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Press evaluation:

31/12/2014: 2014: Constitution hope ends in despair (kp), Suggest ways or follow rule: Nembang to parties (kp), Nembang leaves parties with three options, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Let CA decide (ht), ‘Another conflict crime against country’ (ht), Parties remain poles apart: Shekhar Koirala (ht), CPN-Maoist announces protests: Struggle planned in consultation with UCPN-M, says Gajurel (ht), CPN-Maoist: Protest in consultation with UCPN (Maoist) (rep), CPN-Maoist demands national unity government (kp), CPN-UML chair’s activities provocative: Dahal to Nepal (ht), Mahato slams ruling parties (ht), Hit or miss? With the same old style of leadership and dysfunctional governance, leaders' speeches of delivering the new constitution on the promised date sound doubtful, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (rep)

30/12/2014: Nembang urged to initiate vote (kp), CA to proceed as per its rules: Nembang; Vote on disputed issues unlikely for months, says Constituent Assembly chair, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Top four leaders engage in tough negotiations Fail to break ice, decide to buy time to consider the alternatives suggested by the task force (ht), No statute on Jan 22, brace up for stir: Dahal tells cadres (kp), UCPN (Maoist) instructs leaders to go to districts for protest (rep), Six on roster to head transitional justice bodies (kp), CK Raut held in Jaleshwor again (kp), So close yet so far: Nepal's political parties still need to strike a balance between their ideological and strategic priorities to promulgate a constitution, by Jay Nishaant (kp), The Constitution: Blame Game Never Ends, by Prem Khatry (rn)

29/12/2014: CA members’ nay to delayed statute (kp), Taskforce leaves disputes for top leaders to settle, Govt plans security: Home Ministry assesses security scenarios whether or not there is new constitution on January 22 (kp), Leaders to decide disputed issues (ht), UML chief rules out ‘absolute consensus’ (kp), Slim chances of consensus: UML, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Students seek public pressure for constitution (ht), CK Raut held, released (kp), War victim’s journey: From an influential person to a beggar, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp), Transitional justice panels yet to be filled (kp), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are insisting on ‘and’ provision, interview with Laxman Lal Karna (kp) [Citizenship is obviously another issue where the conservative parties of NC and UML show their true face!!], An alternative model: Ruling coalition’s seven-province model, in any form, is not decentralisation as alleged by the opposition, by K.L. Devkota (kp)

28/12/2014: January 22 ‘too close’ even for statute draft: Leaders say draft possible only with a deal in two days (kp), Taskforce working on alternatives: To send disputed issues of the constitution to top leaders (ht) [i.e. to the most incompetent persons of solving constitutional hurdles!!], Dahal bats for inclusiveness (kp), Baidya Maoists announce stir (kp), Thapa-led chariot rally untimely: Lawoti (kp), Not again: We should not let CA members extend the deadline for promulgating the constitution at any cost, by Rajendra Senchurey, Telling her story: Nepali history must acknowledge women’s contributions to the country’s seminal political changes, by Darshan Karki (kp), Sleep to dream: The year 2014 remained nondescript with a sense of neither going nor reaching anywhere, by Abhi Subedi (kp), CA Members Just Twiddling Their Thumbs!, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

27/12/2014: ‘Problem is power, not consensus’: Nembang hits out at parties, saying vacillation deliberate (ht) [!!!!!!!], Issue statute on time, Civil society urges leaders (kp), Civil society members urge leaders to deliver statute on time (ht), Seek common ground for constitution: Wang (kp), Wang hopes early consensus through dialogue (ht) [China must understand that the so-called Nepali political leaders are only interested in power and the preservation of their privileges!!!], The less the number of pradeshes, the better: Koirala (ht), Five Maoist parties hit out at each other (ht), Peace process, parliamentary politics failed to address people's aspiration: Chand (rep), Revolt under threat: Chand (kp), Commander Asmita’s many battles: Leela Sharma, an ex-Maoist guerilla, fought for justice in the People’s War; But even after the war, she has had to continue her battles—both on the personal front, and on behalf of other women fighters, by Deepak Adhikari (kp), Prince of darkness: Kamal Thapa should have posted a Christmas greeting video on YouTube instead of wasting millions of rupees with his ‘Chariot’ natak, by Guffadi (kp), RPP-Nepal’s Rath Yatra reaches Hetauda (ht), Old state: Women and citizenship (rep)

26/12/2014: New taskforce to seek consensus: Cross-party body to present a proposal in 2 days; Parties ‘agree’ to adopt improved parliamentary system (kp), Task force formed to forge consensus, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Task force formed to settle disputed issues, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Myriad problems if no consensus: Nembang (kp), Maoists hint at 6 states, with strings attached (kp), Maoists now float six-province model, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Constitution on Jan 22 is impossible : Bhim Rawal (kp), CPN Maoist mass assembly today (kp), Mixed signals: We have to make a constitution that is right for us, not one that fits the rightist agenda of a governing party in the neighbourhood (nt), More of the same: We Nepalis desperately need some positive experiences to believe in ourselves and in our future, by Jagannath Lamichhane (kp), Nepal’s backwardness: People’s apathy is to blame, by Mukul Sharma (ht), Forgotten fighters: Two women guerrillas who survived the war, struggle to survive the peace, by Deepak Adhikari (nt), Playing the shame game: The same handful of ‘leaders’ are jockeying in the back rooms for political, and personal, gain at the expense of nearly 30 million people, by Marty Logan (nt)

25/12/2014: History repeats: Wider range of parliamentarians, public must be included in constitution drafting (kp), Forget federalism: Addressing the concerns of marginalized and ethnic communities has nothing to do with such and such number and names of federal states, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [Federalism is a precondition for better inclusion of ethnic and regional groups, Mr Paudyal! Ethnic organisations had already demanded it in the mid-1990s, long before the Maoists!!!], Widening Discord May Stymie Constitution Promulgation, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Leaders urged to overlook their personal interest in CA (ht), Dahal threatens protest if statute is brought through majority (rep), Constitution, not govt, is oppn priority: Dahal (kp), NC, UML ask Maoists to register differing views (kp), Changes in statute possible later: NC, UML tell Maoists (rep) [But your non-inclusive proposal is fundamentally wrong!! It may lead to greater social unrest!!], Leaders promise to remove trust deficit: The four major forces need to clear the situation by stopping the tendency of exchanging barbs (ht), Parties need to make effort to forge consensus (ht), SSP withdraws support to govt (kp), FSP withdraws support to govt (ht), UDMF to take inlike-minded parties (ht), RPP-N chariot rally begins (kp) [Targeting national harmony within the multiethnic, multireligious and multilingual state of Nepal!!], Thapa warns of jihad (ht) [?????], Complexity of faith: Religion is a complex dynamic force of human civilisation with potential for both good and evil, by Pramod Mishra (kp), March for citizenship through mother, by Weena Pun (kp), Youth activists for citizenship also through mother's name (rep)

24/12/2014: Secularism and the state: Secularism provides legal, psychological protection to religious minorities against majoritarian hegemony, by Dipendra Jha (kp), EC for 3 pc threshold, MMPR system (ht), MPs turn up heat on senior leaders (kp), Leaders urge statute draft by January 22: Launching a movement now will divert focus from the real task,say members of ruling parties (ht), Sit-in to press for timely statute (kp), Slumber rally in city to wake lawmakers up (ht), Drive for identity-based federalism (kp), We won’t compromise on deadline for consensus: Oli (kp), RPP-N chief rules out timely constitution (ht), Nembang, lawmakers urge Dahal not to launch protest, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Not the time for stir, Shrestha tells Dahal (kp), Call it off: Opposition protest plans (rep), The billion-rupee gap: Inability to spend money earmarked for infrastructure is a loss for the country (kp), The divine comedy: For the British envoy to suggest the right to conversion be guaranteed in constitution can only mean one thing: he wants coercive conversion legalized, by Biswas Baral (rep) [??? What nonsense by a person I thought to be intellectual!!], Political corruption in Nepal: Strong action is necessary, by Pranav Bhattarai (ht)

23/12/2014: Parties’ row stops House business (kp), Leaders urged not to hold CA hostage to indecision (ht), 'CA can't be held hostage to past accords' (rep) [??], Major parties differ over wait for consensus (rep), To NC, UML, oppn wields protest plan (kp), ‘Oppn alliance a ploy to disrupt statute writing’ (kp) [Proposal of the male Bahun elites another ploy to disrupt legitimate demands and interests of the traditionally exluded majority of society!!], Koirala: Agitation will complicate matters (kp), Man of the hour: Sushil Koirala needs to emerge out of KP Oli’s shadow and take the lead on negotiations with the opposition on the constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), FNCCI puts pressure on major parties (ht), Hurry Makes Bad Curry, by Shyam K.C. (rn), ICC staff protest affects House meet for 2 hrs (kp), Low capital expenditure: House panels grill PM, ministers in one voice (kp), Govt told to accomplish development projects’ bids (ht), NHRC urges govt to perform Nanda Prasad’s final rites (ht), NHRC asks govt to plan funeral (kp), Citizenship issue: Wordings add to woes of children of single mothers, by Weena Pun (kp), Name of the mother: A broadbased coalition could help in the fight against discriminatory citizenship provisions (kp), If Madhesis ruled: 'But son, army isn't for you; You must be Madheshi to qualify for army job, unless you want to work as a barber or a cook', by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

22/12/2014: A stitch in time: A major backlash is possible if a broadbased, inclusive constitution is not drafted soon (kp), CA hears party stances echoed yet again (ht), If there’s a push for conservative constitution, there’ll be strong resistance, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Interparty relations sour badly (rep), Dahal-led front set to hit streets: 19 parties decided on Sunday to launch street agitation in order to press the ruling coalition for a compromise (kp), 19 parties decide to launch agitation, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Oppn parties plan street protests (rep), Dahal lashes out at UML chief Oli (kp), Dahal lashes out at PM Koirala, Oli (ht), National integrity holds key to federalism: Khanal (kp) [National integrity means that the male Bahuns have to step down from their all-pervasive power control and privileges, once and for all!!], Constitution only through consensus, says Nembang (kp), Consensus must for constitution by deadline: Nembang (ht), Statute by two-thirds majority, Mahat claims (kp) [There will be no two-thirds majority for the proposal of the ruling parties in CA, Mr Mahat! Besides, you should be aware that the two ruling parties have been electedby less than 50 percent of the voters, i.e. the majority of the people have different ideas!!! ], 33-party alliance falls apart (kp), Are We Heading For Confrontation?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The shivering subalterns: There seems to be some hesitation among a section of Muslims and Tharus in making common cause with mainstream Maoists and resolute Madheshis, by C.K. Lal (rep), Federalism on ethnic basis is a reversal of republicanism, interview with Hussaini Abdu (rep)

21/12/2014: Content important not deadline: BRB (ht) [!!!], ‘Decisive’ talks fall through: Maoist leaders walk out of PM-chaired meeting (kp) [The demand that the opposition has to accept the ruling parties' proposal without changes has nothing to do with consensus offer!!], UCPN-Maoist walks out (ht), NC, UML, Madhesi parties to intensify talks (ht), CA vote not an easy option (kp), PAPAD submits memo to President Yadav (ht), RPP-N chief Thapa demands referendum for Hindu state (kp) [Such demand is anti-national and anti-constitutional! The question remains: Why does the state not treat him in the same way as CK Raut or better vice versa??], RPP-N’s 10-day Rath Yatra: To cover 30 districts calling for Hindu state (ht), 13 citizenships in mum’s name in Banke last FY: No person in the district has been able to obtain citizenships through their mother’s name in the running fiscal year (kp), Elites without etiquette: Nepal’s elites need to teach their children the value of time, significance of discipline, and importance of environment, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp)

20/12/2014: NC, UML for ‘decisive talks’ with opposition (kp), NC, UML to opt for voting if no consensus (rep), Toe ‘progressive’ line: BRB to ruling parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Oppn front warns of protest: Protests if NC, UML are inflexible: FDRA (kp), FRA gearing up to launch agitation: NC says resolution should besought on negotiating table, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Janajati alliance stages protest for identity-based federalism (kp), No alternative to agitation, say Madhesi forces (kp), Nembang urged to take initiative for consensus (ht), ‘Govt change after Jan 22’ (kp) [UML is already part of the current weak government! Power  and privileges, that's all politicians are interested in!!], Cong should step down after Jan 22, says Khanal (kp), War-era cases: Clarify crime, punishment: NBA (kp), UN asks govt to ensure rights (kp), Citizens sans a state, by Weena Pun (kp), Transitional justice: Rights groups ask PM for transparency in appts (kp), Rights groups call on Nepal tomake TRC, CID independent (ht)

19/12/2014: CA continues debate on its next step (ht), “The clock is ticking”, interview with CA Chair Subhas Nembang (nt), One month to go: Politicians agree to agree, sending a sense of cautious optimism about the constitution, but they need to settle their power struggle first (nt), Contentious consensus: There is much more to the constitution debate than the constitution, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Directly-elected Prez call renewed (kp), NEFIN to member bodies: Don’t join Tuladhar-led move (kp) [Janajati (and Madheshi) will never get their just demands fulfilled as long as they are unable to cooperate!!], Forge consensus or be ready for vote, says PM (ht) [A two-thirds majority for the non-inclusive proposal of the ruling parties can hardly be imagined!], NC, UML for giving top leaders 5 days to settle disputes (rep), MJF-Nepal pledges single Madhes (ht), Model of judiciary: A Thorny Issue on Constitution Drafting, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Citizenship from mother: DPM Gautam wavering on his promise, by Weena Pun (kp) [Citizenship from mother is a fundamental right and does not depend on the favour of any minister!!], Not over yet: Government must implement its plan to rehabilitate children affected by conflict (kp), A great coming storm: Complex social conflicts loom, unless Nepal creates jobs for returning migrants from India and overseas, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), A failed mission: Unless a single entity is given the mandate to act freely and take action against people at the top, controlling corruption will remain impossible, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Only half free: Freedom of expression can’t be selective, it includes the freedom to speak about changing one’s religion, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

18/12/2014: Leaders claim progress on judiciary, electoral system: Differences persist on federalism, forms of government, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Pranab Kharel (kp), CA members voice their party stances: Discussions show that deadlock nowhere near resolution (ht), UML reiterates two-third majority if no consensus (rep), Oppn warns against bringing statute through majority (rep), UML: Extremist forces threat to statute writing (kp), Demand to reinstate Prithvi Jayanti (kp), A matter of choice: British envoy may have overreached, but Hindu right is perhaps missing the point (kp), Politicians ‘try to influence CIAA’: Oli, Deuba ‘ask investigators to release those arrested’ (kp) [The close connection between high level politicians and crime is all-pervasive!!], Dalit panel without members for a year (kp), Truth and consequences: For true reconciliation, human rights violations during the conflict must be confronted head on, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Erik B. Wilson (kp), Kin of conflict victim deprived of relief (ht), Transcending Leadership Vital To Democratic Constitution Writing, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

17/12/2014: MPs divided over statute procedure: Ruling parties question PDCC’s relevance; Propose settling disputed issues at the Constituent Assembly (kp) [Only the CA has to decide on the new constitution, not the parties and their male Bahuin leaders!!], CA prolongs meeting to await consensus among parties (ht), CA chair urged to remove deadlock (rep), FSPN warns ruling parties (ht), Chands’s party working on ‘revolutionary doctrine’ (kp), Dahal's stratagem: Dahal is championing 10 ethnic states, most of them ethnic, not as a principled issue, but as bargaining chip to realize personal ambition, by Neelam Adhikari (rep)

16/12/2014: Flexibility a far cry as CA deliberations begin (kp), PDCC must settle disputes: Maoists (kp), UCPN-M for returning disputes to CPDCC (ht), Ruling, oppn leaders sharply divided on returning to CPDCC (rep), Diplomat summoned over envoy’s conversion note, by Anil Giri (kp), Govt summons UK official over 'rights to change religion', by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Breach of protocol: Andy Sparkes plea for right to conversion is condemnable; it goes against basic diplomatic norms and values, by Bimal Gautam (rep) [The freedom to choose one's own religion is a fundamental right of every human being that is so far not respected in Nepal!!!], ‘Low women representation in political parties’, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), Unproductive peace: Eight years since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2006, political leaders have little to show, by Subindra Bogati (kp), 21st century constitution: Whatever happens on January 22, 2015, it is certain that it will end up drafting a constitution that could just as well have been crafted on January 22, 1815, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

15/122014: PM gets NC nod to forge consensus with oppn parties‘: Flexibility on disputed issues but only around joint proposal’ (kp), NC for consensus from margins of joint proposal: Congress to make all out effort to draft new constitution by the January 22 deadline (ht), Chances of statute through consensus high: Dahal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), EC plans to be independent poll governing body, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), MoFA to ask for UK envoy’s take: Sparkes, in a newspaper opinion piece, had called on lawmakers to protect  right to change religion in new constitution (kp) [The British ambassador's statement was necessary and reasonable! Only communal forces see this different! The fundamental right of every citizen to choose her/his religion must be guaranteed by the constitution!], Sparkes’ advocacy of conversion sparks row (ht), UK envoy under flak for advocacy of conversion: Govt prepares to seek clarification, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), RPP-N: Honour Prithvi Narayan Shah (kp) [Those conquered, subjected and excluded inferior citizens by the Shah state are also integral parts of the nation! How can they celebrate this day??], Declare Prithvi memorial daya holiday, says RPP-Nepal (ht), Return to the fold: Baidya’s reentry must not deviate the Maoist party from peace, constitution (kp), Longer the transition, the less attention govt pays to human rights, interview with Anup Raj Sharma (kp), Issue Of Disappearances, Politics Ignoring Justice, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

14/12/2014: Chances of new statute by Jan 22 slim: Bhattarai (kp), Major parties getting serious: Bhattarai; Says it’ll be an achievement if first draft of constitution is ready by January 22 (ht), Consensus possible, say parties (ht), MJF-Nepal chairfinds fault withUDMF constituents (ht), HR meet calls for youths’ representation (kp), Researching peace: Without explicit educational and empowerment functions, the state-building process cannot succeed, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp)

13/12/2014: NC leadership asked to pull out all stops for statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC leaders against sending disputed issues back to CPDCC, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Koirala tasked with forging consensus (ht), Taskforce of second rung leaders on anvil (kp) [Janajati, Madheshi and women in general are minorities among second rung leaders as well!!], Major forces to disscus issues ‘more systematically’ (ht), Parties’ new option: Statute draft by Jan 22 (kp), Dahal-led 19-party alliance announced (kp), FDA to press for inclusive statute (ht), ANNFSU launches SMS campaign for constitution (ht), Call for reopening debate on citizenship; Agreed provisions can render many stateless: Experts (ht), Walking the tightrope: We have to be honest, cultivate confidence and trust, and tackle the issues without sticking adamantly to identity positions, by Shyam Sharma (rep)

12/12/2014: CPN-Maoist warns of ‘people’s constitution’ (kp), Baidya's CPN-Maoist unveils concept paper for new statute (rep), Shekhar Koirala differs with NC mainstream (ht), Oli unhappy with PM Koirala (rep), Miles to go: Clear separation of powers would help the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority tackle corruption, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Instilling Leadership Qualities, by Reagan Bhandari (rn), Decentralised plunder: The rent from Nepal’s rent-seeking state just went up (nt), Dichotomy in development: A successful politician in Nepal is almost necessarily corrupt, by Bihari K. Shrestha (nt)

11/12/2014: CA takes up disputed issues: PDCC Chair Bhattarai insists consensus still possible (kp), Bhattarai tables CPDCC report: Says mandate of people’s movements takes precedence over that of elections (ht), Choice is between disastrous and unpalatable: Bhattarai (rep), Parties in ‘positive discussions’ to settle contentious subjects (kp), Parties to seek consensus through series of talks (rep), Ruling, opposition parties trying to woo each other (ht), Fear Of Missing The January 22 Deadline Looms Large, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Weapons of choice: What would be the long- and short-term consequences if the two-thirds majority should get its way?, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Regressive statute will be torn: CPN-M (ht), ‘Nepal’s human rights condition deteriorates’ (kp) [see report of AHRC], Time to deliver: NHRC should book politicians and senior government officials who condoned torture and human rights violations, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep), And justice for all: Conflict wounds cannot be healed without recognising victims’ demands (kp), Youths of Taplejung rue decade-long insurgency: Youngsters quit their studies to work as porters (ht), TRC secretary tasked to begin logistical, administrative works (kp)

10/12/2014: Conflict victims seek end to politics over commissions, by Weena Pun (kp), War victims welcome court’s verdict on journo murder case, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Four forces in bid to forge consensus: Second-rung leaders absent as top guns meet (ht), UML PP against re-sending issues to PDCC (kp), Oli against giving consensus forging task to CPDCC again (ht), Ex-Nefin members to join Janajati stir with Tuladhar (kp), Thapa seeks revocation of CA (ht), Appointments in TRC: Panel to give names for two commissions (ht), Rights all year round: Promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups can strengthen national integrity, peace and democracy, by Madhab Regmi (kp), Empowering the other half: All out against VAW, by Gail Marzetti (ht), Latest Buzz: National Government, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

09/12/2014: Talks on statute contents, not process: Big 3 (kp), Parties in ‘final bid’ to forge consensus: Big Three include Madhesi front in talks on contentious matters for the first time, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Updated version of interim statute can be issued as new constitution: Oli (rep) [???], Updating interim statute anoption: Oli: Says disputed issues won’t be returned to CPDCC, by Tikas R. Pradhan (ht), ‘Promulgate statute evenby amending CA calendar’ (ht), Two roads diverge: By now, all parties know the limitations and possible points of compromise on contentious issues of the new constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The right move: To build a strong economic future for Nepal, we cannot ignore the rights of half of the population, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Keep your promises: Any attempt to pursue decentralisation instead of federating the country would be manipulative politics, by Prakash Bom (kp), National conference of Dalit rights activists kicks off (ht), Madheshi separatism: There is no evidence of mass discontent among Madheshi people that they are being deprived of civil and citizenship rights under the exclusionist rule, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

08/12/2014: No light at end of statute tunnel: Parties clueless what follows CA talk on PDCC report (kp), Nembang asks leaders to forge consensus in five days (ht), UCPN-M-led new opposition front in offing (ht), Morcha presses identity-based federalism (kp), UML looks to consider every possible alternative (kp), CPN-M memo to PM Koirala warning of another movement (ht), Restraint in response: Longer the constitution drafting, more opportunity for spoilers to create havoc (kp), Journo murder: Dailekh court delivers verdict: Jail terms for 5 convicts; TRC Act, Civil Code cited, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Verdict issued in Dekendra murder case (ht), Families of conflict-missing hoping against hope, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Silence of foxes: For the Pink Pretenders of supposedly Marxist-Leninist variety, KP Oli, the presumptive power behind throne of Premier Koirala, is the rock of stability, by C.K. Lal (rep), Groundless Optimism, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

07/12/2014: NC-UML bid for nat’l consensus govt loses steam (kp), NEFIN does volte-face on Tuladhar deal: Decisison as per the mandate given by representatives at nat’l gathering in Butwal: Leaders (kp), Ex-NEFIN chair Lekhi against joining ethnic movement (kp), Two-third majority in CA won’t workin constitution making: Dahal (ht), Search for self: A Nepali identity is the whole—the sum total of the country’s more than a hundred ethnic identities, by Khagendra N. Shakya (kp) [Yes, reality is the opposite of the single ethnic identity thinking of the so-called leaders!!]

06/12/2014: CPDCC report submitted to CA chair, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), PDCC report lands in CA: Constituent Assembly to meet on Tuesday: Bhattarai hopeful of end to polarisation (kp), CPDCC submits report to CA: Says it's 'neither vor voting nor for deliberation' (rep), ‘New statute  possible by April 15’ (ht), Seven Madhesi forces one on disputed issues (ht), Madhesi leaders refuse to rise to govt, federal commission baits (ht), Madhesi parties reject UML bid to decide fed set-up later (kp), 20 parties form task force (ht), Crime-politics nexus promoting impunity: NHRC (kp)

05/12/2014: Constitution writing to be fast-tracked: CA secretariat prepares to amend calendar to meet Jan 22 deadline (kp), Oppn worried what CA may do to CPDCC report (ht), Fight over what happens after disputed issues are sent to CA persists, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Tarai parties may go for ‘improved parliament’ model (kp), Gachhadar against statute sans federalism (ht), ‘Flexible on number of states’ (kp), CPN-Maoist leader warns of protest (ht) [Didn't you say that you are against the promulgation of the constitution by CA??], Nepal against unity govt idea (kp), Almost there, but...: Predicament of Pushpa Kamal Dahal and fears of ‘Madhesbadi’ leaders stand between us and constitution, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), ‘C’ for constitution: Nepal may finally get its new constitution but it may not be in January, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Dalit women urge govt to ensure citizenship thru mother's name (rep), Making peace with the past: For the women widowed by war, personal happiness comes last, by Trishna Rana (nt), What Constitution? From promulgation of the new constitution by January 22, major political parties have shifted their focus to forming a national consensus government (sp), Human rights and Good governance have many faces, by Kirsten Geelan (sp)

04/12/2014: Eyes on the prize: Parties must focus more on constitution and less on government formation (kp), People launch sms campaign to press for timely statute, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), PDCC to submit report ‘today’: 22-party alliance okays major parties’ decision; BRB asked to use his conscience (kp), CPDCC chair to submit report: Bhattarai entrusted with preparing its contents ‘using his wisdom’, by Prakash Acharya (ht), RPP-N to hold Rath Yatra for Hindu state (kp), Hindu state? by Prakash A. Raj (rep) [Nepal is the best example that the identification of state and religion does not work, especially not in multi-religious and multi-ethnic states! Besides, the state of Nepal in its current form only came into existence through the military conquests of the Shah rulers between 1742 and 1791, as you know well, Mr Raj!], An index for inclusion: Multidimensional Social Inclusion Index provides an illuminating picture of inclusion’s non-linear nature, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

03/12/2014: A modest proposal: Any design for federalism must ensure rightful shares for deprived groups in the power structure, by Amar Kant Jha (kp), Proposals stranded at CPDCC (ht), Parties not serious about consensus, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Leaders need to do soul searching, by Prakash Rimal (ht), Big 3 parties say agreement around corner (kp), Political polarisation to affect January 22 deadline: Bhattarai (ht), Oli steps up unity govt talksHolds one-on-one meeting with UCPN (Maoist) leader Bhattarai for three hours (kp), Citizenship through single parent, says BRB (kp), UNHRC prods Nepal for justice in 3 war-era cases, by Weena Pun (kp)

02/12/2014: CPDCC’s filibustering holding statute hostage: Crisis of confidence between ruling and opposition parties has deadlocked constitution drafting, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Madhes parties turn down UML offer to join govt (kp), Chand announces CPN Maoist, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Conflict victims demand equal state treatment: Victims claim that govt officials, former rebels and security personnel injured during insurgency have however received facilities (kp)

01/12/2014: As meetings fail, parties to engage in informal talks (kp), Starting again: Political leaders must still explore all avenues of negotiation for consensus (kp), Nine-state model with autonomous Madhes: MJF-N; MJF-N also proposes a provision of changing the name and capital of state through two-thirds majority of a provincial assembly (kp), Not in our name: A Truth Commission cannot impose reconciliation upon victims of conflict under any circumstance, by Suman Adhikari (kp), Illusive consensus: There must be pressure from all sides to come up with a constitution by the scheduled date, by consensus, and if not, by two-third majority, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep)

30/11/2014: After a lull, parties to renew consensus effort (kp), Parties stress consensus, but continue to differ (kp), FRA decides to  wait and watchruling parties (ht), Dissolve CA, govt, demands CPN-M (ht)

29/11/2014: CPDCC meet calledfor tomorrow: Ruling, opposition parties fine-tuning strategies, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Oli bats for commission to settle federalism dispute (kp) [Such commission is of no meaning as along as the disadvantaged sections sof society are adeaquately participated! These sections (Janajatis, Madheshis, Dalits, Muslims and women in general) constitute 85 percent of the population!!!], In search of a common stance: 22-party alliance to take to streets after finalising its agenda, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht 29/11/2014)

28/11/2014: PM: No pressure from Modi on constitution (kp), Koirala says no external pressure (ht 28/11/2014), Transgression of authority: Nepal needs a strong and independent anti-corruption agency outside the realm of the executive, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Half-widows of war: Hand-in-hand, wives of those disappeared in the war help each other cope with life, by Trishna Rana (nt)

26/11/2014: Modi bats for consensus; Advice: Preliminary constitution draft in agreement, amendments may be made later, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [The problem is that the proposal of NC and UML is not inclusive and cannot be a basis for future amendments!!], Modi stresses on consensus for statute (ht), Modi for constitution through consensus: UCPN (Maoists) feels encouraged (rep), Ruling parties to Modi: Consensus best but voting if inevitable (kp) [Consensus here means that the opposition has to support the proposal of the government parties!]

25/11/2014: A slippery slope: Unless drastic amendments are made to the CA Rules of Procedure, a new constitution by January 22 is no longer possible, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), On the brink: Constitutional process (rep), 22 parties say they favour consensus: Claim ruling parties want a vote on disputed issues (ht), NC, UML blasted for ‘pushing nation towards confrontation: ’Dahal says statute cannot be drafted through majority in Constituent Assembly (ht), Opposition briefs int’l community on statute stance (kp), Chand faction splits from CPN-Maoist: Plans to announce own party after necessary homework, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Six Madhes-based parties join forces to revive SLMM (kp), Madhesi parties revive UDMF: Say they will not be joining government till the constitution is promulgated (ht), Internal divide: Splits in the indigenous movement in Nepal could jeopardise the achievements of Janajati politics, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp)

24/11/2014: Dahal reneges on deal after allies rebuke: Cannot convince oppn parties to let ruling parties’ proposal to CA (kp), Past agreements principles of new statute: Dahal (ht), Political deadlock that refuses to end, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Daughters to get equal share of parental property, by Weena Pun (kp), Hybrid delusions: Democracy is a fine mantra but what really matters to international community is regime stability in chronically conflict-afflicted countries, by C.K. Lal (rep)

23/11/2014: Parties agree to send all PDCC issues to Constituent Assembly (kp), Leaders agree to end deadlock (ht), Consultations for breaking stalemate positive: Acharya (ht), If no statute, we need adraft by Jan 22: Sharma (ht), Carter Center calls for consensus among parties (kp), Referendum on Hindu state: Rana (kp) [???], Looming deadline: The only real option for political parties is a constitution by January 22, by Siddhartha Thapa (kp), The beautification charade: Unless the public demands development that is more than cosmetic fixes, superficial work, like that for the Saarc Summit, will continue, by Manish Gyawali (kp)

22/11/2014: Eager to step down, but after statute: PM (ht), Eight years of peace agreement: Leaders discuss way forward, gains so far (ht), 8 yrs after CPA, key tasks of peace process still pending: Dispute resolution body remains unable to meet (rep), Dahal urges prez to help end deadlock: Tells Head of State Congress-UML’s joint proposal creating distrust among parties (ht), Welcome to Nepal: What stings is that as they talk about meaningful regional cooperation, these politicians have absolutely no vision of how to shape the Nepal they inherites from the 2006 revolution, by Biswas Baral (rep)

21/11/2014: Parties adamant as deadlock continues (kp), Leaders still clamor for consensus (rep), Joint proposal on statute can be modified: UML (ht), Constituent Assembly will deliver constitution sooner or later, says Dev, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Electoral model becomes more vital, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), The foreign handlers: Federalism is just decentralised feudalism in which warlords will rule states, by Bihari K. Shrestha (nt), Deadlines To Miss (sp), Deconstructing Hagiography: Rescuing History: In that Nietzscheian sense, politics is about power which is best exercised invisibly, by Dipak Gyawali (sp)

20/11/2014: 20 CA parties reject NC, UML statute proposal (kp), 22-party alliance to brief envoys on Sunday: Claims what NC, UML told them is not true (ht), UCPN (Maoist)-led camp says ruling parties vitiating consensus (rep), Oppn calls off protest for SAARC Summit (kp), US, British envoys call on Dahal (ht), ‘UCPN-Maoist on course to commit another blunder’: Sitaula says the ruling coalition will get stronger even if statute is not drafted on time, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [A non-inclusive constitution is far worse than a delayed but inclusive one, Mr Sitaula!!], Key leaders abroad as political impasse deepens (rep), RPP-N to seek full CA House meeting (ht), Judges call for binning House hearing, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Appointment of judges: Parliamentary hearing not needed: Judges (ht), Cabinet can overrule CIAA order on hydros: Gyawali (kp) [An anti-corruption commission that is subordinate to politicians, i.e. one of the most corrupt sections of Nepali society, makes absolutely no sense, Ms. Gyawali!!], Papers please: Denial of citizenship to legitimate citizens is a travesty of all achievements of all popular Nepali movements, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Inter-party Contretemps, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

19/11/2014: A year after election, CA still lacks full shape, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Janajatis may work with 22-party alliance, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), ‘Mass movement essential for Indigenous People’s rights’ (ht), Parties unwilling to change stance (kp), Bhattarai says he will not act under pressure (ht), Bhattarai raps PM for joining signature campaign, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Taking regressive decisions will be suicidal: Dahal (rep), Call of revolution: It is important to bring about national transformation through small political processes, not big revolutions, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Dawning red: While Biplab has reached a point of no return with his "people's revolt", politics in Kathmandu is slowly shifting in his favor, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Federating Nepal right, by Anil Karki (Setopati), Common Proposal Ignites New Feud, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

18/11/2014: Game of thrones: Constitutional process (rep), Statute-writing suffers serious setback: Majority CPDCC members demand joint proposal be sent to CA, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Rift widens in statute debate: PDCC meet put off as majority rally for NC-UML proposal (kp), 43 members press for forwarding NC-UML proposals, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Tharu MPs against 7-state model (kp), NEFIN, AJRA to launch joint Janajati protest (kp), Oppn to brief int’l community on their position (kp), Maoist-led oppn alliance also to brief diplomats (rep), CJ: Don’t experiment with judiciary (kp), A half-hearted effort: The NC-UML proposal on the judicial system and form of government does not reflect the spirit of federalism, by Prakash Bom (kp), Federal Nepal in the making: A number of constraints, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

17/11/2014: CA misses onemore deadline: Parties still hope to draft constitution by January 22 (ht), Not much to hope from PDCC meet: Ruling parties are busy collecting signatures to press Bhattarai to forward their joint proposal (kp), UML-Maoist talks to find common ground fruitless; Mistrust has deepened: Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Limbuwan bandh hits life in East (ht)

16/11/2014: BRB, NKS coax parties as Dahal spits venom (kp), Bhattarai hopping around town hoping against hope (ht), CPDCC chairman scrambles to get consensus forged: Holds hectic meetings with PM Koirala, Oli and Thapa (ht), Confrontation if past pacts violated, Dahal warns (kp), Signatories of joint NC-UML proposal to push document (ht), Slow road to ruin: The UCPN (Maoist) leadership should either reach consensus on the mode of federalism or agree to go for a vote in the CA, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp) [Consensus means that both sides have to move, not only one!!], Youth groups launch campaign for citizenship in mother’s name (kp), Campaign for citizenship rights (ht), Poll talks: Election laws should undergo periodic changes to keep pace with time and socio-political developments in the country, by Motikala Subba Dewan (kp)

15/11/2014: CPDCC meeting put off until Monday (ht), Maoists denied 5 days’ accord time (kp), Ruling parties, oppn still at loggerheads (ht), Dahal dares NC, UML to remove Bhattarai from CPDCC chair, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Crisis Of Our Making, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

14/11/2014: No ill-intent: Dahal’s deputies: Shrestha, Bhattarai say UCPN (M) is on statute course (kp), UCPN-M keen on talks: Bhattarai, Shrestha Say pressing for consensus does not mean they are against drafting the new constitution (ht), Bhattarai ready to prepare questionnaire of disputes (rep), NC, UML to ask Bhattarai to forward joint agenda (kp), Madhes parties revive Morcha (kp), UDMF expanded to give message of unity (ht), The revolutionary myth: Maoist insurgency, like many revolutions, provided fertile ground for epic constructions and mythologies, by Gérard Toffin (kp)

13/11/2014: A history of neglect: The challenge is to make the Nepali state genuinely plural, where there is equality of opportunity for all, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Major parties refuse to budge on cardinal points (rep), Signatories of joint proposal to adopt two-pronged strategy: To urge Nembang to move their proposition to CA if consensus bid fails, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC, UML proposal not final, claims PM (ht), Ruling parties ‘not to wait for long’: Tell diplomatic corps that they will follow the procedure if consensus eludes, by Anil Giri and Bhadra Sharma (kp) [Hopefully, the diplomats will not accept the misleading statements of the ruling party leaders! But one must be afraid that Western politicians are not able to understand the current dangerous procedures in Nepal! Nepal`s crisis solution should be viewed neither through Western nor through Bahun eyes!], Vexing issues to be put to vote, envoys told, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), New statute by Jan 22 at any cost: Ruling parties to int'l community (rep), ‘Unfortunate, if nation plunges into conflict’ (kp) [A non-inclusive constitution as planned by NC and UML, that disregards the justified demands of the excluded sections of society, will definitely lead to social conflict!!], Let CA decide future course of action: PM (kp), Madhesis seek separate space in nat’l politics (kp), Fringe Madhesi parties pitch for reviving UDMF (ht), NEFIN decides to focus on its own campaign (kp), Better none? I would prefer a no written constitution, as in Britain, to an anti-people, anti-democratic constitution, as in the Soviet Union, by Neelam Adhikari (rep)

12/11/2014: Russian roulette: Nepal’s constitution process (rep), BRB for dispute resolution panel within PDCC (kp), Bhattarai proposes forming mechanism within CPDCC to settle disputes (rep), CPDCC fails to find a way out (ht), Transitional justice panels to begin work on ‘Dec 10’: Diplomatic committee grills recommendation panel on Act provisions (kp), TRC Act will eventually tend to amnesty: Experts (rep), TRC may take up journo murder case, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), NC, UML angling for 1990 constitution: Dahal, by Hira Bahadur Ghartimagar (rep), NC, UML to brief international community on joint proposal (rep) [This only makes sense if representatives of Janajatis, Madheshis, Dalits, Muslims and women have a say in this event!!], Power issue delaying statute: Thapa (ht) [The demands for religious freedom and Hindu state are contradicting, Mr Thapa!! Religious freedom can only be guaranteed in a secular state!!!], The great amalgamation: In the debate over state restructuring, substantial discussions on the territorial and structural reform of local bodies have been missing, by K.L. Devkota (kp), House of cards: In an effort to please our visitors, we are fooling ourselves; We are trying to present something that we are not,  by Subhash Ghimire (rep)

11/11/2014: So far, not so good: Almost a year since elections to a second CA, constitution-drafting is still marked by a lack of faith, mistrust, and inflexibility, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Don’t change track: UML Janajati leaders (ht), Speak up: NC and secularism (rep), CPDCC to dwell on NC-UML joint proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Bhattarai calls CPDCC meet today; Dahal leaves for four-day Rolpa tour (rep), Dahal on weeklong Rolpa ‘revenge’ tour: Maoist chairman felt ‘insulted’ by ruling parties’ snub of PC meet (kp) [??], Ruling parties in bid to win over Madhesi parties, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Fight for equal rights: Clarion calls for gender-inclusive civil code, by Weena Pun (kp), Citizenship by descent issued in mother’s name (ht) [Nepal will only be an inclusive state when such news are not sensational but normal routine!!], 10 cadres of armed outfit arrested, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), Judges' Conference to discuss judiciary model in new statute (rep), KMC flayed for not doing enough to promote Newari art, culture (rep)

10/11/2014: Time running out for timely constitution, Nembang tells leaders of political parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Ruling parties ‘register’ joint proposal at PDCC (kp), ‘Limited time to forge deal’ (kp), NC, UML to oppn: Prepare for vote; Constitution writing process cannot stagnate when consensus efforts fail, says Prime Minister Koirala (kp), Opposition offered olive branch with caveat (ht), Don't use language of threat: PM to Dahal (rep), Wisdom of experience: Parties must reflect on past experience and seek to prevent the mistakes made (kp), 22 NC CA members meet PM Koirala: Urge him to stick to Mahasamiti decision on federal units (ht), Row over secularism, federal model festers within NC, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Jay P Gupta warns of stern agitation (ht), One or two provinces in the Tarai is unacceptable, interview with Raj Kumar Lekhi, NEFIN (kp), Nearing Deadline And Changed Tone Of Leaders, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

09/11/2014: Indigenous issues: Indentity-based federalism is the only way to reclaim the rights of marginalised peoples, by Lhamo Yangchen Sherpa (kp) Parties in informal dialogue to build trust (kp), No ‘majority’ statute: Oppn, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp), NC, UML accused ofobstructing statute (ht), Tarai-based NC leaders make pitch for equality (kp), 22 CA members for change (ht), UK Bar urges govt to release CK Raut: Requests Nepal to ensure the internationally protected right to freedom of expression (kp), Bodde, Hachhethu & Ethnic Federalism, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [An article in favour of the NC/UML proposal for federal structure, but this proposal means the transfer of the current single ethnic identity based central state on the future federal provinces and will not lead to inclusion!]

08/11/2014: NC lawmakers oppose joint federal model (ht), Maoist-led alliance ready to send NC-UML proposal to CA (rep), NC, UML snub meet of Dahal-led panel (kp), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML boycott Dahal-led Political Committee meet, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), NC, UML chiefs skip Political Committee meeting (rep), UCPN-Maoist discusses ways to deal with NC, UML (ht), Healing The Past Wounds?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Conflict-hit children appeal for support to help them move on, by Arjun Oli (rep), Insurgency burdened many children with grown up responsibilities, by Benup Raj Bhattarai (rep)

07/11/2014: Janajatis oppose NC, UML position on federalism (kp), Main forces to toe agreed statute line (kp), Big 3 reiterate consensus constitution by Jan 22 (rep), Major parties continue consensus bid (kp), Constitution through voting, if no consensus: Oli (rep), We remain a vital part of statute writing: Dahal (kp), Maoists deny PDCC talks, seek ‘higher-level’ deliberation (kp), 'Mega campaign' for Hindu state launched (ht), Hindu state campaign gets NC cold shoulder (kp), Regressive aims: The demand to reinstate Nepal as a Hindu state has the potential to invite new problems in constitution writing, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Inter-caste couple refused marriage registration (ht) [This is a true face of the single ethnic identity based Hindu state!!!"], Keep talking: The foundations of a New Nepal cannot be laid on faultlines of the past, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Changing Facade: Despite changing facets, the objective of the current political alliances is to put the country into a prolonged run of political instability (sp), Whither New Constitution? Instead of bridging their differences major parties are drifting apart thus putting the constitution-deadline in a real jeopardy, by Abijit Sharma (sp)

06/11/2014: NC, UML leave door open for consensus (kp) [Consensus means that the others have to adopt the own position, according to Nepali politicians' thinking!!], Towards compromise: NC-UML’s proposal should be seen as a starting point towards consensus dialogue (kp), Elusive Consensus And Power Sharing, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Three parties seek to clear suspicion (ht), PM not for bypassing opposition parties in statute-drafting, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep), CA Secretariat says CPDCC report delay against rules (ht), NC unfazed by campaign for Hindu state: NC Spokesman Dilendra Badu says that the party leaders and cadres are free to advocate for any religious ideology, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [The problem is not the religious ideology but its identification with state ideology, Mr Badu!!!], CIAA tables graft law amendment proposal: Private sector, judiciary, army may fall under the ambit of anti-graft body, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Swept along: Women were attracted to the Maoist party because of its focus on gender equality, not available to them in their former life, by Sewa Bhattarai (rep), Koirala government has failed to deliver, interview with Ishwar Pokharel, CPN-UML General Secretary (rep)

05/11/2014: NC, UML common proposal: Oppn spars with ruling parties (kp), Seven-pradesh model shuts out consensus: Dahal (ht), Dahal threatens govt, by Lawadev Dhungana (kp), Dahal: NC, UML have lost standing to govern: 'It's now up to 22 parties ro run country', by Giriraj Baskota (rep), Rift between ruling, oppn parties widens: Chairman postpones CPDCC meet without consulting others, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CPN-ML opposes Congress-UML proposal on disputed issues (ht), Oppositon to expose NC, CPN-UML (ht), Major parties buying time: NSP Chair Giri (ht), Futile rounds (ht), NEFIN pulls out of Janajati movement (kp), Parties’ Rigidity Takes Its Toll On Consensus, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Clearing the air: Form of government (rep), The ignored half: How can we as a nation move forward when roughly half of our population is denied access to proper education, nutrition, health and economy, by Khusbhu Mishra (rep)

04/11/2014: A middle way: Retention of current administrative territory in designing federal units could mean the preservation and extension of the domination of the high hill castes, by Krishna Hachhethu (kp) [The most outstanding article on federal issues in recent time!!!], Out with the old: The Westminster model is not appropriate for Nepal; it needs a new governance system, by Mukunda Prasad Neupane (kp), Oppn rejects NC, UML proposal; Maoist leader Dahal: Proposal fails to address aspirations for change and reeks of Mahendra-era structure (kp), Opposition lambastes NC-UML 7-province model, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep), NC-UML proposal polarises ruling, oppn parties, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CPDCC still undecided about way forward (ht), Madhes parties turn down fed idea (kp), Eliminate all forms of discrimination: NHRC (ht), Madheshis have failed: The trick for national prosperity is development in Madhesh; Only a Pahade leadership can accomplish this, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

03/11/2014: IPNMN unveils manifesto: Pledges to secure single identity-based federal units (ht), Janajatis kick off nationwide stir: The movement plans to fight for ethnic, gender and linguistic equality of marginalised communities in the new constitution, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Madhesi parties sidelined: Gupta (ht), PM against protests until statute is out (kp) [Wow, a really democratic stand! The excluded masses shall once again accept what the male Bahun leaders decide!!], PDCC fails to chart way for constitution writing (kp), CPDCC fails to submit report: Meeting to continue until contents are finalised (ht), CPDCC meeting to continue today also; Existential crisis for leaders id consensus fails: Bhattarai (rep), NC, UML float seven-Pradesh model, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC, UML agree on 7-province model: Koshi, Janakpur, Rajdhani, Gandaki, Lumbini, Karnali, Seti-Mahakali proposed as names, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NC, UML bid to register proposals opposed (ht), UCPN (M) reiterates statute in consensus (kp), Parliament resumes after HM’s apology (kp), House proceedings resume after Gautam's apology (rep), RPP-N’s Houseobstruction ends (ht), Hindu activists resume strike (kp), Nepal’s moment: US envoy’s unsolicited advice to political actors: find common ground, stick to January deadline for new constitution, by Peter W. Bodde (kp), Federate on the basis of both identity and capability, interview with Narayan Kaji Shrestha, UCPN-M (kp), Why Has UML Changed Its Stand?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The red line: If there is no constitution at the end of Koirala's one-year term, UML leadership could stake a claim on government leadership, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

02/11/2014: No way out of CA logjam (kp), CPDCC to send parties’ stances on unsettled issues to CA (ht), NC, UML to bid for 6 states: Ruling parties seek support of fringe parties while UCPN (Maoist) sticks to 10-state model (kp), Congress, UML wooing political parties in Constituent Assembly (ht), BRB formula: 8 or 9 states named by their parliament (kp), Dahal comes down heavily on NC, UML: Accuses two ruling parties of hatching conspiracy to derail federalism (ht), No consensus, no statute: Bhattarai (ht), Janajatis divided ahead of planned show of force (kp), Dahal calls for stir to protect rights (kp), Federalism: A Poisoned Chalice!, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [???], ‘Many Nepalis do not have citizenship’ (ht), TRC appointments: Committee to hold more discussions (ht)

01/11/2014: Consensus elusive (kp), Parties fail to reach agreeable solution: Leaders to consult CA, PDCC chairmen next (kp), Ruling parties to register common views at CPDCC, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Consensus must for statute drafting, say 22 parties (kp), Consensus chances slim: Dahal; 22-party alliance to tell CPDCC to submit report (ht), Four states Oli’s own idea: Nepal (kp), Nepal objects to Oli’s ‘unilateral decisions’: Criticises party chair during CC meeting for not consulting him (ht), Madhav Nepal threatens to 'expose Oli's autocracy': Critisises chairman in nine-page document (rep), Corruption tainted Khadka forms committee to revive Hindu state (kp), NC leaders pitch for Hindu state status: 25-member committee to launch ‘mega campaign’ (ht) [There is no reason to treat them different from C.K. Raut!!!], Police, demonstrators clash: Microbus catches fire (ht), RPP-Nepal obstructs House over HM’s remarks (kp), House tense over use of force against Hindu protesters, by Ashok Dahal (rep), RPP-N obstructs Parliament meeting twice (ht), Police clarify eviction of Hindu group (kp), Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

31/10/2014: Fringe parties for vote if no accord: PDCC chairman consults leaders of smaller parties (kp), UML divided over official stance on contentious issues (kp), Consensus eludes three major parties (ht), NC, UML for forwarding disputes to full CA (rep), Power-sharing gets in way of statute: The UMl reportedly wants to be ensured that the Nepali Congress will pave way for it to form a government after January 22, the date to issue the new national charter (kp) [This shows once again what's really important for Nepali politicians!!], Power sharing issue complicates negotiations (ht), Children of conflict victims deprived of education in Bajura (ht), Across ethnic lines: Ethnic federalism defies the principles of democracy, efficiency, and inclusiveness, by Ram C. Acharya (kp), Rape as a weapon of war: Perpetrators of conflict-era sexual violence walk free as women suffer in silence and fear, by Tufan Neupane (nt), Married to the military: Nepal’s ‘conflict wives’ have been invisible and ignored, by Trishna Rana (nt), Struggles for citizenship, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), Inconvenient truths: Let’s not leave out the guarantee of freedom of expression from the preamble of our new constitution, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

30/10/2014: NC, UML try to bridge trust gap: Ruling parties deliberate on preparing questionnaire (kp), NC, UML working on common view (ht), NC, UML to finalise their stance on federalism today (rep), Ruling parties must be ready to compromise: UCPN-Maoist (ht), No further flexbility on federal model: UCPN (Maoist) (rep), UCPN (M) ready to adopt flexibility (kp), Voting process for statute in quagmire (kp), RPP-N demands apology from government (kp), People on hunger strike ailing BirFast-unto-death bid even in ICU hampering services, say officials (ht), Narrowing the gap: Progress in closing the gender gap will require greater political participation (kp), Knot again: If it comes down to it, identity proponents must follow due process without giving up their cause, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Constitution May Not Be Promulgated This Way, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

29/10/2014: All talks and no result dampens statute prospect (kp), Parties continue attempt to forge consensus (ht), Leaders suggest ways to avoid vote on disputed issues (rep), ‘Federalism is sole dispute’ (kp) [Really inclusive federalism would mean the end of male Bahun supremacy!!], Stuck again: Constitution making (rep), KMC evicts protesters from Shanti Batika (ht), Police evict hunger strikers (kp), Sins of commission: There are lessons to be learned from the history of truth commissions across the world and in Nepal, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp)

28/10/2014: Big 3 count on informal talks as November 1 deadline looms (kp), Dishonouring previous pacts will invite dire consequences: Dahal (kp), Major parties pledge timely constitution (ht) [Many things these male Bahun leaders currently discuss are worse than no constitution!!], Consensus will be easy if leaders’ concerns addressed: Bhattarai (ht) [It's far more important to address the concerns of the excluded majority of Nepali society!!], Leaders' ambitions have prolonged deadlock: Bhattarai, by Thira L. Bhsal (rep), NC, UML for minimum pradeshes, reformed parliamentary system (ht), On Sisyphean path (ht), TRC recommendation committee gets full shape (rep), Democracy in danger: The establishment remains untouched by the change that swept the nation eight years ago, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Mission Madhesh: The best response to Raut is to demonstrate that only one person would voluntarily secede and take citizenship of His Kingdom: Dr Raut himself, by Bishal Thapa (rep) [The current political leaders are not qualified to provide the necessary preconditions!!], Slow pushback: The failure of the political parties to reach consensus is providing regressive forces with a platform to mount a comeback, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

27/10/2014: Central panel to steer Janajati campaign (kp), PDCC-judiciary consultation: Top judges for splitting JC tasks, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Constitutional bench not constitutional court: CJ, other justices; EC suggests MMPR electoral model, 3 pc threshold, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep), EC insists on 3pc threshold as PR pre-requisite in elections: Uprety says the EC is against reserved constituencies as some sections have proposed (kp) [Such provision would have reduced the number of parties with PR-seats in the current CA to four!], Big 3 for fresh round of parley (kp), NHRC sends Pathak to TRC selection panel (ht), Selective interpretation: Only a federal and inclusive constitution can lay the foundation for an "Imagined Community", where Madheshis will live with Pahadis as equals, by C.K. Lal (rep), United States of Nepal: The issue of federalism arose only after Madheshis revolted against Interim Constitution settled by NC, UML and Maoists, by Anand Jha (rep), Politics Leading Nowhere, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

26/10/2014: Three-party leaders meet CJ Shah (ek), Top leaders meet SC Justices (rep)

25/10/2014: Bhattarai urges PM to take part in 3-party meetings (ek), Oli, Bhattarai meet to resolve contentious issues (ek), Constitution through majority if not via consensus: DPM Gautam (ek), Bhattarai continues consensus bids in Tihar also (ht), Bhattarai speeds up political consultations; meets PM Koirala (nn), Referendum on major issues of constitution: Bhandari (ht), MJF-D not to join govt before new statute (ht)

24/10/2014: Janajatis for at least 10 states, if no 14-model, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Parties in no hurry for CA vote on disputes (kp), UCPN(M), Madhesis trying to bridge distance, by Pranab Kharel (kp)

23/10/2014: Top leaders seem to have no understanding of federalism, interview with Padma Ratna Tuladhar (rep), Second round talks indecisive; next sitting after Tihar holidays (kp), Three party talks end inconclusively: They realise need for consensus, but parties still can’t find common ground (ht), Big 3 parties to meet again on Oct 26-27: Gokarna meeting fails to yield result (rep) [Hopefully, they enjoyed their luxury stay at the expense of the state!!], Nembang confident about solution (ht) [?? The required solution is not even under discussion!!], Group of ruling MPs for separate Bhojpura state, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Transitional justice: Focus on socio-economic needs of victims: Sharma (kp), Youths face threat of becoming stateless: Deprived of citizenship, future looks bleak for many young boys and girls (ht), Starts at top: Civil service reform (rep), Last chance: Nepali constitutional process is at a point where any delay might mean we will never get a constitution through the CA, by Biswas Baral (rep)

22/10/2014: Nov 1 PDCC limit to sort disputes (kp), CPDCC gets one last chance to accomplish tasks; Deadline extended till Nov 1; CA calendar amended  first time, by Prakash Acharya (ht), CPDCC gets 12 more days to settle disputes (rep), Resort talks fail to yield much (kp), Three party meet ends in fiasco: Parties to continue negotiation on thorny issues of new statute again on Wednesday (rep), Three major parties get talking ‘seriously’ (ht) [??], Secularism through referendum: Rana (kp) [Secularism is already a constitutional fact! Such demand is anti-national in a multiethnic and multireligous state!!], Peace, love and secularism, by Kaushal Ghimire (kp), Federalism and state restructuring: A better way to create provinces, by Yagya B. Karki (ht), Death of justice: Adhikari couple's struggle against injustice and Nanda Prasad's death have exposaed government failure on rights to remedy, by Charan Prasai (rep)

21/10/2014: Conflict victims stage sit-in to put pressure on the govt (kp), UML proposes counter mass meeting to NC (ht), Sharma pledges to press govt to implement NHRC decisions (ht)

20/10/2014: Janajati move for federal identity, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), ‘Major parties forgot spirit of movements’ (ht), CPDCC tables half-baked report at CA (ht), We can't keep on extending CPDCC deadline: Bhattarai; Drafting committee must get all contents by Nov. 1 Sitaula (rep), 2-day residential talks in consensus hunt (kp), Demand for Hindu state: RPP-N demo on Wednesday (kp), Only states based on both identity and capacity can last, interview with Agni Kharel, CPN-UML (kp), Consensus possible by Nov 1, says Amresh Singh (ht) [Which consensus? That among the male Tagadhari leaders of the leading parties or that with women, Janajatis, Madheshis, Dalits, Muslims??], Failing Consensus Efforts And Rising Doubts, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

19/10/2014: Constitution writing: Big 3 for Oct-end consensus cut-off, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Nembang prods parties to pick option early (kp), Vote inevitable if consensus obstructed: NC tells UCPN-M (ht) [What the parties call consensus is always a one-sided view!!], Dahal blames NC, UML for stalemate (kp), Top leaders blame each other at UML tea party (ht), 22 parties to intensify stir after Chhath (ht), Fewer provinces the better, says PM Koirala (kp) [Yes, for continuation of Bahunbad!!], Ganga Maya ends year-long fast: Says won’t have solid food until govt fulfils its commitments, by Dewan Rai and Manish Gautam (kp), Ganga Maya breaks fast-unto-death (ht), Appeal for CK Raut’s release (kp), AI urges authorities to release CK Raut (ht), Interregnum Deepens, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

18/10/2014: CA fails to abide by its calendar: CPDCC likely to get one more extension to forge consensus (ht), CPDCC yet again misses deadline given to settle disputes (rep), Parties to seek more time for accord sake (kp), 22-party alliance appeals for consensus (kp), I’m ready to lead people’s revolt, says Dahal (ht) [??? This should be the task of a non-Bahun, if possible a woman, and it must be peaceful!!], Dahal: I'll lead movement if statute put to vote (rep), Hard Days Ahead: Political leaders have failed to reach a consensus on constitutional issues, pushing the process of constitution writing into uncertainties (sp), Beyond The Borders: Nepal's quest for a new constitutional order faces the geo-political challenges it is less likely to overcome on its own, by Abijit Sharma (sp)

17/10/2014: Janajati leaders to start fresh stir (kp), Tuladhar chosen as leader of indigenous nationalities (ht), Experts air views on election system (ht), PDCC fails on accord, questionnaire fronts (kp), Bhattarai tells parties to bring consensus proposal today (ht), Consensus or vote: Parties to meet today for decision (kp), Top leaders head to Gokarna for talks (ht), Consensus on contention: There is no point continuing with endless meetings and keep fooling people all the time, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Minister no-show: House meet put off (kp), Miffed, UML ministers delay Cabinet meet (kp), Hurdles In Constitution Writing, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Deal on federal provinces: So near and yet so far, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Where is the justice? There is little sign that Nepal’s leaders are prepared to address atrocities during a war that ended eight years ago, by David Seddon (nt)

16/10/2014: Constitution writing: Major parties to hold talks on voting process (kp), Parties to go for voting if consensus bid fails: UCPN-M could agree to six or seven pradesh model if NC and UML agree to mixed ethnicity based pradeshes (ht), Big 3 to try for consensus, prepare for vote in tandem (rep), Parties present their positions in writing (kp), Congress fails to woo Madhesi parties (ht), The Madheshi parties are one on core issues, interview with Laxman Lal Karna, Sadbhavana Party (rep), It's doable: Constitution making (rep), Thapa calls for Hindu state (ht) [If CK Raut has to be jailed, then he has to be jailed, too! Such demand is anti-national! Nepal is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious state, not the property of male members of so-called high Hindu castes!!], OPMCM ‘concerned about Ganga Maya’ (ht) [PM will be among those responsible in case she dies!], Ups and downs: Avenues for compromise must be explored while refraining from holding rigid stances (kp), Delay In Promulgating Constitution Not Warranted, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

15/10/2014: ‘Statute deal not on the horizon’: Maoist chairman blames hardened NC-UML position, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Deal not possible in next three days: Dahal; Says Congress, UML backtracked on agreements reached during the previous CA (ht), We're ready to settle for fewer than 10 provinces: Dahal, by Ashok Dahal (rep), PDCC settles land reform dispute (kp), Nominees for NHRC to testify before PHSC despite outcry (kp), SC show cause over TRC picks (kp), Raut refuses to walk out on bail (kp), Corruption rife for failure to hold local polls: PM; Says level of graft at grassroots beyond belief (rep), Politics of language: When we value certain languages rather than what they do, we fail to realize we need different languages for different purposes, by Shyam Sharma (rep)

14/10/2014: Big 3 talks focus on judiciary: ‘Agreed’ in principle to form Constitutional Court to look into disputes related to federalism (kp), Major parties form team to suggest on judiciary (ht), PDCC: New Prez, veep after statute (kp) [But they need reconfirmation to regain legitimacy!!], New prez, veepa month afterstatute: CPDCC (ht), Leaders dispute Political Committee's jurisdiction: Dahal said it should play role in constitution-making, but NC, UML opposed (rep), PC for expediting peace process (kp), Political Committee for TRC pronto: To finalise jurisdiction first; To have two-year term (ht), 22 parties organise rally for consensus (ht), 22 parties asked to shun protests (kp), Pressure tactics: Both ruling and opposition parties need to realise that the time for consensus is not yet past, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Temple and state: It must be understood that secularism has become firmly entrenched in the national polity (kp), Constitutional panel defends NHRC picks (kp), NHRC recommendation in line with constitution: CC (ht), Ganga Maya suffering from high fever, in critical condition (rep) [Another murder committed by criminal politicians???], Talking about gender: Most men still do not recognise that gender inequality negatively affects them too, by Nerine Guinée (kp), Sambidhaan: What A Tough Breed Of Dhaan?, by Prem Khatry (rn), Constitution of consensus: Consensus through force may give us constitution but in the process we will have forgotten why we wanted federalism to begin with, by Bishal Thapa (rep) [The leading politicians already have forgotten this for long!!]

13/10/2014: Parties brace for statute give-n-take: Possible deal motivates leaders, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [A bad constitution is worse than a delayed constitution since it leads to further long-term conflict!!], Leaders flexible on number, names of provinces: Maoists want identity-based names for provinces (rep), Section of NC for north-south alignment (rep), Major parties disagree to agree again, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Talk panel to re-convene today: Constituent Assembly asks PDCC to forge consensus by end of week (kp), RPP-N joins NC faction in quest for Hindu state (kp) [If CK Raut had to be arrested, then these politicians should face the same fate since their demand is anti-national!!!!], RPP-Nepal announces struggle for Hindu state (ht), State restructuring about federating other parts, not Madhes, interview with Upendra Yadav (kp), Encouraging Political Developments, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The schizophrenic polity: Perhaps Madheshi activist CK Raut is the lone political detainee in the country; but nobody would know that from media reports, by C.K. Lal (rep), On wrong foot: NC and UML don't have the constitutional authority to draft the constitution though the CA, by Shankar Limbu (rep)

12/10/2014: 6-7 states official NC position: Party to table proposal at the upcoming meeting of Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee, by Anil Giri (kp) [Flexibility sounds different!!], NC comes up with proposal on disputed issues of constitution: Suggests two federal structures, PM elected by House, Electoral College-elected President; Two-tier Parliament, single Pradesh Sabha, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NC moots six-state and seven state models: Three states in Tarai plains, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), PM Koirala roots for maximum 7 federal states with multiple identity (rep), UML, NC at odds over forms of govt (kp), PM ‘not to attend’ cross-party panel: NC lawmakers criticise govt (kp), HLPC’s first meet postponed: Likely to be held tomorrow (ht), Topple govt game on: Sharma (ht), CC meeting rescheduled for Monday: To discuss names for vacant posts at CIAA, PSC, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), Police, army men, who were victims of conflict, to protest (ht), Born of woman: A refusal to allow citizenship through the mother implies a fundamental mistrust in the women of this country, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp) [No future for Nepal as long as the country is under control of conservative minded male machos!!], Ending the cycle of violence: We must work to increase the value of the girl child so that she will be cherished throughout her life, by Tomoo Hozumi (kp), Justice denied: The death of Nanda Prasad Adhikari is a combined failure of politicians, civil society and Nepali citizens, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (kp), Travesty of justice: INanda Prasad’s death, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep)

11/10/2014: 22 parties organise rally for consensus: Press for identity-based federalism in statute (ht), Oppn rally for identity-based federalism (kp), Alliance threatens to scrap statute not ensuring identity (rep), For 3rd shot at accord, PDCC gets one week (kp), CA extends CPDCC deadline for third time, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), CPDCC gets extension Deadline for preparing first draft of statute to be affected (ht), First HLPC meeting scheduled for today (ht), ‘Political panel won’t affect CA’ (kp), RPP-Nepal ends House obstruction after government clarifies (ht), NHRC appointments: House panel asks CC to explain nominations (kp)

10/10/2014: CA likely to give PDCC more time for building consensus (kp), Bhattarai seeks PM Koirala’s help in forging consensus (ht), NC faction campaigns for Hindu state revival (kp), UCPN-Maoist urges CA members to join movement, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CPN-UML: Vote if no consensus; Party seeks to endorse new statute through a two-third majority as per provisions of Interim Constitution (kp), RPP-N objects to political mechanism (kp), RPP-N threatens to obstruct House (ht), Rights activists say police failed to proceed with conflict-era cases (ht), A Madhesi-Pahadiya conclave: Citizens must discuss ensuring pride-of-identity along with socio-economic progress for Madhesi people, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Ripe for revolt: Ignoring the issues of the marginalised only increases the chances of another revolt in Nepal, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp), Dangers of delay: Post-festival, constitution writing will be a battle ground for competing personal and partisan interests, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

09/10/2014: Big three seal 5-point deal: Legislature-Parliament business resumes, by Pranab Kharel (kp), House obstruction ends: Deadlock cleared after parties seal five-point deal (ht), Cross-party deal sets statute wheels in motion, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [??], Give and take: Both opposition and ruling parties need to demonstrate flexibility in constitution writing (kp), Ready to compromise on forms of govt: UML (kp), CPDCC submits its report to CA: It lacks consensus on any of themajor contentious issues (ht), Hearing committee receives four plaints against NHRC nominees (kp), Missing law for missing people: A commission to investigate war-era disappearances is needed, even if it has limited or no judicial power, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Erik B. Wilson (kp), Playing for time: Nepalis might tolerate a delay in constitution promulgation if only the parties could ensure minimum governance, by Uddhab Pyakurel (kp), Constitution Writing: No Alternative To Collaboration, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Why Is Consensus So Elusive?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

08/10/2014: Tension as mid-Oct draft deadline drifts (kp), PM urges oppn to withdraw protests (kp), Constitutional issues should be decided through dialogue: PM (ht), PDCC to submit its report today: Committee Chairman Bhattarai likely to mention that more disscussions are required for consensus (kp), CPDCC fails to settle vexing statute issues, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Constitution writing process: UML to discuss voting with fringe parties (kp), Koirala hints at Raut’s release (kp), Maoist-led Stir May Spoil Environment, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Consensus Rhetoric, by Bhimsen Thapaliya (rn), House panels not ensuring accountability, by Prakash Acharya (ht), ‘CJ should lead entire judiciary’ (ht)

07/10/2014: Oppn parties announce stir to press demands: Reject NC, UML’s proposal to settle disputed issues through vote (kp), UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance to stage protests against majority vote (rep), Three opposition fronts announce stir (ht), Parties at odds over voting; set to miss another deadline (kp), PDCC extends terms of two sub-committees (kp), CPDCC to give its report today but without questionnaire (ht), Discrepancy in data of disappeared persons (ht), Think local: Local bodies must figure into the federalism debate, as they are the governance bodies closest to the people, by K.L. Devkota (kp), Favouring a chief executive: Given the fraught history of parliamentary democracy in Nepal, it would be wise to opt for a directly-elected chief executive, by Mukti Rijal (kp), Limits of liberty: Raut's continued confinement will expose ethnic discrimination, exclusion and rights abuse carried out in the guise of nationalism and patriotism, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

06/10/2014: NC moots equal provinces for Tarai and hills (kp), Major parties fail to settle contentious issues, again (kp), Oppn plans demonstration (kp), Alternative thinking: If the federalism debate is to be postponed, local elections becomes even more of a necessity, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Distressing Deadlock, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

05/10/2014: Three-party meet underway (ek), Parliament to start on Oct.8, says Minister Rijal (ek), Constitution through process unacceptable: Opposition alliance (Setopati)

04/10/2014: PM Koirala starts political consultations (nn), PM Koirala intensifies meetings, meets Prachanda (Setopati)

03/10/2014: PM back home from United Nations General Assembly (rep)

02/10/2014: PM Koirala returning home today (rep), CK Raut ends fast-unto-death at hospital (ht)

01/10/2014: Parties seek one week to settle disputed issues (kp), CPDCC fails to meet second deadline (ht), No alternative to consensus, says Bhattarai (ht), Major disputes must be settled through consensus: Bhattarai; 'Decision through voting may invite conflict' (rep), House meet put off for third week in row (kp), Oli slams UCPN-M supremo Dahal (ht), Maoists obstructing statute: Nepal (ht) [All party leaders obstruct the constitution writing process since 85 percent od the population have no say!!], EC proposes 3pc threshold for parties to secure PR seats (kp) [!!], EC: 51 pc vote a must for directly-elected prez or PM, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), Maoists hanging on to seized property: The once seized land is still in the grip of former rebels (ht), Diverging on Dashain: The practice of first celebrating Dashain with the husband’s family reflects existing gender inequalities, by Pramila Rai (kp), End of government: With the free market fundamentalists at the helm, expect market monopoly and misrule to get worse, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

30/09/2014: Bhattarai issues quit threat amid impasse (kp), CPDCC chair tables options to end rift Committee may miss today’s deadline to forge consensus, by Prakash Acharya (ht), House obstacle leaves key bills in tatters: The Maoists continue to demand implementation of the past agreements and an important role in the peace process, by Pranab Kharel (kp), House adjourned till Oct 8 (ht) [Only to remember: The house has already been adjourned since August 29!!!], ‘CK Raut’s condition critical’ (kp) [The next victim of failed government politics??], Silencing dissent: The arrest and subsequent processing of CK Raut hints at political interference and is highly suspect, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Restraining privilege: Nepal can learn lessons from Rwanda, which has built a culture of shunning privilege, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Destination doubtful: Given intra-party tussles and the lack of a trust deficit, a constitution by the January 22 deadline looks unlikely, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

29/09/2014: Democracy, Nepali-style: Leaders are happily reneging on their grand promises to the Nepali people (kp), FRA, AIF to launch joint movement (ht), Yadav threatens agitation: Says govt ignoring consensus in constitution-writing process (ht), ‘Statute victim to leaders’ inability to take decisions’ (kp), Bhattarai doubts timely drafting of constitution (ht), ‘CA, PDCC making no progress’ (kp), 65 apply for transitional justice posts (kp), Human rights lawyers recommend apolitical, competent appointments (kp), Adhikari murder case: No evidence to nab accused: Home minister (kp), Nanda Prasad Adhikari's death: Gautam admits govt failed (ht) [And when will you resign, Mr Gautam??], HLPC dispute flares as UML opposes Maoist proposal (kp), Economy first: A vision for economic prosperity and inclusive growth should be the guiding principle in forming a federation, by Ram C. Acharya (kp), A vow to fight violence against women: Feminist leaders and women rights advocates take stage to express their solidarity to a global campaign for gender equality, by Chahana Sigdel (kp), Women’s equality needs democracy, socialism, secularism, interview with Kamla Bhasin (kp), Will CPDCC Forge Consensus?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Game of brinkmanship: Raut needs to break his indefinite fast; The struggle must continue, but within bounds of peaceful politics, by C.K. Lal (rep)

28/09/2014: Constitution to have more commissions (ht), CPDCC for 7 constitutional bodies in new statute: Joint house committee to monitor bodies, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Dalit leaders demand inclusion, opportunities (kp), Victims seek warring parties’ presence in TRC: ‘Individuals without pains of conflict cannot deliver justice’ (kp), Constitutional bodies to report to Parliament (kp), Consensus continues to elude Big Three (ht), Constitution promulgation by Jan 22: Oli (kp) [????], Will lawmakers abide by CA chair’s directive? Chances of Constituent Assembly members staying in Valley slim (ht), Growing at the grassroots: The roles of local women activists in the promotion of national peace building have gone largely unrecognised, by Radha Paudel (kp), Nepal govt has failed to deliver justice: ICJ, HRW (ht), In Death, Nanda Prasad Adhikari Mocks Us, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Bid to identify priority issues of conflict-hit women (ht)

27/09/2014: Parties likely to miss Sept 30 deadline as well, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Rift in CPDCC on right to property provision (ht), NRNs, ex-Gurkhas may get special citizenship (kp), 'Special citizenship' sans political rights for NRNs mooted: Dispute persists over compensation for land above ceiling, by Prakash Dahal (rep), Meeting to clear House impasse comes a cropper (kp), Krishna Prasad Adhikari murder: Red Corner Notice to nab Acharya; Main accused believed to be hiding in Northern Ireland, by Lekhanath Pandey (kp), Victims unhappy with work procedure of TRC panel (rep)

26/09/2014: TRC formation: Victims say panel is not legitimate (kp), Nepal govt Responsible for Adhikari’s Death: AFAD (kp), Nanda Prasad, in memory: We may run but we cannot hide from the values that Nanda Prasad Adhikari was trying to teach us, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), The sad saga of the Adhikari family: It was murder, not a fast-unto-death, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Children of war: The most vulnerable victims are still those who were children during the war, by Kunda Dixit (nt), Still missing them: Most families of the estimated 1,400 disappeared have no information about their relatives, by Deepak Gyawali (nt), Death of justice: If the perpetrators and the state showed even the slightest sign of remorse for wartime atrocities, survivors may be willing to forgive; But they will never forget (nt), NC leads effort to resume Parliament: Ruling party under pressure to accept Maoist chief Dahal as HLPC chair (kp), NC, UCPN-M talks positive (ht), Major parties close to agreement on lifting House obstruction (rep), Govt, JTMM reach pact (kp), Underground group leaders come out (ht), Parliament fails to ratify: Bills related to budget, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Hard-won changes in peril, says Dahal (ht), Discourse and reality: Despite the political rhetoric of women’s empowerment, the state of Nepal’s women remains bleak, by Suresh Pranjali (kp), Collapse of all-party conference: Impact on statute-writing, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Battle for Survival: Pushed to the corner after the second CA polls. pro-identity parties and political groups are leaving no stone unturned to bounce back, by Om Astha Rai (rep), Statute of denial: Nepal’s archaic laws put a deadline on reporting sex crimes, by Mallika Aryal (nt)

25/09/2014: Parties ‘to miss’ mid-Oct limit: A month needed to prepare first draft after pact: Panel (kp), Top leaders doubtful about timely statute: Maoist stand on HLPC, identity issue poses obstacles (rep), CPDCC fails to make tangible progress (rep), Federal Republican Alliance wooing fringe parties: FRA suspects ruling parties could get constitution approved on basis of numerical strength (ht), House obstruction may end tomorrow: Parties agree not to include RPP in HLPC (ht), UN bodies concerned over Nanda Prasad’s death: Urge govt to step up probe into murder of his son (kp), UN expresses sadness at: Nanda Adhikari’s death Urges govt to honour its promise to deliver justice (ht), Efforts on to get Ganga Maya to end fast: Bir Hospital (rep), Uplift status of indigenous people: Pandey (kp) [Better: make it equal to that of male Bahuns!!], HRW calls for removal of 35-day statute limitation to file rape case (kp), No need to intervene in Raut’s case: SC; Special Court extends his judicial custody by two weeks (ht), Spectre of secession, The paranoid reaction of a democratic government to CK Raut’s activities cannot be justified, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Bitter pill: Foolproof transitional justice bodies the international community seems to have in mind has never existed anywhere in the world, by Biswas Baral (rep)

24/09/2014: PDCC to discuss citizenship law, CIAA jurisdiction (kp), Job application call for TRC challenged in SC (kp), ‘Conflict-era rapes unpunished’: HRW says both Maoist combatants and govt forces sexually harassed women and girls (ht) [see HRW report], Ganga Maya urged to end fast (kp), Both govt forces, Maoists raped women during insurgency: HRW, by Nabin Khatiwada (ht), Justice delayed: Death of Nanda Prasad is an indictment of the callousness of the state and political parties (kp), Death without justice (ht), Justice silenced: Nanda Prasad’s passing (rep), Adhikari died after refusing food, treatment: Govt (rep) [?????], Govt pledges justice just as it is delayed (ht), Former armed outfit to support constitution drafting through CA (ht), UCPN (M) demands HLPC lead (kp), CA fails to renew lease even after 3 months, by Ashok Dahal (kp), Minister Mahat bats for three federal provinces: Says Congress can agree to seven pradeshes for sake of forging consensus (ht), A federal model: Based on economic viability indicators, Nepal can ideally support four provinces, by K.L. Devkota (kp)

23/09/2014: Adhikari’s cry for justice dies down: Widow lives to fight against her son’s murderers (kp) [A true martyr! Resposible for his murder are all those from politics and judiciary who denied justice!!], Nanda Prasad Adhikari dies fighting for justice, by Kritagya Regmi (ht), Nanda Prasad Adhikari loses battle for justice: Hunger strike ends in death, by Arjun Paudel and Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Fellow villagers mourn Adhikari, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Madhesi parties in bid to set common agenda: Effortful to form one voice for single autonomous Madhes province (kp), Govt turning Raut into hero: Madhesi parties (ht), Speaker bars lawmakers from raising sub judice issues (kp), The right fight: His struggle is nothing less than divine intervention to salvage the pride of millions of people who have suffered systematic exclusion, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Will stick to Jan 22 deadline: Parties (kp) [??], Big 3 far from consensus (kp), Three-party stalemate on HLPC continues (ht), Lawmakers trade charges over House disruption, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Dahal agrees to reject parliamentary system: Agrees to five of six consitions for unification with CPN-Maoist, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Righting the wrong: As Nepal draws up post-2015 development agenda, it should prioritise justice and governance, by Neetu Pokharel and Som Niroula (kp), Right from start: Absence of elected representatives has turned local bodies into local government units without opposition, by Anirudra Neupane (rep)

22/09/2014: NC, UML Janajati MPs say ‘no’ caucus: Argue caucuses redundant when there are other forums to voice agenda, by Bhadra (kp) [All other forums are under control of male Bahuns (less than 6.5 percent of the population) who are only interested to preserve their privileges in the new constitution!!], HLPC dispute cripples cross-party dialogue (kp), Parties fail to forge consensus on HLPC (ht), Parties at odds over HLPC leadership (rep), There is systematic exclusion in the conferral of citizenships, interview with Sapana Pradhan Malla (kp), Have your say: Lack of public education is a big challenge; During the first CA there were complaints that the questionnaires for public inputs were difficult, by Alok Pokharel (rep)

21/09/2014: Statute deadline nears, ethnic MPs plan caucus (kp), Indigenous CA members to form loose alliance (ht), Preparing for battle for equal rights: MJF-N (ht), PDCC in informal accord bid; talks to go at two levels, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bhattarai plans to work out consensus on statute issues within deadline: First report of CPDCC to be submitted to CA on September 24, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CPDCC resumes work, but sluggishly: Largely ineffective so far (rep), Signature drive initiated to amend citizenship draft bill (kp), Parties near agreement on ending House obstruction: Issue of giving legal status for war-era land transactions yet to be resolved (ht), Radical dilemmas: The real intent of the CPN-Maoist’s demand for a roundtable conference was to remain relevant in national polity, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Personal is political: When it comes to gender sensitivity, engineering schools in Nepal have a long way to go, by Heema Rai (kp), On CK Raut: He has dared to speak publically what most Madheshis feared to contemplate in private, by Anand Jha (rep)

20/09/2014: Another chance: CPDCC time extension (rep), Parties fail to resume parliament business; Fresh Maoist demand: Legalise property deals endorsed by war-era ‘Revolutionary Council’ (kp), UCPN-M threatens to take to the streets (ht), Coalition proposes RPP, CPN-ML in HLPC, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), The long fight: Women have been pleading with the law makers to respect their independent identity in citizenship issues, by Avima Upreti (rep)

19/09/2014: PDCC gets two weeks to settle issues (kp), CA gives CPDCC two more weeks to settle disputes: Asks Baburam Bhattarai-led committee ro prepare questionnaires by October 7, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), House remains stalled (rep), Failed roundtable cost govt Rs 400,000, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NHRC gets chairman, four commissioners: To be appointed after House hearing; Hopes rise of TRC formation (kp), Anup Raj Sharma chosen to head NHRC (ht), Ex-CJ Sharma to head NHRC, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), Identity politics and federalism: Is it merely a gimmick?, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), Extreme at both ends: Kathmandu’s neglect of the Madhes is being exploited by radicals in the plains, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Politics in a vacuume: When identity, respect, recognition of injustices past are mixed with politics, it is best to tread carefully (nt)

18/09/2014: Statute drafting, dispute resolution to go in tandem (kp), CA members press for consensus (ht), Shooting one’s own foot: CPN-Maoist will lose all relevance if it boycotts constitution-drafting process (kp), TRC: Acharya: Two panels will get officials shortly (kp), TRC, CID appointment process from today (ht), Conflict victims continue to experience hardships, says ICTJ (ht), We can form HLPC and let Prachanda lead it, interview with Gagan Thapoa (rep) [The problem is the constitution! And this has to be written by the inclusive representatives of the people and not by the non-inclusive leadership of the political parties!!], Storm in a teacup: Instead of arresting CK Raut and making him famous, his ideas should have been discussed and challenged, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Dear deadline: Mohan Baidya was right that the botched all-party conference was a gimmick of ruling parties for public consumption, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

17/09/2014: NEFIN stage sit-in protest outside CA (kp), Round-table meet plan fails: CPN-M says it’s futile to hold all-party conference if only statute issues were to be discussed, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Political conference cancelled as CPN-Maoist stays away: Wants all differences with big 3 settled first, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NPC put off sine die after CPN-M boycotts meet, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), ‘CPN-Maoist acted with ill-intention’: CA calendar not to be affected, say ruling parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Int’l community stands one on statute (kp), Morang attorney records CK Raut’s statement (kp), For one another: Victims have recently formed a common platform to address their transitional justice concerns, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Healing scars left by conflict and rights abuses: Comprehensive reparations measures a must, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht)

16/09/2014: CPN-M pushes for more issues on table: NC’s Poudel says conference will take place even without CPN-Maoist (kp), Writ against CA appointments (ht), Petition demands scarpping of 17 CA nominations (rep), SC orders police to produce Raut before court by Friday (kp), Govt told to produce Madhesi activist CK Raut in apex court (ht), Citizenship, Nepali style: The draft provision on citizenship, currently in the CA fails to regard women as equal citizens, by Subina Shrestha (kp), Are we heading towards disorder? Political faultlines, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (ht), Verses of discrimination: Vedas say one wjo knows Vedas should be respected but only Brahmins are allowed to read Vedas and become priests, by Rajendra Senchurey (rep)

15/09/2014: Leaders at odds over CA calendar amendment (kp), CA members split on consensus (ht), Lawmakers oppose deals on statute outside CA (rep), House disruptionon, Bills piling up: Next meeting this evening (ht), ‘Identity basis for federalism’: 33-party bloc finds common point amid differences (kp), Destination unknown: All-party conference (rep), RPP-N boycotts all-party meet (kp), Raut remanded in 6-day custody (kp), Raut remanded to 6-day police custody (rep), Activists, Madhesi parties demand Raut’s release (ht), UML guilty on two accounts: Appointment of Mahesh Basnet and arrest of CK Raut (kp), Kapilvastu riot anniversary: 7 yrs on, victims await relief, by Manoj Poudel (kp), CC meet to fill NHRC vacancies today (kp), Victims seek amendment in TRC formation (kp), The chauvinistic circle: The chauvinistic triad of military, merchants and the middleclass manufactures a mainstream where right of admission is reserved, by C.K. Lal (rep)

14/09/2014: Parties agree to take up only statute items: All-party conference to begin on Tuesday morning in CA building (kp), Task force clears all bottlenecks: All party conference to have 82 representatives (rep), Each party toget five minutes in conference (ht) [What shall this conference be good for???], Baidya to demand scrapping of TRC deal, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Doing it right: Writing a constitution that is acceptable to all is more important than a delay in its promulgation, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp) [Such constitution cannot be written by the male Bahun elite of the political parties! It requires the appropriate participation of all sections of Nepali society!!], New CA, old tricks: The second CA inherits from its predecessor the broken spirit of collaboration among political parties, by Tika P. Dhakal (rep) [as well as the constant disregard of the interim constitution and the non-inclusiveness of dialogue!!], Broadening vision: An unbiased visual representation of Nepal’s multiculturalism can help build sustainable peace, by Seema Pandey (kp), Parties misused PR system: CEC Uprety; Nilamber opposes HLPC, roundtable (rep), Unsuitable model: The Westminster model of parliamentary democracy will only work in a homogenous population, by Yogendra Paneru (kp), Caste-based discrimination: ‘7 Dalits killed, dozens faced stigma in a year’, by Dipak Bayalkoti (kp), Crusade against cancer of corruption continues: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority working to root out graft to protect rights of the people, by Lok Man Singh Karki (ht)

13/09/2014: Parties’ focus more on process, less on content (ht), House obstructed again: Sapkota says govt run by criminals (ht), Stage set for all-party meet on Sept 16, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), All-party conference fixed for Tuesday (ht), Parties agree to hold nat'l conference on Sept 16 (rep), Amatya, Basnet to replace UML ministers (kp), Shah nominated next chief justice (kp) [May the dominance of the hardly 15 per cent male Tagadharis be retained for eternity!!], Constitutional Council picks Shah as new chief justice based on seniority: Senior-most justice says he’ll try to clean judiciary image (ht), ‘No foreign trips before statute’ (kp), Hope in stills: When a loved one is disappeared, their conspicuous absence becomes the strongest mark of their lingering presence, by Darshan Karki (kp)

12/09/2014: Some citizens more equal than others: Citizenship rights in Nepal still heavily favours men and keeps large number of citizens stateless, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), PDCC submits reports to CA: Bhattarai requests more time for consensus-building (kp), Bhattarai tables CPDCC’s report in CA: Seeks more time to forge consensus on 13 unresolved issues (ht), I'm under pressure not to expedite statute: Bhattarai; Harps on consensus again (rep), TMLP cadres burn effigies of Oli and Mahat (kp), Leaders at odds over all-party meet date: CPN-Maoist leader Pampha Bhusal says top leaders want more discussions to find common ground on the disputed issues (kp), Four parties fail to fix conference date (ht), Nat'l political conference unlikely before PM's return from US, by Ashok Dahal (rep), National conference, a likely exercise in redundance, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Panel set to start TRC formation: Vacancies in transitional justice panels to open soon, by Dewan Rai (kp), Satyagraha, 324 x 2 days: The politics of constitution writing has blocked the fasting Adhikari couple’s search for justice, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), A dream deferred: The UCPN (Maoist), once championed as the harbinger of change, has demoralised and disappointed its supporters, by Charu Gajurel (kp), Lamjung’s ghost village: More than eight years after the war ended, the displaced still haven’t returned to their village, by Yubaraj Shrestha (nt), Federalism debate: No midpoint in the Far West, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Constituent Assembly: Calendar Question; If the current political trend is any indication, it shows that promulgation of new constitution by February 2015 is unlikely (sp), Disappearance: Just Search; Almost a decade after 15,000 people disappeared, their fate is still unknown (sp)

11/09/2014: CA full house meet today; PDCC to table reports for deliberation (kp), Big three to take shot at consensus: Informal meeting to explore points of compromise (kp), CPN-UML: If consensus eludes, let’s go for vote (kp), CA schedule can’t be pushed, Oli tells UML lawmakers (ht), Koirala against Dahal-led HLPC (kp) [i.e. Shekhar Koirala], NC leader rules outtimely constitution (ht), All-party govt, if not HLPC: Dahal (ht), Statute-making difficult if no consensus govt or HLPC: Dahal (rep) [Statute writing is neither the task of the government not of the party leaders! It is the task of inclusively composed representatives of the people!!], Opposition continues House obstruction (ht), ‘It was PM’s idea to bring aboard Baidya’ (kp), Red line: Parties in the CA should be flexible with the Baidya Maoists, but only so much (kp), CPN-Maoist wants all-powerful political conference, interview with Bhim Rawal, CPN-UML (rep), CPN-Maoist for TRC before all-party meet (kp), Conflict-era victims eager to start new life, by Durga Lal KC (kp), Skeletons in the closet: Anti-corruption drives must focus on preventing corruption, instead of focussing solely on digging into the past, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Model Of Constitution Writing: Liberal Constitutional Approach Obscure In Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Federalism fears: The people who don't believe in federalism have been given the mandate to write the constitution of federal Nepal, by Biswas Baral (rep)

10/09/2014: NEFIN calls nationwide stir (kp), CPN-M wants HLPC before all-party meet (kp), CPN-Maoist for holding political conference from September 18 onwards (ht), Gajurel rules out statute promulgation within deadline (ht), Talks on with CPN-M: Koirala (kp), Dahal urges PM toact to save nation (ht), Dahal to Koirala: Don’t backtrack on past accords (kp), Min Mahat’s Remarks on Federalism upset FDR (kp), FRA slams KP Oli, Mahat for remarks (ht), PDCC convenes three-party meet (kp), Federalism and development: The failure of the government to provide relief to victims of natural disasters drives home the need for federalism, by Prakash Bom (kp), Federal system and fiscal matters: Finance commission mechanism, by Rup Khadka (ht)

09/09/2014: All eyes on talks with Baidya (kp), Mahat puts statute before federalism, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp) [?????],  Still second sex: Ensuring provision for citizenship through mother requires advocacy and political will (kp), Contempt of court: Vox pop before law is passed: Speaker (kp), Contradictions within: Oppressed Dolpo locals need to reflect, inquire and negate their own and society’s oppressive consciousness, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp)

08/09/2014: CA gets reports from talks panel: Panel Chairman Bhattarai seeks more time for consensus; CA meeting expected to amend working calendar, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The long game: PDCC report listing both gains and failures of CA still a positive sign (kp), CA likely to send unresolved issues back to CPDCC (rep), Starting error: Constitution deadlines (rep), PM rules out putting offconstitution deadline (ht) [???], CA sidelined citizenship issue: Experts, by Chahana Sigdel (kp), 'New condition' for citizenship thru mother alarms rights activists (rep), Magar for citizenship in mother’s name (ht), Retain Constitutional Council, Judicial Council in statute: Deuba (ht), Youth Force formed for identity-based federalism (ht), Consensus will be sought till very end of constitution process, interview with Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Nepali Congress (kp) [And why do you not seek consensus with the excluded sections of Nepali society (ca. 85 percent) instead of only consensus among the male Bahun leaders of the political parties??], All-party meet to dwell on unresolved issues (ht), Will National Political Conference Bring All Together?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn) [A precondition would be that the number of participating male Bahuns is not higher than 6.5 percent!], International law conference concludes: Call to ensure economic, social and cultural rights (ht), Losing its way: The Sushil Koirala government has fared badly on constitution and governance; It is rightly criticized, by Prakash Bhattarai (rep)

07/09/2014: Talks panel misses consensus deadline, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties not to amend CA Rules: Decide to give one more chance to CPDCC to resolve disputed issues (ht), CA calendar to be amended: CPDCC seeks more time to settle thorny issues, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Parties yet to agree on the term of Constitutional Court: Deuba, by Narhari Sapkota (kp), 33 forces gear up for all-party conference, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), National meeting likely before Sept 19 (kp), Maoist fronts to launch struggle (ht), Motion proposed to increase women leaders at grassroots, by Weena Pun (kp)

06/09/2014: CA set to miss first crucial deadline today, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Consensus deadline expires today: Discord whether to seek more time or submit reports, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Submitting reports now is nonsense since all the discussions have so far been among predominantly male Bahun party leaders! To seek more time only makes sense if those who discuss the issues become inclusive, i.e. male Bahuns should have a share of not more than 6.5 percent of the discussants!], Ruling parties, oppn divided over amending CA Rules, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Defining marriage or curbing women’s rights? Activists decry a proposed clause on family law that is against SC ruling, by Weena Pun (kp) [Nepal is still centuries away from accepting absolute equality of women and men against the law!], Inter-Governmental Transfers Under The Federal System, by Rup Khadka (rn)

05/09/2014: Disputes remain; 3 parties agree to meet today (kp), No consensus on pradeshes (ht), Constitutional statusfor commissions (ht), CA chair wants committee report tabled on schedule (ht) [??], Three parties agree to CPN-M demand for all-party meet (kp), Big three, CPN (Maoist) agree for all-party conference: Panel to suggest modalities, jurisdiction, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Task force formed to hold political conference (kp), Among believers: We should protect the right to religious freedom in the new constitution (nt), Upsetting the stag party: The first CA’s Women’s Caucus collectively pushed for women’s issues beyond party lines, by Sabrina Singh (kp), 33% Women's Representation: Practice Divorced From Principle, by Madhav Basnet (rn), Appointments in TRC, CED likely before Tihar festival (ht), The absent state: We haven’t just failed to protect citizens within Nepal and abroad, we have abdicated our responsibility, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

04/09/2014: Looming deadline: Only through compromise can parties come up with an enduring constitution (kp) [A reasonable constitution with durable value is not possible on this way! It will only be a statue produced by male high caste party leaders without any inclusion of the so far excluded majority of society!!], Parties ‘flexible’ on disputed issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC, UML reach agreement (kp), Deal on thorny issues by Thursday, say top leaders, by Ramesh Khatiwada (ht) [The leaders' just sitting down and making is means ridiculing the inclusion aspect of constitution writing!], Gautam: Only CA should issue statute (kp), House meet put off for third day (kp), House in recess for one week (ht), Has Janajati cause lost its verve? Prominent Janajati leaders, who are also members of various mainstream parties, are pushing the official lines of their parties, upending the original agendas of ethnic groups, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Women rights bodies flay citizenship proviso (ht), Bar convicts of serious crimes from polls: CPDCC (ht), No contesting polls for CIMT-guilty: CPDCC urges big 3, others to settle thorny issues (ht), Local body polls: Women ask govt for equal participation, by Chahana Sigdel (kp), '50 pc women representation must in local polls' (kp), HLPM Reeks Of Groupism And Forcible Imposition Of Ideas, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Locals warn of relinquishing citizenship (rep) [The national identity is that of the exclusive male ruling elite, basta!], Back to square one: Kathmandu looks convinced that federal model proposed ans aspired by Maoists and Madheshis should not be apporved by the CA, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), All-party conference is a positive start, interview with Mohan Baidya (rep 04/09/2014)

03/09/2014: ‘Exclusive CA’ raises eyebrows (kp) Parties to negotiate stances: Major parties NC, UML, UCPN (M) begin dialogue on federalism and governance models (kp), Major parties agree to all-party meet, differ on modality and ToR: Decide to hold talks with CPN-Maoist again on Thursday (rep), Big Three positive on all-sector conference, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Big 3 in fresh talks over key contentions (rep), Parties revisit contentious statute issues (ht), Disputes to be put to vote if no consensus: Nembang (rep), Experts for 10 plus provinces (kp), Two dominant ethnic groups in pradeshes suggested: To reduce number of federal units (ht), Code drafters at a loss over LGBTI concerns, by Weena Pun (kp), Statutory provision mooted to ban strikes (ht), Does the country really need Constitutional Court?, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), AIRC proposes amnesty for cadres of armed groups (ht) [???? Once again no justice for victims?], Vote fraud probe needs more time (kp), Can CA Vote Clear All Hurdles?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

02/09/2014: 10-state model Maoist stance: Backs federalism model suggested by panel in first CA (kp), 'Federal states on the basis of identity, strength' (rep), Parties weigh three options, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties hard put tackling trust deficit among them (ht), Party first: If we are to have a timely constituition, the CA must take a long break; Odd as it may sound, that would be the smartest thing to do, by Bishal Thapa (rep), Let Dahal be: Ruling parties should not hesitate to handover leadership of the High Level Political Committee to the UCPN (Maoist), by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CPN-UML sticks to earlier stance (ht), UCPN-M for all-party conference before consensus deadline (ht), Big 3 to talk to CPN-Maoist today (rep), Transitional arrangements after new statute: CPDCC to give continuity to parliament, judiciary, by Ashok Dahal (rep), SC verdict on CIAA chief appointment on Sept 24 (ht), ICRC says fate of the disappeared still unclear (ht), ICRC urges govt, parties to respect rights of kin of disappeared (rep), Commission on disappearance: Will it deliver?, by Govinda Sharma 'Bandi' (ht), Nepali Leadership: Vowing to Remain the Same, by Prem Khatry (rn)

01/09/2014: Stick to deadline: Nembang; CA chairman tells chairpersons of five thematic committees calendar won’t be amended (kp), Bhattarai stresses meeting Sept 6 dispute resolution deadline: Delay will invite more complications, say other CA vommittee members, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Consensus uncertain in six days: UCPN-Maoist blames ruling coalition of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML for not engaging in meaningful negotiations (ht), Poles apart: NC-UML will commit historic blunder if openings for compromise are overlooked (kp), If consensus fails, constitution should be put to vote, interview with CPN-UML General Secretary Pradip Gyawali (kp) [?????], Oppn parties obstruct Parliament proceedings (kp), Opposition stalls House yet again over HLPC formation (rep), Madhesi parties miffed over lawmaker nomination snub (kp), Congress, UML leaders discontent (kp), 16 CA members sworn (ht), Maoists reject proposal to form 3-party HLPC (kp), UML entrusts Gautam with resolving HLPC issue (ht), HLPM And Political Consensus, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Small is ugly: Federating Nepal (rep), Operation Mustang: United Kingdom’s MI6 aided torture of Maoist cadres, by Ammu Kannampilly (kp), NHRC asks government to probe Dhading, Kailali cases (kp), Failure to ratify BWC deprives Nepal of int'l support to fight Ebola, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), The respectability trap: The time-tested way of putting the downtrodden in its place is to blame the advantaged of the community for the bacvkwardness of the rest, by C.K. Lal (rep), Between the lines: The logic in jurisprudence is that the courts are public offices and must come under public scrutiny for both their good and bad decisions, by Binod Bhattarai (rep)

31/08/2014: Missed deadline may invite chaos: Many fear Assembly relapsing into state of indecision, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), EC suggests 2 models for central election (kp), Zero out of 26: CA member nominations (rep), PAC to continue graft probe against MP-elect Thapa (kp), Dissatisfaction in NC, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), UML factional rivalry deepens (rep), UML secy disapproves of party’s MP nominees (kp), UML secretary urges party chair to put issues on table (ht), Maoists to submit names for CA pick Monday (rep), End Parliament obstruction: PM Says, there’s no point getting entangled with the issue of HLPC (ht), Congress, UML discuss contentious issues (ht), FRA threatens street protest for identity-based federalism, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep), Enforced disappearances: 8 yrs on, kin have only hope to cling on, by Dewan Rai (kp), 32nd international day of the disappeared: Kin hoping against hope, by Rajendra Manadhar (kp), Right bodies seek justice for missing persons (ht), ‘Probe killing of five Dhanusha youths’ (kp), Kin of dissapeared vent their ire, by Amar Khadka (rep), Pro-Maoist working alliance left in a lurch (ht), Nembang tells parties not to collect donations from industry, business (ht)

30/08/2014: CA likely to miss Sept 6 deadline: Thorniest issues yet to be resolved (rep), Where's the will? (rep), Minorities’ role in statute drafting discussed (ht), Cabinet nominates 17 CA members, finally; Names awaited from Maoist, fringe parties, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [Oligarchy, nepotism and disregard of the interim constitution gaining ground once again!!], Cabinet nominates 17 of the remaining 26 CA members, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Govt names only 17 CA members: Nominations spark dispute in parties, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), Opposition obstructs House over HLPC delay, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Opposition parties stall Parliament proceedings: Dahal says NC, UML not serious about constitution calendar (ht), Madhesi parties bone of contention in HLPC formation (ht), ‘Stage being set for all-party conference’ (kp), Bhattarai says willpower must to forge consensus (ht), Federalism: A Contested Narrative, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), ‘Make federalism, inclusiveness, secularism non-amendable’ (ht), 'Citizenship to kids of migrant workers who return pregnant' (rep) [All children of of Nepali women must have the right to citizenship since men and women are equal! Else, Nepal is not a democratic state!!], TRC, CED commissioners: Public hearing of candidates to be held (ht), ICJ, AI seek justice for missing persons (ht), ICJ to govt: Provide justice to victims of disappearances (rep)

29/08/2014: Parties agree to draft ‘flexible constitution’: Provisions on federalism, secularism, press freedom and human rights could be amended with two-thirds support in Parliament, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Non-amendable provisions reduced: National independence, sovereignty, integrity to be non-amendable; press freedom, human rights, periodic election, fundamental rights to be amendable (ht), They ink deal after deal but bicker over implementation, by Thiras L. Bhusal (rep), Shrestha proposes removing provision of 26 CA nominations (kp) [?? Follow the ruling of the interim constitution and nominate MPs without party affiliation! The you have no problems!], CA members need not benominated now: Shrestha (ht) [What do I care about the interim constitution!! Yes, they should have been nominated in January latest!], Shrestha: Scrap provision for 26 lawmakers (rep), NC, UML for body to steer peace tasks: Want only three parties in a wound-down committee, by Anil Giri (kp), NC, UML mull HLPC sans RPP-N, Madhes-based parties (rep), FRA objects to NC, UML’s 3-party HLPC proposal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Missing another deadline: Pushpa Kamal Dahal is threatening to delay the constitution if he is not allowed to head a parallel government, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), The disappeared: Addressing the impact of disappearance means understanding how victim needs emerge from the social worlds they live in, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Instead of federalism: It is not too late to reconsider the positive alternatives to federalism, by David Seddon (nt), Watching the watchdog: Despite the CIAA’s recent sting operations, the agency is charged with going after small fry or waging political witch-hunts, by Binita Dahal (nt), How long will Thabang remain 'Communist'?, by Hira Bahadur Ghartimagar (rep)

28/08/2014: House elects chairpersons in 12 parliamentary committees, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Parliamentary committees get their chairs (ht), 9 months after polls, all House panel heads elected unopposed (rep), Nomination of CA members: SC moved seeking order to govt to wait for clearance (ht), NC leader moves SC against nomination of 26 lawmakers (rep), Constitutional Court not needed: Four SC judges (ht), Adhere to past accords: Nidhi; Talks on to find solution on HLPC, says Maoist VC (kp), Maoist leaders: NC, UML trying to delay statute, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Not forming HLPC will lead to confrontation, interview with Haribol Gajurel, UCPN-M (rep), Evolving document: Parties can find common ground once they internalise constitution as a work in progress (kp), Politics, Power And Politicians: An Unholy Alliance Against Local Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Need For An Equity-based Constitution, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

27/08/2014: Lawmaker nominations: Experts: Respect apex court verdict (kp), Don’t wait for apex court to review CA nominations, lawyers tell govt (kp), CJ, justices against Constitutional Court in new statute (rep), House committees to get chiefs today (ht), 11 house committees to get heads today (rep), ‘NC-UML ignoring oppn’: Dahal objects to parties’ thumbs down for HLPC (kp), Form HLPC under Dahal’s leadership: BRB tells Koirala (kp), HLPC dispute climaxes: Dahal threatens consequences (rep), Opposition parties to obstruct Parliament (ht), Parties On Collision Course, Again?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Baidhya reiterates need for all-party conference (ht), UML leaders on foreign visits, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [No important things to do in Nepal??], Running out the clock: Despite claims by leaders that the constitution will be written in time, there are reasons to be skeptical, by Dipendra Jha (kp)

26/08/2014: Dialogue panel to solve prickly issues in 2 wks (kp), Karna sub-panelsubmits report (ht), Bhattarai invites apex court judges (ht), CA nominations put off (ht), ‘Change nat’l animal’ (ht), Ruling parties rule out formation of Dahal-led HLPC (ht), Ruling parties say no to HLPC (rep), Dahal warns House disruption (kp), Dahal threatens protests in parliament, street (rep), UCPN-M to obstruct House (kp), Think big: New constitution (rep), House panel set to vote for new heads on Wednesday (kp), House committee heads to be elected Wednesday, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Parliamentary committees’ election slated for tomorrow (ht), Lawyer Khanal replaces Malla in committee to pick TRC commissioners, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), TRC candidates selection: Recruitment process likely from this week, by Dewan Rai (kp), New Constitution: Natural Birth Or Scissoring?, by Prem Khatry (rn), Half the sky: Nepal inches toward gender equality, but challenges galore in this predominantly patriarchal society, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep)

25/08/2014: CA may miss Sept 6 deadline for settling disputes; Major parties yet to focus on thorny issues: Bhattarai, by Thira L. Bhasal (rep), Chepangs seek their representation in CA (kp), 3-party meet fails; CA appointments in limbo (kp), UCPN-Maoist walks out of three-party meet: Nepali Congress, CPN-UML reject Maoists’ demand of forming HLPC, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Maoists walk out of three-party meet: Miffed at NC-UML refusal to form high-level body (rep), Ball in ruling parties’ court: UCPN-Maoist (ht), CPN-Maoist for roundtable (ht), NC, UML to form panel for 7-point deal enforcement (kp), NC, UML to form task force, try to hammer out differences (ht), In it together: Leaders should form a cross-party mechanism for talks between parties both in and outside CA (kp), That Janajatis want ‘ethnic states’ is baseless propaganda, interview with Nagendra Kumal, chairperson of NEFIN (kp), Constitution Writing Picks Up Momentum, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Constitution mithya: Ask your representatives how many hours they have spent discussing the constitution over the nine months since November 21013 polls, by Neelam Adhikari (rep)

24/08/2014: Congress-UML to propose 6-state model to Maoists (kp), NC, UML discuss contentious issues (ht), 2 weeks for parties to settle disputes (kp), Oppn asks NC, UML to respect their views (kp), Revolution if parties neglect consensus in constitution making process‚ warns Dahal (ht), Dahal threatens to quit CA (rep), 'Let CA deal with issues of federalism, inclusion' (rep), Non-starter alliances: The ways of the UCPN (Maoist) indicate that the party is not committed to constitution writing, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Major party leaders reach out to Baidya (ht), Big three to talk to Baidya: Seek his views on contentious issues (rep), Lead the change, Mr PM: We want our prime minister to have proper grasp of governance and development issues and be decisive in carrying out his tasks, by Krishna Gyawali (rep)

23/08/2014: NC, UML agree to give CA full shape (kp) [This smells of another grave violation of the interim constitution! These 26 MPs should not be selected on the basis of affiliation to any political party!! When the SC begin to stop the continued break of constitutional law by the politicians??], 22 of 26 CA members maybe named tomorrow (ht), UML confirms 7-state federal model stance: Says ready to adopt flexibility for sake of agreement among parties, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-UML to stick to seven-province model (rep), Janajatis demand 14 states proposed by first Assembly, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), FRA set to launch campaign from today: To make a strong pitch for identity-based federalism (ht), Dalits demand proportional representation in state bodies (kp)

22/08/2014: Madhesi intelligentsia for statute through consensus: Say they’re not averse to having two pradeshes in Madhes as a compromise solution (ht), Some mistake federalism for decentralisation: Bhattarai (ht), UML begins review meet on disputed issues (kp), Oli presses for Prez re-endorsement (kp), UML sticks to fresh endorsement of Prez, VP (rep), Experts suggest PDCC to take path of consensus (kp), EC refutes rigging claims, seeks ‘autonomy’ (kp), Electoral laws: ‘CA Court stricture impractical’, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Prez says women empowerment a must to develop society: Urges all concerned, including govt, to be serious about implementing legal provisions (ht), Constitution Writing And Its Hurdles, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Federalism for the sake of it: Federalism is a distraction from the other important aspects of state re-structuring and reform of political representation, by David Seddon (nt), Reckless federification: It doesn’t take a Nobel laureate to see that Nepal is lop-sided and top-heavy in favour of dominant caste and ethnicities (nt), Federal fundamentalism: Question the merits of federalism and you are accused of committing blasphemy, by Bihari K. Shrestha (nt), Inclusion by any other name: The last six years have not been wasted, we have zeroed in on institutionalising inclusion, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

21/08/2014: Statute writing process: Big 3 struggle for common ground (kp), Parties at odds over Constitutional Court (kp), CA Court tells govt to amend election laws: Asks EC to introduce system that ensures that those getting majority votes win, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Federalism becomes non-amendable (ht), Middle way: Parties need to find middle ground between identity and economic viability (kp), Citizenship through mother a must in new statute: NWC (rep), Prez’s re-endorsement not possible, says PM: Koirala resumes work at his office in Singha Durbar after two months (kp) [?????], Approval of President is not at all issue of the hour, says PM Koirala (ht) [This is correct! His re-endorsement should have taken place in February; so, please live on with a not legitimised president, even though the procedure may take hardly two hours!!], CA I only discussed issues; CA II is also resolving them, Interview with Subhas Chandra Nembang (rep) [The inclusive composition of CA-I was one of the reasons for intnesive discussions; in far less inclusive CA-II, only the exclusive circle of party leaders discusses and tekas decision!! There is hardly any participation pf Dalits, Janajati, Madheshi and women in general in the decision process!], Do Not Roil Communal Harmony, by Uttam Maharjan (rn) [This is a myth! In fact, Nepal has been a single ethnic identity based central state for the past 250 years! To prevent the end of discrimination is the vested interest of the exclusive leadership of the political parties!!!], Dilemmas and democracy: Are the leaders of the Nepali-language minority willing to share state power with myriad others?, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Row over TRC recommendation committee: SC issues show-cause notice to govt (rep), House panel claims jurisdiction over all ministries, govt bodies, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep)

20/08/2014: CA committee fails to reach consensus on electoral system (kp), Panel to give more power to CIAA (kp), Parliamentary committees to get full shape, by Pranab Kharel (kp), ‘Ready to change stance on forms of governance for inclusive federalism’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA panel agrees on title of new constitution (ht), Dahal unsure of statute on time, but hopeful, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Dahal: No statute if NC, UML stick to own federalism stance, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Slow and unsteady: The idea that Koirala is in place only to draft constitution does not cut ice as constitution is the responsibility of the CA rather than the government, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep), Moderate left: People voted for UML as it was thought of as the only party that could neutralize the clout of NC and Maoists, by Binit Gurung (rep)

19/08/2014: CA talks panel confers with Janajati leaders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dalits put forth 27 demands to CA, by Dipak Bayalkoti (kp), Faulty ideas (ht), Bhattarai gives tasks for major parties (ht), Major parties agree on flexible proposal (kp), Bring all on board: Dahal (kp), Parliamentary panels: Committee chairs’ names submitted (ht), House adjourned for one week (ht), House in recess; MPs to visit affected areas (kp), Constitution drafting process to go on (ht), History of violence: Political leaders must speak out against the recent spate of gender-based violence (kp), Dangers of a single story: The ability to see validity in other narratives will make collective action possible, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), United we stand: A national unity government is looking like the only real alternative to facilitating the constitution-drafting process, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Citizens and capital: Nepal should develop a financial policy to utilise the liquid capital of its citizens for national development, by Prakash Bom (kp), Shame, shame: Govt, parliament inaction (rep), All in a name: Discrimination against Dalits continues because of the stigma attached to their ascribed names, by Rajendra Senchurey (rep)

18/08/2014: CA sub-panel settles disputes over legislature (ht), CA panel finalizes number of members in parliament (rep), Good start: Bhattarai’s statute initiative (rep), At least one-yr tenure proposed for chief justice, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), UML puts Prez, Vice Prez issue on backburner, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Neither truth nor justice: Parties have demonstrated time and again that they intend to do nothing to stop extrajudicial killings, by Suhas Chakma (kp), Nepal needs new political force to address common concerns, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (kp), A ceremonial premier: Nepal is free to have a constitution of its own but the "comma and full stops" must meet exacting standards of the wise, by C.K. Lal (rep)

17/08/2014: Flexibility crucial for constitution, interview with Tom Ginsberg (kp), Maoist, Madhesi parties to prepare common position, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UCPN-M a failure as main opposition? Many point at party’s poor showing in Parliament, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Identity Politics On The Wane?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Tough battle: Transparency and accountability, two fundamentals of good governance, have collapsed without people's representatives, by Purnahari Amatya (rep)

16/08/2014: Majority of lawmakers ignore CA dress code, by Pranab Kharel (kp) [The current dress code is based on the current single ethnic identity based central state thinking and has to be abolished immediately!!!], Made in Nepal: The peace process (rep)

15/08/2014: Constitutional Court to be set up: House (ht), Experts for statute with amendment provision (rep), No country for young: Promises of employment alone will not suffice to keep Nepalis from leaving (kp), Breaking the circle: Nepal can learn from the growth of East and Southeast Asia which sought to remedy social exclusion, by Sagun S. Lawoti (kp), Unabashed by failings, lawmakers demand more facilities, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Where Are The Economic Bills Stuck?, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (rep), No licence to kill: Legal amendments must be made to ensure that crimes by security agencies are investigated independently, by Dipendra Jha (kp), On the sidelines of justice: A gender-blind and victim insensitive Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be a futile exercise, by Trishna Rana (nt), Adrift: Nepali politicians are too busy protecting gangsters to prepare for future Bhote Kosis, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

14/08/2014: Closed-door talks: Parties ready to thrash out contentious issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML stance unchanged on federalism, forms of governance, electoral system (kp), NC, UML agree to settle coalition disputes in 15 days (kp), UML can't call PM 'incompetent' and yet stay in government, interview with Shekhar Koirala, NC (rep), Ambassadorial posts: Coalition partners at loggerheads, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Separate water taps for different castes (ht) [With such thinking, Nepal has no future!!!], Expanding security: Rhetoric of making Nepal more ‘secure’ by male elites must be closely critiqued for what it means for Nepali women, by Seira Tamang (kp), Wake up: No one forced government leadership on the ailing NC leader and he must have had an inkling of the pressures of the job, by Biswas Baral (rep)

13/08/2014: Statute drafting panel to complete its task today (kp), Parliament committees to have new heads (kp), Election for House committees' heads on Aug 20 (rep), UML to seek equal footing: To take up with Congress perceived ‘non-cooperation’ with ministries held by its leaders (kp), Ailing prime minister to resume office tomorrow (kp), Crucial financial, industrial bills still in drafting phase: Govt fails to live up to its committment of reforming around three dozen economic bills, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (rep), The struggle within: Indigenous movements must acknowledge women’s issues, not just limited to reproduction and sexuality, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp), UCPN-Maoist: Heading For Another Split?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

12/08/2014: Prez to Koirala: Full CA key to statute legitimacy; Will hold meeting of parties and decide CA appointments, PM promises (kp) [The president as well needs new legitimation after the elections to a second CA!!!], Honor the pact: Koirala govt's failings (rep), SC’s PIL verdict remains unimplemented (kp), 5 armed outfits to join ‘statute process’ (kp), Armed groups eager for input in new statute (rep), In our court: The absence of national-level think tanks to work on issues of national interest was deeply felt during Modi's visit, by Keshar Bahadur Bhandari (kp), Statute not possible by deadline: Mainali (ht), NHRC a waning force for lack of office-bearers: 'Delay in appointments deliberate', by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), A culture of democracy: Local elections are essential to instilling democratic norms and values among the citizenry, by Seema Pandey (kp), Obstacles ahead: Lack of knowledge among our political leaders on vital constitutional issues is a major reason for delay in new constitution, by Prakash Bhattarai (rep)

11/08/2014: Govt may nominate 26members to CA in 15 days (ht) [Hopefully without party affiliation as it is demanded by the interim constitution!!], Panel starts talks with groups outside CA (kp), Tarai parties press for single Madhes state: Call for respecting 8-pt deal signed with Madhesi Morcha in 2008, by Pranab Kharel (kp), UML demand on president logical: KC (kp), Two to tango: Dahal—Bhattarai split will have serious consequences, especially on constitution (kp), Ex-rebels Forever In Dilemma, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), NWC drafts bill to criminalize dowry-related violence, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), Bird of prey: Chari's death may not be the begiining of end of crime-politics nexus; But people's appreciation of police killing shows they have had enough, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

10/08/2014: Parties begin discussing statute issues (ht), NC, Maoists to take consensus approach (kp), Major parties step up talks for consensus on thorny issues (rep), 'Federal states based on dominant ethnic group could be counterproductive', by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep) [What do you mean with 'based on dominant ethnic group'? Your statement would only be true if you think of federal provinces with a system compared to the current single ethnic identity based central state that more or less belongs to male Bahuns (ca. 6.5% of the population)!!], UML ministers urge Oli to mend coalition disputes (kp), UML calls for endorsing prez by Parliament as per seven-point pact; NC says raising the issue could derail statute drafting (ht) [How can the urgently necessary endorsement of president and vicepresident derail the statute writing process?????], KP Oli consults UML ministers: Asked to resolve differences with NC (rep), TMDP, SP begin merger talks (ht)

09/08/2014: UML ‘not for’ new govt before statute, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Call CWC meeting soon, 24 NC leaders ask Koirala (kp), 24 NC CC members want CWC meet (ht), Govt urges Adhikari couple to end hunger strike (ht), Adhikari couple's health deteriorating (rep), Appointments at NHRC sought (ht), Wake up: Were our lawmakers chosen to relax, pass their time sleeping or play candy crush in CA hall?, by Shristi Kafle (rep)

08/08/2014: PDCC consults experts for consensus building (kp), Preparations to submit report (kp), PM Koirala ‘almost bed-ridden’ (kp), Implement 7-point deal: UML chief tells Koirala (kp), As coalition develops strains, UML seeks talks with Congress: UML accuzses PM, NC ministers of non-cooperation, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), CPN-UML scheming against govt: Koirala (ht)

07/08/2014: Statute drafting: Parties adopt new approach to settle disputes, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Apex court frees two suspects in murder case of journalist (kp), Chaukath flays Hindu group for vandalism, threat (kp), Reclaiming spaces: Extremist Hindu elements should be kept at the margins of public discourse (kp), PAC directs govt bodies to clear arrears (ht), ‘Federal states should be economically viable’ (ht), Private sector for adopting sustainable federal model (rep), DPM: Adhikari couple's hunger strike irrelevant (rep) [Bam Dev Gautam's comments sound predominantly irrelevant, but they are extremely dangerous for peace, rule of law and an inclusive democratic future!!!], China wary of Modi's engagement in Nepal, by Purna Basnet (rep), Milking us dry: When millions are deprived of simple life saving medicines, how can such hefty spending on our ailing politicians be justified?, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep), Social security schemes: Experts for putting in place effective dstribution mechanism, monitoring system (rep), Experts urge for need based social security (ht)

06/08/2014: Petition filed questioning legality of panel for TRC nominations (kp), TRC controversy: Conflict victims move apex court (ht), Petition seeks dissolution of recommendation committee (rep), Speaker Nembang raps govt for defying ruling (ht), TRC controversy: Conflict victims move apex court (ht), CA sub-panel owns up earlier committee’s agreements (ht), Parliament directs govt to table social security Bill (ht), Study in contrast: A society indoctrinated in left ideology that has no understanding of democracy might withdraw from democratic process and view the whole process as anarchical, by Mukul Sharma (rep)

05/08/2014: In cold blood: It is time for the government to initiate prosecution for the extra-judicial killings of five youth at Godar, by Sushil Pyakurel (kp), Modi asks leaders to make statute drafting inclusive (kp)

04/08/2014: Modi operandi: Given India’s role in the Nepali peace process, it should work to facilitate an understanding over contentious constitutional issues, by Suhas Chakma (kp), 33-party alliance withdraws protest programme plans (ht), Limbuwan parties sit together for unity talks (ht)

03/08/2014: ‘Remind Modi of Madhesi significance’ (ht)

02/08/2014: Bhattarai says talks under way on disputed issues of statute, by Prakash Acharya (ht), PDCC to record all reservations (kp), Adhikari murder case: Two more suspects freed (kp), Parties not to hinder statute writing process (rep)

01/08/2014: Discussion put on hold over oppn threat, again (kp), Budget Discussion Put Off Yet Again, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Lawmakers ‘misused’ CDF, by Janak Nepal (kp) [Yes, please give each of them 50 millions more!!], Parliamentary panel to findout flaws in electoral laws (ht), Anti-gender violence bill criticised in Parliament (ht), Three accused in Adhikari murder freed on bail (ht) [!!???], Three 'absconding' Accused Show Up At Court, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep), ‘Conflict wounds psychological’, by Chahana Sigdel (kp), Our foreign non-policy: Inwardly shrivelled Kathmandu seems to have lost its ability to manage international relations, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), “Everyone forgot us”: The revolution that was supposed to liberate his community from oppression devoured Ram Ratan Chaudhari’s family, by Tufan Neupane (nt), Nothing about us, without us: The right to equality of gender and other minorities is under threat from a regressive state, by Sunil Babu Pant (nt)

31/07/2014: Contempt of court bill: Parliament to solicit public views on bill, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parliament seeks public feedback (ht), State killing Adhikari couple: AHRC (kp), Speaker wants details on Adhikari couple (ht), CPDCC owns talks with armed groups (ht), Government briefs House on Nepal-India agreement (kp), Pandey briefs Parliament on recent Nepal-India agreement (ht), Constitution Writing: Seriousness Is Lacking, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

30/07/2014: PP leaders to get Rs 20k monthly transportation allowance (kp) [??], ‘Re-endorse prez, veep’ (kp), Class and justice: The marginalisation of victim’s priorities widens the gap between the powerful and powerless, by Ram Bhandari and Erik Wilson (kp)

29/07/2014: Forge consensus on thematic panel heads, parties told, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Oppn against amendment bill for LSGA (kp), Bill aims to ensure 40% women's representation in local bodies (rep), Contempt of Court: Bill may go up for public hearing (kp), Public feedback to be sought (ht), Parliament wants public feedback on contempt of court bill: Law minister to tabvle proposal on Wednesday (rep), Conflict damages yet to be rebuilt (kp), ‘Save Adhikaris from dying’: Slain Krishna Prasad’s parents on fast-unto-death for the last 277 days (ht), Talks with Limbuwan groups positive (ht)

28/07/2014: Contempt bill lands in House (kp), Minor killed, eight injured in grenade explosion in Siraha (ht)

27/07/2014: Conflict-era scars healing, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp), Challenges for Oli: Oli needs to fine-tune his tongue and temperament to adjust to his new role, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Fault in us: The fire in the Tri-Chandra College library is indicative of larger problems at Tribhuvan University, by Banita Khanal (kp) [It's a fundamental problem of political culture: So-called party leaders make the youth believe that political violence and even murder as part of protest is not a punishable crime!!], Rautahat CA members fail to spend Rs 1 million (ht)

26/07/2014: House panels headless for six months, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Dialogue committee dwells on disputed issues (ht), Calls to memorialise war victims (kp) [Most of all they need justice and compensation!!], Malla’s status delays TRC panel’s progress (ht) [This panel has no future either!!], Kin for naming public places after conflict victims (rep), Capable enough: The state and the rulers think that Dalits are incapable and unable to assume a high post and skilfully carry out assigned duties, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (rep)

25/07/2014: CA completes six months: Parties must settle disputed issues to get job done on time, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PDCC talks to own past agreements (kp), Lower House to be called Pratinidhi Sabha (ht), Parties divided over local polls (kp), Statute deadline won’t be met: Koirala (ht), Promises to keep: The NC-UML coalition must stick to its self-imposed deadline of finishing the constitution by April, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Half truths, no justice: The government didn’t even bother to send a representative for the funeral of the Dhanusha Five this week, by Trishna Rana (nt), Strange Alliances: If the recent political alliances provide any indication, it shows that Nepali politics is heading on the path to confrontation, by Keshab Poudel (sp), Nepal’s Constitutional Problem: A Recap, by Ria Gyawali (sp), All Is Not Well: 'An ailing PM and an ailing PM-in-waiting; And we're still asking what ails our country?', by Abijit Sharma (sp)

24/07/2014: Victims’ remains handed over to kin: Nepal Army involved in the killings of 5 men in their twenties in Godar, Dhanusha, forensic report confirms, by Shyamsundar Shashi (kp) [And what about the murderers???], Kin get remains of five youths, by Brij Kumar Yadav (ht), Govt hands over remains of victims to kin: Families demand immediate action against perpetrators, by Suresh Yadav (rep), CA endorsement of prez and veep: UML set to take up issue with PM (kp), UCPN (Maoist) seeks clear position on federalism: A committee formed to prepare official line on key issues for new statute (kp), SP mulls over quitting Constituent Assembly: Party to decide on the issue after feeling pulse through interactions across Madhes (ht), Mahato-led SP sets copies of budget document on fire (rep), Full circle complete: NC and UML are at the helm again; They have no obligation to act differently than they did during the free-for-all 90s, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

23/07/2014: Koirala returns hale and hearty from New York: PM says he’s not quitting; Assures full activism and completion of all pending tasks; Promises statute on time (ht), ‘I’ve got new lease of life’: Koirala returns from New York after month-long cancer treatment (kp), All-party meet commonagenda of five parties (ht), Armed Tarai groups pose security challenge: DPM (ht), Will Maoist-led Front Disrupt Statute-making?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

22/07/2014: PDCC owns up decisions made by then statute panel (kp), CA panel begins exercise to build consensus, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Godar killings: Government may not send high-level rep (kp), Enemies of the future: Political parties must take responsibility for the actions of their affiliated student unions (kp) [Those who burn down libraries should not be called students; they are criminals, nothing else, and should be punished as such!!], Women rights activists stage protest in front of CA building (ht), Govt urged to amend Contempt of Court Bill (ht), Taking to the streets: Protests and movements have provided the marginalised with an avenue to make their voices heard, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp), With power, comes responsibility: The NC, as the largest party in the CA, must take the lead in reaching out to parties on contentious issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

21/07/2014: Talks with armed outfits to begin next week (kp), Talks with armed outfits of Ilam, Janakpur, Nepalgunj in offing (ht), Govt starts discourse on civil service in federal set-up (rep), Remains of Godar victims to be handed to their families (ht) [There is no justice with the murderers from the army running free and getting promoted!!], Lawmakers demanding ECDP failed to spend their budgets, by Suresh Yadav (rep) [!!!! Why do they want 49 millions more??], Bhattarai floats options for new force (ht), The illusion of inclusion, by C.K. Lal (rep)

20/07/2014: CA sub-Panel gears up for talks with armed outfits, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Failing grade for UML ministers: Party lawmakers claim UML ministers failed to bring‘ pro-people’ programmes, made unpopular decisions (kp), Home minister criticised for making people homeless (ht), SP ready to take to streets (ht), Hammering it in: The results of the recent by-election further cemented the people’s rejection of single-identity federalism, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp) [No single ethnic identity federalism is o.k., but there is absolutely nothing that can be derived from recent by-elections!], Stepping in: Instead of judging who is right or wrong, mediation helps parties explore options that best serve their mutual interests and needs, by Mukti Rijal (kp)

19/07/2014: Transitional justice: Ensure victims’ participation: Experts (kp), Marginalised conflict victims’ inclusion issue discussed (ht), Failing State, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

18/07/2014: In consensus bid, CA panel to talk to leaders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Federalism and Tarai-Madhes: Madhesis must have unchallenged access to wealth of the hills by being part of the same federal province, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Nothing but contempt: Under the new draft bill, it would not be possible to write this column, by Binita Dahal (nt)

17/07/2014: Contempt of court bill: Minister Acharya ‘agrees’ to amend provisions (kp), Adhikari couple’s health ‘deteriorates’ (kp), Bir Hospital unable to provide TPN to Adhikari Couple (ht), Shooting in the dark: This budget has little to offer in the absence of political consensus on a roadmap for economic prosperity, by Achyut Wagle (kp), The new budget will contribute to inflation, interview with Bishwambher Pyakuryal (rep), CDF Allocations: A Case Of Misplaced Priority, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Flawed TRC Act: Apropos Amendments Indispensable, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

16/07/2014: NC lawmakers criticise budget (kp), Local body polls by mid-Jan: Gautam (kp) [???? He obviously doesn't know what he is talking about!!!], Khadka moots three federal models (ht), Stakeholders for greater participation of women in politics (rep), Budgeting for bikas: A consensual agenda that propels us to broad-based economic growth is as urgent as the new constitution, by Swarnim Wagl� (kp)

15/07/2014: FinMin defends CDF allocation‘: Cheap loan has potential to transform agriculture’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 'Extra-curricular' Budget Bringing Smile To Some, by Prem Khatry (rn), It's complicated: What comes out loud and clear is that the proposal of transferring development funds to MPs rests on political, not economic ground, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Constituting contempt: Censoring the media in the name of contempt of court can set a dangerous trend, by Dipendra Jha (kp)

14/07/2014: TRC naming panel seeks fourth member urgently (kp), CDF Saga: Focus Shift From Policy To Paisa, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Ride the wave: Nepal's traditional national security mentality with geopolitics at the center should give way to more dynamic economy-centric foreign policy, by Shyam Bandhu Subedi (rep)

13/07/2014: CA sub-panel to hold talks with armed outfits (ht), NC youths oppose Rs 50m CDF plan (kp), War-induced trauma still haunts Rukum residents, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp), Forgiving the past: The TRC must discourage individuals and political parties from using victims and families as a means to an end, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp), Loktantra blues: History shows that governments often make laws to punish those who speak or write freely, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Good samaritans: The country needs a Civic Responsibility Act to increase the moral responsibility of Nepali society, by Seema Pandey (kp)

12/07/2014: Yet another front foridentity-based federalism today (ht), Govt in last-ditch effort to address CDF demand, by Anil Giri and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Bill to empower youth registered: Envisages 23-member National Youth Council, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Call for investing more on youth: Stakeholders say brain drain must be stopped pronto (ht)

11/07/2014: 7-party alliance for singleidentity-based federalism, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Seven parties form Federal Republican Front: Warn Congress, CPN-UML not to show arrogance of numerical strength (ht), The politics of everything: Why carve up the country into supposedly autonomous states, when there is no economic base for that autonomy? (nt), SC scraps petition against CDF (kp) [??], SC quashes writ against budget for lawmakers: Says no order required as govt is yet to decide on Rs 50 million (ht), MP Or Five Crore Manager?, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn), Widespread resistance makes commissions on transitional justice uncertain, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Post-conflict stress syndrome: Psychological scars of conflict on young survivors take longer to heal, by Taylor Caldwell (nt), More money, more problems: Failure to pursue reforms aimed at growth will have long-term detrimental effects on the entire economy, by Yoga Nath Poudel (kp), Investing in young people: Focus on development, by Giulia Vallese (ht), Investing in Young People’, by Giulia Vallese (sp), The generation gap: Nepal’s ageing political leadership is running out of time in more ways than one, by Trishna Rana (nt), When the hammer comes down: It is no longer enough to condemn the wrong-doers, they must be named and shamed, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Expert Call: United Nations experts warn that Nepal's truth-seeking legislation risks further entrenching impunity (sp), Shoddy Constitutional Exercise: Will Ek Thaan or Ek Thangno Emerge?, by Dipak Gyawali (sp)

10/07/2014: Mahat hints at CDF approval, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [one of the numerous fatal failures of this government!!], NC lawmakers raise voice seeking Rs 50 million: Say finance minister will face action if budget for constituencies not allocated (ht), Apex court order sought against Rs 50m dole plan (kp), Money for nothing: Instead of demanding a Rs 50 million fund, lawmakers must concentrate on a building strong, accountable governance, by Lok Nath Bhusal (kp), Funds For Constituency Development: Not Necessary At All, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Govt to SC: TRC Act doesn’t grant amnesty to serious offenders, by Pranab Kharel (kp) [?????], TRC Act consistent with int'l law: Government (rep) [Yes, all the international experts who criticise this law are absolutely innocent and ignorant!?], Rights bodies’ call to fix TRC Act flaws (ht), Int’l rights groups call for amending flawed provisions (kp) [!!!!!], Right to information or fight for information? RTI Act yet to be fully implemented, leaving many people who want to know frustrated, by Basant Sharma (ht), Respect freedom of expression: EduMin (kp), Contempt bill draws criticism (kp), Maoist, six other parties to unite on federal model (kp), Clock-watching: Term and age limits should be placed on political leaderships (kp)

09/07/2014: Subcommittee to talk to armed outfits (kp), Federal Republican Front in the offing: To pitch for identity-based federalism in constitution (ht), Democracy and caste: The encounter of democracy with caste is a historical process accommodating two sets of opposed values, by G�rard Toffin (kp), Silent war: It is fundamentally a collective failure when people sit idly by as society falls apart around them, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), Crimean lesson: Crimea's case shows internal threat of secession undermines state's security; Nepal may have to face similar fate, by Seema Pandey (rep) [Nepal is a multiethnic state with the single ethnic identity of her non-inclusive single ethnic male elite! This is the greatest danger for security and secession and has to be changed immediately!!!], Demand For CDF Increase Raises Eyebrows, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), To give or not to give: If lawmakers cannot guarantee transparency and accountability, they do not deserve even one million rupees they are drawing from state coffers, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Leaders sans vision: Nepal's development should not be a by-product of China and India's strategic interests; we need strategically designed policies in place, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (rep)

08/07/2014: CA dialogue sub-panel confers with parties (kp), Sub-panel records demands of fringe parties outside Constituent Assembly (ht), Malla lambasts suggestion to replace her: Says the TRC Recommendation Committee members exceeded their brief (ht), Senior citizens warn of stern protests, self-immolations: Press govt to address their key demands (ht), Contempt of whom? Unless the Supreme Court protects the freedom of speech, it will fail to uphold its own dignity, by Prakash Bom (kp), Keep him busy: Without a larger role in constitution writing, Prachanda could easily drift towards the extremist line of Mohan Baidya, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

07/07/2014: Don’t cooperate on TRC, CID: Rights activists (ht), Constituency development programme: NC piles pressure on FinMin Mahat, by Anil Giri (kp), Fair trial for free expression: Judicial precedents should provide a reference for addressing the contempt of court bill in Parliament, by Binod Bhattarai (kp), Politics of reinstitution: The revolution in 19951 was subverted, reformation of 1990 rescinded and revolutions between 2006 -2008 proved to be stillborn, by C.K. Lal (rep)

06/07/2014: Bajura conflict victims scramble for a living, by Prakash Singh (ht), All for money: Lawmakers’ demand for 50 million (rep), Rs 50m funds will widen disparities: NPC head; infrastructure development in remote districts costlier, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Bad proposition: Doling out money to CA members is opposed to the notion of financial accountability, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp) [Nepal's politicians generally do things that are against the constitution, democratic principles, the rule of law, human rights, international law, etc!!], Temple and state: Despite becoming a secular state, Nepal has not laid out the parameters for its model of secularism, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (kp)

05/07/2014: UN rights experts urge government to amend TRC Act: Say it is necessary to end impunity (ht), Govt brought bill on TRC responsibly, says Acharya (ht) [???], TRC panel seeks Malla’s replacement: Asks govt to give recommendation committee full shape, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht) [????], Poll expense details: EC slaps 18 parties with Rs 1,000 fine (ht) [This is absolutely ridiculous!!!], NC recommends Rs 50m CDP for 240 constituencies, by Anil Giri (kp), Cong demands Rs 5 crore foreach lawmaker (ht), NC all for Rs 50 million constituency fund, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), NPC asks for district-wise project details (kp), Critiquing any judge is nocontempt of court: Experts, by Pranab Kharel (kp), With no counseling, conflict-affected still feel trauma, by Benupraj Bhattarai (rep), Illusion and reality: Will federalism really bring an end to discrimination on 'class, caste, language, sex, culture, religion and region? Experts do not think so, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (rep)

04/07/2014: Madhes-based parties suspect UCPN-M stance (ht), AHRC: Don’t muzzle press freedom to protect court (kp), Shame on all of us! A human rights debacle is unfolding, with collaboration of a democratic government, the international community and intelligentsia, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Question of legitimacy: Victims must be recognised as critical actors in the transitional justice process, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), View from the hills: The government’s recent announced policies and programmes reflect a distinct hill-centric bias, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Financial inclusion: Must for Inclusive growth, by Shiv Ram Prasad Koirala (ht)

03/07/2014: Parliament passes govt’s policies and programmes: Next House meeting on July 10; Fiscal budget likely on July 11, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Govt's policies and programs endorsed through majority votes (rep), Rs 50m demand likely to be met, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Pork barrel politics at peak: Lawmakers seek Rs 50m for constituency development, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Govt ‘working’ to provide vehicles for parties’ top leaders (kp), A capital issue: CA members greedy of state dole-outsrisk damaging their public image (kp), NHRC says it cannot send official to panel for picking TRC team (kp), Overcoming criticism: Take TRC and CED seriously (rep), Ethnicity-based Federalism: A Counterproductive Model, by Uttam Maharjan (rn) [?? Nepal is still a single ethnic identity based central state! It has to be transformed into a miltiethnic federal state, and this has nothing to do with names and territory borders!!!], Talking out of tune: Inclusion is about developing a frame of mind that respects everyone regardless of class, ethnicity or creed, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Rape victims of armed conflict off the radar, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep)

02/07/2014: Lawmakers in fund hunt: Call in NC for Rs 50m for each constituency (kp), Female parliamentarians press for residence, transport facilities (kp), Lawmakers say govt’s policies fail to live up to expectations (kp), Policies and programmes condemned (ht), Oppn flays govt policies and programs (rep), Govt. Policies and Programmes: Implementation Aspect Is Vital, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), OHCHR: Amend inconsistent clauses (kp) [see comment by OHCHR], TRC Act violates United Nations policy: OHCHR (ht), OHCHR urges govt to amend TRC Act (rep), FRF concept paper to be finalised today (ht), Many miles to go: Despite multiple impediments, the constitution must be promulgated in time for a prosperous Nepal, by Binamra Thapa (kp), Chand counters Baidhya’s policy: Says CPN-Maoist policy must be to give continuity to people’s war (ht), Comment is not free, if you cannot write a line without fearing court may throw you in jail because you were citing its wrongdoings or flawed policies, by Dharma Adhikari (rep)

01/07/2014: CA concludes discussion on all panel reports (ht), NC lawmakers criticise govt’s programmes: Coalition government asked to amend the document, by Anil Giri (kp), NC, UML lawmakers slam document (ht), First round of deliberation concludes, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoist alliance to set singular position on statute (kp), NHRC asked to nominate its rep (kp), Recommendation panel of TRC wants NHRC in it: Urges govt to clear confusion regarding its formation process and questions raised by one of the members (ht), ‘Living martyr’ Mukesh will not walk again: Doc, by Weena Pun (kp), Exclusion in the mountains: The Madhes has been explored in the citizenship debate but exclusionary practices are also present in the upper hills, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp)

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Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR)

Ways to destroy a nation: bandh calendar

Human Rights Watch: Silenced and Forgotten  Survivors of Nepal’s Conflict-Era Sexual Violence. September 23, 2014

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