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Press evaluation:

30/06/2014: Peace, constitution, dev govt’s main priorities, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Prez presents govt’s policies and programmes, by Prakash Acharya (ht), New constitution government's top priority: Says it would strive for economic prosperity, social justice (rep), Agri, energy sectors get major push (kp), Focus on reservoir projects, PTA with India to address energy woes, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Govt to provide easy loans to aspiring overseas workers, returnees, by Sagar Ghimire (rep), Nothing to be hopeful about, say oppn leaders (rep), Contempt bill: NHRC wants stakeholders consulted (kp), Respect universal principle of contempt of court Act: NHRC (ht), Document draws flak from rights activists (ht), Govt more interested in protecting the judiciary than people, interview with Hari Krishna Karki, president of the Nepal Bar Association (kp), Choices to make: Dahal must keep urging Baidya to join the constitution-drafting process (kp), Left unity: Focus on constitution-making (rep), Demand Of All-party Meet, Constitution Writing And CA, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), UCPN-M to clarify stance on identity based federalism (ht)

29/06/2014: CA poll study committee begins work (ht), Five Maoist parties form working alliance (ht), ‘Dahal must bring alliance in statute writing process’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Hearts and Minds: The ultimate goal of the recent working alliance between the five communist parties is suspect, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Creation Of Two Alliances: To Facilitate Or Complicate Constitution Writing?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Mahato makes pitch for federalism (ht), Quest or revisionism: Debates constantly take place in Nepal but the gap between those doing the debating and the subjects of their debates is widening, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Women on the move: Gender shapes mobility and thus, constitutes an arena where female empowerment in Nepal can be discussed, by Gitta Shrestha (kp)

28/06/2014: Minimum number of constitutional bodies sought in new constitution (ht), Next cabinet will fill 26 CA seats, says DPM Gautam (rep), Supreme Court rejects writ appeal against contempt bill (kp), Dahal says not happy with court (ht), Government unnecessarily sparked controversy: Nepal (rep), Plea to withdraw Contempt of Court Bill (ht), Daylight robbery:  Budget allocation for MPs (rep), Budget likely to be unveiled by July 12: Prolonging of UML convention may delay the announcement, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Gautam wants strong centre in federal set-up (ht), Symbols that unite: Multiculturalism has so far only defines Nepal's demographic ans spacial reality, rather than working as a policy measure, by Seema Pandey (rep)

27/06/2014: Statute making at a crossroads: Top leaders should begin dialogue in the CA as well as in public to avoid another disaster, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Quota sought for marginalised communities (ht), TRC formation in trouble: Advocate to join suggestion panel on condition (kp), TRC formation process riles conflict victims: Sapana Pradhan Malla, a member of recommending body, also raises questions (ht), Confirmed: PM has lung cancer, by Anil Giri (kp), PM has lung cancer: Likely to undergo six weeks of radiotherapy, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), PM has early-stage lung cancer: Radiotherapy starts today, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), UCPN (Maoist) forms identity-based federalism alliance (rep), 5-party Maoist bloc agrees rota system (kp), UCPN-M for tie-up within, outside CA: To walk out if voting used in Constituent Assembly (ht), Bill can be amended: Ministers (kp), Speech unfree: A new law on social media that will also protect free speech is an urgent need (kp), Lawmaker's demand for Rs 50 million hits a rough patch, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Funds to be given to DDCs instead of lawmakers: FinMin (kp)

26/06/2014: Talking reform: Proposals of change to the electoral model must be refined and discussed further (kp), PM Koirala undergoes more tests (kp), DPM-led Cabinet to pass annual policies: Ministers instructed to submit the draft no later than Thursday evening, by Anil Giri (kp), DPM Gautam lashes out at critics of contempt of court Bill (ht), Five-party Maoist alliance likely today: Fringe communist parties demand for rotational lead (kp), Madhesi commission at work (ht), Torture still common in detention centres: Report says detainees are often subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (ht), Detainees are often subjected to cruel: Report (Nepal Human Rights), Lawmakers insist on Rs 50 m, threaten to halt new budget: Threaten to halt new budget, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Dolpa folks appeal govt to ensure their rights over local resources (rep), Failing to govern: Government ministers do not consider people's problems as their problems and people's priorities as their priorities, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

25/06/2014: NC, UML for revising PR electoral system (rep), Govt to unveil policies on Sunday, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Prez topresent policies and progson June 29 (ht), Reparative justice: It would be wiser to formulate a freestanding policy on reparations than wait for the TRC, by Rajendra Senchurey (kp), By-election: Another Blow to Ultra Leftists, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Suu Kyi and democratic socialism: Will her suggestions bear fruit?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

24/06/2014: CA debates structure of legislative body (ht), Contempt of court billfaces lawmakers’ snub: Amendment sought to provisions that curtail freedom of expression, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Free speech: Protecting the judiciary’s dignity must notcome at the cost of freedom of expression (kp), NC one-member stronger in Constituent Assembly (kp), NC wins three, UML one (ht), NC breaches UML bastion in Kathmandu-2, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), CPN-UML’s bastion falls (ht), Internal dispute blamed for Maoist’s poor results (kp), Dahal urges Bhattarai to put an end to factionalism in party (ht), Looking at logistics: While debating contentious issues, the CA would do well to also keep track of the transitional elements of logistics, by Prakash Bom (kp), Demographic dividend: Nepal needs to quickly come up with a decent policy if it is to benefit from its youth bulge, by Binita Kumari Paudel (kp), What Ails Parties?, by Shyam K.C. (rn)

23/06/2014: Panel begins consensus talks on disputed issues (kp), Small parties oppose owning up settled issues (rep), By-polls in four constituencies: EC says winners may be declared by this evening, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), 66 percent turnout in CA by-elections, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), CA by-elections record high voter turnout (ht), Annual policies ‘after UML meet’ (kp), Political instability resulted in poor capital expenditure: Study (kp), Maoists' Working Alliance: Will It Ease Constitution Writing?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Mao parties will pull UCPN-M out of CA: Gajurel (ht), Existential crisis: New Maoist alliance (rep), The ancient opiate: Despite the tone of triumphalism, it's not difficult to see CPN-UML is desperately looking for an ideology, a program, or an agenda, by C.K. Lal (rep), Left behind: TRC bill's apathy towards conflict-hit children is troublesome; nowhere in the bill have their concerns be included, by Bindesh Dahal (rep)

22/06/2014: Constituent Assembly website outdated; has little to offer on CA activities, by Prakash Acharya (ht) Ban for TRC in line with int’l practices: Encourages female peacekeepers (kp), Maoist parties closer to working alliance deal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Unity among pro-Mao forces for next revolution, says Dahal (ht), Landmine victims still living with shrapnels, by Kashi Ram Dangi (kp), Doramba puts behind dark past, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp), Royal rumble: The tussle among RPP leaders shows that aristocrats are not compatible with the democratic value system, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Contempt of people: New parliamentary bill (rep), Think big: If they truly believe foreign residency divides loyalty and is harmful to Nepal, they should first crack down on nearly three million Nepalis with dual citizenship in India and China, by Neelam Adhikari (rep), tj not TJ: The problem with Transitional Justice is that there is little space or flexibility for local ideas and ownership, by Erik B. Wilson (rep)

21/06/2014: CA’s dialogue panel dwells on judiciary (ht)

20/06/2014: CA sub-panel compiling report on debated issues (kp), Court to review ruling on 26 lawmaker picks (kp), Supreme Court to review own ruling on 26 lawmakers (rep), SC to revisit its May 13 verdict (ht), Govt opts for middle path: CA members press govt for Rs 50m each to fund projects in constituencies, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Education, health, jobs are what Nepalis want (ht) [a UN survey of Kathmandu and surrounding districts], Development conflict in Nepal, by Shankar Limbu (rep), Provisions related to marriage and divorce in the proposed Civil Code (sp)

19/06/2014: Forms of governance debate continues in CA (ht), Parties to lead sub-panels of Drafting Committee (ht), Policy and programmes presentation: Govt to declare date after PM’s medical report, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML conclave, PM visit likely to defer budget for mid-July, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Lawmakers demand larger constituency development fund (kp), Filling the vacuum: Ruling parties must come up with a division of responsibility during the PM’s absence (kp), Compulsory Military Service: Look Before You Leap, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

18/06/2014: NC proposes improved parliamentary system, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA continues discussions (ht), Two steps back: Proposed constitutional provisions on citizenship are regressive and only seek to uphold the status quo, by Dipendra Jha (kp), TRC formation starts with doubts galore, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Don't misuse powers for UML convention, PM told DPM Gautam: 'Health ministry hired over 1,000 to please Oli', by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep)

17/06/2014: CA members give differing views on forms of governance (kp), Lawmakers debate systems of governance (rep), Substance first: Form of government (rep), Ex-CJ heads panel to speed up TRC process, by Dewan Rai (kp), Committee to give names for TRC, CID: Commission also formed to help implement agreements with different agitating groups (ht), Panel to recommend names of TRC, CED officials, by Santosh Gjimire (rep), Unequal nation: Generous budget allocations for marginalised regions, gender and social groups can pave way for a smoother transition, by Arjun B. Kumal (kp)

16/06/2014: CA debate: Parties divided over forms of governance (kp), Forms of governance: CA begins discussion (ht), Parties stick to their guns on form of governance (rep), Eye on merger, Dahal meets splinter groups: UCPN (Maoist), CPN-Maoist, CPN (Maoist) and RCP begin alliance talks (kp), Mao followers saythey are close toforming alliance, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), UCPN (Maoist) forging alliance with agitating parties outside CA, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Centre cannot hold: The recent incident of polive brutality in Dho exemplifies the need for federalism (kp), We are not puppets for the NC to run the govt as it pleases, interview with Krishna Prasad Sharma Oli (kp), Bumpy road ahead: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala's disclosure of cancer could hasten new political developments, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp)

15/06/2014: Financial hardships grip former PLAs, by Durga Lal KC (kp), Controversy over Bill providing property rights to married daughters, by Prakash Acharya (, Feeling the public pulse: The CA is repeating a mistake made by the previous Assembly in not gauging public opinion on federalism, by Krishna Sharma and Arun Bhattarai (kp), Statute Writing Process: Federal Debate Kindles Hopes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

14/06/2014: Janajati groups holdprotest in capital (ht), Oli warns of withdrawing support to Koirala govt, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), House forms panel to probe ‘vote rigging’ (kp), Parliamentary panel formed to probe alleged poll anomalies: Given three months to submit its report (ht), CA members play truant during deliberations: NC whip says no big deal, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Statute to include provisory draft law: Conscription law to be invoked if the state requires (kp), Parties agree on ‘compulsory service to nation’Citizens will have to be ready to serve the country as and when needed (ht), By-election preparation in final stage: CEC Uprety (kp), Parliament begins pre-budget debate, first time since ’08 (ht), Govt to post budget surplus again: Points to severe erosion in capacity to make proper use of available funds (ht), Bigger and uglier: Unwieldy party bodies (rep)

13/06/2014: CA debates land, citizenship, rights: Apparently, the most contentious issue is compensation for land acquired (ht), Panel interacts with experts (ht), CA demands provision against conversions (kp), SC schedules TRC Act final hearing for July 10 (ht), Deal upon deal (ht), In this day and age: A ceiling on private property ownership will only serve to discourage private entrepreneurship, by Shyam K.C. (kp)

12/06/2014: Vox populi: The PDCC must transparently engage all sections of society over federalism (kp), On right track: Federalism debate (rep), Parliament back in order after 13 days (kp), House resumes after 12 days, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Opposition ends protest in Parliament (ht), Rs 15b budget transferred: Mahat (kp), House obstruction taking toll on budget, constitution, says PM (ht), Fundamental rights: Constituent Assembly continues discussion for second day (ht), Property rights ceiling discussion heats up CA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 2003 Janakpur killings: Helsinki laboratory confirms identities of exhumed bodies, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Breaking the mould: There are two competing approaches to security prevalent in Nepal; There is a need to develop one strong and coherent approach, by D.B. Subedi (rep)

11/06/2014: Prickly statute issues land in dialogue panel, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA forwards report on issues: Debate on fundamental rights, directive principles begins (ht), 33-party alliance inface-saving mode: Ready to join constitution drafting process, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Not straight (ht), Decision time: PM Koirala's failure to deliver a broad vision for Nepal has resulted in a lethargic PMO (kp), CJ Sharma admits political pressure in judges' appointments (rep), Route to reconciliation: Moving forward requires greater concentration on locally-driven efforts and village-level activism, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Political Blunders Of Nepalese Leader, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

10/06/2014: Dialogue panel starts talks with parties on contentious subjects (kp), Oppn continues House haunt (kp), House adjourned till tomorrow: Parties only differ on who should chair the political mechanism (ht), One too many? Political dialogue bodies (rep), CPN-M presents saleable proposal: Major party leaders finally positive about all-party meet (kp), CPN-M for national political conference: Says party flexible on seeking a way out of the stalemate, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Baidya-led alliance reiterates all-party body for new statute: Submits eight-point demant to big three in the CA, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), House obstruction cannot be justified, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (rep), Know thyself: Modi, or anyone else in Delhi, will only matter when Nepali power brokers realise what Nepal means for itself, by Atul K. Thakur (kp), Nepal and capitalism: It is time to begin on an interdependent and expansive path to a developed, socially just and less dependent capitalism, by Chaitanya Mishra (kp), Sleeping The Nepali Dreams Away, by Prem Khatry (rn), Victim of consensus: The country is governed by formula of political consensus and the hegemony of leaders, not rule of law; This has put law and order in limbo, by Charan Prasai (rep)

09/06/2014: Leadership bane for HLPC: Maoist chief Dahal noit to share chair of cross-party mechanism with any other leader (kp), House stalled over leadership of political committee, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), CA panel to start dialogue with parties (kp), Chaos as Gachhadar spits venom (kp), House sees heated exchanges among lawmakers, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Committee seeks details on budget reallocation in five days (ht), SC summons govt, House on lawmakers’ fund allocation (ht), 'We can submit budget document by mid-June if Speaker gives  waiver to the process of pre-budget discussion', interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (ht), Substance abuse: Current budget discussions (rep), Imagined divide: When it comes to federalism, identity and capibility cannot be either/or bases, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Midyear misgivings: Voices of reformation and restructuring of the state have turned into a whimper for 'development', a term turned upon its head for pacification of newly-freed colonies, by C.K. Lal (rep)

08/06/2014: Parties reach 3-pt deal,House likely from today, by Anil Giri and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Big Three close to clearing House obstruction (ht), Opposition set to lift House obstruction today: Big three parties at odds over HLPC leadership, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Dozens of Badarmude victims deprived of compensation, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep), Exercise in futility: Now that we have a legitimate CA and an elected government, it would be pointless to hold a roundtable conference, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp)

07/06/2014: Dialogue committee fails to forgedeal on compulsory army trainingSome lawmakers object to idea, say it is not needed (ht), Call for including 50 pc women in TRC (ht), Relief package benefits 522 doubly orphaned (rep) (?), Population issues core of development process: Experts highlight the need to provide equal opportunities to individuals for prosperity, growth, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht), Poor Integrity Fuels Corruption, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

06/06/2014: SC demands explanation on TRC provision (kp), SC summons govt for June 12 hearing (ht), Need To Amend TRC Law, by Anil Karki (rn), 9th anniv of Bandarmude blast: Ghost of blast still haunts Madi folks, by Dewan Rai (kp), UML, UCPN-M claimpost of coordinator (ht), Govt fund reallocation at three-year lowTotal amount transferred from one budget heading to another stands at Rs 35.31bn, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Annual budget by mid-June ‘not possible’ (kp), Towards a meritocracy: What is wrong with Nepal is that people are not doing the jobs they are supposed to do, by Neeti Aryal Khanal (kp), Tough Times, Soft Leadership: The first government under the second constituent assembly moves too slow to catch up with the fast rising expectations, by Abijit Sharma (sp), Insulted and Humiliated, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), Constitutional déjà vu: Two opposing formulae for federalism and two opposing ways to decide which one to go for, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

05/06/2014: Federalism talks take centrestage: 139 CA members express views, 270 wait for their turn, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Discussion on state restructuring continues at CA (ht), Oppn continue obstruction of parliament (kp), House stalled againover four-point deal (ht), Lawyers Articulate Views On New Constitution, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Nepal must abideby international laws, says Swire (ht), We have not been able to rise above party politics, interview with Chiranjibi Nepal (rep)

04/06/2014: TRC Act challenged afresh in SC, by Dewan Rai (kp), Insurgency victims move SC against TRC Act (ht), Parliament proceedings disrupted again (ht), FinMin Mahat refutes irregularities charge (kp), Three-party meet comes a cropper (kp), Decentralisation should be thrust of federalism, say CA members (ht), Secularism’s (dis)contents: Inarticulate proponents of secularism have ceded ground to those wishing to reinstate Nepal as a Hindu state, by Rishikesh Ram Bhandary (kp)

03/06/2014: Govt doled out ‘Rs 15b’ to non-budget projects: Govt yet to spend capital budget of Rs 51b out of the allocated Rs 85b, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Talks to clear House obstruction on (ht), NC agrees to address some oppn demands (kp), Parties continue to bicker over federalism, power distribution (kp), Debate on federalism continues (ht), EC says SSP Kharel must stay put at MPR (ht), Women’s rights activists organise sit-in to remind govt to act (ht), Faulty hearings: The recent hearings on Supreme Court justices have only highlighted a pressing need to reform the judiciary, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Reflecting On The Aftermath Of Secularism, by Prem Khatry (rn)

02/06/2014: House obstruction continues: Opposition demands deal implementation; FinMin barred from clarifying charges, bvy Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parliament meet adjourned again till tomorrow, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Parliamentary
commission seeks details on budget reallocation
(ht), Federalism debate continues in Constituent Assembly (ht), Long and winding road: After 120 days in office, Koirala and cohorts offer Nepali voters more questions than answers, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), I have internalised criticism against me in dissolution of CA-I, interview with Subas Nembang (kp), Constitution Writing: Set Process Vs Consensus, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Lawmakers say current allocation not enough: Urge government for upward revision in constituency development programme fund (ht 02/06/2014)

01/06/2014: NC, UML to deal with oppositions’ concerns (ht), ‘Dispute in House won’t affect statute process’ (ht), Put manifesto agenda in budget, NC asks govt (kp), At it again: Congress-UML rivalry (rep), Untouchability crime: Many ‘unaware’ of discrimination law, by Weena Pun (kp), Stop Lining Pockets Of Few, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Women’s protests to change form (ht), Lawyers seek new mechanism to appoint judges, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht)

31/05/2014: CA drafting committee begins work on statute: Five subcommittees formed; their works not to be shared with press (kp), CA’s constitution drafting committee begins its task (ht), Bhattarai, Poudel spar on state restructuring model (kp), Lawmakers debate state restructuring (ht), Second chance: Federalism debate (rep), Budget, staff transfers wedge in NC-UML ties: UML leaders miffed at NC’s ‘unilateral’ preparations for fiscal budget, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), UML lawmakers want party to quit govt: Say NC ministers taking decisions without their consent, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), UML lawmakers want party to quit govt (rep), Dahal against budget transfers, UML also unhappy: Fund transfers made only for management purposes: Finance secretary, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), UCPN (Maoist) obstructs parliament, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Opposition obstructs budget session on Day One, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Opposition obstructs first budget session meeting (rep), EC turns down SSP’s transfer (kp), Election Commission denies permission to transfer SSP Kharel (ht)

30/05/2014: Debate begins on disputed issues: State restructuring and power devolution key agendas, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Top leaders  air views on federalism (ht), UCPN (Maoist) says no to CA vote on thorny issues; voting if consensus eludes: PM Koirala, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), RPP-N to reject statute without Hindu identity (rep) [No problem! They only represent 6 percent of the voters; the remaining 94 percent are against the Hindu state!!], Managing coalitions not easy: Koirala; PM admits he is facing difficulties to run govt smoothly (ht), Sr SC Justice Shah fires warning shot (kp), Justice Shah calls on all not to shake the roots of judiciary (ht), Family of 'living martyr' feels betrayed by state, by Madhushudhan Gauragain (rep), Khanal’s dossier reflects on right wing influence in SAsia, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Seventh Republic Day observed (kp), Dismal response, bland celebrations (ht), Too much of a good thing: There is a need to rethink the way various government holidays, including Republic Day, are celebrated, by Shyam K.C. (kp), From Katari to Qatar:Beset by political troubles, the Nepali state, both directly and indirectly, has forced its citizens to migrate, by Sanjay Sharma (kp), Be United For National Commitments, by D.M. Thapa (rn)

29/05/2014: ICJ finds faults in TRC Act, says amend it (ht) (see ICJ report), Statute drafting process: Parties treading the right path, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Seventh Republic Day: Institutionalisation  of new system ‘slow’ (kp), NBA's constitutional conclave begins today (rep), Development fund: Writ at SC against proposed fund hike (kp), Writ against money allocated for lawmakers (ht), CA poll injured demand redress, by Khagendra Awasthi (kp), Forced connections: Paranoid obsession with outside events as a perennial threat to one’s existence will not bring prosperity nor security, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Principles And Values Of Justice Should Not Perish, by Gyan Basnet (rn), No Sense Of Responsibility, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

28/05/2014: The ugly truth: Inequalities in Nepal (rep), CA nominations: SC cannot tread on executive turf, govt petitions, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Govt files review petition in SC: Seeks more time as parties working to forge consensus (ht), Govt petitions SC over ruling on 26 CA nominations, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Paudel, Acharya swap roles in CA committees (ht), Government’s Honeymoon Period, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

27/05/2014: Govt to seek judicial review in court today: Supreme Court deadline for appointing 26 CA members expiring (kp), House panel endorses all 8 judges, 2 unanimously, by Pranab Kharel (kp), PHSC okays apex court judges’ appointment, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), All judges get through panel hearing, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Efforts on to bring parties outside CA in statute drafting process: Bhattarai (kp), Efforts on to deal with parties outside CA: Bhattarai says Constitutional Dialogue and Consensus Committee,govt doing homework, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Keeping track of time: We must rethink the fundamental notion of time and how it relates to work and productivity, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Hear them out: The inclusion of members of the judiciary in the Judicial  Council is what has made the Council prone to controversy, by Prakash Bom (kp), The impossibility of hope: The day Prachanda and Kamal Thapa merge into one unified party is the day Nepal will finally be poised for a take-off, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

26/05/2014: 26 CA nominations: Govt to appeal to SC for terms relaxation (kp), 81 candidates in fray for 4 CA seats (kp), SC justice appointment: Malafide intent behind notice against me: Rana, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Parliament is not helping the independence of judiciary, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp), Govt says 100 days productive (kp)

25/05/2014: PHSC grills Joshi, Upadhyay (kp), JC nominees say Justice Shah showed bias, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Hearing meaningless: Lawmakers (ht), RPP-N demands Hindu state, symbolic monarch, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Thapa warns of Mahabharat if his party ignored (ht), Drive against discrimination (kp), Gautam blames oppn parties for civic poll delay (ht) [??], Opaque justice: A lack of transparency, along with a  superiority complex in Nepal’s judicial system, hinders the delivery of justice, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Resolving conflict: Community-based mediation can be a cheaper and more humane alternative to the court system, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp), Schools of peace: Two Phidim schools are affirming themselves as zones of peace, free of political intervention and ideological politicisation, by Isabelle Duquesne (kp)

24/05/2014: PM assures Baidya of all-party conference: Parties to prepare for meet likely to be held after Koirala’s India visit (kp), PM Koirala ready to hold all-party conference (ht), PM signals Baidya he's positive on roundtable (rep), House committee grills two apex court justice nominees (kp), Withdraw candidacy, Parajuli told: PHSC begins hearing of justices nominated by Judicial Council, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), PHSC starts hearings for recommended justices: JC says its letter to panel was not intended so insult sovereign parliament, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Process to select apex court judges faulty: Law minister (ht), Judicial Integrity In Question, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Lawmakers stress on judicial reform (rep), By-election preparations almost complete, says CEC Uprety (kp), 147 polling centers, 324 booths for CA by-polls (rep), UML names candidates (kp), CPN-UML, Cong finalise candidates (ht)

23/05/2014: CA members to act to reform judiciary, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 'Judiciary must be independent‚ accountable', by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Lawmakers sharply divided over new judicial system (rep), Hearing begins today; some lawyers against JC recommendations (kp), JC to meet today to discuss PHSC move: Says it is ready to send details of recommended judges, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Two sub-panels formed to ease statute writing (kp), RPP-N hints at parting ways with monarchy for Hindu state, by Binod Ghimire (kp), RPP-N can compromise on constitutional monarchy (ht), Convictions and Modi-fications: Opinion-makers must now firmly state their positions on republicanism, federalism and secularism, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Oil in the Himalayas: Oil is a national security asset, the shortage of which creates disturbances and threatens Nepal’s security balance, by Sunil Bahadur Thapa (kp), Nepal's transitional justice: Towards complexity, by Charan Prasai (ht), Rise of Narendra Modi: Guesswork Galore, by Keshab Poudel (sp)

22/05/2014: 'CA alone can't ensure legitimacy of new statute' (rep), SC justice appointment: House special committee to begin hearing from tomorrow, by Pranab Kharel (kp), PHSC asks for  nominees’ details, begins hearing (ht), PHSC summons judges recommended judges (rep), Do we need them? Relevance of hearing panel (rep), Conscription issue sent to PDCC (kp), Military training issue sent to dialogue panel (ht), PM feels the heat, threatens to quit (kp), Stand and deliver: 100 days on, NC-led govt seems to be  losing momentum, not gaining energy (kp), UML often acts like the opposition in government, interview with Minendra Rijal (rep), Major parties begin preparations for June by-elections (ht), Dalit Janajati Party splits; issue with EC: DJP chief accused of appropriating CA member’s salary and fund for district (ht), Badly begun, half lost: Resolving disputed constitutional issues will require engagement in good faith by major party leaders, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Gerontocracy vs. Juvenocracy, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

21/05/2014: Government’s 100 days fail to cheer watchers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 100 days of Koirala govt: Keeping clean image intact, by Kosmos Biswokarma (rep), Dismal performance: Tangible achievements made: NC spokesman Badu, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Honeymoon indeed: 100 days of Sushil Koirala (rep), Parties busy finalising by-poll candidates, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), 15 names proposed for by-poll candidate (kp), PHSC divided over seeking JC papers (kp), PHSC meet stalls as big 3 at odds over letter (rep), House panel members brief top leaders, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), CA members against military conscription (kp), CA members divided over compulsory army training: UCPN-Maoist continues to make a pitch for the idea; Cong,UML scoff at it,term the demand ‘irrational, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC CA members defy Nembang’s junket ruling: Nine of them departed for a 10-day visit to China yesterday (ht), Truth be told: Truth commissions, even with all limitations, should give victims a platform to tell the nation how they suffered, by Eduardo Gonzáles Cueva (kp)

20/05/2014: SC justice appointment: House panel set to ask for more JC documents, by Pranab Kharel (kp), PHSC condemns Judicial Council for defying summons (ht), Missing the point (ht), Dialogue panel asks PM to reach out to parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Move afoot to engage parties outside CA: Constitutional sub-panel formed to prepare modalities of talks (ht), Lawyers say nobody is independent! Slam SC judgment on nomination of 26 CA members (ht), CA members for justifiable sharing of revenue and natural resources : Two commissions to be formed to ensure equitable distribution (ht)

19/05/2014: Clear terms sought for resource sharing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA to discuss federalism, state power (kp), Contentious issues to vex parties:Leaders divided on distribution of natural resources, revenue sharing (ht), Statute may not be delivered on time: Gyawali (ht), PM intensifies consultations (ht), National women's conference ends with nine-point declaration (ht), House hearing from judges: MPs lambaste JC response (kp), PHSC divided on JC accountability (ht), TRC bill: Bill in line with the constitution, say drafters, by Dewan Rai (kp), Hindu state rally (kp), Near abroad: For Modi to deliver on growth at home and stability in Nepal, he should keep away from the Hindu right, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Going nowhere: Nepal's peace process is a tactical tool rather than an evolutionary outcome of the armed conflict, by D.B. Subedi (rep), Inheritance of hope: The law guarantees equal rights to women but discriminations against them persist, by Swechha Ghimire (rep)

18/05/2014: PDCC set to hold talks with parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM lobbies for getting judge names endorsed: Meets half a dozen leaders of smaller parties to ask them to support NC (kp), PM consults parties on judges’ appointment (ht), Campaign in UML against candidates (kp), Khanal gets memo from UML CC members (ht), Some country for old men: There is a marked dichotomy between how Nepali society treats elder politicians and elder creative professionals, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

17/05/2014: PHSC has no role in judge appt: SC, by Pranab Kharel (kp), SC stays PHSC summons to JC members, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), SC stays PHSC summons to JC: Says it is contrary to constitution, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), The House rules: The Judicial Council Row (rep), Justice appointment row: UML leaders start signature campaign (kp), UML CC members in signature drive against JC choices (rep), Nembang briefs envoys on statute drafting progress: Assures a new constitution will be drawn up by January 22 (ht), CA committees ‘working well on schedule’ unlike in the past (ht), Dialogue committee sub-panel identifies 145 issues (ht), Lawmakers for identifying groups for talks, define jurisdiction, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep)

16/05/2014: All eyes on PHSC to see how it settles JC recommendations row, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), House panel seeks clarification: Tension flares with JC set to snub PHSC call, by Pranab Kharel (kp), JC ignores House panel’s summons, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Judicial Council to skip PHSC meeting: CPN-UML softens stance (rep), Writ in apex court against invite (kp), Gautam asks lawmakers not to toe anti-JC line (kp), Dhungana visited HQ as UML cadre: DPM (ht) [The Judiciary has to be independent, Mr Gautam!!], Step Down, Or Sack Him (ht), CA takes up thematic committees’ reports (ht), CA begins deliberations on contents of statue, by Thira L. B husal (rep), CA to debate military conscription (kp), Shape of things to come: Nepal’s future political course will be shaped by sedimentations taking place within each of the major political forces, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Parts of a whole: The transitional justice process must move beyond consultations to give victims a true opportunity to be partners and decision-makers, by Yvette Selim (kp), Let Appointments Be On Merit, by D.M. Thapa (rn), Regional parties in the east pushed to the corner: A divided movement, by Raju Adhikari (rep), Getting away with murder (nt), “I need to know why”: The war is not over for relatives of those killed and disappeared during the Maoist insurgency, by Gopal Gartaula (nt)

15/05/2014: CA members told to put statute before House job, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Resist the temptation (ht), Parties okay with SC’s  criteria for 26 nominees (ht) [There is nothing to okay! These are the rules of the interim constitution that should be well knwon by every politician!!], Apex court justice recommendations: JC member at UML door seeking support, by Pranab Kharel and Bhdra Sharma (kp), UML consults lawyers on SC justice appointments: Party leaders divided over issue (rep), JC member ruffles legal eagles’ feathers: Dhungana accused of visiting the party headquarters of CPN-UML, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Ministry of Peace seeks budget for TRC, CED (rep)

14/05/2014: Indigenous groups laud SC verdict on CA nominations, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), Hammering it home (rep), CA begins statute drafting process (kp), Lawmakers ordered to avoid foreign junkets; Such visits distract CAmembers from the task of statute writing: Nembang, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Nembang rules to stop foreign junkets, visits outside Valley (ht), Nembang asks CA members to shun foreign trips (rep), SC justice appointment: PHSC summons JC members (kp), House panel summons JC members over recommendations: Next meeting of PHSC scheduled for May 18, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), UML leaders divided over apex court justice appointments (kp), House panel divided on summoning CJ: Members want to know why senior-most justice publicly opposed JC’s decision, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Gautam held for Ujjan’s murder, Dhungel still free (kp), Convict Balkrishna Dhungel’s  accomplice nabbed, sent to jail: Pushkar held for Ujjan Shrestha’s killing; To serve life term after absconding for 2 years (ht), Hope for healing: Forgiveness and reconciliation are society-wide processes that will continue far beyond the TRC mandate, by Prakash Mani Sharma (kp), Madhesi agendas still not attained completely, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Red alert: The real reason behind Maoist crisis is not Pushpa Kamal Dahal as Baburam Bhattarai would have us believe, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

13/05/2014: CA member appointment: SC to govt: Give CA full shape within 15 days, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Nominate 26 CA members within 15 days, says apex court: Tells govt authorities to select individuals from various fields and all walks of life, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), SC gives govt 15 days to name 26 lawmakers: Prohibits nomination pf FPTP, PR candidates; states those nominated should have independent standing, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Outward bound : CA members should refrain from foreign visits and concentrate on constitution instead (kp), New statute must be a political document of consensus: Experts, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Major parties divided over  justice, lawmaker picks (kp), Big three at odds over JC's recommendation (rep), Parliamentary committee to summon Chief Justice on appointment row (rep), Govt admits it erred on TRC Bill: Realises its mistake a day after it was turned into Act, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NHRC vacuum impedes TRC formation (rep), ‘Ensure equal representation of women in state mechanisms’ (ht), Non-reforming Nepalis: Political wrangling in diaspora organisations dissuades Nepalis who want to do something for the country, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Whose voices? The victims’ movement seeks a human rights practice  rooted in the everyday experiences of victims’ lives, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Bhagiram Chaudhary (kp)

12/05/2014: CA gets 2 reports from past thematic panels (kp), Add speed (ht), Prez seals TRC bill: Paves way for formation of two commissions to ensure transitional justice, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC Act takes effect (ht), 19 fake cases in ‘disappeared’ persons list in Kavre district (ht), Ties with CPN-M won’t hit peace, constitution: Dahal (kp), Unity with CPN-M for constitution: Dahal; Says Baidhya’s party not averse to statute if there’s consensus among all sectors (ht), Dahal: CPN-Maoist should be included in statute-drafting process (rep), Is UCPN-M Splitting Again?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Slow pace of rebuilding police posts hinders policing: We need Rs 37 billion to reconstruct all the damaged buildings, by Arjun Oli (rep)

11/05/2014: CA to deliberate on disputed statute issues from Tuesday, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Former NHRC commissioners find ‘faulty provisions’ in TRC bill (kp), Sub-panel enlists disputed issues in judiciary (ht), Civic poll date  after passage of bill: DPM Singh (ht), Old rules: Political leadership in Nepal (rep), Imminent change: The appointment of law enforcement authorities will be decided by the electoral constituency in federalism, by Prakash Bom (kp), What kind of government: Federalism has taken precedence in the national agenda but form of governance has yet to see public debate, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), The next frontier: Youths should voice their opinions on the Post-2015 development agenda, by Sanjog Thakuri (kp)

10/05/2014: Previous state model ‘contentious’: CA records panel to send matter of state restructuring for deliberation (kp), State restructuring disputes singled out (ht), CA to discuss old disputes starting Tuesday (rep), DPMs contradict each other on local election (kp), JC won’t revise names of SC justice nominees: Dhungana (kp), Dhungana defends JC decision:  Challenges Parliament to impeach office bearers if it can (ht), JC member Dhungana defends justice recommendations (rep), Most Tarai armed groups ‘losing grip’, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp), Fear of rupture in UCPN-M: Leaders from both camps play it down, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht)

09/05/2014: Constitution drafting panel meets experts (ht), TRC for greater nat’l unity: PM Koirala; Says neighbours India and China are Nepal’s top foreign policy priority (kp), PM spells out foreign policy mantra: It begins with our neighbours, says Koirala while addressing diplomat (ht), SC justice appointment: House panel seeks copy of council’s recommendation (kp), House panel seeks minutes on JC recommendations, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Minutes of meeting that picked SC judges sought, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Rayamajhi says new force will be born (kp), 2-yr-old deal basis for statute, say experts (kp), Diplomatic missions promoting Nepal for FDIs (ht), For the record: International community must join the campaign to convince the Adhikari couple to end their hunger strike, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Levying the land: Domestic and international migration trends have greatly changed the ways land is used in Nepal, by Raj Pariyar (kp), More equal than others: Ensuring equal property rights for women, before and after marriage, could go some way towards eliminating the dowry practice, by Seema Pandey (kp), Imagine no borders: Separating communities by drawing lines on a map  will alienate them, propagating a cycle of hate, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), Village of the widows: Time hasn’t healed the sorrow of the women of Dang who are dismayed by the self-pardon of perpetrators, by Devika Gharti Magar (nt), Justice denied: The Legislature-parliament passed the TRC and Forced Disappearances Bill with majority, by Keshab Poudel (sp), "Germany Rejected Blanket Amnesty", interview on writing the Nepali constitution with Rainer Arnold (sp)

08/05/2014: CA sub-panel identifies 48 statute-related issues (ht), SC justice appointment: House spl panel set to look into plaints today (kp), BRB demands put Dahal on the horns of a dilemma, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal lashes out at Bhattarai (ht), Glass half-full: Top party leaderships still need to reach out to stakeholders for consensus on critical issues (kp), Nepalis spell out their priorities: Aspire for good education, better jobs, healthcare, finds survey (ht), Inclusive by association: We can continue to build representative institutions or pretend that all is well in society, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Babu Ram’s Development Outlook: Many Issues Look Obscure, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

07/05/2014: CA full house likely to get business next week (ht) [without having full size??], CA to debate conscription, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Truth and reconciliation: NHRC postings must for setting up TRC (kp), Toothless PHSC has a lot to chew on JC decision: Can the 72-member panel reject eight judges recommended for SC? (ht), With Bhattarai out of CC, meet leaves UCPN (Maoist) messier, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal-Bhattarai feud spills over (ht), CPN-M to boycott by-election (ht), Koirala slammed for no-show (ht), Law Minister pledges justice for VAW victims (ht), The adversary within: Good governance relies on a triangular relationship among security, democracy and development, by Govind Prasad Kusum (kp), Politics of forgiveness: The current TRC bill fails to address specific measures and provisions to be fulfilled prior to granting amnesty, by Chgandra Prasad Luitel (rep)

06/05/2014: CA subcommittee begins work to report past pacts (kp), CA drafting committee collecting views on statute-writing principles, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Parties reach understanding to share House committees (ht), Constitution experts consulted (kp), Fund for lawmakers: High time to review Rs 1m dole, say experts, by Anil Giri (kp), CJ, Bar head spar over judges’ selection (ht), Local polls after statute: Gautam (ht), Freedom and equality: The greatest danger for Nepal is tabula rasa politics - the intention of rebuilding the country from scratch, by Gérard Toffin (kp), Conflict by proxy: Unless Nepal continues to maintain strong political unity and integrity, the nation will remain at risk, by Daman Bahadur Ghale (kp) [To uphold its integrity and unity, Nepal needs an inclusive participatory system based on federalism and decentralization!], Traversing transitions: A few international examples on power sharing during transitions can help Nepal map its own path, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp)

05/05/2014: Records panel not to own up decisions made outside 1st CA (kp), Panel to probe JC decision on cards: PHSC meeting on May 7 or 8 to decide on sub-committee (ht), Apex court justice appointment: 22 plaints against nominees (kp), Government position unclear (kp), Judging the judges: The Judicial Council, dominated by political appointees, is faulty and must be reformed, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Demolition job: Dahal must engage with Baidya to bring him on board the peace process, not otherwise (kp), Koirala’s record on constitution good, governance poor, interview with Puranjan Acharya, Nepali Congress (kp)

04/05/2014: PM under fire for ‘govt inertia’ (ht), Voters can enjoy ‘right to  reject’ in by-elections (ht), Communist collapse: The UML and Maoists have both diluted, or virtually abandoned, their revolutionary ideology, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp)

03/05/2014: Records panel subcommittees list agenda from first CA (kp), Whither Legislative Accountability?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Probe politicisation of Sherpa’s grief: Climbers, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht)

02/05/2014: When negotiating identity is compulsion: Many young Dalits hide behind pseudo-surnames as shield against discrimination, by Weena Pun (kp), 26 nominees unlikely for fortnight or so, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), SC justice appointment: JC member defends recommendations, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Voice for victims: Victims are on the frontline of a new approach to activism as Nepalis no longer trust politicians and NGOs, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), A Tarai test case: Police firing at an exam centre in the Tarai and apathy of politicians make slogans about uplifting marginalised groups ring hollow, by Trishna Rana (nt), Justifying the justices: The Judicial Council and the Law Minister have come under fire for their Supreme Court nominations, by Binita Dahal (nt)

01/05/2014: Pace didn’t match (ht), Bhattarai, Shrestha set to up the ante against Dahal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Compomise without surrender: Continuing freedom of expression is bound to result in something we can call a Nepali Renaissance, by Pramod Mishra (kp), TRC Bill: An Overview, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), House panel wants details of judges picked for apex court Hearing likely to get delayed, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Silver lining: Number, names and boundaries of federal provinces will feature as content issues once again; But they can be resolved through referendum, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Bamdev's misogyny: Home minister seems to believe a woman is not a complete individual or citizen in herself and that she is always subordinate to a man, by Anjali Subedi (rep) [He really believes in this! This is typical male Thagadhari thinking that should have no place in a new Nepal! There is no chance for a better Nepal with ministers like Bam Dev Gautam!!]]

30/04/2014: House session draws to a close (kp), Prez prorogues House session (ht), First two months: PM’s ‘mixed’ track record, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Apex court justice nomination: Controversy lands in House (kp), No comments: Sharma, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha(kp)

29/04/2014: CA dialogue panel in consensus bid for inclusive statute process (kp), CA sub-committee to hold talks with stakeholders (ht), Constitution panel to equip itself well (ht), Justice recommendations; Bar: Hold JC members accountable, by Pranab Kharel (kp), NBA urges PHSC to probe JC decision, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Question of ethics (ht), TRC bill offers hope to relatives of disappeared, by Ananda Gautam (kp), Whose reconciliation? Reconciliation is not possible without the disclosure of truth and the prosecution of individuals involved in grave human rights abuses, by Suman Khadka and Sanjeev Pokharel (kp), Polls before constitution: DPM (kp), Women power: It is time to move beyond tokenism and internalise the need to empower women, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Unheard Voices, by Anil Karki (rn)

28/04/2014: Parliamentary hearring: UML panelists to reject ‘controversial’ judges (kp), NBA advisory panel questions selection of apex court judges (ht), Call for reviewing provisions in TRC bill (kp), Call to amend TRC Bill for justice (ht), A step forward: Passage of the TRC bill marks the  beginning of a long, difficult process (kp), Convergence on TRC, CA bodies positives for new constitution, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Madhesi lawmakers bank on state pledge: Hope panel to implement pacts with outfits will take shape (ht), Corruption and Constitution: The drafting of a new constitution provides a valuable opportunity to take a broader view of corruption, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Warfare of perceptions: Despite all its faults, the political community in Nepal has displayed considerable sagacy in keeping calm and movind on with whatever deal destiny has delivered in its hands, by C.K. Lal (rep)

27/04/2014: TRC bill clears clouds of mistrust; Law a milestone in ongoing peace process: Bhattarai, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Pathways to power: A healthy pre-electoral alliance with a long-term vision has never been tried in Nepal, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Fiscal federalism: Federalism can be used as a vehicle for socioeconomic transformation and a s an instrument to consolidating democracy at the local level, by Bhim Prasad Bhurtel (rep), Compromise call: The key to writing the constitution is to dream up a model that sufficiently satisfies the NC, UML, Maoist, and the Madheshis, by Anand Jha (rep)

26/04/2014: Parliament passes TRC bill: Special Court for handling war-era cases; Govt attorney must file cases forwarded by TRC, by Pranab Kharel (kp), House passes TRC, CID Bill, by Prakash Acharya (ht), House okays TRC bill finally: Bill passed with major amendments; RPP-N, Rastriya Janamorcha, NWPP, Tharuhat Tarai Party against bill, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep), Maoist praises NC Veep's stance on TRC, by Rameshwar Karki (rep), CA committees get leaders (kp), Chairpersons of CA panels elected unopposed (ht), Heads of all five CA committees elected unopposed (rep), Ray of hope: Election of CA committee heads (rep)

25/04/2014: Nembang prods govt to give CA full shape (ht), Big 3 set to keep vital CA panels: Bhattarai poised to lead Political Dialogue Committee, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bhattarai, Sitaula, Poudel in fray (ht), Election of CA committee heads today: Bhattarai, Sitaula, Poudel proposed, by Ashok Dahal (rep), PM’s panel pick pricks Poudel (kp), Drafting panel works out schedule (kp), No amnesty for serious crimes: Home minister (kp) [Discrimination against the fundamental rights of women in the context of citizenship is a serious crime as well!!], Kapilvastu shuns Loktantra Day celebrations, seeks constitution (ht), No defence, only defiance: As ultra-nationalism unexpectedly and oddly gains ground in Nepal, the remaining option is to shout louder, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), A little of both: Conditional continuity of Nepali citizenship could be a solution to the dual nationality debate, by Bishnu P. Ghimire (kp), A Frugal PM Is A Rare Find, by D.M. Thapa (rn), Empowerment Of Women, by Pramita Aryal (rn)

24/04/2014: No citizenship through mother: DPM Gautam (rep) [Male Bahun UML leaders are obviously showing their true face! This man is absolutely diqualified for the process towards an inclusive Nepal and should be dismissed immediately!!], Lawmakers make 26 proposals, by Pranab Kharel (kp), ‘Take war-era cases to spl court’ (kp), Devolving power: A separate bill to guide prosecution will allow the TRC to focus on seeking truth (kp), Big III seek to tweak TRC Bill: Register amendment proposal to deal with some vital issues, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Parties likely to miss first statute process deadline (kp), CA to form panels through voting (kp), Displaced 8 years ago, conflict victims still ‘unwilling’ to return, by Bechu Gaud (kp), Tharus warn of protest to assert identity: Urge govt to remove them from the list of Madhesi people (ht), Loktantra Day: Victims find the celebrations meaningless (ht), The middle way: Unless we find moderates on all sides, we are likely to see a repeat of the first Constituent Assembly, by Deepak Thapa (kp), UCPN-Maoist Faces New Test, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Seven-party Opposition Alliance Reeks Of Groupism, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

23/04/2014: House will pass TRC bill ‘soon’ (kp), NBA offers ways to solve bill issues (kp), Organization working for Dalits warn of protests (rep), Wrong priority: TRC bill has provisions of no amnesty for perpetrators of rape but there is room for reconsiliation for other offences including murder, by Chandra Prasad Luitel (rep)

22/04/2014: CA committee chairpersons: Hope for consensus even as vote planned (kp), Voting to elect CA committee chairs on Friday (ht), People’s constitution will be from the street, says Baidhya (ht), Quota quagmire: Distributing government appointments to please parties in the coalition makes a mockery of meritocracy, by Gopal Thapa (kp), Politics And Corruption: Tales Of Healthy Twins, by Prem Khatry (rn), Look before you leap: Difficulty of setting up a federal structure has forced many countries to roll-back federalism initiative; Nepal may meet same fate if it does not resolve federal fiscal issues, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Let it go: Important political agreements among parties can be reached through regular political dialogue rather than through HLPC, by D.B. Subedi (rep)

21/04/2014: In House, TRC bill gets wide support, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Lawmakers divided as parliament debates TRC bill: Amendments can be registered by Thursday (rep), Ruling party lawmakers find flaws in TRC Bill, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Memorandum to Chairman Nembang (kp), Conflict victims want revision of TRC bill, submit memo to Speaker  (rep), Transitional justice: No TRC process is flawless. Still, for post-conflict Nepal it’s the best way to heal our society (kp) [The TRC is necessary but it must respect principles of human rights and justice!], Whose discourse? Transitional justice seems to have been intrumentalised by local elites to maintain existing social structures, by Shradha Ghale (kp), State should officially acknowledge victims, interview with Ram Kumar Bhandari, founder of the National Network of the Families of the Disappeared and Missing (kp), House calling: Not only are provisions of new TRC bill flawed, my first-hand experience suggests even the process of preparing it was fault, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (rep), CA committee to inform Nembang about failure to elect its chair (kp), Meaning of Maoist-Madhesi Alliance, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

20/04/2014: Sectt: CA panel chiefs  to be elected by April 28 (kp), RPP-Nepal keen to lead a CA panel (kp), No amnesty in bill, say leaders; It should be amended as required: UML leader Gyawali (kp) [Obviously, only politicians understand this bill; jurists and human rights specialists are not able to do so!!], ICTJ concerned over proposed bill (kp), Nepal urged to amend TRC bill (ht), Deliberations begin on bills related to TRC (nn), Reviving conflict era incidents not good: Poudel (nn) [Not good for the victims or not good for the perpetrators? Your party claims it does not stand for general amnesty ?!] Conflict victims demand amendment in TRC Bill (nn), Lawmakers’ house up in the air as offices lock horns (kp), UCPN (Maoist) in alliance bid with smaller parties: Seven opposition parties informally  agreed on Saturday to co-work during constitution drafting (kp), Federalists’ bid to form alliance: Ruling parties flay move, say it could mar consensus (ht), Right time: Federalism debate (rep), A Strange Case Of Foreign Funding In Media, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

19/04/2014: House resumes; parties for bulk handling of war cases, by Pranab Kharel (kp), House resumes with agreement on TRC, CID, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Parliament resumes business as Maoists withdraw protest: TRC bill tabled, deliberations to beginn Sunday (rep), Parties fail to pick head of CA dialogue panel; call for consensus (kp), Panels’ poll  schedule tomorrow (ht), Funds misuse allegation: Norway: Action to be taken if charges serious (kp), PM asks Norway to be transparent (kp), Norway to probe if its funds being misused: Assurance follows allegation against South Asia Trust (ht), Dealing With Transitional Justice, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), DPM Singh defends Bill on TRC, CID: Says the law is meant for reconciliation; Lawyers flay blanket amnesty provision (ht), Heed the victims: Ending peace process (rep), Bodde expresses concern about TRC Bill with Dahal: Urges to pay heed also to what UN,international rights bodies are saying (ht), Federalism poll report made public: Initial findings suggest many against ethnicity-based federal states (ht) [The demand for ethnicity based federalism will go on as long as the ethnicty based central state is uphold by the current elites!], Ethniticity-based federalism loses steam, survey shows (rep), Help, not hinder: Koirala can deliver only if Nepali Congress continues to support him; he alonme can't be accountable for shortcomings of the coalition government, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep), Political Prufrocks: Like Prufrock, our leaders are indecisive, not knowing which of their assigned tasks is important, by Raj Kumar Baral (rep)

18/04/2014: Parliament stalled  for the second day (ht), UCPN (M) keeps on disrupting parliament (kp), House obstruction likely to end today: Government should withdraw Fujel cases: Dahal (rep), Maoists positive about letting House function (kp), Bills on TRC, Disappearance Commission tabled in parliament (nn), Two Adhikari murder  accused released on bail (ht), Two Adhikari murder accused freed on bail, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Two Fujel accused released on bail, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep), International rights bodies take exception to TRC Bill (ht) [see common declaration of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Commission of Jurists], AI, HRW and ICJ concerned over amnesty provision in TRC (rep), Bill violates int’l law: Rights bodies (kp), Reparation, reconciliation rather than prosecution: Many of the victims believe revenge would not brimg any solution, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Justice does not mean revenge!!], Just want justice: The quest for justice unites two women whose relatives were killed and disappeared by the Nepal Army and the Maoists, by Bhrikuti Rai (nt), “Forgive and move on”: All cases of grave human rights  violations must go for trial, but victims must also have the power to forgive, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Chepangs seek seat in CA (ht), Parties to ensure 50% candidacy for women in local polls, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), EC proposes amendment of local body act 2048 (nn), Centre against periphery: There is no political will for local elections anong Kathmandu's smug and self-absorbed rulers (nt), Vacuum in the villages: Nepalis are paying a heavy price  for the absence of local elections, by Kunda Dixit (nt), Parliamentary absenteeism: An emerging challenge, by Pranav Bhattarai (ht), New Year: Hopes And Anxieties, by D.M. Thapa (rn), Dalits embark on challenging journey with hopes in the new constitution: Nepal's most underprivileged Dalit community and activists involved had highly praised the contents agreed in the previous Constituent Assembly; and they now demand that the current CA should adopt the past agreements, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), Donor funds used without accountability: Lawmakers (kp), Dixitspeak (kp), Norway denies funding activities against ongoing peace process (nn), Crisis Of Confidence: Major parties in the newly elected constituent assembly have begun to show the same old mistrust that led to the death of the previous CA without giving birth to a new constitution, by Abijit Sharma (sp)

17/04/2014: Justice for whom? The transitional justice bill contradicts the Supreme Court verdict and is unacceptable to victims, by Gyanendra Raj Aran (kp), Parties agree to bring all war-era cases under TRC, by Anil Giri (kp), Govt-oppn logjam puts statute drafting at risk, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Conflict ear cases: Mahara seeks separate collective mechanism (ht) [There cannot be a collective mechanism for victims!!], Victims of conflict want perpetrators booked, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Parties agree to form special court to take up conflict-era cases: No agreement on Fujel murder case, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Lawyers divided over case withdrawal (rep), Trial begins for Adhikari murder, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Plot afoot against Maoist: Thapa (kp), UCPN-M obstructs House proceedings: Govt proposal to amend Bill on TRC, disappearances gets lukewarm reply (ht), UCPN (Maoist) picks Dahal as PP leader (kp), UCPN (M) seeks legitimacy for property transactions passed by party during war: Previous attempt to legalise land transaction endorsed by the party was stopped by SC (kp), UCPN (M) inquiry irks officials, squatters: Party had sought clarification from LSPRC members over ‘bribery’, by Janak Nepal (kp), The Hague Awaits..., by Gyan Basnet (rn), Here's the rub: If TRC is completely impartial, all leaders, security officials, prime ministers, home ministers an defense ministers from 1996 to 206 could be in the dragnet, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Congress Has No Liberty To Whine, Complain And Point Fingers At Others, interview with Gagan Thapa (rep)

16/04/2014: Parties urge PM to end stand-off with Maoists: UCPN (M) to boycott CA until charge sheet against cadres withdrawn (kp), UCPN-Maoist boycotts meeting with ruling parties (ht), UCPN-M to protest in House, street: Party to take its agitation to all the 75 districts of country (ht), Pillay urges govt to uphold int’l law on TRC, disappearnce bills (kp), UN warns against amnesties for  civil war crimes (ht), Krishna Adhikari murder case: Maoist cadres, suspects’ kin halt traffic in Chitwan, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), War-era cases: Rayamajhi challenges PM Koirala (kp), Reconciliation Mantra To End Transition, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Women’s rights activists serve ultimatum to PM (ht)

15/04/2014: Acharya: Reconciliation basis for TRC formation: ‘Discouraging impunity and finding truth twin goals of commissions’ (kp), NC lawmakers against amnesty in war crimes (ht), UCPN (Maoist) to launch stir if cadres not freed (kp), UCPN-M to boycott all meetings with ruling parties: Wants charge-sheet against Krishna Prasad murder accused withdrawn (ht), UCPN (Maoist) quits big 3 meet over Adhikari case, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Third party’s absence leaves Cong, UML without agenda to discuss (ht), Cleared suspect accuses state, Maoists of harassment, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), CA moots reviving previous bills (kp), Man of few means: PM Koirala’s austerity alone will not be enough; he needs to take decisive action and reach for cross-party consensus, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), A force for change: The more the present set of leaders take us for a ride, the closer the patriotic revolution will be, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (kp), Conducting local elections: Politicians renege on their pledge, by Mukti Rijal (ht), Madhes parties agree central committee size, preamble (rep), From the horse's mouth: Most conflict victims I met at a conference wanted to forget the bitter past and move on, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Evolutionary federalism: The only way to ensure a flourishing Nepal is to provide a pathway for constitutional evolution from the ground up, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

14/04/2014: Fill 26 CA vacancies before electing CA panel chairs: Lawmakers, by Ashok Dahal (rep), CA panels begin work on statute: Parties to elect committee heads in consensus; vote to be last resort (kp), Lawmakers say no to foreign aid for CA work (kp), Give House business: Speaker (ht), CA panel berth a thorny issue (ht), UCPN (M) offered PDCC leadership (kp), Dahal warns of yet another conflict: Accuses Prime Minister of backtracking on HLPC agreement (ht), Janajatis announce protest (kp), CPN-Maoist leader hauls CA over coal (ht), Lack of judges cripples apex court, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Chief Justice Sharma promises appointments in a week (kp), CJ Sharma to appoint judges soon: Stays mum on chances of retaining retiring justices (ht), Challenges aplenty, as CJ assumes office, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), The promise of progress: The major parties’ proposals for the economy look visionary but lack substance, sincerity and realism, by Ram C. Acharya (kp), Big 3 to unite in House to endorse TRC bill (rep), Bill on TRC, CID reconciliatory; not for amnesty: Minister Acharya, by Prakash Acharya (ht), The purpose of the TRC is reconciliation in society, interviews with Rajesh Lekhak and Pradip Gyawali (kp), Adhikari couple to continue hunger strike (ht), Match Promise With Delivery, by P. Kharel (rn), Bill on TRC and CID: Deal with shortcomings, by Hari Bansh Jha (ht)

13/04/2014: ‘Sole focus on rights can’t solve war cases’: Leaders of major parties involved in drafting the bill  say it is far more important to take recourse to reconciliation in order to complete the peace process, by Dewan Rai (kp), No dispute on TRC bill among major parties: Sharma (rep), CA panels begin work six months after polls (rep), UML, UCPN (M) ask PM to hasten appointment, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal seeks HLPC, Koirala says ‘not necessary’ (ht), Federalism by design: Given the complexity of issues, a high-level committee of independent experts should decide on the structure and basis of federal units, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Bamdev and the Left: In his outburst against Kharel, Bamdev seems unaware of contradiction between his commitment to rule of law and his unstated values which lump together politics and administration, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep), South African TRC: TRC ensured individual amnesty for perpetrator, truth for society and acknowledgement and reparation for victim, by Babina Kharel (rep)

12/04/2014: TRC, CID Bill to be tabled on April 16 , by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Bill gives rape victims hope: ‘Every crime other than rape can be pardoned and their victims and perpetrators reconciled’, by Weena Pun (kp) [This may be true for rape victimes, but what about those murdered and disappeared and their families as well as those who suffered irreparable injuries, mental as well as physical?], Rs 46.5b spent for fighters, rebuilding, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Sharma appointed chief justice (kp), President appoints Sharma chief justice despite objections in PHSC (ht), Damodar Sharma appointed chief justice (rep), Term ends for five SC temporary justices (kp), It’s back to square one in SC as five ad hoc judges retire again (ht), SC to be left with just five justices from Sunday (rep), JC drafts new criteria for judge appointment, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), FSPN presses for fringe parties’ unity (kp), PM delaying statute, says UML leader (ht), Koirala alters local election plans (ht), Govt working on several aspects of federalism: Preparing groundwork so that federal units can function smoothly after constitution, by Prakash Acharya (ht), I won't sign statute against ethnic-identity: CA vice-chair, by Bhanubhakta Niraula (rep), Baidya threatens to revive 'people's govt'; TRC bill biased against Maoists: Gajurel, Gurung, by Dhruva Dangal (rep), Baidya on wrong footing: BRB (nn), Of manners and the CA members, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

11/04/2014: Victims, rights advocates find fault with TRC bill, by Dewan Rai (kp), Victims, right defenders cry foul over revised TRC bill, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Surrender to blackmail: Do the democrats in the government realise that they will be historically tarred as anti-human rights?, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), The tale of two Commissions, by Binita Dahal (nt), CA by-polls to be held on June 22 (kp), By-election in four constituencies to be held on June 22 (ht), Writing before rhetoric: It would be wiser for donors to push for the timely writing of the constitution instead of local polls, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Think nationally, act locally: Federalism and local elections are not contradictory, they are two sides of the same coin, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Civil Service: Women's zero presence in Special Class: Men fill 100% of positions in the Special Class category of the civil service known as the permanent government of the state, by Tara Wagley (rep)

10/04/2014: Govt tables TRC bill: Reviewed bill does not spell out serious crimes other than rape, by Dewan Rai (kp), 'No amnesty for serious human rights violations', by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep) [??], Rights activists decry TRC bill, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Five Parliament committees formed (kp), Pick and choose: PDCC and HLPC jurisdictions must be delineated before moving forward (kp), Parties stuck over CA dialogue panel, HLPC leaderships (kp), HLPC Again, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), PM commits to adhere to past achievements (kp), One for all, all for one: An inclusive society cannot be built with slogans alone; it needs a change of heart from everyone, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Of peons and progressives: Labelling people political ‘elites’ simply for holding a different opinion merely exposes intolerance, by Sanjeev Pokharel (kp), Local Democracy In Nepal: Sacrificed At The Altar Of Power Game, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Why the delay? Nepal's ratification of the Rome Statute could be a good step to end impunity, by Roshan Kumar Jha (rep)

09/04/2014: Referendum if no accord: PM, by Anil Giri (kp), Disagreement arrests transitional justice work, by Dewan Rai (kp), Voices getting louder against HLPC formation (kp), Janajatis to press for ethnic federalism (kp), Necessity and ideology: The Dalit agenda has been reduced to combating social, but not political, abuse, by Subhash Nepal (kp)

08/04/2014: Transitional justice: Cross-party committee to finalise separate bills, by Dewan Rai), Parties agree to form panel to discipline lawmakers (kp), Dialogue committee to elect its head next week (kp), PM adds three more ministers to his Cabinet (kp), Long road to equality: There are laws designed to protect women's rights, but they are rarely implemented, by Nirmala Siwakoti (kp)

07/04/2014: Lawmakers stress following CA calendar (kp), On the move: CA should immediately begin work on identifying past achievements (kp), Five to seven states viable: PM Koirala (kp), Cross-party TRC panel divided over provisions (kp), UCPN (Maoist) does not endorse blanket amnesty, interview with Barsha Man Pun (kp), Optimistic Statute Work Plan, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

06/04/2014: CA begins work without 26 nominees: 'Nominations will take some more days', by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), CA seeks all pact details: Asks government to furnish details of all agreements signed with parties, groups post CPA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Another panel to draft TRC bills in three days (kp), UCPN (Maoist) rejects bills on TRC, disapperance commission: Threatens to take to streets if draft bill not amended, by Kosh Raj Koirala and Ashok Dahal (rep), The big picture: Transnational justice bodies (rep), Beyond rhetoric: The Nepali Dalit movement needs a leader like Mayawati to organise Dalits under one umbrella and push for change, by Pramod Bhagat (kp), Tracking the transition: Track II diplomacy supports a collaborative process of peacebuilding and expedites development, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp), Behind the façade: It is naïve to believe that there is no need for yet another force, led by a person whose claims to morality ring hollow, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (rep)

05/04/2014: CA endorses calendar; statute draft by mid-Oct (kp), House endorses timeline with minor changes (rep), Love or loss? Constitution timetable (rep), Local body election law amendment: Poll panel proposes 50  percent female candidacy, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Dahal decries verdict on war-era cases, by Binod Ghimire (kp), New conflict if law not changed for TRC: Dahal; says, SC should not flaunt its powers (rep), 72 hours set to file plaints against CJ nominee Sharma (kp), Conflict-era ammunition recovered in Rolpa, by Hira Bahadur Gharti Magar (rep), Public Service Delivery: Role Of Local Governments, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Opportunities and challenges: What we need is inclusive and multilingual language policy, along with strong will and definite action plan to implement it, by Shankar Dewan (rep)

04/04/2014: Secretariat proposes working calendar, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA secretariat floats constitution calendar (ht), CA aims for statute by mid-February: First draft to be ready by mid November, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Administrative reform recommendations: ‘12 ministries in federal set-up’ (kp), Deny amnesty for heinous crimes: TRC task force, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Taskforce proposes TRC refer wartime cases to OAG, by Dewan Rai (kp), NHRC to government: Ratify Rome Statute (kp), NHRC urges govt to address rights defender’s demand (ht), Govt takes exception to HRW report on Tibetan refugees (ht), Refugees should respect law of the land: MoFA (kp), Govt: HRW report 'unnecessary meddling' (rep), Urgent need for a sense of urgency (nt), Nepal does well in personal freedom: Social Progress Index says country needs to invest in access to information (ht), Contradictions and trust deficits: UCPN (Maoist) in a fix, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht)

03/04/2014: SC: War crimes can be tried under regular law, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Conflict-era cases can be tried under existing laws: SC (rep), Maoists press govt to allow wartime property deals, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Don’t grant mass amnesty for war-era crimes: AHRC to govt (ht), TRC draft preparation: Taskforce completes discussion process (kp), Activating Transitional Justice Mechanism: A Ray Of Hope, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), PM discusses civic elections, Cabinet expansion with leaders (ht), Coast clear for Cabinet expansion: RPP to get two ministries (kp), A question of leadership: What intellectual and moral credentials do our leaders have to meet Nepal’s formidable challenges?, by Pramod Mishra (kp), There's been no discussion on merits and demerits of federal models, interview with Vijay Kant Karna, Professor of Political Science, Tribhuvan University (rep)

02/04/2014: Transitional justice mechanism: Maoists demand TRC panel seat (kp), Victims draw attention of global community (kp), Formation of House panels put off (ht), Formation of House thematic panels deferred, by Ashok Dahal (rep), ‘PM should lead HLPC first’ (kp), ‘Prioritise women in 26 seats’ (kp), Tibetans ill-treated in Nepal due to China, says HRW report (ht), Nepal tightening curbs on Tibetans, bows to China: HRW (rep), Women ex-PLA struggle for living, social acceptance, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Justice not served: Victims’ alliances must be watchful of political actors who seek to undermine transitional justice, by Hemanta Raj Dahal (kp), Instrument of peace: Discussion surrounding TRC has been Kathmandu centric, with minimum consultations with people victimized by Maoists as well as security forces, by D.B. Subedi (rep)

01/04/2014: TRC team initiates discussion (kp), Leave conflict era cases to TRC: BRB (ht), Bhattarai: New laws must for dealing with conflict-era crimes, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep), Bhattarai says he must be tried for conflict era cases (nn), Speaker rues delay in CA nominations (kp), 15 parliamentary panels set to take shape (ht), Fringe party lawmakers want either PAC or SAC: Reject membership of other parliamentary committees, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Baidya challenges govt to jail him (rep), Unity among left forces stalled (kp), DCC recommends Damodar Sharma as chief justice: Parliamentary hearing likely to be cut short to hasten appointment, by Anata Raj Luitel (ht), Election intention: NC-UML need do assure Maoists and Madhesi parties that local elections will not affect the federalism agenda, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Efficient Parliament For Improved PFM, by Anirudra Neupane (rn)

31/03/2014: Slow but moving (ht), House for Mr Dahal (rep), CA chair to lawmakers: No foreign trips please: International community urged not to lure lawmakers into trips abroad, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Local elections by mid-June: PM (ht) [Please don't ridicule the people!!], Local polls impossible by June-end, says CEC Uprety, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Ill beginning for TRC work, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC task force begins its work (ht), Clear and present: Only transitional justice bills drafted transparently will enjoy legitimacy (kp), Govt will bring TRC, disappearance bills within deadline, interview with Narahari Acharya (kp), SP, TMLP approve merger document: New party to be guided by democratic socialism (kp), Fresh headway in unification of three Madhes parties: Yadav's draft proposal endorsed with minor amendments, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Remember, Slow And Steady Will Not Win The Race, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Crucible of civil society: Traditionally entrenched forms of identity often interfere with the functioning of non-state organisations, by Gérard Toffin (sp), Eighth year itch: Timely promulgation of constitution is perhaps the only antidote to the rise of extremism in response to elite capture of state, by C.K. Lal (rep), Intention matters: Demands for federal units after particular ethnic groups shrouds and complicates the whole purpose of federalizing Nepal, by Sanjeev Pokharel (rep)

30/03/2014: CA calendar within 15 days: Secretariat (kp), Selection of CA panels’ heads likely to be delayed (ht), New CA must focus on thorny issues : Experts, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Under fire, Shrestha quits TRC taskforce (kp), Ex-SSP quits after furore (rep), NBA for victim-centric TRC, disappearance panel, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Criminal justice: As state tackles offender, sufferers often left out, by Weena Pun (kp), Extra-judicial killings: Report contradicts govt submission to UNHRC in Geneva on killings in Tarai (ht) [see report], Opponents of CA differ in idea (kp), Quo vadis, Maoists? The Maoist downfall can largely be attributed to the failure to develop a viable alternate model of resource distribution, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Strange bedfellows: It is likely that NC and UML will spend months, perhaps years bickering over power sharing yet again, pushing the constitution making to the backburner, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Justice for stability: The best way to appease neglected minorities and avoid any kind of disturbance to the stability of the nation is to have federal states along ethnic lines, by Anand Jha (rep)

29/03/2014: Process to draft new constitution set rolling: CA forms five committees, by Prakash Acharya (ht), CA unanimous in adopting past pacts: Assembly approves five committees to expedite constitution writing (kp), CA starts ownership process for last CA's work, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), NHRC objects to Shrestha as conflict expert (ht), TRC receives a blow as members threaten to quit (kp), Victims cry foul over govt's choice of TRC bill drafters (rep), Social Accountability Tools Civic Engagement For Local Governance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), What's new? The new CMP is new wine in old bottle, in what it is largely a rehash of the previous CMPs with cosmetic changes, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep), Time for change: Do we ever wonder why we emphasize so much on youth? Because they have the ability and capacity to embrace change, by Hitesh Karki (rep)

28/03/2014: New CA set to cash in on last one’s gains, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), CA to own up past agreements, Secretariat printing copies of reports of earlier thematic committees; Agenda to be tabled in Constituent Assembly today (kp), Proposal to own work of CA-I to be tabled today (rep), Big III to own up previous CA’s statute decisions (ht), CA takes ownership of first CA’s achievements (nn), Three parties close to deal on statute, peace (kp), Parties share seats of 26 lawmakers (kp) [This is once again a fundamental violation of the constitution! These seats are not reserved for any parties!!!], Team to draft TRC, CED bills (kp), Another Test Of Prachanda, by Narayan Prasad Ghimire (rn), Can Koirala deliver? Depends on how much fire he still has in his belly, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

27/03/2014: Govt urged to consult war victims (kp), UCPN (Moist) demands HLPC leadership (kp), NC, CPN-UML unwilling to
let Dahal lead HLPC: Propose UCPN-Maoist chairman to head Constituent Assembly panel
(ht), Big-3 top guns to head CA thematic committees: Maoists want high-level committee outside CA for Dahal, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NA Deployment During CA poll endorsed by parliament (kp), House panel endorses army mobilisation during CA polls (ht), House endorses army mobilization for Nov polls (rep), Not much to show: The government gets a poor score on delivery for its first month in office (kp), Consult us on TRC bill: Conflict victims to govt (rep), Those directly responsible for crimes are guilty, not civilian commanders, interview with Govinda Bandi (rep) [??], Former PLA fighters feel insurgency was waste of time, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Mahathir Mantra For Development Political Stability, Selfless Leadership, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Secession and loyalty: The events in Crimea have much to teach us, especially regarding secession risks if provinces are not federated judiciously, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

26/03/2014: First meeting of Constitutional Council on Thursday (nn), Parties agree to revive HLPC: Cross-party mechanism ‘no substitute for Assembly’, by Anil Giri (kp), Big 3 to form body to assist govt, statute drafting, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Minister pledges TRC bill in 2 wks; work yet to start, by Dewan Rai (kp), Govt to bring bills on TRC, disappearances soon: Likely to be tabled in House in 15 days after forging consensus (ht), TRC, disappearance commission revised bills by 15 days: Acharya (rep), Families of disappeared struggle for redress, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep), EC urges govt to clear its position on local election, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Anti-federal forces against local polls: Thapa (kp) [Local elections should take place as soon as possible, but this statement is nonsense!], 33 fringe parties unveil policy and program; no backtrack from round-table meeting (nn), No Relief In Sight For People, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Koirala-led government: Things to ponder, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

25/03/2014: Panel to woo more parties into govt: The committee is scheduled to hold talks with  the UCPN (Maoist) on Tuesday and approach other parties in the coming days (kp), Committee formed to steer govt (ht), NC, UML form high-level body to oversee govt functioning (rep), Anti-money Laundering bill endorsed by House (kp), Legislature-Parliament passes five bills (ht), Victims urge govt to act on TRC (kp), Conflict victims appeal to the state to come clean (ht), UN inquires about health of couple on hunger strike (ht), Women leaders demand for equal participation in local polls (kp), Army seeks constitutional role in NDC: CoAS Gen Rana stresses on national force’s presence in National Defence Council, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Army urges govt to induct CoAS in NDC (rep), Entrenched politics: Ruling parties must focus less on bickering and more on constitution writing and development, by Madhav Karki (kp)

24/03/2014: Kin of disappeared still without answers, by Dewan Rai (kp), Inescapable truth: Functioning transitional justice institutions are in Nepal’s interest (kp), Ban urges respect for right to truth (kp), Handling the truth; The state must apologise, acknowledge and provide justice to victims and survivors of the conflict, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Appeal to ratify Rome Statute without delay (ht), NC, UML to talk CA committee formation (kp), In PP meet, Koirala takes a lot of flak: Almost a dozen NC parliamentarians who spoke on the occasion criticised the PM on a range of issues, by Anil Giri (kp), NC lawmakers  grind axe against own govt, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Govt bypassed House in passing agenda: UML MPs, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoists decry anti-money laundering provisions (kp), Statute impossible from CA, says CPN-M (ht), UML for holding local polls by mid-June, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Observers weigh viability of a new political force, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Frustration And Fantasy, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

23/03/2014: UNHRC doubts Nepal’s compliance, by Dewan Rai (kp), Danger zone: Transitional justice (rep), Parties get busy choosing heads of CA, parliamentary committees (ht), RPP demand for two ministries delaying Cabinet expansion: Delay has also affected nomination of 26 members to the Constituent Assembly (ht), Diversity should be basis of federalism, says CPN-UML Chief Khanal (ht), Constitution to ensure right to clean water, sanitation (ht), Gajurel says constitution not panacea for all ills (ht), Public Disillusionment About Politics, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

22/03/2014: CA adopts rules of procedure (kp), Fresh CA Rules cleared: All 16 committees likely by Mar 28, EC doubtful of local polls in May, by Bhadra Sharma (ht), CA approves new regulations four months after polls (rep), Maoists warn of House disruption over TRC bills, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Transitional justice mechanisms under UN scrutiny: Nepal quizzed on independence of NHRC, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Call for ending  discrimination, recognising rights of Dalits (ht), Inclusion In Local Bodies: Why Not Amend Laws Progressively?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

21/03/2014: Govt slashes fuel prices, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Govt partially rolls back fuel price hike: Agrees to cut NOC staff perks (ht), NOC’s monthly loss surges to Rs 1.22 billion: If not for downward revision in prices, losses would have fallen to Rs 910m (ht), Don’t force opposition to stall House, says Dahal (ht), Rights activists seek UN help for fasting Adhikari couple (ht), AHRC urges govt to appoint judges in SC (ht), Words Should Be Turned Into Deeds, by D.M. Thapa (rn), Mockery of Justice?, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (sp), Local Elections Becoming Urgent, by Nishesh Dhungana (sp)

20/03/2014: Straight talk: Wider consultations are necessary to ensure acceptance of the constitution (kp) Second CA continuation of first one, say lawmakers (ht), Opposition stalls House proceedings on Day II: Govt ready to halve fuel price hike, oppn wants it cut by 75 pc, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Govt ready to roll back fuel price hike 50 pc, by Ashok Dahal (rep), House disrupted as protests continue (kp), Partial effect of Valley bandh; 107 held, freed: General public largely defy strike, venture out on roads; Vandalism, arson reported in city (ht), Nepal on back foot in Geneva, by Dewan Rai (kp), Frustration mounts inside NC over CMP, by Anil Giri (kp), Maoist parties forge alliance to thwart local polls (rep), Fault lines: Corruption, criminalisation of politics and ethnic injustice continue to present serious problems, by Pramod Mishra (kp), No Good Bedfellows, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

19/03/2014: Govt unveils CMP, code of conduct for Cabinet (kp), Govt promises the moon in CMP: Pledges zero tolerance against corruption,an end to power  outages in three years and safe air travel within six months! (ht), Govt makes its CMP public (rep), CMP: Key dev projects will be made strike-free (kp), Nembang for bigwigs to lead key panels (kp), Fuel price fury puts off House meeting (kp), House adjourned over petroleum price hike:Finance Minister talks of reviewing hiked prices but opposition demands the  decision to be revoked (ht), Opposition obstructs House over fuel price hike, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Govt steps up preparations for local polls, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), EC yet to garner parties’ backing in holding local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Local bodies’ elections: An urgent need, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (ht), Strategising women’s rights: The role of women in political parties must be a key concern for the women's movement, by Seira Tamang (kp), Politics of cartels: Political parties have become much too powerful not only for health of the people but also the health of the society and nation, by Chaitanya Mishra (rep), Open up: Citizens have the right to information on the affairs of parliament, government or any other public institution, by Yek Raj Pathak (rep)

18/03/2014: Govt will rewrite TRC bill: Acharya (kp), Ministry initiates process to amend local election laws (kp), UCPN (M), CPN-M unification: Bhattarai puts reforms ahead of party merger (kp), Bhattarai against party unity with Baidya (ht), Baidha talks about possibility of party unity with UCPN (M) (nn), Sadbhawana law maker Sah faces arrest, by Manish Gautam and Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp), Lawmaker absconding after arrest warrant (ht), Police out to nab lawmaker Sah over Janakpur blast: Sah claims he is being framed, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), CA Court suspends RPP-N member (kp), RPP-N lawmaker's CA membership stayed (ht), A time for positive thinking: We need to focus on wealth creation and a pro-poor, not pro-poverty, agenda, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Institutionalising democracy: The new constitution must be partly a peace agreement and partly a national legal framework for federal governance, by Surya Dhungel (kp), Rising powers: Talk of unification between the two Maoist parties, though welcome, has raised concerns about constitution drafting, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

17/03/2014: Crisis in judiciary: Fate of five ad hoc judges uncertain; Delay in formation of parliamentary hearing committee blamed, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), House to have 4 new panels to address public concerns, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Rules for uninterrupted work (kp), Major parties fail to nominate deputy PP leaders, whips: Parliament secretariat says this has affected House proceedings (rep), Divided they fall: Unification of the two Maoist parties will help them regain lost strength (kp), Maoists to press for parliamentary probe into alleged vote fraud in house (rep), Local polls can be held in May-June if there is political will, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety, Chief Election Commissioner (kp), Prelude To Maoist Unity, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), IEDs continue to imperil human lives in Nepal, by Om Astha Rai (rep)

16/03/2014: Thematic panel to take up ownership issue (ht), Dahal comes clean on poll loss: Blames abandonment of traditional constituencies, by Akhilesh Upadhyay and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Events favour merger of two parties, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp), Govt struggles to unveil policy (kp), UCPN-M not to quit prez election agenda (ht), Vacancies to be filled after Bill is passed (ht)

15/03/2014: Talks intensify to pick thematic panel chairs at the earliest, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Govt explains to un rights committee: Reply on criminalisation misleading, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Govt sent false report to UN: Rights activists; Former chief justice-led administration ‘has blamed apex court’for delay in TRC formation (ht), CA chair angles for key leaders as committee heads: Wants some active ex-lawmakers among 26 nominees, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Madhesi leaders sceptical about new constitution: Doubt if it will protect Tarai’s interests (ht), Panel recommendations: Local bodies may have 40pc women (kp), PM has three mobile phones for property, by Anil Giri (kp) [How did he survive for 75 years without regular income??], Doing the maths: Economic advantages in centralizing the taxes in revenue side and in decentralizing public ggods and services in expenditure side create a dilemma, by Bhim Prasad Bhurtel (rep), Is Democracy In Peril?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

14/03/2014: Cart before the horse (nt), Parliamentary, Constituent Assembly Rules tabled in House (ht), Draft CA regulation proposes major changes: Suggests removing bills committee and conducting question hour (rep), Maoist parties in working alliance: Warn of joint movement against local elections, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UCPN-M, CPN-M inching closer: Bhattarai’s concerns to be addressed (ht), Maoist parties' joint statement sets off unification buzz: Deferral of local polls, early formation of TRC demanded, by Ashok Dahal (rep), CPN-M forms People’s Administration (kp), PM, DPM and 8 ministers furnish property details (kp), With opposition joining forces, local polls look distant, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), EC prepared for May polls: Uprety, by Bhadra Sharma and Darshan Karki (kp), EC seeks autonomy to hold periodic polls, by Arjun Bhandari and Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), If you love the people: The political class must act immediately to announce local elections this spring, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Democracy in crisis: The failure to address corruption has been a primary factor for setbacks in democracy the world over, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Missing the point: When it is possible to circumvent the democratic process and still enjoy political power why would anyone want to be accountable?, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), Politics vs. Development, by D. M. Thapa (rn)

13/03/2014: Property details: Koirala Cabinet misses deadline, by Anil Giri (kp), Major parties divided over holding local polls (kp), Delayed dividend: Political parties are taking forever to start the all-important CA process (kp), The fuss is over (ht), On with it now: Constitution making task (rep), With Rules finalised, CA set to move forward, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Unwieldy committees proposed at CA: Drafting panel suggests two 191-member committees and three panels comprising 73 members each, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Justices review CA elections (ht), Courting trouble: The Supreme Court should refrain from issuing verdicts on political matters and leave it to the Legislature, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Challenges Before The Present Government, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Why public institutions fail in Nepal: Growing Moral Crisis, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Crime and punishment: A notorious gangster, a tax evader, or a smuggler who has funded the party knocks a leader's door and asks him to release a consignment of smuggled goods or his lakey from prison, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Stop it: Absence of effective policies and programs contributes the most to the great exodus, by Som Bhandari (rep)

12/03/2014: Nefin wants remaining 26 CA seats (kp), CA nomination hearing shelved (ht) [??], Parties iron out differences: Panel to table final draft at CA meeting tomorrow, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA chair to certify, Prez to unveil new constitution: CA Regulations 2014 draft finalized, by Ashok Dahal (rep), CA Rules finalised, finally: Prez to unveil statute after assembly chair certifies it, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Govt CMP to take a few more days (ht), Carter Center brings Nepal chapter to a close, by Anil Giri (kp), Congress does not want CDOs to conduct local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-Maoist mulls protests but lacks agenda (rep), Second rung Madhesi leaders miffed by delayed unity (rep), The deep state strikes back: These are lean times for those who had hoped for a radical transformation of the state, by Daulat Jha (kp)

11/03/2014: Rights violation cases gathering dust, by Dewan Rai (kp), A time for justice: New government must make amends for the failure of predecessors to advance transitional justice, by Santosh Sigdel (kp), Govt policy, programmes likely today (kp), CA procedure dispute to be settled today (kp), NC, UML to drop ‘authentication’: ‘authentication’: Likely to replace the term with ‘certification’ in the CA Rules to reach ‘win-win situation’, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC, UML close to Common Minimum Program: Load-shedding woe to be tackled (rep) [???], Power games at cost of statute: Sujata (ht), Time running out (ht), Thapa warns stir to overthrow government (kp), 33-party alliance wants cadres released (kp), Govt not inclusive: Sujata (kp), PM, Dahal meet (kp), House passes four ordinances amid fringe parties’ protest (ht), Dahal, parties in talks for grand federal alliance: UCPN-Maoist, Matrika Yadav-led CPN (Maoist) agree on forming a broader coalition, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), PM in parleys to name envoys, fill statutory bodies (rep), Talks on to conduct local elections before June 14 (ht), Local polls in status quo against federalism: Upendra Yadav (ht), Of the people: Holding local elections within the next six months will require consideration of a host of factors, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Common cause: There is a need to broaden the understanding of the women’s movement in Nepal, beyond the activism led by NGOs, by Neeti Aryal Khanal (kp)

10/03/2014: Final hearing on picking 26 CA members tomorrow (ht), EC: Revise laws to conduct local polls by May-end, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Govt policy to stress on early local elections (kp), Local polls after statute, says Minister Nidhi (ht), UCPN-M for local polls after drafting statute (ht), Myagdi leaders for elections before constitution delivery (ht), A useful campaign: For local elections to happen, NC-UML need to reach out to other parties (kp), Constitution authentication still vexing issue, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC, UML to settle bill stamping row (kp), NC, UML attempt middle-way solution Likely to provide shared roles to prez, CA chair (rep), Worrying chasm: Congress-UML differences (rep), Checks and balances: NC-UML must avoid the arrogance of majoritarianism, a major reason democracies across the world failed, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), CA 2 and political parties: Learn from the past mistakes, by Charan Prasai (ht), Futile Dispute, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), How to thrive? Nepal is wrongly seated on hyperbolic slogans of republicanism, federalism and secularism, which don't resonate with common man, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep)

09/03/2014: PM’s delivery dismal on pact with CPN-UML, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC drops flexibility hint on constitution authentication issue (ht), Govt to uplift women’s status, says PM Koirala (kp) [Yes, by disregarding them! Look at your own government! Look at your own party!!], Women unsafe at their own homes: INSEC (rep), 3,000 VAW cases in 2013 (kp), Dhading Police establishes women cells in all VDCs, by Sudip Kaini (kp), CPN-Maoist building base for protests (kp), TMDP defends Chaudhary: Says the CA member had gone to India during insurgency and returned after the peace process started (ht), Conflict victims, await succor while fakes make hay, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Averting The Caucus, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [This article is a good example for misunderstanding ethnic issues and the necessity to end male Bahunbad!], Goals for the future: What Nepal needs is a constitution, local elections and economic development, by Jimmy Carter (kp), One last chance: The NC and UML are still acting like adversaries, casting doubt on whether a a constitution will be written in a year, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp)

08/03/2014: NC, UML ask MPs toattend House meets (kp), CA caucus debate rages; parties divided: Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal supports the position taken by the NC and the UML on the caucus issue, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Self-protection of male Tagadharis!!], CA rules panel summoned to iron out differences (rep), Prez, CA chair may jointly authenticate constitution (ht), House hearings sought for Regmi era appointments, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Major Madhesi parties offered three berths (ht), Local development ministry ready for civic elections (ht), Women still less equal in citizenship, property rights: Birth registration also a hassle, by Anjali Subedi (rep)

07/03/2014: Lawmakers bask in sun as House meets: Meeting adjourned as attendance falls way below the quorum of 143, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parliament prorogued for lack of quorum: Ordinances on extradition, crime prevention not even discussed for passing (ht), UML CC for CA chair to authenticate constitution: Against further debate on the issue (ht), Congress plans nationwide move targeting local polls (kp), UML asks govt to announce date (kp), Majority of people want election: Carter Center (kp), Gautam urges Adhikaris to end fast: Govt ready to settle them anywhere they feel safe, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [Provide justice in all such cases, not resettlement!!!], UCPN (Maoist) objects to diffusion notice: DPM appeals to Adhikari couple to end fast (rep), From Cabin 16-17: What could explain the international community’s disinterest in addressing wartime excesses?, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt), Mohan Bikram against ethnic federalism (ht), Public hope dampens as CA fails to take off: One after another disputes between the two parties have sowed seeds of mistrust between them even before starting the constitution making process, says Prof Khanal, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Macho nationalism: A Nepali man can marry anyone and his child will be Nepali, but if a Nepali woman marries a foreigner her child can be denied citizenship, by Mallika Aryal (nt), Not just half the sky: Let’s not ‘celebrate’ International Women’s Day on Saturday. Let’s mark it as a day of mourning (nt), Cabinet Expansion: Government of Rebel: Whether knowingly or unknowingly, the majority of Koirala’s new cabinet members rebelled against the party at one time or another, by Keshab Poudel (sp), Koirala On The Chair, by Tilak Rawal (sp), Functions Of Civic Education, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp)

06/03/2014: Price of prohibition: Imposing whips and barring caucuses in the CA will only create resentment (kp), Prez lobbies for bill right: Sheetal Niwas makes its position clear to the parties involved in preparing CA rules, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Support to his party, the Nepali Congress, by the 'independent' president! The president has to be newly elected immediately!!], NC to hold talks with UML brass (ht), Confusion abounds over Regmi govt appointments (kp), UML stresses parliamentary hearing: Khanal says it’s a must for constitutional appointments (ht), Conflict victim’s kin seek govt help: Mina Khadka of Alsamari in Arghakhanchi has gone missing after she was arrested by state security forces during insurgency, by Birendra KC (kp), Kin of martyrs vent ire on Maoists (ht), On The New Government, by Gyan Basnet, by Gyan Basnet (rn), Don’t Turn Constitution-making Process Into A Wild-goose Chase, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), There are leaders in their 60s waiting for leadership roles, interview with Bidya Bhandari, CPN-UML, Neglected citizens: Nepal’s uneven development (rep)

05/03/2014: Govt doing little to move TRC bill; We are studying the apex court verdict: Minister Rijal, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Vote mulled to settle CA rule dispute (kp), Top guns asked to settle dispute over CA regulation, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Matter of prestige for two big parties: CPN-UML threatens to take it to full House for resolution through vote, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Govt ready to offer DPM to Maoists: Gautam, by LB Thapa (rep), Preparations for local polls under way: DPM (kp) [?], Faux pas: PM needs to be careful before making remarks on contentious issues (kp), Fervent revolution: Modern revolutions, including Nepal's Maoist insurgency, are essentially religious in origin, by Gérard Toffin (kp), Focus On Local Elections, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

04/03/2014: Janajatis seek half of 26 CA nominations (kp), Panel drafting: CA Rules asks for more time: Fails to resolve differences on who will authenticate statute (ht), CA panel seeks 10 more days (rep), CA regulations drafting committee term extended (nn), Speaker demands govt info on TRC: Instruction issued in context of Adhikari couple’s fast (kp), Kin of disappeared demand TRC (kp), Cief Justice appointment: Judicial Council forwards senior justices’ details to CC (kp), Judicial Council proposes five names for Chief Justice (ht), House seeks details on Adhikari couple: Tells govt to clarify PM’s reported statement on Tanakpur (ht), Nembamg asks PM to clarify Tanakpur remarks (kp), House asks govt to clarify PM remarks (rep), Go local: NC-UML must assure all others that local: elections will be fair and independent (kp), UML for directly-elected executive PM (rep), Government spends Rs 52m on foreign trips: Around Rs 250,000 of taxpayers’money used to finance international visits of officials per day (ht), Building on hope: Young leaders from across parties need to unite to make themselves heard, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Team of two: As constitution drafting requires consensus, the NC and UML must take all other parties into confidence, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Falling short: Underrepresentation of women in state bodies has made mockery of one-third provision, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

03/03/2014: Monotonous tune (ht), CA rules of procedure: Congress-UML tussle over bill plays spoilsport (kp), Inter-party rift on CA rules continues: Disputes will be settled before tomorrow’s CA meet: Karna, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC, UML dispute over prez authenticating statute bill, by Ashok Dahal (rep), No dispute in CA nominations: RPP (ht) [???? Mr Thapa should read the interim constitution before he quotes from it!!], EC starts local poll work: Forms two separate committees for the purpose, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Govt has two weeks to fix local poll dates: CEC (ht), Local Election Rhetoric, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), PR rules not practical: Uprety (ht), Godar massacre: NHRC blames lab for report delay (kp), The rights debate: The Maoist call for TRC legislation falls in line with the Supreme Court judgment (kp), Data show impunity going unabated (ht), No compromise on federalism, democracy and republic, interview with Minendra Rijal (NC), Minister for Information and Communications (kp), Restoration of plutarchy: Status quo, no matter how enlightened, often degenerates into plutarchy that fuels the fire of insurgency sooner or later, by C.K. Lal (rep), Minority report: The famous Gorkha King invaded not only their territories but also their culture and language, by Bir Nembang (rep)

02/03/2014: Speaker presses PM to appoint 26 CA members: Nembang seeks priority for excluded, experts in seats (kp) [This is not only a priority, it must be exclusive according to the interim constitution!!], Bill related to new statute: Congress for empowering Prez to pass bill; UML opposes senior coalition partner’s demand (kp), Who will do the honours? Prez or CA Chairman?, by Arjun Bhandari and Prakash Acharya (ht), Conflict victims rue govt apathy, by Tularam Pandey (kp), UCPN (Maoist) demands TRC before constitution writing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), ‘We’ll seek Prez, Veep re-election’ (kp), Maoists for fresh election of prez, VP (rep), Look within: Irregularities in parties (rep), Unanswered questions: Would a Muslim President continue the tradition of giving blessings during Dashain?, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (kp), Team game: The Congress and the UML must work to resolve their crisis of confidence, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), UML Ministers’ Pick: The Selected Dominate The Elected, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

01/03/2014: When will 26 CA members be nominated? Information minister says process will begin by tomorrow (ht), CA rules of procedure: Tough steps on anvil to keep House in order, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Ca likely to retain whip provision, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Five CA committees to ensure timely constitution, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Statute delay ‘exacerbating’ HR problem in Nepal (kp) [see corresponding report by U.S. Department of State], NC has assured to implement gentleman’s agreement: UML (ht), Minister selection process censured (kp), Party in moral decline, say UML advisors: Suggest to party leadership to set retirement age for leaders, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep)  [This should urgently be introduced within all parties!!], Sujata criticizes NC of failing to ensure 'inclusive cabinet' (nn), ‘Include UCPN-Maoist in govt’ (ht), UML political report: Nepali Congress remains chief rival, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-M for grand coalition (ht), Constitution Making: Learn From The Past, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

28/02/2014: Powerful panel proposed in CA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML factional feud: Gautam calls for action against Nepal (kp), Gautam criticises Nepal for airing views against party (ht), DPM Gautam demands action against Nepal (rep), Leaders misuse PR system to send kin to CA (ht), MSP, TMDP likely to merge before Holi: MJF-N has hinted party may opt out of unification process (ht), Better late than never: No surprise that government formation took so long; The surprising thing is that it didn’t take longer (nt), The men in the ministry: Koirala cabinet is unrepresentative in terms of available capacities but it must still deliver on critical areas, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Premier challenges: Sushil Koirala faces the tough task of handling the government while also writing a constitution in time, by Pramod Bhagat (kp), Nepal’s best way forward: New model of development is to work with engines of growth—from companies to local entrepreneurs, by Rajiv Shah (kp), Consensus, Compromises Are Good Indicators, by D. M. Thapa (rn), Home sweet Home: The stand-off over the Home Ministry shows how little Nepal’s politics has changed in 25 years, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

27/02/2014: CA to start real task in few more weeks: Deadline for CA regulation drafting committee extended (rep), Gharti wins CA vice-chair post by a landslide (kp), Onsari Gharti elected CA vice-chair: 484 of 489 lawmakers present cast vote in her favour (ht), UCPN (M) demands CA chair’s wings clipped: Maoist lawmakers proposed that the CA chair and the vice chair should have equal power (kp) [??], Powering on: Now that Cabinet has been formed, the focus must be a constitution and local elections (kp), Minister selection process: UML‘overlooked’ elected leaders, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Non-inclusive cabinet: Learn a lesson for the CA (rep), US: The new government has a unique opportunity, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp) [The demands concerning development efforts are necessary but the US obviously still lack understanding of Nepal's realities!!], The art of the impossible: A coalition Cabinet has been formed but there is no telling how mutual disgruntlement will manifest, by Deepak Thapa (kp), RPP dissatisfied, seeks two ministries (ht), UCPN-M claims credit for republican set-up in country (ht), Govt accused of delaying justice; Punish killers of Krishna Prasad Adhikari: HURON (ht), Making Local Governance Meaningful: Give Constitutional Space, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Local elections in six months: Deputy PM Singh (nn), Now Focus On Writing Constitution, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Home Ministry row blown out of proportion, interview with Krishna Prasad Sitaula, NC General Secretary (rep), Appearance and reality: NC-UML is a marriage of compulsion, not convenience; The parties that fought for weeks over ministerial berths are unlikely to turn into trusted couple overnight, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

26/02/2014: UML on board, 19 ministers sworn in, by Anil Giri (kp), NC-UML coalition gets 20 new ministers: Six of them are not even CA members; Twelve ministers first timers, including the PM, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Koirala cabinet finally takes shape: Gautam and Singh become DPMs; Mahat gets Finance and Pandey Foreign Affairs, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), CPN-UML team draws flak for non-MPs selection, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), UML lower rungs in rift over cabinet names (rep), Many NC leaders not invited to oath ceremony (kp), Two in CA VC race; Gharti likely winner (kp), Onsari Gharti Magar elected CA Vice-Chairperson (nn), Speaker concerned about lack of agenda (kp), CA panel number bone of contention: Suggestions are for creating five committees in total - three thematic and two procedural (kp), Will Congress-UML Coalition Deliver?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

25/02/2014: Women’s representation in ca: Fallen strength worries female members, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM to appoint Congress, UML ministers today, by Anil Giri and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Deal opens Cabinet door to expansion: Cong, UML to get 10 ministries each, six to go to fringe parties (ht), Congress to finalise its ministerial names today (ht), NC, UML allocate ministries, but fail to pick ministers (rep), UCPN-M to field Gharti for CA vice-chair: Bhattarai likely to head Constitutional Committee (ht), Stray explosives pose public security threat, by Weena Pun (kp), Police station in mine-infested area, by Mohan Budhair (kp), Bill to oust ordinances: Bill to oust ordinances: Nineteen of the total 24 ordinances need to be replaced by parliament, by Pranab Kharel (kp), House forms special security committee (kp), UCPN (M) seeks Prez re-election (kp), Hold fresh prez election: UCPN-Maoist; Alleges Congress, CPN-UML compromised on the issue for a ministry (ht), Corruption travails: Seven high-level commissions have been formed to reform the bureaucracy; yet, nothing has changed, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Non-communist constitution: If Maoists had managed to push through a constitution in first CA, it would have been a communist constitution with core communist jargon and undemocratic features, by Sukhdev Shah (rep) [?? Neither did the UCPN-M have the necessary majority to push something through nor is the current perspective of continued conservatism and non-inclusion of any help for Nepal's future!!], Constitution Within A Year?, by Shyam K.C. (rn), Worried About Constitution? You Get Or Forget?, by Prem Khatry (rn)

24/02/2014: UML decides to join Koirala govt: PM agrees to give partner Home, Information ministries, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-UML agrees to join Koirala-led govt, by Prakash Acharya (ht), UML likely to join government today: Gautam to becoma DPM, home minister, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Coalition after PM cedes Home turf, by Anil Giri (kp), Gautam to be home minister (ht), UML authorizes Gautam to pick up ministerial nominees (nn), Deuba faction warns of staying out of govt (ht), Cabinet expansion delay affects bureaucratic work (kp), Big II against caucuses (kp), 7-point pact detrimental to nation, says Rayamajhi (kp), CA vice chair poll schedule out (ht), Promulgate constitution before local polls: Pun (ht), Power-sharing with CPN-UML: Compulsion for NC, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Not a Very Hopeful Start, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The prerequisites: While all efforts should be directed at a timely constitution, the importance of participatory constitutionalism, the raison d'être of the CA, must not be overlooked, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (rep)

23/02/2014: UML leaders hint at staying out of govt: Say will focus on constitution writing and local election instead, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Majority against joining govt sans home ministry: To continue support to NC government, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), NC betrayed deal reached (ht), Cabinet expansion mired in Koirala-Deuba row (kp), Euphoria withers as cabinet expansion delayed, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Cabinet expansion likely today (ht), Koirala positive to give Home Ministry to UML (nn), Breakthrough: UML central committee decides to join govt (nn), NC-UML talks conclude; more discussions on Monday (nn), Home row for rigging local polls: Pun (kp), NC, UML have intentions to misuse power: Kamal Thapa (nn), House rules drafted; panel divided over CA procedure, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Binod Ghimire (kp), CA panel for 14 House committees, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Own first CA’s work for timely statute: Leaders (kp)

22/02/2014: NC waits for UML to expand Cabinet: In the event of NC not giving Home Ministry to UML, Deuba has claimed the post for his faction (kp), Govt expansion deferred again (rep), Koirala still hopeful of roping in UML (ht), UML CC meet to dwell on govt, convention (kp), UML calls prez fiat unconstitutional: Wonders why Koirala is silent on the issue (ht), UML demands PM reject prez's 7-pt directive (rep), Prez gave no to-do list, PM tells House (kp), Rights situation worse in Regmi’s tenure: Insec (kp), Relaunch De-mining op: NHRC to Govt (kp), Forgery case filed against RPP-Nepal (ht), Making the leap: Conservatism, incrementalism and traditional structure cannot address new realities; A fresh approach is required to transform the original structure, by Gaurav SJB Rana (rep)

21/02/2014: Statute countdown began on Jan 22, says Nembang, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA rules drafting panel may seek extra time (kp), Four committees proposed in CA: Political committee to replace constitutional committee, by Ashok Dahal (rep), New CA hopes for more assertive Nembang, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), CA vice-chair to be elected on Feb 26 (ht), Comatose government: The country is exactly where it was 14 years ago (nt), NC fails to pick its ministers (nn), UML to join govt only if NC adheres to 7-point agreement (kp), CPB-UML adamant on home ministry (ht), UML says no to government sans home ministry (rep), UML leader Poudel objects President’s directive to PM (nn), BRB flays Koirala, Nembang, Regmi (kp), Election of those who killed CA unfortunate: BRB (ht), Little possibility of Madhesi parties forging party unity: Yadav (nn), Human rights situation worse in western region (ht), Torture victim moves UN’s rights panel (ht), Bouncing back: To regain its political ground, the UCPN (Maoist) needs to stick to agendas of change, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Presidential prerogatives: Both the President and Prime Minister must respect their roles as outlined in the Interim Constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The architecture of democracy: Indigenise Nepal’s polity by addressing the birth defects this Constituent Assembly has inherited from the previous one, by Bihari K. Shrestha (nt), Leading the young, by Tsering Dolker Gurung (nt)

20/02/2014: 4 CA thematic committees proposed (kp), CA Chair Nembang has tough task ahead, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA chair says parties have 11 months to deliver constitution (ht), Nembang for owning deals reached in previous CA (rep), Give me a sign: Constitution making (rep), Election of CA Vice-Chair on Feb 26 (nn), Poll expenditure details: EC seeks action against violators (kp), PM preparing to expand Cabinet: May induct NC ministers tomorrow even if UML refuses to join (ht), UML pushes for statute amendment: Seeks motion in house to endorse prez, vice-prez, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), UML needs respectable position, says Nepal: ‘NC domination unacceptable’ (ht), Nepali Congress wants an all-powerful Prime Minister, interview with Shankar Pokharel , CPN-UML (rep), People’s movement injured vent ire (ht), 2013 saw rise in number of human rights violations (ht) [see summary of INSEC report], Lingering Political Imbroglio, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Will Nepal survive? How would Nepal survive the loss of its national emblems, Sagarmatha and Gautama Buddha?, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep)

19/02/2014: Nembang on CA chair, again: With backing from NC, he is elected unopposed to top post by the 571-member CA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Binod Ghimire (kp), Nembang elected CA chair unopposed: Gets bouquets and brickbats from lawmakers; Urged not to repeat past mistakes (ht), Nembang unopposed as CA chair, by Kosh Raj Koirala and Ashok Dahal (kp), An old hand at parliamentary business (ht), UML in dilemma as Congress gives what it asked for, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), UML not to budge on home ministry (rep), Respectable position needed: UML; Bamdev Gautam says his party won’t accept any position Congress gives (ht), Unwritten deal with NC was a mistake: UML (nn), Dahal vents ire at Big II; Kamal Thapa of RPP-Nepal warns parliament against politics of negation (kp), UCPN (Maoist) alleges NC, UML violating spirit of consensus (rep), Insurgency victim Maina remembered (ht) [The criminals from among the army will never be punsihed!!!], Identity crisis: Having seemingly abandoned the class struggle, the Maoists are now searching for a new political identity, by Prakash Chandra Lohani, RPP (kp)

18/02/2014: CA to elect chairman today: NC and UML to vote for Subas Nembang; UCPN (M) and allies may field Krishna B Mahara (kp), UML seeks support for Nembang to chair CA: Congress, RPP-Nepal, fringe forces pledge to vote in favour (ht), Nembang almost certain to become CA chairman: Maoists undecided (rep), UCPN (Maoist) decides to support Nembang's candidacy for CA Chair (nn), Subash Nembang elected unanimous House Speaker (nn), PM adamant against conceding Finance, Home, by Losh Raj Koirala (rep), NC urges coalition partner to join govt (ht), What Ails The New Government?, by Shyam K.C. (rn), RPP-Nepal taken to task over nominations (ht), Stay order on UCPN-Maoist PR candidate’s CA membership (ht), Power game at the helm: Threat of repetition, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), Tail wags the dog: Even though the framers of our constitution have accepted the principles of federalism they haven't imbibed the spirit, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

17/02/2014: Nefin stir to secure favourable statute (kp), Election panel seeks govt letter for local, by-polls (kp), EC for local bodies polls before mid-June (ht), CA chairman poll: CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) in the race, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA chair election tomorrow (ht), NC issues whip, to vote for UML candidate (kp), Spokesperson: Sense & Sensibility, by P. Kharel (rn), UCPN (Maoist) not to join govt now (kp), UCPN-M to stay out of government (ht), UCPN (Maoist) won't join govt: Bogati (rep), UML will form govt after three months: Panta (ht) [And when will you start to do what you have been elected for???], Thaw in NC, UML relations: Koirala for no coalition partner other than UML, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Crisis of confidence: NC-UML dispute is now dragging the country to a new crisis in governance (kp), Crack In Coalition, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn) [in which coalition???], LGBTs warn of protests if excluded from CA (rep), Fewer CA committees mooted for swift constitution drafting: Suggestions to reduce the number of procedural committees to two, by Pranab Kharel (kp), A law for parties: Corruption in financing and a volatile political space require a comprehensive law regulating parties, by Tika P. Dhakal (kp), Anti-money laundering measures: FATF asks Nepal to enact five ordinances (kp), The Dajyu sndrome: The state is the only hope for Madheshis and they would have to to join hands across party lines to make it more Madhesh-friendly, by C.K. Lal (rep)

16/02/2014: A month on, CA without agenda (kp), Sushil-led Government, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km) [see part 2 (24/02/2014), part 3 (14/03/2014), part 4 (17/03/2014), part 5 (23/03/2014), part 6 (05/03/2014), part 7 (14/04/2014), part 8 (21/04/2014), part 9 (27/04/2014), part 10 (02/05/2014), part 11 (07/05/2014), part 12 (12/05/2014), part 13 (26/05/2014), part 14 (01/06/2014), part 15 (07/06/2014), part 16 (14/06/2014), part 17 (10/06/2014), part 18 (24/06/2014), Part 19 (01/07/2014), part 20 (03/07/2014), part 21 (08/07/2014), part 23 (18/07/2014), part 22 (27/07/2014), part 24 (31/07/2014), part 25 (04/08/2014), part 26 (09/08/2014), part 27 (19/08/2014), part 28 (05/09/2014), part 29 (21/09/2014), part 30 (08/10/2014), part 30A (08/10/2014), part 31 (12/10/2014), part 32 (21/10/2014), part 33 (23/10/2014), part 35 (06/11/2014), part 36 (10/11/2014), part 38 (18/11/2014), part 39 (21/11/2014), part 40 (30/11/2014), part 37 (04/12/2014), part 41 (10/12/2014), part 42 (21/12/2014), part 43 (28/12/2014), part 44 (08/01/2015), part 45 (15/01/2015), part 46 (23/01/2015), part 47 (29/01/2015), part 48 (06/02/2015), part 49 (11/02/2015), part 50 (14/02/2015), part 51 (20/02/2015), part 52 (04/03/2015), part 53 (12/03/2015), part 54 (27/03/2015), part 55 (30/03/2015), part 56 (06/04/2015), part 57 (12/04/2015), part 58 (18/04/2015)], Koirala courts Dahal as option; Dahal’s advice: Reconcile with UML to form a stable govt, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal offers support to Koirala-led government: Says delay in expanding Cabinet not giving good impression in relation to statute drafting task (ht), UML won’t join govt even with home ministry: Poudel (ht), UML distanced, Oli’s ambitions may be hit, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Near nil chance of UML joining NC-led govt: Paudel; 'NC reluctant to elect UML man as CA chair' (rep), UCPN-M claims CA chair Congress, UML fail: Ready to lead govt if to rise to the occasion (ht), PWDs end hunger strike after govt assurance (rep), Government to facilitate statute writing within year: PM (rep) [Which government??? What are your ideas on main issues of the constitution??? When did you talk to other parties on theses issues??? Especially, when did you discuss these issues with representatives of the numerous social groups of the country, i.e. outside the circle of male Bahuns????], Conflict victims deprived of govt relief, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), A daal-bhaat issue: For many Nepalis, democracy, human rights and good governance are matters of survival, by Kirsten Geelan (kp) [see report Rights and Governance in Nepal], Biting The Bullet, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

15/02/2014: Cabinet expansion gets bogged down in Home row (kp), NC-UML negotiations over Home deadlocked: Mahat and Sitaula for conceding (rep), Ungentlemanly: Home Ministry dispute (rep), Berth pangs delay Cabinet expansion (ht), PM for NC to retain berth (kp), Koirala's test: Koirala must show tthat as an executive head, he holds the rein of power, not his aides or deputies, by Tika P. Dhakal (rep), House defers PM felicitation event: NC-UML tussle over Home portfolio led the House speaker to put off the event set for Friday, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Tussle over home haunts House (ht), Vocational training benefits war victims, by Biplav Maharjan (kp), Local Body Elections Best Remedy To Local Malaise, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), EU EOM-N seeks statutory safeguard for PR seats (rep)

14/02/2014: NC-UML power dispute lingers on (kp), Deadlock over home portfolio continues: Nepali Congress MPs urge prime minister not to give home ministry to CPN-UML, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Don’t alienate UML: Cong lawmakers (kp), Oli rebuffs PM's talks offer: UML leaders hinting at alternative to Gautam for home minister (rep), Home ministry bone of contention as local election nears, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), The year of living dangerously; It’s very simple: KP Oli needs Bam Dev and Bam Dev wants the Home Ministry, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Whose Home is it anyway? Sushil Koirala’s first of many hurdles is to untangle the Home Ministry knot, by Trishna Rana (nt), Another crossroad: He may have once hijacked a plane, now Sushil Koirala needs to steer the country towards stability (nt), Prez directive discomfiting: Mahat (rep), Call to ensure CA seats for disabled (kp), Private sector hopes for action from new government: About two dozen laws witing to be endorsed, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), The new government: Not At Home, by Abijit Sharma (sp), Odd Allies: Portrayed as Mr. Clean, prime minister Sushil Koirala's journey will face many storms, by Keshab Poudel (sp), Civic Education For Democratic Practice, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp), Utter Lack of Urgency, by Dipak Gyawali (sp)

13/02/2014: Intra-party feuds fuel Home Ministry row (kp), No pact yet with UML: PM Koirala (kp), No home ministry deal with UML: PM (ht), Rigidity over home ministry sours NC-UML ties: Nepali Congress says there was no deal (rep), NC should not haggle over Home Ministry: Sujata (ht), Khanal downplays differences with NC (ht), Race heats up in NC for ministerial berths (kp), Prez reminds PM of seven-point work (ht), 49-member panel to draft CA rules of procedures, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 49-member panel to amend CA regulations (ht), Differently-abled warn of fast-unto-death to ensure berths in CA (ht), The blind and the clueless: The modern industrial sector, where most government money and foreign aid goes, has been captured by the elites, by Lal Shanker Ghimire (kp), Flourishing Spoils System, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), New constitution must be made by stepping on CPA, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (rep)

12/02/2014: Marginalised groups demand nomination for 26 CA seats (kp), UML threatens to stay away from govt, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Koirala sworn in, UML stays out: NC’s Prakash Man Singh also declines to take oath, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Koirala assumes office as PM: UML opts to stay out of govt unless given home ministry, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Home Ministry row dogs coalition: The row had deepened due to upcoming local elections and the prospect of Bam Dev Gautam leading it, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Home Ministry row: Koirala denies any promise; Khanal prays to God (nn), UML leader says party may remain in opposition but still create amicable environment for statute (nn), Regmi steps down as CJ (kp) [This does not justify that he did not step down in March 2013!!], Regmi steps down as chief justice: 'Scored a political success but set a bad precedent', by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), ICJ welcomes Regmi’s decision (kp), ICJ hails ex-govt chief for not returning to apex court (ht), To receive ex-PM facilities (kp), On hunger and thirst: The hunger strike is the last resort for those with no means of rabble-rousing, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp), Economy first: How will the future states of Nepal create an environment for growth and investment to sustain themselves?, by Saloman Rajbanshi (kp), Can Untainted Koirala Tackle All Challenges?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

11/02/2014: Koirala elected prime minister: Votes for: 405; Votes against: 148, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Koirala elected PM, to be sworn in today, by Arjun Bhandari and Ram K. Kant (ht), Sushil Koirala becomes Nepal's 37th PM: Political government back after 11 months, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep), ‘Squeaky clean’ politician (kp), Committed to democracy (ht), Top job at last for simple-living NC veteran, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Fingers crossed: Sushil Koirala as new PM (rep), Oath today as Home dispute festers (kp), NC, UML still wrangling over home ministry (rep), Built to last: A stable Koirala govt will greatly help complete the constitution-writing process (kp) [The problem is that it is already unstable on the very first day!!], CPN-UML decides not to join government (nn), UML will not let NC 'live in peace': Gautam (nn), Madhesi parties shun Koirala: Madhesi leaders say that they are apprehensive about Koirala government’s ability to address their concerns, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Keep your promises, private sector tells new government, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), Pvt sector emphasises on merit: Stresses on economic development, constitution-drafting process (ht), Regmi ‘not to return’ to Supreme Court (kp), Regmi as chief to justice resign today (ht), Cases of poll violence ‘neglected’, by Laxmi Sah (kp),   Lawmakers asked to reject TRC Ordinance (ht), Let us be: The international community should not distract the CA members with seminars and study tours, by Binod Sijapati (kp), Sense of balance: The fresh mandate of the elections must be kept in mind while taking ownership of decisions of the last CA, by Shyam Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), A New Beginning?, by Shyam K.C. (rn), Predicting the unpredictable: If the formation of the government alone proved to be such an uphill task, imagine the drafting of the constitution, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Unity of purpose: We need to establish a tradition of the largest party forming government but with full backing of major parties in case of no confidence motion, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

10/02/2014: Congress, UML close deal: 7-point pact paves way for a new govt under Koirala, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Big 2 to have similar share in Cabinet (kp), Koirala poised to become PM today (ht), Koirala set to become PM today, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Koirala elected prime minister with 405 votes (nn), Bamdev Gautam named for DPM, home minister, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Koirala to be tested by party, statute writing (kp), UML volte-face paves way for power-sharing, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Bar suggests Regmi not retake chief justice post (kp), NBA plans protest against Regmi rejoining judiciary (ht), Major parties have pledged to take ownership of CA-I, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (kp), Sutra for progressive constitution (ht), Ongoing Power Struggle, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Treasure trove: Education in mother tongue is a must to help marginalized youth gain social acceptance without compromising on their identity, by Roshan Adhikari (rep)

09/02/2014: Prez election: Congress, UML stick to their guns (kp), Big II fail to work out issues related to deal on power-sharing: NC not banking solely on UML; Congress President starts process of consulting other parties, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Ties between NC and UML turn trickier: Oli's election as PP leader was game changer, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Secretariat gets no pm names on Day 1 (kp), NC, UML collect prime ministerial poll forms (ht), UML not to file candidacy for PM (rep), NC, UML finally break the ice; agree on power sharing; document to be signed shortly (nn), Mist cleared; Koirala registers PM candidacy at parliament secretariat (nn), NC, UML join hands, six-point agreement made (nn), Pressure on Maoists in and outside party to join govt, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NC turns to UCPN (Maoist) for support (nn), UCPN (M) Dahal hints the party might join the government (nn), Bhattarai asks prez to take initiative (ht), FSPN panel to lead unification efforts (kp), Old challenges for new CA: Chalise (kp), Strange bedfellows: Communists practicing in a democratic polity must accept intra-party rivalries as normal, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Quest for more: Despite the gloomy political state of affairs, there is a growing sense of hope in the Nepali people, by Abhi Subedi (kp), UML PP Leader Election Rise of New Syndicate?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Opening the door: Although SC verdict on TRC is a landmark, victims are unconvinced about the nation's ability to implement it, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (rep), Next Nepali Prime Minister, by Surya B. Prasai (nn)

08/02/2014: CPN-UML not to claim PM post: It believes NC is the rightful party to lead government (kp), UML PP leader addresses house: Oli seeks vote for key posts (kp), Oli against retaining President Yadav: His diatribe against Congress queers power-sharing equation, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Onus on NC: Government formation (rep), UML, Maoists: Prez poll to honor democratic norms; Don't make prez post part of horse trading: NC (rep), UCPN-M keeps options to join govt open (ht), Gender minorities to stage protests for CA seat, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Chitwan squatters won't vote if poll-time promises not fulfilled, by Chandni Hamal (rep), NBA to protest Regmi's return to SC (rep)

07/02/2014: Big 2 still at odds over power pact, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Top Two bargaining hard for their pie in new dispensation, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Khanal, Oli positive on coalition govt (kp), UML not in race for PM: Poudel (ht), Leadership handover issue comes to fore in UML, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Constitution writing: Dahal wants his role defined (kp), NBA to protest Regmi’s return (kp), Chhori Maya missing case: AHRC rues delayed justice (kp), Sharing sorrow to ease pain: Nearly eight years after the conflict ended, female relatives of victims find strength in numbers, by Juanita Malagon (nt), Everyday cost of bandhs Rs 1.79 bn: Strikes trigger inflation, affect tourist inflow (ht), Know your right: The new government must work to remove obstacles for implementing the Right to Information Act, by Vinaya Kasajoo (kp), Lessons unlearned: Despite widening rifts, there is still time for the Congress to consolidate and maintain its unity, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The female factor: No rights without citizenship, by Dipak Gyawali (rep)

06/02/2014: PM poll details out, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM election schedule published (ht), NC, UML talk power sharing (ht), Demand for prez election may delay govt formation (rep), UML to form govt if NC fails (kp), Two to tango: Shaky NC-UML ties could get shakier with Oli’s election as UML PP leader (kp), NC instructs its lawmakers to be Present at PM vote (kp), Battle for Madheshi party hot seat: Mahato and Yadav in leadership tussle, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Madhesi parties unification only after new government (rep), Parliament passes poll related ordinances (ht), Anti-money laundering: House okays ordinance despite Maoist objection (kp), Constitute TRC without delay: Rayamajhi (ht), UCPN (Maoist) pushes for early formation of TRC (rep), Four leaders withdraw constituency (kp), Differently abled begin relay hunger strike (kp), Regmi’s possible return to judiciary sparks controversy (ht), Bitter realities: Where is a Nepali Arvind Kejriwal to infuse new hope, or a ‘Rahul Koirala’ to fight the system from within?, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Constructing federalism: Federalism debate must focus on combining effective governance with recognition of diversity within the population, by Yogendra Paneru (kp), On Consensus Politics, by Gyan Basnet and Shailendra K. Shrestha (rn), Another Bite At The Cherry, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

05/02/2014: Marginalized groups to mount pressure for representation in CA, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Double winners withdraw from one constituency (nn), PM election on ‘February 10’: Voting process to begin at 11 am (kp), Date for voting to elect PM set for February 10 (ht), PM election on Feb 10 (rep), NC pushes Koirala as PM, fixes Cabinet set-up terms, by Anil Giri (kp), NC swings into high gear to form govt: Wants inclusive Cabinet with as many parties as possible, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC urged to keep all options open for forming new govt, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Oli pips Khanal in PP vote: Backed by Gautam, Oli wins 98 of the total 173 votes to beat UML chairman by 23 votes, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Oli turns the table on party chair, big-time: Defeats Khanal in PP election with 23 votes, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Oli defeats UML chairman Khanal for PP leader: In a first since 1991, PP leader is other than party chief, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), NC-UML coalition will form strong govt: Oli (nn), No end to miseries of conflict victims in sight, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht), Nepal objects to rotation culture (ht), Parliamentary perversions: Systemic perversions in parliamentary democracy cannot ensure political stability and legitimacy, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Blood over water: The consequences of the Madhesi parties’ nepotism in selecting PR candidates will manifest in the next election, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Too much politicking: Constitution-writing suffers, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), The to-do list: People are frustrated by narrow personal interests of leaders, their hypocracy and expedience, and deteriorating quality of leadership, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep)

04/02/2014: President calls parties to form majority govt (kp), Prez asks House to form majority govt (ht), PM poll date likely tomorrow (kp), Election for the prime minister on 10 Feb (nn), UML PP leader: Khanal and Oli in the fray (kp), CPN-UML set to elect PP leader today (ht), Khanal, Oli in intense lobbying for support, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), KP Oli wins the race against Khanal in PP leader voting (nn), Congress CWC meet to focus on govt formation (kp), NC summons CWC as Prez calls for majority govt (rep), Cong working on broader guideline for power sharing (ht), Koirala’s challenges, by Rajendra Pokharel (nn), RPP-N for panels to adopt past CA pacts (kp), Power dressing: The UML’s instruction to its lawmakers to wear daura suruwal is reminiscent of Panchayat-era politics, by Pramod Bhagat (kp) [Long live Bahunbad!!!], Away from consensus: A postmodern world cannot go hand-in-hand with the grand narrative of consensus, by Raj Kumar Baral (kp), The Elusive Consensus, by Shyam K.C. (rn)

03/02/2014: The marginalised: Issues political agenda no more, by Weena Pun (kp), Parties fail to form consensus govt, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Parties near majority govt: Power-sharing deal still remains a tall order for the two largest parties (kp), Process of electing PM (ht), Make haste: Government formation (rep), March of history: Though it now looks inevitable, majority govts have a poor history (kp), Change in UML power equation, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Gautam backs Oli in PP leadership race (ht), Race for PP leader becomes two-way battle: Bam Dev Gautam sides with K.P. Oli, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Maoists vying for Assembly chair (kp), UCPN (Maoist) forms 'shadow cabinet', by Ashok Dahal (rep), House legitimises Regmi govt, CA elections: Two-third majority votes in favour of prez order; MJF-N,NWPP oppose 25-point decree, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [Is it a legitimate and constitutional procedure to legitimise stepps that should not have been taken without legimation almost one year back??], Statute hurdle removal endorsed, by Binod Ghimire (kp), 3 Madhes-based parties at variance, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Congress, UML gear up for local election, by Birendra KC (kp), Threat to take Adhikari murder to global fora (ht), The expanding middle: By the time of the next election, the Nepali middle class will constitute a decisive majority of voters, by Tika P. Dhakal (kp), The UML has no qualms about staying in opposition, interview with Ishwar Pokhrel (kp), Maoists In Dilemma, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

02/02/2014: Unity govt elusive, majority one likely: With support of 13 parties, NC making final bid for consensus govt today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Consensus government unlikely, parleys to form a majority government (nn), Congress ready to form majority government: To try for consensus today as well; Some parties to sit in opposition, others still undecided (ht), Parties headed toward majority govt: Not to seek deadline extension for consensus, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Prez to decide on deadline extension (ht), Koirala urges President to initiate majority govt process; UCPN (M), RPP-N to stay in opposition (nn), ‘Prez poll a must’ (ht), Dahal secures PP leadership (kp), PWDs to stage hunger strike for CA representation (rep), Nine financial ordinances tabled at the house (nn), Power to women: Women’s participation in decision-making is crucial to building a strong state, by Samira Paudel (kp), NC Mustn’t Be Stuck In Time Warp, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

01/02/2014: Oli may field Bhandari if his PP leader bid fails (kp), Bidya Bhandari in race for PP leader: 'She might file candidacy if K P Oli senses his defeat' (rep), Dahal to be the UCPN (M) parliamentary party leader (nn), Consensus, power-sharing a tall order for Congress, by Anil Giri (kp), ‘EC working to hold local polls’ (kp), HRW, ICJ note concerns about TRC Ordinance (kp), ICJ, HRW urge govt to enact new mechanism (ht) [see statement by HRW], Int'l rights groups urge Nepal to respect SC's ruling on human rights (nn), Give More Teeth To TRC, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

31/01/2014: NC could go for coalition govt (kp), Parties push for majority govt (kp), Time to go for majority govt: Leaders, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), UML task force holds talks with Congress (kp), NC in no mood to compromise on prez poll (ht), Stuck with you: Sushil Koirala may become the next Prime Minister, but he is already a lame duck, by Anurag Acharya (nt), ‘Vote on Tuesday if no consensus’, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-UML to elect PP leader on February 4: Khanal,Oli in fray; Bid for consensus candidate still on, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), UML to vote for PP leader Feb 4: Gautam support crucial, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), More lawmakers oppose ‘controversial’ ordinances (kp), RPP-N demands ‘proper share’ of power (kp) [What is proper for a party that owns 4% of the MPs??], CPN-M set to bring fringe leftist forces, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Govt to replace TRC Ordinance with fresh Bills on two commissions (ht), Country on autopilot: There must be some meaning and advantage to Nepal being a country with a historically evolved land frontier, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Foreign Interference, Politics And Media, by D.M. Thapa (rn), Back to square zero: For every step we take forward, we seem to take two back, by Trishna Rana (nt), Houses Divided: Major political parties need to bridge the trust deficit to make sure that the past did not repeat, by Abijit Sharma (sp), Finally Convened, by Tilak Rawal (sp)

30/01/2014: Bit parties block past CA pacts: Big 3 put proposals on hold after strong opposition, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Big Three fail to push proposal through CA: RPP-N, RJ threaten to obstruct House session, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Show some guts: Tabling federal motion (rep), Second CA meet forms business advisory panel (kp), Unified in name only: Top UML leaders engage in battle of one-upmanship, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), No deal on PP leader in CPN-UML (ht), UML to elect its PP leader on 4 February (nn), First things first (ht), Conflict victims cry foul as TRC ordinance tabled (rep), War victims tell govt to heed to SC (kp), ‘Living martyr’ status sought for paralysed Kayastha (ht), Plaints against 8 out of 14 bills (kp), United we stand: Fragmented Madhesi parties look to come together to be relevant in the CA (kp), Foreign ambassadors running 'parallel government" in Nepal: Thapa (nn) [???], The great unknown: Supposed influence of foreigners has become a handy tool for politicians to discredit legitimate demands, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Towards Writing The Constitution, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Alarming signs: The state failure in health and education sectors signals the beginning of state failure, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

29/01/2014: Big 3 ‘to adopt’ old CA pacts: Six-member task force to prepare a proposal to ensure new constitution in one year, by Anil Giri (kp) [To adopt the suggestions of the different committees of CA-I would even be more important than the adoption of the agrrements between the high lever party politicians!!], Big Three get down to business: To table proposal today with commitment to get statute in a year (ht) [What did such commitments mean so far? Absolutely nothing!!], Big 3 to reaffirm federal democratic republic at new CA: Panel to suggest what to own from past CA, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), NC told to come up with concrete proposal (kp), Parties advised 3-step formula, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), ‘Don’t impose first CA’s decisions’ (kp), UML not to drop demand for prez poll (ht), UCPN (M) against joining NC-led govt (kp), Six ordinances tabled in House (ht), Legal experts decry tabling of TRC bill (kp), Two-state plan in Karnali costs UCPN (M) dear, say locals, by Janak Nepal (kp), Time to go: President Ram Baran Yadav has served the republic well, it is time to step down, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Falling short: Underestimating victims' need for justice and overestimating the power of wrongdoers will create a vicious cycle of conflict, by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (rep)

28/01/2014: Hearing on CA nominees slated for Feb 3 (ht), PMO ordered to attend hearing on 26 CA seats (rep), Power sharing deal: NC seeks UML support: The two largest parties in CA‘agree’ on forming consensus government (kp), NC starts formal talks on govt formation (rep), NC bids to bring all under unity govt: Calls on all 30 political parties in Constituent Assembly to support it, by Prakash Acharya (ht), All-party meet for formation of new govt kicks off (nn), UML calls meeting to discuss Cong letter: May support from outside if its concerns not addressed (ht), Better now: President reelection (nn), Dahal to assume PP leadership (kp), Dahal likely to be Maoist PP leader, by Ashok Dahal (rep), 5 ordinances tabled in the house (kp), Difficult mix: Given the Maoist reluctance to embrace accomodation and tolerance, why are their democratic commitments taken seriously?, by Sukhdev Shah (rep) [??], What next? The Supreme Court decision has no timeframe for thew dissappearance commission, creating lot of uncertainty, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Erik B. Wilson (rep), Imagined territories: Adivasis/Janajatis must prevent political parties from exploiting their culture to gain power, by Gérard Toffin (kp)

27/01/2014: Koirala elected NC PP leader: Congress president defeats Deuba by 16 votes, sets to become country’s next PM, by Anil Giri (kp), Koirala to head parliamentary party (ht), Koirala defeats Deuba to become NC PP leader: Both sides emphasize on cooperation (rep), Devoted to democracy (kp) [on Sushil Koirala], Double vision: NC PP leader election (rep), Past one hurdle: Koirala should reach out to the Deuba faction by offering them seats in govt (kp) [Such procedure would guarantee another oversized government!], Prez calls for consensus government by Feb 2 (ht), Prez gives parties a week to form new govt: Parliament session begins (rep), House session gets under way (kp), Parties ready to own up first CA’s decisions, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Big Three vow to capitalise on last CA’s gains, by Arjun Bhandari and Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Majority for fresh president poll (kp), Dahal likely to become UCPN-M PP leader: Maoist central committee meeting postponed (ht), UCPN (M)'s top leadership to decide upon consensus candidate for party's PP leader (nn), UCPN (M) will help ensure new constitution within a year despite remaining in opposition: Dahal (nn), Whither The New Government?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

26/01/2014: Divided NC goes to vote today: Koirala and Deuba to contest poll after Poudel joins hands with the party president, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Binod Ghimire (kp), Koirala, Deuba in NC PP leadership fray: Paudel throws his weight behind NC prez; Consensus bid between the two sides still on (ht), Koirala, Deuba fail to strike a deal: Leaders to continue consensus efforts until Sunday morning (rep), Koirala elected NC's Parliamentary Party leader (nn), Dahal under pressure to take PP leadership (kp), UCPN-M fails to select PP leader (ht), UML top brass still divided (kp), First meeting of Legislature-Parliament commences (nn), TRC, appointment of Karki could stir debate (kp), Eyes on the prize: Nepal has had six constitutions so far but distractions have always invited about crises, by Chiranjibi Kafle (kp), Women in power: Barriers against Nepali women’s participation in the political sphere continue to persist, by Yam Chaulagain (kp), Bundled With Contradictions, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Federalism's a done deal: Many Madheshis switched from Madheshi parties to UML or NC because they believe federalism is already a done deal, by Anand Jha (rep), Drama, democracy and constitution, by Surya B. Prasai (nn)

25/01/2014: UML to propose fresh Prez poll, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Agendas set for parliament session (kp), 30 parties set agenda for tomorrow’s House session (ht), CA Court refuses stay against Nepal (ht), ‘Gains of Madhes movements in peril’ (ht), Koirala seeks Deuba backing to be PM: Promises to return favor after new statute, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep)

24/01/2014: Prez term till statute is promulgated, says SC, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [This is not a political issue but a question of democratic and constitutional legitimation! This pwoves once again that the SC has turned aside from being an apolitical and independent institution!], President election a political issue: SC, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), UML to seek fresh prez poll in CA (ht), UML to table proposal for fresh prez president election: 'Dr Yadav rendered caretaker after CA dissolution' (rep), NC leaders step up lobbying to pick PP leader: Paudel bloc to be decisive (rep), Koirala, Deuba call separate meets (kp), NC's top three guns stress on resolving internal disputes (nn), Five-member Congress panel recommends three committees (ht) [It would be better to let the elected members of CA discuss the suggestions that were presented by the committes of CA-I until early 2010! Such discussion had been prevented by the failed party leaders at that time!], We, the people:The new CA has to base its exercise on accepted ideals of national unity, integrity, and equity (nt), Country back to square one: Baidya (ht), Statute already ready, says Gajurel (ht), Baidya threatens protest after March (rep), The hunger games redux: Govt failure to act on past promises led Dr KC and Adhikari couple to go on fast again, by Samik Kharel (kp), Languages of the Nation: Has the state become more receptive to the use of languages other than Nepali?, by Om Astha Rai (rep), Nepal: A case of misplaced priorities, by Prashaant Singh (rep)

23/01/2014: Assembly session begins, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Second CA inauguration inspires renewed hope: Assembly Chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa in his address takes all down history lane, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Constitutional deadline: There need to be quick agreements on the new govt and the CA process (kp), CA's first sitting convenes sans major agenda, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep) [This will be normal for the coming months! The power struggle of the failed leaders is all that counts!!], First indications: The new CA process begins (rep), 33-party bloc protests CA (kp), Electing PP leader tricky for Big 3: NC election for Parliamentary Party leader on Sunday (kp), Congress sets January 26 date to elect PP leader (ht), UML seeks consensus on PM candidate (kp), Dahal, Bhattarai pitching for their own favourites (kp), Maoists likely to pick PP leader other than Dahal, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Prez election can be debated in CA: NC leader (ht) [The president elected by CA-I has lost his legitimation on 27 May 2012! So, what has to be debated??], Communes dwellers have ‘ditched’ feeling (ht), A need to argue: Without serious, constructive engagement and critique of ideas, democracy can lead to stalemates, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Day Of Reckoning, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Lucky to get constitution in four years' time, interview with Upendra Yadav (rep) [Not even this with the current generation of so-called leaders!!]

22/01/2014: 565 lawmakers take oath of office, by Prakash Kharel (kp), A rainbow display as CA members sworn in: Five remain absent, miss the ceremony, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), 565 CA members sworn in, first CA meet today, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Challenges galore as new CA meets today, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Second CA takes shape: Constitution hope as lawmakers meet, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [There is no reason for hope before the old generation of 'leaders' resigns!!], CA Court bars Mandal from participation in Assembly (kp), Court stops Maoist lawmaker from attending CA, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Journos barred from taking CA ceremony pictures (rep), Parties at a loss over statute process, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties to make efforts to write statute in a year, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [They should first behave before they make such nonsense statements!!!], 33-party bloc presses for non-CA platform to partake in statute drafting (kp), 12 parties in bid to create alliance (kp), Tarai outfit warns of armed rebellion (ht), Constraining the Cabinet: We have learned from the Interim Electoral Government that 11 ministers can effectively manage the state, by Binod Sijapati (kp), HRW seeks end to impunity for wartime crimes (ht), Appeal to save couple on fast (ht), A question of rights: Civil and political rights should be inviolable in the constitution; Economic and social rights should be fulfilled progressively, by Govinda Bhattarai (rep)

21/01/2014: Thapa sworn in as CA chairman (kp), Surya B Thapa sworn in as CA chairman (ht), Thapa to swear-in new CA members today: Altogether 571 members to be present at swearing-in (rep) [And where are the 26 members that had be nominated from not participated groups by the government before this event???], 570 CA members sworn in (nn), Mother tongue for FSP-N lawmakers’ oath (ht), Gachhadar steps up effort to form separate Madhes alliance (kp), Security stepped up ahead of CA inauguration: Police put special arrangements in place to curb disruptive activities in Baneshwor, elsewhere (ht), NC trio intensify bid for PP leadership: At the same time they’re also working on consensus deal for prime ministership (ht), No end in sight: Simmering disputes over government formation will definitely affect the writing of the new constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Of misogynists and bed-warmers: Female quotas in the CA should be for feminist women leaders who use political positions to help women’s causes, by Suman Khadka (kp)

20/01/2014: President Yadav solicits parties’ take, by Anil Giri (kp), Constituent assembly meeting: UML members asked to don nat’l dress (kp) [This is not a national dress but the dress of some of the numerous nationalities of Nepal! Stop to identitfy Nepal with the culture of Bahuns and Chhetris only!!!], NC urges CA members to present themselves as competent leaders (kp) [This would mean that they must differ completely from their party's top leaders!!], Plea for Maoist CA-elect arrest (kp), SC moved to suspend murder accused from CA (ht), Parties to own former CA decisions (ht), Public poll on federalism on cards (ht), Madhesi identity only through struggle: TMDP chief (ht), Disabled seek representation in CA (rep), Conflicts galore (ht), Dismantling impunity: Victims must now be allowed to take full ownership of the truth and transitional justice process, by Ram Bhandari (kp), A stable government is crucial to writing a constitution, interview with Tek Prasad Dhungana (kp), Repeating Past Mistakes, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Illusion of stability: Stability in unequal and unjust societies is just an illusion, an excuse that makes entrenched groups extend their hegemony, by C.K. Lal (rep), Uncertain future: It is time for bureaucracy to lob the ball back to politicians; but the politicians do not seem ready, by Ratindra Khatri (rep)

19/01/2014: Bhattarai sees ‘Stalin’ in Dahal: Asks boss to vacate driving seat for younger generation (kp) [Such step is necessary for all parties! Nepal has no future with the current generation of failed leaders!!!], Bhattarai demands change in leadership, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Might as well merge with UML if party won’t transform: Bhattarai (ht), Transforming Nepal’s grand old party: The Nepali Congress’ days of glory are a thing of the past; it needs change, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), NC to elect PM candidate (ht), Confusion shrouds Regmi’s CA address, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Name the remaining 26 members of the CA before the first meeting as it is demanded by the interim constitution! Nepal will turn into an even deeper crisis if you leave this job to the power fighting incompetent party leaders!!!], Thapa warns of opposing CA meet (ht), NEFIN announces stir (kp), Seven years on: Madhesis have a responsibility to keep the flame of the Madhes Movement burning to achieve its agendas, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Freedom as development: Forms of freedom are not only primary ends of growth and development but also its principal means, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Intra-party Row Mustn’t Hamper Statute Writing, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

18/01/2014: Deuba to run for PP leadership, by Anil Giri (kp), Deuba weighing options for next move (ht), Settle disputes in CA, UML tells NC (kp), Nepal indicates appeasing CPN-UML will not be easy (ht), Rawal says CPN-UML not in favor of presidential poll: Parties should instead give their undivided attention to constitution drafting (kp), UCPN-M not rigid on President’s re-election (ht), In U-turn, Dahal proposes tough stance against India, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), No owning up of past CA's decisions: RPP-N; Threatens to obstruct CA from start (rep), Conflict-era victims lament delayed justice (kp), Dented, not broken: Megh Raj Acharya, who was shot at and beaten by the police seven years ago, is yet to receive compensation from the government for his life-threatening injuries, ostensibly owing to technicalities, by Samik Kharel (kp), Kick them all out! all out! Most of our political parties have yet to submit their financial reports, and have been flouting deadlines time and again. But the Election Commission is turning a blind eye to it all, by Guffadi (kp), Party funding: Challenge For Transparency, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Awful Blow To Constitution-making Process In Offing, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

17/01/2014: Majority of parties in breach of EC rules, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Hearing on fresh prez, veep election postponed again (ht), Dahal breaks silence on presidential poll: Proposes to call election for head of state as per fresh CA mandate (kp), NC, UML to collaborate: Differences, however, persist on fresh presidential election (ht), Koirala fails to woo Deuba, Paudel: Three agree to form poll panel in CC (ht), Koirala sees vote as last resort (rep), NC yet to reach deal on internal power sharing: Calls CWC meet for Saturday (kp), Madhes party unification: Three-party task force to set up by-laws (kp), Madhesi parties form unification task force, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), 3 Madhes parties form taskforce to finalize unification modality, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), UCPN (Maoist) for local polls only after statute: Fears such poll will hinder statute-writing, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Don’t Try Patience Of The People, by D. M. Thapa (rn), Something’s gotta give
The NC’s undemocratic internal politics is at odds with its electoral victory, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

16/01/2014: Lessons learned: Political parties need to be clear and transparent about the CA process (kp), Sense and insensibility: The challenge before the new CA is to make sure all Nepalis feel welcomed by the state, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Pressure piles on parties to watch lawmakers: ‘Monitoring panel should be formed before first meet’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Govt formation: NC locked in three-horse race for premiership (kp) [Always the same! And none of them is qualified!!], Prime concern: Nepali Congress PM row (rep) [The people should have known that they will never change!!], Vying for the PM’s chair (nn), CPN-UML to table power-sharing deal if Congress fail: UML against forming a majority government (kp), ‘Call for fresh prez poll smacks of conspiracies’, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Unity no mean feat for Madhes parties, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Referendum if no accord: Koirala (kp), While CA meets, CPN-M and allies to protest on streets (kp), Nepal least economically free country in S Asia: New report blames endemic corruption in politics and government for the continued slump (ht), The Case Of Failed Political Governance, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Man of the year: If politics were a prolonged game of sports then Khil Raj Regmi would be the indisputable man of the match in 2013, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

15/01/2014: Measures on cards to discipline lawmakers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA meet sans 26 lawmakers stirs debate, by Pranab Kharel (kp), CA Secretariat to consult parties (kp), Let's start anew: Election of the President (rep)

14/01/2014: 39 communities fail to find seat in CA (kp) [You still can participate 26 of them as it is demanded by article 63 (3)!!!!], First CA meet: Secretariat works on agendas, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), New prez after one year: NC leaders (ht) [?? Mr Yadav is only a caretaker president since 27 May 2012!!!], Prez poll first, then govt formation, says UML Secy Pokharel (ht), UML reiterates fresh election for prez (rep), Three Madhes parties gear up for unification, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), CPN-Maoist will revolt if sidelined by parliamentary parties, warns Chand (nn) [How can a party that boycotts elections be sidelined??], Poll boycott group plans protests on Jan 22 (nn), Discarding darkness: Seeing through the dust of the political sphere needs transparency, accountability, meaningful democracy, by Seira Tamang (kp), Election and beyond: The new CA must put an end to the protracted transition by writing a constitution in time, by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (kp), Diagnosing governance: Despite commitments from political parties and successive governments, the state of governance remains poor, by L.S. Ghimire (kp), To Join Or Not To Join, by Shyam K.C. (rn), Not a done deal: We shouldn't go for federalism without sufficient preparation for appropriate devolution of power needed for federal state, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

13/01/2014: CA rules of procedure: Row over details may hit business, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA Secretariat goes into overdrive: Acting chairman to be sworn in on January 20,574 others on January 21 (ht), War of the egos: President Yadav and Chairman Regmi were ill-advised in delaying CA session (kp), CA summon case in court: Stance clarified to govt: Prez office (kp), Petition demands filling 26 CA seats before first meet, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Hearing on prez election postponed (ht), Thapa’s concession on monarchy, Hindu state caused RPP-N split’: Row over PR candidate selection, earlier blamed, was only the catalyst (kp), Conflict victims cry for Supreme Court verdict enforcement (kp), Dalits call for unified struggle (ht), UCPN-Maoist will focus on statute from opposition (ht), We will not join the government: Yadav (nn), The pursuit of truth and justice: The Supreme Court has ruled that transitional justice is a complement, not a replacement, for criminal law, by Govinda Bandi and Ben Schonveld (kp), Democratic constitution a must to protect core issues, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp), Electoral democracy: Weighing the PR system, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Tendency Not To Learn From Past, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

12/01/2014: Constituent Assembly meet slated for Jan 22:  President’s aides say Cabinet does not address head of state’s concerns, by Anil Giri (kp), Regmi summons CA meeting on Jan 22 (ht), CA summoned at last: Chairman Regmi calls first meeting for Jan 22 after President's nod, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Welcome decision: President Yadav’s back out (rep), Grand old man, Thapa, to take oath of CA on Jan 20 (nn), Delay on power sharing sours NC-UML relations, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoists ‘ready’ to join Koirala govt (kp), UCPN-M leaders send contradicting signals: Ready to be in opposition, says party spokesperson Agni Sapkota; Willing to join govt: Gajurel (ht), ‘Statute may not materialise in a year’ (ht) [Not even in four years when CA-II will probably be dissolved to find a new legitimation for the future power struggles of the so-called leaders through new elections!!], The wrong faces: The Proportional Representation system in its present form defies its very purpose of ensuring inclusion, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Stop Trivialising Politics, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Southern charms: The majority of us profess to hate everything about India; The reality os more complicated, by Biswas Baral (rep)

11/01/2014: Regmi asked to summon CA: President Yadav and Cabinet Chairman Regmi to meet to fix some glitches and finalise deal, by Anil Giri (kp), President flexible: 'Spirit of statute, dugnity of presidency only considerations', by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Door opened for Regmi to call the CA (nn), Green Signal emerges from Shital Niwas; Regmi likely to convene first CA meeting (nn), CA inauguration proves a stickler (ht), Maoist terms for joining govt: Constitution to be issued in a year; general election immediately after (kp), MJF-N leaders resent chairman’s ‘single-handed’ unification efforts, by Pranab Kharal (kp), Koirala intensifies talks with fringe parties (kp), NC-UML govt to take shape in early Feb (ht), Why Parties Fear Local Elections?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

10/01/2014: PIL in SC for fresh Prez poll: ‘Let new CA choose new head of state and his/her deputy’ (kp), SC moved against President,VP: Polls sought for both the posts; Initial hearing today (ht), Prez should summon CA meeting, says Pun (ht), Leaders suggest ways to shorten statute drafting process (rep), Cong panel for ‘political dialogue committee’ in CA: Suggestions for reducing the number of committees in the CA so that debate and discourse will be confined to the full House (kp) [Such discussions should have started in early 2010 after the committees of CA-I presented their suggestions; but they were hindered by the top leaders of NC, CPN-UML and UCPN-M!!], Just 3 thematic panels for CA: NC; Political Dialogue Committee proposed for thorny issues (rep), Conflict victim seeks UN help for justice (kp), PR seats allocation irregularity to be probed (ht), CA Court summons RPP-N over PR list (ht), Kamal Thapa bats for monarchy; warns of protests (nn) [More than 93% of the people voted for parties that are against a revival of monarchy!!], Opening salvo: Calling the first meeting of the CA is the prerogative of the President, not the PM, by Gyan Basnet (kp), Vox populi: A public opinion poll ahead of writing the constitution is the only way to recognise the voices of all Nepalis, by Arjun Bhattarai (kp), Need for change: The Proportional Representation system needs to be reformed, not abandoned, by Leena Rikkila Tamang (kp), Need Of Nation And Way Forward, by Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang (rn), Mayhem Over Meeting: The row over who should call the first meeting of the newly elected Constituent Assembly gets murkier (sp), Sinkholes Of Loktantra, by Dipak Gyawali (sp)

09/01/2014: Special SC bench to hear petitions over CA meeting (kp), SC in bid to settle constitutional issue pronto: Refers another case also to special bench for Jan 13 (ht), The Unnecessary Case Of President vs. PM, by Gyan Basnet (rn), Petition against nomination of politicos in CA (ht), Govt formation immediately after first CA meeting: Koirala, by Anil Giri (kp), CA seats for disabled: Demand for representation invites lathicharge, by Weena Pun (kp), Koirala, Deuba, Paudel stake claim to PP leader, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Koirala finds wooing Deuba, Paudel over PM bid hard: All three leaders vying for PM berth, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), UCPN (Maoist) asks NC and UML to bring power-sharing proposal, by Ashok Dahal (rep), CPN-M seeks closer ties with UCPN (Maoist): Both parties under ‘tremendous pressure’ to join hands, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), MJF-N,TMDP, SP agree to form a united force (ht), Delay in govt formation affects decision-making process (ht), Counterfeiting progress: Identity-inclusive federalism is the only way Nepal will have long-term stability, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Scrap PR Electoral System, by Uttam Maharjan (rn) [Better scrap the FPTP system which has been even more misused than the PR system, and please reform the latter!!]

08/01/2014: CA meet delay worries lawmakers, by Abiral Gautam (kp), Court asks Prez why Cabinet chairman can’t convene CA (kp), Special bench to test constitutional matter (ht), Supreme Court refers case to special bench: Issue should have been settled politically: Bhimarjun Acharya (rep), CA meeting row: Supreme Court sets Jan 13 as the next hearing date (nn), UML digs in heels on fresh Prez election: Says it’s become a matter of prestige for the party (kp), Congress for Regmi to end CA meet call row (kp), People say ongoing political bickering irks them no end (ht), Second CA continuation of first one: Prez (ht), NEFIN demands nomination in 26 CA seats (nn), Adhikari killers ‘identified’, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp) [??], Police identify two who killed Krishna Adhikari: Say the shooters are on the run; Stop short of disclosing their names (ht), Disabled announce stir demanding seats in CA (kp), Clash of egos: The problem is not over principles, but in a selective reading of the constitution to suit personal interests, by Apurba Khatiwada (rep), Peace-building in Nepal: Focus on social justice, by Sanoj Tulachan (ht), Women will keep fighting for their rights, say activists, by Anjali Subedi (rep)

07/01/2014: First CA meet could convene by third week of January (ht), Who summons the assembly: President’s parleys evoke varied views (ht), Why Regmi can't call CA meeting, Supreme Court ask Prez office (nn), UML saddened by lates activities of president (rep), Maoists won’t topple govt: BRB (ht), Rights activists condemn Mandal’s CA nomination (ht), CA Court rules out stay on Gachhadar’s poll win: Says rival candidate has failed to substantiate rigging allegations (ht), Bhattarai, Shrestha not working closely: Dahal out to downsize party committees, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Be a party to arms trade treaty: UN (ht), No CA seat this time for disabled?, by Anjali Subedi (rep), The nation fails Dalits: The major political parties have only used the Dalit community’s issues to further their own interests, by Subhash Nepali (kp), Modernizing Kamal Thapa: Kamal Thapa has built a party for middle class Nepalis that has the potential to articulate economic aspirations of all Nepalis; But will he?, by Bishal Thapa (rep), Like for like: We are selfish, amoral and greedy people and we have got the political leaderships that we deserve, by Mukesh Khanal (rep)

06/01/2014: SC: Allow voters right to reject (kp), Govt told to ensure negative voting right, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), SC gives voters right to reject poll candidates (rep), Political culture (ht), Core confusion: Fight over first CA session squanders political pace gained through polls (kp), Bhattarai’s democracy call ‘a bargaining tactic’ (kp), Will China be able to unite two Maoist parties?, by Purna Basnet (rep), NC committee engaged in statute consultations: Taskforce in consultation with experts on writing constitution in a year (kp), UML seeks Maoist help for re-electing President, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Khanal, Dahal’s parties to strengthen relations: Maoist insiders say their top leaders positive about electing a new President (ht), UML, UCPN (Maoist) for fresh election of prez: UML asks NC to come up with package proposal (rep), RPP-N disgruntled group drags PR issue to Supreme Court (nn), Newly elected CA member has criminal background: Civil Society members (nn), Former rebel seeks support for treatment, by Biplab Maharjan (kp), Collusion of officials in embezzlement of compensation alleged (ht), ‘Give Prithvi due honour’ (ht) [From the perspective of the conquered territories and societies or from the perspective of the conquerors?], A central problem: Suspending local democracy to concentrate on national constitutional issues is undemocratic and wrong, by Hemant R. Ojha (kp) [The problem began with Sher Bahadur Deuba's (NC) politics of retention of power in July 2002!!], NC and UML do not have alternative to working together, interview with Jhala Nath Khanal (kp), This Challenge To Democracy, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The YES outbreak: Ambiguities of democracy and certainties of conservatism make for a fissile political system; Wether it implodes, explodes or gets diffused will depend largely upon the "outside forces", by C.K. Lal (rep)

05/01/2014: Out with the old: Top party leaders have already shown themselves to be irresponsible; hope now lies with the CA's young leaders, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Useless debate: Calling first CA meet (rep), No agreement on which govt will choose: Law also lacks clarity on nomination of 26 lawmakers (ht) [The interim constitution is very clear in this regard!! The procedure of the politicians in 2008 was as unconstitutional as their current nonsense talks are!!], Controversy over CA meet: Divided HLPC to wait for apex court order, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), HLPC to wait for court verdict on CA summon: Madhesi leaders oppose, by Thira L. Busal (rep), HLPC avoids issue of who should call first CA meeting (ht), Nepal President lobbies for right to summon House, by Yubaraj Ghimire (Indian Express), President pulls strings with smaller parties (nn), CA meeting call row: Prez to ‘obey’ court order (kp), Verdict for separate panel raises hopes, by Dewan Rai (kp), UN rights chief welcomes ruling against blanket amnesties (nn), Siraha will be sending 20 representatives to new CA (ht), Many PR seats for home districts of party bosses, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep) [The behaviour of the party bosses is a special kind of corruption and nepotism!!], Voices raised against PR system (kp), An Urgent Call To Reform PR System, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [It's true, the PR needs improvements, fundamental reforms of the FPTP system and democratization of the parties are far more urgent!!], PR berth for murder accused leaves victim's family dejected (rep), Change of guard sought in UCPN-M: 'Party betrayers' hold separate meeting (ht), Dahal prepares to confront dissident leaders, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Weak bonds: Maoists had officially declared the NC their main enemy; Congress was among the first to declare Maoists "terrorists"; Yet these two forces have come together, by Shreya Paudel (rep)

04/01/2014: Prez reiterates his right to convene CA (kp), Prez consults party chiefs on who's to call CA meet (rep), Koirala wants HLPC decide who'll call CA meet (ht) [The HLPC is an unconstitutional body and has nothing to decide! Follow the ruling of the constitution!], RPP-N demands Prez re-election, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Bhattarai concerned about fate of 'agenda of change' (ht), No unconditional support to NC-led govt: Bhattarai; Maoists to take to streets over public concerns (rep), Dahal to table disputes at CC meeting (rep), Why Dahal refuses to listen to Bhattarai‚ Shrestha, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Reclaiming political center: Too much focus on power politics and too little on the transformational power of politics prevent leaders from leading and intellectuals from asking right questions, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (rep)

03/01/2014: TRC, disappearances ordinance: Apex court for 2 commissions, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Supreme Court annuls TRC Ordinance: Tells govt to remove blanket amnesty provision; Order a blow to Unified CPN-Maoist party, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), SC rejects TRC ordinance over blanket amnesty: Govt told to form separate disappearance commission, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), First CA meet is Prez’s Call, says Yadav (kp), Right to call first CA meeting mine: Prez (ht), UML firm on fresh prez election (ht), EC submits CA members’ list to prez (kp), Election Commission submits Nov poll results to President: Gives no weightage to complaints against parties (ht), Disputes highlight flaws in PR method, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep) [The flaws in the FPTP system are even worse as the non-inclusive selection of candidates proves!!], 'Grave consequences if leadership doesn't correct ways': Bhattarai; no intension of splitting the party, by Ashok Dahal (rep), ‘Consequences if Dahal fails to make amends’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Democratisation of party is my agenda, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Dahal should own up  defeat, says Bhattarai: ‘Decision not to correct PR list unfortunate’ (ht), For PMship, Koirala to be PP leader first, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Dhakal announces return to RPP-Nepal (kp), Govt urged to take fasting Adhikaris’ case seriously (ht), Nepal and the Age of Accountability: The parties are wrong if they think they can get away without seeing justice done on the murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikary, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Internal Party Conflicts, Confrontations, by D. M. Thapa (rn), Revolution, Democracy And Change, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Statutory warning: Political parties that suffer from a democratic deficit within can’t give us a democratic constitution, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

02/01/2014: PR lists irk party rank and file in backward areas (rep), Dissatisfaction in parties over selection of PR candidates (rep), Surgery gone wrong: Proportional Representation (rep) [Not the system is weak but the party leaders whose continued violation of constitution and laws is justified a a necessity!!], PR Seats Breed Problem, by BG (rn), Amid dissatisfaction over PR nominations, EC’s deadline expires today (nn), UCPN (Maoist) PR anger spills: Bhattarai, Shrestha in ‘tactical alliance’ against Dahal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bhattarai, Shrestha up the ante against Dahal: Lodge protest letter,seeking to amend PR list (ht), Note of dissent worsens UCPN (Maoist) row, by Ashok Dahal (rep), 12 hurt as rival factions clash (kp), Leaders quit en masse in Kalikot (kp), Bhattarai and Shrestha can choose to leave: Kirati (nn), UML pick ‘biased’, say zonal leaders (kp), 60 leaders, cadres resign (kp), Congress offices vandalised (ht), Madhes parties under pressure over PR lists, by Pranab Kharel (kp), MJF-D top guns complain: Election Commission told candidates chosen arbitrarily (ht), Ashok Rai party submits (kp), Tanka Dhakal returns to RPP-N, dispute continues (nn), RPP-N saved from ignominious split after disgruntled faction apologizes for causing rift (nn), Supreme Court rules against amnesty offer to conflict-era rights violators (nn), 4.3m Nepali people sans citizenship, claims report (kp), Who calls first CA meet a non-issue: Koirala; NC chief says that the incumbent President should summon the session (ht), Call CA meeting as per constitution: President tells IEC Chair (nn), Fulfilling Mandates And Tasks Local Election Is The Key, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Procrastination Is The Thief Of Time, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Constitution in four years legit, interview with Agni Kharel, CPN-UML (rep)

01/01/2014: The wrong way (ht) [Why did people vote for these politicians? Everybody knew that they will never change!!], SC to govt: Why can’t Prez call CA meeting? (kp), Maoist factional feud deepens (kp), Dissidents in UCPN (Maoist) say PR list 'unacceptable' (rep), Senior leaders in bid to drive Dahal into corner: Bhattarai, Shrestha turning tables on party chair, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), 11 UCPN (M) leaders resign en-masse over PR seat row (nn), Koirala admits Congress is mired in indiscipline, anarchy: Says all weaknesses must be fixed pronto (ht), Congress offices padlocked (ht), Press freedom sees some improvement (kp), Nepal's press freedom sees some improvement (nn), A year of impunity: In the year 2013, many press freedom issues were raised but none addressed adequately, by Banu Bhakta Acharya (kp), EC turns down RPP-N faction’s pleas, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), EC accepts establishment side of RPP-Nepal’s PR candidates: Breakaway faction to seek legal remedy (ht), Establishment asks splintered group to talk issues out (kp), Appeal Bar chiefs against Regmi returning to SC (kp), New Year begins with hope for new statute, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep) [?? So far, there is no glimmer of hope in sight!!]?], Youth bulge as demographic dividend: A new beginning in the offing?, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), Revisiting the debate on federalism, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), A tumultuous year for UCPN (Maoist), by Ashok Dahal (rep), Nepali women's protracted battle for equality rages on, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Bloodied but not bowed: Madhesi parties to jointly push their agenda, by Jivesh Jha (rep)

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Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR)

Ways to destroy a nation: bandh calendar

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