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Timetable:

4594 days since Delhi agreement of political parties
4442 days since King Gyanendra was forced to end his putsch
4230 days since Comprehensive Peace Agreement
4175 days since promulgation of Interim Constitution
3725 days since elections to CA-I
3094 days since CA-I committees presented suggestions
2333 days since SRC presented suggestions
2216 days since dissolution of CA-I
1675 days since elections to CA-II
1246 days since promised Constitution by CA-II failed
1109 days since non-inclusive deal by male Tagadhari leaders
1005 days since promulgation of non-inclusive and so far not really implemented constitution through illegal procedure
(text of constitution)
0879 days since unilateral and non-inclusive first amendment of the new constitution
0151 days since the federal system should have been implemented; still missing: laws, infrastructure, fiscal regulations, staff, conclusion of elections, completion of federal and provincial governments, naming of states and capitals, etc.
0126 days since KP Oli became PM: most of the necessary working processes not really started, yet


Links to articles: Documents and websites:

21/06/2018: Platform denies victims’ consent for concessions to war criminals (kp), RJP-N to hold General Convention next April (kp) [Political parties fundamentally disregard the constitution and subordinate laws!], RJP-N’s general convention from April 20 to 22 (ht), Local bodies draw flak over flaunting laws, by Pabitra Kumar Shahi (rep), Empower local govts: It is imperative that Parliament enact the required law at the earliest to pave the way for local governments to hire their staff on their own (ht), Contractors yet to receive Rs 580m (ht) [related to Dolakha district], RTI needed for federalism to succeed (ht)

20/06/2018: Amnesty slams inaction over Ganga Maya (kp), Nationalism: An alternative view; Nationalism should build confidence of citizens in their political leaders, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Reading between the lines: Dahal’s desire for an executive presidential system is driven by a personal interest that could not be in the country’s interest, by Prakash Acharya (kp), Policies formulated by local units contradict constitution, by Devendra Basnet (rep)

19/06/2018: ‘Ruling leaders responsible for delaying justice to conflict victims’ (rep), All is not well: Lack of co-ordination among ministries not a good sign for the government (kp), Ministry retracts decision on NGOs (kp), RJP-N meeting mulls joining central govt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NA members draw lots to decide term lengths: Half NC members pick two-year terms (rep), NCP statute bars office bearers from serving more than two terms, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht)

18/06/2018: SC tells poll body to clarify over NCP (kp), The contrived consensus: Through relentless misinformation, public opinion has been manipulated to purvey the belief that nationalism is higher value than democratic practices or even humanitarian concerns, by CK Lal (rep), Deaths by indifference: Preventable deaths of migrant workers within months of being certified as ‘healthy’ speak of state indifference to migrant workers, by Barun Ghimire (rep)

17/06/2018: NCP lawmakers criticise budget (ht), PM tells ruling party lawmakers not to criticise central budget (kp) [Is this a democratic state or party dictatorship?], We’ll ask questions: State watch on media (rep), Bleak progress in spending dev budget despite stable govt: Only 30 days remain to spend half of the budget (rep)

16/06/2018: Govt may miss deadline for passing fundamental rights: The constitution has set three years since the implementation of the constitution as the deadline for the implementation of 31 various fundamental rights, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Conflict victims see no end to their plight (ht), Rukum conflict victims seek justice (kp), Gangamaya's autobiography unveiled (rep), I/NGOs decry government’s decision (ht)

15/06/2018: Communist government moves to curtail civil liberties: Two new policies look set to curb dissent, by Supriya Manandhar (The Record), Home minister seeks  recommendations from NGO Federation (kp), DAOs told to seek property details of I/NGO officials (ht), NGOs threaten nationwide protests (rep), Oli’s foreign policy: PM Oli’s foreign policy should have a global outlook even as he tries to balance relations with the giants in the neighbourhood, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), NCP holding two positions in House ‘unconstitutional’ (kp), Writ petition challenges NCP registration (kp), The old party’s new test: NC continues to disappoint those who like to see it act up as a robust opposition (kp), Opposition leaders 'not given chance to speak' in province assembly, by Binod Subedi (rep), Shameful act: That caste-based discrimination and untouchability still continue in the country in this day and age is but a national shame (ht), From rebels to rulers, by Om Astha Rai (nt)

14/06/2018: Security agencies, Maoists buried disappeared in mass graves: CIEDP, by Bhim Chapagain (rep), Govt outlines measures to monitor I/NGOs: Kathmandu District Administration Office notifies organisations to comply with a number of new rules (kp), Govt requires I/NGOs to submit employees’ property details: INGOs federation might move the courts, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Wilful amnesia: Current govt must not forget that it was I/NGOs that prodded the Nepali govt to remember its responsibilities, by Deepak Thapa (kp), NHRC urges PM Oli to save Ganga Maya, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Conflict-hit women: Still far from justice, by Susan Risal (ht), Much Cry and Little Wool, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Opposition demands either speaker or dy speaker to step down (rep), FNJ, media fraternity condemn cancellation of NTV talkshow: Producer claims the show was cancelled at Minister Baskota’s behest (kp), NTV shuts down program ‘after presenter grills minister’ (rep), Insensitive state: Thrashing of woman in Dang (rep), Dahal’s designs: Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s salvation lies only in changing Nepal’s power structure. Otherwise the oppressed will remember him as a tyrant, by Manjeet Mishra (rep)

13/06/2018: Peace process ‘complete’, govt asks UNDPA for a drawdown, by Anil Giri (kp) [Without justice for victims, the end of promotion of perpetrators and the rehabilitation of former fighters the peace process will never be complete!], Acting CJ Joshee named chief justice: Council to recommend CIAA chief in its next meeting, by Tika R. Prahan (kp), Ward chairman downplays girl’s death in Chhaupadi, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Woman dies after snakebite in menstruation shed, by Khamma Chhetri (rep), Bad blood continues: To banish Chhaupadi, besides having a new law, we need to change our behaviour (kp) [Why do not men leave the house and stay in sheds during menstruation of female family members?], Chhaupadi still rampant in Bajura district (ht), Play by the rules: The ruling party cannot misinterpret the constitutional provisions as per its convenience for the posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker (ht) [By the way, all parties, including the NC, should respect the constitutional rulings in respect to the inclusion of women!], संविधानमाथिको सरकार, by Purushottam Dahal (nag)

12/06/2018: Ganga Maya hunger strike: Govt and police snub rights body; NHRC Secretary Bed Bhattarai says the commission can summon the chief of the respective authorities if they do not to respond (kp), Kids with guns: Maoist child soldiers are disqualified combatants and unrecognised conflict victims, by Luke Moffett and Govinda Sharma (kp), Leaders’ indifference to ex-Maoist fighter’s life of woe resented, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), Central govt tightens foreign visit norms: Officials travelling abroad without approval will not get recommendation for visas from the Department of Consular Service (kp), Speaker or deputy speaker should quit: Oppn, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [Article 91 of the constitution demands that both positions have to be filled by members of different parties!], Do we really need an executive prez? Right after adopting federalism, proposing another big change sounds preposterous, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Provincial parliamentarians seek clarity on their roles, authority, by Devendra Basnet (kp)

11/06/2018: Dahal puts agenda of prez system on the back burner: The NCP co-chairman says the government should strive for economic development, prosperity and good governance (kp), RJP-N won’t join govt now: Mahato (kp), Talks to be held with RJP-N on statute amendment, says NCP Co-chair Dahal (ht), Govt decides to shut UN-DPA office (ht), Govt decides to shut down UN's DPA office in Nepal, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Poll expenses: The Election Commission Act and rules have given power to poll body to take legal actions against those who don’t abide by the law (ht)

10/06/2018: Before the flood: Are we prepared? Despite Nepal being a natural disaster-prone country, the authorities appear little focused on counter measures, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep), Service delivery of local units improves slightly after elections: TIN survey (rep), Maoist betrayal: As Maoist leaders are turning their back on real issues, former Maoist activists and general people take Maoist revolution as an act of great betrayal, by Pratap Sharma (rep), Women should rise: Lack of women role models in politics is one of the reasons for lack of public trust and appreciation toward them, by Ayush Joshi and Bijay Jha (rep), The ruling Nepal Communist Party, among others, break the law to exclude women: They have three months to comply, by Shubhashree Basnyat (The Record)

09/06/2018: No suspension of MPs facing trial, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Close cooperation of leading politicians and criminals and the protection of the latter continues unabated! This is a characteristic of the lawless state of Nepal!], Accused lawmakers not to face suspension (ht), MPs not to be suspended upon arrest (rep), CVCP decries amnesty for Dhungel (ht), NHRC urges govt to save Ganga Maya Adhikari (kp) [Another case of protecting criminals!], Load-shedding cost GDP $11 bn from 2008 to 2016 (ht), Parties to be told to ensure 33pc women representation (ht) [This is ridiculous after the NCP has been officially recognised with only 16pc women!], RJPN wants six months to hold general convention: The Election Commission had written to the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal on Thursday, reminding the party to hold general convention by July 14 (rep) [This falls under the normal category of disregarding constitution and subordinate laws!]

08/06/2018: Cabinet to receive Integrity Policy within a week: PMO (kp), Home Ministry to monitor activities of I/NGOs (kp), TRC assigns experts to draft reparation policy (kp) [What does reparation mean as long as the criminal perpetrators are sitting in leading state positions and are being promoted time and again? The vitims have been suffering for so many years watching the offenders being awarded for their crimes!!], Justice delayed is justice denied: Delay in pursuance of transitional justice is violating victims’ ‘right to effective remedy’, by Samikshya Bhattarai and Prakash Bhattarai (kp), One hundred days of federalism: One of the problems is that the centre is reluctant to delegate power to the provinces, by Binay K. Mishra (kp), Move afoot to challenge poll panel’s decision to register NCP (NCP): Proportional representation of women in all organs of the state is crucial to empower women, but more worrisome is the fact that the prime minister and ruling party co-chairpersons are openly defying the legal provisions (ht) [A lawless ruling party is the best guarantee for a lawless state!], Masculine parties: Failure to ensure 33pc women representation in party committees shows ‘of men, for men and by men’ attitude of parties (ht)

07/06/2018: EC decides to register NCP, ignoring law (rep) [Leading parties can do what they want! Obviously, they are above law and constitution!], NCP finally gets legal party status (kp), Realistic aims: Finance minister has come up only with plans and programmes that can be implemented, if tried honestly, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp), Solving Intergovernmental Rows, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Quake-injured languishing under govt neglect, by Sarita Shrestha (rep), Toward elite rule: The unified communist party looks like a club of VIPs with present and past PMs, DPMs, heads of parliament, provincial assemblies and provincial governments, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Nepal’s political paradox: Nepali communists have come to power through elections. Instead of democracy killing communism, communism here has thrived under democracy, by Narayan Manandhar (rep)

06/06/2018: Dalit ward member dies after beating by paramor's children, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Beyond symbolic inclusion: Caste based discrimination is the elephant in the room that cant be ignored anymore (kp), Yadav’s Entry In Govt, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), RJPN brass divided over joining govt (rep), Utter ad-hocism: Prime minister’s growing temptation to make the rounds of provincial assemblies may set a bad precedent (ht), Local government fails to live up to people's expectations, by Daman Rai (rep), Politics of protest: We are seeking for individualistic solutions to institutional problems, precisely where it is convenient to look but impossible to find, by Veeshan Rayamajhee (rep)

05/06/2018: PM’s Province 3 PA address draws flak (ht), Federal govt doesn’t possess all rights: PM (ht), Casteism denies Dalit lawmaker rental apartment in Kathmandu (kp), Dalit MP’s difficulties in renting quarters in capital (rep), Dalit ward member killed, three women held (kp), Dispute takes regulation off House agenda: The ruling and opposition parties are at odds over whether or not to suspend a lawmaker facing judicial custody (kp), Overlapping issues delay drafting of laws on basic rights: Fast-track endorsement necessary to meet September 19 deadline, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), ‘Two-thirds majority has paved way for statute amendment’ (ht), NC slams Dahal remark on amendment to bring presidential system (rep), Chand’s cadres quit their party (ht)

04/06/2018: The Madhes connection: Yadav’s Forum has connected Oli govt to Madhes and now begins both Yadav and Oli’s tests (kp), Opportunities squandered: The budget would have been a good expenditure and revenue plan under normal times. However, given the sizable electoral mandate, its falls short of introducing transformative reform measures, by Chandan Sapkota (kp), Sum of its parts: The NCP must prove that the unification is in the interest of the nation and its people, by Gopi Uprety (kp), Government not serious about statute amendment: Chaudhary (ht), Three years after: With unconditional surrender of Upendra Yadav and likely capitulation of Mahanth Thakur, it will take Madhesis a while to reorient, reassemble and reorganize, by CK Lal (rep)

03/06/2018: Implementation of fundamental rights: Time running out for framing laws (ht), Untold stories of women: Untold stories of rural women need to be told for change and for raising awareness that women’s rights are human rights, by Sabita Nakarmi (rep), No House rules before a month: Crucial appointments stand to be delayed further, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [The new goverment is as ineffective as previous governments despite great promises and clear majorities!!], NCP violates Party Registration Act with low representation of women (rep), Local government duty call evokes poor response: With a total of 21,716 officials already in service, local federal units across the country require some 16,000 staffers more, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), RJP-N to join central govt after leaders’ release, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Another murderer to be released? This is not worth to make the RJPN join the government! The close cooperation of politicians and criminals goes unabated!], New laws for pardon, waiver, suspension, commutation of sentence sought (ht), CIAA loses momentum in fight against corruption (rep), Failing on nationalism: Oli has lost the image of a true nationalist. He has been discredited in the eyes of Nepalis, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (rep)

02/06/2018: SSF-Nepal joins govt: Upendra Yadav and Mohamed Istiyak Rai inducted; Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel promoted to DPM after Yadav claimed the position; State Minister Gokul Baskota now Cabinet minister , by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), With FSFN on board, Oli govt has two-thirds majority: Pokharel and Yadav appointed DPMs, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Government restores practice of 3-year expenditure plans: MTEF makes budget cycle more dynamic and aligned with periodic plans (rep)

01/06/2018: Reimagining Inclusion: Argument that only certain groups work hard will not hold any weight unless there is a deliberate effort to level the playing field, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (kp), Business-as-usual budget: What the country needs is a quantum leap in the economy, not incremental change, by Yoga Nath Poudel (kp), Local levels need 7,000 civil servants (ht), FSF-N joined govt after NCP vowed to amend statute: Yadav (ht), Bribery as wealth redistribution: A whimsical look at how the Nepali state uses corruption to spread the cash around, by Anil Chitrakar (nt)

31/05/2018: Investigation into war crimes gets tougher under new govt ‘Former rebels wielding new-found political influence to hinder probe’ (kp) [Previous government was hardly any better!], NCP gives final shape to its Standing Committee: Formal decision likely tomorrow (kp) [Inclusion is a forgotten promise of the past if the composition of this SC is the picture of future Nepal!], Uncertain promise: Size and nature of NCP govt’s budget isn’t in sync with the transformation its envisages (kp), Knowledge is Power: The government needs to revamp its information-sharing system to help foster better knowledge production and transparency, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Governance challenges in federal structure: With poverty, regional imbalance and unemployment, implementing federal system will not be easy, by Yogendra Subedi (kp), Civic Participation in Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Attainment of socialism govt’s goal, says PM Oli (ht), Disregard for democracy: Communists have congenital contempt for democratic pluralism. Identity politics they introduced is fueling fears, divisions, and anger in Nepali society, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep)

30/05/2018: Dhungel freed despite criticism, by Binod Ghimire (kp), President pardons Dhungel, decision condemned (rep), SC refuses stay order in president’s pardon for Dhungel (rep) [??], Whither rule of law? The government decision to waive Dhungel’s remaining sentence and swift action on pardon recommendation undermine the rule of law (ht), Ganga Maya begins fresh hunger strike (ht), First federal budget aims 8pc growth: Focuses on energy, infrastructure and proposes a string of reforms in social and agriculture sectors, by Sangam Prasain kp), Budget dashes hopes for faster industrial development, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Food for thought: It is alarming that Nepal has slid back to a food deficit country despite record harvest (kp), Dispute related to jurisdiction over local resources causes confusion (ht)

29/05/2018: After deal, SSF-N to join fed govt: Ruling party vows constitution amendment, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), FSFN to join govt with three ministers (rep), Alliance over: RJP-N (ht), SC seeks govt file on Dhungel pardon (kp), Murder-convict Dhungel gets presidential pardon (kp) [If there has ever been rule of law in Nepal, it is definitely over!], Caring for Good Life, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Cost of clownism: For someone at the helm of affairs of the country, careless flippancy is not an option, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Lawmakers or project managers? MPs must stick to their job of monitoring government activities, not managing them, by Mohan Kumar Rai (kp) [But it's imperative for their corrupt ambitions!], 46 local units seek revision of names, centres and boundaries (ht), Lack of law hindering service delivery: Municipal chairs (ht), House misses its roles due to absence of panels (rep), Celebrating Eleventh Republic Day, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

28/05/2018: Laying Foundation For Prosperity, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Survey paints bleak financial picture: Growing budget deficit; Depleting foreign reserves; Per capita debt Rs28,963; GDP growth 5.9 percent to Rs3 trillion (kp), Country’s gross national saving depleting, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Economic mapping of provinces (kp), Govt built fewer public infrastructures this year (rep), SSF-N gears up to join government, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), FSF-N to join NCP-led govt (ht), ‘Government ready to amend constitution’ (ht), Power to the party: Govt bill legalising a single union to represent all civil servants could make ruling CPN even stronger (kp), SC to hear Dhungel’s case today (kp), Justice Hari Karki recuses himself from Dhungel waiver case (ht), Food crisis hits Chepangs hard (ht), Keep a close tab: Communist unification has created unease among those affected by Maoist violence, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep)

27/05/2018: Federal civil service bill: Single apolitical union proposed; Experts say proposed provision will help clean up bureaucracy (kp), PM to discuss charter revision, says RJP-N: Tarai party presses for ‘Madhes-friendly’ budget (kp), Conflict victims demand justice, by DR Panta (kp), Dhungel's jailterm waiver case: PM consults NCP leaders to prepare govt response (kp) [????], Dalits should launch organised protest for their rights: CM Raut (ht), Budget to change tax rates massively (ht), Inexperienced judicial committee heads find justice delivery challenging, by Dinesh Subedi (rep)

26/05/2018: EC likely to deny registration to NCP (rep) [because of itsd unconstitutionally poor participation of women!], Hope, challenges as PM marks 100 days in office, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), After promising start Oli govt sitting on promises (rep), 95pc of 100-day work plan completed: MoCTCA (ht), Congress points out 12 ‘anomalies’ (ht), Apex court show-cause to government on Dhungel clemency bid (kp), Rich wives, poor husbands! Karods is nothing in this land. We see mundrey dons driving around in luxury vehicles. It seems that our politicians are the godfathers and they can get away with everything, by Guffadi (kp), Commuting in a lawless country: The proof of the pudding is in the eating. It will not be long before we know if this ‘government of the proletariat’ will bring about changes to a public transport sector mired with greed and misconduct, by Mohan Guragain (kp), A Look at Govt’s Policies & Programmes, by Kushal Pokharel (rn)

25/05/2018: Plan to waive Dhungel’s jail term challenged (ht), Govt not developing Tarai: Yadav (ht), Property and propriety: Besides bank balance, almost all ministers have investment in non-productive sectors like land and gold, which shows they don’t practice what they preach (ht)

24/05/2018: Mahaseth the richest minister in Cabinet: PM Oli’s cash deposit swelled to Rs5.2m in two years, PMO records show (kp), Ministers’ spouses richer than their better halves: True to his name, Transport Minister Raghubir Mahaseth is the richest of them all (ht) [How can politicians without special functions multiply their wealth within 2-3 years?], Ministers’ property mostly in names of spouses, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Chand-led party’s activities against statute, state: Home Minster Thapa (kp) [Why don't you call them what they are: Terrorist crimes against people and country?!], RJPN may join govt if amendment pledged (rep)

23/05/2018: Waiting for budget: Setting ambitious growth rate is welcome, but the govt’s major challenge is to deliver (kp), Only 16 pc representation for women in NCP central committee, by Rewati Sapkota (ht) [!!! Besides, the party leadership continues to be completely dominated by male Tagadharis, especially Bahuns!!], Only 16 percent women at NCP central committee (rep), Formation of NCP: Powerful Political Entity, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Will it last? There is expectation that communist unification will lead to an age of strong and stable government. Is this really going to happen?, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Woman thrashed on witchcraft charge (ht), Know thy laws: What’s in laws and bills proposed by the government? Do they help in safeguarding right to freedom of expression or do they seek to curtail those rights?, by Taranath Dahal (rep)

22/05/2018: Govt sets ambitious growth targets: Annual policies and programmes say per capita income will double in five years, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [??], Policies, programmes aim to enhance infra, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Govt to concentrate on statute implementation (rep), Document without priorities: Congress (ht), Pvt sector applauds govt’s policies and programmes (ht), The politics of budgeting: The people should not be taxed heavily so that politicians can indulge in their desires, by Gokarna Awasthi (kp), ‘Rule of criminals and corrupt people will end’ (kp) [By freeing and promoting convicted murderers and generally by close cooperation between leading politicians and criminals??], Republic Day pardon recommended for Balkrishna Dhungel (ht), Don’t do it Dhungel's release (rep), Protest in Birgunj over ‘dowry-related death’ of woman (kp), Integrity of Rule Of Law, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Consensus reached on statute amendment, says Dahal (ht)

21/05/2018: Life on hold: Relief payments alone are not enough for the families of disappeared persons—they need to know what happened, by Luke Moffett and James Gallan (kp), Govt working to free Balkrishna Dhungel through presidential pardon, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Turning Nepal into a justice free haven! Close cooperation oif politicians and crminals works well!!], Some leaders don’t want to empower federal units (kp), Top leadership weakening provincial govt: CM Gurung (ht), Politics of stability: UML-MC unification is good news but it shouldn’t come at cost of other parties and civil society (kp), Fringe party raps ruling party for copying its name: Leaders from the ruling NCP said that the party was forced to use the name after the fringe party turned down requests to lend its name (rep) [Top political leaders can do what ever the like! They are above the law!!], Significance of symbolism: There is nothing Maithil or Madhesi about the Kurta-Suruwal ensemble the Premier-duo donned, but it blended so well with the Mughal-Rajput architecture in the background, by CK Lal (rep), Good for Nepal: Communist unity is a historical step to have a stable government and to focus on national agenda of economic development and social progress, by Dai Yonghong (rep)

20/05/2018: National Prosperity Through Domestic Employment, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn), 51 projects flout rules: New study: NGO FEG Nepal exposes lawmakers’ violations (kp), PM moots new CDF modality, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Analysts sceptical on communist unity, by Anil Giri (kp), Discontent in NCP as unity gives ‘unfair benefit’ to some (rep), Conflict victims feel further disheartened after left unity, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), With reservation: Reservation in Nepal is taking a wrong turn compared to other countries which have practiced it. This should be corrected, by Pratap Sharma (rep)

19/05/2018: Lawmakers raise Madhesis’ concern about citizenship denial in House: Say statelessness hits their studies, chances of getting jobs (ht), Merger of Two Communist Parties in Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Implications of the Left Unity, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), The ‘New’ Communists: Our communists are fake and most of them have invested in schools and hospitals and in the transportation sector. So let us not expect our communists to act like communists because they are just capitalists wearing the ‘communist’ tag, by Guffadi (kp), Man who crushed transport syndicate transferred, by Sujan Dhungana (ht), Ministry transfers official who crushed bus cartels: Motive questioned as Transport Department DG Rupnarayan Bhattarai is recalled (kp), Flood victims fear yet another disaster as monsoon approaches (ht)

18/05/2018: Communist unity heralds ‘new era’: 7-month process culminates in merger of UML, Maoist Centre, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), New sun dawns on Nepal: Left Alliance partners merge to give mojority govt to country after decades, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), One body two heads, by Om Astha Rai (nt), UML, Maoist Center merge to form Nepal Communist Party: First general convention to decide party portfolios through consensus, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Compromise on both sides made quick unification possible (rep), ‘Provinces not getting rights’ (ht), Local representatives spend a year doing nothing (rep) [This has most of all to do with the fact that the top politicians failed to regulate federal structurespowers and laws before the elections!!]

17/05/2018: Oli and Dahal shake on Nepal Communist Party, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), UML, Maoist unite to form NCP; official announcement shortly (kp), UML, Maoist Center dissolve their respective parties (rep), If Maoist Center was to merge into UML, why people’s war?, by Shalik Bhatta (rep), Leaders spar over funds: UML chairman says Member of Parliament’s job is to make laws, not dole out funds, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

16/05/2018: State 2 urges more funds for Madhes: Eleven MPs from Province 2 submit memorandum to PM Oli demanding more funds for eight Tarai districts (kp), Connected through borders: Madhes should have used this as an opportunity to reveal its vision on how it seeks to engage with the Indian establishment, by Kalpana Jha (kp), China takes exception to Oli’s speech (ht)

15/05/2018: Insurgency victims seek social, economic security (ht) Ethics of Political Life, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Annual policies, plans to have five-year vision (kp), A mere lip service? Modi’s visit to Nepal was more jam packed and less result oriented, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Lawmakers raise questions over Modi visit (ht), Lawmakers question PM’s ‘nationalist stand’ (rep), Modi’s silence on statute leaves Madhesi parties in quandary (rep), A national shame: Even as Nepal preps to plunge into the modern age, evils like child marriage persist, by Maina Dhital (kp), Govt urged to be more realistic in allocation of fiscal budget (ht), Give local bodies some more time: Balananda Poudel (rep)

14/05/2018: Preps for setting fiscal roles for federal, provincial and local govts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Sporadic blasts, arson mark banda enforced by Chand’s outfit (kp), IEDs go off at different places across country (ht), Pork barrel fund for lawmakers’ pet projects likely to come to an end, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Speech by Province 2 CM courts controversy, by Suresh Yadav (rep), Parties condemn Indian MP’s remark on Janakpur (rep), Transforming the society: The urgent need of the hour is to transform the current culture of Nepali society from an unstable “lahure” to something more stable, by Karma Tamang Lama (rep)

13/05/2018: Road to prosperity: Why is Nepal adamant on adopting western-style development that has already resulted in colonialism and two world wars?, by Sandesh Ghimire (kp), Jokelore in Nepali politics: Politicians have been using satire as an effective tool to gain power, but in doing so they risk not being taken seriously in the long run, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

12/05/2018: Give This Government Benefit Of Doubt, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Cops remove Bibeksheel protest banner (rep) [Please no critics in Lord Modi!]

11/05/2018: Transitional justice act amendment: Govt, AG office start consultation with victims (kp), Repair the irreparable: The government has to address the victims’ needs through support mechanisms in terms of livelihood, health, education and recognition, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Guideline on bringing austerity and effectiveness in public expenditure: Govt scraps most of perks, incentives of civil servants (kp)

10/05/2018: Parliament endorses four key ordinances: Both Houses endorsed the ordinances by a majority vote. The ordinances are Health Professional Education; National Assembly (NA); Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Wages and service norms of Fed Parl Secretary and HoR Secretary of NA (kp), UML MPs want govt to continue doling outconstituency budget, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Local units ask central govt to return rent tax, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Dahal questions PM Oli’s working style, by Rewati Sapkota (ht )

09/05/2018: Ending the Syndicates, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Doms still treated as ‘untouchables’ (ht)

08/05/2018: State, local govts seek more funds: At the first meeting of Inter-government Fiscal Commission, provincial and local representatives criticise the arrangement for revenue sharing, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Free education to cost threefold: Rs197.84 billion is required for school sector annually, up from the current allocation of Rs71.89 billion (kp), Govt eliminates cartelsTransport minister announces decision of dialogue with bus operators (kp), Seeds of development: After focusing on breaking transport cartels, govt’s focus on agriculture sector is welcome (kp), ‘Shree Niwas staged attack on himself to stoke violence’: Police arrest Delhi-bound Hindu godman at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu; Police say the elaborate scheme was aimed at  rallying Hindus to launch a ‘decisive movement’ to reinstate Hindu nation, by Deo, Narayan Sah (kp) [Be aware of militant Hindu fundamentalists! They constitute the greatest danger to peace and social harmony in the multiethnic, multireligious and multicultural state of Nepal!!], Nepal’s fault lines: What is the guarantee that the communist front can pull on till the end of their term, united or disunited?, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep)

07/05/2018: Govt working to break syndicates in education, health sector: PM; PM Oli reiterates the  government’s commitment to transforming the society and leading the country towards prosperity (kp), Breaking the cartels: Govt action against transport cartels welcome but it shouldn’t exceed its bounds in all areas (kp), Over 3,800 Maoist CC members face expulsion (rep), On churning water: Censorship is harmful to society in all its forms, but self-censorship is perhaps more injurious as it spreads into the body politic in subtle and insidious ways without anyone taking notice, by CK Lal (rep)

06/05/2018: MPs in judicial custody spared suspension (kp), Turning tears into happiness: Local govts need to implement plans that satisfy victims’ rights to justice, acknowledgment and reparations, by Elena Naughton (kp)

05/05/2018: Conflict victims submit advocacy paper to minister (kp), Paper on reparative needs of victims unveiled (ht)

04/05/2018: CIEDP halts work due to ‘scarcity of funds': Truth and Reconciliation Commission too facing crisis of human and financial resources, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht) [There is no political will to provide justice to the victims of conflict!], Bibeksheel urges larger alliance (kp), Full speed ahead: Political intelligence and economic patriotism are needed to drive the nation forward, by GP Acharya (kp), Down with the death penalty: Reintroduction of the death penalty would be a regressive  step for the criminal justice system of Nepal, by Deepika Thapa Magar (kp), FinMin not banking on NRB guv! Excludes him from budget formulation team (ht)

03/05/2018: ‘Violation of press freedom continues’ (ht), Back to basics: Oli govt should talk about developing health and education, not just ambitious infrastructures (kp), Constituency Development Funds, by Mukti Rijal (rn), The Dilatory Unification Process, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Trimming the budget deficit: Reducing government spending and raising taxes may not be the right way to do it, by Jagadish Prasad Bist and Aadersh Raj Joshi (kp), Unspent grant to local levels added to show high GDP growth (ht), Dahal hints at roping in NSP-N, FSF-N, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Resolve transitional justice issues politically, say stakeholders (ht) [Justice to victims is not possible as long as offenders are protected and promoted time and again!], Govt renews controversial Indian embassy Small Grants Projects, by Surendra Paudel (rep) [??]

02/05/2018: Easier said than done: The question on everyone’s mind is how systematised corruption will be rooted out, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), Lack of laws, staff and physical infrastructure impacting local levels (ht), Ambiguous directive: Government directive on Internal Security Management lacks clarity about the role of provincial internal affairs ministry in maintaining peace and security (ht), Delay in naming new CJ undermines morale at judiciary, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep)

01/05/2018: Fostering Civic Nationalism, by Dev Raj Dahal (rep), Lawmakers ‘misuse special project funds’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Dissecting Nepali economy: The current debate on state of economy presented by white paper is largely suggestive of whether to see the glass half full or half empty, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep)

30/04/2018: Govt bans officials from taking up sponsored trips (kp), Don’t pass us by: It is important for the government to hold political consultations with the opposition, by Ram Chandra Pokhrel (kp), Left alliance main reason for defeat: NC (ht), Delay in drafting bills hampers works of provincial governments (rep), Can Oli become Mahendra? Prime Minister Oli has the opportunities to do what Mahendra did in the 60s but he needs to be able to derive strategic benefits out of India-China rivalry, by Rohit Karki (rep)

29/04/2018: UML-MC Unity: A Sisyphean Task?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), UML, CPN-MC stick to their stances (ht), MPs call for renewing constituency budget, by Binod Ghimire and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [The running of development projects should not be the task an parliamentarians! It only opens the door to favouritism and corruption!], Lawmakers' lobby for continuity of controversial fund sparks concerns, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), At fiscal end, govt bids for pet projects (kp), Govt to amend statute in three months: Yadav (ht), Row over lottery method to fix NA members' tenures stalls regulation, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

28/04/2018: Parties resisted amending TJ laws, says AI (ht), Conflict victims prepare paper on reparation (kp), Nepal’s Multilingual Heritage, by Prem Prasad Paudel (rn), Ending the Transport Syndicate, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), ‘Make disaster recovery policies gender-responsive’ (ht), Dahal-Oli unification talks fail to progress (ht)

27/04/2018: Gigantic enclaves are not a solution: Resource-rich lands are being fenced off from those who need them most, by Shradha Ghale (kp), 30 per cent rape victims below 10 years of age (ht), Don't appoint retired officials in key positions: Panel (rep)

26/04/2018: Republic of Nepal: Contents and Discontents, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Change of course: Unchallenged notions, attitudes, and ideologies of caste, clan, family and status have to re-examined, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Victims suffer as rebuilding work drags: Two former NRA chiefs slam slow progress; Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli urges international donors to fulfill their pledges, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), PM raps officials, lauds private reconstruction efforts (rep), ‘Over 5 million people without citizenship’: Laws governing citizenship discriminated by gender among factors contributing to statelessness (kp), ‘War, disaster worsen women’s condition’ (kp), Displaced families still live in temporary huts, by Madhav Aryal (kp), Rape cases continue unabated, says report (ht), 131 cases of VAW including 36 rapes in a month (rep)

25/04/2018: Govt bans essential service disruption: Plan to thwart bus operators’ strike call (kp), Cabinet ratifies foreign visit rule for officials (kp), NRA: Private houses to be built within next fiscal: Poor track record makes claim hard to believe; According to the NRA, reconstruction of 100  heritage sites has been over while work is yet to begin at 324 sites (kp), Three years on, quake-displaced living on horns of dilemma, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Quake survivors still in unsafe homes, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp), Three years on, post-quake recovery limping, by Sujan Dhungana (ht), Quake epicenter Barpak on slow road to recovery, by Narhari Sapkota (rep), Plight of many quake victims still unchanged (rep), Costs of reconstruction: Resources must be expeditiously mobilised to carry reconstruction work to completion (kp), 85pc heritage monuments yet to be rebuilt (ht), Usefulness outlived? Three years after the devastating quake, questions are now being asked whether the NRA has become a white elephant and outlived its utility (ht), Rebuilding right way: Involving women in a meaningful way is the need of the time to complete the reconstruction process, by Prerana Marasini (rep), Unstirred but vulnerable: Focus on seismic safety, by Dipendra Gautam (ht), PM Oli: Nepal at ‘game-changing stage’ (rep) [??? Inclusion is even worse than under the interim constitution; elections have taken place but the implementation of the constituton is still far away; discrimination of women and VAW are even increasing; reconstruction is extremely sluggish even three years after the earthquake; the peace process is still unfinished and victims are waiting for justice while criminals are promoted...! So, what is the reason for your optimism?]

24/04/2018: Unhealed wounds: The Transitional Justice Act must be amended to make fair investigation possible, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Repair or despair:The next great need is strong reform of the public sector, if the country is to move forward on the road to prosperity, by Anurag Devkota (kp), Whose integrity is it anyway? The government must lay to rest speculations that surround the introduction of the National Integrity Policy to limit INGOs, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Billions to rebuild Nepal being misdirected (ht), Integrity check: Prime Minister Oli is famous for cracking jokes. Hopefully, a proposed draft of national integrity won’t remain just a joke, by Narayan Manandhar (rep)

23/04/2018: Algebra of authoritarianism: It’s too early to pass a definitive judgment, but Premier Oli has a lot going for him, by CK Lal (rep), Sluggish rebuilding hits thousands of students: Govt yet to raise half the funds necessary to rebuild over 5,500 schools, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Quake-hit schools still await reconstruction (ht), Quake victims complain reconstruction too slow, by Narhari Sapkota (rep), State of flux: The RJPN, which brought together eight Madhesi  parties before polls, needs to reinvent for survival (kp)

22/04/2018: Casteised economy: State failed to support traditional leather makers even as leather industry booned, by Subhash Nepali (kp), ‘5.4 million people stateless in Nepal’ (ht), Rights abuses continue unabated: NHRC (ht), Complications of having key entities under PMO being studied: The increase in the number of cabinet ministers to accomodate dissident groups has put Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in a fix (rep), Quest for identity: Nepal has only one decade of reservation policy but voices of resistance has started to be heard, mainly from dominant community, by Nishnu Think (rep)

21/04/2018: 33 RJP-N rebels form new party (kp), Dissident RJPN leaders form new party (rep), Govt looks to FDI to cover budget deficit: The govt does not have  the funds necessary to implement the federal system and achieve development goals (kp), The Unification Deadlock, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), New govt needs to prioritise rights: HRW (ht) [see HRW statement and open letter to PM KP Oli], Construction of quake victims' houses limited to foundations (rep)

20/04/2018: Justice expert tells Nepal to make Act changes public, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp), Police arrest Deepak Manange (kp), No charade, please: Our leaders rather than taking guardianship of a few children should focus on implementing effective measures to improve school enrolment (ht), KP and PK, by Om Astha Rai (nt)

19/04/2018: Exclusion story: In Nepal, nobody wants to take responsibility for the injustice perpetrated in the name of caste and gender in the past, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep) Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalis, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), To be or not to be: MC Chairman Dahal faces a moment of hard truth: does he want to go with UML or not? (kp), Dahal predicts UML-Maoist Centre merger by mid-May (kp), Unified party’s general convention to choose chair through consensus: Left unification announcement possible on May 5’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), WB warns of alarming rise in debt to GDP ratio (kp), Transition to federalism may cost 3-4% of GDP: WB (rep)

18/04/2018: House panel agrees to suspend lawmakers put in judicial custody (kp), Citizens and the state: Our endeavor today should be to become ‘citizens’ of this country irrespective of our caste and ethnic orientation, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (rep)

17/04/2018: Act on transitional justice: CIEDP calls for early amendment; TJ body officials also urge Minister Tamang to resolve other administrative and procedural complexities (kp) Proposed integrity policy to bar MPs, local reps from businesses: Policy says lawmakers and local officials should not engage in businesses, receive benefits from commercial entities and work for organisations for regular pay, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Residents criticise decision to ban rallies at Maitighar, by Anup Ojha (kp), Blending hopes: Nepal must take up the instrument of blended finance to tap into productive economic potential, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Politics of Compromise, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

16/04/2018: Is something brewing? Oli government should state clearly its position on the proposed policy to control I/NGOs (kp), Yesterday’s impunity is today’s impunity: The recently held conference on impunity has shown that South Asia stands together against human rights abuses, by Mohna Ansari (kp), Lack of a cost conscious culture has allowed those in govt to believe they can spend the state’s money as they like, interview with Auditor General Tankamani Sharma (kp), Chances of FSF-N joining govt slim, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), YCL presses Dahal for 'dignified' merger with UML (rep) [Dignified equality is relative: CPN-MC only got about one third of the PR votes in recent elections compared to CPN-UML!], 39.05% more housing grant beneficiaries than 2011 census data, by Bishnu Tamang (rep)

15/04/2018 That is so unfair: Women fought shoulder to shoulder with men for freedom, and then they got left behind, by Asmita Verma (kp), PM lays out plan for prosperity: Says the country has all necessary resources, by Kajendra Sejuwal and Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp), Positive transformation in five years: PM (ht), No alternative to development, says Prime Minister Oli (ht), Stormy last year: Despite the historical elections and the new constitution beginning to function, the transition into the new year has not been encouraging, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Integrity policy draft draws NGOs’ flak, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Bill to bar judiciary, security agencies from taking foreign aid (rep), Lawmakers took Rs 50m in perks, says top auditor: Lawmakers made allowances effective retrospectively by endorsing the law before its promulgation (kp), ‘Promotion should be blocked to make government employees accountable’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), OAG report shows rampant financial irregularities in EC (ht), Rs 155b allocated out of budget for road projects: Ambition of finance ministers behind financial indiscipline: Experts (rep), NAC breached law in procurement of wide-body jets: OAG (rep), Govt utilises 35 percent of capital budget in 9 months: Some reasons for low capital spending are delays in appointment of contractors, land acquisition, settlement of disputes related to cost variation and permit issuance (kp), NCP cadres vandalise crusher plant, torch vehicles (ht), Politics of narcissism: Narcissistic leaders focus on themselves and their self-interests, even at the expense of the citizens. They are arrogant, authoritarian, and hostile to anyone they view as a threat, by Pratap Sharma (rep)

14/04/2018: Survey paints country in good light (kp), Bandarmudhe victims tired of false promises. by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp)

13/04/2018: PUCC delay casts doubt over partyunification date: With the scheduled merger date only ten days away, chairmen of both the parties are currently away from the Capital (kp), New political nexus: The old Nepali focal point was Varanasi, the new one is spread across Washington, Brussels and London, by Saurav Raj Pant (kp), Province govts divided over insurgency-era land deals, by Devendra Basnet and Ganesh BK (rep), AG exposes dubious accounting practices (kp), Reckless expenses up: OAG report, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Rs 120 billion govt expenditure unaccounted for: OAG (rep), EC spent millions in donor funds with no audit: OAG report (rep)

12/04/2018: Government bodies splurge Rs 500b, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Govt to amend transitional justice act: AG; Kharel said the government was coming up with provisions on reparations, relief, public apology and memorialisation of victims (ht), UN, global groups urged to fund TJs (kp), Call to accelerate drafting of all Acts: Federal parliament must endorse all Acts by March 4, 2019 (kp), Federalism in Action, by Mukti Rijal (rn), The country needs experts: A coherent foreign policy is unimaginable without robust foreign policy institutions, by Suman Mandal (kp), Bill proposes Grade VIII education threshold: Adds that anyone less educated than that will not be eligible to seek govt jobs or contest elections after 2027, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht)

11/04/2018: Revamp justice bodies rights groups suggest: The AWC has also urged the UN and other international agencies to take measures not to support and condone the process that would promote de-facto impunity in  relation to gross violations of human rights in Nepal (kp), Do it right and just, by Barun Ghimire (rep), Protecting the vulnerable: Heinous crimes against women are continually committed despite the existence of legal provisions, by Sajin Bikram Kunwar (kp), No meeting with left alliance since one month: Yadav (rep)

10/04/2018: Note on Constitutionalism, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Left unification could see more delay over power-sharing, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Oli’s ‘unilateral decisions’ irk ministers (kp), Oli’s ‘unilateral style’ irks CPN-MC (ht), Maoist ministers accuse PM of taking decisions unilaterally (rep), Farmers deprived of using their own land captured by APF during conflict era, by Khamma Khatri (rep), Local units, provinces may miss matching and special grants again (rep)

09/04/2018: Overcoming the obstacles: Stable domestic political climate and guarantee of security is bound to create a conducive environment for foreign investment, by Bhubanesh Pant (kp), CPN-MC ministers feel snubbed by PM: Say govt secretaries were transferred without any consultation with them (ht), Disability inclusion: Political participation, by Dev Datta Joshi (ht)

08/04/2018: Dahal and ministers slam ‘unilateral’ Oli, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML-Maoist Centre Merger: Prachanda Floats Trial Balloons, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Chand party’s activities getting non-political: Minister Thapa (kp) [This grouping has been a criminal terror organisation for long!], Victims of Tikapur incident press govt to release report (kp), Catch the corrupt: Nepal’s new leaders have a duty and opportunity to redefine and wipe out corruption, by Shubhash Wostey (kp)

07/04/2018: Girls miss schools during menstruation (kp), Government’s White Paper, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Bring laws if you want property details of judges: Acting CJ to govt (rep), Relatives, neighbors and dusk most dangerous!, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), Manpower crunch a major problem even after nine months of local govts, by Bhim Chapagain (rep), Menace of rape: We have no moral ground to talk about prosperity when safety and wellbeing of women and children remains a far cry, by Mira Dhakal and Luna Bhattarai (rep)

06/04/2018: Rape culture: Our society and our law enforcement must accomodate victims, not shield perpetrators (kp), Judicial independence: Upholding the judiciary’s image and independence is in the best interest of the nation (ht), The struggle for Transitional Justice, by Hari Phuyal (nt), Forgotten people of the People’s War, by Bhim Kumar Banskota (nt)

05/04/2018: Activists, academia probe spate of rapes (kp), Iron will: Ruling parties have the power to send out a message of zero tolerance against gender- and caste-based discrimination, by Deepak Thapa (kp), National Economy in Doldrums, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), ‘Govt cannot scrutinise court orders’ (ht), Government cancels judges’ foreign trip, raising fears for judiciary independence (rep), Big picture: Case of Radha Chaudhary should not be treated as a stale incident. We cannot rule out possibility of such incidents occurring in the future, by Rupashree Niraula (rep)

04/04/2018: Goodwill hunting: Govt lost trust of victims due to rampant politicisation of TJ process; it must make amends via reparation (kp), “Paint-on-the road” nationalism: Nationalistic paranoia about the intent and behaviour of internationals and nationals will not help Nepal move forward, by Seira Tamang (kp), Running on empty pockets: Provincial governments are raring to go, but Singha Durbar holds the purse strings, by Binay Kr. Mishra (kp), Government ready to revise policies to ensure grant for earthquake survivors (ht), 300 VAW cases registered with NWC in three months (ht), Cart before horse: There seems to be an unhealthy competition among ministers to unveil their plans without homework and adequate consultation (ht), Divide and defame: The EU report treats Khas Arya as the source of all problems. It has tried to create rift and division in closely integrated Nepali society, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (rep) [An extremely facts distorting and misleading article in strong defence of continued dominance of male Tagadharis!], Pride and prejudice: Need of the hour is to make our nationalism people-centric and broad-based so that all of us can take its ownership, by Manjeet Mishra (rep) [!!]

03/04/2018: TRC: Consultations on for reparation: Though the families of victims killed and disappeared  during the decade-long insurgency have received cash support of Rs1 million, no other measure has been offered (kp), Multiple agencies under PMO: Law amendment on anvil, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), White lies on white paper: Khatiwada’s failure to propose a rightful role and space for the private sector will further erode investors’ confidence, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Unfinished business: Prime Minister Oli should take up bilateral issues during his visits to India and China, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp), Govt to get tough with secessionists, those into conversions (rep) [Hindu fundamentalists still fight the multiethnic and multicultural secular state! No to separatism but yes to secularism!]

02/04/2018: SSF-N to join govt after premier returns: Party awaits prime minister’s call, says Yadav (kp), Nothing wrong with EU report: Yadav (kp), More than 3,000 still living in vulnerable zone (kp), Quake-ravaged school buildings yet to be reconstructed (kp), Maoist Center's 50/50 demand throw left merger in disarray, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Elected reps, civil servants refuse to go to local units, by Pabitra Kumar Shahi (rep), Oli in balancing avatar: Prime Minister Oli has a lot on his plate, but he has also been endowed with the unique opportunity to be his own man. He needs to put his foot down and come out with flying colors, by Basant Kumar Chaudhary (rep), Paradox of nationalism: Those who advocate populist nationalism in every opportunity may be a more severe threat to our nation, by Barun Ghimire (kp)

01/04/2018: Three years on, cash crunch hinders post-quake reconstruction, by Sanjeev Giri and Chandan K. Mandal (kp), 3 years on, home rebuilding by quake victims still uncertain, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Local units need 16,080 more staff: Civil servants expected to be deployed on the seats  determined by Cabinet by the end of current fiscal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), NVC survey in gulmi and salyan: Service seekers in dark about time, service charges at govt offices: Although the information is mentioned in the Citizen Charter placed on the notice board in the government offices, many are unaware of that (kp), Pact between govt, FSFN unlikely before PM Oli's India visit (rep)

31/03/2018: Think Tanks: Challenges to Tackle; Are Nepal’s political leaders open to the idea of abandoning their fascination with state-supported think tanks? Could they, instead, challenge existing Nepali knowledge producing institutions to generate needed efficient policy research?, by Pratyoush Onta (kp), Comrades no more: Are our comrades really communists? Well, they certainly were when they were starting out, fighting against the Pancheys. But things have changed now, by Guffadi (kp), White paper paints bleak economic scenario: Finance Minister  Yubaraj Khatiwada says fiscal discipline violation emptying state coffers, by Sujan Dhungana (ht), FM says post-quake reconstruction sluggish (rep), Finance minister makes a diagnosis of economy: Slams privatization of public enterprises, by Rudra Pangeni (rep)

30/03/2018: Fed units to get law blueprints in 15 days, says AG (kp), MoFA nod must to host diplomats (kp), Review decision on public holidays: NEFIN (kp), FSF-N adds policy framing rider to join Oli-led government: The government has not sent employees to Province 2. This points to a conspiracy to foil federalism (ht), President's motorcade wreaks havoc (rep) [Just like royal behaviour on the shoulders of the citizens!!]

29/03/2018: TRC welcomes PM’s stand on TJ: Urges the govt to make necessary amendments to Act (kp), The moment of truth: PM Oli has to ensure commitment to  transitional justice in legislation (kp), Walk the talk: PM’s pledge against impunity (rep) , Touching a raw nerve: If we want to brag about being a democracy, we should have the courage to go through this process of review by the EU EOM, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Government trims public holidays by 22 days (kp) [down from 104?!!], Oli’s priorities: The Oli government wants international cooperation in productive sectors – energy, agriculture, IT, tourism, infrastructure (ht)

28/03/2018: Kin of disappeared demand swift probe, by Shankar Acharya (kp), PM rules out blanket amnesty for serious rights violations (rep), PM briefs international community (kp), More than anything else, we hold principles of sovereignty, independence and non-interference close to our hearts: Remarks by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the luncheon hosted for the diplomatic community at Baluwatar on Tuesday, March 27 (kp), PM urges donors to align aid with Nepal’s priorities: Govt activities to be founded on six fundamentals to achieve "Prosperous Nepal, happy Nepali";Oli urges development partners to align aid with Nepal's priorities  (rep), Upper house lawmakers demand action against EU EOM (rep), Man and woman tortured at ward office for ‘illicit relationship’, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep), Be bold, Nepal: Nepal has a clear and straightforward path to greater prosperity but achieving its full potential requires deeper connectivity with the dynamic South Asian economy, by Alaina B. Teplitz (rep), What EU wants: Nepal is a home to more than 100 ethnic communities, multiple castes and languages. Why should EU always target Khas Arya?, by Prem Singh Basnyat (rep) [The basic misunderstanding is that the EU did not "direct" Nepal, as the author claims, to exclude Tagadhari castes from the PR system but simply "advised" the state to think about better inclusion of still disadvantaged sections of society in the election system! This has been part of the EU's election observation task because it has to do with the fairness of recent elections. An intervention into the internal affairs of Nepal would have been if the EU had "directed" the parties to stop their outstanding preference of male Tagadharis when nominating FPTP candidates! If the FPTP system becomes inclusive for all sections of society, there would be no reason to exclude any social group from the PR system!]

27/03/2018: UML, Maoists, NC slam EU mission’s poll report: Congress MPs avoid issue in House n RJP-N members say report rightly seeks changes (kp), Interference in internal affairs not acceptable, say lawmakers (ht), The right to know: The probe panel’s report on the Madhes violence in 2015 and 2016 must be released, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Politics of Social Movements, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

26/03/2018: PM criticises EU poll mission for its report (kp), EU report smacks of rancour, says Prime Minister Oli (ht), EUEOM report is an insult to Nepal's sovereignty: PM (rep), Long-term returns: Govt is rightly keen to maintain state’s autonomy but must guard against majoritarian overreach (kp) [Hopefully, the PM and others of the over-represented male Tagadhari leaders have time and are able to read this excellent editorial!], Lest we ignore: Provisions of positive discrimination are meant to benefit under-represented groups and its very purpose is defeated if an already dominant ethnicity is brought under its ambit, by CK Lal (rep), Don’t let bygones be bygones: Role of the Courts in bringing conflict crimes to a logical end could restore public faith in the judiciary, by Anurag Devkota (kp), Federal finance: Provincial governments since have to start from scratch, they need to be equipped with laws, resources,expertise and staff (ht)

25/03/2018: We shall overcome: Dalits still face discrimination due to state-protected ideology and undeclared exclusion in politics and profession, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (kp), European Union’s Divisive Mission, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [Criticising the EU and favouring the non-inclusive politics of Nepal's male Tagadhari politicians! The EU critics is necessary and justified as long as these politicians continue their non-inclusive practice of selecting candidates for the FPTP system!], PM Oli urges EU to correct its report on election observation (ht) [What kind of election observation shall this be? The EU shall claim that the election has been inclusive and that there have to be additional Tagadhari representatives elected though the PR system even though you and the other parties have predominantly nominated male Tagadhari candidates for the FPTP system? Why are the rules of the PR system not applied for the nomination of FPTP candidates as it had been prescribed by article 63 of the Interim Constitution though it had always been disregarded by the parties?], Maoists hasten merger with UML: Left allies speed up preparations for unification before PM’s India visit, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Security concern: PM should appoint an independent National Security Advisor capable of supporting security elements, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (rep)

24/03/2018: Meeting with provincial, local governments: Govt asks diplomats to get prior approval (kp) [Provinces of a federal state should have the right to discuss development issues with anybody! This has nothing to do with corresponding treaties and agreements!], EU mission sticks to advice for EC (kp), EUEOM claims it fully abided by ToR, MoU (ht), The Chief Ministers: Prachanda and Deuba acted like they deserved a Nobel Prize for conducting our elections. Will they also take responsibility for the failure of the government to provide adequate resources, staff, infrastructure and legal authority at the local, provincial and federal levels?, by Guffadi (kp)

23/03/2018: Times change, mindsets don’t: For how many more years will the people need to wait to see an inclusive Nepal?, by Raj Pariyar (kp), Hail to the chiefs, by Om Astha Rai (nt), TRC to set up district offices: Move aimed at completing probe into more than 60,000 complaints within the remaining 11-month tenure of the commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp), SC orders govt to ensure migrants’ right to vote, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), SC issues directive order to ensure voting rights of Nepali migrant workers (ht), ‘Centralised mindset of leadership, bureaucracy pegging provinces’ (kp), English as Official Language, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Minting money by minting money at home: Why are all our passports, currency notes, licenses and car plates printed abroad?, by Anil Chitrakar (nt)

22/03/2018: Politics in a man’s world: Given the requirement to follow the principle of inclusion in the PR part of the election, who you are becomes crucial, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Pitfalls of power: No matter how strong, Oli government must follow constitution, rule of law and democratic processes, which together shape a just and stable society, by Meena Bhatta (rep), PM assures full support to provinces: Oli urges CMs to compete for development; Finance Ministry pledges resources to the lower level govts (kp), Citizen-responsive Bureaucracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Three cheers to Oli: PM Oli’s biggest challenge is not management of external ties but the three tiers of govt (kp), Govt rejects EU report on elections: Foreign Ministry says the report not only undermines the recent polls, but also goes against the scope and norms of international election observation (kp), Stop comments challenging constitution: Govt tells EU (rep), Party unification by April 23: Dahal (ht), 14 years on, wounds from Beni attack still raw, by Hari Krishna Gautam (rep)

21/03/2018: Regal broach: With alternate forces lurking, the only way to assure political stability is to turn federalism into a success story, by Achyut Wagle (kp), RJP-N presses for Chaudhary’s swearing-in (kp) [Impunity and reward for crime accused persons?], Ministers, officials busy in inaugurations, formalities (rep) [The same as before!], Rot runs deep: Good thing is that Parajuli is gone. Bad thing is that actors who elevated Parajuli to that most important post are active and unapologetic, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [!!!], SC tells govt to use then royals' assets for public good (rep), EU mission urges EC to maintain transparency (kp), Mission against Khas-Aryas’ proportional representation (kp), EU-EOM report undermines successful holding of election: Government (rep) [see official eu report]

20/03/2018: Process begins to amend transitional justice Act: Attorney General Kharel is taking a lead in preparing the draft amendments  in consultation with the Law Ministry (kp), Track 2 diplomacy: Nepal should not let its international relations be handled by incompetent diplomats, by Saurav Raj Pant (kp), An unresolved agenda: Current lawmakers have the opportunity to end the discrimination faced by women on citizenship rights, by Anjita Parajuli (kp), Another man at the helm: Can the Oli administration deliver good  governance with kleptocracy at its worst?, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), Constructing National Identity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), FSFN participation in govt uncertain (rep)

19/03/2018: SSF-N to join govt only after charter amendment deal (kp), FSF-N: Pact on amendment must before joining govt (ht), Erring ministers won’t be spared, PM warns, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), TRC starts talks with victims (kp), Interpol hunts for fugitive Manange (kp) [CPN-UML and Election Commission will have to explain how this criminal could be made a candidate for the provincial elections!]

18/03/2018: SSF-N decision on joining govt today, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Madhesi Parties in Oli Govt!, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

17/03/2018: PM Oli appoints 15 ministers: 11 Cabinet and 4 state ministers; Council of Ministers 22-member, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM inducts 15 members to cabinet, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Ministries split to create posts (kp) [???], FSF-N undecided on joining government (ht), Oli's first month! It’s about time our Emperor sent new faces to the cabinet instead of the same old comrades who have already  made lots of money for themselves and the party, by Guffadi (kp), Integrity of the Judiciary, by Kushal Pokharel (rn)

16/03/2018: Oli may appoint ministers today (kp), PM inducts 15 new ministers in his Cabinet: Cabinet size reaches 22 (kp), PM Oli expands cabinet (ht), 15 new ministers take oath from President today (rep), Get started: It is imperative that PM Oli sets the ball rolling at the earliest, first by giving full shape to his Cabinet (ht), Parajuli steps down, Joshee is acting CJ, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep), Eternal vigilance: Dirty defiance of CJ Parajuli finally brought to an end; now he must be held to account (kp), Promising the moon: The election pledge to raise the per capita income to $5,000 in 10 years is fanciful, by Tula Raj Basyal (kp), The bumpy road to federalism: Democracy will not deliver unless political power is devolved and people are put at the centre, by Dinkar Nepal (nt)

15/03/2018: Judicial Council relieves CJ Parajuli of his duties: Apex court’s senior-most Justice Deepak Raj Joshi set to take charge, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parajuli loses chief justice job: Judicial Council tells him he had reached retirement age on Aug 5, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Parajuli relieved as CJ , by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep), Controversy surrounding judiciary a sad affair: PM (kp), Bickering over portfolios continues (rep), Cabinet expansion likely today: Dahal (ht), ‘Constitution to be amended as per necessity, rationale’ (ht), Apathy and anger: Shockingly, Chand Maoists are resorting to violence to settle disputes at the local level (kp), Leadership in Federal Polity, by Mukti Rijal (rn), VAW and Women’s Empowerment, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

14/03/2018: President Bhandari is re-elected, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Nine SC justices boycott bench over CJ controversy (kp), Controversy surrounding judiciary a sad affair: PM Oli (kp), CJ Parajuli prepares cause list for Wednesday's court proceedings (kp), CJ Parajuli should not be impeached: NC leader Poudel (kp), Judicial Council relieves Chief Justice Parajuli (kp), Making federalism work: Personnel and infrastructure should be provided to make local governments effective, by Suresh Adhikari (kp), PM Oli Wields Immense Power, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Cabinet expansion likely in a week (ht), Enough is enough: Many people were killed in charge of practicing witchcraft. Those cases were resolved most probably with milapatra, by Shiksha Risal (rep)

13/03/2018: Justice Rana boycotts SC full bench: Says CJ Parajuli has crossed retirement age; Hearing on Kantipur case deferred (kp), Justice Rana boycotts CJ-led bench: Claims Chief Justice Parajuli has multiple dates of birth and should have retired on August 5 last year (ht), Tragedy and farce: Nepal needs a new political force that will rise up and make the country more inclusive instead of selling itself short, by Kaushal Ghimire (kp) [see also History repeats, as a farce (rep)], Reshaping the landscape: A new bureaucratic order can help the new political order by internalising the nation’s transformation, by Asmita Verma (kp), Road ahead: No matter how strong a government is, it must follow the constitution, rule of law and democratic processes (ht), Gender equality: New Opportunities, by Pratik Chhetri and Neha Malla (ht), Bidya Devi Bhandari re-elected President of Nepal (rep)

12/03/2018: PM secures three-fourths vote: Nepali Congress only party to vote against motion, by Binod Ghimire (kp), PM passes floor test with thumping majority, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), UML-Maoist to unite on April 22, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), An authoritarian template: With a two-third majority, Chief Ministers on their knees in every state and constitutional protection, Singh Durbar is ready for Oli soliloquy. Go grab a garland, here cometh another strongman, by CK Lal (rep), Whose contempt? Initiation of the contempt proceeding seems to have further discredited the Chief Justice and tarnished his public image, by Sudeshna Thapa (rep)

11/03/2018: Parajuli misuses his office to fix rivals: Former Justice Balaram KC says CJ violates principles of natural justice (kp), Dr KC to file PIL and criminal complaint against Parajuli: Call to strip Chief Justice of all official positions and benefits, by Manish Gautam (kp), SC full bench to hear Kantipur case today (kp), CM Rai flays attempts to muzzle the media (kp), RJPN seeks political solution to Kailali 'incident': Alerts govt about possible consequences if Chaudhari dies in prison (rep) [This is not a political issue but a crime! It cannot be solved politically but only by a law court!], PM Oli to seek vote of confidence today: Set to become first executive head to secure a two-thirds majority post-1990 (kp), PM to seek trust vote today: FSF-N, RJP-N to vote for PM, left alliance presidential candidate Bhandari, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Statute implementation laws top priority: Speaker (ht) [These laws should alredy have been passed before 21 January 2018 as demanded by the constitution!!], Air pollution causes annual death toll of 35,000 (ht)

10/03/2018: Chief Justice Parajuli refuses to disclose academic certificates: Dr KC and his team are pur-suing original documents following questions over authenticity of CJ Parajuli’s school leaving certificate (kp), Parliament has to endorse over 40 new Acts, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Mahara elected speaker of Lower House unopposed (ht), Mahantha Thakur offered vice-president’s post: RJP-N to support Bhandari's candidacy for president (ht), RJPN calls for Chaudhary’s release (rep) [???], Left task forces fail to submit report; deadline extended (ht), Signs of Transformation, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Four years on, plights of Surkhet flood victims sees no end, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep)

09/03/2018: How long must they wait? Despite progress on political inclusion, women are still weighed down by a culture of silence (kp), ICJ concerned about continuing impunity in Nepal (ht), Contempt case against chief justice: Petitioner argues CJ Parajuli committed contempt of court by issuing death threats (kp), SSF-N awaits left alliance’s decision on sharing power: Sanghiya Samajbadi Froum-Nepal demands 3 ministerial berths and a constitutional position (kp), Three weeks on, Oli yet to name 11 ministers (rep), Mahara ahead in Speaker race (kp), Four CPN cadres held for attacking elected official (kp), Women’s Day: As much a fight as celebration: #RageAgainstRape activists march as part of a larger event organised to mark International Women’s Day, by Sandesh Ghimire (kp), Loktantrik leadership: Leaders must learn to engage in self-criticism instead of blaming their counterparts, by Chandra Upadhyay (kp), Govt officials make a mockery of federalism: What is even more surprising is that they  have sought permission to open “branch offices”  in provinces “to oversee different works", by Rupak D. Sharma (kp)

08/03/2018: SC justices split over CJ Parajuli’s judicial conduct (kp), Writing news does not amount to contempt of court: FNJ; Says all state bodies should respect freedom of press (kp), Attorney General starts talks to expedite justice process (kp), Apex Court vacates stay against swearing-in of 3 NA members (ht), Tailoring a compromise: Upendra Yadav and Oli govt need to reach out to Madhes and explain why alliance is beneficia (kp), Prez Bhandari likely to continue (kp), Oli’s carrot-and-stick prevails as UML picks Bhandari again, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Constitutional Bodies in Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Good Governance and Development, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Time is now #PressforProgress, by Elisabeth von Capeller, Veronica Cody, Vallerie Julliand, Mashfee Shams and Alaina B. Teplitz (ht), Gender equality still a distant dream, by Bhim Chapagain (rep), Need for paradigm shift: Nepal constitutionally guarantees 33 percent seats in parliament for women. If we truly want equality, why can’t we aim for 50 percent representation?, by Sakun Gajurel (rep)

07/03/2018: SSF-N decides to join government: If the Madhes-based party joins in, the government  will have a two-thirds majority in Parliament (kp), FSFN to join govt (rep), Cultural laws, policies to be amended in spirit of federalism (rep)

06/03/2018: The Spirit Of Political Inquiry, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Yadav calls party meeting as FSFN weighs proposal to join govt (rep), RJP-N: PM Oli’s proposal to join govt positive (kp), Oli’s overtures: Oli has shown prudence in ministerial selections; but the infeasibility of his electoral promises is worrying, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Step on it: Political meddling, the cumbersome bureaucratic hierarchy and processes within the NRA have delayed reconstruction, by Manavi Paudel (kp), Citizenship a far cry for most Madhesi daughters-in-law (rep), 19 years after the killing of Yadu Gautam, a Maoist leader calls it a mistake (rep) [A btutal murder is not a mistake but a fundamental crime!]

05/03/2018: Federal parliament convenes: Oldest members Mahantha Thakur and Tara Devi Bhatta administer oath to members of both the Houses, by Binod Ghimire (kp), SSF-N negotiates hard as PM Oli tries to build ties with Province 2: PM ready to allocate two ministries to SSF-N but the latter wants three (kp), Left-FSFN coalition talks still inconclusive (rep), Balance of power: Judiciary, instead of fighting against media, is advised to focus on checks and balances (kp), If govt institutions are broken and press silenced, we are going down a dark path, interview with Krishna Pahadi (kp), ANNFSU-R bandh shuts educational institutions, by Ruby Rauniyar (rep), SZOP And School Shutdown, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn) [It's high time that the state initiates severe steps against this small terrorist group led by Netra Bikram Chand!], Culture of inconsistency: A friend to whom KP Oli represented everything that was wrong with Nepali state has stopped writing after his relative joined coalition with UML, by Sushav Niraula (rep)

04/03/2018: No compromise: Attempt to ‘compromise’ on rape cases is an attack on dignity of women, by Pragya Lamsal (kp), PM slams court ‘meddling’ in NA (kp), PM dissatisfied with court order (ht) [??], Silwal spotted in parliament, by Manish Gautam (kp) [??], Wanted ex DIG Silwal attends public function (rep), FSF-N’s readiness to join govt worries RJP-N (ht), UML, Maoist lawmakers hold first joint meeting (rep)

03/03/2018: Centre deal threatens Madhesi pact: RJP-N leaders say they will act tough if the Upendra Yadav-led Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal joins the left alliance government in Kathmandu (kp), FSF-N seeks deal on statute amendment (ht), The all-mighty PM!, by Guffadi (kp)

02/03/2018: No country for women: Nepal’s political transition is over, but there is no closure for victims of wartime rape, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt), Contempt case has no merit: Experts (kp), Govt assigns PMO all-out authority: Experts cautiously welcome move, by Mukul Humagain and Anil Giri (kp), Left alliance, SSF-N eye package deal: UML ‘ready in principle’ to amend statute; SSF-N ‘wants 3 ministries’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), FSFN, left alliance inching closer to deal, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), FSFN, left-alliance meet inconclusive (ht), The Best Foot Forward, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), DAOs still report to federal government: Province 6 CM says none of old mechanisms handed over tp provincial govt or local levels (ht), OAG begins preparations for revising transitional justice act, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Triple burden of women: Conflicting gender norms, by Anusha Ban (ht), Backseat drivers: The Oli government might end up promoting crony capitalism, disappointing people once again, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Oli here for good, by Dinkar Nepal (nt), An Open Letter To Minister Pandit, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

01/03/2018: Journalist bodies condemn CJ order: Federation of Nepali Journalists says contempt of court case against Kantipur daily ‘unconstitutional’;Gag order clearly constitutes a misuse of the judicial apparatus for personal ends: Paris-based RSF (kp), Complicated courtship: Media and civil society will have to be vigilant to keep govt with two-thirds majority on its toes (kp), Issue of Constitution Amendment, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), ‘Govt expects a deal with SSF-N today (kp), Pact with FSF-Nepal may be inked today (ht), Parties agree on voting schedule: Prez poll after Speaker and Deputy Speaker election (kp), Merger of ministries may layoff 115 bureaucrats (kp), Paradoxical Madhes: Common Madhesis may demand political rights but fall short in providing social rights to their own, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Curious case of missing cabinet decision: Quake grant hike not in list of outgoing Deuba govt's cabinet decisions (rep)

28/02/2018: CJ Parajuli's order: Attempt to ‘muzzle media’ draws flak (kp), Concerns over censorship order: Chief Justice Parajuli’s attempt to muzzle press draws widespread criticism from different sides (kp), Quake victims get into debt constructing their homes, by Sarita Shrestha (rep), UML agrees to amend constitution (ht 28/02/2018), UML, SSF-N ‘close to deal’: Negotiators await UML, Maoist leaders’ nod; Nembang says agreement today (kp), Govt close to two-thirds majority: Deal with FSFN likely today (rep), Thapa task force forms two sub-committees: The task force will receive the sub-committees’ reports within one week (kp), UML, Maoists start work on new party statute, organization (rep), All eyes on left alliance: Development is difficult to imagine without separating politics, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (kp)

27/02/2018: Attempts to censor media draw flak (kp), NMS urges SC to rectify its decision (kp), NMS opposes SC order against Kantipur daily (ht), Apex court’s decision draws serious concern of FNJ (ht), US stresses unbiased judiciary (kp), Supreme offence: CJ Parajuli should stop hearing cases, as he is not cleared from a serious probe (kp), Oli expands cabinet to 7, inducts 2 Maoists, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Oli inducts four more ministers: Ex-governor Khatiwada appointed finance minister; Pokhrel, Thapa, Yadav take charge after swearing-in (kp), Dark-horse Khatiwada is new finance minister, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), SSF-N seeks amendment deal to join coalition govt (kp), FSFN sticks to its guns, demands amendment (rep), Bid to rope in FSF-N continues, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Hurdle for Khatiwada (kp), Tikapur carnage suspect surrenders: Kailali District Court remands MP-elect Chaudhary in judicial custody, by Arjun Shah (kp), Finally, We Have The National Assembly, by Prem Khatry (rn), Kicking away the ladder: The elite have forgotten the inclusion agenda now that the peace process is complete, by Subhash Nepali (kp) [Without justice for the victims of conflict, the peace process is still incomplete!]

26/02/2018: CJ Parajuli orders media probe: Legal experts ‘slam attack on free press’ n NHRC says it’s against right of fair trial ensured by global HR law (kp), Left alliance task forces start talks for merger (kp), A whole new level: Govts at three tiers should not be competitive but cooperative if federal project is to evolve (kp), If govt with strong mandate fails, dangerous alternative forces may arise, interview with Shyam Shrestha (kp), Govt to finally expand Cabinet today: FSF-Nepal assured two berths, post of deputy speaker, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Madhesi parties to join govt if redrawing of boundaries promised (rep), Karnali lessons: Naming of Province 6 (rep), Rusting of resistance: Madhesh has lost another round to the PEON, but struggle for dignity, equality, autonomy and identity is invariably a long one, by CK Lal (rep), Third wave in Nepal: UML today stands at a similar pedestal as NC after the historic political changes of 1990 or the Maoists after 2006, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (rep), KP Oli’s First Few Steps Toward Downhill Journey, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

25/02/2018: Discrimination rife in Nepali society: AI (ht), UML-Maoist Centre Merger: A Historic Experiment, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Cabinet expansion on Monday, says Dahal (kp), Power tussle deepens within ruling left parties (rep), CIEDP chooses 3 districts for probe: Teams will reach Kanchanpur, Makwanpur and Jhapa to get details from family and to collect ante-mortem data (kp), Govt white paper in a month, by Rewati Sapkota (ht)

24/02/2018: Bigger Cabinet likely tomorrow: UML Chairman and PM Oli, top Maoist leaders tasked with picking ministerial candidates (kp), Cabinet decides to have 17 ministries (ht), Fewer ministries welcomed (kp), Talks on to include FSF-N in Cabinet: Constitution amendment i the main sticking point, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Deuba govt’s NA nominees move SC (ht)

23/02/2018: Impunity remains entrenched in Nepal: Amnesty International (kp) [see AI Annual Report 2017/18 on Nepal], Chhaupadi is still a norm in Achham, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Oli and Dahal form a formidable team: Backed by party machine, Oli is a tough leader who sticks to his gameplan; Prachanda a flexible dealmaker with broad constituencies, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Oli’s return to power: Time to deliver on promises, by Atindra Dahal (ht), Nation building: Oli does not need to play the nationalism card anymore -– just work to leave a firm legacy of nation-building, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Cabinet to have 18 ministries, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML to have 11 ministers, CPN-MC seven, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), UML, Maoists close on key portfolios, intraparty feuding drags on, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), UML-Maoist Centre union: Formal announcement likely by March 21 (kp), Government to governance (nt)

22/02/2018: Oli’s Test With Bureaucracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), New Government And Expectations, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Berth row delays Cabinet expansion (kp), Wrangling over portfolios delays cabinet expansion: Maoist plans to send ministers in phases, Ram Bahadur Thapa to lead the party in the government with DPM portfolio (rep), A road not taken: PM Oli and Maoist Chairman Dahal must look at both symbolism and substance as they expand Cabinet (kp), UML urges FSF-N to join government: Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal seeks commitment to amend constitution, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [In a democratic environment, there should not be more parties than necessary in government!]

21/02/2018: Unification And Stability, by Bijay Aryal (rn), Much-awaited Deal Sealed, Finally !, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), ‘Comrade Oli is PM for five years’ (kp), Govt likely to have 18 ministries: PM may expand Cabinet today, roping in CPN-MC, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Fresh NA appointments ‘unconstitutional’: Congress (kp), Prez okays Khatiwada, Bidari, Poudel for NA (kp), Prez okays new government’s NA nominees (ht), PM Oli’s Cabinet may have 18 ministers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Dark new world of Madhes: Spineless regional rabble-rousers have been allowed to dictate the fate of the masses, by Atul K. Thakur (kp)

20/02/2018: Nation-building in Old State, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), UML, Maoist Centre agree to form CPN, by Tika R- Pradhan (kp), UML, Maoist Center are now one party: New party named Communist Party of Nepal, by Roshan Sedhai and  Ashok Dahal (rep), Turn-wise deal on premiership detrimental for country: Nepal (ht) [It would once again prevent the now possible political stability! The Left alliance has not been elected by a great majority to continue the endless power struggles!], Citizens have the power to fight: Nepali citizens can influence change by rejecting corruption at all levels and demanding transparency, by Alaina B. Teplitz (kp), Political evolution: Wind of change is blowing, by Anusa Thapa (ht)

19/02/2018: UML-Maoist merger talks back from brink: Maoist leader Khanal says his party will join government even if unification process is delayedn Deals between Oli and Dahal said to be endorsed by Unification Committee, most probably today (kp), Oli, Dahal find way to resolve ideological differences, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), NC keeps eye on new govt’s moves: Congress leaders, objecting to UML’s apparent move - to put on hold all decisions of the previous govt, has warned that such a move would set a bad precedent (kp), A job to do: As the new PM makes key appointments, expertise, and not loyalty alone, should be the key (kp), An unequal constitution: For all the years of debates and discussions on constitutional issues, we could not do justice to Nepali women, by Mohna Ansari (kp), Truth to populist power: A civil society shaped by Panchayat era ethos must develop clarity  and courage on the path to implementing the new Constitution, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp), Democratic struggles have just begun: Political parties constitute the central mechanism that drives Nepal’s democracy. We must spend all our energy in reforming them so that they are more democratic in representation and more effective in functioning, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Idea of inclusion: Although not perfectly executed, inclusion in the political sphere has been achieved to a large extent. The challenge for the country and the leaders is to ensure that the long-promised growth we hope to achieve as a country is shared as equitably, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Taking Nepal forward: A government that lasts for full five years could do a lot to take the country to the new direction. But how should it start and where from?, by Ajaya Kusum Adhikari (rep), Democracy Day in Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

18/02/2018: Oli’s Second Innings: Opportunity To Change Nepal’s Destiny, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), PM Oli orders review of Deuba govt’s decisions (kp), ‘Caretaker govt can take decisions’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), ‘Leaders being threatened, cajoled against merger’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Dahal cautions cadres against attempts to foil unification (rep), Left parties struggle to accommodate key leaders (rep), Oli-Dahal meeting fruitless (ht),  Leaders in fix over picking new prez, VP (rep) [This is also a question of absolute patriarchal thinking!], A bane in disguise: Foreign employment is the drug that our country has become addicted to. Only a revolutionary political, economic and social movement can rescue us, by Binisha Nepal (rep), Care, not allowance: Instead of addressing real problems, parties are competing to increase elderly allowance, by Purna B. Thapa (rep)

17/02/2018: New Government and Ray Of Hope, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Maoists to join govt after ‘package deal’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Prime Minister Oli and Maoist Centre Chair Dahal meet (ht), New govt to nix recommendation of 3 for upper house (rep), Child marriage still rampant although illegal, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep)

16/02/2018: Rational Multi-lingual Policy, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Voices from the plains: Response to lingual sentiments in Province 2 is becoming crucial, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Deuba finally passes the baton to Oli: The Maoist Centre, which  is having final negotiations on unification with the UML, supported Oli before he was sworn in on Thursday evening, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Change of guard: As the new Premier takes over, time to reflect both on Deuba’s legacy and Oli’s challenges (kp), Economic challenges facing new govt (kp), ‘New govt should emphasise effective public service delivery’ (ht), Oli must win confidence vote within a month (rep), KP Oli Prime Minister Again, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Deuba calls its quits,takes credit for polls (kp), Deuba puts in his papers as premier: Claims he fulfilled his commitments during his tenure (ht), Deuba’s departure leaves mixed legacy, by Anil Giri (kp), Rift in left alliance over unified party’s ideology: CPN-MC not to join govt for now (ht), Outgoing PM lists China, India ties and hydel works among successes (kp), Maoists stay out citing ‘ideological differences’; Maoist leaders: UML backtracked on deal to discuss Maoism under pressure from power centres, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Maoist leaders want that their crimes are treated as justified political acts!!], Waiting and waiting: Conflict victims have been demanding a fair investigation,  but it is nowhere in sight, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Conflict victims decry apathy (ht), Special Court acquits 33 people of sedition charges (ht), Parlour games (nt)

15/02/2018: EC submits poll results to Prez (kp), UML-Maoist Centre poised to close final merger deal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli, Dahal to head govt, party by turns (rep), Way cleared for forming new govt (rep), PM Deuba resigns, Oli to be sworn in as 38th PM of Nepal (rep), The left juggernaut: Future of left alliance depends heavily on Oli-Dahal chemistry; it should develop beyond that (kp), Working Style Under Federal System, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Borrowed words: Those in power and those who seek equality must borrow only good things that help expand their vocabulary - and their horizon, by Pramod Mishra (kp), There is no excuse: The government has been making a mockery of justice by disregarding court orders, by Balram Prasad Raut (kp), ‘CIEDP’s success dependent on govt’s willpower’ (ht), Grant citizenship through mother’s nationality: NHRC (ht)

14/02/2018: Transitional justice delay draws flak (kp) [see joint statement by ICJ, HRW and AI], ‘TRC, CIEDP short of international standards’ (ht), Mere extension of TRC, CIEDP terms inadequate: Rights groups (rep), Stability A Reality Now?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), EC to hand over election results to President today, by Prithvi Man Shestha (kp), NC repeats old faces under PR category (rep), Top leaders ask panel to finalise merger issues: Maoist Centre leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha says PUCC meeting will formal-ise the issues agreed by Oli and Dahal as well as dis-cuss other outstanding issues on Wednesday, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Unified party’s CC strength not to exceed 99: Ishwar Pokhrel to be the general secy of Nepal Communist Party, by Rewati Sapkota (kp), Federal finance: The financial cooperative movement, with regulatory oversight, can still be effective in boosting the economy, by Dandapani Paudel (kp), RJP-Nepal unlikely to be part of Province 2 Cabinet for time being (ht), Disputes make RJPN participation in Province 2 cabinet uncertain (rep), Way forward for Nepal: Why could not Nepal achieve any respectable economic development despite seating on a vast hydro-power energy store in the world starved by clean energy?, by Kedar Neupane (rep)

13/02/2018: UML and Maoist Centre set for final unity deal: Leaders say Oli and Dahal are ready for joint leadership; may share prime ministerial post, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [This may be good for their personal power ambitions but not for political stability and the interests of the people!!], Oli, Dahal to take turns to lead govt, unified party: Both leaders likely  to co-chair the Nepal Communist Party till its first general convention, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), UML, Maoists a step closer to merger deal, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Poll body instructs three parties to correct PR list (kp), Names of winner PR candidates recommended: Election Commission decides to scrutinise all the lists recommended by the parties (ht), Parliament set for session in a week after final election results ,by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Constituency programmes set to resume in a month: The Ministry of Federal Affairs has ordered all District Offices to stop pro-grammes until new law-makers are sworn in (kp) [Development programs should not follow constituency lines and politicians with their personal interests and ambitions!!], Shunning English: By making Nepali the only official language, we have hindered our ability to compete internationally, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Transitional Justice: CIEDP opens window for conflict victims (ht), A man’s world: Meaningful representation of women in governance and decision making is a must for true implementation of the constitution (ht) [Please tell this to the male party leaders who believe that Nepal belongs to them only!], All 7 provinces likely to get govts by weekend (rep)

12/02/2018: The malfunctioning state: Monarchs boasted of divine mandate. Elected oligarchs talk about electoral mandate, once elected people’s representatives lose no time in assuming persona of petty potentates, by CK Lal (rep), Prachanda Taking Another Stride?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Seven chief ministers set to take oath: Four from UML, two from Maoist Centre and one from SSF-N will run the provincial governments for the next five years (kp), A job half done: Left alliance could have been a little more imaginative in selection of chief ministers (kp), EC submits NA election results to president (kp), UML finalises PR list: Motilal Dugar becomes MP again (kp), UML sends 37 women, 4 men to parliament under PR system (rep), No dispute over new constitution says Oli: All parties ‘accepted statute and joined poll process’ (kp) [What kind of unrealistic and anti-inclusive nonsense talk!], Whither political stability? As Nepalis hope to bear the fruits of the much awaited political stability, it is important to understand what this idea entails, by Chandra D. Bhatta (kp), CPN-MC’s Dahal to succeed Oli as PM: UML, by Rewati Sapkota (ht) [This nonsense means the opposite of stabilty!], Police in Kathmandu and Itahari tried to obstruct access to justice, interview with Gita Upreti (kp), Prez to consult legal experts on National Assembly nominees (ht), Are we prepared? If matured federal republic like Canada still faces inter-provincial trade war, how can we be confident we won’t experience the same?, by Mukesh Khanal (rep)

11/02/2018: TJs begin new term with little hope for result, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Prospects of first woman CM in Nepal fizzle out, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), FSFN, RJPN ink deal to form coalition govt in Province 2 (rep), Basnet, Paudel, Joshi named for 3 National Assembly seats (kp), EC to present poll results to Prez within Wednesday (rep), UML-Maoist Centre Unification Dilemma Over Ideological Appellation, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Prospects becoming slimmer, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Crusader tells CJ Parajuli to resign, by Manish Gautam (kp), Quest for citizenship hits District Office hurdle, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp)

10/02/2018: EC allots to parties PR seats in Lower House, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC allocates UML 41 PR seats in lower house: Maoists, NC get 17 seats each (rep), EC officially announces hung Parliament: UML largest party with 121 seats in the 275-member Lower House, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Upper House likely to get full shape today: The prime minister may recommend Gopal Basnet, Chandani Joshi and Krishna Prasad Paudel for NA (ht), Working in Federal Setup, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), 5 of 7 CM candidates named, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Government extends deadline for second tranche of grant: National Reconstruction Authority says extension will benefit more families, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp) [Still only related to 14 of the 31 affected districts], Our Prime Monsters! Deuba should just relax, finish his whiskey and wait for the next person  to enter Baluwatar. But no, he is not a lazy bum like you and me, by Guffadi (kp), Students padlock school after Dalit woman cooks their lunch (rep)

09/02/2018: Left alliance commands two-thirds majority in NA: The UML, which has won around 44 pc seats in the HoR, jacked up its winning share to 45.5 pc with 27 seats in the NA elections (kp), PM will step down after poll results, says law minister (kp) [??], ‘Don’t use foreign policy for local gain’: High Level Foreign Policy Review Task Force submits report to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, by Anil Giri (kp), Left bloc resumes unification talks, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Bulldozing democracy: “One third of mayors and village councils seem to have just one goal: amass personal wealth rather than serve the people who elected them”, by Om Astha Rai Rai (nt)

08/02/2018: NA elections concludeProvinces 1, 4, 5 and 7 pick 16  candidates in Wednesday’s polls (kp), Corruption in med education: Govt mum on probe report (kp), Bhandari and Pun lobby for 2nd term: Former PM Khanal slams greed for power n Left alliance in a dilemma, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp)

07/02/0218: Polls for 32 Upper House seats today (kp), Irresponsible decision: Non-budgetary, ad hoc, populist decisions will exert additional pressure on the already stressed fiscal situation, by Chandan Sapkota (kp)

06/02/2018: Criminalize conflict-era torture and enforced disapperaces: NHRC (rep) Rights chair slams delay in war-era cases probe: Tenures of TJ mechanisms extended by another year (kp), TRC, CIEDP term extended (ht), ‘Failure to deliver justice will jeopardise peace process’ (ht), A rotten state: Corruption gains momentum when political parties in power start viewing the opportunity to serve in the govt as an opening to promote partisan interests, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (kp), Elusive government grants: Earthquake survivors face endless hassles and  paperwork as they rebuild their homes, by Jagat Basnet (kp), Provincial assemblies facing staff crunch (ht), Promises of federalism fail to woo the poor, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), Experts dwell on financing federalism in Nepal (rep)

05/02/2018: The pendulum swings: Formation of provincial assemblies and govts marks devolution of power from Kathmandu (kp), Gautam admits sharing issues delay unification (kp), Modi visit likely after Oli becomes PM: Gyawali (kp) [New government needs orders?], Left alliance govt will neither be pro-China, pro-India; it will be pro-Nepal, interview with Rajan Bhattarai (kp)

04/02/2018: 4 provinces to hold maiden assembly meetings today (kp), UML, Maoist Centre in discussion for chief minister, speaker picks (kp), New order of precedence in force (kp), Provincial parliaments, govt agencies understaffed (kp), Against lingerie feminism: The question of women’s empowerment and liberation should not be judged by the clothes she wears, by Sangita Thebe and Kalpana Jha (kp), Polish and politics: Nepali Congress cannot rise from the ashes of the election defeat by evoking such simple mantras as boot polish, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

03/02/2018: Oli and Dahal are not on same page on leadership and party ideology, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), SC tells govt to ensure Nepalis get quality food, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Nepal ranks 58th in WJP Rule of Law Index: Becomes top performer in South Asia (ht)

02/02/2018: Province 3 holds first ever assembly: Meet a milestone in formalising federation; Parties stress unity for prosperity; Speaker election scheduled for Feb 10, by Pratap Bista (kp), TRC preparing year-long plan to extend its term: TRC says it will write to  the ministry, explaining their difficulties, including lack of proper law, inade-quate human resources (kp), The long path to recovery: The government urgently needs contingency credit for humanitarian or livelihood support when disaster occurs, by Nara Hari Dhakal, Nav Raj Simkhada and Mayumi Ozaki (kp), Unification unlikely before govt formation, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Ad hoc measure: The government should have finalised the adjustment of employees before the elections as per the Dahal report (ht)

01/02/2018: Advocate claims CJ issues death threats, by Manish Gautam (kp), Leaving behind the age of unreason: Dahal’s warning against the cognoscente represents an entire strain of anti-intellectualism in the Nepali dominant imagination, by Pramod Mishra (kp), CIEDP seeks one-year extension, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), CIEDP seeks one-year term extension (rep), 500 bureaucrats deployed in all provinces: It will take one more year to completely adjust all civil servants in local, provincial and federal governments, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Donors did not agree to our new proposal to simplify grants distribution process, interview with Yubaraj Bhusal, CEO of NRA (rep)

31/01/2018: The world watches: Transitional justice bodies are being criticised for delays but bulk of blame lies with parties (kp), CMs through vote if consensus fails: UML; Party leaders stand against the Standing Committee picking CMs, ministers and Speakers from the centre (kp), CPN-UML to finalise CM candidates thru secret ballot: CPN-Maoist Centre to consult provincial committes of party (ht), NC may contest top provincial posts; FSF-N, RJP-N to share power in Province 2 (ht), CIAA drafts new Act to make corruption law on par with UN: Citizens working for foreign agencies in Nepal to come under new order, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), How to boost growth: In a federal system, provinces compete to attract capital by providing better services, by Gunakar Bhatta (kp), Will it fly? The first objective of communist alliance was to defeat Nepali Congress in provincial and national elections. Will Maoist and UML succeed in unification as well?, by Narayan Manandhar (rep)

30/01/2018: TJ bodies place demands before extending term: Tenures of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons expire on February 7 (kp), Martyrs’ Week begins, but data still missing (kp), Official number of martyrs could exceed 7000 (rep) [???], Bleeding state coffers dry: It is high time political parties stop competing with each other to introduce populist policies (kp), Two dozen NA members elected unopposed: EC publishes final lists of candidates; Distributes election symbols (ht), Oli moots one-time amnesty to money launderers (ht) [???], Oli for legalizing 'underground money': Repeated statements from would-be prime minister indicate incoming government's lenient  attitude, by Sagar Ghimire (rep) [Politicians and criminals are a mutually supportive community!!], RJPN wary as left and FSFN in power-sharing talks (rep), Buildings under-construction for offices that will cease to exist soon, by Himnath Devkota (rep), Voting duplex: Single transferable voting system remains unpopular because of large constituencies, complex counting and parochial politics, by Bikal Shrestha (rep)

29/01/2018: UML to get 4 chief ministers, Maoist Centre 2: Provincial cabinets to have 7 to 10 members n UML, Maoists to share provincial seats 70:30 (kp), Left alliance to share power in provinces, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Left reaches power-sharing deal for 6 provincies (rep), Maoist leaders discontent with CPN-UML’s offer, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), 'SSF-N to lead govt in Province 2’ (kp), Seize the day: As UML, MC move towards govt formation, time is right to discuss Madhesi issues too (kp), Amendments can happen, provided that they are justified, interview with Pradeep Gyawali (kp), KC’s unending fight: Dr KC has fasted 14 times in five years and yet the end of his fight is still not in sight, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Oli’s new test: With KP Oli, a vocal critic of India against its meddling in Nepali politics, becoming Prime Minister again, how will Oli-Modi chemistry go?, by Rishi Dhamala (rep), Olier than thou! Once Maoists have been confined in the hills, Madhesbadis too were of little use for protectors and promoters of Indian interests, by CK Lal (rep), Martyrs’ Week And Others, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

28/01/2018: ‘Populist Decisions’ Under Fire?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Dalits, single women to get pay earlier too (kp), Deuba faces ire in party over govt decisions: Leaders fear NC will suffer long due to wrong moves; After the elections, the government is not  mandated to decide on long-term policy matters, says leader Gagan Thapa, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Govt’s controversial decisions will be revoked, says Dahal (kp), NRA unable to provide additional Rs 100,000 to quake victims, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Left bloc close to deal on sharing provincial posts: Task force expected to announce framework today (kp), Left alliance chiefs to finalise sharing of provincial posts today, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Will left parties merge before new govt? The two parties still appear poles apart on leadership, organization and ideology of the merged entity, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Constitution unlikely to be revised soon: UML leaders; Gyawali says there must be consensus among major forces on Madhesi parties’ demand for amendments (kp), Commissions for marginalized face lack of budget, personnel, by Chandni Hamal (rep), Chairman KP Oli’s Political Madness, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

27/01/2018: TRC asks govt, parties not to meddle in war-era incidents, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Muslim community objects to zero representation in NA (ht), Parties’ Upper House picks dismay watchers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Oli says ready to amend constitution: Mahato says Madhesi parties will support the effort but might not join the government, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Current government’s decisions will be revoked, says UML chair (ht), Govt struggles to find work space for provincial officials (rep)

26/01/2018: State coffers to bleed dry as parties compete for populist policies, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Former finance ministers slam govt for ‘fiscal imprudence’, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Contractors demand immediate release of outstanding payments: Say the delay is hampering construction works of different projects (ht), ‘PM-in-waiting’ Oli vows to right Deuba’s ‘wrong’ moves, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), New govt to review all decisions of caretaker govt, says Oli (ht), Oli threatens to revoke all decisions of caretaker govt (rep), Left alliance task force lowers provincial cabinet ceiling by half, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Row over CMs, speakers to be referred to top brass (rep), Left Ideological Vacuity, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Nepalis deserve better: In recent years, public pressure has mounted globally for more honest and accountable governments, and Nepal is no different, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), What federalism? A decade after Nepal was declared a federal republic, most Nepalis still do not know what federalism means and how it will work, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Great expectations (nt), Cultural rights and wrongs: How many more women must die before defining how far Chhaupadi is acceptable?, by Prakash Budha Magar (kp), Chill adds to woes of menstruating women (ht), TRC, CIEDP ‘in dilemma’ on term extension, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Snow adds to quake victims’ woes (ht), Most parties led by those eligible for elderly allowance, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [The top politicians have access to state coffers! Different from the general citizens, they hardly need 2,000 Rs!]

25/01/2018: Human rights watch: TRC and CIEPD have done very little to earn the victims’ families respect and goodwill (kp), The Capital Conundrum, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Agitation Over Provincial Capitals, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), 83 file nominations for Upper House polls: With 17 candidates elected unopposed, 66 to contest for 43 seats, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 83 file papers for 56 Upper House seats: Seventeen, including 12 women, to be elected unopposed on January 29, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Nominations filed for NA polls in all seven provinces: Each province will elect eight members to the National Assembly (ht), Discontent rife in parties over NA lists, by Roshan S. Nepal (kp), Naya Shakti, Bibeksheel to back NC pick (kp), Maoist victim files candidacy for NA, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Oli-Dahal stuck on ideology and leadership, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Nepal’s air quality is worst in the world: EPI report (kp) [see detailed report], Madhesi parties not to join next govt until constitution amendment assurance: UML’s refusal to amend the constitution led the Madhes-centric parties to ally with the NC for the National Assembly polls (kp), Towards prosperity for all: Only sustained inclusive growth will deliver what the country has been waiting decades for, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Just a minute, Your Honour: Are Dr Govinda KC’s statements an attack against the chief justice or the judiciary?, by Prakritee Yonzon (kp), Only few schools imparting education in mother tongue (ht), Earthquake victims to get additional grant of one lakh rupees (ht) [??], Govt ups home reconstruction grant to Rs 400,000 (rep) [A decision by a no longer legitimate government that is not even able to provide the first (50.000Rs) and second (150.000Rs) tranches to all affected people!!!]

24/01/2018: Parties ready names, mostly, for National Assembly vote (kp), Left alliance fails to tie up with Madhesi parties for National Assembly polls, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), CIEDP for Rs 2m in compensation: Proposes the sum to Peace Ministry as relief for each family of the disappeared, by Binod Ghimire (kp), ‘Media should focus on peace building and transitional justice' (ht), International community calls for ‘credible’ TJ process (kp), People’s reps should listen to conflict victims: German envoy (ht), Parties mull rotating govts, CMs in four provinces (rep) [Yes, please do everything to prevent political stability in the new provinces! The politicians' access to power and funds is far more important!!], Assistance to inter-dependence: Nepal’s needs have undergone massive structural changes triggered by the aspirations of a new generation and far reaching political changes, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp), Quake victims could miss second tranche of grant due to PM's busy schedule (rep), Political Transitional Period Ends, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

23/01/2018: Indigenous Peace Discourse, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Celebrations Amidst Cold Waves, by Prem Khatry (rn), Left alliance NA picks in last lap (kp), Race for chief minister begins in all provinces (kp), Police still clueless about Manange: Ex-AIG of police blames inept leadership in law enforcement agency (kp), RJPN, FSFN open to poll alliance with left (rep), NC engages Madhes parties for poll alliance; Leaders: Chances slim but efforts will continue till last hour (kp), Remittance risks: Due to declining remittance and a depleted workforce, Nepal’s economy is nearing zero productivity, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Make Nepal better: Without the people taking ownership to end discrimination, national campaigns by NGOs and govt can only exact so much change, by Simone Galimberti (kp), Agenda for prosperity: The nation’s future in terms of prosperity and development will depend on the proper execution of economic decentralisation, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (kp), CIEDP, NEFAD deliberate collaboration, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Police seeks Interpol support for arresting ex-DIG Silwal (rep), Diffusion notice against former DIG Silwal (ht), Towards federalism: The nation now has finally moved towards federalism after successfully overcoming legal and constitutional hurdles (ht)

22/01/2018: Provincial Assembly members sworn in (kp), Provincial Assembly members arrive by chopper for oath, by Nagendra Upadhyay (rep) [Politicians still bound to centralised thinking despite federal provinces!!!], Chief ministers to be appointed in 35 days (ht) [Three months after the elections!], Left alliance turns its focus on ‘priorities’ of new govt: Party unity discussions  to continue, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Left alliance puts unification on back burner: To give priority to the formation of the new government instead, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Left merger talks hit roadblock (rep), RJP-N weighing options for ‘long-term’ alliance (kp), Balance of power: As much as a stable government, strong opposition is vital for democracy (kp), Vital signs: Whether country practices federal or unitary system of governance, efficient arrangement of finances is fundamental, by Sajal Mani Dhital (kp), Politics Over Provincial Capitals, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), CJ urges press to refrain from commenting on sub-judice cases (rep) [???]

21/01/2018: National Assembly election: ay to vote: Marking, not stamping (kp), Bridging the gender gap: Everyone should be given equal opportunities so that they can be assets to the nation building process, by Samaya Lama (kp), Oli, Dahal identify bases for unity (ht), Nepal Police mobilises all units to arrest Manange (ht) [Why not long before the elections?], Change thyself: We can write the best constitution but it will mean nothing unless political leaders and our government machineries change themselves, by Robin Sharma (rep)

20/01/2018: Wait over as EC gives winners certificates: 172 of the 220 provincial assembly members elected under the PR category are women (kp), Oli, Dahal to endorse NA candidate names: To further party merger process tomorrow (kp), UML, Maoists step up talks on upper house poll, new govt (rep), Dahal, Oli put unification on front burner (ht), NC plans alliance with ‘democratic forces’ (kp), Less than a million! After all, New Nepal is a fun place for our byaparis and chor netas. For the rest of us, we just have to exhaust our savings to be able to afford two decent meals per day, by Guffadi (kp), No country for the poor: Poverty is the dark background against which the rich shine. It produces quiet, voiceless and helpless masses that leaders can practice their politics on, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Disappointing Post-election Period, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Jail sentence awarded to Dipak Manange remained unimplemented for five years (ht), Decade of Madhes movement: Martyrs' family disappointed by parties' apathy, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), Quake victims who built homes themselves deprived of grant, by Bhagawati Lama (rep)

19/01/2018: The past foretold (nt), Protests erupt over provincial centres (kp), Protests over provincial capitals widen, turn violent (rep), NC leaders oppose govt decision on state HQs, guvs (kp), Oli suggests provincial assemblies decide capitals (rep) [This is exactly prescribed by article 288 of the constitiuon! Oli's comment is superfluous!], Oli hints at replacing governors (kp), CEC Yadav urges parties to help carry out NA election (kp), Birth of the left alliance: Analysing the recent history of Nepali politics  in the frame of Freytag’s Pyramid, by Thaneswor Chalise (kp), Deepak Manange could lose assembly seat (ht) [His candidacy has been unconstitutional without any doubt!], ‘Conflict victims yet to get justice’ (ht)

18/01/2018: Govt names temporary capitals, governors, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Govt fixes temporary state HQs, guvs (kp) [5 affiliated to the NC, the main loser in the elections, and 2 affiliated to the two main Madheshi parties!], What State Chief is all about (kp), Doti, Dhankuta and Dang protest against state HQa; Celebrations in Surkhet and Rupandehi (kp), EC declares PR winners for provincial assemblies (kp), Uncertainty clouds counting method (ht), UML, Maoists seal deal on upper house seats (rep), UML, Maoist Centre to field 43 candidates in NA polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), 29 NA seats for UML, 14 for MC, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Transitional justice mechanism: ‘Political will to deliver justice crucial to settle conflict-era cases’; With the tenures of the two transitional justice bodies  due to expire in less than a month, the government is planning to seek a year extension through an ordinance (kp), Delay in New Government Formation, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), ‘Sahi Ho!’ campaign launched (ht), Poor show: NRA presented rosy picture of reconstruction on its second anniversary but the truth is it has failed to deliver, by David Kainee (rep)

17/01/2018: Blame-game over Province Capitals, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Govt in backdoor talks with left on guv choices: Cabinet meeting postponed facilitating negotiations (rep), Cabinet likely to name governors today (kp), EC hints at early election results if hurdles removed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Prioritise capital spending: Full-fledged implementation of national pride projects can ramp up capital expenditure (kp), Trickle-down democracy: EC needs to improve voting procedures so all citizens can vote and electoral outcomes better represent them, by Sanjay Sharma (kp), Calling for press freedom: Nepal is still a long way from complete press freedom, and all stakeholders need to speak against violations, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), MKN’s indifference ups presidential hopes for Khanal, Gautam (rep)

16/01/2018: Delay in naming guvs may affect NA election: EC; Election Commission Spokesperson Ghimire says  voter lists cannot be published on Sunday if  the government does not appoint provincial chiefs by Wednesday, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Circle of death: Cold waves are systemic annual occurrences, and the govt hasn’t done enough to alleviate the hazard (kp), Elite decadence: When democracy becomes a licence for loot and plunder with weak checks and balances, it is a recipe for “democratic anarchy", by Prakash Chandra Lohani (kp), No time for politics: With the elections over, the government should liven up and jump-start development, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp)

15/01/2018: SC stays dev projects by retired MPs (kp), SC stays govt decision to spend billions, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Maoists claim 2 chief mins, four speakers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Provincial capitals, chiefs to be announced within three days: PM (kp), Come together: Madhesi parties have to work together for prosperity in Province 2 (kp), Addressing challenges: Nepalis hope that a stable government will result in coherent and consistent policies, by Chandan Sapkota (kp), Govt uses only 14pc of capital budget in first half (kp), The selective vanity: With pride in things that it had no role in building and prejudice against Madhesis, Janjatis and Dalits, constitutionally-created ‘Khas-Aryas’ prefer to wallow in cesspool of its own excretion, by CK Lal (rep)

14/01/2018: Betrayed by delay: Many houses would have been rebuilt by now if the government had not promised reconstruction grants, by Ravi Lochan Paudyal (rep), Govt forwards ordinance for authentication: Victims say another extension of transitional justice bodies’ tenure without amending laws unacceptable (kp), Dr KC ends 14th hunger strike: 'Another fast if Chief Justice Parajuli does not resign’; On the controversy sur-rounding the chief justice, both sides learnt to have agreed not to take up the case sub judice in court, by Anuj Kumar Adhikari (kp), Continuous isolation: Changing a long-held tradition requires a more comprehensive approach than legislation alone can ever provide, by Navaraj Pudasaini (kp) [on Chhaupadi], Chandrapur blast victim in financial crisis (ht), Vice-mayors, deputy chiefs don't know how to handle legal affairs, Say it may take them another year to understand their work, by Pooja Chauhan (rep)

13/01/2018: Govt in fix over capitals, guvs as left alliance non-committal, by Ashok Dahal (rep) UML-Maoist panel discusses candidate selection criteria (kp), Left alliance sets criteria for fielding common candidates, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), RJP-N backs Dahal as next PM: Bhandari (kp), NBA: Dr KC’s row with CJ Parajuli has set bad precedent (kp), 16 killed in Chhintang named martyrs after 39 years (kp), Principle and Functioning of Judiciary, by Kushal Pokharel (rn)

12/01/2018: Maoist Centre decides to quit govt, finally: Move said to mount pressure on PM Deuba to resign (kp), With new govt delayed, poll losers still ministers, by Ashok Dahal (rep), SC flexible on freedom of expression in contempt cases, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep), Dr KC continues his fast: Says struggle goes on until remaining demands for reforms in medical education are met (kp), Founder of modern Nepal: Prithvi Narayan hailed as the unifier (kp) [For most parts of the country, it was usurpation, not integration! Most population groups are still not equal! Current Nepal deserves her existence as an independent state to Prithvi Narayan, though we must be aware that he did not do it for the country but for himself!], Dhading’s Kumal community yet to receive housing rebuilding aid, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), Trilateral cooperation: Rather than looking for equidistance, Nepal should try and achieve more proximity with both its neighbours, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Federalism here we come: Wading into uncharted waters, we might see new ways  of ensuring good governance, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp), Significance of Left Unity, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Decision on guvs likely before ad hoc capitals, by Rewati Sapkota (ht)

11/01/2018: SC orders probe into CJ Parajuli’s papers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Apex court orders pre-trial release of Dr KC: Seeks copies of CJ's citizenship certificates, academic qualification and JC's decision on his age controversy (ht), SC releases Dr KC, orders probe on CJ’s citizenship (rep), Deliver or quit: Conflict victims’ ultimatum to CIEDP officials, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Three wasted years: Transitional justice bodies became non-functional because they were more interested to appease political players than deliver justice to the victims, by Charan Prasai (rep), Realm of rights: The primary responsibility for improving transitional justice lies with govt and parties (kp), Judge has no time for hearing Adhikari murder case, date fixed 15 times (ht), EC makes public election calendar for NA polls (kp), Plea for Full Time Prime Minister, by Mukti Rijal (rn), UML, Maoists mulling over 60/40 division of power, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Transition to New Governance, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Finalise provincial govt formation, NA candidates, alliance task force told, by Rewati Sapkota (ht)

10/01/2018: Dr KC: Criticism of controversial judgments not contempt of court: Public outrage against the Supreme Court’s decision to arrest Dr KC has been overwhelming with around 100 advocates signing to plead in his defence in court, by Manish Gautam (kp) [see reply by Dr KC to SC as published in the Kathmandu Post (10/01/2018)], Dr KC makes 11 allegations against CJ Parajuli (rep), Contemptible actions: Supreme Court acted harshly in ordering arrest of Dr KC who was only exercising right to protest (kp), Leaders express their solidarity (kp), Leaders support Dr KC while major parties keep mum (rep), Thousands stage protest against Dr KC’s arrest (ht), Hundreds gather at Maitighar in a show of solidarity with Dr KC (kp), Social networking sites flooded with messages of support (ht), UML, Maoist Centre form panel to prepare for Upper House poll: Task force to make necessary preparations also for proportional  representation results and formation of provincial governments, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Delay & Dilemma in UML-MC Unification, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Writ against govt implementation of CISP, CDP, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Make public probe report on Tikapur incident soon: RJP-N (kp), Govt to fix temp ‘meeting venues’, not state HQs (kp), One year term extension won’t do: TRC reps; Conflict victims say that inept transitional justice bodies also to blame for delay in investigation of war-era cases (kp), TRC members should quit if they can’t do their job: Conflict victims (ht), Left alliance forms taskforce to form provincial govts (rep), Disputes on land passed by the 'people's government' surface again, by Devendra Basnet and Ganesh BK (rep), Cause of deadlock: Ongoing political imbroglio rests with differing interpretation of constitutional provision on one third female representation, by Narayan Manandhar (rep)

09/01/2018: Calls for amendment to laws before extending tenure of TJ bodies: Rights activists have warned that extension of  the terms of TRC and CIEDP in status quo would  be unacceptable to them (kp), Fasting doc held in contempt case: Detained at Singha Durbar Police Circle; Due to be presented to the Supreme Court today for statement, by Manish Gautam (kp), Dr Govinda KC arrested for contempt of court, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht), Dr KC arrested after SC summons on contempt charge (rep), FNJ flays police interference in media: Press Council acting chair says that as per Article 19 of the constitution, police cannot ask journalists to reveal their sources (kp), Woman Dies in Chhaupadi practice: Chhaupadi tradition  was criminalised by  the government  in August 2017, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Woman in Achham dies in Chhaupadi shed, by Khamma Khatri (rep), Capitalism of capitals: Unnecessary politicking and muscle flexing in picking provincial capitals must stop if federalism is to be successful, by Achyut Wagle (kp), The end of ideology: Left forces have to move forward with a vision for development and commitment towards good governance, by Atul K. Thakur (kp), That’s public money: Political leaders should stop abusing the  financial system by spending as they please, by Durga D. Poudel (kp), The realm of everyday violence: Moments of violence cannot be isolated from the processes of normal politics in South Asia, by Jyotika Rimal (kp), Roadmap for Prosperity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Quake victims’ children suffer from pneumonia (ht), Face the inevitable: If Prime Minister Deuba schemes to prolong his stay in power, it will agitate people and they might come forward for the third movement, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep)

08/01/2018: Responsibility: Parties need to take, not run away from, difficult decisions such as choice of provincial capitals (kp), Oli-Dahal meeting: UML, Maoist Centre agree to kickstart merger process, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli, Dahal to intensify bid to unify their parties, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Withholding poll results ploy to curb women’s representation: Nembang (kp) [And why did the parties nominate hardly any female candidates for the FPTP election system?], Truth on Disappeared Fleeting, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), CIAA probing graft charges against poll panel (ht), Provincial assemblies’ annual operational cost could exceed Rs 2.55bn (ht), Revised list of RJP-N, RPP provincial PR poll winners incorrect: EC (ht), FSFN, RJPN may support UML-led govt, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Supreme Court reinstates Dr Sharma as IoM dean (ht), SC ruling on IoM dean splits legal experts (kp)

07/01/2018: Conflict victims working on demand paper: With support from donors, Conflict Victims Common Platform is finalising the paper defining criteria and schemes for reparation by categorising victims (kp), Tenure extension of transitional justice mechanisms unjustifiable: Victims (ht), Parties' false campaign promises enrage voters in many cities, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Elected officials failing to meet promises irks locals, by Raju Adhikari (rep), Election Commission Under Scrutiny?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), State representation row: EC writes to RJP-N again for revising candidate list; EC official warns party  of accepting only the  candidates that meet the representation criteria, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), No headway in UML-Maoist merger; Oli, Dahal fail to meet, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Whither civic sense? Political stability depends on political culture of political actors and the extent to which citizens carry out civic responsibilities, by Meena Bhatta (rep)

06/01/2018: Upper house vote on Feb 7: Displeased at the delayed date, the UML says it will take part in the National Assembly elections  nonetheless (kp), Govt not to name state HQs sans consensus, by Anil Giri (kp), Ordinance for extending TJ commissions’ tenure (kp), TRC investigates 285 plaints in seven months (ht), CIEDP draws flak for not tracking down disappeared: Sudden confirmation of kin's death angers families of conflict victims, by Arjun Oli (rep), The gang of five: Well, the lefties will get to enjoy most of the freebies but you never know when alliances  break down and our chor netas switch sides to form another government, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical truth], CEC meets CIAA chief, auditor general amid graft allegations (rep), Most rural municipal wards without secretaries (rep), Prime Minister’s Last Main Duties, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

05/01/2018: EC could seek deal on declaring poll results: Election commissioners say they are under pressure from political parties and their unions to announce poll results (kp), President tells EC to hold talks with parties (ht), 1st Provincial Assembly meet A month away (kp), On Left ‘silence’, govt to name state chiefs, HQs: Since no concrete suggestion came up in 5-party meeting, the government is expected to take decisions on its own (kp), All-party meet fails to reach consensus: UML chair for National Assembly poll on January 24, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Conflict victims want their personal details secured (kp), Uncertainty clouds left alliance unification talks, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Game of thrones, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Two persons, two eras: KP Oli has been given a chance to make a real difference, something that was stripped away from BP Koirala in 1960, by Deepak KC (kp), Many civil servants unwilling to go to local levels, by Rupesh Acharya (ht)

04/01/2018: PR results can’t be announced before Upper House polls: EC (kp), NC, Tarai parties persuade Dahal to lead new govt (kp), Dahal not to become PM with NC support (ht), Dahal against forming govt outside left alliance (rep), Common cause: Only time will tell if Janajatis and Madhesis will align themselves to fight for the rights of the marginalised, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Difficulties to Materialise Left Unification, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Agenda for New Government, by Mukti Rijal (rn), New ordinance to extend term of TRC, CIEDP by a year, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep)

03/01/2018: Act soon: The beauty of democracy is swift and peaceful transfer of power to the party winning the people’s mandate (ht), Upper House poll slated for Feb 8: Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav suggests the date in a meeting with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in Baluwatar on Tuesday evening, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC recommends NA election on Feb 8 (ht), Left alliance’s pressure on EC irks Congress (kp), Cumbersome Constitutional Provisions, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), 3 out of 6 parties err on women’s representation (kp) [including the NC!], PM calls five-party meet (kp), Government proposes interim headquarters for all provinces (ht), Temporary headquarters of 7 provinces proposed (rn), Maoist Centre for party chair if Oli made PM, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Better Order After the polls?, by Shyam KC (rn), Warrant issued to arrest MP-elect Silwal, by Manish Gautam (kp), Lack of necessary laws affecting performance of local levels (ht), Classes at quake-damaged schools still under tents, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Govt silent on institutionalized corruption: TI Nepal (rep)

02/01/2018: CIEDP declares 400 missing people killed ‘without probe’ (ht), Left presses EC to publish poll results soon (kp), 6 parties to resend proportional lists (kp), Left alliance pressures EC to announce PR results (ht), Replicating chaos: The unplanned development of Kathmandu has been replicated all over the country, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Shift to Poly-Centric Governance, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Delay in unification: Discussions stuck at organisational structure of unified communist party, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Take quick decision: This issue must not be kept on hold for long. The political parties should also not unnecessarily flare up this issue (ht), UML bigwigs eye presidency as graceful exit from politics (rep), Deuba’s Strategy Worked, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

01/01/2018: PR results only after upper house vote: Yadav (kp), ‘No wait for upper house to form govt’ (kp), Slippery road ahead: Approval of NA election ordinance is a positive sign but govt formation is still distant (kp), Poll costs faked as spending goes through EC roof: To cloud expenditures past limit, candidates resort to fake reports, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Left Alliance on Shaky Ground?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), ‘Oli, Dahal should retire after party unity’ (kp), Fresh ideology for new party: Left alliance (kp), Left alliance energised voters but their vote wasn’t for a single party, interview with Krishna Khanal (kp), UML, CPN-MC dwell on sharing posts: Second-rung leaders have proposed party chair for CPN-MC if PM is from UML, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), ‘Merger only if left alliance abandons communist label’ (ht), Struggle will continue, says Mahato, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Discontent in parties over provincial PR (rep), Post-truth sovereignty: The question that will continue to vex most observers in 2018 is still the same: What makes Nepal tick despite all its absurdities?, by CK Lal (rep)

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