Ameet Dhakal and Post B. Basnet (rep), Leaders Can Regain Lost Credibility With Peace Deal (rn) [How this?? The deal should already have happened in early 2007 under PM Girija Prasad Koirala!!], Optimism Aplenty As Parties Give Nod to Integration, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), The Chairman’s calculations: Whether Prachanda can remain patient, supportive and confident for another year will determine the political trajectory, by Prashant Jha (kp)

01/11/2011: Madhes parties to drop one state demand, by Gani Ansari (rep), Inching closer, but divided on a broader package deal (kp), Deal on hold as high talks falter: Dahal proposes revisiting resolved issues (ht), Dahal seeks more time at three-party meet (rep), Leaders say are committed to complete peace process (kp), Consensus at last; 6500 Maoist combatants to be integrated; parties vow to implement deal (nn), Disrespectful merger unacceptable: Thapa (kp), NC shifts its strategy to counter ‘misperception’, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Reconciliation bill awaits political nod (kp) [??], To have or not to have: PM Bhattarai opted for ‘to have’, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

31/10/2011: Parties claim deal almost at hand: Maoists to follow party’s majority decision on peace process, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties set to seal peace with deal, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Dahal proposes package deal on all issues (rep), Handle with care: Desires & needs of fighters deserve consideration (kp), Optimism on peace deal (rep), We’re hoping for a deal today, interview with Minendra Rijal, NC (kp), Three parties to meet again Tuesday as today's talks end inconclusively (nn), UCPN (Maoist) decides to proceed with peace deal, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), Breakthrough in peace, statute soon: PM (ht), Constitution draft by Nov 30, says PM (kp), Gachchhadar for extending CA one last time, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), Meet the deadline (ht), Writ filed against BIPPA (kp), Nepal will sign BIPPA with China ‘very soon’: FM Pun (nn), Family of disappeared yearning for whereabouts, by Barun Paneru (rep), Hopes & fears, by C.K. Lal (rep)

30/10/2011: ‘Breakthrough imminent’: No separate identity for PLA; Maoists to abide by NA norms, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM ups consensus parleys: Baidya faction snubs call to join govt (kp), Prime Minister in flurry of talks: BIPPA features in parleys with Baidhya; Nembang seeks deal on peace,statute (ht), PM intensifies talks, assures speaker (rep), Peace deal tantalizingly close, interview with PM Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Parties close to deal: Rijal (rep), Main opposition parties stick to their stance on combatants’ integration (nn), UDMF is for two states in Tarai: Minister Dutta (rep), No time to waste (rep), Nepal UN envoy seeks continued support from int'l community (rep), Nepal adopts action plan on key UN resolution: Vows to ensure women’s rights at all levels (ht), Kin of disappeared still waiting in vain: Parents want to know whether he’s dead or alive (ht)

29/10/2011: PM Bhattarai meets Baidya in a bid to iron out differences (nn), Maoists to discuss army integration with UML (ek), PM Bhattarai, Nembang discuss thorny issues (ek)

28/10/2011: Thapa refutes his earlier allegations against Dahal (ek)

27/10/2011: Maoists to take BIPPA, PLA integration to CC (kp), NC supports BIPPA but deal was signed in haste: Koirala (kp), Maoist apex panel to take up BIPPA: UCPN-M,NC to hold talks with UML after Tihar (ht), NC not against BIPPA; RPP says it will benefit country (nn), Peace process falling prey to BIPPA, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Outcome of PM Bhattarai’s India visit: Economic diplomacy takes roots, by Hari Bansh Jha (ht), NC, Maoists one on early resolution of key issues (kp), CA poll bills still under wraps (ht), PM Bhattarai addresses programme marking Nepal Sambat 1132 in Nepal Bhasa (nn)

26/10/2011: BIPPA was wrong, but let's save govt: Dahal, by Kiran Pun (rep) [??], Dahal stays neutral on BIPPA: Bhattarai urges Standing Committee to endorse agreement (ht), PM, Dahal should quit party: Gajurel, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp), Maoist sc meet: PM in trouble as Baidya camp shoots down BIPPA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoist hardliner faction agree not to make scathing remarks against BIPPA in public; central comm to resolve party row (nn), Nepal-India BIPPA simplified, by Chandan Sapkota (rep) [!!], Private sector lauds BIPPA export items: Urges the government to sign the pact with other countries as well (kp), The internal rifts: The Indians hedged their bets, offering support but no blank cheque, by Prashant Jha (kp), Creative cyclones: We must learn to look at Nepal-India relations beyond political terms, by Abhi Subedi (kp), State restructuring: Lawmakers, experts review state federation proposal (kp), Form TRC urgently (ht)

25/10/2011: BIPPA only widens Maoist rift, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), UCPN Maoist calls SC meeting as BIPPA invites criticism from hardliner leaders (nn), Dahal and Bhattarai will be expelled from party: Gajurel (nn), Nepali Congress welcomes BIPPA (rep), BIPPA against Nepal: Khanal (kp), In house, PM defends BIPPA deal with India: Bhattarai says criticism does not reflect reality on ground (kp), Bhattarai defends BIPPA in parliament: Says it will boost foreign investment,create employment opportunities,bring down trade deficit (ht), The Delhi deal, excerpts from the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) (kp), For BIPPA, against it; a strong polarisation of opinions, by Mukul Humagain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), BIPPA Could Change the Investment Scenario, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Point of convergence, by Sumit Sharma Sameer (rep), Call for ‘victim-friendly’TRC (ht), Camped PLAs’ status updation after Tihar: Process of selecting surveyors under way (ht), 7,000 fighters will be integrated: Baldev (ht)

24/10/2011: CA term: PM, Speaker, President’s office defend extension, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Integration deal in one week if Maoists stick to the agreement, interview with Krishna P. Sitaula, Nepali Congress (kp)

23/10/2011: Committees to press top leaders for timely statute (kp), Consensus likely on French governance model: UML leader: Prods parties to give peace process a push (ht), Nepali Congress to join Cabinet after peace process is complete, by Krishna Acharya (kp), Unanswered questions, by Ramesh Khatry (rep)

22/10/2011: Whither Truth Commission?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 22/10/2011), Bhattarai govt will fall before Nov 30, predicts UML secy (nn) [This is the best PM you can get! Cooperate instead of boycotting him! Nepal does not need veto politicians!!]

21/10/2011: Parties strike deal on integration, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Parties claim consensus near (ht), Fighters to be re-counted (kp), Baidya faction, Madhesi demands rob parties of deal, by Kiran Chapagain and Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Badal spits venom on old parties, rival camp, by Prakash Baral (kp), Govt’s performance is not satisfactory, says Maoist gen secy (nn), Analysing affirmative action: While many previously excluded groups obtained or increased representation through reservation, some did not, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp)

20/10/2011: Very close to package deal, claim leaders of major parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties plan peace deal before PM's India visit, by Kiran Pun (rep), Three-party meet close to reaching deal on combatants’ integration, rehab (nn), Breakthrough hinges on Maoists (ht), AISC to verify combatants’ number in all seven camps (nn), PM sacks Sah, Bhandari: Sah had not resigned as made out by the media (ht), PM sacks Bhandari as recommended by MPRF-D, by Gani Ansari (rep), House disruption ends as PM dismisses Bhandari, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Leaders cancel Cambodia visit (kp) [!], Necessary compromises: Expediency should not wholly eclipse pledges in 4-point deal (kp), The last leg: Converging internal and external factors means that both peace and constitution may be in sight, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp)

19/10/2011: Integration plan advances (kp), Fissure in NC over ‘flexible’ proposal (kp), Top Maoist, UML leaders to leave for Cambodia (rep) [Nothing to do in Nepal??], Bhandari not anti-nat’l: Maoists (kp), Maoists defend Defence Minister: Say his statement not anti-national (ht), Oppn wants Sah, Bhandari in jail (ht), MJF-Loktantrik to have final say on Defence Minister's fate (nn), MJF-Loktantrik calls back Defence Minister Bhandari from govt (nn), Bhandari challenges decision to oust him from cabinet; supporters take to streets (nn), Controversial ministers relieved of their duties; House resumes normal business (nn), Controversial Ministers, An Irritant To Government, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Dr Bhattarai's future investment, by Damakant Jayshi (rep) [??]

18/10/2011: MPRF-D seeks official Maoist stance on Bhandari, by Gani Ansari (rep), Unable to decide on minister Bhandari; MJF-Loktantrik now asks for UCPN (M)'s 'official view' on 4-pt pact (nn), UCPN (M) softens tone on row over Defence Minister; renews commitment to 4-pt deal (nn), MJF-L defers decision on Bhandari’s fate, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Opposition call to sack Bhandari gets louder (kp), Oppn parties continue House obstruction (nn), The old face of the Army: The fact that the Army is in need of drastic reform has been obscured in the controversy surrounding the Defence Minister’s comments, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), End House obstruction before India trip: Speaker to PM (rep), Do Not Let Newly Revived Hopes On Peace Peter Out (rn), Congress, UML plan a deal; say Maoists will accept their proposal (kp)

17/10/2011: Constitution matters: Discourse on constitutional issues must move forward (kp),  Sah quits; Bhandari issue still stalls House, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Minister Sah steps down: Sharat Singh Bhandari to ‘follow suit’sooner than later (ht), Oppn parties continue House obstruction (rep), NC, UML continue House obstruction for third consecutive time (nn), MPRF-D may recall Bhandari Monday (rep), MJF-L undecided on defence minister (kp), 19 fringe parties want expulsion of minister Bhandari and minister Gupta (nn), Parties still at odds over integration issues: Pokharel, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Say No To The Divisive Elements, by G. K. Pakavath (rn), Judiciary as much to blame as parties for withdrawal of cases, interview with Kedar Nath Upadhyay (kp), Lawyers at odds over action against ministers: Political ideologies reflect in Nepal Bar Association (ht)

16/10/2011: First draft of new constitution may not be possible by Nov 30 (kp), New democracy not possible: Dahal (rep), Dahal proposes removal of controversial ministers, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists, MPRF-D to seal fate of Sah, Bhandari, by Gani Ansari (rep), Time For The PM To Prove Mettle, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), The idea of justice: PM’s decision on Sah will go a long way in defining Maoist position on impunity (kp), Minister Prabhu Sah resigns, by Kiran Pun (rep), Challenges of federalism, by Keshav Bhattarai and Darlene Budd (rep), Between devil and sea: The PM’s “zero tolerance policy” against corruption is nothing substantial, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Maoists yet to return seized land, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 16/10/2011)

15/10/2011: PM’s Hamletian dilemma: To sack, or not to sack Sah, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Sack for Bhandari, Sah unlikely, by Kiran Pun (rep), PM assures parties over Bhandari-Sah issue (rep), Power-sharing, ownership key to political consensus, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), UML seeks power-sharing deal, by Bhadra Sharma (kp)

14/10/2011: House stalled demanding sack for 2 ministers (rep), In parliament, oppn lawmakers seek Sah, Bhandari removal (kp), Dahal ready to review four-point deal (kp), Rule of law: A distant dream, by Sachchi Ghimire Karki (ht)

13/10/2011: Bhattarai’s 45 days at the helm: Self-proclaimed pledge remains unfulfilled (ht), Time is flying by (ht), Break the deadlock: NC and UML should accept the Maoist proposal to conclude the peace process, by Jeetendra Dev (kp), Patch it up: Efforts by all parties to engage the Kiran faction is necessary (kp), Bhandari boomerang, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Don’t block roads for VIPs: PM (ht), UCPN-M urged to show honesty: Acharya says NC is flexible on PLA issue (ht), NC, UML on same page on peace process (ht)

12/10/2011: NC, UML insist on package deal, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), NC, UML to forge common stance (kp), Progress in peace process within few days: PM (rep) [??], Maoists for deal before Bhattarai’s India visit, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Maoist Rift Takes An Ugly Turn, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), No statute by Nov 30: Pokharel (kp), The ripe political moment: Despite the delays and frustration, this remains the best chance to kick-start the peace and constitutional process, by Prashant Jha (kp), Everything is rotten: Bhattarai is a good man, but what plans does he have to solve the country’s problems?, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Loud mouth strikes again: The backlash against Bhandari’s loose talk is insulting to the patriotic, nationalist sentiments of Madhesis, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Thinking of justice: The backbone of peace and democracy, by Charan Prasai (ht)

11/10/2011: Congress hopes for ‘breakthrough’ within a week, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Phanindra Dahal (kp), NC, Maoist dialogue ‘positive’ (ht), NC, UML 'upbeat' about peace process (nn), Return seized properties (rep), Testing the waters: Bhattarai’s success depends on cooperation from India and China, by Aditya Man Shrestha (kp), Governance With Compassion, PM Sets A New Precedent, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

10/10/2011: Maoists sold seized land in Kalikot, by Tufan Neupane (rep), Back to work: Intense inter-party talks can lead to breakthrough (kp), As NC, Maoists talk, UML feels sidelined, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Peace efforts may resume today: NC expecting formal proposal from Maoists; Informal talks positive, says Maoist leader, NC won't join govt: Sushil Koirala (rep), Messiah of peace! really?, by Naresh Koirala (rep)

09/10/2011: Dahal discusses peace, constitution (ht), Muslim groups warn of agitation: Want PM to implement agreements before October 14 (ht), No alternative to current govt: PM (ht), Army integration to gather momentum (ht), Defense Minister’s Statement And Condemnation Of It, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

04/10/2011: Opposition parties flay PLA dalary hike; Against PM’s 45-day pledge: NC, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), NC, Maoists poles apart on combatant integration (kp), An encounter in Ghorahi: Frustration and disillusionment are rife among Maoist activists in the mid-west, by Aditya Adhikari (kp)

03/10/2011: On the mend: PM tries to bring truce between labour, capital (kp)

02/10/2011: Politicians would do well to remember the Kot Parva this Dashain—a lesson on the futility of mistrust between parties, by Prawash Gautam (kp), Negative Role Of NC And CPN-UML In Completing Peace Process, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

30/09/2011: Work to up Madhesi quota in Army begins, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), DPM defends Bhandari’s statement; But says defence minister’s remark was inconsistent, faulty (kp), The juggler’s slip: The Defence Minister can fine tune his balancing acts (kp), The waning right: Despite getting disproportionate coverage, the conservatives are unlikely to become an electoral force in the future, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Integration and Rehabilitation Discourse: Transformation from violent conflict to peaceful competition for power, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (sp), Gajurel Demands Correction Of 4-Point Deal, by CP. Gajurel (sp), Baidya’s Remarks On 4-Point Deal Provocative, by Jaya Prakash Gupta (sp), Peace In Pieces?, by Saroj Dahal (sp)

29/09/2011: First draft statute, categorization by Nov 30: PM (rep), UDMF leaders defend minister Bhandari (rep), Maoists’ Baidya faction joins the ‘Bhandari resign’ chorus (kp), Screw tightens on Bhandari over 'separate state' (rep), Ministers dismiss Baidya’s move: Dissension will affect Maoist hold in Madhes, says analyst, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoist establishment faction are cowards: Thapa (rep)

28/09/2011: Leaders turning peace, statute clock back, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PM remains busy as bee after returning from US: Top leaders meeting today (kp) Baidya snubs PM request not to speak against govt (rep), A Dashain agenda: The PM needs to beef up his team, form specialist panels, and offer NC a deal it cannot refuse, by Prashant Jha (kp)

27/09/2011: Truth & reconciliation commission: Parties draw fine line between amnesty and prosecution, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Peace process doable in 45 days, says Bhattarai (kp), I didn't mean to conclude peace in 45 days: PM (rep), PM Bhattarai, Dahal discuss ways to counter party hardliners to conclude peace process (nn), Bhandari for PLA regrouping sans NC, UML (kp), Land reforms may cost Rs 32.5b: Report (rep), PM Bhattarai donates his New York travel allowance to quake victims (nn), PM Bhattarai meets Prez Yadav, Maoist leaders Dahal, Baidya (nn)

26/09/2011: Chand to block return of seized properties, by Kiran Pun (rep), 4 MPRF (D) leaders boycott UDMF meet (rep), NC Row Costs Peace, Constitution Dear (rn), Help conclude peace process: Dahal to India (kp), Indian PM offers full backing to peace bid, by Anil Giri (kp), There has been a shift in India’s Nepal policy, interview with Sukh Deo Muni (kp)

25/09/2011: PM seeks Marshall plan to rebuild post-war nations: Tells the UN to come up with feasible plan (kp), PM urges UN to introduce development package for post-conflict nations (nn), PM urges Marshall Plan for post-conflict states (rep), Bhattarai’s 45-day plan faces trouble (kp), PM failing in twin tasks: UML leaders (rep), Parties Indulge In Petty Politics At The Cost Of Peace, Constitution (rn), Dawn of a new vision for Nepal, by Anand Jha (rep) [!!], Bhattarai & his contradictions, by Ramesh Khatry (rep)

24/09/2011: Travesty of justice (rep), 2,606 war-damaged structures rebuilt: Figure still less than half of the total number of damaged property, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), UDMF challenges NC, UML (ht), Differences continue to delay TRC formation, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Maoist leader exudes unity govt hope: Momentous decision on integration after PM’s return (ht)

23/09/2011: Dahal to Koirala: Take leadership of transitional govt and come on board (kp) [Oh, my god, not him! You already have the most charismatic and capable PM in office!!], Baidya faction objects to 4-pt deal in House (rep), Maoist top brass to make peace with hardliners (ht), Baidya meets Dahal as internal row deepens (nn), "We don't regret laying down arms": Ex-fighters are determined to see the integration process through, despite opposition from hardliners, by Dewan Rai (nt), The next People's War? A significant faction of the Maoist party remains committed to armed revolution, by Simon Robins (nt), Key questions: Handing over the keys to weapons containers has sparked an open mutiny in the Maoist party, by Anurag Acharya (nt), NHRC officials call on top political leaders: Express concern about criminalisation of politics (ht), Peace, populism and prime minister, by Kanak Mani Dixit (rep), The truth on hold: War-time crimes will be forgotten without a truth-seeking commission, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp)

22/09/2011: 4-point deal a ‘threat to nat’l sovereignty’, by Kamal Dev hattarai (kp), NHRC urges leaders not to withdraw cases (rep), Bogati vows unilateral regrouping of ex-fighters (kp), NC, UML delaying statute: Tripathi; Says Maoist leadership imperative to bring peace,deliver constitution (ht), National scene, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep), Symbol and substance: Consensus on common agenda will help refine Nepal’s future foreign policy, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Rule of minority: The rule of ‘democratic game’ has gone awry, but that may not be a bad thing, by Aditya Man Shrestha (kp)

21/09/2011: Need For Mutual Cooperation (rn), Dangerous compromises: What will Nepal do with a 120,000 strong Army?, by Prashant Jha (kp), Leg-tight, bottom-loose: Hang-ups over the national dress portrays the narrow-mindedness of many traditionalists, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

20/09/2011: Proposal to form SAC subcommittees stalled, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Disagreeing Maoist factions stall subcommittee formation (kp), AG stands firm on withdrawing cases: Pradhan’s predecessors advise him not to work for political parties (ht) [Remove this man from office! He is working against the people's interests!]

19/09/2011: PM’s 45-day peace plan in limbo, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PM's proposal on categorization cold-shouldered (rep), Shaming the nation (rep), Bhattarai Can Be A Good PM, by G.K. Pakavath (rn), Agendra for peace: The situation of Prime Minister Bhattarai to lead the process is somewhat limited despite popular support from corners of mainstream politics and society, by Bipin Adhikari (kp), Ethno-populism: Politics of identity in transition, by Anuj Mishra (ht), Maoists should be sidelined to establish peace: Poudel (nn) [You will never understand the problem, Mr Poudel: The Maoists were not the loosers when they entered into the peace process in November 2005; NC and UML together are in a minority compared to the public support the Maoists got in the April 2006 elections! This peace process can only be concluded by active participation of the Maoists and not by sidelining them!!]

18/09/2011: PM to float regroup proposal: Chances of agreement slim, says Mahat, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), ‘Four-point pact with Morcha unacceptable’ (kp), Gurung counters Dahal’s take on peace process (ht), Lone doctor in sick country, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Obstacles Besiege The PM, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Fighters getting armed to get back to society: PLA combatants acquire plumbing, wiring, nursing, driving skills (ht), Our dear constitution: The real cost of constitution making in Nepal is not the time and money that must be spent, but what has been sacrificed for it, by Sukhdev Shah (kp)

17/09/2011: Next 75 days last or lost opportunity: Bhattarai; Says if this government fails,the country will fail; Calls on political parties to extend support (ht), PM outlines govt priorities (rep), PM’s clarion call for cooperation: Asks oppn parties to lend a hand for peace, constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM seeks cooperation for peace, constitution building (rn), UML to be flexible on peace, statute issues (rep), Four-point deal should be trashed: Dev Gurung (nn), Maoists to work unilaterally for peace if unity bid fails (kp), UCPN-M warns of going solo (ht), Bhattarai Gaining Strength (rn), Govt mulling amnesty to murder convicts: Proposal seeks pardon to Maoist lawmaker Dhungel, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [Crimes must be punished, but also those committed by the army and the royal putschists!!], Journos’forum alarmed by amnesty bid: Urges PM Bhattarai not to sacrifice justice for political interest (ht), CC endorses ToR for open competition (rn), CC endorses rules to prepare name roster (ht)

16/09/2011: PM Bhattarai address House; seeks support for govt (nn), Opposition leaders slam PM’s address (nn), Will quit if not helped: PM (kp), PM’s remarks draw flak from own party (kp), PM a changed man: Gajurel (kp), Gajurel seeks leaders’ apology (ht), We will take unilateral move if consensus remains elusive: Dahal (rep), Appointment through open competition, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Constitutional Council okays procedure for filling vacancies, by Bimal Gautam (rep), PM inducts six new members in Cabinet: Leader of a Madhesi party gets Defence Ministry for the first time (kp), Bhattarai adds six ministers to Cabinet (ht), State ministers’ swearing-in ceremony uncertain (nn), Not against peace: Baidya (kp), The urgency of now: The PM’s foreign trips must not delay the peace process (kp), Nepal's elusive justice: Withdrawing war-time cases and providing blanket amnesty to human rights abusers denies justice to the victims, by Brad Adams (kp), Where justice is a game: Perpetrators of war crimes often assume power to use their positions to escape prosecution, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

15/09/2011: NC dents PM’s regrouping plan: Rejects piecemeal deal; Bhattarai sees progress before Sunday, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Peace meet fails to make headway (rep), Maoists, NC intensify peace parleys (ht), Govt general amnesty plan slammed (rep), Beware, Attorney-General, by Damakant Jayshi (rep), Govt move to withdraw Maoist cases dubious: Aimed at retracting all wartime crime charges, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Table inclusive bill, UDMF tells PM (ht), UDMF disgruntled over govt functioning (rep), Bhattarai inducts six more ministers into cabinet (nn), Pave way for unity govt: UML (kp) [?? Join this government together with the NC, and you have a unity government!!], Baidhya faction warns of clash (ht), Tests ahead for PM Bhattarai, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Truth be told: Nepal is in the current mess because our political leaders have failed on every front, by Surya Dhungel (kp) [!!!], Government’s Relief Package: A Rehash, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Politics of land: Return of seized property and land reform should go together (kp), Speaker Nemwang disappointed over ministers’ absence in House (nn), Govt to introduce policy for reducing admin expenditures; encourage simple living style for top officials (nn), PM Bhattarai directs transport ministry to curb black-marketing of tickets (nn)

14/09/2011: PM Bhattarai to immediately resign if no progress made in peace process (nn), NC-UML stand stalls statute-writing task: Calls for package deal on key issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [??], Congress sticks to its guns, CC meeting fails again: NC leader Paudel walks out in protest  (ht), The conservative assault: The reaction to the Maoist-Morcha ruling alliance exposes Kathmandu intelligentsia’s prejudice, and their inability to rethink nationalism, by Prashant Jha (kp) [!!!], Return seized property pronto, PM Bhattarai directs partymen (kp), PM directs return of seized properties: UCPN-M issues circular to its committees (ht), Govt circular to return seized properties (rep), Not enough, says NC (kp), AG backs govt plan to withdraw war-era cases (kp) [The AG disqualifies himself!!], AG discloses plan to retract cases, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Govt set to drop Maoist cases: AG; SC’s murder conviction of lawmaker Dhungel will also be reviewed (ht), UN officials caution govt against cases’ withdrawal (kp), Big parties to talk peace issues Wednesday (rep), PM ignoring deal with UDMF, interview with Jaya Prakash Gupta (rep), UML-CC meet: Party objects to govt’s PLA regrouping plan (kp), Mistrust, Suspicion Return To Haunt Parties, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Nothing but words: Overused expressions can easily drown out a clear sense of direction in politics, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Bhattarai Govt and Symbolism, by Mitra Pariyar (nn)

13/08/2011: Sub comm reports progress in resolving contentious issues seen in statute drafting (nn), PM directs his party to return properties seized during insurgency; talks about major breakthrough in peace process within days (nn), Govt austerity plans tabled in Cabinet: PM to fly economy class; To check emailed complaints, by Anil Giri and Pranab Kharel (kp), Cabinet’s code of conduct to curb corruption: PM proposes 19-point rule for ministers; Next meeting likely to endorse it after discussion, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), PM Bhattarai assures EU envoys regrouping of combatants will start soon (nn), PM assures envoys no amnesty for criminals (ht), Attorney General says all court cases against Maoist leaders will be withdrawn (nn), UN reps urge parties not to withdraw court cases (nn), Relief Measures Are AppropriateV Focus Should Be On Implementation, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Dahal asks Baidya to stick to party policy (kp), Baidhya sticks to his stance (ht), Ignored questions, by Sumit Sharma Sameer (rep), Nationalism & citizenship, by Indu Tuladhar (rep), The archaic Muluki Ain: In this period of transition, repealing the civil and criminal laws will be fraught with difficulties, by Semanta Dahal (kp)

12/09/2011: The men simply won't give up the positions, interview with CA member Kumari Subedi (kp), Rehab deal for now can help, says PM: Cong, CPN-UML stick to package deal (kp), PM: Categorization prior to resolving integration issues (rep), Maoist fighters wait for end to camp life: Urge recognition of their contribution, by Manish Gautam (kp), Home Ministry orders return of properties (rep), Fill vacant constitutional posts in one month: SAC (kp), Grand slogans: Barsha Man Pun will have to think wisely and seek advice (kp), Show us the money: Unless parties open up their account books, the political system will stay corrupt and criminalised, by Gyanu Adhikari (kp), Patna HC sentences 11 UCPN-M leaders: Former Maoist ministers, politburo, CC , CA members convicted in absentia, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht) [??], Bourgeoisie Kathmandu: Struggle vs reward, by Kamal Raj Lamsal (ht)

11/09/2011: ‘Last opportunity’ for parties to ensure peace, constitution – PM (nn), SAC tells govt to fill posts lying vacant in constitutional bodies within a month (nn), CA secretariat faces space crunch to adjust splinter parties, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), To-do list for PM Bhattarai, by Bishnu Dev Pant (rep), Baidhya, Li Li-san And Maoist Infighting, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), 'Party's principles are being compromised', interview with Mohan Baidya (rep), Baidhya faction spoiling for a fight: Warns party establishment not to undermine it, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Dual security system: Combatants, arms yet to reach cantonments (kp), Combatant categorisation likely to start late, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Uncertainty creeps into PLA cantonments, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (ht), Quick Relief Package To Ease Hardships Of The People (rn), Living from hand to mouth: Jajarkot conflict victim in the soup, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp), Courting Former Prime Ministers And Chief Secretaries, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

10/09/2011: Explain stalemate to people, Speaker tells major parties: After oppn stance, Dahal says panel under him can go, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) Dispute resolution body on back burner, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), NC, UML backtrack on experts panel: Demand to see govt making ‘tangible’progress on peace process first (ht), Govt vows return of seized property (kp), Return of seized property by 3 months, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Relief package (rep), Goodies galore in govt relief package (ht), Relief programme purely Consumer groups to govt’s duty, says opposition: Terms amnesty plan mockery of rule of law (ht), Social security scheme not possible in a month: MoLTM, by Ashok Thapa (rep), Maoist leaders vow unity (kp), Tarun Dal leader held ), Tough agenda: The challenge before Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai is to complete the peace process and frame a new Constitution to take forward the vision of New Nepal, by Sukh Deo Muni (fl), Exit from constitutional cul-de-sac, by Murari Sharma and Bhagirath Basnet (rep), Notes on constitutional design, interview with Yogendra Yadav (kp)

09/09/2011: NC, UML no to statute work until package deal okayed: Say rehab deal, regrouping process a must, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), NC accepts expert panel with riders, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), NC sets condition for experts' panel on state restructuring (rep), Breakthrough in constitution-drafting within few days: PM Bhattarai (nn), Maoist CC put off; deferral may hit Cabinet expansion (kp), Dahal-Bhattarai camp driving Baidhya to despair: Has no so soft spot for the hardliner; Wants to linger on till rival faction runs out of steam (ht), Prod for giving Cabinet berth to non-lawmakers: Leaders of three Madhes-based parties have accused party chiefs of putting personal interests before their duties (kp), Gajanan to Baburam (nt), Govt unveils relief packages focusing on curbing inflation, effective service delivery and improved security system (nn), Opposition leaders criticise govt's relief package (nn), Relief plan: Govt forms taskforce to compile suggestions, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Govt's relief packages: Subsidy on LPG, loans to youth, return of seized property, by Gani Ansari (rep), Can Dr. Bhattarai Deliver?, Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn)

08/09/2011: NC, UML discuss common stance, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), NC, UML ask Maoists to rush peace process (kp), NC, UML to provide ‘constructive support’ to govt if UCPN (M) agrees on integration modality (nn), Nepali Congress gives Maoists till Oct 14 to sort out issues (kp), NC sets October 14 deadline for PLA integration (ht), Prioritise peace process: NC, UML to govt: Press for its completion before first draft of the constitution (ht), Gachchhadar unveils security plan, by Gani Ansari (rep), Govt pledge to better security (ht), Bhattarai likely to announce relief programmes today, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kP, Govt to bring out relief packages (rep), 14 yrs on, Maoist victim can't return home, by Janak K.C. (rep), Broken promises: Politicians talk plenty about land reform, but they do nothing about it, by Jagat Basnet (kp 08/09/2011), The right man: Baburam Bhattarai has millions of aspirations riding on his shoulders; and his tasks are cut out for him, by Bhim Udas (kp)

07/09/2011: Initiatives To Expedite Peace Process (rn), NC prepares fresh peace, statute stand, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Amend statute for experts’ panel: Cong, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC may endorse expert group on federalism, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Convergence on Constitution? (rep), Ready to make compromises, take bold decisions, say PM, Dahal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Party ready to sacrifice for peace: Dahal, by Suresh Yadav (rep), Gachhadar’s pledge turns hollow, by Abadesh Kumar Jha (kp), UDMF will quit govt if no progress on peace, statute: Mahato (rep), PM’s Popularity And Challenges Ahead, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), My govt ray of hope: PM, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp), Maoist lawmakers balk at forming truth commission: Can Bhattarai deliver on his promise?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Show stealing: If NC and UML want to remain relevant, they must step up to the plate, by Pramod Mishra (kp), The Congress quandary: The NC should claim ownership and share credit if the peace process moves forward instead of sulking on the margins, by Prashant Jha (kp)

06/09/2011: Consensus on statute drafting emerging, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Parties inching closer to deal on state restructuring panel (kp), Bhattarai, Dahal reach out to NC; allay peace process fears: Koirala says won’t join govt; to back peace moves though (kp), EU ambassadors meet NC president (nn), PM meets fringe parties to garner support (rep), Three TMLP leaders in minister-in-waiting list (kp), Rift Within UCPN (Maoist) Hampers Cabinet Composition (rn), Move complicated peace process, says Gajurel: Seeks apology from Bhattarai, Dahal to end controversy in party (ht), PM Bhattarai says Maoists have 'well and truly' rejuvenated stalled peace process by handing over keys of arms containers (nn), Dahal says keys handover row won’t lead to split in party (nn), PM's office stalls dole outs to individuals, by Bimal Gautam (rep) [!!!], A man of many colours: Baburam Bhattarai is a man of more complex views than generally accepted: He’s neither a committed liberal nor an unreconstructed Maoist, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Things The PM Should Not Miss, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Time Clicks Fast For The New PM, by Prem Khatry (rn), Nepal needs 'Mustang Leaf' & more, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), OHCHR & unfinished transitional agenda, by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (rep), My name is: Dalits should seek equality, not hide their identity to fit in the Hindu, caste hierarchy, by Subhash Sarki (kp), Thoughts on the peace process: Integration of PLA combatants, by Rabi Raj Thapa (ht)

05/09/2011: NHRC Chief against PM’s move: ‘Cases can’t be withdrawn,nor convicts pardoned’ (ht), NHRC raps Maoist-UDMF deal (rep), NHRC urges govt not to interfere in judicial issues (kp), PM Bhattarai swears in 13 more Cabinet members, by Pranab Kharel (kp), PM expands cabinet; new DPM, 12 ministers sworn-in (rn), Cabinet gets 13 ministers (rep), Bhattarai inducts 13 more ministers (ht), Baidya is adamant; PM’s 45-day plan may hit snag: Hardline camp takes row to party CC, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Baidhya faction refuses to budge or join government, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), We won't join govt until keys handover row is settled, interview with C.P. Gajurel (rep), Party chairman, PM must apologise for keys handover: Gajurel (nn), In their hands: Dahal and Bhattarai must continue to work together (kp), Internal divisions won’t stall the peace process, interview with Devendra Paudel (kp), NC for expert panel on state restructuring (rep), NC nod to state restructuring panel: Parties to form committee with CA experts, by Prakash Acharya (ht), PM Bhattarai, Dahal confer with NC president (nn), 445 conflict-damaged buildings restored (rep), In the name of law, by C.K. Lal (rep), CA Members Should Be Made More Accountable, by G.K. Pakavath (rn), Things to do: From fighting corruption to ensuring law and order, Bhattarai has a lot on his plate, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Full steam ahead: With the Maoists back in power, the country is on track to peace and a new constitution, by Lok Nath Bhusal (kp), Strains in the Maoist party could last longer: The intricacies, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (ht)

04/09/2011: Don't institutionalize impunity (rep), Disappearance history dates back to 1950s; The state ‘disappeared 27 persons’ during Panchayat regime, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), Backlash on peace process?, by Post Bahadur Basnet (rep), PLA 6th Division yet to hand over keys (ht), Handover hots up Maoist Standing Committee, by Kiran Pun (rep), Kiran’s Outcry Meets Prachanda’s Rebuff (rn), Bhattarai, Dahal to stick to decision, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UCPN (M) picks ministers as PM Bhattarai prepares to expand cabinet shortly (nn), Problem lies in party line: Bhattarai, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Experts’ team mulled to tackle statute issues (ht), NC proposes formation of commission instead of experts' panel to resolve contentious of issues state restructuring (nn), NC flexible on experts' panel on state restructuring (rep), Riding On An Uneasy Coalition, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Good start, but rocky road ahead, by Prashant Jha (kp), Madhesi Morcha leaders agree on ministerial berth sharing (kp), 12 portfolios distributed among Madhes-based parties, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Madhesi Front thrashes out portfolio pie distribution problem (ht), Baburam Bhattarai A New Prime Minister, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Congress to ‘fully’ assist govt: But to keep an eye on peace and statute-drafting processes (ht)

03/09/2011: Statute sub-committee resumes debate; Dahal suggests expert team to decide federal model (nn), UDMF cumbered with number: Urges prime minister to decide on DPM,other ministry portfolios (ht), Madhes-based parties likely to get one more ministry (rep), Maoist-UDMF meet on cabinet expansion ends inconclusively (nn), Madhesi Front finalises ministerial portfolios (nn), Agreement tp withdraw 'political' cases: Rights defenders cry foul; say amnesty will breach int’l law (kp), PM warned against amnesty: Rights groups say move in violation of international law (ht), Int'l rights bodies decry Maoist-UDMF deal (rep), Rights watchdogs ask PM not to offer amnesty to those facing criminal charges (nn), Conflict victims’ rehab wait still not over, by Birendra K.C. (kp), Maoists yet to return seized land (kp), Keys unlock a torrent of barbs in Maoists: Party chairman and senior deputy spar over proposal and commitment floated by the UCPN-M (ht), Baidya camp hits streets in protest: Officials at the PMO say it won’t affect peace process, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Baidhya loyalists protest arms key handover (ht), Baidhya faction stages chakkajam, torch rally: Terms handing over of container keys ‘suicidal’ (ht), Rift widens in Maoist party on peace process, by Kiran Pun (rep), Dahal sends PLA commanders to cantonments (rep), Baidya meets PM Bhattarai as internal dispute deepens in Maoist party over keys handover (nn), Baidya faction astray (rep), Failing State?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), The illusion of secularism: Religious minorities claim that the draft of the amended penal code submitted to the parliament stands starkly against the spirit of secularism, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), Nepal ‘less risky but still dangerous’, by Kuvera Chalise (ht)

02/09/2011: Gupta threatens to stay out of govt, by Gani Ansari (rep), SLMM to pull out of power if Maoists flout peace plan: Dev (kp), Cabinet berth sharing: Morcha’s talks hit DPM, planning ministry hurdle (kp), Maoist-UDMF meet on cabinet expansion ends inconclusively (nn), UCPN (Maoist) hands over keys of arms containers to AISC monitors at five cantonments (nn), Arms handover: Maoists hand over container keys to panel: Baidya wants decision annulled; says move is ‘suicidal’ (kp), Symbolic handover (ht), Baidhya locks horns with party over key handover: Says decision is aimed at dismantling PLA, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Baidya demands 'suicidal' keys handover scrapped, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), Baidya faction enforces nationwide chakka jam protesting handover of keys of weapons containers (nn), Dahal hits back at Baidya; says his posture on PLA keys handover violates party policy (nn), PLA command, control structure unchanged (ht), PM's office issues 13-pt directive to secys, by Bimal Gautam (rep), ‘UML stance: Wait, watch’ (ht) [There is no time for such nonsense!], 332 war-ravaged govt buildings rebuilt, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), A man for all reasons, by C.K. Lal (rep), Getting down to business: Prime Minister Bhattarai may soon have a lot less to smile about, by Dewan Rai (nt), Keep the flame of truth burning (nt), It's the economy: "Nepal's toughest challenge is not concluding the peace process or drafting the constitution, but rather building an economic future", by Scott H. Delisi (nt), Peace or ceasefire? Time to move beyond symbolism to real progress on integration and rehabilitation of ex-guerrillas, by Anurag Acharya (nt), A zero sum game, by Dilip Rayamajhi (kp)

01/09/2011: Maoists agree to hand over keys to arms containers (rep), Spl panel to get arms container keys today, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists agree to fulfil key demand at last: Special panel to get control over arms containers, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Baidya denounces handover of arms containers’ keys to AISC, terms it ‘suicidal’ for Maoist party (nn), UCPN (Maoist) starts handing over keys of arms containers (nn), Challenges lie ahead, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Nepali Congress not to compromise on standard norms (ht), NC roots for unity govt: To join govt if Maoists keep word on PLA integration (kp), Khanal rejects call to join govt (kp), Differences stall Cabinet expansion, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Madhes parties haggle over portfolio pie (ht), Gajurel, Shrestha both want Finance Ministry (rep), Handful of expectations: Three steps Bhattarai can take to make his government a success (kp), Washington continues to keep UCPN-M on terrorism blacklist But denies listing will complicate US ties (ht), US ‘ready’ to work with Maoist govt: Maoists still in US ‘terror’ list (kp), The last chance, by Sukh Deo Muni (rep), Dr Bhattarai: Not a one-man show, by Sradda Thapa (rep), Bhattarai as PM: What does his election signify?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Thoughts on CA extension, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), PM prohibits congratulation advertisement (nn)

31/08/2011: Progress report: The people need an account of CA’s work so far (kp), Differences stall cabinet expansion (rep), Maoist top brass at variance, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Combatants seek share in Cabinet (kp) [??], Jaya Prakash’s party wants him as DPM (kp), MJF-G warns govt (kp), NC flays four-point deal, says will wait and watch (kp), PM Bhattarai woos UML leadership to establish 'national consensus' govt (nn), Leaders for forming new monitoring body (rep), PM directs secys to come up with relief programs, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Process to regroup PLA fighters begins today, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan, PM steps up PLA regrouping process: NC says deal on modality, rehab first, by Pahnindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 10 more days to begin categorization: Sharma (rep), Challenge of living up to expectations, by Rameshore Prasad Khanal (rep), Anti-corruption bill in offing: Law to cover pvt sector, politics, by Anil Giri (kp), We look forward to working with Bhattarai: US State Dept spokesperson (nn), US embassy saw Bhattarai as party’s ‘most authoritative wordsmith’ in 2003, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Out of 3,444 disappeared, 190 persons killed: NHRC (kp) [2,325 persons disappeared by state security agencies, 1,119 by Maoist rebels!!], ‘1,383 disappeared in conflict’ (ht), Rights watchdog to take ruling parties to task (ht), Say no to abuse of authority: TI-N (kp), Lurking fears: The murky political scene that prevails may turn Bhattarai into a failure, further disillusioning the populace, by Pramod Mishra (kp), A political roadmap: Reaching out to NC, while maintaining the balance within the party, is the new PM’s biggest challenge, by Prashant Jha (kp), Yes, we can: Hazare’s successful satyagraha has once again reminded the people of their power, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

30/08/2011: Parties okay three-month extension of CA term, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CA gets another three months: Maoist call for half-year extension rejected, by Prakash Acharya (ht), CA extended three more months, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Enter Dr. Bhattarai As New PM (rn), Bhattarai sworn in as 35th prime minister: Gachhadar administered oath of office as DPM; More appointments likely tomorrow, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Portfolio bickering throws spanner in works, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), Cabinet shape likely Tuesday (rep), Dahal-Bhattarai ties will remain a crucial factor, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), PM Bhattarai directs top govt officials, security chiefs to be accountable, improve law and order (nn), Wheels are turning with PM’s Mustang, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), International community optimistic (ht), For justice (ht), ICRC, NRCS publish list of disappeared (rep) [see list of 1383 persons], Relatives of disappeared hoping against hope, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), Kin of missing collect death certificates (kp), Foreign embassies query whereabouts of 1300 people missing during conflict (nn), Amnesty deal gets flak (ht), 100 police posts reconstructed, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), From rhetoric toward reason, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), Dr. Baburam - The Rational Choice For PM, by Mukti Rijal (rn), New PM With New Challenges, by Prem Khatry (rn), Congress conundrum: Paradoxially, acceptance of democracy has posed serious challenges for the Congress, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), NC rejects PM Bhattarai’s offer to join govt; promises ‘constructive support’ instead (nn), Economics of federalism, by Mukesh Khanal and Nanda Kaji Budhathoki (rep)

29/08/2011: Baburam Bhattarai new PM, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Backed by Madhes, Bhattarai is new PM, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Bhattarai elected PM, swearing in today, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), PM-elect sets four priorities, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Uphill task for new PM; Cabinet likely today; Always first, Bhattarai ‘first in politics’ too, by Anil Giri and Pranab Kharel (kp), Testing times: Bhattarai must focus on bringing an end to the peace process (kp), Looking ahead (ht), Small cabinet to be sworn in Monday (rep), PM Bhattarai assumes office (nn), PM Bhattarai sworn in; Gachchhadar appointed DPM with home portfolio (nn), PM Bhattarai chooses Nepal-made Mustang jeep as new ride; goes to Kirtipur instead of Shahid Smarak for memorial service (nn), Long march from Gorkha to Kathmandu, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Deal with SLMM made the difference (kp), Maoists, Madhesis ink four-point deal, by Gani Ansari (rep), Maoist-Madhesi alliance: Unofficial translation of pact between Maoists and Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha on peace process (kp), Maoist-Madhesi pact ends deadlock, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC, UML slam Maoist-Morcha deal (kp) [??], Congratulations PM Bhattarai (rep), India PM congratulates Bhattarai (rep), Friendly advice for Baburam Bhattarai, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep), SC tosses out plea against CA term (kp), SC okays CA term extension (rep), UCPN (M) advises govt to go for 6 months extension of CA term (nn), Whither political accountability?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rep), Whereabouts of 835 persons yet to be known (nn), Strike paralyses life in nine eastern districts (nn)

28/08/2011: Prime minister poll today: En bloc Madhesi vote may veer away from Maoists (kp), Kingmaker Morcha rider to Maoists, by Pranab Kharel and Kamel Dev Bhattarai (kp), 'Madhesi parties will vote for Bhattarai' (rep), UML vote for Paudel as PM (rep), UML to back Congress with strings attached (ht), NC announces 11-point program on peace and statute (rep), Bhattarai elected new Prime Minister of Nepal (nn), Bhattarai elected as new PM (rep), Maoist leader Dr. Bhattarai elected new PM (ht), Group condemns Maoist amnesty proposal (rep), Maoist call to nix cases irks activists kp), Maoists to keep word, in any case (kp), Maoist Midas touch, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Maoist Roadmap Unfolds Fresh Debate, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Five Chhetri groups come together to unite: Warn that caste-based federal structure will not augur well for the country in long run (ht), Electing A New Prime Minister, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

27/08/2011: SC to deliver verdict on CA term Sunday, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Verdict on Assembly tenure extension ‘misconstrued’ (kp), Parties capitulate, amicus curiae obliges (ht), PM poll: Race on to garner majority; Maoists sure of leading govt; UML, Madhesi votes to be decisive, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Country to get new PM Sunday (rep), Bhattarai, Paudel PM candidates (rep), Bhattarai, Poudel set for long-drawn contest (kp) [Nepal does not have time for this!!], Bhattarai, Paudel throw hat in ring for Sunday show (ht), Maoists, NC step up poll parleys (kp), Undecided UDMF keeps political picture blurred: Maoists, NC try to court parties (ht), Gupta hints at UDMF support to Bhattarai (nn), UML, UDMF fail to find common position on PM election (nn), Too little, too late (rep), Maoist proposal an eyewash, party not sincere, screams Sushil (kp) [But the NC is sincere and constructive?? All leaders must touch their nose!!], Baidya sends back his PLA security men (nn), National dress row: SC ruling ignites SLMM protests (kp)

26/08/2011: Parties mull final 9-month term, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CA term extension a political issue: Karki (rep), ‘SC verdict should justify extension’ (kp), Maoists offer a 45-day integration plan: Commit to hand over arms containers’ keys and segregate combatants, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists seek 45 days to complete peace process: Come up with a concrete proposal on integration of armies,govt formation and constitution, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Maoists unveil peace plan (rep), The Maoist proposal: Unofficial translation of the Maoist commitments on the peace process (kp), In good faith: Maoist proposal offers opportunities for peace (kp), Congress, UML, Morcha reject Maoist proposal (kp), UML rejects Maoist integration plan, says it has nothing new to deliver on peace, statute (nn) [???], Parties give Maoist proposal frosty reception (rep), PM poll slated for 1pm Sunday (kp), Election for new PM on Sunday (rep), UML leaders divided over party's position on PM election (nn), MJF undecided about its support in PM election (nn), House asks govt to honour all identities (kp), All costumes national attires: Speaker (rep), No verdict has been issued on national dress: SC spokesperson (nn), Concerns over impunity (kp), Post August 31 options: Dividing the CA into a legislature and constitution writing body has higher chances of producing a new constitution, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Forgotten futures: The focus on the constitution has taken attention away from the plight of the families of the disappeared, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (nt), Mistaken for peace, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

25/08/2011: Sit-in season back in Baneshwor: More pressure groups staging dharnas to press for timely constitution (kp), Amicus curiae okays new CA term, but with caution (kp), CA can't be extended unlimited times: Ex-AG Karki (rep), Nation headed for majority govt (rep), CPN-UML PP stresses on consensus govt (rep), Start majority govt process: Prez (kp), BRB, Poudel brace for majority govt showdown (kp), NC CWC meet to decide Paudel as PM candidate (rep), Best option
Although difficult, Maoists and NC will have to come together
(kp), Madhes parties in wait and watch mode (rep), Maoists likely to hand over keys of arms containers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Baidya opposes peace plan, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep)

24/08/2011: Hearing on CA term extension continues (rep), Doctrine of Fraud ‘can check’ term extensions, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Apex court, legislature face off over CA term extension: SC urged to rein in ‘politicians’ fraud on constitution’; Hearing to continue today as well, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Government presses for 3-month extension of CA, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt registers 10th amendment bill in Parliament: Seeks 3-month extension of CA term; Maoists walk out of Cabinet meet, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Govt registers 3-month CA extension bill, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Bhattarai working overtime to boost PM post chances (kp), NC against Bhattarai as PM without progress, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Deuba’s bid to soft-soap Maoist; Dangles ‘dignified integration’bait before UCPN-M (ht), Majority govt not my option yet, says Deuba, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Madhesi leaders' views on term extension mixed (rep), Vital Consensus Elusive At Crucial Juncture, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Limits of patience: Non-performing political class leads to further political instability (kp), Getting back to power: A strong constituency does not want to repeat the futile experiment of keeping Maoists out of the power structure, by Prashant Jha (kp), Teach them the ropes: We need a school to train people in public positions to act for women’s empowerment, by Saloman Rajbanshi (kp), Deadline for unity govt expires (nn), UML, fringe parties not to go for Maoist-led govt (nn), UCPN (M) decides to go for majority govt (nn)

23/08/2011: Democratic malfunction: That a man as discredited as Deuba is the Congress’ official candidate for prime minister is indicative of the failings of the party, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Intra-party dynamics scuttling chances: Prospect of consensus on peace, statute strong, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML leaders split over joining majority govt, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), UML to throw weight behind NC candidate: Party’s central committee endorses roadmap prepared by the two parties, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Deuba doesn't want to be PM of majority govt (rep), Poudel’s spadework irks Deuba (kp), House to work out majority vote details on Thursday (rep), House prepares for PM poll date (kp), Hearings on petition against CA term extension begin, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Maoists revive political front, C P Gajurel is head (rep), Maoists revive ‘people’s council’, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Combatants take loans for daily meals, by Chandni Hamal (rep)

22/08/2011: Power-sharing issues stall efforts to form unity govt: President gives 3 more days to parties (kp), Prez gives 3 more days for forming consensus govt, by Gani Ansari (rep), Work it out: NC should reciprocate Maoist flexibility (kp), Poudel set for majority govt race: Moderators, however, say no clear understanding yet, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), PLA integration: Major parties closer; but progress still uncertain, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp, Consensus govt must for new constitution: Civil society leaders (rep), Samuel urges parties to expedite peace process (rep), Morcha protests apex court verdict on national dress (kp), Withdrawal of criminal cases: Rendering TRC formation meaningless, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

21/08/2011: NC can wait for accord on peace, Maoist-led govt (rep), NC, Maoists woo small parties (rep), Maoist SC mandates Dahal for ‘any compromise’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Combatants' integration: Fringe parties want ‘reliable’ proposal (kp), Gender-friendly modality sought, by Binod Ghimire and Jenee Rai (kp), Tamrat’s concern over slow peace (kp), Faking Political Drama In New Nepal, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), The End Of Bonhomie, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt Deal With Armed Outfits Should End Violence (rn)

20/08/2011: Don't quit on consensus (rep), Maoists struggle to take decision on integration, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), Leaders step up talks but make no headway (rep), Unity govt elusive; parties may opt for a majority one (kp), Morcha urges UML to make stance clear (kp), Combatants' integration: Baidya camp warns top leaders not to waver, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

19/08/2011: Consensus govt still elusive, by Gani Ansari (rep), Parliamentary monitoring committee asks big three leaders to go for consensus govt (nn), Maoists, NC one on rotation govt: UML to back Maoists if peace plan is had (kp), UML, Madhesi front agree to work towards forging agreement on common candidate to lead consensus govt (nn), Prohibitory order in capital (rep), NC cadres complain party neglect, by Kamal Thapa (rep), Army merger on progress path: ICG; Int’l Crisis Group says Maoist combatant management possible in near future unless the issue is misused (kp) [see full report (18/08/2011)], PM’s proposal: Unofficial translation of the proposal on the integration of Maoist combatants (kp), Nepali Marxists, Trotskyites and Capitalists, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Paradigm Shift In Constitutional Thinking: Incorporating HR To Development As A Fundamental Right, by Gyan Basnet (rn), Strike hits hundreds of thousands: Official says vehicles may be back on streets today, by Ramesh Shrestha and Nirjana Sharma (kp), Illegal strikes: Law on essential services strikes must be upheld (kp), Transport strike withdrawn (nn), Analysis and Recommendations for the Disappearance Act 2066 (sp)

18/08/2011: Maoists, NC talk rotational system (rep), Maoists, Madhesi leaders for consensus govt, by Gani Ansari (rep), Maoist party seeks support for Bhattarai-led consensus govt (kp), Us first, then you, Dahal tells Deuba, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Congress okays Deuba’s candidacy (kp), Two to tango: Bhattarai and Dahal should cooperate to curb hardliners (kp), Useful idiots, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Rationale Of Constituent Assembly, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Khanal had magic potion to bring peace, unity govt, by Phanindra Dahal and Bhadra Sharma (kp), The Tamang trajectory: Since the nation’s inception, the community’s been pushed to the peripheries of state, society and economy, by Sadhu Ram Tamang (kp)

17/08/2011: NC fields Deuba, confusion over majority govt remains: SBD tries to woo Maoists with ‘attractive package’, by Kamal Raj Sigdel and Pranab Kharel (kp), Deuba NC's candidate to lead consensus govt (rep), Fully behind Bhattarai, says Maoist chief Dahal (kp), Maoists push for Bhattarai as PM (rep), Some mercy for Jhalanath Khanal, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), PM’s Resignation: New Round Of Tussle For Government Leadership, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), The Maoist mind: The Maoists gambled by not bailing out Jhalanath Khanal. Will they succeed?, by Prashant Jha (kp)

16/08/2011: PM Steps Down To Pave Way For Consensus Govt. (rn), Consensus government crucial (rep), Rhetoric for consensus, but initiatives are majoritarian, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Congress infighting likely to take a deleterious turn, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Can timeframe PLA integration, chorus Maoists, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Constitution Writing Thrown In Limbo, Political Fluidity Compounds Confusion, by Mukti Rijal (rn), There must be a way: The CA clock is ticking, and all possible options must be discussed before disaster strikes, by Bipin Adhikari (kp), Tail wags the dog: Entrenched party-criminal nexus continues to undermine democracy (kp)

15/08/2011: Prime Minister Khanal tenders resignation, by Ritu Raj Subedi and Ram Prasad Dahal (rn), Under pressure, PM Khanal steps down: Admits failure on peace and national consensus govt fronts, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), PM’s last-ditch effort a dud: Had proposed integrating up to 8,000 combatants, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), All together now: Bhattarai should be given the opportunity to lead the consensus govt (kp), I am ready to take the position as PM: of a national consensus government, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Caretaker govt ‘can extend’ CA term (kp), Integration modality unveiled (kp), Tribes, ethnicity & federalism, by Murari Sharma (rep), A criminal democracy: Oli attacks the Maoists for their violent and undemocratic ways but quietly aids his own party cadres engaged in similar activity, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Doom and gloom: Even from a distance, there are no positive indications that political parties are even trying, by Shyam K.C. (kp)

14/08/2011: Not Deuba again please!, by Sagar Onta (rep) [!!!], PM Khanal groping for ‘graceful’ Baluwatar exit: May declare resignation in House on Monday (kp), Khanal fails to honor resignation pledge, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Khanal misses deadline for resignation; preparing to announce resignation at parliament Monday (nn), PM buys time till Monday (ht), No majoritarian govt can succeed, avers Bhattarai, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Gurung stresses on national consensus to avoid 'Bhutanization" of Nepal (nn), Dahal wooing NC to form Maoist-led govt, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Sushil under pressure to pick Deuba as PM candidate (kp), Ruling partners suggest PM not to resign (nn), Three-party meet inconclusive; NC wants involvement of Madhesi parties in key negotiations (nn), Govt, STJMM ink 5-pt deal, by Chandani Hamal (rep), Gyanendra's utility, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Parties need guarantors for agreements, interview with Padma Ratna Tuladhar (rn), Peace Process Or Power-Sharing?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Unity in diversity: Towards making Nepal a paradigm in the global women’s movement, by Carrie James (kp), Deliver Me From The Constituent Assembly, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Dahal says PLA regrouping will start within ten days (nn)

13/08/2011: Khanal in deep dilemma after Maoists refuse to provide lifeline, by Ameet Dhakal and Kiran Pun (rep), PM Khanal set to float new plan today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Congress stakes
claim to PM post
(kp) [Deuba has been one of the most failing politicians of the 1990 system; he is not acceptable!!], Bhattarai wants 5-point deal to prevail; Says seven-point pact preventing its implementation (ht), 5 youths murdered by govt forces: Report; Home Ministry brushes aside document (kp)

12/08/2011: Power, The Only Priority Of The Parties, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Khanal’s resignation: Uncertainty still prevails, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Scrap 7-pt deal, follow 5-pt deal: Dr Bhattarai (rep), Govt officials harassing us: Madhesi activists, by Prashant Jha (kp)

11/08/2011: Unity In Diversity (rn), Federal Dimension Of Planning, Discuss Now, by Rekha Shrestha Sharma (rn), House proceedings resume after PM assures to step down (kp), Khanal likely to
resign tomorrow: House resumes after Adhikary reads out PM’s speech expressing commitment to step down
, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Great expectations: Only a unity government can establish a new order (kp)

10/08/2011: Clamour for rights, recognition resonates (kp), Reflections on IDWIPs: For that glimmer of hope, by Tahal Thami (ht), Much depends on peace negotiations between NC and Maoists, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), Bhattarai holding parleys to form national consensus govt under him (kp), Harried PM reaches out to opponents: Even staunch defenders have given Khanal the cold shoulder (kp), Stage set for another majority government: UML braces for a dramatic CC meet on Aug 14; To be under strain which alliance to side with (ht), What next? Khanal’s resignation ought to be the weakest point in the 5-point agreement, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Madhesi, Tharu groups united on key issues (rep), UML shuts down Biratnagar to protect Basnet, by Khilanath Dhakal (rep), Need Senior Leaders In New Government, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Maoist chief goes abroad, govt kept in the dark, again (kp), Cloak and dagger diplomacy: Prachanda needs to tell the Nepali people what he really does during his foreign trips, especially to Southeast Asian cities, by Prashant Jha (kp), Baidhya finds peace, constitution elusive (ht), It will take a miracle to complete peace process in three weeks, interview with KP Sitaula (ht)

09/08/2011: Indigenous women press for inclusion (kp), NC-UML deal snaps at last minute, House obstructed, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Maoists foil PM’s House address bid: UCPN-M doesn’t want Khanal to express firm commitment on resignation: Nepali Congress, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC-govt bid hits PM speech hurdle, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NC tries to woo Madhesi parties, by Gani Ansari (rep), 10 small parties in alliance (rep), Majority govt not Baburam’s cup of tea (kp), PLA integration: Maoists drop number, rank pre-condition (kp), The Other End Of The Tunnel Is Darker Still, by Prem Khatry (rn), Impunity bares its ugliest face in Dailekh distrct, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Dirty old tricks: The longer the post-conflict interregnum drags on, the more the political parties fall into old, damaging patterns of behaviour, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), The 5-point deal: Within the ambit of negotiation culture, by Prawash Gautam (ht)

08/08/2011: Govt, NC bicker over PM’s speech: House disrupted, important business goes abegging (kp), Congress spurns PM’s proposal: Says it lacks commitment; Continues House obstruction, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC-govt talks on ending House obstruction falter (rep), NC panel proposes seven federal units, by Gani Ansari (rep) [Federal states that are all dominated by the traditional Tagadhari elites do not provide a long-term solution for Nepal's socio-political problems!!], PM's promise to resign a mistake: Dahal (rep), No half-measures on peace process, says NC: ‘Regrouping after prickly issues’ resolution’ (kp), Baburam to lead new govt: Bogati (kp), Figure it out: Lessons from Norway tell us that in order to understand inclusion; we must venture beyond the intellectually lazy, by Seira Tamang (kp)

07/08/2011: NC won't back Dahal until peace process concludes: Koirala (rep), No immediate integration: Gajurel (rep), Ball Passed To The Maist Court, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Regrouping, ranking: Dahal’s top priority, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists seek combative role for fighters: Demand contradicts army’s idea of directorate general: Experts, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Disqualified fighters to hit the streets (kp), Deuba, Bhattarai claim PM berth: Say Khanal will step down in a few days, by Krishna Acharya (kp)

06/08/2011: CC meeting put off indefinitely (rep), Dahal to map consensus course; says PM must go (kp), PM will quit Aug 13 with or without peace deal: Dahal, by Ameet Dhakal and Kiran Pun (rep), Govt issues relief for conflict-era property loss, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), Party-based 'roving banditry', by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep), US pledges support for PLA rehabilitation (kp), Negotiation the buzz word for parties: Big Three decide to include Madhesi front in decision-making process (ht)

05/08/2011: Talks on state restructuring inconclusive (rep), Dahal for amending state re-do provision, by Pranab Kharel (kp), PM vows to end PLA security for top Maoists, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), PM moots way forward to UCPN (Maoist), NC (rep), Khanal puts action plan on the table: Discusses 11-point roadmap with Maoists, NC; Top leaders of three parties to meet today (ht), Beyond objective reality, by C.K. Lal (rep), UML CC may act against Khanal: PM may be recalled; stripped of party chairman’s post, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoists agree to end dual security: Weapons to be sent to cantonment sites (kp), Political space fertile for consensus: Carter Centre (kp), Conflict patterns, violent trends: Marginalised and dominant groups are engaged in different types of violent activities, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Setting the pace: As long as state institutions remain weak, it’s difficult to jump-start and sustain post-conflict reconstruction, by Ritu Shrestha (kp), SRC left in abeyance after UDMF objection: Madhesis suspect federalism provision will be omitted (ht), Wounds that won't heal: The fact that we have two Madhesis as the heads of the state doesn't mean we live in a multicultural republic, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Lost in Rhetoric, by Troy Edige (sp), Caste-Neutral Provinces Work Better, by Upendra Bahadur BK (sp), Nepal on the brink, again, by Ashok K. Mehta (sp)

04/08/2011: United we stand: The solution is to delete article 64 and form an all-party government to last until a new election, by Sarita Giri (kp) Indolence hobbles statute writing: Top guns’ presence, engagement dismal, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Party cadres or civil society leaders?, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Unfinished agenda: Need to form consensus on democratisation of the NA (kp), Beyond state-failure: It’s nation-failure and nation-building, by Anuj Mishra (ht)

03/08/2011: Calculated risk: The PM’s move can help save the peace process (kp), Prime Minister’s Office has an ace in hole: Plan afoot to extend CA term till Nov 30; Three parties to lead consensus govt by rotation, by Prakash Rimal (ht), PM’s team floats package deal outline: Deal to address outstanding issues; envisions rotational govt, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Khanal proposes national unity govt with rotational leadership for remaining period of transition (nn), PM Khanal envisions rotational govt to win over NC, UML during a joint meet with Prez (nn), Beneath the threat lies the message (kp), PM pledge easier said than done: Baidya (kp), Khanal breached party rules, concludes UML commission (kp), ‘Expel party chief’ (kp), Panel ups pressure on PM, parties (ht), Float peace action plan in a week, govt told (kp), Regrouping ex-fighters a battle against time, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Tharus, Morcha one on autonomy objective: Agree on Tarai-Madhes border, to demarcate separate states (kp), Big 3, Morcha closing gap on state restructuring: Informal consensus emerges from expert group instead of SRC (kp), Madhes-based parties against formation of state restructuring commission, by Gani Ansari (rep), Ball in UML, NC court: PLA chief (rep), Six months of Khanal government, by Naresh Koirala (rep), Leaders Must Exhibit Responsible Faces, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), It’s complicated: Much more homework on division of powers between the president and PM is necessary, by Prashant Jha (kp)

02/08/2011: Khanal buys time till Aug 13: Vows to step down if no tangible progress on peace front by then (ht), Khanal swears in nine Maoist ministers: PM to quit if significant progress on peace process is not made by Aug 13, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Five-point deal breached, screams NC (kp), PM dares party, recasts Cabinet: CPN-UML CC meet on Aug 6 to take up the issue seriously, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), PM Khanal in absolute minority in UML SC (rep), PM acting under secret 7-pt deal: NC, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), House obstruction: NC leaders at variance (kp), Govt allocates Rs 2b for deceased Maoist cadres, by Milan Mani Sharma (rep), Actions And Decisions: Some Hopes, Some Despairs, by Mukti Rijal (rn 02/08/2011), Conflict victims’ long wait for relief not over, by Arjun Shah (kp)

01/08/2011: PM may induct 9 new Maoist ministers today: Dahal, Khanal hold separate press conferences in bid to ease tensions, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Cabinet reshuffle likely on Monday (rep), Need for Rehabilitation Framework, by T.B. Malla (rep), The whole peace process is stuck at the political level, interview with Deepak Prakash Bhatt (kp), Unresolved contradictions: The peace process and constitution-drafting in Nepal have come to a standstill amidst serious inter- and intra-party disputes, particularly within the Maoists, by Post Bahadur Basnet (Himal Southasian, August 2011)

31/07/2011: Extended CA time lost in disputes (ht), Dahal, committee chairs talk shop (ht), Maoists recall ministers (rep), Maoists to pull out ministers: Warn of withdrawing support if no Cabinet reshuffle by Sunday, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM Khanal says Maoists at fault, threatens to quit, by Bhadra Sharam and Pranab Kharel (kp), NC urges PM: Quit, don’t reshuffle Cabinet (kp), PM Khanal confers with Koirala, Dahal to save his 5-month old govt (nn), Maoists give PM Khanal till Monday to reshuffle cabinet (nn), NC obstructs House again (nn), UMDF, UANSF to forge common stance on key issues, by Gani Ansari (rep), Peace in peril? (rep), Who Is Fit To Be A Next Prime Minister, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Conflict-affected get vocational training, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), Revisiting governance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rep)

30/07/2011: Maoists for bold move if ministers not inducted Saturday, by Thira L. Bhusal and Kiran Pun (rep), The hundredth monkey effect, by Biraj Bahadur Bista (rep), Foxes & hedgehogs of Nepal, by Pragya Lohani (rep)

29/07/2011: PM, UML seek tangible steps for reshuffle, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Khanal to reshuffle Cabinet: Unfazed by his party’s warning, looks for concrete Maoist stand on peace, statute, by Bhadra Sharma and Kamal Bhattarai (kp), Adivasi/Janajati: Definitional politics of the past and the future, by Pratyoush Onta (rep)

28/07/2011: Wrong turn: Party focus has shifted away from peace and constitution (kp), Statute not possible by deadline: Big 3 (rep), Big Three voice their renewed commitment: Pledge to expedite peace and constitution-drafting processes (ht), Khanal gets more time to reshuffle Cabinet (kp), PM assures Maoists of cabinet reshuffle (rep), Consensus government (rep), Sushil pitches for Dahal as PM: BRB faction cries foul at NC’s ‘evil’ change of heart, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Those rejected by the people do everything to boycott a compromise!!], 719 temporary vacancies for Special Committee (rep), Delhi concerned about protracted stalemate in Nepal: Says it entails broader security implications, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), The idea of justice: Dealing with the past is a precondition for rule of law and reconciliation, by Yadab Bastola (kp)

27/07/2011: The nationalism debate: Forcing people to prioritise a singular identity is the defining hallmark of chauvinistic politics, by Prashant Jha (kp), Fate of new ministers hangs in balance: Khanal in dilemma whether to tweak the Cabinet now, by Prakash Rimal and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Maoists give PM swear-in deadline (rep), UML against reshuffle (ht), Cornered, PM readies to bow out: Maoists give Khanal one-day ultimatum to shuffle Cabinet (kp), UCPN (M) gives more time to PM Khanal to reshuffle cabinet (nn), Nepali Cong piles pressure on PM: House obstruction to continue, by Kamal Raj Sigdel, NC obstructs House for 2nd consecutive day (rep), NC to obstruct Parliament until PM puts in papers (ht), NC again obstructs House demanding Khanal's resignation (nn), State ‘leads’ in HR violations (kp), Juggling twin priorities: Peace process and constitution making can move ahead simultaneously, by Jeetendra Dev (kp)

26/07/2011: With Maoists patching up, will peace win?, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), Cabinet reshuffle put on hold: PM says he will seek nod from NC, otherparties (rn), Khanal fears reshuffle will ruffle Nepali Congress; Shake-up after talks: PM; Mahara puts in papers (ht), NC rejects Maoist cabinet list (rep), NC obstructs House over five-point deal implementation: Says ignoring agreement is disrespect to Parliament; Threatens to disrupt proceedings again (ht), Cabinet shuffle plan ‘exposes fault lines’: ‘Khanal sitting on the fence on changes in Cabinet’, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Maoist-UML meet on proposed cabinet reshuffle ends inconclusively (nn), Morcha mulls action course against defectors: Madhesi Morcha to cooperate with NC only after being recognised as fourth largest political force (kp), Democratic Governance: Key Element For Citizen Empowerment, by Mukti Rijal (rn), New elites in town: With the Maoists acting as birtawaals, total elite control of the Nepali state becomes suffocating, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Victims’ right to know: Crucial for transitional justice, by Tanka Aryal (ht)

25/07/2011: Progress please: Another extension without steps forward will create public outcry (kp), Maoists decide to reshuffle their team in Cabinet (kp), UCPN-M names new team for government: Shrestha to head Maoist group in coalition (rn), Narayankaji to lead Maoist team in cabinet (rep), UML conclave wants five-pt deal applied, by Bhadra Sharma and Manoj Basnet (kp), Govt conspiring to revive 7-pt deal, says Congress: Demands PM’s immediate resignation (kp), NC flays ruling parties for dragging feet (rep), Consensus govt party’s top priority, says BRB (kp), Transitory justice, by C.K. Lal (rep), No time for a feud: With parties mired in intra-party quarrels, how a constitution will be written on time is a riddle, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), The age of violence: Government ought to come down heavily on those who indulge in violence for political or individual gains, by Shyam K.C. (kp), All problems can be solved if we unite, interview with Prashant Singh (kp)

24/07/2011: NC to raise 5 pt-deal issue in House (rep), NC to set deadline for PM’s step-down, by Anil Giri (kp), Show PM candidate first, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Govt failed to keep pre-budget promise: UDMF (rep), PM comes down on Maoists (ht), Federalism: Some new perspectives, by Anand Jha (rep), Maoist feud hits PLA integration: Completion of regrouping not possible by Aug 31: Sharma, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), JTMM-Rajan Mukti commander held, by Rambabu Yadav (ht)

23/07/2011: Speaker to hold meeting of top leaders (rep), 'Normalcy' of anarchy & extremism, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep), Post-conflict Development, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

22/07/2011: Intra-party Conflicts Disrupt Peace Process, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Singha Durbar no-go for journos (kp) [???], Khanal govt has tough days ahead: Congress (kp), The coming fall: It is unlikely that another CA extension will deliver peace and constitution, by Siddhartha Thapa (kp), Stateless in their motherland: Citizenship provisions in the new draft constitution reek of paranoia and pseudo-nationalism, by Kunda Dixit (nt), Naya Nepal’s Bhrashta Politics, by Dipak Gyawali (sp)

21/07/2011: KJWP cautions govt against holding talks with Suman Rai, by Maheshwor Chamling Rai (rep), Maoists, NC agree to disagree (kp), Ties that bind: The census repeats the errors of the past by ignoring multicultural identities, by Deepak Thapa (kp), The right to strike: Using strikes to address every problem diminishes their credibility, by Saloman Rajbanshi (kp)

20/07/2011: Coercive Politics: No End In Sight, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 20/07/2011), The great Madhesi mushrooming: A yearning for political space, not just power, is the cause of splits in Madhesi parties, by Prashant Jha (kp), Breaking up is hard to do: The Maoists are struggling not to split, but are finding it difficult to remain one party, by Abhi Subedi (kp), NC, Maoist leaders resume talks for national consensus after long gap (nn)

19/07/2011: Maoist factions settling power-sharing in govt, by Kiran Pun (rep), Jha splits SP to form new party, by Gani Ansari (rep), Sadbhawana party splits (kp), MoF uses social security fund to finance other programs, by Ashok Thapa (rep), Enhancing Legislative Scrutiny, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Dress code draws Tarai employees’ flak, by Shankar Kharel (kp), Ideology and interest: The interests of the Maoist party appear to contradict its goal to ensure a more egalitarian and representative society, by Aditya Adhikari (kp)

18/07/2011: Oligarchy & conflict in UCPN (Maoist), by Post B. Basnet (rep), Dahal seeks to end rift through document: Offers to reshuffle party, govt; Seeks free hand till Aug 31 to push peace, statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal comes up with crisis plan: Launches bid to tackle internal party rift, ensure peace, statute, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Down but not out: Prachanda’s stature has steadily declined in open politics. Still, he deserves the benefit of the doubt while the country makes historical transition, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Maoist soldiers must be integrated unit-wise, interview with Dev Gurung (kp)

17/07/2011: Conflict-hit Banke boys left in lurch, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), Piece process: Maoist party feuds are not good for national interest (kp), Talk of new Maoist team in govt, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Two Limbuwan fronts announce merger (ht)

16/07/2011: Ideology vs inclusive governance, by Hema Kiruppalini rep), Obstructionist culture (rep), Govt must prioritize execution of judgments: CJ Regmi (rep), SLMM, fourth largest force in national politics (kp), India wants NC at helm: Sushil (ht) [But the Nepali electorate did not want this! It's absolutely unimportant what India wants!!]

15/07/2011: Politics Goes Haywire In Nepal, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Case Withdrawal And Its Consequences, by Kumar Raj Siwakoti (rn), Disqualified: Discharged Maoist combatants held in limbo, by Marcus Benigno (nt), The making of Disqualified (nt), Court chronicles: Politics matters, but so does the rest of Nepal, by Rabi Thapa (nt), Stray bomb kills minor in Achham (nn)

14/07/2011: A democratic turn: Feud in the Maoist party signals a transformation (kp), UDMF, Tharus for autonomous states (rep), Tharu-Madhesi task force in offing (kp), Sushil says NC averse to fresh CA extension, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Snail-paced peace irking India, others, interview with Sushil Koirala (kp) [Then please stop your veto politics!], A strong local body: What Nepal can learn from regional autonomy in France, by Jean-Charles Demarquis (kp)

13/07/2011: Violators to compensate victims in cash: New HR bill, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Madhesi, Tharu leaders form joint taskforce, by Gani Ansari (rep), Madhesi, Tharu talks inconclusive (kp), Responsibility first, by Rabindra Mishra (rep), How golden is the handshake for Nepal's demobilized Maoists?, by Subindra Bogati and Robert Muggah (rep), The Divided Unity, by Bhimsen Thapaliya (rn), Milked to death: Nepali state continues to be a rent-seeking and corrupt club of top political parties, by Prashant Jha (kp), Policies and programmes: Too many, sans concreteness, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht)

12/07/2011: Parties Set Sight On Leadership Ambition (rn), Deuba ups ante for PM post (kp)

11/07/2011: Delayed peace, disillusioned people: Too much emphasis on constitution writing is eclipsing delivery of basic services, by Hema Kiruppalini (kp), Where is the meeting point? CA likely to die a premature death without public mediation, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (ht),  The Darfur divertissement, by C.K. Lal (rep), Rs 7,000 monthly to conflict-hit kids (kp), UCPN (M) demands one million each to family of deceased in conflict (nn), Enough already: Partisan interests have guided appointments for too long (kp), There is no reason why I can't be next PM, says Deuba (nn) [No, there are many reasons: You totally disregarded the Maoist demands in early 1996; you had no agenda in the first round of peace talks in 2001; you dissolved the parliament to retain power and thus opened the way for the royal putsch; finally, you were once again PM without any agenda when Gyanendra concluded his putsch in 2005! This has definitely been enough!! Nepal does not need a new PM; it needs peace and constitution!!], Nexus between criminality and mainstream politics dangerous, interview with Nigel Roberts (kp), NWC submits its own report to UN on implementation of anti-discrimination charter (nn)

10/07/2011: Appointments, budget overshadow 5-pt deal, by Anil Giri and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Political instability saps economic growth, by Prem Khanal (rep), Madhesi Morcha ups the ante against government (kp), Madhesi front warns it will obstruct budget (ht), Factionalism complicates talks with armed outfits (ht)

09/07/2011: DPM Mahara stresses state restructuring (ht), A trafficker remains scot-free, by Shahani Singh (kp), A state of denial: The issue of the landless has become little more than an exploitable means of securing votes for political parties, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp), Maoist demand borders on impracticality: No need to deploy army along state line: Experts, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht)

08/07/2011: House majority endorses govt policy, programs, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), House okays govt policies, programmes: Govt secures simple majority; Budget at 4 pm on July 14 (kp), House passes policy paper sans ‘people’s war’: Madhes-based parties demanded inclusion of Madhes movement in the government document, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Selling dreams: Yet, hardships continue unabated, by Mani Dixit (ht), Poverty, Social Security In Government’s Policy, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn), US-Maoist Relations: Guided By Cold War Era, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Apolitical Army: Democratising it is an incremental process (kp), A deafening silence: Despite the talk about inclusion, Dalit issues rarely make the news, by Rudra Charmakar (kp), Maoist teachers' union shuts down schools nationwide (nn)

07/07/2011: Jump into action: The Maoists must act to end the Constituent Assembly impasse (kp), Political conundrum (ht), PM Khanal advised to remove 'people's war' from govt policies and programmes by UML leaders (nn), 'People's War' removed from policies and programmes (nn), Conditional aye to BRB as PM (kp), Baidya factor, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Christianity, freedom of choice & democracy, by Sradda Thapa (rep), Nasty, brutish and short: Life in Madhesh is ridden with constant fear and no hope for justice, by Prabhu Yadav (kp), Dress code for civil servants: Untimely and impractical, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

06/07/2011: House witnesses war of words on 'people's war', by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Prime minister faces oppn flak for vague state policy, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), House deluged with amendment proposals: Lawmakers seek changes in the document (ht), UML issues whip to its lawmakers to vote in favour of policies and programmes without amendment (nn), Vacant posts in constitutional bodies: Parties still far from amity; CIAA, EC, PSC offices are headless for a long time (kp), Maoists absent at Special Committee meet (rep), 'Disqualified' combatants want guarantee of basic needs, job (rep), Monitoring committee asks Defense Minister about steps being taken to ‘democratise’ NA (nn)

05/07/2011: Govt policies, programmes draw flak: A pack of lies,says Congress; MJF-R finds it anti-Madhes (ht), Mere sloganeering (ht), Dahal trumped!, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), Christianity, communism & constitution, by Achyut Wagle (rep) [???] [see also comment by Sradda Thapa (rep 07/07/2011], Constitutional Court not necessary: NBA (kp), Experts question Constitutional Court provision (ht), Hold talks with armed outfits, Gupta tells govt, by Bedraj Poudel (kp), Impunity gets a boost, thanks to govt: Asks NHRC to halt probe into insurgency-related cases; Rights body worried it will go defunct, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Kailali people still under landmine threat (ht)

04/07/2011: Sub-committee’s Work Lends Hope For New Constitution (rn), Recruitment of 120 surveyors delayed (rep), Reforms to suit federal structure (rep), Maoists bickering on issue of returning captured land, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), Woman living with conflict barb in ribs, by Bharat Jargha Magar (kp), Mixed signals, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Transatlantic reflections, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Legal eagles oppose idea of constitutional court (nn)

03/07/2011: Initial draft of new constitution by August 18 possible if sub-committee resolves all disputes: CC chairperson (nn), Peace And Constitution: Where Are They?, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), PM blames intra, inter-party tussles for stalled peace process (rep), Govt, oppn see eye to eye on policy: Priority to big infrastructure projects, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Khanal rolls out 5-pt deal progress report (kp), Maoist internal rift takes turn for worse (kp), State restructuring report prepared without an principle, interview with Pitamber Sharma (rep), Compound Transitional Politics, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

02/07/2011: Govt position on key issues first: Maoists, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Coalition partners at loggerheads (kp), Consult us before taking key decisions: UDMF (rep), Big Three, Morcha engage in parleys (kp), Right to recall, by Pranav Bhattarai (rep), Intra-party Democracy (rn)

01/07/2011: Judicial model: Dispute resolution team to consult NBA (kp), Include us in political decisions or face consequences: UDMF, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), SC directs govt to review military laws: Says army justice system must be human rights friendly (ht), Reform entire military justice system: SC to Govt, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Decentralising Nepal: The timeless concept of ‘power to the people’ continues to face obstacles, by Upendra Bahadur BK (kp), Limits of proportionality: Most groups will remain as minorities even with proportional representation, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Constitution Making: A Farce, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), “The UN mission had some significance for the peace process”, interview with Bipin Adhikari (sp), Minefield Problems Remain, by Radha Paudel (sp), Giving A Miss: As the country’s largest party struggles to keep its house in order, the first one month of the extended constituent assembly has been wasted leaving no indications for hope in the next two, by Saroj Dahal (sp), The Search For National Government, by Devendra Paudel (sp), Deferred, not resolved, by Post Bahadur Basnet (Himal Southasian, July 2011), Nepali Hindutva: Confusion over the relationship between religion and the government in the newly secular Nepal has allowed for a strengthening of an aggressive Hindu far-right, by Amish Raj Mulmi (Himal Southasian, July 2011)

30/06/2011: Sub-committee starts debate on forms of governance (nn), Let the truth out: Justice is impossible without punishing human rights violators (kp) House panel seeks progress report (kp), Panel summons Khanal to clarify progress status Seeks report in writing at next meeting, by Prakash Acharya (kp), Party lying in wait for Dahal's bottom line (kp), Constitution and realpolitik: Nepali Congress will have to refrain from giving into the populist slogans or the design of its own hardliners, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Democratic control: The Army must accept civilian authority but the issue should not be politicised, by Gejha Sharma Wagle (kp), Administrators, security officers lament political interference as main barrier to maintaining law and order (nn)

29/06/2011: The great TRC debate: Parties’ face-off nearing end, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), French connection: Historical lessons should guide talks on form of government (kp), Parties treading water on peace front: Maoist Chairman Dahal’s decisions in coming days to shape course of future events, by Tika R, Pradhan (ht), Rift in Maoist party: Non-Maoist parties in wait ‘n’ watch mode (kp), When crime reigns supreme, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Is Peace Process Obstructing Constitution Writing?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Conflict-hit woman bed-ridden for a decade, no govt relief yet: Delay in applying for aid prolongs ordeal (ht)

28/06/2011: 30 days later (rep), To trust or to let rust (ht) [The extension of the CA term has already failed because the politicians once again use it only for their power fights! Nepal can only hope for peace and a new constitution if all current leading politicians are excluded from the process!!], Feuding political parties ignore peace calendar: Maoist absence from meetings, suspicion among leaders, behind delay (ht), Disputed issues on state re-do down to 25 (kp), CC sub-panel dwells on statute issues: Parties yet to resolve 47 disputed topics (ht), 17-member House panel to monitor May 29 deal, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Panel formed to monitor deal execution, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), House forms 5-pt deal monitoring body (rep), PM Khanal, Dahal discuss army integration, effective implementation of 5-point deal (nn), Born to fail?, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), Makings of a failed state, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), Convergence Within UCPN (Maoist): Critical To Peace And Constitution, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

27/06/2011: Prez to unveil govt policies on July 3: Budget on July 14; Parties cooperating: Speaker (ht), The parties are coming closer: Despite progress, agreement on the draft constitution remains stymied by the peace process, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Statute taskforce submits report to dispute resolution sub comm; proposes mixed model for form of governance (nn), 17-member House committee formed to monitor five-pt deal (nn), Maoist power struggle impedes peace process (rep), Dahal tries to woo other parties on peace, statute (kp), Politics without politicians, by C.K. Lal (rep), Criminalization of torture: Rights bodies miffed at tepid govt response (kp)

26/06/2011: Indigenous rights activist detained for ‘protesting’ against arrest of persons charged of cow slaughter (nn) [For almost 250 years not a single Bahun or Chhetri has been arrested for violating the traditions and feelings of the Janajati groups of Nepal!!], Skewed morality & national healing, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Criminalization of torture & state hypocrisy, by Tejman Shrestha (rep), Stop torturing women in detention, govt told (ht), The Maoist internal strife: A Rehearsal For Break-up?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Unsuccessful Political Leaders In Nepal, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

25/06/2011: Formation of parliamentary committee to monitor five-point deal in limbo (nn), No chance of national consensus govt: Dahal, by Kiran Pun and Post B. Basnet (rep), Rightists to be blamed for all evils: Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Maoist lawmakers urge chairman Dahal to call back ministers defeated in CA election (nn), Dropping cases conforms to CPA: Mahara, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [Crimes have to be punished if Nepal shall have a future!!], Gupta seeks amnesty for Tarai outfits (ht), In Search Of Justice, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), A culture of collusions, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp), 27th most likely to fail: An index declares Nepal to be 27th in a list of failed states, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp), House okays two UN conventions: 11th-hour endorsement saves Nepal from FATF blacklist (kp), House nod to key UN conventions: Nepal escapes blacklisting threat, by Kuvara Chalise and Prakash Acharya (ht)

24/06/2011: PLA profiling plan hits snag (kp), Factional Rivalry Takes Ugly Turn, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Govt move irks rights bodies: Withdrawal ‘undermines’ pledges (kp), MJF-Republican blames PM Khanal of violating 5-pt deal (nn), Final hearing: The fate of the Constituent Assembly is in the hands of the Supreme Court, by Bipin Adhikari (kp), Serious crimes: Case withdrawals are protecting politically connected individuals from accountability (kp) [see OHCHR report], In a state of impunity (nt)

23/06/2011: NC for panel to monitor implementation of 5-pt deal (rep), Gurung speaks in House against Dahal-led panel (kp), 250 seek case withdrawals at Home Ministry (rep), Khanal thumbs down to proposal (kp), Terai armed group opts for peaceful politics, by Gani Ansari and Suresh Yadav (rep), Federalism, republicanism & secularism, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Are present actions rational? Learn from past lessons, by Kamal Raj Dhungel (ht), NHRC, OHCHR urges govt to investigate and prosecute human rights violations (nn)

22/06/2011: Accord on directorate, number first: Maoists (kp), New taskforce redundant: Gupta; Asks Special Committee to sort out statute issues by itself (ht), Conclude peace process before new statute: UDMF (rep), Congress braces for post-Aug showdown: Deuba camp has room for doubt, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Turbulence ahead: In their pursuit for power, the parties are pushing a normal situation towards crisis, by Abhi Subedi (kp), GPK’s abiding gift: Politicians care more about maintaining strength and network than popularity, by Prashant Jha (kp), Pvt sector demands fixed budget date in new statute (kp), Refusal to accede to refugee convention: Is Nepal's reluctance justified?, by Semanta Dahal (ht), Nepal listed in failed states category (ht)

21/06/2011: Captured peace process, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), Taskforce fails to settle row: Wants political leadership to give guidelines on statute (ht), Courting crisis: Missing deadline for integration accord has wide implications (kp), Discourse On Nationalism: Growing Stakes And Strains, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Polarisation in Madhes politics ‘a challenge’, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), The oligarchic republic: Political parties have established entrenched interests that dominate over the state and stifle society, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Over the cliff: The issues of public accountability of political parties have become almost non-existent, by Anil Bhattarai (kp)

20/06/2011: Statute taskforce proposes mixed model for form of governance (nn), Wasted weeks: Parties have wasted enough of the country’s scarce resources and precious time without delivering a constitution, by Shyam K.C. (kp), NC, UML reject Maoist proposal to deploy combatants on border (rep), Special panel sets June 27 as new deadline, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Spl committee misses deadline (kp), Work In Concert For Peace, Constitution (rn), ‘Stop blaming Maoists for everything’, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Peace process deadlock upsets statute drafting: Main parties form yet another taskforce, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Morcha discusses German model, by Pranab Kharel (kp), NC to claim leadership after mid-July (kp) [??], Lost in transition, by Mohan Das Manandhar (rep), New constitution can be based: 11 thematic committees’ report, interview with Radheshyam Adhikari (kp), State of the state: Party patronage has encouraged impunity (kp)

19/06/2011: PLA integration: Modality deadline ends today; parties to miss it, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 19/06/2011), Injured fighters say amount too little for their sustenance (kp), Victory Of Criminals Over Rule Of Law, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

18/06/2011: Stalling again (rep), Maoist rift may disgrace country: Party puts the kibosh on UN Convention registration, by Kuvera Chalise and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Maoist secy refuses
to shun PLA security: Says chairman Dahal’s decision was unilateral
(ht), Ending dual security is Dahal's decision: Gajurel (rep), ‘Won’t toe Dahal line of returning PLA fighters’ (kp), Unity Message Of The Maoists (rn), Can UCPN (M) regenerate?, by Dhruba Adhikari (rep), Number of armed outfits ‘goes down drastically’, by Anil Giri (kp)

17/06/2011: Weapons management: Parties sharply divided, by Prashant Jha (kp), Deadline likely to be irrelevant for special committee (ht), Nepal’s Politics And External Meddling, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Second Extension of CA, by Tilak Rawal (sp), “Peace-Justice Trade” In Transitional Nations, by Ankit Dhakal (sp), Emerging Realpolitik Contours, by Dipak Gyawali (sp 04/07/2011)

16/06/2011: Taskforce on statute gets the ball rolling (ht), Prez advices PM to implement 5-pt deal to push ahead peace, statute drafting process (nn), Slow crawl: Peace and constitution process must soon gain momentum (kp), Dahal for PLA deal before CC meet (kp), Mahara seeks amnesty for Maoist convicted for murder, by Kiran Chapagain (kp) [?? Stop impunity immediately!!], Conflict victims seek justice (rep), War-ravaged cry for transitional justice (ht), Amend transitional justice bill: War-hit, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Step down, Sir (ht), India & Maoists, by Akanshya Shah (rep), Evolution of revolutionaries: The Maoist internal struggle may no longer be about ideological purity, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp)

15/06/2011: PLA integration, rehabilitation: Parties likely to miss June-19 deadline: Progress hinges on NC, Maoist stances (kp), Statute sub-comm taskforce starts discussion on forms of governance (nn), Focus on peace, not stir: UML PP to NC (kp), New taskforce to tackle nitty-gritty of thorny issues (rep), Citizens' group to monitor five-point deal (rep), PM to resign only after parties find his alternative (rep), Bhattarai rules out alternative to national unity govt (nn), Lessons from history: Impunity undermines peace, by Jyoti Sanghera and Terry Savage (rep), Nepal is declared landmine-free, by Manish Gautam (kp), Cry, beloved Madhes: If Madhesi leaders become pawns, they deserve neither the people’s trust nor India’s friendship, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Conflict victims demand early formation of transitional justice mechanisms (nn)

14/06/2011: Sub-committee forms taskforce to forge agreement on key disputed issues (nn), UML urges NC and Maoists to stop issuing threats of agitation, revolt (nn), Nepal becomes landmine-free country as NA clears its last minefield (nn), Nine-member civic group to monitor 5-pt deal (nn), Last chance of Nepali politicos?, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), Whither peace zone? Valley schools shut; 1 m students stay home (kp), The Maoist revision, by Jakub Smutny (kp)

13/06/2011: AISC discusses integration modality (nn), Rulers & outsiders, by C.K. Lal (rep)

12/06/2011: Dahal, Baidya patch-up a far-fetched scenario, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal, Baidya factions conduct separate trainings for loyal cadres (nn), Janardan Sharma dismisses Baidya faction's allegations (rep), Integration as per NA standards: Paudel (kp), Combatants must meet NA standards for integration: Defense minister (rep), Ex-PLA await rehabilitation, by Ananda Gautam (kp), Quit, Bhattarai tells PM (kp), Bhattarai wants PM to quit early; Oli doubts Maoist commitment to peace, statute (ht), NC top brass tells district heads to brace for fresh poll, by Kosh Raj Koirala and Madhusudan Guragain (rep) [???], Patriots & expatriates, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Clearing The Menace Of Mines (rn), Make explosives history: Minefields are going, but remnants of war remain (kp)

11/06/2011: Dispute resolution team to consult parties (kp), NC to seek revision of statute writing calendar (rep), 18 'deviations' of Chairman Dahal, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Satellite camps get monitors (ht), Govt comes clean on PLA arms confusion (ht), Arms handsover after integration: Pun (kp), PLA rehab not to come easy: Managing funds will be a tough task (ht), Former fighters living in commune, by Ananda Gautam (kp), Women activists to step up protest for ‘friendly-statute’ (ht), Two injured as UML, Limbuwan activists trade blows (ht), Nepal Trust facing tough time bringing Birendra's assets to use (rep), Ex-king Birendra’s house gets a woman, dog twist, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

10/06/2011: Statute draft by Aug 18 likely (kp),  CC secretariat floats action plan for next two months, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Sub-committee fails to form separate taskforce to resolve disputed issues seen in constitution drafting (nn), Panel plans Rs 450,000 for fighters, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt approves AISC recommendation to appoint 120 officials for secretariat (nn), Security Sector Reforms, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Nepal to be ‘mine-free’ next week, by Manish Gautam (kp), Politics of patronage: The harbouring of thugs by political parties must end (kp), A silver lining: The flexible approach taken by the parties rouses hope that an end is in sight for the completion of the peace and constitution process, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), Last chance: The way to take full advantage of the CA’s extension is to listen to our youth, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Ungentle with refugees: Nepal's treatment of Tibetans violates not just international covenants, but also our own constitution, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

09/06/2011: Statute sub-committee sets August 18 deadline to complete first draft of new constitution (nn), Maoist chief tries to bypass Baidya faction: Meets PLA commanders; carping Baidya toes NA modality line, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PLA-men refuse non-combatant role, by Kiran Pun (rep), MJF-L wants 6,000 PLA combatants integrated (kp), MPRF-D demands Madhesi regiment in NA (rep), Last call to board 'peacecraft', by Jainendra Jeevam (rep), Janabad (People’s Democracy) Or Pluralism, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn)

08/06/2011: House at odds: Peace process or statute drafting first (rep), 'NC obstructing path to peace, statute' (nn), Special panel okays timeline, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Special Committee draws plan to complete peace process by Aug 27, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), PLA men unhappy over arms handover, by Kiran Pun (rep), We returned to help peace process, say PLA fighters (kp), Maoists to hold crucial PLA meet, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UN states flay rejection of suggestions (kp), UNHRC adopts Nepal's final report on UPR; int'l community concerned over sensitive HR issues (nn), Burying the hatchet: If appointed Premier, Bhattarai will need Prachanda’s unstinted support to deliver, by Prashant Jha (kp)

07/06/2011: Constitutional Committee meeting put off (nn), Special Committee makes public 18-day plan of action, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Spl panel sets clear modality timeline, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Special panel devises 18-day action plan: Number, rank to be decided by June 19, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Second lot of PLA guards deployed for leaders’ security leave for Shaktikhor (nn), Baidya camp PLA security refuses to turn in arms, by Kiran Pun (rep), Don't take vital decisions: NC to govt (rep), Don’t mess around, Cong tells govt (kp), Bhattarai strong PM candidate in party (kp), Samyukta Morcha sticks to demand for Madhes state (kp), Bring guilty Maoists to book: Bandarmudhe victims, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep), Federalism And State Reorganisation: Contentious Issues On The Anvil, by Mukti Rijal (rn), A new, model army: Army integration and restructuring are important issues but the army must fully adapt to the country’s needs via a new set of divisions, by Chandra Kishore (kp)

06/06/2011: Seize the day New CPN-UML proposal on power-sharing is welcome (kp), Bhattarai ‘right candidate’ to lead next national unity govt: Maoist spokesperson (nn), Integration modality, rehab package by June 19: Committee, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Spl committee nod to time-bound plan (kp), Dahal agrees to hand over weapons after categorization of combatants, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), 1st batch of PLA fighters sent to camps: Move to end dual Maoist security; Combatants rue ‘humiliation’ (kp), Take care: PLA to Prachanda; Maoist chairman promises fighters a respectable integration, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Dahal bids adieu to PLA security guards, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), Govt completes clearing army laid mines, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), UDMF to chalk out its future strategies (rep), Morcha stays off NC’s meet (kp), Madhesi front not to accept constitution without single autonomous state (nn), Upendra Yadav & Madhesi interests, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Int’l interference rife, says Yadav (kp), Six years on, Bandarmudhe victims still on medication, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep), Six yrs on, pain of Madi blast victims remains (kp), Moving toward rule-based society, by Mohan Das Manandhar (rep), Tight schedule: Writing of the constitution is part of the peace process. And yet the time-line now appears severely limiting, by Seira Tamang (kp), All five clauses in the 5-point agreement need to go together, interview with Barshaman Pun (kp), The state of the State: Nothing to cheer about, by Subarna Chhetri (ht)

05/06/2011: Maoists, UML inch closer to rotational govt deal (kp), UCPN-M, UML to expedite peace, statute drafting (ht), PLA integration: Parties keen, complexities remain, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Integration, rehab package a must (ht), Maoists begin collecting PLA weapons (ht), Maoist big guns at loggerheads: Dahal set to send back combatants (kp), What Maoist guards say, by Kiran Chapagain and Kiran Pun (rep), PM Khanal says he will resign only after 'national consensus' on new govt leadership (nn), Precious little time (rep), A Misplaced Priority, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), PM for 'progressive reservation' for Dalit community (nn)

04/06/2011: Good start (rep), Positive Initiatives (rn), President hails five-point agreement (kp), Address our 10-pt demand first: NC (kp), Maoist leaders suggest PM Khanal not to quit hastily (nn), The Last Chance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Dahal not eying PM’s chair: Pun (kp), UCPN (Maoist) starts collecting arms used by PLA members for security of leaders (nn), PAC slams govt for not implementing its instructions (rep), SC justices take govt secretaries to task over apathy in implementing verdicts (nn), Choosing A Democratic System For Nepal, by Digha Raj Prasai (rn), Nepal breached int’l law: UN body; Seeks probe into torture case that implicates ex-CoAS Katawal (kp), UNHRC orders probe on Katawal's involvement in torture (nn)

03/06/2011: Crisis Averted, Challenges Remain, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Give and take: Positive steps of Maoists should be reciprocated (kp), Hinges on Dahal’s ability to please hardliners, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML unveils time-bound plan: Proposes constitution’s first draft by August 31 (kp), UML endorses five-point accord (ht), UCPN (M) approves five-point deal (nn), Deal incorporates 10 conditions: NC (kp), Spl panel okays team to profile PLA combatants, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Seized land and property: Hope springs but will Maoists let it bloom, question locals (ht), Govt's political status is caretaker: PM (rep), Dahal won't lead next govt, says Pun (nn), Govt plan to withdraw wartime cases worries UK (rep), UK envoy seeks govt’s pledge against amnesty (kp), Govt urged to stem incidents of torture (kp), Muddling up: Class and ethnicity are analytically different concepts that affect the lives of people in different ways, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Flawed approach: OHCHR-Nepal’s neglect of duty could seriously undermine the transitional justice mechanism, by Suhas Chakma (kp), Peace and constitution: Initiative must be forward-moving, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), People, not power, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

02/06/2011: What’s new? A different political system, but the same old faces (kp), CC to settle prickly issues in two months (ht), CC assigns sub-comm to settle disputes in State Restructuring report (nn), Dahal-led subcommittee to continue constitution roles (kp) Special Committee members cancel US trip (rep), Ball In Congress’ Court (rn), NC CWC members disgruntled over 5-pt deal (rep), Maoists decide to end dual security system, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp, Maoists to end dual security for leaders (rep), Roots of fission: Why Madhesi parties are falling prey to factionalism, by Abhishek Pratap Shah (kp), Peace process: No more ifs & buts, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep), Meeting The Deadline, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Campaigning to make Bhattarai PM starts (kp), Call to review 1964 land seizure, by Chetan Adhikari (kp), Sink or swim: With clear limits to CA’s extension, parties have few options, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Country soon to be mine-free (ht), Sunsari people living under shadow of terror: Armed outfits ruling the roost with youth, by Ratna Prasad Acharya (ht), Govt is trying to reach out to armed groups: Peace minister (nn)

01/06/2011: Leaders agree to expedite statute writing (rep) [Wow! This should be enough for the next three months!], Dahal-led sub panel to get extension (kp), Sub-committee's tenure extended for an indefinite period (nn), Parties Have Little Time, Tall Tasks, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), PM to quit if accord on alternative is had: Apologises for failure to draft statute, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Walk the talk: PM’s speech, if earnest, could lead to broader consensus (kp), MJF-G threatens to disrupt House (kp), NC to wait ‘n’ watch till Friday, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), NC CWC members divided over 5-point deal (nn), Form Madhesi unit in Army: Mahato (kp), Constituencies in opposition: The ruling alliance may have had its way, but it would be fatal to underestimate the NC and Madhesi Morcha, by Prashant Jha (kp), Inside or out: The root cause of discrimination is the four Varnas. The answer is unity in diversity, by Saloman Rajbanshi (kp), Painful transformation, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Bhattarai is next PM, claims Maoist leader (nn)

31/05/2011: Speaker calls informal meet of top leaders on statute drafting (rep), Integrated draft of constitution will be ready in a month if parties reach consensus on forms of governance, state restructuring: CC chair (nn), Tight Deadline: For The Parties (rn), Parties agree to extend sub-committee tenure; accelerate constitution drafting, peace process (nn), Special panel mooted to monitor 5-pt deal, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Parliament to form peace monitoring panel: In all likelihood,Speaker Subas Nembang will head the committee (ht), House set to form monitoring panel, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), ‘Pact’ to end dual security for top Maoist leaders (kp), NC leaders express mixed feeling about 5-point deal (rep), NC accuses PM of 'disgracing' house: Reveals a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Maoists, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), PM’s resignation will come only after ‘national consensus’: UML-Maoist (nn), PM says he is committed to 5-pt pact; asks NC to take initiation for national unity govt (nn), PM sets rider for resignation: NC ready to accept Prachanda as next premier (ht), Baidya faction disowns 5-pt pact, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 5-pt deal is against party's position: Gajurel (nn), Madhesi parties in discussions to forge strategy (rep), Madhesi Morcha to be a key player in politics, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Dawn deal, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), SC Verdict On CA Term: Constitutional And Popular Implications, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Ban welcomes CA extension; Carter says further delays may threaten achievements (ht), Nepal watchers in India laud deal with caution, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Abuse of human rights: Why not scrap Agni Sapkota’s appointment, asks apex court (kp), Apex court summons Sapkota (ht), History repeating: There is a strong chance the high-stakes drama in the run-up to May 28 will be repeated in September, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Seize the moment: New political outfits like Rajkumar Lekhi’s NNP could potentially fill the void left by major parties, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Beleaguered peace process: A fact or delusion?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

30/05/2011: Flawed deal (rep), Vanity & sensibility, by C.K. Lal (rep), How Maoists trumped NC at the negotiating table, by Amieet Dhakal (rep), Extension a pressure on Maoists, say Indians (rep), Term extension: How the bill was passed, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NC, Maoist hard sell went on till dawn, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Parties divided over PM resignation (rep), When will Khanal quit? Party faction mounting pressure (kp), PM 's resignation only after parties come up with clear roadmap for national consensus govt: Gautam (nn), Khanal says he won't resign until parties find alternative (nn), Big 3 one on state rebuilding body: Awaiting Madhesi parties’ acquiescence to the concept, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The rationale behind the deal, interviews with Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Prakash Man Singh, Pradeep Gyawali and J.P. Gupta (kp), Parties must quickly build on new deal, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Ethnic groups burn down copies of 5-pt deal (nn), Action time: The parties can’t afford to sit on their May 28 laurels (kp), Nepal At The Crossroads, by G.K. Pakavath (rn), Righting the wrongs: The new constitution should set benchmarks on human rights in keeping with international norms, by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (kp), Parliament to monitor peace process (ht)

29/05/2011: Five-pt deal sees CA term extended by 3 months, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CA term extended by three months: Another three month extension after finalising peace process (rn), CA tenure extended by three months, by Arjun Bhandari and Prakash Acharya (ht), CA term extended by another three months (nn), PM says he will resign once national unity govt is ready as leaders interpret 5-pt deal in their own ways (nn) [O.k., the same procedure as last year! Long live the politicians destructive politics!!], Rambunctious drama marks Constituent Assembly D-Day, by Prashant Jha (kp), Hectic bid to keep CA breathing (kp), Wee hour deal saves CA, sacrifices PM, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), SLMM shows it won’t be cowed, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Curtain-time cameo by Madhesi parties changes negotiations matrix, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Anger binds crowd outside CA hall, by Jenee Rai and Manish Gautam (kp), Groups celebrate, mourn CA revival, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), Peeved and piqued hold lawmakers’ shraddha ceremony, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), EU, Norway and Switzerland welcome CA term extension (nn), PLA has a mind of its own, seeks dignity on even terms (kp), Peace And Constitution, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Guilty or not guilty: Those responsible for rights violations during the conflict must be brought to justice, by Yadab Bastola (kp), Jhapa, far-west reeling under continuous bandas, by Raju Adhikari (rep), Tharu bandh affects normal life is western Terai (nn), Tighten the noose: Coordinated international approach on banda could work (kp), Subsumed by change: The parties are losing ground as mainstream politics is overshadowed by ethno-nationalism and regionalism, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Social Justice Must Be Cornerstone Of Democratic Republic, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Website aims to promulgate collaborative ‘eConstitution’, by Colin Cooper (kp), PM Khanal vows to protect glorious achievements of Nepal's peaceful democratic movements (nn)

28/05/2011: Three-party talks a Hamletian dilemma (kp), What will Saturday entail?, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), NC, UDMF join hands for conditional CA extension (rep), UCPN (M), NC decide not to backtrack from their stances (nn), NC sticks to its guns, Maoists to their arms, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CA fate hinges on elusive consensus: Congress continues digging in its heels, by Phanindra Dahal, Won't surrender arms that cost us so much in blood: Dahal (rep), Talks falter as Maoists move a step backward, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Hand over arms and become PM: Sushil tells Dahal (rep), Maoists violated deal on arms handover several times (rep), UCPN (M) proposes to conclude peace process in three months; NC sticks to its position (nn), UDMF becomes stronger with inclusion of MJF-G, TMLP-N (nn), UDMF demands PM's resignation; talks with UCPN (M) inconclusive (nn), UDMF threatens to pull out from election process if Madhes issues not addressed (nn), Madhesi front sets its own riders (ht), PM Khanal discusses with President about possibility of imposing emergency if CA term not extended by consensus (nn), Bureaucrats dismiss Emergency talk (kp), State of emergency an option before govt, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), PIL filed against ministers Mahara, Sapkota (rep), SC moved against Sapkota (ht), Another banda hits Valley life: Chure Bhawar party led by Himalaya Bhakta Pradhananga owned up the attacks on the vehicles (kp), Bandh brings life to a halt in Mechi, Koshi: Nine hurt in police action in Saptari (ht), Strikes hit tourist paradise hard, by Bharat Koirala (ht), Repetitions of history, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

27/05/2011: After SC ruling, govt has 2 options (kp), A farewell to arms: Framework on future of PLA and weapons is crucial (kp), Discussions on; consensus still elusive, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoist chief in deep trouble as hardliners refuse to budge, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), ‘Package deal panacea’ (kp), Prez urges top guns to forge consensus (kp), No other viable option: Indian experts, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Int’l community urges flexibility (kp), 10 parties for increasing CA life (kp), Defiant demonstrators clash with police (kp), MJF splinter to join Morcha (kp), New MJF splinter to take UDMF's side (nn), Crisis Is Part Of Politics, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Midnight miracle: The words ‘for the last time’ in Interim Constitution will oblige parties to honour their peace and constitution pledges on time, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), Nepal Lacks Visionary Leaders, by Rajendra Aryal (sp), The Illusion of a Participatory Constitution Building Process, by Ankit Dhakal (sp), CA: No Extension Like That’, by Hridayesh Tripathy (sp), Engaging Experts In Constitution Making, by Abhishekh Adhikari (sp), D Day :  Too many prophets of doom, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp)

26/05/2011: CA can't be extended more than 6 months: SC, by Bimal Gautam (rep), SC puts six-month cap on CA extension, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), CA can get 6-month lease, rules apex court, by Pranab Kharel (kp), SC for 6-month CA extension (kp), Ceiling may actually help break new ground (ht), New deal (kp), Madhesi parties set terms for CA extension, by Gani Ansari (rep), Dahal proposes CA extension for 'last time' (rep), NC gives Maoists a ‘last chance’: Maoists say handover against CPA and would mean surrender (kp), NC, Maoist war on weapons handover goes on, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Differences on arms handover stall Gokarna talks (rep), UML proposes middle road to Nepali Congress, Maoists (kp), Baidya camp in wait ‘n’ watch mode (kp), No breakthrough in sight yet in three-party talks (nn), Fringe parties stand in favour of CA term extension (nn), UDMF says no to CA term extension until strong basis for timely statute found (nn), RPP-N defies prohibitory orders at Baneshwor (nn), Foreign diplomatic missions urge parties to find early solution (nn), European Union Ambassadors advice Maoist chief to do away with ‘political posturing’ (nn), Women lawmakers demand 50% reservation (rep), Protests, sit-ins choke Capital traffic, by Nirjana Sharma and Jenee Rai (kp), The final bargain, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Give CA one more chance, by Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan' (rep), Plunging Into Uncertainty, by Shyam K.C. (rn), Dj vu: All we have after three years are the ‘concept papers’ which are nothing more than written versions of competing positions in lieu of a ‘debate’, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Struggle for inclusion: The Social Inclusion Bill is only reiterating the trend of the one-caste hegemony at all levels of statehood, by Rukmini Chaudhary, Som Maya Tamang and Shakun Sherchand Leslie (kp), NDC, OHCHR welcome law on caste-based discrimination, untouchability (nn), Breeding impunity (ht), Eastern, mid-western districts closed (nn)

25/05/2011: Hear ye, O politicians: You have wasted the past three years. Your political futures now hinge on next few days, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Time’s running out (ht), Baidya tries to corral Maoist chief Dahal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) NC, UML, Madhesi parties seek Maoist arms surrender, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Big three parties intensify parleys: Maoists reject call to hand over weapons (kp), Parties putting their shoulders to wheel: Busy in hectic parleys; Talks to continue today (ht), 3-party meet ends handing over responsibility to forge consensus for ending political deadlock to top leaders (nn) [In other words: the continuation of the peace and reconstruction process once again has been laid into the hands of politicians who in part have been rejected by the people to be their representatives!!], NC, 14 parties block bill amendment process: Congress waiting for Maoists to agree to roadmap (ht), Top leaders press for extension of CA's term (nn), Psychological warfare: What Prachanda can give, and how much is enough for NC will determine national politics, by Prashant Jha (kp), A hard nut to crack as parties yet to strike deal, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Oli tables proposal asking PM to quit (rep), UML to show maximum flexibility in hard times (kp) [??], UML flexible about Khanal’s ouster (ht), PM should resign: Gupta (rep), MJF breakaways demand PM ouster (kp), ‘Khanal must quit’ (ht), Forum Split Highlights Urgency For Consensus, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), CA deadline spurs talks: Indian Ambassador, EU envoys meet NC president (ht), Between anger & industry, by Dharma Adhikari (rep), Ex-MPs evicted from CA site: Tents of other groups removed (ht), Women detained for staging protest at prohibited zone (ht), Protests continue in front of CA building despite prohibitory orders (nn), Protesters held; public ire mounts (kp) [It would be better to arrest the promoters of violant bandhs!!], Matrika party banda turns violent (kp), CPN-Maoist-sponsored bandh evokes partial response: Forty cadres arrested; Business community slams recurring strikes,holds bike rally (ht), Bandh brings life to grinding halt (ht), Matrika against CA tenure extension (ht), Mid-western region closed by Hindu bodies (nn), FNJ demands parties toe the line (kp), Rights bodies miffed at Mahara (ht), Int'l rights watchdogs cry foul against preparations to withdraw criminal cases (nn)

24/05/2011: Cost of the Constituent Assembly: The CA must be allowed to continue their work, as the alternatives are unthinkable, by Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan' (kp) It's the power, stupid!, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), Govt bid on CA term bill fails again, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), SC call on CA term verdict deferred (kp), SC to decide on CA extension: Verdict tomorrow; DAG questions apex court authority (ht), UML okays national consensus proposal, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Opposition backs Congress stance, I’m ready to quit: PM tells partymen, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), MJF-N split gives new spin to political equation: Gupta launches MJF-Republic parliamentary party; Khanal-Maoist coalition under pressure (ht), MPRF splits for fourth time, by Gani Ansari (rep), Split jolts MJF-Nepal to the core: Gupta forms new party; blow to CA term extension bid, by Pranab Kharel (kp), The roots and impact of the MJF split, by Prashant Jha (kp), MJF-N split comes as a shock: Party brass smells conspiracy to derail peace process, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), There is more to it than meets the eye (rep), Gupta to support CA term extension but wants PM to step down (nn), Maoists, NC start dialogue on integration, CA term extension (nn), Ban urges end to stalemate, days before deadline for new constitution (nn), Satellite cantonments to get monitors, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Satellite camps to have monitors (ht), Banda, youth & social media, by D.B. Subedi (rep), Building new Nepal: pangs of power, by Sukh Deo Muni (rep), Demonstrations put Baneshwor in tizzy (kp), Matrika Yadav’s bandh leaves partial impact in capital (nn)

23/05/2011: NC stalls CA extension bill (rep), Govt bid to table CA extension bill fails, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Top leaders meeting to discuss peace process today (rep), Three party meeting postponed due to NC leaders’ absence (nn), UML floats 9-week special proposal: Seeks six-month CA term extension, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), PM should quit if needed: UML Secretariat, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), PM may have to step down: UML, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Oppn parties back NC's roadmap (nn), State minister Dutta to quit (rep), Uncertainty: Good for writing statute, by Mohan Das Manandhar (rep), People's ghosts, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Directorate should be given military mandate, interview with Barsha Man Pun (rep), Chhetri Samaj renders Valley lifeless (kp), Healthcare hit as docs’ mobility checked (kp), Vehicles with hospital staff vandalised: Doctors warn of cutting down service during bandhs (ht), Chhetri Samaj calls off banda (kp), Chhettri Samaj strike cripples life in eastern region (nn), Last-minute wisdom: Those resorting to disruption of public life would garner more support if results were tangible, by Shyam K.C. (kp), MJF-N suffers another vertical split (nn)

22/05/2011: Let Khanal continue, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), In Defense Of Constituent Assembly, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt to table constitution amendment bill at parliament today (nn), CC subcommittee fails to meet (rep), UML chief whip outlines timeframe (kp), Govt finalizes proposal on peace process, constitution drafting, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), We'll fix integration number, categorize combatants by May 28: Dahal, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Coalition talks plan of action: Maoist arms handover in 15 days; Statute in 46 weeks (ht), Ruling parties propose to integrate 6 - 8 thousand combatants, complete constitution by 46 weeks (nn), UML proposes putting up only 5 thousand PLA combatants for integration into state security forces (nn) [The main thing is that it is in opposition to the government proposal!!], PM discusses PLA integration plan with Maoist chairman Dahal; says 'peace roadmap' will be made public soon (nn), NC’s 3 tests for Maoists, by John Narayan Parajuli and Anil Giri (kp), UDMF likely to support NC proposal, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), Madhesi Morcha against CA term extension via majority, by Bedraj Poudel (kp), No change of guard before May 28: Dahal (kp), Work In Unison For Peace (rn), Woman living with painful legacy of Maoist insurgency, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Base Banda Culture, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Valley bandh cripples life in capital (nn), New statute must spell out people’s duties too, by John Child (kp), Let’s work together: The role of civil society is vital in bringing about social accountability in Nepal, by Sangram Lama (kp), Consequences Of Not Extending Term of Constituent Assembly, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

21/05/2011: Those against CA extension are irrespnosible towards nation: PM (rep), No conscription proviso in statute (kp), NC to hount Khanal out, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), In mega rally, Congress vows to topple JNK govt, by Anil Giri (kp), Cong cautions about catastrophe: Tells Khanal,Maoists to take heed of its conditions before May 24, by Prakash Acharya (ht), UML leader prods UCPN-M for revolt: Says his party rank will join it if CA does not get another extension (ht), PLA, too, accepts NA-proposed modality, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), First good step (rep), PM floats middle-path approach (kp), ‘Will drop political cases’ (kp) [Who decides what has been politically motivated? This is definetely not up to the politicians!!], Mahara unveils plans, priorities Says will focus on rule of law, growing impunity (kp) [??], Brahmin Samaj banda hits western districts (kp), Ruling parties agree to bring common proposal on peace process (nn), Sub-committee meeting put off (nn)

20/05/2011: What is NA's modality?, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Maoists accepts NA integration modality, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Maoists formally agree to Army-proposed modality, by Kamal Dev Bhatarai (kp), Maoists fall into NA proposal line: Agree to form a mixed force under the leadership of national army, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Shrestha hints UCPN (M) might agree to integrate less than 10,000 combatants (nn), NC wants PLA regrouped fast: Party’s CWC gives UCPN (Maoist) five days to do so, by Anil Giri (kp), NC decides: No CA extension unless Maoists fulfill conditions, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [And what is the alternative? The PLA integration is only one point of so many. Does the NC no longer stand for peace and reconstruction??], SC to review own verdict on CA term extension: Case sent to five-member bench; Hearing on Sunday (ht), Tempering frustrations: Proper provision for rehabilitation is crucial (kp), Peace process before statute, agrees panel, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Demos throw Valley’s traffic into disarray (kp), RPP-N sit-in outside CA building turns violent (kp), Khanal’s resignation, one of UML riders, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Nation may face catastrophe if CA term extended by 2/3rd majority: Nepal (nn) [Why? This would be a democratic step without the veto forces!!], Come together, right now!, by Sumina Karki and Bibek Bhandari (rep), Them 13 (rep), The math (rep) [The exceeding money should be repaid by those who are responsible for the delay, i.e. the leaders of the political parties!!], It's a hardball & you gotta play, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Deadline Missed Again, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), New statute gets its name: To be called ‘Constitution of Nepal’, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CC sub-committee agrees not to include provision of compulsory military training to citizens above 18 yrs (nn), AHRC hails TRC Bill tabling: "In a democratic state there is no space for impunity" (kp), Brahmin Samaj closes down Gandaki, Lumbini and Dhaulagiri demanding 'janjati' status, reservations in govt agencies (nn)

19/05/2011: Statute sub-committee settles eight more disputes; new constitution to be named 'Constitution of Nepal' (nn), Attendance trouble: CA saw little of big leaders all through, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Maoists to take 'concrete' decision on peace process Thursday (rep), Maoists open to army proposal: UML to back Nepal Army line, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists ratchet up pressure: Backtrack on earlier proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), UML Madhesi wing bats for CA term extension (rep), Madheshi Morcha's stand: ‘No to unconditional CA term extension’ (kp), NC sets preconditions (ht), NC ups ante against govt: Party all set to register motion against govt proposal on CA term extension (kp), Scrap the seven-point deal: Singh; NC to make its stance clear at May-20 rally (kp), Tricky choice: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t, the NC has fenced itself into an impossible situation, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Parliamentary vs presidential system, by Bhimarjun Acharya (rep), Bandh Culture: An Ill Wind That Blows Nobody Any Good, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), PM Khanal skips house panel summon on women's representation in govt (nn)

18/05/2011: In 365 days, Constituent Assembly sweated for 95 minutes, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Statute sub-committee meeting cancelled for want of quorum (nn) [??], NC sets 10 conditions for CA term extension, by Kiran Chapagain and Gani Ansari (rep), Playing hard-ball: A hard game by the NC could benefit the broader polity (kp), NC's integration proposal unacceptable: Shrestha (nn), The limits of negotiation: The NC should be careful not to box itself into an untenable position, by Prashant Jha (kp), Coalition top brass to float joint integration proposal (rep), No CA extension without roadmap to peace: Madhesi Front, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep), Chaos, Confusion Spill All Over, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Cases against Maoists being fast withdrawn, by Anil Giri (kp) [Impunity is the wrong way! The crimes that have been committes by army, royalists and Maoists have to be punished!!], Pressure piling up on CA for timely statute (ht), Toothless bandh shuts Mechi, Koshi (ht)

17/05/2011: Govt may table CA extension bill on May 22 (rep), NC wants Maoist plan to categorize fighters, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), NC outlines steps coalition must take, by Anil Giri and Pranab Kharel (kp), Congress busy crunching the numbers, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Dahal faces war from within (kp), CA Term Extension Should Not Be A Ploy To Hide Non-performance, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Fringe parties reject constitution amendment motion (nn), Post-May 28: President rules out presidential takeover (kp) [This is wise because it is not foreseen by the interim constitution; the president simply does not have the right to take over, just as former king Gyanendra did not have this right in 2002/2005!!], Slow progress: The management of diverse political interests takes not just effort but a great deal of patience, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), DFID promoting corruption: NEFIN (ht) [??? A Bandh is a crime and violation of fundamental human rights, definitely! It is the opposite of democracy where every individual is free to take its own decision!], Bandh hits normal life in Mechi, Koshi, by Vidhyapati Mishra (nn)

16/05/2011: Follies Of Language, by Punam Ghimire (rn), Janajati movement is the product of marginalisation, interview with Om Gurung (kp), Chhetri Samaj’s banda affects life (kp), Strike hits four districts (ht), Women activists protest (ht), Honeymoon that never was (rep), All’s not well (ht), The moment of brinkmanship, by Prashant Jha (kp), ‘People’s sacrifices go unpaid’, by Manoj Basnet (kp), Dirty games: The Big Three have wasted their time in power politics and disregarded the people’s wish for peace and constitution, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Will take oath if 33 pc issue addressed: Gharti, interview with Jayapuri Gharti (rep), Stop Blowing One’s Own Trumpet (rn), Breather for CC sub-committee (ht), Nat’l unity govt a must for statute: BRB (kp), Pact must for CA extension: Bhattarai, by Somnath Bastola (ht), Cops on high alert ahead of May 28 (kp), Maoists want PLA ranks unchanged after integration, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Uphold human rights (rep), Staged fright of the inevitable, by C.K. Lal (rep)

15/05/2011: Evading the issue of crime against humanity: Lawmakers doubtful whether a related bill will ever see light of day, by Prakash Acharya (ht), After one month, CC meet Sunday (rep), Statute sub-committee term extended till May 27 (nn), People Need Explanation On CA Term Extension (rn), NC's conditions for CA extension, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Paudel tells Khanal to put in papers: Says it’s a pre-condition for CA term extension (ht), Khanal pushes for two-thirds support, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp), PM courting NC, fringe parties: Paudel demands seven-point deal be scrapped (ht), We are engaged in efforts to establish a national consensus govt before May 28: Bhattarai (nn), CA’s Term Extension: Don’t Use It To Grab Power, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Integration modality: Maoists to expedite dialogue (kp), Maoists to lay options for fifth force: Either comprising PLA fighters only or a mixed outfit (ht), Bandh affects normal life in various parts of country; Kathmandu unaffected (nn)

14/05/2011: Ethnic Diversity Is Nepal’s Identity (rn), Little progress in addressing impunity: AI (rep), Nepal’s progress on HR dismal’: Instability, crime mar peace process (kp), Impunity draws Amnesty flak: Sapkota advised to surrender before police (ht), Two vital bills gathering dust: Delay hits bid to empower criminal justice system (ht), PM urges sense of urgency on Dahal, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), CA term extension (rep), Dahal dissatisfied with govt proposal to extend CA term (nn), NC puts condition for CA extension (kp), No CA term extension without consensus govt: Koirala (rep), PM asks NC to support Interim Constitution amendment motion (nn), Madhesi front puts forth conditions for CA term extension (rep), CPN-United, RPP-N say not again (ht), Lawyers, others say it’s enough now: Stand against giving new life to the Assembly (ht), UML youth wing to bring 50,000 to picket CA building (rep), 50,000 to gherao CA on 28 (kp), UML youth wing set to siege CA hall: Demands peace, statute (ht), RTI And Good Governance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Maoists still on UN watchlist, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NEFIN banda throws life out of gear (kp), NEFIN strike hits life across country: Transportation services, industries, marketplaces remain shut; Bandh largely peaceful (ht) [Bandhs are never peaceful since they violate the fundamental rights of the people and damage the economy!!], Castaway: New Constitution presents new challenges for Dalit leaders, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), Dalit women conference concludes: Seek statute rights, end to discrimination (ht)

13/05/2011: Identity matters: Rejecting identity as the basis of federalism goes against its very spirit, by Mangal S. Manandhar (kp) Govt registers bill for one-year CA extension (rep), Govt proposes one-year CA term extension, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CA extension proposal sans consultations, says Cong; PM didn’t consult party: UML leader (kp) [You have to extend and you need at least one year! So, why this discussion? The problem is not the extension but the unwillingness of the insane political leaders to introduce the necessary fundamental changes!], NC not ready for extension of CA term unless conditions met: Situala (nn) [And what shall happen on May 28? When wil the NC start to fullfil the CPA of November 2006? When will the rejected politicians accept their defeat in the CA elections of April 2008?], Mahato warns of strong protest if CA term extended without forging consensus (nn), A costly constitution: Taxpayers must demand the CA their money's worth, by Ashutosh Tiwari (nt), Give and take: NC and the Maoists will each have to take a step back to end the deadlock, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Maoists absence leaves secretariat plan in limbo (rep), Govt registers CA term extension bill: NC,three Madhesi parties take exception (ht), One year of going around in circles, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (ht), PLA integration: Modality deal before May 28, say Maoists, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Clearing the air: The peace process is much more than disarming former PLA combatants, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), The banda season is here, to stay, by Manish Gautam (kp), Tarai, Far-West banda brings life to standstill (kp), NEFIN bandh partially affects normal life nationwide (nn) [Organizers of bandhs have to be punished severely because they call to violate constitutional and legal norms in numerous ways!], Foreign missions warn NEFIN of withdrawing support (rep), Diplomatic community vows not to ‘support’ Bandh (nn), Bandh has Grade XII examinees worried (ht), Govt forms team to hold talks with agitating groups (nn), Parties, Power And Political Culture, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), DG-bridge in Nepal: Building Resources For Democracy, Governance And Elections, by Rekha Shrestha Sharma (rn), Documentary on impunity (kp), Emperor's new clothes: Gyanendra should not use religion for political means (kp), Our lives, our journey: Only pebbles strewn down the path, by Subarna Chhetri (ht), Reviving the 1990 Constitution, by Dipak Gyawali (sp, CA Extension The Best Option, by Agni Prasad Sapkota (sp), The Constituent Assembly- Three Blunders from its Inception, by Ankit Dhakal (sp), More Difficult Time Ahead, by Gyanendra Bahadur Karki (sp), Politics Of Deceit, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), May 28 deadline: Last Minute Moves, by Saroj Dahal (sp)

12/05/2011: Govt tables bill for extension of CA term by one more year (nn) [One year may be enough but only if all sides cooperate and start to work on the constitution immediately, i.e. even before May 28! But there are many reasons to believe that it will be another lost year!!], Double impact: Dahal and Bhattarai coming together is good for all (kp), Parties intensify talks, all agenda on table, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Alternative to coalition features in NC-UML talk (kp), UCPN (Maoist) not for new coalition: Baidya (rep), NC,CPN-UML weighing to press Maoists: Leaders dwell on ways to cobble together common view (ht) [When will they understand that the solution only lies in the cooperation of the big three under the leadership of the by far strongest party in the CA?], An accused in the cabinet, by Kanak Mani Dixit (rep), The lost 100 days, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Whither The New Constitution?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Supporting bandas costs NEFIN dear: Janajati group could lose donor funding, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Apples to oranges: Hill Nepalis are no more Chinese than Tarai residents are Indian; It’s time everyone, especially political leaders, learnt that, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Unbecoming resilience: At this critical juncture of Nepali politics we must wonder what our tipping point will be, by Saroj Dhakal (kp), 2011: Don’t Visit Nepal Year? Bandh hits Pokhara,more strikes on the cards (ht), Chhettri Samaj imposes bandh in far west (nn), Taruhat bandh affects life in Dang, few other districts (nn), CA Chair warns agitating lawmakers of serious consequences if they continue to paralyse House (nn)

11/05/2011: House order? (ht), Top Maoist, UML leaders hold secret talks (rep), Dahal, Bhattarai expedite talks with other parties (kp), Maoists sense plot against CA (kp), Tourism fraternity decries NEFIN's banda (rep), CA term extension: NC nod to come with strings attached (ht), PM updates Ban on peace process (kp), Political blackmailing & brinkmanship, by Post B. Basnet (rep), CA Extension On The Cards, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Chhettris shutdown Lumbini, Gandaki and Dhaulagiri demanding Janajati status (nn), The ferment in the eastern hills: Inter-community tensions are discernible, and will require sensitive political management, by Prashant Jha (kp), House sitting to discuss formation of Dalit Commission today (nn), Unravelling Nepali history: An honest review of political history since the dissolution of BP Koirala’s government in 1960 could help us move forward, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Parliament’s inability showing up Nepal faces blacklisting prospects for failing to enact crucial laws, by Kuvera Chalise (ht)

10/05/2011: Women lawmakers' protest (rep), CA turning into house of ill-repute: Nembang
Calls on political parties’chief whips to keep a tight leash on lawmakers
(ht), Four conditions for CA extension, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), CA term will be extended, says Dahal, by John Narayan Parajuli and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA extension (ht), No CA term extension unless PM resigns: NC leader (nn), Dahal talks of conspiracy to dissolve CA (nn), Oli demands PM's resignation (rep), UML, Maoist leaders hold secret meeting to find alternative to Khanal government (nn), Woman’s hope for justice fades, by Manoj Basnet (kp), NC official stand on statute soon (kp) [The peace and reconstruction process has no future without special rights for Janajati, Dalits, Madhesi and women! This would be against Jana Andolan II!], We stand by our inclusive, federal Nepal pledge, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp), Pick and choose: We shouldn’t be indiscriminately anti-politician, but we should stand up to the bad politicians, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Maoists grouping ‘volunteers’ in military fashion: Form a division with five brigades in the Madhes region, by Tika R. Padhan (ht)

09/05/2011: Secretariat to begin recruitment this week (rep), NC to seek Maoist assurance: ‘Commitment only term for CA extension’, by Kamal Raj Sigdel and Anil Giri (kp), Rules of engagement: Greater consensus vital for CA term extension (kp), Crisis of representation in politics, by Mohan Das Manandhar (rep), Women MPs eye bigger Cabinet pie: Obstruct House proceedings (ht), Issue Of Women’s Inclusion Relevant (rn), Bandh by Brahmin-Chhettri Samaj hits life in Rapti (nn), Bandhs Serve No Real Purpose, by G.K. Pakavath (rn), The schisms in Madhesi politics: Relations with Maoists and NC, approach to India, caste and personal loyalties divide Madhesi parties, by Prashant Jha (kp), Madhesi parties slammed (ht), A new deal: The deal’s on the table but leaders, not least Prachanda, must walk the walk, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Action will be taken against PM Khanal for going against party’s decision: Nepal (nn), Oli demands PM Khanal’s resignation (nn)

08/05/2011: Dahal all set to chart out peace road map, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Congress threatens another movement: Issues 5-day ultimatum to Maoists, by Durgalal K.C. (kp), Top NC leaders against extending CA's tenure until Maoists behave (nn), Statement against minister opposed (ht), OHCHR report ignites Agni (kp), Popular revolt for people’s statute: Gajurel (ht), Incomplete statute unacceptable: Lekhi (ht), Constitution to grant economic liberty: Different tax rights to state,province and local bodies have been envisioned (ht), Will Peace Process Gather Momentum?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

07/05/2011: Troubles in store for prime minister: UML likely to take him to task for handing over home portfolio to UCPN-M (ht), Khanal took calculated risk in giving Mahara home ministry, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Courting trouble (rep), Baidhya giving bitter pills to Prachanda: To fight for respectable share for his faction in government (ht), PLA integration seems far cry (kp 07/05/2011), Prepare integration modality by May 15: PM to taskforce (rep), On the ground: Tarai's complex political-security milieu, by Prashant Jha (kp), Minister Sapkota counters charges of human rights violation (nn)

06/05/2011: OCHR-N concerned over Sapkota's appointment (rep), Murder slur on minister: OHCHR concerned about Sapkota appointment (kp), Home holds Khanal’s feet to the fire: Leaders chide him for giving in to Maoists, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Fissure deepens within Maoists: Disgruntled factions mull recalling ministers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Baidya threatens to recall sole minister from his faction, by Kiran Pun (rep), Baidhya’s dose of warning to Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Baidya warns to call back ministers; Maoist women leaders accuse Dahal of biased selection (nn), UML faction up in arms against Home decision, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Rift within MJF-N surfaces (kp), House panel raises audio tape scandal after Mahara’s appointment as home minister (nn), Tharu Parishad issues warning (kp), Use Nepal’s Strategic Strength, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Ethnic predilections: Marginalised groups are fighting for equality while the dominant groups vie to protect privileges, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Limbuwan targets EC drive, again: Cadres detain field staff, resort to vandalism (ht), Garbled affairs (ht), Constitution-writing and the peace process: No encouraging signs, by Ajit N.S. Thapa (ht), Delayed constitution better than flawed constitution (nt)

05/05/2011: Cabinet expanded, Maoists given Home, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Khanal gives home to Maoists: Decision could subject CPN-UML to widening rift (ht), Minister nominees to take oath today (rep), Dahal bid irks Baidya, Bhattarai (kp), Pun puts in papers (ht), Baidya faction minister nominees boycott cabinet expansion (rep), Nepal-Oli faction loses temper over PM move, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Courting trouble (rep), Conflict victims warn of nationwide protest movement (nn)

04/05/2011: Power-sharing in Nepal: Learning from other peace processes, by John Paul Lederach, John Darby and Madhav Joshi (rep), Maoists to finalize party's ministers Wednesday (rep), Maoists may give ministers’ names soon (kp) [Please take time! You have elected this PM only three months ago!!], MJF picks three leaders to join Khanal cabinet; Yadav to become DPM (nn) [Nepal cannot have enough DPM!!], Khanal expands cabinet, Mahara appointed Home Minister; MJF, CPN (United), CPN-ML (Socialist) also join govt (nn), Peace minister Pun resigns (nn), Positive Vibes From Ruling Coalition, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Maoist drive for peace: Party to hold mass rallies nationwide (kp), EU to parties: Redouble peace efforts (kp), EU countries urge early PLA integration (ht), Poudel hints NC might go for CA term extension (nn), In defence of the politician: Stop ridiculing netas. They have the toughest job in the country, by Prashant Jha (kp), Come together: No single group can solve Nepal’s problems, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

03/05/2011: Maoist office bearers fail to nominate new ministers (rep), Maoists sound out NC on peace, statute, CA (rep), Maoists seek PLA modality nod, draft statute before May 28 (kp), Maoist lawmaker slapped (ht), Maoist lawmaker Jhakku Subedi slapped (kp), Tea shop owner remanded in custody for smacking lawmaker (nn), Constitution drafting in Nepal: Learning from other peace processes, by John Paul Lederach, John Darby and Madhav Joshi (rep), Ethnic Minority: Growing Concern, Emerging Knowledge, by Prem Khatry (rn), The illusion of exclusion: The simple fact is that the Maoists couldn’t form a government post-2009 as they could not garner a majority, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp) [But another illusion is that there was a functional majority without the inclusion of the UCPN-M)], A microcosm of modern Nepal: All Nepali social and political strands exist in a remote VDC in Tehrathum district, by Aditya Adhikari (kp)

02/05/2011: Not if but how: Ethnicity will have a role in the constitution, the question is just what that role will be, by David N. Gellner (kp), What’s the plan? CA extension must be coupled with progress in peace process (kp), Maoists, UML agree to extend CA tenure, present early budget after forging consensus with other parties (nn), Yadav hell-bent on hot seat (kp), ‘Maoists are in democratic club’ (kp), The ball is entirely in the Maoists’ court, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (kp) [?? Please wake up, Mr Mahat! If you want peace and renewal, all parties have to make concessions!!], Breaking the deadlock: A directly-elected president and a PM backed by the parliament could address the concerns of the Big Three, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp), PLA integration prior to May 28: Mahara (ht), Integration of ex-combatants: Learning from other peace processes, by John Paul Lederach, John Darby and Madhav Joshi (rep), Discursive Practices: Maoists Pass The Trying Test, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

01/05/2011: 2005: India, EU were at one on Nepal’s CA: Danish mission foresaw the country heading towards a republic, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Dahal to be magnanimous for statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), ‘Prelim draft by May 28 doable’ (kp), Sushil fires salvo at Maoists: Says they are stymieing peace, constitution, by Lila Baral and Parbat Portel (kp), Dahal warns of agitation from May 29 if CA dissolved (nn), Right foot forward: Prachanda has done well to adopt the agenda of constitution and peace. But can he, and the Maoists, stick with it?, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), NC stresses it is indispensable forpeace, statute (ht) [And why does this party not cooperate??], Ban urges parties to set aside differences (ht), Nembang briefs President about current politics: Tells head of state latest Maoist decision has renewed hopes (ht), Dahal authorised to pick ministers (ht), Big Two offer MJF-N four ministries (kp), Intra-party conflict grips MJF as top leaders duel over decision to join govt (nn), Trafficked women’s kids bereft of nationality (kp), The last stretch: The constituency for CA extension is likely to grow in the lead up to May 28, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Mending The Fences, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Pun wants mini statute by May 28: Says CA term should be extended by six months (ht), JTMM hangs up guns for peaceful politics (ht)

30/04/2011: Maoist meet: Dahal mandated for peace, statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Plans for a new order, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UCPN (M) urges Nepali Congress, Madhes-based parties to join govt (nn), UN secretary-general Ban urges political parties in Nepal to find common ground for new constitution (nn), JTMM declares end of armed activities (nn), 'Ethnic federalism saw disastrous consequences', interview with David N. Gellner (rep)

29/04/2011: Still sticking to plenum mandate, says Dahal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The Maoist bogey: Hard to understand the logic behind excluding the party you’re trying to bring into the political mainstream, by Suhas Chakma (kp), One month to go (nt), Devolve authority at the grassroots: Federalization would only wreak havoc, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (sp), Federalising Nepal: One month to go before the constitution deadline we are still discussing the nature of federalism, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

28/04/2011: Indigenous body warns of agitation Urges bigwigs to quit Constitutional Committee (ht), PKD’s turnabout: Dahal’s U-turn leaves BRB camp vindicated, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties violate tourism year commitment (rep), Disappointing five years of Loktantra, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), How Qualified Should MPs Be?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Aafno manchhe factor, by Sradda Thapa (rep), A pretty pass again; Banda hits Valley (kp), Banda cripples life (kp), Strike one (kp), Banda will cripple tourism industry: Entrepreneurs, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Bandh passes off peacefully, life hit hard (ht), Bandh affects several districts (ht), The elephant in the room, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Show time, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Opposition parties submit memorandum to Speaker against govt plans to bring out early budget (nn)

27/04/2011: PM likely to skip House session: Officials say prime minister’s presence is a must, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt to face opposition storm over budget: Nine parties to launch pressure programmes (ht), Nepali Congress for conditional extension of CA tenure, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), NC doubts Maoist motive (kp), Nation’s peace process barks its own shins (kp), 13 districts face daylong bandh: Newa,Tamsaling spurn talks,to enforce strike, by Rudra Pangeni (ht), Bandh cripples life in Kathmandu, surrounding districts (nn), SLMM sets conditions for govt: Rules out possibility of draft constitution (kp), On ethnicity & federalism, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep) [see part 2 (28/04/2011), Fatal attraction: Why do plans and policies of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML have to be dictated by the Maoist discourse?, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Reforming the Army, by Prashant Jha (kp)

26/04/2011: Maoist internal conflict affecting secretariat work (rep), Majority in Maoist CC for peace, statute, by Kiran Pun (rep), Continue current coalition, Dahal told, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), NC's 7-state proposal (rep) [Two reasons seem to be obvious: The NC feels it necessary to oppose the official CA proposal and the party wants to safeguard the control over the state by the traditional CHHE!!], Threat to introduce regional constitutions (ht), Congress hunts for political bedfellows: Fringe parties, Madhesi alliance its favourites (kp), Revolution for reforms, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), May to be month of political protest!, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Assets or liabilities?, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), The wait for the Constitution: Will 2068 BS be the fateful year?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), UDMF threatens to obstruct EC data collection from May 1 (nn), Over dozen injured as Maoist, RPP-N cadres clash in Chitwan (nn)

25/04/2011: Recall the struggle (ht), Ethnicity not a stable identity: Experts (rep) Scholars for forming advisory commission (kp), Livelihood at the root of ethnic struggles, interview with Chaintanya Mishra (kp) [It's not only livelihood; without the valued inclusion of ethnic groups into the federal setup, the current central elite will not give them any chance in future as well!], NC for seven federal states (rep), PM’s CA extension effort to face blow: Intra-party rift has ruling parties befuddled on post-May 28 scenario (kp), PKD, Baidya cut up over post-May plan, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Don’t go ahead with army integration until progressive constitution ensured, Baidya tells Dahal (nn), Stitch in time: Many contentious issues can be settled by May 28 (kp), Nepal against CA term extension (ht) [The new constitution cannot be concluded until May 28, Mr Nepal! And you have highest responsibility that nothing moved forward when you were PM! Don't be cheeky to the people!], No higher posts to PLA in Nepal Army: India (rep) [Hegemonial India shows her true face! Who do these Indian politicians think they are??], Damaged govt buildings await reconstruction (rep), Current government can't deliver on peace, statute, interview with Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Nepali Congress (rep), Congress leader for broader alliance (ht), Rum progressivism: A genuine progressive seeks the advance of the poor and the marginalised through democratic politics, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp) [These critical views are partly not shared by Nepal Research!], Maoists to zero in on peace, constitution (ht), ‘NC also against constitution promulgated by two-thirds majority’ (nn) [Article 70 of the interim constitution states that a two-thirds majority is sufficient if consensus cannot be reached!!], Leaders warned of another andolan (ht), Tarai sees no ‘respite’ in violence; Killings result of armed groups-forces clashes: Govt, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Free-rider syndrome: The tragedy of political commons, by Surendra R. Devkota (ht)

24/04/2011: Nation marks fifth Loktantra Diwas (nn), Meaningful Discourse On Federalism (rn), Scholars divided on federation model: Some say ethnicity not a magic bullet (kp), Statute deadline anxiety grips leaders, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Maoist integration way out for political crisis: Deuba (rep), Prachanda’s New Tactical Line: Conducive For Statute Writing, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), 'NC, Maoists alone joining hands won't solve problem', interview with Jhala Nath Khanal (rep), Govt skating on thin ice, interview with PM Jhala Nath Khanal (kp), Nepali prophets of hope, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Maoist hawk hamstrings Dahal, by Phanindra Dahal abd Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal fails to weather rift: BRB cautiously backs, hardliners demand withdrawal (kp), Fractured movement: The Madhesi parties have been losing their clout because of their power-hungry leaders and lack of a single, coherent strategy, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Khambuwan cadres attack police post; three policemen wounded (nn)

23/04/2011: Statute unlikely by May 28, admit ruling parties (kp), Constitution not possible by May 28: PM, Dahal (rep), Secret team lets cat out of PM’s bag, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Baidya document lambasts Dahal, by Kiran Pun (rep), Baidhya shells Dahal over tactical shift (ht), Dahal ‘volte face’ has Maoists livid, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal’s proposal set to be endorsed by Maoist CC (nn), For peace and constitution (rep)

22/04/2011: With Maoist tack changing, will peace win?, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Baidya camp may file dissent note, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Issue of sovereignty (ht), Only People’s Pressure Will Do, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Army chief’s secret visit (ht) [??], ‘Tainted’ state minister quits, refutes charges (kp), State Minister Lharkyal Lama puts in papers (ht), Int’l symposium on federalism today (kp), Weighing the options: The 12-14 region model, when considered under a number of crucial indicators, is more suited to Nepal than 5-6 state models, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Locals’ ire leads to KJWP chief’s death (kp), Calling for new leaders: With the dismantling of the old monolithic state, what the country now needs are visionaries, by Hisila Yami (kp)

21/04/2011: PM tells ‘tainted’ minister to quit, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), PM seeks clarification from Lama: Allegations abound:Fake passports, multiple citizenship,hand in anti-China activities (ht), Minister Lama resigns, demands probe into allegations, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), State minister Lama resigns; says charges against him 'imaginary and baseless' (nn), PM and Lharkyal affair (rep), Minister Lama's five identities, by Dhruba Dangal (rep), Controversial state minister Lama to face legal actions if charges leveled against him true: UML VC Rai (nn), Dahal changes track; bats for peace, statute as Maoist ‘tactical line’ (ht), Dahal says agreement on statute possible within a week (nn), Dahal’s peace stance riles hardliners, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Onus on Dahal: The Maoist chair’s leadership will be tested in the days ahead (kp), Time favorable for revolt, interview with Netra Bikram Chand, UCPN-M (rep), ‘No amnesty for serious human rights violators’ (ht), Transitional justice: UN wants rights process speeded (kp), UN Deputy High Commissioner expresses concern over delay in setting up transitional justice mechanisms (nn), Truth Bill faces hiccups (kp), Securing the transition: The nation’s security institutions must prepare for the transition to a federal system, by Keshar Bahadur Bhandari (kp)

20/04/2011: Four CA members obstruct House (ht), No option to peace, constitution, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Rift In UML And Pressure On Government, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Rift widens: Nepal, Oli want Khanal out (kp) [Only to remember the question of legitimacy: Contrary to Khanal, both Oli and Nepal have been rejected by the people to be leaders in the peace and reconstruction process!!], Seeking alternative to current govt ‘natural’ if peace, statute not ensured: Govt spokesperson (nn), Khanal faces flak for picking Lama as state minister (kp), CIAA to investigate ‘scams’ surrounding Minister Lama (ht), Krishna to work for impasse end (kp), Indian concern in Nepal ‘natural’ (kp), Greed is the creed of our political leaders, by Pari Thapa (kp), Impunity factor: bring rights violators to book, urges Kang (kp), UN official concerned about violations (ht), The dogmatic Maoist project: Prachanda needs to make a break from Maoist dogma—the core elements of which are militarisation, ultra-nationalism and hegemonic rule, by Prashant Jha (kp), Hardliners miffed at Dahal for U-turn, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Secy’s resignation mars PLA monitors’ hiring process, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [The exit of UNMIN has been a big mistake in every respect!!]

19/04/2011: Nat'l coalition govt must for peace, statute: Dr Bhattarai (rep), BRB harps on tie-up with NC (kp), Bhattarai miffed at Mahara’s unilateral decisions (ht), Chairman Dahal eyeing PM’s post, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), NC devising policy on statute (ht), Has 'Mission: New Constitution' failed?, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), Maoists could put aside revolt agenda: Change in govt likely in a few weeks, say political pundits, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (ht), Army’s integration proposal bypasses proper channel (ht), India to convey 'strong' message to Maoists, by Akanshya Shah (rep) [??], Maoist, India bhai-bhai, says Sharma (nn [??], OHCHR here till peace process bears fruit (kp), OHCHR-N to get term extension (ht), Sad but true Protracted transition is abetting graft and impunity (kp), The lesser evil: There is no better alternative to extending the term of the Constituent Assembly one more time, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), President Yadav intensifies political parleys; meets PM, top party leaders (nn), Major three parties fail to settle CC dispute (nn)

18/04/2011: The doctrine of continuity, by C.K. Lal (rep), The dangerous deadline, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Govt stuck; Khanal weak, vulnerable, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), No home for Maoists sans political consensus: PM, by Ghanashyam Gautam (kp), Minister Lama holding nationality of three countries?, by Dhruba Dangal and Bikash Sangraula (rep), China miffed with Lama’s appointment as state minister (nn) [??], MPRF may review decision to join govt: Yadav (rep), Impunity factor: PAC tells govt to act against criminals, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (kp), Double impact: NC and Maoists must renew the spirit of cooperation (kp), NC willing to budge more than an inch (ht), Waiting for a miracle: The past year is best forgotten. What it did not accomplish far outweighs what it delivered, by Shyam K.C. (kp)

17/04/2011: Maoists-NC joining hands is solution: BRB (kp), Dahal using time-buying tactic, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), PM warned against Home for Maoists (ht), Oli threatens party action against PM (rep), Oli warns of ousting PM (kp) [Oli has been rejected by the people and has no democratic legitimacy to oust a PM who has been elected by the people!!], PM Khanal says Maoists will get Home only after 'proper consultation' with other parties (nn), Congress floats new peace road map: Says it will be flexible on PLA integration modality (kp), Deuba says NA proposal on integration of Maoist combatants augurs well for peace process (nn), NC finds NA proposal to its liking (ht), Define federalism before statute: Madhes-based parties (rep) [Without defining federalism the new constitution can never be written! After defining federalism, the CA will need at least one year to finish its job, but only under the precondition that the so-called party leaders cooperate!!], SLMM memo to PM Khanal (kp), A sample of State Minister Lahr Kyal Lama's multiple scandals, by Bikash Sangraula (rep), Good Excuse To Extend CA’s Term, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), All-party meet called to resolve CC dispute (kp), Harvesting experts: The proliferation of experts on vital national issues has, ironically, hampered the political process, by Lal Babu Yadav (kp), Sexual harassment bill: House not bothering to take the issue up (ht), Statute sub-committee term to be extended again (nn)

16/04/2011: Political bickering leaves statute writing in jeopardy (kp), Groups to press for pro-women statute: To stage a sit-in before CA (ht), Statute won’t see deadline day: Baidya (kp), PM’s failure to take a call puts him in a spot, by Bhadra Sharma and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Congress unveils six-lane path to peace, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Bhattarai says peace process will not conclude until NC joins govt (nn), Politicisation Is Taking Its Toll, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), 600 tillers to get land ownership certificates, by Krishna Thapa (kp), Changing dynamics: The reassessment of their respective positions by both the Army and Maoist offers the best hope for any lasting andmeaningful integration plan, but it also risks putting into the back burner the broader security sector reform agenda , by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Madhesi Front presents 12-pt demand paper to PM Khanal (nn), Governance through RTI, by Pranav Bhattarai (rep)

15/04/2011: Dispute resolution body in trouble, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Statute sub-committee's term likely to be extended again (nn), CC meeting deferred again (nn), Dahal for Mahara as home minister, others oppose (rep), Maoists rack brains to decide on names: To send seven ministers to govt; Say one of them will be home minister; Decision likely today (ht), Gyawali not to join Cabinet (kp), Party at PM house dwells on home: Khanal says the ministry is with the Nepal Government (ht), Not their cup of tea (ht) [They have been rejected by the people, either!!], Baidya rules of possibility of timely statute (nn), CA dissolution plan a ploy: Yadav (kp), CA could get conditional extension, says Karna (kp), Public opinion? Without a roadmap, there is no point extending the term of the Constituent Assembly, by Damakant Jayshi (nt) [The roadmap is the CPA of November 2006! There is no alternative the CA!!], Do it for yourself: The failure of the peace process could also mark the end of the relevance of the Big Three, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), Golden silence: The president’s political activism bodes ill both for the national polity as well as his image, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Rallies for peace, statute (ht), Speaking of federalism: Consociationalism for consideration, by Min Basnet (ht), UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Nepal (nn), Behind the headline: The Madhesi people are pawns in the games their leaders play in Kathmandu, by Anurag Acharya (nt), No war, no peace, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

14/04/2011: SC seeks govt response on TRC formation delay (kp), Khanal hints at consensual Assembly term extension (kp), Maoist leaders not willing to leave home: Say additional ministers only after portfolio (ht), Four UML ministers sworn in (ht), MPRF to get four ministries: Yadav (rep), Maoist People's Volunteers gets military structure, by Kiran Pun (rep), Integration plan first: PM to Dahal, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Miffed Gyawali skips oath-taking (kp), Katawal to launch new party (kp), The political president, by Prashant Jha (kp), Civil society calls for timely statute and lasting peace (nn)

13/04/2011: CA poll losers get ministerial posts: Khanal follows in Nepal’s footsteps (kp) [There is neither legitimacy nor credibility in Nepali politics!!], UML leaders miffed with PM Khanal on cabinet expansion (nn), Maoist-UML cabinet expansion meet falls hostage to dispute over home ministry (nn), UCPN-M bowls tough bouncer at Khanal: Warns he may get caught off guard (ht), Four UML ministers, six state ministers sworn in; state minister Gyawali skips oath ceremony (nn), Constitutional vacancies likely to be filled on April 20, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Maoist-UML taskforce misses deadline (rep), MPRF has fallen in a trap: Gupta (rep), Agriculture, job major priorities (rep), Government brings white paper; Experts: A supplementary budget in another form, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), What we lack is clear vision, strong leadership, by Surya Man Gurung (kp), The narratives of dissent: Indians have Gandhi’s Satyagraha. Which peaceful model of protest can Nepalis pull from their history to fight social evils like corruption?, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Army’s magic formula? NA’s initiative has the potential to break the logjam in the peace process, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), International Credibility On Decline, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn), Parties Should Resolve Outstanding Issues Soon, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Country needs fresh mandate, says Nidhi ‘No constitution by May 28’ (ht) [What a nonsense! The problem are not the elected MPs but the unable and to a greater part not elected party 'leaders'!!], Civic society groups to organise 'Shanti Yatra' (nn), ‘Civil society’s role crucial for statute’ (ht)

12/04/2011: Khanal cabinet inducts 12 more from UML (rep), 12 UML members inducted in Cabinet (kp), Khanal expands mini Cabinet: Inducts 12 members from UML (ht), PM Khanal appoints five ministers, seven state ministers; oath taking on Wednesday (nn), UCPN (M) hails cabinet expansion; prepares to finalise its ministerial candidates by Thursday (nn), Panel for 4-tier administrative set-up, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), At the crossroads: Dahal’s indecisiveness and reluctance to listen to dissenting voices is eroding his leadership, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Oppn leaders take govt to task for poor law and order situation (nn)

11/04/2011: Differences delay cabinet expansion (rep), Team to draft policy papers: 8-member taskforce assigned to ready common minimum programme, HLPM action plan (kp), PM to induct more UML ministers in cabinet today (nn), Bamdev for CA term extension , by Chandani Hamal (rep), Gen Gurung aye to break from past, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Impetus for integration: Creation of the much-needed emergency relief and rescue force including former Maoist combatants could be a viable integration option, by Chiran Jung Thapa (kp), 4 hurt as Kirat outfit goes on offensive, by Dilli Ram Khatiwada (kp), Call to ensure Kirat Rais’ rights (kp), Badis' plight: Govt vows to work for community (kp), Small horizons
Inter-party rifts hobble the broader political process
(kp), Calling for our own Anna: As the peace process drags on, tackling corruption has taken a backseat, by Shyam K.C. (kp)

10/04/2011: PM set to expand cabinet Sunday (rep), Maoist-UML meeting fails to cut mustard (kp), Maoists miffed at UML on many scores (ht), Khanal-Dahal meeting on cabinet expansion inconclusive again (nn), Nepal's dilemma, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep), Hindinization drive worries others in Tarai, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), TSRP calls off indefinite strike (kp), Victim’s family charges Maoists, by Prem Kumari Ghale (kp), Mired In Power Politics: Parties Disregard Peace, Statute, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Both peace, statute are mirages: Congress; ‘UML needs to pressurise Maoists to transform themselves’ [But Nepal will have no future without the NC transforming itself and stopping its veto-politics!!], RPP-N, RJP suspect CA
term extension plots
(ht)

09/04/2011: Ripe for a revolution?, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), Parties likely to agree on mixed integration modality: JP Gupta, interview with Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta (rep), Portfolio issue hits Cabinet expansion (kp), Maoists to talk turkey with UML: Decision on ministerial candidates delayed (kp), Madhes parties poised on divided lines, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Strikes hit life in Tarai districts (kp), Maina's murder: ‘Impunity claim in NA ridiculous’ (kp) [Such untrue statements are a shame for every honest Nepali! All criminals have to be punished severely including those army leaders and politicians who protect them!!], Kansas college honours Army chief Gurung (kp) [For his protection of criminals??], A minefield for mandarins: The bureaucracy and the political leadership is in a continuous tussle, where political allegiances make or break a civil servant’s career, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Peace panel berth for ‘killer’: Maoist accused of Muktinath murder appointed coordinator, by Ramji Rana (ht), President Yadav asks PM Khanal to take NC, Madhesi parties into confidence for national consensus (nn) [??], Tharuhat bandh called off (nn), UML, Maoists minimum common programme; Maoists 'positive' about full budget (nn)

08/04/2011: PM Khanal hints at extending CA term (nn), NA chief must cooperate with conflict crimes (rep), Writ in SC over delay in TRC formation (kp), Dahal lauds Army proposal: Says PLA, Army should work together (kp), Dahal views NA in good light: Says army’s reported proposal on integration a positive step (ht), Dahal gives parties till May 1 for peace, statute (rep), Those against peace, statute behind bomb blasts: PM (rep), Khanal wants parties to toe the statute line (kp), Crisis Group’s peace potion: CA term extension only by consensus; NC, oppn Madhes could block new tenure (kp) [see Crisis Group Update Briefing], ICG says govt should secure support of parties for CA term extension if it fails to pass new statute by May 28 deadline (nn), Sparking it off: Delay in appointing a minister to handle the energy crisis is beyond comprehension, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp), Impunity Prohibition Act: Need And Significance, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), Nothing amiss on law and order front, says PM (ht) [??], India hands over UN vehicles, pledges support for peace (ht), Govt parties continue ‘hectic negotiations’ to expand Cabinet; no deal so far (nn), UCPN (M) fails to select ministerial candidates (nn), CC meeting deferred for third time as fringe parties continue protest (nn), Revisiting Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp), Has Democracy Collapsed?, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), Revolutionary versus Evolutionary Nepal, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), “The Efforts Of CA Are Encouraging”, interview with Krishna Man Pradhan (sp)

07/04/2011: Secretariat begins work on setting up situation center (rep), Prime minister Khanal’s 50-day action plan in limbo, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Dahal to stay as oarsman of statute drafting panel, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Prachanda agrees to lead CC sub-committee (ht), Dahal's dilemma at statute panel, by Post Bahadur Basnet (rep), US govt: Nepal may meet statute deadline (kp) [???], Peace, statute doubtful: Adhikari (ht)

06/04/2011: Dahal insists on quitting dispute resolution subcommittee (rep), Dahal not keen on leading sub-committee: Is it part of policy to stonewall? (ht), PM Khanal preparing to expand cabinet within this week (nn), Disappointing! (rep), Tharus demand 3 provinces in Tarai, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Cloak and dagger: Bhattarai should use all his skills to persuade the party rank and file and overwhelm the hardliners, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Youth bulge: Nepal must do more to involve youth in the state-building process, by C.D. Bhatta (kp)

05/04/2011: Khanal, Dahal discuss cabinet expansion (rep), Kirat motorcycle rally throws Valley traffic out of gear (kp), Nepal to be mine free by June (kp), Shifting sands: Conflicts within the Maoist party reflect the changes in the organisation since it joined the peace process, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), ‘Integration model proposed by NA positive’ (nn), NC, UML reject Maoist proposal to change sub-committee coordinator (nn)

04/04/2011: CA chair doubts timely statute (nn), Integrate combatants into existing forces: Taskforce (rep), PLA integration: Maoists ‘open’ to NA proposal (kp), PM Khanal, Dahal agree to expand cabinet 'at the earliest' (nn), Standing committee sitting on names: PM’s party fails to decide on ministers, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Khanal, Oli and Nepal forward separate lists for ministers from party (nn), UCPN-M CC to pick ministers (ht), Bureaucracy in plutocracy, by C.K. Lal (rep), Taking the blame, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Damaging distrust (kp)

03/04/2011: PM's indecisiveness costs country dear, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Progressive transformation of country not possible if parties engage in senseless bickering: PM Khanal (nn), UCPN (M) likely to finalise additional ministerial candidates today (nn), Movin’ on up, by Rajendra P. Sharma (kp)

02/04/2011: UML delays nomination of new ministers yet again (rep), CC meet put off as
Paswan goes wild
(ht), Lawmakers create scene at CC hall (rep), Hoo-ha in House over finance secy’s resignation: NC obstructs Parliament on second consecutive day,bars Adhikary from clarifying position, by Prakash Acharya (ht), House adjourned amidst opposition protest (rep), A revolution and a constitution, by Shrochis Karki (rep)

01/04/2011: Rich pickings (kp), Trouble-shooter body at risk as Dahal unwilling (rep), CC meet postponed again after Dalit lawmaker registers reservation on thematic report (nn), CC meet put off amid uproar (ht), Cabinet may get shape on Monday, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoist SC fails to pick ministerial candidates (nn), Constitution possible in two months: PM Khanal (nn) [This is absolutely ridiculous! You cannot even form a small government within two months!!], Badis’ plight unaddressed: Govt fails to walk the talk, by Pragati Shahi (kp), Not all gloom, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), NC obstructs House over secretary Khanal's resignation (nn)

31/03/2011: 55 days gone, Khanal’s teething problems far from over (ht), Dispute resolution panel gets extension (ht), Politics of state restructuring, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), NC disrupts House over secy resignation (rep) [Yes, you are the outstanding democratic force! Please stop the reconstruction process, that is disliked by you either, whenever you can!!], PLA integration plan in limbo (ht), Nepal drops hint on CA extension (kp), Parties Set To Miss Second Deadline, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Make inclusiveness a reality, by Rukmini Chaudhary (Tharu) (kp), Choose wise, by Gopal Khanal (kp), Till When Discrimination In Nepal?, by Dirgha Raj Prasa (rn), Fringe parties obstruct CC meeting on report of state restructuring committee (nn)

30/03/2011: Statute sub-committee term extended by another 15 days (nn), Bid to curb violence: Armed groups get talk offer (kp), Talks on NA plan needed: PLA combatants, by Mohan Budhair (kp), Big 2 to cuddle up to MJF-N (kp), MJF to join govt at chairman Yadav’s leadership (nn), MJF Chair Yadav to lead party in govt (kp), Rights watch: Remedy ills through judiciary: OHCHR (kp), Panel proposes separate Constitutional Court (ht), Govt shies away from key appointments (ht)

29/03/2011: No real progress in dispute resolution (rep), Statute sub-committee tenure ending today; likely to be extended again (nn), PLA integration: Army mellows on PLA fighters’ entry, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NA proposes separate unit comprising of Maoist combatants, police and army personnel (nn), PLA salary resumes (kp) [one of the problems after UNMIN exit!!], When one becomes three, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Post conflict restructuring, by Baburam Bhattarai (kp) [see also part 2], Not just a two-third majority affair: Prez (ht), ‘Differences can be bridged’: Nepal’s peace process better than in other regions: Tamrat (ht), 96 per cent public offices sans information officers (ht), Reactivate local peace committees: House panel (ht)

28/03/2011: State restructuring report debate on (ht), Dr Bhattarai prescribes avoiding constitutional procedures for timely promulgation of constitution (nn) [Without state restructuring, there will never be an inclusive Nepal!!], No shift (ht), Integration dispute: Separate PLA force bottom line: Gajurel (kp), Tamrat here, will talk peace (kp), Portfolio division: MJF-N ‘like putty in hands’, by Pranab Kharel (kp), MJF-N PP seal on 4-pt agreement (ht), PM swears by seven ‘commandments’ (ht), Khanal govt impossible sans secret deal, says Gajurel (ht), President Yadav continues political consultation over current deadlock (nn)

27/03/2011: No substantive progress in statute: Nembang (rep), CC likely to take more time to finalise state restructuring, federal model (nn), Taskforce makes tangible progress (rep), PM-MPRF talks yield no result (rep), MJF approves 4-point pact with ruling parties; decides to pick 'young faces' for Khanal cabinet (nn), Who is the PM?, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Rightward, ho!, by Trilochan Upreti (kp), Women lawmakers dissatisfied with limited role (ht), PM miffed with Prez for meeting leaders without consulting him (nn)

26/03/2011: Integration in 50 days, PM tells EU envoys (kp), Constitution drafting: Maoists, NC poles apart on key issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists drop hint of CA term extension: Say meeting deadline not possible; NC refuses to buy idea, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Tarai remains death hotbed: Report; State, armed outfits continue extra-judicial killings, by Prasun Singh (kp), Madhes oppn parties’‘no’ to Left-heavy statute (kp)

25/03/2011: Statute drafting: Fast-track panel meet indecisive, by Manoj Basnet (kp), CC discusses draft of State Restructuring Committee (nn), Deal with MJF slammed (ht), Rabble-rousing to dulcet speeches: Has Dahal mellowed and softened stance on constitution drafting?, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Prez asks Maoist chair to cooperate with other political parties for completion of peace process (nn) [Why do you only ask the UCPN-M? The biggest veto-activist in the constitutional and peace process is the NC!!], Appoint public prosecutor director: SC (ht), Constituional appointments: Govt gets a month to fill up vacant posts (kp), China concerned about statute delay (ht), ‘Clarify ambiguities in economic model’ (ht), A society asleep, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Tharuhat group declares protest against pact with MJF (nn), Maoist, NC top brass discuss army integration, statute drafting (nn), Towards a Constitutional State, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp)

24/03/2011: 'Fill vacant positions in constitutional bodies' (rep), Four-point agreement brings MPRF onboard govt (rep), Ruling Two lasso MJF into government, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Secretariat to recruit staff for PLA supervision (rep), Cantonment monitors okayed (kp), China gives Rs 1.42bn military aid, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [!?], Tune it out: Madhesi leaders would do well to resist undesirable influence (kp), The crimson tide: For Maoists Army’s ‘democratisation’ may be a pretext for class struggle, by Dilip Rayamajhi (kp)

23/03/2011: Subcommittee settles seven disputed issues (rep), Concise constitution not acceptable: Gachchhadar (rep), Shame on you: Shraddha sends a non-violent message to CA members (kp), Federalism for all: Full autonomy for weaker sections of society minimises the risk of separation, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (kp)

22/03/2011: UML-MPRF talks 'positive' (rep), MJF on road to govt (kp), No talks until 7-pt deal is scrapped: Koirala (rep), Scrap secret deal first: NC chief Says UCPN-Maoist is a stumbling block (ht) [Through the CA elections, the UCPN-M has a far greater democratic legitimacy than the NC! It would be good if the NC joined the government but it is not necessarily needed!!], Cabinet bulking, Congress still sulking, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Thinking Out Of Box, Sustaining Democracy, Good Governance, by Rekha Shrestha Sharma (rn), Former heads of state, govt to face scanner, by Anil Giri (kp), Two crucial bills still on hold, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Nembang loses temper over peace process hiccups (kp), CoAS leaving
for US
(kp) [??]

21/03/2011: Olive branch: Maoist-UML attempt to woo sulking NC (kp), UML presses Maoists on peace process (rep), No progress in peace process worries Prez (rep), Rev up constitution drafting process, Prez beseeches PM (kp), External, domestic elements against statute: Dahal (rep), Govt will collapse if seven-point deal scrapped: Gurung, by Purna Basnet (rep), Indian message to Madhesi leaders : ‘Finish unfinished business’, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), The land of unbridled optimism, by C.K. Lal (rep), Making elections fair: A sound electoral justice system lays the foundation for good governance, by Madhu P. Regmi (kp), No constitution can be drafted
by ignoring the Nepali Congress
, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (kp) [Theoretically, this is not true because the NC owns only 20% of the MPs; the new constitution has to be decided by a two thirds majority. But it is definitely true that no constitution can be written by ignoring the UCPN-M, the by far largest party in the CA!!]

20/03/2011: Voter registration to begin in all districts, by Bimal Gautam (rep), PM less hopeful from UML talks team, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Conclude peace process before statute: India (rep), Leadership against internal democracy: Dr Bhattarai, by Dil Bahadur Chattyal (rep), 195 laws biased against women (kp), Consensus remains elusive: The seven factor cripples constitution-writing move (kp), NDC and OHCHR urge govt to fulfil its commitment to end all forms of discrimination (nn), Maoist combatants go without pay for three months (nn) [the failure of dismissing UNMIN!!], Mixed force combining all security forces and PLA combatants appropriate to complete army integration task: PLA spokesperson (nn)

19/03/2011: Maoists won't be liberal anymore: Baidya (nn), Natural Resources And Ownership Dilemma, by Prakash Adhikari (rn), The Madhes Identity (kp), The other identity: Four years on from what is now known as the Madhesi Andolan, what exactly there is to show for the aspirations of the Madhesis is arguable, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), Boiling over: The ideological battle within the Maoist party is now being fought in its trade union, which threatens to undermine the chairman's hold over the party, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

18/03/2011: State restructuring report at CC (rep), UML fails to name ministers (rep), Khanal fails to sell Home idea (kp), Cabinet not to get full shape until NC joins govt: Minister Rayamajhi (nn), MK Nepal vents ire at UML top brass, NC for toppling his govt (nn), Madhes leaders’ Delhi sojourn: ‘Fresh CA poll if no statute by May 28’ (kp), Co-optation and alienation: Incorporatrion of identity group issues inversely affect mobilisation, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Rehabilitation to precede army integration (nn)

17/03/2011: Constitution drafting has gained momentum: CA Chair (nn), Poudel rules out bulk integration (kp), India didn’t want PLA in NA, cables reveal, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Dahal off to Singapore (rep) [How can political leaders leave the country in this decisive stage of constitution writing??], Maoist chief in s’pore: More to eye than meets Dahal visit (kp), Madhesi leaders in India (kp), People's Volunteers not for revolt, interview with Netra Bikram Chand (rep), One too many (kp), A thin balance, by Deepak Thapa (kp), UML standing committee fails to pick ministers; forms team to hold talks with parties (nn), UML ministers get more portfolios (nn), NC opposes subcommittee recommendation for Constitutional Court (nn) [More and more, the NC has become the greatest veto actor in the peace and reconstruction process!]

16/03/2011: Code of conduct to guide Maoist ministers, by Kiran Pun (rep), Maoists form mega youth outfit (rep), Defense Minister rules out 'separate force' of Maoist combatants (nn)

15/03/2011: 28 parties agree to forward State Restructuring Committee proposal to CC for discussion (nn), CC sub-committee's term extended till March 29 (rep), Maoist party to form joint mechanism to steer govt (kp), Maoist mechanism to monitor govt (rep), Next two & half months, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), MK Nepal prefers concise statute in place of belated one (nn) [??]

14/03/2011: Statute sub-committee term ends; agreement reached in 40 disputed issues (nn), Maintaining momentum (kp), UML leader asks Maoists to return seized properties (kp), Will die if doing good is a crime: Bhattarai, by Krishna Acharya (kp), Laxman threatens revolt (kp)

13/03/2011: ‘No statute sans PLA integration’ (kp), UCPN (M) will get Home Ministry in next cabinet expansion: UML chief whip (nn), Maoist ministers entrusted with additional portfolios (nn)

12/03/2011: New statute: Sub-panel agrees on constitutional court (kp), Control of cantonment sites: Khanal, Dahal nod to hiring process (kp)

11/03/2011: PLA integration: Big Three agree to formulate action plan (kp), Duel effect, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML leaders claim Defense Minister Poudel will also be given Home Ministry (nn), Constitutional court to interpret new constitution (nn), Beyond semantics of political revolt, by Chudamani Basnet (rep), Bridges of Peace in Nepal, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp)

10/03/2011: New statute: Dahal-led panel settles knotty statute issues (kp), PLA integration: Panel may finalise timetable today (kp), Cabinet expansion: Madhes parties remain divided: MJF-N, Sadbhawana may join govt, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Poudel takes Defence charge (kp), Who’s doing what?, by Chandra Kishore (kp)

09/03/2011: Army integration before May 28: Minister Pun (kp), UML Gen Secy says no chance of separate force comprising Maoist combatants (nn), Portfolio distribution row: Why old faces at helm again, ask Maoist leaders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Poudel to take up job, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Poudel assumes office as Defence Minister (nn)

08/03/2011: Poudel in Defence, Tuladhar Education: Oli faction leader says no formal decision, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

07/03/2011: Cabinet expansion: Further delay likely (kp), Paudel appointed defense minister, Tuladhar education minister (nn), Dahal offers sage advice to Maoist ministers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Peace dividend (kp)

06/03/2011: ‘Govt here, hurdles cleared’ (kp)

05/03/2011: Cabinet expansion: Four Maoist ministers take charge of chair, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Home ministry: Row now in Maoists (kp), PLA integration: Govt set to reactivate Special Committee (kp), A Saffron Wave, by Amish Raj Mulmi and Pranab Kharel (kp)

04/03/2011: Cabinet expansion: Maoists fail to name candidates (kp), UCPN (M) finally nominates four party leaders for Khanal-led cabinet (nn), Khanal inducts four Maoist ministers in cabinet; ministers sworn in (nn), Rights watch: Come clean on rights record, US envoy tells Nepal Army, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), A little spunk, signor, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Statute sub-committee sorts out 30 thorny issues (nn)

03/03/2011: Cabinet expansion: Maoists in; Mahara and 10-strong squad (kp), Waiting for Godot (kp), Army a jewel in country’s crown: Prez (kp) [????], Nepali Congress to outline peace roadmap (kp) [The NC is one of the greatest veto-forces in the peace process!!], Foreign hand a danger: Bhattarai; ‘Time not ripe to resist Indian policy’, by Amrita Anmol (kp)

02/03/2011: New statute: Bicameral federal legislature okayed (kp), Maoists’ change of heart: Say will join govt sans home ministry (kp), Cabinet expansion: MKN bridges the UML-Maoist gap (kp), Brahmins’ threat to take up arms (kp) [Fact is that less than 6.5% of the total population are male Bahuns who totally dominate politics, administration, judiciary, education system, etc.], NA democratisation: Parliament panel to seek govt’s stand (kp), People’s Movement III?, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

01/03/2011: Threat level: Parties’ young muscle detrimental to Nepal: Report (kp), Cabinet expansion: Full one ‘likely’ in a couple of days (kp), Dahal leads statute sub-panel (kp), KJWP resurfaces in eastern districts, by Diliram Khatiwada (kp), Taking back the state, by Anil Bhattarai (kp)

28/02/2011: Indigenous peoples clamour for identity: Demand self-determination, natural resources rights (ht), Nepal Army rider on PLA combatants’ integration, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Khanal fails in Home dispute resolution bid (kp), PM’s chosen three may run all ministries (ht), A vision of New Nepal: Nepal must think of a kind of federalism that would ensure the fullest expression of cultural diversity, by Shinji Asanuma (kp), Factories to turn into barracks, says Prachanda: Claims people’s revolt the only option left (ht)

27/02/2011: CC sub committee discuss work plan to resolve disputed issues in statute draftings (nn), Stranded Khanal, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), JN Khanal, Dahal's poodle?, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Abide by deal, Dahal tells PM: ‘Conspiracy to prevent govt from taking full shape’ (ht), UML youth leaders urge Maoist chief to ‘concede’ (kp), UML decides to convene 'decisive talks' with UCPN (M) on power-sharing issue (nn), Cambodia conference on Peace in Nepal postponed (nn)

26/02/2011: Another committee to resolve knotty issues (kp), CC forms panel to solve statute row (ht), Maoists decide not to join government, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists fight shy of joining govt: Say CPN-UML backtracked on seven-point deal (ht), ‘Don’t give perks to ex-ministers’ (kp), Police slam political intervention: Tell parties not to shelter criminals, lawmakers pledge cooperation (ht)

25/02/2011: CC forms 5-member sub-committee to resolve disputed issues in statute drafting (nn), Cong gets formal UML, Maoist invite: NC says 7-point deal must go first (kp) [Stop this nonsense, form a small government and concentrate upon writing the constitution through the elected MPs of the CA! Rejected politicians must shu8t up!], Big III for expediting peace, statute work: NC urged to join ruling coalition (ht), Party should join govt, some in NC say (kp), Deuba terms 7-pt deal as 'suspicious'; reiterates NC will remain in opposition (nn), Bhattarai urges NC to join govt or give alternative for finding consensus to resolve deadlock (nn), UML-Maoist leaders discuss cabinet expansion (nn), Maoist Standing Committee decides not to join govt (nn), Nembang exudes peace, constitution hope (ht), Scope of violence: Rejection of aspirations for recognition could escalate violent conflicts, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Punish free-riders (ht), Impunity Dissected, by Liladhar Upadhyaya (rn), Dealing with missing family member/s, by Shreya Thapa (rep), Art of war: Bardiya children cope with the loss of missing relatives by drawing what they witnessed during the conflict (nt), The war's not over yet: "Either give us back our loved ones or tell us what you did to them", by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Building ‘young Nepal, not new Nepal’: The crucial issue, by Subarna Chhetri (ht), Challenges To Civilian Control Of Nepal Army, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

24/02/2011: CA extension decision irrevocable, says SC: Apex court rules that Interim: Constitution has not set any mandatory deadline for statute completion (kp), Lawyers warn of statute protests: Blame CA for draft delay (ht), CC likely to form sub-committee to resolve disputed issues in statute drafting on Friday (nn), Judiciary to issue blacklist of 300,000 absconders: Over 100,000 court verdicts are unimplemented, leading to impunity for an average of three lawbreakers in each case, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Implementing Supreme Court Decisions, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), SC voids murder case withdrawal: "The government cannot withdraw murder cases without the permission of concerned district courts", by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (kp), PM hands party decision to Dahal (ht), Seize the opportunity (rep), Leaders of major parties to meet today: To discuss power sharing, peace, constitution (kp) [absolutely useless talks of these 'misleaders' who do not want consensus, constitution and peace!!], Consensus eludes big three; NC not ready for compromise unless 7-pt deal scrapped (nn), Where Are Political Leaders Leading Us?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Media and Young Turks: To ensure long-term future, UML should retire the likes of Oli and Nepal, by Pramod Mishra (kp) [!!], Building a state: Sustainability of federations will depend on their operational designs, by Bishwambher Pyakuryal (kp)

23/02/2011: Deal revised, full Cabinet soon: UML CC (kp), CPN-UML CC tilts towards Khanal: Endorses seven-point agreement unanimously; Concludes pact not against peace process, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), How UML chair turned the tables on rivals (ht), UML needs to come clean on seven-point deal: UCPN (Maoist) (nn), Points of departure: Revision of the seven-point deal is perhaps a good thing (kp), Civil servants like headless chickens, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA members are in a dor or die situation, by Kalpana Rana (kp), New constitution: ‘Anti-women’ citizenship nod under glare (kp), ‘Conspiracies against CA’ (ht), CC chair, leaders discuss formation of sub-committee to resolve thorny issues in statute drafting (nn)

22/02/2011: UML Politburo nod to revised deal (kp), UML politburo for deal revision: Decision to be tabled at party’s central committee today (ht), Maoists ready to talk pact (kp), NC, Maoist leaders lock horn over 7-pt deal (nn), Opposing Maoist-UML 7-point deal would be like opposing peace and statute: Dahal (nn), Dr Bhattarai censures parties (ht), Congress leader cautions parties (ht) [!!], NC will lead peace process: Poudel (kp) [When will you understand that you have lost the people's mandate for this task? According to fundamental democratic rules, leadership belongs to the overwhelming winner in the elections!!], Beyond paper politics: A new constitution will be meaningless without an overhaul of corrupt government machinery, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Minority groups reveal model constitution (ht), No travel ban on alleged HR violators (ht) [SC supports impunity!!], Prez receives SC annual report: ‘Law and order situation has slightly improved’ (ht), Unpleasant political scenario: Lessons to be learnt, by Pramod Aryal (ht), Secret Deal And Rift Within UML, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Home truths, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (rep)

21/02/2011: CC chief rues delay in statute drafting (kp), CA chairman unveils statute drafted by minority groups (kp), Govt will go if deal dies: Dahal, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp), Cabinet expansion: Lawmakers bristle at delay in process (kp), Call to give PM a free hand (kp), Envoys throng Capital after guard change (kp), Full-blown Cabinet soon, says Khanal, by Basanti Bastola (kp), UML politburo meeting: PM set to face trying time (ht), UML ‘middle-path’ leaders suggest PM Khanal to keep home ministry with himself (nn), UML politburo decides to revise 7-pt deal; Tuesday CC meeting to take final decision (nn), Maoists press PM to make ‘historic’ move (ht), Dahal says he is ‘concerned’ as PM Khanal fails to expand cabinet (nn), The alternatives (ht), Political Tangle Messes Up Issues (rn), Seven-point deal should be scrapped, interview with NC president Sushil Koirala who has been rejected by the people in the 2008 elections (kp), NA integration terms in PLA crosshairs (ht), The leftover alliance, by C.K. Lal (rep)

20/02/2011: Cabinet expansion likely to be one long haul, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Portfolio standoff may linger, says Tuladhar (kp), No security ministries for Maoists: Nepal (ht), UCPN (M) chair Dahal accuses UML leaders of trying to topple Khanal govt (nn), Govt rapped for poor rights scenario (kp) [see executive summary of INSEC's Human Rights Yearbook 2011], Nepal’s record has improved (ht), Campaign for five pillars of democracy (kp), CC holds consultation with political parties to expedite constitution drafting (nn), Itahari folk take CA members to task: Seek return of taxpayers’money for failing to deliver the constitution on time (ht), Khanal On The Horns Of Dilemma, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Human security in Nepal, by Pamir Gautam (rep)

19/02/2011: Expedite constitution (rep), Don’t take me for a pushover: JNK; Calls on all parties to join hands for peace, statute, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Khanal reiterates consensus (ht), PM dwells on deal, Cabinet with Dahal (ht), Home portfolio shouldn’t go to UCPN-M, says Oli (ht), UML leaders tell UCPN (Maoist) not to expect home ministry until peace process concludes (nn), Home Ministry won't be given to Maoists at any cost: Nepal (nn), ‘Home ministry not the crux’ (kp), Khanal’s early success in question: Attention diverted from peace process in monitors’absence, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Peace thru women's participation: Government launches national action plan (kp), Parameters of democracy: Nepal's specific socio-cultural and political histories dictate an unlikelihood of success for any form of Western-manufactured democracy, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), SC expects CA to draft statute on time: CA members not to be denied salaries, allowances (ht), NEFIN to press for timely statute (ht), Let Us Fulfill Pledges For Justice, Equity, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Leadership vicissitudes, by Hem Raj Kafle (rep)

18/02/2011: Cabinet expansion comes a cropper (kp), Khanal’s hamletian dilemma continues: Nepal-Oli faction stuck on home ministry; Maoists not to join govt unless portfolio settled (ht), Maoists make a U-turn: Say time not ripe to join Khanal govt (kp), Dahal tells PM Khanal to settle dispute in UML before asking UCPN (M) to join govt (nn), Dispute in UML: Won’t affect Cabinet, says PM, by John Narayan Parajuli and Bhadra Sharma [?? Are really all politicians stupid? The people, definitely, are not!!], Last-ditch bid to topple govt: Prachanda (ht), Still, in a soup (ht), PM Khanal defends 7-pt deal; rues delay in cabinet formation (nn), Same-same: Khanal will be hard-pressed to survive, let alone force change, by Prashant Jha (nt), Maina murder: Mom pleads with CoAS for justice (kp), War if statute not delivered, warns Limbuwan leader (ht), Why we need more female political leaders in Nepal, by Saurav J. Thapa (rep), Straddling two boats: Nepal's politicians pay homage to one definition of politics while exploiting another, by Biraj Bahadur Bista (nt), The India factor: Indian commentator cites security as reason for rejecting seven-point agreement, by Pranab Dhal Samanta (nt)

17/02/2011: Countdown begins; parties deeply divided: Given the differences among parties, a new statute looks unlikely, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Cabinet all set to get shape today: CPN-UML factional dispute rages on, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Ruling coalition in the home stretch; Ministries finalised: Dahal; Mahara to lead party in govt (ht), PM Khanal to expand cabinet today; row over home ministry still unsettled (nn), Cabinet expansion unlikely today as UML leaders dispute over giving Home Ministry to Maoists (nn), UML headed for splitsville: Oli says party may pull out of government over home ministry (ht), Testing times: Khanal has near-impossible task of pleasing everyone (kp), Jhalanath's thorny days ahead, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Seven yrs on, justice eludes Maina kin: Human rights defenders rue govt apathy (kp), Respect court orders, OHCHR tells govt: Reminds it has not brought to book Sunuwar’s killers (ht), Human rights fantasy in Geneva: Impunity for both the Army and Maoists remains almost complete, by Tejshree Thapa (kp), 2003 disappearances: ‘Youths blindfolded, killed and buried’ (ht), Citizenship issue: Guarantee equal terms, say women rights activists (ht), Madhes movement scars yet to heal: Leaders draw flak for forgetting the victims, by Rajan Bhattarai (ht), Things could be worse, by Sradda Thapa (rep)

16/02/2011: Big Two agree to expand Cabinet soon, by Bhadra Sharma and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists, UML come up with joint statement: Urge parties to join government; Hope Cabinet expansion soon; Congress terms it eyewash (ht), PM agrees to give 11 ministries to UCPN (M) including home and foreign affairs; Dahal to announce ministerial team by Thursday (nn), Cabinet expansion likely tomorrow (ht), PM briefs President Yadav on cabinet formation (nn), CPN-ML (Socialist) decides to join Khanal govt (nn), Baluwatar gates not opened for Oli (kp), Special Committee gets UNMIN logistics (kp), UNMIN hands over monitoring equipment: But fails to provide combatant identity readable software to government (ht), Reinvigorate Special Committee (rep), Womens' political rights a must to liberate them from social oppression, by Usha Kala Rai (kp), Smells like revolution: Though unacknowledged by the West, a quiet rebellion may be brewing, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Maoists deserve a chance: Only through their mistakes will the Maoists learn and people get to know them for who they really are, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Formation of Government: Litmus test for Prime Minister Khanal, by Shrish B. Pradhan (ht), Mubarak & our politicians, by Arun Gupto (rep), OHCHR urges govt to enforce court order on Maina Sunuwar case (nn), Exhumation team finds one more suspicious body part in Godar (nn)

15/02/2011: Khanal may give Maoists Home, full Cabinet ‘soon’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Leftist bid to rid pact of ambiguity: A joint statement likely today to assuage growing suspicion (ht), UCPN (Maoist) turns down PM Khanal’s proposal to expand cabinet without home ministry (nn), Khanal, Dahal reiterate commitment to 7-pt agreement; pledge to abide by CPA (nn), Testing Time For UML-Maoist Alliance, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), MJF sets terms for joining govt: Says Madhes-based parties must be appeased first (ht), Rastriya Janamorcha denounces 7-pt deal (kp), Rejected fighters' rehab: UN invites all to packages on offer (kp), Former fighters unfurl PLA flags in camps (ht), Ramraja calls for another revolution (ht), Evaluating Change In Correct Perspective (rn), Styles Of Transitions And Transformations, by Prem Khatry (rn)

14/02/2011: UML froths as JNK pushes deal: Nepal, Oli factions heighten dissent volume (kp), NC, 13 parties to seek clarification (kp), MJF chief takes exception to 7-pt pact (nn), NC doubts on UML-Maoist alliance is fabricated, interview with Ghanashyam Bhusal, CPN-UML (kp), Home truths: The argument for keeping the Maoists out is untenable (kp), Maoists likely to get home portfolio (ht), Khanal ‘ready’ to give Home Ministry to Maoists; prepares for ‘decisive meeting’ with Dahal (nn), We may join govt: Dahal, by Kashiram Dangi (kp), Seven-point deal for ‘peace, statute’ (kp), Dahal warns reactionary forces (ht), NHRC starts over Godar exhumation (kp), A place to belong: Phoney citizens in the Tarai are fuelling the internal displacement of families of hill origin, by Chandra Kishore (kp), Gaining ground? (ht), Quest for politics of hope, by Tara Lal Shrestha (rep)

13/02/2011: ‘UML should honour pact’; It is the hinge on which new govt will rest: Dahal, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Dahal hints at joining Khanal govt, by Manoj Basnet (kp), ‘No alternative to Khanal-led govt’ (kp), Bhattarai bats for rainbow coalition Says UML has a week to form a unity govt (ht), Maoist stance positive, UML still unrelenting (ht), Senior UML leaders contradict each other over giving home ministry portfolio to Maoists (nn), Govt committed to 7-point deal: PM Khanal (nn), UML's Nepal-Oli faction in no mood to accept seven-point agreement (nn), MJF sits on the fence (kp) [The particiation of this small party in the government is not needed! Two parties in government are enough!], Maoist lawmakers denied admittance to Army HQs: Army chief says ‘sorry’ over the incident, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Peace committees to get new lease of life, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), National security advisor, by Dipak Gurung (rep), Current ordinance budget to be passed only after govt gets 'full-shape' (nn), UN asks disqualified combatants to get enrolled in UN Rehab programme (nn), NHRC deploys exhumation team at Dhanusha (nn)

12/02/2011: Khanal in double bind as Maoists tighten noose: Endorse decision not to join govt; To launch awareness programmes (ht), Decision to back, not join Khanal govt (kp), UML, Maoists reconcile fast (rep), UML, Maoist men holding ‘secret’ talks (kp), NC, Madhes parties close ranks against deal, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp) [Nevertheless, they are only a minority!!], Lawyers challenge CA, leaders over statute: Say drafting job be handed over to them (ht), War victims still waiting for aid (ht), Rights defenders ‘dismayed’ (kp), To the Prime Minister: A letter to the new Prime Minister on why economic development must go hand-in-hand with the peace process, by Yurendra Basnet (kp)

11/02/2011: Frustrated, Maoists not to join Khanal-led govt: Maoists to withdraw support if Khanal further ‘disregards’ the seven-point deal signed before the PM election (kp), Maoist latest move knocks Khanal for six: UCPN-M not to join govt, to support from floor; Three ministers appointed after seven days; Nepali Congress,others asked to join Cabinet (ht), JNK’s test as coalition on shaky ground, by John Narayan Parajuli and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Gyawali’s nay to separate force formation: A separate force comprising the PLA fighters cannot be formed despite an agreement for the same (kp), Maoists to stay in opposition, by Krishna Acharya (kp), We won’t join govt, says Bhattarai (ht), PM Khanal ‘doesn’t know’ about Maoist decision not to join govt (nn), UCPN (M) reiterates it won't be part of govt until UML commits to 7-pt pact (nn), Task cut out: There are huge hurdles for the Khanal government; but it may yet be the country’s best bet, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Progressive Coalition At Work, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), The goose strikes back: We should be more interested in why the near-agreement between the Maoists and the rest at Gokarna fell through than in the recent seven-point agreement, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Trial by fire: The many difficulties faced by PM Khanal may well result in another extension of the Constituent Assembly, by Prashant Jha (nt), Khanal the Trojan: The seven-point agreement is a clear signal that the Maoists are manoeuvring themselves into pole position for the critical months ahead, democracy be damned, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt), One Crisis After Another (rn), Govt urged to enshrine child rights in new constitution; designate commissioner for children in NHRC (nn)

10/02/2011: PM aides ready draft statement (kp), Home is where their heart is: CPN-UML, Maoists continue to haggle over ministry of home affairs; PM Khanal hard-pressed to bring the budget before February 15 (ht), UML flexible on finance ministry, says Gyawali (kp), MJF soft on joining govt; Big Two remain at odds (kp), A rock and a hard place: The new government faces a challenge in appeasing critics (kp), UCPN (M) to abstain from Khanal-led cabinet (nn), Three UML ministers sworn in without portfolios (nn), Top leaders of major three parties to hold talks in Cambodia (nn) [??], Women and citizenship: Can the state, on the basis of unproven assumptions, curtail the rights of the half of its population?, by Reena Pathak Bashyal (kp), Feeble resistance to Limbuwan strike on Day IV: No respite for hundreds of passengers marooned in Dharan (ht)

09/02/2011: Culmination of year-long premeditated effort, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), 7-point pact: UML-Maoists to clarify further (kp), Don’t expect profit, Khanal tells aides (kp), No alternative to backing CPN-UML, says Bhattarai (kp), Haggling over ministry halts govt formation: Maoists continue to lay claim to home portfolio (ht), Portfolio sharing agreement elusive: Maoist Standing Committee meeting put off (ht), Tightrope Walking By PM, by Bhimsen Thapaliya (rn), Sincerity Needed (rn), Taskforce fails to settle dispute over portfolios; leaves it to top leaders (nn), Bigwigs alone cannot resolve disputed issues, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Be a sport: NC has to decide if it wants to be part of the collective history or if it wants to let the ‘left alliance’ steal the show, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Khanal’s brief, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Momentum Is Finally Generated, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn), Wronged heroes, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Strike in eastern region hits life hard (ht), Nepal under Khanal: Options before India, by S.D. Muni (Tribune, Chandigarh), Isn’t Nepal Prez Yadav answerable? (tg)

08/02/2011: Our miracle, Maoists-UML say of deal: Say they are not bypassing other parties, its a new beginning, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Secret deal struck, admit Khanal, Dahal: Maoists won’t pull out over a ministry, says UCPN-Maoist chairman (ht), PM ready to revisit pact (ht), UML SC okays deal, with changes (kp), PM Khanal indirectly claims Finance Ministry for his party as expiry of ordinance budget draws near (nn), A false start (rep), Cabinet formation likely to further delayed (nn), Citizenship sole basis, rules SC, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (kp), OHCHR frets over rejected suggestions (kp), A perfect democracy: If Nepali democracy is in the process of attaining perfection, the UML has perfected the art of participating in it, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Ethnic restructuring: Past delays show addressing issues of identity is not enough to ensure a timely constitution, by Prakash A. Raj (kp), No respite from strike spectre for the east: Hundreds of travellers stuck on the roads (ht), Transportation disrupted in eastern region for fourth straight day (nn), Ending The Culture Of Impunity, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn)

07/02/2011: Khanal is in, without a Cabinet, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Premier fails to appoint ministers: Coalition partners wrangle over home ministry berth, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), UML, Maoists decide to move ahead 'in cooperation and understanding'; Dahal denies dispute over ministerial portfolios (nn), Khanal sworn in as PM: Forms high-level taskforce to find ways to end power outage crisis (ht), Maoist-UML agreement (kp), Betrayal of peace process, says NC, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp) [??], GOP conundrums: NC approach to new govt needs an overhaul (kp), Rights activists slam ‘secret’ deal (kp), Madhesi parties in oppn bench (kp), Quite a ploy (ht), Limbuwan strike hits eastern hilly districts (ht), TRC formation essential to ease conflict victims’ woes: Speaker (kp), No one’s puppet: Will the ‘left alliance’ adapt to the changed times or stick to non-democratic communist methods?, by Shyam K.C. (kp), The role of external factors in govt formation exaggerated, interview with Pradeep Gyawali (kp), The art of politicking, by C.K. Lal (rep), OHCHR-Nepal calls for implementation of UPR recommendations (nn)

06/02/2011: Sermon On Forming A New Government, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Seven-point agreement between Dahal and Khanal revealed (nn), New government to blaze a new trail (kp), UML internal dynamics kaleidoscope in shift mode, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Deal raises storm in UML Document read at meeting totally different from what was signed (ht), UML, UCPN (Maoist) pick ministers for Khanal cabinet (nn), New govt to bring full budget (ht), Leaders of new govt agree to bring full-fledged budget before Feb 16 (nn), PM-elect Khanal takes oath of office and secrecy (nn), Disgruntled NC faction raring to join govt, by Anil Giri (kp), NC spokesperson warns Maoist-UML coalition detrimental to peace process (nn), Nepal Army torture case reaches UN (kp), Hard Times Ahead For New Government, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

05/02/2011: Maoist-UML secret deal: Pact pledges creation of fifth security force; The left forces have agreed to execute power-sharing on long-term basis, by Tika Ram Pradhan (ht), ‘Peace, statute top priority’ (ht), Swearing-in scheduled for tomorrow, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), UCPN (M) to pick its leader in Khanal cabinet today (nn), Bhattarai faction also to participate in Khanal-led cabinet (nn), Maoists mull three young faces, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoist-UML form 8-member taskforce to decide on power-sharing (nn), Sushil says NC will stay in opposition (ht), Won’t come on board: NC, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), MJF-N to wait and watch (ht), Madhes parties at variance on joining govt (kp), Don’t miss out on statute deadline: Int’l community (ht), Lawyers shell discriminatory citizenship proviso (ht), Parents’ long wait for return of disappeared son (ht), New beginning for democracy, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Congratulations (ht), Challenges in drafting the new constitution discussed (nn)

04/02/2011: Khanal wins Maoist support to become PM, by Arjun Bhandari and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Khanal is elected new PM: Left-alliance backed by Maoists in offing, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), How the Maoist-UML deal was struck, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 51 Maoist lawmakers
were averse to Khanal
(kp), Finally, a result (ht), Starting over: There’s a new government; it has its task cut out (kp), UN, India, US, EU, Japan hail successful PM election, congratulate PM-elect Khanal (nn), PM-elect Khanal says peace, statute will be his top agenda; assures Maoist agenda won’t prevail in his govt (nn), PM elect Khanal starts homework to announce ‘small cabinet’ by Sunday (nn), UML calls for 'broader national consensus' for peace, constitution (nn), Opportunistic MJF sets conditions for joining UML-led govt (nn), Cautious NC to stay in opposition, but will support Khanal-govt for peace, constitution (nn),
NC's loss: NC must move on from its mistakes and reach out to  Khanal and the Maoists, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), "The extreme right and left are feeding each other": Maoist Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai talks about the political deadlock and the fissures in his party (nt), Power sharing, post-handover: Concrete steps are needed to create trust, not agreements on paper that are never implemented, by Madhav Kumar Nepal (nt), Shaktikhor waits: Maoist ex-combatants want an end to the uncertainty over their futures, by Dambar K. Shrestha (nt), Emerging challenges, by Jaya Raj Acharya (kp) [see part 2 (06/02/2011)], New Government in Offing, by Tilak Rawal (sp), What “dramatic political gains”, Ms Landgren?!, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), ‘The Parties Need To Find A Middle Way’, interview with Gopal Singh Bohara, CPN-UML (sp)

03/02/2011: PM poll poised for perplexities aplenty: With Gachhadar in the fray,today’s will be a four-way battle unlikely to yield outcome, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), First round of poll may be a non-starter: Dahal, Poudel, Khanal, Gachhadar file nominations; all hope to be new PM (kp), PM election today; conclusive results unlikely (nn), A hazy maze of numbers (ht), Maoist dilemma: To back or not to back Khanal? Office bearers to take a call today (kp), Frantic nomination move stirs up a hornet’s nest in Congress (kp), More the merrier: A Maoist or NC-led unity government the best option (kp), PM aspirants busy in political parleys to ensure their victory in today’s election (nn), UCPN (M) decides to support Khanal; Baburam faction registers note of dissent (nn), PM election underway at Legislature Parliament; Dahal withdraws candidacy, Khanal projected to win (nn), Nation finally gets a PM ending the six month long status quo (nn), Khanal elected as new PM (rep), Nation ends 7-month drought with Khanal as new PM, by Arun Rai (ht), Challenging Democratic Peace In Nepal, by C.D. Bhatta (rn), Nearing Consensus With Inconclusive Talk, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

02/02/2011: Leaders should realise their past mistakes, by Raghav Bir Joshi (kp), PM election process begins; nomination filing today (nn), UML fields Khanal, Maoists Dahal; NC meeting undecided on prime ministerial candidate, CC to meet today (ht), Oli does a volte face on Khanal’s candidacy (kp), UML issues whip to party lawmakers to compulsorily vote in favour of Khanal (nn), Congress sits on fence, Deuba stakes his claim (kp), NC fields Poudel as PM candidate (nn), Three major parties file nominations for PM post at House secretariat (nn), Madhesi parties flex PM poll muscle (kp), Six fringe parties pledge support to Maoists (nn), Women’s limited access to resources hindering growth: ADB (kp)

01/02/2011: Three-party meeting comes a cropper: Maoists see consensus chance slim; NC,UML living in hope of more meetings, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Same three faces likely to be in fray, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Deuba faction against Poudel’s candidacy (kp), UCPN (Maoist) to forward Dahal as prime ministerial candidate conditionally (nn), Khanal again nominated UML's PM candidate (nn), Madhesi parties divided over PM election row (nn), PLA handover: Govt, Maoists lock horns over control (kp), There’s more to it than meets the eye, by Prakash Rimal (ht), Statute body bid to pave common path (kp) [after 8 months!!!], Constitution committee begins work (rep), By the people, for all people: Ensuring a common identity between drafters of the constitution and those for whom it is written is vital, by C.D. Bhatta (kp), ‘Women in policy making for equality’ (ht), Workshop to boost women’s empowerment begins in capital (nn), UNMIN: Bang to a whimper, by Damakant Jayshi (hsa)

31/01/2011: Prime minister election a medley of gambles, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Govt unlikely by Feb 6: Prachanda, by Somanth Bastola (ht), Task at hand (ht), Decision time: Agreement on integration in the next few days vital (kp), Leaders, NA brass discuss army integration (ht), Let army remain apolitical: CoAS (kp), Lawyers press lawmakers for timely statute (kp), Bar pressure to draft statute on time (ht), Searching for a common ground, interviews with Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Barshaman Pun 'Ananta' (kp), Revolt only way, says Badal (ht), Martyrs’ families slam government apathy (ht), War victims boycott felicitation function (ht), Strong mechanism needed to ensure rule of law: Experts; Punishment more severe for heinous crimes in new code (ht), All carrot, no stick, by Hari Bansha Dulal (rep)

30/01/2011: Talks taking positive turn, claim Maoists, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Either way we lead: Dahal, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp), Maoist-led govt a no-no: KC (kp), PLA integration: Parties differ on model: Taskforce submits its report on Big Three’s positions, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt formation, peace process: One step forward, two steps back (kp), Matrika threatens to take to arms (kp), Statute panel to get to work from Monday (kp), Land management: CA panel calls for land reform report release (kp), An elusive peace, by Jagannath Lamichhane (kp), Minimum Understanding Must To End Political Impasse, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

29/01/2011: Towards the finale?, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Not against PLA integration: Army; Says it will abide by any decision taken by parties (kp), Respectable integration is the buzzword (kp), Integration modality talks cut no mustard (kp), Govt formation: Preconditions will not be acceptable, say Maoists (kp), UN member states list 135 measures, Nepal adopts 56; Achievements have been made: DPM Koirala (kp), Baglung is landmine free, by Baburam Kharel (kp), A Silver Lining, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Vicious cycle, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

28/01/2011: Fresh election to begin on Feb 3 (kp), Talks on government formation: Taskforce to draft consensus paper (kp), Three-party taskforce fails to iron out differences (nn), Maoist-led govt unacceptable to Congress: KC (nn), What is the NC waiting for? The deadline for a consensus government is over, but its possibility has not ended, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Khanal believes responsibility of leading new govt will again fall on UML's shoulders (nn), All night vigil to press parties (kp), Halfway there: The decline in rights violation over the years suggests that the Maoists are transforming, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Time to look within: If the Regmi affair gets leaders to reflect on their actions, the slap may have been a lesson worth giving, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), The slap that shook Nepal: Devi Prasad Regmi got applause from people right across the country for smacking a political leader on the face, by Ashutosh Tiwari (nt)

27/01/2011: Statute panel to resume work early next week (kp), Parties’ bid fails, prez to call House to elect PM (kp), There is no rest for the weary: Leaders of three major parties give an A for their effort even after missing deadline (ht), Another major three meet fails to find common ground for govt formation (nn), PM election on Feb 3 (nn), Dahal, Bhattarai factions at variance (kp), Shekhar for cooperation with Maoists (ht), HRW raps int’l actors for complacency (kp) [see report on Nepal], Takes two to tango: A Madhesi alliance should give more variety to political space (kp), A glimmer of hope: Maoists sound confident a national government with rotational leadership, a constitution and the completion of the peace process can all be achieved within one and a half years, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Fulfilling the obligation: Incorporating economic, social, and cultural rights into the new constitution, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (kp), Debate on Nepali Army reform: Experts against using term ‘democratisation’ (ht) [In the past, the army has been used as a tool to safeguard royal politics. As such, it stood outside the rule of law. It still disregards democratic norms, fundamental human rights and government orders. Without any doubt: The army has to be democratized!!], Shaktikhor ceremony: Door of opportunity for Maoist combatants, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Building Peace Through Pro-People Politics, by C.D. Bhatta (rn), Tackling Tarai insecurity, by D.B. Subedi (rep)

26/01/2011: CA sends drafts of seven thematic committees to CC (nn), Parties may form a majority govt: Extended deadline ends today; agreement still elusive, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Scenario bleak for consensus coalition: NC, UML not to let UCPN-M lead next govt (ht), Opportunity squandered (rep), More surprises in store: Dahal; Confident he’ll be the next PM, come what may (ht), ‘Possible if we lead’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai, Crucial three-party meeting ends fruitlessly (nn), PLA integration: Maoists say they are ready to be flexible (kp), House okays new rules on PM poll (kp), Madhesi alliance likely to get new lease of life (kp), Nepal grilled on human rights issues in Geneva (nn), Government grilled over steps for ending impunity: Told to enforce HR treaties it has signed (kp), Nepal's human rights examination, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep), Unfinished business: The road to new democracy in Nepal, by Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Judiciary in federalism: Autonomy comes first, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (ht), Ardently Sought Step, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn)

25/01/2011: New House rule soon on PM poll: Mandatory voting proposed (kp), PM poll not to go past Round III: With regulations amended, no re-run of futile elections (ht), NC seeks first 3-month leadership, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bid to strike a bargain fails to gain ground (ht), Monitoring mechanism gets full shape: Nine-member panel to chalk out integration, rehab plan (ht), Modality of integration: Maoist demand baffles spl panel (kp), Call to involve women for social transformation (kp), Girl moves SC demanding citizenship in mother's name (nn)

24/01/2011: Implementation of plan crucial: PLA handover has task cut out for government, Maoists, by John Narayan Parajuli and Mahesh Acharya (kp), Combatants hopeful of a secure future, by Binod Tripathi and Mohan Budhair (kp), Sober goodbye: The handover is a step forward, but more is needed (kp), Maoist military in charge stresses on the need for early completion of integration, rehab of PLA combatants (nn), Maoist brass at odds over PLA reins handover (ht), Special mechanism to get final shape with additional three members (nn), Three-party meet put off (ht), Major three make no headway for consensus as second presidential deadline draws near (nn), PM election amendment proposal registered; no-result will automatically terminate election after 3rd round (nn), Dahal parleys with Koirala for Maoist-led govt (nn), Maoist-led govt in five days, says Prachanda (ht), Learning the Sudanese way: Sudan’s example should be a lesson to Nepali leaders about what to avoid, by Shyam K.C. (kp), The urge within the NC to take the peace process forward has waned, interview with Gagan Thapa (kp), Post-slap fame falls into Regmi’s lap (ht), Man booked for slapping UML chairman walks free (nn)

23/01/2011: Special Committee takes control of PLA, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PLA change of guard now official: Maoist combatants handed over to SC at a function in Shaktikhor, by Prakash Rimal and Chintamani Paudel (ht), Maoist Combatants Handover: A Milestone In Peace Process, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Maoist combatants optimistic about future, by Surya Prasad Kandel (ht), But what about the number of combatants to be integrated? (rep), Modes of protest: The now-infamous slap shows the height of public frustration (kp), Reverberation Of Slap, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Dahal confident of a Maoist-led government any time soon (nn), Big-three meet put-off until Monday as Dahal expresses his inability to attend it (nn)

22/01/2011: Prez extends consensus govt deadline (ht), Maoist-led govt OK: Big 2, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Lig-Lig race spawns nation’s ‘new PM’, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), Spl committee to gather PLA reins today (kp), Shaktikhor decked up for handover (ht), Maoist combatants formally come under Special Committee amidst grand ceremony in Shaktikhor (nn), Statute should ensure judicial independence, says justice (ht)

21/01/2011: Govt formation: Deadline ends; parties to make frantic bid today (kp), NC stakes a claim to govt leadership (kp) [What is the legitimate reason??], Big three to make joint call to Prez to extend deadline for govt formation (nn) [28 May would be the ideal date of extension!!], 28 parties agree to extend deadline for govt formation (nn), President gives five more days to parties for consensus govt (nn), PLA handover: Army, police chiefs, diplomats to attend tomorrow’s gala (kp), Window of opportunity: There are signs the Maoists are serious on integration (kp), Roadblocks to constitution: Only if the political parties set aside their ideologies is a new constitution possible, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Clearing the air: When the constitution is ready and elections imminent, there may be no time to properly prepare the voters’ roll, by Madhu P. Regmi (kp), Factional Politics In Nepal, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Fork in path in Nepal: It is time for Dahal to pick up the phone and make peace with Bhattarai, by Prashant Jha (nt), "They should have just killed me": On the 15th anniversary of the start of the war, and nearly five years after it ended, the wounded are forgotten, by Laxman K.C. (nt), House sitting deferred until Monday (nn), Critical Barriers in Creating a Functional State, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp), Gender Strategy: Give Women Land Rights, by Radha Poudel (sp)

20/01/2011: Parties stick to guns, House adjourned: Agreed formula on prime minister poll process still a far cry (kp), Three-party meet to build consensus for unity govt inconclusive (nn), Rao, Dahal try to clear arriere pensee: Maoist chairman clarifies his party not against India, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Maoists not against India: Dahal; Says he wants to visit Delhi and clear the air (kp), Non-Maoist govt is India’s ‘first choice’, by Anil Giri (kp), Impunity And Reconciliation, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), Maoist army charge handover: Grand fete to mark occasion (kp), Insecure Tarai: Peace and security are among the fundamental rights of every Tarai citizen, by Chandra Kishore (kp), Heat waves in the cold weather: Between party rifts, shocking predictions and a revealing book, it’s been an eventful winter, by Dilip Rayamajhi (kp), Maoists' 'People's Revolt', by Jainendra Jeevan (rep)

19/01/2011: CC tasked to end disputed issues (kp), 28 parties authorise CC to finalise thorny issues of new statute (nn), Amendment of parliamentary rules: Political parties fail to reach consensus (kp), PLA to come under special panel on Jan 22, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), AISC proposes three names for monitoring mechanism; Madhesi parties express dissatisfaction for ignoring them (nn), India hails peace process evolution, by Anil Giri (kp), India to back any govt in Nepal: Rao (ht), Being neighbourly: A weakened Nepal cannot safeguard Indian interests (kp), Killings during the insurgency: SC respite for 21 Maoist cadres (kp), PM defends arms import (kp), Prophecy and departure: Landgren’s premonition before her departure isn’t without foundation, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Consensus govt likely to elude parties, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), House sitting postponed for third time in row as parties differ in PM election process (nn), Nepal: Transition or Transformation?, by Anand Aditya (tg)

18/01/2011: NA wants to break monitoring shell, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [A further step to end the peace process?], Nepal Army 'unwilling' to come under AISC monitoring (nn), NA not off panel hook: Dahal (ht), Committee starts PLA monitoring (ht), PLA command to be handed over to Special Committee amid official ceremony on Jan 22 (nn), Delhi may soften view on Maoists, by Anil Giri (kp), Military hardware coming from India; Army claims ignorance, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PKD flays NC, UML for doubting pact (kp), The danger of parties: Though they simplify elections, political parties can be a divisive force, by Frank Maretin-Buck (kp), CC given more teeth to settle statute issues (ht), End of Madhes debate, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Looking ahead, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep), House session cancelled for the second straight day (nn)

17/01/2011: Special panel sectt to brief arms monitors (kp), Special Committee takes charge of first, sixth PLA divisions (ht), Dahal lauds UNMIN’s contribution to peace (kp), Brief evaluation of UNMIN, by Bimal Neupane (rep), Issues to consider (ht), Dahal objects to NC leader Mahat’s remark on monitoring of NA (nn), India to resume arms and ammunition supplies to Nepal (nn) [??], India trashes report of resumption of lethal weapons supplies to Nepal (nn), Illusions of progress: Ad hoc moves need not be viewed as grand feats (kp), Big Three’s no to new national flag (kp) [Did the the male Bahun leaders of these parties really ask their non-Hindu MPs before taking this decision? The original Hindu meaning can never be changed!!], Parties wave the flag for continuity (ht), Vow to ensure indigenous people’s rights (kp) [How this, if all decisions are taken by the male Bahun leaders??], Nembang pledges Janajati panel in CA (ht), Address ethnic grievances, by Hari Bansha Dulal (rep), Maoists to make efforts for new govt formation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists to pitch for Prachanda as consensus prime minister (ht), PM Election, Scenario Still Hazy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Parliamentary regulations on PM election to be amended (nn), House session deferred until Tuesday (nn)

16/01/2011: Farewell to the mission: UNMIN’s contribution to the peace process is undeniable (kp), Nepali monitors slide into UNMIN groove, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Special panel monitors begin work at Maoist cantonments (ht), Maoists to discuss PLA camps handover (ht), Ceremony to bring PLA under PM-led panel (ht), AISC begins monitoring at PLA Shaktikhor cantonment of Chitwan (nn), Diplomats reaffirm support (kp), President again prods parties for consensus, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Form unity govt within a week: Prez (ht), HRW wants citizenship provisions amended: Says some stipulations contradict int’l laws (kp) [see HRW statement (14/01/2011)], Scenario Still Hazy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Constitution??! Whose responsibility?, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), When rhetoric rules, by Paras Kharel (rep)

15/01/2011: Special Committee to fill UNMIN void, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt, Maoists ink
three-point pact: Special Committee to take over UNMIN task
, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Goodbye UNMIN (rep), Peace without a referee, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), UNMIN’s parting shot to parties (kp), Holding on to benefits, by Siddhartha Thapa (kp), UNMIN and Beyond, by Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan' (kp),  Process to form govt begins in a day or two (ht), Dialectical Politics Of Maoists, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

14/01/2011: Crisis group warns of unrest: Says federalism debate extremely politicised (kp) [see report by International Crisis Group (13/01/2011)], Maoists want government to request a ‘rollover’ (kp), UCPN-Maoist seeks rollover for UNMIN (ht), Special panel will control them: Govt, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), House committee directs govt to form mechanism, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), UNMIN lowering flag, parties raising stakes (ht), Call a spade a spade: Landgren’s forecasts of the post-UNMIN scenario are not without grounds, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Cut off: Conflicting powers agreeing to UNMIN's departure could cost Nepal int'l clout, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp), Miscarriage Of UN Mission In Nepal, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (ht), Government formation: Leadership row mars discussions (kp), Brainstorming on for way ahead (ht), Vacuum ahead: Whatever the permutations, a sustainable deal to share power is unlikely, by Prashant Jha (nt), Search for consensus: A new way to find the next prime minister is needed (kp), PM pledges to execute NHRC recommendations (ht), Building better politics: Destination unknown?, by Ganga Thapa (ht)

13/01/2011: RCP quits race; protracted PM poll ends (kp), Nepali Congress yields to everyone’s wishes: Withdraws Paudel’s candidacy;Stage set for fresh polling; UCPN-M to stake claim to head govt, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Big Three at odds over new process, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Major parties see increased internal rift ahead of new govt formation (nn), Panel formed to amend House regulations (nn), Taskforce on monitoring meets; results zilch (kp), UNMIN logistics: Govt sends ‘unilateral’ letter to mission (kp), Alternative urgently needed, says UNMIN: ‘Without it logistics can’t be handed over’ (ht), Parliamentary panel instructs govt to form ‘reliable mechanism’ for monitoring both NA, PLA before UN mission’s exit (nn), Govt decides to bring PLA cantonments under Special Committee (nn), Terms of engagement: Maoist insecurity will deepen with UNMIN’s exit. National and international isolation will radicalise the party further, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), How It Will Affect Nepal’s Peace Process, by DB Subedi (rn), Citizenship provision slammed (ht), Kirat outfit top brass operating in disguise (ht), Democratization of Nepal Army, by Dipak Gurung (rep), US issues Travel Alert on Nepal; says Maoists remain 'Global Terrorist' (nn) [????? Says the country whose MPs are shot at home by her own citizens!!!]

12/01/2011: UNMIN set for a ‘low profile’ exit: Sudan vote eclipses Nepal issue, by Phanindra Dahal and Mahesh Acharya (kp), Post-UNMIN: Political parties split over new mechanism (kp), Peace process: Parties should discuss the post-UNMIN void seriously (kp), Taskforce fails to decide on post-UNMIN arrangement (nn), UN to continue support for Nepal’s peace even after UNMIN exit (nn), Without UNMIN: If UNMIN’s leaving makes the Maoists pause, it puts even more responsibility on non-Maoists, especially NC, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Unreached potential: In hindsight, UNMIN failed to go beyond symbolic deterrence after the CA elections, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Ongoing prime ministerial election process ending today (nn), UML adds insult to Congress injury, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-UML to vote against Paudel: Khanal rejects plea to call CC meeting (ht), PM election process to restart afresh as NC withdraws Paudel’s candidacy (nn), Maoists within an ace of forming new government: UCPN (Maoist) has kept four options open for govt formation (kp), NC, UCPN (M) meet to discuss forming govt on rotational basis inconclusive (nn), Madhes parties to form alliance (kp), A question of trust, backbreaking work, by Sunil Babu Panta (kp), Genuine Peace Becomes Elusive, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn)

11/01/2011: Unfortunate if peace process slips: Karin, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Err on the side of caution: Landgren; Hopes parties will reach ‘some agreement’ soon (ht), ‘Maoists ready to take bold steps’ (kp), Coalition on nverge of a flashpoint (kp), NC threatens to pull out of government: Tells CPN-UML to back Paudel in PM race, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Recording a conflict: We’ve too easily concluded that Nepali media’s conflict reporting has been unproblematic and objective, by Yadab Bastola (kp), Parties to delve into statute issues (ht), Discrimination par excellence: No country for daughters, by Arzu Rana Deuba (ht)

10/01/2011: UNMIN report speaks of reality: Bhattarai (kp), Moving forward: New Delhi could play a bigger role in resolving the stalemate (kp), Poudel fate decision on Wednesday (kp), Quit PM race: UML to NC (kp), After UNMIN, the CPA should be redefined / Party should learn to manage to dissent, interviews with C.P. Gajurel and Ram Karki (kp), Recommendations go unheeded: NHRC: OAG says there’s no legal ground to file cases (ht), Guv to rule during emergency in Pradesh (ht)

09/01/2011: Landgren’s briefing to UN security council: Parties in a stew over UNMIN chief’s stance (kp), Landgren briefing defamatory: PM; Rules out UML-Maoist coalition (ht), Maoists press for joint NA-PLA team: We’re open to all sorts of possibilities: NC, UML, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Mission accomplished, claims Dr Bhattarai: Hints India might support Maoist-led govt (ht), ‘India ok with Maoist govt’ (kp), House winter session starts from today (kp), Donors have peace, dev plan: Strategy also includes their major concerns, by Anil Giri (kp) Prepare to work without UNMIN, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), UNMIN's exit: Good for Nepal, by Murari Sharma (rep) [Sounds as if the Maoists were the main reason for delay; fact is that Maoists, government, other parties and the army equally share responsibility!!]

08/01/2011: UNMIN chief's statement: Remark a knife in heart: Prez (kp), President, too, miffed with UNMIN chief’s remarks at the Security Council meeting (nn), Prez has no plans to step in (ht) [He also has no constitutional right to do so!!], Khanal stakes claim to new govt (kp), TMDP pulls out of govt (ht), TMLP recalls reps (kp), Maoist action plan: Revolt to set up a people’s republic (kp), Dahal, Baidhya advocate revolt (ht), Dr Bhattarai pitches for peaceful path (ht), NC discussing prime ministerial candidacy with ruling parties today (nn), India won’t oppose Maoist-led govt: Dr Bhattarai (nn), UNMIN And The Aftermath, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

07/01/2011: Maoist aye to conditional exit: Party for monitoring NA in post-UNMIN scenario, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Peace process in peril: Landgren to UNSC (ht), Government vents ire at Landgren’s briefing, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Nepal’s Permanent Mission conveys govt’s annoyance over UNMIN chief’s ‘malicious conjecture’ (nn), Arms monitors’ withdrawal begin (kp), Big Three dwell on fill-in for UNMIN (ht), UK, US envoys consult PM, Congress: Post-UNMIN scenario figures in discussions (ht), Dr Bhattarai prescribes panacea: Proposes four bases to break prevailing deadlock; Lays stresses on need to forge middle path, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Bhattarai floats 4-pt plan to end deadlock (kp), Terms of engagement: New Delhi must engage meaningfully with Maoists (kp), The chicken or the egg: Cause-and-effect relationships between political instability and corruption are hard to untangle, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Focus on political economy: For democracy in Nepal, by Surendra Pradhanang (ht), Post-UNMIN tasks
The parties should be focusing on enabling the existing local mechanisms post-UNMIN
, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Stop wasting time (nt), Big Madhesi politics: Watch this space for future splits among the Madhes parties, by Prashant Jha (nt)
, Core Questions Confronted in Constitution Making, by Ganesh Datta Bhatta (sp), Reactionaries Working Against Changes, by Barshaman Pun Ananta (sp)

06/01/2011: UNMIN chief Landgren tells UNSC Nepal’s peace process ‘largely deadlocked’, but political gains won’t be reversed (nn), Letter to UNMIN: Govt bid ruffles Maoist feathers (kp), Maoists propose different UN unit as alternative to UNMIN (nn), British, US envoys continue political parleys on peace process (nn), Govt brings action plan, Maoists averse, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal, Bhattarai poles apart: Baidya party organisation boss, Chand YCL chief (kp), What next, Mr Chairman? The Maoists have baffled attempts to trace the logic in their trajectory, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Hard facts of consensus: Political consensus is ideal, but in this climate, pragmatism must rule, by Sagun S. Lawoti (kp), Apocalypse now: Letting the Constituent Assembly fade away through chicanery will unleash anarchy, by Abhi Subedi (kp), 17th run-off likely on Jan 12: NC to withdraw Paudel candidacy if he loses (ht), 28 parties one on 127 issues (ht)

05/01/2011: Now’s my chance: Govt seems decided peace accords are irrelevant (kp), Don’t leave just yet: With UNMIN’s exit, the situation could go hopelessly wrong, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (kp), Maoists dead against arms handover (kp), Integration first, says Gajurel (kp), Poudel can be pulled out: KC (kp), Little happening on decentralisation front (ht), Boundaries in federalism: Crucial issue in focus, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (ht)

04/01/2011: Dahal sets to mending fences with Bhattarai, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Give us the arms bins, govt tells UNMIN, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Wikileaks blows the lid off the sordid saga, by Mukul Humagain (kp), Leaked US cable: Gachchhadar offered bribe to PAC member to approve aircraft deal (nn), Govt in fix over TMLP defectors (kp), Ministers of TMLP splinter faction not to be removed from govt (nn), VP Jha’s press advisor convicted of sedition (kp), Congress decides not to retreat: In no mood to withdraw Paudel’s candidacy from the prime ministerial race (ht), NC not to continue Paudel's candidacy if rejected by majority (nn), Maoist secy rules out support to Khanal; NC, UML leaders differ on 'rotational system' (nn), Veep’s press adviser convicted: Fined a mere Rs 500 for sedition; To move Supreme Court (ht), A new year’s gift: Indian policy in Nepal retains dominance by supporting weak institutions, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Peace-building in Nepal: Multi-track approaches, by Hari Bansha Jha (ht), New Nepal: Need Of A Complete Ethnographic Profile, by Prem Khatry (rn), 28 parties nod to taskforce report on disputed issues of three thematic committees (nn)

03/01/2011: UNMIN term row: Maoists may move court, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Maoists preparing to file case against govt letter to UNMIN (nn), UNMIN’s departure will create complications, interviews with Geja Sharma Wagle and Prashant Jha (kp), TMLP appeals to PM to sack its ministers; UML Chair Khanal engineered the split: Lal (kp), Picking up the pieces: Factionalism has weakened the Madheshi movement (kp), Maoist U-turn on resolved issues (ht), Fringe parties unhappy with taskforce’s job (kp), A crooked line: Corruption has become accepted in Nepali politics it’s time for a change, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Limbuwan cadres on rampage: Attack lawmaker and Janamorcha activists for opposing federalism (ht), Political intrigues: Nothing unusual in the real sense, by Sugat Ratna Kansakar (ht), Will 2011 be any different?, by Hari Bansha Dulal (rep)

02/01/2011: Missive miffs MoFA mandarins: Foreign secy raises questions about content, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Dahal unhappy over parties’ attitude: Accuses of unilaterally writing UNMIN obituary (kp), Maoists trying to deceive: NC; Party not to quit PM race (ht) [?? ..and the NC is deceiving the Nepali people by destroying the peace and reconstruction process!!], Paudel seeks a disarmed UCPN-M [Yes, but this ought to be the goal of the peace process, overviewed by UNMIN, and not a preconditional step!!], Gagan accuses Maoists of trying to engineer a split in NC (nn) [The NC does not need outsiders, Gagan!], Maoist hackles up at criminal cases’ revival (kp), Handle Federalism With Care, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Nationalism, maturity & light, by Murari Sharma (rep), Student unions, we've had enough!, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), TMLP requests PM to remove dissident party leaders from govt (nn), Political fragmentation (rep)

01/01/2011: Mandate meagre: Karin; Peace process at crossroads, parties inert, says Ban (kp), SC secretariat set to take over UNMIN job, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), NHRC may go bust to B status, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Order or liberty: Two opposing political visions are being fought over in the CA—and it is by no means easy to reconcile them, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), A modest proposal: With India growing by 9 percent and China by 10, we have good reasons to remain hopeful, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Welcoming a new power order: New Nepal doesn't just exist in a political scaffolding. Rather, it manifests itself more vividly in a socio-cultural context, by Yug Pathak (kp), The democratisation of foreign policy: The evolution of Nepali politics has made institutionalising and implementing foreign policymore challenging. It is time for a broad political consensus on the key issues of our times , by Prashant Jha (kp), Minister Yadav tells TMDP got to split: Snatches nine lawmakers to form TMDP-Nepal (ht), Plenum fiasco: While the recent meeting of Nepal’s Maoists was supposed to offer clarity and energy for the party’s future strategy, it did neither, by Post Bahadur Basnet (Himal Southasian)

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