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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)

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Conflict Study Center. Key Parties' Manifestos to CA Polls in Nepal: Comparative Study of the Maoist, UML and NC. Kathmandu, 28 March 2008

Amnesty International. Fear for safety / fear of torture or ill-treatment/ possible enforced disappearance: Tsering Dhondup (m) aged 27. Urgent Action, 27 March 2008

Tek Tamrakar. Federalism with a Dalit perspective. 25 March 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. Political transition in Nepal: Chances of Resembling Faustian Model of Development. Lund University, Sweden, March 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. Text and Pretext of New Nepal. Lund University, Sweden, January 2008

Manjushree Thapa. Frieden ist mehr als eine Wahl. Bono-Direkthilfe e.V., 19.12.2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal: Peace Postponed. Asia Briefing N72, 18 December 2007

Human Rights and Security Challenges. FES, News Update, 4 December 2008

Krmer, Karl-Heinz. Chancen fr eine positive Entwicklung des Friedensprozesses in Nepal. FES, November 2007

Colette Rausch, Shobhakar Budhathoki and Karon Cochran-Budhathoki. Nepal In Transition : Strengthening Security and the Rule of Law. Findings of Nepal Police - Civil Society Dialogue. USIP, Public Report, September 2007

Prabin K. Prajapati. Is Nepalese politics going towards anarchism? A view on CA election postponement. Lund University, Sweden, October 2007

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Scott Worden. Transitional Justice in Nepal: A Look at the International Experience of Truth Commissions. USIPeace Briefing, September 2007

Prabin K. Prajapati. CA Election and New Nepal: A Review from Perspective of Democratic Practice. Lund University, Sweden, September 2007

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Colette Rausch. Constituent Assembly Elections and Security in Nepal. USIPeace Briefing, August 2007

Amnesty International. Reconciliation does not mean impunity: A Memorandum on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill. 13 August 2007

Canada Forum for Nepal. Send message of unity to Nepal. 6 August 2007

Human Rights Home. Letter to British Ambassador Andrew Hall. 24 July 2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal's troubled Tarai region. Asia Report N136, 9 July 2007

Prabin K. Prajapati. YCL, Eight Parties and People's Mandate. Lund, Sweden, July 2007

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Colette Rausch. Nepal in Transition: Developing Security and Rule of Law Strategies. USIPeace Briefing, May 2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Maoists: Purists or Pragmatists? Asia Report N132, 18 May 2007.

Human Rights Watch. Last Hope: The Need for Durable Solutions for Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal and India (17/05/2007)

Women groups and organisation. Press statement on the non-inclusive new council of ministers. April 2, 2007.

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Conflict Study Center. Nepal’s Interim Constitution: Inspiring Versus Cynical Experience. 31/12/2006

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Conflict Study Center. Situation Update XVII: Nepal’s Culture of Impunity. 09/12/2006

Conflict Study Center. Situation Update XVI: Another Milestone for Peace: Army and Arms Management in Nepal. 01/12/2006

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