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Press evaluation:

30/06/2013: Bhattarai ‘gives up’ Maoist veep post: Announcement follows charges against him of promoting factional politics by CC members, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bhattarai resigns as UCPN-M vice-chairman (ht), Regmi, Dahal in bid to bring CPN-M on board (ht), CPN-M confirms CA vote boycott plan, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Can Madhesi parties unite to form a single force? Not until they give up their ministerial ambitions and lust for power and plum posts: Experts, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Dissecting democracy: Nepalis endorse federalism in the Nepal Democracy Survey: Round III, by Krishna Hachhethu (kp), Constitution chimera, by Murari Sharma (rep)

29/06/2013: Watchdog demands code of conduct for election observers (ht), November elections: Helicopter use, if allowed, would still mean ‘violating code’, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-M to seek army’s help to halt poll: Gajurel (ht), Seven injured in dispute over access to temple (ht), Local Governance In Chaos, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

28/06/2013: Leaders ask EC to shed ‘harsh’ poll code terms, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [The task is not to make the HLPC and other party leaders happy!!], Party or people: There are still many difficulties on route to CA polls without major parties publicly voicing their differences with the EC, by Shyam K.C., Retain previous PR ratio: NMSP (ht), Fears grow of Dalit privileges being trashed in upcoming Assembly, by Weena Pun (kp), Local democracy in chaos: Election is the solution, by Pranav Bhattarai (ht), Identity and equality is all that indigenous women want, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (rep), Battle for the ballots: Now that November polls look probable its back to the good, bad, and ugly in politics, by Anurag Acharya (nt), "Proposed Polls Meaningless", interview with Mohan Vaidya (sp), "Polls Inevitable", interview with Sujata Koirala (sp), Government's Honeymoon: Retired, Not Tired, by Keshab Poudel (sp)

27/06/2013: CEC ‘political moves’ get on HLPC members’ nerves, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Constituency delimitation: Collision likely over geographical names, by Pranab Kharel (kp), CDC got to go the limit to delimit constituencies: Will Kathmandu get more seats — three to five, or will some Tarai districts lose? (ht), Not there yet: CA composition and constituency delineation will be controversial issues in days to come (kp), TMLP, Sadbhawana in unification parleys (kp), Round table possible ‘only if CPN-Maoist agrees to election’ (ht), No change of guard, no new poll date: Four major forces not averse to other demands of disgruntled parties (ht), CPN-M to put forth riders for poll participation (nn), Power to the people: It is not just politicians who have failed Nepal’s sovereignty; traditional elites and patriot-intellectuals have compromised it no less, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Polls are ploy to Sikkimize Nepal, interview with Dev Gurung (rep)

26/06/2013: Ad-hoc elections: The EC’s efforts to reform Nepal’s electoral system for greater credibility were politically thwarted, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), In full shape, CDC talks work process (kp), Panel to delineate constituencies begins work: Contradictory statutory provisions could complicate its functioning, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Convict provision in poll act challenged in court (kp), SC moved against CA election ordinance (ht), EC wants poll-opposing parties in by mid-August, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Parties open to round table conference idea, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Baidhya dismisses talk of unity with UCPN-M: Tells Dahal to create environment for participation in poll, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), MK Nepal alleges political meddling in Rautahat case (kp), Dalits, non-Dalits unite to end discrimination (kp), More equal: President Yadav’s recent medical trip perpetuates our feudal past (kp)

25/06/2013: Uninspiring: 100 days of Regmi (ht), EC code to ban election extravaganza: Political parties must avoid chartered choppers, planes No wall paintings, loudspeakers, by Samik Kharel (kp), 42 parties seek resumption of party registration process (kp), CPN-M, FSP, FDFN set riders to join election process: Say all-party conference should be held to start new political course, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CPN-Maoist-led alliance to go solo against polls, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), NC, UML in bid to woo disgruntled parties: Say they will agree to all demands but change of govt, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Free and fearless: Credible elections will require a voting environment free of violence intimidation (kp), Yang welcomes CA election date, assures support, by Anil Giri (kp), Bill the President: Until the country has the same health package for all its citizens, the state cannot treat the President, by Suman Khadka (kp), President’s health condition ‘absolutely normal’ (ht), All rise: Vilifying Prachanda, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

24/06/2013: Discontent as poll govt marks 100 days in office: Govt lists announcement of election date as its major achievement (kp), Govt makes public its 100-day report (ht), CPN-M firm on sabotaging CA election (ht), How the party was forced into a corner, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CPN-Maoist wants formation of all-party govt if it is to take part in November election (nn), Two parties not to join protest hands with Baidya bloc, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), FSP refuses to be part of HLPC, Cabinet: Adamant on 60 per cent seats under PR system in the new CA (ht), Resolve prickly issues through talks: FDRA (ht), UCPN (M)-Morcha election alliance not in the making at least for now, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Poll security-weary EC floats multiple options, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Commission, secretaries to dwell on code today (kp), Rs 1b for outreach campaign, by Samik Kharel (kp), Former Kamlaris warn fresh unrest: Ask govt to implement deal within mid-July, by Weena Pun (kp), Attack On Dalit Community: Shame On Loktantra, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

23/06/2013: NC to ‘propose’ 3 provinces in new federal set up, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), Koirala nay to Madhes autonomous state (kp), UCPN (Maoist) ‘ready’ for HLPC, Cabinet shake-up (kp), Rejig Cabinet to include agitating parties: Sapkota (ht), Sharma says CPN-M will take part in polls (ht 23/06/2013), Is SP giving the cold shoulder to UDMF? (ht), Gachchadhar tries to woo FSP as alliance of poll-opposing parties starts to disintegrate (nn), Dang farmers return seized land, by Durga Lal K.C. (kp), Political visions and hierarchies: It is futile to expect all groups of people to share a common vision but without a shared vision, how can they work to restructure the country?, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Let people choose: CA part 2, by Anil Shah (rep)

22/06/2013: November polls to cost EC, political parties a fortune, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Accessible to all, by Bhadra Sharma and Roshan Sedhai (kp), Declare Sharma CJ, says legal fraternity (ht), 18-party front to topple election government (ht), Parties interfered in Rautahat investigations: Dalit activists, by Weena Pun (kp), Reinvigorated YCL eyes CA elections, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht)

21/06/2013: Pvt sector urges EC to check forced donations during polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Gagan wants HLPC gone (kp) [!!!], HLPC should be scrapped, Regmi should resign from CJ post to appease dissident parties: Thapa (nn), CDC faces constituency delimitation hurdles, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Dissident parties eye a broader alliance, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Dealing with dissent: All parties must be brought on board the political process, as elections will only be justified if all political forces participate, by Jeetendra Dev (kp), Pressure piles on parties to join elections (ht), Regmi govt’s constitutionality test on July 4, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Regmi appointment: Place all petitions together, says SC (kp), No legal bar on one person at EC helm two times: Uprety, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Activists demand immediate release of Rautahat report, by Weena Pun (kp), National scene: Political class fails to act, by Mukti Rijal (ht), The despair of bourgeoisie, by C.K. Lal (rep), Closed minds and shutdowns: Politicians think they can punish the people and still get their support, by Dhana Hamal (nt), True reconciliation: Setting up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission will not by itself ensure truth or reconciliation, by George Varughese and Tamar Luster (nt)

20/06/2013: CPN-M misses EC consultation, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-M into forming ‘people’s govt’ (ht), Madhesi Morcha meeting on Saturday; agenda alliance (kp), Congress, Madhesi forces may join hands for upcoming polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Inclusiveness to protectcountry, says ex-king, by Shyamsundar Shashi (kp) [The non-inclusive state and the suppression of ethnic and regional cultures and languages has been the basis of the Shah state for more than 200 years!!], All for one: Towards new polls (rep), Abide by poll timetable, EC urges parties (ht), Violent polls in the cards, interview with Gagan Thapa (rep), CA seats should not exceed 491: Sushil (nn) [Then reduce the number of FPTP seats to not more than 160!!], Comrades no more: One expected the Maoists parties to abhor the continued existence of the Kamlari system, but both remained inexplicably mute, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

19/06/2013: CPN-UML sees Congress as main rival in CA elections: Expects a tough fight from UCPN (Maoist), Madhes parties (kp), Baidya-led alliance for interaction (kp), CPN-M demands alright, save govt change: Deuba (ht), Poll process time table announced (ht), 22 PLA men quit army training (nn)

18/06/2013: HLPC to seek agitating parties’ ‘bottom line’ (kp), CPN-M settles on all-party council, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Roots of evil: Providing power and agency to women can considerably weaken the patriarchal mindset (kp), Carving constituencies: Voter population, issues of inclusion and gerrymandering pose challenges to constituency delimitation, by Tej Prasad Adhikari (kp)

17/06/2013: EC readies codes of conduct for poll, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), 42 poll-opposed parties bring nation to a halt (kp), Proceed carefully: Agitating parties should be pacified in a manner that doesn’t jeopardise the political process (kp), A host of challenges stare parties in face, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), NHRC calls for end to banda practice (kp), Courting comrades: Why is the largest party in the erstwhile CA so desperately seeking electoral alliances with fringe parties?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Unless we pose a threat to the state, our issues will not be addressed, interview with Durga Sob, National Dalit Commission (kp), The Koirala complex: Sidelines, by C.K. Lal (rep)

16/06/2013: Govt, HLPC trying to win over poll-opposing parties: ‘MJF-N, FSPN will be part of poll process if their demands are met’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Urge to bring dissidents on board, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Gurung dares govt to hold polls on Nov 19 (ht), Amend constitutional process first: Bhusal (ht), Nationwide bandh called against announcement of poll date affects life partially (nn), Defections gain ground in Madhes, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Chairman, divided: From a purely pragmatic perspective, the call for Khil Raj Regmi to resign as Chief Justice is correct, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Great expectations: Republicans have failed on all counts, from nation building and constitution writing to the preservation of national integrity and social harmony, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Government Not Out Of The Woods, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Hard work begins: New CA election, by Peter W. Bodde, US ambassador to Nepal (kp)

15/06/2013: Join in, Regmi tells poll-opposing parties: Says govt under him was a necessity, not his choice; he’s detached himself from judiciary (kp) [This is not true Mr Regmi! Those parties do not oppose elections but HLPC and your government which are both illegitimate! As Chief Justice you should be well aware that there would have been a constitutional way to solve the legitimacy crisis!!], Step down as CJ, civil society asks Regmi (ht), Regmi seeks support to ensure free, fair polls (ht), International community lauds vote date declaration (kp), Plaudits pour in for poll date announcement (ht), Got a date: November 19 election (rep), HLPC to convince agitating parties to go to the polls (kp), Gachchhadar gets his turn to head HLPC (nn), Baidya, Yadav, Rai answer with protest programme, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Three agitating forces to enforce strike tomorrow (ht), ‘Ensure 13 pc Dalit representation in CA’: Rights activists say number of Dalits may fall in new CA (kp) [Thanks to the HLPC ambitions this is for sure also for women, Janajati and Madhesi!!], Bhattarai for more proportional representation to bring dissidents on board (nn), Election authority geared up for CA vote (kp), EVM plan may not materialise (kp), Deficit Of Democratic Values, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

14/06/2013: Govt sets November 19 date for CA polls: Poll ordinance sent to Prez; disputed threshold provision removed, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Govt sets CA election date for November 19: Scraps threshold proviso; Those convicted of heinous crime disqualified from contestingpolls , by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Regmi address the nation; urges broad support for fair polls (nn), Prez approves election ordinance sans threshold (nn), HLPC lauds announcement of poll date, will hold talks with dissident parties (nn), Poll-opposing parties threaten joint protests, by Roshjan Sedhai (kp) [They do not oppose elections but the illegitimate and senseless procedure! The current way only opens the door to many more years of power fighting by the traditional and failed party elites without producing a new constitution for an inclusive federal state!], ‘Constituency marking plan beset with hurdles’, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Baidhya threatens to write statute from street (ht), Seven families await compensation for government-acquired land, by Binod Tripathi (kp), Silent alarm: If the demands of the marginalised remain unaddressed, their frustration could explode, by Rup Kumar BK (kp), Street protests: Playing havoc with mobility, by Ashish Gajurel (ht), Breaking views: As elections look more probable, the mainstream media also becomes an extension of the political parties, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Toughness Required, by Tilak Rawal (sp), Polls Apart, by Keshab Poudel (sp)

13/06/2013: EC centre to command 100,000 security personnel for elections: Joint Election Operation Centre to check poll-related violence, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Curfew in Jumla after NC, CPN-Maoist slug it out (kp), 7 parties’ Dalit wings to continue sit-in protest across country, by Weena Pun (kp), Eyes on the prize: Without a broader agenda and vision, Madhesi leaders will remain unsucessful in electoral politics, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Teaching peace; Need for peace education, by Mahabir Paudyal  (rep)

12/06/2013: Minister says govt planning to announce poll date by June 15, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), HLPC urges Regmi to declare poll date (ht), Quick, quick: New election date (rep), CPN-Maoist ‘donation’ letters evoke insurgency-era fears, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp), EC seeks enough budget for poll (ht), Is Phulkaji evil? Pictures of reality that journalists produce can form or solidify a destructive opinion, by Gyanu Adhikari (kp), State not there for poor and oppressed, interview with Shanta Chaudhary (rep), Vision for tomorrow, by Sher Bahadur Deuba (rep)

11/06/2013: HLPC authorises govt to take a call, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Parties pass on prickly issues to Regmi-led govt, by Prakash Acharya (ht), EC to parties: No ‘donations’ (kp), Banda in Rajbiraj to protest ex-king Gyanendra’s visit, by Jitendra Khadga (kp), Dalits announce protest programmes (kp), One of us: Politicians merely reflect the society we live in, they do not drop in from another planet, by Sujeev Shakya (kp) [Yes, but they only reflect a small elite section of society!], Boosting national morale: Any attempt to bring about unity through forced homogenisation is bound to be suicidal, by Ranadhoj Limbu-Angbuhang (kp)

10/06/2013: First things first: A revived Constituent Assembly is the best option to institutionalise the gains of the republican era, by Erisha Suwal (kp), HLPC talks go pear-shaped again (kp), No headway at HLPC meeting: Govt likely to decide unilaterally (ht), HLPC decides to allow govt to finalise election ordinance; agree on 2-5 pc threshold for next general election (nn), UML sticks to stance on election law issues (kp), Rautahat Dalit settlement attack: District chief thwarts bid to locally reconcile case; National Human Rights Commission seeks justice for victims, by Shiva Puri (kp), Unite and conquer: Dalit groups need to politically combat caste-based discrimination at all levels (kp), NHRC condemns attack on Dalits (ht), More action needed (ht), Where's the will? (rep), The door to polls will open and we will have elections, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (kp), Setting qualifications for lawmakers: A comprehensive law is required, by Gyan Basnet (ht), Transporation strike in five districts surrounding Ktm Valley (nn)

09/06/2013: Two for the price of one: Holding the CA and local elections together will save costs and end people’s suffering, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Parties deadlocked over threshold (ht), Govt to parties: Agree within 2 days; Suggests removing threshold provision from the proposed draft of the CA Member Act, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Interest groups behind the mushrooming of parties, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Thakur urges Madhesi unity for elections (ht), The right stand: Maoists and CA polls, by Mohan Bukram Singh (rep), 14 injured in Dalit settlement attack, by Shiva Puri (kp), Dalits thrashed over entry into temple (ht)

08/06/2013: HLPC sets date with Regmi to settle poll law issues (kp), Vote threshold still a bone of contention, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Parties delaying CA polls: Uprety (ht), CA polls only way to end impasse: UML leader; Says Regmi’s presence or absence does not count (ht) [The impasse will stay as long as these current leaders have any say! They only want elections to continue their power fights for years!!!], Govt, Kamlaris ink deal; protests end, by Weena Pun (kp), Govt to address ex-kamlaris’ demands (ht), CPN-M to halt protest during rainy season (kp)

07/06/2013: EC proposes Nov 14 election date: Government says it will announce any date before November 22 for the CA polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Regmi-given deadline ending today; leaders ooze optimism, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), FDFN gives one-week ultimatum (ht), Bring parties on poll track, EU to Khanal (kp), Govt-Kamlari talks ‘positive’ (kp), Accord still elusive in kamlari negotiations (ht), Banda continues in western Tarai (kp), War’s legacy: a gun culture; The conflict may be over, but a new survey shows high levels of violence because there are so many guns around, by Sulaiman Daud (nt), Elections and the un-democracy: Elections are meant to promote democracy, not defeat it; which is why care must be given to planning an inclusive, independent exercise, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Including the excluded: The only way to justify Nepal’s painfully long transition is to ensure election rules that level the playing field, by Anurag Acharya (nt), The republic turns five: The triumph of consensus over due process, by Maneet Dhungel (rep), Clutching at strands of straw, by C.K. Lal (rep), Enforcement of anti-untouchability law still weak, by Kamal Pariyar (rep)

06/06/2013: Prez urges top leaders to let go of discord (kp), Prez intensifies political parleys to simplify process for holding CA election (nn), Way too long: Path to new CA polls (rep), Supreme Court asks Regmi to explain his double role (kp), West Madhes not on leadership map, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Baidya, Rai, Yadav on the same wavelength, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Eight-party Front puts up bold front (kp), Upendra-led alliance issues seven-day ultimatum to govt (nn), FDFN to give govt one week ultimatum (ht), RPP chief backtracks on threshold provision (ht), Govt panel to probe ex-Kamlari’s death, by Weena Pun (kp), No progress in kamlari talks: Protesters in no mood to give continuity to discussions (ht), Banda hits west Tarai (kp), Breaking barriers: Bonded laborers, by Michael Rosenkrantz (rep), 9th anniversary of Badarmudhe incident: Victims demand perpetrators be brought to book; Say they want guilty punished, not relief package announced by govt, by Surya Prakash Kandel (ht), Conflicting interests: Party vs nation, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep)

05/06/2013: UCPN (M), some Madhes parties mull poll alliance, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), Failing to hold CA election within November will put democracy at severe risk: Koirala (nn) [which democracy?], Govt-Kamlari dialogue inconclusive, by Weena Pun (kp), Freed kamlaris stage rally in Capital city (ht), Kamlari banda hits Tarai (kp), 'Freed Kamlharis' enforce second day of Terai bandh (nn), War cry: Kamlari protests (rep), The only option is damage control, interview with Ishwar Pokharel (rep)

04/06/2013: HLPC agrees on 491-strong CA: Yet to settle other election issues; Leaders hope for deal soon (ht) [May the idea of an inclusive CA rest in peace as demanded by the NC, the greatest veto player in in respect to federalism and inclusion!!], Regmi gives big four parties a deadline to act: Says govt will make moves if deal bid fails (kp), UML urges Regmi to endorse ordinances, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Rai laughs off four-party ‘syndicate’ (kp), Bandarmude victims turn down government aid: Say they want justice first, not dev projects, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Divided they fall: Our civil society leaders have become fragmented, partisan and insular, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Democracy in reverse: Need for local elections, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Terai region hit hard by day-long bandh imposed by Kamlharis (nn)

03/06/2013: Eight-man taskforce fails to resolve contentious issues: HLPC meeting today to discuss proposed CA Member Act 2013, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Squabbling parties put polls on back burner (ht), HLPC fails to settle poll issues: Members agree to find solution as per the spirit of March 13 pact (ht), Deal with dissent: Efforts should be made to accommodate dissenting parties in the political process (kp), Let The Government Decide, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Big four set to go for 491-member CA; dispute on other poll issues remains (nn), CA election by mid-December: Commissioner Thakur (nn), Clash leaves Charikot tense (ht), Dolakha hit hard by NC's indefinite bandh (nn), NC, UCPN (Maoist) agree to bury hatchet; Dolakha bandh called off (nn), Fears of EVM plan in CA election turning a fiasco, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Without elected representatives, Nepal is not a democracy, interview with Upendra Yadav (kp), Politics of belonging: The citizenship process has deliberately been complicated to discourage Madhesis from seeking citizenship, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Existential angst: UML-Maoist Hostility, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

02/06/2013: NBA says Regmi must quit as CJ: Bar reiterates his appointment is against the principle of separation of powers, by Prakash Baral (kp), Govt talks with poll-opposing parties turn a damp squib, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 33 parties to change stir mode (kp), NC backs equal quota system for CA election (ht), Mahato for alliance with Dalits, Muslims, Janajatis (ht), Time to regroup: NEFIN and Janajati politics, by Arun Rai (rep), Kin of conflict victim struggling for justice, by Rajendra Nath (kp)

01/06/2013: In the wake of failure: A year since the demise of the Constituent Assembly, and crisis appears to have deepened further in Nepali politics, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), The republic: While the evil-doers sit inside Tundikhel and enjoy the circus acts on Republic Day, the real jantas are outside the gates, by Guffadi (kp), It’s official, May 28 is country’s National Day (kp) [?? The current politics have nothing to do with res publica!!], Tough task ahead for HLPC panel, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), HLPC meeting fails as parties dig in heels (ht), 33 parties warn govt of shutdown (ht), TMDP stands against election threshold (ht), Crunch time: Disagreement over election (rep), Deuba gets Delhi invite, UML’s Nepal may be next, by Mahesh Acharya and Devendra Bhattarai (kp) [Nepal's politicians still need instructions from India!], India asked for 1,000 vehicles for CA polls, by Anil Giri (kp), EC gets tough on party registration, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), I’ll resign if Regmi returns: Acting CJ, by Prakash Baral (kp)

31/05/2013: 60 parties seek registration on last day: Adamant, CPN-M stays out of it; EC says it won’t wait for Baidya, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Number of parties registered with EC reaches 134 as deadline ends: CPN-Maoist and otherfringe outfits did not apply (ht), Number of political parties registering with EC reaches 140 on last day (nn), Panel to settle poll law dispute (kp) [There cannot be enough panels to waste the next years!!], HLPC sets up taskforce to iron out differences pertaining to poll laws: Panel to submit recommendation before Monday (ht), Between a rock and a hard place: Nepal’s political players should finally learn that the only way to reduce outside interference is to put our own house in order (nt), Call for 33pc CA seats for women, by Weena Pun (kp) [This is only possible if 60% of the future CA members will be elected through the proportional lists!!], Madhes gears up for polls: Common symbol, flag on agenda, by Pranab Kharel (kp), JP Gupta, SS Bhandari in bid to unify or ally their parties (ht), Lawati threatens to reinstate monarchy (kp), ‘SC delaying case meant to decide Regmi’s fate’ (ht), Strike affects eastern districts (kp), The rot at the bottom: The uncertainty over politicised student union elections reflects doubts over national elections, by Trishna Rana (nt), Limbuwan strike against FSU election hits life in east (ht), Half the sky: Effective interventions must engage men to address social norms that legitimise male power, control and the use of violence, by Sambriddhi Kharel (kp), Muslim women seek their rights, by Rakesh Chaudhary (rep), Our political culture: Of carpetbaggers and sukul-goondas, by Mani Dixit (ht), Who is a Nepali?, by Prashaant Singh (rep), Just want justice: Parents of youth murdered during the war are themselves illegally detained, by Dambar K. Shrestha (nt), Hard To Tell When: Despite the consensus among the political parties to hold the election, they are yet to agree on the election date, by Keshab Poudel (sp)

30/05/2013: On 6th Republic Day, country looks divided: Govt organises special official event; civil society shuns it to hold protest programme near CA building (kp) [Nepal is not a republic but an oligarchy of male high caste party 'leaders'!!], Boycotts overshadow Republic Day: NBA, civil society members choose to give official celebrations a miss (ht), Conflict-hit see no reason to celebrate (ht), NC leaders Koirala, Deuba skip Prez high-tea (kp), Nation still struggling to institutionalise achievements: Prez (kp), Seven eastern districts hit hard by Limbuwan group's strike; CPN-M enforces bandh in Rupandehi (nn), Out with the old: The term Dalit has negative connotations of caste stereotypes and should be replaced, by Rajendra Senchurey (kp), Political decisions: Rules of the game are nothing more than makeshift, patchwork with hardly any logic behind them, by Narayan Manandhar (kp)

29/05/2013: Govt for poll date even if consensus bid fails, by Anil Giri (kp), Nefin airs CA seat concerns (kp), SC writ seeks Regmi gone as CJ (kp), Truth and consequences: The TRC ordinance ignores consultations with victims and doesn’t address their aspirations, by Suman Adhikari (kp), Time to reflect: Six years of Republic Nepal (rep) [Nepal is a republic only on paper! In practice treats a handful of high caste male party leaders the country as their property!!], Election date nowhere as leaders promised (ht), Fringe Madhesi parties support Thakur’s unification initiative (ht)

28/05/2013: Political schism deepened after CA demise, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [The party leaders' behaviour after the 2008 elections was unconstitutional in many ways, but for one year now Nepal is in a state of fundamental illegitimacy!!], SC show-cause on Regmi appt (kp), Show cause on CJ as govt head (ht), Jungum asked to clarify petition further, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Civil society to boycott official R-Day events (kp), Koirala skips High-level political panel meeting (kp), NC president, deputy disagree on Regmi’s resignation as CJ, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Leaders sit for talks, fail to touch upon agendas: Are reluctant to budge from their earlier stances, by Prakash Acharya (ht), 67 parties registered with EC (nn), FSPN registered with Election Commission (kp), We are not against election: Baidhya (ht), NHRC Chair comes down heavily on govt, parties : Blames them for deteriorating rights situation (ht)

27/05/2013: On ‘quit as CJ’ demand, Regmi refuses to budge: Says parties have no right to seek resignation (kp) [If he does not understand that he has no constitutional right to be chief justice and head of the executive at the same time, then he has failed in both positions! The way of his nomination as head of the executive has been unconstitutional either!!], Take the bait: Regmi could resign as CJ (rep), Minister rules out resignation of Regmi as CJ (nn), SC issues show-cause notice over appointment of Regmi as govt chief (nn), Not too many: Govt must push for consensus on electoral laws, announce poll date (kp), Sadbhawana Party’s Madhes banda throws life out of gear (kp), Protests off after truce with govt (kp), Govt assures Mahato of polls by Nov 23 (kp), 54 parties apply for registration (kp), FSPN to register today (kp), Criminals for candidates: Allowing convicted criminals to contest elections will set a dangerous legal precedent, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), There is no reason why elections will not be held in time, interview with Surya Bahadur Thapa (kp), Mixed bag: Anti-Caste Act, 2011, by Bijay Vishwakarma (rep)

26/05/2013: Congress, UML to call Regmi to quit Chief Justice post (kp), Govt, HLPC on the outs as crucial talks today, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), UN chief to parties: Overcome obstacles to hold timely polls (kp), Madhes-based parties hint at broader alliance, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), TMDP in bid to cobble up Madhesi unity: MJF-Nepal, MJF-Democratic and Sadbhavana, however, choose to stay away, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), 2 ministers, Indian envoy meet Mahato in hospital (kp), Terai region affected by Sadbhawana bandh (nn), Not the same old story: It will be counter-productive to go for new CA elections without reflecting on the limitations of the old one, by Kumar Sharma (kp), The glass ceiling: Local polls and leaders, by Bijay Kumar Shahi (rep), Dalit Civil Society launches anti-touchability campaign (rep)

25/05/2013: HLPC, govt to talk thorny poll issues (kp), HLPC, govt to talk election progress (ht), Police break Mahato’s death fast: Sadbhawana Party chairman admitted to Bir Hospital ICU (kp), Mahato evicted from protest site, hospitalised (ht), Clean until proven guilty, Regmi, Karki tell court, by Pranab Kharel (kp) [Says the Chief Justice to his law court! He cannot be called guilty, but he is not fit for this position!!], Decision to withdraw murder case rejected (ht), Move afoot to sever school teachers’ ties with parties (ht), Youth in politics, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht)

24/05/2013: Politics churns in crucial Madhes: Madhesi leaders opt ‘pressure tactics’ to establish themselves as credible force in polls, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Mahato’s health deteriorates (ht), Mahato evacuated from indefinite hunger strike venue; admitted to ICU (nn), UCPN-Maoist on same page with Congress, UML? (ht), The newspeak of neocons & republican high, by C.K. Lal (rep), Nefin not for single ethnic identity-based federalism: Kumal, by Om Astha Rai (rep), Syndicated federation, by Bihari K. Shrestha (nt), Unfinished business: Wars leave a mess, it’s up to the warriors to clean it up when they stop fighting (nt), United by lifelong grief: For the parents of the victims, the war never ended, by Rameshwor Bohara (nt), No peace after war: A former Maoist guerrilla and a health worker write compelling accounts of what they lived through during the conflict, by Kunda Dixit (nt)

23/05/2013: Congress, UML to put up united face on poll laws, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 2 parties to Regmi: Ignore Maoist plans (kp), NEFIN opposes proposal to slash CA seats, threshold (nn), Last resort: CPN-Maoist should realise and convince its cadres of the benefits of contesting election (kp), Politics and conflict resolution: Shortfalls in peace process, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (ht), The situation is not favorable for polls, interview with Ashok Rai (rep), Justice delayed: Cases of disappearances (rep), 'Impunity has further entrenched in Nepal' (nn)

22/05/2013: First amend statute, then form CDC: Gupta (ht) [This constitution can only be amended by the parliament that has been elected by the people, not by party leaders who, in part, have even been rejected in 2008!!], What parties are doing to ensure CA elections: Don’t seem ready to yield even an inch to go the distance (ht), 35 parties apply for place in EC book (kp), Mahato launches death fast (kp), SP’s Mahato resortsto fast unto death: Casts doubt on whether CA poll will be held (ht), Ready to have ex-king as party candidate if he changes: Mahara (kp) [??? You forget that he has staged a coup and that he suppressed the people in times of emergency and Jana Andolan II in the most brutal way!!], We will write the constitution from the streets itself: Baidya (nn), Poll ordinance: UML, NC discuss contentious issues (nn), Koirala in favour of 491-member CA (ht), NC, UML reiterate commitment on 1 PC PR threshold provision (rep), Comfortably numb: The parties cannot hold the poor hostage in the name of transition (kp), Defending democracy: Is the foundation of democracy so fragile that one needs to fear an individual like Karki?, by Dhiraj Pokhrel (kp), Revenue Vs Service, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn), What's new? RJP-RPP unity, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

21/05/2013: No talks for now, says CPN-M, again (kp), Sadbhavana, govt talks inconclusive (ht), Thapa hits out at ‘4-party syndicate’ (kp), Court moved against plan to have 10,000 signatures (kp), Pvt sector unites against donation terror, strikes: Calls for free, fair, peaceful election that will lead the country towards economic prosperity (ht), State should end injustice and discrimination, interview with Om Gurung (kp), New CA should promote pluralism and development, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Local democracy in peril: Elections to local bodies and the Constituent Assembly should be held in tandem, by Mukti Rijal (kp), A thin veil: Discrimination and constitution, by Ganesh Bhattarai (rep), Report stressing need of inclusiveness in media submitted (nn)

20/05/2013: Dispute over electoral laws: Regmi tells leaders to find common ground (kp), FDRA to name common candidates (ht), SP calls it off in districts, puts it off in capital (ht), CPN-M obstructs mobile camp (ht), The other red line: Postponing elections to bring the CPN-Maoist on board is meaningless, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), We will not accept federalism without identity, interview with Nagendra Kumal, president of NEFIN (kp), Short-sighted leadership: Larger issues obscured, by Mukti Rijal (ht), Demon-cracy: Obstacle to democracy, by Barsha Paudel (rep), The PEON power, by C.K. Lal (rep)

19/05/2013: Major parties at odds over poll date (kp), ‘Regmi to go if he turns an autocrat’ (kp) [???], Mahato announces fast-unto-death (kp), Rayamajhi agrees with NC, UML poll law demands (ht), Foreign hand: The President missed his chance to right wrongs, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), The sceptics have won, by Siddharth Poddar (ht), Practice, not preach: Inclusion in political parties (rep)

18/05/2013: Judiciary rapped for attack on Kantipur (kp), RJP, RPP decide to merge: To go to the polls as the Rastriya Shakti Prajatantra Party, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Sadbhawana seeks CA poll date pronto (kp), MJF-N may give elections a miss (ht), Revise election laws, demand fringe parties (ht), The path to Polls, by Anup Ojha and Bhadra Sharma (kp), The progressive mind: Open letter to Baburam Bhattarai, by Madhu Ghimire (rep), Whither justice, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

17/05/2013: "Inclusion" in political parties: Is it merely a popular slogan?, by Meghraj Rasaili (rep), Fed Dem Front urges govt to scrap PR threshold (kp), HLPC meet under Khanal a dud (kp), Appointments made by: Bhattarai govt to be scrapped (ht) [??], Koirala assures 33 pc quota for women in CA poll (ht) [Also for the FPTP candidates??], Baidhya calls for fresh consensus for solution (ht), Fringe parties ask govt to forgo threshold, provision for 10,000 signatures (nn), Diplomatic privilege: Roads to infinity, by Mani Dixit (ht), In contempt of the republic: Nepal’s judiciary must lead the country out of the political morass it helped create, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Sooner or Later Political Dues Will Have To Be Paid, by D.M. Thapa (rn)

16/05/2013: NEFIN new chair warns of stronger movement (ht), Dahal assures 33 per cent representation for women in Constituent Assembly (ht), Numbers game (kp), Proportional rep threshold: Dahal wants provision removed, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PR threshold could be dropped, govt hints (ht), Rift over letting convicts contest, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Explain Karki’s nomination, Supreme Court tells Regmi (kp), SC issues show cause notice on Karki’s appointment (ht), Govt may declare missing Maoist weapons illegal, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), SC seeks Kantipur’s court articles (kp), SC wants to see ‘contempt materials’ printed in Kantipur (ht), Civil society group to boycott Republic Day event (kp), Sadbhavana Party’s hunger strike unto death spreads to 22 districts, by Ram Kumar Kamat (kp), Election is what matters, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Access denied, by Semanta Dahal (kp), Please explain: Electoral rhetoric, by Shreya Paudel (rep)

15/05/2013: Regmi reply to apex court in TRC case: Pardon for war crimes ‘conditional’, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Khanal takes HLPC leadership (nn), HLPC, opposition talks not held: Four forces don’t want elections, says Ashok Rai (ht) Talks with parties yield no result (ht), Agitating 33 parties picket CIAA (kp), Baidya rules out possibility of talks with govt (nn), Reason over passion: CPN-Maoist’s rigid poll stand (rep), Sticking points in poll laws: UCPN (M) proposes govt take final call on thorny issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), EC chief advises Regmi to be flexibile on electoral reforms (ht), Okay poll Act, EC tells govt, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), No record of foreign money spentin CA polls (ht), Kumal takes over Janajati body reins (kp), Kumal wins NEFIN Chair (ht), Karki and anarchy: The hullabaloo over his appointment is all ritual, what happened backstage is not yet known, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), In deep trouble: Karki appointment, by Ajit N.S. Thapa (rep)

14/05/2013: Cabinet invites CPN-Maoist for talks: Party says not until govt meets its conditions (ht), Govt in ‘final bid’ to woo 33 parties (kp), Form constituency fixing body: HLPC (kp), HLPC to make efforts to get agitating parties on board, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Congress task force to suggest fewer provinces, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [The less provinces exist, the better can the domination of the male Tagadharis continue in the future federal states as well!!], Contempt case against Kantipur Publications (ht), Court contempt case against Kantipur daily (kp), The great card myth: When the nation has no direction, leaders use nationalism to hide their shortcomings, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (kp), Wheeler dealers: Behind Karki's appointment, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

13/05/2013: Parties scrambling for key Nefin positions, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Five vie for top NEFIN post (nn), Idle HLPC’s calibre now in question (kp), Today's HLPC meet to dwell on threshold, election date (nn), Poll ordinances: Parties have four days to decide: Govt (ht), Govt ‘plans’ to send poll ordinance to President (kp), Karki appt fallout: Prez political advisor tenders resignation, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PIL against Karki appointment (kp), People’s movement only option: CPN-M (ht), Bandh hits life in Tarai: Sadbhavana warns of hunger strike in all districts (ht), TMDP for two federal provinces in Tarai (ht), If RAW is blackmailing the Maoists, all Nepali political forces should rescue them, interview with Shankar Pokharel, CPN-UML (kp), Uprising ahead: Delay tactics to put off the CA poll will backfire and lead to more aggressive movements, by Dipendra Jha (kp)

12/05/2013: Janajatis determined to secure ethnic federalism, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), CPN-UML picks nationalism as party’s election agenda: ‘Foreign forces’ behind Karki’s appointment as CIAA chief: Khanal (kp), Poll date within a few days: Poudel (kp), ‘Karki appt blot in history’ (kp), Parties debate ‘agreed’ threshold system (ht), CPN-UML says firm on one pc threshold: Demands that court convicts must be barred from election (ht), Debate on constituencies heats up: Madhesi leaders,social scientists point out risk of clash of interests (ht), Unions revoke shutdown call (kp), Unexplained suspicions: Mystical politics and rumour-savvy political bravado characterise Nepali politics, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

11/05/2013: SC allows PIL against Karki appointment, by Pranab Kharel (kp), SC annuls rejection order on Karki appointment writ (ht), Warring parties seek Nov election date (kp), Poll date‚ ordinance likely in a week (ht), Civil society members protest at MJF-L office (kp), CPN-UML to pitch for directly-elected PM (ht), Gachhadar bats for identity-based federalism (ht)

10/05/2013: Govt tries to end poll feud in all-party meeting today, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Multiple identity-based federalism, says Khanal, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-Maoist urges Prez to resign (kp), NBA skips Regmi-attended event (kp), Lawyers shun Law Day event protesting presence of election govt chief (nn), SC orders registrar to accept writ against Lokman's appointment (nn), Federal Socialist Party to be registered at EC, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Govt discusses poll issues with parties, 33-party alliance boycotts meet (nn), Victims against amnesty (ht), System failure in Nepal: First, Khil Raj Regmi was made head-of-government. Now ‘Operation Overwhelming Force’ has succeeded in appointing a corruption-accused royalist to head the anti-graft body, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Role Of Election In Consolidation Of Democracy, by Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang (rn), The Minority Report: Social harmony improved in Madhesh/Tarai (rep), On life support: Our obsession with the see-saw of day-to-day politics means we have lost sight of the big picture and are actively repeating old mistakes, by Trishna Rana (rep), Regular Coincidence: The recent political controversy is nothing more than a regular coincidence in Nepali politics known for controversies and political upheavals as its basic characteristics, by Keshab Poudel (sp), What Democracy is not all about? Exit of the Monarchy in 2008 May gave birth to a dangerous euphoria—a sort of cacophony—in favor of democracy in Nepal, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), Federalism Based On Identity Necessary, by Sanjaya Serchan (sp), No Meaning Of Such Poll, interview with Mohan Baidya (sp), "Nepal has achieved a lot in the peace process", interview with Asko Luukkainen, Ambassador of Finland to Nepal (sp)

09/05/2013: Breaking down: Karki’s appointment and parties’ unprincipled compromise is bad news for democracy (kp), Black day; Karki's appointment (rep), Amid oversight concerns, Karki assumes office; 2-member CIAA board dangerous: Experts (kp), Heads of constitutional bodies assume office: CIAA chief vows to effect a change within fortnight (ht), From where will Karki begin? The head of anti-graft body has challenges galore with pending cases abound, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Prez, party offices in blame game of sorts, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), FB,Twitter abuzz with Karki appt stricture, by Samik Kharel (kp), Civil society leaders picket Congress office (kp), NC leadership keeps mum (kp), UML meeting terms decision unlawful (kp), Karki's appointment as CIAA chief has UML fuming at prez (ht), Agitating student unions call off today’s strike programme (kp), Move comes under lawyers’ body lash (kp), Bandh rescheduled for May 12 (ht), UCPN (M), NC sharply divided over proportional seat number, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Sadbhavana puts forth 10-point demand: Asks govt to announce poll date immediately (ht), Foot-dragging is their agenda: The political parties are in no hurry to hold polls because they are scared of losing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Balancing act: The forthcoming elections will determine Prachanda’s position in Nepali politics, by Siddhartha Thapa (kp), Second CA election: The only way out, by Ratindra Khatri (ht), Hasty poll date notice could invite problems, interview with Chief Election Commissioner Nilkantha Uprety (rep), Lokman scandal and ambassadorial appointment, by Gopal Thapa (nn)

08/05/2013: Karki appt should not spoil poll process: Prez; Honouring public sentiment, Lokman must give up aim: Koirala, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NC, UML want Karki decision reviewed: In a meeting with Regmi, UCPN (Maoist) and SLMM remain adamant (kp) [The top leaders of Nepal's four self-claimed overlord parties have taken the decision together! Why do some of them change their mind only two says later? Karki should have never been nominated! This is only another proof of the leader's incompetence!!], Constitutional posts: Regmi urges prez to okay proposal; Tells Congress, UML leaders no provision to revoke Karki's name (ht), Civil society representatives picket UCPN (M) office (kp), Protest against Karki nomination continues (kp), President office snubs students’ requests (kp), Chakkajam enforced against CC decision (ht), Application in SC against court administration order (kp), Donors fret about Lokman saga (kp), Lokman sworn in as CIAA chief as protests continue (nn), UML rebuffs Lokman's appointment; 33 parties announce protest (nn), Madhes forces ‘under pressure’ to unite, by Pranab Kharel (kp), More parties may run for next assembly elections (kp), 23 proposals of erstwhile govt returned to ministries (kp), FLSC calls off bandh in east, locals relieved (ht), Fear of failure? (ht), Multinational realities: Forging a nation-state means finding common ground, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Duplicity redefined: For decades, Nepal’s politicians have fooled the public with promises of economic change and development, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Embrace the new: Political symbols, by Prawash Gautam (rep), Mutually inclusive: Social exclusion and food insecurity, by Khyam Bishwokarma (rep)

07/05/2013: Civil society up against tainted Karki (kp), Protests rage against Karki nomination (kp), Regressive politics: We oppose Karki’s appointment, for it marks a return to politics the country left behind in 2006 (kp), Students protest Karki's CIAA nomination (ht), Student unions announce Valley bandh (ht), Prez urged to reconsider proposal on Karki (ht), President ‘will gauge’ public, political opinion (kp), Parties divided on Karki pick (kp), Fear the ghost; Karki as the head of CIAA (rep), Apex court turns away petitioner, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Writ challenges SC registrar's decision to reject case against Lokman's appointment (nn), Eastern banda shows no sign of ebbing (kp), Limbuwan bandh cripples life in east (ht), Limbuwan State Council postpones general strike in East (nn), Still keeping faith with faith healing: According to police data altogether 116 women have been tortures in the name of witchcraft in the last four years, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), Reality and perception: The entire electoral process and overall democracy is jeopardised by the fact that Khil Raj Regmi heads both the executive and the judiciary, by H.S. Tuckfield (kp), Democratic representation: Sizing-up the CA, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

06/05/2013: Despite hue ‘n’ cry, Karki nominated CIAA chief, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Constitutional Council endorses Karki as anti-graft body chief: Yami to be PSC head, Acharya Auditor General (ht), by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Tense meeting, Karki’s name, ‘unanimous’ call, by Anil Giri (kp), Unconstitutional: Legal eagles (kp) [Most steps taken by the leading politicians are unconstitutional! This already started with their intervention into the tasks and legitimate rights of the CA!!], Prez call after talks with experts (kp), Prez starts consultation over Lokman's appointment; UML asks him not to approve CC decision (nn), Civil society urges Prez not to okay Karki appointment (kp), Apex court refuses to register writ against Karki's appointment (nn) [Nepal, a state without separation of powers!!], Following orders: Lokman Singh Karki has proven himself as someone who can easily take extralegal steps to fulfill the interests of his ‘masters’, by Jagnannath Adhikari (kp), President should not endorse Karki as CIAA chief, interview with Krishna Jung Rayamajhi (kp), Leadership row may mar Nefin meet (kp) [Don't let party politics get control of NEFIN! This will mean the end of this organization!!], Limbuwan banda hits life in eastern districts (kp), Vandals have field day during Limbuwan bandh (ht), General strike in East enters third day (nn), She wants her missing son back, dead or alive, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Leveraging dollars: Advocates of a ‘tough’ TRC should not forget the aim: truth and reconciliation (kp), Right to self-determination: Confusion and reality, by Namrata Dhungana (ht), Mind the gap: Citizenship through mothers, by Avima Upreti (rep), Mother's citizenship still not being accepted (ht)

05/05/2013: Rift appears in CC as Karki prospects high: Parties’ help sought not to makehim CIAA chief, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CIAA chief appointment: Changed UML stance on Karki irks UCPN-Maoist (ht), Civil society group stages dharna against plan to appoint Karki as CIAA chief (nn), Constitutional council names Karki CIAA chief (nn), Donors against funding: TRC under existing law, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), UCPN (M) on mission to boost Madhes base, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Leaders hear warning bells (kp), CPN-M not to sit for talks (ht), Lack of understanding behind CA’s failure: Nepal (ht) [Disreagard of the interim constitution and the exclusive legitimate rights of the CA by the party leaders have been the real reasons!!!], Limbuwan bandh cripples life in easteran region (ht), General strike in East enters second day; Police detain 27 (nn), Hammer provision: Way out of constitutional crisis, by Pranaya SJB Rana and Brian Polkinghorna (rep)

04/05/2013: Deadline looms; 2 dozen arms missing: The sophisticated weapons, including AK 47s and SLRs, were used for Maoist leaders’ security, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), SC: Not against court access to journalists (kp) [The separation of powers has ended!!], Parties back journos miffed at SC (kp), NC CWC members want Karki support withdrawn, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), 228 anti-media incidents in past one year (ht 04/05/2013), Still in chains: Kamalaris across Nepal (rep)

03/05/2013: Apex court denies journos access to courtroom (kp), Courtrooms remain shut for journalists (ht), Major parties moot retaining jumbo size CA to woo agitators, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), 9 fringe parties’ alliance gets govt pledge (kp), Govt, FDF-N hold talks, fail to make headway (ht), 33 parties demonstrate in front of EC (nn), Plans afoot to keep Baidya, Yadav out of polls: Shekhar (kp), UCPN-M may tweak its policy on ethnicity-based federalism, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Privilege and belonging: A one-identity, multi-ethnic model of federalism challenges the unitary identity of the Nepali state, by Ang Sanu Lama (kp), Misinformed, misunderstood: Nepal’s federalism debate is unnecessarily trivialised with extreme arguments, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Safe to speak: The task is to secure freedom of expression in all media, by Axel Plathe (kp), Muddling through: For Nepal to move ahead institutions must replace individuals as the focus of political practice, by George Varughese (nt)

02/05/2013: FSP-N hints at poll participation: Demands annulment of 11-point and 25-point agreements signed by four parties, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Party expansion ‘on a war footing’, by Rosahn Sedhai (kp), Sanghiya Samajbadi Party puts forth six demands to the govt (ht), Huge turnout for voter registration, by Madhav Aryal (kp), MJF-Nepal to take part in polls: Yadav calls for consensus before election (ht), No headway in constitutional appointments despite pledge (ht), Mother of all elections: Unlike in the past, the very structures of state power are at stake in the upcoming CA polls, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Clearing the air: Bureaucracy and elections, by Mukesh Khanal (rep)

01/05/2013: 11 parties apply at EC for renewal, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Parties still split over Karki appointment, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), 33 parties warn not to appoint Karki: Say they won’t register with Election Commission (kp), Back in black: Karki's appointment in CIAA (rep), UK stresses inclusion in vote (kp), CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist make a fuss over who reached EC first (ht) [?????], What’s the diff? The dividing lines between parties have been blurred by their common greed for power, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), NHRC blames parties for impunity (ht)

30/04/2013: HLPC should ensure Nov election: Prez; President Yadav dissatisfied at delay in creating legal and political atmosphere for the polls, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Election laws to be enacted ‘soon’ (kp), EC begins registration of political parties (nn), Major parties prepare for registration at EC (kp), Only halfway to reconstruction target, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Ravaged buildings nowhere near completion, by Janak Nepal (kp), All the single ladies: The time is ripe to mobilise single women for peacebuilding, by Lily Thapa (kp), They call the shots: There are oligarchies everywhere in Nepal, from gas dealers to bus lines, by Sujeev Shakya (kp)

29/04/2013: Ex-fighters ‘also eligible’ for UN missions, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NA to rank 71 ex-PLA fighters as officers (ht), ‘Define violence against women in statute’ (kp), Women activists to protest VAW (ht), Woman denied citizenship certificate (ht), Sapkota rants against govt (ht), Election date within 10 days: Chief Election Commissioner (nn), EC to ensure voting rights to voters aged 18 and above (rep) [Also to those millionas of young people who are working abroad??], No date in haste: Creating poll environment (rep), Something’s wrong somewhere: It is Nepal’s misfortune that the leaders do not measure up to the people’s expectations, by Daman Bahadur Ghale (kp), Status-quoists are winning in the parties and civil society, interview with Devendra Raj Panday (kp), Cautionary tale: Preparing for polls, by Mahabir Paudyal (ht), Delhi-based rights group urges Indian PM to ask Dahal to ensure accountability for past abuses (nn)

28/04/2013: Govt likely to keep serious crime convicts out of election race (kp), NC says it has five poll agendas (ht) [These are slogans, not agendas! You must fill them with contents and meanings!!], NC warns parties against poll deal (ht) [??], Mahato hints at electoral alliance with like-minded political parties (ht), Alliance forging: Easier said than done: Madhesi parties will lose out if they don't come together for poll, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Know well, vote well: It is time to subject the political parties to rigorous scrutiny and demand some answers, by Mukti Rijal (kp), Ex-PLA to be named Nepali Army Col after three months (nn), Limbuwan front bandh in East enters day two (nn), Panchthar, Ilam banda called off, by Bhim Chapagain (rep)

27/04/2013: Will begin party registration: EC, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Govt, EC agree to elect 601-strong CA: Proportinal representation threshold to be 0.5-0.6pc for a party to acquire seat (ht), Four forces divided again, by Prakash Acharya (ht), SC scraps plan to pay disqualified PLA fighters (kp), SC scraps golden handshake to disqualified fighters (ht), Bar chief calls for Regmi's resignation (ht), ‘Plan afoot to have fake voter roll’ (kp), CPN-Maoist CC firm on foiling voters' registration process, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Efforts not enough: Indigenous groups (kp), United Nations against amnesty for war crimes (ht), Disregarded dress: Daura Suruwal, by Naresh Koirala (rep) [Everybody should be free to ware the dress of her/his choice, expecially in a multiethnic and multicultural state like Nepal! Against the background of Nepal's history, the Janajatis may condemn Daura Suruwal as imperialist as well!!], Banda blues, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep)

26/04/2013: Invitation to stalemate: Five outstanding reasons why polls should not be held in the status quo, by Chiranjibi Kafle (kp) [!!!!!], Some Madhes leaders now mull new bloc, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), Federal expression: Indications are that elections (when, and if, they ever happen) will essentially be a referendum on single-ethnic federal provinces (nt), Dahal for ties with Madhesis, Janajatis (kp) [Ties are not enough! Make the Bahun dominated parties inclusive on all levels!!], Maoist chief makes U-turn over his UML remarks (ht), 33 pc women in CA unlikely if other ways not mulled, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Women bodies demand 33 pc share in CA, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Rights activists urge EC to address women's concerns (rep), Women in media: ‘Few employed, few quoted’ (kp), Electrifying revelations: Chief Secretary Poudel throws light on energy, corruption and our collective future, by Saroj Dhakal (kp), Telling each other’s stories: Nepalis on both sides of the conflict step into each other’s shoes in a unique reconciliation effort, by Frances Klatzel (nt), Politics, but for what, by Prashaant Singh (rep), Arms and the men: With the peace process officially over, Nepal’s security forces need to downsize and rethink their roles, by Trishna Rana (nt), What’s left of the left: What vision can Nepal’s communists offer society at a time of internal turmoil?, by Anurag Acharya (nt), SC quashes decision to dish out cash to disqualified combatants (nn), Peace in Part: Integration and Rehabilitation of the Maoist Army Combatants, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (sp), Old CA in New Bottle: The closing of eyes towards real substance and making merry with illusory forms is not limited to parties only, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), No One’s Agenda: Although a month has already passed since the formation of the election government, it is yet to make any concrete move (sp)

25/04/2013: ‘Poll date after deal with fringe parties’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [??], CPN-M leaders hell bent on foiling election plans (kp), CA polls won’t resolve crisis: Baidhya (ht), CPN-M divided over poll boycott plan (nn), Loktantra today: Inclusion and nature of the state dominated post-2006 debates (kp) [There have been only debates by the already included, no positive moves towards the not included ones!!], 7th Loktantra Day: An important day in history, but all forgotten (kp), Documentary on PLA integration (kp), New Nefin chief likely through political deal (kp), Coup allegation against President bombshell or just a damp squib? Did Bhattarai meanit or was it a stunt,wonderanalysts, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Lonely at the top: The president should give up his wishy-washy style, be assertive and take decisive action, by Narayan Manandhar (kp) [Don't forget he is only a representative figure!], Civil servants point at politicians’ nexus with businessmen: Blame, albeit obliquely, political leaders for syndicate in public service sectors, by Prakash Acharya (ht), HLPC won't become legitimate if we join, interview with Sharad Singh Bhandari (rep)

24/04/2013: Women CA inclusion may fall (kp), Assurance from political parties sought (ht), NC Janajati, FSP-N leaders ‘talking business’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), NMKP for holding parliament polls (kp), Limbuwan Council to thwart EC’s poll drive (ht), Obstacles ahead: Complications in various political issues, along with dissent by parties, continue to impede plans for elections, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Loktantra Diwas being celebrated today; VP, IEC chair extend best wishes (nn) [Better call it Daltantra!!], Civil society movement seeks decisive role in political scene, by Arjun Poudel (rep), Rolpa martyrs’ families yet to realise loktantra, by Khem Bahadur Budha (ht), 'Free & Fair': Media & CA-II, by Dharma Adhikari (kp)

23/04/2013: UN body moved against ‘illegal’ detention (kp), Watchdog moves UN rights committee against Maoist leader's illegal detention (nn), ANNISU-R prez reports disappearance, torture (ht), Still citizens: Leaving the country should not disenfranchise migrants (kp), CPN-UML nowhere to be found now, says Dahal, by Kamal Panthi (kp), Dahal says UML finished as party (ht), Hold talks with govt: Prez to fringe parties (ht), India has no stance on federal model: Indian foreign secy, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Misplaced advocacy: What’s the use of advocacy if you cannot effectively use the available policy space for change?, by Hemant R. Ojha (kp), Get to the point: The NC should clarify its position on federalism and secularism, or it will be history, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

22/04/2013: FDF wants Regmito resign as CJ or Cabinet chairman (kp), Citizenship-voter roll drive resumes: Citizenship distribution begins in six districts; 305 mobile teams fan across country, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Nepali expats to miss voting rights: EC Thakur, by Ravi Dahal (ht), Parties’ nod to NPC, AG office appointments (kp), Poll date by April-end (kp), EC for elections in November second week, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Congress, UML mull over alliance for CA elections (kp), UCPN (Maoist) pitches for more proportional representation seats (kp), Danger zone: Federalism and Nepal (rep) [Federalism is the only option for inclusion and decentralization! The danger comes from the unitarian state dominated by male Bahun politicians!!], Agitating parties putforth 13 demands (ht), Baidya reiterates dislike to talks (kp), A pro-people constitution will not be written through the CA, interview with Mohan Baidya (kp), Electronic voting: No need to make haste, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Rekindled hopes, by Prem Thapa (rep)

21/04/2013: CA member Act must meet int’l standards: Prez, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [Revive the parliament and stop this authoritarian and anti-constitutional procedure!!], Prez to hold talks with fringe parties (ht), CPN-M-led alliance to foil voter roll update plans (kp), 33 parties against election process (ht), Citizenship delivery, voter update to continue (kp), CJ-led govt illegal, says FSP secy (kp), ‘Govt trying to run away from its duty’ (kp), Sapkota says interim election council has no mandate to rule (ht), Anti-federalist forces hell-bent on sabotaging CA polls, says Thakur (ht), At the crossroads: The NC must take steps to correct its lack of vision, inaction, indiscipline, factionalism and cronyism, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Dark deals: Instead of being punished, human rights violators are given political and constitutional power, by Anubha Adhikari (kp), State of statelessness: Lack citizenships may deprive a large number of people of their voting rights, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Potion to cure: Potion to cure, by Murari Sharma (rep)

20/04/2013: Prez made four coup attempts, claims ex-PM Bhattarai, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Bhattarai says President attempted coup 4 times: Charges Prez Yadav with delaying the polls to prolong his tenure, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CPN-UML, Madhesi parties at odds over PR quota rules, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), TRC controversy deepens further (ht), China's concern with federalism is disintegration risk, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (rep), Cabinet returns new diplomatic code, other policy proposals, by Anil Giri (kp), In 2nd CA polls, Madhes to be the apple of every party’s eye, by Pranab Kharel (kp)

19/04/2013: Cabinet to implement citizenship directive (kp), Citizenship directives okayed: Distribution teams to be deployed at the earliest (ht), Regmi to SC: Interim govt a compulsion, by Pranab Kharel (kp) [??? A Chief Justice should know better! You behave as stupid as the top party leaders!!], Baidya rejects talks (kp), Bhattarai claims he foiled four coup attempts by President (nn), The bungling bunch: Nepali politicians look like they are trying hard to make a laughing stock of themselves, by Shyam K.C. (kp), ‘Include ECD in constitution’ (ht), Women’s proportional representation sought (ht), How we should vote: Twelve questions, by Anil Shah (ht)

18/04/2013: NC Janajati leadersnow talk tough on federalism issues: Some say they will leave party if it fails to come up with a clear stance on federalism (kp), One pc threshold proviso could be scrapped (ht), No big changes in constituency numbers, say analysts, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp), Promulgate electoral act without delay: EC (kp), NC leaders’ plea to Regmi (kp), Time bound: The government, with help of parties, needs to reach out to smaller groups (kp), No alliance with UML, Maoists, or Madhesis, interview with Sher Bahadur Deuba (rep), UML for election alliance with democratic forces (ht) [Where are such forces??], Citizenship certificate distribution drive from Sunday (nn), ‘Constitutional moment’ is basis for constitution: German legal expert (nn) [??], Black power and us: The hunger for identity is unquenchable because the oppressed often don’t have any other source of power, by Pramod Mishra (kp), In the shadow of Jimmy Carter: Members of the international community in Nepal ought to talk to people of different hues to understand the country’s complexities, by Bipin Shah (kp)

17/04/2013: SC wants constituencies delineated, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Set Constituency Delimitation Commission: SC; Rejects petitioner JP Gupta’s demand that the apex court put a stop to the election process, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Govt asked to explain EC re-appointments (kp), Prez in bid to bring Baidya party in poll process: Will go to CA elections if agreements to form the incumbent govt and amend constitution scrapped, says Bhusal, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Gajurel rules out prospect of talks with govt in status quo (rep), UML demands polls in November 2nd week, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), UML U-turn on Karki can put poll process off track (ht), NC leaders urge govt to create enabling environment for polls; hold talks with agitating parties (nn), NC Janajati leaders strike a discordant note, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Announcing date won't ensure election: Rai (ek), Two-day banda hits normal life in five western Tarai districts, by Durga Lal KC (kp), Western Terai banda continues, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Mid and far west districts paralysed by second day of bandh (nn), Ex-DPM wants Regmi govt to take up key nat’l issues (kp), Bhattarai tweet lets out CA demise ‘secrets’ (kp), Compromise or face legal action, Baidhya told (ht), 'Carter has no right to suggest on Nepal's internal affairs' (ek) [Everybody has the duty to criticize crimes!! You should face legal action because you order to mishandle individuals and to destroy public property!], Collapsing centrists: Thapa and Baidya represent the past and future of Nepal; sadly, the present is missing, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Building peace, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (rep) [See part 2 (21/04/2013)]

16/04/2013: The show goes on: Ministers are busy as ever lighting lamps, speaking at launches and meeting delegations, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), MJF-D leader calls for update of voters’ list (ht), Tharu organisations declare two-day bandh (ht), Five districts in mid and far-west affected by two-day bandh over alleged murder of kamlari (nn)

15/04/2013: 4 parties ‘agree’ to hold polls in Nov, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), ‘Talks on to bring Baidya to HLPM’ (kp), Dashed hopes: The year 2069 pushed the country towards instability and uncertainty (kp), Politics of litigation: Nepal is a unique example where the achievements of revolutions are diluted through the Supreme Court, by Dipendra Jha (kp) [The problem is not the Supreme Court but the failed politicians!!!], All Adivasis are Janajatis but not all ethnicities are Janajatis, interview with Surya Man Gurung, Nepali Congress (kp), UN-backed citizenship report bid to misguide: Undermines extent of problem in Tarai by glossing over numbers (ht)

14/04/2013: A year of difficult political transition, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Prez, Regmi seek support for polls (kp), Nefin divided over new leadership, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), NEFIN for reinstatement of Constituent Assembly (ht), NEFIN nat'l convention to push for CA revival, by Gani Ansari (rep), Victims object to reports on spl panel closure (kp), The way forward: CA elections, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep)

13/04/2013: PLA integration process concludes: Special panel formed to supervise, integrate and rehabilitate combatants calls it a day, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Peace process ends, Special Committee dissolved, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), HLPC for holding polls in November (ht), NP sets up central police election cell (ht), EU seeks observer role during polls (ht), Double standards: Nepal and int'l community, by Prakash A Raj (rep) [??]

12/04/2013: Two election-related ordinances promulgated (kp), Cong wraps up jamboree, but differences stay on, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bechu Gaud (kp), German MPs ask Nepal to address rights issues (kp), German delegation raises TRC concern (ht), Govt studying poll ordinance too hard: Yet to forward it to prez even though it received it from EC 10 days ago, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), “We don’t need international approval for everything”, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (nt), The NC’s 12-year itch: The frustration of being out of power and angst of defeat in the last CA have seeped into Nepal’s grand old party, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Resilience and cynicism: The dogged spirits of survival, generosity, empathy and good cheer will hopefully lead Nepal into better times in the New Year, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Ethnicity and democratic stability: Institutional design can foster either democratic stability or instability, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), You can’t eat elections: People have no time for polls in the mountains of north-western Nepal, they are too busy trying to stay alive, by Dambar K. Shrestha (nt)

11/04/2013: Call to do away with 4-party mechanism (kp), Fringe parties welcome: Dahal, by Prakash Baral (kp), MJF-N calls for review of presidential decree (ht 11/04/2013), Nepali Congress Mahasamiti: Accord on govt model, discord on federalism, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Narayan Sharma (kp), Nefin slams Poudel definition of Janajatis (kp), Zero in on single federal model: Cong members; Leadership told to adopt Westminster type of parliamentary system, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Delay in polls to have serious consequences, says civil society (ht), Prolonged political transition: Darker and brighter sides, by Mukti Rijal (ht), More than quotas: More than quotas, by Barsha Paudel (rep)

10/04/2013: Govt sends poll bills to President, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Rs 404 billion ‘full budget’ focuses on polls: For the first time, fiscal plan comes in 9th month of FY; Rs 6b, Rs 8b earmarked for elections, security, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Ashok Thapa (kp), Country finally gets Rs 404 billion full budget: Rs 14 billion set aside for polls: Rs 6 billion for election process, Rs 8 billion for poll security, by Kuvera Chalise (ht), Nepali Congress Mahasamiti: CJ govt decision a mistake, say members, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Narayan Sharma (kp), Now, Dahal talks October elections, by Ishwari Neupane and Prakash Baral (kp), Eyes on target: The rift between the UCPN (Maoist) and the govt is worrying (kp), EC discusses poll matters with European envoys (kp), Clear poll hurdles first, UML tells govt (kp), Leaders differ on poll date as they share podium with chairman Regmi (nn), More protests in the offing, warns Gajurel (ht), Free and fearless: If the government, EC and political parties are serious about holding elections, they must immediately address security concerns, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), The great regression: Today’s political arrangement is closest to the 6-Pradhan system of Patan before it was taken over by Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1768 AD, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (kp), Grassroots democracy: Need of the hour, by Surendra Raj Devkota (ht)

09/04/2013: Govt-UCPN (M) rift widens: Maoists miffed at government’s ‘failure’ to set election date, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Regmi hints at November polls (kp), Govt not to announce poll date in haste: Regmi (kp), Govt to announce 'election oriented' budget today (nn), FSP won't boycott polls: Rai (nn), Federalism: NC eyes clear-cut agenda; doesn’t know what that is (kp) [You are going to fail as long as you don't respect ethnic and regional demands and identities! Nepal is not a Tagadhari state!!], Organized crime ordinance: SC stays implementation of provisions (ht), Alliance against amnesty: With the Supreme Court’s decision on the Ordinance to establish a truth commission, the victim’s community has secured a victory, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Hear us too: Polls and small parties, by Ajit Rai (rep)

08/04/2013: Regmi hints at November polls; says date won't be announced in haste (nn), General strike affects life, examinees hit the most (kp), General strike cripples life inside Valley (ht), Bandh brings normal life to a standstill (ht), Bandhs deny people fundamental rights: Strikes curtail freedom to work, movement, bleeding economy white, by Kuvera Chalise (ht), Chepangs to cast conditional votes, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), We are the state: Things are messed up because the big four parties alienated the others by their arrogance, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Will UCPN-M gain at cost of Madhesi parties?, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Maoists are talking up their electoral alliance with Madhes, interview with Sarvendra Nath Shukla, general secretary of the Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party (kp), The leadership vacuum, by C.K. Lal (rep)

07/04/2013: UCPN-Maoist to foil Nov CA polls: Dahal warns parties against sabotaging elections in July (ht) No talks with govt, 4parties: CPN-Maoist (kp), Agitating parties urged to withdraw bandh (ht), Bandh cripples life across country (nn), Limbuwan cadres fleece truck drivers (ht), ‘Conflict victim’ mum seeks justice, by Kashiram Dangi (kp), Govt to bring budget of more than Rs 400b (kp), Show us the money: Government's utilization of tax, by Angel Sharma (rep)

06/04/2013: Vote plans have been marred, say EC officials, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Leaders with pending cases ‘can’ contest election, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Spl panel shutdown ‘near’ (kp), Danish minister calls for ‘democratic polls’ (kp) [This, exactly, is not possible on the current way!!], ‘Only interim council can declare polls’ (ht) [??], Regmi against declaringelection date in haste (ht), Elderly couple, whose son was killed, seek justice: Accuse Maoists of his murder during insurgency; Chief District Officer says case already withdrawn (ht)

05/04/2013: 33 parties firm against election law provisions, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Parties divided on vote threshold for PR seat (ht), Regmi says govt ready to amend election law to address concern of smaller parties (nn), Big 4 to press fuming parties to go to polls (kp), Baidya's party shuns talks offer (nn), Deadline set for CPN-M to return weapons (ht), President’s Office defends invocation of Article 158 (ht), Nepal’s youth bulge: Young voters have strength in numbers and can influence politics by electing accountable leaders, by Trishna Rana (nt), The case of the missing voters: If polls are to be credible, there must be proper registration of the voting-age population, by Tej Adhikari (kp), Easier said than done: June is impossible and if things go on like this polls in November may also be a mirage, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

04/04/2013: Regmi tries to allay parties’ poll law fears (kp), Baidya cadres seize Regmi land, by Kamal Panthi (kp), Baidya party told to hand over arms (kp), EU wants poll-opposing parties on election track (kp) [Elections are necessary but they mean nothing unless the so-called leaders are prevented to continue their endless unconstitutional games of power and intervention!!], Dahal backs fringe parties on vote threshold for seat, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), NC cautiously assured of elections by Nov, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ht), Parties differ on proposed election law; top leaders skip interaction with govt (nn), Thinking the unthinkable: If, heaven forbid, polls can’t be held even by November, this country is in deep trouble, by Narayan Manandhar (kp) [Polls can't be held as long as the party leaders stick to the unconstitutional way and disregard the rule of law!!], Wheat and chaff: There are lessons in both the failure of Western nation-states to address cultural diversity and the failure of 15 years of ethnic politics in Bihar, by Pramod Mishra (kp)Threshold of representation Against inclusive spirit of CA, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Quid pro quo: Citizens' rights versus responsibilities, by Ganesh Bhattarai (rep), Over 70,000 more cops needed for polls, interview with Kuber Singh Rana (rep)

03/04/2013: EC readies ‘conditional work plan’ on holding June polls: Commissioner says they will soon express inability to hold June elections (kp), EC mulling over Nov poll date, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Constituency delimitation body sought (kp), NC Mahasamiti: Regmi resignation as CJ, party power sharing to dominate meet, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), All together now: NC’s Mahasamiti must come up with clear positions on federalism and governance (kp), Rs 8b sought for polls (kp), Joke’s on us: While innocent citizens are denied access to state mechanisms and justice, perpetrators are most secure near state and political machinery, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), Carter's burden: Carter Center's responsibilities, by Prakash A. Raj (rep), Oligarchs and elections, by Murari Sharma and Bhagirath Basnet (rep)

02/04/2013: CA polls likely in Nov, says Carter: Former US prez says police should stop CPN-M cadres if they disrupt elections, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), EC forwards three ordinances to govt (ht), EC suspends voter roll update drive in VDCs (kp), Election process halted after 53 parties’ plea (ht), EC halts voters’ registration process (ht), Supreme Court stays TRC ordinance move, by Pranab Kharel (kp), SC stays formation of TRC (ht), NHRC raisesTRC alarm (kp)

01/04/2013: PR seat threshold riles fringe parties, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Fringe parties riled by EC’s proposal that parties need to secure 1.5 pc votes to get seats under PR system (nn), 33 disgruntled parties submit memo to EC (nn), CPN-M threatens to disrupt polls (kp), CPN-Maoist cadres kidnap EC staff (ht), Govt officials captured for collecting voters' lists in Nuwakot released after 5 hrs (nn), NC tells Carter: Center erred in endorsing 2008 CA election (kp) [NC is still erring over its failures and responsibilities in the pre-2008 years! Because of this, the NC remains unchanged and is in no better position than in 2008!!], Finger-pointing begins over poll deferral plan, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Divided house: Parties should stand firm for elections to negotiate from position of strength (kp), Date conundrum (ht), PMO blocks foreign aid to gender-based violence unit, by Anil Giri (kp) [!!!??], Tarai armed outfit: surrenders more arms in Birgunj (ht), SC orders to deal separate petitions on government’s status together (nn), Sujata demands Regmi’s resignation (ht), One thing at a time: Cabinet Chairman Regmi should resign as chief justice to avoid conflict of interest, by Suhas Chakma (kp), The Madhes has now become the centre of revolution, interview with Bishwanath Sah, UCPN-M (kp), Limbuwan Mukti Morcha warns of armed struggle (ht), Limbuwan outfit withdraws bandh in eastern region (nn), In the shadow: Local level elections (rep)

31/03/2013: June elections ‘near impossible’: Definite date only after voter registration, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Suspended animation: Suspense over the CA elections (rep), Parties press EC to set poll date pronto: CEC Uprety says ball in parties’ court, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Prez asks Big 4 to reach out to smaller parties (kp), Prez tells four forces: Engage agitating parties (ht), Voters' registration: Police personnel chase CPN-Maoist activists away (ht), Govt officials collecting voters' lists abducted in Nuwakot (nn), Opposing parties differ on talks, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Baidya rejects talks offer (nn), Elections under Regmi a no no, says Baidya (kp), CPN-M rejects talks offer: Baidhya says dialogue not possible until ‘unconstitutional’ govt quits (ht), First form a govt of political parties, interview with Mohan Baidya (rep), Regmi says govt is constitutional (ht) [Strange views of a chief justice!!], Dahal for polls in mid-October: Says NC, UML ‘reluctant’for June date (kp), Carter calls on Regmi: Discuss upcoming elections (ht), Carter seeks int’l standard TRC, wants victims’ concerns addressed, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Tarai armed outfit hands over weapons (kp), Limits of truth-telling: Existing political actors are too thick-skinned and inept to deal with the challenges we are facing, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Calm down, comrades: The CPN-Maoist cannot win public support with its hard-line ways and senseless threats, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Ethics of memory: Wounds of Maoist insurgency, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

30/03/2013: Talks team in; poll-opposing parties say they won’t budge (kp), Voters’ registration obstructed even in Valley (ht), Poll date after EC work disruption ends: Regmi, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [This is not the way to impress opponents of polls!!], Prez expresses concern over delay in announcing poll date (nn), HLPC asks govt to set election date (nn), Fear could put folk far from franchise: Locals unwilling to go to get themselves registered due to threats, by Kumar Luintel (ht), Chand warns of armed struggle (ht), EC meeting political parties tomorrow: Wants feedback from stakeholders in relation to amending election laws (ht), Ex-US president Carter arrives on poll mission: Visit meant to encourage political forces to get ready for early CA elections (kp), Ex-US Prez, Chairman Regmi discuss elections (nn), A divisive language: The emphasis on Nepali as the official language has put the many communities around the country with divergent mother tongues at an instant disadvantage when it comes to opportunities and treatment, by Prawesh Gautam (kp), Prisoners of banda: Countering Nepal Bandas, by Suraj Narayan Singh Thapa (rep)

29/03/2013: Maybe not June: All indications are that the Election Commission and the political apparatus will not be able to get their act together for polls in three months (nt), EC seeks clarity on 11-point deal, prez decree: Giving finishing touches to draft amendments to laws related to Constituent Assembly election (ht), Poll date only after voter roll update guarantee: EC; CEC says smaller parties’ opposition will affect entire poll process, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Voter registration campaign thrives in Dolakha villages, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), CPN-M obstructing voter registration: Election Commission officials harassed in several districts across country (ht), Ensure diaspora voting rights: YAN (kp), Students, youth seek free, fair elections: Bring down eligible voting age by two years: UML wing (ht), APF chief briefs govt about poll security arrangements (ht), Regmi-led govt will be ousted: SDP (ht), Govt forms panel for talks with disgruntled parties (nn), Wake-up call (ht), Advantage, right: Interview with Kamal Thapa, chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) and his rising popularity on the polls, by Kunda Dixit (nt), ‘UCPN (Maoist) ready to trade Bandarmudhe aid for votes’, by Binod Tripathi (kp) [???], An ordinance to defy: As proposed, the commission for truth and reconciliation, and disappearances, privileges abusers of the conflict and discriminates against the victims, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), The poor and democracy: Social elites often blame the poor for undermining democracy but investigation shows that it is otherwise, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), My vision for Nepal: Inclusive and democratic, by Darshan Rauniyar (ht), The Holi land: Anger over corruption and neglect after 2008 rankles the Tarai psyche, but people still favour immediate polls, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

28/03/2013: EC, party panel set to seek poll date today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Baidya cadres busy foiling election plans (kp), CPN-M obstructing voter registration in districts (ht), Baidya's men vandalise election office (nn), 80 pc voters' roll update work completed: Commissioner Yadav (nn), Pragmatic move: The government needs to reach out to parties opposed to the elections (kp), UML mulling over left-democratic alliance: In bid to challenge UCPN-Maoist, Madhes-based parties during Constituent Assembly elections, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Madhesi leaders ‘to stay’ in UCPN-M: Refute media reports that they are forming a new party (ht), UCPN-M Tharu leaders warn of revolt (ht), TRC ordinance: Justice for women a ‘far cry’, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Oh yeah, the election: Polls in June will be a tall order due to lethargic officialdom and unconfident political parties, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Politics of everyday life, by Sabin Ninglekhu Limbu (rep)

27/03/2013: Appointment of new judges in apex court ‘very soon’: Four forces in bid to get their favourites into judiciary, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [Who is going to stop these lawless failed party top leaders??], Govt gears up for voter roll update throughout nation: To mobilise citizenship distribution teams from Home Ministry and EC, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Cracks surface before FDRA poll alliance, by Pranab Kharel (kp), NC top brass busy themselves with party election publicity, by Prem Nepali (kp), UML decides to start poll preparation (nn), Voter registration disrupted again (ht), CPN-Maoist halts voter registration (kp), Gupta issues warning (kp), NC CWC to heat up over CJ-led Election Council (ht), Tardy transition: Ignoring the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord can have dangerous consequences (kp), Something’s wrong here: Political protection has emboldened perpetrators of VAW so that they are free to strike again, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp), Govt fails to put its foot down on armed groups, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), There will be no election in June, interview with Bimalendra Nidhi, Nepali Congress (rep), Jimmy Carter and Nepal, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep) [see part 2 (28/03/2013)

26/03/2013: Many challenges for June polls: EC chief Uprety; Says Oct-Nov window the best time for holding elections, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [Elections are useless either as long as the top political misleaders grab the power to decide everything irrespective of constitutional and legal rules!!!], Govt, EC still uncertain about poll date: Voters’list update emerges as one of major challenges; Talks to continue to sort out issues, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Maoists loot EC laptop, documents, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp), Gurung vows CPN-M will sabotage polls (ht) [In other words: not by boycott but by criminal activities!!], Security up for voter registration work (ht), TRC Ordinance unacceptable: rights alliance (kp), Rights alliance to boycott TRC (ht), Two steps forward, four steps back: The technocratic government does not inspire confidence but it can be accepted for the sake of elections, by Bipin Shah (kp), Next CA: Will it deliver a constitution?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht) [There is absolutely no perspective as long as power remains in the hands of the current top party leaders!], Wasteful spending: Expensive constitution making, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

25/03/2013: EC commissioners sworn in: Uprety vows to do everything in power to hold CA polls on time, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Writ challenges re-appointment of three EC office-bearers (nn), TRC Ordinance challenged in court (kp), TRC Ordinance challenged in Supreme Court (ht), Big Four alliance to put election heat on agitating fringe parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CPN-Maoist, 32 others announce protest plan (kp), 33 parties up ante against 11-point deal (ht), Prez move unconstitutional, says MJF-N chief Upendra Yadav (ht), CPN-M obstructs voters’ registration (kp), Voters’ registration obstructed in districts (ht), Bhandari, Gupta want govt to get rid of HLPC: They have also sought revocation of reduction in number of PR seats (ht), Wrong precedents (ht), Conflict victim cries for relief, by Ananda Gautam (kp), Election date unlikely for another week, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Elections by June is a sweet dream, interview with former Chief Election Commissioner Bhojraj Pokharel (kp), Malicious campaign: Hard-won consensus in peril, by Bishnu K. Pradhan (ht), Democratically debilitated: Before thinking of a democratic future with a new CA, it is important to understand key dynamics of the old CA, by Seira Tamang (kp), The System triumphs, by C.K. Lal (rep)

24/03/2013: CC nominees for EC remain unchanged: Council says commissioners re-appointment constitution, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Election Commission appointments likely today (ht), EC office-bearers likely to be appointed today (nn), Prez Yadav appoints EC office-bearers (nn), Sack political appointees: NC, UML (ht) [Appointments have always been politically misused by the ruling parties after 1990!!!], Dahal wants a red wave in Madhes, but can he create it?, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), EU to send vote observer mission (kp), FSP-N joins 36 parties against poll move (kp), Sujata doubts fair CA election (kp), Challenges ahead: It is time to help the government in conducting free and fair elections at the earliest, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Call to ammend TRC ordinance (kp), Revolutionary Lokman-mania: Dark deals turn Nepali politics into a farce, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Policing the police, by Murari Sharma (rep), No woman's land: Citizenship through mothers (rep), CJ-led Government, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km) [see part 2 (31/03/2013), part 3 (07/04/2013), part 4 (14/04/2013), part 5 (21/04/2013), part 6 (28/04/2013), part 7 (05/05/2013), part 8 (12/05/2013), part 9 (19/05/2013), part 10 (26/05/2013), part 11 (02/06/2013), part 12 (09/06/2013), part 13 (16/06/2013), part 14 (23/06/2013), part 15 (30/06/2013), part 16 (07/07/2013), Part 17 (14/07/2013), part 18 (21/07/2013), part 19 (28/07/2013), part 20 (04/08/2013), part 21 (11/08/2013), part 22 (18/08/2013), part 23 (25/08/2013), part 24 (01/09/2013), part 25 (08/09/2013), part 26 (15/09/2013), part 27 (22/09/2013), part 28 (29/09/2013), part 29 (06/10/2013), part 30 (13/10/2013), part 31 (20/10/2013), part 32 (27/10/2013), part 33 (03/11/2013), part 34 (10/11/2013), part 35 (17/11/2013), part 36 (24/11/2013), part 37 (01/12/2013), part 38 (08/12/2013), part 39 (15/12/2013), part 40 (22/12/2013), part 41 (29/12/2013), part 42 (05/01/2014), part 43 (02/02/2014), part 44 (09/02/2014)]

23/03/2013: Prez seeks clarity over EC nominees: Govt to resend names; Writ in SC against plan; AG officials say move constitutional, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CC, prez office on collision course: President seeks clarification for reappointing retired commissioners, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Regmi turns to high-level mechanism (ht), EC nominations: Regmi meets Prez, explains himself (nn), Europe envoys ask for country proposal to steer elections (kp), Constitutional Council sends list of EC office-bearers back to President (nn) [A legitimate CC does not exist!!!], EU envoys raise TRC concerns: Call on foreign minister to apprise govt of their position (ht), SC stays move to appoint Karki, by Pranab Kharel (kp), SC stays Karki’s appointment as CIAA chief (ht), Students’ memo to Regmi over Karki’s nomination (kp), Int’l rights groups lashgovt over amnesty clause (kp), Intl’ rights fraternity opposes TRC ordinance: Says the legal instrument will deny justice to thousands of victims of gross rights abuses (ht), Ujjan murder: ‘Threatened’, Sabitri knockson CDO’s door for security (kp), Ex-justices ask Regmi to quit as Chief Justice (kp), Cong’s loss in ’08 election cost country its constitution: Paudel (ht) [Yes, this is true: The NC did everything to prevent the new constitution after it lost in the 2008 elections!!], Proposed polls akin to elections under monarchy: Dev Gurung (nn), Dahal to run from ‘Madhes’ in CA polls (kp), Dahal to contest election from Madhes (ht), Mischief and mimicry: Road to CA polls, by Gopal Thapa (rep)

22/03/2013: Government to defend TRC set up: FM meeting European envoys today; Nepal to register a note at OHCHR headquarters, by Anil Giri (kp), TRC ordinance draws criticism (ht), Dahal defends murder convict Dhungel (kp) [This is the Nepali politicians' understanding of justice and TR!!], Nothing, but the truth: Perpetrator remorse and truth cannot be traded for justice, by Ram Kumar Bhandari /nt), Will boycott political events: War victims, by Purna BK (kp), Forget 2006: Plans to appoint Karki as CIAA head reveal the four parties’ opportunism (kp), Dispute over Karki's nomination as CIAA head puts off UML SC meet (nn), SC stays process to appoint Karki as CIAA chief (nn) [!!!], CC forwards names for Election Commission, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Poll commissioners’ names okayed (ht), Baidya party election participation comes with strings attached (kp), CPN-UML leader Jha quits party: Cites differences with leadership over issues of state restructuring (ht), Whose happiness? The sooner politics is backed by political actors, the better it will be for the nation, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Unfree and unfair? Restoring law and order for elections is the bare minimum for CJ-turned-PM Regmi, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (nt), Free of fear: We need a firm commitment from political groups of the left, right, and centre for clean and non-violent polls, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Money in, money out: Growth in remittance is an indication of the abject political and economic state of Nepal, by Puja Tandon (nt), Regmi seeks consensus among student unions for FSU election (nn), Ex US President Jimmy Carter to arrive on March 29 (nn), The mantra remains the same: Maoist’s mantra and motto continue to remain the same: Now that monarchy has gone, judiciary and NA must be weakened, for power capture, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp) [Anti-Maoist as a matter of principle but no mention of the negative role of army and other political parties!!], Constitutional Risk vs. Political Exit, by Surya Dhungel (sp), Political Cesspool and Unpleasant Questions Afloat, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), The Poll Post: With the formation of the new interim government led by chief justice Khil Raj Regmi, Nepal's four political parties have steered the political course towards the elections. Will this bring any change?, by Keshab Poudel (sp), The Political Pact Highlights (sp)

21/03/2013: Constitutional Council gets full shape (kp) [The interim constitution is null and void! Sovereignty is in the hands of the president and the so-called 'top leaders' of four parties!! The people started Jana Andolan II when Gyanendra Shah behaved the same in 2005/6!!], Constitutional Council meet today: Bound to endorse parties’ proposals for key posts (ht), SC moved against elite panel picks (kp), Decks cleared for formation of EC (ht), Four-party mechanism names EC office-bearers (nn), Constitutional Council names EC office-bearers (nn), Janajati party to hit streets against govt (kp), Student unions enforce 'chakkajam' against Karki's selection as CIAA chief (nn), UN rights body: Rectify faulty TRC provisions (kp), UNHCHR finds fault in TRC ordinance (ht), TRC ordinance regrettable: UN rights chief (nn), Not flying: The proposed TRC (rep), Dahal says campaign against Dhungel bid to disrupt peace process (nn) [Mr Dahal, do you really want to teach the victims of conflict that it disrupts the peace process if a murderer gets his justice???], June elections: UCPN (M) leads preparation race, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CPN-Maoist non-committal on election participation (kp), CPN-M sets riders to participate in polls (nn), Get them on board: Parties should engage those threatening to boycott elections (kp), Women seek one-third of CA (ht), UN for credible, inclusive CA elections (kp) [The 'top leaders' treatment of the federal state, their destruction of the inclusive first CA and the reduction of the number of proportional seats make clear that the Tagadhari leaders are not interested in an inclusive state! Besides, the way the parties select their candidates for the direct system is not inclusive and fair at all! None of the parties has a democratic internal structure!], UN’s Feltman seeks roadmap for early polls (ht), Hold polls to prevent another crisis: Civil society leaders, by Madhav Ghimire (kp), We can do it: Chairman Regmi has a lot on his plate but the election will succeed with the support of the parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Trust the watchdog: With politicians without credibility and civil society boxed in, the media is doing a great job informing the public, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Govt gears up for ‘adjusted budget’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), IEC Chairman Regmi: Some observations, by Mani Dixit (ht), Systemic disease: Int'l Day against Racial Discrimination, by Khyam Bishwokarma (rep)

20/03/2013: UCPN (M), 19 parties to have common manifesto (kp), FDRA in bid to find common candidates (ht 20/03/2013), Top UN official vows to support CA elections (kp), Gupta’s release may hot up nat’l politics (kp), Gupta calls for result-oriented election: Says fresh agreement on fundamentals of new statute must (ht), TRC provision: International community cries foul, by Anil Giri (kp), Constitutional appointment on hold as new row pops up (kp) [This will not change as long as the current 'top leaders' have any say in politics!!!], Dissent Congress leaders simmering down for polls, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Karki named to head CIAA: Panel urges UML chief to backtrack (kp), Writ filed against four parties' bid to 'appoint Karki as CIAA chief' (nn), Zero tolerance against corruption: Mallik (kp), Chief secretary may quit as NEA chairman: Miffed at the appointment of Jha, Koirala as ministers (ht), Rough road ahead (ht), Election date only after EC formation (ht), Uncertain elections: It is clear that the problems with next elections rest with the primary political players, not with the smaller political parties, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Nepal's fiscal cliff, by Todd Schneider (rep)

19/03/2013: SC ruling: Regmi can’t hold dual positions, by Pranab Kharel (kp) [!!!!!], Executive head cannot hold CJ’s post till polls: SC (ht), CJ Regmi should resign: Lawyers (ht), 8 new faces in, Cabinet gets full shape: The first bureaucratic govt in Nepal's history is led by a sitting CJ with 10 top retired officials as ministers, by Anil Giri (kp), Regmi effects Cabinet expansion: Adds eight ministers to his team, seven of them on HLPC advice (ht), Chief Secy in 'tight spot' after ex-bureaucrats sworn in as ministers (nn), Stage set for constitutional picks, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC, UML against Karki (kp), Govt to announce election date only after appointment of EC office-bearers (nn), Panchthar gears up for CA elections, by Labadev Dhungana (kp), Thapa objects to ‘4-party syndicate’ (ht), CPN-M miffed by int'l support to CJ-led govt (nn), Former minister Gupta walks out of prison after 13 months: Vows to fight for Madhesis, marginalised people (ht) [In the same way of corruption as before??], Freed Gupta lashes out at Morcha (kp), Govt staff warn of poll boycott (ht), Appeal to envoys (ht), Drive for Hindu state (ht), Bandarmude victimstake govt to task, by Binod Tripathi (kp), A call of duty: Thank goodness for Regmi’s appointment, otherwise Nepal would still be drifting aimlessly, by Nishchal N. Pandey (kp)

18/03/2013: Appointments to constitutional bodies: President clears constitutional hurdles: Controversial ex-Chief Secy Lokman Singh Karki recommended as CIAA chief (kp)  [This sounds as if it is absolutely unimportant what is written in the constitution; the president can change the constitutional rules whenever he likes! Legitimate constitutional ways are possible! Why are they not used??], President paves way for filling vital vacancies: Objects to re-appointment of election commissioners who have retired, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), CIAA commissioner: Anti-graft activist warns of stir against Karki appointment (kp), False start: CIAA appointment (rep), Statute hurdle removal challenged (kp), NC leader flays CJ-headed govt (ht), HLPC recommends June 18 for CA polls (ht), EC demands Rs 7 billion, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), EC seeks more than Rs 7 billion for elections (ht), Dahal stresses poll alliance in FDRA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal wants to join hands with FDRA (ht), NC kickstarts election campaign, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Regmi’s resignation as Chief Justice will ensure elections, interview with Gagan Thapa (Nepali Congress (kp), Let women decide: Principles of inclusion should not be compromised for the sake of political convenience, by Savitree Thapa Gurung (kp), Constructive engagement: Rebuilding peace, by Nirajan Thapaliya (rep)

17/03/2013: Four parties formhigh-level panel (kp) [An unconstitutional committee to safeguard the continuation of the parties' power games!!], Parties agree on poll commissioners: To forward three names to interim govt today; High Level Political Mechanism gets its ToR (ht), Poll fever grips UCPN (M), NC, UML, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Ex commissioners say June election possible (kp), ‘June elections possible’ (ht), Four parties urge govt to announce poll date tomorrow (nn), Govt holds interaction with Election Commission officials (nn), Struggle is the agenda for now, not polls: Baidya (ht), CPN-M won't participate in elections held by Regmi govt: Baidya (nn), NRNs demand voting rights (nn), 10 suggestions for the project mgmt team: CJ’s crew can deliver big by doing small things, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Time to be political: The next elections will offer us an opportunity for democratic renewal, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Nexus of resistance: Poetic violence of politics is the opening up of the politics of transition to new modes of non-violent crises, by Abhi Subedi (kp), The missing link: Gender equality, by Binod Sijapati (rep)

16/03/2013: NBA plans protest, seeking Regmi’s resignation as CJ (kp), Acting CJ vows to maintain independence of judiciary (ht) [??], Proportional representation seats cut to hit marginalised, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [!! Long live Tagadharibad!!], Federal front flays PR seat cut: Criticises 25-point presidential order; Says chief justice should resign his post (ht), Regmi takes EC appt bill to President, by Anil Giri (kp), Ordinance to clear way for EC appointments in offing (ht), Cabinet, parties get down to June election business, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Fringe parties ‘yet to take call’ on poll participation (kp), CPN-M torches copies of deal (ht), FSP jumps on anti-Regmi government bandwagon (kp), 34 parties to boycott Prez, poll govt head (ht), Common cause: Preparing for the CA polls (rep), Poll council formation hailed (kp), Global players stress on early elections, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), EU stresses on free, fair polls in Nepal (nn) [Exactly this is not possible on the basis of the agreement of the top party leaders!!], Pradhan steps down as attorney general: Claims whatever he did had constitutional validity (ht) [Dream on!!], Spl panel lifts ban on Army arms purchase, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

15/03/2013: 3-man Cabinet in, polls top priority, by Anil Giri (kp), Regmi sworn in as new executive head (ht), Writ challenges formation of CJ-led govt (nn), Hearing on CJ govt postponed again (kp), Postponement of CJ case hearing draws flak: Lawyers seek chief justice’s resignation (ht), Officiating CJ commits to free judiciary (kp) [Dream on!], March 14 is a black day, says NBA, by Pranab Kharel (kp), ICJ urges Regmi to step down (kp), India, China, US laud CJ govt deal (kp), Big powers hail formation of chief justice-led government (ht) [They have their their own interests in Nepal and are not interested in the rule of law!], UN chief welcomes formation of interim election govt (nn) [Probably, he welcomes the movement, not the content!!], Hectic lobbying for Cabinet posts, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [The power fighting of the parties goes on as expected!!], Key to politics with parties: Bhattarai (kp) [No future for an independent election government!!!], Parties still hold sway over state power, says Bhattarai (ht) [Since 27 May 2012, the parties have no legitimacy to hold sway over state powers!!], 19 parties shut city in protest (kp), Valley bandh enforcers go berserk (ht), Picking up the pieces: To extricate the polity from the dangerous course just taken and to guarantee a healthy election campaign, Khil Raj Regmi should resign as chief justice, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), President okays TRC ordinance: 5-member commission has discretionary powers on serious war crimes (kp), Prez issues tweaked TRC Ordinance: Does not meet international standards: Rights activists, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Attorney General Pradhan puts in papers (nn) [This has been overdue for long!], 'Slashing of proportional seats objectionable' (nn), Muslims' rights are a far cry in Nepal, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (rep), No country of their own: Every citizen has a right to vote in the next election, but what of the stateless citizens of Nepal?, by Anurag Acharya (nt), A wide open field: The results of the Himalmedia Public Opinion Poll 2013 give the clearest indication yet of the widespread public disillusionment with the main political parties (nt), Up for grabs: The field is wide open in the next election for any party that can prove it can perform, by Kunda Dixit (nt)

14/03/2013: After 13-hr marathon, parties okay cj govt:Interim govt asked to hold polls by June 21; Deal on TRC, ranks for ex-PLA fighters, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Midnight deal on CJ-led govt saves the day: Regmi to lead an 11-member interim election council; Appointment today; Poll by June 21, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Cabinet recommends prez to invoke Article 158 (ht) [Article 158 requires the existence of a legislature parliament!! President and government cannot do whatever they want without a parliament! That the president changes this article 158 is ridiculous! There are legitimate ways possible to hold new elections!!], Tough poll task ahead, but EC confident, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Game theory: Empowering the EC (rep) [You first need a parliament to introduce the necessary legal changes!!], President to swear in CJ Regmi today, by Anil Giri (kp), CJ Regmi sworn in as head of Interim Election Council, two ministers named (nn), Prez Yadav issues decree to amend constitution (nn) [Without any doubt, the amenment is necessary but rhe president does not have the legitimacy! Only the revived parliament could fulfil this job!!], CJ govt has a mountain to climb, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), Quash petition against CJ-led govt: Defendants (ht), Small parties warn of stern protest (kp), 21 parties oppose CJ-led government: ‘Bid to block efforts to form regressive govt’ (ht), Chief justice-led govt unlawful: NBA (ht), NC CC members call for Regmi’s resignation (ht), ‘Federalism issue led to conflict’ (kp), Neither PM Bhattarai nor Chief Justice Regmi resigns (nn), CPN-M takes to streets against Regmi's appointment (nn), Supreme Court postpones hearing on writ against four-parties (nn) [The people must understand that executive, jurisdiction and legislation are now in one hand! Writ petitions of this kind are superfluous in future!! The rule of law has definitely ended!], Head of State endorses truth commission ordinance (nn) [!!], First meeting of CJ-led cabinet decides to stop distribution of state largesse (nn), Identity-based politics on decline in Nepal: Carter Center (ht) [The discussions will start again with a newly elected CA because the current leaders all the political parties do no not want an inclusive federal system!!], Cautious optimism: Good election process is now required for elections to enjoy broad public support (kp), Bring in the RPP: If the extreme left’s defeat is the opposition’s agenda, their only option is to side with the RPP, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (kp) [The RPP-Nepal is a very small party of diehard monarchists and those who call themselves 'left' have got a clear absolute majority of votes in the 2008 elections! Nepal needs strong reforms and inclusion, and both is not possible with persons like Kamal Thapa!], Battle of the sexes, by Anjali Subedi (rep)

13/03/2013: Now, parties cautiously optimistic about CJ govt, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), Book on govt report card likely today: Inability to bring a full-fledged budget only weakness stated in the 50-page document, by Anil Giri (kp), Highest rank for ex-fighters still rankles: Parties agree not to include high-level political mechanism among constitutional provisions (ht), RPP-N joins hands with major forces for CJ-govt (ht) [This is an unimportant monarchist party whose leader should stand trial for his role in the brutal suppression of Jana Andolan II !!], President not to act in haste, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Election watchdog formed (kp), Madhesis demand citizenship by descent (ht), Feminine strength: Empowering Nepali women, by Suraj Thapa (rep)

12/03/2013: TRC ordinance: Blanket amnesty provision will go, say party leaders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp) [Justice is a principle that can be negotiated by the dishonest politicians at will!!], Parties agree to forgo amnesty provision in TRC (nn), Truth commission, PLA rank still bone of contention (nn), Govt not to issue travel papers for Col Lama until final verdict, by Anil Giri (kp), ‘CJ violated code of conduct for judges’ (kp), Chief justice accused of violating judges’ code: Ex-CJ objects to incumbent’s political meetings (ht), Major forces say CJ-led govt likely tomorrow: Sources claim a deal for the same to be signed today; Leaders yet to close ranks on ex-fighters (ht), Exclusion and the economy: Making the state inclusive is the single most important step to ensure income equality, by Bipin Shah (kp), Make up your mind: Koirala should lead, follow or get out of the way as his dithering is prolonging the crisis, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Power corrupts: CJ as executive head, by Dinesh Lamsal (rep), Constitutional nightmare, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

11/03/2013: At the threshold: This is not a transitional context requiring the annihilation of rule of law and constitutionalism, by Semanta Dahal (kp), Parties one on removing hurdles, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties agree to remove hurdles to make CJ PM: Send draft of the agreement to chief justice for technical advice, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Today's four-party talks to dwell on ranks for combatants, TRC (nn), Forget ranks: Parties should focus on important issues like citizenship and voter rolls (kp), 'PM will hand over power to CJ without announcing resignation' (nn), Troubling signs: Dim prospects of CA polls (rep), Integration deepened national unity: CoAS (kp), Holding polls in June to be tall order, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), So-called civil society leaders have their own agendas, interview with Lok Raj Baral (kp)

10/03/2013: June polls in jeopardy as deal still elusive; UCPN (M): CJ-led govt not possible if no agreement on providing top ranks to ex-combatants, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Forget elections in June with these failed and incompetent top party leaders! First replace them with a completely new generation of honest leaders in all parties!!!], State of the nation: The only solution to the present crisis is fresh election for popular mandate administered by a government widely perceived to be independent, by Ram Sharan Mahat (kp) [But only, if the current top leaders are prevented from future intervention!!], Four forces get closer to deal: Say they have agreed on all thorny issues save fighters’ranks in NA (ht), ‘CJ-headed government smacks of conspiracy’ (ht), Chief Justice must resign first, says Sujata (ht), CPN-M warns of another uprising (ht), New Delhi wants stability in Nepal: Indian leaders (ht), Directive on changing names of schools with foreign names: Swing into action within six months: DoE (kp) [But the federal states cannot get the names of the original indigenous homelands according to NC and UML male Bahuns!!??], Drastic and dangerous: Border referendum proposal, by Murari Sharma (rep)

09/03/2013: Parties fail to hammer out deal as disputes resurface: Citizenship, voters’ roll, TRC, ex-PLA fighters’ ranks sticking points, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Negotiations back to square one, parties mired in blame game: A sting in the tail as thorny issues resurface, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), UML leader’s no to CJ-led govt (kp), NC leader opposes CJ-led govt bid before SC verdict (ht), ‘Regmi must resignbefore becoming PM’ (ht), ‘CJ-headed govt recipe for failure’ (ht), Sujata slams parties (ht), Another round of four-party talks turns futile (nn), Prime minister defends controversial issues (kp), PM issues rebuttal of charges: Makes bid to prove he is clean as a hound’s tooth (ht), India wants to see elections in Nepal at the earliest: Indian leaders (nn), Problems ‘galore’ for Muslim women, by Janak Nepal (kp), Land of unreasonable doubt: Authorities in Nepal don’t appear to be driven by logic and reason; their philosophies transcend such mundane ideas, by Aagat Sharma (kp), A promise is a promise: A look back at the progress made in women’s rights over the years and towards the challenges the future holds, by Prativa Subedi (kp)

08/03/2013: PAPAD against sitting CJ-led govt (kp), Court hearing deferral may further delay plan, by Pranab Kharel (kp), CJ won’t become PM at least for a week: Apex court reschedules Thursday’s final hearing on a case involving chief justice for March 14 (ht), Proposed CJ-led govt deal: Stuck at ranks for ex-PLA fighters, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Voter rolls now apple of discord, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Four forces optimistic about early deal, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Formal agreement on Regmi-led govt around the corner, say leaders (nn), Another banda hits normal life (kp), 154 arrested, four vehicles vandalised (ht), Bandh affects life across country (ht), Banda hits 2 big biz events (kp), Increase women’s participation in decision-making, says UN (ht), Gender empowerment (ht), Women’s status still bleak: Reports of murder, torture continue to trickle in (kp), Occupy updates: After 70 days, it’s clear that we’re in it for the long haul, by Pranika Koyu (kp), Voting power: Women can swing the outcome of elections, and the next polls can be a sheer numbers game, by Rajju Malla-Dhakal (kp), Fresh faces: The next general election is up for grabs to anyone who can guarantee integrity, vision, and good governance (nt), Empowering women to become change makers, by Nistha Rayamajhi (rep), Nepal’s gender apartheid: The real day for women is still a long way away in Nepal, by Deepti Gurung (nt), Foreign domestic policy: Nepal’s quest for sovereignty and international credibility stands at odds with its geo-strategic balancing act, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Uncertain Again, by Keshab Poudel (sp), Ex-Guerillas In New Avatar: The country is teetering to fall apart because of their inability to democratically handle the state affairs, by Guna Raj Luitel (sp), A nation prone to blackmail: Their message is ‘it is not important to follow the rules or principles or the provisions of the constitution or the established process, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp)

07/03/2013: NHRC can now probe, file rights cases on its own: Supreme Court scraps a provision in the NHRC Act that allowed the Attorney General to decide on rights violation cases (kp), SC rules AG’s discretionary power null and void: Removes statute of limitation; Backs rights body’s autonomy, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Shutdown, the ‘easy road’ always taken: When demands aren't addressed, parties act like terrorist groups and enforce bandas, with cadres patrolling the streets, on the lookout for anyone foolhardy enough to test them, by Samik Kharel (kp), Banda throws life out of gear across country (kp), Dawn-to-dusk shutdown largely peaceful (ht) [Every bandh is a crime per se and not peaceful because it is a grave violation of the fundamental rights of the people!!], Nationwide bandh grinds country to halt (ht), Stop bandhs (ht), Another bandh chokes nation; 151 held in Kathmandu Valley (nn), Path lost: It is time for the CPN-Maoist to rethink its position and role in Nepali society (kp), As parties inch closer to deal, hurdles remain, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Now, poll plans likely to hit ballot paper hurdle, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Elect professional election commissioners: Experts (ht), Protracted political logjam worries EU ambassadors (kp), Crisis-weary Indian leaders arriving today (kp), ‘Current govt to hold polls if no deal on CJ’: PM’s adviser says onus on the incumbent administration (ht), Govt cancels Rs 35m in loans taken by killed or disappeared (kp), Journalists and lawyers: Nepal’s journalists and lawyers appear to stand against progressive change, by Pramod Mishra (kp) [???], Political paralysis: It remains a mystery whether the SC's press release was endorsed by SC justices, or the CJ personally sought to give a judicial cover to a personal and political matter, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep) [Once again biassed! The chaos has been produced by the leaders of all parties! The aim must be to get rid of all the current top political leaders through elections!!], Hearing on writ against CJ-led govt deferred till March 14 (ko), Apex court postpones hearing on CJ-led govt till March 14 (rep)

06/03/2013: Response to SC show cause: No plans to depute CJ to head election government: PM, by Pranab Kharel (kp) [???], Petition unclear, says Prez office (kp) [This has not to be decided by the president but by the SC!!!], Authorities submit explanation to SC: Say Regmi’s deputationas PM politicalmatter (ht), Special bench to hear anti-Regmi govt petition (kp 06/03/2013), SC upholds move to reject contempt case against CJ (kp) [The end of separation of powers!], New case involving CJ sub judice till March 14: Appointment of head of judiciary as prime minister likely to be delayed, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Parties agree in principle on citizenship, voter roll update (kp) [In principle is not enough! It must be without reservation and it must also include the children of Nepali women and foreign fathers!!], Top leaders agree on voters’ list, citizenship: Fifty-fifty chances of a deal today (ht), Koirala says prospects of CJ-led govt fading (ht), Get serious (rep), EU delegation meets UML chief, calls for local polls pronto (nn), A long wait: Local elections help institutionalise political gains, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp), E/J for PM? Fourth estate nominee, by Dharma Adhikari (rep)

05/03/2013: CJ-led government plan: UCPN (M) may rethink idea if polls deferred (kp), Cong prez casts doubts, by Lavadev Dhungana (kp), NC leaders mount pressure on party: Congress leadership told to hold CWC meet to decide on CJ govt (kp), Four bigwigs meeting today (kp), PM appointment anybody’s guess, prez tells SC: Apex court told no need to test constitutionality of the case, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [???], Chances of deal on CJ-led govt bleak: Rijal, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Yami sees no need for constitution (kp) [????], Maoist leader Mahara says constitution no remedy for crisis (ht), Dahal’s aid pledge turns hollow, by Bimal Khatiwada and Dipendra Baduwal (kp), UCPN (M) announces Rs 6 m relief aid to Badarmude bomb victims (nn), The guilty must pay: The pleas of conflict victims for justice have not been heard even six years after the peace pact, by Suman Adhikari (kp), Vanished voters: EC should ensure that no eligible citizens are excluded from voting (kp), Citizenship issue can be resolved: Leaders, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Election without voters: Are biometric details so urgent now?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Nepal 8th most miserable place to live in (ht), Citizenship through mother: Fugitives by birth, by Deepti Gurung (rep)

04/03/2013: Parties target deal ahead of SC verdict (ht), No CJ govt before court verdict: Prez (kp) [The verdict will be prejudiced either!! The SC will not decide against its boss!!], SC defers hearing on CJ Regmi’s case (ht), CJ court contempt charge: Writ challenges case rejection (kp), War-era rights violations: Nepal Army to help set up TRC, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [??], Lessons from Lama: Govt can show its commitment to TRC by revising the existing bill (kp), No relief in sight yet for Bandarmudhe blast victims (ht), EC starts voters’ verification process (kp), AG: UDHR outdated in Nepal’s context (kp) [For the sake of Nepal: Dismiss this man immediately!!!], NC, UML cadres clash in Dhadingbesi (kp), Democracy in peril: Koirala (ht) [Which democracy???], It’s okay to violate separation of powers if that helps hold polls, interview with Raman Shrestha (kp) [???????], UN finds Nepali Army lacking on inclusiveness, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), The dark underbelly: Criminalization of politics, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

03/03/2013: Civil society against CJ-led govt (ht), Limbuwan says no to Regmi-led govt (ht), Got ethics? Chief Justice's relation to politicians goes against code of conduct for judges, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Paudel says CJ-led govt must to end political deadlock (ht) [No, giving all the failed party leaders the boot is the precondition for ending the political deadlock!!!!!], Col Lama granted bail under tough terms, by Phanindra Dahal and Nabin Pokharel (kp), Colonel Kumar Lama’s bail set at 10,000: Court directs him not to leave the United Kingdom until case is over (ht), Leaders portrayed as ‘superheroes’ (kp), Submit illegal weapons by March 28, says govt (ht)

02/03/2013: Won’t make any unconstitutional move, Prez tells NBA delegation, by Bhadra (kp) [But it's already in full swing! Why don't you stop this??], President hints he will seek SC advice on CJ-led govt: Says Article 38 (1) process still on; NBA lobbies against Regmi as PM, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [Article 38 is based on the existence of an elected parliament!! There is no constitutional way without a short time revival of the parliament!! Asking the SC if its boss behaves correctly is absolute nonsense!!], Writ against CJ-led govt: Hearing deferred (kp) [!!!!], Four forces hopeful of deal by March 7 (kp) [Incompetence times four!!], Maoist-led front declares bandh on Wednesday (ht), Civil society group takes to streets against plan to form CJ-led govt (nn), Madi bomb blast: Dahal bounty leaves victims’ body in a fix, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Madhesis entitled to citizenship, says Thakur: ‘People are rendered stateless due to bigoted policies of the state’ (ht), UK court grants Col Lama bail (nn), A fatal flaw? Proposal for CJ-lad government, by Michael van Es (rep)

01/03/2013: SC quashes chief justice contempt of court charge, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [This was to be expected! The SC will never decide against its boss! With the CJ as PM, the executive can do what it wants to do in future!!], Apex court rejects contempt case against CJ: Says petitioner misinterpreted Regmi’s press statement,hence no need to register the petition, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Attorney office, cops‘ defy’ court orders, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp) [This may be normal in future!], Stability at what cost? Setting a precedent for a politicised judiciary will mire Nepal in long-term instability (nt), Bar delegation suggests Prez against installing CJ-led govt (nn), Will seal CJ govt deal before SC verdict: Big 4 (kp), Four forces fail to reach agreement on issues (ht), Maoist boss regrets Madi bus blast; promises aid for victims, by Dipendra Badupal (kp) [This is not enough! The culprits have to be punished including those who ordered and protected such procedure as well as those who ordered the security forces to use public transport!!], UCPN-M chairman announces relief, but where is the money?, by Chintamani Poudel (ht), EC updates electoral ordinance drafts (kp), Carter Center wants citizenship issue addressed before election (kp), Carter Center suggests update of voters’ list (ht), Regmi-led govt result of parties’ failure, says Deuba (ht) [The whole crisis is the result of the pay leaders failure! Making Regmi PM is another failure!!], Overwhelming force: Why fall for the argument that the rule of law has to be destroyed in order to save rule of law?, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Striving for sustainable peace: Seven years after the historic peace agreement, Nepal still struggles to restore peace, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Rotten to the core: Nepal’s legal system has been too kind to those at the top who have presided over the plunder of the state, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

28/02/2013: Court contempt case against CJ: Application under consideration at the Supreme Court administration (kp), Outstanding issues: For the period that CJ heads govt, he shouldn’t be able to influence courts (kp) [No, the head of the judiciary cannot be the head of the executive! This is against the fundamental principles of democracy and the rule of law!! Maybe the party leaders do not have the intellect to understand this, but the current CJ knows this very well!], Maoist boss now hints at polls in November, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp) [But only if the so-called leaders stop their nonsense games and revive the parliament immediately to decide the necessary constitutional and legal changes!], March 7 date puts political forces at sixes and sevens: NC, UML want to wait for SC verdict, ruling partners don't (ht) [These party leaders do not represent the people! What gives them the legitimation to change the constitution???], NC to wait SC verdict on CJ govt (ht), UML unanimously backs Regmi-led govt: Decision comes against the backdrop of growing rift (ht), Holding polls in June not a cakewalk: Dahal, Gachhadar say election most likely in November (ht), Oppn parties hit out at govt decisions: Parties struggle to strike agreement on various outstanding issues (kp), Badarmude bomb victims stage protest as Dahal arrives in Madi (nn), Illusionary left: Nepal’s political parties are “left” in name but overwhelmingly “right” in their policies, by Suman Khadka (kp), Unseen violence: In most cases, women remain sexually harassed and discriminated against socially and religiously, by Shova Shakya and Grard Toffin (kp), Using judges for election does not violate separation of powers, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat, Nepali Congress (rep), All the fuss: CJ-led govt, by Biswas Baral (rep)

27/02/2013: Chief Justice in moral crisis: Bar; NBA questions the authenticity of apex court statement, demands clear position (kp), NBA censures CJ, says he’s facing moral crisis: Accuses Regmi of undermining judges’ code of conduct (ht), Petition against plans to form Regmi-led govt (kp), Congress gives a mixed verdict on CJ-led govt, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC struggles to quieten dissenting voices: Youth leaders question party top brass over CJ-led govt (ht), NC, UML top brass strive to allay second-rung leaders' misgivings (nn), ‘CJ-led govt puts nation at risk’ (ht), Forward is the way: CJ-led government, by Apurba Khatiwada (rep), Four devices planted by newoutfit defused (kp), Bombs found in key cities, spreading panic (ht), Compassionate democracy, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep)

26/02/2013: CJ gives conditional nod to proposal; Regmi to leaders: Ready to make any sacrifice to provide outlet to the political impasse, by Pranab Kharel (kp), After days of dilly-dallying, CJ accepts PM offer: SC statement says Regmi not guided by personal interest (ht), Parties agree to clear legal, statute hurdles, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [This is not possible on the basis of the interim constitutions! The top party leaders are not gods!!], NBA expresses objection over SC spokesperson’s statement on CJ-led govt (nn), Relinquish judicial powers: Nepal Bar to CJ Regmi (nn), Another writ filed against plan to install CJ-led govt (nn), Parties to expedite work to amend statute (ht), CJ-led government a EU idea, says Gajurel, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Dailekh Inspector Sharma denied deserved promotion, by Prakash Adhikari and Ankit Adhikari (kp), Family matters: The metaphors used in politics give a glimpse to how the political actors conceptualise politics and society, by Gyanu Adhikari (kp), Bombs planted by new 'Maoist outfit' defused in Butwal, Biratnagar and Banke (nn)

25/02/2013: June poll prospects effectively end: EC, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Free from problems: Parties need to sort out all political and legal complications before elections (kp), Court asks PM, Dahal to explain CJ govt plan, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Special bench to decide PM’s chair for CJ or not: Chief justice can accept post but SC can scrap decision; Show cause for President’s office, PMO, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), CJ balks at meeting Big 4: Top leaders may parley with Regmi today to seek his answer, by Anil Giri (kp), Regmi non-committal, parties to try again today: UDMF seeks formation of commission to delineate constituencies afresh (ht), CJ Regmi agrees to head election govt (nn) [This is the end of rule of law: no legislature to introduce necessary legal changes for elections, and executive and judiciary in one hand against all principles of the interim constitution!!! And now, the SC shall decide if its boss takes a correct decision???], CJ Regmi finally breaks silence, says is open to four-party proposition (nn), New government only after SC verdict, say NC leaders (nn) [This verdict has already been anticipated by Regmi's decision!!], CPN-M to launch Bhalka campaign (ht), Chief secy for mother tongue use: Hails role of Gorkhapatra’s multilingual pages in preserving culture (ht), Rite of passage: Impunity and lawlessness (rep), Necessity of local elections: For good governance, by Krishna Man Pradhan (ht), Step in right direction: In favor of ethnic states, by Anand Jha (rep)

24/02/2013: Dr Devkota suggests bigwigs to quit politics, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht) [This is the only way to save the country! It's highest time!!! None of these self-claimed to party leaders is needed!!], Justice versus politics: Securing the independence of judiciary is a must, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), CJ Regmi to get last offer today: Four parties to seek alternative if he declines; TRC, citizenship row escalates further, by Anil Giri and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Four major forces to address CJ’s concerns today (ht), CJ-led govt to oust Bhattarai: Koirala, by Sudip Kaini (kp) [There is no democracy in Nepal but partiocracy and total disregard of the interim constitution and the rule of law, Mr Koirala!!!], UDMF likely to oppose Upreti’s reappointment as EC chief (ht), Nepal emerging as ‘regional hub for human trafficking, by Roshan Sedhai and Ankit Adhikari (kp), Our chance: Elections will provide an opportunity for all citizens to speak up and cleanse the polity, by Anil Bhattarai (kp) [Elections mean nothing as long as those selfish, power-greedy and nation destroying old party leaders continue their chaotic partiocracy games!!], Maoist grand design?, by Murari Sharma and Bhagirath Basnet (rep) [Why so one-sided? Its the grand design of all the top party leaders!!], Incidents like arrest of Colonel Lama could repeat if transitional justice mechanisms are not set up, warns UN (nn)

23/02/2013: Bar reps’ strong no to CJ-led govt (kp), Four forces’ bid to coax NBA gets thumbs-down: Bar members say CJ-led govt will be against constitutionalism (ht), Apex court defers hearing on PM appointment case (ht), No accord in 7 days may mean no June polls: EC, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Full budget ‘must’ if polls are to be heldthis fiscal (kp), Envoys urge CPN-M to be part of polls (kp) [This is not in support of Baidya's politics, but the envoys obviously understand nothing!!], Big IV responsible for crisis, CPN-M tells EU mission (ht), Parties agreed for CJ-led govt under pressure, says Koirala (ht), ‘The later the election, the better it is’: Experts say polls in hurry could be a recipe for disaster, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Women barred from combat duties: Military analysts have said women will not get a chance to serve as the chief of the NA as long as such a provision in the Army Service Rule remains, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

22/02/2013: Nepali apartheid: The Invisible Doko, by Jenima Diki Sherpa (rep) [!!!!!!], Govt officials set to skip Geneva UN rights meet, by Anil Giri (kp), Constitutional, legal hurdles delay deal, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp), Congress leaders prod party honchos against CJ-led govt (kp), Legal experts judge Regmi as good justice, weak leader: Say his appointment as executive headcould open a Pandora’s box; Claim he is not cut out to be a troubleshooter, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Lawyers suggest Cabinet under Regmi possible (kp) [How can lawyers state this??], CJ can lead govt, say constitutional experts (ht), Road to elections: Major parties need to reach out to give smaller parties political ownership (kp), Four-party parley to continue today (nn), Hearing on writ against CJ-led govt deferred again (nn) [This is a criminal procedure by the judiciary!!!], Agree to disagree: CJ as the head of the electoral government will only make sense if the parties agree not to disagree about polls end-May, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Electing to go for elections: Only fresh elections will get us out of this rut, but they have to be clean and violence-free (nt) [Clean elections require a short time revival of the parliament and severe disciplining of the parties!!], Dalits’ hunger strikefor right to water, by Khagendra Awasthi (kp), Voters and constituencies: Guaranteeing Madhesis the right to vote to participate in political affairs is an important responsibility of the state, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Questioning Nepal’s politicians: Searching for answers for a way forward, by Curtis S. Chin (ht), Kathmandu's own Occupy Movement: Beyond slogans, branding and impulsive activism, by Amendra Pokhrel (rep), Leaders vs Parties: The origin point of the dangerous idea to have CJ as the Prime Minister might have been anywhere, inside or outside Nepal, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), Odd Allies: Chief justice Khil Raj Regmi’s rejection to lead the interim government has something more than that meets the eye, by Keshab Poudel (sp), Elections: Dream Or Reality? (sp), Federalism and Public Opinion, by Sudhindra Sharma (sp)

21/02/2013: Party leaders formally ask CJ to lead poll govt: Regmi concerned about some package deal provisions (kp), Deal on CJ-led govt so near, yet so far: Meeting between Regmi,top leaders fails to bear fruit,raising fears of protracted deadlock, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Prakash Acharya (ht), Left parties want Prez to halt CJ govt plans (kp), CJ-led govt proposal unscientific, interview with Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplap’, CPN-M (rep), Khanal-Nepal rift results in UML meet deferral (ht), 21 parties oppose poll govt (ht), NC prez asks whether Chief Justice is a Maoist activist (nn) [???], Separation of state power is uncompromisable: NC leaders (nn), CJ Regmi 'unwilling' to head election govt without all-party consensus (nn), Transition will end in good time: Rana (kp) [There is no sign for this as long as partiocracy and impunity rule!!], ‘Army can’t operate in vacuum’: Gen Rana says military has played a key role in times of crisis (ht) [Yes, but very often a negative one!!], Elections and beyond: At a time of momentous decisions for the country’s future, elections conducted by impartial hands become absolutely indispensable, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Comfortably numb: Neither lawlessness nor dire economy seems to galvanise the people, by Manish Gyawali (kp), Transformation and neo-liberalism: Is there symmetrical relation?, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), Dangerous game: Foreign meddling, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

20/02/2013: Leaders to lend CJ ‘full support’, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), New bones of contention delay CJ govt formation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CJ’s spin gives new twist to power-transfer tale: Top leaders of four major political forces taken by surprise, to meet Regmi to persuade him, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Chief justice says ‘thorny issues’ stinging him, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Regmi ready and waiting, says PM, by Sudip Kaini (kp) [??], Regmi remains tight-lipped (kp) [He should better make clear that he cannot become PM according to article 108 of the constitution!], Nepal wants chief justice to resign before he becomes prime minister (ht) [This is the least that should happen, but the whole procedure remains unconstitutional anyway!], Dispute resurfaces in UML over idea of CJ-led govt; SC meeting put off (nn), Banda hits life across country (kp), Bandh cripples life in city, six vehicles vandalised (ht), Bandh cripples normal life: CPN-Maoist cadres vandalise govt offices, harass tourists (ht), Gajurel rapped for defying party’s nationwide strike (ht), More protests announced (ht), UDMF, Madhesi parties in a dilemma about their agenda: Constituencies, citizenship put them in a fix, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht)

19/02/2013: Final deal on CJ govt near, say parties: Divided on TRC, ranks for ex-combatants, voters’ list update, citizenship card distribution, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Top guns agree on CJ-led govt, June 5 election: Leaders say all-party meeting today after discussing and finalising all outstanding issues, by Prakash Acharya (ht), CPN-M calls bandh to protest ‘syndicate politics’: Second-rung leaders of Congress, UML oppose parties’decision, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CPN-M bandh hits life nationwide; press vehicles vandalized, TU exams take place as per schedule (nn), Bandh ends at 5 pm (nn), Ex-CJ alarmed at emerging autocracy: Says presidential power does not mean authority to do anything (ht), ‘CJ-led govt against Interim Constitution’ (kp), Nefin calls for Assembly rebirth (kp), NSP sit-in in front of President’s office (ht), CWC not in favour of CJ-led govt: Sujata (ht), 'CJ Regmi has taken four-party proposal positively' (nn) [The CJ should know best that the top positions of executive and judiciary should never be in the same hands!! It already disqualifies him as CJ, as well, that he has not rejected this plan right from the beginning!!], Hearing on writ against Chief Justice-led election govt postponed (nn) [???? There is currently no case of similar importance and urgency!!], EC prepares 92-day poll plan, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Preparations for CA elections: It will be unfair if electoral seats are not reallocated according to latest census data, by Tej Prasad Adhikari (kp), Whither elections: Parties are underestimating the time required for political negotiations and technical preparations, by Rajju Malla-Dhakal (kp), Insec reports increase in cases of rights violation (kp) [see summary of INSEC yearbook 2013], Time to make time for Nepal: On a rescue mission, by Anil Keshary Shah (ht), Freedom denied: Ban on Badhsala, by Alok Pokharel (rep), Why federalism? View from the grassroots, by Mukesh Khanal (rep)

18/02/2013: Nepal is turning into a technocracy, interview with Johan Galtung (kp), Apex court woes may worsen (kp), SC petitioned against CJ-led govt (kp), Stay order sought againstRegmi’s appointment as PM (ht), Leaders flay CJ-led govt plan (kp), Difficult choice: Chief Justice-led govt opens the door for elections, though dangers remain (kp), Cross-party panel plans polls by June 5: Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi will head a 9-11 member election govt, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Parties say efforts to bear fruit today, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Thorny issues likely to hit package deal (kp), Zero in on polls (ht), NC CWC, leadership differ on CJ-led election govt (ht), UML leader accuses party of buckling under pressure (ht), CPN-Maoist to oppose CJ-led govt: Baidhya (ht), Small left parties oppose ongoing efforts of major political forces to appoint CJ as new PM (nn), NEFIN to hit the streets against CJ-led govt; Ashok Rai says parties awarding Regmi for his role in CA dissolution (nn), Bid to appoint CJ head of government against Constitution: Nembang (nn), Democracy Day to be observed (ht) [Which democracy? The endless and senseless power games of the politicians have nothing to do with democracy!!], Forced to quit during conflict, teachers to be reappointed (kp), Local up: The longer local elections are put off, the worse will be the impact on democratic politics, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp), Electoral government led by the Chief Justice: Not the end of the world, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (ht), Looking ahead: New polls roadsmap, by Ajit N.S. Thapa (rep)

17/02/2013: Four parties agree on CJ-led election govt: Accord to come into effect once package deal to ensure May polls is signed, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Parties agree on Chief Justice Regmi-led election govt: Consensus to befinalised after package deal is worked out, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CPN-UML keeps everybody guessing: Leaders interpret the party’s CC decision differently (ht), Govt gears up to re-appoint retired election officials, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Polls possible in first week of June, says ex-EC chief (ht), Tripathi says no to chief justice-led govt (ht), Baidya threatens protests against CJ-led government (kp), Four left parties to oppose attempts to form CJ-led election govt (nn), CPN-Maoist to take to streets against four-party deal (nn), Indian envoy Prasad call on President Yadav (nn) [??], Crucial four-party meet under way at Shitalniwas (nn), CJ Regmi arrives at President's Office, 'to submit SC's yearly report' (nn) [??], Opposition leaders see 'foreign hand' behind agreement on CJ-led election govt (nn), Same old: Looking at PM Baburam Bhattarai now, he seems just the same as all the other politicians Nepalis have had the misfortune of being led by, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp), Charm and charisma: The Hetauda convention has reinforced Prachanda’s leadership of the UCPN (Maoist), by Mukti Rijal (kp), Transparency for revolution: The UCPN (Maoist) idea of an ‘economic revolution’ was not floated with the intention of implementing it sincerely, by Bhadra Sharma (kp)

16/02/2013: The illusion of inclusion, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Koirala averse to CJ-led govt idea: Leaders, however, say deal still on the table (kp), Likely deal gets shelved as UML dilly-dallies: Could give nod to CJ-led govt today, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Parties mull new govt shape, name, by Pranab Kharel and Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-Maoist-led parties all set to launch protest rallies today (ht), 4 parties oppose CJ-led govt plan (kp), ‘Chief justice-led govt unacceptable’ (ht), Leaders in bid to guarantee polls by May end (ht) [How this??], Bhattarai defends CJ as PM candidate: Says he’s the most impartial choice (ht) [This is not the problem!!], Change of guard, TRC dominate party (kp), MJF-N seeks citizenship allotment, new constituencies before polls (kp), Seize the opportunity: Breaking the logjam, by Hari Bansha Dulal (rep)

15/02/2013: UML feels CJ govt okay if that sends Bhattarai out, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), UML Standing Committee agrees to govt under CJ (ht), Consensus deferred yet again till today: UML Standing Committee backs CJ-led govt; Central Committee likely to endorse the decision (ht), UML split over Maoist proposal, Central Committee meet postponed (nn), ‘Plan against Interim Constitution’ (kp), Civil society opposes Regmi as PM (ht), Don’t become PM, NBA tells Regmi (kp), Consensus govt within two days, says Bhattarai (kp) [?? This does not bring the country closer to elections and elections are what the country needs most!!], KC moots idea of prez-led election council (ht), 'Bureaucrats will run ministries under CJ-led mechanism' (nn), No breakthrough yet on election govt; talks to continue on Saturday (nn), New regulations change Nepal Army promotion criteria: Soldiers convicted of human rights violations will not be eligible for promotions, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [This is not enough: They have to stand trial, and if found guilty they have to be punished!!], Court & the virus: Why is it necessary to put the Supreme Court on the chopping block to get us to elections in mid-May? One detects the toxic aroma of conspiracy, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp) [Still one-sided! The country needs elections first, then the government may be ousted by the elected representatives of the people! An NC led government now brings no solution and it is definitely not democratic!], Nepal exercising partyocracy: Prof Galtung, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Reconciliation without resolution: Nepal has tried to reconcile with its past without resolving the underlying reasons of the conflict, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Lost in transition: Nepal is not the only country in the region which has had to deal with a dirty past (nt), Representing the collective voice of youth & women, interview with Nabina Lama (rep), Citizenship for Madhesi: A matter of state headache or of right and justice, by Dipendra Jha (rep) [excerpts from an unpublished report titled “Stateless Madhesi”, written for the NGO Third Alliance]

14/02/2013: Leaders still hammering away at CJ as new PM: NC,UML tell prez they cannot accept chief justice-led govt, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Cong leaders stress on judiciary’s independence, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC firm on CJ’s resignation, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Lawyers ponder CJ as exec head, with riders (kp), In no established democracy has Chief Justice held executive post, interview with Bhimarjun Acharya (rep), Prez-led advisory council best alternative, says KC (kp), Mahat urges prez to take decisive step (ht) [??? He would not demand this if the president were from the Maoist parties!!], No fence to sit on: The cases of Col Kumar Lama and Dekendra Thapa both raise fundamental questions about whether the country will continue to be run as a playground for elites, by Suhas Chakma (kp)

13/02/2013: CJ as PM will hit judiciary: Experts, by Pranab Kharel and Bhadra Sharma (kp) Oppn parties’ no to sitting CJ as executive head (kp), No headway as opposition plays doubting Thomas (ht), NC leaders a divided lot, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Baidhya opposes election govt (ht), Dahal defends choice of CJ as PM candidate (kp), The dealmaker: Dahal can reclaim lost trust by bringing parties together to agree on a suitable PM (kp), President Yadav holds separate parleys with leaders (nn), PM launches ‘ambitious’ plan to muster youth in nation-building, by Anil Giri (kp), CPN-Maoist leaders meet in Thawang: ‘Will pick up People’s War where it was left off’, by Kashiram Dangi (kp), Prez likely to return TRC ordinance to govt: Seeks feedback from rights defenders, lawyers on ways to send it back, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Old ties: Many people in the Tarai are virtually stateless as they can’t get citizenship certificates, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Post-UCPN (M) Seventh General Convention: Has the political scenario changed?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

12/02/2013: Parties delve into an interim CJ-led ‘set-up’: Four big forces mull an 'Advisory Council' to hold polls; Divided on whether CJ should resign first, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [Please go to school and then try to read at least artcle 106 of the interim constitution!!], New plan to raise slew of questions, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [The application of article 158 also requires a parliament! There is no other option than to introduce the necessary constitutional and legal changes by shortly reviving the dissolved CA!!!], CJ-led election govt would be in direct violation of interim constitution: Former CA chair Nemwang (nn), CJ-led govt won’t work: Legal eagles (kp), Lawyers oppose CJ’s choice as prime minister (ht), Parties agree on bits, disagree on pieces; Hope to finalise a deal on new govt by this evening, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), NC, UML want CJ to resign first (ht), Be prepared to quit, PM tells ministers (kp), ‘Last option crisis’ to end (kp), UML says no to CJ-led govt (nn), Top leaders to meet at Shital Niwas in the evening (nn) [We cannot read, we don't know the interim constitution, we don't listen, we don't want elections, we only want power, we are the ruiners of the country!!!], On holiday: There are more productive ways to ensure diversity than public holidays (kp), Dalit movement: Gains made but desires remain, by Dewan Rai (kp), Reclaiming heritage: Changing identity of dalits, by Khyam Bishwokarma (rep), Maoists fool women: After 10 years of war followed by seven years of peace, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Maoists suffer from the same patriarchal attitudes that they claimed to fight, by Gyanu Adhikari (kp), The cost of exclusion: Persistent exclusion is hurting the country politically, economically and socially, by Bipin Shah (kp), Crimes against popular sovereignty: Fascist attitudes of the government, by Gyan Basnet (ht), Personal democracy: Putin's Russia, Prachanda's Nepal, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

11/02/2013: Constitutional body appointments: House absence nixed plans: PM (kp), Writ seeking constitution interpretation rejected (kp), Open to all options on govt formation: Oppn Parties seek concrete proposal from UCPN (Maoist), by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [First go for election! Only with the people's mandate you have the legitimation to form a new government!!!], CJ-led Cabinet official party proposal: Bogati (kp), Bogati contradicts Dahal, says it was party’s proposal: Claims idea of govt under head of judiciary as PM was endorsed in UCPN-Maoist convention (ht), Parties likely to ask CJ to quit today: Consensus on chief justice leading election govt expected by evening, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [A PM turned CJ, as well, cannot introduce the necessary constitutional and legal changes without shortly reinstating the dissolved CA! The stubborn politicians must finally change their mind!!], Prime minister backs Regmi-led govt: Says so unequivocally during a meeting with the prez (ht), Four parties agree on May-end polls; agreement on 'neutral PM' likely (nn) [???], Chief proposal: Both the Madhes-Maoist coalition and NC-UML, responsible for the logjam, should be flexible to make May elections happen (kp), Dahal looking for someone like GPK to end deadlock (ht), War-era relief fund falls in wrong hands (ht), Without election, chances of next fiscal budget slim, by Kuvera Chalise (ht), Criticism taking different form in social media on the ground, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Rethinking journalism: The Nepali mass media should stop playing the role of stenographers for the powerful, by Nirmal Rijal (kp), UCPN (Maoist) has outdone the UML in many ways, interview with Shyam Shrestha (kp), Evolution of UCPN (Maoist): The future red, by C.K. Lal (rep)

10/02/2013: Prez urges leaders to seek PM candidate shortly for May polls, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Chief Justice not only candidate for PM: Dahal; Says no proposal on Regmi floated; Accuses media of wrong reporting, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC sees ‘ill intent’ in CJ-led govt proposal (kp), ‘Oppn not averse to CJ-led govt’ (ht), CJ’s take on UCPN-Maoist proposal sought: No provision for appointing Chief Justice PM, say experts (ht), Advocates demand Regmi’s response (kp), Still going strong: PM's capitalist revolution, by Stephen Mikesell (rep), No incentive, no action: The president's role, by Murari Sharma (rep)

09/02/2013: Dahal’s Chief justice-led govt idea: Top oppn guns mum, some reject it: In rally, top leaders make no comments; Second rung leaders give plan a thumbs down, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Top opposition leaders silent on Maoist proposal: Koirala, Khanal urge UCPN-M to come for talks, show flexibility (ht), Madhesi parties not in favour of CJ-led govt (ht), Chief justice remains silent on PM offer (ht), What's new? Proposal for CJ as PM (rep), Prez to meet leaders of major parties today (nn), Cabinet puts seal on new republican state protocol, by Anil Giri (kp), UCPN-M meet fails to address disgruntled ex-fighters’ concern, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), AG among 73 recipients of senior advocate title: Honoured despite controversial track record (ht) [???], Justice delayed: The judicial system in Nepal is a morass of delays and irregularities, rendering it exceedingly difficult to navigate for the average citizen, by Pranab Kharel and Bhadra Sharma (kp), First things first: Local elections, by Mukesh Khanal (rep)

08/02/2013: Dahal proposes poll govt under chief justice Party to agitate if this option fails too, by Phanindra Dahal and Pratap Bista (kp), Dahal proposes CJ Regmi for PM’s post: But it doesn’t lookpolitical parties cannotlike an offer refuse (ht), Chief Justice mum on Maoist proposal, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Lawyers divided on Dahal’s option, by Pranab Kharel (kp), DPM Gachhadar disowns UCPN (M) 'formula' (nn), NC, UML say no to idea, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Oppn parties’ anti-govt mass rally today (kp), Oppn flexes muscle in Capital; Leaders lash out at ruling Maoists (nn), Nepal deserves elections: To ensure the continued legitimacy of Nepal’s democratic institutions, including its political parties, elections must be held sooner rather than later, by Peter W. Bodde, US Ambassador to Nepal (kp), The post-Prachanda path: The first post-conflict Maoist general convention has finally departed from the communist doctrine of armed struggle, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Political overkill: Social research in Nepal is in sharp decline because of political interference and government apathy, by Dambar Krishna Shrestha (nt), Justice To New Govt? The proposal to form a neutral government under the incumbent chief justice is sparking a new constitutional row (sp), All Over Red: Usual or unusual, the rise of radical communist ideology all over Nepal is a visible reality, by Keshab Poudel (sp), UCPN( Maoists) and Pro-Parliamentary Parties: Compatibility or Confrontation?, by Nishesh Dhungana (sp), Dalits and the Irrelevant Federal Debate, by Dipak Gyawali (sp)

07/02/2013: Bid to take us to The Hague thwarted: PM; Bhattarai says staying in govt has foiled a conspiracy to drag Maoist leaders to the Int’l Criminal Court, by Phanindra Dahal and Pratap Bista (kp), Oppn plans massive anti-govt rally today (kp), Col Lama’s lawyers demand Rs 57.2m, by Anil Giri (kp) [Justice cannot be prevented by money!!], Has govt got more than it bargained for UK firm demands 443,000 to handle Col Lama’s case (ht), Rights activists protest gender-based violence (kp), Fifty percent: The best way to achieve gender equality is to have 50 percent representation of women in state entities and private sector, by Erisha Suwal (kp), Kavre DAO comes to injured journos’ aid, by Manoj Basnet (kp) [This has to be paid by the hooligans, not by the state! In addition, the hooligans have to be punished severely!!!], Maoist party branching out its base: ‘Transformation from cadre-based party to mass-based one’, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Reviving structures: Attempt by Maoists to restructure their grassroots organisation deserves scrutiny (kp), In praxis and theory: Baburam Bhattarai and Prachanda, along with the other UCPN (Maoist) leaders, are the only ones at present who have forged their leadership effectively, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Forge consensus first: Dhungana (ht)

06/02/2013: UCPN-M likely to propose ex-CJ as new PM, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Hearing on PM, AG’s petitions next week (ht), Violent phase of revolution over, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Bhattarai defends govt as general convention reps blame him for party's flagging image (nn)

05/02/2013: Student unions to intensify protest (kp), Oppn stages anti-govt stir in Pokhara (ht), Protests will ‘correct’ UCPN (Maoist): Nepal; Former prime minister says Dahal is an ‘excellent liar’ (kp) [O.k., but what will correct NC and UML??], Alternatives for govt leadership can be discussed if Maoists guarantee polls by May: KC (nn), Women leaders demand more say in Maoist CC (kp), Ruling Maoists on the path to paradigm shift: Drop people’s revolt, Mao theory; Set to concentrate on production, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), No more tough talk: Maoists’ seventh convention seems set to adopt the political line PM Baburam Bhattarai has been pushing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Hard options: Nepal’s peace process is not lost but the signs are not good, by Nishchal N. Pandey (kp), Besieged republic: Transitional democracy, by Pranav Bhattarai (rep), Remembering CPA: Spirit is for politics of consensus (rep)

04/02/2013: Road to nonviolence: For the first time, UCPN (Maoist) seems set to reject the idea of state capture (kp), Dekendra Thapa murder case: SC read statute wrongly, says PM (ht) [The interpretation of the constitutione is the task of SC and not of the PM. The PM should know and respect the fundamental rules of separation of power!!], NC’s loss in CA election reason behind failure to draft statute: Poudel (nn) [NC's responsibility for the failure of the 1990 system reason behind the party's loss in the CA elections!! Now, the NC has even less agenda!!], Business as usual: The patriarchal attitude of the political bosses is such that they will continue to “mint” the participation of a huge number of women but rarely allow any birth on the platform, by Rajju Malla Dhakal (kp)

03/02/2013: Tensions simmering between executive and judiciary, by Pranab Kharel and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Journos working amid threats, by Manoj Basnet (kp), Oppn stages show of strength in Biratnagar (ht), Opposition agitation sans key agendas, says Madhesi leader (ht), Elections, stupid Democrats should worry more about the quality of elections and less about the Maoists, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Rhetoric of positioning: Do not confuse puerile thoughts with visionary politics, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

02/02/2013: A turning point for the once violent party, by Phanindra Dahal and Pratap Bista (kp), Hetauda all set for UCPN-M’s pomp and show: Party gears up for major shift in political line during convention being held after two decades, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Towards non-violence, meeting of the minds, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM, I see eye to eye on May polls, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp), Oppn steps up effort to mobilise masses (ht), HRW raps govt for ‘broken promises’ (kp) [see Nepal chapter of World Report 2013], HRW censures Nepal on human rights abuses (ht), SC finds fault with PM’s petition, sends it back for correction (ht), ‘Prez has duty to promulgate ordinances’ (ht), The big question: Are ethnic states viable?, by Madhu Ghimire (rep) [see part 2 (03/02/2013)]

01/02/2013: PM, AG move Supreme Court against Dekendra case order, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp) [What nonsense! Hopefully, the SC shows them the red card!!], Hearing on, Thapa mum breaks down, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Govt okays ‘one-window advertisement policy’: Move widely seen as bid to control media outlets critical of it, by Anil Giri (kp), NHRC concerned about crumbling security situation (kp), NC prez tells Maoists to stop dreaming about grabbing state-power through violent means (nn) [The NC's intentions are not different! Cooperate to hold polls!!], Missing Bisweshwor: The democratic opposition’s ritualistic commitment to open society and social justice will not save our citizenry from the fraudsters, by Kanak Mani Dixt (kp) [see reply by Anil Bhattarai: Elections, stupid Democrats should worry more about the quality of elections and less about the Maoists (kp 03/02/2013)]

31/01/2013: FDRA leaders give Congress, UML an earful, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Ruling alliance bawls out opposition parties (ht), YCL’s Banepa attack ‘premeditated’, by Manoj Basnet (kp), Congress will go back to people, says Koirala (ht) [The stop your power games immediately and help to hold elections!!!], Prez may consider ‘neutral poll government’ (kp), Prez urges leaders to avert chaos (ht), UCPN (M) again talks of neutral Prime Minister (nn), World Press Freedom Index - 2013: Nepal slips 12 places, drops to 106 (kp) [see index], Nepal not safe for journalists, says RWB (ht), CPN-M announces a ‘people’s movement’ (kp), Bad trailer: In banning Badhshala, the Army and govt have set a negative precedent (kp), A snapshot of violence: Progress and peace for a nation starts at home by calling for an end to all violence against women and children, by Hanaa Singer (kp), Gender issues: Subalterns must speak out, by Sumit Gupta (ht), ICJ urges govt not to hinder justice (ht)

30/01/2013: Dozen hurt as YCL activists, anti-govt protesters clash, by Manoj Basnet (kp), Six journos among 13 hurt in Banepa: YCL members threaten to kill scribes, clash with opposition activists (ht), In rally, oppn vows to topple govt (kp), Protest will stop only after govt falls, says opposition (ht), FDRA ‘rally for polls’ today (kp), Polls sans oppn nod: UCPN-M bosses (kp) [Stop this nonsense talk!!!], President, PM pay fond tributes to martyrs (kp) [This is not honest as long as all big parties foster impunity!!], CPN-Maoist to gearup for ‘urban revolt’: In the first phase, ‘traitors, mafias, smugglers and the corrupt will be exposed’; Cadres will focus on city areas (kp), Finding a niche: CPN-Maoist, by Kiran Pun (rep), Break the silence: More women are needed in the police to fight the grips of patriarchy (kp)

29/01/2013: Prez can reinstate CA: Justice Sharma (ht), Dekendra murder: Murder case filed against 9 Maoists; In District Court, Attorney’s Office seeks life imprisonment, confiscation of property, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Dekendra murder case formally reaches court: Office of the District Attorney seeks life imprisonment for nine accused (ht), Didn’t order halt to Dekendra case probe: PM tells SC (kp), Did do nothing with contempt, PM tells SC (ht), Govt made mistakes in Dekendra case handling: DPM (kp), Displaced journalists return to Dailekh a week after Maoist threats to their lives (nn), Martyrs’ Day being observed; Prez, PM remember known and unknown martyrs (nn) [What about martyrs like Dekendra Thapa??], Oppn parties plan anti-govt rally in Kathmandu today (kp), BHU professor slams bandh culture (ht) [How true!! All organizers of bandhs should be treated as  criminals!!], Maoists, oppn cadres clash in Banepa ahead of UCPN (M) district convention (nn), Call for calm: Opposition - ruling parties conflict, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

28/02/2013: Legislature calling: Without a legislature crises of state will intensify (kp), Out with conflict: The leaders of the political parties should take full responsibility for the increasing polarization that is taking place (ht), CJ calls all to respect judicial freedom (ht), Dekendra murder: Probe halt orderwas in line with constitution: AG tells apex court, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), AG defends intervention in journo murder probe (ht) [Does the constitution really mention that it is the task of the AG to prevent justice??], PM Bhattarai appears in court to clarify on Dekendra murder probe (nn), After assurance, Dailekh scribes call off protest (kp), Media associations concerned (kp), Committed to press freedom: UCPN (M) (kp) [???], PCN chairman: Legal experts decry Yadav’s appointment (kp), Protesters stone PM’s vehicle, by Mohan Budhair (kp), Film on war bugs Army; govt bans it, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [Please don't show the truth!!], Fine-tune laws, women rights activists tell govt (kp), Nepalis, not int’l community, should decide on TRC, interview with Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha (kp) [Fundamental human rights are a common international good! The international community has to support the Nepali victims from the time of Maoist insurgency and royal coup as long as the Nepali government, parties and judiciary fail to do so!! The victims have a right to justice and compensation!], Unjust ordinance: A revised ordinance on transitional justice mechanisms must incorporate suggestions from the civil society, by Bijay Raj Gautam (kp), UCPN-M refused to solve citizenship crisis: Gupta (ht)

27/01/2013: Journos seek safety guarantee, by Motilal Poudel (kp), Dailekh struggles to conquer unease: Officials’ transfer causes insecurity (ht), Prez stresses consensus (kp), ‘Chances of unity govt slim’ (kp), UCPN-M saysgovt will quit if polls assured (ht), PM Bhattarai won’t step down: Pokharel; Opposition parties must agree on a package deal (ht), UDMF playing politics of dalliance? In bid to appease Madhesis as 4-point deal gathers dust, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Six NC members injured in police action: Congress condemns suppression of peaceful protests (ht), ‘Time to implement 1991 constitution’: Speakers call for scrapping posts of President, Vice-prez (ht) [??????], Maoist daydreams: Any communist revolt or revolution, rural or urban, is bound to fail, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp) [Some reasonable ideas, but the politics of identity has been adopted by the Maoists from the Janajatis, not vice versa!!], No escape: Military, Maoists and justice, by Murari Sharma (rep) [Please don't forget to mention all the leading politicians of the 1990 system and the royal putsch who ordered and protected the brutality and rights violations of the security forces!!!], Local trust networks: Nepal can be depicted as a divided society where different groups cannot find consensus in important actions, by Grard Toffin (kp), Empowering men: It’s time men realise their moral responsibility, in civilised society, to fight gender violence, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp)

26/01/2013: Without media, Dailekh feels the chill: Three newspapers and two local FM stations halt work after 22 journalists flee district, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Former SC justice appointed Press Council chairman: Govt returning favour for past decision? (ht), Current machineries inadequate: AG; Says only TRC can offer impartial justice on war-era cases, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [Why have the political parties not been able to form a TRC even after more than 6 years?? How long shall the victims wait for justice??], Baluwatar protesters caught near no-go zone, kept for hrs (kp), Anti-govt protests gain in scope (kp), Nationwide stir a lesson for govt, says Nepal (ht), Agitation to topple Bhattarai: Pokharel (ht), Government, oppn stage show of strength in Dolakha (ht), Your time’s up, NC tells UCPN-Maoist (ht) [And who shall replace this govt? Definitely neither NC nor UML!! Both parties have proved their inability often enough as well! Nepal needs completely new leaders! Besides, there is currently no legitimate way to replace this govt, even though it would be necessary!], Three injured as oppn cadres, police clash in Bhaktapur (nn), No politics, please: Opposition parties and the FNJ are playing a major role in the politicisation of slain journalist Dekendra Thapa’s case, a move that is hurting the cause, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [!!!], Devious game: PM's miscalculations, by Naresh Koirala (rep), Personal slaves: Our security personnel seem to spend the majority of their time providing security to our clowns instead of common citizens, by Guffadi (kp)

25/01/2013: NHRC urges fair Dekendra case probe (kp), 22 journalists flee district (kp), Dailekh-based journalists flee to Surkhet after cadres of ruling Maoist threaten to kill them (nn), Stoking fears: PM must look past party politics to the safety of all, including journalists (kp), Government transfers Dailekh CDO, top cop, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Dailekh CDO, DSP sent packing: Govt transfers officials for their ‘failure to quell oppn agitation’ (ht), Oppn, ruling partiesdraw flak over clashes (ht), Morcha support to govt unflinching (kp), SC vacancies: Chances of fair trial waning rapidly, rues NHRC chief (kp), Opposition parties hold protest rallies nationwide, by Poshnath Adhikari (kp) [Give us power without elections or we will destroy the country!!], Right way: To stay relevant, the right has to reinvent itself as a modern force, by Manish Gyawali (kp) [Nepal's most conservative party of any relevance is the NC! Yes it has to reinvent itself!!], The exclusion of IP in the CA's decision-making processes, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (rep), Voice of the victims: The transitional industry in Nepal has turned the entire peace process into a ‘project’, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (nt), Pain in the plains: Six years after the bloody uprising in the plains that claimed 52 lives, the Madhes still simmers, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Justice, interrupted: Sita and her family say the state’s obstruction of justice is slowly killing their spirits, by Bhrikuti Rai (nt), Over 30 'Occupy Baluwatar' activists arrested (nn), 'Occupy Baluwatar' activists released (nn), Roaring Rhetoric: Political leaders are not as strong and decisive as they sound in their public speech (sp), Unity In Hostility (sp), Doom's Day, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), Nation in Limbo: High Time for Mediation, by Nishesh Dhungana (sp), Dictatorship by any name: President Ram Baran Yadav is discovering the limits to taming a PM in the absence of legislative accountability and a constitution, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), "PM Dr.Bhattarai is cheating the international community", interview with Dinesh Tripathy (sp)

24/01/2013: Exercise restraint: Such confrontation will only push the political parties further apart, and the politics becomes polarized even more (ht), Scores hurt as Dailekh sees clashes, arson, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Dailekh drowns in dread as clashes crop up: Scuffles, vandalism order of the day, leaving more than 30 injured, by Puskar Thapa (ht), NC slams attacks on 'peaceful' protesters in Dailekh (nn), UCPN(M) condemns attack on Dailekh office (nn), PM hits out at ‘reactionaries’, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), YCL warns 10 journalists of Dekendra’s fate:  Attacks newspaper office, destroys computers, chairs, tables (ht), FNJ fears for scribes’ safety: Journos’ safety must be guaranteed: NHRC (kp), Col Lama to appear in British court today, by Navin Pokharel (kp), Madhesi Morcha favours polls, not CA revival (kp) [On which constitutional basis? The CA has to be revived to introduce necessary constitutional and legal changes as well as to nominate new election commissioners, SC lawyers, etc.!!!], UDMF for holding CA elections (ht), Dahal throws weight behind Bhattarai (nn), Oppn appeals to public to join anti-govt protests (kp), Funding politics: A political party financing law is long overdue (kp), Baying for blood: The forces lined up to oppose Nepal’s structural transformation are the very forces that have now aligned themselves to rake up Dekendra Thapa's case, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Distant dreams: The country's mood, by Biswas Baral (rep)

23/01/2013: Local transitions: Rather than a couple dozen Kathmandu-based elites controlling transitional politics, locally-rooted democratic practice would be a better bet, by Hemant Ojha (kp), The lost agenda: It is urgent that political parties sit down and make arrangements for power sharing and facilitating a new election (ht), Dailekh braces for Maoist-oppn showdown: Opposition parties to bar PM from visiting district; UCPN (M) says it will retaliate if party function disrupted, by Prakash Adjikari (kp), UCPN (M) Dailekh convention concludes; 22 hurt in clashes (nn), UCPN (M) leaders asked not to meddle in Dekendra case (kp), Dailekh locals brace for curfew (ht), Oppn wings launch protest against govt (kp), UDMF mulling over severing ties with govt: Leaders say ready to quit but won’t say when, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Truth out: A revised TRC ordinance will be one step towards transitional justice (kp), AG humming UCPN-M tune: Legal experts (ht), Bhattarai gets court notice (ht), No relief yet towar victims (ht), Never too late: Leadership in critical times, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (rep)

22/01/2013: Maoist boss ‘ready’ to become PM (kp), Dahal not eying PM's post, claims Bhattarai (nn), Dahal, Bhattarai pat each other on the back: In bid to transform themselves into a dream ticketin next poll? (ht), ‘Election is what he had in mind’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Critical tweets flood PM Twitter account (kp), Judicial crisis deepens as judge retires (ht)

21/01/2013: UN rights council meeting: Nepal braces for tight spot in Geneva, by Anil Giri (kp), Nepal’s police, Army, political parties have all lobbied for general amnesty, interview with Yubaraj Sangroula (kp), Justice can’t wait for TRC: Experts, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Long overdue: Beginning with Argentina in 1983, Chile in 1990, and South Africa in 1995, Truth Commissions have helped facilitate democratization and balance moral and legal obligations of transitional governments, by Pranav Bhattarai (rep), Dekendra murder: Opposition unions protest govt interference (kp), Maoist dist chief threatens retaliation (kp) [????], Polarised polity: Parties need to begin negotiating in earnest (kp), Gachhadar says NC, UML obstacle to consensus (ht), NC to go all out against govt (kp) [At a time, when all parties should cooperate to hold elections as early as possible!!!], NC decides to intensify protests to topple govt (nn), Protest for polls: Dialogue should continue (rep), Dahal yearns for top job (ht), ‘Revolt if oppn conspires to corner UCPN (Maoist)’ (kp)

20/01/2013: Political opportunism: Equating anti-Maoist mobilisations as fight for establishing rule of law in Nepal is gross oversimplification and smacks of outright political opportunism, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Oppn launches anti-govt agitation from Dailekh: Bamdev calls PM Baburam Bhattarai ‘new face of tyranny’, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Agitation kicks off from Dailekh; oppn dubs it ‘people’s movement III’ (ht)  [This is o.k., but be sure that many opposition leaders and army officers also will have to face trials in the end! Justice is not a power game!], UML gears up for stir against govt (ht), FDRA forms panels to hold rally (ht), Dahal threatens to bin past pacts, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Polls in May if parties forge consensus in three days: Dahal (ht) [On which constitutional and legal basis? Politicians are not gods! You have to revive the CA for these necessary changes!!], Dahal says oppn afraid of polls: Asserts party committed to holding fresh CA elections (ht), Maoists will take up arms again: Pokharel (ht), Thapa case will be tried by TRC: Pun (ht) [With respect to the Nepali parties' misconception of justice, the trial should better take place in The Hague!!], More equal than others: A communist leader, Baburam Bhattarai increasingly comes off as an oligarch, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp), Second innings: For now, it makes sense for Bhattarai to quit as PM, and live to fight again, by Brabim Kumar and Upendra Sharma Ghimire (kp)

19/01/2013: Dekendra murder: SC orders PM, AG to appear before court, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), SC tells PM, AG to face contempt charge in person (ht), Countrywide protests  against prime minister (ht), Police prepare case against 15, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Ready to amend TRC bill, UCPN (M) tells envoys, by Anil Giri (kp), UCPN-M assuages Europeans’ fears: Assures diplomats TRC will be as per the spirit of CPA (ht), Govt must form credible TRC, says NHRC (ht), Bhattarai shoots letter to British PM, UN (ht), PM should go: Occupy Baluwatar movement (ht), State biased towards Madhesis, says Thakur (ht), NC will fight govt on three fronts: Koirala (ht), Opposition parties' anti-govt stir begins today (nn), Dahal for engaging oppn; urges withdrawal of stir (nn), FDRA to organise 19-party meet today (nn)

18/01/2013: President says govt must meet its human rights obligations: Says Nepal should secure Col Lama’s freedom without hurting country’s ‘dignity’ (kp) [This is contradictory, Mr President! Nepal's dignity is hurt if Mr Lama is released without trial! All big parties, including your own one, as well as the army stand for impunity! This attitude has to be changed first!], Prez advised against blanket amnesty: Experts say TRC ordinance must meet world standard (ht), PM asks Cameron to free Col Lama In a letter, Bhattarai says his govt will send money for bail and lawyer’s fee, by Anil Giri (kp) [????], European nations stress int’l standards for TRC (kp), Impunity rouses diplomatic wrath: Perpetrators must not be shielded, say European Union missions (ht), UCPN (M) top brass meets foreign diplomats over TRC fiasco (nn), Transitional injustice: Not investigating war crimes ensures that conflict wounds never heal, and violence will continue in a climate of impunity (nt), Dekendra murder: Accused’s remand extended by 12 days, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Thapa murder accused’s remand extended (ht), SC summons PM, Attorney Gen for clarification on Dekendra murder probe (nn), UDMF slams opposition (ht), Plain soldiers: The hill-dominated Nepal Army’s recruitment policy is designed to keep out Madhesis, by Dipendra Jha (kp), A massive letdown: Bhattarai is more concerned about what party leaders and cadres expect from him than the public, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Unmissed opportunity: The fight against human suffering is at the centre of the Baluwatar protests, by Jagannath Lamichhane (kp), Marxist approach to peace process: The end justifies the means, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Fight, flight & fortitude, by C.K. Lal (rep), Dalits' water woes, by Indira Shankar (rep), 'No reviving people's govt, people's courts, army', interview with Mohan Baidya (rep)

17/01/2013: Salute to SC: Maintaining rule of law (rep), Dekendra murder: Dailekh Attorney Office awaits SC order, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Police resume probe after SC’s direction (ht), Dekendra murder case: Accused remanded in custody for 12 more days (nn), AG mulls fight to vacate SC order: His junior attorneys have advised the move will be inappropriate (ht), Gachhadar sends warning message to PM: Says obstruction in murder inquiry could affect coalition (ht), Students demand action against Thapa’s murderers (ht), Don’t dig up conflict era cases: Baidhya; Says if cases are resurrected none will remain immune (ht) [Yes Mr Baidya, nobody is immune under the rule of law! This is the revolution that Nepal needs!!], Government not averse to court’s order, says Pun (ht), PM Bhattarai to write to UK PM for Col’s release: Another letter to be sent to UNSG Ban, by Anil Giri (kp) [Nepal's impunity politicians will have to learn, not the world community!!], NC braces for decisive protest against govt (ht) (including "Indigenous leaders warn of quitting") [But only mild protest against the politics of impunity!!!], Ruling coalition to organise mass meet in Capital on Jan 30 (nn), Congress says PM misusing power (ht), Baidya party seeks slice of political pie (kp), President Yadav likely to address the nation on political impasse (nn), Impunity, memory and democracy: In the memory of Dekendra Raj Thapa, the fight for impunity and rule of law must now galvanise into a campaign for the restoration of democracy, by Chaitanya Mishra and Kanak Mani Dixit (kp) [Important, but once again extremely one-sided! There is not so much difference between the big parties in respect to impunity!!! see critics by Anil Bhattarai (kp 20/01/2013)], Everything is rotten: With no parliament and elected local bodies, corrupt officials are having the time of their lives, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Faith-based Federalism, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep) [see part 2 (24/01/2013), part 3 (31/01/2013), part 4 (07/02/2013), part 5 (14/02/2013)], Moral Strength on Decline, by Hira Thapa (nn)

16/01/2013: Prez puts the ball in parties’ court. Seeks PM candidate, but sets no deadline (kp), Prez gives parties free will to reach deal: Leaders got what they wanted — no deadline — but will they oblige? (ht), Tired of talks, opposition to hit streets to oust PM, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Stop this nonsense! Revive the CA to change the interim constitution to hold elections as soon as possible!!!], Whither polls? (ht), Opposition parties set to hit the streets to oust govt (ht), Won't participate in NC-UML stir: CPN-M (nn), Ruling alliance to fire back (kp), SC tells PM,AG not to obstruct justice process, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), PM, Attorney General get apex court slap in the face: It orders resumption of Dekendra case probe, court proceedings, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Killing of any journalist inexcusable: FNJ (ht), PM, AG must resign, say right activists (ht), Coalition against torture urges govt to carry out prompt investigation into journo murder case (nn), Fearing protests, Bhattarai skips event (kp), A plot afoot (kp), Pun defends move (kp) [?? The old days will continue as long as there is no justice!!], Pun stresses on TRC to solve conflict era cases (ht), UN offices support VAW activists’ cause (kp), Prioritise ending VAW: UN Nepal (ht), A call to arms: Gender-based violence prevails in South Asia as the existing laws are not being enforced, by Maina Dhital (kp), Preserving the 2006 framework: Despite the almost-revolutionary upheaval, the Nepali political system has not kept pace with the changes in Nepali society. Collision between the two produces instability, by Prashant Jha (kp), Rebel or terrorist? Defining Terrorism, by Dinesh Lamsal (rep)

15/01/2013: TRC ordinance is deeply flawed: Rights activists, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), OAG has no right to interfere, says Ex-AG, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), US trip postponed, not cancelled: AG (ht) [So, you want to be arrested later?], Govt spokesperson takes exception to PM's remarks on Dekendra murder (nn), Ruling parties to ask Prez to stop setting consensus PM deadlines, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), FDRA for ending ‘futile consensus process’: Says it will formally ask Head of State to begin discussions with parties aiming at CA revival (ht), Prez reiterates consensus, by Madhav Aryal and Ghanashyam Gautam (kp), Prez asks, ‘What about polls Mr Prime Minister?’ (ht), President not to extend consensus deadline (nn)

14/01/2013: Legitimacy crisis: There is no option but to hold elections at the earliest possible date (kp), Impunity unbound: A chronicle of failing state (rep), Govt move on Dekendra case taken to apex court, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Petitions in SC against PM, AG: Charges comprise misuse of authority, contempt of court (ht), NC, UML leaders no sacred cows: Premier (ht) [This is correct: Many leaders of the big parties, the present and former leadership of the security forces as well as Gyanendra Shah and his henchmen will have to face charges!!], Murder accused statement recording comes to a halt (kp), Poudel echoes PM’s remarks, warns against prosecution (kp), Police freeze investigation under AG pressure (ht) [The AG does the opposite of what is his job! What kind of country is this?], Myopia rules (ht), Bhattarai ‘impunity topper’, says letter (kp), ‘Jittery,’ AG Pradhan cancels trip to the US, by Anil Giri (kp) [!!!], Attorney Gen Pradhan cancels US visit amid fears of arrest for impeding rights violation case (nn), CPN-M convention: Party for ‘people’s war’ if ‘revolt’ fails, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), UML to intensify protests (kp), Nepal floats proposals for choosing PM (ht), No govt under any big party: PM, by Prem Kumari Ghale (kp), Duty to answer: Rather than resist UK efforts to implement its obligations under international law, the Nepali govt should develop a transitional justice programme to provide truth, justice and reparations, by Paul Seils and Frederick Rawski (kp), End inequality to maintain harmony: Social scientists; Govt responsible for not doing enough (ht), Rights and wrongs: International law has developed, for better or worse, far beyond an easy apeal to that "S word" - sovereignty, by Apurba Khatiwada (rep), Sixth year itch: The composure of the Madheshi politicos in Kathmandu is apparently deceptive; Soon they would be under pressure to hit the streets to achieve what they failed to deliver from Singh Durbar in six years, by C.K. Lal (rep)

13/01/2013: AI paints grim picture of rights violation (ht) [see AI paper], Righting the wrongs: Prime Minister Bhattarai’s human rights record is shocking (kp), Dekendra murder: PM defends govt decision (kp) [You've already lost your last credits!!], Senior journos see need for tougher fight for justice (kp), Journos up the ante against govt intervention, by Puskar Thapa (ht), Writ filed at Supreme Court against AG's 'orders' to halt probe into journalist murder case (nn), Effigies of prime minister, attorney general set afire, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), PM, AG’s arrest demanded (ht), CPN-M seeks TRC to probe journo’s murder: Says Dahal, Baidhya know why Dekendra was killed (ht), UCPN (M) reaffirms no to Koirala-led govt (kp), CPN-Maoist convention: Pressure piling on party to rebuild army; Cadres demand UCPN (Maoist) leaders Dahal and Bhattarai be declared ‘traitors’, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Parties lock horns over new prime minister (ht), Reinvent politics: Formal political institutions are proving themselves to be forces of destruction and decadence, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Afraid of people: Ethnophobic sentiments, as propagated by our leaders, are diluting the core issues behind the movement for identity, by Prem Phyak (kp), Long arm of law: Nepalis can no longer take it for granted that what they do within national territorial confines is their exclusive concern, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Stop the farce: Calling for a breakthrough (rep), Be prompt and decisive: Call on the president, by Murari Sharma (rep), Transitional Justice: Reparations as Entitlement, by Gyan Basnet (nn)

12/01/2013: Don’t let chaos go out of hand, Prez warns parties (kp), Dailekh, London episodes are bad symptoms: Prez, by Prakash Acharya (ht), What after deadline? CA revival, says Dahal (kp), Koirala-led govt will end crisis: Deuba (kp) [You cannot solve the crisis with an illegitimate step! Join the government and help to hold elections!!], ‘Must not crave for PM post’ (kp) [!!!], Sujata says NC must join govt (ht), OAG orders a halt to Dekendra case probe, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), AG faces ire for anti-trial order (kp), ‘Pressure’ keeping cops from arresting four more, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Journos call for stern action against accused (ht), Dekendra’s four alleged killers yet to be booked, by Puskar Thapa (ht), Scribes across country up in arms; want Thapa killers tried (kp), Protest against ‘PM’s directive’ on (ht), Colonel arrest: Hands are tied, say UK politicians, by Navin Pokharel (kp), Govt to defend Col Lama legally (ht), War-era victims left in the lurch (ht), CPN-Maoist general convention: Delegates for armed struggleto attain revolutionary goals (kp), Majority of participants find fault with Baidhya’s ‘people’s war’ idea, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Vital steps: International treaties oblige Nepal not only to enact laws criminalizing torture and war crimes, but also to accept a universal jurisdiction over these crimes, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (rep)

11/01/2013: Limited powers for EC secy as officials retire, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Vacuum in EC as top men retire (ht), Political consensus: Seventh deadline in vain, 8th starts (kp), Parties promise ad nauseam, prez gives more time: Five more days granted for consensus; Leaders not sure whether it will be enough to strike deal (ht), Dekendra murder: Court extends accused’s remand, by Prakash Adhikari and Motilal Poudel (kp), Custody of accused extended by week: Massive protest,bandh against ‘prime minister’s pressure to dismiss case’ (ht), AG piles pressure on public prosecutor (kp), Int'l rights body condemns govt 'pressure' on Attorney Gen, police to halt probe into journo murder (nn), FNJ urges PM for fair investigations (kp), UN calls for better efforts to protect Nepal scribes (kp), UN no to diplomatic immunity for colonel, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Lama and the law: The UK hasn’t violated international law with Col Lama’s arrest, but he deserves a fair trial, by Surendra Bhandari (kp), Rights alliances urge govt to cooperate with UK (kp), VAW protesters upbeat on Day 14 (kp), Social media magnification: Domestic violence and the victimisation of women is not new in our male-directed societies, what is new is the degree to which its magnification through social media can spread solidarity, and potentially trigger policy change, by Kunda Dixit (nt), Our rights and theirs: Impunity is seemingly a concept that only applies to poor and weak countries, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Transboundary jurisdiction: Thank goodness there are countries out there which still act on human rights violations, no matter where or when they took place, by Prateek Pradhan (nt), Baidya political document prescribes revolt (kp),  Weighing the CPN-M General Convention: Significance attached, by Bishnu Hari Nepal (ht), Republic of bananas: The unending transition, lack of elections, and impunity are turning us into an international laughing stock, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Abdicating state obligation: 'Protecting the peace process' has become a euphemism for both the Maoists and the security forces to push a blanket pardon for all those involved in war crimes (nt), Occupy Baluwatar: Search For Justice, by Debesh Adhikari (sp), Arrest of colonel Lama: Army Set Back (sp), Escaping Electoral Accountability: Now that the CA has collapsed overtly on the issue of the undefined adventurism of federalism, what the King attempted looks more democratic than what followed, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), Exercising sovereignty: The Interim Constitution has mainly four extraordinary provisions that allow the President, as Head of State, to exercise powers in special situations in the interest of the nation but on the advice of the Council of Ministers, by Surya Dhungel (sp)

10/01/2013: Bhattarai stirs up journos but stands unshaken: Refutes media reports; Reiterates his position on conflict-time cases and arrest of Col Lama (ht), Dekendra murder: Scribes flay PM remarks, ‘order’ to halt probe; They demand fair probe into Dekendra murder case; Say scribes in the country are at risk (kp), Bhattarai gets rights bodies’ rap (kp), PM says remarks misinterpreted (kp), PM's spots: Journalist Thapa’s killing (rep), Dailekh Bazaar shut demanding justice for slain journo; suspects remanded in 7-day custody (nn), NC, UML riled by PM Bhattarai’s ‘orders’ to halt investigation into journalist murder case (nn) [This is positive but ridiculous since everybody knows that both parties stand for impunity as well!!], Heed the message: Col Lama’s arrest, by Biswas Baral (rep) [!!!!!], Rules don’t apply: Justice for victims of all kinds of abuses can only cease with an end to impunity, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), Truth and justice (ht), It's a man's world: Occupy Baluwatar, by Daulat Jha (rep), No alternative to assembly elections, says PM (kp), Election Commission sans commissioners, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Nepal seeks alternative to NC candidate (ht) [Not elections but power is the only thing that counts for party leaders!!], UCPN-M chairman warns of stir for CA election (ht), Bhattarai may lead consensus govt (ht), Baidhya promises new Nepal at all cost (ht), Hard truths: CPN-M should realise that armed struggle is more a problem than a solution (kp), At crossroads: CPN-Maoist general convention, by Kiran Pun (rep), Parties get five days to name consensus PM; All-party meet tomorrow (nn), Parties now talk of consensus by mid-Jan (nn)

09/01/2013: EC posts to fall vacant from Friday (ht), Acting CEC Gurung calls on PM Bhattarai on final day in office (nn), Election is a must (ht), Dekendra murder: PM Bhattarai ‘orders’ halt in investigations, by Prakash Adhikari (kp) [Impunity at all cost! Within the world community, Nepal will be the loser!!], Dekendra Thapa murder: NHRC calls for probe to continue (nn), Cadres’ arrest will affect peace process, says PM (ht) [Peace without justice is not possible!!!], Picking on individuals no way to heal war wounds: PM (nn) [Do you want to punish the so-called leaders instead?? Every individual who has committed crimes has to be punished, without exception!!], ‘Helpless’ PM slams rights furore (kp), Lama, journo Thapa cases breach of CPA, says UCPN (M) (nn) [A CPA that is based on impunity is null and void! All the party leaders are breeching the CPA time and again!!], Form justice mechanisms to prevent future prosecutions: ICJ (ht), ICJ welcomes UK arrest of Colonel Lama, says Nepal must cooperate (nn), Rights bodies laud Lama arrest (kp), Lama’s arrest unfortunate: UML (kp), ‘No amnesty plan for war criminals’ (kp), Govt ready to amend TRC ordinance (ht), ‘Govt to save guiltyby revising TRC’: General amnesty must be removed: Activists (ht) [!!! By the way, all parties stand for impunity!!], Slow arc of justice: Nepal needs a TRC, but the state can’t keep a hold on prosecutions forever (kp), CPN-M general convention: Pressure to revive war-era structures, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), VAW protest: Civil society organisations urge government to act (kp), The India factor: Indian approach has evolved since 2006—from stepping in decisively at key moments to shape outcomes, to adopting a more hands-off approach and letting domestic politics take its own course, by Prashant Jha (kp), Living realities: The results of the census buttress identity politics and the extremists’ religious chauvinism, by Grard Toffin (kp), No need to wear 'national dress' in TU convocation (nn) [What means 'national dress' in a multi-national state??], Inclusion ordinance to be sent to prez (ht), Prez to organise all-party meet on Friday (nn)

08/01/2013: Peace process needs polls: Carter (kp) [!!!!], Nepal’s peace process needs elections: Holding timely elections is a political, constitutional, and democratic obligation for Nepal’s political leadership, by Jimmy Carter (kp), Prez to PM: This govt can’t take unity shape (kp) [Obviously, this president cannot forget his party affiliation!!], PM meets prez to discuss political situation: Dismisses rumours that his ties with President on the wane (ht), Maoist boss Dahal ‘has little hope for unity Cabinet deal’ (kp), Koirala, Yadav one on anti-govt stir (kp), FDF seeks NC’s stanceon constitutional issues (ht), Hand over colonel to NY or UK missions: Nepal to tell UN dept, by Anil Giri (kp), Ambassador Chalise in trouble (kp), Col Lama, Dekendra Thapa cases ploy against peace process: PM (nn) [?????], Govt mulls over implementing transitional justice (ht), Sanitised patriarchy: Structural links between patriarchy and institutions are at the root of violence, by Seira Tamang (kp)

07/01/2013: NC a divided house over Prez role, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Sujata says NC ready to join Bhattarai govt: Congress and UCPN-M should bail out the country jointly (ht) [The first reasonable statement from NC side so far!!], President to stick to constitutional norms (ht), Solemn plea for EC appointment (kp), Arrested peace: Nepal has to immediately start prosecution on war-time crimes (kp), Prez, PM discuss Colonel Lama case, unity government (nn), Khanal confers with Prez; says possibility of consensus almost over (nn), Political impasse in Nepal worries India, says Indian foreign minister, by Kokila K.C. (ht), Power of human rights: The arrest of Col Kumar Lama must be something for celebration by all who believe in human rights, fundamental freedoms, and a liberal society, by Gyan Basnet (kp), Justice today can be bought and sold with cash, interview with Mohna Ansari (kp), Distress signal: Colonel Lama's arrest (rep)

06/01/2013: Prez extends consensus deadline by five days (ht) [Is it that the NC has to get government lead at all cost? PLease obey the constitution, Mr president!!], Consensus deadline gets 7th extension, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), NC suspects UCPN-M played foul: Mahat says Maoists’claim of forming neutral govt holds no water, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [Though there is currently no legitimacy to change the government, the NC still thinks it has the right to rule by nature!! Its prevention of ways to elections is a fundamental crime against people and nation!!], President should pick new prime minister: Paudel; Says he sees no possibility of forging any consensus (ht), ‘President should name PM candidate’ (kp) [This would be a putsch, similar to that of Gyanendra some years ago! The president has even less rights than the king in October 2002!], Consensus only option, says DPM (ht), A question for political leaders to answer, by Prakash Rimal (ht), Foreign powers at work to foil peace process: UCPN-Maoist to focus on CA revival after January 9 (ht) [This is the right way but only to introduce constitutional and legal changes that are necessary hold elections for a new CA!!], Dahal says CA revival stir if no pact by Wednesday, by Anil Giri (kp), UN to question Nepal peacekeepers’ vetting basis: Nepal responsible for selecting Lama: DPKO; No rights violation charges against him: NA, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Major parties pour scorn on detention (kp) [None of the major parties stands for justice!!], Study seeks end to dowry custom (ht)

05/01/2013: Rights promises in question, by Dewan Rai (kp), Govt decries NA colonel’s arrest: Demands that the United Kingdom release the officer pronto (ht) [This is typical for the politicians' and the army's misconception of impunity!!], Govt fumes at NA colonel’s UK arrest: After Kapilvastu court order in 2008, Army had taken departmental action against Lama, by Anil Giri and Phanindra Dahal (kp), Victim reports torture, by Manoj Poudel (kp), Kapilvastu torture victim recounts ordeal (nn) [!!!!], Army man’s detention: a watershed moment? Noose could tighten around Maoists, other NA personnel, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [You should also mention all those who had political responsibility between 1996 and 2006!! This is why all parties stand for the system of impunity!!], UCPN (Maoist) pushes apolitical govt agenda: NC, UML reject proposal (kp), CPN-UML to back NC-led govt: Can’t support independent person: Standing Committee (ht), April-May polls? Fat chance: Dahal (kp) [Lets say: they are most responsible but the UCPN-M is also not innocent!!], Dahal rules out mid-May elections (ht), Explain unity govt call, SC tells Prez office (kp) [!!!], Show cause against prez’s new PM call (ht), Top leaders seek five more days to form unity govt (nn), Prez gives parties five more days to name consensus PM (nn)

04/01/2013: CPN-UML rejects neutral govt idea; backs Koirala (kp) [And what does this mean in the absence of parliament? In the last parliament, both parties together were in a clear minority!!], UML rejects Maoist stand (ht), My duty is to end deadlock: Prez (kp), 'Neutral govt' proposal not worthwhile: Minister Sharma (nn), In a first, UK arrests Nepal Army colonel: Senior NA officials condemn move; They say laws of the home country apply in war crime cases, by Phanindra Dahal and Anil Giri (kp) [No impunity for crimes!!], Torture suspect NA officer arrested in London: Serving colonel deployed in UN Peace Mission in Sudan held for alleged rights abuse in Nepal, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), A just cause: Let’s push for a society where the ordinary and marginalised can hold the government accountable, by Jagnannath Lamichhane (kp), Morcha raises Inclusive Bill (kp), Dash for peace: The CPN-Maoist should not flirt with the idea of another armed conflict (kp)

03/01/2013: Leaders now brainstorm ‘neutral’ govt: Non-partisan election govt led by Dhungana, Pandey features in cross-party discussions, by Bhadra Sharma and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bhattarai tosses around third option with UML’s Nepal: Wants govt under one of fringe parties or an independent person (ht), Neutral govt only way out: PM's advisor (nn), Clear hurdles: Parties need to immediately agree on appointments of Election Commissioners (kp), Time running out: Consensus for new polls (rep), CPN-M caught between ‘people’s war,’ revolt, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), President snubs Supreme Court’s order to furnish clarification regarding delays in approving ordinances (nn), Law and language: To ensure an inclusive justice system, Nepal can provide interpreters to non-Nepali speakers, by Deependra Jha (kp)

02/01/2013: EC heads for a vacuum; likely to cast shadow on elections, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [Revive the CA for a short term to introduce the necessary constitutional changes and to fill the vacant positions in state organs, and then please hold elections as soon as possible! Only then, the newly elected CA should elect a new PM and a new president! This is the only way out, stubborn politicians!!], NC-led govt a no-no, PM Bhattarai tells Nepal (nn), NC, UML dismiss Bhattarai's proposal; mull over anti-govt stir after Jan 4 (nn), Prez won’t let slack parties sit idle: Aide (kp), Madhes and the nation: The rise of the Madhes threw up a new swing force in Nepali politics, redefined nationalism, and challenged hill hegemony, by Prashant Jha (kp)

01/01/2013: Now, Congress, UML seek a majority govt, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), 2012, a year of futile manoeuvrings, stunts: Discussions among the parties have, so far, all proved but mere verbal gimmicks and complete political farces, by Arjun Paudel (kp), Year of discontent: In the New Year, parties should look back and draw lessons from the wasted year gone by (kp), ‘Negligence will lead to armed struggle’ (ht), UCPN-M leaders’ cases withdrawn: Fifth rollback in 13 days; Move in line with govt decision (ht) [??], #OccupyBaluwatar: Changing the system is not easy, and the fight for democracy needs multiple visions and strategies; The reign of patriarchy, in what goes in the name of the civil society, must end, by Gyanu Adhikari (kp), High-level committee to monitor violence against women throughout country (nn), CA polls likely to be postponed again, by Rajendra Pokhrel (nn)

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