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Press evaluation:
Background:

24/02/2017: The real truth about the Truth Commission: Nepal’s transitional justice process was delayed, now it is doomed, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Trust and the TRC, by Charan Prasai (nt), Justice delayed, justice denied (nt), Naya Shakti, SSFN join forces against scheduled local polls: 9 NSN leaders oppose Bhattarai’s move, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), NEFIN against local polls held without settling boundary row (kp), Oppn parties allow a day of deliberations (rep), UML ‘allows’ House to deliberate over bill: Theoretical discussions though have begun in the House, the fate of the constitution amendment bill continues to hang in the balance, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), ‘Amendment bill won’t be endorsed’ (kp), Jugglenaut: Madhesi parties are not on board yet, but Dahal is in no mood to back off, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Hold all three elections on time: SC (kp) [This demand is reasonable but first the constitution has to be implemented after fundamental changes! Else, the new political system has no future!], Revitalising Democracy Through Election, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Election code enforcement delay worries experts, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), To confront ‘cessionist’ moves: COAS (kp) [The army chief should not give political statements! Besides, RPP policy is the most cesessionist danger as it divides society by returning to the non-inclusive royal system!], Army ready to foil any separatist activities: CoAS Chhetri (rep), Political settlement: Nepal Army’s role; The political leadership has failed to influence the military in Nepal. They ousted monarchy but did not learn how to use the military for the betterment of the nation, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (ht)

23/02/2017: Progress on transitional justice precious little: AI (kp), Kotbada killings still haunt families, by Shankar Shrestha (rep), Remote Chitwan settlements left without school after earthquake, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Bakraha flood victims announce protest (kp), Parliament meeting postponed yet again (kp), Opposition to allow amendment bill if UDMF agrees to local polls, by Ashok Dahal (rep), UML sets rider for debate on amendment bill (ht) [The UML criticises the demands of UDMF and blockades all democratic procedures in an irresponsible way though its own procedure is in the same way strictly non-cooperative and undemocratic!], SLMM planning to sever ties with ruling coalition (kp), Tharuhat slams govt plan to hold local level polls (kp), Morcha banda affects life in eastern Tarai (kp), Banda affects life in Madhes, by Suresh Yadav and Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), All three elections must be held before January 21, 2018: SC (rep) [!!], MoHA starts homework for poll security plan (kp), EC unveils polls work plan, awaits LLRC report: EC commissioner vows to conduct local polls within stipulated timeframe, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), EC makes public election schedule (kp), Old heads on young shoulders: Student elections have become no more than an extension of the patronage politics on the national stage, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Agitating petroleum tanker operators should be jailed: Supplies secretary (rep) [If agitating politicians and party cadres were jailed as well, Nepal would need a lot more prisons!!]

22/02/2017: Nepal 206/17, report by Amnesty International, Local polls on May 14 at any cost: Nidhi, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), ‘Flexible’ UML throws ball in Morcha’s court: To agree on putting the bill in process only if agitating parties are ready to accept the outcome of voting, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Local elections are necessary, but 'flexibal' would look different! This is as reactionary as always before: First do what we overlords of the country order and then we can officially deny what you demand!], UML details two-week Mechi-Mahakali campaign (rep), House to dwell on amendment bill today (ht), UML against moving charter revision bill (kp) [!], Energising the grassroots: Local polls are imperative, so the UML and the Madhesi parties need to find common ground (kp), Angry SLMM skips meeting, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Parties in plains protest election plans (kp), A welcome step: Madhesi Morcha should take local elections as an opportunity to establish their agenda among the people, by Bishnu Hari Marasini (kp), People excited about local polls (kp), Local Election A Reality Now!, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn) [They should have been held together with the election for the two constituent assemblies in 2008 and 2013, but this has been prevented by the leaders of NC, UML and the Maoists! Reasons for this denial that had given by them then are still valid!]

21/02/2017: Racing against the clock: Nepal’s truth commissions need renewed focus and strong relationships to make the most of the extra year, by Aileen Thomson (kp), Cabinet sets May 14 as local election date, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Local polls after 20 years, finally, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), House unlikely to have business on statute revision (ht), Morcha announces stir, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UML welcomes announcement (kp), With shortest time ever for poll preparations, EC faces daunting task, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Govt extends taskforce deadline by 7 days, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Taskforce asked to up local units in Province 2 (kp), Govt decides to create more local bodies in Province 2 (ht), Life returns to normal in Rupandehi’s Marchawar (kp), Political Bone Of Contention, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), General Convention Of RPP And K Thapa, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

20/02/2017: Families of the disappeared to side with CIEDP, by Dewan Rai (kp), Decisive Week For Local Elections, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), 1.5 pc threshold proposed for upcoming parliamentary poll, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [!!], Govt appears set to announce poll dates; Delay could affect prospects of local elections by May: NC, Maoist Centre, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Rather plan other two elections: Morcha to PM, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Talks to set poll date fruitless: Heated exchanges with Madhesi leaders (rep), PM says poll date after deal with Madhes parties, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), ‘Charter revision after poll date’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), LBRC chief tells prime minister not to seek revision of report (ht), Chand Maoist planning a military wing in Rolpa (kp), Marchawar tense as CK Raut’s supporters clash with police, by Madhav Dhungana (kp), It’s secession, stupid: Madheshi Morcha leaders echo CK Raut on several fronts, with only slight variances in their tone and phraseology, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [By the way, what about the social secession that is forced by Kamal Thapa and his RPP? Both the policies of Raut and Thapa are disintegrating and unconstitutional, only that Raut is imprisoned and Thapa is celebrated by mainstream Tagadhari politicians!], Much delayed reconstruction: Now that rebuilding houses is finally under way, there’s much the NRA should focus on (kp), NRA nudges ministry over interest-free loan for quake victims (rep), Realising peace potential of constitution: Shared commitment to managing divisive identity politics, inter-party competition and foreign interests is essential, by Tatsushi Arai (kp), Given the current trend of politics, a crisis seems imminent, interview with Hridayesh Tripathi, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party (kp), Musahars submit memo to PM, by Santosh Singh (rep)

19/02/2017: Morcha puts PM under pressure, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UDMF rejects PM’s proposal: Says no to poll date without passing statute amendmend bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Dahal to hold final talks with parties, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Caste-based discrimination still rife in Bajhang villages, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), CK Raut’s supporters held (kp), Powerful Nepali women’s challenges: They have come to stand face-to-face with history in an unprecedented way, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

18/02/2017: PM to take poll date proposal to Cabinet, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Revision of LBRC report unlikely (ht), Rastriya Prajatantra Party convention: RPP calls on all parties to work together for nation, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [In this case, you should stop to promote the Hindu state! The Nepali nation embraces a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural state!!], Low-Life Loafers: We the people have  resigned ourselves to the fact that our politicians will not change and we leave  it to them to take this  country down the drain, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Political instability, lack of vision led to wasted generation, by Kuvera Chalise (rep), Tharu parties aim for unification, by Madan Chaudhary (rep), #YouthForElection: In order to address people’s everyday issues we need local representatives more than we need members of parliaments, by Jagannath Lamichhane (rep), Post quake rebuilding: Let women lead; With male members away, women have started rebuilding their homes destroyed by 2015 earthquakes on their own, by Kriti Bhuju (rep), Nepal still remains mostly an unfree economy: Heritage Foundation, by Kuvera Chalise (rep)

17/02/2017: Post-quake reconstruction: Education of thousands of students in jeopardy; MoE at wit’s end as govt scrambles to generate fund to rebuild schools, by Binod Ghimire (kp), NA protecting officials in Maina’s case: Lawyers (kp), UN Nepal chief urges int'l standards for transitional justice bodies (rep), Transitional justice process: Will comply with int’l laws: PM (kp) [??], Bhatta urges Gurung to call TRC meeting without delay (ht), Naive LLRC report: Devolution should be Nepal’s motto going forward—the  proposed 719 local bodies will make this impossible, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (kp), Local level restructuring: Add units in Province 2, recommends taskforce (kp), Prime minister reaches out to Madhes leaders, by Roshan Sedhaoi (kp), Maoists for pushing polls, charter revision together, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML voices suspicion over lack of preparation for polls (rep), Pulling a poll cart: Dahal needs to show he wants elections, otherwise the NC and UML could gang up against him, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Chicken or egg? What comes first, election or amendment?, by Binita Dahal (nt), Halting Executive’s Aberration, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn)

16/02/2017: CIEDP opens new plaint registration window: Plans to launch formal investigation process after a month; War victims ‘cautiously optimistic’ the tasks will be completed; The CIEDP is also providing the already registered individuals the chance to record information and details to their complaints, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC, CIEDP to accept complaints again, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), The choice is yours: Short-term Panchayat-era nationalism or long-term vision of Nepal owned by all? The seed of one language, one dress nationalism that Mahendra sowed, KP Oli tries to reseed as the ideological son, by Pramod Mishra (kp), PM tells CEC dates for polls by Sunday: Local level elections by May-June (kp), Big 3 deal likely to put SLMM under pressure, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), ‘Madhes needs local polls the most’, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), LBRC report treats Madhes unfairly: UDMF (ht), ‘Will accept LLRC report with changes’ (kp), LLRC report unacceptable without revision: UDMF (rep), EC presses ‘close’ button on EVM purchase for now: Move follows controversy that the election body was in bid to buy the machines without competition, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), UML may agree to put amendment bill to vote (rep), Politics And Academics: Challenge Of De-linking, by Mukti Rijal (rn), House panel’s directives go unheeded (ht), For whom hope is all that’s left, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht)

15/02/2017: Maina Sunar murder: A case of justice denied (ht), Kin of victims lament airport massacre, by Keshav Adhikari (ht), Transitional Justice: Conflict victims want no more delays or excuses; TRC and CIEDP officials advised to utilise the extended one-year tenure as their original  two-year terms expired last week (kp), High Court judge to lead transitional justice court: Two members will be appointed from among the legal professionals quali-fied to become the High Court judge, by Dewan Rai (kp), Parliamentary panel defines heinous crimes: Proposes sentence till death; Ups life sentence to 25 years, by Rupesh Acharya (ht) [Chhaupadi still punished mildly and only if a woman dies; else, it's still not seen as crime!!], CPN-UML irked at poll delay (kp), Consolidating Democracy Further, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Messy policing: Bodies vital to national security should remain free of government interference (kp), Rome wasn’t built in a day: Politics in Nepal is guided by interests, but winning elections will be increasingly hard unless benefits trickle down, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Doable steps to cure capital's air pollution: Simple actions that can cure capital's air pollution (rep), Taskforce to submit report on LBRC’s work (ht)

14/02/2017: Post-truth narratives: The elite want to regain sway over the bureaucracy by amending the inclusion policy, by Ramesh Sunam (kp), Local Polls For Democracy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), LLRC report implementation must start by Sunday, says EC (kp), Number of local units could go up not exceeding 744 (kp), Local body staff on warpath: Services at local level affected due to stir against proposed law, by Anil Giri (kp), UMDF snubs meeting with govt taskforce (rep), Sources of instability in Nepal: Only a change in the political system will make progress and development possible, by Hisila Yami (kp), Challenging mediocrity, adopting meritocracy: For the big picture to change, it is important for the small pixels to be right, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Trump jitters: Nepal’s ties with neighbours India and China could be affected by shifts in US policy, by Prakash A. Raj (kp), Families of Kotbada victims still await justice, by Shankar Shrestha (rep) [This has been cold-blooded murder committed by the army and those responsible have been well known from the very first moment!], The marginalised: Toilet and school, still a dream for Musahars, by Santosh Singh (rep)

13/02/2017: TJ bodies demand legal amendment to function (kp), Bracing for election: Major political forces haven’t grasped danger of not holding elections by next January (kp), Chepang folk deprived of housing aid (kp), We embrace Hindutwa as the backbone of the Nepali polity, interview with Kamal Thapa (kp) [In other words: Let's return to the non-inclusive and authoritarian Nepal that is property of the male minority of some so called high Hindu castes! This man respresents one of the greatest dangers for Nepal's future!], Bhattarai says Oli, Raut are “two sides of the same coin” (ht) [Please don't foget to include Kamala Thapa and some other RPP leaders into this comparison!], 22 years of 'People's War': Ex-combatants have only regrets, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Maoists observe People's War Day, victims mark Black Day, by Ashok Dahal (rep), New Development: UML-UDMF Dialogue, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Focus On Informed Citizenry, by P. Kharel (rn), Supreme Court stays IGP pick, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Uncertainty over its report hits LBRC’s work (ht)

12/02/2017: ‘Keep TRC, CIEDP out of politics’, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Local level restructuring: A few tweaks to report is what Morcha seeks; Calls for adding 100 units in Tarai to make recommendations acceptable, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Task force to consult Madhesi lawmakers on LBRC report, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Yadav says state govts should hold local polls: SSFN chairman warns the Maoist-Congress coalition not to force elections on the Madhes-based parties (kp), Fiscal Decentralisation In Nepal, by Kalpana Ghimire (rn), Interface Between State And Citizens, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Red tape stalls grant, loan signing with India: Indian govt has pledged $1b for rebuilding efforts (kp), RPP unity convention will go for reinstating monarchy: Thapa; Thapa, who backed consti-tutional monarchy even after it was abolished, hails king as the pillar of national independence and unity (kp) [Such demands are anti-national and destroy social harmony in the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state of Nepal where many social groups have suffered under royal politics for centuries!]

11/02/2017: Transitional justice: House panel tells govt to give teeth to commissions, by Dewan Rai (kp) [see Nepal: extending transitional justice commissions without granting real powers betrays trust of victims (ICJ 10/02/2017)], Ten Years On, Madhes Still In Unrest, by Amarendra Yadav (rn), Polls over partisan interests: If political parties remain unwilling to give up their respective stances, we might as well prepare ourselves for another round of serious political turmoil, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Dahal, Oli sit for parley, say polls probably by May, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Teenager wins court case on citizenship in mother’s name, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), How the Trump gag rule threatens women’s lives in Nepal: The cut-off of American financing to providers of family planning services is a terrible blow to a country with few doctors and clinics, by Subina Shrestha (kp)

10/02/2017: TRC, CIEDP terms extended by one year: Rights activists point out the need to empower commissions with laws, by Dewan Rai (kp), Transitional justice mechanisms get one year term extension (rep), Action needed, not empty words, say conflict victims: Justice a far cry even a decade after peace deal, by Durga Lal KC (kp), Local level restructuring report: Panel to consult with State 2 MPs (kp), Govt mulls sending LLRC report back to commission: Ploy to delay elections: UML (rep), Fringe parties: Threshold design to disenfranchise marginalised groups; The bill related to political parties, which awaits parliamentary nod, requires a national party to pass 3 percent vote threshold in parliamentary polls (kp), Haven’t received electoral laws, says CEC Yadav: Electoral laws, LLRC report and polling date in urgent need, according to the chief commissioner (kp), Constitution Amendment: Wrong Prioritisation, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), CSOs in a loktantrik Nepal: A democratic polity should look for ways to further allow Nepali citizens to fully enjoy their fundamental right to organise, by Pratyoush Onta and Avash Bhandari (kp), 300 law practitioners from 8 districts resign (kp)

09/02/2017: A regressive step: The new Civil Code Bill will roll back the historic gains in property rights for Nepali women, by Subin Mulmni (kp), Distribute first and second tranches by next 3 months: House panel to NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), NRA told to ensure homes for quake-hit before monsoon: A compiled data from the NRA shows 14,000 houses damaged by the earthquake have been rebuilt and another 30,625 are under construction as of Wednesday (kp), Transitional justice act amendment: Draft defines disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp), Breaking the threshold: All the making and breaking of post-1990 governments have been due to the big parties, not the small ones, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Crucial bill on local elections stalled, by Prakash Timilsina (rep), Elections under present structure: Deuba (kp), Poll dates after agreement with Morcha: Dahal (kp), Developers of Nepali voting machine feel discouraged, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Executive President For Political Stability, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Faces of foreign meddling: Are critiques against foreign meddling mere stuffs of imagination? Is it that we do not see what others see or others do not see what we see?, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

08/02/2017: TJ act amerndment draft: 20-year jail for guilty of murder, disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp), Inclusiveness in Nepal and India: There are a number of lessons that Nepal can learn from India to redress historical injustices, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp), Drive begins for united Tharuhat; Demand: Alignment of Tharu strongholds of Kailali and Kanchanpur districts with a Tharuwan province (kp), Taksera villagers protest in Musikot against LLRC report, by Hari Gautam (kp), Panel reaches Tikapur to conduct probe (kp), Relations between NC and Maoist Center sour, by Ashok Dahal (kp) [Yes, please reduce life of governments to six months!]

07/02/2017: RPP to recall ministers soon, says Lohani (kp), TMLP holds merger talks with like-minded Madhesi parties (kp), What’s the hold-up? Delay by line ministries in the extension of spending authority is surprising and worrying (kp)

06/02/2017: Civil Code Bill draws flak from rights advocates: Rights activists say the  bill introduced to replace Muluki Ain has denied even those rights that women had enjoyed earlier (kp), Rights groups press govt to extend TJ bodies’ mandate (kp), Transitional justice should also address root causes of the conflict, interview with Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Illogical Stand On Amendment, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Election body to ask govt for polling date: To write to the Cabinet today to make matters clear, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Stay on the message: Prime Minister Dahal needs to be  consistent about his position on elections (kp), TMLP asks Deuba to honour commitment (kp), ‘Resolving Madhes crisis crucial for polls’ (kp), Shankharapur residents padlock municipal office: Shankharapur locals have objected to the LLRC report which suggests annexing the municipality into Kajeshwori Manohara (kp)

05/02/2017: CIEDP lays groundwork for investigation: Panel involving forensic experts to be formed for exhuming bodies, by Dewan Rai (kp), AI, HRW call to extend mandates of TRC, CIEDP (ht), Taskforce to forward suggestions to LLRC: If restructuring report needs to be revised, commission to do so, not govt, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Govt to intensify parleys to ensure local elections: PM Dahal is under pressure with the Madhes-based parties refusing to budge from their stance and the UML turning up the heat (kp), Local Polls Vehicle Of Grassroots Democracy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Morcha denies meetings with secessionist forces (kp)

04/02/2017: Rift among TRC members comes to fore, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [This is because the TRC is only another playing field for the power struggles of the politicians!], Nepali workers abroad still unable to vote, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Letter from govt lacks clarity, says poll body: EC yet to take a decision on how to respond to the government missive (kp), First statute amendment, SLMM leaders reiterate, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), MJF-D threatens to boycott civic elections (ht), No poll date before amendment: PM (rep), LLRC chairman says report can’t be revised: The government has already formed a taskforce to study the complaints against the LLRC report and present its suggestions (kp) Fake Student Union (FSU): Yes, we need student unions, but they should work for  the students not the vested interests of politicians; It’s about time we had  age limit for our politicians as well. Yes, you have to be 25 to contest general elections in this land but why not have a cut-off age at 65?, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical and true!], Playing with fire: If Madhesh remains unstable, Nepal’s misgivings about India’s interference will make it more and more dependent on China, economically and militarily, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Political parties are trying to sabotage Election Commission, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (rep)

03/02/2017: Nepal: Key Moment for Justice; UN and Donors Need to Back Accountability for Conflict Era Crimes (HRW), ‘TRC, CIEPD failed victims of conflict’ (ht), Taskforce to study issues related to LLRC report (kp), Local level election bill endorsed (kp), EC now has 4 of 5 laws needed for local poll (rep), Morcha: Govt free to prepare for polls (kp), Govt writes to EC for local poll preparations: Oppn and others smell rat behind govt move, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Polls likely before May 24, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), ‘Free Madhes’ campaigner CK Raut arrested (kp), Consequence Of Appeasement, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [??], Periods of banishment: Women in western Nepal are starting to refuse to be thrown out of the house once a month, by Subeksha Poudel (nt), 7 years in Jeddah jail: Ten Nepali migrant workers return home to ask: "Why did our government abandon us?", by Om Astha Rai (nt), CIAA receiving less number of corruption complaints: New constitution curtailed rights of CIAA barring the constitutional body from investigating ‘improper conduct’ of public officials (rep) [Investigation obviously not wanted by male Tagadhari creators of the new constitution!]

02/02/2017: Rights priorities go wrong: Extension of TJ commissions’ terms without giving them legislative muscles means little (kp), SC scraps TRC guidelines for putting complaints on hold (rep), Election Commission: Maintaining Independence, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Local level election bill: Women, Dalit, marginalized representation to increase, by Ashok Dahal (rep), 45 parties registered with EC for local elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Govt to write to EC to start preparations (kp), Cong leaders doubt Dahal’s poll intentions: Say chances of local elections under new mandate slim (kp), LLRC report: Legal eagles: Govt can revise paper; Commission officials warn such a move will be unconstitutional (kp), Broadening the Nepali mind: Events like the Nepal Literature Festival help counter aggressive nationalism and ignorance, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Little progress: Instructions and orders alone will not resolve the problem of low spending; it is a matter of strong political will to sincerely remove all the impediments on the way (ht), Landless quake victims: Why are we deprived of state aid?, by Shankar Shrestha (ht)

01/02/2017: Rebuilding Sindhuli houses could take more than a century, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Subcommittee agrees on key provision: Lawmakers have reached an agreement to have a provision that ensures elections to local councils will be held two months prior to expiry of the exist-ing local bodies’ tenure, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), District judge to be poll commissioner: Provisions on vote threshold and election symbols in the bill on political parties are contentious. The major parties want a threshold of votes to ensure a seat for a party in the Parliament but fringe parties have been opposing the provision (ht), No vote if our demands not met, warns Mahato (kp), Madhesi Parties Playing Spoilsport?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), ‘Civil society should step in to end impasse’ (ht), Own it up: The report of the LBRC should be implemented and if necessary changes can be made to the report after the elections (ht), House panel tells govt to appoint envoys pronto (kp) [The govt has never been interested in what parliament or Supreme Court say!], Govt bodies at a loss for lack of right to spend: On average, each ministry has extended spending authority to about 80pc projects and programmes, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Nepal likely to have Rs 300 bn budget surplus, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), A critical moment: As Nepal’s economic prospects expand, who benefits and how will depend on the success of its democratic system, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Shocks After Shocks, by Shyam KC (rn)

31/01/2017: Idea of citizenship: We need to revisit the 1952 Citizenship Act in order to make Nepal a true republic, by Kalpana Jha (kp), PM’s four questions to Madhes leaders: Madhes leaders reiterate amendment prior to poll date announcement, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), ‘Marriage of convenience’ on the verge of collapse? Irate leaders of Madhes-based parties say they are ready to part ways with ruling alliance (kp), House endorses third poll-related bill: 5 laws must to hold local elections n 4 more needed for federal, provincial and prez votes (kp), No Alternative To Elections, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Election And The New Generation, by Prem Khatry (rn), ‘Changing LBRC report without implementation unconstitutional’ (ht), NRA planning to spend hefty amount for deploying volunteers: Experts term the plan unnecessary and a populist program, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Celebrating The Martyrs’ Day, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

30/01/2017: TRC for extending its tenure by one year (ht), Judicial Council bids for one-tier Special Court: Conflict victims can appeal in the Supreme Court, by Dewan Rai (kp), ‘EC gradually losing autonomy’, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Voter list update: 14 districts  get  extra time: The Election Commission extends the deadline to February 11 considering the delay in voter list updating process because of  protests in Province 5 (kp), Dahal to set poll date in ‘2-3 days’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM under pressure with no progress on amendment, polls, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Statute must be rewritten: Upendra Yadav (ht), Proletarianism to globalism: Modi has done on the subcontinent what Trump has done at the global level: vacate the leadership position for China, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Musing On Martyrs’ Day, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

29/01/2017: Has PM struck deal with UML? Failure to announce poll dates by his own deadline does not say so, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Morcha to hold demonstrations in Tarai on Feb 5 (kp), UDMF to hold demonstrations in Tarai: The front fears the big III will ignore Madhes issues, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Local elections bill: MPs: Vote before representatives’ tenure expires, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Debunking a few myths: Nepal was never a buffer state, and China and India prefer maritime routes for trade, by Madan Shahi (kp)

28/01/2017: TRC commissioners at odds over seeking term extension, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Local level elections: Delay in announcing dates sows confusion; Cabinet decides to take LLRC report to political parties for discussion, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Govt decides to dwell on LBRC report: Decision may make announcing election dates in 4-5 days, as promised, difficult, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Two poll-related laws delayed (kp), Parties barred from accepting donations from NGOs, govt agencies; Motorbike/vehicle rallies banned; Wall paintings/pamphleteering on public/private walls prohibited (rep), 'Right to reject' removed from election bill (rep) [Further ignoring of SC rulings!!], Three members recommended for EC, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Elusive National And Local Polls, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Government puts local restructuring report on hold, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Passage of amendment bill will embolden secessionist elements, interview with Bhim Rawal (rep) [Long live male Tagadharibad!]

27/01/2017: Unequal by law: The constitution needs to be amended so that  people of all genders can receive equal treatment, by Sanjay Sharma and Tingyi Yang (kp), Performance legitimacy: Wining an election no longer guarantees accountability, voters will now decide based on achievement (nt), SAC to present 2 poll bills in House today (kp), House sub-panel endorses poll offences bill: Proposes two-year jail term for grave electoral malpractices (ht), Preparing the field: Parliament needs to pass three more bills, and if that is done by the weekend local elections can finally be held for the first time in 20 years, by Om Astha Rai (nt), NC pressuring PM to declare civic elections (ht), Amend statute before declaring poll: FSF-N (ht), No polls without Madhesis, Tharus on board: PM (rep), NRA releases Rs 11.75b for second tranche (kp), Whose turn next? The politics of agreement ensures that every person willing to hang on will have his day, by Sachchi Ghimire Karki (kp), Nationalism Under Threat, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [Which nationalism, non-inclusive male Tagadhari nationalism or the one that includes all sections of society and that still has to be invented?]

26/01/2017: A nation still in the making: Ethnicity and nationhood need not be mutually exclusive, but Mahendra failed to create a multi-ethnic nation, by Deepak Thapa (kp), TRC presses for firm govt commitment: Demands legal prerequisites and logistics before term extension, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC fails to decide on term extension (ht), Nepal ranked as third most corrupt country in SAsia, by Samipa Khanal (kp), Nepal made scant progress against corruption: TI; Third most corrupt country in South Asia and 131th in score out of 176 surveyed (rep), Parliament endorses two poll-related bills (kp), Local Polls Should Not Be Deferred, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Constitution amendment: PM proposes House panel to end dispute, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), LBRC starts hiring experts on public administration (ht), 17 wounded in Nuwakot clash, by Krishna Thapa (kp) [on local level restructuring], UML refuses to be part of foreign policy review panel (kp)

25/01/2017: Panel on disappearances to seek 1-year term extension, by Dewan Rai (kp), ‘Ready to hold local level polls within May-June’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UDMF warns against unilateral announcement of polls, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Poll only after amendment: PM to Madhes parties (rep), Local Polls: A Political Discourse, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Parties continue to bicker over threshold: Parties that are against threshold say big political parties want to maintain monopoly by keeping the provision, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp). Local level restructuring dispute: Prolonged banda in Nuwakot affects farmers, quake victims, by Krishna Thapa (kp), Growth and prosperity: Nepal should enforce economic reforms and spend the capital budget (kp), Schools turning into playground for politicians, by Raju Adhikari (rep)

24/01/2017: Ensure Early Polls, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), PM consults CEC on local elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), House panel endorses two poll related bills, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), House panel softens poll offence penalty for parties, by Ashok Dahal (rep 24/01/2017), PM floats supplementary constitution amendment proposal: Morcha ‘positive’ about plan; Oppn UML asks PM for details, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Ministry finalizes proposal on new local units, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), NC lawmakers want revision to LLRC report (kp), UDMF cadres stage rally (ht), Anti-intellectualism: a growing menace; Undereducated political leaders in fledgling democracies like Nepal are undermining democracy even before it takes root, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Bheri Babai could see budget cut to fund petty projects: Budget being transferred to election constituencies of home, irrigation ministers: Officials, by Rudra Pangeni (rep) [A special kind of corruption on highest political level!!]

23/01/2017: Team readies two poll bills for submission: Sub-panel plans to give final touches to first two bills in its meeting on Monday morning and sub-mit them to the SAC late, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Holding Local Polls In April, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), PM Dahal says local elections by mid-May, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Challenges galore for holding local polls by mid-May, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Civic poll date in six days: PM: Supplementary proposal likely to revise amendment bill, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Look before you leap: It is essential to gain the confidence of the  disgruntled groups before heading to elections (kp), Only way out: The local level elections and the constitutional amendment bill should not be made dependent on each other; they are quite separate issues (ht), LBRC working on basic defining criteria: NEFIN has come up with demand fro 23 autonomous and 12 special protected regions, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Govt attorneys boycott hearings to protest appointment of judges, by Dewan Rai (kp), Dispute over judges appointment gets serious: Demanding a review of the council’s decision, government attorneys on Sunday boycotted proceedings in all the courts and tribunals, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Oli warns of stir if statute revisions were to be passed: Claims proposed revisions will weaken link between the Hills and the Tarai, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Revolution No 4: The world economy is changing, and Nepal is once again in danger of missing out, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Nepali nationality has not been well defined even after 250 years, interview with CK Lal (kp)

22/01/2017: TRC yet to decide on tenure extension, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Major parties agree to hold local polls by mid-May, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Big III agree on polls: Statute amendment bill still remains a contentious issue, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), FSF-N decides not to accept amendment bill (ht), Madhes parties, Naya Shakti in bid for alliance: Leaders from both sides say a new alliance would  be announced once com-mon agendas are identified (kp), Terai Turning Into A Soft Belly?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt formulates strategy to make budget gender responsive (ht)

21/01/2017: TJ bodies divided over extra tenure: The mandate of the TRC and the CIEDP, formed to look into conflict-era  cases, expires on Feb 10, by Dewan Rai (kp), Government mulling House prorogation: Aims to get poll bills endorsed and declare dates in about 10 days; Constitution amendment bill to be put on the back burner, by Tika R. Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp), Over dozen injured in protest against LLRC report (kp), Polls impossible if date not fixed within a week, says Shrestha: PM’s press adviser Govinda Acharya says government would set the date only after endorsing essential election-related bills (kp), Three-tier Polls: Key To Institutionalise Republic, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Parties not serious about holding polls on time: Adhikari (rep), Nepal Army personnel to aid house reconstruction (kp), The grant rush: As the distribution of the housing reconstruction grants begins to pick up pace, rampant  irregularities threaten to derail the legitimacy of the rebuilding process, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Ila Sharma dismayed over Singh's appointment as minister, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Panel informs House about govt's reluctance to implement its directives (rep)

20/01/2017: Caught between polls and statute amendment: Governing parties struggle to break political deadlock; Constitution amendment bill tabled in Parliament on January 8 not on the  agenda for discussion at today’s House meeting (kp), Polls uncertain as govt ties up amendment and election bills (rep), 43 ministers in Dahal’s Cabinet (kp), Dahal cabinet now jumbo size with 43 members (rep), NRA seeks NA, APF help in reconstruction (kp), UDMF, NSN to forge working alliance (ht), Failing to make the list: Many genuine earthquake survivors are missing from the list for housing grants due to frequent changes in government, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt), Bhagbanda politics: Things start falling apart when the centre cannot hold because it is too busy dividing up the spoils (nt), Separating powers: Judicial Council nominations of judges are always controversial, this year was no different, by Binita Dahal (nt)

19/01/2017: TJ process hangs in balance: Victims worried about being left out in cold, by Dewan Rai (kp), Offer to join govt stokes differences in MJF-L (kp), PM may appoint two ministers today (rep), PM inducting minister from party that EC has scrapped? (kp) [!!], Deadlock on amendment bill to continue (ht), Out of the box: The question of local elections is deeply intertwined with constitution amendment (kp), EC: Polls unlikely in May-June if issues not resolved in 10 days, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Fixing election date: Sub-panel for further deliberation (kp), Improving Laws For Federal Elections, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Kalaiya on protest to press for sub-metropolis status (kp), Saptari leaders condemn LBRC report (ht), Forgotten victims: Petty politics is slowing down the reconstruction process and hurting the earthquake survivors, by David Kainee (kp), Post-quake reconstruction: 2nd tranche of aid distribution begins (kp), NRA seeks army, police manpower for reconstruction, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Times of confusion and fusion: Moderation and cultivation of multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic living is what Nepal needs at the moment, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Nomination of High Court judges: Judicial Council’s decision challenged at SC (ht)

18/01/2017: EC seeks laws pronto for local polls in May, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Local polls possible in May only if laws ready by Jan: ECN chief (ht), HC judges: Memorandum submitted to Chief Justice (kp), SC moved (kp), Ethnic Thami people find home in Charikot, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), What about them? The majority of the population that is to be resettled belongs to marginalized and low-income communities, by Satis Devkota (rep), Ten years after: The Madhes movement has helped to make Madhesis more confident and assertive, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Nine years on, Madhes movement has lost what it gained, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep) [wants to say: ten years on], Two-thirds Majority: Uphill Task For Govt, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Govt to unveil action plan to ramp up capital expenditure, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Saptari lawmakers against report of restructuring panel (ht), Second reconstruction tranche from today (rep), 3 among CA brawlers have become ministers: Vandals still not punished two years on; Probe committee report not published, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [politics of impunity!]

17/01/2017: Ramp up spending: That govt hasn’t acted, despite knowing pitfalls of low capital expenditure, is embarrassing (kp), 10 years of madhes movement: Crucial gains, Madhesi leaders ask for more, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), ‘Three sets of polls crucial to end Nepal’s political transition’ (kp), Judges for high courts: Govt lawyers object to JC recommendations, by Dewan Rai (kp), Missing cues of history: Nepalis have forsaken the norm of evaluating public figures on the basis of their past, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Act In Spirit Of Democracy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Red Cross tarps for Dhading quake victims after 20 months: Victims term the relief a mockery of their plight, by Shankar Shrestha (rep), Less equal: We must aim for a socially inclusive country that ensures the welfare of a broad section instead of serving few elites, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep)

16/01/2017: NHRC report confined to PMO: Parliament panel sees breach of statute provision, by Dewan Rai (kp) [see NHRC report of 13/01/2017 in Nepali], Crisis of confidence: If three elections are to be held by next January, parties need to strike an immediate deal (kp), Federal Alliance, Naya Shakti Party to forge working alliance (rep), Amendment must for resolving Tarai crisis, say Madhesi leaders (kp), Don’t invite conflict, UML warns govt (kp) [In other words: Conflict in any case!], Musing over Madhesi Demands, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Cabinet expansion unlikely at the moment, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Longer the delay in spending available funds, harder it will be to secure new funds, interview with Govind Raj Pokharel, new CEO of NRA (kp), Transitional management plan proposed for local bodies (ht), Victims won’t have to wait long for justice: TRC commissioner, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Rotary of revolutions: Rudderless due to unawakened masses, Tarai-Madhesh remains almost leaderless even after a decade of the first major upheaval, by CK Lal (rep), Spread the word: It’s important to assess if we have done enough to inform people to save their lives and properties if another big earthquake hits Nepal, by Prerana Marasini (rep)

15/01/2017: Country fails to buck low capex trend again: Only 11.12pc of Rs 311.95b allocated for capital expenditure spent so far (kp), Restructuring report puts govt in dilemma: Implementing it could sour relations with Madhesi parties; revision may invite legal complexities, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Local restructuring: Agitating Kanda locals prevent police from entering village, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), 2 Cong MPs say will vote against amendments (kp), NRA bid to issue rebuilding grants before monsoon (kp) [??], Lawmakers weigh three options on election date (kp), Development regions as states: The possibility has been virtually lost during the political uncertainties of the past decade, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp)

14/01/2017: ‘Nepal yet to ensure justice to war-era victims’ (kp), Nepal fails to deliver justice to wartime abuses, relief to quake victims: HRW (ht) [see Nepal chapter in HRW report 2017], Post-earthquake recovery: NRA plans to address grievances by Feb 11; ‘Quake-hit left to languish in shelters as parties bicker’ (kp), Quake survivors unhappy with government grant (ht), Morcha for amendment before fixing election date, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UDMF seeks revision of constitution amendment bill: Says it would participate in polls only after the revised amendment bill is endorsed by the Parliament, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Ruling coalition, Madhes parties agree on revising amendment bill (rep), PM expanding cabinet to secure two-thirds votes for amendment, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [This would not only be another grave violation of the constitution but it would also be a special kind of corruption!!], Ruling, oppn MPs oppose LBRC report: Warn of nationwide protests if it's not corrected, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Local level restructuring: Madhesi parties want population as basis (kp), 80 judges picked for seven High Courts (ht), JC's midnight recommendations for high court judges criticized: Member Sitaula boycotts meeting, NBA demands for review, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Minister Lekhak on inauguration spree: Development projects in the doldrums, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), The anti-corruption chaos: The crisis at CIAA owes to our lack of understanding of process of appointment and removal of anti-corruption agency heads, by Narayan Manandhar (rep)

13/01/2017: 10 provinces? Maybe, Dahal tells NEFIN team: According to a NEFIN  official, the PM said the seven-province model was a product of political  compulsion (kp), ‘Local elections by May-end’: PM Dahal’s political adviser Chakrapani Khanal says dates will be announced in 10 day: Ruling Maoist Centre  and NC ‘unwilling’ to wait until the amendment bill  is passed to announce  the local poll dates, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), UML plans awareness campaign in the plains, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Guilty of serious crimes to be booked, says TRC chief, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Enact more women-friendly laws: Experts (kp), PM urges students to stay alert of regressive activities (kp), Prachanda and PN Shah, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), The end of Karkistocracy: Lokman Singh Karki’s departure raises questions about who mysteriously appointed him and why, by Binita Dahal (nt)

12/01/2017: Reconstruction Works: Moving At A Snail’s Pace, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Nepal: Political Bickering Stalls Justice for Conflict Victims; Government Fails Earthquake Relief For Second Winter (HRW), Leadership change in NRA: Govt dismisses Gyewali, brings Pokharel back, by Pragati Shahi (kp), Localisation of humanitarian response: A lesson from Nepal’s earthquake is that INGOs need to strengthen local actors instead of themselves, by Subindra Bogati and Andy Featherstone (kp), Govt, Morcha remain at odds over poll date (kp), Stir resumes against revision bill (kp), Govt to review existing public holidays (kp), Revamping Bureaucracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Full utilisation of capital budget unrealistic, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Three Main Verdicts Of Supreme Court Of Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

11/01/2011: Challenges galore: Even after two years of their formation our transitional justice bodies have not been able to function properly, by Meena Bhatta (rep) What will happen to facilities enjoyed by ‘unfit’ Karki? Many say it’s more about propriety than what perks he was entitled to (kp), CPN-UML leaders want holiday on Prithvi Jayanti; Nepal can’t be playground: Shah (kp), Protests on in Khotang against LLRC proposal, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp), Hindu-Muslim dispute upsets harmony of Kapilvastu village, by Manoj Paudel (kp)

10/01/2017: Long road to justice: Conflict victims have been waiting and waiting for transitional justice bodies to act, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Constitution amendment bill: Deliberations likely to start on Thursday (kp), Morcha courts Madhesi MPs from oppn bench; Ram Janam Chaudhary: This bill doesn’t solve  the problem. There should be a lasting solution instead of amending the constitution time and again (kp) [!!], Yadav, Bhattarai for revising amendment bill (ht), Meeting deferred in lack of quorum (kp), Lawmakers want amendment bill to state poll dates (ht), Rebuilding of earthquake-hit schools in limbo, by Harbihar Singh Rathour (kp), A momentous verdict: SC’s decision to disqualify Karki is a vital step in the fight against corruption (kp), With Karki gone, who will take CIAA helm? Qualification of four of the five commissioners challenged in court; Statute bars govt from bringing new face to lead anti-graft agency, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), It is over: The Karki scandal should not be allowed to make CIAA weaker and its morale should rather be boosted through choice of a qualified person (ht), RPP calls for marking Poush 27 as national unity day (kp) [Yes, please celebrate the founder of modern Nepal who has ultimate resposibility for the failed developments of the country!], Blame Game Is No Solution, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (kp), You are a nationalist too: Those who shaped the destiny of Nepal have been questioned since 2007 political changes and nationalism has been portrayed as a flawed strategy, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), All eyes on parliament: Our lawmakers seem more worried over their personal welfare than the welfare of the country and the people, by Devendra Gautam (rep)

09/01/2017: Constitution amendment: Bill tabled in House amid opposition, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Amendment bill tabled amid oppn uproar, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NEFIN asks govt to revise proposal: The federation says the proposed amendment cannot meet aspiration of the Janajati communities (kp), SC Ruling And Oppositions' Stance, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Court disqualifies Karki as CIAA chief, by Anil Giri (kp), SC finds Karki ineligible to head CIAA, annuls appointment, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), SC bells the cat: Fall of an arrogant bureaucrat, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Advocate Aryal insists on continuous vilgilance (kp), Order makes impeachment motion uncertain (kp), No justifiable ground to sack me: NRA CEO Gyewali defends, by Samipa Khanal (kp), Khotang villagers protest LLRC report (kp), Protest in Khotang against restructuring modality (ht), Continued aftershocks: Govt has to seriously look into how it is handling post-disaster reconstruction (kp), Money and politics: Election campaign contributions and political corruption are a threat to fledgling democracies like Nepal, by Neel Kantha Uprety (kp), Local bodies won’t be sustainable if they cannot generate revenue, interview with Khem Raj Nepal (kp), NHRC role in probing conflict-era cases urged (rep), Enduring Dilemmas, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR)

08/07/2017: Debt traps threaten quake-hit (kp), Govt set to table bill today, oppn refuses to budge, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Parties persist in sticking to their stances, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), UML to continue obstructing House proceedings (ht) [A sheer contempt of court and disregard of democratic principles!], Won’t support charter revision proposal: MJF-L (kp), UDMF won’t accept LBRC report: Leaders; Say it goes against the basic concept of state restructuring (ht), Sub-panel seeks more time to talk poll-related bills: A meeting of the State Affairs Committee is expected to extend the deadline on Sunday (kp), TMLP says it won’t accept LLRC report (kp), Villagers demonstrate in Khotang (kp), 70 staff proposed for each local unit (kp), Badis protest in Kailali demanding support (kp), Report at your own risk: Press freedom remains a myth in daily practice despite broad legislative measures, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), Interwoven issues and complexities: Mishandling of politics can extend Nepal’s transition phase and deteriorate its ties with neighbours, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp)

07/01/2017: No justice, no peace: The commissions have made reasonable progress in the transitional  justice process, despite non-cooperation from the government, by Dewan Rai (kp), Oppn parties take to the streets, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli vehemently against amendment bill: Nine opposition parties take to street against constitution amendment (rep 07/01/2017), Opposition rally throws city traffic out of gear (kp), Oppn to 'wait and see' as ruling parties bent on tabling amendment (rep) [Still disregarding the SC decision!], Ruling parties to talk to UML before tabling bill in Parliament, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Won’t support proposal as it is, says RPP (kp), Gyewali gets letter that seeks to send him packing (kp), Debt traps threaten Nepal quake victims (Channel News Asia), LLRC submits report to prime minister: Country to have 719 village and municipal councils, by Binod Ghimire (kp), LBRC report proposes 719 local bodies: Number of autonomous, special areas to be fixed later, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Commission proposes 719 local units, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), The Dalit Question: The least well-meaning Nepalis can do is acknowledge that caste discrimination has occurred structurally against the Dalits in the past, by Shreya Paudel (kp)

06/01/2017: Constitution amendment: Maoist, Cong, SLMM leaders for tabling bill; The parties have also decided to reach out to fringe  forces to ensure two-thirds majority in Parliament, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Madhes parties suggest removing constitutional difficulties (rep), Oppn will take stern steps if govt tries to push bill: Oli; The UML chair assures the opposition parties will  not obstruct Sunday’s House meeting but insists  the govt should follow the spirit of consensus (kp), Govt prepares ground for giving NRA chief executive officer boot: Asks Sushil Gyewali to clarify why he should not be relieved of duties; CEO says he is yet to receive any letter seeking fresh clarification (kp), UML objects to decision to remove CEO Gyewali (ht), Tired of the cold wait, quake survivors rebuild on their own (kp), Quake-hit battle second winter in temporary huts, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Learning to reconstruct: Volunteers from around the world are filling the gap left by the government in helping rebuild quake-damaged schools, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt) [Be sure, NRA and govt will be looking for ways how to criticise and punish these voluteers!], Getting the facts straight: It’s high time the government and donors made an honest assessment of reconstruction and resettlement works in earthquake-affected areas, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp), Govt agrees to receive LLRC report, finally (kp) [??], A divided Maoist Centre: Will Bhattarai be able to bring the hill and the Madhes populations together? (kp), RJP-R takes up royalist agenda (kp) [!??], Verdict: If 2016 began amidst a border blockade, 2017 has started with a blockade of parliament, by Om Astha Rai (nt)

05/01/2017: Transitional justice: Boundary dispute leaves bill to amend act in the balance, by Dewan Rai (kp), Heal the pain: Not one perpetrator from the conflict era has been held accountable in the past decade, by Suman Adhikari (kp), FA seeks removal of provisions of Article 274: Won't accept polls unless constitution is amended, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Gathabandhan calls on UML to honour SC ruling: Madhesi and Janajati forces have also warned the government not to go to local polls before the constitution amendment, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), RPP takes centre stage as parties do the math, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Parties talk putting boundary revision on hold, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NRA chief furnishes clarification: Gyewali points finger of blame at govt agencies; Says he has fulfilled his duty within the given jurisdiction, by Pragati Shahi (kp), NRA chief Gyewali blames govt for the delay, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Govt ‘decides’ to sack NRA chief Gyewali, by Praveen Dhakal (rep), No sight of solution to thousands of landless Kavre quake victims’ problem, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht), Flood victims struggling with winter woes, by Devendra Basnet and Nagendra Upadhyay (rep), Administrative restructuring: Existing staff will be rejigged before creating new posts under fed set-up, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), My new year’s wish for Nepal: In a ‘post-truth’ world, Nepal’s marginalised groups need to push their narratives more than ever, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Govt savings soar to Rs207b (kp), Constitutional Bodies Fair Recruitment A Must, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Hausalpur locals deprived of state facilities (ht), A Reflection On Prithvi’s Birth Anniversary Celebration, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

04/01/2017: Between a rock and a hard place: There might be civil conflict if we drive the constitution on the basis of a resurgent nationalism and refusal to accommodate differences, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Morcha hails court ruling: Calls for tabling of constitution amendment bill without delay, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Mature verdict: A way forward to find a win-win situation for all the parties is to sit together and find a way out as per the SC verdict (ht), UML urges govt to move in consensus: Main opposition hints at ending month-long obstruction of Parliament, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [?? The SC decision is binding law! Abide by it without any precondition!], UML to halt obstructions if boundary changes dropped from bill (rep) [?], UML likely to end House obstruction (ht), Onus Is Now On UML, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), House postponed again after parties pledge deal (kp), Parties begin fresh talks after SC order: 'Constitution unlikely to be amended to redraw federal boundaries after the verdict' (ht), Amendment bill will be passed as it is: Deuba (kp), Tripartite pact signed with 87pc of registered families: NRA (kp) [?], 19,213 officials didn’t disclose property last fiscal (kp), 19,000 officials not filing property details to face action, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Election Commission preparing for local polls against all odds: The election-governing body may formally ask parties to register names for local polls in a week; Officials believe the decision could spur parties into shifting their focus towards elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), LBRC working to determine autonomous, protected regions (ht), NRA builds online database to track I/NGO work (rep) [The NRA should better fulfil its tasks instead of hampering the work of organisations that do what NRA and government should have done for long!]

03/01/2017: Constitution amendment bill: Supreme Court declines to issue interim order, by Dewan Rai (kp), SC denies stay against amendment bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), SC refuses interim order in petitions against amendment bill, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Ruling parties see opportunity to table amendment proposal; Lekhak: Since the court says the House should be allowed to exercise its  sovereign right, MPs should get to decide on bill, byn Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Parties stick to their guns, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Ruling parties to delay tabling bill for a few days (rep), Parties mull face-saving formula for consensus, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Tharuhat announces protest for separate Tharu state, by DR Panta (kp), Tharuhat announces more protests (ht), Morcha protests for constitution amendment (kp), House obstruction crosses a month (kp), Money to burn: Fears harboured by critics of CDP seem to be coming true (kp), Foreign policy flux: As long as our leaders seek patronage from foreign powers, Nepal can only exercise limited sovereignty, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Better luck next year: Madhesis will remember 2016 for the endless  political dialogue that yielded little, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Relevance Of Reconciliation, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Continuous snowfall, rain affect life of quake victims, by Dhruba Dangal (rep), Data collection of quake victims in limbo (ht), Survey for housing grant to be complete only by February (rep), EC ‘not well-prepared’ as elections draw near, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Right to reject: Providing electors maximum choice is the most democratic practice. NOTA provision does just that, by Neel Kantha Uprety (rep)

02/01/2017: Earthquake victims struggle amid severe cold. by Narahari Sapkota (rep) [This is denial of assistance in its gravest form!!], Govt intensifies talks with opposition UML, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Ruling coalition decides to push for amendment despite obstruction (rep), Hearing on registration of bill to continue (ht), Govt frets over possible setback from within, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Boundary revision: Court ruling likely today (kp), SC refuses to issue interim order against constitution amendment bill, by Durga Dulal (rep) [!], Parliament should be allowed to exercise its sovereign right, interview with Ramesh Lekhak (kp), Consensus a casualty of rigid stances, by Prakash Acharya (ht), National Vigilance Centre report: Delays, graft, bad behaviour rampant in govt offices, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), HR violators’ names will be disclosed soon, says NHRC (kp), The year in review: We hope the state does more to foster social change and prosperity in 2017 (kp), A year of governance disaster (rep), Politicized schools: Political parties compete for top school posts so that they get to use school budgets as they like, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep) [!?]

01/01/2017: Possibility of state failure: Democracy in Nepal seems to be floundering due to the sheer folly of our visionless leaders, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Anti-federalists And Hindu Fanatics, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), PM for tabling amendment bill ‘tomorrow’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Poll dates only after statute amendment bill is passed, PM assures UDMF leaders, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), ‘Govt leading nation towards confrontation’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NC leaders say polls bottomline: Leaders, however, remain unclear whether the polls would be held in the new structure or for the existing local bodies, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), EC needs five laws, admin centres for local polls by May, by Prakash Acharya (ht), ‘Statute has failed to accommodate all’ (ht) [This has already been for sure when the male Tagadhari politicians presented their non-inclusive draft in mid 2015!!], Quake-hit families crushing pebbles for living, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), Mahendriya Rastrabad, UML And Madhes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [?]

See also older links (July-December 2016)

Nepal 206/17, report by Amnesty International, 22 February 2017

Nepal: extending transitional justice commissions without granting real powers betrays trust of victims, by International Commission of Jurists, 10  February 2017

Nepal: Decade After Peace, Scant Progress On Justice; Political Parties Fail to Deliver on Promises, by Human Rights Watch, 18 October 2016

Statement on the CIAA and reports on investigation of Social Science Baha (SSB) and Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) (BNAC 01/10/2016)

“Our Time to Sing and Play”: Child Marriage in Nepal, by Human Rights Watch, 7 September 2016 [see also video]

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal. Paris, August 2016

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

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

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

INSEC Yearbook 2016 (19 February 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR)

Ways to destroy a nation: bandh calendar

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

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

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

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

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Nepal Armed Violence Assessment, by Small Arms Survey, Switzerland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tek Tamrakar. Federalism with a Dalit perspective. 25 March 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. Political transition in Nepal: Chances of Resembling Faustian Model of Development. Lund University, Sweden, March 2008

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Prabin K. Prajapati. Is Nepalese politics going towards anarchism? A view on CA election postponement. Lund University, Sweden, October 2007

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Scott Worden. Transitional Justice in Nepal: A Look at the International Experience of Truth Commissions. USIPeace Briefing, September 2007

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Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Colette Rausch. Constituent Assembly Elections and Security in Nepal. USIPeace Briefing, August 2007

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International Crisis Group. Nepal's troubled Tarai region. Asia Report No. 136, 9 July 2007

Prabin K. Prajapati. YCL, Eight Parties and People's Mandate. Lund, Sweden, July 2007

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12-Point Understanding Concluded between Seven Political Parties and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), New Delhi, 22 November 2005

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