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31/12/2017: Respect Popular Mandate, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Politics of Government Formation and Trajectory of Violence in Province 2, by Govinda Bhattarai (rn), Govt working on state chief appointments (kp), PM to make it a unilateral decision if consensus fails, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Date for National Assembly election to be announced by January 12: DPM Shrestha, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [???], Fund meant for fighting air pollution unused, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Govt phases out donor-funded social programmes (kp), ‘CIAA against politicisation of dev projects’ (kp), Love-hate couple, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Double speak: At least 33 percent women, says the constitution, but only three percent were elected through the FPTP, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), RJP-N to join govt if statute amendment assured, says Karna (ht), Nepal’s dream deferred: Overwhelming participation of people in elections shows they are desperately waiting to materialize their dream of prosperous, peaceful and politically stable Nepal, by Jiva Nath Lamsal (rep)

30/12/2017: Prez approves ordinance on upper house (kp), Undue pressure on Prez to pass ordinance: Oli (kp) [?????], CEC asks prime minister to announce NA poll date (ht), New govt 7 weeks away? EC says it takes at least a month to elect upper house, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), New government unlikely in January (ht), Multiple riders still complicate govt formation, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Local govts find it hard managing education sector (kp), The crooks have all the fun! We expect our politicians to change but we seem to forget that there is  no incentive for them to change their colours for the good of the nation, by Guffadi (kp), Dilemma in Provincial Setup, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Parties submit lists of provincial PR candidates: Only 13 parties have made the cut for provincial PR seats (ht)

29/12/2017: Writ in SC for passage of ordinance (kp), President set to pass ordinance ‘next week’ (kp), Ordinance authenticated to end political impasse: Prez Bhandari (ht), UML allots 71 PR seats to female candidates (kp), NC CWEC meet to finalise provincial PR list today (ht), Congress ‘ready’ to back Dahal if he runs for PM (kp) [The sowing of distrust among opponents is a traditional tool of political Hinduism under rajaniti! It has been repeatedly used by monarchy against the political parties after 1950!], UML to counter ‘bid to prolong Deuba’s tenure’: To conclude merger process with Maoist Centre ‘soon’ (kp), Left alliance keen to include FSF-N in new govt, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Shape of things to come: The bargaining for power in the merged communist parties and the wrangling in the provinces is a sign of things to come, and what lies in store for Nepali politics in the new year, by Kunda Dixit (nt), Reconstruction matters: NRA’s claim that reconstruction will be  completed in the next six-months is dubious (kp), Too slow a pace: Some of the beneficiaries whose houses were damaged in the quake have been deprived of government aid (ht), Left Unity and Resurgence, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), To forget or not to forget: Can new provincial governments address hardships of war victims?, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt), A stable Nepal in 2018? But parliamentary elections under a fairly good Constitution alone will not bring about stability, by Yvonne Pandey (nt)

28/12/2017: Tug Of War Over State Capitals, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), EC finalises allocation of HoR PR seats (ht), Oli, Dahal meet amid speculation of mistrust: Discuss party merger, govt formation (kp), Divided on unification: Parties disappoint voters who want to see a quick formation of a stable govt (kp), Maoist Centre adamant on PM or party chair’s post, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Managing second-rung leaders a major challenge for unification, by Kosh Raj Koirala (kp), Madhes alliance will form govt in Province 2: Mahato (kp), Post-quake reconstruction: Only 11 pc private homes built so far, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp) [a crime committed by NRA, government and administration!], Relief materials rot in storehouse while quake victims battle with cold and hunger, by Bhagawati Lama (rep), Untouchability cases being settled under duress (ht), Ensure justice: Transitional justice mechanisms have failed to conclude their tasks as specified by the Act (ht), Delay in fiscal commission appointments may hit budget transfers (rep), Prosperity over politics: If Nepal wants to reach middle-income status, it must include women in positions of power and influence, especially in business and politics, by Alaina B. Teplitz (rep), Promoting integrity: Stability, rule of law, accountability and good governance can be maintained only through honest individuals in and outside the government, by Narayan Adhikari and Ashmita Sharma (rep)

27/12/2017: Writ on Madhesi Dalits’ PR seats (kp, Spat Over the NA Ordinance, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), RJP-N leaders ask President to authenticate ordinance: Madhesi leaders tell Bhandari their poll victory meant endorsement of their constitution amendment agenda (kp), Govt formation delay: Indecision rules Singha Durbar (kp), UML, Maoist leaders to meet ‘today’ (kp), Mistrust creeping among top leaders of left alliance?, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Oli to lead govt for full five years: Pandit; The UML leader says there is no doubt concerning the party’s merger with the CPN (Maoist Centre), but the  current priority is new government formation (kp), Quake victims lack resources to rebuild (ht), Oli’s challenges: Oli will have to convince Indian establishment that a politically strong and prosperous Nepal is the best guarantee of safeguarding India’s interests, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep)

26/12/2017: Forgotten federalism: Major threat to federalism is that provinces have not been drawn up in a way to allocate equal capacity-building resources, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Provincial administration in limbo as statute deadline inches closer, by Ashok Dahal (rep), ‘Faulty’ PR candidate lists: Madhesi dalits to move court (kp), UML pressed to arrive at consensus: Parties tell UML to either agree on the single trans-ferable vote system or offer an alternative to elect the National Assembly (kp), Single Transferable Voting: 'System ensures proportional representation’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Mistrust within left alliance grows as govt formation stalls, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), ‘Revolt to save communist movement’ (kp), UML, Maoists mull 60:40 Cabinet share (kp), Into uncharted waters: Nepal is moving into a new governance system and there are many challenges ahead, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), Conditions for Political Stability, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Quake survivors battling with extreme cold, by Kishan Sangeet Nepali (rep), Christmas Carol for Deuba: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba may want to take refuge in ‘‘A Christmas Carol’’ after a crushing defeat in the elections, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

25/12/2017: Failure Of NC Leadership, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Saving the tree BP planted: The NC must demonstrate that it is bound by principles of public service and high ethical standards, by Naresh Koirala (kp), NC mounts pressure on Prez: Congress leaders claim that the EC cannot  publish the final poll results before election to  the National Assembly (kp), Delay in passing ordinance will prolong Deuba’s term: SSF-N chief Yadav (kp), FSF-Nepal leaders urge president to endorse ordinance (ht), CPN-MC backs single transferable voting (ht), Prez in a fix as parties rally behind ordinance, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Unhelpful parties: Positions taken by both UML and Nepali Congress have not helped post-poll politics (kp), UML courts Madhes parties to form govt (kp), Madhesi parties mulling to join Oli govt if UML agrees to amend statute, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), SC rejects Chaudhary’s plea to get MP certificate via power of attorney (kp), SC tells MP Resham Chaudhary to face trial, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), EC accepts ‘faulty’ RJP-N PR candidate list, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Provincial capital row: Newly elected reps struggle to make good on their promise, by Lilaballav Ghimire (kp), UML, CPN-MC unification no cakewalk, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Local levels running with 40pc staffers (ht), Contractors, suppliers paid Rs 20 billion in bribes last year, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Youth in data: Only by providing adequate opportunities to the youths, can Nepal realize its dream of transitioning into the middle-income country by 2030, by Bijay K. Shahi (rep)

24/12/2017: Male chambers: Only six of 165 candidates picked for House of Representatives under FPTP are women, which comes to a paltry 3.63 percent, by Meena Bhatta (rep), Upper election row: Parties working behind the scene to end impasse (kp), UML under pressure to back National Assembly poll ordinance, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), EC: Allocation of PR seats of parliament in a couple of days (rep), Staff crunch paralyses local govts (kp), The need for a watchdog: The media needs to get its priorities right and report news that matters to the public, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), ‘No ignoring Madhes issues’: People have given reply to detractors: Experts, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Political parties yet to develop federal mindset, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Leaders of major parties divided over provincial capitals, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Left or right? UML is critical of Western ‘hegemony’ but is then funded by money coming from Western countries, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep)

23/12/2017: First meeting post election cuts no ice: Five national parties, however, agree to resolve disputes in consultation (kp), Parties stick to their guns on ordinance, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Row over National Assembly drags on (rep), Prez shows hurdles to endorsing ordinance (kp), EC allots proportional seats of provincial vote: CPN-UML has topped the PR chart by securing a total of 75 seats, followed by  the NC’s 72 and 35 of  the CPN (Maoist Centre), by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Provincial PR seat allocation to parties complete (ht), UML, CPN-MC to lead govt by turns: Dahal (ht) [Don't even dream of such nonsense! The government has to be stable for 5 years ate last!], Left bloc in power-sharing bid (kp), The Tricky Issue Of Left Unification, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Police shoot dead Myadi recruit for protesting pay cut, by Tularam Pandey (kp), No end in sight to quake victims’ plight (ht)

22/12/2017: Dalit presence in Parliament still seen as tokenism, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Deuba sees no need for party meetings for ending impasse: Says dispute over ordinance for upper house election is constitutional (kp), Politics Of Ordinance, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Show stoppper: Two weeks after the final phase of elections, the NC, voted out by the people, clings to power, while the Left Alliance is struggling to form the new government (nt), Govt preparing to appoint provincial governors, by Rupesh Acharya (ht) [??], Joint leadership mulled for UML-Maoist merger, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli likely to be PM, Dahal party chair: Unified outfit may adopt 'one peron, one post' model, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Targeting the poor: Reasons for poverty differ across provinces and require distinct intervention efforts (kp), Strategy for survival: Nepal’s latest election results do not mean dismay for New Delhi or joy for Beijing, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Year of surprises: Even with all the political changes 2017 brought, it wouldn’t be surprising if we reverted to uncertainty next year, by Shyam KC (kp), Economic leapfrog: To become a middle-income country by 2030, investing in private sector while promoting foreign investment is a must, by Niraj KC (kp), Coming full circle at Mainapokhari: Nani Maiya and baby survived a Maoist attack 13 years ago in which her husband was killed. This week she had to congratulate the Maoist in-charge who won the election, by Amrit Gurung (nt), State of Confusion (nt), Children of single, divorced parents face difficulty acquiring citizenship (ht), Grassroots democracy: Services to doorsteps, by Shesh Raman Neupane and Chay Garde (ht), Maoists preparing to validate conflict-era land deals, by Devendra Basnet and Ganesh BK (rep)

21/12/2017: Oli, Dahal urges EC to allocate PR seats soon, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), President urges top parties to forge consensus on National Assembly Formation (ht), Turf war: Focus is on govt formation, but decentralisation of bureaucracy will be equally tough (kp), It’s not over: When Nepal should be moving ahead with all its people on board, the marginalised are still struggling, by Pramod Mishra (kp), ‘Madhesi alliance to work with forces supportive of Madhes issues’ (ht), 29 out of 100 people poor: Govt uses Multidimensional Poverty Index to measure national poverty for the first time, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), CIEDP urges government to extend its term by three years, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), In despair, quake victims living on flood-prone riverbank, by Shiva Hari Ghimire (rep), Political Model For Stability, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Parliamentarians change their stance after election, by Raju Adhikari (rep)

20/12/2017: CEC Yadav asks major parties to clear hurdles (kp), Left to sweep upper house under majority system, a few seats for NC under STV, by Ashok Dahal and Mani Dahal (rep), EC ready to hold NA poll under STV polling system, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Maoist Center irked by UML's rigid stance against transferrable vote (rep), Govt urges President to pass ordinance pronto, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Some 3,000 officials required for provincial secretariats, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Rout to revival: NC’s political manoeuvrability in national politics has hit its lowest point ever, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Nepali Congress In The Opposition, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Lost without recourse: Govt has failed to enforce laws that would discourage exploitation of migrant workers (kp), Value of life: Why are Nepali migrants, who were proven to be medically fit before departure, dying in large numbers abroad?, by Roni Pradhan (kp), Quake victims to spend third winter in tents, by Madhusudan Guragain (rep), Evaluating NC’s ‘loss’: Judging by the popular votes this time for Nepali Congress, communist victory appears nothing more than an outcome of political match-fixing, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Cringed CapEx: Low capital spending affects the quality of our vital energy, road and telecom infrastructures, by Kartika Yadav (rep)

19/12/2017: The missing millions: A comparison of census and Election Commission data shows hordes of lost voters, by Sanjay Sharma (kp), EC working on PR quota allocation in lower house: Poll authority busy verifying data after receiving related documents from most of the electoral constituencies, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), NC stands firm on its position (kp) [This stance may further damage the party's reputation!], Dispute over National Assembly election likely to delay new govt (rep), Rawal for meaningful power-sharing talks (kp), Maoist Centre headquarters meeting: ‘Party merger before new govt’; Party for resolving National Assembly election row in consensus, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli, Dahal likely to lead government turn by turn, by Rewati Sapkota (ht) [Stop such nonsense power games! The country needs political stability with a government that is elected for 5 years!], Maoist Center leaders tell Dahal to sort out leadership issue before merger (rep), Getting small things right: Change will only come to the Nepali political landscape if society betters itself first, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Leadership Transformation, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), After polls, Madhesi people now want development, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), Only 5,565 quake-damaged houses rebuilt in Gorkha, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Post-poll prospects: Hill voters accused Congress of not speaking strongly against the blockade while Madhesis were disenchanted with its inadequate support for statute amendment, by Pramod Jaiswal (rep)

18/12/2017: Frustrating And Uncalled For Dispute, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Clear way for new government, left alliance tells PM Deuba (kp), Deuba-led govt trying to ‘undermine’ fresh mandate (kp), Lingering Problems, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR), Mission not-yet-accomplished: The major parties now have to take immediate steps to ensure smooth transfer of power (kp), Oli, Dahal to head govt 'by turns', by Roshan Sedhai (rep) [Stop this bullshit talk! The Left Alliance has been eected to bring stability into Nepal's politics by forming a government for the full term of 5 years! Everything else would be a continuation of the personal power games of its top politicians!!], The understanding is that if UML leader is Premier, MC leader is party chief, and vice versa, interview with Basaman Pun (kp), Ousted fringe parties have footing in state assemblies (kp), Cementocracy: Development as a political good has resulted in an alliance between business leaders and the political establishment, by Dan Hirslund and Prem Phyak (kp), Will Oli be able to fulfil his promises? Left alliance to take private sector into confidence, not to stop economic reforms, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Oli tries to allay foreign policy, investment fears (rep)

17/12/2017: EC: Allocation of PR vote seats could take time. by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), NA election ordinance at centre of dispute, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Deuba urges left alliance not to provoke Prez; Dahal to PM: Make appointments only in consultation ‘with us’ (kp), Prez asks parties to resolve disputes (kp), PM Deuba consults with constitutional experts (kp), Hurdles To A New Government, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), ‘No alternative to UML-MC merger’ (kp), Litmus Test For The Left, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), A third of migrant households in Sunsari remain poor: Study; It has found that about 30 percent households, who were previously better off, became rather poorer after migrating overseas (kp), Protecting workers without borders: Nepal should benefit from migration, but not at the cost of the rights and wellbeing of migrants, by Paul I. Norton (kp), Eat now, vote later: Something is seriously wrong if candidates are elected based on their ability to spend, by Prawash Gautam (kp), ‘Left alliance formation led to NC’s loss’: Congress leaders say PR vote results suggest people’s faith in the party remains intact (ht), Caste discrimination hampering development in Tarai, says Yadav (ht), Arrests show extent of corruption in Nepal's "most corrupt" govt office (ht)

16/12/2017: National assembly election: Ordinance stuck at prez office as parties spar over electoral system (kp), Govt to appoint province governors next week: ‘Appointment necessary to form the National Assembly’ (ht), Experts at odds on need for upper house in govt formation (rep), Proportional representation: A likely scenario: At 8pm on Friday, the UML appeared to get 41 PR seats in the House while the NC could secure 40 seats. Maoists might get 17 seats, the SSF-N and the RJP-N 6 each, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Left leaders dwell on new govt at centre: Agree to hold more discussions to chart out right plan for future move, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Govt formation, left unification to go hand in hand: Oli, Dahal (ht), SC refuses Chaudhary’s writ petition (kp), New era, false dawn: From a partyless autocracy to these first steps into a brave new world of a federal republic, this country has indeed come a long way, by Mohan Guragain (kp), New govt may have only 15 ministries (ht), No preparation yet for provincial meet (ht), Terai-Madhes unrest probe commission submits report to govt (rep)

15/12/2017: Investing in inclusion: Constitutionally guaranteed proportional  representation won’t guarantee qualitative change (kp) [The parties' women discriminating way of nominating candidates for elections is a fundamental crime and a grave violation of the constitution!!], Need to aim higher: Women’s representation in public life has risen, but we shouldn’t become complacent, by Kabi Adhikari (kp), Pro-women (nt), EC needs 25 days to hold NA elections (ht), On The Threshold Of New Era, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Deuba says ‘eager to hand over’ power: Urges President to clear ordinance on election of National Assembly (kp), Lawyers argue for and against govt before upper house polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (kp), Cop-turned-politician Silwal in the dock? Apex court orders action against those involved in forging appraisal documents related to former DIG; After resigning from police force, Silwal joined the  CPN-UML and went on to win a seat in the House of Representatives (kp) [The connections between politics and crime can never be close enough! This cannot be called rule of law!], Economic Development in federal Nepal, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Yadav rules out FSF-N and RJP-N unity (ht)

14/12/2017: Left alliance set to start govt formation talks (kp), No new PM before upper house is formed: NC, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [??? The PM is elected by the HoR! There is no reason why there should not be more than 33 per cent women MPs! Each of the 7 provinces will send 8 representatives into the National Assembly of which at least 3 have to be women, The president will nominates 3, of which at least 1 will be a woman! So, the problem remains only in the HoR and has been caused by the male dominated parties and their politics of patriarchy!], Five parties likely to qualify for PR seats, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), No. of directly elected female candidates slumps further: Only six secure seats in House of Representatives under FPTP category in these elections (kp), Work for declaring provisional state capitals on, by Hari Adhikari, Raj Kumar Parajuli and Bharat Koirala (ht), UML, NC at odds over fixing provincial capitals, governors (kp), The party is over: If the scale and depth of the current defeat doesn’t wake up the NC, what will (kp) [Without any doubt, the NC has lost this election, but the thrashing defeat under the FPTP system was due to the disciplined cooperation of CPN-UML and CPN-MC! True public support for the parties is only reflected by the PR vote!], Better times for a battered country: With the completion of local elections and new dynamics coming to the fore at the grassroots, one cannot but feel optimistic, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Future of work: Nepal’s future as a federal state will depend on how we deal with a host of challenges and opportunities, by Sajal Dhital (kp), Govt yet to mobilise civil servants for provincial assemblies, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), No ministerial berth for those losing HoR FPTP election (ht), Stability: The Goal Of New Political Order, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), FSFN, RJPN into unification bid, provincial govt formation, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep)

13/12/2017: The Nation Takes Left Turn, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Man on the run set to walk into Parliament: Resham Chaudhary wins election from Kailali-1; He is on our wanted list; we will arrest him: Police (kp) [Question to EC and RJPN: What about article 87 of the constitution??], Cabinet likely to pick provincial headquarters, guvs on Thursday: The constitution authorises the govt to announce temporary headquarters, while two-thirds majority of the respec-tive provincial assembly will fix the permanent capital (kp), Don’t forget the children: Leaders have promised magnificent things, but said little about ending malnutrition, by PC Wasti (kp), Outlawed Chhaupadi still in practice: The Criminal Code stipulates a three-month jail term or Rs 3,000 fine, or both, for anyone forcing a woman to follow the custom (ht), New coalition govt by mid-Jan, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Race for CM on, only one woman contender, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), 42 pc new faces in parliament under FPTP, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Dissecting CSR: Our lawmakers have hastily copied CSR law from India, without learning anything from India’s implementation, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), The second coming: KP Oli had long established himself as a good leader but it was the Indian economic blockade that made him a statesman, by Niranjan Narsingh Khatri (rep)

12/12/2017: Oli says ‘we will take opposition along’, by Parwat Portel (kp) [Respect is okay, but democracy needs government and opposition and the left alliance has been elected by the people to form a strong government! It's still a very far way to implement the federal system and this requires stability!!], Oli likely to be next premier, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), New govt, party unity simultaneously: Dahal (kp), Counting of FPTP votes over in 4 days, says EC: Counting of votes in Syangja began  on Sunday midnight (kp), Old faces dominate tally, by Chandan Kmuar Mandal (kp), UML objects to appointments of ‘caretaker’ govt: Says upcoming govt will revoke all such decisions (kp), Beware of headwinds: New govt must take moderate reformist path to give impetus to economic activities (kp), Elections 2017: Hoping Changes For Better, by Prem Khatry (rn), Provisional capitals of provinces tomorrow, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Resolve the row: Considering the urgency, the Election Commission has urged the government to draft a law for the Upper House election (ht), Results Of Federal And Provincial Elections Of 2017, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

11/12/2017: Left in order: With left alliance looking to have absolute control, Nepal urgently needs strong opposition (kp), Red wave sweeps the nation (rep), UML leads in popular vote too, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp). Left to form govts in six provinces, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Madhesi parties hold little sway outside Province 2: Most of the seats the SSF-N and the RJP-N are winning are from the eight Tarai districts west of Koshi, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), New govt likely in first week of January: EC says poll results will be submitted to the President by this month-end (kp), Taskforce submits report on venues for Province-4 parliament, agencies, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), New PM without parliament formation! (rep) [First, the new PM has to command an absolute majority of seats in the HoR, i.e the House has to be formed and the majority has to be proved by voting! Second, according to current counting, no party will win an absolute majority of seats!], Preparations on a full swing for first meetings (kp) [And where will the newly elected provincial assemblies meet??], Full speed ahead: Nepal is looking neither towards the north nor the south, but towards the future, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp), This leftist electoral alliance will move towards unification, interview with Shyam Shrestha (kp), Victory Of Democracy, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), EC presses govt to frame laws for National Assembly elections, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Parliament Secretariat making preparation to hold meetings of HoR, National Assembly (ht) [The members of the NA have first to be elected by the Provincial Assemblies! But where shall the latter meet? There are no laws, infrastructure, staff; not even the names of the headquarters are clear! Federalism is still a fare dream!!], We have won: These elections took place under the constitution that was projected as ‘regressive’ and with nothing for women, Madhesis and Janajatis, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Words to action: The elections are just a first step in achieving a larger goal of strengthening accountability and democracy in Nepal, by Valerie Julliand (rep)

10/12/2017: Left Alliance Heads For Resounding Victory, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Left alliance heading for comfortable majority (ht), Country on the cusp of taking Left turn: UML-Maoist Centre alliance set for election sweep; The two forces also leading in districts along plains, except Province 2, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Selection of provincial capitals only after vote count: PMO; Joint Secretary Hari Prasad Panthi claims  necessary officials and staff could be deployed  within 24 hours of a Cabinet decision (kp) [???], Government yet to fix provincial protocol, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), NC, UML neck to neck in PR vote: NC gets 39,353 PR votes for federal parliament  compared to UML’s 39,260 (kp), Prez stresses upliftment of marginalised communities (kp) [For example, by not participating them in politics?], The politics of human rights: Govt must enact laws for protecting and promoting human rights if Constitution is to be implemented, by Mohna Ansari (kp), Forgetting something: The transition is said to have been a success, but conflict victims still wait for justice, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp)

09/12/2017: NHRC concerned over country’s poor human rights track record (kp), Rights situation not satisfactory: NHRC (ht), AHRC urges govt to improve human rights situation (ht), Left on track as alliance move proves right: Analysts say UML, Maoist Centre’s rallying cry for ‘prosperity through stability’ worked well while NC failed to win voters’ trust, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Turnout revised up to 69.58pc (kp)

08/12/2017: Found in transition: With polls yesterday, Nepal is on its way to completing political transition that started in 2006 but a lot still remains to be done (kp), Into a state of uncertain stability: Whoever wins, Nepal will likely be ruled by the same old leaders, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Challenges ahead: Those in newly elected Parliament must ensure that welfare of people takes precedence over petty party interests, by Shyam KC (kp) [This would mean a total revolution campared to what has happened so far!!], Historic polls conclude with 67pc turnout, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Confusion reigns in PR voting as voters lack education, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Voters not taught to cast ballot properly, says NRHC (ht), First phase vote count starts: Early results put CPN-UML ahead (kp), A watershed moment: Successful completion of elections ends long-drawn transition infusing hope of stability, but challenges remain, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CK Raut’s hometown boycotts elections (kp), #16 Days: Make the call: Only if the culture of shame and silence around Gender Based Violence is broken will we be able to create a safe environment, by Biska Thapa (kp), Fasten seat belts: Brace yourselves for a ride into uncharted constitutional territory, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt), A New Chapter In The History Begins, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

07/12/2017: 45 districts go to polls today, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 45 districts go to polls today: 12,235,993 voters to elect 128 parliamentary FPTP candidates, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Over 200,000 security forces for today’s polls, by Manish Gautam (kp), So close yet so far: As important as today’s polls are, very little has been done on post-poll federal project (kp) [!!!], Keeping old hopes alive: Established parties have created a mess, but a solution exists within Nepali society and its young democracy, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

06/12/2017: TRC takes exception to Dahal’s deal with Madi blast victims (kp), Observers warn of illegal deals in silence period (kp), Where is the security? NC leader Gagan Thapa escaped a deadly attack but Deuba govt needs to do more (kp), AI concerned about increasing violence (ht), Dispute over ‘cash dole’ to voters (kp), FNJ moves SC demanding release of arrested journalists (kp), 75 local government units are still without executive officers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), ‘Temporary provincial HQ after polls’ (kp), Dialectics of dictatorship: Peoples’ real agenda for elections are overshadowed by the exchange of high-voltage allegations, by Achyut Wagle (kp), FPTP poll results by December 11, claims poll panel Results of PR elections by Dec 15 (ht), Will the elections pave way for stability, development?, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht)

05/12/2017: TRC ignored due process while probing war-era cases: Victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Dahal's deal with Badarmude victims draws flak (rep), Nepal yet to ratify third optional protocol to CRC (ht), Bajura women not free to exercise voting rights, by Prakash Singh (ht), NC’s Thapa among 11 injured in blast: First explosion in Capital targeting campaign three days ahead of polls, by Manish Gautam (kp), Blasts targeting candidates continue unabated: IED goes off near a hotel in Dhangadi where PM Deuba was staying (kp), ‘Lack of designated home minister affecting security’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Security tops agenda for poll observers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Frequent blasts have challenged poll security, says NHRC (ht), Time to deliver: Incoming govt should formulate laws to implement fiscal federalism with urgency (kp), Make way! Whenever the status quo does not deliver, a new crop of leadership emerges that should assume the helm, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), I have a manifesto: Our country has great potential, but to harness this potential, it needs statesmanlike leaders who are devoted more to ‘lokniti’ than ‘rajniti’, by Niranjan Narsingh Khatri (rep), Whither Madhes movement?, by Govinda Bhattarai (rep)

04/12/2017: A lot has healed but scars remain: Two years after a deadly violence in the Tharu heartland, the political landscape has changed dramatically; The raw energy and anger that fuelled the Tharu protests across the mid- and far-western Tarai in 2015 has lessened substantially, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Dahal signs deal with Bandarmude blast victims, by Shiva Puri (kp) [This means that he at last admits the crime, but justice looks different!! Abd who will pay all this, the state or the Maoist party??], Dahal signs reparation deal with Badarmudhe victims ahead of polls (rep), Justice eludes conflict victims, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht), Transitional justice cases will not be swept under the rug: Transitional justice cases will not be swept under the rug, interview with Hari Phuyal, former Attorney General (kp), Fiscal federalism gets off to slow start (kp), Nepal: Hopes and Fears, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR), The money trail: In economies where informal sector dominates and political protection is a profitable racket, return on investment in politics is invariably more lucrative than any other business or industry, by CK Lal (rep)

03/12/2017: EC’s poll code limited to papers only? No action taken against anyone except a few warnings here and there: Election observers say the poll authority on almost all occasions has turned  a blind eye to poll code  violation (kp) [Only foreign election observers are punished severely for doing their job!!], Blasts continue in various districts (kp), Army enhances presence to curb anti-poll actions: NA officials say resurgence of violent activities has prompted them to ‘play  a more active role’  in maintaining law and order during the elections (kp), Security situation ‘normal’ in Tarai districts, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), EC working to publish results within week; Official: Election Commission preparing to relay vote counting updates more frequently (kp) [It would be better for many reasons if only preliminary final results are published for each constituency! The continued publishing of intermediate results is confusing and provokes militant actions!], Appearance and Reality: During election campaigns, candidates display ostensible acts of kindness and desire to serve, by Prawash Gautam (kp)

02/12/2017: Blast in Capital hours after security meet, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), One killed, five dozen hurt in violence over two weeks (kp), Taskforce to ensure ministries devolve power to local level: Secretary says there are still no executive officers  in some 50 local units (kp), Online listing of VAW cases from Dec 11 (kp), Home but not dry: The two-phase elections will conclude this week, but the federal journey has just begun, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The beginning of the end: Most of our political parties promise us everything. We will have thousands of MW electricity. We will all be making at least ten thousand dollars a year in our own land in a decade. But how come we are yet to hear from any political parties about vegetables prices, by Guffadi (kp), Report highlights barriers Nepali girls face in accessing education: The report provides data of education, child marriage and VAW (ht)

01/12/2017: EC instructs agencies to step up security (kp), Four injured in Itahari blast, by Bedraj Poudel (kp), Parties flouting poll code of conduct: EC; On-site monitoring finds ‘rampant violation’ of code mainly in the use of flags, posters and pamphlets (kp), Poised for a fresh start: Federalism will drive transformation of Nepal’s archaic societal and economic setting, by Niraj KC (kp), Families of Maleth victims want jobs, education (ht), Performance vs promises (nt), Our election circus, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep), Putting NC Marginal Candidates At Risk, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

30/11/2017: Temporary cop injured in Dang explosion dies: 1st casualty of anti-poll activities, by Durga Lal KC (kp), NC candidate among seven hurt in Udaypur IED blast, by Dilliram Khatiwada (kp), NHRC condemns rising incidents of bomb attack (kp), EC seeks security stratagy for second phase polls (kp), How to save the election: Premier Deuba has failed to demonstrate strong  commitment to security for historic elections (kp), Initial study on provincial headquarters completed (kp), Horsing around: Insincerity and false promises has become a staple of Nepali politics now, rendering vote swings highly probable, by Deepak Thapa (kp), First-Phase Federal And Provincial Elections, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

29/11/2017: Transitional justive: Lack of designated law minister puts MoPR in quandary: Act amendment process stalled as commissions’ term nears end (kp), IED blast in Tulsipur leaves nine injured, by Durga Lal KC (kp)

28/11/2017: After polls, ballot box safety major concern: Political parties in Sindhupalchok install close-circuit television cameras (kp), Ballots from 40 polling stations to be airlifted, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Congress courts Madhesi, fringe forces to contain left: There is a ‘tentative agreement’ that the two sides  should forge alliance in the constituencies where  the prospects of the left alliance winning are high (kp), Works begin to set up state parliament, govt agencies in Province 6, by Janak Nepal and Prakash Adhikari (kp), No violence please: Use of guns and explosives to dirupt electoral environment can have long-term implications on national security, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), Unfounded fears: Portrayal of the left alliance as a potential threat to democracy is nothing more than political propaganda, by Lalbabu Yadav (kp), Elections, parties and alliances: Observations from abroad, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (Social Science Baha Lecture Series XCIV)

27/11/2017: Vote in 32 districts a success, says EC; Former chief election commissioner Uprety: More than 65 percent turnout satisfactory against the odds (kp), Voter turnout 65 pc in first phase of polls: Polling suspended in only two polling booths of Rukum West after ballot boxes were burnt there, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Observers urge EC to focus on better voter education (kp), All that is free and fair: The first phase of elections has gone well despite deep apprehension (kp), Who is left to be Left in Nepal? Nepal adopts a middle path by merging liberalism and socialism with welfare capitalism, so a ‘communist take-over’ is fanciful, by Suman Khadka (kp), There is no transparency on political parties’ election spending, interview with Shree Hari Aryal (kp)

26/11/2017: Transitional justice: Probe into 500 cases completed in 2 provinces: Reports to be sent to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission head office for review before further process; Commission unable to review the investigated cases  as senior officials from the TRC headquarters  have been deputed for the elections, by Binod Ghimire (kp) 2074, a year of elections (kp), Media warned against ‘code violation’ (kp), Nepal goes to polls today: Ballots will be cast in 32 districts in Phase I of parliamentary and provincial elections (ht), Violence against women continues (ht), Reconstruction work snail-paced (ht)

25/11/2017: Two European Union observers barred from monitoring polls (ht), EC bars two EU observers from poll monitoring (kp) [As a consequence, all poliiticians and parties that have violated the election code of conduct should be bared from elections??], ‘Government has violated election code’: Govt allegedly distributed a huge sum of money to  cadres of ruling parties (ht) [This must be checked by international election observation teams as well if the election observation shall make any sense!!], EC helpless against poll code violators: Observers: Lack of effective voter education programme is another concern raised, by Tika R. Prahan (kp), Parties clash in different districts ahead of polls (kp), Blasts continue, explosive devices defused (kp), Maybe our netas should quit politics and join the entertainment industry as writers while our ‘real’ writers can join politics and give us something new instead; What we need is direct democracy so that we, the common folks will finally have opportunity to take part in decision-making and also be able to challenge any law passed by our nincompoops, by Guffadi (kp)

24/11/2017: MoHA orders arrest of top CPN leaders: Anti-poll activities continue despite govt’s ‘improved security’ claims (kp), Election watch: Free and fair poll observation is  important exercise in a democracy (kp), Space of absence: Women and other marginalised gender groups cannot  afford to ignore inaccessibility to fundamental rights, by Archana Thapa (kp), Good governance: New hopes; In Nepal, bureaucracy or public sectors have suffered most from the rampant corruption. In fiscal year 2015/16, Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Nepal received a total of 15,126 cases of corruption, by Sisir Bhandari (kp), Power centre: Electing the Parliament and state assemblies does not necessarily ensure the kind of decentralisation that Nepalis have long needed, by Om Astha Rai (nt), The centre tries to hold: Diehard functionaries of a previously centralised, unitary state are fighting tooth and nail to preserve the status quo, by George Varughese (nt)

23/11/2017: EU reps violate election code in Kanchanpur, by Chitranga Thapa (kp), EC urged to bar EU poll observers from Kanchanpur, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), CEC hardens position on int’l poll observers: Says there’s no need for missions, monitors to certify elections of Nepal (kp), Transitional justice: CIEDP to summon Deuba over conflict-era disappearances, by Chitranga Thapa (kp), Piecemeal process: 11 years after CPA, political parties are still to internalise the essence of transitional justice (kp), Fighting alienation: During elections, rational voting has to flourish and negative elements should not be allowed to outweigh positive ones, by Sajal Mani Dhital (kp)

22/11/2017: 11 years of peace agreement: Conflict victims’ wait for justice continues, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Govt to file cases against anti-poll elements in court, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), SC calls parties, EC to discuss 33 pc women candidates, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Why only 4 days ahead of the first election day?], Democratic deficit: Nepal’s politics is rendered precariously fluid by petty interests of a handful of influential party leaders, by Achyut Wagle (kp), The youth of the nation: In the face of adversity, Nepali youths should find the energy and motivation to play an active role in serving society, by Simone Galimberti (kp)

21/11/2017: Deuba tells forces to act tough: Pledges security agencies resources and support to curbing activities that threaten peaceful elections, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), What is in store? Societal changes are much needed, but whether or not they will occur after elections is doubtful, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Talking through their hat: Many of the health care promises in the election manifestos are absurd and undoable, by Nirmal Kandel (kp), Case of rotten crate: International evidence suggests that in a corrupt political system, instead of elections controlling corruption, it is corruption that controls elections, by Narayan Manandhar (rep)

20/11/2017: Army to step up poll security measures: Says it will conduct land and aerial patrols as violent acts go unabated, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Shaken up: Deuba govt should take stronger position to stop violent attacks against political campaigns (kp), Final list of PR candidates: Women account for 55pc of total PR candidates; After EC disqualifies 253, total number comes down to 5,838 (kp), Nepal needs the PR electoral system until we achieve inclusiveness that renders PR unnecessary, interview with BhojraJ Pokharel (kp), Phials of blood: How would the Madhesi activists who agitated for constitutional change vote in a poll being held to ensure the inviolability of the same statute?, by CK Lal (rep)

19/11/2017: Attacks on leaders continue unchecked:  IED hurled at NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel’s vehicle in Tanahun n Explosion near left alliance programme venue in Rautahat (kp), MoHA says ‘attention drawn to assaults: Yet to release information on who are behind blasts’ (kp), Despite higher population size women voters are less than men (kp), New direction: In these elections, for the first time in the country’s history, development agenda tops, by Prawash Gautam (kp), In defense of BRB: The muscles UML and Maoist leaders flex are powered by the money of private education and medical mafias, by Kaushal Ghimire (rep)

18/11/2017: NC, Maoist Centre leaders attacked: Blast targeted at Mahat injures six in Nuwakot (kp), From the margins: While there are sparse Muslim settlements in the hilly regions of far western Nepal, they receive little to no attention from government agencies, and political candidates vying for office, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Follow the money! Our political parties never tell the EC, or the people, where they get their funds from and it seems that the EC does not have the courage to take any action, by Guffadi (kp), Federal express: The country has made miraculous political achievements in the past decade. The next one should be devoted to uplifting people out of poverty, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Whom to Believe?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

17/11/2017: Incidents of attack on leaders stoke concern: IED blasts targeting candidates, poll campaigns continue unabated; Police say they have upped vigilance, arrested over 150 in two weeks (kp), Nudges for betterment: Political parties contesting achievable goals, accompanied by an aware voter base, would set Nepal in the right direction, by Jaya Jung Mahat (kp)

16/11/2017: EC ‘concerned’ about ‘secret financial dealings’: CEC Yadav seeks support from all sectors to curb such activities (kp), Unsecure: Govt, security agencies need to be vigilant to curb attacks on election candidates (kp), Responsible conduct: One can only imagine the kind of conflicts of interest that abound in Nepal’s corridors of power, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

15/11/2017: Blasts targeting candidates cause for concern, say poll observers (kp), ‘Directly elected executive head does not suit Nepal’ (kp), Political Interferences In Development, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

14/11/2017: Banda hits life in Rolpa (kp), Money, muscle and politics: Corrupt politicians should be voted out of office, but this does not happen in Nepal, by Bigyan Prasai (kp)

13/11/2017: Left forces UML, Maoists for party merger ‘at the earliest’: Unity possible even before forming new government: Yubaraj Gyawali, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), New roadmap: There is a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done after the election (kp), Only sound and fury, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), History, on repeat, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep)

12/11/2017: Voters to be given FPTP, PR ballots separately: EC says move will help minimise confusion, reduce number of void votes, by Prithvci Man Shrestha (kp), Police told to arrest Chand party cadres (kp), No enforcement: Flouting election Codes of Conduct will have a multiplier effect on the level of corruption, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp)

11/11/2017: Prez issues HPE Ordinance (kp), 18-40 age group makes up over half of voters, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Back to the basics: While manifestos pledge railways, rapid development, and foreign investment; voters want political actors to stick to the basics, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), Putting people first: While infrastructural development has brought much-welcome changes, social development is the need of the hour, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Fake manifestos: Our political parties should stop wasting money publishing  hawa-daari manifestos and littering our streets, by Guffadi (kp)

10/11/2017: Mishra strives to make inroads into NC bastion, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Slaving away: Govt has proven toothless, instead of taking strong position to protect migrant workers (kp)

09/11/2017: Trauma in transition:Tenures of toothless transitional justice bodies need to be renewed; given greater independence (kp), Voters ‘unaware’ of duties of centre and state govts: Experts say political parties and leaders should have done enough homework to make voters understand powers and responsibilities of central and provincial governments, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Govt to announce provincial capitals after scheduled polls (kp), Why vote? I will never endorse anyone blindly; my endorsement will depend on past records and personal demeanour, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Numbers are not enough: It will not do much good if women elected to power are not committed to the cause, by Tara Kanel (kp)

08/11/2017: TRC, CIEDP stare at crisis as term sees end: Act needs to be amended to give the commissions more time to work, by Binod Ghire (kp), Dr KC files RTI petition at Office of President: Seeks to know cause of the delay in endorsement (kp), Gender discriminatory practices not on parties’ vote agenda, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Money for nothing: When elections become race for patronage rather than principles they are bound to be expensive (kp), Local govts defy centre’s order on ‘tourism fee’ (kp) [It is bad for tourism if the central government is not willing to understand constitution and federal principles!]

07/11/2017: Maina Sunuwar murder case: SC orders Kavre court to produce documents; three ex-Nepal army officials were sentenced to life in prison in April (kp), President holds HPE Ordinance (kp) [President supporting partisan interests?], As it stands: Nepal has to proceed in a manner that protects political and national security while enhancing the lives of citizens, by Binoj Basnyat (kp)

06/11/2017: Voting rights of officials on duty: SC calls amicus curiae (kp), SSF-N, RJP-N snub principle of inclusion: FPTP list for federal polls does not have even one woman (kp), (Un)easy alliances: Elections are weeks away; left and NC-led  alliances have different political characteristics (kp), The post-truth socialism: Nepali communists’ longing for ‘socialism with market freedom’ is completely anachronistic, by Achyut Wagle (kp), The EC constantly shifts positions and buckles under pressure, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (kp)

05/11/2017: No women candidates in Province 6 for FPTP vote, by Janak Nepal (kp), Election authority yet to start voter education drive: Vote three weeks away; Fear for high invalid votes (kp), Guilty of Madi bus ambush should face legal action: Dahal (kp) [Change of mind?], ‘Bandarmudhe incident serious blot on CPN-MC’, by Tilakram Rimsl (kp), HRMEA prone to misuse: The phrase ‘as far as possible’ in the Act lets leaders choose from PR list, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), First-time voters against gerontocracy, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht), Health insurance made mandatory for all (ht), Fuzzy federal math: Neither will the central government agree to downsize, as local units want, nor will local governments be self-reliant on funds, at least in the foreseeable future, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

04/11/2017: EC readies PR candidate list for two polls: 56 percent of 6,094 fielded under the category are women (kp), Let the chors rule: Everything is possible in Nepali  politics where ideologies take a back seat and it’s about ego and money, by Guffadi (kp), Election manifesto: Charter amendment top agenda of Madhes-based parties, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht)

03/11/2017: 4,708 file nominations for Phase II polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Over 4,700 file papers for Dec 7 election (ht), Candidates' lists infested with criminals, goons, by Manish Gautam (kp), Left bloc common manifesto lashes out at Congress (kp), Politicians in proportion: Women must be allowed to contest direct elections so as to develop leadership skills (kp) [Its is their right! Men have nothing to allow!], Major political parties fail to field enough number of women candidates: NC has fielded seven, UML six and CPN-MC three women candidates for phase ll of parliamentary FPTP polls (ht)

02/11/2017: Women candidates few and far between in NC: Party leadership struggles to quell charges of nepotism and favouritism, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Electoral competency: Women are still underrepresented in Nepali politics and the PR system has not made it any better, by Sanjaya Mahato (kp), Arrest of Dhungel raises hope of justice for war-era victims (kp), Search for truth and justice continues in Nepal: ICJ; Says arrest of Maoist leader Dhungel highlights weaknesses, as well as promises, for conflict victims seeking accountability (kp), Half a milestone: Maoist leader Dhungel’s arrest for war-era murder should now be followed by broader prosecution (kp), Krishna Adhikari's murder: Hearing put off for December 11 (kp), Justice delayed and denied: Many more cases like Dhungel’s will have to be brought to justice before some kind of normalcy returns, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Govt’s plan to defer transfers may hit fiscal federalism, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp)

01/11/2017: Murder convict Dhungel sent to prison: Maoist leader, who was walking free despite being convicted eight years ago by apex court, will remain behind bars for 12.5 yrs, by Manish Gautam (kp)

31/10/2017: Oli’s legacy at stake: To effectively lead the left coalition including the Maoists, KP Sharma Oli must clearly outline where he stands on parliamentary democracy, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

30/10/2017: Political Polarisation and Mud-slinging, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), EC gears up for separate ballots: Move follows consultation with attorney general; Having 2 different ballots ‘not to hit’ poll schedule, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Poll panel to abide by court directive: To print separate FPTP ballot papers for provincial, parliamentary polls, by Arjun Poudel (ht), EC tells govt to cancel Rs10b programme (kp), EC bars ex-MPs from spending CDF money (rep), SC’s strong directives to EC at this crucial time will hamper progress made towards FDR, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp), EC condemned for ignoring SC order (ht) [Parties and politicians ignore SC orders as well!], Too poor to run! If election tickets are to be auctioned off to highest bidders, why would anyone devote her life for the party’s betterment?, by Subhash Ghimire (rep)

29/10/2017: Cong factions play favourites as party selects candidates: Deuba flexing his muscles in ticket distribution; Poudel not happy, Sitaula camp in a tight spot, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), No deal yet with FSF-N, RJP-N: NC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Not secular: The government seems to have forgotten that it is bound  to protect an individual’s rights to have a religion, by Lokmani Dhakal and David Anderson (kp), Foreign secretary attends UNSC debate (ht) [The secretary's statement at the UNSC contradicts relities in Nepal!], Same old faces in fray for polls in province 6 (ht)

28/10/2017: ‘Ensure women participation as per statute' (kp), Dalit leaders demand fair distribution of tickets in second phase elections (ht), EC starts printing of FPTP ballot papers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Views divided on EC’s decision (ht), Chances of Cong alliance with SSF-N, RJP-N slim: The parties likely to work to ensure victory for their ‘top leaders’ (kp), NC not keen on democratic alliance, allege FSF-N, RJP-N, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), FSF-N, RJP-N close to deal (ht), Left alliance likely to finalise seat sharing today, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Gunda-Tantra! We are witnessing a new era of Nepali politics where mundrey gundas and so-called Dons finally come out and become politicians for good, by Guffadi (kp), Crime does pay: If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from watching too many films it is that participation in politics is natural progression for gangsters, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep)

27/10/2017: Dangerous alliance: State security forces and political parties have allied to subvert the truth behind human rights abuses, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Women leaders demand more media coverage to promote female leadership (ht), Court ruling on separate ballots raises concerns, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), Respect SC order: The EC should be prepared to print separate ballot papers if the SC orders so as the apex court’s order is binding to all state organs (ht), EC working on response to court (kp), EC undecided on FPTP ballot papers, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Won’t accept election postponement: Left alliance (kp), Dahal: Revival of Parliament if polls deferred (kp), International conference on peace next month (kp), Federalism in action: The provinces have to set up many institutions to deliver basic services properly, and they have to start from scratch, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp)

26/10/2017: Post-election blues: How was Nepal elected to the top United Nations human rights body with such a checkered rights record of its vital state actors?, by Biswas Baral (rep) [Can it be that the international community does not really understand Nepal's HR, social and political issues?], SC orders separate ballots for two polls: Asks EC to present report on progress made since its earlier ruling; An election commissioner says polls not possible on November 26 if separate ballots were to be printed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), SC seeks progress info from EC on printing separate ballots (rep), EC not to print separate FPTP ballot papers: Supreme Court orders commissioners of the poll panel to furnish clarification within three days, by Ram Kumar Kamat and Arjun Poudel (ht), EC toothless, complains Yadav: Yadav expresses his regret that the EC lacks authority to schedule or postpone elections or to make a financial decision (kp), NC, left alliance putting final touches on poll manifestos, by Sanjeev Giri and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The right bills: Cabinet has rightly sent two crucial bills of huge public importance for Presidential approval (kp), How will we vote? Upcoming elections could be a referendum over inclusion of identity versus exclusion of nationality and nationalism, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Poll Alliance For Stability, by Mukti Rijal (rn), UML withdraws from Manang where gangster Manange is contesting (ht) [In accordance witth article 87 of the constitution one must ask why this man is allowed to be a candidate. This is another example for the connection between political parties and criminals!], UML withdraws candidate to make way for Manange (rep), Govt’s scheme for quake victims falls flat: Over 80 per cent acquirers of new taxi permits have transferred ownership of their cabs, by Sujan Dhungana (ht), Ministries in fix as naming of province capitals delayed, by Ashok Dahal (rep), 'Left alliance bound by democratic norms, no question of dictatorship', interview with Hari Roka (rep)

25/10/2017: Contempt of court writ filed against police chief: Petitioner says failure to arrest murder convict Dhungel is wilful disobedience by security force (kp), Poll duty to deprive lakhs of right to vote: EC says it didn’t have time to issue voter IDs to govt staff on poll duty (ht) [This means that the elections cannot be called free and fair!], Rebel candidates give left alliance hard time: Parties’ calls to withdraw candidacy cut no ice with ‘dissatisfied leaders', by Sanjeev Giri (kp) [And what about the dissatisfied women, Dalits, etc.?], Maoist Centre not to recall ministers anytime soon (kp), Bureaucrats’, ministers’ foreign junkets top Cabinet agenda, by Rewati Sapkota (ht)

24/10/2017: Parties leave out women, Dalits in candidate selection, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Not even 5 per cent female candidates!!], Fair share of tickets a far cry for women: Three major parties field only nine women for Nov 26 polls, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Two alliances field just 8 women under FPTP in first phase polls: Poll alliances, reluctance of women aspirants, cited for low female numbers, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Gender imbalance: The major political parties  have given importance to male candidates for reasons, or rationale, beyond anybody’s comprehension (ht), Private sector under pressure for donations (ht) [These are extortions, not donations!], Poll alliances trigger dissent in districts, by Santosh Pokharel (rep), Medical education reforms: Govt decides to issue ordinance, by Manish Gautam (kp), Yubaraj Bhusal appointed new chief executive officer of NRA: Third person to lead reconstruction authority in less than three years, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), Photo expo on Nepalis sans citizenship (ht), Chand-led group can pose security threat during elections: NSC, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Quake victims struggle to receive grants, by Madhusudan Guragain (rep), Deuba: Fear Slogan Won’t Work, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

23/10/2017: The logical step: Despite the initial confusion, the country now seems all set for provincial and federal polls (kp), Nominations over for Phase I polls; Leaders: Successful candidacy filing augurs well for elections crucial for implementing the new constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties field nominees for Phase 1 polls (kp), Limited seats force heavyweights to face off each other, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Tough fight expected among top leaders of major parties in upcoming elections (ht), Local leaders rebel against alliance candidates (rep), Maoist Centre leaders, cadres in Jajarkot disappointed with alliance decision, by Janak KC (rep), Left and right alliances playing blame game in Jumla, by DB Buda (rep), Maoist ministers wait party’s nod to exit coalition (kp), The gadfly that will not go away: Dr KC has spent the past five years fighting for better healthcare, and now, finally, there is hope on the horizon, by Naresh Koirala (kp), If parties allow human rights problems to fester, new issues will crop up, interview with Mohna Ansari (kp). We will opt for directly elected presidential system: Dahal , by Rewati Sapkota (ht), The neocon specter: Premier Deuba seems to be unable to accept that the real challenge to democracy is not communism but proto-fascism of Panchayat variety, by CK Lal (rep)

22/10/2017: Nominations for first phase polls in 32 district today (kp), Ex-King Gyanedra says time has come for his leadership (kp) [??????????????????????????????????????????????]

21/10/2017: (Nothing important to report during Tihar)

20/10/2017: Far from over: Combating poverty with greater  determination should be a national priority (kp), Fragile alliance: The ballyhooed coalition may be China’s way of paying India back in its own coin, by Birendra P. Mishra (kp)

19/10/2017: SC rules out interim order on separate ballots for two polls: There is no need to issue an interim order at a time when ballot papers for PR system have already been sent for printing, says SC, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Maoist Centre to quit govt on Sunday (kp), Many quake survivors are still without proper homes, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Well within our rights: Now a member of the UNHRC, Nepal has to fully commit to upholding human rights (kp), Unity of a kind: Though history serves as no sure guide to how the UML-Maoist relationship will evolve, the surest bet is on a falling-out sooner than later, by Deepak Thapa (kp), 'It is political immaturity to equate left alliance with totalitarianism', interview with Top Bahadur Rayamajhi (rep), ‘Govt needs rs820b to build offices and human capacity at local bodies’, interview with  Finance secretary Shanta Raj Subedi (kp)

18/10/2017: A day of high drama in Singha Durbar: CPN (Maoist Centre) does a volte-face after saying it will quit govt: PM Deuba relieves Maoist ministers of responsibilities, keeps home and foreign ministries with himself; Eight newly inducted leaders from the RPP assigned ministerial portfolios (kp), CPN-MC ministers stripped of portfolios (ht), PM reshuffles cabinet, Maoists ministers left portfolio-less, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), CPN-MC does volte-face on quitting govt: Says it has secret information PM planning to defer polls, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), All eyes on today’s SC ruling on ballot papers: Writ by RJP-N leader demands separate ballots for two elections (kp), The communist dream: All that the UML and the Maoist Centre have in common are Leninist party organisations and a desire to monopolise power, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), To ally or not to ally: Congress needs Madhesbadi parties for its very survival while these parties can do without such an alliance with NC, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep), Do more: member of the UNHRC gives an immense opportunity to share experiences of the unique and successful peace process (ht)

17/10/2017: No progress on fixing provincial headquarters yet as polls near: Logistics preparation delayed as panel’s recommendations gather dust (kp), Fielding of criminal figures in polls unleashes public ire: Who will contest from Manang if not Manange?: Oli, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Fewer parties contesting elections under PR system: Compared to 122 ahead of CA polls, only 49 parties in fray, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 49 parties file closed list of PR candidates (ht), Madhes parties, NC to join forces against left bloc (kp), A homecoming for Gachhadar: NLF, NC merge to ‘stop rise of authoritarianism, save democracy and ensure broader acceptance of statute’ (kp), NDF merges with NC (ht), Nepal elected to UN Human rights Council (kp), A case for good governance: There have been five Administrative Reforms Commissions but very little reform, by Madhukar SJB Rana and Atul K. Thakur (kp), Dynamics and geo-politics: Despite not being well thought out at its conception, the Leftist alliance can be used to create real political change, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Presidential system, no-no, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

16/10/2017: Parties submit lists of PR candidates: Major forces register names in haste, to revise lists within EC’s deadline; UML, Congress bigwigs to contest direct elections (kp), Parties file closed lists of candidates, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Eleventh-hour negotiations delay filing of candidacies (rep), Top leaders throw in their hats for PR polls (ht), Bhattarai counts on NC in Gorkha bid (kp), Threshold forcing fringe parties to go for mergers, alliances (rep), NHRC tells parties to incorporate HR in poll manifestos (kp), Differences take a backseat: The focus of the government and all political parties should be on holding elections (kp), NC, Maoists should remain key partners until the peace process is complete, interview with Bimalendra Nidhi (kp), Disabled people guaranteed right to political participation (ht), PM may divest CPN-MC ministers of their portfolios: The PM wants CPN-MC ministers to quit the government on their own volition (ht) [??], Election Commission And Cabinet Expansion, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

15/10/2017: CA-turned-Parliament completes term: Top leaders hail constitution promulgation as historic achievement, say stage set for the implementation of the charter, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Parliament dissolved: Altogether, the House passed 84 bills and failed to pass 20; Cabinet expansion within bounds of the constitution, says PM, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), PM’s move violates poll code but won’t affect elections: EC (kp), Maoist Centre to continue support to Deuba govt (kp), CPN-MC ministers not to quit, party won’t withdraw support to govt (ht), PR candidates’ closed lists to be submitted today (kp), Statute  revision must for its implementation: Yadav (kp), Transitional justice: Conflict victims disappointed at TRC’s snail-paced work, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Left Alliance On A Bumpy Road!, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Municipalities without facilities, by Ganesh BK (rep), Local remedies: Giving both executive and judicial rights to elected local representatives goes against democratic principles, by Mukti Rijal (rep)

14/10/2017: Deuba inducts eight ministers from RPP, by Anil Giri (kp) [??? This is nothing else than irresponsible plundering of public coffers!!], PM inducts eight ministers from RPP: Prez yet to fix swearing-in time; Kamal Thapa appointed DPM (ht), PM reiterates commitment to polls (kp) [Hopefully, this man is voted out of office soon!], Is Deuba Competent?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), HPE Bill’s fate hangs in the balance: Chances of its endorsement today, the last day of Parliament, slim, as it is not on the agenda, by Manish Gautam (kp), Lawmakers cheated people: Dr KC (kp), AHRC urges government to address striking Dr Govinda KC’s demands (ht), Naya Shakti back to poll symbol ‘eye’: Party led by former PM Baburam Bhattarai says it has not severed ties with the left alliance (kp), NSP-N exits left electoral alliance: UML terms decision emotional; CPN-MC says it will only harm party, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Implications of Left Alliance, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Pole vault: Why has the left united and  what can we expect next?, by Mohan Guragain (kp), No more constipation! Our Constipated Assembly wasted billions and billions to feed our  hungry, starving lawmakers for nearly a decade. And what did we get so far? We got nothing but a half-baked constitution, by Guffadi (kp), Local bodies asked to prepare programmes: People have high hopes from the govts at grassroots, as they have just elected their representatives after a gap of around 20 years (kp), National Assembly election bill not listed in business schedule (ht)

13/10/2017: Polls will be held on scheduled dates: PM; Tells left alliance leaders he has no plans to remove Maoist ministers (kp), UML, MaoistCentre warn PM Deuba: Prime minister told not to remove CPN-MC ministers or postpone elections (ht), UML working to finalise PR candidates: Two allies may have equal number of candidates in provinces 2 and 6 (kp), NSP-N mulls exiting left alliance (ht), Bhattarai hints at quitting left alliance (kp), Chaos in Cong over candidates (kp), Partnership hinges on NC’s generosity: Yadav (kp), UML, Maoist Centre MPs block HPE Bill: Government aborted its plan of tabling the bill after the UML and Maoist Centre warned of House obstruction (kp) [Personal and party interests have absolute priority!], Bid to pass Medical Education Bill fails, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), House to convene last meeting today (ht), Permutation combination: The leftist alliance has raised fears that Nepal may be hurtling towards communism, by Bikash Gupta and Gaurav Thapa (kp), Old wine, old bottle, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep), Bedfellows: As things stand, the left alliance has an edge over the democratic grouping. But it is far from certain if these blocs will survive intra-party and intra-alliances rifts before polls, by Om Astha Rai (nt), New Frontier Of Consciousness, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Free press for development: Government should remove obstacles that prevent people from exercising their right to information, by Meera Rajbhandari Amatya (kp), Election in a kakistocracy (nt), Plus and minus: Just because the Maoists are subsumed within the UML, it doesn’t mean their war crimes will be erased, by Nilamber Acharya (nt) [Please do not conceal that war crimes were committed in the same way by security forces and at least protected by the then responsible politicians from NC, CPN-UML, and RPP as well as Gyanendra Shah!]

12/10/2017: Set it right: Nepal Army has to come clean on the Maina Sunuwar case, as it is an emblematic one (kp), Alliances For Political Stability, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), How Will Left Coalition Fare?, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Is The ‘Sun’ Rising? (rn), Breaking through the veil: The people need to show that they are not fooled by lofty election manifestos of leftist or Democratic alliances, by Pramod Mishra (kp) [By the way, is 'leftist' the opposite of 'democratic' as the NC tries to pretend?], No plan to postpone polls, say NC leaders: Some Cong members calling for delaying nomination filing by a few days (kp), Parliament to be dissolved tomorrow (kp), DA constituents seek NC decision (ht), Left alliance still unable to finalise FPTP seats (ht), MoE agrees to amend HPE Bill in line with Dr KC’s demand (kp), Crystal clear: The only thing that is transparent in Nepal is the high level of corruption, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (kp), Election manifesto blues: For breakthroughs, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), Vote transfer row halts National Assembly Election Bill, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

11/10/2017: Left forces struggle to get things right: UMl, Maoist Centre facing hard time dividing seats among constituents, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), Pre-poll alliances make fielding candidates tough for parties, by Raju Adhikari (rep), ‘Busy’ NC leaves alliance partners waiting (kp), House nod to landmark bill to ensure universal health care, by Binod Ghimire (kp), House passes Health Insurance Bill (rep), Prime minister cannot oust ministers, say legal eagles, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), CEC Yadav tells govt not to do anything that affects polls (kp), Political parties unite: Healthy competition between the alliances could give the economy a further boost, by Sajal Mani Dhital (kp), Army petitions SC over Kavre court verdict in Maina case, by Bhasha Sharma (rep)

10/10/2017: Daunting Tasks Ahead For Left Alliance, by Raj Kumar KC (rn), Losers And Winners, by Bishnu Gautam (rn), CPN (U) to merge with Maoist Centre (kp), NDF likely to merge with Nepali Congress (ht) [Everything forgiven and forgotten that has been so important in 2007??], RPP decides to extend support to Deuba govt: Kamal Thapa demands Home Ministry, currently held by Maoist Centre (kp), PM secures RPP support as he mulls cabinet reshuffle: FSFN to shore up govt if Maoist Center withdraws (rep), Won’t tolerate changes in Cabinet: Oli (kp), Local units fix wages without laws mandating their action, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Snake oil salesman: NOC chief Khadka should not be allowed to hide or tamper with evidences (kp), SC issues show cause notice over sacking of Sajha chair (kp), Politicizing corruption: What defines corruption here? Is it media coverage or the actions of the CIAA or court verdicts or the size of julus in favor of Dr Govinda KC at Maitighar?, by Rajendra Manandhar (rep), Demanding our rights: Only through provision of basic services can the cycle of poverty be broken and the marginalised given a voice, by Anjita Parajuli (kp), Work in progress: Softening its position on demands of Madhes-based parties, India now seems to support the constitution implementation process, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), MoGA warns civil servants against contesting polls (ht) [To prevent members of special vocational groups from candidating in elections is a grave violation of equal fundamental rights!], Local government associations: Important contributions, by Shesh Raman Neupane and Chay James Garde (ht), Compensation for flood-affected only after PDNA (ht) [??], 'Too many old faces may dampen voter zeal', by Bhim Chapagain (rep)

09/10/2017: NC weighs Cabinet reshuffle option: Taking RPP on board possible move if Maoist-led ministries are vacated (kp) [What kind of rubbish 7 weeks ahead of the elections! Besides, this would mean another waste of tax money!], Litmus test: Yet again, Nepalis are watching if PM Deuba will be able to hold scheduled elections (kp), SSF-N, RJP-N claim big chunk of seats to share (kp), FSF-N, RJP-N,  discuss seat allotment with Congress: Demand 35 pc parliamentary and 40 pc provincial seats under FPTP system (ht), Disputes over constituencies mar ‘democratic’ alliance talks: There would be nothing left for NC if it allots the constituencies as demanded by the smaller parties, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Unhealthy alliances: Nepali democracy cannot sustain two-party system if newly formed alliances don’t keep their cadres happy, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Left Unity: Positive Move For Stability, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Political stability will be the top election agenda of the left alliance, interview with UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel (kp), Election bill for president, vice-president passed (ht), NOC chief reinstated: Khadka is accused of misappropriating around  Rs800 million while buying land plots worth Rs1.61 billion in four places: Bhairahawa, Chitwan, Sarlahi and Jhapa, by Rajesh Khanal (kp), SC stays govt decision sacking NOC chief Khadka (ht), Dr KC warns of stern protest against judiciary (rep), Govt grants Rs 106m to EC for luxury cars: The fund has been released even though each commissioner already has at least two vehicles (rep), When dreams sag: The surrender of Bhattarai-Dahal duo stole the thunder from the act of Messrs Brijesh Kumar Gupta and Hridayesh Tripathi throwing down their gauntlets into Tinau River, by CK Lal (rep), Why the alliance? The new left alliance is a strategic alliance, with the ultimate goal of building a powerful socialist center, by Sudarshan Khatiwada (rep)

08/10/2017: FSFN-RJPN poll alliance brings excitement to Madhes: The Nepali Congress won most seats in the recent local elections in Province 2 but the votes secured by FSFN and RJPN together add up to more than NC's vote, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), An alliance with game-changing potential: The local polls once again shifted the ballance of power to the left (rep), Alliance with UML out of compulsion: Dahal; Admits procedural lapses while taking ‘such an important decision’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Left front sends ripples to the ground: Some in a Morang village excited about three parties coming together, others don’t care, by Jitendra Sah (kp), ‘Democratic’ alliance taskforce stuck on electoral seat-sharing (kp), NC to talk to like-minded parties: Will discuss division of FPTP constituencies with alliance partners, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), RPP in favour of reinstating Hindu state (ht) [a like-minded party of NC???], CPN-MC not for toppling govt: Dahal (ht) [Don't talk on such stupid things!], Spectre Of Communism!, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), October Revolution in Nepal, by Hari Har Khanal (rn), Old faces to dominate parliamentary, provincial polls nomination (rep)

07/10/2017: SSF-N, RJP-N form alliance for upcoming polls (kp), FSF-N, RJPN to field common candidates (ht), RJPN, FSFN to share constituencies 50-50 in Madhes (rep), Congress censures coalition partner, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), EC tells govt not to reshuffle cabinet, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), EC harbours poll deferral fears (kp), All communists unite! So the comrades will be on the left and our Kangroos and their friends will head the right. But who will be at the centre and find the middle path to peace and prosperity?, by Guffadi (kp), Provinces, local units get 25% royalty for natural resources (rep), Ten years on, displaced families still struggling for permanent shelter, by Amar Khadka (rep)

06/10/2017: Left electoral alliance leaves NC in tight spot: Leaders say party to discuss its future strategy at today’s CWC meeting; Some Congress leaders are of the view that the  Maoist Centre has lost moral and political  ground to stay in government (kp), Deuba mulls sacking Maoist ministers, govt reshuffle (rep), Panel to decide left alliance candidates within 3 days: A week given for manifesto drafting (kp), 33-party alliance to participate in polls with ‘sickle-hammer’ symbol (ht), Welcome Left Unity With Caution, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), All eyes on which way FSFN will go (rep), RPP seeks 7pc seats in ‘democratic’ alliance (kp), Quake survivors in Dolakha struggle to repay loans, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Flood victims shut Gulariya ward offices (kp), A 2-party state: The main political actors have not changed: they are still mostly conservative, ‘higher’ caste men, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Two Horse Race (nt), Nepal Turning To Two-Party System?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

05/10/2017: NC joins forces with five parties for poll alliance: Parties decide to form a seven-member taskforce to finalise details of ‘democratic’ bloc (kp), NC initiates efforts to forge democratic alliance (ht), What led to the broad left electoral alliance and what next?, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), ‘CPN-MC faces question of political morality, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), UML: No plans to topple govt, by Sanjeev Giri (kp) [Forget such superfluous power struggles and manage the numerous tasks you have to do!! The term of the current government will end in January either!], Tables turned: A government change now could adversely delay polls (kp), We will be leftist, progressive and forward-looking socialist force, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Taskforces to determine candidates, poll manifesto (kp), Stuck in the past: The concept of development has become a ‘social organizing force’ in the Nepali socio-political context, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Govt bans essential services strike (ht), After gloomy dashain, flood victims worry over prospect of cold winter, by Amar Khadka (rep)

04/10/2017: UML, MC, Naya Shakti form broad alliance, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), Parties can have same symbol if they come as single party: Election body (kp), ‘Parties were in continuous talks for merger deal', by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Development unexpected and unusual: NC; Accuses main opposition UML of making efforts to topple govt (kp), Looking outwards: Only a non-partisan and consistent domestic policy will allow Nepal to escape external influence, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Make way for us: Democracy will only work when citizens assert their right to join in local governance, by Simone Galimberti (kp), Scrambling For Alliances, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

03/10/2017: Gulariya under curfew after clash (kp), Maoist Centre says ‘open to poll alliance with all parties’ (kp), UML gunning for a left alliance (kp), Five dissent leaders of RJP-N join hands with UML (kp), Tripathi, four Madhesi leaders to contest polls with CPN-UML’s election symbol (ht), Dr KC submits 17-point memorandum to PM (kp), Only 6.6pc of quake-damaged houses rebuilt till date (ht)

02/10/2017: Dashain fails to bring cheers to quake-hit families, by Dipesh Khatiwada (kp)

01/10/2017: [Dashain break: Still nothing to do or to report in this obviously uncritical phase of Nepal's history!]

30/09/2017: Doctors call off strike after 4-pt deal with govt; hospitals reopen across country (kp)

29/09/2017: [Dashain break: Nothing important to do in Nepal!]

28/09/2017: Reflection: This Dashain, Nepalis have an opportunity to reflect on recent political and societal changes (kp), The democratic treatment: Sooner or later, the commitment of Madhesi intellectuals to achieve equality will be translated into political action; The path that Upendra Yadav and Ashok Rai’s party has shown by forming Janajati-Madhesi alliances and transcending differences in caste, ethnicity and region is the political version of what Madhesi intellectuals have begun to articulate, by Pramod Mishra (kp), WB questions govt’s royalty distribution mechanism (kp), Election results of all 136 local levels in Province 2 delivered (ht)

27/09/2017: Docs up the ante as govt renews call to end strike: NMA warns of stern protest as patients suffer (kp), RJP-N in talks with SSF-N for tie-up (kp), UML-Maoist election alliance on the cards? The third position of the ruling Maoists makes the party a desirable ally for both the Nepali Congress and the opposition CPN-UML (kp), Maoist Center on the horns of alliance dilemma (rep), Confusion over budget for new local federal units (kp), Rural municipal offices in huts, ward offices run from bags (ht), Bardiya flood survivors brace for joyless festival, by Kamal Panthi (kp), The good old days: Only economic prosperity can illuminate Nepal’s glorious history and former fame, by Ram C. Acharya (kp), Sweeping reforms: The Will System which was passed at the Legislation Committee was dropped when the Bills were discussed in the full House of Parliament (ht), Implementation of the constitution is an intergenerational process, interview with Waris Husain (rep)

26/09/2017: Dr KC launches 12th hunger strike (kp), OPD services closed on fourth day of strike (ht), Lives in peril: The strike goes against the provision of the Essential Service Operation Act that forbids strikes in hospitals and health centres (ht), Patients bear brunt of docs’ strike: Hundreds of thousands of patients across country deprived of medical services as doctors refuse to budge, by Manish Gautam (kp), Parties raise concern about similar election symbols: Say they could confuse voters no end during upcoming polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Conditioned happiness: Nepal’s economic, social and human development has been constrained by a lack of basic, adequate infrastructure, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Looking out: With the end of transition, Nepal needs to be able to assert its position on the global stage, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Between a rock and a hard place: The task of carrying on protests will be difficult for Madhes-based parties after the loss of popular ground, by Birendra P. Mishra (kp) [??? The boycott of local elections by the RJP-N has been undemocratic and it was a big mistake! But in province 2, the 3 main Madheshi/Janajati parties together have probably won 54 mayor positions, i.e. 15 more than the closest big party, the NC! The CPN-UML has been punished severely for its one-sided stance on national identity that continues to disregard the interests of the Madheshis, Janajatis and Dalits, i.e. the majority of the Nepalese citizens. Boycotts and blockades are the wrong way, but there is a lot to change in the political system beginning with the constitution!!], Sons, daughters to have equal rights in parental property: Will system dropped from final bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (kp), ‘Human rights situation not satisfactory’ (ht), Three years on, state of flood victims no better (ht)

25/09/2017: Call for integrity: Lawmakers need to push HPE bill in line with recommendations from the Mathema report (kp), Pathways to Resolution, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR)

24/09/2017: Results a precursor to season of alliance? Parties mull joining hands with ‘likeminded forces’ in upcoming polls (kp), Rise of Homo corruptus: For more than a century, the architecture of the political and bureaucratic system of Nepal has been engineered to allow Homo corruptus to thrive, by Manish Pokharel and Bimal Pratap Shah (rep)

23/09/2017: MPs preparing to rush through HPE Bill: If passed in present form, it will directly benefit a handful of institutions; Lawmakers plan to put the Health Profession Education Bill to a vote in Parliament on Monday (kp), MPs propose changes to upper house,  prez polls bills, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Money, power had role in candidate selection: Ex-prez (kp), Flood recovery plan set to exclude tenant farmers: While the government announced a Rs 1.25 billion agricultural recovery package, this aid is unlikely to reach farmers because they lack formal documentation certifying tenancy, by Petert Gill and Bhola Paswan (kp), The Tragedy at Tundikhel: Tundikhel was home to rubble accumulated from Kathmandu’s most important heritage sites. This week, 25-tonne excavators nonchalantly scattered them to the wind, by Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga (kp), The next revolution: Let us give an ultimatum of three months to the CIAA to start investigating high-level corruption cases, by Jagannath Lamichhane (rep)

22/09/2017: Fighting corruption: The cancer of corruption is eating away at Nepal, leading to state indebtedness, insolvency and chaos, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp), The dead, and the dying: Nanda Prasad Adhikari is dead, but his family’s quest for justice for his murdered son is not, by Om Astha Rai (nt)

21/09/2017: Constitutional Rhetoric And Reality, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Criminal Code: Chhaupadi and community, by Mukesh Adhikari (ht), 29 months on, many quake victims yet to get first installment of grant, by Kisaa Sangit Nepali (rep), Washington consensus: There is some substance to the argument that American focus in Nepal is to contain China, which has been true since the start of US-Nepal ties, by Biswas Baral (rep), The prime minister does not seem serious on corruption, interview with Suryanath Upadhyay (rep)

20/09/2017: The Third Constitution Day, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Constitution Taking Effect, Gradually, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), A Long Wait But What Now?, by Shyam KC (rn), Induction of state ministers breaches election code: EC (kp), Power games: Various attempts have been made to curtail the authority of the local governments, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Nepal’s vertical fiscal gap to be widest in federal countries: This income generation arrangement implies tax collection in federal Nepal will not be significantly different from the unitary system, as approximately 80 to 85 percent of the total revenue is likely to remain with the central government, says the report (kp), Cleaning up government, by Alaina B. Teplitz (rep), Yes, they can: Our major donors should ensure that the funds they contribute for Nepa's development  do not end up in pockets of corrupt politicians, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

19/09/2017: Dearth of honesty: The state can be stable, democratic and progressive only if we follow the rule of law, by Sushila Karki (kp), People vote in Province 2 with fervour: EC’s early  estimates put voter turnout at 73 percent (kp), Constitution implementation moves ahead with all parties joining polls: Effective implementation depends on how well three tiers of government function: Constitutional expert, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Democracy And Political Stability, by Angur Baba Joshi (rn)

18/09/2017: Race to the end: Lawmakers yet to pass important legislation, even as Dasain will make Parliament inactive (kp) Province 2 votes today: Chief Election Commissioner Yadav requests people to ‘give one day for the nation', by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Despite setbacks, the implementation of the constitution is commendable, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp), Venues of provincial assemblies not determined yet (ht), Udaypur local level reps after personal gains, by Shyam Rai (ht), Capital expenditure stands at 1.27pc of total allocation (ht), Connecting the dots: The evolving narrative of exploitation and domination established by the Madhesi uprising is only a part of a much larger national story, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep)

17/09/2017: Changing Discourse Of Madhes Politics, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), No end to Rasuwa’s tent treatment: Health facility destroyed in 2015 earthquake yet to be rebuilt, by Balaram Ghimire (kp), Government issues CDP regulation (ht)

16/09/2017: CIAA, PMO concerned about projects for MPs: Caution about misuse of Rs 10 billion for constituency development; Lawmakers have been asked to submit projects under Constituency Infrastructure Special Programme and Constituency Development Programme by Oct 17 (kp), Local Government In Limbo, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Thawang chief kidnapped by cadres of Chand-led party: CPN members say they will release Ghartimagar after interrogation, by Kashiram Dangi (kp), Whose government is it anyway? Most politicians appear to have of humble backgrounds. But why this utter neglect of helpless people when corrupt officials enjoy impunity?, by Mohan Guragain (kp)

15/09/2017: Infra for provincial assemblies: Govt preparation far from satisfactory; Federal parliaments set to commence business from first week of Jan, by Binod Ghimire (kp), MP’s vote to be equivalent to 79 votes: Bills on presidential, national assembly polls registered (ht), Civic body chief’s vote to have a weightage of 18 (ht), Selfish motive: If the former lawmakers deserve medical facilities why cannot the general public get the same facilities in government hospitals? (ht), Civil society to the fray: You cannot wake up someone pretending to sleep, by Dinkar Nepal (nt)

14/09/2017: Democracy Slips Into Elective Despotism, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Projects for lawmakers: Incumbent MPs may have ‘unfair’ advantage; EC says ‘hands tied’ over projects under constituency development and infrastructure programmes, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Cabinet expansion violates poll code, but can’t do anything: CEC Yadav (kp), Bill on National Assembly members registered: The bill has proposed the first-past-the-post  Bloc Voting Electoral System - similar to the  one adopted for the local level elections - to elect  members of the National Assembly, by Binod Ghimire (kp), 2.66 local unit votes equal 1 provincial assembly vote, by Ashok Dahal (rep), How Nepal has voted: Fair competition enables members of the janajati populace to rise to leadership positions, by Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya and Krishna Prasad Sharma (kp), Bid to pass bill on VIP facilities on: Lawmakers want pay and perks for former MPs as well (ht), Musahars ask for citizenship with candidates seeking votes, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep)

13/09/2017: Fallacy of federal façade: Nepalis seem oblivious to the fact that federalism by its very concept is a shared rule, by Achyut Wagle (kp), A Compulsion Of Coalition Culture, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn) [This does not excuse the high number of members of the Council of Ministers! Besides, the number of ministries must be reduced to not more than 15!!], ‘Further expansion of Cabinet possible’ (kp) [Mr Deuba, you should contact a psychiatrist!], Cabinet expansion a compulsion, says Prime Minister Deuba (ht), Musical chairs: Using Cabinet seats as political currency is unethical and an administrative burden (kp), Govt fails to curb foreign junkets of ministers, officials (kp)

12/09/2017: Big III stay mum on corruption scandals (ht), Deuba, ministers to draw Rs 14m  a month from the state coffers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM, ministers yet to furnish property details: Should have done so by first week of August, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), MPs press for lifelong perks as retirement draws near (kp), Calendar for two major polls unveiled (kp), EC unveils provincial, parliamentary poll schedule:  Candidates to file nominations for FPTP system on October 22 8ht), The amendment farce: Madhesis feel let down by their parties as they have painted themselves into a corner, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Even candidates don't know how to vote!, by Balkrishna Adhikari and Suresh Yadav (rep), Dalits in Saptari disappointed over election ticket snub: 'Political parties have taken us only as vote banks', by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep)

11/09/2017: UN special rapporteurs invited for inspection visit (kp), The state of the race: Holding elections without addressing concerns is not sufficient to placate the population in the Tarai (kp), Madhesi rights movement will continue even though RJP-N has entered elections, interview with Tula Narayan Shah, executive director of the Nepal Madhesh Foundation (kp), Parties put aside statute amendment, seek votes through promises of development, by Balkrishna Adhikari and Suresh Yadav (rep), Province 2 puzzle: Many of them know that results of local polls have nothing to do with the task of constitution amendment, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep), The Black September: With the grounds of grievances and resentment still intact, the possibility of further uprisings in Madhes can never be ruled out, by CK Lal (rep), PM Deuba set to expand Cabinet for fifth time today: Four Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Prajatantrik) leaders to be sworn in; Cabinet to have 54 members, breaking all records (kp) [Criminal procedure! Nepal needs neither constitution nor other laws nor a SC as long as the politicians do what they like while continuing their power games!!], 54! Deuba set to induct four more ministers today (rep), EC warns against cabinet expansion (rep), PM Deuba expands Cabinet, inducts 3 Ministers, 1 State Minister (ht), Democracy as a way of life: Schools have the potential to give citizens the power of self-direction. by Tom Robertson (kp), Parliamentary panel endorses local govt bill: Civic bodies to have power to register land and issue ownership certificates, as per its provisions, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Crucial bills: Time is running out for the political parties and Parliament to pass the bills for which political parties need to reach consensus (ht), CIAA urges media, public not to question its probes (rep), PAC preparing to grill DPM Shrestha for inaction against Sajha chief, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep)

10/09/2017: Federal and provincial elections: EC’s plan to publish poll schedule put off; The poll body, however, has asked parties to inform it by Tuesday about the places from where they want to  contest elections (kp), RJP-Nepal views NC as its main competitor (kp), No budget allocation for local polls in Province 2 (kp), EC invites int'l observers for province, parliament polls (rep), Foreign firms invited to enlist for poll observation: EC says presence of  international observers adds to the credibility of elections (kp), Dalit women come forward to assume leadership (kp), For the common good: Nepal’s media is unable to reflect public interests, even though it should, by Aashish Mishra (kp), Fate of three dozen bills uncertain, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), EC directs ministry to set up DCCs (ht), Flood-displaced locals in Sarlahi await support from government (ht) [Another case of denial of assistance!!]

09/09/2017: Madhesi panel bill endorsed: Tharu, Muslim commission bills stuck for lack of quorum, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Parliament passes Madhesi Commission Bill unanimously (ht), Crucial bills stuck in House for lack of quorum, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Coalition govts bane of Nepal’s foreign policy? Experts say matters get complicated at times when there are prime minister and foreign minister from different parties, by Anil Giri (kp), Poll code affecting relief works, Deuba tells EC: Code of conduct for federal and provincial elections—to be held on Nov 26 and  Dec 7— has been in place since August 30 (kp) [???], Charter revision on parties’ poll agenda (kp), 100 days of incompetence, by Guffadi (kp), Fourteen-year-old dies in police custody (kp), Government urged to guarantee social security of journalists (ht), Ruling party MP flays minister staying mum on NOC scam (rep), Suspend corruption-accused, tweets US envoy (rep), Family of drowned girls yet to get promised relief, by Madan Thakur (rep)

08/09/2017: Mayor Shakya blames limited rights for failure: Says govt still holds sway on local development issues, by Anup Ojha (kp), Local Level Governance Bill to be tabled in full House on Sunday (ht), Stability begins at home: Petty partisan politics over foreign policy for short-term electoral gains will leave the door open for outside interference, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Chhaupadi tradition: Uneducated belief, by Usha Maharjan Wall (ht) [And why is it practised by people who pretend to be educated as well, especially in Western and Far Western Nepal?], Day of the Carpetbagger: Gangamaya's hunger strike for justice is tied directly to Nepal's economic progress, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt)

07/09/2017: State of perfidy: Corruption has seeped into every pore of our polity, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Controversial Bohora set to become minister again (rep) [There cannot be enough corrupt politicians in the government!!], Voters disappointed by performance of local representatives, by Raju Adhikari (rep)

06/09/2017: Criminalisation of Chhaupadi: Bajhang women sceptical about effective implementation of law, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), Saving their honor: While Chhaupadi ban is indeed a major step towards women’s empowerment and emancipation in our highly patriarchal society, it also has many hitherto ignored ramifications, by Basant Kumar Chaudhary (rep), Lack of funds, disease outbreaks compound flood victims’ misery’ (kp), Flood victims accuse parties of ignoring their plights, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), Landslide survivors say aid has not reached them yet: Landslide-displaced families from the indigenous Chepang communities in Santhali, Sarling and Shyamrang villages of Chitwan are living like destitutes, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Muted voices: Ideas such as ‘right to no vote’ should have been discussed before lawmakers dropped them (kp), Conflict victims: The mechanical way of taking statements will neither reveal the truth nor heal the trauma, by Suman Adhikari (kp), IFJ urges Nepal to discourage false lawsuits aimed at silencing media (rep)

05/09/2017: House endorses two election-related bills, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [SC decisions are once again not of any interest for politicians!!], Poll bills clear parliament after amendment dropped, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Hold all polls by Jan 21: SC to govt (ht), Two EC secretaries changed in five days, by Arjun Poudel (ht) [????], What’s gone wrong? A nation engrossed with lawlessness and democratic deficit is a blueprint for a failed state, by Anurag Devkota (kp), Three weeks on, flood victims still await relief (ht) [!!!!], Local units fleecing flood victims (ht), Viral fever takes hold of flood victims, by Nirmal Ghimire (rep), Against Mafiatantra: We need another non-violent revolution to establish rule of law and make corrupt politicians accountable for their dirty actions, by Jagannath Lamichhane (rep)

04/09/2017: The Wait Unto Death For Justice, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), CDC was given unrealistic 21-day deadline for constituency delimitation, interview with Balananda (kp), Not now: Right to recall provision would likely lead to a spate of recall moves one or two years after the election, and it would not do good to anybody (ht)

03/09/2017: Govt and EC at odds over ‘early’ election code (kp), Right to recall unlikely in new election bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Flood victims demand safe land to build new houses, by Amar Khadka (rep)

02/09/2017: RJP-N takes exception to new constituencies, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Parties disappointed over delineation of electoral constituencies, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), SAC split on poll bill contents: Postpones its meeting till Monday (ht), Oppn MPs accuse NC of delaying poll bills (kp), New local reps unable to keep poll promises (rep), Transparency question in parties’ finances: With single leader spending millions during elections, civil society leaders wonder if the parties’ reports are close to reality, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), A flood of grievances: A reporter’s diary from a week-long field visit to the flood-hit Tarai, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), 19 students die, 1 million still unable to go to school in flood-hit districts, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep), A decade on, victims of insurgency still living with scars, by Anita Shrestha (ht)

01/09/2017: Without a trace: Nepal’s transitional justice mechanisms have fallen sorely short of international standards (kp), Disappearance of justice (nt), Murder convict released at the order of Home Minister Sharma, by Upendra Yadav (rep), SAC set to pass poll bill as NC MPs ready to drop amendment bid; As many as 18 NC lawmakers have proposed amendments to the bill, demanding that even the corruption-convicted should be allowed to contes elections three years after serving their jail sentences (rep) [!?], NOC chief sues Nagarik for defamation, seeks Rs 800m damages (rep), EC divides districts for two phases of elections (kp), Important step: Some districts seem to be over or under-represented because of differences in population distribution (ht), Government yet to send relief to flood-affected Morgaun in Parsa: Hunger and diseases have started to stalk the village. Children, elderly, pregnant women and new mothers  have been greatly affected, by Shankar Acharya (kp), Right to vote: Ensure accessible polling booths so that persons with disabilities are not disenfranchised, by Pragya Lamsal (kp), New districts operating sans admin set-up: Rukum, Nawalparasi chief district officers in the dark about new entities (ht)

31/08/2017: Hope fades for families of disappeared (kp), ICJ calls for criminalising enforced disappearance (kp), ICJ tells nations to criminalise enforced disappearance (ht), Provide justice: As it may take a long time to settle all cases, the settled cases should be forwarded for necessary action (ht), CDC submits its report with 165 electoral constituencies: Move takes the country one more step towards the implementation of the constitution, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), CDC creates 495 constituencies (ht), Govt decides to hold polls in two phases: First round on Nov 26, second on Dec 7 (kp), Govt decision to hold polls in 2 phases irks UML, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Republican Structure As Desired By People, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Local levels’ functioning affected (ht), Hunger and diseases further victimize flood victims, by Kalendra Sejuwal and Arjun Oli (rep)

30/08/2017: The disappeared: The state must deliver justice and criminalise enforced disappearance as a crime against humanity, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Frustration mounts among war victims’ families (kp), TRC mulling to set up liaison offices in all 75 districts (rep), Efforts on to minimise VAW: State Minister Hussen (ht) [Minimise??????], ‘Promotion of corruption in court disturbing’ (kp), Former supplies minister ‘involved’ in NOC land scam, by Dilip Poudel (rep), Local representatives helpless due to lack of laws, by Raju Adhikari (rep) [!!!!], No time to lose: CDC’s report is almost complete, now lawmakers and govt must help EC complete polls (kp), EC preparing for two-phase provincial, parliamentary polls: If it has its way, the second phase may be held on December 7 or 12 (ht), EC says better to hold polls in two phases: Cites logistics management and weather conditions among others, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Ruling parties expedite talks for electoral alliance for Sept 18 polls: NC and CPN (Maoist Centre) in discussion with RPP (Prajatantrik); plan to hold dialogue with RJP-N (kp), RJP-N activists hurl stones at UML event (kp). So-called Nationalists In Name Only, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

29/08/2017: Like homeless among ruins of their homes, by Pratap Bista (kp), Documentation error depriving quake victims of grants, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep), Kin of war victims from security forces seek ‘justice’, by Anita Shrestha (ht), CDC putting finishing touches to its report: Working on map with 495 constituencies it has carved out across country, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), PM defends his Delhi statute remarks at Parliament (kp), PM’s remarks on statute inappropriate: Dahal (kp), NC-Maoist bonhomie fading? (rep), Why amendment failed: A constitution amendment bill needs to be judged on whether it is welcomed by domestic constituencies, not on whether it gives ‘face saver’ to outsiders, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

28/08/2017: No excuses: Government must formulate long-term plans to help Nepali citizens regain their footing (kp), Parties in race to pick poll candidates (kp) [Obviously, the central leaders of the parties once again decide on the local candidates! This is the opposite of democracy and local participation!!], Will continue push for amendments: PM (kp) [???]

27/08/2017: NHRC in bid to blacklist rights violators: Culprits to be barred from travel abroad and state benefits; Individuals found guilty of human rights violations by NHRC probe will have their names made public, says Spokesperson Ansari (kp), CIEDP begins detailed study of complaints (ht), House rent tax: Collection dispute leaves taxpayers in confusion (kp) [Introduce necessary laws immediately and end the unitary state!!], Hundreds of flood survivors under grip of viral diseases, by Pawan Yadav, Shankar Acharya and Laxmi Sah (kp), Parties jostle to appease flood-hit voters with aid and relief materials (rep), 27 months on, doctors still treating quake-hit patients under tents, by Him Nath Devkota (rep) [correctly: 28 months!]

26/08/2017: Province 2 gears up for local polls, by Laxmi Sah, Bhusan Yadav and Pawan Yadav (kp), EC issues eight-point directive to government (ht), RJP-N expedites preparations (kp), Monsoon-related disasters: Govt to unveil rebuilding plan within three months (kp) [??], Pressure group for indigenous peoples’ rights: Inter-Party Indigenous Network represents  indigenous leaders from five parties and is support-ed by NEFIN and NFDIN (kp)

25/08/2017: Time to end impunity: Nepal should immediately ratify the ICC treaty to strengthen the national justice system, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (kp), Chances of early poll acts slim (kp),  RJP-N announces to contest all polls: To use ‘cycle’ as election symbol, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Quantity over quality: Deuba has surpassed all records by installing a 50-member strong Cabinet (kp), PM’s gracious gifts, by Biswas Baral (rep), Leading from beneath: The one-door policy for flood relief was widely criticised, but it can work if newly-elected local governments take charge, by Sahina Shrestha (nt)

24/08/2017: Promise to decentralize Singha Durbar's power limited to slogan only, by Suman Malla (rep), Failure Of The Amendment Bill, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Resources For Local Govt, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Motive suspect as House panel sits on poll bills, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Election dates: Unless the constitution is amended giving the EC the right to declare election date(s) it has to abide by the government decision (ht), Time bound: To hold elections in a single phase, govt should prioritise crucial electoral legislation (kp), Fix roads before polls: EC to govt (kp), Joining polls: RJP-N set to announce today, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Political pantomimes: Constitutional proscription on cabinet size will be problematic if coalition governments are to be the norm in Nepal, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

23/08/2017: EC suggests govt to hold elections separately (kp), Deuba’s Cabinet largest ever: PM inducts 15 state ministers, 12 from his Nepali Congress party, to Council of Ministers, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Deuba inducts additional 15 state ministers in his cabinet (rep), Poll backers outweigh in RJP-N meet (kp), House panel directs govt to prepare integrated working plan (kp) [related to flood disaster], Dharan flood survivors off govt relief radar, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp), DoR seeks Rs 420m immediately (ht), Pass laws soon: The government and the parliament should make no further delay in making the laws holding elections of the three-tiers of government (ht), Chhaupadi in Jumla: Even health workers live in shed during menstruation, by DB Buda (rep), Women’s issues Laws to correct them, by Bijen Jonchhe (ht)

22/08/2017: Constitution amendment bill fails in Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Amendment bill falls through in Parliament: Only 347 lawmakers, 48 short of two-third majority required to pass the bill, vote in its favour (ht), Year-long efforts at constitution amendment fail, by Ashok Dahal (rep), RJPN to contest polls despite amendment defeat (rep), Govt calls two major elections for Nov 26: The EC has said it will discuss government decision on holding two polls together and respond accordingly (kp), Both parliamentary, provincial polls on Nov 26: EC says same day polls is a challenge but is ready to face it to implement constitution (by Bhadra Sharma (rep), EC asks govt to ready logistics for Phase 3 polls: Election commissioner says damage caused by floods could create hurdles in holding the vote in Province 2 on Sept 18, by Shankar Acharya (kp), Not my candidate: The right to reject all candidates during elections is essential in a participatory democracy, by Saurav Karki (kp) [This is especially important under the system of nepotism that is prevalent in all Nepalese parties!!], Interim order against IoE, TU (ht) [continued discrimination on the basis of gender and citizenship!]

21/08/2017: Aid in collaboration: Supreme Court interim order against govt’s one-door policy on flood aid is welcome (kp), RPP stands against charter revision bill: With main opposition UML and the Thapa-led party deciding to vote against constitution amendment, slim chance of the bill being endorsed (kp) [Don't bother about what we said yesterday!! Tomorrow we will say the opposite again!], Eight state ministers sworn in (kp) [This means now 35 persons within the Council of Ministers; not more than 25 are allowed by the constitution!!], Proposed Second Amendment To The Constitution, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Governance and delivery: In a sick condition, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht). Altars of change: Excessive focus on violent methods of social change in Nepal often eclipses parallel non-violent methods, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep), Politics of relief: Some flood victims complained that party cadres had listed even those not affected by floods as flood victims, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep)

20/08/2017: Statute Amendment Bill Under Scanner, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), 50 amendments to be presented in House ‘today’; Parliament Secretariat: Voting on charter revision bill tomorrow (kp), Barrier to gender equality: Eliminating citizenship discrimination in Nepal is essential, by Wendy Yu (kp), Govt’s languid approach leaves flood victims hungry and angry, by Pawan Yadav (kp), Women, children deprived of treatment, by Santosh Singh (kp), Diseases break out in flood-hit areas (ht), Sunsari flood victims in miserable condition (ht), Existential crisis: With an electoral rout of small Madhesi parties in Province 2, the struggle for separate Madhes province or Madhesi-only province would be meaningless, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

19/08/2017: Relief distribution: SC orders govt not to adopt one-door policy (kp), Stay on one-window relief delivery (ht), Govt decides to accept foreign aid (kp) [But only through the single government channel what is not allowed according the the SC decision!!], Lessons learnt: The government has once again adopted a one-door policy for the  distribution of relief materials, but reports from the ground  suggest this has only further complicated the process, by Binod Ghimire (kp), IFRC warns of grave humanitarian crisis (ht), In government we don't trust: Why is our own government stopping us from helping  our brothers and sisters?, by Guffadi (kp), Meagre ration infuriates flood survivors, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), EVM use ruled out in upcoming polls: EC says there would be little time to teach people how to vote electronically even if procurement is rushed (kp), Nine local levels added to Province 2 (ht)

18/08/2017: Fear of diseases looms in the wake of floods: Experts call for urgent steps to supply water, sanitation and medicines: Most of the flood survivors are left with no option than to spend nights under the open sky  without basic facilities, by Chandan Kumar Mandal and Pawan Yadav (kp), Not enough: Television footage of the rice distributed in some areas shows spoiled rice, and such are the allegations also as to the distribution of clothes (ht), Surviving the flood: Hazards of floodwaters could carry into future crop cycles in the absence of proper initiatives (kp), Disastrous unpreparedness, by Ajaya Dixit (nt), Both polls to be held together most likely on November 20: Govt preparing to announce date by Sunday after consulting with EC, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), EC, parties agree to hold provincial, parliamentary elections by Nov 23 (rep), Poll panel for holding both elections together: ‘Will have to conduct them in two phases — on Nov 20, Dec 7’ (ht), Rights defenders object to Lama’s promotion (kp), Additional 2,264 cases registered with TRC: The second deadline for insurgency victims to file their pleas ended  on August 11, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Ending chhaupadi system: Comprehensive approach required, by Valerie Julliand, Giulia Vallese annd Wenny Kusuma (ht), Rs 7 billion spent on ritualistic inspections, monitoring, by Surendra Paudel  (rep)

17/08/2017: Go for the doctor: Time to start a public debate to stop lawmakers from profiteering at the expense of the people (kp), Making Local Leaders Capable, by Mukti Rijal (rn), RJP-N Finally Comes To Its Senses, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Floodwaters wipe out Rs 8b worth of crops: Damage could cast a shadow on the economy that was on rebound; Disaster likely to create pressure on farmer incomes and inflation, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Flood survivors feel snubbed as they wait for relief to arrive, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Jhapa flood victims under viral fever grip: A local health post official says the facility is running out of medicines, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp), Disease follows deluge: Flood-displaced people falling ill in Morang, Sunsari, by Hari Adhikari and Sanrosh Kafle (ht), Statute revision: Clause-wise discussion on amendment bill starts; To be put to vote in Parliament most likely on Monday, by Binod Ghimire (kp), EC says difficult to hold two major polls together (kp), Disaster nation: Perhaps the recent flood disaster will awaken the ruling class and push them in the right direction, by Pramod Mishra (kp) [Stop dreaming!!]

16/08/2017: Reconstruction fiasco: Quake survivors are living wretched lives as the government can’t get its act together, by Umesh Pokharel (kp), Rain drain: Govt should coordinate helping hands from  private donors and individuals, not create hurdles (kp), Flood victims await relief, rehabilitation (ht), Starving flood victims struggling for food, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep), Threat of diseases looms in southern plains (kp), Essential medicines, health workers wanting: Dhurmus Suntali Foundation (kp), Tilathi villagers not to accept govt relief: Say the state has always given short shrift to them, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), People camp out on postal highway awaiting relief, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp), Cabinet extends CDC’s tenure by 15 days: CDC officials say their work was affected by the SC’s ruling last week that cleared way for adding new federal units in Province 2 (kp), EC asks govt to announce date for polls immediately (ht), Rolpa Municipality to formulate laws to validate insurgency-era decisions, by Dinesh Subedi (rep)

15/08/2017: Flood toll soars to 91, victims await relief: Local officials call for immediate measures to prevent disease outbreaks (kp), Death toll reaches 91, six million people affected (rep), Death toll rises as floodwaters recede (ht), Delay in relief puts flood hit people at risk: Many families have not had anything to eat in days; Polluted water and poor sanitation raise fear of disease outbreaks, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), Thousands displaced in central Tarai districts (kp), Over 35 taken ill with diarrhoea and dysentery in Mahottari (kp), Victims cold and hungry while govt sits on billions in relief funds (rep), Govt adopts 1-door policy on relief distribution (kp) [And in front of this single door sit politicians and administrators who do nothing, just as after the earthquakes of 2015!!], Relief materials yet to reach victims (ht) [!!!], Assess the situation fast: Latest disasters could push the  vulnerable back into the trap of poverty (kp), Do it well: In future, further actions need to be taken to minimize the havoc that may be created by the monsoon rains (ht), Discussion on statute revision bill delayed (kp), Keep on voting: Election season is in full swing, and archaic practices and laws need to be reformed, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp), Unity in adversity: Let’s join hands to turn this challenge in the form of massive floods in Tarai into an opportunity to unite the whole country, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep)

14/08/2017: Disastrous disaster preparedness: Diplomacy and institutional setup in disaster risk management would benefit us all, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Floods claim 57 lives across country: Unusual weather phenomenon hits all of the country, inundating whole of Tarai and affecting the Hills as well, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Death toll rises to 66, over 35 still missing in floods, landslides (ht), Flood death toll climbs to 80: Nepal Police, by KP Dhungana (rep), Health experts warn of disease outbreaks (kp), Govt offers to buy Manmohan College: CPN-UML lawmaker Pandey turns down PM Deuba’s proposal, by Manish Gautam (kp), Govt to EC: Give RJP-N single election symbol (kp), Electoral symbol can’t be awarded to RJP: EC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), RJPN and elections: Participation important, by Hari Bansh Jha (ht)

13/08/2017: At least 30 killed in floods, landslides: 15,000 houses inundated in Saptari, 50,000 people affected; Highways, hundreds of settlements affected in other districts (kp), 28 killed, 11 missing in floods and landslides (ht), Monsoon wreaks havoc, claims 30 (rep), Death toll reaches to 49; more rainfall forecasted during evening (rep), Incessant rainfall wreaks havoc in Tarai (ht), Heavy rains to continue for a few days: DoHM, ba Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Resolute in determination, Dr KC refuses to budge, by Manish Gautam (kp), Dr KC disagrees to revision, no talks held, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht), Thousands participate in rally held to express solidarity with agitating Dr KC (ht), RJP-N Returns To Sanity, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Young, gifted and held back: A platform must be created to harness youth-based skills in order to transform the state, by Brabim Kumar (kp)

12/08/2017: Corruption And Political Protection, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Heartless hoodlums: Are you a psychopath? Yes. A pathological liar? Yes. A narcissist? Yes. Then welcome to Nepali politics, by Guffadi (kp), SC orders release of Chudamani Sharma: Graft case to be settled by the Special Court, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Fresh changes in HPE Bill fail to convince Dr KC: Fasting surgeon says blanket ban on new medical schools in Valley for 10 years a must, by Manish Gautam (kp), Amendment bill to be put to vote soon: RJP-Nepal to take part in Province 2 local level polls (ht), RJP-Nepal agrees to take part in Phase III local polls: Constitution  amendment bill to be put to vote most likely on Tuesday, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Yadav roots for provincial polls before parliamentary elections (ht), Political And Bureaucratic Hurdles To Development, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

11/08/2017: Ending bad blood: Criminalising the practice of Chhaupadi is a milestone in Nepali women’s fight against patriarchy, by Supriya Gurung (kp), Parliamentary taskforce ignores Dr KC’s calls: Finalises HPE Bill with some crucial amendments, by Manish Gautam (kp), Parliament’s HR Committee directs govt to save Dr KC’s life, by Ashok Dala (rep), Nepal’s healer, by Biswas Baral (rep), Govt docs to boycott outpatient services (kp), Medical services to be shut from today (ht), Dr KC to continue fast unto death until his demands are met, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht), Pleasure Of Self-infliction, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Increasing number of local units: SC vacates its earlier interim order, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Constituency Conundrum: Balancing population and geography will be the biggest  challenge in ensuring proportionate representation, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Vote of confidence: The Election Commission should be strengthened to make it a bulwark of democracy, by Bishnu Hari Marasini (kp), 3-party dictatorship (nt), Fix a date, by Rameshwar Bohara (nt)

10/08/2017: A deal that disregards Dr KC’s demand: Colleges ‘that meet the criteria’ to get affiliation before HPE Bill passed, by Manish Gautam (kp) [Long live corruption and selfish interests of politicians!!], Doctors’ associations threaten stern protests: Ask the government to address Dr KC’s demands without further delay (ht), Medics, civil society members stage protests to push Dr KC's demands (rep 10/08/2017), New law criminalises Chhaupadi custom (kp), Nepali society will rise to ensure justice, interview with Biraj Patnaik, AI Regional Director for South Asia (kp), Experts say Doklam standoff opens avenue for Nepal to settle its boundary issues: Experts say Nepal has a perfect opportunity to raise its boundary issues, as Kathmandu will be hosting two high-profile guests from the south and the north in the coming week, by Anil Giri (kp), Voice of the people: The UML promotes one type of nationalism in Nepal, but will all their cadres follow?, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Constituency Delineation Concerns, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Corruption, Corruption Everywhere!, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), The impeachment motion came to forestall verdict on Fewa Lake, interview with Sushila Karki (rep) [!!]

09/08/2017: ICJ calls for reforms in transitional justice bodies (kp) [see discussion paper by ICJ], Tired of waiting: Quake reconstruction work should be delegated to the local level for faster results, by Jeevan Baniya (kp), Mercury poisoning: Govt’s ratification delay raises fears, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), House to pass bills on criminal code today (ht), RJP-N decides to boycott civic polls: To announce protest programmes after a week (ht) [In a democratic state, no political party has any right to act without the people's mandate!!], EC asks govt to announce date for elections pronto (ht), The Gorkha Empire: The concept of ‘unification of Nepal’ with Prithvi Narayan Shah as the hero who unified Nepal began to take root after the Shah restoration of 1951, by Binayak Sundas (rep)

08/08/2017: Prepare for both polls together, Deuba tells EC: Election officials ask govt to fix dates by August 17 (kp), Hold provincial, parliamentary polls together, PM tells EC: Poll panel pitches for use of EVMs (ht), RPP Prajatantrik to join govt after registration (kp) [??], Undeclared borders: The centre has created a cut-off point defined by physical boundaries and devised mechanisms that perpetuate difference, by Kalpana Jha (kp)

07/08/2017: RJP-N teams to talk about polls (kp), Rana splits RPP to form new party: The Rana faction claims support of 22 lawmakers and  72 central committee members from Thapa-led party (kp), RPP splits as Rana applies for new party (rep), Renu’s victory fails to impress Maoist leaders (kp)

06/08/2017: Renu Dahal turns the tables on Devi Gyawali: Wins the mayoral race securing 43,127 votes against her rival’s 42,924 (kp), Renu Dahal elected mayor of Bharatpur metropolis: It’s said participation of  NC cadres who had earlier abstained from voting ensured her victory (ht), UML won most seats with vote share like NC’s, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Rainbow of KC’s Satyagraha: Dr KC seeks to tear through the conundrum of self-serving political elites in government, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Province 2 Election: Stage Set For One-upmanship, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Denial of citizenship top complaint at home ministry (ht), Locals unimpressed with representatives' achievements, by Devendra Basnet (rep) [How shall they, without legal and financial regulations?], Local poll losses trigger blam game in NC, UML, by Sher Bahadur KC (rep)

05/08/2017: Internal dispute in RJP-N hits its decision on polls (kp), 75.58pc voter turnout in Bharatpur-19 (kp), Shanti Batika at Ratna Parkto be declared ‘protest zone’ (ht), Attention drawn to flood, landslip victims’ plight (ht)

04/08/2017: Constituency delimitation: So much to do, only a few days in hand; CDC, which has 2 weeks, is yet to fix basis for carving out constituencies (kp), CEC Yadav advises CDC on delineation: Says don’t overlap rural municipalities and division of wards (ht), MPs demand 55 FPTP seats for women (ht), CEC: Logistical issues if two polls held together (kp), EC weighs FPTP block voting for Nat’l Assembly, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Whither past deals? Ignoring Madhesi grievances will not make them go away; they have to be addressed, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Practice of corruption: Hindrance to nation-building, by Dinesh Thapa (ht), Federalism in jeopardy, by Iain Payne and Binayak Basnyat (nt)

03/08/2017: Decks cleared for setting up three commissions: House has endorsed bills related to formation of National Dalit Commission, National Inclusion Commission and Indigenous Nationality Commission (kp), EC’s voter registration boosts citizenship applicant numbers, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), No To Corrupt Politicians (rn), Lawmakers flay govt for having ‘soft corner’ for corrupt people (ht), Politicians and profiteers: Fulfilling Dr KC’s demands would adversely affect financial interests of political leaders (kp), Looking beyond the horizon: Politicians are more focused on maintaining power than on principles of justice and structural equality, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Lingering Of Amendment Bill, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), A ‘weakened’ RJP says its agenda still alive: Difference of opinions among the leaders shows the RJP-N is yet to become an organically united force, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Thakur presents RJP-N’s political document: Party not to participate in elections till constitution amendment bill is passed (ht) [Go to the elections with all your demands to get democratic legimisation! Else, you will disqualify yourself from participation in all future discussions!], NC, Maoist Center seek poll alliance against UML in Tarai, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 03/08/2017), Unfinished business: Local officials have been elected, now their authority must be spelt out through laws, by Anurag Devkota (kp), Lawmakers for letting EC decide poll dates (kp), Nepal-India 1950 treaty: Nepali EPG side on horns of dilemma; Seeks suggestion whether to amend pact or replace it with a new one (kp)

02/08/2017: Re-election in Ward 19 of Bharatpur on Friday, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Maoist Centre all for electoral alliances in Province 2: Dahal says his party will take initiatives to make Janakpur a metropolis, pledging an ‘international’ airport in the city (kp), Maoist Centre to forge poll alliance with two forums (ht), Four regime types: Nepal’s path to full democracy could be protracted unless the current crop of corrupt, feckless and feudal leaders are ousted, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Relief finally: Criticism has come from various quarters that a lot of money was spent out of the Welfare Fund to pay for junkets and other expenses of powerful people (ht), Dahal’s caretaker govt doled out Rs 167m to party cadres ahead of polls, by Bhasha Skarma (rep)

01/08/2017: Children of Nepali citizens by birth still being denied citizenship for lack of laws (ht), Demographic dividend: Today’s youngsters can turn into assets, or liabilities depending on country’s policies (kp), Awakening Urgency For Nepali Females, by Prem Khatry (rn), More teeth sought for NWC (ht), RPP to take call on amendment vote later (ht), Precedent set: Stern action should be taken against the violators who indulge in outrageous activities in the election process thereby serving as a deterrent (ht), Reconstruction by I/NGOs sluggish, by Narahari Sapkota and Devendra Basnet (rep 01/08/2017) [Such statements should not be generalised! In heavly affected districts where government support has not even started after almost two and a half years, there are villages where the reconstruction of houses is almost completed with the help of NGOs and foreign friends!!!], Making it work: Apart from being a step toward implementing constitution, local elections mark the first step to institutionalizing federalism, by Meena Bhatta (rep)

31/07/2017: Court upholds EC’s re-polling decision, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), SC orders re-poll in Bharatpur Ward 19 (rep), CEC Yadav sees logistical hurdles in holding two elections together (kp), Price of polls: PM and EC should make all efforts to hold provincial and general polls in one go if it’s politically feasible (kp), Constituency delimitation: Parties remain at odds over bases (kp), Elections should, and will, take place whether or not RJP-N is on board, interview with Narayan Kaji Shrestha, CPN-MC (kp), Remembering Ambedkar in Bangalore: Nepali Dalits lack the generations of affirmative action through reservations in politics, the civil service and other state organs, by David Gellner (kp), ‘Pass Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill’ (ht), Lawmakers demand immediate distribution of grant to quake survivors (rep), UML finalizes candidates of DDCC chair and deputy chairs in 19 districts (rep) [This is not democratic! The local level has do decide on these candiidates!], Realm of divertissements: Core issue of public life in Nepal is still Madhes. The longer PEON hides its face, higher will be the price of political avoidance, by CK Lal (rep)

30/07/2017: Smaller Parties: Balancer Or Spoiler?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt preparing to hold 2 major polls together: Says it will save money, ensure country does not miss Jan 21 deadline, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Call to form 3 constituencies in Banke (kp), RJPN rift deepens ahead of crucial meets: Leaders threaten to quit party en masse, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), MPs for banning candidates for 10 yrs for involvement in tearing ballot papers (rep), Quake victims living in fear of landslips, floods (ht), The world forgetting, by the world forgot: Transitional justice is lost in transition in sluggish world of delays and apathy, by Reena Chikanbanjar (ht), Chhaupadi still prevalent in hilly districts, by Govind KC (rep), Province 2 manifesto: Poverty is the biggest challenge and it would be on the minds of the electorate when they go to the polls on September 18, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

29/07/2017: EC mulling single ballot paper for FPTP, PR: Plans to propose the idea if provincial and federal polls are held together; What the poll body is planning, however, has drawn mixed reactions, with some saying it will avoid confusion among voters and others saying it limits people’s choice, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Constitution amendment: Bill will be put to vote after RJP-N’s consent: Nidhi, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), The Sluggish Pace Of Govt, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), The looting continues!, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], RPP settles for supporting govt without Cabinet share: Even if the party with 37 lawmakers pulls the plug, the government will continue to have a majority in Parliament (kp)

28/07/2017: Case for deliberative polls: It is now time to place informed public opinion  at the forefront of our democratic culture, by Namit Wagley (kp), NEFIN for ensuring proportional representation in all elections: After consulting with indigenous lawmakers from several parties, NEFIN drafts amendment proposals to the election bills (kp), The real deal or a flight of fancy? Newly appointed ministers make tall promises after assuming  office, many call them ‘overambitious and vacuous (kp), Prime minister urges EC to cut invalid votes: To curb invalid votes, election commissioners propose using electronic voting machines in the provincial  and federal parliaments (kp) [The problem is the system and the chaotic politics! It cannot be solved by EVMs!], PM proposes holding provincial, parliamentary polls simultaneously, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Huge financial irregularities in targeted programs, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), Apex court verdict deferred for 10th time (rep) [This smells of political undermining of jurisdiction!], Little light: Whether Deuba goes for elections with or without the RJP will determine the success or failure of his fourth tenure as PM, by Om Astha Rai (nt)

27/07/2017: Fringe parties unite against threshold: 77 proposals registered seeking amendments to bills on federal parliament and provincial assemblies (kp), Plea For Executive Presidency, by Mukti Rijal (rn), More than 4 million votes cast in phase II civic polls invalid: EC (ht) [How can these elections be called fair and democratic??], PM Deuba inducts 19 ministers: 10 from NC, six from Maoist Centre, two from NLF and one from CPN (Samyukta) administered oath of office (kp), Prime minister inducts 19 new ministers (ht), RPP drops plan to join govt (kp) [Good decision! This anti-constitutional and non inclusive party is not of any use!!], Recovering the expenses: High election campaign costs provide legitimacy to political corruption, by Sanjaya Mahato (kp), Fifty-three bills need House consideration: It is the government’s duty to give business to the Parliament, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Officers of most rural municipalties stay away from their workplaces (ht)

26/07/2017: Deuba set to induct 19 ministers today (kp) [But you are not even 2 months in office! And please respect that Article 76 of the constitution allows not more than 25 persons in the Council of Ministers! Your current plan would already bring the number to 27!!], Dispute within NC further delays cabinet expansion (rep), Town development committees: 2 ministries contest chief appointments (kp) [TDCs must be a local task without any intervention by the central level!!], Pressure builds within RJPN for poll participation (rep), Tikapur sees rise in number of people seeking citizenship certificates, by Yogesh Rawal (rep), Comedy of amendment: The claim that only Nepali constitution has rigid provisions on federal boundary changes is a big lie. The problem is that we tend to cite only Indian constitution, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Setting boundaries: Nepal must freeze for next 50 years the number of seats in House of Representatives, National Assembly and Provincial Assembly, by Govind Subedi (rep), Lawmakers concerned over last minute capital expenditure: Call for 'reward and punishment' approach to speed up work (rep)

25/07/2017: A road to nowhere: Attitude of the state and major political parties must change to reflect concern for conflict victims’ demand for justice, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Constitution amendment: Cong CWC decides to put bill to vote (kp), NC to put amendment bill to vote: The party also decides to urge the government to add 22 local levels in Tarai districts as proposed by the previous government (ht), Bharatpur fracas: AG challenges petitioners’ right to move SC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Bharatpur lessons: Bharatpur would not have been significant if it were an isolated case, by Bishal Thapa (rep), Confusing elections: The Election Commission can reduce the number of invalid votes in Province 2 by using two ballot papers, by Birendra P. Mishra (rep), Prez, VP to be spared legal action for acts in office: Rs150,450 President’s monthly salary; Rs108,030 for the VP (kp) [True heirs of monarchy!]

24/07/2017: Superstition And Social Suppression, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), NC leaders for putting amendment bill to vote: Leaders speaking at the ongoing Central Working Committee meeting say the country must not be held hostage by lingering a single agenda (kp), Right to reject sought in new election bill (ht), Inter-party conflict: Barrier to development, by Sisir Bhandari (ht), Where’s the will? The constitution is largely Dalit-friendly but sadly few of its implementers, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (rep)

23/07/2017: New kind of politics: Most people in Nepal can’t claim they will be heard at their elected representative’s office, by Sumana Shrestha (rep) [see also interview with her: It’s easy to organise protests; the harder part is getting things done (kp 24/07/2017), Natural resources in federalism: Stakeholders call for clarity on regulations; Experts have long been calling for properly planned  state restructuring, as natural resources could easily turn into a curse from opportunity (kp), Flawed Analysis Of Poll Results, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), The missed bus? If RJP-N boycotts the third phase of local polls, it risks further alienating its constituents, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Province 2 to see little dev activities this year: Local level election is precondition to utilising funds allocated for capital expenditure, by Aman Koirala (kp) [Thanks to RJPN!], Agonising wait continues for Surkhet flood victims: Only 464 out of 970 displaced families have received Rs50,000 to buy land, while 123 have got only Rs25,000 of the pledged Rs75,000 to build homes over the years, by Prakash Adhikari (kp) [After 3 years!! Nobody can buy land for 75.000 Rs! MPs need far more every month, not talk about the millions or even billions that are wasted for incompetent politicians, cars, foreign medical trips etc.!]

22/07/2017: Who Represents Who?, by Gaurav Ojha (rn), Our lives don’t matter: Sarkari Hakims get free government vejicles and their kids don't have to walk to school but why do the rest of us need to silently suffer from the mismanagement and lack of urgency?, by Guffadi (kp), Govt yet to contact CDC chairperson, members (ht), RPP CWC meet decides to support statute amendment (ht), ‘No statute amendment before polls’ (ht)

21/07/2017: Centralised mindset: The federal government has shown it is determined not to let go of the purse strings. by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Local reps, stakeholders oppose bills curtailing rights of local govt (rep), Sinkhole: As Deuba orders authorities to bury street sinkholes, a political sinkhole is forming and threatens to swallow the Constitution, by Astha Rai (nt) [!!!], Govt forms CDC under former SC justice Das: Gives 21 days to carve out constituencies for national, provincial polls; After receiving CDC’s report, the government will send it to Parliament, which then will forward it to the Election Commission (kp), Constituency delineation body formed, given 21 days, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Race against time: The Constituency Delineation Commission should be allowed to function independently (kp), Bills for federal and provincial polls tabled (kp), Metro without mayor: "Maoists did not just tear up ballot papers, but attacked democracy as well", by Om Astha Rai (nt), Shadow Government (nt), Influencing the influencers: Nepal wants and needs a credible political alternative to the existing parties, by Dinkar Nepal (nt)

20/07/2017: RJP-N rejects proposal to put statute revision bill to vote: Cabinet expansion further delayed, likely to get full shape on Sunday (kp), RJP-N rejects ruling parties’ proposal, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Ensure majority support before tabling amendment: RJPN to govt (rep) [!!], Pathology Of Governance, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Panels under CDOs to manage employees for local units: The centre will not deploy employees to the local units until the federal and provincial elections are held, say officials (kp), ’14 flood victims of Banke, Bardiya still awaiting relief, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp), High invalid vote despite Rs 750m spent on voter education, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), The holy trinity: The leaders of the three biggest parties in the country right now have firmly consolidated their powers and are virtually unopposed, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep)

19/07/2017: Raped, pregnant and banished, 11-yr-old struggles for justice, by Bidhya Rai (kp), Cabinet expansion: 13 ministries for Congress, Maoist Centre to get 9; Ruling parties to hold talks on statute revision again (kp) [This planned extension means once again a grave violation of the constitution that only allows a council of ministers with 25 persons!!], Cabinet expansion delay irks Dahal: Failure to hold polls on time ‘will end  significance of  the coalition' (kp), Vote on amendment if RJPN pledges to join polls: Ruling parties (rep) [This means nothing without a guaranteed two thirds majority!], Fix it: Pathetic state of Capital’s roads is part of a larger malaise afflicting Nepal’s polity (kp), All in the same vote: To make the third phase of local polls a success, big parties should go to the interior of Province 2, by Deepak Chaudhary (kp), Despite public outrage govt okays Rs 140m for 5 SUVs for EC: No new fleet for President Bhandari, by Bhadra Sharma and Balkrishna Gnawali (rep)

18/07/2017: Bharatpur vote count : Hearing put off until July 23 (kp) [???], Down the drain: Underutilisation and year-end bunching of capital budget are tantamount to financial misuse (kp), 60 percent people in Karnali unaware of Chhaupadi ban: Report (kp) [And govt and administration do nothing to implement it!], National disgrace: A clean or dirty shed is not the issue, the issue is women’s dignity and human rights, by Radha Paudel (kp), EC may extend voter-registration deadline: Poll panel likely to allow out-district registration as well, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Fiscal federalism: Major challenges, by Nirajan Mainali (ht), Fringe parties take strong exception to proposal to retain 240 units (rep), Third time unlucky: There is a chance most Madhesi parties will go out of business, which could help Madhesi public unite behind a common cause, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

17/07/2017: Search for justice Grave war-era crimes become a matter of international concern in the absence of domestic ability to prosecute them, by Govinda Sharma Bandi (kp), Elected representatives in a fix sans operation procedure (ht), EC re-urges PM to clear legal, administrative hurdles without further delay (rep), PM asks EC to gear up for state, fed polls: Promises Constituency Delimitation Commission ‘within a week or two’ (kp), UML presses for CDC: Says 165  constituencies should be set up as per provision of constitution (kp), Yadav, Bhattarai oppose 240 constituencies (kp), Tug of war: There should be smooth resolution of problems that will arise as local units come into operation (kp), Only organic development can resolve societal contradictions, by Yug Pathak (kp), FSF-N, NSP-N demand statute amendment before polls (ht), RJP-Nepal not in favour of naturalised citizens holding top posts: Thakur (ht), Low spending: Those responsible should own up responsibility and do something to ensure that the development budget is not only spent but spent wisely (ht)

16/07/2017: Provincial, national polls: Revised bills could affect women’s representation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Governing alliance in bid to address RJP-N’s other demands (kp), RJP’s Demand For Multi-nation State: A Recipe For Territorial Disintegration, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Hassles in deploying officials to local level: Despite dire warnings, hardly 581 gazetted officials deployed so far, by Binod Ghimire (kp), 50 amendments to Civil Servants Bill (kp), Squatter settlement demolished, by Anup Ojha (kp)

15/07/2017: One year on, language panel incomplete, without Act (kp), Revamping The Political Culture, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Concerns over upcoming polls as govt misses EC's deadline (rep), EC's new car purchase plan: EC buying 5 SUVs for Rs 110 million, by Bhadra Sharma (rep) [?????]

14/07/2017: Why UML Won Local Elections, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Local Governance Act under process (kp), Question of fairness: It is true that self-governance means identifying and raising one’s own resources, and not depending too much on the central government (ht), Three VVIPS have 675 security personnel, spend 18.7 million per month: 285 security personnel for president alone cost Rs 8.2 million a month, 305 personnel for prime minister cost 7.8 million, by KP Dhungana (rep), Jure landslide victims get relief three yrs after disaster (rep)

13/07/2017: Take the long viewIt’s in the interest of all parties to respect inclusive provisions in the constitution (kp), RJP-Nepal in a fix after statute revision ruled out:Party mulling various options: Leaders (kp), Resource, revenue sharing bill opposed: Cutting across party lines, lawmakers condemn bills on centre-state ties (kp), Election expenditure details sought from parties, candidates: Political parties, candidates and elected representatives have to furnish details of poll expenses in 30 days (ht), Monsoon drenching quake victims once again, by Narahari Sapkota (rep)

12/07/2017: NHRC protests govt neglect of its recommendations (kp), Ruling alliance rules out statute revision: Makes it clear to RJP-Nepal leaders that it lacks required numbers (kp), Bill unlikely to be passed ‘any time soon’ (ht), CPN-UML refuses to budge from its stance on statute (ht), Deuba starts homework to expand Cabinet: A joint taskforce of the  ruling Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) has been assigned to allocate the ministries (kp), Ruling alliance needs to improve image after local level election results (ht), Central level project implementation units: Cabinet indecision puts NRA’s plan in limbo (kp), Election bills: Candidates to be barred from race in more than one constituency (kp), Unconvincing: The EC should reconsider its decision and allow the citizens to register their names in the voters roll from a convenient place (ht), Women empowerment: Many barriers, by Prativa Subedi (ht), Civil servants’ 1,400 trips cost taxpayers over Rs 1b: A total of 1,442 civil servants acquired permission from the government to visit over three dozen countries from May 16 to July 11, by Bhadra Sharma and Roshan Sedhai (rep), Flood victims: Were Madhesi protests genuine?, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep)

11/07/2017: TRC, CIEDP seek continuation of local peace panels (kp), TRC opens field office in Lalitpur for Province 3 (ht), 21 pc votes invalid in Biratnagar Metropolitan City (ht), CDC delay likely to hit poll cycle: EC seeks constituency delimitation report by the end of this month, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Govt's intention?], Delayed polls to hinder dev works in Province 2, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Constitution amendment: Bid to muster two-third majority in favour of bill (ht), Bharatpur ballot case: Hearing deferred for third time; To be heard on July 17 (kp), The fish rots from the head: A probe into the wealth that officials have amassed will show the depth of corruption, by Suresh Sharma (kp), Her future is our future: When a woman is free to make choices about her life, her children, her family and everybody else will benefit, by Giulia Vallese (kp), No quick fix: Madhesi leaders do disservice to their constituents when they time and again ask “Are we there, yet?”, by Mukesh Khanal (rep)

10/07/2017: #NotMyFederalism: Govt-tabled bill gives 85-90 percent of income generated from local resources to the centre (kp), Amendment proposal should be rewritten, says SSF-N (kp), UML firm against charter revision bill: Leaders say govt trying to endorse amendments without main oppn, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), UML’s Responsibility On Amendment, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Thapa hints at backing proposal (kp), Two election related laws forwarded to Cabinet (kp), Nepal Army’s plan to run FM radio triggers debate, by Anil Giri (kp), Local transformations: Extreme caution and constant improvement are necessary until local government is established as a self-maintained system, by Jagannath Acharya and Hemant Ojha (kp), UML wants early polls as it has done well; NC wants to defer them for same reason, interview with Krishna Hachhethu (kp), Transitional justice: An uphill task, by Roshni Kapur (ht), Frequent poll deferrals cost Rs 4 billion, by Bhadra Sharma (rep)

09/07/2017: New structure, lack of laws put local representatives in a bind, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Govt delays essential local governance laws: Kathmandu mayor says their hands are tied in the lack of laws. Local councils are unable to take policy decisions (kp) [Which government? An incompetent PM does not make up a govt!], FinMin requested to make arrangement for local bodies (kp), Govt, opposition in tussle over constitution amendment (rep), The numbers game begins once again: Governing parties scramble to secure two-thirds votes to amend statute (kp), Ruling parties intensify efforts to ensure passage (ht), Oppn parties set to oppose amendment bill in Parliament (ht), Proposal not acceptable: Oli (ht), Ruling coalition expedites talks: A Maoist Centre leadert says the ruling coalition witll oush the amendment bill before Cabinet expansion (kp), Local Polls Resounding Success For UML, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Prez Bhandari seeks Rs 160 million to buy new presidential fleet, by Roshan Sedhai (rep) [?? But still no money for the majority of quake victims!!], Quake victims forced to live in landslide-prone areas, by Narahari Sapkota (rep) [!!!], Chhaupadi: A tradition that continues to claim women's live, by Govinda KC (rep), Poor Nepali Dalits: Only special packages for poverty-reduction among Dalits will bring meaningful change in their lives, by Hira Vishwakarma (rep)

08/07/2017: RJP-N applies at EC for party registration: Governing parties seek one week to make efforts to address concerns (kp), Govt in bid to amend constitution by July 31, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Deuba strikes back! The Prime Monster doesn’t have Gyanu Uncle to fire him again. He knows that as long as he makes our CA members happy, they will support him, by Guffadi (kp), The Second-phase Local Election, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

07/07/2017: No roof over their heads, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Post-quake reconstruction fails to pick up pace, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), Quake victims spending third monsoon in tents, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Nepal in a fix as Gulf rivals seek support, by Anil Giri (kp), Power without paisa: The Big Three threaten to roll back decentralisation by cutting off money supply to newly elected local councils, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Stingy budget: Power has been devolved to local units, but they have not received matching funding, by Khimlal Devkota (kp), Function without finance, by Khim Lal Devkota (nt), Devolution revolution (nt), Lack of laws hindering local level reps from exercising rights (ht), Election fervor returns as RJPN mulling to register party, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep), The joke is on us, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep), A 3-party state (nt), Storms Ahead: With the completion of the second round of local election, politics is going back to some new power game again, by Keshab Poudel (sp), Unique Local Governance Model: Nepal does not fit in any of Nico’s criteria set out in his report on a dialogue on comparative local governance system in federations that was published in 2005, by Surya Dhungel (sp)

06/07/2017: The long road: The dominance of major parties might bring some political stability, but it has its pitfalls (kp), RJP-N scrambles to make sense of its own decision:  Leaders from Provinces 5 and 7 question whether boycotting polls was a right move; Second phase of local elections cause skeletons to tumble out of the party’s closet; For Madhes-based forces, finding a way to keep agenda alive becoming an uphill task, by Anil Giri (kp), Rift in RJP-N on contents of party statute: Plan to register with EC deferred, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), RJPN to contest polls, amendment or no (rep), Dwindling Influence Of RJP-N, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), RJPN candidate wins elections, by Kiran Man Bajracharya (rep), Valley’s heritage sites stare at Unesco ‘danger list’ (kp), Tardy rebuilding efforts put monuments in peril, by Samipa Khanal (kp), CDC to be formed soon: Home minister (kp) [??], Ministerial portfolio sharing triggers rift within ruling NC, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [Typical NC behaviour!!]

05/07/2017: EC wants poll dates by first week of August (kp), EC asks govt to give laws and fix polls date (ht), Preferred Political Forces, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), All’s well, soldier: There was no need to bring out the troops during the second phase of local elections, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), 20 per cent votes cast in KMC invalid (ht) [Such percentage calls the whole local elections into question!!], Locals of Province 2 disappointed with poll deferral, by Suresh Yadav (rep), UML may support constitution amendment, says Gyawali: Demands withdrawal of proposal, redrafting with opposition’s consent (kp), Strike affects normal life in Rolpa, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), Politics of hubris: We have a number of politicians who think election is all about money and muscle, and this ails Nepali politics, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

04/07/2017: Dissatisfaction brewing in RJP-Nepal? Tripathi threatens to quit party (kp) [Refusing to ask for the people's mandate leaves this party as an unimportant lot without democratic legitimisation!], RJPN in confusion over next step: RJPN fielded candidacies in more than 20 local units including in Rupendehi and Kapilvastu but has not won even a single seat until fourth day of the vote count on Monday (rep), Gachchhadar, Yadav maintain influence in their regions, by Amar Khadka (rep), Nationalist stand, weak NC leadership helped UML in polls, by Ashok Dahal (rep), What The Local Elections Say, by Prem Khatry (rn), Deuba sends social media into frenzy: PM goes blunt on Sajha Sawal, heckles members of the audience, by Sanjeev Giri (kp)

03/07/2017: Lost in reconciliation: There are widespread fears that the new TRC offices in the provinces won’t deliver much (kp), All swept away, got nothing to eat, say Saptari flood victims, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp), Call to ensure citizens’ right to information (ht), Seven dead, four missing in flooding, landslides (kp), Local Polls: Birth Of Local Government, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Third-phase elections: Too many invalid votes, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), The Oliogocal train: Political economy of Oliology is oligopolistic, part of proto-fascist movement that combines xenophobia, chauvinism, communalism and ethno-nationalism, by CK Lal (rep)

02/07/2017: Political cynicism: and stagnation: Empty narratives of peace without the practice of justice will not result in a stable future, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), TRC opens offices in seven provinces, members to lead, by Binod Ghimire (kp), 2nd Phase Of Local Poll: People Dump Extremist Forces, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Deuba’s advantage: Nepal is in dire need of leaders who preach and practise reconciliation rather than divisiveness, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Insecure scribes: Even after a decade of end of armed conflict many journalists still feel insecure and are forced to practice self-censorship, by Laxman Datt Pant (rep)

01/07/2017: EC proposes holding all elections by Nov 23 (kp), EC moots deadlines for provincial, central polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Hold provincial, parliamentary polls before December: EC (ht), Parliament and Provincial Assembly elections not possible in single phase: CEC Yadav (ht), UML, NC in tight race, Maoists distant third: The main opposition is ahead in Provinces 1 and 5  while the NC is better placed in Province 7 (kp), Will major forces win west Tarai? Regional parties trail in early race, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), RJP-Nepal not to withdraw support to Deuba-led government in haste, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [What at all is the importance of RJP-N after it refused to ask for the people's mandate?], Cabinet expansion likely next week: Senior Congress leaders say PM Deuba is waiting for party General Secretary Shashank Koirala’s arrival from a foreign visit (kp) [Obviously, there is no need of more ministers as Deuba's first three weeks in office have proved!], Gorkhaland And Madhes Movements, by Kushal Pokharel (rn)

See also older links (January-June 2017)

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Preliminary results of Nepal’s parliamentary elections of 2017 (with some comparisons to the CA elections of November 2013), by K.-H. Krämer, Nepal Observer 44, 17 December 2017

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Two steps forward, one step back
The Nepal peace process
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