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Press evaluation:

30/06/2015: Women rights in statute: Hundreds rally in Capital against ‘inequalities’, by Dewan Rai (kp), Disputes keep draft from landing in CA, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties agree to table final draft today: Decide to finalise the document after nine hours of haggling, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Prakash Acharya (ht), Decks clear: The weaker points of the draft need to be further amended during its journey towards promulgation – from the perspectives of national interests (ht), Draft constitution sets Jestha 15 for annual budget (kp), House panel tells govt to fix civic poll date at the earliest (ht)

29/06/2015: Panel endorses constitution draft: CA to receive paper today; Process moves forward despite reservations from CA members and parties, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [This document produced by male Tagadharis is not what the country needs! It aims at the retention of the non-inclusive, patriarchal state of the past and a continuation of Hindu political thinking!], Drafting panel endorses first draft of new constitution, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Two steps back: The draft constitution seeks to further consolidate the old power structure (kp), Women leaders term document ‘patriarchal’, by Dewan Rai (kp), Article of faith: Secularism and constitution (rep), More powers proposed for prez, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep), Victors take all: Devided along caste liones and ambitions of political personalities that vie for patronage of PEON few Madheshis have resilience to wage street protests, by C.K. Lal (rep)

28/06/2015: Parties find fault with statute draft, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties register dissenting views, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), High time we took to streets: Madhesi leaders (ht), Constitution first draft in final stage, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Local body poll plan contested, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Going local: Local representatives must be elected for the government to better organise its reconstruction efforts, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp), ‘It’s better if SC keeps quiet on 16-pt deal’ (ht), Maoists, UML to press PM to issue statute at earliest (kp)

27/06/2015: Citizenship through mother: Youth activists protest ‘regressive’ provision (kp), Citizenship in mother’s name ruled out (ht), Taskforce readies preliminary draft of constitution (kp), Task force sends draft constitution to CDC: To be finalised today (ht) [It's so easy to write a new constitution as long as only the interests of male Bahuns and other Thagadharis have to be included!!], Taskforce prepares first draft of new constitution: Full CA to get it on Monday, by Thira L. Bhsual and Ashok Dahal (rep), Don’t grant APF power to arrest, House panel tells Home Minister (kp), SAC tells authorities not to let APF exercise power that’s solely with NP (ht), Earthquake survivors still await cash to build shelter (kp), A grand success: I think our incompetent politicians should be reminded that begging for a few dollars and getting some is not something to be proud of, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Construction authority: CPN-UML for correcting ordinance (ht)

26/06/2015: ICJ: ensure rights in line with Int’l standards (kp), Post quake reconstruction: ‘Local polls must for recovery tasks’ (kp), Build back better: Now the focus should be on rebuilding both infrastructure and people’s lives (kp), No easy way out: We cannot be ‘doing feminism’ without addressing questions of racism and heterosexism within the citizenship debate, by Kumud Rana (kp), Supreme Court’s Stay Order: Some Reflections, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [The SC had to its job and the party leaders should also let the CA do its job! The new constitution has to be decided by the CA and not by some party leaders!], Interim order and interim constitution: By delving into politics, the Supreme Court verdict on the 16-point deal has once again blurred the separation of powers, by Binita Dahal (nt), Madhesi parties for a movement (ht), The real challenge begins now: Recent achievements should not allow the government to rest on its laurels, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), The Indifferent Republic: Even a massive earthquake can’t shake the concerned authorities into actually being concerned (nt), Needless drama: Like killing Caesar to prevent an anticipated misadventure, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Hold it right there: Because a super fast-track constitution is unacceptable, let's hold local elections, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt)

25/06/2015: Contempt of court case against prime minister, CA chairman (ht), CDC taskforce gets second deadline extension (kp), States to have mixed election system, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Citizenship provision irks youths (kp), Madhes will break ties with Capital if past agreements are not implemented: Sonal (ht), Civil society seeks role in post-quake recovery: Civil society organisations issue a declaration demanding an environment conducive to post-quake reconstruction (kp), Southern gale: No matter what the major political parties do, they cannot stop the rise of Madhesi Young Turks, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Do earthquakes kill? It is of fundamental importance to identify key features of political, economic and administrative regimes that lead to a disaster, by Chaitanya Mishra (kp), The Political Accord Setting New Milestones, by Mukti Rijal (rn) [This was a legal, not a political decision, Mr Rijal! Under the rule of law, the SC had to decide in this way!], SC Stay Order And Constitution, by Uttam Maharjan (rn) [A new constitution based on the 16-point agreement will not bring the crisis to an end, it will extend and escalate it! The politicians must abide by the interim constitution and their earlier agreements!]

24/06/2015: Unfair criticism: Apex court decision has strengthened sovereigntry of CA which was being hijacked by political leaders, by Birendra P. Mishra (rep), Oli asks court, Prez to stay away from politics (kp), [Oli denies rule of law for Nepal! He should better stay away from politics since he does not understand that politicians have to obey to the rules of constitution and jurisdiction!!], CDC to finalise tentative first draft of new constitution, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Ordinance on reconstruction authority flawed: Experts (rep), Experts doubt Authority will be able to perform (ht), BRB for ‘solid recovery vision’ (kp), A new vision: The challenging task of rebuilding and reconstruction is not possible with our old ways of doing things, by Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Rs 14.7 million required for health, population sector (ht), Misguided priorities: The govt’s argument that the ‘relief phase’ is now over and all focus should be on rebuilding is flawed, by Shradha Ghale (kp), Awkward moment: The tug of war between government and donors does not inspire hope among quake victims; Both look like emperors without clothes, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

23/06/2015: Task force working on statute (ht), Tell judiciary to show restraint, Nembang to Prez (kp) [??], Ensure cordial ties among state organs, President tells CA chair (ht), Genuine issues raised by Dalits would be addressed: CA chairman: The memorandum states that arrangement should be made to ensure representation of the Dalits at all levels of the State (kp) [And why are they not participated in this process??], Nod to ordinance to rebuild Nepal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Race for rebuilding body CEO hots up, by Anil Giri (kp) [Of course, only male Bahuns in race! Power, power...], Defective body: It is odd that the PM should be the head of the authority’s advisory body as well as the head of the executive body of the authority (ht), Maoists not to own up PM-led panel (kp), PM-led authority meaningless, says Rayamajhi of UCPN-M: ‘Party will not be part of such a body’ (ht), ‘Include environment experts in Reconstruction Authority’ (kp), Inclusive efforts: Ensuring women’s full participation in the recovery process has enormous potential to contribute to building a stronger Nepal, by Ziad Sheikh (kp), Not without flaws: Despite having many shortcomings the proposed Disaster Management Bill creates a useful foundation to build future legislations on, by Dina Mani Pokhrel (kp), Setting the agenda: Organising the donor conference is just one among the many things the government needs to do, by Sujeev Shakya (kp)

22/06/2015: No democracy for women: CPDCC report specifically mentions father "and" mother provision, which shows the reluctance to provide equal rights to women, by Subin Mulmi (rep) [Patriarchal Hindu state thinking is still very present among the Tagadhari leaders!], Back to nowhere The Court’s verdict exposes flaws in the 16-point agreement at the cost of political breakthrough (kp) [This would only be a breakthrough in respect of preserving the interests of the ruling elite! This elite must lean that it bound to the interim constitution as well!!], Constitutional Obstacle To Constitution Writing, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn) [The obstacle are the party leaders, not the constitution!!], CDC task force fails to complete its work (ht), Newly formed SSFN slams 16-point pact (kp), Baidhya terms 16-point agreement anti-national (ht), Statute process will continue: Nembang (ht), Constitution writing: Maoists object to NC, UML ‘tough’ take (kp), Gone overboard: The apex court appears to be inconsistent while dealing with the writ petitions related to politics (ht), Govt finalizes plan for reconstruction authority, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Rebuilding authority ordinance in prez office (kp), Reconstruction Authority through ordinance: To be ready before donors’conference; UCPN-M opposes the idea, to play the role of opposition, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Relief irregularities: More ministers, officials under PAC scanner; The committee to scrutinise the Home Minister, Foreign Minister and Finance Minister (kp), Relief should make locals independent, not dependent on charity, interview with Som Paneru (kp), Post-earthquake Nepal: Psychosocial perspectives, by Katrin Tini Hermsen (ht)

21/06/2015: Statute drafting will go unhindered: Nembang;  Drafting Committee works even on Saturday; CA chairman has reportedly asked Sitaula-led panel to continue work on the preliminary draft (kp), CA continues its process despite SC order (ht), ‘Statute drafting will not stop’ (ht), ‘Avoid conflict among state organs’ (kp) [This is not a question of coordination Mr President! The SC has highest judicial authority, the CA has to write the new constitution and the government has to do the daily executive business, not more!!], Govt to move SC to overturn stay on 16-point deal (kp) [??], SC order against 16-pt pact draws mixed reactions (ht), Parties press for halt to constitution drafting (kp), Minister Nidhi hails SC ruling (kp), Ruling parties divided over authority formation (ht)

20/06/2015: Supreme Court stays 16-pt deal enforcement (kp), Apex court stays implementation of 16-point pact, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Supreme Court stays 16-point agreement, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), 4 parties: Ruling infringes upon CA’s jurisdiction: Govt to file petition against order (kp) [No, it only prevents the continued misuse of the interim constitution! There is only one consequence: Those who were part of the 16-point agreement should leave politics once and for all!!], Four parties defend 16-point agreement (ht), Big 4 challenge SC order, vow to expedite statute drafting, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep) [In other words: They not only disregard the interim constitution but also the decision of the SC??], Relief irregularities: PAC demands action against minister, secy (kp), MoUD failed to keep records of tents distributed to quake victims: Minister Khadka (rep), Reconstruction body formation delayed by political differences: Proposal reaching Cabinet differs from what NPC had proposed, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Mainstreaming Youths In Nation Building, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Govt needs about Rs 670 billion for reconstruction, by Rudra Pangeni (rep)

19/06/2015: Female leaders decry ‘unfair’ provisions: Women leaders have demanded one-third of the elected representatives in parliament, 40 pc in the provinces and 50 pc in local bodies should be women, by Dewan Rai (kp) [This will never change as long as a handful of exclusively male Tagadharis behaves as if the country belongs to them!!], CDC task force to begin settling disputed issues Contents prepared as they should appear in statute (ht), House Special Panel order: ‘Provide relief for families of missing people’ (kp), CA members mulling over policy for homeless in Valley, by Thomas Bogaty (ht), Govt asked to expedite supply of zinc sheets (ht), PAC to Fin Ministry: Clarify tax waiver on excavator imports (kp), Getting them back: Govt needs to repair damaged heritage sites and trekking routes immediately (kp), Lost in translation: The term ‘republic’ in Nepal pertains mainly to the symbolic sphere and makes dubious reference to the French Revolution, by Gérard Toffin (kp), Earthquake and government Lack of sincerity, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Braving the monsoon: Putting-off federal demarcation will anger some, but the 2 million people without homes have other worries, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Donors make big announcements, fail to keep words: DPM Gautam (rep) [Just like Nepali politicians!!!]

18/06/2015: Fissures feature: The quake has made the political and social inequality existing in Nepal even more prominent, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Nameless, Borderless Provinces, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), NEFIN submits memo to Dahal (ht), TMDP gears up to protest 16-point pact in Tarai districts (ht), Sitaula-led team tasked to make integrated draft (kp), CDC task force to settle disputes by June 22: Dispute on reappointment of office bearers of constitutional bodies after promulgating constitution (ht), Drafting committee gives taskforce a week to resolve disputes, by Ashok Dahal (rep), SC dead against any House panel to monitor justices, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Re-election after constitution is promulgated, says NC veep Paudel (ht), Ministries’ governance capacity down: Mahat (ht), PAC launches probe into relief ‘irregularities’: A report shows more than 3,000 tents and tarpaulins had been distributed without receipts, with hundreds of them allegedly being doled out to non-victims (kp), Urban Dev Ministry under PAC scrutiny, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Not much relief: The only correction the government can make now is to identify those responsible for misappropriation and bring them to book (ht), Govt in dark about WFP-distributed relief aid, by Surendra Paudel (rep), Govt’s debt relief plan hits a major glitch (ht), Relief operations almost over: Govt, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), The honeymoon is over: Regardless of how the govt manages reconstruction, there is likelihood of some disillusionment creeping in, by Deepak Thapa (kp), AHRC objects to plan to grant policing duty to APF (ht), The right deal: The biggest challenge to the 16-point deal could come from within the four signatories; some NC and UML leaders appear insecure, by Tika P. Dhakal (rep) [A Tagadhari view that leaves earlier agreements, interim constitution and and the necessity of inclusive constitution writing aside!], Irregularities In Delivery Of Relief Supplies And Money, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

17/06/2015: CDC sub-panel settles citizenship issue, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [The male Bahun overlords as based on their traditional Hindu thinking have decided that women will remain second or third class citizens under the new constitution, subordinate to male persons! This issue is symbolic for what can be expected from the consequences of the 16-point-agreement!!], Subcommittees fail to settle some disputes (kp), 16-point deal challenged in Supreme Court (kp), SC accepts writ against 16-point agreement (ht) [Wow! Mind changed?], SC takes up writ petition on 16-point deal (rep), NC, UML at odds over deadline for constitution draft: While the Koirala faction of NC says ‘key steps’ should not be compromised to cut corners, Deuba camp supportsthe UML line of issuing the statute draft by mid-July (kp), NC-UML relations grow cold after PM’s remarks (rep), Baidhya slams UCPN-M for agreeing to statute deal (ht), House panel takes government to task on relief work, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), TIA customs yard full of unclaimed relief goods, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), House panel seeks reports on relief distribution irregulariries (rep), Quake victims yet to get money to build temporary shelters (ht), Relief for quake survivors: Discrepancies rampant in ID card distribution, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp), Justice undone: The government is taking advantage of the earthquake to further marginalise conflict victims, by Ram Bhandari (kp), Central command: Despite all its shortcomings, we should support the state when it comes to reconstruction works, by Sandhya Sitoula and Subin Mulmi (kp), Painful Vacuum In Local Governance, by Krishna Man Pradhan (rn), Poor spending: Learning lessons from the present chaos, the government must hold local bodies’ elections soon (ht), Rogues and roosters: A constitution will not bring food to the table of disaster victims; A national government would incubate corruption and anarchy, by Neelam Adhikari (rep)

16/06/2015: Pre-emptive right to self-determination ruled out, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Power deal irks Maoist, NC leaders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Three parties merge to become Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal, by Roshan Sedhai (kp) [It is the fifth strongest party in CA now with 3.7% of the votes in 2013 CA elections (to compare: NC got 25.5%)], MJF-N, FSP-N, KSRP merge to form fifth largest party in CA (ht), MPRF-N, FSPN, KINP merge to form FSFN (rep), PSC wants more power in constitution, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), NBA objects to CPDCC’s suggestion (ht), Why it failed: There was no option but be content with enshrined federalism in the new constitution and let it evolve or fizzle out, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [This article is in some respects distorting facts and overvalues the current agreement!], Dispute deferred: Statute through fast track route will pave way for UML to ascend to power with possible help from UCPN (Maoist), by Bindesh Dahal (rep), Centre cannot hold: Nepal’s federal aspirations contradict with the formation of a central reconstruction authority, by Arpita Nepal (kp), Too Much To Be Done In No Time, by Prem Khatry (rn), Less than 48pc relief, rescue fund spent, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht) [!!], Donors spent major portion of quake aid on int’l staff: Govt, by Surendra Paudel (rep) [claims a govt that is neither able to spend donated relief money nor donor supported development capital!!!], Putting the last first: The government’s plan to collect aid from foreign countries is plagued with numerous problems, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Post-quake reconstruction: Time to rethink, by Dipendra Gautam (ht)

15/06/2015: The neo-regressive Nepalis: The 16-point deal reached between anti-Maoists and the nominal Maoists, is almost a third coup in six years that has all but restored the status quo ante before Madhesh Uprising, by C.K. Lal (rep), Fast and furious: Constitutional process needs to be participatory for the new constitution to last (kp) [!!], Committee gets down to statute drafting task (kp), Constitution Drafting Committee begins its task (ht), 16-pt Pact: Problems Unsolved, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), We will have constitution by July 16: Start celebrating, interview with Krishna Prasad Sharma Oli, the urgently want to be PM (rep) [This unconstitutional and anti-inclusive procedure is everything else but to be celebrated!], 3 parties to announce merger today Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal, Federal Socialist Party Nepal and Khas Samabeshi Party merge to form the new Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum (kp), President’s post to remain with Nepali Congress: Dahal (kp) [And why is he not re-elected by CA-II as it should be normal for democratic procedure?], Law drafted for prime minister-led rebuilding committee (kp), ‘Consider all factors before reconstruction’ (ht), Gender issues to figure prominently in PDNA (kp), Print Money For Quake Victims, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

14/06/2015: Citizenship issue: Civil society concerned over PDCC report (kp), New constitution by mid-July ‘a tough task’; Roadblocks: Disputes, constitution amendment, lengthy procedure, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Challenges galore before CDC, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Anti-deal parties seek Prez help: Request Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to correct ‘regressive’ move, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Five parties submit memo to President: State that 16-point deal violates Interim Constitution (ht), MJF-N,FSP-N and KSRP to announce merger tomorrow (ht), Muslim lawmakers seek broader rights (kp), Domestic, external forces trying to foil the deal: Dahal (kp) [This deal serves the interests of the ruling elite! It will once again delay necessary and unpreventable reforms for years!], Unified CPN-Maoist CC endorses 16-point pact (ht), Can 2072 Be An Annus Mirabilis?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [The constitution writing process was not meant as a game for party leaders! The losers will be those who continue to be not included!!], Unity govt plan on backburner: Four parties focus attention on constitution drafting (kp), ‘Agreement on power sharing’ (kp), Reconstruction body ‘before donor summit’: Govt argues setting up committee ahead of June 25 conference will encourage donors to commit funds (kp), Govt plans mechanism to oversee reconstruction works before June 25 (ht), ‘700,000 pushed to poverty’ (kp), Quake likely to push 982,000 people back into poverty, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht)

13/06/2015: Hopes raised by new provision dampened: The ‘and’ clause on citizenship remains despite claims to the contrary, say rights activists, by Dewan Rai (kp) [Long live the exclusive state dominated by male Bahuns whose thinking is deeply rooted in archaic Hindu traditions!!], IERF objects to 16-point agreement (ht), SC refuses to register writ against 16-pt deal: Petitioner says he will move the court again to challenge the refusal tomorrow (ht) [The SC has to decide if the procedure of the leaders of the political parties violates the interim constitution! How can the apex court simply reject this writ?], PDCC report sent to Drafting Committee: CA gives panel 15 days to submit first draft of constitution, by Binod Ghimire (kp), CA sends CPDCC report to CDC: First draft of constitution to be prepared within 15 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Drafting committee gets 15 days to prepare preliminary statute (rep), Five small parties walk out of CA meeting (rep), Post disaster needs assessment: Rs 666.3b needed for post-quake rebuilding, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Quake damage billed at Rs 513 bn, income loss Rs 187 billion, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Quake damage put at Rs 701b: Damage to housing, human settlements totalled Rs 303 billion, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), HAMI: Relief distribution by I/NGOs publicity-oriented (kp), Red Cross starts quake recovery planning meet (kp), Information failure: One of the offshoots of the earthquake was perhaps the realiozation as to how internet technologies can be of help in diseminating 'timely' information, by Hitesh Karki (rep), Dalits: Empower them; Earthquake taught us that we are just a puppet in the hands of existence, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep)

12/06/2015: Glimmer of hope: We are cautiously optimistic about decision to allow mothers to pass on citizenship (kp), PDCC consensus report on statute reaches CA: CA to ask Drafting Committee to put issues together (kp), Consensus document tabled at assembly, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Constitution writing moves a step ahead, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep), Statute in making (ht), A new deal: The earthquake was secondary to the parties’ realisation that their political careers depended on an agreement on a new constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [But this agreement is by far insufficient and once again does not reflect the interests of the not included majority! The 'leaders' have lost every credit either!], Four UDMF constituents object to 16-point pact (ht), Amresh Singh registers nine-pt note of dissent (ht), MJF-N, FSPN close to finalising merger deal for new party, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Sixteen-Point Deal And Its Implications, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Climate of change: The quake has changed old narratives of the Maoist war, development and a Nepali identity, by Suman Khadka (kp), Seize the day: We shouldn’t miss the opportunity for nation-building that the quake has provided us, by Simón Dhungana (kp), ‘Treat victims of natural disasters equally’: The government has been directed not to discriminate against victims on the basis of types of disasters (ht), PAC to summon ministers over ‘relief misuse’ (ht), PAC seeks details of relief materials distributed to quake-victims, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), The big earthquake: Power politics, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (ht), Was that for real? Whatever the reason for the deal on the constitution, at least we have a deal, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), For politics’ sake: A decision on the number of provinces or forming a national unity government were hardly what 3 million earthquake survivors needed, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), Deconstruction before reconstruction: That famous Maoist dictum has a whole new meaning in post-earthquake Nepal, and not quite in the way Pushpa Kamal Dahal intended (nt), Bureaucracy as usual: Confusion and obstruction delay delivery of urgent relief supplies to quake-hit areas, by Stéphane Huët (nt)

11/06/2015: Citizenship from either of Nepali parents: Agreement to replace ‘and’ conjunction with ‘or’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Federalism, republican set-up amendable, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Ban, int’l community hail 16-pt pact (kp) [They obviously don't understand the long-running consequencies of fundamental shortcomings in the agreement!], UDMF expels MJF-D for signing 16-point deal (ht), RPP-Nepal files note of dissent in CA (kp), Merger talks with UCPN (M) end: Baidya (kp), Madhesi parties urged to join statute process (kp), Paradise lost: Resettling people in the districts most severely affected requires more work (kp), Keep the fire burning: Much needs to be done to address past injustice but in the present, the country perhaps needs to move ahead, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Back To Constitution-writing Process, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Genuine quake victims deprived of relief: NHRC (ht)

10/06/2015: New Deal: Good beginning but a lot more needs to be done to fill gaps in the 16-point deal (kp), A combination of factors made 4-party deal possible: But a lot remains to be done to translate the 16-point pact into a successful constitution, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Landmark deal (ht), Leaders pledge to deliver constitution before July 16, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Four parties look set ‘to sell’ 8-province pact, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Oli spells out UML stance (ht), With accord, Oli takes centre stage, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), PDCC asked to submit report on 4-party deal (kp), Opposition parties work on separate strategies (kp), DDMC asks Prez to help open border with Tibet, by Sudip Kaini (kp), House panel directs govt on post-quake construction (ht), Quake-hit houses still not categorised: Shops and businesses are being run inside buildings that have developed cracks, but have not been categorised yet, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Finally, a settlement: While a political settlement gives us hope, we must be careful to scrutinise deeper political trends, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), G-7 leaders pledge support for Nepal’s reconstruction efforts (ht)

09/06/2015: Way paved for constitution: Four parties reach 16-point agreement; Deal to federate the country into eight states, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [The constitution has to be decided by the independent vote of every MP in the CA, not by deals among a handful of male Tagadhari leaders!!!], Four forces ink 16-point pact to deliver constitution, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Prakash Acharya (ht), What prepared parties for deal (kp) [including inofficial translation of the agreement], Deal divides 30-party alliance: UCPN (Maoist), MJF-Loktantrik are part of the pact; 28 opposition parties say they reject federal model, by Anil Giri (kp), Counting heads: Parties need to play active role in putting an end to the unscrupulous seeking relief cash (kp), Still waiting: In the post-quake relief effort, little attention has been paid to the plight of the disabled, by Umesh Raj Regmi (kp), Remembering to forget: A state which is unable to utilise information long at its disposal cannot be expected to erect a reliable data structure and deliver relief and reconstruction services based on such a database, by Yogesh Raj (kp), Some Thoughts On Disaster Management, by Prem K. Khatry (rn), Great Learning For Readjustment And Sustainable Shift, by Yuba Raj Guragain (rn)

08/06/2015: Dodging questions: Party’s indecisiveness on delineation and naming of provinces could prove costly (kp), Decide federalism, plan on rebuilding: UCPN (M): Says it will join government only after agreement on ‘vital’ issues (kp), Directive non-compliance concerns House panel (kp), Aid irregularities leave victims high and dry: Panel, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Satyarthi for two panels for Nepal’s reconstruction (kp), One-window reconstruction will avoid mistakes of relief phase, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (kp), Road to progress: Nepal can use its unique geographical position and its youth population for future prosperity, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp), Compelling Conditions For Compromise, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

07/06/2015: Tarai parties seek tentative boundaries before federal commission (kp), Fringe parties supportive of four forces’ consensus bid (ht), UML presses NC for time-bound constitution plan (kp), NC-UML Alliance On The Skids?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt to deploy fresh docs to 14 quake-hit districts, by Manish Gautam (kp), Victims report ‘irregularities’ in relief, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), A climate of change: Notwithstanding many absurdities, Nepal, from now onwards will be a better and safer place to live, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp) [??], Thapa to send engineers to his constituency (kp), Expand subsidised loans criteria: MPs (kp), Tracking aid money, by Chahana Sigdel (kp) [see tool by Open Nepal Initiative], Student unions demand free education for homeless, orphaned: Served three-day ultimatum for the implementation of 10-point agreement (ht), What the earthquake has taught us: Govt needs money not foreign experts to deal with post-quake situation, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht), Building bridges: Political parties can still redeem their image by participating in reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), The next move: The quake has provided a unique opportunity to politicians to bury their differences and work together, by Sandhya Regmi (kp), Rubble and realpolitik: The republican government of Nepal has set a bad example for the people, by Atul K. Thakur (kp)

06/06/2015: State restructuring debate: 4 party leaders to seek fringe forces’ opinion (kp), Constitution by July 16, states new CA calendar, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Consensus on cards: Parties (ht), Data mismatch on victims hits ID, cash relief distribution: Census shows 59,000 households in Nuwakot, but 76,000 households have registered themselves as victims in the district (kp), After disaster, authorities now face debris dilemma (kp), Make plan to minimise risk in monsoon: Panel (kp), Govt told to give details on House panel directives (ht), Govt urged to make aid goods duty free: The government’s duty-free provision for imported relief materials expired on June 3 with the end of the firstphase of the relief and rehabilitation programme (kp), PMO asked to inform about ministers’ trips (ht), Unsung heroes: Besides limelight-hogging celebrities, there are millions of unreported volunteers who helped earthquake victims, by Birat Anupam (rep) [!! Here lies Nepal's hope for the future!], Despair and hope: A relief worker talks about his frustration with the government’s response and the problems, along with the stories of hope, he witnessed during relief missions to Sindhupalchok, by Yumaashis Setling (kp), Lapses in relief work prompts NHRC to press for local polls (rep), Young guns: We need to focus on positiv promotion and continue to work to bring more tourists into the country, by Abhinav Khanal (rep)

05/06/2015: Four-party meeting zeroes in on 6-state model (kp), Four-party parleys inconclusive (ht), No deal sans 30 parties’ consent: Dahal (ht), CA meeting postponed (kp), Political tectonics: KP Oli’s impatience to be a post-quake prime minister may force through a constitution but may open a can of worms, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Govt gears up for upcoming rainy season: Plans to buy excavators, bulldozers, loaders, trailers, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Fundamental flaws (ht), ID cards delay affects cash relief distribution (kp), Local or national government: Let us get to the bottom of why some favour cheating the citizenry of participatory local democracy, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Nepal slips in rule of law rankings (ht), ‘Include women in relief work’ (ht), Crisis management: Price of confusion, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (ht), Post-mortem of a disaster: The earthquake was not unexpected, but it could have been far worse. It was a rehearsal for the really big ones to come (nt), Prime Minister Koirala’s Messy Commitments, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

04/06/2015: Major parties ‘nearing’ deal on federal model: Leaders say efforts are under way to reach deal on either six or eight state model of federalism (kp), Constitution likely sans names of states, by Prakash Acharya (kp) [The male Bahun leaders do not want names from ethnic cultures simply because they see ethnic cultures and languages not as part of Nepal's national identity!!], NPC layout for powerful panel: PM-led agency to have more resources than any other govt agencies and right to implement land-related Acts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), NPC submits report on reconstruction plan (ht), Look before you leap: We are not saying I/NGOs have been great but Center’s effort has been dismal (kp) [!!], Govt told to furnish report on response to tremor victims (ht), Send relief to more districts: House panel (kp), Dolakha residents till await relief: Due to lack of food, the villagers have been consuming the wheat stock they recovered from the rubble of their homes (kp), Rebuilding dilemma: Make to last, by Mani Dixit (ht)

03/06/2015: NC, UML ‘to accept’ 60-40 poll model if federalism row is sorted (kp) [This would be an intentional step to further reduce inclusion! Besides, NC and UML want to avoid any kind of better inclusion of ethnic and regional groups  through the future federal system! Long live male Bahunbad!!], We’re closer on disputed issues: Four forces; Dahal hints at necessity to join national unity government while addressing 30-party alliance (ht), UML leaders divided over change in govt (kp), Janajati parties divided on naming Pradeshes later (ht) [Not even ethnic names shall be allowed by the male Bahun leaders who continuw to identify state and nation with their own culture and values!!], House panel asks govt to ensure aid transparency (kp), NC to DPM: End ‘misuse’ of relief (kp), Amnesty Int’l urges end to discrimination in aid effort (kp) [!!!], Disaster diplomacy: The government needs to strengthen its economic diplomacy if it wants to garner more international support, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Govt permission must to mobilise aid to quake victims, says MoF (ht) [The main point is that bureaucracy has priority over urgent relief for the victims!!], Focus on reconstruction and constitution, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

02/06/2015: Vulnerable country: The state is the custodian of people's security; But despite myriad disasters no one is held to account, by Ram Sharan Sedhai (rep), High-powered reconstruction panel: PM-headed body proposed, by Anil Giri and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Any such panel may have political power but it lacks necessary vision, intellectual capacy and charisma!!], Govt ill-prepared to tackle post-quake monsoon mayhem, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht), Constitution first, consensus govt later: Oppn, by Prakash Acharya (ht), 4 forces agree to fast-track statute writing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [A non-inclusive constitution decided exclusively by high caste males will be worse than delayed constitution!], Parties for first draft of new statute by mid-July (rep), Oli elaborates what consensus govt means (ht) [The urgently want to be PM!!], ‘National’ government: Political rat race, by Apekshya Shah Rana (ht), Political parties losing public trust?, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht) [Which trust??], Earthquake brings old adversaries together, by Aash Gurung (kp), Flood displaced face grim future: Families rendered homeless by last year’s flood have been asked to evacuate the forest area where they have been staying, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), Learn from Lanka: Sri Lanka’s reconstruction principles after the 2004 tsunami could be beneficial for Nepal, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Living under the shadow: The relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government have done little to ease the lives of the disabled, by Simone Galimberti (kp), Future roadmap: The main task of the interim government will be to hold elections to local authorities within two years, by Adarsha Tuladhar (rep), Put people first: Local elections shouldn't be delayed; People in rural areas should have someone to speak on their behalf, by Thaneshwar Bhusal (rep) [Yes, and parliamentary election candididates should be nominated by the repective local party basis and not by the male Tagadhari leaders at the centre!!]

01/06/2015: Parties for package deal on statute, national govt (kp), 20-party alliance ‘ready’ to join CA: Say parties should draft statute based on consensus, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Consensus among the male Bahun leaders and some other Tagadharis or consensus among all social and regional groups??], Major parties agree on forming unity govt: Proclaim that they will resolve disputed constitutional issues within the next three days, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Dahal seeks oppn parties’views on unity govt (ht), Political parties risk irrelevance if they fail to tap aspirations of the young and educated, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Deal with govt must for I/NGOs’ involvement, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Quakes of wrath: Massive monsoon exodus isn’t far away if government, int’l response remain tepid (kp), Dealing with donors: The upcoming donor conference will be instrumental in planning Nepal’s long-term reconstruction, by Som P. Pudasaini (kp), Oli asks pary cadres to join resettlement works (kp) [Fishing for votes after more than one month inaction??], Govt distributes Rs 8 billion (kp), Quacks and quakes: The Great Earthquake has resulted in a number of curious explanations, behaviours and suggestions, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), End The Instability, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Comprehensive reconstruction plan: Integrated strategies are needed, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), ‘There is no point in building back the same thing’, interview with Jamie McGoldrick (ht 01/06/2015)

31/05/2015: Rehabilitate victims at the earliest: PM (kp), ID card, cash distribution starts in dists, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Displaced swarm into Valley: Nearly 16,000 people have left Sindhupalchok since the quake, by Roshan Sedhai and Rishi Ram Poudel (kp), End to relief distribution being mulled (ht), DAO seizes tents from UML leader (ht), Those guilty of irregularities in relief to face action (ht), High-level taskforce to probe high-risers’ status demanded (kp), Parties debate what should come first, unity govt or statute (ht) [Relief, reconstruction and inclusion must come first, followed by an inclusive constitution that reflects Jana Andolan II and the agreements of 2005 and 2006!], Govt change only after statute: NC; NC to urge CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) to focus on constitution writing instead of a change of guard, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UCPN (M) seeks commitment to charter in accord (kp), Shelter before the storm: The primary tasks at hand for the govt are to construct temporary shelters and provide food stock, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Rebuilding Nepal: Experience from cyclone Nargis shows that coordination between govt and donors is key, by Bishow Parajuli (kp), Roadmap for rebuilding: April 25 showed that we cannot afford to be complacent; reconstruction must proceed on a war footing, by Bhim Udas (kp), Reviving The Spirit Of Labour, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), High-powered authority needed for reconstruction, say experts, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Price of neglect, by Sujata Awale (ht), Selling The Relief Supplies And Distributing Substandard Materials, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

30/05/2015: Cong pressed to pave way for national govt, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Parties dwell on nitty-gritty of forming national govt, by Prakash Acharya (ht), ‘Unity must for relief, reconstruction’ (ht), Minister Acharya for unity government (ht), Country needs willpower to overcome post-quake challenges: Bhattarai (ht), Indecent proposal: Proposal of KP Oli government is a Maoist ploy to regain its strength, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (rep) [?? What's the matter? The ruling NC has been elected by 25% of the voters, the CPN-UML by 23% and the "insignificant", as you call it, oppositional UCPN-M by 15%! Fact is that none of the current leading politicians has the quality and charisma to lead a constructive government! They are only interested in preserving their power and privileges!], Priority shifts from unity govt to constitution-making, by Ashok Dahal (rep), MoFA finds 10 missions ‘inactive’: Only 24 of 34 Nepali missions have collected funds for PM Relief Fund (kp), Open letter: Everyone I talk to blames the system, shows no interest in listening, and essentially says 'ke garne' about their inability to get to the bottom, by Shyam Sharma, Key donors keen to support beyond official window, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Separate body to oversee reconstruction works: Cabinet puts on hold FinMin’s proposal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), ‘Funds will meet 50pc demand’ (kp), Relief Material Distribution, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

29/05/2015: UML, Maoists want change in govt leadership, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Unity more important: Dahal (kp), National government not on priority list: Dahal (ht), Oli lashes out at govt for its slow response (ht), National unity govt need of hour: Oli, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Political aftershocks: This is not the time to get bogged down in a debate about forming a national unity government, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Govt to form PM-led disaster mgmt body through ordinance: Information and Communications Minister Minendra Rijal says the Cabinet decided to bring an ordinance as forming a high-level mechanism is an urgent matter, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Failure to communicate: In this crisis, the government failed to communicate effectively with the people and the international community, by Chun Bahadur Gurung (kp), Ripe for rebuilding: The world has learned to build nations either through disasters or conflicts; In Nepal, it seems we must learn from the former, by Netra Prakash Bhandary (kp), Managing resettlement of earthquake victims, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Positive initiative: The committee’s directive is binding to the government. The victims need the money urgently as they have to build the shelters before monsoon (ht), Rock and a hard place: It doesn’t help that the Nepali state is intolerant, and the international community is oozing with arrogance, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), All that went wrong, interview with Min Bahadur Poudel Chhetri, President of Nepal Centre for Disaster Management (rep), Little things that go a long way (rep)

28/05/2015: Panel seeks details of PM relief spending, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht), Govt advised to provide Rs 50,000 to quake victims (kp), Unpleasant truths: After the royal massacre and Maoist insurgency, the earthquake has only made old Nepal more vulnerable, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Kaski jail inmates spending sleepless nights after quake (ht), Create jobs within: The government also needs to be clear about several aspects of its financial assistance plan for the victims (ht)

27/05/2015: Partners in crime: The process of reconstruction must go hand-in-hand with the project of democratisation, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Govt draws flak from valley’s quake-hit tenants, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Lawmakers urge govt to increase cash relief amount Rs 25,000 proposed; Fin Min says budget maxed out (kp), Govt focusing on permanent settlement: Mahat (ht), Ensure accountability in relief distribution, NDRCC advised, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Unclear plan: The government also needs to be clear about its priorities before it convenes the donors’ conference in mid-June (ht), Relief quality row: NHRC to govt: Take action against WFP (kp), ID card distribution: Home, Federal Affairs ministries to work jointly; The Home Ministry has agreed to print and transport ID cards while the Federal Affairs Ministry will oversee distribution (kp), CK Raut arrested again (kp) [government once again not interested in court decisions!!], Experts call for improved land use policy (kp), Monsoon is coming: Govt should act immediately act to mitigate damage from landslides (kp), Ministries told to save money (kp), A question of trust: Like the government, I/NGOs in Nepal too have problems with transparency and accountability, by Anushka Bhattarai (kp)

26/05/2015: Better late than never: By reacting so belatedly to the quake, parties have missed a vital opportunity (kp), House rues govt withholding info: No ‘seriousness’ in implementing parliamentary panel directives (kp), Less than a quarter of pledged fund received: The UN and its partners aim to provide emergency shelter to more than 350,000 families whosehomes were destroyed (kp), Quake effects: Budget must now move away from cut-paste strategies and recalibrate the discourse on rebuilding Nepal, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Need for speed: Post-disaster procurement should not be a recipe for corruption despite the need for urgency, by Semanta Dahal (kp), All in one: A national unity government could be helpful in reconstruction and rehabilitation, along with the promulgation of a constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), March From Relief To Reconstruction, by Prem K. Khatry (rn), Nepal’s Political Faultlines, by Anagha Neelakanthan (ICG)

25/05/2015: Dangers of resilience: Citizens should not have to fend for themselves; the govt has duties that it must fulfil in times of crisis, by Seira Tamang (kp), Conflict prone zone: Madheshi politicos have been silenced by the calamity in the mountains, but to assume Janajatis will accept their lot as easily as Dalits will probably be a mistake, by C.K. Lal (rep), PMO, Ministry in row over relief from foreign units, by Anil Giri (kp), Parties took a while to respond to national crisis, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [This disaster did not fit into their constant struggle for power and privileges but, instead, elucidated their failures!], Martyr’s family left in lurch after earthquake, by Pratap Bista (kp), Politicos join hands to provide relief (kp), Party activists lend a hand in building shelters for victims: Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) activists are involved in building temporary settlements inNuwakot, Gorkha and Kavre , by Prakash Adhikari, Sudip Kaini and Nagendra Adhikari (kp), Kathmandu MPs submit memo to PM on relief, rehabilitation (rep), Consuls briefed on relief efforts (kp), CNI seeks policy intervention (ht), ‘Slash taxes to revive econ’ (kp), Govt urged to protect lives of jailbirds (ht), I am keen on national unity govt, says PM (ht), Politics obstructs relief distribution (ht), SC registers petition seeking review of TRC, CIED acts, by Durga Dulal (rep), Challenges ahead: Ensuring humanitarian efforts are fully harmonized with recovery and reconstruction will be essential, by Oliver Lacey-Hall (rep)

24/05/2015: Remarkable resilience: Meeting the challenges of reconstruction and rehabilitation will require a leadership that is young and dynamic, by Gopal Thapa (kp), Ministry bars cash dole sans ID distribution: Ministry spokesman says the move to ensure that cash reaches real victims and for the sake of transparency (kp), Chinese rescuers return from Rasuwa as deadline expires, by Krishna Thapa (kp), No general amnesty to jailbirds, says home secy (ht) [But you are responsible for their safety!], No amnesty plan for inmates: Govt; Forty prisons across the country were destroyed in the earthquakes, forcing hundreds of inmates out in the open (kp), Parliamentary sub-panels submit reports (ht), Local all-party mechanisms face charge of hampering relief work (ht)

23/05/2015: Worker crunch looms with new departures, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Lawmakers assessment: ‘Security problems could arise if relief delayed’ (kp), Parliamentary panels for relocating over 100 villages, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Ministry to allot 45pc budget for rehab (kp), Safe shelters to be built across country: Govt plans to build community shelters to accomodate upto 150 people in all constituencies across the country (kp), Koirala advised to include private, social sectors in PMDRF (ht), Lawmakers from Valley call for integrated plan (ht), Volunteer farmhands needed: Post-quake, the rural populace does not have enough food stocks and is reeling under deaths and injuries. It is high time the government came up with plans for providing them with volunteer farmhands, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Deuba says Nepali Congress should lead unity government (ht) [another stupid power struggler back from earthquake break!!], Hammers and helmets: Our political parties are busy hosting press conferences to tell us that they will mobilise their cadres to help those in need. We all know that it is just another of their empty promises which will never be fulfilled, by Guffadi (kp), Leadership questioned: What has been the most remarkable is the lack of unity in Koirala Cabinet and institutionalization of corruption, all in name of people, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep), Road to recovery: Juddha Shamsher tried to utilize domestic resources as much as possible to normalize lives of people after the 1934 earthquake, by Lokman Singh Karki (rep)

22/05/2015: Lawmakers find lack of coordination in aid effort, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties seek cash for volunteers, by Lilaballav Ghimire (kp), House panel for separate ‘Heritage Conservation Fund’ (kp), House panel tells govt to set up Monuments Preservation Fund (ht), Ordinance mooted for response body: Lack of functioning central authority has led to poor coordination among the state agencies in relief and rehabilitation works (kp), Stress on National Repair Standards (ht), ‘Nepalis should rebuild on their own’ (ht) [Says a rich man! What has been the source of his wealth after ten years in underground??], Govt adopts austerity to save funds for quake reconstruction (rep), NPC drafts 4-stage post-quake rehabilitation, reconstruction plan, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), NRB seeks feedback for reconstruction guideline: Draft has floated plan for 10-year payback period on concessional home loans for quake victims, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Parties start talks on nat’l unity govt (kp), Before & after 2072: If earthquake volunteers become ‘political’, the country may go somewhere, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Independent and capable: Nepal must learn from Kashmir’s experience and institute an independent body to deal with earthquake response, by Rajeev Thapa (kp), Mountains to move: No government agency is monitoring or mapping the landslides triggered by the earthquake and its aftershocks, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp), Draft guideline introduced: Subsidised loans only for quake-resistant buildings, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Nomination of 26 CA members is govt’s business: SC, by Durga Dulal (rep) [Yes, but of the govt that was in office before the complete CA elected a new government! Besides, Sushil Koirala did not follow the letter of the Interim Constitution!! What kind of decision is this??], Consensus national government: A discordant note, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn)

21/05/2015: Where is Nepal aid money going? Britain is the biggest national donor to Nepal—but what will happen to the money flowing into a country where corruption is seen as ‘endemic’?, by Simon Cox (BBC), Spl panel orders govt to set up all-party body, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), ‘Form all-party mechanism’ (ht), UML to lead national unity govt: Bhandari (ht) [Wonderful, the stupid power strugglers have survived the earthquake!!], Set priorities (ht), Lack of legal clarity may hit controlled demolition, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Building laws need to be enforced: UN (ht), Helping whom exactly? t is a hard sell for the government to claim that it will not misuse relief aid when corruption is endemic, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Field notes: The double victimisation in the quake of the rural poor, who were also conflict victims, could lead to livelihood problems, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Desperate times: This is no time for government and foreign agencies to indulge in blame game: It is their collective duty to help earthquake victims, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep)

20/05/2015: Red tape may delay plan to build shelters: Works stuck with monsoon only three weeks away, by Bhadra Sharma and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Agriculture ministry projection: Nepal needs 215,400 tonnes of food for next 3 months (kp), Unity Government For Disaster Management, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Govt failure spurs parties to engage in reconstruction work, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht)

19/05/2015: 2-month moratorium on building design nod, land plotting, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Construction of houses above two storeys banned: Blueprint approval mandatory in VDCs from next fiscal year; Errant builders to face action, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht), Lawmakers say relief distribution inadequate, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), In whom we trust: The government must go out of its way to win the trust of the donors and the people, by Sophia K. Tamot (kp), Exercise in futility: Accusing the government of being inept without understanding the ground realities will not help anyone, by Nirnaya Bhatta (kp) [Whatever you explain, this government is extremely weak, just as most of the governments before since 2008 and even earlier! Not only this government has failed, it is a whole generation of politicians!!]

18/05/2015: Thumbs down: Govt response at emergency since the first major quake has been disastrous (kp), Disastrous Delay in Delivery of Relief Materials, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), PM seeks int’l help for reconstruction (kp), Donors, Nepali officials divided over who leads rebuilding works, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Partners ‘interested’ to co-chair donor meeting: The govt will provide Post Disaster Needs Assessment to Nepal’s dev partners ahead of the conference by June 10 (kp), Duplication of effort among House panels; Charges: Bodies repeating orders, wasting officials’ time; MPs creating financial burden, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Don’t use choppers, panel tells lawmakers (ht), Govt to appeal for more aid in World Health Assembly (ht), NC, UML ‘ready’ for nat’l government (kp)

17/05/2015: Cabinet endorses short-term relief for quake victims, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Mutual trust: Instead of being suspicious of the international community, the government should work with them to rebuild Nepal, by Dipendra Jha (kp)

16/05/2015: Koirala turns down British PM’s call to allow in Chinook choppers (kp) [??], ‘Politicians hinder humanitarian support’ (kp), UN: Aid urged for quake victims largely unmet (kp), Fund collection should be transparent: FinMin (kp), Post Disaster Needs Assessment launched: The government will conclude the assessment by June 10, participate in international donors’ conference by June 22 and introduce the budget by July 8, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

15/05/2015: After the earthquake: Relations between the international community and the Nepali government have rarely been worse than they are now, by Thomas Bell (kp), Cabinet takes up NPC’s resettlement proposal (kp), Nat’l government not on cross-party agenda, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parliamentary team to monitor govt relief works (kp)

14/05/2015: Profound Dismay, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Image disaster (ht), Distribution of tents among MPs halted, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Nembang objects MPS’ receiving tents (kp), Victims’ misery in remote areas continues as relief eludes them, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Locals stop relying on govt, build shelters on their own, by Rishiram Paudel (kp), Quake displaces PM’s office, other agencies (kp), The National Calamity: Reckless Response To Disaster, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Only 15 per cent of $423 million sought received so far: ‘Donors want their money to go directly to needy people and oppose cumbersome process’ (ht), Trust deficit, by Sukh Dev Shah (rep), House endorses stricture unanimously (ht), Four-member group of lawmakers to head out into the affected districts (rep)

13/05/2015: No need to panic: PM (ht) [??], A cruel, cruel deja vu: Fragile confidence of Capital’s denizens in tatters; look ahead to spend nights under open skies yet again (ht), Government requests foreign medics to stay put (kp), Public calls for better data and traceability in response to Nepal earthquake (relief Web)

12/05/2015: ‘Give cash to quake victims for shelter’ (kp), Rehabilitation and reconstruction: Set aside 20pc of budget: Panel (kp), No more foreign troops, says NA, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [What game is the army playing??], Winds of fate: Aftermath of quake provides hope that fatalism’s hold over Nepalis is loosening (kp), Long past due: Promulgation of the new constitution would provide some semblance of hope to victims of the Great Earthquake, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Definitely, but only if it is an inclusive one; and such one see,s not be in the mind of current leaders!!], Take constitution drafting process along, say lawmakers (ht), Come together: May the tensions and political tearing apart of contrary imaginations of state-building be levelled with this earthquake, by Isabelle Duquesne (kp), Flawed idea (ht), Second Round Of Quake, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

11/05/2015: MPs ask govt to step up aidL Cross-party lawmakers press for relief distribution before monsoon (kp), NC lawmakers hit out at sluggish relief distribution (kp), Some foreign medics to leave country (kp) [Why can they not stay longer if they want? The government has proved that it cannot provide enough help!], Govt call to coordinate aid has been seen as control attempt, interview with Surya Prasad Silwal, secretary at the Home Ministry (kp), Bodies mooted for disaster management (ht), Unused budgets can yield ‘Rs5b’ for relief, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Nembang urges Dahal for statute (kp), Unity in face of calamity, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Lawmakers root for consensus government: Call for joint efforts for reconstruction; Dire need of elected local bodies felt (ht)

10/05/2015: Party leaders press in House for national govt (kp), Motion tabled in House for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction projects (kp), 27-point stricture presented on disaster: Pledges to rebuild houses or provide grant assistance (ht), Former PMs stress need for national unity govt (ht), Victims still spend nights out in open; Missions urged to route foreign aid via PM Fund (kp), Politics of earthquake: In times of war-like crises, there is no opposition; the whole nation is, and should be, one, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Quake awakens political parties, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), CBS explores ways to adjust quake damages in nat’l account, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

09/ß5/2015: Parties consider forming consensus government (kp), The price of politicking: Earthquake victims demand decency from their leaders. Politicians should rise above local politics and listen to them, by Weena Pun (kp), Cashing in on loss: We, the common citizens, are united to help each other, while our politicians are united not to help us but to help themselves, by Guffadi (kp), Martyr’s family loses house in tremor, by Prakash Dahal (ht)

08/05/2015: Three parties differ on details: Deal on ‘reconstruction resolution’ expected before Parliament meets today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [The eternal veto fighters are back on scene and try their best to prevent reconstruction in the same way as they prevent an inclusive constitution!!], Oppn alliance demands all-party mechanism (kp), All-party obstruction (ht), Common stricture likely to be finalised today (ht), Adopt one-door policy: Panel (kp), Generation next: Faced with a slow-to-act state, the youth, energetic and idealistic, have taken charge (kp), Earning back the people’s trust: Public misgivings about the government were confirmed by its unhurried response to the earthquake, by Tsering Dolker Gurung (nt)

07/05/2015: Tested and failed: Govt ineptitude has been on display, but it is the prime minister who has been found most wanting, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Govt to ask donors for cash aid (kp), Ministry for disaster (ht), Monitoring Relief, reconstruction: 30-party alliance for all party mechanism (ht), PM, top leaders visit quake-hit districts (kp) [12 days after the quake, the incompetent politicians return to surface and try to regain control!]

02-06/05/2015: Earthquake In Nepal: Lost Opportunity, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Relief Supplies/Customs Clearance/PM Disaster Relief Fund, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Neue verfassunggebende Versammlung – alte Probleme, von Karl-Heinz Krämer (Nepal Observer), An Appeal for Decentralization: Nepal’s Earthquake Politics, by Amanda Snellinger (Counterpunch)

26/04/2015-01/05/2015: Nepal under shock: see link collection on the devastating earthquake

25/04/2015: Dahal for letting people decide 7 or 10-province model, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Oppn forms team ‘to deal with NC, UML’: Maoist chief vows to move ahead as per the collective decision of the 30-party alliance on statute writing (kp), Dahal denies any pact with NC or UML, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), 30-party alliance to stay intact, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Statute talks unlikely before Koirala’s return (kp), Historic day fails to make its mark (kp), Kin of martyr say state has forgotten them, by Byashshankar Upadhyay (ht), Jajarkot to Jakarta: The politicians get to use our taxpayer money for medical treatment. The common citizens get nothing and are forgotten by the state, by Guffadi (kp)

24/04/2015: Voting if no accord by April 30: CA chairman (kp), CA process to begin on April 30: Nembang, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Vote process starts April 30 if no consensus: CA chair (rep), Maoists bid to placate allies: Madhes based and ethnic parties are unhappy with the main opposition for withdrawing the planned street protests (kp), Allies to ask UCPN-M’s stance on core issues: 30-party alliance to meet today, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Special Court acquits Raut (kp) [Nepal's political prisoner number one finally freed!], CK Raut acquitted of sedition charge (ht), Raut exonerated in sedition charge, by Durga Lal (rep), ‘When will people get statute?’ wonder civil society members (ht), The final redemption: he good news is that the constitution has become the only way for senior leaders to ensure a political future for themselves, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

23/04/2015: Oppn meeting today to decide on attending CA (kp), Second rung leaders discuss federalism row (kp), Bend or break: Madhesi leaders need to pursue a different strategy if they are to advocate for Madhesis (kp), 5 donors pull plug on support to NPTF, by Anil Giri (kp), Time to say sorry: As a successor to the state that entrenched untouchability, it behooves our govt to apologise to Dalits, by Deepak Thapa (kp), New Hope In Constitution-making Process, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Maoists worry conflict cases could be revived, interview with Bishnu Paudel, CPN-UML (rep)

22/04/2015: ‘Draft incomplete sans deal on federalism’ (kp), 'Nembang may send disputes back to CPDCC' (rep), Cross-party meet fails to take off (kp), UML mulls actions against erring ministers (kp), ‘Recommendations of NHRC ignored by government’ (kp), Nation in limbo: Nepal’s social transition demands as much attention as is accorded to its political transition, by Prakash Bhattarai (kp), SC seeks update on probe against Agni Sapkota (ht), Cultural pluralism: For promotion of justice, by Kedar Karki (ht), Missing the plot: By second CA polls most Madheshis were satisfied with two states in Tarai; But Nepali Congress and CPN-UML then created new hurdles, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep)

21/04/2015: Dangerous duet: As members of NC-UML coalition have not suffered discrimination because of their language, religion and caste, they lack understanding of those who have, by Kedar Maharjan (rep), Parties to put agreed issues in draft, talk federalism over (kp), Big 3 parties back to consensus course: Unanimously decide to send agreed issuers of new statute to CA Drafting Committee, by Kosh Raj Koirala and Ashok Dahal (rep), UCPN-M agrees to resume CA process, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Some progress (ht), Opposition front leaders feel let down (ht), Madhes-based parties give mixed reaction (rep), Weigh your words: Poorly designed statements are at the heart of recent political controvercies, by Bigyan Sharma (rep)

20/04/2015: NC, UML for voting if no deal by Thursday (kp), NC, UML for forwarding agreed upon issues to drafting committee (rep), Statute by mid-July, say Maoists (kp) [??], UCPN-M to propose new constitution work-plan (ht)

19/04/2015: Insiders press UML over fresh statute deadline (kp), Opposition’s take on 30-party front, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Dahal says UCPN-M won’t leave CA (ht), Sharma challenges NC‚ UML (ht), Meeting of top brass of
major parties likely today
(ht), Optimism and change: This year, we will see a different power, not of violence, but of a resolute commonness of interest outside political rigmarole, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Broken dreams: There is a need to critically discuss the Dalit movement in Nepal to move forward, by Santosh Pariyar (kp)

17/04/2015: Out in the cold: Without a clear mandate and collaboration mechanisms, transitional justice commissions cannot provide healing, by Suman Adhikari (kp), TRC committee to visit far-west to interact with conflict victims (ht), Just Justifying war crimes: Transitional justice could suffer a setback under a package deal on constitution, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

16/04/2015: Maoists ‘ready’ for compromise (kp), Ruling parties differ over deadline announcement (kp), ‘Dahal must mend his way to keep oppn alliance intact’ (kp), Inclusive democracy can be meeting point: BRB (ht), The saffron and the black: Religion in South Asia is understood as a ritualistic exercise, rather than an ethical search for meaning, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Consensus Game Or Shell Game?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Report on conflict time rights violation out (ht), We should adopt fully proportional electoral system, interview with former Secretary and Chief Election Commissioner Bhojraj Pokhrel (rep)

15/04/2015: Consensus or voting: Uncertainty prevails, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Statute by May 29 slim: Oli (kp), Statute not by May 29, but within ’72 BS: Oli (ht), Three things we learned: This past year, the continuing significance of language, inclusion, and geopolitics were made apparent, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Violence begets violence: The excessive violence by police against protesters in Gaur follows a well-established pattern, by Dipendra Jha (kp), State still unclear about insurgency death toll, by Ashok Dahal (rep), The underlying facts: For the last few years, lawyers have been protesting almost all major government decisions without considering their professional boundaries, by Bimal Gautam (rep)

14/04/2015: CA gives parties another week for accord-building: Nembang presses top leaders to find consensus on disputes during break (kp), I’m ready to take risk to prevent conflict: Dahal (ht), Dahal says ruling parties not taking opposition seriously, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Ban the banda: UCPN (Maoist) has come to a belated realisation that bandas are no longer effective at achieving political goals; others should follow suit, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), President issues two ordinances (ht) [There is an elected parliament!! Presidential ordinances are absolutely unnecessary!!!], Panel to study relief for conflict victims (ht), Govt spent Rs 8.6b to reconstruct conflict-ravaged infrastructures: Rs 27.71more needed to reconstruct remaining ones, by Ashok Dahal (rep), KP Oli’s Madhesh: The remarcable change of face4 of Madhesh has now become a political issue being played out in how we choose to delineate our federal states, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

13/04/2015: NC, UML agree to set fresh goal for statute (kp), Peacemeal solution unacceptable, says Dahal (kp), CA meet to be deferred again (ht), Yadav, Mahato advocate separate alliance of Madhesis, Janajatis, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Fluid dynamics: The nature of the under-formation Nepali state remains contentious, by Chaitanya Mishra (kp) [short version of the author's mahesh Chandra Regmi lecture: What Led to the 2006 Democratic Revolution in Nepal?], Compact between people and state is breaking down in Tarai, interview with Vijay Kant Karna (kp), Crater In Opposition Alliance, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

12/04/2015: Maoists seek delay in majority process (kp), Dahal mulling compromise on statute, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Leaders intensify negotiations (ht), Bandas don’t serve political goals: UCPN (M): A meeting of the party’s top leaders recently concluded that they should seek an alternative to such form of protest (kp), A Dangerous Prelude To Federalism, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [?? Long live the single ethnic identity based central state??]

11/04/2015: Madhes parties give a snub to Dahal; rift grows (kp), Rift in 30-party alliance widens: Three Madhesi parties refuse to attend opposition alliance’s meeting, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Ruling parties want sorted issues in draft (kp), NC, UML flexible on seven-state model: Pun, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Call House session, says RPP-Nepal (kp), CA process if no agreement by mid-April, says Nembang (kp), Delay in holding parliament's winter session worries oppn (rep), Dirty design: Division of labor is strategy of upper-caste people to dominate, divide and rule over the lower castes, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep)

10/04/2015: Parties in ‘issue-based’ talks (kp), Prez, CA chair press parties for consensus (kp), Dahal upbeat on reaching accord (kp), NC, UML to try for consensus till April 13 (ht), NC, UML to take CA process ahead even if no consensus by April 13, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), 30-party alliance to resume agitation if demands unmet (ht), Enough of it: Parties can do better than resort to a banda to fulfil their demands (kp), CPN Maoist captures land (kp), EU: Is third CA poll possible? (rep), Shape and sensibility: Our peopling and polity are such that we can leapfrog, even if two-and-half centuries late, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Caste as culprit: Was the recent acid attack on two schoolgirls an outcome of a lover’s rejection or of being rejected by society?, by Hritika Rana (kp), The Gaur Incident And Its Message, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), The landscape of fear: It is now the turn of the Maoists to be afraid: of karma and the International Criminal Court (nt) [Impunity is promoted by all big parties! Those who have to take responsibility are Maoists, security forces, leaders of parties who were in responsible positions during the insurgency, responsible persons under the royal putsch system!!!], Nearing the goal: The government and opposition have realised the futility of confrontation and need to end the deadlock on the constitution, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

09/04/2015: NC, Maoists return to negotiating table; PM: Let’s continue talks on federalism as draft panel looks into disputes (kp), Parties resume consensus talks (ht), Rift in alliance over strike withdrawal (ht), ‘Find consensus before next CA meeting’ (kp), Govt ‘delaying’ winter session of parliament (kp), Politicisation taking toll on conflict victims (ht), TRC, CIEDP lack decent office to function well (kp), Whither Political Accountability?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

08/04/2015: Oppn bows to public pressure: Shutdown called off (kp), Alliance withdraws strike: Thirty-party front agrees to do so at Dahal’s insistence, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), 30-party alliance’s shutdown cripples life in Valley (ht), General strike hits life nationwide (ht), Taxi set on fire with cabbie inside, motorbike torched (ht), Twitter barbs sting BRB, by Chahana Sigdel (kp), I have nothing left now (kp), NC, UML discuss voting process (ht), No country for the young: Nepal needs leaders who can harness the potential of its young people and embrace the digital age, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp)

07/04/2015: SC order on conflict cases: Political move cannot correct verdict: Lawyers (kp), Oppn parties to enforce general strike (kp), PM: Choose statute drafting over protests (kp), CA meet put off for another week: Bid to give consensus a chance,says Constituent Assembly chairman, by Prakash Acharya (ht), CA adjourned till Monday (kp), Dalits, Janajatis, Madhesis falter in grades (kp)

06/04/2015: Nembang likely to defer CA process: Parties may get more time to forge consensus (ht), CA meeting likely to be put off for a week (rep), Give PDCC another chance: RPP-N chief, by Binod Ghimire (kp), RPP-N chairman expresses concerns to PM Koirala (ht), PM Koirala urges Dahal to shun protests (kp), NC, UML must be flexible: Dahal (ht), Transitional justice process: Conflict victims remain uncertain about justice, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Constant vigilance: Dr KC yet again exposed the deep nexus between parties and business interests (kp), Preparing For Confrontation, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Seeds of conflict: There is no peace or freedom for the land-poor farmers; Thea have to completely surrender to landowners for their livelihood, by Krishna Pathak (rep)

05/04/2015: Amend TRC Act in line with SC verdict, demand victims (kp), Ruling parties not to stop CA procedure: First draft of statute will exclude disputed issues of federalism (ht), NC, UML against talks, says Dahal (kp), Agitation could last for a year, says Dahal (ht), MJF-N chair urges cadres to launch fresh agitation (ht), Power of satyagraha: Dr Govinda KC’s hunger strike and the widespread support it gathered shows that all is not lost, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

04/04/2015: Apex court verdict on transitional justice: Maoists submit memo to PM; Leaders of six parties demanded nullification of the SC verdict, release of those arrested on war-era cases andprovisions for reconciliation in war-era “political” cases  (kp) [This demand means impunity for fundamental crimes and has nothing to do with the rule of law! According to article 102(4) has the SC the final authority to interpret constitution and laws, not the PM or any other politician!!], Repeal SC verdict on TRC Act: Maoists, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Jaishankar suggests statute in consensus (kp), Indian foreign secy urges compromise for new statute (rep), Fighting spirit: It's in our blood to fight rather than succumb to any kind of pressure; That is precisely what keeps the fight going, by Hitesh Karki (rep)

03/04/2015: Another lost decade: The duration of the post-conflict transition has now lasted nearly as long as the war itself (nt), Parties to get more time for accord (kp) [Accord must be among CA members! The constitution writing is not the task of party leaders!!!], Seek broader consensus on statute: Indian secy, by Anil Giri (kp), India for early constitution with broader consensus, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Indian Foreign Secretary’s Visit: Will It Be Helpful To Constitution Writing?, by Birendra P Mishra (rn), Share and share alike: Everything in Nepal, from politics to the university, has fallen victim to the unenviable system of ‘bhaagbanda’, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Nepali Muslim women: Forgotten and discriminated, by Chunni Khatun (ht), Dalit, Ethnic community students score low due to discriminatory attitude of peers: Study, by Nirjana Sharma (rep), Harder to forgive than forget: “Have Nepalis forgiven the horrors in the war or have they simply forgotten?”, by Qianyi Qin (nt)

02/04/2015: Transitional justice: Maoists want SC verdict corrected (kp) [?????], Six Maoist parties to protest SC verdict (ht), Dead and denied. Nanda Prasad Adhikari’s dead body at the Teaching Hospital still awaits justice, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), RPP-N warns of obstructing CA: Party leaders say they should be allowed to raise the issues of Hindu nation, monarchy and federalism in the Constituent Assembly (kp) [The demand for Hindu state and monarchy is in the same way unconstitutional and antinational as CK Raut's demand for an independent Tarai state! The current interim constitution defines Nepal as a secular and inclusive federal republic!], Youths ‘turn their back’ on govt (kp), Constitution By Consensus Is Not Hobson's Choice, by Uttam Maharjan (rn) [But the voting has to be the free choice of the CA members, not the dictate of the predominantly male Bahun leaders! Nevertheless, the composition of CA-II is not really inclusive!], Parties weighing options for solution before CA meeting (ht), Constitution making: Civil society’s role is a must, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

01/04/2015: Against odds, AJRA still sees a fighting chance: AJRA suffered its biggest setback when it failed to gather even 500 people during its Occupy Baneshwor campaign, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Dahal calls for much stronger movement (kp), PM urges leaders to begin dialogue: Agenda of CA meeting should be set through consensus, says CA chairman (kp), Conflict victims doubt they will get justice (ht)

31/03/2015: Talks only after solid proposal: Opposition front (kp), Commitment to abide by past pacts must: 30-party front: Alliance withdraws April 2 strike, action-oriented protests, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Diminishing returns: This week will be crucial to determining the future course of constitution-drafting in the country, Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [??? The worst case scenario has already been started at the beginning of 2010 when male high caste party leader unconstitutionally took over the task of constitution writing!!], Constituency politics: If the five districts are removed from the Madhes Pradesh, the Madhes will be deprived of river and forest resources, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Conflict damaged infrastructure: House committee tells govt to rebuild (kp)

30/03/2015: CA to meet on April 6 (kp), Nembang calls CA meeting for April 6, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Cops clash with demonstrators; dozens injured (ht), Oppn front says to intensify stir (kp), Transitional justice: Ensure our participation: Victims (kp), Controversial Decisions And Adamancy, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Millions of Nepalis to be without citizenship: Study; The number will go down if the clause is changed to ‘Father or Mother’ from ‘Father and Mother’ (ht)

29/03/2015: Dahal for new calendar, continued statute talks (kp), Parties still at odds as deadline expires today (kp), Talks positive, say political leaders (ht) [???], ‘Power-sharing issue ignored in federalism debate’ (ht), Jai Madhes: Madhesis shouldn’t have to make way for a ‘New Nepal’; rather, they should stand at its core, by Marouan Fatti (kp), Out on the edge: Weakening of national sovereignty and territorial integrity have grave implications for Nepal, by Gopal Thapa (kp), Give Momentum To The CA, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Parliamentary directives: Govt bodies find compliance difficult, by Prakash Acharya (ht)

28/03/2015: Cross-partynegotiations: Nembang advises PM to take lead (kp), Bhattarai for middle way solution to end deadlock (rep), Revitalising Local Governments: Political Commitment Is Needed, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Govt to provide compensation to conflict victims (ht)

27/03/2015: NHRC chief threatens to quit if govt fails to act (kp), MPs committed to ‘or’ provision for citizenship (kp), Parties to sit for talks on Saturday (kp), Parties set to hold serious talks tomorrow; Ruling coalition positive about consensus: Baburam Bhattarai (ht), Adopted maximum flexibility for consensus: Prime Minister (kp) [??], The accountability of Sushil Koirala: Dr Govinda KC (alive) and Nanda Prasad Adhikari (dead) speak for the weak and desolate, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Can CA Stay Frozen In Recess?, by Narad Bharadwaj, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Construction of human identity: Flawed pre-selected categories, by David Seddon (ht), When we were young: Child survivors of wars and natural disasters carry their trauma into adulthood, by Anjana Rajbhandary (nt), Just justice: Reconciliation is not possible without truth and justice for the relatives of those murdered and disappeared ten years ago (nt), An ailing nation: Should Nepalis just die because the government is too busy trying to draft a constitution?, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Elusive truth and justice: The quest goes on in Nepal, the UK and South Africa, by David Seddon (nt)

26/03/2015: CA chair grants four more days (kp), CA meeting to be held after March 29, says Subas Nembang: nified CPN-Maoist threatens to quit Constituent Assembly if contentious issues are put to vote, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Resolving Constitutional Impasse: Mediation Can Be Appropriate Tool, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Constitution On A Knife-edge, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

25/03/2015: Maoists seek more time for consensus (kp), Parties still divided, CA chair at loss (kp), Nembang to set deadline for parties on consensus: Expresses concern about calling House session (ht), Nine pradeshes ideal,says Bhattarai (ht), ‘NHRC success rests on winning victims’ trust’ (kp), Institutionalise women rights: Lawmakers (ht), TRC, CIEDP told to do their job effectively (ht)

24/03/2015: Prez ups effort for way out of logjam (kp), Dahal leaves for China on weeklong visit (kp) [??, though it doesn't matter either!], Inescapable truths: Reconciliation doesn’t mean forgiving the man who ordered the death of your husband as much as rebuilding a relationship with a state that has betrayed you, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Erik B. Wilson (kp), Lack of data on conflict-era sexual violence hampers support (rep), Bed of thorns: Risks and challenges to constitution making have multiplied during two-month moratorium since CA missed January 22 deadline, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

23/03/2015: No turning back: Attempts to turn back the clock on recent changes will only lead to new problems (kp), Major parties yet to start dialogue (kp), President urges leaders to end rift: Says he expects to see major achievement after he returns from China on April 1 (ht), Six pro-Maoist parties to protest against state: Allege violation of Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Interim Constitution (ht 23/03/2015), Six Maoist parties to oppose SC verdict on TRC, CIED (rep), Transitional justice: Maoist parties unite to press government (kp), Internal Dynamics Of Parties And Constitution Writing, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

22/03/2015: ‘Expedite talks to keep March 25 deadline’ (kp), No ‘meaningful’ talks till Dahal returns home (ht), Dahal: Peace process detractors against accord (kp), NBA stresses on consensus for constitution (ht), Tackling The Ethnic Threat, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [Yes, please delete the single ethnic identity based orientation of the central state!!!], Indigenous people raise issues for UN review (ht)

21/03/2015: Wait for consensus cannot exceed two months: Acharya, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Prakash Acharya (ht)

20/03/2015: Maoist brass asks Nepal, Sitaula to aid consensus (kp), The Consensus Ruse: The Maoist definition of consensus: ‘Do what we say or we’ll start another war and wreck the country all over again’ (nt) ['Accept what we say' is the understanding of consensus by all parties! It's not limited to the Maoists alone!], Govt paid no heed to my concerns: Prez (rep), Missing the mark: Development must strengthen the political agency of disadvantaged groups while addressing cultural practices that reinforce inequality, by Subhash Nepali (kp), Third Force And The Labour Of Sisyphus, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Delete 'interim': The best solution for now would be to adopt the basic document of the Interim Constitution 2007 and add the agreed bits from the new draft (nt), A temporary constitution: Why not just cut and paste the Interim Constitution and get it over with?, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Justice in transition: The Maoists react badly to the Supreme Court verdict rejecting amnesty provisions in the TRC Act, by Binita Dahal (nt), Consensus on Disputed Issues of Constitution, by Krishna Raj Regmi (sp)

19/03/2015: CA chair renews ultimatum: Says he will initiate majority process if the parties fail to reach consensus by March 25 (kp), Forge consensus before March 25: CA chair; Says rift between ruling and agitating parties could widen if 30-party alliance intensifies stir (ht), Nembang gives parties a week to settle disputes (rep), Going nowhere fast: PM Koirala needs to reassert his hold on the constitution-drafting process (kp), Right to know: The public deserves to know what goes on in negotiations behind closed doors and who the spoilers are, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Moving Sideways Towards Consensus, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

18/03/2015: NC: CA process, talks together (kp), Dahal instructs UCPN (Maoist) lawmakers to be ready to quit CA, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Civil society against oppn protests (kp), Nembang wants leaders to clarify on their failure: Says he would like to hear it from ‘horses’ mouth’ before deciding on future course of the CA (ht), Nembang expects results from top brass meet (rep), UN briefed on progress in transitional justice (kp), Democracy in crisis: Political parties are not interested in carrying out reforms that can promote inclusion and unleash growth, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Troubling signs: Signs of foreign interference are evident; Some external forces appear uncomfortable with the idea of federal state in Nepal, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep)

17/03/2015: Stir fallout: NC, UML eye majority way of statute drafting (kp), Congress, UML urge opposition to rescind stir (ht), ‘CA voting only way out of impasse’ (kp), April general strike to hit tourism, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht), Scrap agitation, seek consensus: Nembang (ht), Man in the middle: Negotiations have taken place mostly between the UML and the Maoists; it is now time for the NC and PM Koirala to take centre-stage, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Daughters as traitors: By doing away with the ‘or’ provision on citizenship, the state is seeking to institute gender bias as a national policy, by Anjita Parajuli (kp), Demand of today’s Nepal: New thinking, not polarization, by Anil Shah (ht)

16/03/2015: PM’s plea against stir in vain: 30 parties unveil new protest programme (kp), Alliance announces second phase of stir (ht), Oppn alliance announces month-long protest (rep), Talks make no headway (ht), Verity and equity: Transitional justice commissions must ensure the sincere implementation of the Supreme Court’s February ruling, by Suman Adhikari (kp), Strong presence of women in first CA did make a difference, interview with Binda Pandey (kp), Save The Talks, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The generational shift: It is difficult to find much difference in the extent, style and limitations of executive authority betweeen Marich Man Singh and Sushil Koirala, by C.K. Lal (rep)

15/03/2015: 4-party meet fails to iron out statute differences (kp), Consensus talks head nowhere: Blame-game vitiates environment for meaningful dialogue; With parties not budging, PM and Dahal to seek common ground today (ht), Disruptive proposal: Ethnocentric federalism cannot be a solution to the ills of this country, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp) [Just as the current ethnocentric orientation of the central state is not a solution!!!]

14/03/2015: Parties review statute positions: Leaders from NC and Madhes-based parties meet in Baluwatar (kp), Understanding on five districts still a far cry: Four forces planning to hold formal meeting today in bid for consensus, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Bill needs to broaden definition of torture, say rights activists, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht)

13/03/2015: NC, Maoists to give accord a chance: Preliminary meets set for today (kp), Congress, UCPN-Maoist hold informal talks (ht), Ruling parties to hold formal talks with oppn (kp), He does protest too much: Baburam Bhattarai spent his time in New Delhi pooh-poohing the choice of Nepal’s electorate, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), To the sea: When CIAA itself is formed under the system of bhaagbanda, how will it catch the big fish?, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Democratic Majority And Tyranny Of Minority, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Stuck in the mud: The reasons for the delay in retrieving the Airbus and passing a new constitution are the same: bad management, lack of contingency planning, blame-throwing, failure of coordination, and a breathtaking inability to understand the gravity of the situation (nt), Justice adjourned: Nepal’s conflict victims have got legal relief, but it is unlikely their quest for justice will be addressed, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

12/03/2015: Nembang to delay CA meet for consensus (kp), CA deferral gave plenty of time for consensus: Nembang to prez (rep), Dahal shares displeasure with TRC officials (kp), TRC, CIEDP yet to get office space, logistics (rep), Long time coming: It will take the best of intentions to untangle the knot of transitional justice (kp), We may have to dig up graves of suspected ‘disappeared’, interview with Lokendra Mallick (rep), An active PDC will hinder consensus process: Bhattarai (ht), Inter-party Confidence Still Lacking, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Constitution and government: Separate the two, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep)

11/03/2015: Alliance defers agitation till March 15, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Consensus no mean feat, says Bhattarai (kp), Opposition puts off protest plans (kp), Partners withdraw support to Baidya-led alliance (kp), Conflict victim awaits justice, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), Dahal, Baidhya slam SC verdict: ‘It’s against values, norms, principles of transitional justice’ (ht) [Justice for victims is not negotiable!!], ‘Mainstream’ feminism, by Seira Tamang (kp)

10/03/2015: Mutual suspicion mars quest for consensus, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM asks oppn to chip in for accord (kp), Apex court ruling on transitional justice mechanism: UCPN (Maoist) objects to curbs on commissions’ jurisdiction (kp), SC verdict against CPA, says UCPN-Maoist (ht), Down comes the gavel: Conflict victims are waiting for the Supreme Court verdicts to be implemented, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp)

09/03/2015: 30-party meeting: Dahal asked not to soften stance (kp), Consensus in constitution writing in ‘package deal’ (kp), Ruling parties not serious, says Dahal (kp), Govt to release relief fund to Ganga Maya (kp) [???], Condition of conflict victims: Taskforce to submit report (kp), Dispassionate debate: Leaders should realise the dispute over five districts need not be so intractable (kp), Branches and boundaries: The protests in Kalaiya and Simara foretell the challenges of federating the country, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Ways To Sustain The Talks, by Nandalal Tiwari (kp)

08/03/2015: Top 4 to pursue consensus (kp), UCPN (M) to join House panel meets (kp), UCPN-Maoist for attending parliamentary panels’ meetings (ht), All power to provinces save three: Pokhrel (ht), The secession bogeyman: Since the politicians do not represent us, they invoke the fear of separation when we ask for rights, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Nationalistic Credentials Under Scrutiny, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Ban On Cow Slaughter, And Beef Eating In India: Its Implications In Nepal, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

07/03/2015: Formal talks set to begin today (kp), Formal talks with Dahal-led alliance set for today, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Ruling camp for wasting no more time (rep), OHCHR hails SC verdict on TRC amnesty provision (kp), OHRC hails SC ruling on rights violation cases: Apex court had upheld international standards rejecting TRC, CIEDP’s role in securing amnesty (ht), OHCHR hails SC rejection of amnesties for serious HR violations (rep), Decentralisation In Nepal: Taking Stock Of Local Governance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

06/03/2015: Oppn decides to sit for talks (kp), 30-party alliance ready for talks: To resume agitation if majority process is not scrapped, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Opposition alliance ready for formal talks: To launch second-phase proests if talks make no headway, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Ruling parties for early deal (kp), OHCHR offers support to transitional justice process (kp), Support pledged for justice process: OHCHR ready to offer technical advice to Nepal in its transition phase (ht), The trinity trap: A presidential government is, perhaps, the best option for Nepal, by Ram C. Acharya (kp), Us and them: How to play dirty politics and call it an identity struggle, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

05/03/2015: Dahal meets Koirala, Nepal to resume statute talks (kp), Dahal seeks consensus assurance from PM, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Word of caution: Restarting the voting process could have detrimental, unpredictable consequences (kp), Years of writing: When I look back, I find my columns polemic, especially after the failure of the first Constituent Assembly, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Lull before a storm: The silence that greeted the missed constitution deadline could be a sign of turmoil to come, by Gopal Thapa (kp), Where Has Constitution Making Gone Amiss?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), NHRC wants report discussed in Parliament (ht)

04/03/2015: Resume CA meeting: NC, UML to Nembang, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), NC, UML for holding ‘decisive’talks: Urge Nembang to resume stalled Constituent Assembly process at the earliest, by Prakash Acharya (ht), CA Chair urges chief whips to help get parties to negotiate (ht), Indian FM for constitution in accord: BRB, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp), Churning the ocean: Until parties understand the aspirations for federalism, constitution drafting will remain tedious, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), No Alternative To Meaningful Talks, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

03/03/2015: Will quit govt unless NC takes up CA vote: UML (kp), ‘India’s role vital till transition ends’, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp), We won’t leave ongoing political process: Dahal, by Lila Baral and Parbat Portel (kp), New unity: One can disagree with the Maoists’ violent past but still agree with the legitimate issues they have raised, by Shreya Paudel (kp), Past and present: Ensuring inclusion of the marginalised communities in the new states will respect the mandate of both the revolution and elections, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

02/03/2015: UCPN (Maoist) divided over dialogue conditions (kp), Talks from Jan 19 deal: Pun (kp), Rallies and rhetorics: Ruling and opposition parties should now return to the negotiation table (kp), Means and ends: Critical engagement with the transitional justice commissions will permit victims to tell their stories, by Simon Robins (kp), Deadlock And Demonstrations, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

01/03/2015: Oppn puts up massive show: Speakers hit out at ruling coalition; Agitating party leaders say they won’t leave the CA process (kp), Dahal warns of revolt: To wait for ruling parties’response for two more days; Says he’s ready to die but will not surrender (ht), City traffic thrown out of gear (ht), Over 40 hurt in Baneshwor clash (kp), Demonstrators clash with riot police (kp), NC, UML urge unconditional statute talks (kp), Solution through dialogue: PM Koirala (kp), Split Bamboos & Maoist Broken Fate, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), TRC office bearers call on Koirala (ht)

28/02/2015: Victims, HR activists hail SC verdict on TRC (rep), Transitional justice: Implement SC decision: ICJ (kp), Implement SC decision against impunity: ICJ (htz), Nembang urges Dahal, Koirala to end deadlock: Talks likely to resume after oppn’s show of strength today (ht), Oppn parties ferry people from districts: Maoists’ mass mobilisation of YCL cadres leaves public in a tizzy (kp), Security up at major checkpoints (kp), NHRC asks opposition parties to keep protest peaceful, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), House obstruction hits passage of Bills, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), 5 new names picked for CIAA commissioners (kp)

27/02/2015: Transitional justice act: Court rescinds amnesty clause (kp) [!!!!!], SC annuls discretionary powers of TRC, CIED, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), SC rules out general amnesty for serious rights violation, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Masculinist logic: The proposed ‘and’ provision in granting citizenship insults autonomy of adult subjects who are rightful residents of Nepal, by Archana Thapa (kp), Boiling point: It is only through talks that the current constitution deadlock can be resolved (kp), ‘Attempts on to repeal CPA’ (kp), BRB: dialogue will resume after protest in Capital (kp), In an agitated state: The opposition may have to go through with its show of force on Saturday, but should try to get it over with minimum fuss to resume negotiations on the constitution (nt), Oppn alliance out to show strength in street: Security to be tightened from Friday evening (rep), Tables turned: Outnumbered in the CA and lacking numbers on the streets, the opposition is waiting for a face-saving way to return to the table, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Tomorrow’s protest not final show of strength: Bhattarai (ht), Serious confrontation if no talks next week: Bhattarai (rep), Ready for dialogue, but it must be meaningful: UCPN-M’s Shrestha (ht), Head, six members for PSC recommended, by Santosh Ghimire (rep), Mainali to head public service commission (kp) [May this multiethnic state be controlled by male Bahuns until eternity!!], Waiting for a Nepali Kejriwal: Nepal’s grassroot communities also have anti-corruption crusaders waiting to come out and clean things up, by Bihari K. Shrestha (nt), Not yet boiling point: The people of the Tarai are angry, but not angry enough to join another protest movement led by Madhesi politicians, by Navin Jha (nt)

26/02/2015: Disqualified PLA fighters chart out struggle plan: They demand relief, welfare fund, treatment for the injured and monuments in memory of those killed during the conflict (kp), Congress urges opposition to sit for negotiation (ht), NC leaders for referendum to settle state dispute (kp), Prez displeased with ruling coalition’s role (ht), Consensus possible only through dialogue: India (kp), India for statute that honours past agreements, poll mandate (ht), Amnesty report: Transitional justice law entrenches impunity (kp) [see AI Nepal report], Impunity deepening roots in Nepal: AI (ht), Impunity has further entrenched in Nepal: AI (rep), Politics Of Threat And Intimidation Does Not Yield Results, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Governing Elite And Democracy In Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Divide and rue: Separation of Kailali and Kanchanpur from the Far-West region is a conspiracy against people and is not in keeping with the spirit of change, by Dinesh Prasad Joshi Ratala (rep)

25/02/2015: What people want: Political agendas espoused by the parties do not necessarily reflect the people’s priorities, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), Informal talks on to end political deadlock (ht), Parties upbeat about consensus: Both sides wait and watch Saturday’s rally in Capital, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), House of cards: PM Sushil Koirala must continue to reach out to opposition, undeterred (kp), AJRA to parade 20,000 in Capital on Saturday (kp), YCL holds rally, says prelude to Feb 28 demo, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), YCL rally takes sinister tone (kp), UML to launch awareness drive (kp), Mallik wants clarity on CIEDP jurisdiction, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Ruckus in CA: Probe panel fails to identify culprits (ht) [?????], PSC chair appointment: CC fails to recommend name (ht), Stability and development: Consensus is necessary, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (ht)

24/02/2015: Writing it wrong: Representation and inclusion, agendas of Janaandolan II, have been seriously undermined by the NC-UML coalition, by Sanjay Sharma (kp), Political avatars: The current political imbroglio can be attributed to rivalries within parties as much as between parties, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Informal dialogue offers rapproachment hopes, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PM, Dahal talk on PSC, CIAA (kp), More positives, some negatives: Nepal's peace process, especially the integration and rehabilitation of former combatants, has conveyed positive messages to other conflict-ridden countries, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), UNESCO: Promoting Mother Tongue For Peace And Progress, by Prem Khatry (rn), A consensus constitution: Mission impossible?, by Subarna Chhetri (ht)

23/02/2015: NC brass urged to seek ‘maximum consensus’ (kp), CA recess not beyond Saturday: DPM Gautam (kp), CPN M to become militant party: Central Committee leaders of the party say they expect to develop an army of around 10,000 to 15,000 cadres, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Will ensure adequate security for Dahal: Govt (kp), Political pandering: Presence of senior leaders at a Hindu ceremony is in extremely poor taste (kp), Four briefly held for protesting police move (kp), Trouble in Nepali paradise, by Shashi Tharoor (kp) [an Indian view of Nepal's most recent history], Weighing The Moves, Feeling Each Other's Pulses, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

22/02/2015: Talks: Oppn seeks more concession from Koirala (kp), Can’t wait too long: Ruling parties (kp), Misplaced priority: Leaders warm chair in religious meet, by Ishwori Neupane (kp) [The Hindu state keeps greeting when inclusion and secularism is the need of the hour!!], Conflict victim family seeks govt assistance, by Janak Nepal (kp)

21/02/2015: Koirala renews call to opposition for dialogue (kp), ‘Nepal concerned about spread of fundamentalism’ (kp), Mother of All Revolutions, by Guffadi (kp)

20/02/2015: Youth leaders press for consensus (kp), Oppn alliance unveils plan for protest (kp),  Democracy day marked (kp) [Which democracy? Nepal is a single ethnic identity based non-inclusive oligarchic central state!!], Marching marginalisation: Marchwar in Rupandehi provides a telling example of the disconnect between state and society, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Youth of the nation: Nepal and Estonia re-established democracy around the same time, but while Estonia took a digital route, Nepal remains stuck in the past, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp), Are Parties Prepared To Make Sacrifices?, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn)

19/02/2015: CA deadlock: UCPN (M) plans on informal talks (kp), The public sphere: Civil society leaders must continue to stand publicly in favour of consensus (kp), Trust the voter: Instead of cadre-based politics, parties must find genuine agendas that reflect the people’s every day concerns, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Language of the local: The marginalised vernacular can no longer be pushed around by the pronouncements of the elite, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Back To Consensus Talks, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

18/02/2015: Talks in peril as no side gives in: Ruling parties fear consensus cannot deliver statute (kp) [Party leaders simply don't have any understanding of the meaning of consensus! They must be barred from influencing the constitution writing process!!], Statute as per past deals, says Dahal (kp), Seeing like the oligarchy: The tunnel vision of KP Oli and Sushil Koirala seeks to impose order and definitiveness on a fluid reality, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Gurung wants TRC Act amended: Seeks full say on conflict-era cases (ht)

17/02/2015: Under pressure: Both ruling and opposition blocs are unwilling to sit for substantial talks, but it would be in their own interest to pursue consensus, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), ‘CA resumption if no headway in talks’: Nembang meets two chief whips (kp), Single ethnic identity based federalism: AJRA resumes struggle (kp), Restoring justice: TRC, CED must ensure active participation of victims in transitional justice process (kp), Nepal stares at UN grilling in Geneva meet, by Anil Giri (kp), Why things fail: Failure to understand the importance of institutional stability has impacted proper governmental regulation, by Sujeev Shakya (kp)

16/02/2015: Meaningful dialogue unlikely any time soon, by Prakash Acharya (ht), 30 parties stage sit-in (ht), Dahal seeks big protest turnout (kp), February 28 demo will be decisive,says Dahal (ht), Back from the brink Parties must avoid another round of public posturing and sincerely pursue consensus (kp), Ganga Maya gets Rs 2m in relief (kp) [She wants justice, not money!!], A federal seat: In the churning over federalism, discussions over a federal capital have been resigned to the sidelines, by Semanta Dahal (kp), TRC has been formed to restore justice system, reconcile society, interview with Surya Kiran Gurung, newly appointed TRC Chairman (kp), Radical Expressions Amid Bid For Consensus, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The IC connection: The realization doesn't seem to have sunk in Dahal that the interests of the Nepal Army constitute the main concern of the IC in Nepal, by C.K. Lal (rep)

15/02/2015: Koirala, Dahal talk deadlock, vacancies (kp), PM, Dahal hold one-on-one talks: Both call it a positive step for starting a formal dialogue (ht), Dahal pooh poohs PM’s overture (ht), Distrust prevails: Oppn: PM should pledge consenus; Ruling parties: Can’t wait long, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bhattarai warns of launching another revolt (ht), Opposition front ready for talks: Shrestha (ht), Refusing a referendum: Amidst some parties’ refusal to honour the people’s mandate, a referendum cannot be a solution, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Enlarging the pie: Parties must pursue negotiations on a win-win framework as bottom-line negotiations tend to create winners and losers, by Yogendra Paneru (kp)

14/02/2015: Nembang wants tangible progress in talks, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Dahal fails to keep date with Koirala (kp), Koirala-Dahal meet scheduled, cancelled (ht), Maoist revolt will continue: Dahal (kp), Opposition needs to suspend protests for meaningful talks, by Prakash Rimal (ht), Opposition bloc to address cadres (kp), UN urges constitution in consensus (kp), CIAA, PSC vacancies: Constitutional Council fails to recommend candidates (kp), PSC, CIAA commissioners to be picked simultaneously (rep), CC likely to fill vacant posts on February 24 (ht), TRC forms committees (ht)

13/02/2015: Questions endorsed; CA process on hold (kp), Questionnaire panel report endorsed: CA meeting put off indefinitely for parties to give consensus another shot (ht), CA meeting adjourned for now at oppn request, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Door opens for ‘meaningful talks’ (kp), Opposition bargains for more leverage (kp), ‘Parallel bodies if NC, UML take numerical advantage’, by Gaurav Thapa (kp), Dahal warns of parallel government formation (ht), Dahal threatens to form parallel govt (rep), We’ll join CA, says Shrestha (ht), ‘Nembang’s move can bring political forces together’, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Verdict on TRC cases on Feb 26 (kp), SC verdict on petitions against TRC Act on Feb 26 (rep), SC: Ensure independence of judiciary in new statute (kp), CC to moot names for vacant posts (ht), Signs of Thaw: Top leaders from the two sides have been holding informal negotiations, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Bullet and/or ballot: Despite taking to the streets, Nepal’s Maoists will stick to democracy to institutionalise the gains for which they took up arms, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Lengthening the fuse Nepal’s leaders need to settle their disputes across the table and not on the streets (nt), Failure Beyond Excuses, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), Chaotic Nepal, by Tilak Rawal (sp)

12/02/2015: Nembang may halt CA process: Likely to give parties 10 more days for consensus (kp), Voting process to be halted till February 22, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Parties in informal consensus talks, formal parleys likely soon (rep), Oppn bloc hints at resuming talks (kp), Nip it in the bud: Substantive moves towards dialogue will go long way in assuaging oppn (kp), RPP-N to snub CA meet (kp), Seven Janajati parties form youth squad, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), TRC, CED office bearers sworn in (kp), TRC, CIPD chairmen, members sworn in (ht), By all, for all: NC-UML’s rhetoric sends the message that the constitution is being written only for the ruling parties, by Prakash Bom (kp), Middle class mindset: If the constitution can't, under any circumstances, be drafted without consensus, why did all parties agree to two-third rule to start with?, by Biswas Baral (rep)

11/02/2015: CA to allow political parties some more days for consensus: Questionnaire to be put to vote if consensus eludes, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Ready for maximum flexibility, says Koirala (kp), PM believes opposition will return for talks (ht), Conflict if PM fails to restart talks: Gachhadar (kp), Parleys possible today,says Gachhadar: ‘All depends on how much flexibility prime minister shows’ (ht), Gachchhadar says ruling, oppn talks likely in a day or two (rep), Formal talks yet to resume (kp), Govt sets up TRC, inquiry panel on disappearances (ht), Bitter medicine: Transitional justice bodies (rep), Victims question TRC, CED credibility: Cabinet appoints committee chiefs, members recommended by panel, by Dewan Rai (kp), Commissions and credibility: Transitional justice mechanisms must incorporate obligations to truth, justice, reparations, accountability, by Suman Adhikari (kp), CPN Maoist turning into military force: Chand (kp), Conflict theories and Nepal: No rational thinking, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (ht), In favor of ballots: Both the ruling and opposition party leaders must sit together to narrow down their differences without further delay, by Bimal Gautam (rep)

10/02/2015: Panel submits questionnaire to CA chair (kp), Panel submits questionnaire to Nembang: 232 questions framed to settle 103 disputed issues, by Prakash Acharya (ht), CA will take its course if no consensus by Feb 12: Nembang (rep), Oppn alliance asks govt to make position clear (kp), Alliance urges prime minister to create environment for talks, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Informal talks until formal dialogue starts (kp), ‘Parties still have time for accord’ (kp), Madhes, hills inseparable: Oli; The UML chairman says his party will never accept anything that disturbs the social fabric (kp), Single identity demand: AJRA prepares for more protests (kp), Transitional justice: Gurung, Mallik named to head panels; Cabinet endorsement will pave way for formation of two commissions, by Dewan Rai (kp), Commissioners, members named, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), FNCCI launches campaign against strikes, bandas (kp), Power of perception: Nepal cannot afford to squander the few positive signs of economic growth we have started to witness, by Sophia K. Tamot (kp), Conjunction conundrum: Now that the opposition has agreed to the ‘or’ provision on citizenship, it is up to the ruling parties to follow through, by Subin Mulmi (kp), Time Of Hopelessness And Shame, by Prem Khatry (rn)

09/02/2015: Agitating bloc gets PM invite for dialogue: Koirala issues statement asking parties to join statute writing ‘in the best interest of the nation’ (kp), PM invites oppn for talks: Says companions of peace process and people’s movement should join hands for the statute (ht), PM calls on oppn parties for talks to bring statute together (rep), First overture: PM’s statement calling on oppn for talks is welcome but could have been clearer (kp), Agitating parties not impressed: Say prime minister’s invitation silent on key concerns, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Statute thru majority unacceptable: BRB (ht), Questions on eight disputed issues ready (kp), Questionnaire panel completes its task (ht), Subcommittee submits 242 questions for voting in CA (rep), 'And' provision in citizenship: Not a ‘dispute’, clause out of question, by Weena Pun (kp), Students want parties to return to talks (ht), Treasure of Tarai: By not adopting north-south provinces, the country is further postponing an inclusive agenda, by Ram C. Acharya (kp), PM committed to constitution but unable to lead process, interview with Sarvendra Nath Shukla, Tarai-Madhes Loktantrik Party (kp), Ominous Political Course, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Gods and Gomas: Our politics is no different from god's politics; our self-centered "gods" only think of themselves, not of the 27 million Gomas, by Neelam Adhikari (rep), Federalize the parties: Restructuring of our political parties is crucial for successful state restructuring, by Khimlal Devkota (rep)

08/02/2015: Questions on disputes ready save federalism (kp), Questionnaire will have options for consensus on tentatively agreed issues (ht), Parties gear up for dialogue, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML asks oppn to return to talks (kp), UML urges oppn parties to return to negotiating table (ht), Talks possible if questionnaire panel dissolved, says Dahal (ht), Struggle to avert CA dissolution: Sharma (ht), Oli asks Gachhadar to play mediator’s role (kp), ‘Accord soon if NC, UML accept multiple identities’ (kp), Regmi urges parties for broad consensus (kp), Resume talks: PAPAD to parties (ht), The rights of all: Government needs to bring policies that protect the rights of the protesters without hampering the mobility of people during protests, by Ashish Gajurel (kp), Treading A Fine Line, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

07/02/2015: Panel tables questions as oppn boycotts process (kp), Panel working on questionnaire (ht), President takes lead to end political impasse (kp), Dahal urges prez to step in for consensus (rep), PM may renew call to opposition for talks, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), NC, UML to show maximum flexibility (ht) [???], Oppn should first halt protest program: NC, UML (rep), Tone it down: Growing polarization (rep), No talks until questionnaire committee is dissolved: Dahal, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), Bhattarai lashes out at NC, UML (ht), We are in bid to build an army of 10 lakh people, says Dahal (ht), ‘Parties need to forge consensus’ (kp), Nepal urged to accede to Rome Statute (kp), Bridging The Gap: Find A Middle Way, by Pranav Bhattarai (kp)

06/02/2015: Questionnaire committee gets five more days (kp), CA extends Questionnaire Committee deadline: 19-party alliance in Constituent Assembly boycotts meeting; RPP-Nepal protests proceedings (ht), NC, UML to make fresh bid for talks (kp), Prez urges Oli to seek accord (kp), President tells Oli ruling parties should be flexible (ht), ‘Sick Oli remark’erroneous: Shrestha; Flays UML chair’s Rs 10 billion statement as irresponsible (ht), Shrestha says Oppn demand regarding Oli unpolitical (rep), Shrestha urges for swift talks (kp), Oppn declares phase-wise protest (kp), Opposition to collect Rs 20,000 from each lawmaker to fund mass meeting (ht), Cracks in the Madhesi front: Marred by deep distrust, Madhesi parties look incapable of serving the Maoist interest, by Om Astha Rai (nt), ‘And’ provision on citizenship out of the CA questionnaire, by Weena Pun (kp), Draft of educational setup under federalism ready, by Nirjana Sharma (rep), A game of chicken: Both coalitions, ruling and opposition, are locked head-to-head; who will flinch first?, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), There is hope: Parties could allow the Questionnaire Committee to do its work but hold off on a majority vote to buy time for consensus, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Polarized politics: Where will it lead?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Devolution without federalism: There are many other ways to ensure proper representation without the need for federalism per se, by David Seddon (nt), The ‘F’ word: If federalism is a fait accompli let’s try to minimise the damage that it will cause (nt), Rulers and the ruled: It is as if the political party leadership is living on a different planet from the people, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Nepalese Leaders Need Psychotherapy, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

05/02/2015: Taskforce seeks more time: CA Chair Nembang, ruling parties under pressure to resume talks with opposition forces (kp), Questionnaire panel seeks five more days (ht), An end to hubris: Nembang can do a lot more to lower tensions between political parties (kp), More than just content: If ruling coalition’s ‘process’ continues, there is danger of sections of opposition being pushed out of CA, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Gachhadar for ending Parliament boycott (ht), Gachhadar moots three Tarai provinces (ht), ‘Three states in Madhes will ensure accord’ (kp), Dahal preparing party cadres for a violent movement? Tells them to gear up to take to the street (ht), UML-opposition relations hit new low (ht), War victim’s skull still left in party office, by Arjun Shah (kp), Land seized during time of insurgency not returned (ht), Dalits demand ‘or’ provision on citizenship (kp), Political appointees hit governance, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht), Protests Won’t Lead To Constitution-making, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Identity and ideology: Striving for identity in Nepal is not just about recognition; it is a deeper and more material need, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Federated Nepal: Will It Weaken Or Strengthen Nationhood?, by Birendra P Mishra (rn)

04/02/2015: Question drafting gains momentum: Questionnaire on disputes to be ready in ‘couple of days’ (kp), Sub-panel prepares questions on five issues, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Vote on whether federalism should be immutable: Sub-committee may get five-day extension, by Ashok Dahal (rep), ‘Questionnaire panel not a censor board’: The RPP-N leader says that a committee formed by the Constituent Assembly does not have the right to obstruct the agendas raised by other parties (kp), RPP-N submits memo to Nembang (ht), Leaders mull reviving Political Committee (kp), UML second-rung leaders press for talks with oppn (kp), Oli, be a statesman, by Subhash Ghimire (rep), Demand for women-friendly Statute (kp), UCPN-M revives YCL to give life to stir, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Forced hand: If parties are serious about ending the deadlock, they need to talk on both constitution and power sharing, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Stands of political parties: Historic moves or blunders?, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), The mandate of revolution bigger than election mandate, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (rep)

03/02/2015: Taskforce to prepare questions on disputes: Assembly to meet on Thursday to receive proposal from subcommittee (kp), Sub-panel on questionnaire formed (ht), CA meet to convene on Thursday: Dahal-led alliance yet to decide on taking part in next meeting, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Respect opposition views, legal eagles advise PM (kp), Top UCPN (M) leaders to lead protest against majority statute (kp), AJRA announces no to joint protest (kp), RPP-Nepal threatens to quit drafting process (kp), RPP-Nepal threatens to quit assembly (ht), Foreign hand: Ineffectiveness of ruling elites seems to have provided legitimacy to outsiders to micro-manage our affairs openly, by Suryanath Upadhyay (rep) [???], Majority rules: The constitution passed by two-third majority in the Constituent Assembly would be as legitimate as any constitution in the world, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

02/02/2015: Don’t press us too hard, Dahal warns ruling bloc: Maoist leaders say extreme circumstances could force them to quit CA (kp), Voting on agreed upon fundamental issues ruled out, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [The issue of inclusion is missed even in the constitution writing process!!], CA questionnaire panel okays work procedure, RPP-N boycotts (rep), Questionnaire panel meeting endorses ToR: RPP-Nepal boycotts as its demand was turned down (kp), RPP-N members walk out (ht), Tarai parties against talks in status quo (kp), UDMF decides to go ahead with protests (rep), Oppn alliance may quit CA en masse: Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), With no hope of consensus, UCPN (Maoist) opts to 'go to people': Top three leaders to command protests (rep), CPN-Maoist to form alliance with other parties for protest (kp), Will facilitate talks: Civil society (kp), Opinion divided between citizens, political parties: A survey finds that the public stopped worrying about statute after the dissolution of the first CA  (kp), Salvage work: The future course of the constitution drafting process remains uncertain (kp), Constitution must address both NC-UML and Maoist agendas, interview with Daman Nath Dhungana (kp), Unilateral Move Vs Consensus, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The amber polity: In functional democracy, commandos in precincts of parliament would have been bigger scandal than brawl between ruling and opposition benches, by C.K. Lal (rep)

01/02/2015: Questionnaire Committee meets as oppn stays out: Subcommittee formed to prepare ToR, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Questionnaire Committee begins task (ht), NC, UML hope agitating parties will join panel (kp), Opposition miffed at panel meeting (ht), CPN-M politburo sets agenda for further protest: The party led by Mohan Baidya has decided to launch street protest against the planned promulgation of statute (kp), Broken chairs and missed deadlines: To argue that ruling parties are attempting to bully the opposition through numbers is to defy the people’s sovereignty, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), Meaningless Movement, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Modernising democracy: Nepal requires a strong, stable federal government with a directly-elected PM or President, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp), Int’l community has different stakes in Nepal’s constitution, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Consensus, reconciliation a must: Thapa; Says parties must apologise to people for failure to deliver statute (ht), Signature campaign against VAW launched (ht)

31/01/2015: Prez asks parties to tread consensus path (kp), Prez urges ruling, oppn parties to work for consensus (ht), Ruling, oppn blocs fight over questionnaire panel: Will go ahead even without agitating parties: NC, UML (kp), Questionnaire Committee to meet today: Bid to woo leaders of protesting alliance to join the panel meeting to continue till afternoon, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Questionnaire panel meets today (rep), PM Koirala reaches out to Dahal with talks offer (ht), Scrap committee first, Dahal urges prime minister (kp), Dissolving question panel ‘impossible’ (kp), Questionnaire Committee can’t be scrapped: Deuba Calls on opposition front to return to negotiating table (ht), Oppn parties have five more days to come to consensus: Paudel (kp) [For consensus you must meet anywhere in the middle, not wait for the other side to accept your own position!!!], Khanal happy with China’s neutral position (kp), Families of martyrs, disappeared persons say they are disappointed (ht)

30/01/2015: Ruling parties should be flexible: President; Tells CA chairman to accommodate former rebels in the constitution-drafting process (ht), Chances slim of statute in accord: UCPN (Maoist) (kp), ‘Talks with same status-quo means surrender’: Bhattarai says meaningful dialogue impossible without withdrawing  decision of January 25 (ht), Prepare for movement, UCPN-M tells cadres: Dahal calls Koirala, Oli and Sitaula obstacles to consensus (ht), Front for common stance on boycott of House committees (ht), Ruling parties trying to sideline us: Dahal (rep), Return to talks, UML asks oppn (kp), UML invites opposition for talks (ht), UML for talks without halting CA procedures (rep), Singha Durbar sees decrease in political hustle and bustle: Ruling and opposition lawmakers have headed for their home districts as per party orders (ht), Delay in prosecution of war crimes worries HRW (kp), Nepal failed to deliver on promises: HRW; Says it’s deeply disappointing that country has stuck in the same place for years (ht) [see HRW World Report 2015 chapter on Nepal], By Nepalis, for Nepalis: The international community must pull back and let the political players arrive at a dignified conclusion, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp) [Dignified for whom: the male Tagadhari leaders or the excluded masses??], Solutions from within: A new constitution still looks iffy, but in Nepal the unexpected is also to be expected (nt), The statute of liberty: The Indian experience with constitution drafting post-independence holds valuable lessons for Nepal, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Politics: Controlled Chaos, by Keshab Poudel (sp), So Be It! The high commands issue edicts, and the rank and file follow; No question asked, by K. Uprety (sp)

29/01/2015: Crisis of faith: Those who believe secularism arrived out of the blue forget history of activism to separate temple and state, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Nepal asked to redress teen’s murder case (kp), Conflict era cases: Govt disregards NHRC’s request (kp), Continue to talk: Current deadlock requires PM Koirala to play a bigger role in negotiations (kp), Parties explore ways to hold consensus talks: PDC meet may be deferred; Third-party facilitation likely, by Prakash Acharya (ht), UCPN(M) to boycott all House panel meetings (kp), MJF-L leaders tell Gachhadar to remain firm on party’s position (kp), Court orders Banke CDO to grant citizenship through mother’s name: CDOs in many districts refuse to grant citizenship through mother’s name on grounds that the father could be a foreign national (kp) [What about not granting citizenship through father's name because the mother could be a foreign national????], Constitution-making Process Begins, by Uttam Maharjan (rn) [????], Nepal ‘partly free’ in political rights and civil liberties: Situation improved with stable govt, progress in constitution drafting process, says report (ht) [?????], Democratising Democracy: A Critical Challenge, by Mukti Rijal (rn), ‘Identity, a valid issue in debate onfederalism’ (ht)

28/01/2015: Ruling bloc invites Maoist, Madhesi parties for talks (kp), Ruling parties urge opposition to join PDC (ht), Govt urges oppn to join proposal committee (rep), PM starts dialogue with oppn (kp), PM to begin talks with opposition (ht), Oppn panel to coordinate stir (kp), With limited options at hand, Dahal in dilemma, by Ashok Dhakal (rep), Tuladhar’s AJRA prepares to rally other Janajati groups (kp), RPP-N divided on supporting ruling parties (kp), Widening the consensus circle: Integrating hills and Tarai while carving states will help them gain comparative advantage of both regions, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Long wait: We have failed to manage recent changes and people are suffering for it, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (rep), Road to constitution: Political parties adopted a random negatiation model and thus failed to deliver timely constitution, by Prakash Bhattarai (rep)

27/01/2015: False narrative: It would be unwise to leave the task of writing the consitution completely to the NC and UML, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp) [Not even half of the electorate voted for these parties in November 2013!!!], Poles apart: Amid continuing political polarisation, the only way out of the current impasse is for both ruling and opposition parties to sit for negotiations, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Nembang convenes proposal committee for January 31 (rep), Take agitating parties on board: Prez to Oli (kp), NC blames opposition for CA deadline miss (kp), 9-point joint proposal a mistake: Nepal (kp), Don’t push Maoists into a corner: Nepal (ht), Questionnaire panel meets Saturday (kp), 30-party front announces three-phase protest, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), 30-party alliance announces protest (rep), Chand to oppn: Walk out of CA (kp), Chand ready to join hands if UCPN-M quits CA (ht), PM reaches out to Dahal for accord (kp), PM takes initiative to woo oppn: Tells Nepali Congress lawmakers to exercise restraint, calls Dahal (ht), Flawed rhetoric of Madhes politics: Over and above the problems, by Durga Gautam (ht), We met Raut on human rights grounds: Envoys, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Certain death: It is not surprising how inconsequential the anti-climax of the hullabaloo over the deadline for the constitution became in the end, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), Our own constitution: Since elected representatives failed to carry out their duties, BibekSheel Nepalis published a new constitution on Jan 22, 2015, by Ujwal Thapa (rep)

26/01/2015: Panel formed amid oppn noise: Questionnaire Committee to start work in 5 days; Opposition refuses to be on panel formed ‘unilaterally’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Process to put disputed issues to vote begins: 73-member Proposal Drafting Committee to prepare questionnaire; To start work on Jan 31, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Door open at last for majority process: Nembang announces proposal preparation committee, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), ‘Past agreements violated’: 19-party alliance to boycott CA, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Maoists: No talks with govt, ruling parties, CA chair (kp), Opposition not to sit in talks with ruling side, CA chair (rep), NC, UML: Talks, voting go together; Welcome opposition alliance’s decision to stay in the CA process (kp), Constitution at any cost, says KP Oli (ht), Keep talking: Road to constitution (rep), Show flexibility (ht), Not too far gone: Regardless of process initiated, onus still lies on ruling parties to seek consensus (kp), Nembang’s move divides Janajatis (kp), Federalism a political issue, to be decided by political actors, interview with Lok Raj Baral (kp), No Alternative To Dialogue, Consensus, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Time to ban Nepal banda: However hard some people might try to justify bandas, I think that they are organised primarily to fulfil the vested interests of a few politicians, by Suju Bhattarai (kp), Nationality card through mother: Apex court verdict helps siblings get citizenship (kp), The new Right: On every single issue from federalism to inclusion, Maoist left has raced far from the center only to meet Kamal Thapa on the right, by Tika P. Dhakal (rep) [??? Kamal Thapa neither wants federalism nor inclusion but a return to the royal Hindu state belonging to male Tagadharis!!!], Black day: Maoist CA members' unruly behavior does not match the image of prople's representatives, by Chandra Mohan Yadav, Nepali Congress (rep)

25/01/2015: Ball is in CA chair’s court: What Nembang does next can either give renewed hopes for the statute or can polarise the nation, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Growing rift puts CA chairman at centre stage (kp), NC, UML say there is no alternative to CA process (kp), Ruling parties want panel thru voice vote (ht), Opposition front tells CA chair to defer formation of committee (ht), Oppn seeks 10-day CA recess for statute talks (kp), Oppn front claims ruling parties not keen to hold talks (ht), Govt tightens security in and outside CA (kp), Democratic, federal, inclusive statute will be true tribute to Gajju Babu: Mahato (ht), Khadka for Hindu state (ht), CA Fiasco And Sinister Design, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), The UN as witness: An account of how the Seven-Party Alliance and Maoists agreed to involve the UN in monitoring Nepal’s peace process, by Suresh Chalise (kp)

24/01/2015: Five days of CA pandemonium, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Oppn to ‘quit CA’ if process forced: UCPN (Maoist)-led bloc warns of leaving CA if chairman presses with questionnaire committee formation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Ruling parties lash out at opposition: KP Oli says making Baburam Bhattarai chairman of CPDCC a mistake (ht), NC, UML upbeat by Nembang’s ‘decisive’ stance: Constituent Assembly chairman says the meeting on Sunday will be decisive for the statute process (kp), CA process may proceed tomorrow: Nembang to cancel ruling parties’ proposal and table a new one himself, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Nembang vows decisive step Sunday, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Oppn to continue CA obstruction (kp), UCPN-Maoist-led 30-party front terms protests successful (ht), Six injured in Rajbiraj clash (kp), Prohibited zones declared in Rajbiraj (ht), CPN-M political calls for conference (ht), Stay out: Role of int’l community (rep) [??? Donor countries have the duty towards their own citizens to speak up as long as the irresponsible Nepali politicians continue to burn the money Nepal has received for peace and reconstruction!!!], Hearing of transitional justice writ postponed: Conflict victims say they are losing hope of the case being heard as it is being postponed intentionally (kp), Unbecoming Behaviour: Stop Hooliganism In Constituent Assembly, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Paradigm shift: Anything Maoists do will be perceived as a design to push their petty interests or even madnes, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

23/01/2015: Misplaced priorities: The present turmoil is all about power-sharing rather than a real fight for an all-inclusive constitution, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Languages and federalism: An important connection, by Krishna Kumar Sah (ht), Zero-sum game: CA disappoints again; One more year down the drain as leaders do not keep Jan 22 constitution date; Nembang laments sharp polarisation among major forces, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Self-imposed deadline ends in fiasco, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Parties fail to deliver statute, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep), No statute on designated date leaves people dejected (rep), CA chair finds himself on the hot seat: Opposition sees him assiding with the ruling parties (ht), CA urges parties not to disrupt CA meet on Friday (rep), Govt briefs int’l community (kp), Statute-drafting process to continue, govt tells envoys, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Leaders happy to pass the buck (kp), Bhattarai apologises for failure (kp), Citizens blame ‘incorrigible’ leaders (kp), Conduct unbecoming: Nembang must rise above party interests and be mindful of his place in history (kp), CA building, periphery heavily guarded (kp), Oppn alliance, Janajatis to continue their protests (kp), 18 protesters injured in Jhapa clash (kp), 12 UCPN-M cadres hurt in clash with police (ht), CPN-UML condemn arson at its office (ht), Demonstrations throw city traffic out of gear (ht), Inability to draft constitution set to affect economic activities, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Constitution deadlock will hit economy hard: Experts (rep), Pass the preamble: Sign on what you have agreed to and move on, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Better later than never: The failure to meet the deadline is not a dead-end, by Om Astha Rai (nt), When today's newborn turns 18, will Nepal be a better place or worse?, by Nirjana Sharma (rep)

22/01/2015: Past the deadline: A durable constitution will still require the consent of at least the four major political forces and address at least the fundamental aspirations of Madhesis, Dalits, Janajatis, and women (kp), NC, UML request CA chair to move ahead with process (kp), Madhes leaders urge ruling parties to respect past deals (rep), Statute needs widest public support, says int’l community (kp) [The ruling parties think that the support by 49 percent of the population, which they got in the elections, justifies their procedure!!], Envoys want parties back to negotiating table (ht), Govt to brief int’l community (kp), Govt to brief international community today (ht), Oli: UML is in support of political consensus (kp) [?? Consensus among Nepali politicians always means that the others have to accept one's own position!!], Dahal blames PM for deadlock; Oli urges opposition to sit for negotiation (ht), UCPN (M) shifts blame on PM Koirala, his party (kp), CA set to miss yet another deadline, by Prakash Acharya (ht), January 22 deadline missed at last, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Parties 'betray' people over statute-making, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Collective failure: One year of second CA (rep), Billions spent but still no constitution (ht), Panel to probe vandalism (ht), CA secretariat starts probe into vandalism in CA, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), Oppn, UML cadres clash in Rajbiraj, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), One hurt as UML cadres clash with alliance activists (ht), Securing CA building: 3-layer security ring to stave off unrest (kp), Janajatis demo for identity-based states (kp), RPP-N roots for refrendum on disputed issues (rep), Extremism breeds extremism: Willingness to compromise, no matter how painful, can pave the way for a constitution that will endure, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Collective failure: The process can only work if there is consensus to respect the sanctity of democratic process and people's mandate expressed through CA elections, by Dinesh Bhattarai, advisor of PM Sushil Koirala (rep) [The ruling parties may have won almost two thirds of the seats, but they were only supported by 49 percent of the voters, i.e. the mandate of the voters was consensus, not majority voting!!], No Constitution Today, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Nepal at crossroads: Nepal can prosper and remain a model of democratic governance through hard work and compromise, not bandas and disruption, by Peter W. Bodde, US ambassador to Nepal (rep), Only Independent Mediation Will Help Resolve the crisis, interview with Devendra Raj Panday (rep), Four countries issue travel alerts: Advise their respective citizens to exercise high degree of caution when in Nepal, by Kriti Bhuju (rep)

21/01/2015: 8 parties firm on questionnaire panel (kp), Ruling alliance asks oppn to join constitution drafting process (rep), CA obstruction by Maoist, Madhesi parties remains (kp), Oppn to continue obstruction in CA (rep), Maoist-led alliance disrupts CA, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Statute-making in confrontation mode after opposition turns unruly (rep), CA vandalism draws criticisms on social media (kp), Who resorted to brawl in CA? (kp), Ruling and opposition parties engage in blame-game: 19-party alliance ready to probe fracas inside CA Hall, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CA secretariat to probe into CA scuffle (rep), Nembang seeks report on damage caused (ht), Bringing down the house: We take a dim view of violence inside and outside CA to extract concessions (kp), Nationwide strike runs into stiff resistance: Dozens injured in clashes between enforcers and defiers (rep), Bandh enforcers target media persons (ht), Attacks on media condemned (kp), Bandh enforcers attack Dahal’s security: Janardan Sharma hit on head, rushed to hospital; APF sub-inspector injured in scuffle (kp), 15 vehicles vandalised‚ 25 held (ht), Banda enforcers attack Banda protestors (rep), Banda brings nation to a halt (kp), Whose commissions? The politically-controlled transitional justice commissions offer little hope for victims of the conflict, by Ram Bhandari (kp), Democracy and the oligarchs: Despite the country inching towards a full democracy, the structure of Nepali politics remains oligarchic, by Janak Raj Joshi (kp), House Bedlam, Opposition Falls To New Low, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Stop tomfoolery: Leaders fooled voters during election campaign; The betrayed people by failing to deliver timely constitution, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Perpetuating status quo: Those with privileges have hijacked constitutional deliberations, sidelining the marginalized voices, by Chaitanya Subba (rep)

20/01/2015: CA members clash during session: Nembang defers meeting till 1pm after Maoist and Madhesi representatives protest call to propose motion violently, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Oppn throws chairs as ruling parties sit by, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Dahal warns against vote (kp), Voting last resort: Oli; ‘No new govt before statute promulgation’ (kp), UML’s Rai, Sunuwar against identity-based federalism (ht), NEFIN ‘flexible’ on nos, name of states (kp), No agreement on forms of governance: Dahal says CA process can begin if parties agree on federalism (ht), Youth groups campaign for citizenship through mother (kp), Playing with fire: Govt must be cautious, but restrained, about ensuring security before Jan 22 (kp), Beyond constitution. Issues related to the constitution have been seen from lenses that suit individuals rather than the nation, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Magh 8: A Deadline Or Deadly-line?, by Nahendra Khadka (rn), Agitations pose threat to capital’s greenery (ht), Political infiltration marring traditional practices (ht), Pie in the sky: The country is likely to remain in limbo for foreseeable future; The problem, it seems, will be resolved only with emergence of a strongman, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Disappointing drama: Consensus call of the opposition and ruling parties' demand for voting process have embittered the common public, by Bhagirath Basnet (rep), Bring the draft: Constitution that doesn not address contentious issues and lacks consent of parties to CA will raise the question of legitimacy, by Alok Pokharel (rep)

19/01/2015: CA deliberation on CPDCC report ends (ht), Parties ‘closing gap’ on statute disputes: Mull over compromise for five disputed districtsn: Once federalism issue is resolved, others ‘manageable’, by Pranab Kharel and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Parties inching towards consensus, say leaders, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Parties defer 'decisive course' for today: leaders claim they are close to consensus, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), High expectations, big preparations all in vain, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Constitution capers (rep) [photo feature], Point of some return: Best course of action is still to attempt to reach consensus by January 22 (kp), Leaders’ love for 5 districts at heart of federal row (kp), Five disputed districts could be governed by Centre, interview with Shekhar Koirala, Nepai Congress (kp), Oppn holds firm against voting (kp), Make tomorrow’s bandh successful: UCPN-M (ht), Plea to call off bandh (ht), FNCCI urges parties to withdraw strike (ht), Folks rally against strike in Pokhara (ht), NEFIN asks UML to abide by past deals (kp), Ensure Janajatis’ rights, NEFIN tells UML chief (ht), RPP-N pickets Assembly demanding referendum (kp), Cops, RPP-N cadres clash (ht), Police charge batons at RPP-N cadres (rep), TRC process ‘unilateral’ (kp), Paradigm shift: Without a fundamental shift in the way politics is approached, it is difficult to see a new constitution, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Parties' Flawed Stances And Failures, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Youth Parliament unveils dummy constitution, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Road to uncertainty: If this CA also fails to promulgate the statute, Nepal's constitution will never be written by an elected assembly, by Ramesh Nath Pandey (rep) [The author is a staunch monarchist and served Gyanendra at times of his royal putsch!], Prithvi's legacy: There has been conspicuous lack of objective evaluation and informed debate about the builder of modern Nepal, by Deependra Adhikari (rep) [Prithvi Narayan's forceful unification laid the foundation for Nepal's independence, but part of his legacy is also the current state non-inclusion, social stratification and injustice!!], The Madhesh Question: Eight years after Madhesh uprising, Madheshis are still waiting; The long silence doesn't imply the externalized population of the country has been silenced, by C.K. Lal (rep)

18/01/2015: Prez urges statute in consensus (kp), Prez urges parties to moderate stances (ht), On defaulting Jan 22, parties to issue vow paper (kp) [They should better implement their vows of 2005 and 2006!!], Voting process could start if bid to forge consensus fails: NC, UML for commission to decide boundaries of provinces (ht), Rift widens as lawmakers trade barbs (kp), Confrontation looming large at CA, says Dahal (ht), Dahal prods civil society (kp), Explosives, pistol recovered after blast (kp), Constituent Assembly, To Write Statute Or Spill Blood?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

17/01/2015: Federalism issue divides Constituent Assembly (kp), Federal model separating hills from Tarai unacceptable: Oli (rep), Nembang to petitioners: No patience for accord (kp), Ruling parties, oppn on collision course: CA chair preparing to form a committee for drafting questionnaire to settle contentious matters, by Prakash Acharya (ht), 413 lawmakers press forputting disputed issues to vote (ht), 413 CA members submit signatures to press for Jan 22 (rep), UCPN-M adamant on consensus: To urge Constituent Assembly to fall back on CPDCC if talks fail (ht), 22 per cent hotel bookings cancelled due to strikes (ht), Lake City entrepreneurs to launch campaign against shutdowns, strikes (ht), Ruling parties float new model on forms of govt, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), ‘Deuba’s advice can be mooted’ (kp) [Politicians have often proved before that they do not (want to) know what is written in the interim constitution!!], Transitional justice bodies: AWC flays formation process (kp)

16/01/2015: Lawmakers push for a compromise: Warn party leadership that hasty CA process, threats of two-thirds majority will only lead to renewed dispute (kp), UML for taking dialogue, voting process together (kp) [??], UML ready for PR seats in Lower House: NC, UML for endorsing political proposal at one go (rep), CA chair in bid to get top leaders to talk: Ruling parties to start the process of putting their seven-state proposal to vote today (ht), UML for direct vote onfederal structure models (ht), Cong lawmakers stress on consensus efforts (ht), UCPN (Maoist) caught between rock and hard place, by Ashok Dahal (rep), UCPN (M) to make ‘all-out effort’ to block CA process, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Joint taskforce formed for protest (kp), Dahal to lead unified movement, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Madhesi parties mull own protest programme (kp), CA positions put NEFIN in dilemma (kp), CPN-UML leadership supports ‘or’ provision (kp) [Nepali women who are married to foreigners threaten national security, but Nepali men who are married to foreign women don't??? What kind of patriarchal thinking!!], UML finally agrees to citizenhip through descent from mom, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), Always in limbo:  Governance cannot be postponed forever in the name of transition (kp), Je suis Gangamaya: You will write the constitution if you understand the needs of conflict victims and the Tarai’s poor, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), A temporary solution: If consensus cannot be reached, temporary provisions could be included in the constitution to be evaluated later, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (kp), No downside to diversity: Diversity in the workplace promotes sustainable growth, increases productivity, and provides businesses with a competitive advantage, by Man Bahadur BK (kp), Peace Constitution Best Suits Nepal, by Rajendra Senchurey (rn), There’s lots of sizzle, but where’s the steak? Despite a huge fund of international goodwill, leaders are floundering, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Overemphasis on consensus: Limiting the people’s verdict, by Narendra Raj Paudel (ht), Uncertainty over new statute: How long can Nepal afford to remain in political transition?, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Who cares about the constitution? Nepalis are more concerned about inflation, unemployment, corruption, lack of water and electricity than the constitution, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Beyond the deadline: People won’t be coming on to the streets even if parties miss the 22 January cutoff, by Anurag Acharya (nt), Confusing Leaders, by Tilak Rawal (sp), Who & what is Nepali?, by Hemang Dixit (sp)

15/01/2015: Ruling parties, Nembang  gear up for CA process, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC, CPN-UML to adopt ‘fast-track’ model for statute (kp), NC for deciding proposals in entirety at CA: UML also ready to drop questionaire idea (ht) [This is not an idea but a fundamental constitutional regulation!!!], NC, UML for first draft by Jan 22, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Opposition alliance, CPN-Maoist, Janajatis to launch joint protest (kp), ‘People won’t accept statute sans consesnsus’ (kp), Agitation will continue: Dahal (ht), It’s not all over: Oppn must believe they can fight for broadbased constitution within CA (kp), RPP-N demands referendum for constitution (kp), RPP-N seeks referendum on disputed issues (ht), CA will lose legitimacy after Jan-22: RPP-N (rep) [???], CA chairman fears delay in constitution (ht), CA meeting postponed till Friday (rep), Make statute through compromise: UN; Visiting UN representative Feltman tells the ruling parties to be more inclusive; urges the opposition to stay in the process (kp), Stop using threatening tone: Feltman; ‘Walkout or enforced vote on disputed issues won’t help’, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), UN for timely statute through 'compromise', by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Government set to step up security (kp), The 90pc and other numbers: Numbers have long been used in the discussion over federalism, but they have not always been objective, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Constitution writing in jeopardy: Narrow interests main hurdle, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Red dwarf: Prachanda is unlikely to agree to any NC-UML proposal that does not acknowledge his outsized role in the peace and constitution process, by Biswas Baral (rep), Draft constitution possible in a week, interview with Purna Man Shakya (rep)

14/01/2015: PDCC report in CA amid Maoist, Madhesi boycott, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA convened sans protesting parties: First time any political force has boycotted Constituent Assembly meeting, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Ruling parties to press CA to take decisive course: CA meeting convened in absence of opposition parties, by Thira L. Bhusal and Ashok Dahal (rep), Banda paralyses life, sees sporadic violence (kp), Banda affects normal life across country: 11 vehicles vandalized, 78 banda enforcers arrested (rep), Stop it: The banda culture (rep), Bandh affects normal life; 69 held, freed (ht), Bandh continues in Tarai region: Post-mortem of Jha’s body performed; Cops, protesters clash (ht), Parties revert to bandas after failing to find common ground (kp), RPP-N declares Stir against ruling parties (kp), Protests Aggravate Consensus Prospect, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn) [?? A one-sided argument!], Lingden’s rider for ending 30-party agitation (ht), CA chairman cheated us,says 19-party alliance (ht), Top UN official Feltman here, meets leaders (kp), UN under-secy-gen stresses consensus, constitution, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Yadav and Kumal nominated to CA (kp), Kumal, Yadav sworn in as CA members (ht), UML blocks proposal to issue citizenship through mothers, by Weena Pun (kp) [Nepal is a patriarchal country and predominantly is the property of male Bahuns, and that's that!], The grand inclusion project: Economic exclusion precludes the majority from opportunities afforded by social and political inclusion, by Ram C. Acharya (kp), Christian by choice: Nepal’s democracy cannot be divorced from respect of human conscience and the freedom of opinion, by Jagdish Adhikari (kp)

13/01/2015: Too far gone: As a host of factors have fed mutual mistrust among the ruling and opposition parties, a constitution by January 22 is now officially impossible, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Constitution unlikely by Jan 22: Consensus bid fails but parties agree on including the provision to issue citizenship in the name of mother in the new statute, by Prakash Acharya and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), With no consensus still, big 2 prepare to push for vote, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Parties ask their CA members not to leave capital till Jan 22 (rep), Deuba for adopting Interim Constitution (ht), Deuba proposes Interim Constitution minus 'Interim' (rep), Consensus efforts fail, tussle in CA imminent, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML to opt forprocess in case consensus fails (ht), UML remains firm on 7 states (kp) [including: NEFIN says it is against single identity], Banda brings life to a halt in districts (kp), Strike to continue today,as protester dies (ht), Locals defy banda called by 30-party alliance, by Barun Paneru (rep), Traders retaliate against bandh (ht), Statute agenda as UN official visits: Division director of Political Dept in town meeting leaders (kp), Citizenship by descent: Leaders pledge to empower mother (kp), CA fails to endorse proposal for citizenship through mother (rep), TRC/CED appointments: Recommendation committee announces candidates’ roster (kp) [Thank god, more than half of them ar Bahuns once again!!], Shortlist for TRC members released (ht), Moving forward: We can put state restructuring at hold while clearly mentioning in the statute that it shall be carried on in the future, by Ajit N.S. Thapa (rep)

12/01/2015: Decision time: Constitution writing process (rep), ‘No headway in ending row’ (kp), Leaders lose hope of statute by Jan 22 (rep) [It's a question of will, not hope!!], Over 300 MPs push for voting procedure: NC, UML to table proposal for preparing preliminary draft (kp), NC, UML intensify signature drive: For settling disputed issues through voting if no consensus (ht) [Even though the male Tagadhari leaders have cheated the idea of inclusion in the November 2013 elections, it will be difficult to find a two-thirds majority for their non-inclusive proposal in CA-II!], Banda affects life in East, West (kp), Double bandh hits life hard in several districts (ht), Strike cripples normal life, by Bhanu Bhakta Niraula (ht), March of protest: As Jan 22 nears, govt can do a lot to maintain social harmony (kp), Dahal proposes forming youth force for retaliation (rep), Parties stuck on geography of five districts (ht), UN representative hopes for constitution on basis of consensus (ht), Final countdown: The present deadlock is simply the offshoot of the denial of the Constituent Assembly’s autonomy, by Surendra Bhandari (kp), CA Heading Towards The Process, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), NC-UML coalition will continue until the constitution is written, interview with Pradeep Gyawali (kp), Demand to make citizenship accessible (ht), SC favors citizenship through mother, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Loose tongue: KP Oli's recent Freudian slip could have far-reaching consequences in national politics, by Mukesh Khanal (rep)

11/01/2015: Accord only way for ‘timely draft’: Time running out for statute draft after vote on disputes (kp), Big Three tryingto work outpackage deal (ht), NC, UML seek fringe parties’ support in CA (ht), No haste for prime minister’s post: Oli (kp), I’m in no hurry to become PM: KP OliSays his only concern is to end the country’s transition (ht), Organised crime in guise of political outfit, say police: Police suspect the group could also have been backed by mainstream political parties, by Lawadev Dhungana (kp), Citizenship through mum: Petitions handed over to embassies (kp), Down to the wire: The ruling parties’ willpower to promulgate the statute through a vote and the opposition’s ability to foil the move will determine the fate of the constitution, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp) [The question should be: Is the proposal of the ruling parties worth to justify the Maoist insurgency, the royal putsch and almost nine years of peace and constitutional process? The answer is short: No!!!], Status of Madhes Before Unification: Debunking Some Heresies, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Prithvi Narayan Shah: Monster Of Injustice, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

10/01/2015: Janajatis stage protest for identity-based federalism in statute (ht), Bhattarai asked to draft accord paper by Sunday (kp) [Accord with the so far excluded sections of society or accord among the the male Bahun leaders and some other Tagadharis???], CPDCC asks chiefs of big 4 to settle disputes: Proposal to delineate ethnicity-based provinces major roadblock: Nepal (rep), Leaders claim bid to forge consensus on (ht), ‘Voting process begins if no deal’ (kp), Banda affects eastern districts (kp), In Jan 22 run up, govt plugs security holes (kp), Police step up surveillance (ht), Set fresh CA calender ifconsensus fails: Oppn, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Consensus Vs Process, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), For a Hindu state: Pro Hindu groups believe Nepal was declared a secular state under the designs of western powers and radical communists, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep) [Only the not exluded sections of society from which alone the state elites recrute want the Hindu state back! The majority knows that the combination of state and Hindu religion has been the main reason for their exclusion!!]

09/01/2015: CA debate on CPDCCreport concludes (ht), CA sends issues to PDCC, again: Dialogue Committee gets 5 days to forge consensus (kp), CA to send disputed issues to CPDCC again: Schedules its next meeting for January 13, the daypanel has to submit its report after discussion, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), At last, it's back to CPDCC again (rep), Oli refuses to apologize (rep), Madhesi Morcha boycotts cross-party meeting (kp), Spanner in the works: UML-Madhesi dispute adds new uncertainty to constitution negotiations, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Tuladhar-led Janajati front plans further stir (kp), Raut’s arrest prompts clash; KTV journo hurt, by Shankar Acharya (kp), Raut’s supporters clash withcops in Birgunj; eight injured (ht), Chand proposes armed revolt, by Durga Lal KC (kp), Chand proposes 'PLA' revival, by Devendra Basnet (rep), State restructuring debate: Drive to retain East, Far West districts (kp), Citizenship through mother: 2000 signatures submitted to CA chair, by Chahana Sigdel (kp), Most of the people: Given complexities of the federalism debate, it would be wise to opt for practical, not absolute, consensus, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Nembang’s words and spirit: Incompatible with each other, by Birendra P. Mishra (kp), Sky won’t fall but that’s not the point, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

08/01/2015: Fly in the ointment: Attempts to push through a majority constitution would be gross myopia (kp), Indigenous leaders of ruling parties to push their agenda (ht), Groups up pressure over federal concerns (rep), Oli-Madhesis standoff derails ‘crucial’ meeting: Madhes parties demand UML chief; Oli ‘was reiterating’ party stance (kp), Madhesi parties’ front miffed at CPN-UML: To boycott inter-party talks if Oli does not apologise (ht), Parties for finding common ground (kp) [???], CPDCC may get chance to forge consensus, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Parties mull sending disputes back to CPDCC yet again (rep), Chand demands lion’s share in power corridor (ht), Chand: Revolution against capitalism is inevitable, by Durga Lal KC (kp), Human rights action plan out; promises better implementation (kp), Not just houses, mend torn hearts also, by Benupraj Bhattarai (rep), Agitation for intact far-west gaining momentum (ht), Give and take: If a few districts in the west or east need breaking up for the constitution to be written, break them up, by Pramod Mishra (kp), CA Chairman’s Challenging Proposal, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Forget deadline: Deadlines are good as long as they serve the purpose; In Nepal's constitutional process breach of deadlines has become a routine, by Tika P. Dhakal (rep), Party chairmanship is not enough for Prachanda, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (rep)

07/01/2015: Few come to Occupy Baneshwor: NEFIN, ethnic bodies do not attend protest led by Padma Ratna Tuladhar, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), NC, UML lawmakers against dividing eastern districts (kp), ‘No separation of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari from Koshi’ (ht), Country heading towards crisis, warns Nembang (kp), Grave situation awaits nation, says Nembang (ht), Ruling parties to make last ditch attempt at consensus, today (kp), Parties set to hold decisive talks today, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [Suggestions made by ruling parties cannot be called flexible! There is absolutely no movement in any of the decisive issues!], Process versus consensus in CA: Debate centred around how to deal with disputed issues (ht), Ruling parties in regressive mode: Bhattarai (ht), Dahal tells CA members to be prepared for struggle ahead (ht), KJWP submit weapons to govt (ht), Transitional justice bodies: Victims demand transparency (kp), Deadlock and deadline: Sidelining moderate voices will provide more space for radical elements to take advantage, by Dipendra Jha (kp) [Those who try to exclude moderates and traditionally excluded sections of society are part of the radical elements!!], Living together: The quest today concerns maintaining a balance between Nepal’s unity and recognising its huge diversity, by Gérard Toffin (kp), Parties In Last Hour Rush, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Now or never: If there will be no constitution now there is unlikely to be one in the next three years; If January 22 deadline is missed, many things will be lost to it, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

06/01/2015: Oppn unveils stance on statute contention (kp), Dahal-led front moots nine-point proposal (ht), CA chairman at a loss (kp), Nembang flooded with calls, SMSes: Some callers want CA to update public every two days about the progress made, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Women politicians should press for their rights: BRB (kp), Victims cry they were excluded (kp), The disappearance of Tej Bahadur Bhandari: Thirteen years on, the wife and children of a retired school teacher from Lamjung have been looking for answers as to what happened to him after he was accosted by security personnel, blindfolded, and thrown into a police van, by Darshan Karki (kp), Nurturing democracy: Only competent and honest representatives can safeguard democratic norms, resulting in healthy politics and a stable government, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Army to take care of essential supplies to Valley (ht), Nepal at crossroads: Although Nepal is a multiethnic and multilingual nation, we tolerate discrimination of citizens based on caste, creed and color, by Kedar Maharjan (rep)

05/01/2015: One big problem: Constitution through consensus is the only way to draft a legitimate statute (kp) [But the consensus must be among the inclusively elected CA members, not among the male Tagadhari party leaders!!], Talks on track, say leaders (kp) [???], Leave drafting to CA panel: Sitaula (kp), Oppn to table stance on disputed issues (kp), Dhungana, Mallik listed for TRC, CED jobs (kp), Delayed Constitution Writing And CA Chair's Proposal, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Political anxiety disorder: The bluff of thwo-third majority is unlikely to matter to groups that have almost no stake in stability of the existing system, by C.K. Lal (rep)

04/01/2015: Demand for statute in consensus: Oppn alliance holds nationwide protests (kp), 30-party front for 10-Pradesh model (ht), Dahal for peace, statute together (kp) [??], Major forces claim deal in two days (ht) [Ridiculous!!], Police thwart CK Raut’s address (kp) [And when will you start to thwart Kamal Thapa's addresses??], Last call The ruling coalition must respect the people’s mandate and stick to its multi-ethnic model of federalism, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), State Restructuring: Why Fuss Over Five Districts, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Power on paper: Women should be made part of all decision-making bodies to uproot patriarchy, by Sharmila Thapa (kp), Law proposes pardon for convicts (ht)

03/01/2015: Uncertainty over statute by Jan 22 looms large (ht), Nembang's proposal gets mixed reaction (rep), Parties seek deal ‘in earnest’ (kp), CA chair’s call stokes ‘serious discussions: ’Major forces make bid for consensus, but fail yet again (ht), NC cautious about authorising Nembang (kp), Matter of issuing statute draft  merely a proposal: Nembang (kp), UCPN (M) says CA chair has no right (kp), UCPN-Maoist spokesman lashes out at CA chairman: Says Nembang cannot seek authority to prepare preliminary draft of statute (ht) [The CA chairman has definitely more authority concerning constituion writing than any party leader! The writing of the constitution is the job of inclusively elected representatives of the peoples without orders from party leaders!!!], PAPAD to press leaders, CA chair (ht), Janajati academicians call for consensus-based statute (ht), RPP-N warns of another protest for Hindu state (kp), State of dysfunction: Nepal has failed to understand that its public administration is a relic of the past and built for an economy and society it never had, by Mukul Sharma (rep)

02/01/2015: Taskless force: If it’s the top leaders who decide everything in secret, what is the point having a Dialogue Committee, a Task Force or even an elected Constituent Assembly? (nt) [This has been my saying for years! Everything the leading politicians have done or said concerning constitution writing is anti-constitutional, anti-national and in grave violation of a number of common agreements!!!], CA chairman seeks power to bring out prelim draft (kp), Nembang seeks mandate to draft new statute, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Can prepare draft of constitution in 14 days: CA chair, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht) [And why is it completely undecided after almost 7 years???], Govt tightens screws on criminal case withdrawal (kp), Lawati-led Janajati front to hold nationwide protest next week (kp), INNM to launch ‘Occupy Baneshwor’ on Jan 5: Announces protests to ensure identity-based federalism (ht), Reinstate Hindu state or hold referendum, demands RPP-N (kp), Constitution In Three Weeks, Is It Possible?, Bishnu Prasad Gautam (rn), The women warriors: Their story isn't going to end soon, by Deepak Adhikari (rep), Some are more equal than others: The pros and cons of ‘positive discrimination’, by David Seddon (nt)

01/01/2015: Stepping back: Rather than progressing, Nepal regressed in 2014 (kp), A year lost year as issues, amibitions unresolved, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Wrong side of history: Refusal of CA members to say anything on moral grounds is equivalent to selling their own and rights of all others, by Lhamo Yangchen Sherpa (kp), CA members to press top leaders for timely statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), CA continues CPDCC report debate (ht), Lawmakers to press top leaders for constitution (ht), NC to support ca chairman’s bid to cut process short (kp), CABAC meeting fails to move forward as KP Oli plays truant (ht), Rationale Behind Formation Of Task Force Not Justified, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Federalism row over six Tarai districts: Madhes-based parties say units may be split, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Children write to CA calling for ensuring their rights in statute (ht), FRA to go ahead with protests (ht), Oppn to take talks, protests together (kp), Not free yet: Safety and security of journalists remained a challenge in Nepal throughout the past year, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), '14‚ a mixed-bag year for journalists: Press freedom violations reported, says Freedom Forum (ht), Democratic State Building: Participatory Institutions Important, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

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