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Press evaluation:
Background:

30/06/2011: Sub-committee starts debate on forms of governance (nn), Let the truth out: Justice is impossible without punishing human rights violators (kp) House panel seeks progress report (kp), Panel summons Khanal to clarify progress status Seeks report in writing at next meeting, by Prakash Acharya (kp), Party lying in wait for Dahal's bottom line (kp), Constitution and realpolitik: Nepali Congress will have to refrain from giving into the populist slogans or the design of its own hardliners, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Democratic control: The Army must accept civilian authority but the issue should not be politicised, by Gejha Sharma Wagle (kp), Administrators, security officers lament political interference as main barrier to maintaining law and order (nn)

29/06/2011: The great TRC debate: Parties’ face-off nearing end, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), French connection: Historical lessons should guide talks on form of government (kp), Parties treading water on peace front: Maoist Chairman Dahal’s decisions in coming days to shape course of future events, by Tika R, Pradhan (ht), Rift in Maoist party: Non-Maoist parties in wait ‘n’ watch mode (kp), When crime reigns supreme, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Is Peace Process Obstructing Constitution Writing?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Conflict-hit woman bed-ridden for a decade, no govt relief yet: Delay in applying for aid prolongs ordeal (ht)

28/06/2011: 30 days later (rep), To trust or to let rust (ht) [The extension of the CA term has already failed because the politicians once again use it only for their power fights! Nepal can only hope for peace and a new constitution if all current leading politicians are excluded from the process!!], Feuding political parties ignore peace calendar: Maoist absence from meetings, suspicion among leaders, behind delay (ht), Disputed issues on state re-do down to 25 (kp), CC sub-panel dwells on statute issues: Parties yet to resolve 47 disputed topics (ht), 17-member House panel to monitor May 29 deal, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Panel formed to monitor deal execution, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), House forms 5-pt deal monitoring body (rep), PM Khanal, Dahal discuss army integration, effective implementation of 5-point deal (nn), Born to fail?, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), Makings of a failed state, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), Convergence Within UCPN (Maoist): Critical To Peace And Constitution, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

27/06/2011: Prez to unveil govt policies on July 3: Budget on July 14; Parties cooperating: Speaker (ht), The parties are coming closer: Despite progress, agreement on the draft constitution remains stymied by the peace process, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Statute taskforce submits report to dispute resolution sub comm; proposes mixed model for form of governance (nn), 17-member House committee formed to monitor five-pt deal (nn), Maoist power struggle impedes peace process (rep), Dahal tries to woo other parties on peace, statute (kp), Politics without politicians, by C.K. Lal (rep), Criminalization of torture: Rights bodies miffed at tepid govt response (kp)

26/06/2011: Indigenous rights activist detained for ‘protesting’ against arrest of persons charged of cow slaughter (nn) [For almost 250 years not a single Bahun or Chhetri has been arrested for violating the traditions and feelings of the Janajati groups of Nepal!!], Skewed morality & national healing, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Criminalization of torture & state hypocrisy, by Tejman Shrestha (rep), Stop torturing women in detention, govt told (ht), The Maoist internal strife: A Rehearsal For Break-up?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Unsuccessful Political Leaders In Nepal, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

25/06/2011: Formation of parliamentary committee to monitor five-point deal in limbo (nn), No chance of national consensus govt: Dahal, by Kiran Pun and Post B. Basnet (rep), Rightists to be blamed for all evils: Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Maoist lawmakers urge chairman Dahal to call back ministers defeated in CA election (nn), Dropping cases conforms to CPA: Mahara, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [Crimes have to be punished if Nepal shall have a future!!], Gupta seeks amnesty for Tarai outfits (ht), In Search Of Justice, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), A culture of collusions, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp), 27th most likely to fail: An index declares Nepal to be 27th in a list of failed states, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp), House okays two UN conventions: 11th-hour endorsement saves Nepal from FATF blacklist (kp), House nod to key UN conventions: Nepal escapes blacklisting threat, by Kuvara Chalise and Prakash Acharya (ht)

24/06/2011: PLA profiling plan hits snag (kp), Factional Rivalry Takes Ugly Turn, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Govt move irks rights bodies: Withdrawal ‘undermines’ pledges (kp), MJF-Republican blames PM Khanal of violating 5-pt deal (nn), Final hearing: The fate of the Constituent Assembly is in the hands of the Supreme Court, by Bipin Adhikari (kp), Serious crimes: Case withdrawals are protecting politically connected individuals from accountability (kp) [see OHCHR report], In a state of impunity (nt)

23/06/2011: NC for panel to monitor implementation of 5-pt deal (rep), Gurung speaks in House against Dahal-led panel (kp), 250 seek case withdrawals at Home Ministry (rep), Khanal thumbs down to proposal (kp), Terai armed group opts for peaceful politics, by Gani Ansari and Suresh Yadav (rep), Federalism, republicanism & secularism, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Are present actions rational? Learn from past lessons, by Kamal Raj Dhungel (ht), NHRC, OHCHR urges govt to investigate and prosecute human rights violations (nn)

22/06/2011: Accord on directorate, number first: Maoists (kp), New taskforce redundant: Gupta; Asks Special Committee to sort out statute issues by itself (ht), Conclude peace process before new statute: UDMF (rep), Congress braces for post-Aug showdown: Deuba camp has room for doubt, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Turbulence ahead: In their pursuit for power, the parties are pushing a normal situation towards crisis, by Abhi Subedi (kp), GPK’s abiding gift: Politicians care more about maintaining strength and network than popularity, by Prashant Jha (kp), Pvt sector demands fixed budget date in new statute (kp), Refusal to accede to refugee convention: Is Nepal's reluctance justified?, by Semanta Dahal (ht), Nepal listed in failed states category (ht)

21/06/2011: Captured peace process, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), Taskforce fails to settle row: Wants political leadership to give guidelines on statute (ht), Courting crisis: Missing deadline for integration accord has wide implications (kp), Discourse On Nationalism: Growing Stakes And Strains, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Polarisation in Madhes politics ‘a challenge’, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), The oligarchic republic: Political parties have established entrenched interests that dominate over the state and stifle society, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Over the cliff: The issues of public accountability of political parties have become almost non-existent, by Anil Bhattarai (kp)

20/06/2011: Statute taskforce proposes mixed model for form of governance (nn), Wasted weeks: Parties have wasted enough of the country’s scarce resources and precious time without delivering a constitution, by Shyam K.C. (kp), NC, UML reject Maoist proposal to deploy combatants on border (rep), Special panel sets June 27 as new deadline, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Spl committee misses deadline (kp), Work In Concert For Peace, Constitution (rn), ‘Stop blaming Maoists for everything’, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Peace process deadlock upsets statute drafting: Main parties form yet another taskforce, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Morcha discusses German model, by Pranab Kharel (kp), NC to claim leadership after mid-July (kp) [??], Lost in transition, by Mohan Das Manandhar (rep), New constitution can be based: 11 thematic committees’ report, interview with Radheshyam Adhikari (kp), State of the state: Party patronage has encouraged impunity (kp)

19/06/2011: PLA integration: Modality deadline ends today; parties to miss it, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 19/06/2011), Injured fighters say amount too little for their sustenance (kp), Victory Of Criminals Over Rule Of Law, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

18/06/2011: Stalling again (rep), Maoist rift may disgrace country: Party puts the kibosh on UN Convention registration, by Kuvera Chalise and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Maoist secy refuses
to shun PLA security: Says chairman Dahal’s decision was unilateral
(ht), Ending dual security is Dahal's decision: Gajurel (rep), ‘Won’t toe Dahal line of returning PLA fighters’ (kp), Unity Message Of The Maoists (rn), Can UCPN (M) regenerate?, by Dhruba Adhikari (rep), Number of armed outfits ‘goes down drastically’, by Anil Giri (kp)

17/06/2011: Weapons management: Parties sharply divided, by Prashant Jha (kp), Deadline likely to be irrelevant for special committee (ht), Nepal’s Politics And External Meddling, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Second Extension of CA, by Tilak Rawal (sp), “Peace-Justice Trade” In Transitional Nations, by Ankit Dhakal (sp), Emerging Realpolitik Contours, by Dipak Gyawali (sp 04/07/2011)

16/06/2011: Taskforce on statute gets the ball rolling (ht), Prez advices PM to implement 5-pt deal to push ahead peace, statute drafting process (nn), Slow crawl: Peace and constitution process must soon gain momentum (kp), Dahal for PLA deal before CC meet (kp), Mahara seeks amnesty for Maoist convicted for murder, by Kiran Chapagain (kp) [?? Stop impunity immediately!!], Conflict victims seek justice (rep), War-ravaged cry for transitional justice (ht), Amend transitional justice bill: War-hit, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Step down, Sir (ht), India & Maoists, by Akanshya Shah (rep), Evolution of revolutionaries: The Maoist internal struggle may no longer be about ideological purity, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp)

15/06/2011: PLA integration, rehabilitation: Parties likely to miss June-19 deadline: Progress hinges on NC, Maoist stances (kp), Statute sub-comm taskforce starts discussion on forms of governance (nn), Focus on peace, not stir: UML PP to NC (kp), New taskforce to tackle nitty-gritty of thorny issues (rep), Citizens' group to monitor five-point deal (rep), PM to resign only after parties find his alternative (rep), Bhattarai rules out alternative to national unity govt (nn), Lessons from history: Impunity undermines peace, by Jyoti Sanghera and Terry Savage (rep), Nepal is declared landmine-free, by Manish Gautam (kp), Cry, beloved Madhes: If Madhesi leaders become pawns, they deserve neither the people’s trust nor India’s friendship, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Conflict victims demand early formation of transitional justice mechanisms (nn)

14/06/2011: Sub-committee forms taskforce to forge agreement on key disputed issues (nn), UML urges NC and Maoists to stop issuing threats of agitation, revolt (nn), Nepal becomes landmine-free country as NA clears its last minefield (nn), Nine-member civic group to monitor 5-pt deal (nn), Last chance of Nepali politicos?, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), Whither peace zone? Valley schools shut; 1 m students stay home (kp), The Maoist revision, by Jakub Smutny (kp)

13/06/2011: AISC discusses integration modality (nn), Rulers & outsiders, by C.K. Lal (rep)

12/06/2011: Dahal, Baidya patch-up a far-fetched scenario, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal, Baidya factions conduct separate trainings for loyal cadres (nn), Janardan Sharma dismisses Baidya faction's allegations (rep), Integration as per NA standards: Paudel (kp), Combatants must meet NA standards for integration: Defense minister (rep), Ex-PLA await rehabilitation, by Ananda Gautam (kp), Quit, Bhattarai tells PM (kp), Bhattarai wants PM to quit early; Oli doubts Maoist commitment to peace, statute (ht), NC top brass tells district heads to brace for fresh poll, by Kosh Raj Koirala and Madhusudan Guragain (rep) [???], Patriots & expatriates, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Clearing The Menace Of Mines (rn), Make explosives history: Minefields are going, but remnants of war remain (kp)

11/06/2011: Dispute resolution team to consult parties (kp), NC to seek revision of statute writing calendar (rep), 18 'deviations' of Chairman Dahal, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Satellite camps get monitors (ht), Govt comes clean on PLA arms confusion (ht), Arms handsover after integration: Pun (kp), PLA rehab not to come easy: Managing funds will be a tough task (ht), Former fighters living in commune, by Ananda Gautam (kp), Women activists to step up protest for ‘friendly-statute’ (ht), Two injured as UML, Limbuwan activists trade blows (ht), Nepal Trust facing tough time bringing Birendra's assets to use (rep), Ex-king Birendra’s house gets a woman, dog twist, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

10/06/2011: Statute draft by Aug 18 likely (kp),  CC secretariat floats action plan for next two months, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Sub-committee fails to form separate taskforce to resolve disputed issues seen in constitution drafting (nn), Panel plans Rs 450,000 for fighters, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt approves AISC recommendation to appoint 120 officials for secretariat (nn), Security Sector Reforms, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Nepal to be ‘mine-free’ next week, by Manish Gautam (kp), Politics of patronage: The harbouring of thugs by political parties must end (kp), A silver lining: The flexible approach taken by the parties rouses hope that an end is in sight for the completion of the peace and constitution process, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), Last chance: The way to take full advantage of the CA’s extension is to listen to our youth, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Ungentle with refugees: Nepal's treatment of Tibetans violates not just international covenants, but also our own constitution, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

09/06/2011: Statute sub-committee sets August 18 deadline to complete first draft of new constitution (nn), Maoist chief tries to bypass Baidya faction: Meets PLA commanders; carping Baidya toes NA modality line, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), PLA-men refuse non-combatant role, by Kiran Pun (rep), MJF-L wants 6,000 PLA combatants integrated (kp), MPRF-D demands Madhesi regiment in NA (rep), Last call to board 'peacecraft', by Jainendra Jeevam (rep), Janabad (People’s Democracy) Or Pluralism, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn)

08/06/2011: House at odds: Peace process or statute drafting first (rep), 'NC obstructing path to peace, statute' (nn), Special panel okays timeline, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Special Committee draws plan to complete peace process by Aug 27, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), PLA men unhappy over arms handover, by Kiran Pun (rep), We returned to help peace process, say PLA fighters (kp), Maoists to hold crucial PLA meet, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UN states flay rejection of suggestions (kp), UNHRC adopts Nepal's final report on UPR; int'l community concerned over sensitive HR issues (nn), Burying the hatchet: If appointed Premier, Bhattarai will need Prachanda’s unstinted support to deliver, by Prashant Jha (kp)

07/06/2011: Constitutional Committee meeting put off (nn), Special Committee makes public 18-day plan of action, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Spl panel sets clear modality timeline, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Special panel devises 18-day action plan: Number, rank to be decided by June 19, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Second lot of PLA guards deployed for leaders’ security leave for Shaktikhor (nn), Baidya camp PLA security refuses to turn in arms, by Kiran Pun (rep), Don't take vital decisions: NC to govt (rep), Don’t mess around, Cong tells govt (kp), Bhattarai strong PM candidate in party (kp), Samyukta Morcha sticks to demand for Madhes state (kp), Bring guilty Maoists to book: Bandarmudhe victims, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep), Federalism And State Reorganisation: Contentious Issues On The Anvil, by Mukti Rijal (rn), A new, model army: Army integration and restructuring are important issues but the army must fully adapt to the country’s needs via a new set of divisions, by Chandra Kishore (kp)

06/06/2011: Seize the day New CPN-UML proposal on power-sharing is welcome (kp), Bhattarai ‘right candidate’ to lead next national unity govt: Maoist spokesperson (nn), Integration modality, rehab package by June 19: Committee, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Spl committee nod to time-bound plan (kp), Dahal agrees to hand over weapons after categorization of combatants, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), 1st batch of PLA fighters sent to camps: Move to end dual Maoist security; Combatants rue ‘humiliation’ (kp), Take care: PLA to Prachanda; Maoist chairman promises fighters a respectable integration, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Dahal bids adieu to PLA security guards, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), Govt completes clearing army laid mines, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), UDMF to chalk out its future strategies (rep), Morcha stays off NC’s meet (kp), Madhesi front not to accept constitution without single autonomous state (nn), Upendra Yadav & Madhesi interests, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Int’l interference rife, says Yadav (kp), Six years on, Bandarmudhe victims still on medication, by Ramesh Kumar Poudel (rep), Six yrs on, pain of Madi blast victims remains (kp), Moving toward rule-based society, by Mohan Das Manandhar (rep), Tight schedule: Writing of the constitution is part of the peace process. And yet the time-line now appears severely limiting, by Seira Tamang (kp), All five clauses in the 5-point agreement need to go together, interview with Barshaman Pun (kp), The state of the State: Nothing to cheer about, by Subarna Chhetri (ht)

05/06/2011: Maoists, UML inch closer to rotational govt deal (kp), UCPN-M, UML to expedite peace, statute drafting (ht), PLA integration: Parties keen, complexities remain, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Integration, rehab package a must (ht), Maoists begin collecting PLA weapons (ht), Maoist big guns at loggerheads: Dahal set to send back combatants (kp), What Maoist guards say, by Kiran Chapagain and Kiran Pun (rep), PM Khanal says he will resign only after 'national consensus' on new govt leadership (nn), Precious little time (rep), A Misplaced Priority, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), PM for 'progressive reservation' for Dalit community (nn)

04/06/2011: Good start (rep), Positive Initiatives (rn), President hails five-point agreement (kp), Address our 10-pt demand first: NC (kp), Maoist leaders suggest PM Khanal not to quit hastily (nn), The Last Chance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Dahal not eying PM’s chair: Pun (kp), UCPN (Maoist) starts collecting arms used by PLA members for security of leaders (nn), PAC slams govt for not implementing its instructions (rep), SC justices take govt secretaries to task over apathy in implementing verdicts (nn), Choosing A Democratic System For Nepal, by Digha Raj Prasai (rn), Nepal breached int’l law: UN body; Seeks probe into torture case that implicates ex-CoAS Katawal (kp), UNHRC orders probe on Katawal's involvement in torture (nn)

03/06/2011: Crisis Averted, Challenges Remain, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Give and take: Positive steps of Maoists should be reciprocated (kp), Hinges on Dahal’s ability to please hardliners, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML unveils time-bound plan: Proposes constitution’s first draft by August 31 (kp), UML endorses five-point accord (ht), UCPN (M) approves five-point deal (nn), Deal incorporates 10 conditions: NC (kp), Spl panel okays team to profile PLA combatants, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Seized land and property: Hope springs but will Maoists let it bloom, question locals (ht), Govt's political status is caretaker: PM (rep), Dahal won't lead next govt, says Pun (nn), Govt plan to withdraw wartime cases worries UK (rep), UK envoy seeks govt’s pledge against amnesty (kp), Govt urged to stem incidents of torture (kp), Muddling up: Class and ethnicity are analytically different concepts that affect the lives of people in different ways, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Flawed approach: OHCHR-Nepal’s neglect of duty could seriously undermine the transitional justice mechanism, by Suhas Chakma (kp), Peace and constitution: Initiative must be forward-moving, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), People, not power, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

02/06/2011: What’s new? A different political system, but the same old faces (kp), CC to settle prickly issues in two months (ht), CC assigns sub-comm to settle disputes in State Restructuring report (nn), Dahal-led subcommittee to continue constitution roles (kp) Special Committee members cancel US trip (rep), Ball In Congress’ Court (rn), NC CWC members disgruntled over 5-pt deal (rep), Maoists decide to end dual security system, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp, Maoists to end dual security for leaders (rep), Roots of fission: Why Madhesi parties are falling prey to factionalism, by Abhishek Pratap Shah (kp), Peace process: No more ifs & buts, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep), Meeting The Deadline, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Campaigning to make Bhattarai PM starts (kp), Call to review 1964 land seizure, by Chetan Adhikari (kp), Sink or swim: With clear limits to CA’s extension, parties have few options, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Country soon to be mine-free (ht), Sunsari people living under shadow of terror: Armed outfits ruling the roost with youth, by Ratna Prasad Acharya (ht), Govt is trying to reach out to armed groups: Peace minister (nn)

01/06/2011: Leaders agree to expedite statute writing (rep) [Wow! This should be enough for the next three months!], Dahal-led sub panel to get extension (kp), Sub-committee's tenure extended for an indefinite period (nn), Parties Have Little Time, Tall Tasks, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), PM to quit if accord on alternative is had: Apologises for failure to draft statute, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Walk the talk: PM’s speech, if earnest, could lead to broader consensus (kp), MJF-G threatens to disrupt House (kp), NC to wait ‘n’ watch till Friday, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), NC CWC members divided over 5-point deal (nn), Form Madhesi unit in Army: Mahato (kp), Constituencies in opposition: The ruling alliance may have had its way, but it would be fatal to underestimate the NC and Madhesi Morcha, by Prashant Jha (kp), Inside or out: The root cause of discrimination is the four Varnas. The answer is unity in diversity, by Saloman Rajbanshi (kp), Painful transformation, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Bhattarai is next PM, claims Maoist leader (nn)

31/05/2011: Speaker calls informal meet of top leaders on statute drafting (rep), Integrated draft of constitution will be ready in a month if parties reach consensus on forms of governance, state restructuring: CC chair (nn), Tight Deadline: For The Parties (rn), Parties agree to extend sub-committee tenure; accelerate constitution drafting, peace process (nn), Special panel mooted to monitor 5-pt deal, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Parliament to form peace monitoring panel: In all likelihood,Speaker Subas Nembang will head the committee (ht), House set to form monitoring panel, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), ‘Pact’ to end dual security for top Maoist leaders (kp), NC leaders express mixed feeling about 5-point deal (rep), NC accuses PM of 'disgracing' house: Reveals a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Maoists, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), PM’s resignation will come only after ‘national consensus’: UML-Maoist (nn), PM says he is committed to 5-pt pact; asks NC to take initiation for national unity govt (nn), PM sets rider for resignation: NC ready to accept Prachanda as next premier (ht), Baidya faction disowns 5-pt pact, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 5-pt deal is against party's position: Gajurel (nn), Madhesi parties in discussions to forge strategy (rep), Madhesi Morcha to be a key player in politics, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Dawn deal, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), SC Verdict On CA Term: Constitutional And Popular Implications, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Ban welcomes CA extension; Carter says further delays may threaten achievements (ht), Nepal watchers in India laud deal with caution, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Abuse of human rights: Why not scrap Agni Sapkota’s appointment, asks apex court (kp), Apex court summons Sapkota (ht), History repeating: There is a strong chance the high-stakes drama in the run-up to May 28 will be repeated in September, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Seize the moment: New political outfits like Rajkumar Lekhi’s NNP could potentially fill the void left by major parties, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Beleaguered peace process: A fact or delusion?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

30/05/2011: Flawed deal (rep), Vanity & sensibility, by C.K. Lal (rep), How Maoists trumped NC at the negotiating table, by Amieet Dhakal (rep), Extension a pressure on Maoists, say Indians (rep), Term extension: How the bill was passed, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NC, Maoist hard sell went on till dawn, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Parties divided over PM resignation (rep), When will Khanal quit? Party faction mounting pressure (kp), PM 's resignation only after parties come up with clear roadmap for national consensus govt: Gautam (nn), Khanal says he won't resign until parties find alternative (nn), Big 3 one on state rebuilding body: Awaiting Madhesi parties’ acquiescence to the concept, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The rationale behind the deal, interviews with Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Prakash Man Singh, Pradeep Gyawali and J.P. Gupta (kp), Parties must quickly build on new deal, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Ethnic groups burn down copies of 5-pt deal (nn), Action time: The parties can’t afford to sit on their May 28 laurels (kp), Nepal At The Crossroads, by G.K. Pakavath (rn), Righting the wrongs: The new constitution should set benchmarks on human rights in keeping with international norms, by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (kp), Parliament to monitor peace process (ht)

29/05/2011: Five-pt deal sees CA term extended by 3 months, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CA term extended by three months: Another three month extension after finalising peace process (rn), CA tenure extended by three months, by Arjun Bhandari and Prakash Acharya (ht), CA term extended by another three months (nn), PM says he will resign once national unity govt is ready as leaders interpret 5-pt deal in their own ways (nn) [O.k., the same procedure as last year! Long live the politicians destructive politics!!], Rambunctious drama marks Constituent Assembly D-Day, by Prashant Jha (kp), Hectic bid to keep CA breathing (kp), Wee hour deal saves CA, sacrifices PM, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), SLMM shows it won’t be cowed, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Curtain-time cameo by Madhesi parties changes negotiations matrix, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Anger binds crowd outside CA hall, by Jenee Rai and Manish Gautam (kp), Groups celebrate, mourn CA revival, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), Peeved and piqued hold lawmakers’ shraddha ceremony, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), EU, Norway and Switzerland welcome CA term extension (nn), PLA has a mind of its own, seeks dignity on even terms (kp), Peace And Constitution, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Guilty or not guilty: Those responsible for rights violations during the conflict must be brought to justice, by Yadab Bastola (kp), Jhapa, far-west reeling under continuous bandas, by Raju Adhikari (rep), Tharu bandh affects normal life is western Terai (nn), Tighten the noose: Coordinated international approach on banda could work (kp), Subsumed by change: The parties are losing ground as mainstream politics is overshadowed by ethno-nationalism and regionalism, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Social Justice Must Be Cornerstone Of Democratic Republic, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Website aims to promulgate collaborative ‘eConstitution’, by Colin Cooper (kp), PM Khanal vows to protect glorious achievements of Nepal's peaceful democratic movements (nn)

28/05/2011: Three-party talks a Hamletian dilemma (kp), What will Saturday entail?, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), NC, UDMF join hands for conditional CA extension (rep), UCPN (M), NC decide not to backtrack from their stances (nn), NC sticks to its guns, Maoists to their arms, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), CA fate hinges on elusive consensus: Congress continues digging in its heels, by Phanindra Dahal, Won't surrender arms that cost us so much in blood: Dahal (rep), Talks falter as Maoists move a step backward, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Hand over arms and become PM: Sushil tells Dahal (rep), Maoists violated deal on arms handover several times (rep), UCPN (M) proposes to conclude peace process in three months; NC sticks to its position (nn), UDMF becomes stronger with inclusion of MJF-G, TMLP-N (nn), UDMF demands PM's resignation; talks with UCPN (M) inconclusive (nn), UDMF threatens to pull out from election process if Madhes issues not addressed (nn), Madhesi front sets its own riders (ht), PM Khanal discusses with President about possibility of imposing emergency if CA term not extended by consensus (nn), Bureaucrats dismiss Emergency talk (kp), State of emergency an option before govt, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), PIL filed against ministers Mahara, Sapkota (rep), SC moved against Sapkota (ht), Another banda hits Valley life: Chure Bhawar party led by Himalaya Bhakta Pradhananga owned up the attacks on the vehicles (kp), Bandh brings life to a halt in Mechi, Koshi: Nine hurt in police action in Saptari (ht), Strikes hit tourist paradise hard, by Bharat Koirala (ht), Repetitions of history, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

27/05/2011: After SC ruling, govt has 2 options (kp), A farewell to arms: Framework on future of PLA and weapons is crucial (kp), Discussions on; consensus still elusive, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoist chief in deep trouble as hardliners refuse to budge, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), ‘Package deal panacea’ (kp), Prez urges top guns to forge consensus (kp), No other viable option: Indian experts, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Int’l community urges flexibility (kp), 10 parties for increasing CA life (kp), Defiant demonstrators clash with police (kp), MJF splinter to join Morcha (kp), New MJF splinter to take UDMF's side (nn), Crisis Is Part Of Politics, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Midnight miracle: The words ‘for the last time’ in Interim Constitution will oblige parties to honour their peace and constitution pledges on time, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), Nepal Lacks Visionary Leaders, by Rajendra Aryal (sp), The Illusion of a Participatory Constitution Building Process, by Ankit Dhakal (sp), CA: No Extension Like That’, by Hridayesh Tripathy (sp), Engaging Experts In Constitution Making, by Abhishekh Adhikari (sp), D Day :  Too many prophets of doom, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp)

26/05/2011: CA can't be extended more than 6 months: SC, by Bimal Gautam (rep), SC puts six-month cap on CA extension, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), CA can get 6-month lease, rules apex court, by Pranab Kharel (kp), SC for 6-month CA extension (kp), Ceiling may actually help break new ground (ht), New deal (kp), Madhesi parties set terms for CA extension, by Gani Ansari (rep), Dahal proposes CA extension for 'last time' (rep), NC gives Maoists a ‘last chance’: Maoists say handover against CPA and would mean surrender (kp), NC, Maoist war on weapons handover goes on, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Differences on arms handover stall Gokarna talks (rep), UML proposes middle road to Nepali Congress, Maoists (kp), Baidya camp in wait ‘n’ watch mode (kp), No breakthrough in sight yet in three-party talks (nn), Fringe parties stand in favour of CA term extension (nn), UDMF says no to CA term extension until strong basis for timely statute found (nn), RPP-N defies prohibitory orders at Baneshwor (nn), Foreign diplomatic missions urge parties to find early solution (nn), European Union Ambassadors advice Maoist chief to do away with ‘political posturing’ (nn), Women lawmakers demand 50% reservation (rep), Protests, sit-ins choke Capital traffic, by Nirjana Sharma and Jenee Rai (kp), The final bargain, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Give CA one more chance, by Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan' (rep), Plunging Into Uncertainty, by Shyam K.C. (rn), Dj vu: All we have after three years are the ‘concept papers’ which are nothing more than written versions of competing positions in lieu of a ‘debate’, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Struggle for inclusion: The Social Inclusion Bill is only reiterating the trend of the one-caste hegemony at all levels of statehood, by Rukmini Chaudhary, Som Maya Tamang and Shakun Sherchand Leslie (kp), NDC, OHCHR welcome law on caste-based discrimination, untouchability (nn), Breeding impunity (ht), Eastern, mid-western districts closed (nn)

25/05/2011: Hear ye, O politicians: You have wasted the past three years. Your political futures now hinge on next few days, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Time’s running out (ht), Baidya tries to corral Maoist chief Dahal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) NC, UML, Madhesi parties seek Maoist arms surrender, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Big three parties intensify parleys: Maoists reject call to hand over weapons (kp), Parties putting their shoulders to wheel: Busy in hectic parleys; Talks to continue today (ht), 3-party meet ends handing over responsibility to forge consensus for ending political deadlock to top leaders (nn) [In other words: the continuation of the peace and reconstruction process once again has been laid into the hands of politicians who in part have been rejected by the people to be their representatives!!], NC, 14 parties block bill amendment process: Congress waiting for Maoists to agree to roadmap (ht), Top leaders press for extension of CA's term (nn), Psychological warfare: What Prachanda can give, and how much is enough for NC will determine national politics, by Prashant Jha (kp), A hard nut to crack as parties yet to strike deal, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Oli tables proposal asking PM to quit (rep), UML to show maximum flexibility in hard times (kp) [??], UML flexible about Khanal’s ouster (ht), PM should resign: Gupta (rep), MJF breakaways demand PM ouster (kp), ‘Khanal must quit’ (ht), Forum Split Highlights Urgency For Consensus, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), CA deadline spurs talks: Indian Ambassador, EU envoys meet NC president (ht), Between anger & industry, by Dharma Adhikari (rep), Ex-MPs evicted from CA site: Tents of other groups removed (ht), Women detained for staging protest at prohibited zone (ht), Protests continue in front of CA building despite prohibitory orders (nn), Protesters held; public ire mounts (kp) [It would be better to arrest the promoters of violant bandhs!!], Matrika party banda turns violent (kp), CPN-Maoist-sponsored bandh evokes partial response: Forty cadres arrested; Business community slams recurring strikes,holds bike rally (ht), Bandh brings life to grinding halt (ht), Matrika against CA tenure extension (ht), Mid-western region closed by Hindu bodies (nn), FNJ demands parties toe the line (kp), Rights bodies miffed at Mahara (ht), Int'l rights watchdogs cry foul against preparations to withdraw criminal cases (nn)

24/05/2011: Cost of the Constituent Assembly: The CA must be allowed to continue their work, as the alternatives are unthinkable, by Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan' (kp) It's the power, stupid!, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), Govt bid on CA term bill fails again, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), SC call on CA term verdict deferred (kp), SC to decide on CA extension: Verdict tomorrow; DAG questions apex court authority (ht), UML okays national consensus proposal, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Opposition backs Congress stance, I’m ready to quit: PM tells partymen, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), MJF-N split gives new spin to political equation: Gupta launches MJF-Republic parliamentary party; Khanal-Maoist coalition under pressure (ht), MPRF splits for fourth time, by Gani Ansari (rep), Split jolts MJF-Nepal to the core: Gupta forms new party; blow to CA term extension bid, by Pranab Kharel (kp), The roots and impact of the MJF split, by Prashant Jha (kp), MJF-N split comes as a shock: Party brass smells conspiracy to derail peace process, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), There is more to it than meets the eye (rep), Gupta to support CA term extension but wants PM to step down (nn), Maoists, NC start dialogue on integration, CA term extension (nn), Ban urges end to stalemate, days before deadline for new constitution (nn), Satellite cantonments to get monitors, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Satellite camps to have monitors (ht), Banda, youth & social media, by D.B. Subedi (rep), Building new Nepal: pangs of power, by Sukh Deo Muni (rep), Demonstrations put Baneshwor in tizzy (kp), Matrika Yadav’s bandh leaves partial impact in capital (nn)

23/05/2011: NC stalls CA extension bill (rep), Govt bid to table CA extension bill fails, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Top leaders meeting to discuss peace process today (rep), Three party meeting postponed due to NC leaders’ absence (nn), UML floats 9-week special proposal: Seeks six-month CA term extension, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), PM should quit if needed: UML Secretariat, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), PM may have to step down: UML, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Oppn parties back NC's roadmap (nn), State minister Dutta to quit (rep), Uncertainty: Good for writing statute, by Mohan Das Manandhar (rep), People's ghosts, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Directorate should be given military mandate, interview with Barsha Man Pun (rep), Chhetri Samaj renders Valley lifeless (kp), Healthcare hit as docs’ mobility checked (kp), Vehicles with hospital staff vandalised: Doctors warn of cutting down service during bandhs (ht), Chhetri Samaj calls off banda (kp), Chhettri Samaj strike cripples life in eastern region (nn), Last-minute wisdom: Those resorting to disruption of public life would garner more support if results were tangible, by Shyam K.C. (kp), MJF-N suffers another vertical split (nn)

22/05/2011: Let Khanal continue, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), In Defense Of Constituent Assembly, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt to table constitution amendment bill at parliament today (nn), CC subcommittee fails to meet (rep), UML chief whip outlines timeframe (kp), Govt finalizes proposal on peace process, constitution drafting, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), We'll fix integration number, categorize combatants by May 28: Dahal, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Coalition talks plan of action: Maoist arms handover in 15 days; Statute in 46 weeks (ht), Ruling parties propose to integrate 6 - 8 thousand combatants, complete constitution by 46 weeks (nn), UML proposes putting up only 5 thousand PLA combatants for integration into state security forces (nn) [The main thing is that it is in opposition to the government proposal!!], PM discusses PLA integration plan with Maoist chairman Dahal; says 'peace roadmap' will be made public soon (nn), NC’s 3 tests for Maoists, by John Narayan Parajuli and Anil Giri (kp), UDMF likely to support NC proposal, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), Madhesi Morcha against CA term extension via majority, by Bedraj Poudel (kp), No change of guard before May 28: Dahal (kp), Work In Unison For Peace (rn), Woman living with painful legacy of Maoist insurgency, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Base Banda Culture, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Valley bandh cripples life in capital (nn), New statute must spell out people’s duties too, by John Child (kp), Let’s work together: The role of civil society is vital in bringing about social accountability in Nepal, by Sangram Lama (kp), Consequences Of Not Extending Term of Constituent Assembly, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

21/05/2011: Those against CA extension are irrespnosible towards nation: PM (rep), No conscription proviso in statute (kp), NC to hount Khanal out, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), In mega rally, Congress vows to topple JNK govt, by Anil Giri (kp), Cong cautions about catastrophe: Tells Khanal,Maoists to take heed of its conditions before May 24, by Prakash Acharya (ht), UML leader prods UCPN-M for revolt: Says his party rank will join it if CA does not get another extension (ht), PLA, too, accepts NA-proposed modality, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), First good step (rep), PM floats middle-path approach (kp), ‘Will drop political cases’ (kp) [Who decides what has been politically motivated? This is definetely not up to the politicians!!], Mahara unveils plans, priorities Says will focus on rule of law, growing impunity (kp) [??], Brahmin Samaj banda hits western districts (kp), Ruling parties agree to bring common proposal on peace process (nn), Sub-committee meeting put off (nn)

20/05/2011: What is NA's modality?, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Maoists accepts NA integration modality, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Maoists formally agree to Army-proposed modality, by Kamal Dev Bhatarai (kp), Maoists fall into NA proposal line: Agree to form a mixed force under the leadership of national army, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Shrestha hints UCPN (M) might agree to integrate less than 10,000 combatants (nn), NC wants PLA regrouped fast: Party’s CWC gives UCPN (Maoist) five days to do so, by Anil Giri (kp), NC decides: No CA extension unless Maoists fulfill conditions, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [And what is the alternative? The PLA integration is only one point of so many. Does the NC no longer stand for peace and reconstruction??], SC to review own verdict on CA term extension: Case sent to five-member bench; Hearing on Sunday (ht), Tempering frustrations: Proper provision for rehabilitation is crucial (kp), Peace process before statute, agrees panel, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Demos throw Valley’s traffic into disarray (kp), RPP-N sit-in outside CA building turns violent (kp), Khanal’s resignation, one of UML riders, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Nation may face catastrophe if CA term extended by 2/3rd majority: Nepal (nn) [Why? This would be a democratic step without the veto forces!!], Come together, right now!, by Sumina Karki and Bibek Bhandari (rep), Them 13 (rep), The math (rep) [The exceeding money should be repaid by those who are responsible for the delay, i.e. the leaders of the political parties!!], It's a hardball & you gotta play, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Deadline Missed Again, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), New statute gets its name: To be called ‘Constitution of Nepal’, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CC sub-committee agrees not to include provision of compulsory military training to citizens above 18 yrs (nn), AHRC hails TRC Bill tabling: "In a democratic state there is no space for impunity" (kp), Brahmin Samaj closes down Gandaki, Lumbini and Dhaulagiri demanding 'janjati' status, reservations in govt agencies (nn)

19/05/2011: Statute sub-committee settles eight more disputes; new constitution to be named 'Constitution of Nepal' (nn), Attendance trouble: CA saw little of big leaders all through, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Maoists to take 'concrete' decision on peace process Thursday (rep), Maoists open to army proposal: UML to back Nepal Army line, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists ratchet up pressure: Backtrack on earlier proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), UML Madhesi wing bats for CA term extension (rep), Madheshi Morcha's stand: ‘No to unconditional CA term extension’ (kp), NC sets preconditions (ht), NC ups ante against govt: Party all set to register motion against govt proposal on CA term extension (kp), Scrap the seven-point deal: Singh; NC to make its stance clear at May-20 rally (kp), Tricky choice: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t, the NC has fenced itself into an impossible situation, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Parliamentary vs presidential system, by Bhimarjun Acharya (rep), Bandh Culture: An Ill Wind That Blows Nobody Any Good, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), PM Khanal skips house panel summon on women's representation in govt (nn)

18/05/2011: In 365 days, Constituent Assembly sweated for 95 minutes, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Statute sub-committee meeting cancelled for want of quorum (nn) [??], NC sets 10 conditions for CA term extension, by Kiran Chapagain and Gani Ansari (rep), Playing hard-ball: A hard game by the NC could benefit the broader polity (kp), NC's integration proposal unacceptable: Shrestha (nn), The limits of negotiation: The NC should be careful not to box itself into an untenable position, by Prashant Jha (kp), Coalition top brass to float joint integration proposal (rep), No CA extension without roadmap to peace: Madhesi Front, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep), Chaos, Confusion Spill All Over, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Cases against Maoists being fast withdrawn, by Anil Giri (kp) [Impunity is the wrong way! The crimes that have been committes by army, royalists and Maoists have to be punished!!], Pressure piling up on CA for timely statute (ht), Toothless bandh shuts Mechi, Koshi (ht)

17/05/2011: Govt may table CA extension bill on May 22 (rep), NC wants Maoist plan to categorize fighters, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), NC outlines steps coalition must take, by Anil Giri and Pranab Kharel (kp), Congress busy crunching the numbers, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Dahal faces war from within (kp), CA Term Extension Should Not Be A Ploy To Hide Non-performance, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Fringe parties reject constitution amendment motion (nn), Post-May 28: President rules out presidential takeover (kp) [This is wise because it is not foreseen by the interim constitution; the president simply does not have the right to take over, just as former king Gyanendra did not have this right in 2002/2005!!], Slow progress: The management of diverse political interests takes not just effort but a great deal of patience, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), DFID promoting corruption: NEFIN (ht) [??? A Bandh is a crime and violation of fundamental human rights, definitely! It is the opposite of democracy where every individual is free to take its own decision!], Bandh hits normal life in Mechi, Koshi, by Vidhyapati Mishra (nn)

16/05/2011: Follies Of Language, by Punam Ghimire (rn), Janajati movement is the product of marginalisation, interview with Om Gurung (kp), Chhetri Samaj’s banda affects life (kp), Strike hits four districts (ht), Women activists protest (ht), Honeymoon that never was (rep), All’s not well (ht), The moment of brinkmanship, by Prashant Jha (kp), ‘People’s sacrifices go unpaid’, by Manoj Basnet (kp), Dirty games: The Big Three have wasted their time in power politics and disregarded the people’s wish for peace and constitution, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Will take oath if 33 pc issue addressed: Gharti, interview with Jayapuri Gharti (rep), Stop Blowing One’s Own Trumpet (rn), Breather for CC sub-committee (ht), Nat’l unity govt a must for statute: BRB (kp), Pact must for CA extension: Bhattarai, by Somnath Bastola (ht), Cops on high alert ahead of May 28 (kp), Maoists want PLA ranks unchanged after integration, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), Uphold human rights (rep), Staged fright of the inevitable, by C.K. Lal (rep)

15/05/2011: Evading the issue of crime against humanity: Lawmakers doubtful whether a related bill will ever see light of day, by Prakash Acharya (ht), After one month, CC meet Sunday (rep), Statute sub-committee term extended till May 27 (nn), People Need Explanation On CA Term Extension (rn), NC's conditions for CA extension, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Paudel tells Khanal to put in papers: Says it’s a pre-condition for CA term extension (ht), Khanal pushes for two-thirds support, by Bhadra Sharma and Pranab Kharel (kp), PM courting NC, fringe parties: Paudel demands seven-point deal be scrapped (ht), We are engaged in efforts to establish a national consensus govt before May 28: Bhattarai (nn), CA’s Term Extension: Don’t Use It To Grab Power, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Integration modality: Maoists to expedite dialogue (kp), Maoists to lay options for fifth force: Either comprising PLA fighters only or a mixed outfit (ht), Bandh affects normal life in various parts of country; Kathmandu unaffected (nn)

14/05/2011: Ethnic Diversity Is Nepal’s Identity (rn), Little progress in addressing impunity: AI (rep), Nepal’s progress on HR dismal’: Instability, crime mar peace process (kp), Impunity draws Amnesty flak: Sapkota advised to surrender before police (ht), Two vital bills gathering dust: Delay hits bid to empower criminal justice system (ht), PM urges sense of urgency on Dahal, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), CA term extension (rep), Dahal dissatisfied with govt proposal to extend CA term (nn), NC puts condition for CA extension (kp), No CA term extension without consensus govt: Koirala (rep), PM asks NC to support Interim Constitution amendment motion (nn), Madhesi front puts forth conditions for CA term extension (rep), CPN-United, RPP-N say not again (ht), Lawyers, others say it’s enough now: Stand against giving new life to the Assembly (ht), UML youth wing to bring 50,000 to picket CA building (rep), 50,000 to gherao CA on 28 (kp), UML youth wing set to siege CA hall: Demands peace, statute (ht), RTI And Good Governance, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Maoists still on UN watchlist, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NEFIN banda throws life out of gear (kp), NEFIN strike hits life across country: Transportation services, industries, marketplaces remain shut; Bandh largely peaceful (ht) [Bandhs are never peaceful since they violate the fundamental rights of the people and damage the economy!!], Castaway: New Constitution presents new challenges for Dalit leaders, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), Dalit women conference concludes: Seek statute rights, end to discrimination (ht)

13/05/2011: Identity matters: Rejecting identity as the basis of federalism goes against its very spirit, by Mangal S. Manandhar (kp) Govt registers bill for one-year CA extension (rep), Govt proposes one-year CA term extension, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), CA extension proposal sans consultations, says Cong; PM didn’t consult party: UML leader (kp) [You have to extend and you need at least one year! So, why this discussion? The problem is not the extension but the unwillingness of the insane political leaders to introduce the necessary fundamental changes!], NC not ready for extension of CA term unless conditions met: Situala (nn) [And what shall happen on May 28? When wil the NC start to fullfil the CPA of November 2006? When will the rejected politicians accept their defeat in the CA elections of April 2008?], Mahato warns of strong protest if CA term extended without forging consensus (nn), A costly constitution: Taxpayers must demand the CA their money's worth, by Ashutosh Tiwari (nt), Give and take: NC and the Maoists will each have to take a step back to end the deadlock, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Maoists absence leaves secretariat plan in limbo (rep), Govt registers CA term extension bill: NC,three Madhesi parties take exception (ht), One year of going around in circles, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (ht), PLA integration: Modality deal before May 28, say Maoists, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Clearing the air: The peace process is much more than disarming former PLA combatants, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), The banda season is here, to stay, by Manish Gautam (kp), Tarai, Far-West banda brings life to standstill (kp), NEFIN bandh partially affects normal life nationwide (nn) [Organizers of bandhs have to be punished severely because they call to violate constitutional and legal norms in numerous ways!], Foreign missions warn NEFIN of withdrawing support (rep), Diplomatic community vows not to ‘support’ Bandh (nn), Bandh has Grade XII examinees worried (ht), Govt forms team to hold talks with agitating groups (nn), Parties, Power And Political Culture, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), DG-bridge in Nepal: Building Resources For Democracy, Governance And Elections, by Rekha Shrestha Sharma (rn), Documentary on impunity (kp), Emperor's new clothes: Gyanendra should not use religion for political means (kp), Our lives, our journey: Only pebbles strewn down the path, by Subarna Chhetri (ht), Reviving the 1990 Constitution, by Dipak Gyawali (sp, CA Extension The Best Option, by Agni Prasad Sapkota (sp), The Constituent Assembly- Three Blunders from its Inception, by Ankit Dhakal (sp), More Difficult Time Ahead, by Gyanendra Bahadur Karki (sp), Politics Of Deceit, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), May 28 deadline: Last Minute Moves, by Saroj Dahal (sp)

12/05/2011: Govt tables bill for extension of CA term by one more year (nn) [One year may be enough but only if all sides cooperate and start to work on the constitution immediately, i.e. even before May 28! But there are many reasons to believe that it will be another lost year!!], Double impact: Dahal and Bhattarai coming together is good for all (kp), Parties intensify talks, all agenda on table, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Alternative to coalition features in NC-UML talk (kp), UCPN (Maoist) not for new coalition: Baidya (rep), NC,CPN-UML weighing to press Maoists: Leaders dwell on ways to cobble together common view (ht) [When will they understand that the solution only lies in the cooperation of the big three under the leadership of the by far strongest party in the CA?], An accused in the cabinet, by Kanak Mani Dixit (rep), The lost 100 days, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Whither The New Constitution?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Supporting bandas costs NEFIN dear: Janajati group could lose donor funding, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Apples to oranges: Hill Nepalis are no more Chinese than Tarai residents are Indian; It’s time everyone, especially political leaders, learnt that, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Unbecoming resilience: At this critical juncture of Nepali politics we must wonder what our tipping point will be, by Saroj Dhakal (kp), 2011: Don’t Visit Nepal Year? Bandh hits Pokhara,more strikes on the cards (ht), Chhettri Samaj imposes bandh in far west (nn), Taruhat bandh affects life in Dang, few other districts (nn), CA Chair warns agitating lawmakers of serious consequences if they continue to paralyse House (nn)

11/05/2011: House order? (ht), Top Maoist, UML leaders hold secret talks (rep), Dahal, Bhattarai expedite talks with other parties (kp), Maoists sense plot against CA (kp), Tourism fraternity decries NEFIN's banda (rep), CA term extension: NC nod to come with strings attached (ht), PM updates Ban on peace process (kp), Political blackmailing & brinkmanship, by Post B. Basnet (rep), CA Extension On The Cards, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Chhettris shutdown Lumbini, Gandaki and Dhaulagiri demanding Janajati status (nn), The ferment in the eastern hills: Inter-community tensions are discernible, and will require sensitive political management, by Prashant Jha (kp), House sitting to discuss formation of Dalit Commission today (nn), Unravelling Nepali history: An honest review of political history since the dissolution of BP Koirala’s government in 1960 could help us move forward, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Parliament’s inability showing up Nepal faces blacklisting prospects for failing to enact crucial laws, by Kuvera Chalise (ht)

10/05/2011: Women lawmakers' protest (rep), CA turning into house of ill-repute: Nembang
Calls on political parties’chief whips to keep a tight leash on lawmakers
(ht), Four conditions for CA extension, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), CA term will be extended, says Dahal, by John Narayan Parajuli and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA extension (ht), No CA term extension unless PM resigns: NC leader (nn), Dahal talks of conspiracy to dissolve CA (nn), Oli demands PM's resignation (rep), UML, Maoist leaders hold secret meeting to find alternative to Khanal government (nn), Woman’s hope for justice fades, by Manoj Basnet (kp), NC official stand on statute soon (kp) [The peace and reconstruction process has no future without special rights for Janajati, Dalits, Madhesi and women! This would be against Jana Andolan II!], We stand by our inclusive, federal Nepal pledge, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp), Pick and choose: We shouldn’t be indiscriminately anti-politician, but we should stand up to the bad politicians, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Maoists grouping ‘volunteers’ in military fashion: Form a division with five brigades in the Madhes region, by Tika R. Padhan (ht)

09/05/2011: Secretariat to begin recruitment this week (rep), NC to seek Maoist assurance: ‘Commitment only term for CA extension’, by Kamal Raj Sigdel and Anil Giri (kp), Rules of engagement: Greater consensus vital for CA term extension (kp), Crisis of representation in politics, by Mohan Das Manandhar (rep), Women MPs eye bigger Cabinet pie: Obstruct House proceedings (ht), Issue Of Women’s Inclusion Relevant (rn), Bandh by Brahmin-Chhettri Samaj hits life in Rapti (nn), Bandhs Serve No Real Purpose, by G.K. Pakavath (rn), The schisms in Madhesi politics: Relations with Maoists and NC, approach to India, caste and personal loyalties divide Madhesi parties, by Prashant Jha (kp), Madhesi parties slammed (ht), A new deal: The deal’s on the table but leaders, not least Prachanda, must walk the walk, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Action will be taken against PM Khanal for going against party’s decision: Nepal (nn), Oli demands PM Khanal’s resignation (nn)

08/05/2011: Dahal all set to chart out peace road map, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Congress threatens another movement: Issues 5-day ultimatum to Maoists, by Durgalal K.C. (kp), Top NC leaders against extending CA's tenure until Maoists behave (nn), Statement against minister opposed (ht), OHCHR report ignites Agni (kp), Popular revolt for people’s statute: Gajurel (ht), Incomplete statute unacceptable: Lekhi (ht), Constitution to grant economic liberty: Different tax rights to state,province and local bodies have been envisioned (ht), Will Peace Process Gather Momentum?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

07/05/2011: Troubles in store for prime minister: UML likely to take him to task for handing over home portfolio to UCPN-M (ht), Khanal took calculated risk in giving Mahara home ministry, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Courting trouble (rep), Baidhya giving bitter pills to Prachanda: To fight for respectable share for his faction in government (ht), PLA integration seems far cry (kp 07/05/2011), Prepare integration modality by May 15: PM to taskforce (rep), On the ground: Tarai's complex political-security milieu, by Prashant Jha (kp), Minister Sapkota counters charges of human rights violation (nn)

06/05/2011: OCHR-N concerned over Sapkota's appointment (rep), Murder slur on minister: OHCHR concerned about Sapkota appointment (kp), Home holds Khanal’s feet to the fire: Leaders chide him for giving in to Maoists, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Fissure deepens within Maoists: Disgruntled factions mull recalling ministers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Baidya threatens to recall sole minister from his faction, by Kiran Pun (rep), Baidhya’s dose of warning to Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Baidya warns to call back ministers; Maoist women leaders accuse Dahal of biased selection (nn), UML faction up in arms against Home decision, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Rift within MJF-N surfaces (kp), House panel raises audio tape scandal after Mahara’s appointment as home minister (nn), Tharu Parishad issues warning (kp), Use Nepal’s Strategic Strength, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Ethnic predilections: Marginalised groups are fighting for equality while the dominant groups vie to protect privileges, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Limbuwan targets EC drive, again: Cadres detain field staff, resort to vandalism (ht), Garbled affairs (ht), Constitution-writing and the peace process: No encouraging signs, by Ajit N.S. Thapa (ht), Delayed constitution better than flawed constitution (nt)

05/05/2011: Cabinet expanded, Maoists given Home, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Khanal gives home to Maoists: Decision could subject CPN-UML to widening rift (ht), Minister nominees to take oath today (rep), Dahal bid irks Baidya, Bhattarai (kp), Pun puts in papers (ht), Baidya faction minister nominees boycott cabinet expansion (rep), Nepal-Oli faction loses temper over PM move, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Courting trouble (rep), Conflict victims warn of nationwide protest movement (nn)

04/05/2011: Power-sharing in Nepal: Learning from other peace processes, by John Paul Lederach, John Darby and Madhav Joshi (rep), Maoists to finalize party's ministers Wednesday (rep), Maoists may give ministers’ names soon (kp) [Please take time! You have elected this PM only three months ago!!], MJF picks three leaders to join Khanal cabinet; Yadav to become DPM (nn) [Nepal cannot have enough DPM!!], Khanal expands cabinet, Mahara appointed Home Minister; MJF, CPN (United), CPN-ML (Socialist) also join govt (nn), Peace minister Pun resigns (nn), Positive Vibes From Ruling Coalition, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Maoist drive for peace: Party to hold mass rallies nationwide (kp), EU to parties: Redouble peace efforts (kp), EU countries urge early PLA integration (ht), Poudel hints NC might go for CA term extension (nn), In defence of the politician: Stop ridiculing netas. They have the toughest job in the country, by Prashant Jha (kp), Come together: No single group can solve Nepal’s problems, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

03/05/2011: Maoist office bearers fail to nominate new ministers (rep), Maoists sound out NC on peace, statute, CA (rep), Maoists seek PLA modality nod, draft statute before May 28 (kp), Maoist lawmaker slapped (ht), Maoist lawmaker Jhakku Subedi slapped (kp), Tea shop owner remanded in custody for smacking lawmaker (nn), Constitution drafting in Nepal: Learning from other peace processes, by John Paul Lederach, John Darby and Madhav Joshi (rep), Ethnic Minority: Growing Concern, Emerging Knowledge, by Prem Khatry (rn), The illusion of exclusion: The simple fact is that the Maoists couldn’t form a government post-2009 as they could not garner a majority, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp) [But another illusion is that there was a functional majority without the inclusion of the UCPN-M)], A microcosm of modern Nepal: All Nepali social and political strands exist in a remote VDC in Tehrathum district, by Aditya Adhikari (kp)

02/05/2011: Not if but how: Ethnicity will have a role in the constitution, the question is just what that role will be, by David N. Gellner (kp), What’s the plan? CA extension must be coupled with progress in peace process (kp), Maoists, UML agree to extend CA tenure, present early budget after forging consensus with other parties (nn), Yadav hell-bent on hot seat (kp), ‘Maoists are in democratic club’ (kp), The ball is entirely in the Maoists’ court, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (kp) [?? Please wake up, Mr Mahat! If you want peace and renewal, all parties have to make concessions!!], Breaking the deadlock: A directly-elected president and a PM backed by the parliament could address the concerns of the Big Three, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp), PLA integration prior to May 28: Mahara (ht), Integration of ex-combatants: Learning from other peace processes, by John Paul Lederach, John Darby and Madhav Joshi (rep), Discursive Practices: Maoists Pass The Trying Test, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

01/05/2011: 2005: India, EU were at one on Nepal’s CA: Danish mission foresaw the country heading towards a republic, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Dahal to be magnanimous for statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), ‘Prelim draft by May 28 doable’ (kp), Sushil fires salvo at Maoists: Says they are stymieing peace, constitution, by Lila Baral and Parbat Portel (kp), Dahal warns of agitation from May 29 if CA dissolved (nn), Right foot forward: Prachanda has done well to adopt the agenda of constitution and peace. But can he, and the Maoists, stick with it?, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), NC stresses it is indispensable forpeace, statute (ht) [And why does this party not cooperate??], Ban urges parties to set aside differences (ht), Nembang briefs President about current politics: Tells head of state latest Maoist decision has renewed hopes (ht), Dahal authorised to pick ministers (ht), Big Two offer MJF-N four ministries (kp), Intra-party conflict grips MJF as top leaders duel over decision to join govt (nn), Trafficked women’s kids bereft of nationality (kp), The last stretch: The constituency for CA extension is likely to grow in the lead up to May 28, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Mending The Fences, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Pun wants mini statute by May 28: Says CA term should be extended by six months (ht), JTMM hangs up guns for peaceful politics (ht)

30/04/2011: Maoist meet: Dahal mandated for peace, statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Plans for a new order, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UCPN (M) urges Nepali Congress, Madhes-based parties to join govt (nn), UN secretary-general Ban urges political parties in Nepal to find common ground for new constitution (nn), JTMM declares end of armed activities (nn), 'Ethnic federalism saw disastrous consequences', interview with David N. Gellner (rep)

29/04/2011: Still sticking to plenum mandate, says Dahal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), The Maoist bogey: Hard to understand the logic behind excluding the party you’re trying to bring into the political mainstream, by Suhas Chakma (kp), One month to go (nt), Devolve authority at the grassroots: Federalization would only wreak havoc, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (sp), Federalising Nepal: One month to go before the constitution deadline we are still discussing the nature of federalism, by Damakant Jayshi (nt)

28/04/2011: Indigenous body warns of agitation Urges bigwigs to quit Constitutional Committee (ht), PKD’s turnabout: Dahal’s U-turn leaves BRB camp vindicated, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Parties violate tourism year commitment (rep), Disappointing five years of Loktantra, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), How Qualified Should MPs Be?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Aafno manchhe factor, by Sradda Thapa (rep), A pretty pass again; Banda hits Valley (kp), Banda cripples life (kp), Strike one (kp), Banda will cripple tourism industry: Entrepreneurs, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Bandh passes off peacefully, life hit hard (ht), Bandh affects several districts (ht), The elephant in the room, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Show time, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Opposition parties submit memorandum to Speaker against govt plans to bring out early budget (nn)

27/04/2011: PM likely to skip House session: Officials say prime minister’s presence is a must, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt to face opposition storm over budget: Nine parties to launch pressure programmes (ht), Nepali Congress for conditional extension of CA tenure, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), NC doubts Maoist motive (kp), Nation’s peace process barks its own shins (kp), 13 districts face daylong bandh: Newa,Tamsaling spurn talks,to enforce strike, by Rudra Pangeni (ht), Bandh cripples life in Kathmandu, surrounding districts (nn), SLMM sets conditions for govt: Rules out possibility of draft constitution (kp), On ethnicity & federalism, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep) [see part 2 (28/04/2011), Fatal attraction: Why do plans and policies of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML have to be dictated by the Maoist discourse?, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Reforming the Army, by Prashant Jha (kp)

26/04/2011: Maoist internal conflict affecting secretariat work (rep), Majority in Maoist CC for peace, statute, by Kiran Pun (rep), Continue current coalition, Dahal told, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), NC's 7-state proposal (rep) [Two reasons seem to be obvious: The NC feels it necessary to oppose the official CA proposal and the party wants to safeguard the control over the state by the traditional CHHE!!], Threat to introduce regional constitutions (ht), Congress hunts for political bedfellows: Fringe parties, Madhesi alliance its favourites (kp), Revolution for reforms, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), May to be month of political protest!, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Assets or liabilities?, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), The wait for the Constitution: Will 2068 BS be the fateful year?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), UDMF threatens to obstruct EC data collection from May 1 (nn), Over dozen injured as Maoist, RPP-N cadres clash in Chitwan (nn)

25/04/2011: Recall the struggle (ht), Ethnicity not a stable identity: Experts (rep) Scholars for forming advisory commission (kp), Livelihood at the root of ethnic struggles, interview with Chaintanya Mishra (kp) [It's not only livelihood; without the valued inclusion of ethnic groups into the federal setup, the current central elite will not give them any chance in future as well!], NC for seven federal states (rep), PM’s CA extension effort to face blow: Intra-party rift has ruling parties befuddled on post-May 28 scenario (kp), PKD, Baidya cut up over post-May plan, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Don’t go ahead with army integration until progressive constitution ensured, Baidya tells Dahal (nn), Stitch in time: Many contentious issues can be settled by May 28 (kp), Nepal against CA term extension (ht) [The new constitution cannot be concluded until May 28, Mr Nepal! And you have highest responsibility that nothing moved forward when you were PM! Don't be cheeky to the people!], No higher posts to PLA in Nepal Army: India (rep) [Hegemonial India shows her true face! Who do these Indian politicians think they are??], Damaged govt buildings await reconstruction (rep), Current government can't deliver on peace, statute, interview with Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Nepali Congress (rep), Congress leader for broader alliance (ht), Rum progressivism: A genuine progressive seeks the advance of the poor and the marginalised through democratic politics, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp) [These critical views are partly not shared by Nepal Research!], Maoists to zero in on peace, constitution (ht), ‘NC also against constitution promulgated by two-thirds majority’ (nn) [Article 70 of the interim constitution states that a two-thirds majority is sufficient if consensus cannot be reached!!], Leaders warned of another andolan (ht), Tarai sees no ‘respite’ in violence; Killings result of armed groups-forces clashes: Govt, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Free-rider syndrome: The tragedy of political commons, by Surendra R. Devkota (ht)

24/04/2011: Nation marks fifth Loktantra Diwas (nn), Meaningful Discourse On Federalism (rn), Scholars divided on federation model: Some say ethnicity not a magic bullet (kp), Statute deadline anxiety grips leaders, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Maoist integration way out for political crisis: Deuba (rep), Prachanda’s New Tactical Line: Conducive For Statute Writing, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), 'NC, Maoists alone joining hands won't solve problem', interview with Jhala Nath Khanal (rep), Govt skating on thin ice, interview with PM Jhala Nath Khanal (kp), Nepali prophets of hope, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Maoist hawk hamstrings Dahal, by Phanindra Dahal abd Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal fails to weather rift: BRB cautiously backs, hardliners demand withdrawal (kp), Fractured movement: The Madhesi parties have been losing their clout because of their power-hungry leaders and lack of a single, coherent strategy, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Khambuwan cadres attack police post; three policemen wounded (nn)

23/04/2011: Statute unlikely by May 28, admit ruling parties (kp), Constitution not possible by May 28: PM, Dahal (rep), Secret team lets cat out of PM’s bag, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), Baidya document lambasts Dahal, by Kiran Pun (rep), Baidhya shells Dahal over tactical shift (ht), Dahal ‘volte face’ has Maoists livid, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal’s proposal set to be endorsed by Maoist CC (nn), For peace and constitution (rep)

22/04/2011: With Maoist tack changing, will peace win?, by Post B. Basnet (rep), Baidya camp may file dissent note, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Issue of sovereignty (ht), Only People’s Pressure Will Do, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Army chief’s secret visit (ht) [??], ‘Tainted’ state minister quits, refutes charges (kp), State Minister Lharkyal Lama puts in papers (ht), Int’l symposium on federalism today (kp), Weighing the options: The 12-14 region model, when considered under a number of crucial indicators, is more suited to Nepal than 5-6 state models, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Locals’ ire leads to KJWP chief’s death (kp), Calling for new leaders: With the dismantling of the old monolithic state, what the country now needs are visionaries, by Hisila Yami (kp)

21/04/2011: PM tells ‘tainted’ minister to quit, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), PM seeks clarification from Lama: Allegations abound:Fake passports, multiple citizenship,hand in anti-China activities (ht), Minister Lama resigns, demands probe into allegations, by Kiran Chapagain (rep), State minister Lama resigns; says charges against him 'imaginary and baseless' (nn), PM and Lharkyal affair (rep), Minister Lama's five identities, by Dhruba Dangal (rep), Controversial state minister Lama to face legal actions if charges leveled against him true: UML VC Rai (nn), Dahal changes track; bats for peace, statute as Maoist ‘tactical line’ (ht), Dahal says agreement on statute possible within a week (nn), Dahal’s peace stance riles hardliners, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Onus on Dahal: The Maoist chair’s leadership will be tested in the days ahead (kp), Time favorable for revolt, interview with Netra Bikram Chand, UCPN-M (rep), ‘No amnesty for serious human rights violators’ (ht), Transitional justice: UN wants rights process speeded (kp), UN Deputy High Commissioner expresses concern over delay in setting up transitional justice mechanisms (nn), Truth Bill faces hiccups (kp), Securing the transition: The nation’s security institutions must prepare for the transition to a federal system, by Keshar Bahadur Bhandari (kp)

20/04/2011: Four CA members obstruct House (ht), No option to peace, constitution, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (rep), Rift In UML And Pressure On Government, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Rift widens: Nepal, Oli want Khanal out (kp) [Only to remember the question of legitimacy: Contrary to Khanal, both Oli and Nepal have been rejected by the people to be leaders in the peace and reconstruction process!!], Seeking alternative to current govt ‘natural’ if peace, statute not ensured: Govt spokesperson (nn), Khanal faces flak for picking Lama as state minister (kp), CIAA to investigate ‘scams’ surrounding Minister Lama (ht), Krishna to work for impasse end (kp), Indian concern in Nepal ‘natural’ (kp), Greed is the creed of our political leaders, by Pari Thapa (kp), Impunity factor: bring rights violators to book, urges Kang (kp), UN official concerned about violations (ht), The dogmatic Maoist project: Prachanda needs to make a break from Maoist dogma—the core elements of which are militarisation, ultra-nationalism and hegemonic rule, by Prashant Jha (kp), Hardliners miffed at Dahal for U-turn, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Secy’s resignation mars PLA monitors’ hiring process, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [The exit of UNMIN has been a big mistake in every respect!!]

19/04/2011: Nat'l coalition govt must for peace, statute: Dr Bhattarai (rep), BRB harps on tie-up with NC (kp), Bhattarai miffed at Mahara’s unilateral decisions (ht), Chairman Dahal eyeing PM’s post, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), NC devising policy on statute (ht), Has 'Mission: New Constitution' failed?, by Surendra Phuyal (rep), Maoists could put aside revolt agenda: Change in govt likely in a few weeks, say political pundits, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (ht), Army’s integration proposal bypasses proper channel (ht), India to convey 'strong' message to Maoists, by Akanshya Shah (rep) [??], Maoist, India bhai-bhai, says Sharma (nn [??], OHCHR here till peace process bears fruit (kp), OHCHR-N to get term extension (ht), Sad but true Protracted transition is abetting graft and impunity (kp), The lesser evil: There is no better alternative to extending the term of the Constituent Assembly one more time, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), President Yadav intensifies political parleys; meets PM, top party leaders (nn), Major three parties fail to settle CC dispute (nn)

18/04/2011: The doctrine of continuity, by C.K. Lal (rep), The dangerous deadline, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Govt stuck; Khanal weak, vulnerable, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), No home for Maoists sans political consensus: PM, by Ghanashyam Gautam (kp), Minister Lama holding nationality of three countries?, by Dhruba Dangal and Bikash Sangraula (rep), China miffed with Lama’s appointment as state minister (nn) [??], MPRF may review decision to join govt: Yadav (rep), Impunity factor: PAC tells govt to act against criminals, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (kp), Double impact: NC and Maoists must renew the spirit of cooperation (kp), NC willing to budge more than an inch (ht), Waiting for a miracle: The past year is best forgotten. What it did not accomplish far outweighs what it delivered, by Shyam K.C. (kp)

17/04/2011: Maoists-NC joining hands is solution: BRB (kp), Dahal using time-buying tactic, by Post B. Basnet and Kiran Pun (rep), PM warned against Home for Maoists (ht), Oli threatens party action against PM (rep), Oli warns of ousting PM (kp) [Oli has been rejected by the people and has no democratic legitimacy to oust a PM who has been elected by the people!!], PM Khanal says Maoists will get Home only after 'proper consultation' with other parties (nn), Congress floats new peace road map: Says it will be flexible on PLA integration modality (kp), Deuba says NA proposal on integration of Maoist combatants augurs well for peace process (nn), NC finds NA proposal to its liking (ht), Define federalism before statute: Madhes-based parties (rep) [Without defining federalism the new constitution can never be written! After defining federalism, the CA will need at least one year to finish its job, but only under the precondition that the so-called party leaders cooperate!!], SLMM memo to PM Khanal (kp), A sample of State Minister Lahr Kyal Lama's multiple scandals, by Bikash Sangraula (rep), Good Excuse To Extend CA’s Term, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), All-party meet called to resolve CC dispute (kp), Harvesting experts: The proliferation of experts on vital national issues has, ironically, hampered the political process, by Lal Babu Yadav (kp), Sexual harassment bill: House not bothering to take the issue up (ht), Statute sub-committee term to be extended again (nn)

16/04/2011: Political bickering leaves statute writing in jeopardy (kp), Groups to press for pro-women statute: To stage a sit-in before CA (ht), Statute won’t see deadline day: Baidya (kp), PM’s failure to take a call puts him in a spot, by Bhadra Sharma and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Congress unveils six-lane path to peace, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Bhattarai says peace process will not conclude until NC joins govt (nn), Politicisation Is Taking Its Toll, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), 600 tillers to get land ownership certificates, by Krishna Thapa (kp), Changing dynamics: The reassessment of their respective positions by both the Army and Maoist offers the best hope for any lasting andmeaningful integration plan, but it also risks putting into the back burner the broader security sector reform agenda , by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Madhesi Front presents 12-pt demand paper to PM Khanal (nn), Governance through RTI, by Pranav Bhattarai (rep)

15/04/2011: Dispute resolution body in trouble, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Statute sub-committee's term likely to be extended again (nn), CC meeting deferred again (nn), Dahal for Mahara as home minister, others oppose (rep), Maoists rack brains to decide on names: To send seven ministers to govt; Say one of them will be home minister; Decision likely today (ht), Gyawali not to join Cabinet (kp), Party at PM house dwells on home: Khanal says the ministry is with the Nepal Government (ht), Not their cup of tea (ht) [They have been rejected by the people, either!!], Baidya rules of possibility of timely statute (nn), CA dissolution plan a ploy: Yadav (kp), CA could get conditional extension, says Karna (kp), Public opinion? Without a roadmap, there is no point extending the term of the Constituent Assembly, by Damakant Jayshi (nt) [The roadmap is the CPA of November 2006! There is no alternative the CA!!], Do it for yourself: The failure of the peace process could also mark the end of the relevance of the Big Three, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), Golden silence: The president’s political activism bodes ill both for the national polity as well as his image, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Rallies for peace, statute (ht), Speaking of federalism: Consociationalism for consideration, by Min Basnet (ht), UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Nepal (nn), Behind the headline: The Madhesi people are pawns in the games their leaders play in Kathmandu, by Anurag Acharya (nt), No war, no peace, by Anurag Acharya (nt)

14/04/2011: SC seeks govt response on TRC formation delay (kp), Khanal hints at consensual Assembly term extension (kp), Maoist leaders not willing to leave home: Say additional ministers only after portfolio (ht), Four UML ministers sworn in (ht), MPRF to get four ministries: Yadav (rep), Maoist People's Volunteers gets military structure, by Kiran Pun (rep), Integration plan first: PM to Dahal, by Pranab Kharel and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Miffed Gyawali skips oath-taking (kp), Katawal to launch new party (kp), The political president, by Prashant Jha (kp), Civil society calls for timely statute and lasting peace (nn)

13/04/2011: CA poll losers get ministerial posts: Khanal follows in Nepal’s footsteps (kp) [There is neither legitimacy nor credibility in Nepali politics!!], UML leaders miffed with PM Khanal on cabinet expansion (nn), Maoist-UML cabinet expansion meet falls hostage to dispute over home ministry (nn), UCPN-M bowls tough bouncer at Khanal: Warns he may get caught off guard (ht), Four UML ministers, six state ministers sworn in; state minister Gyawali skips oath ceremony (nn), Constitutional vacancies likely to be filled on April 20, by Bimal Gautam (rep), Maoist-UML taskforce misses deadline (rep), MPRF has fallen in a trap: Gupta (rep), Agriculture, job major priorities (rep), Government brings white paper; Experts: A supplementary budget in another form, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), What we lack is clear vision, strong leadership, by Surya Man Gurung (kp), The narratives of dissent: Indians have Gandhi’s Satyagraha. Which peaceful model of protest can Nepalis pull from their history to fight social evils like corruption?, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Army’s magic formula? NA’s initiative has the potential to break the logjam in the peace process, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), International Credibility On Decline, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn), Parties Should Resolve Outstanding Issues Soon, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Country needs fresh mandate, says Nidhi ‘No constitution by May 28’ (ht) [What a nonsense! The problem are not the elected MPs but the unable and to a greater part not elected party 'leaders'!!], Civic society groups to organise 'Shanti Yatra' (nn), ‘Civil society’s role crucial for statute’ (ht)

12/04/2011: Khanal cabinet inducts 12 more from UML (rep), 12 UML members inducted in Cabinet (kp), Khanal expands mini Cabinet: Inducts 12 members from UML (ht), PM Khanal appoints five ministers, seven state ministers; oath taking on Wednesday (nn), UCPN (M) hails cabinet expansion; prepares to finalise its ministerial candidates by Thursday (nn), Panel for 4-tier administrative set-up, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), At the crossroads: Dahal’s indecisiveness and reluctance to listen to dissenting voices is eroding his leadership, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Oppn leaders take govt to task for poor law and order situation (nn)

11/04/2011: Differences delay cabinet expansion (rep), Team to draft policy papers: 8-member taskforce assigned to ready common minimum programme, HLPM action plan (kp), PM to induct more UML ministers in cabinet today (nn), Bamdev for CA term extension , by Chandani Hamal (rep), Gen Gurung aye to break from past, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Impetus for integration: Creation of the much-needed emergency relief and rescue force including former Maoist combatants could be a viable integration option, by Chiran Jung Thapa (kp), 4 hurt as Kirat outfit goes on offensive, by Dilli Ram Khatiwada (kp), Call to ensure Kirat Rais’ rights (kp), Badis' plight: Govt vows to work for community (kp), Small horizons
Inter-party rifts hobble the broader political process
(kp), Calling for our own Anna: As the peace process drags on, tackling corruption has taken a backseat, by Shyam K.C. (kp)

10/04/2011: PM set to expand cabinet Sunday (rep), Maoist-UML meeting fails to cut mustard (kp), Maoists miffed at UML on many scores (ht), Khanal-Dahal meeting on cabinet expansion inconclusive again (nn), Nepal's dilemma, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep), Hindinization drive worries others in Tarai, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), TSRP calls off indefinite strike (kp), Victim’s family charges Maoists, by Prem Kumari Ghale (kp), Mired In Power Politics: Parties Disregard Peace, Statute, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Both peace, statute are mirages: Congress; ‘UML needs to pressurise Maoists to transform themselves’ [But Nepal will have no future without the NC transforming itself and stopping its veto-politics!!], RPP-N, RJP suspect CA
term extension plots
(ht)

09/04/2011: Ripe for a revolution?, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), Parties likely to agree on mixed integration modality: JP Gupta, interview with Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta (rep), Portfolio issue hits Cabinet expansion (kp), Maoists to talk turkey with UML: Decision on ministerial candidates delayed (kp), Madhes parties poised on divided lines, by Pranab Kharel (kp), Strikes hit life in Tarai districts (kp), Maina's murder: ‘Impunity claim in NA ridiculous’ (kp) [Such untrue statements are a shame for every honest Nepali! All criminals have to be punished severely including those army leaders and politicians who protect them!!], Kansas college honours Army chief Gurung (kp) [For his protection of criminals??], A minefield for mandarins: The bureaucracy and the political leadership is in a continuous tussle, where political allegiances make or break a civil servant’s career, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Peace panel berth for ‘killer’: Maoist accused of Muktinath murder appointed coordinator, by Ramji Rana (ht), President Yadav asks PM Khanal to take NC, Madhesi parties into confidence for national consensus (nn) [??], Tharuhat bandh called off (nn), UML, Maoists minimum common programme; Maoists 'positive' about full budget (nn)

08/04/2011: PM Khanal hints at extending CA term (nn), NA chief must cooperate with conflict crimes (rep), Writ in SC over delay in TRC formation (kp), Dahal lauds Army proposal: Says PLA, Army should work together (kp), Dahal views NA in good light: Says army’s reported proposal on integration a positive step (ht), Dahal gives parties till May 1 for peace, statute (rep), Those against peace, statute behind bomb blasts: PM (rep), Khanal wants parties to toe the statute line (kp), Crisis Group’s peace potion: CA term extension only by consensus; NC, oppn Madhes could block new tenure (kp) [see Crisis Group Update Briefing], ICG says govt should secure support of parties for CA term extension if it fails to pass new statute by May 28 deadline (nn), Sparking it off: Delay in appointing a minister to handle the energy crisis is beyond comprehension, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp), Impunity Prohibition Act: Need And Significance, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), Nothing amiss on law and order front, says PM (ht) [??], India hands over UN vehicles, pledges support for peace (ht), Govt parties continue ‘hectic negotiations’ to expand Cabinet; no deal so far (nn), UCPN (M) fails to select ministerial candidates (nn), CC meeting deferred for third time as fringe parties continue protest (nn), Revisiting Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp), Has Democracy Collapsed?, by Yubaraj Ghimire (sp), Revolutionary versus Evolutionary Nepal, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), “The Efforts Of CA Are Encouraging”, interview with Krishna Man Pradhan (sp)

07/04/2011: Secretariat begins work on setting up situation center (rep), Prime minister Khanal’s 50-day action plan in limbo, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Dahal to stay as oarsman of statute drafting panel, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Prachanda agrees to lead CC sub-committee (ht), Dahal's dilemma at statute panel, by Post Bahadur Basnet (rep), US govt: Nepal may meet statute deadline (kp) [???], Peace, statute doubtful: Adhikari (ht)

06/04/2011: Dahal insists on quitting dispute resolution subcommittee (rep), Dahal not keen on leading sub-committee: Is it part of policy to stonewall? (ht), PM Khanal preparing to expand cabinet within this week (nn), Disappointing! (rep), Tharus demand 3 provinces in Tarai, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Cloak and dagger: Bhattarai should use all his skills to persuade the party rank and file and overwhelm the hardliners, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Youth bulge: Nepal must do more to involve youth in the state-building process, by C.D. Bhatta (kp)

05/04/2011: Khanal, Dahal discuss cabinet expansion (rep), Kirat motorcycle rally throws Valley traffic out of gear (kp), Nepal to be mine free by June (kp), Shifting sands: Conflicts within the Maoist party reflect the changes in the organisation since it joined the peace process, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), ‘Integration model proposed by NA positive’ (nn), NC, UML reject Maoist proposal to change sub-committee coordinator (nn)

04/04/2011: CA chair doubts timely statute (nn), Integrate combatants into existing forces: Taskforce (rep), PLA integration: Maoists ‘open’ to NA proposal (kp), PM Khanal, Dahal agree to expand cabinet 'at the earliest' (nn), Standing committee sitting on names: PM’s party fails to decide on ministers, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Khanal, Oli and Nepal forward separate lists for ministers from party (nn), UCPN-M CC to pick ministers (ht), Bureaucracy in plutocracy, by C.K. Lal (rep), Taking the blame, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Damaging distrust (kp)

03/04/2011: PM's indecisiveness costs country dear, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Progressive transformation of country not possible if parties engage in senseless bickering: PM Khanal (nn), UCPN (M) likely to finalise additional ministerial candidates today (nn), Movin’ on up, by Rajendra P. Sharma (kp)

02/04/2011: UML delays nomination of new ministers yet again (rep), CC meet put off as
Paswan goes wild
(ht), Lawmakers create scene at CC hall (rep), Hoo-ha in House over finance secy’s resignation: NC obstructs Parliament on second consecutive day,bars Adhikary from clarifying position, by Prakash Acharya (ht), House adjourned amidst opposition protest (rep), A revolution and a constitution, by Shrochis Karki (rep)

01/04/2011: Rich pickings (kp), Trouble-shooter body at risk as Dahal unwilling (rep), CC meet postponed again after Dalit lawmaker registers reservation on thematic report (nn), CC meet put off amid uproar (ht), Cabinet may get shape on Monday, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoist SC fails to pick ministerial candidates (nn), Constitution possible in two months: PM Khanal (nn) [This is absolutely ridiculous! You cannot even form a small government within two months!!], Badis’ plight unaddressed: Govt fails to walk the talk, by Pragati Shahi (kp), Not all gloom, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), NC obstructs House over secretary Khanal's resignation (nn)

31/03/2011: 55 days gone, Khanal’s teething problems far from over (ht), Dispute resolution panel gets extension (ht), Politics of state restructuring, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), NC disrupts House over secy resignation (rep) [Yes, you are the outstanding democratic force! Please stop the reconstruction process, that is disliked by you either, whenever you can!!], PLA integration plan in limbo (ht), Nepal drops hint on CA extension (kp), Parties Set To Miss Second Deadline, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Make inclusiveness a reality, by Rukmini Chaudhary (Tharu) (kp), Choose wise, by Gopal Khanal (kp), Till When Discrimination In Nepal?, by Dirgha Raj Prasa (rn), Fringe parties obstruct CC meeting on report of state restructuring committee (nn)

30/03/2011: Statute sub-committee term extended by another 15 days (nn), Bid to curb violence: Armed groups get talk offer (kp), Talks on NA plan needed: PLA combatants, by Mohan Budhair (kp), Big 2 to cuddle up to MJF-N (kp), MJF to join govt at chairman Yadav’s leadership (nn), MJF Chair Yadav to lead party in govt (kp), Rights watch: Remedy ills through judiciary: OHCHR (kp), Panel proposes separate Constitutional Court (ht), Govt shies away from key appointments (ht)

29/03/2011: No real progress in dispute resolution (rep), Statute sub-committee tenure ending today; likely to be extended again (nn), PLA integration: Army mellows on PLA fighters’ entry, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), NA proposes separate unit comprising of Maoist combatants, police and army personnel (nn), PLA salary resumes (kp) [one of the problems after UNMIN exit!!], When one becomes three, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Post conflict restructuring, by Baburam Bhattarai (kp) [see also part 2], Not just a two-third majority affair: Prez (ht), ‘Differences can be bridged’: Nepal’s peace process better than in other regions: Tamrat (ht), 96 per cent public offices sans information officers (ht), Reactivate local peace committees: House panel (ht)

28/03/2011: State restructuring report debate on (ht), Dr Bhattarai prescribes avoiding constitutional procedures for timely promulgation of constitution (nn) [Without state restructuring, there will never be an inclusive Nepal!!], No shift (ht), Integration dispute: Separate PLA force bottom line: Gajurel (kp), Tamrat here, will talk peace (kp), Portfolio division: MJF-N ‘like putty in hands’, by Pranab Kharel (kp), MJF-N PP seal on 4-pt agreement (ht), PM swears by seven ‘commandments’ (ht), Khanal govt impossible sans secret deal, says Gajurel (ht), President Yadav continues political consultation over current deadlock (nn)

27/03/2011: No substantive progress in statute: Nembang (rep), CC likely to take more time to finalise state restructuring, federal model (nn), Taskforce makes tangible progress (rep), PM-MPRF talks yield no result (rep), MJF approves 4-point pact with ruling parties; decides to pick 'young faces' for Khanal cabinet (nn), Who is the PM?, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Rightward, ho!, by Trilochan Upreti (kp), Women lawmakers dissatisfied with limited role (ht), PM miffed with Prez for meeting leaders without consulting him (nn)

26/03/2011: Integration in 50 days, PM tells EU envoys (kp), Constitution drafting: Maoists, NC poles apart on key issues, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists drop hint of CA term extension: Say meeting deadline not possible; NC refuses to buy idea, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Tarai remains death hotbed: Report; State, armed outfits continue extra-judicial killings, by Prasun Singh (kp), Madhes oppn parties’‘no’ to Left-heavy statute (kp)

25/03/2011: Statute drafting: Fast-track panel meet indecisive, by Manoj Basnet (kp), CC discusses draft of State Restructuring Committee (nn), Deal with MJF slammed (ht), Rabble-rousing to dulcet speeches: Has Dahal mellowed and softened stance on constitution drafting?, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Prez asks Maoist chair to cooperate with other political parties for completion of peace process (nn) [Why do you only ask the UCPN-M? The biggest veto-activist in the constitutional and peace process is the NC!!], Appoint public prosecutor director: SC (ht), Constituional appointments: Govt gets a month to fill up vacant posts (kp), China concerned about statute delay (ht), ‘Clarify ambiguities in economic model’ (ht), A society asleep, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Tharuhat group declares protest against pact with MJF (nn), Maoist, NC top brass discuss army integration, statute drafting (nn), Towards a Constitutional State, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp)

24/03/2011: 'Fill vacant positions in constitutional bodies' (rep), Four-point agreement brings MPRF onboard govt (rep), Ruling Two lasso MJF into government, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Secretariat to recruit staff for PLA supervision (rep), Cantonment monitors okayed (kp), China gives Rs 1.42bn military aid, by Phanindra Dahal (kp) [!?], Tune it out: Madhesi leaders would do well to resist undesirable influence (kp), The crimson tide: For Maoists Army’s ‘democratisation’ may be a pretext for class struggle, by Dilip Rayamajhi (kp)

23/03/2011: Subcommittee settles seven disputed issues (rep), Concise constitution not acceptable: Gachchhadar (rep), Shame on you: Shraddha sends a non-violent message to CA members (kp), Federalism for all: Full autonomy for weaker sections of society minimises the risk of separation, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (kp)

22/03/2011: UML-MPRF talks 'positive' (rep), MJF on road to govt (kp), No talks until 7-pt deal is scrapped: Koirala (rep), Scrap secret deal first: NC chief Says UCPN-Maoist is a stumbling block (ht) [Through the CA elections, the UCPN-M has a far greater democratic legitimacy than the NC! It would be good if the NC joined the government but it is not necessarily needed!!], Cabinet bulking, Congress still sulking, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Thinking Out Of Box, Sustaining Democracy, Good Governance, by Rekha Shrestha Sharma (rn), Former heads of state, govt to face scanner, by Anil Giri (kp), Two crucial bills still on hold, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Nembang loses temper over peace process hiccups (kp), CoAS leaving
for US
(kp) [??]

21/03/2011: Olive branch: Maoist-UML attempt to woo sulking NC (kp), UML presses Maoists on peace process (rep), No progress in peace process worries Prez (rep), Rev up constitution drafting process, Prez beseeches PM (kp), External, domestic elements against statute: Dahal (rep), Govt will collapse if seven-point deal scrapped: Gurung, by Purna Basnet (rep), Indian message to Madhesi leaders : ‘Finish unfinished business’, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), The land of unbridled optimism, by C.K. Lal (rep), Making elections fair: A sound electoral justice system lays the foundation for good governance, by Madhu P. Regmi (kp), No constitution can be drafted
by ignoring the Nepali Congress
, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat (kp) [Theoretically, this is not true because the NC owns only 20% of the MPs; the new constitution has to be decided by a two thirds majority. But it is definitely true that no constitution can be written by ignoring the UCPN-M, the by far largest party in the CA!!]

20/03/2011: Voter registration to begin in all districts, by Bimal Gautam (rep), PM less hopeful from UML talks team, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), Conclude peace process before statute: India (rep), Leadership against internal democracy: Dr Bhattarai, by Dil Bahadur Chattyal (rep), 195 laws biased against women (kp), Consensus remains elusive: The seven factor cripples constitution-writing move (kp), NDC and OHCHR urge govt to fulfil its commitment to end all forms of discrimination (nn), Maoist combatants go without pay for three months (nn) [the failure of dismissing UNMIN!!], Mixed force combining all security forces and PLA combatants appropriate to complete army integration task: PLA spokesperson (nn)

19/03/2011: Maoists won't be liberal anymore: Baidya (nn), Natural Resources And Ownership Dilemma, by Prakash Adhikari (rn), The Madhes Identity (kp), The other identity: Four years on from what is now known as the Madhesi Andolan, what exactly there is to show for the aspirations of the Madhesis is arguable, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), Boiling over: The ideological battle within the Maoist party is now being fought in its trade union, which threatens to undermine the chairman's hold over the party, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

18/03/2011: State restructuring report at CC (rep), UML fails to name ministers (rep), Khanal fails to sell Home idea (kp), Cabinet not to get full shape until NC joins govt: Minister Rayamajhi (nn), MK Nepal vents ire at UML top brass, NC for toppling his govt (nn), Madhes leaders’ Delhi sojourn: ‘Fresh CA poll if no statute by May 28’ (kp), Co-optation and alienation: Incorporatrion of identity group issues inversely affect mobilisation, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Rehabilitation to precede army integration (nn)

17/03/2011: Constitution drafting has gained momentum: CA Chair (nn), Poudel rules out bulk integration (kp), India didn’t want PLA in NA, cables reveal, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Dahal off to Singapore (rep) [How can political leaders leave the country in this decisive stage of constitution writing??], Maoist chief in s’pore: More to eye than meets Dahal visit (kp), Madhesi leaders in India (kp), People's Volunteers not for revolt, interview with Netra Bikram Chand (rep), One too many (kp), A thin balance, by Deepak Thapa (kp), UML standing committee fails to pick ministers; forms team to hold talks with parties (nn), UML ministers get more portfolios (nn), NC opposes subcommittee recommendation for Constitutional Court (nn) [More and more, the NC has become the greatest veto actor in the peace and reconstruction process!]

16/03/2011: Code of conduct to guide Maoist ministers, by Kiran Pun (rep), Maoists form mega youth outfit (rep), Defense Minister rules out 'separate force' of Maoist combatants (nn)

15/03/2011: 28 parties agree to forward State Restructuring Committee proposal to CC for discussion (nn), CC sub-committee's term extended till March 29 (rep), Maoist party to form joint mechanism to steer govt (kp), Maoist mechanism to monitor govt (rep), Next two & half months, by Ameet Dhakal (rep), MK Nepal prefers concise statute in place of belated one (nn) [??]

14/03/2011: Statute sub-committee term ends; agreement reached in 40 disputed issues (nn), Maintaining momentum (kp), UML leader asks Maoists to return seized properties (kp), Will die if doing good is a crime: Bhattarai, by Krishna Acharya (kp), Laxman threatens revolt (kp)

13/03/2011: ‘No statute sans PLA integration’ (kp), UCPN (M) will get Home Ministry in next cabinet expansion: UML chief whip (nn), Maoist ministers entrusted with additional portfolios (nn)

12/03/2011: New statute: Sub-panel agrees on constitutional court (kp), Control of cantonment sites: Khanal, Dahal nod to hiring process (kp)

11/03/2011: PLA integration: Big Three agree to formulate action plan (kp), Duel effect, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UML leaders claim Defense Minister Poudel will also be given Home Ministry (nn), Constitutional court to interpret new constitution (nn), Beyond semantics of political revolt, by Chudamani Basnet (rep), Bridges of Peace in Nepal, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp)

10/03/2011: New statute: Dahal-led panel settles knotty statute issues (kp), PLA integration: Panel may finalise timetable today (kp), Cabinet expansion: Madhes parties remain divided: MJF-N, Sadbhawana may join govt, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Poudel takes Defence charge (kp), Who’s doing what?, by Chandra Kishore (kp)

09/03/2011: Army integration before May 28: Minister Pun (kp), UML Gen Secy says no chance of separate force comprising Maoist combatants (nn), Portfolio distribution row: Why old faces at helm again, ask Maoist leaders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Poudel to take up job, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Poudel assumes office as Defence Minister (nn)

08/03/2011: Poudel in Defence, Tuladhar Education: Oli faction leader says no formal decision, by Phanindra Dahal (kp)

07/03/2011: Cabinet expansion: Further delay likely (kp), Paudel appointed defense minister, Tuladhar education minister (nn), Dahal offers sage advice to Maoist ministers, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Peace dividend (kp)

06/03/2011: ‘Govt here, hurdles cleared’ (kp)

05/03/2011: Cabinet expansion: Four Maoist ministers take charge of chair, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Home ministry: Row now in Maoists (kp), PLA integration: Govt set to reactivate Special Committee (kp), A Saffron Wave, by Amish Raj Mulmi and Pranab Kharel (kp)

04/03/2011: Cabinet expansion: Maoists fail to name candidates (kp), UCPN (M) finally nominates four party leaders for Khanal-led cabinet (nn), Khanal inducts four Maoist ministers in cabinet; ministers sworn in (nn), Rights watch: Come clean on rights record, US envoy tells Nepal Army, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), A little spunk, signor, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Statute sub-committee sorts out 30 thorny issues (nn)

03/03/2011: Cabinet expansion: Maoists in; Mahara and 10-strong squad (kp), Waiting for Godot (kp), Army a jewel in country’s crown: Prez (kp) [????], Nepali Congress to outline peace roadmap (kp) [The NC is one of the greatest veto-forces in the peace process!!], Foreign hand a danger: Bhattarai; ‘Time not ripe to resist Indian policy’, by Amrita Anmol (kp)

02/03/2011: New statute: Bicameral federal legislature okayed (kp), Maoists’ change of heart: Say will join govt sans home ministry (kp), Cabinet expansion: MKN bridges the UML-Maoist gap (kp), Brahmins’ threat to take up arms (kp) [Fact is that less than 6.5% of the total population are male Bahuns who totally dominate politics, administration, judiciary, education system, etc.], NA democratisation: Parliament panel to seek govt’s stand (kp), People’s Movement III?, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

01/03/2011: Threat level: Parties’ young muscle detrimental to Nepal: Report (kp), Cabinet expansion: Full one ‘likely’ in a couple of days (kp), Dahal leads statute sub-panel (kp), KJWP resurfaces in eastern districts, by Diliram Khatiwada (kp), Taking back the state, by Anil Bhattarai (kp)

28/02/2011: Indigenous peoples clamour for identity: Demand self-determination, natural resources rights (ht), Nepal Army rider on PLA combatants’ integration, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Khanal fails in Home dispute resolution bid (kp), PM’s chosen three may run all ministries (ht), A vision of New Nepal: Nepal must think of a kind of federalism that would ensure the fullest expression of cultural diversity, by Shinji Asanuma (kp), Factories to turn into barracks, says Prachanda: Claims people’s revolt the only option left (ht)

27/02/2011: CC sub committee discuss work plan to resolve disputed issues in statute draftings (nn), Stranded Khanal, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), JN Khanal, Dahal's poodle?, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), Abide by deal, Dahal tells PM: ‘Conspiracy to prevent govt from taking full shape’ (ht), UML youth leaders urge Maoist chief to ‘concede’ (kp), UML decides to convene 'decisive talks' with UCPN (M) on power-sharing issue (nn), Cambodia conference on Peace in Nepal postponed (nn)

26/02/2011: Another committee to resolve knotty issues (kp), CC forms panel to solve statute row (ht), Maoists decide not to join government, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists fight shy of joining govt: Say CPN-UML backtracked on seven-point deal (ht), ‘Don’t give perks to ex-ministers’ (kp), Police slam political intervention: Tell parties not to shelter criminals, lawmakers pledge cooperation (ht)

25/02/2011: CC forms 5-member sub-committee to resolve disputed issues in statute drafting (nn), Cong gets formal UML, Maoist invite: NC says 7-point deal must go first (kp) [Stop this nonsense, form a small government and concentrate upon writing the constitution through the elected MPs of the CA! Rejected politicians must shu8t up!], Big III for expediting peace, statute work: NC urged to join ruling coalition (ht), Party should join govt, some in NC say (kp), Deuba terms 7-pt deal as 'suspicious'; reiterates NC will remain in opposition (nn), Bhattarai urges NC to join govt or give alternative for finding consensus to resolve deadlock (nn), UML-Maoist leaders discuss cabinet expansion (nn), Maoist Standing Committee decides not to join govt (nn), Nembang exudes peace, constitution hope (ht), Scope of violence: Rejection of aspirations for recognition could escalate violent conflicts, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Punish free-riders (ht), Impunity Dissected, by Liladhar Upadhyaya (rn), Dealing with missing family member/s, by Shreya Thapa (rep), Art of war: Bardiya children cope with the loss of missing relatives by drawing what they witnessed during the conflict (nt), The war's not over yet: "Either give us back our loved ones or tell us what you did to them", by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Building ‘young Nepal, not new Nepal’: The crucial issue, by Subarna Chhetri (ht), Challenges To Civilian Control Of Nepal Army, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

24/02/2011: CA extension decision irrevocable, says SC: Apex court rules that Interim: Constitution has not set any mandatory deadline for statute completion (kp), Lawyers warn of statute protests: Blame CA for draft delay (ht), CC likely to form sub-committee to resolve disputed issues in statute drafting on Friday (nn), Judiciary to issue blacklist of 300,000 absconders: Over 100,000 court verdicts are unimplemented, leading to impunity for an average of three lawbreakers in each case, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Implementing Supreme Court Decisions, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), SC voids murder case withdrawal: "The government cannot withdraw murder cases without the permission of concerned district courts", by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (kp), PM hands party decision to Dahal (ht), Seize the opportunity (rep), Leaders of major parties to meet today: To discuss power sharing, peace, constitution (kp) [absolutely useless talks of these 'misleaders' who do not want consensus, constitution and peace!!], Consensus eludes big three; NC not ready for compromise unless 7-pt deal scrapped (nn), Where Are Political Leaders Leading Us?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Media and Young Turks: To ensure long-term future, UML should retire the likes of Oli and Nepal, by Pramod Mishra (kp) [!!], Building a state: Sustainability of federations will depend on their operational designs, by Bishwambher Pyakuryal (kp)

23/02/2011: Deal revised, full Cabinet soon: UML CC (kp), CPN-UML CC tilts towards Khanal: Endorses seven-point agreement unanimously; Concludes pact not against peace process, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), How UML chair turned the tables on rivals (ht), UML needs to come clean on seven-point deal: UCPN (Maoist) (nn), Points of departure: Revision of the seven-point deal is perhaps a good thing (kp), Civil servants like headless chickens, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), CA members are in a dor or die situation, by Kalpana Rana (kp), New constitution: ‘Anti-women’ citizenship nod under glare (kp), ‘Conspiracies against CA’ (ht), CC chair, leaders discuss formation of sub-committee to resolve thorny issues in statute drafting (nn)

22/02/2011: UML Politburo nod to revised deal (kp), UML politburo for deal revision: Decision to be tabled at party’s central committee today (ht), Maoists ready to talk pact (kp), NC, Maoist leaders lock horn over 7-pt deal (nn), Opposing Maoist-UML 7-point deal would be like opposing peace and statute: Dahal (nn), Dr Bhattarai censures parties (ht), Congress leader cautions parties (ht) [!!], NC will lead peace process: Poudel (kp) [When will you understand that you have lost the people's mandate for this task? According to fundamental democratic rules, leadership belongs to the overwhelming winner in the elections!!], Beyond paper politics: A new constitution will be meaningless without an overhaul of corrupt government machinery, by Anil Bhattarai (kp), Minority groups reveal model constitution (ht), No travel ban on alleged HR violators (ht) [SC supports impunity!!], Prez receives SC annual report: ‘Law and order situation has slightly improved’ (ht), Unpleasant political scenario: Lessons to be learnt, by Pramod Aryal (ht), Secret Deal And Rift Within UML, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Home truths, by Trailokya Raj Aryal (rep)

21/02/2011: CC chief rues delay in statute drafting (kp), CA chairman unveils statute drafted by minority groups (kp), Govt will go if deal dies: Dahal, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp), Cabinet expansion: Lawmakers bristle at delay in process (kp), Call to give PM a free hand (kp), Envoys throng Capital after guard change (kp), Full-blown Cabinet soon, says Khanal, by Basanti Bastola (kp), UML politburo meeting: PM set to face trying time (ht), UML ‘middle-path’ leaders suggest PM Khanal to keep home ministry with himself (nn), UML politburo decides to revise 7-pt deal; Tuesday CC meeting to take final decision (nn), Maoists press PM to make ‘historic’ move (ht), Dahal says he is ‘concerned’ as PM Khanal fails to expand cabinet (nn), The alternatives (ht), Political Tangle Messes Up Issues (rn), Seven-point deal should be scrapped, interview with NC president Sushil Koirala who has been rejected by the people in the 2008 elections (kp), NA integration terms in PLA crosshairs (ht), The leftover alliance, by C.K. Lal (rep)

20/02/2011: Cabinet expansion likely to be one long haul, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Portfolio standoff may linger, says Tuladhar (kp), No security ministries for Maoists: Nepal (ht), UCPN (M) chair Dahal accuses UML leaders of trying to topple Khanal govt (nn), Govt rapped for poor rights scenario (kp) [see executive summary of INSEC's Human Rights Yearbook 2011], Nepal’s record has improved (ht), Campaign for five pillars of democracy (kp), CC holds consultation with political parties to expedite constitution drafting (nn), Itahari folk take CA members to task: Seek return of taxpayers’money for failing to deliver the constitution on time (ht), Khanal On The Horns Of Dilemma, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Human security in Nepal, by Pamir Gautam (rep)

19/02/2011: Expedite constitution (rep), Don’t take me for a pushover: JNK; Calls on all parties to join hands for peace, statute, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Khanal reiterates consensus (ht), PM dwells on deal, Cabinet with Dahal (ht), Home portfolio shouldn’t go to UCPN-M, says Oli (ht), UML leaders tell UCPN (Maoist) not to expect home ministry until peace process concludes (nn), Home Ministry won't be given to Maoists at any cost: Nepal (nn), ‘Home ministry not the crux’ (kp), Khanal’s early success in question: Attention diverted from peace process in monitors’absence, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Peace thru women's participation: Government launches national action plan (kp), Parameters of democracy: Nepal's specific socio-cultural and political histories dictate an unlikelihood of success for any form of Western-manufactured democracy, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), SC expects CA to draft statute on time: CA members not to be denied salaries, allowances (ht), NEFIN to press for timely statute (ht), Let Us Fulfill Pledges For Justice, Equity, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Leadership vicissitudes, by Hem Raj Kafle (rep)

18/02/2011: Cabinet expansion comes a cropper (kp), Khanal’s hamletian dilemma continues: Nepal-Oli faction stuck on home ministry; Maoists not to join govt unless portfolio settled (ht), Maoists make a U-turn: Say time not ripe to join Khanal govt (kp), Dahal tells PM Khanal to settle dispute in UML before asking UCPN (M) to join govt (nn), Dispute in UML: Won’t affect Cabinet, says PM, by John Narayan Parajuli and Bhadra Sharma [?? Are really all politicians stupid? The people, definitely, are not!!], Last-ditch bid to topple govt: Prachanda (ht), Still, in a soup (ht), PM Khanal defends 7-pt deal; rues delay in cabinet formation (nn), Same-same: Khanal will be hard-pressed to survive, let alone force change, by Prashant Jha (nt), Maina murder: Mom pleads with CoAS for justice (kp), War if statute not delivered, warns Limbuwan leader (ht), Why we need more female political leaders in Nepal, by Saurav J. Thapa (rep), Straddling two boats: Nepal's politicians pay homage to one definition of politics while exploiting another, by Biraj Bahadur Bista (nt), The India factor: Indian commentator cites security as reason for rejecting seven-point agreement, by Pranab Dhal Samanta (nt)

17/02/2011: Countdown begins; parties deeply divided: Given the differences among parties, a new statute looks unlikely, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Cabinet all set to get shape today: CPN-UML factional dispute rages on, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Ruling coalition in the home stretch; Ministries finalised: Dahal; Mahara to lead party in govt (ht), PM Khanal to expand cabinet today; row over home ministry still unsettled (nn), Cabinet expansion unlikely today as UML leaders dispute over giving Home Ministry to Maoists (nn), UML headed for splitsville: Oli says party may pull out of government over home ministry (ht), Testing times: Khanal has near-impossible task of pleasing everyone (kp), Jhalanath's thorny days ahead, by Jainendra Jeevan (rep), Seven yrs on, justice eludes Maina kin: Human rights defenders rue govt apathy (kp), Respect court orders, OHCHR tells govt: Reminds it has not brought to book Sunuwar’s killers (ht), Human rights fantasy in Geneva: Impunity for both the Army and Maoists remains almost complete, by Tejshree Thapa (kp), 2003 disappearances: ‘Youths blindfolded, killed and buried’ (ht), Citizenship issue: Guarantee equal terms, say women rights activists (ht), Madhes movement scars yet to heal: Leaders draw flak for forgetting the victims, by Rajan Bhattarai (ht), Things could be worse, by Sradda Thapa (rep)

16/02/2011: Big Two agree to expand Cabinet soon, by Bhadra Sharma and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists, UML come up with joint statement: Urge parties to join government; Hope Cabinet expansion soon; Congress terms it eyewash (ht), PM agrees to give 11 ministries to UCPN (M) including home and foreign affairs; Dahal to announce ministerial team by Thursday (nn), Cabinet expansion likely tomorrow (ht), PM briefs President Yadav on cabinet formation (nn), CPN-ML (Socialist) decides to join Khanal govt (nn), Baluwatar gates not opened for Oli (kp), Special Committee gets UNMIN logistics (kp), UNMIN hands over monitoring equipment: But fails to provide combatant identity readable software to government (ht), Reinvigorate Special Committee (rep), Womens' political rights a must to liberate them from social oppression, by Usha Kala Rai (kp), Smells like revolution: Though unacknowledged by the West, a quiet rebellion may be brewing, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Maoists deserve a chance: Only through their mistakes will the Maoists learn and people get to know them for who they really are, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Formation of Government: Litmus test for Prime Minister Khanal, by Shrish B. Pradhan (ht), Mubarak & our politicians, by Arun Gupto (rep), OHCHR urges govt to enforce court order on Maina Sunuwar case (nn), Exhumation team finds one more suspicious body part in Godar (nn)

15/02/2011: Khanal may give Maoists Home, full Cabinet ‘soon’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Leftist bid to rid pact of ambiguity: A joint statement likely today to assuage growing suspicion (ht), UCPN (Maoist) turns down PM Khanal’s proposal to expand cabinet without home ministry (nn), Khanal, Dahal reiterate commitment to 7-pt agreement; pledge to abide by CPA (nn), Testing Time For UML-Maoist Alliance, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), MJF sets terms for joining govt: Says Madhes-based parties must be appeased first (ht), Rastriya Janamorcha denounces 7-pt deal (kp), Rejected fighters' rehab: UN invites all to packages on offer (kp), Former fighters unfurl PLA flags in camps (ht), Ramraja calls for another revolution (ht), Evaluating Change In Correct Perspective (rn), Styles Of Transitions And Transformations, by Prem Khatry (rn)

14/02/2011: UML froths as JNK pushes deal: Nepal, Oli factions heighten dissent volume (kp), NC, 13 parties to seek clarification (kp), MJF chief takes exception to 7-pt pact (nn), NC doubts on UML-Maoist alliance is fabricated, interview with Ghanashyam Bhusal, CPN-UML (kp), Home truths: The argument for keeping the Maoists out is untenable (kp), Maoists likely to get home portfolio (ht), Khanal ‘ready’ to give Home Ministry to Maoists; prepares for ‘decisive meeting’ with Dahal (nn), We may join govt: Dahal, by Kashiram Dangi (kp), Seven-point deal for ‘peace, statute’ (kp), Dahal warns reactionary forces (ht), NHRC starts over Godar exhumation (kp), A place to belong: Phoney citizens in the Tarai are fuelling the internal displacement of families of hill origin, by Chandra Kishore (kp), Gaining ground? (ht), Quest for politics of hope, by Tara Lal Shrestha (rep)

13/02/2011: ‘UML should honour pact’; It is the hinge on which new govt will rest: Dahal, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Dahal hints at joining Khanal govt, by Manoj Basnet (kp), ‘No alternative to Khanal-led govt’ (kp), Bhattarai bats for rainbow coalition Says UML has a week to form a unity govt (ht), Maoist stance positive, UML still unrelenting (ht), Senior UML leaders contradict each other over giving home ministry portfolio to Maoists (nn), Govt committed to 7-point deal: PM Khanal (nn), UML's Nepal-Oli faction in no mood to accept seven-point agreement (nn), MJF sits on the fence (kp) [The particiation of this small party in the government is not needed! Two parties in government are enough!], Maoist lawmakers denied admittance to Army HQs: Army chief says ‘sorry’ over the incident, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Peace committees to get new lease of life, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), National security advisor, by Dipak Gurung (rep), Current ordinance budget to be passed only after govt gets 'full-shape' (nn), UN asks disqualified combatants to get enrolled in UN Rehab programme (nn), NHRC deploys exhumation team at Dhanusha (nn)

12/02/2011: Khanal in double bind as Maoists tighten noose: Endorse decision not to join govt; To launch awareness programmes (ht), Decision to back, not join Khanal govt (kp), UML, Maoists reconcile fast (rep), UML, Maoist men holding ‘secret’ talks (kp), NC, Madhes parties close ranks against deal, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp) [Nevertheless, they are only a minority!!], Lawyers challenge CA, leaders over statute: Say drafting job be handed over to them (ht), War victims still waiting for aid (ht), Rights defenders ‘dismayed’ (kp), To the Prime Minister: A letter to the new Prime Minister on why economic development must go hand-in-hand with the peace process, by Yurendra Basnet (kp)

11/02/2011: Frustrated, Maoists not to join Khanal-led govt: Maoists to withdraw support if Khanal further ‘disregards’ the seven-point deal signed before the PM election (kp), Maoist latest move knocks Khanal for six: UCPN-M not to join govt, to support from floor; Three ministers appointed after seven days; Nepali Congress,others asked to join Cabinet (ht), JNK’s test as coalition on shaky ground, by John Narayan Parajuli and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Gyawali’s nay to separate force formation: A separate force comprising the PLA fighters cannot be formed despite an agreement for the same (kp), Maoists to stay in opposition, by Krishna Acharya (kp), We won’t join govt, says Bhattarai (ht), PM Khanal ‘doesn’t know’ about Maoist decision not to join govt (nn), UCPN (M) reiterates it won't be part of govt until UML commits to 7-pt pact (nn), Task cut out: There are huge hurdles for the Khanal government; but it may yet be the country’s best bet, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Progressive Coalition At Work, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), The goose strikes back: We should be more interested in why the near-agreement between the Maoists and the rest at Gokarna fell through than in the recent seven-point agreement, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Trial by fire: The many difficulties faced by PM Khanal may well result in another extension of the Constituent Assembly, by Prashant Jha (nt), Khanal the Trojan: The seven-point agreement is a clear signal that the Maoists are manoeuvring themselves into pole position for the critical months ahead, democracy be damned, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt), One Crisis After Another (rn), Govt urged to enshrine child rights in new constitution; designate commissioner for children in NHRC (nn)

10/02/2011: PM aides ready draft statement (kp), Home is where their heart is: CPN-UML, Maoists continue to haggle over ministry of home affairs; PM Khanal hard-pressed to bring the budget before February 15 (ht), UML flexible on finance ministry, says Gyawali (kp), MJF soft on joining govt; Big Two remain at odds (kp), A rock and a hard place: The new government faces a challenge in appeasing critics (kp), UCPN (M) to abstain from Khanal-led cabinet (nn), Three UML ministers sworn in without portfolios (nn), Top leaders of major three parties to hold talks in Cambodia (nn) [??], Women and citizenship: Can the state, on the basis of unproven assumptions, curtail the rights of the half of its population?, by Reena Pathak Bashyal (kp), Feeble resistance to Limbuwan strike on Day IV: No respite for hundreds of passengers marooned in Dharan (ht)

09/02/2011: Culmination of year-long premeditated effort, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), 7-point pact: UML-Maoists to clarify further (kp), Don’t expect profit, Khanal tells aides (kp), No alternative to backing CPN-UML, says Bhattarai (kp), Haggling over ministry halts govt formation: Maoists continue to lay claim to home portfolio (ht), Portfolio sharing agreement elusive: Maoist Standing Committee meeting put off (ht), Tightrope Walking By PM, by Bhimsen Thapaliya (rn), Sincerity Needed (rn), Taskforce fails to settle dispute over portfolios; leaves it to top leaders (nn), Bigwigs alone cannot resolve disputed issues, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Be a sport: NC has to decide if it wants to be part of the collective history or if it wants to let the ‘left alliance’ steal the show, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Khanal’s brief, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Momentum Is Finally Generated, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn), Wronged heroes, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Strike in eastern region hits life hard (ht), Nepal under Khanal: Options before India, by S.D. Muni (Tribune, Chandigarh), Isn’t Nepal Prez Yadav answerable? (tg)

08/02/2011: Our miracle, Maoists-UML say of deal: Say they are not bypassing other parties, its a new beginning, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Secret deal struck, admit Khanal, Dahal: Maoists won’t pull out over a ministry, says UCPN-Maoist chairman (ht), PM ready to revisit pact (ht), UML SC okays deal, with changes (kp), PM Khanal indirectly claims Finance Ministry for his party as expiry of ordinance budget draws near (nn), A false start (rep), Cabinet formation likely to further delayed (nn), Citizenship sole basis, rules SC, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (kp), OHCHR frets over rejected suggestions (kp), A perfect democracy: If Nepali democracy is in the process of attaining perfection, the UML has perfected the art of participating in it, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Ethnic restructuring: Past delays show addressing issues of identity is not enough to ensure a timely constitution, by Prakash A. Raj (kp), No respite from strike spectre for the east: Hundreds of travellers stuck on the roads (ht), Transportation disrupted in eastern region for fourth straight day (nn), Ending The Culture Of Impunity, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn)

07/02/2011: Khanal is in, without a Cabinet, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Premier fails to appoint ministers: Coalition partners wrangle over home ministry berth, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), UML, Maoists decide to move ahead 'in cooperation and understanding'; Dahal denies dispute over ministerial portfolios (nn), Khanal sworn in as PM: Forms high-level taskforce to find ways to end power outage crisis (ht), Maoist-UML agreement (kp), Betrayal of peace process, says NC, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp) [??], GOP conundrums: NC approach to new govt needs an overhaul (kp), Rights activists slam ‘secret’ deal (kp), Madhesi parties in oppn bench (kp), Quite a ploy (ht), Limbuwan strike hits eastern hilly districts (ht), TRC formation essential to ease conflict victims’ woes: Speaker (kp), No one’s puppet: Will the ‘left alliance’ adapt to the changed times or stick to non-democratic communist methods?, by Shyam K.C. (kp), The role of external factors in govt formation exaggerated, interview with Pradeep Gyawali (kp), The art of politicking, by C.K. Lal (rep), OHCHR-Nepal calls for implementation of UPR recommendations (nn)

06/02/2011: Sermon On Forming A New Government, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Seven-point agreement between Dahal and Khanal revealed (nn), New government to blaze a new trail (kp), UML internal dynamics kaleidoscope in shift mode, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Deal raises storm in UML Document read at meeting totally different from what was signed (ht), UML, UCPN (Maoist) pick ministers for Khanal cabinet (nn), New govt to bring full budget (ht), Leaders of new govt agree to bring full-fledged budget before Feb 16 (nn), PM-elect Khanal takes oath of office and secrecy (nn), Disgruntled NC faction raring to join govt, by Anil Giri (kp), NC spokesperson warns Maoist-UML coalition detrimental to peace process (nn), Nepal Army torture case reaches UN (kp), Hard Times Ahead For New Government, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

05/02/2011: Maoist-UML secret deal: Pact pledges creation of fifth security force; The left forces have agreed to execute power-sharing on long-term basis, by Tika Ram Pradhan (ht), ‘Peace, statute top priority’ (ht), Swearing-in scheduled for tomorrow, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), UCPN (M) to pick its leader in Khanal cabinet today (nn), Bhattarai faction also to participate in Khanal-led cabinet (nn), Maoists mull three young faces, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Maoist-UML form 8-member taskforce to decide on power-sharing (nn), Sushil says NC will stay in opposition (ht), Won’t come on board: NC, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), MJF-N to wait and watch (ht), Madhes parties at variance on joining govt (kp), Don’t miss out on statute deadline: Int’l community (ht), Lawyers shell discriminatory citizenship proviso (ht), Parents’ long wait for return of disappeared son (ht), New beginning for democracy, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Congratulations (ht), Challenges in drafting the new constitution discussed (nn)

04/02/2011: Khanal wins Maoist support to become PM, by Arjun Bhandari and Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Khanal is elected new PM: Left-alliance backed by Maoists in offing, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), How the Maoist-UML deal was struck, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), 51 Maoist lawmakers
were averse to Khanal
(kp), Finally, a result (ht), Starting over: There’s a new government; it has its task cut out (kp), UN, India, US, EU, Japan hail successful PM election, congratulate PM-elect Khanal (nn), PM-elect Khanal says peace, statute will be his top agenda; assures Maoist agenda won’t prevail in his govt (nn), PM elect Khanal starts homework to announce ‘small cabinet’ by Sunday (nn), UML calls for 'broader national consensus' for peace, constitution (nn), Opportunistic MJF sets conditions for joining UML-led govt (nn), Cautious NC to stay in opposition, but will support Khanal-govt for peace, constitution (nn),
NC's loss: NC must move on from its mistakes and reach out to  Khanal and the Maoists, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), "The extreme right and left are feeding each other": Maoist Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai talks about the political deadlock and the fissures in his party (nt), Power sharing, post-handover: Concrete steps are needed to create trust, not agreements on paper that are never implemented, by Madhav Kumar Nepal (nt), Shaktikhor waits: Maoist ex-combatants want an end to the uncertainty over their futures, by Dambar K. Shrestha (nt), Emerging challenges, by Jaya Raj Acharya (kp) [see part 2 (06/02/2011)], New Government in Offing, by Tilak Rawal (sp), What “dramatic political gains”, Ms Landgren?!, by Dipak Gyawali (sp), ‘The Parties Need To Find A Middle Way’, interview with Gopal Singh Bohara, CPN-UML (sp)

03/02/2011: PM poll poised for perplexities aplenty: With Gachhadar in the fray,today’s will be a four-way battle unlikely to yield outcome, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), First round of poll may be a non-starter: Dahal, Poudel, Khanal, Gachhadar file nominations; all hope to be new PM (kp), PM election today; conclusive results unlikely (nn), A hazy maze of numbers (ht), Maoist dilemma: To back or not to back Khanal? Office bearers to take a call today (kp), Frantic nomination move stirs up a hornet’s nest in Congress (kp), More the merrier: A Maoist or NC-led unity government the best option (kp), PM aspirants busy in political parleys to ensure their victory in today’s election (nn), UCPN (M) decides to support Khanal; Baburam faction registers note of dissent (nn), PM election underway at Legislature Parliament; Dahal withdraws candidacy, Khanal projected to win (nn), Nation finally gets a PM ending the six month long status quo (nn), Khanal elected as new PM (rep), Nation ends 7-month drought with Khanal as new PM, by Arun Rai (ht), Challenging Democratic Peace In Nepal, by C.D. Bhatta (rn), Nearing Consensus With Inconclusive Talk, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

02/02/2011: Leaders should realise their past mistakes, by Raghav Bir Joshi (kp), PM election process begins; nomination filing today (nn), UML fields Khanal, Maoists Dahal; NC meeting undecided on prime ministerial candidate, CC to meet today (ht), Oli does a volte face on Khanal’s candidacy (kp), UML issues whip to party lawmakers to compulsorily vote in favour of Khanal (nn), Congress sits on fence, Deuba stakes his claim (kp), NC fields Poudel as PM candidate (nn), Three major parties file nominations for PM post at House secretariat (nn), Madhesi parties flex PM poll muscle (kp), Six fringe parties pledge support to Maoists (nn), Women’s limited access to resources hindering growth: ADB (kp)

01/02/2011: Three-party meeting comes a cropper: Maoists see consensus chance slim; NC,UML living in hope of more meetings, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Same three faces likely to be in fray, by Phanindra Dahal and Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Deuba faction against Poudel’s candidacy (kp), UCPN (Maoist) to forward Dahal as prime ministerial candidate conditionally (nn), Khanal again nominated UML's PM candidate (nn), Madhesi parties divided over PM election row (nn), PLA handover: Govt, Maoists lock horns over control (kp), There’s more to it than meets the eye, by Prakash Rimal (ht), Statute body bid to pave common path (kp) [after 8 months!!!], Constitution committee begins work (rep), By the people, for all people: Ensuring a common identity between drafters of the constitution and those for whom it is written is vital, by C.D. Bhatta (kp), ‘Women in policy making for equality’ (ht), Workshop to boost women’s empowerment begins in capital (nn), UNMIN: Bang to a whimper, by Damakant Jayshi (hsa)

31/01/2011: Prime minister election a medley of gambles, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Bhadra Sharma (kp), Govt unlikely by Feb 6: Prachanda, by Somanth Bastola (ht), Task at hand (ht), Decision time: Agreement on integration in the next few days vital (kp), Leaders, NA brass discuss army integration (ht), Let army remain apolitical: CoAS (kp), Lawyers press lawmakers for timely statute (kp), Bar pressure to draft statute on time (ht), Searching for a common ground, interviews with Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Barshaman Pun 'Ananta' (kp), Revolt only way, says Badal (ht), Martyrs’ families slam government apathy (ht), War victims boycott felicitation function (ht), Strong mechanism needed to ensure rule of law: Experts; Punishment more severe for heinous crimes in new code (ht), All carrot, no stick, by Hari Bansha Dulal (rep)

30/01/2011: Talks taking positive turn, claim Maoists, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Either way we lead: Dahal, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp), Maoist-led govt a no-no: KC (kp), PLA integration: Parties differ on model: Taskforce submits its report on Big Three’s positions, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt formation, peace process: One step forward, two steps back (kp), Matrika threatens to take to arms (kp), Statute panel to get to work from Monday (kp), Land management: CA panel calls for land reform report release (kp), An elusive peace, by Jagannath Lamichhane (kp), Minimum Understanding Must To End Political Impasse, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

29/01/2011: Towards the finale?, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Not against PLA integration: Army; Says it will abide by any decision taken by parties (kp), Respectable integration is the buzzword (kp), Integration modality talks cut no mustard (kp), Govt formation: Preconditions will not be acceptable, say Maoists (kp), UN member states list 135 measures, Nepal adopts 56; Achievements have been made: DPM Koirala (kp), Baglung is landmine free, by Baburam Kharel (kp), A Silver Lining, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn), Vicious cycle, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

28/01/2011: Fresh election to begin on Feb 3 (kp), Talks on government formation: Taskforce to draft consensus paper (kp), Three-party taskforce fails to iron out differences (nn), Maoist-led govt unacceptable to Congress: KC (nn), What is the NC waiting for? The deadline for a consensus government is over, but its possibility has not ended, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Khanal believes responsibility of leading new govt will again fall on UML's shoulders (nn), All night vigil to press parties (kp), Halfway there: The decline in rights violation over the years suggests that the Maoists are transforming, by Mahendra Lawoti (kp), Time to look within: If the Regmi affair gets leaders to reflect on their actions, the slap may have been a lesson worth giving, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), The slap that shook Nepal: Devi Prasad Regmi got applause from people right across the country for smacking a political leader on the face, by Ashutosh Tiwari (nt)

27/01/2011: Statute panel to resume work early next week (kp), Parties’ bid fails, prez to call House to elect PM (kp), There is no rest for the weary: Leaders of three major parties give an A for their effort even after missing deadline (ht), Another major three meet fails to find common ground for govt formation (nn), PM election on Feb 3 (nn), Dahal, Bhattarai factions at variance (kp), Shekhar for cooperation with Maoists (ht), HRW raps int’l actors for complacency (kp) [see report on Nepal], Takes two to tango: A Madhesi alliance should give more variety to political space (kp), A glimmer of hope: Maoists sound confident a national government with rotational leadership, a constitution and the completion of the peace process can all be achieved within one and a half years, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Fulfilling the obligation: Incorporating economic, social, and cultural rights into the new constitution, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (kp), Debate on Nepali Army reform: Experts against using term ‘democratisation’ (ht) [In the past, the army has been used as a tool to safeguard royal politics. As such, it stood outside the rule of law. It still disregards democratic norms, fundamental human rights and government orders. Without any doubt: The army has to be democratized!!], Shaktikhor ceremony: Door of opportunity for Maoist combatants, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Building Peace Through Pro-People Politics, by C.D. Bhatta (rn), Tackling Tarai insecurity, by D.B. Subedi (rep)

26/01/2011: CA sends drafts of seven thematic committees to CC (nn), Parties may form a majority govt: Extended deadline ends today; agreement still elusive, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Scenario bleak for consensus coalition: NC, UML not to let UCPN-M lead next govt (ht), Opportunity squandered (rep), More surprises in store: Dahal; Confident he’ll be the next PM, come what may (ht), ‘Possible if we lead’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai, Crucial three-party meeting ends fruitlessly (nn), PLA integration: Maoists say they are ready to be flexible (kp), House okays new rules on PM poll (kp), Madhesi alliance likely to get new lease of life (kp), Nepal grilled on human rights issues in Geneva (nn), Government grilled over steps for ending impunity: Told to enforce HR treaties it has signed (kp), Nepal's human rights examination, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep), Unfinished business: The road to new democracy in Nepal, by Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Judiciary in federalism: Autonomy comes first, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (ht), Ardently Sought Step, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn)

25/01/2011: New House rule soon on PM poll: Mandatory voting proposed (kp), PM poll not to go past Round III: With regulations amended, no re-run of futile elections (ht), NC seeks first 3-month leadership, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Bid to strike a bargain fails to gain ground (ht), Monitoring mechanism gets full shape: Nine-member panel to chalk out integration, rehab plan (ht), Modality of integration: Maoist demand baffles spl panel (kp), Call to involve women for social transformation (kp), Girl moves SC demanding citizenship in mother's name (nn)

24/01/2011: Implementation of plan crucial: PLA handover has task cut out for government, Maoists, by John Narayan Parajuli and Mahesh Acharya (kp), Combatants hopeful of a secure future, by Binod Tripathi and Mohan Budhair (kp), Sober goodbye: The handover is a step forward, but more is needed (kp), Maoist military in charge stresses on the need for early completion of integration, rehab of PLA combatants (nn), Maoist brass at odds over PLA reins handover (ht), Special mechanism to get final shape with additional three members (nn), Three-party meet put off (ht), Major three make no headway for consensus as second presidential deadline draws near (nn), PM election amendment proposal registered; no-result will automatically terminate election after 3rd round (nn), Dahal parleys with Koirala for Maoist-led govt (nn), Maoist-led govt in five days, says Prachanda (ht), Learning the Sudanese way: Sudan’s example should be a lesson to Nepali leaders about what to avoid, by Shyam K.C. (kp), The urge within the NC to take the peace process forward has waned, interview with Gagan Thapa (kp), Post-slap fame falls into Regmi’s lap (ht), Man booked for slapping UML chairman walks free (nn)

23/01/2011: Special Committee takes control of PLA, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PLA change of guard now official: Maoist combatants handed over to SC at a function in Shaktikhor, by Prakash Rimal and Chintamani Paudel (ht), Maoist Combatants Handover: A Milestone In Peace Process, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Maoist combatants optimistic about future, by Surya Prasad Kandel (ht), But what about the number of combatants to be integrated? (rep), Modes of protest: The now-infamous slap shows the height of public frustration (kp), Reverberation Of Slap, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Dahal confident of a Maoist-led government any time soon (nn), Big-three meet put-off until Monday as Dahal expresses his inability to attend it (nn)

22/01/2011: Prez extends consensus govt deadline (ht), Maoist-led govt OK: Big 2, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Lig-Lig race spawns nation’s ‘new PM’, by Ankit Adhikari (kp), Spl committee to gather PLA reins today (kp), Shaktikhor decked up for handover (ht), Maoist combatants formally come under Special Committee amidst grand ceremony in Shaktikhor (nn), Statute should ensure judicial independence, says justice (ht)

21/01/2011: Govt formation: Deadline ends; parties to make frantic bid today (kp), NC stakes a claim to govt leadership (kp) [What is the legitimate reason??], Big three to make joint call to Prez to extend deadline for govt formation (nn) [28 May would be the ideal date of extension!!], 28 parties agree to extend deadline for govt formation (nn), President gives five more days to parties for consensus govt (nn), PLA handover: Army, police chiefs, diplomats to attend tomorrow’s gala (kp), Window of opportunity: There are signs the Maoists are serious on integration (kp), Roadblocks to constitution: Only if the political parties set aside their ideologies is a new constitution possible, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Clearing the air: When the constitution is ready and elections imminent, there may be no time to properly prepare the voters’ roll, by Madhu P. Regmi (kp), Factional Politics In Nepal, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Fork in path in Nepal: It is time for Dahal to pick up the phone and make peace with Bhattarai, by Prashant Jha (nt), "They should have just killed me": On the 15th anniversary of the start of the war, and nearly five years after it ended, the wounded are forgotten, by Laxman K.C. (nt), House sitting deferred until Monday (nn), Critical Barriers in Creating a Functional State, by Dev Raj Dahal (sp), Gender Strategy: Give Women Land Rights, by Radha Poudel (sp)

20/01/2011: Parties stick to guns, House adjourned: Agreed formula on prime minister poll process still a far cry (kp), Three-party meet to build consensus for unity govt inconclusive (nn), Rao, Dahal try to clear arriere pensee: Maoist chairman clarifies his party not against India, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Maoists not against India: Dahal; Says he wants to visit Delhi and clear the air (kp), Non-Maoist govt is India’s ‘first choice’, by Anil Giri (kp), Impunity And Reconciliation, by Raj Kumar Siwakoti (rn), Maoist army charge handover: Grand fete to mark occasion (kp), Insecure Tarai: Peace and security are among the fundamental rights of every Tarai citizen, by Chandra Kishore (kp), Heat waves in the cold weather: Between party rifts, shocking predictions and a revealing book, it’s been an eventful winter, by Dilip Rayamajhi (kp), Maoists' 'People's Revolt', by Jainendra Jeevan (rep)

19/01/2011: CC tasked to end disputed issues (kp), 28 parties authorise CC to finalise thorny issues of new statute (nn), Amendment of parliamentary rules: Political parties fail to reach consensus (kp), PLA to come under special panel on Jan 22, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), AISC proposes three names for monitoring mechanism; Madhesi parties express dissatisfaction for ignoring them (nn), India hails peace process evolution, by Anil Giri (kp), India to back any govt in Nepal: Rao (ht), Being neighbourly: A weakened Nepal cannot safeguard Indian interests (kp), Killings during the insurgency: SC respite for 21 Maoist cadres (kp), PM defends arms import (kp), Prophecy and departure: Landgren’s premonition before her departure isn’t without foundation, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Consensus govt likely to elude parties, by Ananta Raj Luitel (ht), House sitting postponed for third time in row as parties differ in PM election process (nn), Nepal: Transition or Transformation?, by Anand Aditya (tg)

18/01/2011: NA wants to break monitoring shell, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [A further step to end the peace process?], Nepal Army 'unwilling' to come under AISC monitoring (nn), NA not off panel hook: Dahal (ht), Committee starts PLA monitoring (ht), PLA command to be handed over to Special Committee amid official ceremony on Jan 22 (nn), Delhi may soften view on Maoists, by Anil Giri (kp), Military hardware coming from India; Army claims ignorance, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), PKD flays NC, UML for doubting pact (kp), The danger of parties: Though they simplify elections, political parties can be a divisive force, by Frank Maretin-Buck (kp), CC given more teeth to settle statute issues (ht), End of Madhes debate, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Looking ahead, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (rep), House session cancelled for the second straight day (nn)

17/01/2011: Special panel sectt to brief arms monitors (kp), Special Committee takes charge of first, sixth PLA divisions (ht), Dahal lauds UNMIN’s contribution to peace (kp), Brief evaluation of UNMIN, by Bimal Neupane (rep), Issues to consider (ht), Dahal objects to NC leader Mahat’s remark on monitoring of NA (nn), India to resume arms and ammunition supplies to Nepal (nn) [??], India trashes report of resumption of lethal weapons supplies to Nepal (nn), Illusions of progress: Ad hoc moves need not be viewed as grand feats (kp), Big Three’s no to new national flag (kp) [Did the the male Bahun leaders of these parties really ask their non-Hindu MPs before taking this decision? The original Hindu meaning can never be changed!!], Parties wave the flag for continuity (ht), Vow to ensure indigenous people’s rights (kp) [How this, if all decisions are taken by the male Bahun leaders??], Nembang pledges Janajati panel in CA (ht), Address ethnic grievances, by Hari Bansha Dulal (rep), Maoists to make efforts for new govt formation, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Maoists to pitch for Prachanda as consensus prime minister (ht), PM Election, Scenario Still Hazy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Parliamentary regulations on PM election to be amended (nn), House session deferred until Tuesday (nn)

16/01/2011: Farewell to the mission: UNMIN’s contribution to the peace process is undeniable (kp), Nepali monitors slide into UNMIN groove, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Special panel monitors begin work at Maoist cantonments (ht), Maoists to discuss PLA camps handover (ht), Ceremony to bring PLA under PM-led panel (ht), AISC begins monitoring at PLA Shaktikhor cantonment of Chitwan (nn), Diplomats reaffirm support (kp), President again prods parties for consensus, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), Form unity govt within a week: Prez (ht), HRW wants citizenship provisions amended: Says some stipulations contradict int’l laws (kp) [see HRW statement (14/01/2011)], Scenario Still Hazy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Constitution??! Whose responsibility?, by Dinkar Nepal (rep), When rhetoric rules, by Paras Kharel (rep)

15/01/2011: Special Committee to fill UNMIN void, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Govt, Maoists ink
three-point pact: Special Committee to take over UNMIN task
, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Goodbye UNMIN (rep), Peace without a referee, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), UNMIN’s parting shot to parties (kp), Holding on to benefits, by Siddhartha Thapa (kp), UNMIN and Beyond, by Gopal Siwakoti 'Chintan' (kp),  Process to form govt begins in a day or two (ht), Dialectical Politics Of Maoists, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

14/01/2011: Crisis group warns of unrest: Says federalism debate extremely politicised (kp) [see report by International Crisis Group (13/01/2011)], Maoists want government to request a ‘rollover’ (kp), UCPN-Maoist seeks rollover for UNMIN (ht), Special panel will control them: Govt, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), House committee directs govt to form mechanism, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), UNMIN lowering flag, parties raising stakes (ht), Call a spade a spade: Landgren’s forecasts of the post-UNMIN scenario are not without grounds, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Cut off: Conflicting powers agreeing to UNMIN's departure could cost Nepal int'l clout, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp), Miscarriage Of UN Mission In Nepal, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (ht), Government formation: Leadership row mars discussions (kp), Brainstorming on for way ahead (ht), Vacuum ahead: Whatever the permutations, a sustainable deal to share power is unlikely, by Prashant Jha (nt), Search for consensus: A new way to find the next prime minister is needed (kp), PM pledges to execute NHRC recommendations (ht), Building better politics: Destination unknown?, by Ganga Thapa (ht)

13/01/2011: RCP quits race; protracted PM poll ends (kp), Nepali Congress yields to everyone’s wishes: Withdraws Paudel’s candidacy;Stage set for fresh polling; UCPN-M to stake claim to head govt, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Big Three at odds over new process, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Major parties see increased internal rift ahead of new govt formation (nn), Panel formed to amend House regulations (nn), Taskforce on monitoring meets; results zilch (kp), UNMIN logistics: Govt sends ‘unilateral’ letter to mission (kp), Alternative urgently needed, says UNMIN: ‘Without it logistics can’t be handed over’ (ht), Parliamentary panel instructs govt to form ‘reliable mechanism’ for monitoring both NA, PLA before UN mission’s exit (nn), Govt decides to bring PLA cantonments under Special Committee (nn), Terms of engagement: Maoist insecurity will deepen with UNMIN’s exit. National and international isolation will radicalise the party further, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), How It Will Affect Nepal’s Peace Process, by DB Subedi (rn), Citizenship provision slammed (ht), Kirat outfit top brass operating in disguise (ht), Democratization of Nepal Army, by Dipak Gurung (rep), US issues Travel Alert on Nepal; says Maoists remain 'Global Terrorist' (nn) [????? Says the country whose MPs are shot at home by her own citizens!!!]

12/01/2011: UNMIN set for a ‘low profile’ exit: Sudan vote eclipses Nepal issue, by Phanindra Dahal and Mahesh Acharya (kp), Post-UNMIN: Political parties split over new mechanism (kp), Peace process: Parties should discuss the post-UNMIN void seriously (kp), Taskforce fails to decide on post-UNMIN arrangement (nn), UN to continue support for Nepal’s peace even after UNMIN exit (nn), Without UNMIN: If UNMIN’s leaving makes the Maoists pause, it puts even more responsibility on non-Maoists, especially NC, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Unreached potential: In hindsight, UNMIN failed to go beyond symbolic deterrence after the CA elections, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Ongoing prime ministerial election process ending today (nn), UML adds insult to Congress injury, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), CPN-UML to vote against Paudel: Khanal rejects plea to call CC meeting (ht), PM election process to restart afresh as NC withdraws Paudel’s candidacy (nn), Maoists within an ace of forming new government: UCPN (Maoist) has kept four options open for govt formation (kp), NC, UCPN (M) meet to discuss forming govt on rotational basis inconclusive (nn), Madhes parties to form alliance (kp), A question of trust, backbreaking work, by Sunil Babu Panta (kp), Genuine Peace Becomes Elusive, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn)

11/01/2011: Unfortunate if peace process slips: Karin, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Err on the side of caution: Landgren; Hopes parties will reach ‘some agreement’ soon (ht), ‘Maoists ready to take bold steps’ (kp), Coalition on nverge of a flashpoint (kp), NC threatens to pull out of government: Tells CPN-UML to back Paudel in PM race, by Arjun Bhandari (ht), Recording a conflict: We’ve too easily concluded that Nepali media’s conflict reporting has been unproblematic and objective, by Yadab Bastola (kp), Parties to delve into statute issues (ht), Discrimination par excellence: No country for daughters, by Arzu Rana Deuba (ht)

10/01/2011: UNMIN report speaks of reality: Bhattarai (kp), Moving forward: New Delhi could play a bigger role in resolving the stalemate (kp), Poudel fate decision on Wednesday (kp), Quit PM race: UML to NC (kp), After UNMIN, the CPA should be redefined / Party should learn to manage to dissent, interviews with C.P. Gajurel and Ram Karki (kp), Recommendations go unheeded: NHRC: OAG says there’s no legal ground to file cases (ht), Guv to rule during emergency in Pradesh (ht)

09/01/2011: Landgren’s briefing to UN security council: Parties in a stew over UNMIN chief’s stance (kp), Landgren briefing defamatory: PM; Rules out UML-Maoist coalition (ht), Maoists press for joint NA-PLA team: We’re open to all sorts of possibilities: NC, UML, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Mission accomplished, claims Dr Bhattarai: Hints India might support Maoist-led govt (ht), ‘India ok with Maoist govt’ (kp), House winter session starts from today (kp), Donors have peace, dev plan: Strategy also includes their major concerns, by Anil Giri (kp) Prepare to work without UNMIN, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), UNMIN's exit: Good for Nepal, by Murari Sharma (rep) [Sounds as if the Maoists were the main reason for delay; fact is that Maoists, government, other parties and the army equally share responsibility!!]

08/01/2011: UNMIN chief's statement: Remark a knife in heart: Prez (kp), President, too, miffed with UNMIN chief’s remarks at the Security Council meeting (nn), Prez has no plans to step in (ht) [He also has no constitutional right to do so!!], Khanal stakes claim to new govt (kp), TMDP pulls out of govt (ht), TMLP recalls reps (kp), Maoist action plan: Revolt to set up a people’s republic (kp), Dahal, Baidhya advocate revolt (ht), Dr Bhattarai pitches for peaceful path (ht), NC discussing prime ministerial candidacy with ruling parties today (nn), India won’t oppose Maoist-led govt: Dr Bhattarai (nn), UNMIN And The Aftermath, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn)

07/01/2011: Maoist aye to conditional exit: Party for monitoring NA in post-UNMIN scenario, by Phanindra Dahal (kp), Peace process in peril: Landgren to UNSC (ht), Government vents ire at Landgren’s briefing, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Nepal’s Permanent Mission conveys govt’s annoyance over UNMIN chief’s ‘malicious conjecture’ (nn), Arms monitors’ withdrawal begin (kp), Big Three dwell on fill-in for UNMIN (ht), UK, US envoys consult PM, Congress: Post-UNMIN scenario figures in discussions (ht), Dr Bhattarai prescribes panacea: Proposes four bases to break prevailing deadlock; Lays stresses on need to forge middle path, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Bhattarai floats 4-pt plan to end deadlock (kp), Terms of engagement: New Delhi must engage meaningfully with Maoists (kp), The chicken or the egg: Cause-and-effect relationships between political instability and corruption are hard to untangle, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Focus on political economy: For democracy in Nepal, by Surendra Pradhanang (ht), Post-UNMIN tasks
The parties should be focusing on enabling the existing local mechanisms post-UNMIN
, by Damakant Jayshi (nt), Stop wasting time (nt), Big Madhesi politics: Watch this space for future splits among the Madhes parties, by Prashant Jha (nt)
, Core Questions Confronted in Constitution Making, by Ganesh Datta Bhatta (sp), Reactionaries Working Against Changes, by Barshaman Pun Ananta (sp)

06/01/2011: UNMIN chief Landgren tells UNSC Nepal’s peace process ‘largely deadlocked’, but political gains won’t be reversed (nn), Letter to UNMIN: Govt bid ruffles Maoist feathers (kp), Maoists propose different UN unit as alternative to UNMIN (nn), British, US envoys continue political parleys on peace process (nn), Govt brings action plan, Maoists averse, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Dahal, Bhattarai poles apart: Baidya party organisation boss, Chand YCL chief (kp), What next, Mr Chairman? The Maoists have baffled attempts to trace the logic in their trajectory, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Hard facts of consensus: Political consensus is ideal, but in this climate, pragmatism must rule, by Sagun S. Lawoti (kp), Apocalypse now: Letting the Constituent Assembly fade away through chicanery will unleash anarchy, by Abhi Subedi (kp), 17th run-off likely on Jan 12: NC to withdraw Paudel candidacy if he loses (ht), 28 parties one on 127 issues (ht)

05/01/2011: Now’s my chance: Govt seems decided peace accords are irrelevant (kp), Don’t leave just yet: With UNMIN’s exit, the situation could go hopelessly wrong, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (kp), Maoists dead against arms handover (kp), Integration first, says Gajurel (kp), Poudel can be pulled out: KC (kp), Little happening on decentralisation front (ht), Boundaries in federalism: Crucial issue in focus, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (ht)

04/01/2011: Dahal sets to mending fences with Bhattarai, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Give us the arms bins, govt tells UNMIN, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Wikileaks blows the lid off the sordid saga, by Mukul Humagain (kp), Leaked US cable: Gachchhadar offered bribe to PAC member to approve aircraft deal (nn), Govt in fix over TMLP defectors (kp), Ministers of TMLP splinter faction not to be removed from govt (nn), VP Jha’s press advisor convicted of sedition (kp), Congress decides not to retreat: In no mood to withdraw Paudel’s candidacy from the prime ministerial race (ht), NC not to continue Paudel's candidacy if rejected by majority (nn), Maoist secy rules out support to Khanal; NC, UML leaders differ on 'rotational system' (nn), Veep’s press adviser convicted: Fined a mere Rs 500 for sedition; To move Supreme Court (ht), A new year’s gift: Indian policy in Nepal retains dominance by supporting weak institutions, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), Peace-building in Nepal: Multi-track approaches, by Hari Bansha Jha (ht), New Nepal: Need Of A Complete Ethnographic Profile, by Prem Khatry (rn), 28 parties nod to taskforce report on disputed issues of three thematic committees (nn)

03/01/2011: UNMIN term row: Maoists may move court, by Mahesh Acharya (kp), Maoists preparing to file case against govt letter to UNMIN (nn), UNMIN’s departure will create complications, interviews with Geja Sharma Wagle and Prashant Jha (kp), TMLP appeals to PM to sack its ministers; UML Chair Khanal engineered the split: Lal (kp), Picking up the pieces: Factionalism has weakened the Madheshi movement (kp), Maoist U-turn on resolved issues (ht), Fringe parties unhappy with taskforce’s job (kp), A crooked line: Corruption has become accepted in Nepali politics it’s time for a change, by Shyam K.C. (kp), Limbuwan cadres on rampage: Attack lawmaker and Janamorcha activists for opposing federalism (ht), Political intrigues: Nothing unusual in the real sense, by Sugat Ratna Kansakar (ht), Will 2011 be any different?, by Hari Bansha Dulal (rep)

02/01/2011: Missive miffs MoFA mandarins: Foreign secy raises questions about content, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Dahal unhappy over parties’ attitude: Accuses of unilaterally writing UNMIN obituary (kp), Maoists trying to deceive: NC; Party not to quit PM race (ht) [?? ..and the NC is deceiving the Nepali people by destroying the peace and reconstruction process!!], Paudel seeks a disarmed UCPN-M [Yes, but this ought to be the goal of the peace process, overviewed by UNMIN, and not a preconditional step!!], Gagan accuses Maoists of trying to engineer a split in NC (nn) [The NC does not need outsiders, Gagan!], Maoist hackles up at criminal cases’ revival (kp), Handle Federalism With Care, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Nationalism, maturity & light, by Murari Sharma (rep), Student unions, we've had enough!, by Ramesh Khatry (rep), TMLP requests PM to remove dissident party leaders from govt (nn), Political fragmentation (rep)

01/01/2011: Mandate meagre: Karin; Peace process at crossroads, parties inert, says Ban (kp), SC secretariat set to take over UNMIN job, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), NHRC may go bust to B status, by Kamal Raj Sigdel (kp), Order or liberty: Two opposing political visions are being fought over in the CA—and it is by no means easy to reconcile them, by Aditya Adhikari (kp), A modest proposal: With India growing by 9 percent and China by 10, we have good reasons to remain hopeful, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Welcoming a new power order: New Nepal doesn't just exist in a political scaffolding. Rather, it manifests itself more vividly in a socio-cultural context, by Yug Pathak (kp), The democratisation of foreign policy: The evolution of Nepali politics has made institutionalising and implementing foreign policymore challenging. It is time for a broad political consensus on the key issues of our times , by Prashant Jha (kp), Minister Yadav tells TMDP got to split: Snatches nine lawmakers to form TMDP-Nepal (ht), Plenum fiasco: While the recent meeting of Nepal’s Maoists was supposed to offer clarity and energy for the party’s future strategy, it did neither, by Post Bahadur Basnet (Himal Southasian)

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