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Background:

30/06/2016: Fragile states index 2016: Nepal on par with Yemen, Somalia; Among the 12 indicators, Nepal has scored a very high  9.5 out of 10 for Group Grievances (kp), House convenes after deal on housing grant: Govt agrees to release Rs 200,000 aid to quake victims in two tranches, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Earthquake victims to get Rs 150,000 in first tranche: NC ends House obstruction (rep), New agreement could further delay grant distribution, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Temporary relief: Govt, opposition have agreed on releasing reconstruction money but that’s a small step (kp), Donors warn of pulling plug on support programme: Express serious concerns about quality of construction, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), NRA signs aid deal with over 180k families (kp), Government has not prepared environment for talks yet: Yadav (ht), Baidya Maoists for ‘new people’s revolt’ (kp), Foreign lives, Nepali bodies: It is a shame that Nepal has not signed any of the treaties relevant to migrant workers, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

29/06/2016: Madhes parties serve mid-July ultimatum (kp), Parties unable to break Parliament deadlock (kp), TJ bills will be tabled soon, says law minister (kp), Rana vows to implement gender rights in Nepal (kp), Elections Will Ensure Statute’s Merit, by Narayan Upadhyay (kp), Floodwater enters quake-hit school, disrupts classes (ht) [Many thanks to this irresponsible and incompetent government and adminstration!], Quake relief likely in two instalments: Victim families likely to receive Rs 1.5 lakh followed by Rs 50,000, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Few takers for subsidized quake loans to rebuild homes, by Sagar Ghimire (rep), State funding for elections: Money and muscle, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

28/06/2016: Transitional justice: The notion that a process that excludes  victims will address their needs is a fantasy, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Transitional justice: At least 15 plaints registered against Col Kumar Lama, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), Laws must be in place first to hold polls: EC; PM Oli visits commission office to enquire about its preparedness, by Pratichya Dulal (kp) [Govt and politicians think they can run the state by declarations and statements!], India says ready to supply more electricity to Nepal: Calls on Nepali side to construct sub-station at Dhalkebar at the earliest, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Housing grant distribution: Panel formed to end deadlock (kp), Parties form task force to help end House disruption, by Prakash Acharya (ht), TMLP chairman hints at unification of Madhesi parties to boost protest (kp), ‘Govt bent on splitting alliance’ (kp), Domino effect: Brexit vote need not be taken as an inspiration for referendum in Nepal (kp)

27/06/2016: NC rallies over payment mode for housing grant (kp), NRA says lump sum not possible, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Govt ‘ill-prepared’ to tackle landslide disaster in quake-affected districts (kp), Clarion call for endorsing pending anti-torture bill, by Dewan Rai (kp), Dr KC to protest against anti-graft body chief Karki (kp), Beyond mandate: There has been a growing tendency among  national institutions to exceed their bounds (kp), CIAA condemns Dr KC's demand seeking impeachment motion against Karki: Suggests mental health treatment to Dr KC (kp), SSFN awaits invite for dialogue (kp), No talks on rewriting statute, says Minister Rai (ht), House obstructed yet again, NC accuses PM of being indifferent (kp), Three’s a crowd: Nepal’s dream of becoming a bridge between China and India may remain elusive; India’s presumptive yet perennial  allegation that Nepal often played the ‘China card’ ultimately proved self- fulfilling, albeit with the script  a bit altered, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Rule Of Anarchy, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

26/06/2016: House likely to be deferred again over rebuilding delay: Nepali Congress adamant on getting its concerns addressed before Parliament resumes business, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), After unity govt refrain, Maoists changing tune: Leaders say party exploring possibilities of major political realignment (kp), Budhigandaki project-displaced eligible for rebuilding grant (kp) [??], Security tight after Chand Maoist threat (kp), Not so new: Bhattarai’s initiative has shown some promising signs, but it is beset by significant challenges, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Misplaced priorities: Prime Minister Oli would do well to reflect upon his tenure and set his priorities accordingly, by Mukesh Jha (kp), Emotionally Unified Nepal Is Here!, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [??], ‘Lasting peace not possible without ending inequalities’, by Prakash Acharya (ht)

25/06/2016: Parliament session put off until tomorrow after NC obstruction (kp), , Housing aid distribution to speed up (kp), Rethinking Nepal’s Foreign Employment Policy, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Brexit may bolster radical elements in Nepal (ht), Talks if government prepares environment, says Mahato (ht)

24/06/2016: Some men never changeTop male politicians are trying to undo the rights given to women by the constitution, by Asmita Verma (kp), Widows demand economic empowerment (ht), Women still waiting to rebuild homes and lives: Women survivors of the earthquake struggle to cope with grief, loneliness and government neglect, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt), Engendering relief: After the earthquake we need to rebuild better, not just houses but also lives, by Sangita Theba Limbu (nt), Kabul incident a grim reminder: At least 10,000 Nepali migrants have died on foreign soil since 2000, over 5,000 in the last five years, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Kabul incident: It is not only the Nepali state but a host of stakeholders that are responsible for the tragedy, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Remittances Don’t Come Without Bloodshed, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), PHSC starts its work, finally (kp), NC demands specifics on reconstruction delay, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [This may sound reasonable but the question remains why this party as well did nothing when it was leading the government!!], ‘Arrest fear’ cited for cancelled tour: Maoist Centre chief Dahal cancels Australia trip at the last moment, by Dewan Rai (kp) [Obviously, he feels guilty!], Party cadres abusing electoral constituency development programme (ht) [This is deliberate corruption parties and politicians!!]

23/06/2016: Critics question CIEDP approach, by Dewan Rai (kp), Victim wrongs: Secrecy shrouding sexual assault cases has prevented understanding of 10-year conflict (kp), NRA flooded with 73,187 complaints, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Monsoon adds to earthquake victims’ woes (ht), Glimmers of hope: Bhattarai’s party alone can forge a common front with the Janajatis and Madhesis to unite the country, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Out-Oliing Oli!, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), NC’s Kul Bahadur Gurung elected PHSC chairman (kp), Dahal, Deuba dwell on ‘consensus govt’ (kp), EC moots public funding for parties, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Widow woes: Widows are discounted in statistics, neglected by authorities and lost within the homogeneous women population, by Sumeera Shrestha (kp)

22/06/2016: Sexual violence victims wary of case, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), House meeting: Ministers flayed for ‘anti-charter’ acts (kp), House panel lists bases for local body restructuring (kp), Bases for new local administrative units suggested (ht), Govt forms team to review online media directive: Govt agrees to form review team after journalists flay the clauses contradicting the constitution (kp), Dream of a golden future: Fundamental reforms of the political parties are necessary if we are to ensure democracy and development, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp)

21/06/2016: PHSC to elect chairperson tomorrow (kp), Security, facilities for former VIPs unjustifiable: House panel, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Govt rapped for delayed reconstruction: Parliamentary debate on the appropriation bill commences (ht), Complaint against BRB at TRC (ht), Madhesh blues: What to expect; The Constitution of Nepal has ensured reservation to deprived groups, women, Madhesis, indigenous people and the needy ones. How many Chepangs, Rautes, Muslims, Musahars, Rajbanshis have benefited?, by Dipendra Gautam (ht)

20/06/2016: House rules passed, finally: Hearing committee formation opens door for endorsement of judge, ambassador nominees, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Parliament forms 15-member PHSC, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Govt spells plan to implement statute (ht), Govt tables Charter plan in House (kp), What Nepalese Newspapers Write, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), NC files war crime plaint against Dahal (kp), MJF-L refutes withdraw claims: Senior leaders say the party will continue its support to Oli-led govt (kp), ‘Amend statute to resolve Madhes issues’ (ht), Bid to restrain online media draws flak (kp), Pressing the freedom: New online media directive could seriously endanger press freedom (kp)

19/06/2016: War era atrocities: Victims implicate top Maoist, govt leaders, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), 33 percent women in parliament: Fears of representation turning into tokenism, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Help reaches very few survivors even as 2nd monsoon begins (kp), Maoist Centre in bid to take a leaf out of CPN-UML book?, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Ruling coalition, NC agree to pass parliament regulations (ht), NBA to facilitate talks between government and Madhesi parties (ht), Realigning justice: Implementing the constitution and consolidating democracy are not possible without a functional judiciary, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp), Corruption vs anti-corruption: Both bribe takers and givers may benefit from a transaction but it is society that suffers, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Bhattarai’s new challenges: You can do a lot of things on paper but when it comes to people, it is always trust that matters, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp)

18/06/2016: Govt treasury surplus reaches all-time high: Sluggish capital expenditure leaves over Rs 200 billion in state coffers, by Mukul Humagain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Against the background of the people's sufferings and urgend needs, this is a fundamental humanitarian crime for which the irresponsible politicians and administrators should stand trial!], House reconstruction programme: Guthi land dwellers could miss out on aid; The National Reconstruction Authority has announced  to distribute house reconstruction aid to only those quake survivors who have land deeds (kp), Morcha preconditions may affect poll plans (kp), Elections not possible without consensus: NC, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Old wine in a new bottle: An appealing prospect that is hollow from within,  how long will people believe in Naya Shakti?, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Guffadi (kp)

17/06/2016: TRC extends deadline for filing complaints: Chairman Gurung says they considered conflict victims’ requests and feedback from districts for the decision (kp), Cabinet approves roadmap to hold 3 elections in 18 months: Experts say polls difficult without getting political and legal basis right, by Anil Giri (kp), Driven to despair, by Anup Ojha (kp)

16/06/2016: Over 700 war crimes reported in Banke: The deadline for registering complaints on war-era crimes ends today (kp), TRC may give more time to file plaints: To finalise directives in up to 10 days (ht), Earthquake victims: Lawmakers fight over verification process (kp), Misplaced charity: NC’s criticism of government irregularities in reconstruction needs serious attention (kp), Gorkha construction company under scrutiny (ht), Give migrants their due: The least the government could do is make migration a pleasant experience, at least while departing and arriving, by Deepak Thapa (kp), UDMF, Federal Alliance vie for ownership of safe landing, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), Implementation Of The Constitution, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Civil Society In Nepal: Role In Democratisation Of The State, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Billions for local roads in home districts of bigwigs, by Rudra Pangeni (rep)

15/06/2016: Plaint filed against sitting minister at TRC, by Dewan Rai (kp), Book Muktinath’s killers, say kin, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Family of murdered teacher Muktinath Adhikari files complaint at TRC (rep), Quake victims to be hit hard again this monsoon, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Main oppn to ratchet up pressure on govt: Says UML has over-politicised reconstruction work, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), NC for providing reconstruction grant immediately in lump sum (rep), NC set to obstruct House proceedings: Party lawmakers to seek govt’s assurance in relief and reconstruction for quake victims, by Prakash Acharya (ht), "Demarcations on the basis of first CA report", political understandings (rep), 73 children, women rescued from Birgunj in 3 months: Most of the victims are from quake-affected districts: Police, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Still talking: Caste-based discrimination and untouchability persist in different parts of Nepal despite efforts to promote equality, by Kirpa Ram Bishwakarma (kp), Dr. Bhattarai And New Party, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Is tolerance of corruption increasing in Nepali society?, by Siromani Dhungana (rep)

14/06/2016: Too scared to talk: Conflict victims face a number challenges and receive threats when giving testimony, by Suman Adhikari (kp), Procedural ambiguity halts TRC probe, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Dad of disappeared seeks action against Bhairavnath: Also implicates ex-king, top political leaders (rep), Reconstruction aid list: 14,000 quake-displaced in Dolakha lodge complaints, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), 15 months after killer quake, Bungamati still in ruins: Let down by govt apathy, victims move back into damaged houses, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Paltry compensation leaves drought-hit locals aghast, by Krishna Oli (rep), Constitution not progressive enough: Women rights activists (ht), Free the kids: By looking the other way, government bodies have abetted child exploitation (kp), Agitating parties dismiss govt call to hold dialogue: Gathabandhan puts forth 3 preconditions for talks (kp), Police restructuring proposal could create conflict: Experts, by Manish Gautam (kp), 7 Chand Maoist cadres held on arson charge (kp), Constituency dev grants spent on many projects, by Khagendra Awasthi (kp), Put System In Place, by Prem Khatry (kp), Local elections must to speed up reconstruction work, say experts (ht), Powerholders seek excessive facilities: Ex-dignitaries preventing House panel intervention with regard to perks, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Financial inclusion: Way forward, by Binod Atreya (ht)

13/06/2016: CIEDP extends time for filing cases: Two-month deadline seems to be inadequate, says commission, by Dewan Rai (kp), CIEDP extends complaints deadline: Receives 589 more complaints than data on disappeared, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Many earthquake survivors not on housing aid list, by Anish Tiwari (kp), New force here to face challenges, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), After the party: Bhattarai’s new party Naya Shakti Nepal is an intriguing experiment (kp), Naya Shakti And The Old Legacy, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Baburam’s Naya Shakti Nepal launched, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Birth Of A New Party, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

12/06/2016: Stalled negotiation: Government, agitating Federal Alliance engaged in blaming each other (kp), Chand Maoists torch 10 Ncell base towers: Telecom company says about 250k customers hit (kp), Properties of Ncell under attack in six districts (ht), MJF-L eyes way out of govt: Dev (kp), Nuwakot quake survivors seek land to build homes, by Krishna Thapa (kp), How new is Naya Shakti Nepal? Constitution should be neither celebrated nor condemned; we need to implement it, but simultaneously make it more inclusive, by Hisila Yami (kp), Mellowed Maoists: Headed in all directions, will the former rebels find a clear ideological path for the masses to follow?, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Disgraceful deviation: Despite historical changes in the country, people have sensed no change in their everyday lives, by Atindra Dahal (kp), Wives may not get partition share of hubby’s property, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [??], Unity govt figures as major parties’ agenda (ht)

11/06/2016: Transitional justice: Plaints against 2 Valley district police chiefs (kp), Conflict victims demand extension of deadline (ht), Parties say national unity govt a must, disagree on way forward (kp), The waiting game: At Siru Bari, a quaint hamlet in Nuwakot ravaged by last year’s quakes, patience is wearing thin, by Dibesh Karmacharya (kp), Supreme Court warns against politicians’ comments on prioritisation of cases (ht), NC quizzes NRA CEO as it receives complaints of discrimination (ht)

10/06/2016: Doramba victims move TRC against ex-king, security officials, by Nabin Khatiwada (ht), Transitional justice: Plaint against former king, DPM Thapa, by Dewan Rai (kp), Victims call for time extension (kp), Morcha mulling over starting separate stir: Dispute creeps into Sanghiya Gathabandhan (kp), Violent cases across country: Taxi torched at Tinkune n Two Sajha buses vandalised; 99 persons rounded up in total (kp), 192 strikers arrested for engaging in arson, vandalism (rep), Govt in no hurry to implement statute!, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Formation of commissions delayed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Playing for time: Eight months into his term, Prime Minister Oli seems to have settled for just one objective: not being overthrown (nt), What about whataboutery? Identity politics is a divisive ideology that has outlived its usefulness, by Bineeta Gurung (nt), Fear and loathing: A parallel power centre is pushing the country towards a finish line that will finish us, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt)

09/06/2016: Decade-long civil war: Victims against amnesty for sex abusers (kp), Conflict victims not hopeful of justice from CIEDP, by Kokila KC (ht), WB slashes Nepal’s 2016 economy forecast to 4.7pc: Revised projection is 1.8 percentage points less than what the government has projected (kp), Maoist Centre in dilemma: Will quitting left coalition be a right decision? (kp), Child labour rife in absence of strict law: There are 1.6 million child labour in the country  out of which around 20 percent are involved in hazardous works, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Road to nowhere: The violent attack on an INGO office this week is based on a now-defunct ideology (kp), NC reminds PM delaying statute implementation (ht), Airy-fairy Announcements Won’t Work, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Nation building: Disgraceful deviation, by Atindra Dahal (ht)

08/06/2016: Transitional justice act: ‘Amendment bill to be tabled soon’; Phuyal says amendment to Transitional Justice Act will be in line with court verdicts and international practices and norms (kp), Conflict victims say they didn't file complaints out of fear, by Govinda KC (rep), Krishna Sen's wife files complaint at TRC (rep), Always pushed around: It seems the political parties, both ruling and agitating, see the Nepali people as just stepping stones to power, by Dharani Kumar Sharma (kp), Tamuwan Protest Committee starts hunger strike (ht), Agitating leaders go on relay fast (kp), Federal Alliance starts relay hunger strike (rep), Friends Turn Foes, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), The battle continues: Nation should introspect and change its attitude towards educating girls (kp), Reconstructed structures of poor quality: House panel, by Prakash Acharya (kp) [related to conflict era destructions]

07/06/2016: TRC, CIEDP upbeat over high number of complaints filed: Utterances by politicians creating dilemma for victims (rep), Honouring the code of honour: Not-so-gentlemanly agreements!, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), 5 years on, no leader, official cares for diplomatic code: Incumbent government said to be revising rules set by Khanal Cabinet before enforcement, by Anil Giri (kp), Initiate the investigation: The state should probe the killings that took place during the Tarai unrest, all of them, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Krishna Prasad's murder: Ganga Maya says her fast won’t stop, by Dewan Rai (kp), FA to start month-long hunger strike from today (ht), Housepooling plan catches city dwellers in two minds (kp), Hold feet to the fire: Government inaction on dangers posed by rain-induced disasters is criminally negligent (kp) [!!], Thinking global: People judge the success of politicians based on how their consumption patterns changed after coming into power; It is always interesting to hear former finance ministers who did not deliver on budgetary promises criticise the same mistakes the present incumbent makes , by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Lawmakers’ pay and perks set to be hiked: To draw Rs 55,225 in salary, Rs 33,700 in allowance (kp), Nation First, Or Else..., by Prem Khatry (rn), Civil Servants Vs Party Activists, by Bishnu Gautam (rn), CPN-MC against recalling its ministers: Make defiant ministers fall in line: CPN-UML, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Hindu state identity for Nepal, says RPP-N chief (ht) [Such anticonstitutional demands violate against the sentiments of Nepal's multiethnic, multireligious and multicultural society and threaten social harmony!], Docs leave as monsoon epidemics loom in quake districts: All medical doctors deployed in the quake-hit districts have now returned, by Arjun Paudel (rep), Quake victims disappointed over delay in grant distribution, by Narahari Sapkota (rep)

06/06/2016: Seven wasted months: Oli's government neither talks with Madheshi parties nor is it keen on improving Nepal's strained relations with India, by David Kainee (rep) [This has been predictable from the moment when he became PM! But the other so-called leaders are not one iota better!!], Registered cases outnumber Peace Ministry’s count: TRC chair says he won’t disappoint conflict victims, by Dewan Rai (kp), New names spring up in govt talks (kp) [None of the failed so-called leaders is of any use!!], One year later: If an historic disaster failed to drive progress in fundamental areas, one is bound to wonder if there will ever be hope for Nepal, by Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley (kp), Insecure Leftist Coalition, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Madhes movement made businesses go bust, by Mithilesh Yadav (kp)

05/06/2016: No amnesty for serious war crimes: TRC chief (ht) Pun calls for polls in package (kp), Divided we are falling: Whether politicians will tolerate unity among the civil servants remains to be seen, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Men, women and corruption: Is it women’s participation in politics that is reducing corruption or is higher corruption deterring women from entering politics?, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Maoist Centre Heading For Brinkmanship?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Let’s join hands for consensus, says CPN-UML (ht), ‘We need to be cautious of clash of big powers’ interests in Nepal’, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (ht)

04/06/2016: Cases of caste-based discrimination rarely reach court: Report; Only 45 registered in the last four years (kp), Rift rearing its ugly head in CPN-UML? PM Oli censures own party leaders for making statements against govt (kp), ‘UML ready for consensus govt’: Pokhrel says he is unaware of any any deal with CPN-MC (ht), Chand-led CPN Maoist banda affects life in 3 districts (kp), Won’t accept PM’s post without nat’l consensus: Dahal (kp) [Those who are against justice for victims are not qualified either!], How to spend a trillion rupees? How to spend a trillion rupees? The dough will be shared by everybody except the common folks; After all, isn’t that why we have a government in the first place?, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], The ‘foreign’ scarecrow, by Our political leaders are taking a leaf from the rulebook of their predecessors to hold people on a tight leash, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp)

03/06/2016: Govt pushing for pre-emptive amnesty for war crime accused: The government seems to be pushing for general amnesty even before facts are established and due process is met, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC, CIEDP may skip live testimony of top leaders for audio-visual recording, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Search for the lost trace: Even after 13 years, victims find themselvestangles in the ugly web of bureaucracy and power, by Priyanka Gurung (rep), Ex-PLA accuse govt, Maoists for misusing them during insurgency: Altogether 4009 youths who were staying inside various Maoist cantonments were termed "disqualified" on various grounds, by Gyan P, Neupane (rep), The game goes on: The Madhesi parties want to keep agitation in slow boil until the Oli coalition falls, by Navin Jha (nt), Ties between ruling partners turning sour: PM harping on ultra-nationalism to avoid consensus govt, says Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Periodic blues, by Ayushma Basnyat (rep)

02/06/2016: Victims’ plaints at CIEDP top 1,500, by Dewan Rai (kp), 96 complaints in Tanahun (kp), Girls file case at TRC against father’s killing (ht), ‘Over 230,000 Nepalis living in modern day slavery’ (kp), NC to play it by ear as Oli, Dahal bicker: UML and Maoist Centre in bid to garner Cong support to lead unity govt (kp), Irrational practice: Many women in rural Nepal are forced to live like animals due to rigid cultural and social traditions, by Shree Prasad Devkota and Dikendra Lal Dhakal (kp), NRA fails to include all affected households: Lawmakers point out discrepancies in the beneficiary survey conducted by the authority (ht), NRA survey left out many quake victims: Lawmakers, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Lamjung quake victims start building homes, by Kishan Sangeet Nepali (rep), Lawmakers misusing constituency development funds, by Upendra Yadav (rep)

01/06/2016: Study says quake-affected children undergoing various problems, by Gyan P, Neupane (rep), Empty VDC secretary posts in quake districts slow grant pay outs, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Oli, Dahal have different take on ‘gentleman’s agreement’ (kp) [This has nothing to do with gentlemen! Both are failed politicians who are greedy for power!], Oli in no hurry as coalition partners talk govt change (rep), Most ex-PLA could retake arms: Study (kp), Call for law to realise integrated settlement plan: Disaster Management Bill has been in the making for five years (kp), Repositioning Nepal: Nepal has to believe that it is no longer the proverbial yam but an important regional player, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp)

31/05/2016: Number of complaints of disappearances exceed official data, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), UML, Maoists for narrowing down list of offences of serious nature; Crimes to come down from nine to four: rape, torture, disappearance and cold-blooded murder, by Dewan Rai (kp), Equal but unequal: Prez Bhandari, Speaker Magar should clearly state support for women’s citizenship rights (kp), Federal Alliance announces new protests (rep), Madhesis, Janajatis to stage hunger strike (kp), Federal Alliance to hold relay hunger strike for over a month (ht), Upendra Yadav warns FA will issue new statute (ht), From the opposition benches: The Madhesis are also Nepalis; the lens being used to look at the Madhes from Kathmandu must be changed, by Shekhar Koirala, Nepali Congress (kp), The forgotten fighters: Former Maoist combatants must be politically integrated so that they see the Nepali state as theirs as much any other citizen does, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Simon Robins (kp), Maoist Centre ratchets up pressure on CPN-UML, by Roshan Sedhai (kp)

30/05/2016: Sanghiya gathabandhan contemplates further protests (kp), NC seeks FinMin’s resignation over ‘leak’ (kp), Rs 1.2t school plan announced with little cash: Only Rs3b secured of Rs240b expected from donors, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Health Ministry taken all by surprise: Establishing kidney centre in Bhaktapur, increasing insurance coverage were not discussed, by Manish Gautam (kp), Bloated budget: Size of the annual budget is not an indicator of a successful government plan of action (kp), Fiscal budget unsustainable, populist: NC; Party to expose govt intention behind bringing such a budget (ht), Budget is on right track: PM Oli (kp) [??], CPNMC dissatisfied with budget: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli directs CPN-UML lawmakers to defend the fiscal policy against opposition parties, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Budget's inflation target leaves NRB in fix, by Safar Ghimire (rep), Budget to push more Nepalis into poverty: Pyakuryal, by Kuvera Chalise (rep), ‘Implementation challenging given govt’s poor track record’ (kp), Letting the Madhesi crisis fester will be against the national interest, interview with Mahesh Acharya, Nepali Congress (kp) [The Madhes movement originated at the time of the NC-led government, Mr Acharya, but it has not been in the interest of your party to prevent this movement!!]

29/05/2016: Bloated budget raises inflation fear: Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel tables Rs 1048.92 billion financial outlay, exceeding the initial ceiling of Rs 909 billion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Distributive budget of Rs 1,048.9 bn launched, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Govt in bid to please all, says Nepali Congress: Argues budget fails to focus on economic progress, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Fiscal budget expansionary, populist: Leaders, by Prakash Acharya (ht 29/05/2016), Gathabandhan boycotts budget (kp), Oli the dreamer: Excited and carried away by the flattery of his blind followers, Oli keeps generating fresh controversies, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Something is rotten, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp), Harnessing people’s power: Nepal could have a National Volunteering Week to remind ourselves what citizens can do if they unite, by Simone Galimberti (kp)

28/05/2016: Breach of confidentiality emerging as ‘a worrisome trend’: Stakeholders express concern about information entering public domain about the complainants and against whom complaints have been registered, by Dewan Rai (kp), Baitadi conflict victims still deprived of compensation, by Bira Gadal (rep), Govt to gather details of foreigners living in Nepal (kp) [Give us all your money, but do not ask what we waste it for! Nepal turning into a network of informers?], Talks with govt only if invited formally, says Federal Alliance: The PM’s press adviser says nobody has informed the government about the alliance’s existence (ht) [??], What about class? It appears that Nepali political ideology has already arrived at its Fukuyamian ‘end of history’ when it comes to the economy, by Shreya Paudel (kp), Uproar over holiday for govt staff to conduct trade union elections, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Tarai as wellspring of republicanism, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep)

27/05/2016: Deliver timely justice on rights violation cases: Sharma to govt (rep), Disaster relief: Govt’s slow response draws flak (kp), Quake victims still await state grant (ht), Post-quake reconstruction: Engineers idle for want of rebuilding aid agreement; National Reconstruction Authority says the agreement will be completed by June end (kp), Nepal submits report to CERD after 12 years: States, signatory to the CERD, must report initially one year after acceding to the convention and then every two years (kp), 9 months after violence rocked Kailali, fresh protest set to begin, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Economic survey:92 km road blacktopped, 18.49 MW energy generated (rep), Economy, development on slippery slope: Survey; Tarai unrest, blockade, earthquake and energy crisis blamed for country facing setback, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Tarai unrest, embargo, supply disruptions batter economy, by Bibek Subedi (kp), Bracing for the budget: The budget, instead of directing investments in the right direction, might contain a lot of unproductive populist plans, by Yoga Nath Poudel (kp), New govt to implement budget: Dahal, by Shiva Puri (kp) [a new round of power games on!], Dahal claims gentleman’s agreement with UML for letting him lead govt (ht), Govt fails to enforce law to ensure urgent service: In violation of Essential Services Act, transport entrepreneurs go on a strike to protest hike in traffic rule violation fines, by Manish Gautam (kp)

26/05/2016: 9-point deal cannot override SC: NHRC chief (rep), Respect HR principles at all times: Int’l community (kp), International community concerned about 9-point pact: Urges stakeholders to meet national, global rights obligations (ht), Court moved against arrest of activist, journo: Duo held for splashing red colour on Singha Durbar wall, taking pic (kp), Gathabandhan to dwell on PM letter (kp), Who should hold talks with govt, FA or UDMF?, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [To hold talks with only one group of the protestors would follow the traditional Hindu law idea of bheda (splitting, breeding of discord) as one of the four main upaya of rajaniti, in other words typical royal Hindu politics! Late King Mahendra has been an expert in this!], A third people’s movement: The Oli regime has begun to show signs similar to those of the waning days of Panchayat, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Madhesi Protests: Immediate Resolution A Must, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Flawed category: Can the state have two definitions of family, one for imposing tax and another for providing compensation?, by Lokranjan Parajuli (kp), Constitution Implementation: Commitment From Leadership Needed, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Capital spending low as only 7pc civil servants perform duties well, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Parties not sending reconstruction volunteers as promised, by Gyan P, Neupane (rep)

25/05/2016: Gathabandhan seeks ‘proper letter’ for talks (kp), UDMF boycotts PM’s all-party meeting (ht), Agitating parties turn down PM's talks invite (rep), Cong objects to PM Oli’s ‘provocative statements’ (kp) [The NC should mention that the demands and grievances of Madhesi and Janajati are the result of bad constitution writing politics under a government that has been led by the NC!!], Govt directs local bodies to take lead: Local development officers, chief and executive officers of municipalities and VDC secretaries of 14 districts to take lead in data collection, identification of victims, expert coordination and information dissemination, by Gaurav Thapa (kp) [Why only 14 districts? Solukhumbu, for example, has been heavily affected by the earthquakes with many houses being uninhabitable as officially recognised by the government!], No end in sight to plight of Barpak earthquake victims (ht), Waiting, waiting, by Drishan Dahal (kp), Supreme Court summons Dahal (ht), Successive failures: People have been promised prosperity by at least a dozen governments but development has been as elusive as ever, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Panel calls for regulating security of former VIPs (ht) [Why must persons who predominantly hold an office for a very short period be treated als VIPs for the rest of their lives??], Ex-dignitaries misusing facitilies provided by govt: House panel, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Right to a fair trial: No compromise, by Roshan Kumar Jha (ht) [Some Nepali laws offend against international law!], Local UDMF leaders arrested for showing black flag to parliamentarians, by Madan Thakur (rep) [??], Populist pandering: When leaders see the democratic process as a threat to their functioning and self interest, they embrace populist measures, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep)

24/05/2016: Nationalism vs human rights: Nepal wants aid from the international community, but not criticism of its rights record, by Subin Mulmi (kp), TRC, CIEDP launch probe into victims’ complaints (ht), Lost childhood: The state should also provide compensation to those children who lost their childhood and quit school for fear of their life after their parents were killed (ht), PM Oli calls all-party meeting (ht), Govt fails to implement key proposal of 9-pt deal (ht), Gathabandhan aims broader stir (kp), Government looks set to promote pork barrel politics, by Ruoak D. Sharma (ht), Who’s Responsible?, by Shyam KC (rn), AHRC, THRD Alliance release report on Tarai protests (rep) [see report]

23/05/2016: Documenting torture: In the current institutional practices of documentation, the poor and the marginalized can't even report their human right violation, by Jeevan R. Sharma (rep), Conflict victims doubtful over justice in 'lack' of laws, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Original owners reclaim Maoist-seized lands, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal and Ganesh BK (rep), Protest ‘strengthening’ nat’l unity (kp), For some, Valley stir safe landing for Madhes feud, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), We’ll replace statute if it’s not rewritten, says Yadav (ht), Stung by delays, survivors press for time-bound recovery works; Disaster management bill, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), SC refuses stay order in Penner case (kp), Unspent budget: Political instability and interference both at the planning and operational levels hinder timely completion of projects, by Chandan Sapkota (kp)

22/05/2016: ‘Archaic laws leading to miscarriage of justice’: Experts claim loopholes in laws have often been misused by police and criminals on many an occasion, by Manish Gautam (kp), Baidhya-led CPN-RM to join Federal Alliance’s agitation (ht), Risk of implosion as discord surfaces in Madhesi Morcha: Differences in Morcha allies started to surface after Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav appointed himself as the coordinator of the Sanghiya Gathabandhan, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Biratnagar locals againts Tarai protests, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp), Land of meddling instability: I have not been able to stop being amused by the ‘conspiracy theories’ found in Nepal, by Atul K. Thakur (kp), UML not to compromise on PHC strength (ht), Quake victims rue negligence (ht)

21/05/2016: Govt renews offer for talks to FA: Federal Alliance leaders say conditions for parleys not met, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Govt again urges talks but agitating parties want top leaders at table (rep), A political jolt: After a few months of quiet, some major turmoil is brewing once more in Nepal’s political corridors, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), UK warns brits not to involve in political activities in Nepal (kp) [Nepal gets famous in the negative sense!], Badarmudhe incident unnecessarily publicized: TRC member, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep) [??], Funding corruption: Opponents of CDF argue that it breaches the democratic principle of separation of powers by conferring executive functions on legislature, by David Kainee (rep)

20/05/2016: Transitional justice: Prioritise our livelihood issues: Conflict victims (kp), Conflict victims sceptical justice will be served (ht), Wages of sin: The 9-point Agreement proves just how much the Maoists, especially its leader Comrade Prachanda, are still haunted by the ghosts of their victims (nt), Rights closure: Political parties need to face their fears and let the transitional justice process go ahead (kp), Visitors held for politics might face 10-year ban, by Manish Gautam (kp), Interrogation of tourists: Intolerant Government? Given the recent actions, the coalition government led by K.P. Sharma Oli is heading to become intolerant to the rights of foreigners , by Keshab Poudel (sp), Recognition and Respect: Failure by Kathmandu to address Madhesi demands of self-rule will lead to a prolonged agitation, by Navin Jha (nt), Listen to us: The protests may not be powerful enough to force a rewrite of the Constitution, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Maoists unite to form CPN Maoist Centre: Pushpa Kamal Dahal to lead the new force that comprises 10 parties, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Several Maoist parties unite to form CPN Maoist Centre, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Maoists unite to form Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center), by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), No laughing matter: Some of Prime Minister Oli’s ideas may seem far-fetched now but they might come to fruition in the future, by Shyam KC (kp), Thoughts on security: Nepal needs a strategy to ensure the survival of the state as an independent physical entity, by Binoj Basnyat (kp)

19/05/2016: Transitional justice: Preliminary investigation starts, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC starts preliminary investigations: 7789 complaints received so far (rep), Madhesi, Janajati parties to continue stir in Capital: Say solidarity shown by civil society, media and international community encouraging (kp), FA to protest in capital for 10 more days (ht), Federal Alliance announces new protests (rep), Leaders condemn nine-point agreement (ht), Buddha, Buddhism and int’l conference: Oli admin seeks to assert claims, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Badis upset by rehab delay: Warn of protest to stir the government into action to implement the eight-year-old plan; In 2008, the government had decided to provide land and teach income-makingskills to Badi people (kp), Everything Is Fair In Politics!, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Fooling us: It sounds like a cruel  joke when Congress or any other party promises to address people's livelihood issues and to improve governance, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), No pipe dreams: Oli govt should spell out concrete plans for reconstruction and communicate them too (kp), Broken links: Material rebuilding after a disaster needs to go hand in hand with the revamping of social and political arrangements, by Bicram Rijal (kp), Dispute Resolution At Local Level: Constitution Lends Impetus To It, by Mukti Rijal (rn), 40 bills gather dust in House, by Prakash Acharya (ht)

18/05/2016: Victims’ response spurs on CIEDP, by Dewan Rai (kp), Free the speech: We the citizens have to make sure laws of Nepal do not end up like draconian laws of totalitarian states like North Korea and Syria, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep), Encouraged, protesters to keep stir flame alive (kp), House rebuilding aid delayed in Dolakha district, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), ‘Vulnerable groups at exclusion risk’ (kp), Nationalism and its discontents: Challenge of national integration grows as political power becomes centralised and decision-making opaque, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Grinding on: People are fed up with the frequent changes in government without any purpose, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Proposed hike in grants to lawmakers: Govt urged to scrap controversial plan (kp) [This would open the doors for corruption and nepotism even wider!], Consensual Politics, A Victim Now?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

17/05/2016: Travel warning: The way Pushpa Kamal Dahal exploded at the possibility of prosecution suggests that neither will justice be done nor will it seen to be done, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Protest largely peaceful: Gathbandhan decides to picket prime minister’s official residence in Baluwatar today, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Protesters find Thankot inspections harassing: Security checks reminiscent of insurgency period, says TMLP leader, by Manish Gautam (kp), British caught during protest (kp) [What is the crime he has committed? Peaceful demonstrations are part of the right of opinion that is respected by all democratic states! The current demonstrations of Janajati and Madhesi are very necessary and should be supported by all foreigners who understand the continued non-inclusive politics of Nepal's political elite!], ‘Briton’ arrested for taking part in Singha Darbar picketing (kp), Briton arrested for participating in Singha Durbar protest released, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), Federal Alliance tp protest outside PM’s house today (ht), Minority report: Goverment should respect sentiments of minority groups in deciding national holidays, by Ramesh Khatry (kp) [Another proof of the continued single ethnic identity based thinking of Nepal's leading party politicians!!], Parliamentary regulations: Five parties register six amendment proposals; Size of hearing committee major bone of contention, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Proposals on PHSC strength registered (ht), Parties register differing amendment proposals on parliamentary hearings committee size (rep), 4 shortlisted for IBN CEO, by Bibek Subedi (kp) [This non-inclusive list once again violates the constitution!!], Rs 11b aid for 11 districts (kp), Irate quake victims threaten social mobilisers (ht), Capital spending at 22 percent till mid-May: Govt spending on development work equal to  about 50% of what it spent on its employees' salary, by Rudra Pangeni (rep) [!!], NIC fiat to open Singha Durbar to public (ht) [!!]

16/05/2016: Complaints of insurgency-era crimes: 9-pt deal sees sharp drop in cases, by Dewan Rai (kp), Daily number of plaints falls drastically in Rolpa, by Kashiram Dangi (kp) [Politics of intimidation by reactionary politicians and army obviously works!], Madhesis, Janajatis unite to picket Singha Durbar: First protest since the end of border blockade; Partners at odds over stepping up agitation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Federal Alliance capital-centric protest mostlly peaceful, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), FA cadres picket outside Singha Durbar: Vow to continue agitation tilldemands met; Claim protesters stopped from entering capital (ht), FA rally throws traffic out of gear (ht), Great divide: New round of protests highlights deep differences between UML and Tarai parties (kp), Parliamentary regulations: Consensus chance ‘slim’; Parties likely to settle the stalemate through voting in House (kp), Govt decides to observe National Day on Sept 20, by Anil Giri (kp) [Celebrating the non-inclusive and shortcoming constitution of a handful of male Tagadharis??], Excessive UML-isation of Nepali state institutions is underway, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat, Nepali Congress (kp), Signing of grant agreement halted in Kavre villages (ht), Yo Nepal ho! Beijing has begun to practice what can perhaps be termed the "Offer Diplomacy" even with its neighboring countries: Buy one, get one free; and buy now, pay later, by CK Lal (rep), Survival vs sovereignty: In many ways sovereignty of weak states is directly linked to the security of their regimes, by Rohit Karki (rep)

15/05/2016: Madhesi, Janajati parties protest in Capital (kp), Tight security in place ahead of FA agitation (ht), House rules hard for parties to pass: Six months on, political parties are still debating the size of the parliamentary hearing committee (kp), Major parties fail to forge consensus on PHC strength, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Filling a vacuum: After 26 years of democracy, Nepal looks set to have a comprehensive national security strategy, by Narendra Rawal (kp), Genuine issues: Unless Madhesi leaders address the real problems in the Tarai, people’s faith in them will not be restored, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), Health inequality: Constitutional provisions do not mean much if they are not implemented, by Kahar Singh Khadka (kp)

14/05/2016: International rights groups slam 9-pt deal: Say agreement undermines transitional justice (kp), International bodies slam nine-point deal: Undermines transitional justice, say ICJ, HRW and Amnesty (ht), Drag me to court, Dahal challenges (kp), Have investments in ICT generated growth?, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep) [Such things have to be decided by a law court, not be politicians, Mr Dahal! Don't interfere into the rule of law!], SC quashes writ petition against 9-pt deal (rep), Writ quashed (kp) [??], TRC monitoring costly but victims unaware of complaints option, by Narhari Sapkota (rep), Quake survivors still await relief (ht), Federal alliance announces stir (kp), FA warns govt against using force (ht), Federal Alliance warns against use of force in protests (rep), House votes to endorse policies and programmes, by Binod Ghimire (kp), House endorses policy, programme, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Fool us always! Dear Nepal Government, please stop promising us stuff that you cannot or know very well that you will not fulfill, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical but true], Comments On Polices And Program Of Government For FY 2016 (2073), by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

13/05/2016: Victims say nine-point deal robbed them of justice hope, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp) Community-based temporary shelters: District bodies ordered to take urgent steps; Around three million people are still living under dire condition (kp), EU, TI Nepal to promote integrity in post-quake reconstruction (kp), Govt wants more donor funds for quake reconstruction, by Gyan P. Neupane , Post-disaster recovery framework: Rs 838b five-yr reconstruction plan unveiled; ‘Private houses to be constructed within two years’; According to the Post-Disaster Recovery Framework, 500,000 households, 7,000 educational institutions, 446 health posts, 2,900 heritage sites were damaged by last year’s quakes (kp), Post-quake reconstruction cost escalates by 25 pc, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Reconstructing human capital: It is apparent that people opted out of the building regulations and placed themselves in harm’s way, by Ajita Atreya (kp), UDMF responds to govt talks offer: Tells government to first of all create a conducive environment for negotiations (ht), Madhesi parties blame govt for absence of talks (kp), Sitting for talks useless until preconditions met: UDMF to govt (rep), All hail Madam President: After becoming the first female president of Nepal, she also became the first person for whom we stop walking and pay our respects, by Isha Bista (rep) [!!!], Hollow nationalism: Not everything is hunky dory in the ruling coalition, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Decay of democracy: History keeps coming full circle, and is repeated as a farce (nt), It’s about us: … it’s not about Ansari, Dixit or Penner, by Puru Shah (nt), Kakistocracy, by Foreign Hand (nt)

12/05/2016: Nepal: 9-Point Deal Undermines Transitional Justice: Annul Clemency for Grave Crimes (HRW), Victims outraged at 9-point deal (kp), Conflict victims hold sit-in near PM's residence against 9-pt deal rep), Two ex-Army chiefs accused of war crimes, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), TRC receiving fewer complaints post 9-point deal (rep), EC officials skeptical of govt poll plan: Point out lack of related acts, consultations as reason, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Coalition partner flays policies, programmes (kp), Dahal tears apart policy, programme (kp), Policy and Program indifferent to Madhesi, Tharu: Dahal (rep), All is well, PM Oli tells int’l community, by Anil Giri (kp) [You're late for April Fools' Day, Mr Oli!!], Understand Nepal's exact situation, policies, efforts: PM, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), PM claims govt not in crisis: Seeks foreign support to implement statute and expedite post-earthquake reconstruction works, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Treasury surplus at all-time high as govt fails to spend, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Non-completion of projects a matter of concern, says deputy chief of Indian Embassy (ht), Lonely and lost: Increasingly, ‘nationalist’ UCPN (Maoist) is indistinguishable from the CPN-UML (kp), Shortage of forms halts aid agreement process (kp), Ministry unimpressed by NRA's community shelters plan, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), A fool's paradise: Discord awaits us if the educated public miss the big picture and voice personal prejudices as arguments, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Chepangs denied basic rights just because they lack documents, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep), Convergence point: It is vital that our parties have common understanding of national interests despite their other differences, by Geja Sharma Wagle (rep)

11/05/2016: Ruling on transitional justice act: Govt to seek judicial review of court order, by Dewan Rai (kp), Conflict victims take exception to nine-point agreement, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), Conflicts intensify over land transactions from insurgency era, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Local polls by December? Leaders say there’s a catch: Call for resolving political and technical complexities before elections, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NC, UCPN-M rule out possibility of civic polls (ht), Cong criticises govt’s policies, programmes (kp), NC opposes local election plans (rep), Hold local polls: As the largest party in parliament, Nepali Congress should have welcomed the plan of holding the local polls (ht) [It has been NC chairman Deuba who dissolved the local bodies in 2002 for base motives! Obviously, he still wants to have them being dissolved forever!!], Push for local body election to derail federalism: Yadav, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep), Where the money goes: Political leaders’ main concern is about their constituencies, which leads to a disproportionate distribution of budget, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Dialogue with government irrelevant, says Upendra Yadav (ht), ‘UML taking Nepal towards totalitarianism’ (ht), Baidya’s lieutenants set to rejoin Dahal: Maoist ideologue braces for major setback with another split on cards, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Baidya-led Maoist on verge of split, Thapa faction to unite with UCPN (Maoist) (rep), Unqualified hacks: Foreign Ministry has been reduced to a mere tool to be used at the discretion of powerful political masters, by Gopal Thapa (kp), What Goes Around, Comes Around, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Long hibernation: Many things to do, by Dipendra Gautam (ht), Subtle art: Our security agencies continue to carry out their duties under the organizational structures and mandates they had during the conflict, by Shobhakar Budhathoki (rep)

10/05/2016: Too scared to complain: The shadow of the perpetrators has fallen on the transitional justice commissions, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), UML-Maoist 9-point deal: Victims, rights groups protest against pact (kp), Conflict victims demand revocation of 3 points in 9-pt deal, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Writ petition against 9-pt agreement (kp), SC moved against nine-point pact (ht), INSEC opposes deal (ht), UCPN-M working to amend laws as per nine-point agreement, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht) [a well-planned putsch against the rule of law!!], Devil in the details: In the absence of details, govt policy and programme document is a mere wish list (kp), Second tier reforms discontinued in policies and programs, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), PM directs UML lawmakers to defend government’s programmes (ht), NC against civic polls under existing structures: UDMF also demands election to local bodies only after restructuring federal units, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Cong objects to plan to hold local polls by Dec, by Binod Ghimre (kp), Conditions must be met for local polls, says Election Commission (ht), NC set to give govt tough time in budget session (kp), Futile Attempts To Disturb Development Process, by Prem Khatry (rn), Mass media issues don’t figure in govt policies: FNJ (ht), Cracks surface in Federal Alliance due to rivalries: The rift surfaced when FSFN Chairman Upendra Yadav was declared coordinator of the alliance of 25 agitating parties at a recent meeting (rep), Yadav says no to talks (ht), Quake victims to be able to get grant from Class B and C institutions (ht) [??], Discouraging participation of women in construction projects, by Yogesh Rawal (rep), Meritorious, not inclusive: The argument that a former member of one branch of the state is automatically disqualified from serving another branch is faulty, by Sheri Meyerhoffer and Adil Ali Khan (rep)

09/05/2016: Govt invites Morcha for talks: Asks agitating Tarai parties to join DPM Thapa-led dialogue committee; Madhesi leaders say they are not much hopeful about apositive outcome due to the government’s ‘rigid’ position  (kp) [A dialogue committee leader who is against federalism and republicanism? This must be a joke!!], Govt formally invites UDMF for talks: Mahato says state still not serious about dialogue (ht), Handle with care: The issue of provincial boundaries should be resolved first before calling local polls, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Govt to diversify supply sources, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Federalising, production pillars of annual policies; Government announces to hold elections at the local bodies, after a gap of 14 years, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Prez presents government’s policy and programme (ht), Local Restructuring Commission in consultations (kp), Fast and furious: Govt went far in cancelling President’s Delhi visit and recalling Nepal envoy (kp), Political Heat Wave From The South, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), ‘CPN-UML,UCPN-M had power handover deal’ (ht), The citizenship debate: Nepal's citizenship debate is stuck in whether it should be guided by an overarching global norm or if certain people deserve special treatment, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

08/05/2016: Locals unhappy over delineation of State 6, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), UDMF role an issue in Federal Alliance (ht), Regime change negotiations: UML ‘has agreed’ to let Maoists lead govt; Leaders say UML, UCPN (Maoist) have reached ‘gentleman’s agreement’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Govt set to invite Morcha for talks (kp), Prez India visit cancelled for ‘lack of preparations’ (kp), Cancellation not linked to envoy’s recall: Thapa, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), NC irked at govt move to recall Upadhyay, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CEDAW: Govt ‘blocks’ civil society’s report (kp), Local body elections in Nov: PM (kp), Democracy in peril: Nepal is witnessing a systematic erosion of democratic values at the hands of the leaders who are democratically elected, by Dinesh Bhattarai (kp), Putting into practice: Disputes over federalism show that the people are still struggling to understand it, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp), Rainbow country: Promoting cultural diversity is important as it will lead to sustainable development, by Anita Yadav (kp), Prachanda’s U-turn: Diabolic Design Foiled, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Poverty increases in quake-hit districts (ht), A Consensus Government For Enforcing Constitution, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

07/05/2016: 9-point deal a threat to rule of law: Experts, victims, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), ‘Maoist-UML accord violates SC ruling, CPA: Conflict victims, rights defenders seek annulment, by Dewan Rai (kp), CVCP concerned about nine-point deal: Says there can be no amnesty for heinous crimes (ht), Conflict victims dismayed by Oli, Dahal deal, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Madhesi, Janajati forces boycott House meeting (kp), Prez visit to southern neighbour put off (kp), President’s visit to India ‘cancelled’ (ht), Prez’s India visit cancelled as govt fails to endorse it, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Govt to recall envoy to India, by Anil Giri (kp), Govt recalls Ambassador Upadhyay: Action follows after he condemns cancellation of prez trip, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), UCPN (Maoist), UML agree on new govt leadership but not timeline (rep), Dahal will lead new govt in 3 months: Gachhadar (kp)

06/05/2016: Where are the rights? Representatives from the marginalised communities are under pressure to conform to the norms, by Mukesh Jha (kp), Transitional justice: Surveillance making conflict victims wary, by Prakash Adhikari (kp) [?!], Not Silenced: What do you do when an Executive agency set up to stem the rot is itself rotten? Fall back on the Judiciary and Parliament (nt), Nepal urged to act speedily on Tarai abuses (kp), Constitution can be amended but not rewritten: PM (rep) [The necessary amnedments are so numerous that it will look like a rewriting!!], Oli govt gets new lease of life, by Ashok Dahal (rep), UML manages to keep coalition intact: Oli offers Maoist Chairman Dahal govt leadership after budget, agrees to address concerns related to war-era cases, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Oli, Dahal sign 9-pt deal (rep), What forced UCPN (Maoist) to backtrack on its earlier decision?: Flurry of meetings and pressure from leaders played crucial role, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UCPN-M does a volte-face (ht), ‘Betrayed’ by Maoists, Congress to turn up heat on government, by Anil Giri (kp), PM calls on NC, Madhesis to join dialogue panel (kp) [These are only power oriented games! None of these guys ever makes politics in the interest of people and nation!!], Correcting Course To Save Coalition, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Oli defends govt, rejects allegations: Saysnever thought of dissolving house, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Pulling the rug: This week’s high drama for regime change appears to have fizzled out as the UML beat the Nepali Congress in its competition to woo the UCPN(M), by Kunda Dixit (nt), Commitments of New Force Nepal: It’s a political movement that will build on the latest achievements in the realms of knowledge and science, by Baburam Bhattarai (kp), A downward trend: People like you and me who try to ape the lifestyle of developed countries are also to blame for the present economic situation, by Shyam KC (kp), Reconstruction authority uses mere 9.34pc of allocated funds (ht), Federalizing Nepal: Nepal is currently confronting a big challenge of streamlining both social and constitutional transformation even after seven months of promulgation of the federal Constitution, by Surya Dhungel (sp)

05/05/2016: Over 50 discriminatory clauses in constitution, interview with Ashok Rai (rep), Maoist move makes UML stare at crisis: Could take a decision to withdraw its support to Oli government today; New alliance on cards with Nepali Congress taking the centre stage (kp), Morcha ‘ready to support’ NC to topple govt (kp), UDMF vows support for toppling Oli govt: NC must give written commitment to Madhes agenda, by Madan Koirala (rep), NC, UCPN-M, UDMF join hands to topple govt, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Call for keeping coalition intact (kp), Cong collects MPs’ signatures (kp) [A no-confidence motion is not allowed according to article 100 (4) of the constitution! How stupid are these politicians?], Ruling coalition partner miffed at PM: Oli likely to resign today after an address to nation (ht), Oli likely to lose majority as Maoists set to withdraw support, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Dahal keen to head new government (ht), Govt leadership under fire for under performance (ht), ‘Govt conspiring to send Maoist leaders to jail’ (kp) [Only law courts can send persons to jail, and this only if they are convicted of crimes!!], Khumbu locals build houses on their owns, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp), Nepal has Rs 965.81 billion at disposal: Country’s gross national savings of 42.95pc of the GDP is one of the highest in the world, by Rupak D. Sharma ([!?] (ht), Treasury surplus at all-time high of Rs 180bn: Govt had spent only 39.53pc of total annual budget as of Tuesday (ht), Govt sitting on Rs 100 billion, unable to spend: 21 national pride projects and 326 under priority one suffer, by Laxman Biyogi (rep), Still trapped: Around 16,500 Nepalis, mostly women and children, have been trafficked from Nepal in the last two years alone, by David Kainee (kp), Modus Operandi Of Government, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

04/05/2016: Transitional justice: Police seek details of conflict victims’ complaints, denied, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Tharus to launch protests from Friday (kp), Quake damaged trails in disrepair (kp), Dhading water scarcity hits displaced families most, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), A test of will: Working hand in hand and rebuilding this country for the better will slowly heal our wounds, by Sakun Gajurel (kp), Economic growth slumps to 14-year low at 0.77 pc: CBS data shows per capita income grew by Rs 3,842 this fiscal against Rs 4,666 last year, by Bibek Subedi (kp), Economy to grow by 0.77 per cent, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Economic growth at 13-year low of 0.77 percent, by Kuvera Chalise (rep), Speak your mind: Hallmark of a democracy should be the ease with which it allows proliferation of ideas, however unpalatable, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp), Canadian man asked to leave Nepal in 2 days (kp), Canadian ordered to leave Nepal over tweets (ht), No one can curb press freedom, says Prez (kp) [???], Storm brewing in ruling coalition?: UCPN (Maoist) ‘not happy’ with govt’s working style, warns of quitting (kp), Congress MPs even ready for new govt under Dahal, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Opposition Ups Ante Against Government, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Prime minister urges UML MPs to stay put in capital (ht), Patchy and leaky: While the earthquakes devastated the country, corruption greatly hampered relief efforts, by Maximillian Morch (rep)

03/05/2016: It’s high time Oli govt unseated: Cong MPs; Lawmakers press party leadership to initiate no-confidence motion, by Anil Giri (kp) [A no-confidence motion shall not be presented up to first two years of appointment of the Prime Minister according to article 100 (4) of the constitution! It is unbelievable that the MPs don't know the constitution they have just decided!! Oli, Deuba and all the other top leaders have failed time and again! Nepal needs a new generation of political leaders!!], Congress MPs call for moves to change govt, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Dispute on hearings committee forwarded to full House (rep), Some amendment in constitution must to meet Madhesi demand: Dahal, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), 'Address Madhes demands to avoid adverse consequences', by Santosh Singh, Not so free: Although Nepal recognises the right to information, journalists are not able to investigate issues properly, by Laxman Datt Pant (kp)

02/05/2016: Rebuilding yet to get on ministries’ agenda: Rebuilding authority has received information on reconstruction programmes only from six ministries so far (kp), Leaders eye middle path on House rules: Parties under pressure to find a solution before budget session begins, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Big III fail to iron out differences (ht 02/05/2016), Thapa offers to step down as dialogue panel chief (kp) [Someone who is against the federal state is not qualified to talk about federal boundaries, either!!], Reshuffling the deck: PM Oli and top leaders of three major parties need to join the boundary panel (kp) [??], Top NC leaders call for alternative to Oli govt: Bimalendra Nidhi and Dr Shekhar Koirala bat for a new govt in upcoming Parliament session (kp), Current Situation of Nepalese Political Parties, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

01/05/2016: PM gets an earful for keeping half an eye on pressing issues: Leaders censure govt for failing to address Madhes issue and speed up reconstruction, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Govt under fire for delayed reconstruction work: Prime Minister Oli tells an all-party meet that Madhes issues will be resolved through talks, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Madhes-based parties snub meeting (kp), Moment of reckoning: Political parties are not particularly known for their wisdom of moderation and mediation, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), Signing of grant
agreements yet to pick momentum
(ht), Peace committee receives tepid response (ht)

30/04/2016: Govt fails to buck spending trend, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Unity government to be the refrain, again: Leaders say the upcoming political consultations will be directed towards seeking consensus on unity government (kp) [This is useless since the top leaders of all political parties are avsolutely incompetent!!], First draft of local body restructuring by August: The draft will be put under deliberation before the final report is prepared , by Gaurav Thapa (kp)

29/04/2016: Security forces' interest in war-era cases: Conflict victims caught in a catch-22 situation; Fear retribution if they file plaints, worry about no justice if they don't, by Dewan Rai and Nagendra Adhikari (kp) Fading hopes: Families of some conflict-era victims tell why the two transitional justice bodies cannot deliver them justice, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp), Parties ask cadres to help in house reconstruction (kp) [Without any money from reconstruction funds??], At landslide risk, quake survivors want relocation, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp)

28/04/2016: The rights approach: It’s best to allow Truth and Reconciliation Commission process complete autonomy (kp), Madhesi-Janajati alliance submits memorandum (kp), FA submits memorandum to PM through CDOs: Federal Alliance demands identity-based provinces (kp), Quake survivors urge govt to rope in development partners, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Govt in dark about work of most aid agencies in quake-hit districts, by Narhari Sapkota, Nirajan Paudel, Ramesh Khatiwada and Dhruba Dangal (rep) [The government is in the dark because it left the suffering people alone for one year! NGOs do the work that should have been done by government agencies!], Will Reconstruction Pick Up Momentum?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Vox populi: Our cities will never go green until and unless we revamp the country’s deeply flawed ‘representative democracy’, by Manish Pokharel and Bimal Pratap Shah (kp), Prosecution versus persecution: Dixit’s arrest has gladdened some, angered others, and confused many, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Community Mediation Directives Should Take Effect Soon, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Leave parliamentary hearing to existing PHC: PRDC chair, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), EC proposes bill to fund parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Nepal in 2045: Contrary to Indian expectations, Nepal is likely, when pushed to the wall, to turn to China and even have a military pact with it, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), First Anniversary Of Devastating Quakes, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

27/04/2016: They are sufferers too: Women victims of sexual violence during the Maoist conflict must get due priority, by Neetu Pokharel and Som Niroula (kp), Guilty will be punished: TRC Commissioner Subedi, by Arun Bam (rep), Convicted, prosecuted Maoists form protest group (rep), None of battered Sindhu rebuilt in a year, by Rishiram Paudyal (kp), Post-quake housing aid: Congress MPs ask PM to cut through red tape, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Opposition MPs submit memo to PM alleging inaction (ht), BFIs slow in extending home loan schemes to quake victims: Only 10 individual households have benefited from central bank’s refinancing facility, which was introduced on May 27 (ht), What Led To Delay In Reconstruction?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), ICC move ‘bails out’ Nepali cricket of sticky wicket: International Cricket Council hints at its direct supervision of the game in Nepal, by Adarsha Dhakal (kp), Mired In Controversy, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn), Govt, NC ‘reluctant’ to hold talks with FA: Federal Alliance to submit memo to PM today before spearheading stir, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Lack of parliamentary hearings has chain effect across govt (rep), Delay in constitution implementation derails hopes for prosperity, peace, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Baby steps: A government notice during the shortage of cooking gas illustrates the failure of all parties committed to open data, RTI and good governance, by Adarsha Tuladhar (rep)

26/04/2016: 16,500 Nepalis trafficked in last two years: NHRC; Rights body’s report says majority of the victims were children and unmarried women (kp) [see report by NHRC], Women and child trafficking increased after temblor: NHRC (ht), NHRC report shows many faces of human trafficking: Females migrating to Korea through marriage living like slaves, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Agents prey on female migrants as govt bans domestics outflow, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep), Khara conflict victims demand justice (ht) [The NA will demand their names and addresses immediately!?], 40 health facilities rebuilt so far, says Health ministry: The ministry struggles to reconstruct 270 health posts that were housed in rooms made available by the local government (kp), Parbat survivors unsure about rebuilding aid, by Agandhar Tiwari (kp), Quake-affected languishing in temporary shelters, by Keshav Adhikari (ht), Communities that survived quake now face landslide risk (kp), Quake victims obstruct reconstruction (ht), Victims still don't feel reassured about receiving relief soon, by Narhari Sapkota and Dhruba Dangal (rep), INGOs pressing govt to change NRA guidelines: INGOs want to work independently, select beneficiaries on their own, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Scores trek to Langtang to mourn quake victims, by Keshav Koirala (ht), Scale up emergency preparedness: WHO (ht), Civic polls not on govt priority list, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [!!], ICC suspends membership of CAN, by Mahesh Acharya [because of government interference!!], The difficult choice: Success of Federal Alliance will largely depend on how well it will push and establish broader national agendas, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

25/04/2016: Nation remembers quake victims (kp), Nepal earthquake: Patience wearing thin one year on, by Justin Rowlatt (BBC), Reconstruction project in 11 districts, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Mega reconstruction campaign kicks off, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), A year on, shelter still remains top priority (ht), ‘Marginalised folk missed out on aid’ (kp), Many from marginalized communities missed out on quake aid: Report (rep), Annus horribilis: Government, bureaucracy should stop their legitimacy from eroding further (kp) [!!], NHRC urges government to expedite post-disaster reconstruction works (ht), NHRC: Govt quake response too slow, NGOs non-transparent; Suggests permanence for local govt bodies, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Bibeksheel Nepali protests against govt (ht), Khotang temblor victims yet to receive relief (ht), Quake-affected children still in need of safe learning environment: UNICEF (ht), Frustration mounts over slow recovery (ht), Conflict-hit children yet to get relief (ht), Govt launches house reconstructions (rep), Donor community renews support to reconstruction (kp), EU pledges €105m grant (kp), Aid through govt channel down, by Prithvi Man Shresta (kp) [No wonder since this would be wasted aid!], There are possibilities of Nepal becoming another Haiti, interview with Govinda Raj Pokhrel (kp), Curbs on press freedom: Constitution drafters seriously misunderstood idea of press freedom, which differs from right to communication, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp)

24/04/2016: NA seeks details of complainants: Transitional justice commissions turn down request, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [Unbelievable demand by the army!!], File complaints without fear, TRC member tells conflict victims (ht) [??], Year of tragedy, of hope deferred and wait, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Year on, disaster preparedness still a far cry: Nation mourns death of thousands, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Less than one in a thousand have received housing grants so far: Only 700 of 770,000 families have got first installment of Rs 200,000, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Millions of quake victims still remain homeless (ht), Dismayed donors: The outpouring of support a year ago has unfortunately been matched by disappointment a year later, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Rebuilding slow but on course, by Gaurav Thapa (kp), Survivors first: Living in makeshift tents for the past one year has been exasperating for the quake victims, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Water shortage adds to hardship of quake survivors (kp), A year after: Lessons not learned; A number of international experts visited Nepal after last year’s earthquake and presented their findings to the Nepali government,but the government has shown little interest in learning from their observations , by Naresh Koirala and Bishnu Pandey (kp), The great divide: Why were discussions about relief and rebuilding being conducted in a language that was so removed from the lived experience of the most affected people?, by Shradha Ghale (kp)

23/04/2016: SC issues show cause on ambassador nominations (kp), Madhesi-Janajati alliance unveils stir programme (kp), Federal ALliance announces fresh protest programmes (ht), Ministry says meeting with diplomats violates code (kp) [???], Year of inaction: The performance of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), which was established with much fan-fare, has been disappointing, by David Kainee (rep), Virtually no gov’t rebuilding a year after Nepal quake, by Binaj Gurubacharya (kp), Forget them not: On first anniversary quake victims are waiting for government support and donors are frustrated, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep), NRA fails to introduce PDRF on time (ht), Landless quake victims missing out as Nepal rebuilds: Oxfam (ht), Dolakha locals reconstruct quake-damaged houses with locally-available resources, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep), 319,912 households ‘real beneficiaries’: Rebuilding authority to start signing aid agreements from tomorrow (kp), Quake survivors take loans to build homes, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Barpak, a year later, by Prakash Timalsena (kp), Parliament session likely in 20 days (ht), Ball in major parties’ court on Parliamentary Regulations (ht)

22/04/2016: Barpak, the epicentre, still in ruins: What worries the earthquake survivors the most is monsoon rains, by Sudip Kaini (kp), NRA announces 2-day commemoration (kp) [The people don't need commemoration and political performances but help!!], Waiting for 200,000: In Singati, people may not be able to read and write, but they know exactly what is causing the delay, by Shankar Dahal (nt), Don't forget those who were wounded: Disabled survivors from last year’s earthquake are slowly getting back on their feet, by Smriti Basnet (nt), WFP to support livelihood recovery of quake vicitms (ht), Nutrition and disaster risk reduction (kp), Federal Alliance protest to be peaceful, democratic (ht), Gathabandhan briefs foreign diplomats on statute issues (kp), Conflict victims from Rolpa silent?: TRC, CIEDP have received the least number of complaints from the epicentre of Maoist insurgency, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Disqualified Maoist combatants turn to TRC for justice: Seek action against govt, UNMIN for turning blind eye, by Nabin Khatiwada (ht), Scrap conflict-era cases: Maoists, New Force (ht) [?? Crimes have to be punished!], Recommendation of envoys challenged (ht), ‘Don’t doubt inclusiveness of the new constitution’ (ht) [Bhim Rawal takes the people for a fool!!], Anyone else in my place could have staged a coup: Ex-prez Dr Yadav (rep) [??!!], An unforgettable year: The year will be remembered not just for the miseries but  also for the opportunities that the government squadered, by Shyam KC (kp), Time stands still, by Priyanka Gurung (rep), Bringing Nepali Congress On Board, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Devil and deep blue sea: Nepalis learnt long ago they cannot rely on their government, and recent events have  taught us we cannot rely on outsiders either, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), Just govern: A border blockade and failure to get relief to earthquake survivors highlight Nepal’s sorry state, by George Varughese (nt)

21/04/2016: Madhesis, Janajatis put protest on hold (kp), Federal Alliance to intensify stir in 21 days: To brief diplomatic corps on its 22-point common concept paper today (ht), Maoists against courts handling war-era cases (kp) [Under the rule of law, defendants cannot decide if their cases are handled by law courts or not! By the way, the same is true for the crimes of security forces and politicians who protected these crimes!!], Maoist parties for bringing war-era sub judice cases under TRC jurisdiction (rep), Widow files complaint at TRC 12 years after her husband was gunned down, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Conflict victims optimistic, by Adarsha KC (ht), Parliament regulations: Plan to finalise rules set to hit snag again, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Undiplomatic move: Much delayed ambassadorial appointments leave more room for concern than celebration (kp), Envoys sans criteria: Though delayed for very long the naming of the envoys is expected to enhance the image of Nepal abroad (ht), A journey of a thousand miles: We can only hope that the government will now adopt a more confident approach to reconstruction, by Deepak Thapa (kp), I don’t care about attempts to unseat me: Prime Minister Olim (ht) [You should better try to learn your own constitution: A no-confidence motion in parliament is not possible within the first two years of appointment of a Prime Minister according to article 100 (4)! So, you either have to resign or ask for a vote of confidence and you will be out of job soon!!], Victims unhappy with sluggish pace of reconstruction process: Survey (rep), Irregularities In State Expenditures And Loss To The Nation, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

20/04/2016: Agitating parties ask PM to choose between protest, talks (kp), FA to announce struggle plan today (ht), Cabinet recommends envoys for 21 missions: 13 picked under political quota, eight from among career diplomats, by Anil Giri (kp), Envoys to 21 countries named, Oman post vacant (ht), Govt names ambassadors to 21 countries (rep), PM’s prison mate among the nominees (ht), Bracing up: Govt committee reviews preparedness plans (kp), Langtang locals unhappy with NRA, by Krishna Thapa (kp), Triangular connectivity: Nepal should try to gain the trust of both India and China by resolving domestic issues, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), One year on: We must protect the dignity of women and girls and focus on empowering them to play a role in rebuilding their lives, by Giulia Vallese (rep), Delay in allocation of resources to rehab fund frustrates private sector (rep)

19/04/2016: Madhesis, Janajatis announce tactical alliance for struggle: The parties, which plan to start a nationwide protest under the banner of Sanghiya Samabesi Gathabandhan later this month, have put a long list of demands before the government (kp), Madhesi, Janajati leaders vow intensified movement (ht), Madhesi leaders urge yet another nationwide protest (rep), UDMF stir not possible now: Home Minister (ht) [?? It was also only a non-inclusive handful of people that drafted the non-inclusiv constitution, Mr Basnet! This is the very reason for stir!], Army took her little girl away, claims one mother in Baglung, by Prakash Baral (kp), Rolpa yet to begin registration, by Kashiram Dangi (kp), Kin of disappeared file complaints, rue delayed justice, by Santosh Pokharel and Devendra Basnet (rep), 85 injured named in deceased list (kp) [??], Coming clean: Parties need to show that they are willing and able to prosecute war-era cases (kp), Wounds of war (ht), Far too common: Reports from human rights organisations suggest that Nepali police and armed forces regularly practice torture, by Jeevan Raj Sharma (rep), CEDAW convention: Civil society to send alternate report (kp), NGOs plan to submit alternative report to CEDAW (ht), Govt set to call House session from mid-May, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Times are different: Nepal’s political stability and national security are of international significance; Political will to amend the constitution to address the legitimate demands of the Madhes-based political parties is required, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), New directions: India does not mind connecting with China, but Nepal’s linkages with the Chinese have always been a matter of concern for it, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (kp), Restructuring of local bodies slowly picking up pace, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Constitution of Nepal: Implementation main task, by Shiba Datta Gnawali (ht), Go local: The NRA has proposed 17 different residential building models for post-quake rebuilding. Most of these models are defective, by Keshab Sharma (rep)

18/04/2016: Triumph of trickery: Ruling Oli-garchy is a continuation of socio-political reality of Nepal where Khas-Arya considers itself to be rightful owner and ultimate defender of purity of nation, by CK Lal (rep), Country sans leaders: We have had too many position holders but not a single person who used the position as a platform to exercise leadership, by Hitesh Karki (rep), Over 31,000 families rebuild on their own: One year since disaster, survivors are frustrated at slow govt response, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [Now, NRA and government have a new job: Controll of NGOs and private persons who try to help the victims!! The inaction of the state fulfils the criminal offence of failure to render assistance!!], Now TRC starts registering cases: 125 complaints received in the first day, by Binod Ghimire (kp), TRC receives complaints; wants relevant laws amended, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), TRC members divided over ‘induction of ex-rebels’ (ht), Give talks a chance: Though frustrated, the Madhesi Morcha should continue to push for negotiation (kp), HLPCC Chair Dahal to hold talks with agitating UDMF, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Deuba heading for New Delhi, meets Madhesi leaders (kp), Oli inducts RPP’s Chand into cabinet (kp), Oli govt's council of ministers grows to 41 members (rep) [And Oli is absolutely unaware that the constitution only allows upt to 25 members within the council of ministers!?], Who will do what: A clear division of responsibilities among different levels of government is essential, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Govt unveils ambitious plan to build roads, railways: Spending platform for transport infrastructure (rep 18/04/2016) [Dream, dream, dream... Ten years ago, they also promised an inclusive federal republic within 2 or 3 years; ten years later they have reiterated the non-inclusive state!!], Prime Minister’s Address To Nation, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

17/04/2016: As talks fail to resume, blame game continues: PM, his party’s calls to return to negotiating table cut no ice with Morcha, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Tough going: Women politicians find themselves caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Listen to the people: Any political transition without broad-based agreement will be counterproductive, by Suresh Sharma (kp), Condition of IDPs worsening after quakes: Report (ht), ‘Consensus govt could be formed under another leader’ (ht) [But nobody from among the current failed leaders!!]

16/04/2016: Int’l rights bodies rap govt for intimidating NHRC: Urge PM Oli to respect commission’s independence in line with international standards (kp) [see common statement by AI, HRW and ICJ], Rights bodies accuse PM Oli of harassing NHRC (ht), NRA allows NGOs, INGOs to extend grants to earthquake survivors (ht) [Govt and NRA are still trying to make help for last year's earthquake victims as complicated as possible instead of finally distributing the international aid money to the suffering people and hindering NGO#s to fill the gap!!], UML gives olive branch to SLMM (kp), Fresh movement only option left: SP Chair Mahato (ht), Myopic vision led to failure of Madhes agitation, says Bhattarai (ht), Agencies told to step up security (kp), Govt yet to pay medical bills, says UDMF: Claims it spent Rs 4.4 million for the treatment 24 people injured during the Madhes agitation (ht), A city divided: Last year’s earthquake—that forced most Kathmandu’s residents to live in tents and makeshift tarp shelters—has not helped the city empathise with the deplorable conditions of its squatter communities, by Alisha Sijapati (kp), Why is the dominant ethnicity preserving the status quo? I wish the marginalised communities started to speak about economic class in the same breath as ethnicity, by Shreya Paudel (kp)

15/04/2016: CIEDP takes plaints amid questions about process: 15 registered on the first day as rights defenders call for law criminalising disappearances, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Victims can now file complaints to CIEDP, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), State of Impunity: Letting war criminals go free erodes the rule of law, sends the message that violence is the answer and no one has to pay for crimes (nt), “How many times do we need to share our story?”: From the human rights perspective, Nepal’s peace process has been a failure, by Seulki Lee (nt), The torturous road to peace: The conflict ended ten years ago, but the physical and mental scars of torture victims has not, by Yuvaraj Shrestha (nt), Just waiting: Twenty years of war to peace has brought Nepalis back full circle, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), Nepal: End Intimidation of Human Rights Commission (AI, HRW, ICJ), PM Gave us a lecture: NHRC; The NHRC is looked upon as an enemy, they have to understand that we are partners, by Seulki Lee (nt), Helter Shelter: Survivors suffer due to weak regulation and delay in relief, by Smriti Basnet (nt), Housing aid too little, too late? Gorkha tremor survivors say Rs 200,000 not enough to build homes, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Victims allege irregularities: Even those who are not quake victims have received fund for reconstruction of houses because of pressure from political parties (ht) [Political parties stand for continued criminal and corrupt practices!], Damage survey in 11 districts to be complete in 2 weeks: CBS, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), UNESCO director general to monitor post-quake recovery (ht), Excessive force used against Tarai protesters (ht) [see report by US Department of State], Madhesi, Janajati leaders to make agitation larger: To take on board groups leading identity movements (kp), Order please: As the Madhesi parties plan their next movement, here is an appeal not to resort to violent tactics again, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Constitution can be amended to address Madhes-based parties’ concerns, says Deuba (ht), Cong chief for constitution amendment (kp), Look both ways: First turning towards the south and then the north during the crisis has harmed Nepal, by Aditya Baral (kp)

14/04/2016: Occupying border again is sheer folly: Rajendra Mahato, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), PM lacks sincerity for talks: UDMF (ht), House session delay hits law formulation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NRA to get budget of around Rs 150bn next fiscal year: Authority unlikely to introduce post-disaster recovery framework for reconstruction within April 24 deadline, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Civil society calls on govt to expedite reconstruction works (ht), New-year resolution: Getting the larger population on board the constitution, Reconstruction are priorities (kp), Fight the power: If independent institutions assert the way the NHRC has done, thorny issues will find an early resolution, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Nepal: End Intimidation of Human Rights Commission; Interference by Prime Minister Deliberate Attempt to Stifle Independence (Human Rights Watch), Cabinet delays endorsement of NTIS 2015, projects stalled (ht), Economics over politics: As far as the memory serves, the economy has always been sacrificed at the altar of politics; The result is here for all to see, by Shyam Dahal (rep)

13/04/2016: Morcha doubts govt sincerity on Madhes issues (kp), Madhesis, Congress Unite Against Government, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), ‘Constitution must be rewritten’ (ht), Politically possessed: Political instability and excessive politicisation are taking a toll on Nepal’s development, by Ram Sharan Mahat (kp), OAG report lays bare govt’s failure: Stresses need to incorporate disaster risk issues into development planning (ht), Delayed budget hampers work (ht), Rebuilding of quake-damaged private houses from April 24: PM (rep) [Empty promisses!], Neglect of duty: The responsible leaders must attend all the meetings to make all the committees more functional and make the parliamentary system as a whole accountable (ht)

12/04/2016: Human wrongs: The national human rights institution is being criticised for raising the issues of human rights violations, by Mohna Ansari (kp), Govt starts releasing aid to rebuild homes: 641 individuals in Dolakha receive Rs 50,000 each as first installment, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Quake-hit Keraunja at risk from landslide also, by Narhari Sapkota (rep), Transitional justice: Build trust for filing plaints, say victims, by Dewan Rai (kp), Peace and justice: It took a decade for transitional justice bodies to come into existence; This was a deliberate delay, by Swagat Raj Pandey (rep), NC displeased at formation of high-level panel: Congress leaders say party President Deuba will take up the issue with PM Oli (kp), Top leaders neglecting House panel meetings: Good Governance and Monitoring Committee draws attention of 21 members regarding absence from five consecutive gatherings, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [Please stop to call such persons 'leaders'!!], Auditor General's report: Opacity, irregularities in public spending continue (rep), Unsettled accounts at security agencies on rise, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), Madhesi parties' talks ultimatum ends today: No preparations in sight (rep)

11/04/2016: NRA to allow NGOs in rebuilding homes: Extra rules for mobilisation via one door; 3-side deal for reconstruction, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Post-quake reconstruction: Aid agreement begins in Dhading, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), ‘Statement delivered at UN was official’: NHRC Chairman Anup Raj Sharma makes it clear that the statement were not Ansari’s personal remark, by Dewan Rai (kp), NHRC chair defends Ansari’s statement (ht), Prime Minister Oli violates norms of Human Rights (The Voice of Madhesh), Karki picked for chief justice job (kp), Constitutional Council recommends Sushila Karki for chief justice: She will be Nepal's first female CJ, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Differences between govt, oppn spill out:  Key appointments held up n Nepali Congress demands Parliament session to discuss issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Police beat up journo (kp), Morcha, some Janajati groups agree to launch joint protests: Leaders from both sides say there has been an understanding to collaborate on issues of common interest (kp), Ultimatum And Uncertainty, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), We are seeking our rights within Nepal: Thakur (ht), International alert: The countries which are dissatisfied with the new constitution in Nepal face far graver crises than those facing Nepal, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [This can only be claimed by a male Bahun who never faced exclusion and hardships!]

10/04/2016: CIEDP’s ability to deliver restorative justice questioned, by Janak Nepal (kp), Lessons from Pakistan: A theocratic monolithic system drove a wedge between the state and the people, by Kalpana Jha (kp), Not really secular: In Nepal, no religion can claim to have its followers ‘from time immemorial’, by Ramesh Khatry (kp), DPM Thapa says Hindu state, monarchy can make comeback (kp) [Such anti-constitutional and anti-people politicians shpuld not be part of a republican government!], NC on same page with Madhes-based parties: Writes DPM Kamal Thapa-led political mechanism off, demands new one, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [The problem is that the wrong decisions on federalism were taken at the time of the NC led government under PM Sushil Koirala! Has the NC really changed its mind?], Fresh protests on Morcha cards: Meeting to draft blueprint for stir likely from April-end (kp), UDMF, Federal Alliance to launch fresh stir (ht), PM urges NC to join govt (kp) [Offer to extend tenure of government?], Too young to marry: Political leaders must move to end child marriage by considering it a national issue, by Asmita Verma (kp)

09/04/2016: High-level commiittee formed under PM to implement federalism: DPM Thapa unhappy over exclusion, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep) [By the way, Janajati, Madhesi, Dalits and women extremely unhappy over exclusion! And: Thapa is one of the greatest opponents of federalism in the county!], 2 panels set up for state restructuring (kp) [The non-inclusive male political elite (only one female Bahun is participated) procedes on its way to create a federal setup in its interests!], PM to lead federalism implementation panel (ht), Transitional justice: In call for cases, Doramba folk see chance for justice, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp), Bhatta decries induction of ex-Maoist combatants in TRC sub-committee, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Parliamentary panel visits Ganga Maya (rep) [Watch and wait until she dies and let the murderers live in peace!], NHRC statement row: Prime Minister Oli should not overstep his jurisdiction: AHRC (kp), Committee to implement deals with neighbours: Nepal signed seven deals with India and 10 with China during Oli’s visits to the neighbouring countries in February and March, by Anil Giri (kp), Rs7.94 b in 22 yrs committed for investment by British Virgin Islands: NRB and DoI point to each other for investment records, by Rudra Pangeni (rep)

08/04/2016: State restructuring: Local body commission begins work (kp), NRA instructs MoGA to fill vacant posts: Grant distribution to survivors affected as 125 VDCs of quake-hit districts don’t have secretaries (ht), Village secretaries throw spanner in rebuilding works (kp), A rising Nepal: Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley destroyed in the earthquake are being rebuilt faster than homes, by Smriti Basnet (nt), It ain’t interference: Nepali leaders welcome the support of the world community when it is in their interest, by Dipendra Jha (kp), PM faces criticism for ‘summoning’ NHRC: Accused of crossing constitutional line for ‘reprimanding’ rights body, by Dewan Rai (kp), Another movement a compulsion: UDMF (ht), The restless Tarai: If Kathmandu doesn’t listen, public anger in the Tarai is going to grow once more to boiling point, by Navin Jha (nt), Challenges in Nepal ties persist: India (ht), 21 foreign missions to be without chiefs in a month: Posting delayed as parties stake claim to berths, by Anil Giri (kp), Level playing field: It is critical that equal treatment for women start with constitutional provisions (kp), Coping and hoping: It is a glaring indictment of the state, that it gives citizens no reason to expect much from their elected representatives (nt), The roving bandits: When those in power feel their tenure is short, the tendency is to make hay while the sun shines, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (kp), Court tells police to file case in Ganesh murder by 4 months: Second murder case against Bal Krishna Dhungel , by Nabin Khatiwada (rep) [Nepal's leading politicians continuously surround themselves with criminals!], Costly connections: Neither of the two—India and China—should ever be given the monopoly of trade in this country, by Shyam KC (kp)

07/04/2016: Maintain security, confidentiality: CVCP, by Dewan Rai (kp), Tent Life: A Case Of Heightened State Negligence, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), NRA: Grant distribution through banks difficult in remote areas, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Morcha, Janajati parties in bid to form alliance: Want to exert pressure on govt to address demands (kp), New Madhes protest to be Singha Durbar-centric: Mahato, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep=, Oli for all 3-level polls under his leadership: Local, provincial, parliamentary elections need to be held by Jan 2018 (kp), Suspended lawmaker Sah masterminded the murder: Police, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp), Govt wakes up to UK paper claims after three days: The Sun on Monday reported that child survivors of last year’s earthquake ‘being sold’ to rich Brit families (kp), US envoy urges PM Oli to restore essential supplies (ht) [Another intervention into internal Nepali affairs according to Nepali politicians?], International interest: When we seem happy to operate in a foreign policy vacuum, why feign surprise when foreign powers set the agenda for us?, by Biswas Baral (rep), Nepal’s statute progressive: French envoy (ht) [Not much knowledge of Nepal's realities and history??], PM under fire within party for poor governance, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep)

06/04/2016: ICG urges govt, Madhesi parties to build trust (kp), Nepal risks fresh turmoil over ‘flawed’ constitution (ht), Still pending: Local elections can institutionalise democratic processes or they can be a political tool, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Harmful Knee-jerk Reaction?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Post-quake reconstruction: Capacity building, resilience must, by Dipendra Gautam (ht), Is democracy indispensible? Representation and other rights that in our context are abstract ideals can wait; Rule of law and good governance cannot, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (rep)

05/04/2016: Quake survivor children ‘being sold’ in Britain (kp), Report on kid-selling racket shocks govt: Sun reveals Nepali children being sold to UK families (ht), UK paper exposes slave trade in post Nepal-quake children: Indian dealer demands NRs 800,000 per child (ht), A Different Kind Of Aftershock For Nepali Girls, by Azera Parveen Rahman (kp), Caste of characters: In Hindu society, many of the problems are a result of caste and not merely class, by Ratna BK (kp), Sweet and sour: Oli’s visit to China has been praised as historic and decried as mere showing off, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp), UCPN-M’s seeks reversal of Supreme Court verdict (kp) [??], Hearing on murder case to be recorded (ht)

04/04/2016: Nepal’s Divisive New Constitution: An Existential Crisis, by International Crisis Group (ICG) [PM oli and other Nepali politicians not amused!!], Mind your own business: Nepali politicians have managed to constantly block long-term socio-economic development of the country, by Ramesh Shrestha (kp), NRA eschews its decision on aid distribution (kp), Rasuwa VDC secys go on protest, could hit reconstruction works, by Krishna Thapa (kp) [Which reconstruction works??], Cooperative scams Nalang quake victims: Earthquake victims say the cooperative deducted Rs 500 each from the relief amount as a fee for share membership, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), RPP-N to file motion for a Hindu state (kp), Oli-garchy: The UML’s current factional struggle is more about power than ideology (kp)

03/04/2016: Reconstruction delay: Quake survivors in Gorkha start building houses on their own, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Don’t suppress Madhes stir: Former Prez (kp), RPP-N will still bat for Hindu state: Thapa (kp) [This is an unconstitutional demand, Mr DPM! The non-inclusive Hindu state over centuries has been the very basis of Nepal's current problems!!], Big country, small country: Nepal’s political crisis has to be resolved internally, not by leaders in Delhi or Patna, by Atul K. Thakur (kp), Govt likely to skip House session: Government could go for budget session directly, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Nepal at crossroads: A roadmap to prosperity, by Lokman Singh Karki (ht)

02/04/2016: TRC must build trust first: Conflict victims, by Dewan Rai (kp), Earthquake victims face tough times ahead (ht), Govt decries EU-India statement, calls it ‘altogether inappropriate’, by Anil Giri (kp), EU-India remarks on Nepal’s statute inappropriate: Govt; Claims the new constitution was promulgated in keeping with universal democratic norms (ht) [The leading politicians not even followed the prescriptions of the interim constitution and disregarded the ruling of the Supreme Court!], Warnings galore! The bideshis want political stability and economic growth in our land whereas our politicians want never-ending chaos, so that they get to share power and loot the state treasury, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical truth], Cabinet for amending Local Body Election Procedure Act (ht), Local poll law moves forward: Cabinet decides to submit draft to Bill Committee under Prime Minister’s Office for final look before tabling it in Parliament, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Unrest rumours spark fear into biz community, by Binod Bhandari (kp)

01/04/2016: Impossible task: The scars of the conflict will remain unhealed unless the law relating to both the commissions is amended to meet internationalstandards  (ht), TRC's demand of documents from NHRC sparks debate: Some of the conflict victims and rights activists  hasve reportedly expressed doubts that the evidences and wirnesses will be safe in TRC hands, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), EU-India statement on charter irks govt: MoFA calls it ‘uncalled for’, says interference in internal affairs of a country (kp) [The new constitution has been written by the non-inclusive leaders of the big parties! They disregarded the interim constitution, the decision of the Supreme Court and the interests of the not included majority of society! They disallowed the latter's representatives in the CA to vote in the interests of their social groups, etc. How can you call this democratic?], Tarai examinees return dejected (kp) [Highest responsibility goes to the top politicians' way to push the constitution through!], Nepali government objects to reference to Nepal’s statute (ht), Nepal strongly objects to EU-India statement on constitution (rep), Joint Statement Of EU Officials And Modi, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Holding hostage: Stalling Parliament over petty politics belittles democracy (kp), NC warns govt over ordinance to rejig judiciary: Deuba calls PM to warn against bypassing Parliament, by Anil Giri (kp), Madhes-based parties gear up for general conventions: For many born after 2007 Madhes stir, this will be 1st leadership reshuffle (kp), Strong protests from mid-April: Mahato, by Abdhaesh Kumar Jha (kp), UDMF secretariat told to prepare blueprint of movement (ht), Post-quake reconstruction: Over half a million damaged houses surveyed so far, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Re-verification delays timber distribution (kp), Political understanding urged on number of ministries (rep) [The constitution leaves no doubts: not more than 25 persons! And Oli knew this very well! It's not a question of political understanding!], OPMCM draws flak over Cabinet size (ht), A jungle out there: Will Oli still be around to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping?, by Om Astha Rai (nt)

31/03/2016: ADB report projects Nepal’s GDP growth lowest in South Asia: Country tops the list in the region with inflation projected at 10.5 percent (kp), 49 Supreme Court orders yet to be implemented: Court’s JED records suggest some of the rulings date back to 2006, by Manish Gautam (kp), Transitional justice: Govt asked to provide necessary resources pronto, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC aims to settle conflict-era cases within a year: Many view its plan of action as ‘unrealistic’ given the enormity and complexity of the task, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), TRC chief wants Act amended for int'l acceptance (rep), Freudian slip: PM Oli blaming NRA for tardiness is acknowledgement of his own failure (kp), NRA to seek clarification from CBS, NPC over survey delay (rep), Slow reconstruction taking toll on economy, says ADB (rep), Congress should join UML-led govt, says PM (ht), Decisive innings: Deuba, for now, should refrain from succumbing to the dirty politics of toppling the government, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Campaigners seek information from EC (ht), China seeks more Nepal Army support against 'Free Tibet' activities, by Purna Basnet (rep), Symbiotic relation: The onus is on the government of the day to reform its institutions to ensure participatory, transparent and accountable decision-making, by Madhab Regmi (rep)

30/03/2016: Conflict victims want firm commitment from TJ bodies: They also warn of withdrawing support to Truth and Reconciliation Commission unless it will make the process victim-centric (kp), ‘Ensure HR during post-quake recovery’ (kp), Rights-based reconstruction: The National Reconstruction Authority should treat the earthquake victims as rights holders and empower them, by Madhab Regmi (kp), PM censures NRA, and by extension, own govt: NC leader Mahat accuses government of viewing reconstruction through partisan lense, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [Oli forgot to mention himself and the other so-called leaders as the most responsible persons!!], Markhu survivors take out loans for rebuilding, by Pratap Bista (kp), Quake-hit SLC students have difficulty preparing for finals, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Plan to make PMO model institute lost in the shuffle, by Anil Giri (kp) [?!], Morcha leaders meet today to decide next move (kp), CC fails to recommend name for new CJ (kp)

29/03/2016: NHRC staffer remembered: Pariyar, an assistant human rights officer at NHRC office in Biratnagar, was shot dead by Nepal Police (kp), SLMM reaching out to int’l community (kp), Embargo fears set off gasoline panic buying: Rumours about a possible embargo started flying from Sunday, leading nervous motorists to besiege gasoline stations almost immediately, by Rajesh Khanal (kp)

28/03/2016: Ruined reconstruction: Works held hostage by disputes, red tape, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), TRC says it will collaborate with victims’ platform: The TRC expedites its effort to reach out to the victims to make transitional justice credible and successful, by Dewan Rai (kp), Six months on, parties spar over House rules: Size of the Hearing Committee appears to be the bone of contention, by Binod Ghimire (kp), No comparing of two neighbours, says PM: High-level meets increased understanding at political level, claims Oli (kp)

27/03/2016: 10 more rebuilding resource centres to be established (kp), Pace of post-quake reconstruction too slow, say German MPs (ht), UCPN (Maoist) warns over aid delay (kp), UCPN-Maoist may quit govt, says Sharma (ht), UDMF enforces Birgunj shutdown (ht), Nepal may revert to Hindu state: Bhattarai (ht) [He can already start to bury his new party if he should really have spoken out such nonsense!!], Parties at a crossroads: With a phase of revolution over, political parties need to address new national needs, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Legal experts seek structural reforms in Judicial Council (ht)

26/03/2016: Victims initiate unofficial truth-telling activities_ The victims as well as international bodies have voiceed doubts over the credibility of the transitional justice mechanisms (rep), Stakeholders: Ratify UN convention on refugees (kp), Some 40,000 refugees languishing in Nepal (rep), Genuine demands of Madhes will be addressed, says Dahal (kp) [And what are genuine Madhesi demands in the view of male Bahun leaders, Mr Dahal?], UDMF cadres protest Dahal's Birgunj visit, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep), Call to fight against patriarchal structures (kp), NRA seeks documents on quake-related loan disbursement from NRB (ht), Govt has to spend Rs 1.66b daily to use up development budget, by Kuvera Chalise (rep)

25/03/2016: Forcing us to forget: As a society we have failed the victims of conflict in more ways than one, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), A lost decade for conflict victims: The kin of those who suffered during the armed insurgency say they have been grossly ignored by the state, by Dewan Rai (kp), Police intervene Baluwatar protest, arrest rights activists, conflict victims (kp) [??], Police intervene in protest staged by conflict victims (rep), Triangular relationship: Madhesi leaders believe PM Oli has no intention of following through on his commitments, by Navin Jha (nt), Talks between agitating Madhesi front and major parties in limbo, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Madhesi leaders warn of stringent protests after mid-April (rep), Morcha leaders meet Rae (kp), MoF not reporting on spending by development projects, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Unintended Trans-Himalayan Consequences: Did New Delhi ever imagine that its coercive strategy would backfire this badly?, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt)

24/03/2016: We want to know: The families of conflict victims are still waiting for information a decade after peace, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Storm adds to woes of earthquake-hit families, by Sudip Kaini and Krishna Thapa (kp), Bad men and bad laws: It has become commonplace for every government to take office promising to root out corruption, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

23/03/2016: Victims not sure of due justice: Constraints: Inapt plans, short tenure, structure of peace committees, by Dewan Rai (kp), CIEDP to start detailed investigations from June 15 (rep), Morcha leaders ‘desperate’ to find solution to Tarai crisis: Poor public support has prevented the Morcha leadership from bringing out concrete protest programmes (kp), Uphill task for NRA: to put together team: Some argue mobilising civil servants will be easier than hiring new staff, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Girls are the future: It is time to unlock the potential of girls in Nepal and support their empowerment, by Gail Marzetti (kp), Old enough: In a 21st century democracy, as a voter, no one should be restricted from our opportunity to lead simply because we are "not old enough", by Ujwal Thapa (rep)

22/03/2016: One year after: The TRC and the CIEDP have not laid the groundwork for ensuring truth and justice, by Suman Shdikari (kp), TRC to receive complaints from April 17: War-era crimes probe to start June 15 (rep), An open letter to the PM: Your outlandish declarations show you have no clue what it takes to translate a dream into reality, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Election Commission wary of missing out on poll window (kp), Parliament regulations: Drafting panel members want party leaders to bury the hatchet; Nepali Congress MPs ‘boycott’ meeting (kp), Parliamentary regulations delay affects key hearings: Regulation yet to finalize after 5 months of committee formation, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Prepare for joint people’s movement: FA (ht), Madhesi struggle will continue, says Mahato (ht), UDMF decides not to celebrate Holi (ht)

21/03/2016: NRA chief under CIAA Scanner (kp), ‘Govt change hinges on new NC leadership’ (kp), Finalisation of house regulations:NC-UML tussle delays rules; Regulation Drafting Committee fails to convene a meeting on Sunday after only 13 out of 61committee members turned out (kp), Mingma receives citizenship after her mother’s name, by Aash Gurung (kp) [Even though this should be taken for granted it still sounds like a sensation in patriarchal Nepal!], Quake-displaced blind couple gets help to rebuild home, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp) [But only from foreign donors? What about the Nepali state?], JC’s decision to nominate SC justices upheld (ht), Fighting discrimination: Dalits are deprived from exercising their human rights, by Bharat Nepali (rep)

20/03/2016: Government show gets Maoist thumbs down (kp), Morcha insists govt drop charges against its leaders, by Roshan Sedhai (kp) [??], Three friends: Fear of Chinese influence has placed Nepal at the receiving end of many reactions by New Delhi, by Saugat Bikram Karki (kp), Federal Alliance holds protest rally (ht), ‘Govt performance not satisfactory, post-quake reconstruction too slow’, interview with Sherr Bahadur Deuba (ht) [This has also been true for the previous NC-led government!]

19/03/2016: CIEDP to start taking plaints from mid-April: Case registration through Local Peace Committees; The regulations have been finalised, but an Act to criminalise acts of disappearance is yet tos be brought (kp), Regulations not as per expectations, claims CIEDP (ht), Complaints on forced disappearances from April 14 (rep), Maoists against courts dealing with war-era cases (kp) [Neither politicians nor parties nor security forces stand above the law!!], Violence takes centre stage in HRC: India assures support to Nepal for UPR recommendation adoption, by Dewan Rai (kp), Reconstruction and its elusive grand narrative: The government has boxed itself into an impossible situation of trying to control everything, something it doesn’t have the required resources or capabilities to do, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Tarai forces draw China’s attention to their agendas (kp), Cong ‘to take lead’ to end political standoff, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

18/03/2016: Cart before the horse: The lack of foresight in planning the reconstruction has been staggering (kp), More problems likely to rain down on quake survivors this monsoon: NRA mulling ‘transitional shelters’ as rebuilding work fails to take off, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Complaints outnumber aid deals (kp), Building back better: Some key aspects, by Hari Darshan Shrestha (ht), Noble ends through noble means: The blockade might have been lifted, but we are nowhere close to addressing real Madhesi grievances, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), Madhes crisis: Swaraj enquires about progress; Geneva, Indian mission calls for ‘definite timeframe’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), No oil for Oli: “Beijing can take advantage of Nepal’s increased distance from India, but is unlikely to help us at the cost of angering New Delhi”, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Panel head Karna enjoying facilities 18 months after tenure end, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Hoodwinking for ever?, by Hemang Dixit (sp)

17/03/2016: Morcha to draw Beijing’s attention to its cause: Decides to submit memo to Chinese embassy today (kp), Lead from the front: Deuba should stay firm on commitment to federalism, republicanism, secularism (kp), Trials and errors: Hopefully Nepal will adopt best practices of other democracies to produce less flawed election results, by Pramod Mishra (kp), I will rule for two years, says PM Oli (ht), Hearings for 11 new justices unlikely soon (rep), Strength And Weakness Of Maoists, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

16/03/2016: SC quashes 2 petitions related to war-era cases: Paves way to arrest Maoist cadres accused of murder; the move allows district court to proceed with its arrest warrant, probe and prosecution as per criminal justice process, by Dewan Rai (kp) [Hopefully, this procedure will now be applied to all such cases, including those those crimes that were committed by army personal and partly protected by politicians!!], SC allows arrest, prosecution of Maoist ex-lawmaker Rai, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), The state doesn’t see: An independent inquiry into violence must be formed to establish peace in the Tarai, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Justice names sent back to parliament (kp), JC re-sends list of SC justices for hearing in Parliament (ht), NC in no hurry to form or join govt: Deuba (ht), New test: Bhattarai has named his party Naya Shakti but most members are former Maoist leaders and retired civil servants, by David Kainee (rep)

15/03/2016: Congress puts marginalised communities on the margins, by Dewan Rai (kp) [NC has missed the chance to turn into a progressive and inclusive party with clean and non-corrupt politicians as it is needed by the country and that is no longer dominated by male Tagadharis!], Madhesi women in politics: Grooming at the grassroots urged (kp), Madhes still viewed as Kathmandu’s colony: Thakur, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp), ‘Speaker’s decision prima facie wrong’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), SC issues interim order to conduct hearings for justices, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Speaker defends sending back justice names: Says she’s ready to take hearing ahead if nominations are sent again, by Binod Ghimire (kp), 78 Singati families receive letters for housing grant, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp) [??], Plan distributed substandard zinc sheets: Quake victims, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep), A looming crisis: There is a real concern that TB would be transmitted to the healthy population residing in the temporary settlements, by Raz Mohammad Wali (kp), Next on the agenda: Now that the constitution has been proclaimed, we should turn towards the economy, by Shyamal Krishna Shrestha (kp) [The proclamation of the deficient constitution means nothing without necessary corrections and implementation! But you are right, the economy is also waiting!], Dampen the dependency: Diversification of supply routes is a must for the survival and dignity of Nepali people, by Surendra Regmi (kp)

14/03/2016: JC picks Karki as first female chief justice: Nominee will take charge when President appoints her after CC approval, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Housing aid distribution from Singati deferred: Leaders of some parties demand cash for all at once (kp), Local protests mar quake grant distribution: NRA accused of mobilizing NGOs only, bypassing local leaders, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Distribution of reconstruction relief kicks off in charikot (ht), TRC talks of oversight mechanism: The TRC discusses with conflict victims on setting up an oversight body to avoid possible interference from power centres (kp), Dahal shown black flag in Siraha, 5 held (kp), Professional inclusiveness is as necessary as ethnic inclusiveness, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp), Stand-up for women: Men and women should be seen as two wheels of the same cart, by Kajol Shah (kp)

13/03/2016: Caste away: Untouchability and discrimination cannot be ended without strong state intervention, by Ratna BK (kp), Judiciary-legislature blame game: UCPN (M) says ball in prime minister’s court (kp) [What about independence of judiciary? The political parties are only a part, not the owners of the state!], Quake victims get winter relief as summer begins, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht), First grants to be issued from Singati centre: Two banks are  scheduled to sign grant contracts with displaced families today, by Bhadra Sharma (kp) [Please not mere show but effective relief and reconstruction aid for quake effected families without further delay!!], Banks find few takers for loans to rebuild quake-hit houses: Bankers attribute the low demand for  the credit to ‘complicated procedure’ (kp), TRC officials hear plight of Bandarmude victims, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), A new roadmap: The NC cannot enjoy the luxury of sitting in the opposition and needs to help the govt to implement the constitution, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), Mahato threatens decisive stir in Madhes (ht)

12/03/2016: Probe into Tarai violence: UN; Expresses concern over Nepal’s piecemeal progress in transition to peace, by Dewan Rai (kp), Minister Kharel, Karna tasked to study forming judicial probe, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), TRC commissioners at Badarmudhe to hear plight of victims: Victims protest Maoists’ presence, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep), Bandarmude victims doubt TRC’s fairness (ht), Madhes issues: Panel formed to suggest ways out (kp), UDMF leaders hold talks with PM, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Madhesis set deadline to meet demands (ht), 2 petitions filed for and against Speaker’s move, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CDP funds being misused to build party building, by Labdev Dhungana (kp) [Such corrupt practices were to be expected!!], From right to left and back: Conservatism seems to have become a major force of our times and Nepal is not immune to it, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp), ‘Nepali media still not gender-friendly’ (ht), Quake survivors exposed to health risks (ht), 325 water sources of quake-hit 14 districts dried up, by Arjun Poudel (rep), Civil servants refuse to work at NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), No more instability in the name of government change, interview with Shashank Koirala, newly elected General Secretary of Nepali Congress and youngest son of B.P. Koirala (rep)

11/03/2016: Morcha to submit memo to PM today: To launch strikes if demands not met (kp), What next in the Madhes? Madhesi protesters are ready to go back to the streets again, but only if their leaders behave, by Jiyalal Sah (nt), Time’s a-wasting If Madhesi and Tharu grievances are not addressed soon, radical forces will move in, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), A glass half-full: The NC, the oldest democratic party of our country, is most undemocratic in its practices, by Amma Raj Joshi (kp), Anti-federal, pro-Hindu could surround Deuba in NC nucleus, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [including corrupt elements like Khum Bahadur Khadka], Chief: Congress’ll take lead in constitution implementation (kp) [anti-federal and anti-secular??], DPM Mainali ‘handicaps’ National Disabled Fund: Move to block funds affecting people with disabilities, by Manish Gautam (kp), Deconstruction authority: The government should stop trying to be a control freak, and open up the space for earthquake survivors to easily rebuild their homes (nt), Rules in place to supply timber for quake-hit (kp) [11 months after the earthquake!!], No relief: 2.5 million earthquake survivors have waited one year for help while the Reconstruction Authority discusses procedures and guidelines, by Sahina Shrestha (nt), NRA delegates agencies for aid distribution: More than Rs 260 million has been released to be distributed to the quake-hit people in Singati, Dolakha (kp), Quake victims rebuilding on their own worry about reconstruction grant, by Narhari Sapkota (rep), Misplaced notions: Government seems to spare no effort in indulging in extravaganza in all its activities to foolishly charm and attract the simple and innocent, by Shyam KC (kp), Tussle between UML, UCPN-M fuels conflict between judiciary, legislature, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Speaker sends back CC recommendation of Yadav for EC chief (rep), Money mind: The parties work hand-in-glove with the bureaucracy and business elite to plunder and loot in our kleptocratic state, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), Deuba, Delhi and Oli: Something is brewing again in Kathmandu’s political cauldron after the Nepali Congress convention, by Navin Jha (nt)

10/03/2016: Talk of quick survey for aid hollow: House assessment aimed to be completed by mid-April but, as of yesterday, only 46 percent work over: NRA, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Call to involve women in rebuilding process (kp), Morcha meet to gauge situation (kp), UDMF to give ultimatum to PM (ht), Shashanka terms Madhes citadel of democracy: Says grievances and concerns can be addressed through dialogue (ht), Are talks in the cards for change of guard: With Cong jamboree over, discussions on new govt gaining traction, Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [Yes, to exchange the government every 6-12 months is normal for Nepal, but it's not as easy as before under the new constitution...], Consensus government under my leadership: Oli (ht) [Nepal does not need a consensus government! Democracy requires an able and activ government and a strong and constructive opposition! Nepal is lacking both!!], NC CWC election: Majority of old faces; Deuba supporters have the upper hand so far (kp) [Including a corrupt criminal in top position! And predominantly male persons! Obviously, this party will never change!], Back again: There are many reasons why Deuba will be much more than a footnote in Nepal’s political history, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Minister weighs case against EC: Prem Bahadur Singh says he will challenge Election Commission’s decision to scrap his Samajbadi Janata Party at Supreme Court (kp)

09/03/2016: Reconstruction body preparing framework (kp), Two monsoons: The govt should stop making excuses and accord highest priority to reconstruction (kp), With will and strong backs, a quake-hit village rebuilds without waiting for govt: What kept them from giving up was a decision that the village has capacity to recover (ht), SC justice appointment: Speaker’s decision on nominees sparks uproar; Some legal experts have questioned the Speaker’s move, saying it is likely to spark dispute between Parliament and judiciary, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Karnali blues: The government interventions in Karnali are mostly of a palliative nature with short-term benefits, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Group of Eminent Persons: More questions than answers, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Blue-collar women find international day meaningless, by Sanskriti Acharya and Isha Pandey (rep), Checkered history: Those who benefit from foreign aid and its patronage networks have an incentive to continue with the status quo, by Jeevan R. Sharma (rep)

08/03/2016: Homes for earthquake victims unlikely before monsoon: NRA (kp), Quake victims in Bhojpur still awaiting aid, by Shahiman Rai (kp), Quake victims struggling for drinking water, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Winds blow away roof of earthquake shelter, by Narhari Sapkota (rep), Morcha drums up support for fresh protest (kp), Constitution should be rewritten, says Yadav (ht), Shaking off violence: The constitution has told women that they should compromise on citizenship because they are women and their lineage cannot be as 'pure' as men's, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Equality in true sense: Removing traditional barriers to achieving gender parity needs greater priority in Nepal (kp), For the women: The mainstream women movement has a long way to go before it can claim to represent ‘all Nepali women’, by Subha Ghale (kp), Nepal still needs to give women wider roles: UN; The UN suggests the upcoming local elections need to be shaped by women as both equal voters and as candidates (kp), UN vows support in effort to attain gender equality (ht), Disappearing ink: Short supply of textbooks is a problem that arises every  year, yet the government has done little to address it, by Shak Bahadur Budhathoki (kp), National Pride Projects: Only 8 percent of budget utilised (kp), Money Played A Significant Role In Politics, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

07/03/2016: NRA shifts goalpost as victims wait: While the Post Disaster Needs Assessment has put the number  of earthquake-affected houses at 498,852, the Nepal Reconstruction Authority  has surveyed only 150,000 households so far, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), NAR to distribute first installment of grant: The authority will soon provide 25pc of total amount to quake-affected households (ht) [???], Broken lines: International response to natural disasters continue to fail to address the needs of affected communities, by Maximillian Morch (rep), Election Commission scraps registration of 15 political parties (ht), Appointment of SC justices: Parliament Sectt refuses to act on JC advice; The parliamentary hearing could not be conducted, as new Parliamentary Regulations have not been enacted (kp), Proportional representation of women must in all spheres of life, says Speaker (ht) [The NC is just demonstrating that it does not work!], Male chauvinistic patriots, by CK Lal (rep), Force for good: Does Nepal need an army of 97,000 when economic development is the state priority?, by Shrijan Bahadur Malla (rep)

06/03/2016: Bardiya victims ask govt to ensure justice: Formed 13 months ago, the two transitional justice  bodies have not formally started their tasks due  to lack of legal framework and infrastructure (kp), Dolakha victims in dilemma over ‘low’ aid amount, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Top Morcha leaders to go to new Delhi (kp) [??], Solve the cube: Candidates for major government posts should take a test to prove their common sense, by Pramod Raj Pokharel (kp) [!!], Gujarat in the making: It is important for Nepal to tell its own  story before someone narrates it for us, by Moksheda Thapa (kp)

05/03/2016: Citizenship to dominate CSW agenda; Govt claim: Row ends  with constitution saying children of Nepali father  or mother are eligible for citizenship by descent (kp), OHCHR stance no different from our own: TRC Chair Gurung, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), IRC team searching for bodies in Rolpa, by Kashiram Dangi (kp), Committing Suicide An Option For Nepalese Politicians?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), The Con(g)-race!: It really doesn’t  matter who becomes the next NC President; All the three  candidates will do nothing to transform the party, nor will they find middle ground and bring all the Kangaroos together, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical but very true!], Madhesh and India: The Madhesh issue cast a long shadow over almost all programs Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli attended while in India, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep)

04/03/2016: 1,300 get accounts as NRA gears up for rebuilding aid: Cash distribution to be delayed due to NC convention (kp), Parties to report progress towards inclusion (kp) [There will be hardly something to report!], TRC to meet Bandarmudhe blast victims, by Dewan Rai (kp), Morcha leaders talk Madhes issues with Bihar chief minister: Leaders of regional  parties say some of their demands had been addressed through the first constitution amendment (kp), Gorkha CDO transferred for ‘failing to extend hospitality’ to Dahal: Baldev Gautam, who was posted to Gorkha  only recently, is transferred to Saptari for his ‘discourtesy’, by Sudip Kaini (kp) [??], Food for thought: NC plenum has seen an astonishing lack of ideas to keep nation hopeful (kp), Migration and development: Migrants are individuals with rights, not ‘agents’ or ‘tools’ for economic growth or poverty reduction, by Bandita Sijapati (kp), Judicial match-fixing: By giving in to political pressure Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha has failed to uphold the integrity of the Judiciary, by Binita Dahal (nt), Young and curious, by Biswas Baral (rep), Oli Ko Boli, Ke Garne Bholi?, by Hemang Dixit (sp)

03/03/2016: UN may not support Nepal’s TJ process: Reminds Kathmandu to formulate act, procedures for the TJ bodies in line with international standards; It has also reminded the government of the Supreme Court verdict, which has struck down a dozen provisions as well as suggested amendments to the Act, by Dewan Rai (kp) Madhes-based parties in wait and watch mode: Next move hinges on NC General Convention outcome, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Appointment SC justices: Legislative hurdle set to cause delays (kp), Govt mandates NRA to disburse rebuilding aid: Families rendered  homeless will get  Rs 200,000 each and house loan of up to  Rs 2.5 million (kp), Money for nothing: Instead of demanding more money, govt needs to imporove its capacity for aid utilisation (kp), Riling the juggernaut: We should understand that the historical paranoia of the angry Hindu elite is real in India, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

02/03/2016: Show cause against police for refusing insurgency-era cases (kp), Chepangs left in lurch: Several Chepang families in Chitwan have neither received the earthquake victim’s identity cards  nor any relief so far, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Aid plan from Singati set to get delayed (kp), India cuts annual grant to Nepal by 40 percent, by Bibek Subedi (kp), New govt after NC convention: Dahal (kp) [It's doubtful if Dahal knows that in this case Oli would have to resign by himself! According to article 100 of the new constitution, a motion of no confidence is only possible two years after the election of a PM at the earliest! But none of the top male leaders who have written this constitution will be aware of this! This statement does not deny that Oli is a complete failure as PM!], Dicing with death: The government needs to investigate the killings that took place during the Madhes agitation, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Below the line: Poverty line of $1.90 per day, set by the World Bank last October, is not pertinent to the assessment of urban poverty, by Ashika Sharma and Samyam Shrestha (kp)

01/03/2016: NRA fails to set up regional offices: Staff shortage blamed; Planned reconstruction from Singati, Dolakha uncertain; No decision on hiring , by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Women at work: KP Oli could have made significant strides in making the NRA gender-inclusive, by Basundhara Bhattarai (kp), Nepal rejects UN suggestions on TJ-related cases: Govt tells UN Human Rights Council it is yet to be prepared to enact  conventions ratified earlier, by Dewan Rai (kp), NC likely to squander opportunity to evolve, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Courting cash: The state has not been able to utilise the inflow of remittance productively, by Rudra Prasad Dahal (kp), Two disasters and Nepal: The economic slide, by Sandesh Paudyal and Smriti Rai (ht), Govt apathy renders White Paper redundant: More than two thirds of the 52 immediate measures laid out in the White Paper have not been implemented yet, by Sagar Ghimire and Kuvera Chalise (rep), Secularism in context: True freedom of religion is not neutrality to religions but equal treatment of all religions, by Robin Sharma (rep)

29/02/2016: At least 4,000 security personnel drawn back: As protests grew violent in early September, over 12,000 Nepal Police personnel  were deployed in nine ‘highly sensitive’ districts in the eastern and central Tarai, by Manish Gautam (kp), Rawal brushes off blockade reports (kp), UDMF preparing for a decisive battle, says Mahato: If government does not address the Madhes movement by utilising current lull, UDMF will fight (ht), Unclear roadmap: Oli’s intransigence means onus lies on NC to offer long-term solution to Madhes standoff (kp), NC-led govt in the offing, claim ruling parties (ht) [??], Madhav Kumar Nepal says UML will lead next govt also (ht) [Isn't he a leading memeber of one of the ruling parties??], NRA tightens noose around I/NGOs: Nonprofits barred from engaging in reconstruction work without prior approval (rep) [?? This reminds of the government statements shortly after the earthquakes! The affected people are still waiting in vain!!], Victims remain in dark about govt reconstruction program, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), NC not adopting federal structure in party for now, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Is this a hint that the NC is going to distance itself from the idea of federal state?], Dahal vs Bhattarai: Dahal needed Bhattarai more than Bhattarai needed Dahal; But Dahal was also insecure and scared of Bhattarai, by Hisila Yami, wife of Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Unequal Nepal: In an example of extreme inequality, the richest 20 percent people in Nepal hold 56 percent of its wealth, by Kamal Raj Dhungel (rep), Govt needs to spend Rs 1.39 billion development expenditure every day, by Kuvera Chalise (rep)

28/02/2016: Parties not ensuring full representation to be crossed off EC list: Political parties need to ensure inclusive representation of women, Dalits and marginalised groups in their working committees and those of their sister organisations (kp), Ready to quit as Political Committee coordinator to please UDMF: Thapa (ht) [You have been one of the most disqualified persons for this job either!], Meet non-political demands: SLMM; Calls for dropping charges against its cadres who are behind bars (kp), PM’s visit to India a fiasco: UDMF (ht), Less of a hero: Prithvi Narayan Shah and his successors were only interested in expanding their empire, by Bal Gopal Shrestha (kp), Illusive local governance: Government has made local elections its top priority, but no preparations are to be seen, by Khagendra N. Singh (kp), Half of the sky: The quota system is being misused to nominate wives, daughters and close relatives of political leaders, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Policing the police: The police must obey the law while enforcing the law, by Dipendra Adhikari (kp), Nepal-India Relations: The Coast Is Not Still Clear, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

27/02/2016: Campaign for ensuring conflict victims’ rights: The drive aims to provide the floor to the victims’  stories, highlighting their fight for truth and justice (kp), House panel asks TRC not to bring disputes out in media, by Nabin Khatiwata (rep) [The people have a right to information on institutions nominated by political parties!!], 30 pc children involved in hazardous works: Report (kp), Quake victims still awaiting relief, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht), National unity govt under NC soon: Sharma (kp) [Irrespected of which party leads the government, the current generation of so-called leaders is not qualified!!], PM Oli invites Madhesi parties to join Cabinet, by Madhav Dhungana (kp) [Obviously, he does not understand anything! This offer proves his mind: Symbolic power sharing but no change in contents of policy!], Agents refuse to release cargo until dues paid, by Rajesh Khanal (kp) [Another proof of Oli's failed state visit to India!], Prime Minister Oli terms India visit sucessful (ht) [??], Four legs good, two legs bad: Hindu nationalism and its dangers for Nepal, by Shreya Paudel (kp), Why Naya Shakti: Those involved in Naya Shakti have proven their commitment and dedication to serve the people at the grassroots for many years, by Pradeep Man Tulachan (rep)

26/02/2016: Viral diseases stalk northern Gorkha: People mostly in the quake-hit settlements down with viral fever, diarrhoea and common cold, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Quake-maimed children discontinue education: In Ghumtang village alone there are 15 children who lost their limbs in the quake, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Up to Rs 2.5m loan for rebuilding homes: NRA: NRA to provide subsidised loan of up to Rs 2.5 for  reubilding in cities and  Rs 1.5 in rural areas (kp), Transitional justice: Local peace committees to be used for collecting complaints, by Dewan Rai (kp), A collective crusade: There can be no justice for recent atrocities so long as past atrocities remain shrouded in a cloud of impunity, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), Real Rights Now: A new campaign to highlight the need for justice against human rights violations is being launched, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), EC to scrap registration of 21 political parties (kp), Juggling act: The way that the offers from the north and the south play out can shape Nepal’s future, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp), The fight for inclusiveness, by Priyanka Gurung (rep), Restless radicals: There are too many groups dissatisfied with the way the agitation in the Madhes has been called off, by Navin Jha (nt), Yadav threatens fresh agitation in Madhes (ht)

25/02/2016: Transitional justice delayed: NHRC continues to seek action in war-era cases, by Dewan Rai (kp), AI presses for independent probe into Tarai atrocities (kp) [see AI report 2015/16 on Nepal], Madhesi leaders being framed: AHRC (ht) [see report by AHRC], CIAA files graft charges over relief procurements: Seeks recovery of Rs 27.1 million, by Rudrfa Pangeni (rep), Democracy In Nepal: Political Leadership Has Failed The Test, by Mukti Rijal (rn), ‘No joint communiqué’ as PM Oli wraps up India visit, by Anil Giri (kp), PM Oli returns from India visit: Officials of two countries fail to issue a joint communiqué, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [sounds extremely successful!], PM returns home, says visit completely successful, by Ashok Dahal and Sangeet Sangroula (rep) [??], More women leaders sought in politics (kp), The feminist mystique: There is little recognition of the great diversity of Nepali women even in this day of identity politics, by Deepak Thapa (kp), ‘New forms of violence emerging in society’ (ht), Dissecting The Causes of Sufferings, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

24/02/2016: Protests on cards, but doors for dialogue open: Morcha; Preparations are ‘in full swing’ to resume protests from mid-March, SLMM leaders warn, saying that they are planning to taking all disgruntled groups including Tharu, Muslim and Janajati communities (kp), Tongues under threat: State needs to show greater sensitivity to the language diversity of the country (kp), Political Committee formed to fool India, claims Mahato (ht), Other parties in UDMF failed to pressure govt: Sadbhavana (rep), So near, yet so far: The question of Madhes lies at the heart of PM Oli’s visit to India; India is still sceptical of Oli, and it would be difficult to overcome this scepticism, given  the fact that Oli’s political strength comes from “nationalistic” people who will find it difficult to become friends with India, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Rice meant for relief rotting in food corporation godown (ht), Food crisis hits Mugu as NFC fails to lower price, by Suman Malla (rep), Laprak locals unite to ease water crisis, by Narhari Sapkota (rep) [Obviously, the government has not heard about the epicentre of last year's first big earthquake, yet!], Pathak's email to UN chief was unnecessary, says Minister Dhakal (rep)

23/02/2016: TJ bodies draw flak from victims over inefficiency: Conflict victims say the commissions have done nothing of note to win their confidence (kp), CIEDP commissioner questions UN role in transitional justice: Emailed complaint to Ban Ki-Moon, by Durga Dulal and Nabin Khatiwada (rep), ‘Food insecurity persists’: there remains a pressing need for assistance in mountain and hill areas, according to a UN report (kp), Post quake vulnerability still persists in 11 districts (ht), The Reconstruction Bid: Challenges On All Fronts, by Prem Khatry (rn), NRA calls for Nepal-India mechanism: Seeks to ensure smooth supply of construction materials during post-quake reconstruction phase (ht), Depoliticise sports, by Shyam K.C. (rn) [Depoliticisation is urgent as well in far more important sectors like education, health, general administration, judicial servise, etc.!!], No misunderstanding with India persists: PM Oli (rep) [Yes, more than four months of blockade did not happen!!], Prime Mnister Oli In India, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), New constitution inclusive, claims Prime Minister Oli: Says he himself is not fully satisfied with all the provisions of the statute, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [??], Promotion of all mother languages underscored (ht), Election commission seeks mandate to fix election dates (rep)

22/02/2016: TRC commissioners in row, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC member Bhatta complains of threat to her security: Accuses Gurung of not assigning her any role (ht), Ministry's delay hampers reconstruction works: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Gorkha schools run under tents, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Morcha sets riders to join political mechanism (kp), Oli: Visit successful in clearing the air: India calls for addressing grievances in Nepal in line with assurances (kp) [???], Not so easy: PM Oli’s visit has been able to restore ties that were on dangerous free fall (kp), A twist in the pipeline: Nepal’s energy dependence on India will continue to constrain its ability to negotiate bilateral issues, by Bibek Raj Kandel (kp), Underground outfit JTJP army commander, two others arrested (ht), Revisiting Mahatonomics: Economic liberalization sans strong regulatory institutions meant that growth in private sector was at the expense of public sector, by Bhagirath Yogi and Jeevan R. Sharma (rep)

21/02/2016: Post-quake reconstruction: NRA seeks detailed plan from ministries (kp), Thakur warns of renewed protest (kp), If govt attitude doesn’t change, we’ll reimpose blockade: Thakur (ht), Careful reservations please: Reservation is but a small step to correct the  wrong that has been done to the marginalised, by Sanjeev Dahal (kp), Civil society demands proportional representation of Dalit community (ht), Date-expired food sent for earthquake victims (ht)

20/02/2016: SLMM spurns political mechanism (kp), UDMF rejects political mechanism; says it will now resort to agitation once again (ht), UDMF denies recognizing new committee (rep), Major parties have failed to resolve crisis: Bhattarai (ht), INSEC: Rights violation cases escalate (kp) [see INSEC yearbook 2016], HR situation deteriorated in 2015: INSEC (rep), Oli goes to India: It’s been almost 10 months since we got hit by the Big One, but our incompetent government has yet to carry out any reconstruction works in the country, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Messenger to Delhi: Our prime minister should be able to impress on the Indians that Nepal is competent enough to address its own issues, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep), Oli’s business: The prime minister for a change should not be guided by 'regime insecurity' and not try to appease the Indians, by Rohit Karki (rep), India supplying just 60pc of LPG demand, says NOC (kp), 12 rights defenders arrested, released (ht) [??]

19/02/2016: Govt forms political committee on boundary disputes, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Mechanism formed to fix boundary row: Morcha refuses to own it up (kp), Thapa-led political committee formed: Members to be finalised through political consensus, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht) [How can such committee be formed under the lead of a person who is against the federal republic and, instead, stands for the revival of the unitary monarchical state??], Madhesi parties oppose committee formation without ToR, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Deal on ToR of political mechanism elusive (ht), SLMM obstructs minister’s programme in Rautahat, by Shiva Puri (kp), UDMF cadres gherao NC lawmakers (ht), NHRC to govt: Ratify Rome Statute: Commission’s suggestion is timed with  the government’s preparation of response to the United Nations Human Rights Council (kp), Ganga Maya transferred to Gangalal (rep), It’s inclusion, stupid! On Democracy Day, we must reflect on the past and plan for the future (kp), Post Truth Politics: The TRC’s first report expresses deep frustration at the lack of cooperation from those in power, by Foreign Hand (nt) [!!], Bhatta removed as TRC spokesperson (ht) [??], Remaining an open society: The shrinking liberal space in the region and erosion of political freedoms should ring alarm bells for us in Nepal, especially with political extremism taking root in the country once again, by Rubeena Mahato (nt)

18/02/2016: Maina Sunar's memorial: ‘Transitional justice faces threat’, by Dewan Rai (kp), Krishna Prasad murder: Ganga Maya’s condition ‘critical’ (kp), Negotiators struggle to reach agreement: Parties have only two days left to reach a deal before Oli leaves for India (kp), Two task forces fail to agree on ToR of political mechanism, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Taskforce meet on ToR inconclusive: UDMF sticks to 2 provinces (rep), Slow and steady: The Madhes movement has succeeded by failing—by not achieving its declared objectives, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Far from over: What happens next in Madhesh will be clear after PM's India visit and General Convention of Nepali Congress, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep), Days Of Scarcity Are Not Over Yet, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

17/02/2016: Govt endorses regulations for TJ bodies: Committee removes  key provisions arguing  that they are inconsistent with the Transitional Justice Act, by Dewan Rai (kp), Political mechanism before India visit: PM (kp), Morcha ‘cautiously optimistic’ (kp), UDMF stages sit-in protest (ht), Madhesh speaks: It's not demarcation that is fuelling agitation but a sense among Madheshis that the state treats them as second-class citizens, by David Kainee (rep), Battered lives, at brick kilns: Earthquake-displaced find no better place to work, live in (kp)

16/02/2016: Chand-led Maoists hinder data collection of quake victims in Kavre (ht), Morcha exerts pressure on govt to address non-political demands (kp), UDMF objects to arrest, indictment of its cadres (ht), Ministers seen in plains after six months (ht) [!!], Missed opportunity: KP Oli and other leaders in Nepal have frustrated their own people and frittered away Modi's goodwill, by Jaya Raj Acharya (kp), Make it inclusive: Reconstruction that does not deal with land justice and existing social inequalities would be cosmetic, by Jagat Deuja (rep)

15/02/2016: Ruling parties delay Madhes taskforce meet (kp), Govt not serious about talks: UDMF; All issues to be resolved before PM’s India visit, says Oli’s press adviser (ht), Important last step: PM Oli and Madhesi parties should find common ground for a lasting solution (kp), PM Oli's India Visit And Our Sufferings, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Democracy In Delivery, by P. Kharel (rn), Language barrier causing hassles in quake data collection, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Why governments fail: Politicians take issues of governance lightly as they do not have to suffer what other ordinary people suffer, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

14/02/2016: Show some empathy: It’s wrong to mock marginalised groups engaged in social justice movements, by Tirtha Raj Bhatta (kp), Political affinity reflected in TRC members’ work, by Lekhanathn Pandey (ht), Mechanism on boundary delineation: Clear framework, ToR key to deal: Morcha; There are considerable  differences over Terms and References of the  political mechanism and framework of agreement (kp), Mahato threatens to whip up stir (ht), New ministries for ministers’ sake: Recently created ministries face dearth of staff, budget, office space, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Oli's irresponsible and unconstitutional procedure is a grave and special kind of corruption to rob the state coffers for the sake of power!], Weary new power: Bhattarai is still accountable for what happened during the decade-long Maoist insurgency, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp) [This is true, just as other Maoist leaders, the then army leadership, leading politicians of NC, UML and RPP as well as, especially, the monarchy and its henchmen still have to bear responsibility!!], The days ahead: The opportunity to gain from effective implementation of the constitution should not be missed, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp)

13/02/2016: Mechanism to sort out boundary row: Big 3, Morcha claim deal likely tomorrow, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Mechanism to be formed by tomorrow (ht), UDMF inducts three more Madhesi parties (ht), Warm welcome awaits Oli in Delhi, by Anil Giri (kp) [Yes, Indian preparations took four months of blockade!!], Taskforce asked to draft political body ToR by Sunday: Cross-party leaders suggest PM not to sign any controversial deal with India (rep), Don’t sign anti-national deals, PM told (ht), Senior citizens press demands for facilities: Social Welfare Ministry pledges to introduce benefit schemes (kp), Quake-displaced brace for rains as hope for help ‘fades’, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Incongruous country: Earthquakes followed by promulgation of constitution followed by blockade have helped us spot contradictions, by Hitesh Karki (rep)

12/02/2016: Sitting on hands awaiting financial leg-up: TRC and CIEDP have received only token budget from government; Conflict victims voice frustration at slow pace of work, by Dewan Rai (kp), A tale of quakes: With supply easing and NRA in place, it’s time to deliver goods to survivors (kp), Saptari govt offices resume operations: CDO Narayan Prasad Bhatta says the offices resumed operations after SLMM withdrew the banda and halted protest, by Jitendra Khadga (kp), New Force awakens: Society and the country should give Baburam Bhattarai a chance to change if he wants to, by Janak Raj Joshi (kp), What the people think about the ‘People’s War’: Two decades on, there is mostly disappointment in the cradle of the Maoist revolution, by Seulki Lee (nt), Bad timing: The Congress should have read the mood in Madhes before scheduling its convention, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), The blockade that benefitted no one except smugglers: ... but the damage it caused will stay on, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Autopsy of a blockade: The most important lesson for Nepal from this crisis is to massage Big Brother’s ego and keep him happy (nt), NMSP, NSP, MJF-R to be inducted into UDMF; Gupta-led TMNC left out, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Three more Madhes-centric parties to join UDMF, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep), Deal with agitating parties likely before India visit: Taskforce meeting summoned Friday, by Ashok Dahal (rep), What’s next in the Madhes? Unrest will grow again in the plains unless Kathmandu initiates confidence building measures, by Navin Jha (nt), Out with the old: Nepal’s civil society is now more of a hurdle than a contributor to creating an accountable and just society, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), Prime Minister’s Visit To India, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

11/02/2016: Mahato’s Sadbhawana Party plans new alliance, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), CPN (M) announces fresh stir (kp), UDMF betrayed Madhes, says Matrika (ht), Making politics work: Lack of locally elected bodies has led to serious dysfunctions in governance (kp), Madhes Agitation: A Scourge For The People, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), The struggle continues: The loss of credibility of moderate Madheshi Morcha forces will create a vacuum in Tarai, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep), Copping on: A blanket ban cannot be the answer to isolated incidents that call for a very different approach, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Task Allocation In Federal Set-up: Finance, Functionaries Vital, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Rule of thumb: Prime Minister Oli knows his limits; If he was really keen on diversifying Nepal's trade relations he would have lapped up China's recent overtures, by Biswas Baral (rep), Population first: It is not too late to revise province demarcations by taking population size into consideration, by Yagya Bahadur Karki (rep)

10/02/2016: Truth and disappearance: The transitional justice commissions seem to have failed to meet the expectations of the peace accord, by Govinda Sharma 'Bandi' (kp), Homage to Koirala: If leaders benefit from his virtues and become wiser from his mistakes and weaknesses, it will be the best homage they will be paying to their departed leader (ht), Congress after Koirala: Leadership void feared, by Anil Giri (kp) [Ideal occasion to hand leadership over to a younger and more inclusive generation! Else, the decline of the party will continue 39 percent of the votes in 1991, only 25 percent in 2013!!]

09/02/2016: Govt employees reluctant to join truth commissions: Govt had sanctioned 100 positions for the TRC and 70 for the CIEDP, by Dewan Rai (kp), Assist TRC: Even after the formation of the commissions they have not been able to perform as per expectations and discharge their duties (ht), SLMM calls off banda, border sit-ins formally: Says its other programmes, including Capital-centric ones, will continue (kp), UDMF relents at last, formally ends Birgunj blockade (rep), UDMF lifts border blockade, defers strike (ht), Mahato hauled over the coals (kp), Mahato told not to speak against agitation (ht), UDMF weakened Tarai movement: FIMA (ht), Raxaul depot begins refilling NOC tankers, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), 17 oil tankers enter through Birgunj point (kp), Birgunj Customs collects Rs65.5m in single day (kp), PM holds consultations for maiden India visit: Former prime ministers, ministers and diplomats advise PM Oli to revisit ties with the southern neighbour rather than signing any new deal (kp), India urges Nepal to finalise reconstruction programme (ht)

08/02/2016: Words beyond Oliology: Oliology captures the essence of social tendencies that equates Nepali nationality with Khas-Arya communalism, by CK Lal (rep), One year on, transitional justice bodies yet to sharpen their focus, by Dewan Rai (kp), Support us in time or lose control of Maoist war-era cases: TRC; Transitional justice bodies alert govt, political leaders against transitional cases coming under international action, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), TRC urges govt to solve war-era cases, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Mahato’s remark riles UDMF constituents (kp), Transportation resumes in Siraha: Local transport workers’ association decides to resume service after their repeated requests to the Morcha to lift the ban went unheeded (kp), Import through Birgunj picks up, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Raxaul depot likely to supply petrol, diesel, LPG from today: To take 15-30 days to normalise fuel, cooking gas availability, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Undeclared Blockade Opens Silently, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Stalled bilateral ties ‘moving forward’: In preparation for PM’s Delhi visit, FinMin Poudel meets Indian ministers, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp), Dispute on hearings committee delays EC chief appointment, by Ashok Dahal (rep), A time for caution: Nepal should not make hasty decisions when it comes to revaluating the 1950 treaty, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), ‘Constitution will create jobs for politicians, but won’t contribute to sustainable development’, interview with Bhairaja Panday (ht)

07/02/2016: Morcha bid to obstruct Birgunj border foiled: Four gas bullets and around hundred freight carriers have entered Nepal in last 24 hours; Fuel tankers to cross into Nepal from Monday after process to reroute them cancelled, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Agitators chased from sit-in site: Three LPG bullets, one diesel tanker enter via Birgunj entry point (ht), 5 tankers enter through Birgunj (kp), SLMM in quandary over next move, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UDMF leaders engaged in hectic internal consultations (ht), Way down south: Internal divisions in Madhes are being used as a propaganda tool to dismiss its demands, by Kalpana Jha (kp), A web of lies: Politicians should be held accountable for the promises they make to the people, by Surendra Regmi (kp), Government endorses Truth and Reconciliation regulations (ht)

06/02/2016: Birgunj blockade broken by locals after 134 days, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep), Over 60 cargo carriers roll into Birgunj after 135 days: Border sees brisk vehicular movement after locals remove roadblocks, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Birgunj border opens after five months, by Ram Sarraf (ht), Sadbhavana Party to propose ending border protests (rep), UDMF to review mode of agitation (ht), Mahato talks to Oli, flies to Capital (kp), PM, Dahal urge Mahato to find negotiated solution to issues related to Tarai (ht), With no sight of govt fund, Laprak quake victims unite to rebuild homes, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Quake-hit school runs classes under open sky: Tents received from organisations after the earthquake have torn up, by Aash Gurung (kp), Nepal quake survivors fight freezing temperatures (ht), Reconstruction delay endangers forests, by Arjun Poudel (rep), Fringe parties not for vote threshold (kp), No party for young men: With the 13th General Convention of Nepali Congress around the bend, youth leaders are hoping to break the glass ceiling, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Teaching Lessons Backfired, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Madhesh agitation: No End In Sight (sp), Thought for Future Action, by Hemang Dixit (sp)

05/02/2016: Big 3, SLMM set to resume talks today: Say focus will be on political mechanism to settle boundary dispute (kp), Morcha discusses end to banda, border sit-ins: Either all border points should be obstructed or the Birgunj route should be opened immediately, says Rajendra Mahato, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp), Birgunj border blockade not enough to pressure govt, claims Mahato: Says it is only encouraging black-marketing and making ordinary people’s lives miserable (ht), Saturday’s UDMF meet to lift border blockade, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), NHRC: Honour democratic spirit (kp) [This demand is justified but it should be directed towards the government and the big parties as well!!], NHRC urges UDMF, govt to exercise restraint (ht), UDMF closes markets (ht), Frequent clashes at sit-in site (ht), Rastriya Janamorcha student wing vandalizes DEO, by Rajendra Bhatta (rep), Southern unrest: If peaceful movements are not managed well, frustration will give rise to violence, by Krishna Kumar Sah (kp), Stale political system: Successive prime ministers have not understood that creating  robust systems and hiring competent teams is key to success, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Towards The Junkyard Of History, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), The stifling burden of hierarchy: Instead of having one king, Nepal is now burdened with a dozen petty rajas each jealously guarding their party throne, by Foreign Hand (nt)

04/02/2016: Govt deals a blow to transitional justice: Draft regulations of TRC and CIEDP are gathering dust, by Dewan Rai (kp), Obstructions remain until demands are met: Thakur (kp), Border blockade hits Birgunj hard, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), NC leader Nidhi tries to calm tempers in Janakpur (kp), Single women left in lurch after quake, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Pacifying The Madhesi Parties Is No Picnic, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

03/02/2016: A lost opportunity: Nepal’s transitional justice mechanisms have failed to involve victims in their activities, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Conflict victims warn TRC of zero support (kp), EC for state funds to parties: Aims to ensure financial transparency n Proposes 1.5 pc vote threshold, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Tired of bandas, Tarai locals urge Morcha to revise protest (kp), NC warns of retaliation if SLmm ‘attack’ continues, by Shyamsundar Shashi (kp) [Retaliation of crime by crime?? What about rule of law?], Rival Madhesi alliance critical of Morcha-Lalu meeting (kp), Govt objects to Indian leaders’ statements (kp), CoAS Chettri meets senior figures in India: Indian president will decorate CoAS Chhetri amid a special programme on Wednesday (kp) [??], Campaign in UML againstPM Oli's 'monopoly': Rival faction meets in Capital (kp), Thapa hits out at coalition leaders (kp), Greater Alliance And Politics Of Negation, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

02/02/2016: CIEDP bill will criminalise disappearances, by Dewan Rai (kp), FIMA to intensify Madhes stir (ht), UDMF urged to form grand alliance of Madhesi forces (ht), Reinforcement sought to ramp up agitation (ht), Big 3, SLMM to revive taskforce: Four-party panel to work to settle boundary dispute (kp), Parties resume slow-paced talks with front: UDMF revives task force, by Prakash Acharya (ht), SLMM cadres attack NC leaders’ homes, by Shyamsundar Shashi (kp), UDMF demonstrators turn unruly, resort to vandalism in Janakpur, by Suresh Yadav (rep), Morcha leaders meet politicians in Bihar: SSFN Chairman Yadav, Sadbhawana Chair Mahato and TMSP chief Mahendra R Yadav in Bihar ‘seeking help for Tarai agitation’, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp), Bihar leaders highly concerned on Nepal's internal issues, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), Govt gears up for citizenship law draft (kp), National govt need of the hour: Dahal; Says it may be formed even before the Nepali Congress general convention and that he is not keen to head it, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht) [Such government would only make sense if none of the old and failed leaders plays any role in it!!], Ex-EC commissioners suggest 1.5 pc threshold for PR seats (ht), Making it click: Survivors lack information on what kind of support is available, by Saugat Gautam (rep)

01/02/2016: Transitional justice: Lack of progress adds to victims’ sufferings; The commissions have so far been limited to setting up office and holding interactions with the victims groups, by Dewan Rai (kp), Rights priorities: Security agencies, Maoist party should offer war-era dossiers to the TRC bodies (kp), Grand alliance to revitalise protests (kp), 10 hurt as SLMM cadres and police clash in Janakpur: The clash erupted after the SLMM supporters started hurling Molotov cocktail targeting the house of a Nepali Congress lawmaker, by Shyamsundar Shashi (kp), Resolve Madhes crisis thru talks: HLPCC, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), PM ‘under pressure’ to visit china first if blockade stays (kp), India wants to keep Nepal confined to 1950 treaty, interview with Bhekh, Bahadur Thapa (kp), Laws for lawmakers: There should be a code barring MPs from House business if a conflict of interest exists, by Dinesh Raj Shivakoti (kp)

31/01/2016: System upgrade: Nepali citizens are tired of fake democracy that does not benefit the common people, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp), We will review border protests, says Thakur (kp), UDMF yet to decide on lifting border blockade: Thakur (ht), UDMF to seek Bihar’s support (ht), Regulator mess hampers I/NGOs’ quake rehab bid: Minister Mainali’s cadres have padlocked Social Welfare Council member secy’s office while incum-bent has been recalled (kp) [??], PM, Dahal discuss agendas for HLPCC meet, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Comedy of political errors: Every drop of China’s ‘free oil’ will prove to be ‘doses of opium’ for tiny Nepal, by Atul K. Thakur (kp), First 100 daze: If the people had to grade the government’s performance, they would give it 30 percent, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp)

30/01/2016: CIEDP demands war-era dossiers: Around 77 percent of 1,400 disappeared cases were committed by the state and 10 percent by the rebel Maoists, by Dewan Rai (kp) [!!], Three-decade long wait for disappeared son (ht), Birgunj-Raxaul sees cargo movement in 4 months, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), NC, UCPN-M blame UML for stalemate, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Local body restructuring commission soon: Thapa: The new constitution states that the state will be restructured into three levels--federal, provincial and local (kp) [??], Legal hurdle for local poll preps: Electoral law amendment proposal gathers dust at Home Ministry (kp), Of Naya Shakti and ‘halal’ revolutions, by Biswas Baral (rep), Story of failure: Government heads in Nepal fail in such a way in such a short span of time that every PM proves to be worse than his immediate predecessor, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

29/01/2016: Agitating forces keen to form grand alliance, as standoff with Big III continues, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) Rangeli police firing: No plan to form probe panel: Home Minister (kp), Frosty relations headed for thaw after 4 months, by Anil Giri (kp), Border control: What is blocking the blockade from being lifted in Birganj? (nt), Govt not cooperating with TRC: Spokesperson; Bhatta warns of internationalising cases of rights violations if there was no environment for commission to perform its duties, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp), ‘Govt under control of fuel mafia’ (kp), Dahal for ‘serious’ talk with PM on governance issues (kp), UCPN-M concerned about govt’s poor show, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), UCPN (Maoist) brass accuse PM, ministers of poor performance (rep), Hold local polls, House panel tells govt (kp), Prez Bhandari stresses on holding polls at all levels (ht), Corrupt to the core: Nepal’s endemic corruption will be checked through public ombudsmen (kp), Corruption scores: The most shameful practice is that the cabinet doles out millions of rupees to any leader or any influential person, including those convicted by court on corruption charges (ht), Flawed agency relationship: Increase in remittance has for now partly solved the issues of employment and balance of payment, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (kp), All eyes on the NRA: The Reconstruction Authority has slid back into oblivion after the CEO’s appointment, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp), Not their battle: Cadre, voters and supporters of the Big Three are turning against them in the Tarai, by Navin Jha (nt), Wanted: Prime Minister (1) (nt) [satirical]

28/01/2016: Charter fails to address concerns: Rights watchdog; HRW reports says parties used distraction of humanitarian crisis to pass a constitution which has ended up deeply hurting many of its citizens (kp) [see Nepal chapter of HRW World Report 2016], Quake victims yet to benefit from international aid: HRW; Political leadership left citizens without critical assistance and fought over petty politics (ht), Ban welcomes charter amendment (kp) [?], PM unhappy with Indian response after amendment (rep) [What did he expect after this second unilateral step?], Major and Madhesi parties, and Delhi should avoid politics of brinkmanship (kp), SLMM intensifies talks, aims to step up protests (kp), Madhesi front leaders divided on withdrawing border blockade (ht), Nepal slips 4 places in TI’s graft listing: Country’s image as one of most corrupt countries takes further beating; Abuse of authority by public servants behind bleak integrity standing, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Nepal slips four ranks in graft perception index: Poor score is a sign of prevalent bribery in the country and lack of punishment for corruption (ht), Nepal third most corrupt country in S Asia, 15th globally, by Kuvera Chalise (kp), UCPN (Maoist) dissatisfied with ministers’ performances (kp), 13,000 quake victims still without funds for warm clothes, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Quake victims picket Dhading admin office, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp), Counting heads: Fixed boundaries do not necessarily create fixed citizenships, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Government’s Showing: Leaves Much To Be Desired, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

27/01/2016: SLMM mulling ‘mega alliance’ to up the ante: Likely to join hands with other Madhes-based parties to step up protests (kp), UDMF may review border-centric protests: Leaders (ht), Tarai protesters mull over  marching on Kathmandu (ht), PM hopeful of blockade ending in 2-3 days: Defends constitution, amendment and his grand plans (kp) [How stupid can a PM be? And how stupid does he think the people are?], Birgunj-Raxaul point shut for 2 hrs, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Communication gap: It is unfortunate that ties between the best of friends Nepal and India have soured, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Govt functioning draws flak in Parliament: NC lawmaker Ramesh Lekhak calls Prime Minister Oli-led government a bunch of jokers, by Prakash Acharya (kp), NHRC to name names: Says recommendations for action against rights violators were unheeded, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC, CIEDP remain idle for lack of regulations: Transitional justice bodies rendered defunct as Maoists oppose some provisions, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), Prime Minister Oli concerned about rights violations in Tarai (ht), Statute Amendment Praiseworthy Move, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

26/01/2016: Court reopens Maina murder case: She was tortured to death by NA officials during the Maoist insurgency (ht), Too little, too late: Madheshi parties had given a nod to Nidhi's proposal but the government rejected his proposed amendments, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep), SLMM: Will change tack, won’t fall back: Morcha announces ‘soft protests’; Divided over future strategy (kp), UDMF to continue its agitation (ht), Tharuhat-Tharuwan to continue protest (ht), Obstruction continues at Birgunj-Raxaul point: Vehicles entering Nepal through other crossings, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Misunderstanding with India has cleared: DPM (kp) [?], Outstanding issues should be addressed: Rae (ht), Kin receive bodies of Rangeli victims, hold final rites (kp), PM in bid to override PAC fiat (kp), Lost spirit of 2036: Intersectionality of class and ethnicity is the need of the day for the Nepali left, by Shreya Paudel (kp), Just 4 percent of foreign aid spent so far this year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), MPs say govt protecting black-marketeers, ignoring quake victims (ht), Landslide victims demand identity cards (ht), Lessons To Be Learned, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

25/01/2016: Tarai leaders plan change in agitation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Madhesi parties to intensify stir (ht), FSFN for capital-centric agitations, sparing general public, by Ashok Dahal (rep), SLMM objects to amendment, by Madhav Dhungana (kp), Constitution amendment was again endorsed unilaterally, interview with Upendra Yadav (kp), Hail Comrade Premier: The Pahadi Rights Defenders protesting against the so-called Indian Blockade failed to contemplate over absurdities of their own action, by CK Lal (rep), First Amendment To New Constitution And Target, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Hope for the better: The political parties in the country and none of the interest groups, whether in the name of gender, ethnicity, religion, or some other thing, are fully satisfied with the Constitution (ht), Whither Madhesi civil society? A redefinition of our democratic polity in a manner that empowers all the communities is required, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (kp), Inching closer: Major parties now need to back amendments  with  political  symbolism (kp), UDMF to accept bodies of protesters (ht), Bereaved families left in lurch, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp), Martyrdom for victims perpetuates impunity, by Dewan Rai (kp), Kin of Doramba massacre victims hopeful of justice, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp), Call for wider reservation (kp), Reconstruction authority working at snail’s pace, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Building construction work: Blockade, fuel crisis hit permit applications, by Gaurav Thapa (kp), India says amendment a positive development (rep), Birgunj-Raxaul entry point partially relaxed, by Ritesh Tripathi (ht), Birgunj border reopens: Carts loaded with goods entering Nepal from India during night (ht), Nepali vehicles crossing the border: India makes entry permits mandatory, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Selling patriotism: King Mahendra started the patriotism game to enrich his henchmen; PM Oli is using the same to benefit his coterie, by Kuvera Chalise (rep)

24/01/2016: House endorses bill amid the din: 461 lawmakers vote in favour, seven against; Agitating Madhes-based parties boycott voting, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai, Binod Ghimire and Roshan Sedhai (kp), First amendment of constitution effected amid protest from Madhes parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Progressive but incomplete, says Morcha (kp), UDMF accuses Big III of suppressing Tarai stir:  Decides to bar major parties from holding public programmes in Bara and Parsa districts (ht), SLMM not to receive bodies before demands addressed (kp), FSF-N central members for launching Valley-centric protest (ht), Busy dreaming: There are far more serious matters for the PM to address than cracking jokes, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), US urges govt to take concrete steps to resolve crisis (ht), Running out of patience: Political leaders have always exploited the resilience and diligence of the Nepali people, by David Kainee (kp)

23/01/2016: Fear, uncertainty grip Rangeli: Deaths in Rangeli first in eastern Tarai in protests that have raged for more than five months, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp), Sense of calm and order in Tarai shattered by killings, by Bhusan Yadav, Laxmi Sah and Aman Koirala (kp), Protests erupt in Tarai (kp), UDMF intensifies agitation in Tarai (ht), Protests across Tarai following Rangeli deaths, by Ritesh Tripathi, by Upendra Yadav and Ajit Tiwari (rep), Government accused of committing genocide (ht), NHRC seeks probe into Morang incident (kp), AHRC, NHRC condemn killings in Morang (ht), Stop the bullets! Why on earth is Nepal Police acting like private security guards for our political parties?, by Guffadi (kp), UDMF, UML blame each other for Rangeli (ht), YAN blames Morcha for clash deaths (kp), Madhes liberation not possible without armed revolt: Matrika (ht) [Nothing learnt from Maoist insurgency?], Constitution amendment: Deliberations end, bill to be put to vote today (kp), NC, UML to ‘try until the final hour’ to forge agreement (kp), Amendment bill in trouble again as NC, UML lock horns, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Change language of amendment bill, NC tells prime minister (ht), ‘Conflict victims feel justice denied’, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Irate earthquake survivors padlock VDC office demanding cash relief (ht), Commentary: Welcome to Comrade Oli’s paradise!, by Subhash Ghimire (rep) [Neither is Oli a communist nor was the former government of Sushil Koirala any better!]

22/01/2016: 3 killed, 9 injured in Morang police firing, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp), 3 die in Morang at Youth Force function clashes; Fifteen others injured, by Binod Subedi (rep), Woman among three killed in police firing (ht), Tarai parties condemn Rangeli incident (ht), Top leaders’ meeting falls apart after PM Oli snaps: Rules out chances of incorporating all SLMM demands (kp), Five parties’ bid for pact with UDMF on, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Much-awaited 'decisive talks' get nowhere (rep), PM not serious to solve Madhes crisis: Thakur, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp), DPM Thapa scoffs at Madhes stir (ht), Stop, think, then ink: Protests about the shape and modality of federal provinces can go on, but not at the cost of further ruining the country (nt), Failure of agitation will plunge country into violence, warns SP Chair Rajendra Mahato (ht), Utilise amendment proposals to address Madhesi concerns: MPs; Amendment proposals of lawmakers of Nepali Congress and Unified CPN-Maoist are close to the concerns of the agitating parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht), MPs deliberate amendment bill, morcha boycotts (kp), No clue for staff supply at NRA (kp), UCPN-M urges SC to reverse order (ht) [Long live impunity and glorification of murderers!!], Agitating parties plan to disturb NC village, municipal conference (ht), Black market flourishes as state mechanism ceases to function (ht), Down, down, down: Four months into the Indian blockade, prices are soaring, the currency is depreciating and the economy is in the hands of black marketeers, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Better days to come: Nepalis are suffering because political bickering about the constitution has rendered everything else irrelevant, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), Loktantra’s Pants on Fire, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), Response Architecture, by Prabin Manandhar (sp)

21/01/2016: Deal or no deal, major forces set to vote for bill: Lawmakers ordered to be present in House on Saturday, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [This procedure reminds of the way the top male Tagadhari leaders forced the promulgation of the non-inclusive constitution last September! When will they start to learn?], Amendment bill to be revised: Top level talks with agitating parties today, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Major parties call top  level talks with UDMF, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NGO ‘recovers’ loan from relief amount of quake-hit Chepangs, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp), Public bus service resumes in Janakpur: Agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha is yet to respond to the decision of transport entrepreneurs, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp), Morcha enforces Rangeli banda (kp), Lingering Embargo: The Whys And The Wherefores, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Local Democratic Institutions: Key To Political Democratisation, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Making it work: Nepali people desire to forge strong national unity above ethnic interests, by Anjita Parajuli (kp), Nepal in crisis: For amicable solution, by Shobhakar Parajuli (ht), Food crisis looms over Sindhupalchowk quake victims, by Dhruba Dangal (rep)

20/01/2016: After weeks of talks, it’s back to square one: SLMM says taskforce has outlived its usefulnessn Contentious issues again in top leadership’s lap (kp), Task force level talks over: UDMF (ht), Constitution amendment: Major parties agree to endorse bill Saturday, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Amendment delayed yet again as big parties remain divided, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Constitution amendment bill deliberations put off till tomorrow: Big III to pass the bill even without consensus on Saturday, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Protests pick up with talks stalled, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Deuba: Tharus can be given autonomous state (kp) [??], Tarai agitation hits transporters hard (ht), Major parties working to take federal shape: Top three parties are preparing to adapt to the three-tier government structure: federal, provincial and local, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Quake-hit struggle to shake off cold (kp), Earthquake victim with no citizenship struggles for relief, by Narhari Sapkota (rep), Govt opened, then shut rehab centers: Provided only balloon blowing training to health workers concerned, by Arjun Poudel (rep), Enforce court verdicts: Conflict victims: NHRC pressed to ensure the implementation of court verdicts against rights violators, by Dewan Rai (kp)

19/01/2016: Govt aid may be too little, too late for earthquake survivors, by Pragati Shahi (kp), A victim looking for aid to rebuild her world, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Redefining nationality: It is necessary to change the notion of nationality as per people’s aspirations, by Ram Bahadur Thapa Magar (kp), Talks come a cropper as blame game starts (kp), Deal eludes parties (rep), Stalemate on UDMF’s demands continues, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Yadav warns of Singha Durbar-centric protest: ‘Ready for deal if Big Three agree on border revision’ (kp), ‘Govt spreading rumours’ (ht), Raw deal bad for all sides, says Mahato (ht), Madhes agitation injured left in a lurch (ht), Parliament to meet today: To proceed with bill on constitutional amendment (ht), Statute amendment: House meeting likely to form Special Committee (kp), CEDAW: Govt runs six months past report submission deadline (kp), Sixth shadow report to be presented to CEDAW committee (ht), NHRC: Don’t sell food received as donation (kp), In 100 days, Oli Cabinet has little to boast about, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Coalition partners unhappy as Oli government completes 100 days (ht), We are here: Nepal needs brand ambassadors who can help it gain fame and improve its future, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Time for referendum? If ongoing talks between government and Madheshi leaders are also fruitless referendum in disputed districts would be advised, by Prakash A Raj (rep)

18/01/2016: Morcha seeks statutory note of dealmaker body: Morcha interlocutors say agreement not remote if major parties specify in the ToR that the federal restructuring would keep Tharu and Madhesi clusters intact (kp), UDMF suggests ways to resolve Tarai crisis (ht), Parties agree to give legal validity to political body’s decisions, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Resolve Tarai stir through talks: NHRC (ht), Bad beginning: Starting symbolic reconstruction from Kathmandu makes govt look myopic (kp), Delayed campaign: The quake victims will have to spendyet another rainy season in makeshift shelters already damaged by the previous monsoon and the snowfall in Gorkha district (ht), Some in Barpak start building home without govt aid, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep) [What a crime! Shall they wait in their tents some more years??], Sindhupalchowk villagers cut off from the outer world (rep), Senior govt officials reluctant to join NRA; Factors: Working with ‘untested’ boss, career concerns (kp), NRA entrusts NGO to recruit 3,000 engineers for damage survey, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Female quake victims deprived of identity cards: Manu Humagain of National Women Council says the government must reassess the number of earthquake victims (kp), Build back better: Govts have moral obligation and social responsibility to protect civilians during natural disasters, by Sumesh Shiwakoty (kp), Rights defenders seek revision to transitional justice Acts (kp), Dispute over panel size delays House hearing: Opposition backs incumbent 73-member hearing committee while the ruling parties want it reduced to the constitutional size (kp) [Just as the government size has been reduced to the constitutional size?? Nepali politicians are not reliable!], Dahal bats for national unity govt; Maoist chairman: After broad agreement on issues, there can be discussion whether this Cabinet should continue as unity government or a new one be formed (kp), Oli Behaving As A Despotic Ruler, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

17/01/2016: Much-delayed  rebuilding  campaign inaugurated: NRA aims to start building ravaged homes from April 24, on the eve of quake anniversary, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Reconstruction mega campaign kicks off, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Former US president Carter concerned about delayed post-quake reconstruction in Nepal (ht), Major parties, UDMF inch closer to pact, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Big 3 make offer in gesture of conciliation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Madhesi Morcha takes out baton rally in Tarai: Protests were organised in Sarlahi, Saptari, Bara, Morang and Bardiya, among other Tarai districts (kp), UDMF stages stick rally in Birgunj (ht), NC leadership urged to connect with Tarai: Youth leaders say stands taken by Prime Minister KP Oli and Sadbhawana Party Chair Rajendra Mahato on Madhes are inappropriate (kp), Report on Tarai stir submitted (ht), Heed Madhesi issues: Dhungana (ht), Big III ready to give parliamentary legitimacy to political mechanism, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Demand accountability: Politicians seem to think that governance means ensuring benefits for themselves, by Lal Rapacha (kp), Crisis to cure: If people do not raise their voices, Nepal will be a hopeless place to live in, by Nav Raj Simkhada (kp), A test of will: It is time for the political parties to advance economic agendas, by Purushottam Ojha (kp)

16/01/2016: Rebuilding campaign set to kick-start today: Actual work will begin on April 24, on the eve of the first anniversary of the quake (kp), Govt urged to ramp up capital expenditure (ht), Chepangs yet to receive relief amount for warm winter-wear (ht), Task forces to hold talks daily: Big III have not been able to come up with concrete stance on revision of provincial boundaries, says UDMF (ht), Big 3-UDMF talks making headway (rep), The beginning of an end: Madhes Aandolan is a mere representative of the larger problem ailing the country, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp), Constitution a flop, says Gurung (ht), Emirs of Nepal: Those who have been in power have never thought about their legacies. They seem to live in the present and enjoy it, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Cost of obduracy: When flames of the revolution start to die down Madhesi Morcha leaders will have hard time justifying their actions, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [The failed leaders of the big parties will have even harder time!], Direct president is key agenda of Naya Shakti, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (rep)

15/01/2016: Big 3 taskforce asked to draft ‘final deal text’ (kp), Big parties for accord by Jan 19 but UDMF still unhappy (rep), UDMF demands to be met in four days (ht) [?], Reason for hope, by Biswas Baral (rep), Near a deal: Fearful of anarchy and criminalisation, the Madhesi parties and Kathmandu are coming close to a deal, but will it last?, by Navin Jha (nt), With us, or against us: Those blindly supporting the tactics of the Madhesi Front are the ones who have harmed the Madhesi people the most, by Rubeena Mahato (nt), Transport yet to resume despite agreement (ht), Injured agitator in dire need of monetary support (ht), Meetings with international community: 2 briefings little too many? PM talks to diplomats after DPM’s discussions on Tuesday, laying bare lack of coordination, by Anil Giri (kp), Agitation will end soon, assures PM Oli (ht), Trade eased but market still facing shortages, by Binod Bhandari and Parbat Portel (kp), SC quashes govt’s decision to withdraw criminal cases against 227 individuals, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), SC tells govt not to scrap criminal cases at political party behest (rep), Fuel shortage unlikely to ease till supply from Raxaul normalises (ht), Supply returning to normal along Eastern border points (ht), Exorcising the Indian ghost: The lesson from this blockade is that we must develop alternatives in sourcing and managing our energy supplies, by Bishal Thapa (nt), Quake victims of Gorkha still waiting for government aid, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Ex-minor ex-Maoists: Ten years after the conflict ended, former Maoist child soldiers are now fighting for survival and against social stigma, by Om Astha Rai (nt)

14/01/2016: Quake-hit in remote areas yet to buy warm clothes, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp), Thousands of quake victims awaiting relief (ht), Health budget slashed but risk of post-earthquake epidemics lingers, by Arjun Poudel (rep), Reconstruction body unveils action plan (kp), NAR unveils four-phase reconstruction plan (ht), Reconstruction Authority unveils action plan (rep), 23pc funding pledges secured (ht), Crude measure: Govt’s call to channel reconstruction aid through it lacks public legitimacy (kp), Constituency budget allegedly distributed among lawmakers' favorites, by Jagat Khadja (rep) [This had to be expected!!], Court: reopen Maina Sunar murder case (kp), Kavre District Court reopens Maina Sunar murder case, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Policing the police: A better-educated police force does not necessarily translate into a more community-friendly one, by Deepak Thapa (kp), New Constitution of Nepal: Issues In Intergovernmental Relations, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Energy Crisis: Government’s Listlessness Largely To Blame, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Tarai talks: Is a win-win solution feasible in today’s talks? (ht)

13/01/2016: SLMM calls for ‘some sincerity’ from govt side, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Statute amendment on hold, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Parliament to meet on Jan 19 (ht), Tomorrow’s talks could be decisive, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Tharus not to invite govt officials forMaghi celebrations in Capital (ht), Int’l community briefed on crisis (kp), Thapa seeks foreign support to implement new constitution (ht), Demanding accountability: It is shameful if our fellow citizens die from cold due to the absence of some urgent but rather simple measures, by Avinash Gupta (kp) [Make politicians and administrators personally responsible!!], High and dry: Citizens should stage more coordinated protests to pressure the government (kp), Cabinet expansion need of hour, says PM (ht) [unbelievable statement!], Unwarranted Expansion, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn), Serious warning: It seems that the real conflict victims have not come forward to both the commissions due to their distrust of the commissions formed under a political compromise (ht), Let Nepal be Nepal: Explore all avenues, by Subarna Chhetri (ht), Nepal crisis: solution likely but concerns remain, by Pratim Ranjan Bose (Hindu)

12/01/2016: Talks stalled as govt side fails to show up (kp), Pledge to keep Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari intact (ht), Banda continues depriving public of basic amenities, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), Set priorities for India visit, says PM Oli, by Anil Giri (kp) [Nothing to discuss with India?], China connection: Deeper economic integration with China is a key to build a prosperous and strong Nepal, by Ram C. Acharya (kp), Promise of peace: It is important to understand that transitional justice and traditional justice systems are two different things, by Yogendra P. Paneru (kp), Address conflict-era cases urgently: TRC; Transitional justice mechanism’s chief warns of UN intervention if Nepal fails to do the needful, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), State of denial: If elites were committed to a just Nepal, state demarcation  would not assume the significance it has today, by Nirabh Koirala (kp), Govt to sell rice received in grant for quake survivors, by Rajesh Khanal (kp), Elite-scape: The class of neo-elites and their traditional counterparts are now at the center stage of Nepal’s political economy, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep)

11/01/2016: Parties inch closer to deal on demarcation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Major parties on verge of breakthrough with UDMF?, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Statute amendment will address most Madhes issues, says NC leader Acharya (ht), Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari residents don’t want to be part of province 2: Gachhadar (ht), 2 provinces not possible in Tarai, says Gachhadar (kp), Grave offence: The authorities should own up for inordinate delay and they owe an explanation for the tragedy which could have been averted had the works been completed timely (ht), Post-quake reconstruction: Survivors likely to get grant for rebuilding only after April (kp), Reconstruction to begin only after mid-April: National action plan for reconstruction not possible without detailed assessment: Gyewali, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Frost-bitten quake victims of Gorkha demand housing (rep), Govt bodies dillydallying over our directives: House panel (rep), Govt tells Army to get into action in Gorkha (kp), PM tells security agencies to dispatch essentials to Gorkha (ht), Winter relief puts quake victims in dilemma, by Dhruba Dangal and Praveen Dhakal (rep), No salt to season, no oil to cook, by Sudip Kaini (kp), I haven’t given up my responsibility: Gyanendra (kp) [You have given up your responsibility when you putched against the state!!], Nepal’s unity hinges on the outcome of the Madhes movement, interview with Hridayesh Tripathi (kp), Ongoing Agitation And Insensitive Leadership, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Country seeks India’s support for waiver of demurrage charges (ht), Kolkata port halts loading of Nepal-bound cargoes, by Shankar Acharya (kp) Nepal: Troubled Peace, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR), Federalising the Nepal Police: A way out, by Madhukar SJB Rana (ht), A dysfunctional state, by C.K. Lal (rep), What’s different?, by Krishna Hachhethu (rep)

10/01/2016: Feltman worried politics pushing lives to the brink (kp), Resolve Tarai crisis without delay: Feltman (kp), Oli to Oli: A letter to nepal’s prime minister, by Oli Dischoe (kp), Irrational Rulers Of Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), State demarcation row: ‘Morcha to accept proposal if Big 3 offer clear framework’ (kp) [A high level political mechanism will never bring a solution because it will be predominantly composed by the traditional male elite that does not want any changes that affect their own interests and ambitions!!], Deal on boundary must to end ongoing deadlock, say leaders, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), UDMF announces fresh agitation programmes in Tarai: Accuses government of not being serious about negotiated resolution to the unrest (ht), SLMM protests to continue (kp), Protesters quit border sit-ins (kp), ‘Rights activists discriminating against Tharus’ (ht), Quake survivors shiver as freezing cold bites (kp), Snowfall in Gorkha adds to earthquake survivors’ woes (ht), Winter relief package yet to reach the needy (kp), Govt asked for timely relief distribution (kp), Quake displaced left in lurch: Local authorities order them to vacate forest land, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Reconstruction to begin, at last: Delay has been blamed for more than a dozen deaths (ht)

09/01/2016: Fuel shortage takes toll on forests: Deforestation on rise both in Hills and the Tarai as families, businesses rely heavily on firewood, by Bedraj Paudel, Bharat Jarghamagar and Chandra Karki (kp), Rebuilding on drawing board amid staff lack, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Citizenship provision leaves out street kids (kp), UN urges talks to sort out statute differences: Pledges support to political leadership in constitution implementation, by Anil Giri (kp), ‘Three parties are against the demands of Madhes’, interview with Rajendra Mahato (kp), TRC plans to set up its own local offices: Sceptical about plaints recorded by peace committees, by Dewan Rai (kp) [??], SLMM enforces Janakpur banda, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp)

08/01/2016: Morcha seeks pledge on state demarcation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), 103 lawmakers register 24 revision proposals: Most of them in line with Madhesi Morcha demands, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Mahato ‘okay’ with govt-Morcha joint taskforce, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp), Local businessmen hit back at protesters: Madhesi Morcha announces school closure after motorcycles used by its cadres were set on fire, by Shyamsundar Shashi (kp), Apex court denies clemency to murder convict Dhungel: Issues mandamus order to send Maoist leader to prison for life, by Dewan Rai (kp), EC urges prime minister to fix local election date (kp), What A Country Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Living in truth: PM Oli should stop telling people that he is serious about good governance, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (kp), Shades of Sikkim: Our political stalwarts have played a role similar to that of Kazi Lhendup Dorjee, by Chiranjibi Kafle (kp), Defending the nation: The new government needs to draft and implement a national security policy to safeguard national interests, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), Why Anti-Indian Sentiment Grows In Nepal?, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn)

07/01/2016: Tharu parties seek to revise 2 Articles: To register revisions today; Hope to get support to their move, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Win-win solution: Allow moderate Madhesi parties a semblance of victory to defuse power of radical groups (kp), Winter onslaught hits quake-displaced, by Anup Ojha (kp), Victims return to damaged homes, by Madhav Aryal (kp), So near, yet so far: Although Nanglebhare is in Kathmandu, the plights of its people are similar to those of the remotest areas, by Shreeram KC (kp), Same old paradigm: Existing political parties have become structurally incapable of reinvigorating ideas, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Visiting The Sins Of The Government On The People, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Fiscal Federalism In Nepal: Many Issues At Stake, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

06/01/2016: Morcha forms panel to hold consultations (kp), Envoy appointment: Many jockeying for coveted posts; Offices of prime minister, deputy prime minister and ministers are inundated with CVs of those seeking to secure plum positions, by Anil Giri (kp), Quake victims deprived of services, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Chepangs pay back loans with relief amount, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp), No hollow promises: People should express outrage at 86 hours of load shedding a week (kp), Mostly bad news: The year just ended was marked by setbacks for press freedom, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), UDMF At Receiving End Now, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

05/01/2016: Hope of deal withers as trust deficit grows, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Major parties stand firm with minor divergence: Say provincial boundaries cannot be redrawn now (kp), Constitution amendment: Clause-wise discussion deferred, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Know Your Constitution campaign ‘ineffective’ (kp), Project Hindutva: The blockade shows Indian displeasure at Nepal not being declared a Hindu state, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Time to change tune: 2016 will need great efforts if we are to change Nepal for the better, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Leadership and leaders: What the nation needs, by Meera Rajbhandari Amatya (ht)

04/01/2016: Major parties fail to appease agitating front: Delay in resolving crisis will strengthen secessionists: Thakur, by Tika R. Prahan (ht) Panel to narrow down differences (kp), Big 3 propose taskforce, UDMF to discuss it internally (rep), Amendment bill proceedings paused (ht), Deliberations on statute amendment bill over, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Vexed UDMF coordinator quits (ht), CPN M declares autonomous province (ht), Matrika calls for parallel army to fight government (ht), Govt seeks info from I/NGOs working in quake-hit areas: Home Ministry asks agencies to wrap up relief programmes within 10 days (kp) [??], Distribution of winter cash relief to quake victims on (ht), Over Rs 3 billion spent on winter relief programme: Home Ministry (kp) [??], Relief distribution expedited only after materials start to rot, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Call to save senior citizens from cold (kp), Legal ambiguity puts  widow’s life in despair: Prabha’s husband, Nawaraj, an NA soldier, died of wounds  suffered in an attack of Maoist rebels; She didn’t receive compensation as Nawaraj died four years later, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Government told to limit ministries to 18 (kp), Political parties told to respect RTI laws (ht), Protester injured in Gaur clash dies, by Shiva Puri (kp), Untimely Talks Of Government Change, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Triple whammy: 2015 was a notably bad year for the economy on three fronts, by Chandan Sapkota (kp), Total Management: Present need of the country, by Arun Kumar Thakur (ht), All about education: The fight for people's rights continues after 10 years of abolition of monarchy, two Constituent Assemblies and five proletariat PMs, by Ghanshyam Bhatt (rep)

03/01/2016: SLMM drops a hint of deal on 4-pt plan, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Sadbhawana Party move catches allies by surprise: Decides to change forms of protest in Tarai-Madhes, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Consensus on Tarai crisis still elusive (ht), Resolve issue of boundary first: Bhattarai (ht), Less than half of quake-hit households have received aid (kp), Quake-hit await permanent shelter, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Pre-departure checklist: PM Oli could meet his predecessors and seek their counsel before going to Delhi, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), Madhes Agitation: Dispel Deepening Distrust, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

02/01/2016: Govt registers bill to amend existing laws contravening the new constitution (rep), UDMF to boycott debate on amendment bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) Damage Control Move, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), 7 children killed in protests in 5 mths: Central Child Welfare Board condemns use of children in protests and tells parties to respect children’s rights, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Relief amount for quake-hit in 10 days (ht) [??], Squatter victims of quake yet to receive govt aid, by Narhari Sapkota (rep), Children in quake-hit Sindhuli falling ill due to cold, by Anil Bhandari (rep), ‘No cold-related deaths in quake-hit Dolakha (kp), Mahato airlifted to Delhi for treatment (ht), Six state ministers sworn in (kp), Six state ministers sworn in amid criticism (ht), TRC team meets conflict victims in Rukum: Locals demand probe into killings and torture by State and Maoist rebels (ht), The Janakpur fiasco: As locals of Janakpur are generous in welcoming guests there has never in the past been opposition to anyone visiting Janaki temple, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep)

01/01/2016: Incorporate Morcha revision: Lawmakers (kp), MPs: Address Morcha’s demands in statute amendment process (kp), Prez writes to Morcha leaders for a meeting: In an official letter sent to SLMM leadership, President invites leaders of four Madhesi parties for a joint consultation (kp), Madhesi Front’s Apathy to Constitution Amendment, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [??], Four hurt as traders clash with Birgunj protesters (kp), Oli gives Modi a ring, dialogue raises hopes: Indian PM stresses on solution to political problems through ‘sahmati’, by Anil Giri (kp), Settle all issues in three months: Dahal to Thakur (ht), Deliberations on amendment bill to conclude on Sunday (ht), Govt urged to reach out to quake survivors (kp), Govt leaves out genuine quake victims, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp), Govt, political parties not cooperating, says CIEDP (kp), Youths extend support to kin of protest victims (kp), Bad to better: For 2016 to be a better year requires reflection at all levels (kp), Hope and caution: Whoever sincerely reads the constitution cannot overlook its inclusive and democratic features, by Bhim Rawal (kp) [??], The endless transition: A strong, stable and democratic Nepal left alone to solve its own issues is the best guarantor of India's national interest, by Rubeena Mahato (nt)

See also older links (July-December 2015)

Nepal - Torture and Coerced Confessions, by Amnesty International, 19 July 2016

Nepal 2015 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 14 April 2016

International Crisis Group: Nepal’s Divisive New Constitution: An Existential Crisis, Asia Report N°276. Brussels, 4 April 2016

INSEC Yearbook 2016 (19 February 2016)

HRW: World Report 2016, Nepal chapter (27 January 2016)

Constitution of Nepal 2015 (unofficial translation by Secretariat of the Constituent Assembly)

BNAC Statement: End the Political Crisis in Nepal and Indo-Nepal Relations (9 November 2015)

International Crisis Group: Nepal: Conflict Alert, Brussels, 2 September 2015)

1st draft of new constitution (07/07/2015, unofficial translation)

Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR)

Ways to destroy a nation: bandh calendar

Tracking national and international funding, a tool by Open Nepal Initiative, Young Innovations

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

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Justice denied: The 2014 Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation Act. Geneva, May 2014

U.S. Department of State: Nepal 2013 Human Rights Report

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Authority without accountability: The struggle for justice in Nepal. Geneva, 29 October 2013

Missing persons in Nepal: Updated list 2013. Report by ICRC, 30 August 2013

Nepal Armed Violence Assessment, by Small Arms Survey, Switzerland

Amnesty International: Nepal: The search for justice. London, 10 January 2013

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Compromising justice: Nepal's proposed ordinance on commission on disappeared persons, truth and reconciliation. Geneva, October 2012

OHCHR: Nepal Conflict Report. Geneva, October 2012

International Crisis Group: Nepal's constitution (I): Evolution not revolution. Asia Report No. 233 – 27 August 2012

International Crisis Group: Nepal's constitution (II): The expanding political matrix. Asia Report No. 234 – 27 August 2012

International Crisis Group: Nepal’s Peace Process: The Endgame Nears. Asia Briefing No. 131, 13 December 2011

Adding Insult to Injury: Continued Impunity for Wartime Abuses, report by Human Rights Watch and Advocacy Forum, 01/12/2011

International Crisis Group: Nepal: From two armies to one. Asia Report No. 211, 18 August 2011

International Crisis Group: Nepal’s Fitful Peace Process, Asia Briefing No. 120, Kathmandu/Brussels, 7 April 2011

International Crisis Group. Nepal: Identity politics and federalism. Asia Report No. 199, 13 January 2011

International Crisis Group. Nepal's political rites of passage. Asia Report No. 194, 29 September 2010

International Crisis Group. Nepal: Peace and justice. Asia Report No. 184, 14 January 2010

Report of the Secretary-General on the request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process. 7 January 2010

The Carter Center International Observation Mission in Nepal. First Interim Report. 26 August 2009

UNDP. Nepal Human Development Report 2009, 17 August 2009

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Future: In Whose Hands? Asia Report No. 173, 13 August 2009 [see complete report]

International Commission of Jurists. Disappearances in Nepal: Addressing the past, securing the future. Briefing paper, March 2009

International Crisis Group. Nepal's Faltering Peace Process. Asia Report No. 163, 19 February 2009 [see full report as PDF file]

Prabin K. Prajapati. Feminist Movements from Global to Local: Has it helped Women Empowerment Process? Patriarchy and Status of Nepali Women. Lund University, Sweden, November 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. An open letter to prime Minister Prachanda from a victim of People’s War. Lund University, Sweden, 9 September 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. Development Challenges in New Sociopolitical Structure: A Case of Nepal. Lund University, Sweden, August 2008

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Election: A Peaceful Revolution? Asia Report No. 155, 3 July 2008 [full text]

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s New Political Landscape. Asia Report No. 156, 3 July 2008 [full text]

United Nations Security Council. Report of the Secretary-General on the request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process. 12 May 2008

Conflict Study Center. Nepal's CA Polls on Third Attempt and Its Challenges. Situation Update 68 (Unedited Version), April 4, 2008

International Crisis Groups. Nepal’s Election and Beyond. Asia Report No. 149, 2 April 2008 [full text as pdf]

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

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