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Timetable:

4868 days since Delhi agreement of political parties
4716 days since King Gyanendra was forced to end his putsch
4504 days since Comprehensive Peace Agreement
4449 days since promulgation of Interim Constitution
3999 days since elections to CA-I
3368 days since CA-I committees presented suggestions
2607 days since SRC presented suggestions
2490 days since dissolution of CA-I
1949 days since elections to CA-II
1520 days since promised Constitution by CA-II failed
1383 days since non-inclusive deal by male Tagadhari leaders
1279
days since promulgation of non-inclusive and so far not really implemented constitution through illegal procedure (text of constitution)
1153 days since unilateral and non-inclusive first amendment of the new constitution
0425 days since the federal system should have been implemented; still missing: laws, infrastructure, fiscal regulations, staff, naming of states and capitals, etc.
0400 days since KP Oli became PM: most of the necessary working processes not really completed, yet; instead, growing violation of fundamental rights, federal chaos and rising taxes


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23/03/2019: Women are still dying after being sent to menstruation huts, but no one is filing complaints: A new report by the National Human Rights Commision paints a grim picture of Chhaupadi and how it’s still taking women’s lives, despite being outlawed, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp) [see NHRC report (in Nepali)], More daughters are enrolled in public schools while sons are sent to private ones: Even though girls outnumber boys in the 10th grade national level exam, discrimination is clearly visible, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Holi was colourless and joyless for families of those martyred during the 2015 Madhes protests, by Shankar Acharya (kp), Shashank’s referendum remarks irk Congress, by Anil Giri (kp)

22/03/2019: On the wrong side of history: Defending unequal citizenship rights is defending the Khas-Arya man’s status, not the state sovereignty, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp), Action against Chand outfit—but how and under which laws? There’s no specific law to deal with the Chand group the way the government wants, security and legal experts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), As Ansari takes oath, questions arise over necessity of hearing committee: Parties failed to follow the spirit of legal provisions and this undermines parliamentary supremacy, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

21/03/2018: Rebels without a cause: No one seems to understand what exactly Biplab wants, not even Biplab himself, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Govt steps up measures against Chanda-led group: Four including a close aide to senior leader Hemanta Prakash Oli arrested on Tuesday (rep), Police arrest two Chand cadres in Kavre after shootout: Experts say government should deal with the group delicately and invite them for dialogue, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Govt mulls carrot and stick policy against CPN: Families of cadres, leaders of the outfit will not have to bear the brunt of actions of their kin, by Rewati Sapkota (kp), NC general secy backs for reinstating Hindu state thru referendum (rep) [This is in the same way anticonstitutional as Raut's demand for a eferendum on an independent Madhesh state! Both referenda would be aimed at destroying Nepal's unity and multicultural identity! The Nepali Congress is about to destroy its former democratic ideals!]

20/03/2019: Government moves indicate effort to centralise power in prime minister: Problem lies in intent rather than method, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Towards authoritarianism: When all powers flow to the prime minister, it will undermine the achievements of democracy (kp), Congress demands government to explain ‘jana abhimat’ in its pact with CK Raut, by Tika R Pradhan (kp)

19/03/2019: CK Raut launches Janamat Party (rep), After quitting ‘Free Madhes’ campaign, CK Raut launches a new party: Raut’s Janamat Party vows to continue struggle for the rights of people, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Hasty deal with Raut: Both contracting parties have interpreted the agreement as per their convenience, by Kushal Pokharel (kp), Govt agrees to publicize Lal panel report: RJPN hopes to use report to its advantage (rep), Baburam Bhattarai objects to government’s bid to further empower prime minister: Naya Shakti Party leader demands release of Resham Chaudhary, saying  the 2015 Tikapur incident should be treated as a political movement, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [?? A crime cannot be excused for political reasons!], 80% of accused rapists were acquaintances of the victims, by Biken K Dawadi (rep), Parties still undecided on appointment of officials at transitional justice bodies: Conflict victims concerned about further delay in justice delivery, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Positions are far more important than justice for the victims!]

18/03/2019: Chand’s men on extortion drive in Surkhet, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep) [Another crime against the common people!], PM terms Chand outfit a criminal gang (rep) [How else shall it be called?], A series of events, and intel report led to government action against Chand outfit: Security agencies have orders to arrest major suspects behind violent activities carried out by the group, a high-level police source says, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Listen to the people: They want peace (rep), The Maoist cul-de-sac: Chand has very little to lose and everything to gain by creating mayhem. The NCP has everything to lose and nothing to gain by ignoring him forever, by CK Lal (rep), Raut’s outfit endorses 11-pt agreement signed with govt, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), Congress lashes out at proposed law to further empower PM, by Sanjeeb Phuyal (kp)

17/03/2019: Distressed and disheartened, disqualified Maoist fighters await support to run their lives: Ex-rebel fighters feel betrayed. They say there could be another conflict if the state continues to ignore them, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Locals in cradle of Maoist insurgency say NO to conflict, by Dinesh Subedi, Devendra Basnet and Nagendra Upadhyay (rep), In Dahal’s ‘my life under threat’ claim, many see bid for sympathy: Politicians, analysts say Dahal is exaggerating ‘sabotage’, a term his party used to mean ‘destruction of infrastructure’, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Government’s bid to vest power to deploy Army in prime minister draws flak: The main opposition Nepali Congress calls a special meeting to discuss the provision  in the Bill on Work, Responsibility and Rights of National Security Council, by Tilak R Pradhan (kp), Special taskforce to monitor Chand outfit activities (rep), Raut’s outfit meeting today to ‘chart future course’ (rep), Secessionism is dead: The overwhelming rage against referendum that was not even mentioned in the deal with CK Raut is the strongest evidence of how the whole country stands united against secession, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [Many of these protesters at the same time demand for a referendum on a return to the Hindu state, what is in the same way divisive against the background of Nepal's multiethnic, multireligious, multicultural and multilingual society! Stop both demands!]

16/03/2019: In annual report, US Department of State paints bleak picture of Nepal’s human rights: Officials say they have not read the report yet, by Anil Giri (kp) [See US eport] [And how will they answer any questions on this subject at the Investment Forum at the end of the month?], Women’s voices go unheard in local units led by male officials: Budget for women empowerment and income-generation unspent, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Bill to enable PM alone to recommend army mobilization: Security Council may recommend security at sensitive projects, heritage sites (rep) [??], Transitional Justice bodies may end up without commissioners (rep), 1,127 rape cases recorded in 8 months (rep)

15/03/2019: 35 days to hand over illegal guns: Govt urges CPN to renounce violence and come to the negotiating table, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Bandh partially hits life across country (ht) [Every bandh is a crime against the people!], Some 8 million students affected by general strike (rep), Government contradicts its decision on Chand outfit and its activities: On Tuesday, the Oli administration used the term ‘ban’. Two days later, the ministry stated it is ‘taking action’ against the group, by Anil Giri (kp), In ruling party, leaders are questioning Oli’s ‘unilateral’ decisions: Most of the decisions come straight from Baluwatar without proper discussion in the party, members say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Give up violence: It would be rational for the Chand-led group to stop extortion, renounce its arms and violence, and join mainstream politics (ht)

14/03/2019: Fault line appears in the ruling party over decision to ban Chand outfit: The main opposition Nepali Congress is divided over the issue, while other parties have criticised the Oli administration’s decision, by Anil Giri (kp), Nine held after explosion in Bharatpur ward office, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp), Quake victims struggling to repay loans they borrowed to build damaged houses (kp) [Hail to the incompetent NRA, government and adminstration!], House issues ruling to make public probe report on Tarai protest, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

13/03/2019: Government labels Chand party a criminal group, bans its activities: The Cabinet has concluded the Communist Party of Nepal’s activities are more criminal than political, an aide to the prime minister says, by Anil Giri and Tika R Pradhan (kp) [How else shall we call a group that kills innocent citizens and destroys public property, independent of some probably reason able arguments?]

12/03/2019: After deal with CK Raut, the guessing game continues: Raut aide hints at a new party, but analysts say  the activist has been co-opted by the establishment, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), No question of referendum on sovereignty and national integrity, PM Oli says: Those claiming that the second point of the agreement means referendum  are ‘trying to create rumours among the public’, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Be the change: Behavioural transformation is the key to societal transformation, by Sujeev Shakya (kp)

11/03/2019: Province 2 to have its own officials ‘to check’ chief district officers’ authority: The move is likely to deepen province-Centre conflict, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Government scrambles to explain ‘jana abhimat’, a phrase in the agreement signed with CK Raut: After a barrage of questions, home minister tells lawmakers the term is nowhere close to referendum, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Peace overtures: Caution must be exercised over  interpretation of the deal with CK Raut (kp), Chand party owns up to Friday’s explosion in Basundhara: Police await government’s position on how to deal with the outfit, by Nayak Paudel (kp)

10/03/2019: Oli’s aim for political mileage and Raut’s quest for safe landing led to 11-point deal: Pact sends strong message against secessionist politics, but its implementation remains a challenge, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), A section in the ruling party objects to most of the points in pact with Raut: Text of agreement is flawed and it may widen intra-party rift, party insiders say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Another explosion in Capital—two weeks after a deadly blast—raises security alarm: High time the government made it clear whether the Chand-led  party is a political outfit or a terror group, security experts say, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Justice for conflict victims: If the government continues to dillydally, we should go to the international courts, by Govinda KC (kp)

09/03/2019: CK Raut quits secessionist fight, joins mainstream politics: In an agreement with the government, Raut commits to honouring  the sovereignty, territorial integrity and dignity of the country, by Binod Ghimire (kp), RJP-Nepal gears up for anti-government protest, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp), Tikapur residents fear possible unrest over court’s order to imprison 11 people: The authorities, on their part, have beefed up  security in Tikapur to control possible violence, by Ganesh Chaudhary and Arjun Shah (kp)

08/03/2019: Debate on women’s citizenship rights rages as House takes up amendment bill: Activists say lawmakers’ reluctance to grant equal citizenship rights to women is reflective of the deep-rooted patriarchal beliefs in society, by Tsering D Gurung (kp), Women are being denied equal rights in the name of national security and sovereignty: Binda Pandey (kp) (interview), The fear factorSome are absurdly terrified that fairer laws will lead to an influx of immigrants (kp) [Pervasive thinking by arrogant male Tagadhari politicians who think they are the world and Nepal is their property!!]

07/03/2019: Resham Chaudhary and ten others sentenced to life for 2015 Tikapur violence: Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal objects to Kailali District Court’s order, pulls out support from the government immediately after the ruling, by Arjun Shaha (kp) [Politicians obviously see criminals within their parties as immune against punishment!], Video of frustrated citizens defying roadblock for President sparks discourse over VIP movements, by Anup Oja (kp) [This is a special form of corruption by arrogant party politicians with royal ambitions!!], Wrong choice: Candidates should not be appointed on the basis of their loyalty to the party (kp)

04/03/2019: Provinces warn of legal recourse if Centre fails to address their concerns: State governments say Kathmandu is unwilling to share  constitutional rights, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), The big fish in our midst: How is it that corrupt figures participate in our society with their heads held high?, by Sailesh Tiwari (kp)

03/03/2019: Parliament misses deadline to amend laws inconsistent with constitution: Provisions of the Acts that contradict the charter are invalid from tomorrow, by binod Ghimire (kp), Nepal’s Badi community finds itself in a bottomless pit of despair: Although the community is slowly weaning off the world’s oldest profession to keep their  hearths burning, they are also struggling to shrug off the history they are burdened with, by Basanta Pratap Singh and Dipesh Khatiwada (kp), Chand outfit spokesman under probe for terror financing: Department of Money Laundering Investigation says it has started probing Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Identity crisisHaving the tallest peaks in the world is not enough; fame and identity must be earned, by Arpan Dahal (kp), The moment of truth: Dalits see converting to Christianity as an escape from the caste system, by Rajani Maharjan (kp) [Probably this is one of the most important reasons why a number of male Tagadharis call for a return to Hindu state: They want to keep the Dalits under suppression and exclusion!]

02/03/2019: Bills to strengthen federalism stuck as end of winter session looms: Provinces need these documents to frame laws on civil servants, peace and security, public commission and police, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), ‘Democracy is also about tolerating dissent’ (ht), NRA collecting details of fake quake victims (ht) [This is only a secondary task of the NRA. What about the large mass of legitimate victims who have been waiting for the promised aid for almost 4 years?], Three slapped with 10 years jail in Godamchaur rape case: Victim's family still receiving threats, by Bikan K Dawadi (rep), Conflict victims demand their 'say' in transitional justice process (rep)

01/03/2019: Seeking change: Women and girls should have autonomy over their bodies, by Sivananthi Thanenthiran (kp), No blanket amnesty for serious rights violations, Gyawali says in Geneva, by Anil Giri (kp), Nepali women lag behind in economic empowerment (ht), It’s a crime not to call it terrorism, by Kunda Dixit (nt), Terror attack leaves tragedy in its wake: Family of Sing Prasad Gurung remember a proud solider, devoted husband, father and friend, by Sonia Awale (nt)

28/02/2019: Whither Transitional Justice?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), No blanket amnesty for rights violations, says Gyawali (ht), Local Adjudication Under Scanner, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Chand party planned for a month before perpetrating attacks: Police sources: The outfit reshuffled its district committees to dodge security officials after attacks, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Chand-led CPN cadre held in connection with Nakkhu blast (ht), We all need Nepal: Nepal doesn’t need me or any foreign-endorsed people like me. It’s us who need Nepal, to experience, to love, to live, to praise, to savor, to relax and to be content, by Ushma Rebel (rep)

27/02/2019: In not speaking against Chand outfit, Dahal sees an opportunity to rebuild his own image: At this point, Chand’s rise plays to Dahal’s benefit, a Maoist leader says, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Scourge of dowry violence in Dhanusha: Around 690 cases of gender violence have been registered in the current fiscal year, by Ajit Tiwari (kp), A horror confronted: Sexual harassment of girls in schools largely goes unreported (kp), In need of a broader solidarity: #MeeToo is an intersectional issue where gender, caste, and ethnicity all come into play, by Sangita Thebe Limbu and Kalpana Jha (kp)

26/02/2019: Left Government: One Year On, by Prem Khatry (rn), Ncell blast victim’s kin wants govt to act against Chand’s CPN (ht) [It would be completely incomprehensible if such action had not already been taken in the face of this terrorist crime!], Oli, Dahal initiate process of building consensus on citizenship bill , by Rewati Sapkota (ht) [Women and men as well as their descendants must be treated equal in each and every respect!], Dalits in Bajhang shut down meat shops as non-Dalits refuse to buy, by Jagat Khadka (rep)

25/02/2019: Chand party owns up to attacks, but shows no signs of giving up violence: Despite evidence against party, government hasn’t concluded who—and how—to hold accountable for Friday’s bombing and arson, by Anil Giri (kp), Chand-led CPN behind Ncell blast: Home minister, by Jagdishor Panday and Ujjwal Satyal (ht), Ncell attacked over tax evasion: Chand's party (rep), Country of fear: Government should hold Chand-led party to account for its terrorist act (kp), Monitoring the monitors: Fewer people are filing complaints with the anti-graft body, reflecting its fading trust, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), CIAA plans dubious means to nab corrupt (ht), ‘Political leadership is responsible for problems in implementing  federalism’, interview with Gandaki Province Chief Minister Prithivi Subba Gurung (ht), Why are you hiding reports? (rep), Not Many Positive Things Happening, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

24/02/2019: Unidentified groups torch Ncell towers across country (ht), Blast, arsons targeting Ncell prompt concerns about business climate: Police suspect Chand-led party’s involvement in attacks on mobile company; One injured in Nakkhu explosion dies; two wounded are receiving treatment, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Nakkhu explosion victim dies: Six arrested in Kathmandu, 16 held in other districts, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht), Friday's blasts a question mark on PM's claim: Police suspect hand of Netra Bikram Chand-led Maoist party in Friday's multiple blasts (rep), Victims push against reappointment of transitional justice body officials, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Concerns of Nepali women to be presented at international stage, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Customs trump law on issue of gender equality (kp), ‘Federal govt attempting to centralise powers’ (ht), Govt hiding nearly half dozen probe reports, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

23/02/2019: Menstruating women are still being banished to outdoor sheds — and it’s killing them, by Tsering D Gurung (kp), Nirmala’s parents call off indefinite sit-in after 105 days, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Everything you need to know about the government’s new IT bill: In an attempt to regulate the cyberspace, the K P Sharma Oli government is trying to give itself  enormous new powers to curb online content, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp), Nepali Congress MPs criticise Information Technology Bill (ht), IT bill tramples on freedom of expression: Oppn MPs (rep),  Anti-corruption Crusade Match Word With Action, by Kushal Pokharel (rn)

22/02/2019: Big Brother looms: The government is working to introduce legislation to regulate public discourse, by Hardik Subedi and Harischandra Subedi (kp), Minister Baskota defends curbs on social media use (ht), ‘Centre shouldn’t control provincial, local govts’, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Focus on lawmaking: Rather than seeking pork barrel fund for their constituencies, lawmakers would do well to focus on the lawmaking process (ht), Complaint filed to probe properties of tainted anti-graft official and ‘his associates’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Has national ID card project put Rs 7.5bn at stake? MPs fear it will be just another card to occupy space in wallet; Seek govt clarification before spending billions on the project, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Water crunch hits displaced quake survivors (ht)

21/02/2019: Getting off easy: Corrupt officials get to resign and  go scot-free, fuelling impunity (kp), Assaulting free speech: The provisions in the new bill could further curtail free speech and silence dissenters, by Taranath Dahal (kp), Sick projects put government’s billions at risk: 1,848 projects with contract amount of Rs118 billion are incomplete, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Nominated lawmakers angry as they are not allowed to spend Rs 40m, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [This once again means that the option is predominantly for male Tagadhari leaders only, expecially male Bahuns! Especially, almost all female MPs are excluded. Nevertheless, development investment is not the task of elected legislators, it only helps to promote corruption!], PR lawmakers accuse govt of discriminating against them, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), 900 posts of local level reps vacantNo law to conduct by-polls for ward chairs, members, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), No politics and good voters: Case for local development, by Prem Sharma (ht)

20/01/2019: Graft watchdog puts fallen commissioner Pathak under probe: Three-member committee is announced to look into bribery scandal, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Hearing panel to probe credentials of Muslim commission chairman nominee Samim Miya Ansari: Hearing scheduled for today deferred until the investigation  is completed, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Ansari’s papers’ veracity to be verified: PHC has received complaint that he is NCP CC member, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Heinous crime: Women’s rights, dignity and safety cannot be ensured as long as the community itself does not foster the “we” feeling (ht), RPP submits memo to PM demanding restoration of Hindu kingdom (rep) [Thank God the RPP is a completely insignificant minority party that was supported by only 2 per cent of voters in the last parliamentary elections!], Heed the voice of disabled civilian war victims: Lalitpur Declaration (rep), Rape cases up 79 pc in 2018: INSEC (rep) [For intensive evaluation of human rights in 2088 see: Human Rights Yearbook 2019, by INSEC, 17 February 2019], Democracy for the people (rep), Betraying Madhes: Madhesi leaders don’t care about real needs of Madhesi people. They don’t serve people and they have no compunction that they are not serving, by Jivesh Jha (rep), Sixty-ninth Anniversary Of Democracy Day, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

19/02/2019: Political roadblocks: Hurdles to prosperity are far more difficult to clear than seasonal economic distresses, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Chief ministers press for devolution of power: Provincial leaders blame federal government for held-up state affairs, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Federal affairs ministry renames five local units: Administrative centres of 7 federal units changed in Sudurpaschim (kp) [Under the federal system, this should be the task of the provincial government!!], Back to misrule: If Prime Minister Oli wants to make the country prosperous on the foundation of corruption and misrule, he will surely fail, by Nilam Sangroula (rep), Attorney general says CIAA can probe Pathak corruption case: Anti-graft agency sought the office’s opinion if laws allowed it to prosecute him, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), ‘We, as a society, have kept quiet on sexual harassment, abuse and violence so far’: Issues of sexual violence must be included in public discourses to ensure equality for women (kp), Stop intimidation: What the intimidation tactic has done is given those in the opposition and the angry commoner a platform to hit back at the government (ht), An offer he couldn’t refuse: Self-censorship is dangerous (kp), Reconstruction conundrums: Labelling ‘fake victims’ doesn’t help, by Bina Limbu, Jeevan Baniya, Manoj Suji and Sara Shneiderman (kp), Engendering change: Women will be more visible in the political structure only once they are allowed to leverage power, by Avasna Pandey (kp), More reservation quotas sought for ethnic groups, by Jagdishor Panday (ht) [The text of the bill provides for a reduction!]

18/02/2019: Following threats, popular folk singer Sharma pulls video from YouTube: Rights advocates call pressure an attack on freedom of expression, by Anup Ojha and Tika R Pradhan (kp), Folk singer Pashupati faces YAN music for satirical song, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Govt ‘muzzling critical voices under pretext of reasonable restriction’, by Pratik Rimal (rep), Public uproar on social media after song removed from YouTube (rep), Youth-focussed panel discusses social media, entrepreneurship and freedom of speech, by Timothy Aryal (kp), CIAA discusses probe in Pathak’s graft case (kp), Take further action: Pathak’s resignation must not make him a free man; he must face charges of corruption and abuse of authority (ht), Bribe case investigation: CIAA, parliament passing the buck (rep), Fantasy of prosperity: Constraints of social disharmony, contested constitution and institutions plagued by centuries of nepotism and favoritism will not allow Nepal to be Singapore or Switzerland anytime soon, by CK Lal (rep)

17/02/2019: Anti-graft official’s bribe case exposes how corruption thrives: Governance experts say letting go Pathak will perpetuate impunity, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), CIAA, MPs least interested to implicate Pathak in bribery case (rep), Prosecute Raj Narayan Pathak (rep), What Is Brewing Inside CPN?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Parliamentary supremacy in govt spending under serious question: Over Rs 800 billion spent out of budget in last three years, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Provincial governments blame center for their poor performance (rep), Indo-Pacific strategy purely driven by strategic considerations: Former Army Chief Rana (rep), Beyond statement: Dahal’s bid to support another parasitic and decaying communist regime is not based on heartfelt belief of global communist solidarity. It is rather a matter of political expediency, by Manjeet Mishra (rep), One Year Of Oli Administration, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

16/02/2019: Nepal’s peace came with a promise for justice — but it’s been painfully slow, by Binod Ghimire (kp), ‘Appoint TRC, CIEDP members without delay’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht), SC begins hearings on petitions against Agni Sapkota (rep), With a new IT bill, state draws battle lines against free speech: In attempting to regulate social media platforms, Oli administration violates the freedom of speech and opinion guaranteed under the constitution, experts say, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp), One year of Oli: Oli wants us to believe we are on our way to being the most peaceful and prosperous land on Earth but in reality, we have nothing to be happy about, by Guffadi (kp)

15/02/2019: Anti-graft agency official stares at impeachment over corruption: Commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak faces charge of taking bribe to ‘settle a case’, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), CIAA's controversial commissioner Pathak tenders resignation (ht), CIAA chief Raj Narayan Pathak resigns (rep), PM's one year in office: Strong government, weak governance, by Rupak D Sharma (ht), Oli’s 1st year (nt), PM Oli's address to nation: A recap of promises unfulfilled, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Hard to say: This year seems to be a critical year to test every citizen's fundamental right to express their opinions (kp), No looking back: There has to be pluralism and inclusion in federalism which are its primary values, by Rajaram Bartaula (kp), Ex-Maoist combatants accuse leaders of forgetting the dreams which they once fought for, by Lokendra Khanal (rep)

14/02/2019: Govt pushes IT bill to control social media, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Government proposes harsh punishment for posting ‘improper’ contents online, by Sanjaya Lama (kp), Ideological differences in governing party surface over ‘people’s war’, by Anil Giri (kp), Oli skips event to mark People’s War anniversary, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Oli, Nepal skip ‘People’s War Day’ function (rep), Conflict victims of Guranse struggle to overcome trauma, by Biplav Maharjan (kp), For some in Rolpa, the Maoists have forgotten Maoism, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), The fallouts of Ncell: Business is politics and politics is business in Nepal, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Wilful inaction: Whatever the outcome of the report from abroad, it will not convince the public because the Nepal Police has lost credibility (ht), Oli's one year: Talking big, bungling through, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), One year of hope, followed by despair (rep)

13/02/2019: Nepal to defend its transitional justice process in Geneva: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali says he will tell the international community there will be no blanket amnesty in cases of serious human rights violations, by Anil Giri (kp) [13 years have passed since the end of the ten-year conflict and not much has really happened! So, what process do you want to defend?], 'Bomb shattered my dreams, poverty took away my wife', by Bhadra Sharma (rep) [How will you defend 13 years of inactivity in such cases, Mr Gyawali?], Lawmakers criticise home minister over Police Bill: Parliamentarians, mostly from ruling parties, question if the government in Kathmandu is acting against federalism, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [In this case you should vote against its implementation!], Move to empower CDOs draws flak: Ruling, opposition MPs call it a ploy to weaken provincial police, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), MPs slam police bill for making CDO more powerful than CM (rep), Report: Lack of federal laws hits provincial, local governments; Centre’s lack of urgency upsets provincial governments, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Ministry asks staff to not partake in programmes without consent, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Fundamental rights not valid for civil servants!], No party politics: Only an apolitical, competent and pro-public civil service will serve the interest of the country and the people (ht), Two years after flood, displaced await delivery of government’s promises, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp) [Government failure to provide assistance!], Badi community threatens protest (ht)

12/02/2019: Bill restricting civil servants from sharing views on social media cause for concern: Experts, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Bill puts rigid restrictions on govt staff, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Many muzzles: Press freedom cannot be curtailed in the name of ‘regulation’ (kp), Open transitional justice process, urge ICJ, AI, TRIAL (ht) [see announcement], Int'l, local rights bodies ask govt to pick independent experts for TJ bodies (rep), Phase out: Govt’s bid to push its way through the Parliament to strengthen the role of the CDO is against the spirit of federalism (ht), Dahal woos Madhes with amendment talk (rep) [The Oli government is one year in office and nothing has happened concerning the fulfilment of its promises towards the Madheshi parties!], A Dalit settlement awaits land ownership for over four decades, by Govinda KC (rep) [This would never have happened in a Bahun village!], Federal government transferring projects from provinces (rep)

11/02/2019: Opportunity knocks: Nepal’s diplomacy efforts are in many avenues — the Human Rights Council is irrefutably one of them, by Antara Singh (kp) Provincial media bills will curtail press freedom, experts warn: Provincial assemblies should take into account the importance of  fourth estate in democracy and governance, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), 25 govt docs arrested, 3 injured in police action in Kathmandu (rep), Elusive Justice, by Ajit Kumar Singh (SAIR), International company used lies to threaten government, private rescue agencies and hospitals in Nepal: A Post investigation shows Australia-based Traveller Assist has been using the helicopter rescue scam to market itself as the sole representative of global insurance firms, by Arpan Shrestha and Sangam Prasain (kp), Govt launches investigation into Traveller Assist (rep), District headquarters dispute of Rukum (East) in constitutional bench, by Hari Gautam (kp), CDO made TDC member amid objections, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Oli on back foot: Amid sinking hopes at the popular level, the government’s promises are far insufficient to assuage public disenchantment which threatens to break loose any time soon, by P Kharel (rep)

10/02/2019: There’s more to Oli-Dahal rift than meets the eye: Former Maoists are concerned about government’s plan to take forward transitional justice process, ruling party insiders say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Necessity and acrimony: Dahal miffed at PM’s unilateral decisions, delayed transitional justice and party unification, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Oli, Dahal hold a number of meetings to build mutual trust (rep), Dashed hopes: Owing to the Oli administration’s inability to lead by action, its credibility is waning, by Kushal Pokharel (kp), Ruling partner FSFN accuses PM of interference: Oli unhappy with Yadav for non-cooperation (rep), CDOs still powerful under federal setup, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

09/02/2019: They have a home. They don’t have a country: In a tiny village in western Nepal, arcane laws and government bureaucracy have left families without citizenship and pushed them further into poverty, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp), Bill on civil servants’ transfer against federalism, say lawmakers (ht), Civil servant bill imperils future of federalism: CMs, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Name and headquarters: Provinces scramble to reconcile differing views, by Roshan S Nepal (ht) [According to the constitution, this should have happened until August 2018 latest!]

08/02/2019: Fault lines in ruling party exposed as Oli, Dahal spar over Venezuela: Divergent views may affect party’s internal dynamics and country’s foreign policy, say NCP insiders, by Anil Giri and Tika R Pradhan (kp), Millions of students affected by Chand-led Maoist party’s strike, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Oli Style of Running Administration, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Caracas crisis brings Dahal-Oli rift to fore (ht), "I knew I couldn’t stay silent anymore”: meet the women fighting sexual violence in Nepal (Amnesty International)

07/02/2019: House endorses amendment bill on Transitional Justice Act: Two transitional justice bodies will get one-year extension and new officials, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairman and member put in papers, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Government fails to give concrete answer on Nirmala Pant rape and murder probe: Home minister goes on defensive responding to lawmakers’ queries, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Winners, losers, and posers: In politics, what goes around, comes around. It is the country that loses all the time, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Why parties split: One major reason why political parties are unable to lead the change is because they are not yet ready to transfer power to people, by Meena Bhatta (rep)

06/02/2019: Chairman and a member of truth commission to quit, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

05/02/2019: Structural blindness: The foundation of modern Nepal lies in the caste system of governance, by Subhash Nepali (kp), Cold winter nights add to the trauma of women banished to period huts: ‘We can’t even build a fire inside because the shed gets filled with smoke, and  then it becomes suffocating', by Basanta Pratap Singh and Menuka Dhungana (kp), Police seize Ram Manohar’s body on the way to funeral: Hundreds of supporters of the Free Madhes movement showed up  for the last rites despite the arrest of scores by the authorities, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Youth denied citizenship despite SC order (ht), NC holds nationwide anti-government protest rallies (ht), Govt weakening federalism, says NC leader Gagan Thapa (ht), NC to oppose imposition of communist rule (ht), Lack of legal clarity hinders local bodies’ performance, by Bhim Chapagain (rep)

04/02/2019: Standing in the  way of control: Protests, a means of political  communication, cannot be stifled (kp), Handover delay in peak season stalls more than 1,000 road projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Anti-federal government politics!], Alleyway to Beijing: Centralization of all authority in Baluwatar continues unchallenged. Federalism is slowly being turned into a farce. Fundamental freedoms are being curtailed in insidious ways, by CK Lal (rep), It takes two to tango: In diverse Nepal, it is natural that different lifestyles shape different world views, by Sarans Pandey (kp), Prime minister skips question-answer session in House: "The PM decides to attend programmes as per their significance. He attends most important programmes of the day", by Jagdishor Panday (ht) [Not understanding the rules democratic culture or simply authoritarian arrogance?], Govt to tighten security: Home minister (ht) [??], We may withdraw support to govt after the GC if our demands are not addressed, interview with Pradip Yadav, Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal lawmaker (ht), 7 projects worth Rs 351 billion for PM's constituency: Jhapa-5 is by far the largest recipient of federal projects under PM Oli, by Yuvraj Biwas (rep)

03/02/2019: As dirty cash flow review nears, Nepal scrambles to make and amend 50 laws: Country runs the risk of being blacklisted if it fails to prepare legislation compatible with global standards, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), In education, Kathmandu wants to hold sway over local governments, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [This is typical for the anti-federalist central elite!], Opposition Veering off the Track?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (kp), Student wing resorts to violence; government vehicles vandalised (kp), NSU cadres torch four govt vehicles, take scores in control (rep), Women run the fields: Agriculture in Nepal is experiencing rapid feminisation - why isn’t legislation catching up?, by Maina Dhital (kp), Dr KC to change agitation mode: He will coordinate, talk and lobby the govt (ht), Lawmakers visit Bajura for field study of chhaupadi (ht), TJ bodies preparing interim reports as term ends near (rep)

02/02/2019: A Madhesi died in police custody. No one knows what really happened: Five months since the death of Ram Manohar Yadav, a Free Madhes  activist, the family is still looking for answers while the police stay silent, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Transitional justice is our internal affair: Govt tells diplomats, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [The victims need international support, especially when violators are sitting in government and army!], Ministry consults conflict victims on justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp), I stand by my statement on Venezuelan crisis: Dahal (rep) [Why don't you give a similar clear statement in support of the victims of the armed conflict?], Contentious issues of citizenship bill discussed in House committee, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Lessons for the Government, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Dr KC ends hunger strike, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Dr KC ends fast-unto-death, slams govt for 'policy-level corruption' (ht), Dr KC ends fast after 24 days, accuses Oli of dishonesty (rep), Mafia 1 KC 0, by Guffadi (kp), 17 protesters arrested, released (ht)

01/02/2019: Donors, investors voice concerns over lack of reforms ahead of investment summit: ‘Holding this forum before real, bold, and tangible reforms are made, both to laws and practices, is premature,’ a US Embassy official says, by Anil Giri and Mukul Humagain (kp) [!!!], Crucial bills may hit snag if opposition continues obstruction: More than 170 Acts need to be amended or replaced with new ones by March 4n Congress says it could consider letting House function if government comes up with urgent bills, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Upper house passes Medical Education bill amid protest (rep), Nepal Medical Association to shut down all hospitals today: Doctors to see only emergency cases as they join KC’s cause, by Nayak Paudel (kp), NMA calls for health services strike today (ht), All health services except emergency to halt nationwide today (rep), Dr Govinda KC’s health deteriorating (ht), Muscle versus moral: Muscles and money won the day; quality medical education suffered, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Focus beyond reserved seats, Dahal tells women (kp) [Yes, they are still ignored by all political parties despite appropriate legal regulations!], Crime and politics: Nirmala Panta’s unsolved rape and murder divides activists and prolongs the family’s grief, by Namrata Sharma (nt)

31/01/2019: Nepal Citizenship Bill faces hurdles to passage in HoR, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Graph keeps falling: Nepal has slipped from corrupt to  more corrupt in global rankings (kp) [And this under a government that one year ago has claimed to eradicate corruption!], State did not perform as expected: Deputy PM (kp) [???], SC rules its writ runs on military court, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Govt will save Dr KC’s life: Minister Pokharel, by Anita Shrestha (ht) [By doing nothing? This hunger strike would not have taken place if the government had abided by its agreement with Dr KC instead of encouraging its MPs to pass a different law, Mr Pokharel! Do not talk such nonsense!], Solidarity with Dr KC, demands for talks well up as his condition worsens (rep), Minister Baskota says he cares about freedom of press. Really? Muzzling of press unabated, by Roshan Sedhai (rep)

30/01/2019: Crime and candidacy: Having lawbreakers as lawmakers would be the biggest irony (kp), Nepal Citizenship bill: Female lawmakers decry unequal provisions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Transitional justice bodies to get term extension; officials won’t: Move aims to allay concerns of conflict victims but lacks substance, by Binod Ghimire (kp), TRC, CIEDP members’ tenure extended till April 13: Commissions get one year extension (ht), Nepal falls two places to 124 on Corruption Perception Index: The political leadership prioritised serving the interests of those who run syndicates and contractors with poor track records, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Cabinet meets Congress’  demand on two hospitals: Government decides to bring hospitals named after NC leaders under federal government, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Govt’s olive branch fails to appease NC: Feb 4 protest on despite a  decision not to scrap hospitals named after the Koiralas, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Medics say frail KC needs intensive care, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Doctors continue relay hunger strike (ht)

29/01/2019: Government in bind as conflict victims divided: One association calls for mechanism to decide the future of transitional justice process; another objects to any new structure to deal with war-era cases, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Congress mum on wide-body deal: Aircraft purchase scam issue missing from minutes at Deuba’s behest, party insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp) [This proves the hypocrisy of Nepalese politicians. Civil society is much more effective if the political parties do not participate!], Rajeev Gurung, aka Deepak Manange, sworn in as provincial lawmaker, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp) [He is still a person under accusation: There cannot be enough criminals in parliament and provincial assimblies!], The art of conversation: Speeches and the long-held need to preach are passé, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Through the eyes of our cartoonist: The journey of Dr Govinda KC, by Abin Shrestha (kp), NMA gives govt until today to address Dr KC's demands (rep), Bill giving sweeping powers to CDOs tabled, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [RIP federalism!], Federalism: An opportunity not to delay, by Upendra Raj Bhattarai (ht), Docs stage relay hunger strike in Dr KC’s support, by Anita Shrestha (kp), Nepali Congress halts PHC meeting: Says the chairs of constitutional commissions were nominated by the Constitution Council in the absence of opposition leader, by Jagdishor Panday (kp), Confessions of a socialist: We march on steadily toward a socialist nation that offers a brighter and better future than anything we have seen before, by Bishal Thapa (rep)

28/01/2019: Conflict Victims Common Platform splits (ht), A faction of war victims refuses to be part of any mechanism: “We want the two transitional justice commissions to continue, but their officials should be changed,” says Phanindara Luitel of Conflict Victims National Network, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Four winters passed under huts, quake survivors say, by Balaram Ghimire (kp), Doctors put pressure on the government to save Dr KC: Nepal Medical Association announces relay hunger strike starting today, by Nayak Paudel (kp), NMA calls for nationwide relay hunger strike: Threatens action against docs who don’t support Dr KC; ‘Even senior docs have to take part’ (ht), Bill on health education ‘not duly passed’: 'Speaker himself said the majority was against the bill', by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Congress to hold protest rallies across country (ht), Show seriousness: The government can still meet Dr KC’s remaining demands by making corrections in the bill at the National Assembly (ht), Jajarkot children still out of schools (ht) [The former Maoist party has long been in power in a leading position, but obviously nothing has changed in one of the initial districts of its uprising!], Assessing media attack: When public figures indulge in media attacks, the prospects and conditions for the media grow dimmer and dangerous by the day, by P Kharel (rep), Reimagining leadership: Right leadership ensures inclusivity in actions, inspires colleagues to think out of the box and cooperates during times of crisis, by Anusa Thapa (rep)

27/01/2019: Law minister-led mechanism to decide future of transitional justice: Sources say the body will seek participation of  all stakeholders, including conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Transitional Justice & Factional Diplomacy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [An incredible statement by the Deputy Executive Editor of the government-owned daily The Rising Nepal in blind support of the machinations of the Oli government, despite all the hypocrisy of today's opposition NC, which has done similar things in the past when in power. National and international supporters of victims and civil society are accused of manipulative interference in internal Nepalese affairs. They are denied any appeal for respect for the rule of law, democracy and human rights. Peace without justice for the victims is not possible! Like all governments before, the Oli government will do nothing in support of justice without internal and external pressure!], KC’s supporters say medical bill doesn’t speak to have-nots, by Nayak Paudel (kp), NMA likely to shut down health services (ht), Police and internal security bills: Province 2 CM Raut threatens street protest (ht), Souring ties between NCP, NC leave law amendments in crisis (rep), Think beyond grants: A blanket approach of distributing Rs 300,000 each to all earthquake victims can’t be considered as mission accomplished, by Prakash Budha Magar (rep)

26/01/2019: Govt plans nationwide consultation on next transitional justice process (rep), Governing party bulldozes medical bill through House: The forceful move will have far-reaching consequences, Congress warns, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), This bill will have dire implications on medical sector: Mathema, by Arpan Shrestha and Nayak Paudel (kp), Govt uses marshals against oppn to pass Medical Education Bill, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Passage of Medical Education Bill leaves NC in fighting mood, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), National Medical Education Bill passed, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), NC questions speaker’s neutrality (ht), Oli must resign for deceiving 30 million people: Dr KC; Fast-unto-death to continue (rep), Dr Govinda KC seeks PM’s resignation (ht), 48 arrested in capital for protesting against Medical Education bill (rep) [Freedom of opinion denied!], Dr KC supporters hit the streets wearing black bands (rep), Making hay, our way: Probably nothing much will come out of investigations on wide-body scam. Events bear a “symbolic” and yet uncanny similarity to how Jamal Kashoggi was murdered, by Hemant Arjyal (rep)

25/01/2019: International community builds pressure on transitional justice: Foreign missions, UN call for broader consultation  with conflict victims and stakeholders, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Govt slams statement of Western countries, UN on transitional justice (rep), ‘Zero draft’ starting point for talks with victims, by Roshan S Nepal (ht), Dejected and disappointed, former combatants want to forget their past, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), ‘Medical bill will pass as wished by government’ (kp) [But Oli says it is the parliament that wants to reject the government's agreements with Dr KC; now the Speaker of Parliament claims that it is the express will of the Oli government! Lies over lies to safeguard vested interests!], Dr KC writes open letter to lawmakers: If pact was a sham, we’ll have to fight against such betrayal’ (ht), I'm not against any party or person but for a proper system: Dr KC (rep), HoR passes National Medical Education Bill amid commotion (ht), Stuck on repeat: In Nepal, the cycle of history seems unchanged; the wheel just does not seem to break, by Amish Mulmi (kp), Swindlers’ list: The promise of a ‘serious probe’ devoid of any strategy is frustratingly familiar (kp), From tika to ashes: There are layers upon layers of injustice in the rape of Dalit women, by Sarita Pariyar (kp), Repressive Oli Administration, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

24/01/2019: Citizens’ Right to Health, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Health minister says government must abide by deal reached with KC: The bill will be endorsed at any cost by Parliament  on Friday: NCP lawmaker Yogesh Bhattarai, by Niyak Paudel (kp), Promises to keep: The government cannot deviate from past promises to convert the nine-point deal with Dr KC into legislation (ht), League of nationalists: Oli’s rhetorical tendency to spew erroneous ‘truths’ is a common practice among nationalists, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Women brave cold and spend night under tents during menstruation, by Khamma Khatri (rep)

23/01/2019: Saving federalism: Growing public disenchantment may lead the country to another political ‘accident’, by Achyut Wagle (kp), ‘Laws made thru political consensus unacceptable’ (ht), Discord over affiliation leaves medical bill in limbo: Institutions other than Tribhuvan and Kathmandu universities could pave the way to grant affiliations for colleges outside the Valley, by Arpan Shrestha and Nayak Paudel (kp), Speaker fails to set House in order, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Call to save fasting doctor’s life (kp), Panel formed to probe into jet purchase deal is directionless: 19 days have passed since the probe body was formed, and it still lacks terms of reference, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [It has obviously been formed gang to prevent facts regarding a participation of leading politicians by doing nothing!] , A game of limbo: More thoughtful deliberation must factor into procurement and bidding (kp), Nepal poised to become fastest growing economy: Oli (ht) [This is an almost criminal statement in the face of an extreme and ever-increasing trade deficit and an employment policy that completely negates the domestic market and is focused solely on the labour migration of the ever-increasing number of young people!], Move against parody accounts a ‘bid to stifle freedom of expression’ (rep)

22/01/2019: House braces for opposition-ruling party showdown: Nepali Congress obstructs Parliament proceedings over Medical Education Bill, a concern of fasting KC, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Pashupati road being operated against Supreme Court directive, by Anup Ojha (kp), Mind the gap: Transitional justice is not detached from foreign policy, by Rajendra Senchurey and Binod Kumar Paudel (kp), Govt has failed to provide security to women: Ansari (ht), Govt shows no interest in addressing Dr KC’s demands (ht), Don’t betray Satyagrahi: If Dr KC’s demands are met and agreements with him materialized, it will be the socialist dreams of communists coming true, by Shankar Tiwari (rep)

21/01/2019: Justice delayed: There is no reason why the transitional justice process should have taken thirteen years unless it is trying to protect the perpetrators (ht), Families of martyrs living in misery, awaiting death, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), A dangerous life: Road safety is not a privilege,  but the right of the people (kp), Move to scrap hospitals a bargaining chip: ‘Govt wants Nepali Congress to agree to award affiliation to Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences’, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), A web of factors hamper probe into offshore investment, money laundering: Businessmen exploiting legal loopholes while channelising illicit cash into the country, by Krishna Acharya and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Decoding NepaLeaks: It should be noted that mere investing in foreign lands does not constitute illicit activity in an age of globalization and liberalization, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Experts look askance at real deal as PM heads to Davos: Say lack of preparation on government’s part for jamboree, by Anil Giri (kp), Council nominates chairpersons of five commissions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [Once again little social inclusion: Predominantly male Bahuns who constitute only 6 per cent of the country's population! This is true even for commissions that are meant to provide better inclusion of disadvantaged sections of society! Long live male Bahunbad!], We will present Nepal’s new identity at Davos, interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali (ht) [But non-inclusion and male Bahunbad are very old identities, Mr Gyawali!], Madhes movement demonstrator appeals to state for treatment, by Santosh Singh (kp), Twelve years on: Decades had happened in the first few weeks of 2007, it will most definitely happen again. History doesn’t repeat itself only as tragedy and farce, sometimes it does push the society forward, by CK Lal (rep), Life in the fast lane: The Nepal Army is overstepping its mandate, and the fast track has dissatisfied locals, by Ayushma Basnyat (kp), Federal government’s figure on revenue collection a hoax, by Rupak D Sharma (ht), Making governance work: Federalism has the opportunity, by Prem Sharma (ht), Oli Administration and its Activities, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Walk The Talk, Raju Prasad Chapagai (Amnesty International)

20/01/2019: State bodies breached payment procedure, treasury office shows; Staffers tend to misinterpret laws for gains: Officials, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), KC’s crucial Satyagraha: Given our revolutionary history, how has this simple man’s resistance been so misunderstood?, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Supporters press government to honour deals with KC, by Nayak Paudel (kp), , EC draws attention to new order of precedence (kp), 12 years after Madhes Movement, gains are yet to be institutionalised: Dissatisfaction persists among Madhesis as parties seem to have lost the plot, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), FSF-N chair threatens to launch protest (ht), Policing the police: Reform Nepal’s interrogration practices, by Sakun Bhandari (kp), Trump’s Asia Policy Leaves Nepal in a Tight Spot?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt misses deadline for forming Natural Resources Commission, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

19/01/2019: Govt unlikely to hold consultations with victims, by Roshan S Nepal (ht), How rice became a staple—and why that’s unsustainable: Nepal’s reliance on rice over traditional nutrient-rich grains is costing the country billions every year, and making people unhealthier, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp), PM’s Office directs probe into Nepalis with offshore investments: Finance minister says Non-Resident Nepali Act, Income Tax Act and Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement could be amended, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), On identity: In Nepal, a woman’s identity is still tied to their male kinfolk—first father, then husband, by Bibhu Kuitel (kp), Govt unlikely to address fasting surgeon’s demands, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Parliament is supreme, nobody is above the law: PM Oli on Dr KC (ht)

18/01/2019: HRW urges Nepal to ensure transitional justice (rep), Nepal: Address Transitional Justice: Decade of Promises, but Victims Still Await Answers (Human Rights Watch), Republic Memorial unclear on what and who it commemorates, by Bibhu Luitel (kp) [?], Nepal and Indo-Pacific Strategy, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), ‘PM, do you want to finish off Dr KC?’ (rep), Money laundering watchdog to probe fund transfer (ht)

17/01/2019: Can Nepal bring back Rs 52 billion stashed in Swiss banks? (rep), Sumargi among 55 Nepalis with investment abroad (rep), 55 Nepalis invest in foreign firms (ht), Rs 35.8 bn parked in Swiss banks: 55 Nepalis have invested in foreign countries violating domestic laws (ht), Dozens of Nepalis invested in tax havens overseas, by Tsering D Gurung (kp), How the ultra-rich use FDI to launder their illicit cash, by Bibek Subedi (kp), Black money: From shell companies to Nepal, via Ncell, by Arpan Shrestha (kp), Washing up: Political will vital to implicate Nepalis amassing wealth in offshore accounts (kp), Ex-minister Pandey posts Rs 40m bail: Sikta irrigation project scam (ht), Congress presses government to address KC’s demands, by Sanjaya Lama and Biplaw Bhattarai (kp), Hope and despair: If things don’t get straightened out soon, Nepal may enter uncharted territory, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Locked up abroad: A mechanism needs to be created to protect the legal aid rights of migrant workers, by Anurag Devkota (kp)

16/01/2019: Kathmandu, provinces at odds over security arrangements: Provinces say centralised mindset defeats the purpose of federalism, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Share power: The way the umbrella bill on the Nepal Police has been designed will weaken the provinces when it comes to maintaining law and order (ht), 17 years of denied justice: Muktinath Adhikari’s family is among thousands who have been dismissed in the Transitional Justice process, by Suman Adhikari (kp), Justice delayed, denied: Why is the state so indifferent toward cases of sexual violence even as it has totally undermined rule of law, justice system, national security and good governance?, by Nabita Nakarmi (rep), Govt’s capital expenditure still sluggish: Only 17.68pc of Rs 313.9 billion allocated spent in first half of fiscal (ht), Govt betrayed Dr KC: Mathema panel members (ht), ‘Dr KC’s demands won’t be fulfilled’ (ht) [Admits vested interests of NCP affiliated entrepreneurs!], Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights (ht)

15/01/2019: New bill lets federal government lord over provincial police, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Politics in full play as accusations fly over tainted jet purchase deal: House panel tweaks report, takes out the part  that calls for ‘lawful action’ against ministers, by Sangam Prasain (kp) [????], Poudel calls for enquiry into  Deuba’s role in aircraft deal, by Anil Giri (kp), Deuba denies involvemen, by Arjun Shah (kp), Frail KC needs to be admitted in better hospital, say doctors, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp), Govt scraps hospitals named after Girija, Sushil Koirala (ht), Nepali Congress up in arms (ht), PM admits NRA won’t complete task in its tenure, by Rewati Sapkota (ht)

14/01/2019: NCP chief whip opposes new bill: Says it tips the balance of power heavily in favour of federal govt, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), ‘Indigenous nationalities neglected’ (ht), Chinese construction along Nepal-Tibet border puts strategic land at risk: Embankment on the Arun river could flood 200 ropanis of land; Local officials say China won’t address their concerns, by Dipendra Shakya and Anil Giri (kp), Opposition calls for consensus on Medical Education Bill, by Tika R Pradhan (kp)

13/01/2019: Bibeksheel Sajha: Split major blow but journey will continue, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Improved Sino-India Ties, Indo-Pacific & Nepal, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Third space of conversationIt should be a space for transformation for Dalits and non-Dalits, men and women, by Sanjeev Uprety (kp), Costs of inequality: Key among the development challenges facing Nepal is the ever-widening income and wealth gap between the haves and have-nots, by Cecilia Keizer (rep), Symptoms of decay: Political parties, parliamentarians and government ministers feature as the most distrustful institutions in almost all surveys, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), SAGGC for political consensus on citizenship, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Bill obliges children to deposit certain percentage of salary in parents’ account, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Government issues new order of precedence: NPC vice-chair ranks higher than Supreme Court justices and chiefs of constitutional bodies (ht) [??], NHRC concerned (ht)

12/01/2019: Bibeksheel Sajha, after promising hope and change, splits, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Bibeksheel Sajha faction applies to register new party at EC (rep) [Once again, a hopeful young party destroys itself over personal power ambitions!], Bibeksheel Sajha Party suffers split (ht), The rise of a strongman: Is the Oli establishment inclined to create spectacle and drama than to deliver what was promised?, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Respect Public Interests, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), US admiral urges Nepal to resolve legal hurdles to import US arms: Expresses concern for peace in Indo-Pacific region (rep) [?], Govt proposes to curtail PSC’s autonomy: Public Service Commission office  bearers seek amendment to bill, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Holes seen in house panel report on jet purchase deal: Despite shortcomings, PAC report has detected stench of corruption wafting over the A330-200 procurement deal, which must be probed, by Rupak D Sharma (ht)

11/01/2019: Even right activists and teachers observe criminalised Chhaupadi in western Nepal, by Basanta Pratap Singh, Menuka Dhungana and Arjun Shah (kp), Accounts committee ignores crucial facts in aircraft purchase probe: Jitendra Dev was not the tourism minister when the first instalment was released to Airbus plane vendor, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Action against those named in jet scam after panel report, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [???], Govt in bid to trash PAC probe report, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Teaching Hospital residents on strike, by Nayak Paudel (kp) [Not paying the doctors' salaries for 8 months is an unbelievable crime! Please stop the paymernt of all politicians and responsible administrators for the same period of time!], Ideological Pillars Of Unity, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [Please stay on the ground: Nepal must thank Prithvinaran for her independence to this day, but he was also responsible for the lack of social inclusion, inequality, the over-centralised and discriminating Hindu state and the total control of public life by a minority of male Tagadharis!], Richest 10 % Nepalis over 26 times wealthier than poorest 40 % (rep) [see OXFAM report], Bill requires children to allocate portion of income to elderly parents, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Prime Minister KP Oli and Prithvi Narayan Shah, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

10/01/2019: Engendering change: Reluctance to accept women  leadership is a culturalised behaviour (kp), The number game: The Public Service Commission has not been shying away from providing government data, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Mother and two sons die in Chhaupadi shed fire: Women are still banished to sheds though the practice has been criminalised, by Arjun Shah (kp), Break the shackle: The local levels must launch a massive awareness drive to get rid of the chhaupadi system that dehumanises women in rural areas (ht), House panel flouts accord with Dr KC (rep), House panel okays medical education reforms bill: Principal concerns of Dr Govinda KC not addressed , by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), NCP lawmakers bulldoze Medical Education Bill through House panel: KC starts 16th hunger strike objecting to change in provisions, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Nirmala’s mother demands DNA authenticity verification, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Ganga Maya meets UN resident coordinator: Says government has been unwilling and unable to deliver justice in her son’s murder case (ht), Ganga Maya Adhikari seeks global attention, by Binod Ghimire (kp), ‘Government must answer to queries raised by MPs’, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Speaker tells PM, ministers to take MPs questions after address (rep), Anti-graft body drags Shrestha to court, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Institutions nd Leadership, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Conflict-affected families of security personnel launch indefinite sit-in (ht)

09/01/2019: Fate of transitional justice bodies hangs in balance: As parties vacillate, conflict victims are divided over new mechanism, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Snowfall adds chill to quake survivors’ lives, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Dr KC to launch 16th hunger strike today: Demands end to ‘mafia reign’ in medical sector, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp), Road to misrule: Lawmakers must act on measures to curb abuse of authority and impose harsh sanctions against those implicated and accused of robbing tax payers, by Kedar Neupane (rep), Opposition is rising: Government should heed the issues raised by the opposition party and work to fulfil the promises made to the people and the country, by Shankar Tiwari (rep), Shadow govt under Deuba on cards, by Roshan S Nepal (ht) [A four times failed PM is not the right person! He has highest responsiblity for state failure himself!], Cold worsens menses woes in far-west (ht) [It would be better for male persons to stay in sheds during menstruation time of female family members. Maybe this would help them to understand this criminal practice!], Rectify swearing-in: Democracy is not just about elections, it is about electing righteous people who will work for the welfare of the people and the country (ht)

08/01/2019: PAC buckles under political pressure, by Umesh Poudel (ht), House panel goes soft on ministers: Recommends action against two secretaries, acquits Home Secretary Rai, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [There is no rule of law as long as the crimes committed by politicians and their clientele remain unpunished!], PAC for action against current and ex-ministers, clean chit for Rai: Directs govt to suspend MD Kansakar immediately (rep), SC refuses to set Resham Chaudhary free (ht), Apex court refuses to release Chaudhary, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Gandaki PA mired in dilemma over swearing in Gurung (ht), House panel fails to endorse medical education draft bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Dr KC threatens to launch 16th fast-unto-death (ht), Dr KC warns of 16th hunger strike: Parliament sub-committee endorses bill on medical education through vote, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Dr KC blasts sub-committee for tweaking bill (rep), A tale of lies: Misuse of numbers as weapons to paint an incorrect picture is a real tragedy (kp), Prime Minister, tell us the truth (rep), Lead anew: The creation of new organisations of historically marginalised groups can lead to transformative change, by Subhash Nepali (kp), Undemocratic move: If the lawmakers are barred from putting questions to the PM, it will undermine the parliamentary supremacy (ht), ‘Government should face questions from lawmakers every week’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), CIEDP probes 85 pc complaints in first phase: Preparing to record statements of alleged perpetrators for the second phase of investigation (ht)

07/01/2019: Provinces to appoint police up to DSP: Schedule 6 of constitution gives provincial  governments exclusive right to oversee their  security affairs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [The anti-federal government is above law and constitution!], Oli avoids major issues in House, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), PM lies to House over contract awarded to Huawei, by Sunil Sapkota (rep), PM cherry-picks information that fit govt progress reports (rep), Prime minister digs bigger hole for himself, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Congress to protest if PM does not answer, by Anil Giri (kp), Provincial Assembly snubs Manange, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Give fairness a chance: Conflict is caused by inequality, so inclusive development is needed to sustain peace, by Prakash Paudel (kp), Saffronization of Congress: The liberals, moderates and youth leaders in Congress must safeguard their party against the communal, sectarian allure of right wing Hindutva ideology, by Chhering Yonzon (rep), Legal contradictions put local levels in a fix (ht)

06/01/2019: Wide-body Plane Purchase and PAC, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Adhikari upbeat as criticism builds over aircraft deal: Minister says he will  not resign only for the ‘superficial’ charges  even as it created moral pressure on him, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), ‘Probe panel undermining parliamentary supremacy’: Govt should have formed panel before Parliament started probe’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Verdict on Tikapur carnage delayed, by Tekendra Deuba (ht), Road to impunity: Oath to Resham Chaudhary (rep), Will Manange be administered oath?, by Bishan Chhetri (rep), Kathmandu, provinces differ on CDO’s role: According to the bill, the chief district officer reports the law and order situation to the Federal Home Ministry and provincial Internal Affairs Ministry, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Obviously, central government thinking never dies out!], Coalition partner presses for constitution amendment: Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal has handed over an 11-point memorandum to Prime Minister Oli, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), NC, ruling FSFN join the fray for constitution amendment (rep), FSF-N memo seeks statute amendment (ht), Breaking the silence on #MeToo: Women’s silence in Nepal’s feeble #MeToo movement has also to do with illiteracy and socioeconomic disadvantages majority of women face, by Gyanu BK (rep)

05/01/2019: Criminal Code ‘ineffective’ to end Chhaupadi practice, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Government groups local federal units into four categories (kp), In the name of politics: The road to Singha Durbar is not in Dillibazar but in Delhi. When Delhi decides, our netas reconcile, by Guffadi (kp), Army to buy 4 choppers worth Rs 6b for VVIPs: Currently, Nepal Army has two fixed-wing planes and 12 helicopters. The army plans the number of aircraft to 31 by 2082 (rep) [Investments for VVIPs are far more important than those for reconstruction, education, road construction and pollution prevention!], Govt begins amendment discussions with Madhes parties: Prime Minister Oli has promised to study the possibility of withdrawing cases against those RJPN cadres who are currently serving jail-term, according to RJPN leaders (rep) [Such legal matters do not fall within the decision-making scope of the executive! The separation of powers is an essential characteristic of a democratic constitutional state!], Province 2 ready to retaliate if federal govt obstructs exercising constitutional rights: CM Raut , interview with Chief Minister Mohammad Lalbabu Raut (rep), Lawmakers divided over wide-body aircraft scam, by Arpana Ale Magar (rep) [Stop any form of politicisation in the clarification of corruption cases!], Civil servants adjustment: SC summons govt over ordinance provisions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht)

04/01/2019: Cabinet forms panel to probe disputed aircraft purchase: Three-member commission set up after a parliamentary subcommittee charges sitting minister and top bureaucrats with embezzling billions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Chaudhary sworn in after party’s pressure, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [?????], Why govt let massacre-accused Resham Chaudhary take oath (rep) [There cannot be enough (potential) criminals in leading political positions! The rule of law in democratic states does not allow the participation of persons who are accused of crimes!], Back to jail after oath, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Tikapur victims speak of grave injustice, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Task force recommends reinstating 12 holidays: The incumbent Oli administration had slashed these holidays soon after coming to power last year, saying that the unnecessary  holidays hinder service  delivery to the public, by Anuj Kumar Adhikari (kp), A tightened muzzle: Protracted governmental strategies have led to waning press freedom in Nepal, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), The ship of state, by Rameshwar Bohara (nt)

03/01/2019: Fool me once: The Conflict Victims’ Common Platform could breathe new life into our pursuit for justice, by Binod Kumar Paudel and Rajendra Sechuray (kp), Panel implicates 3 ministers, 29 top officials in wide-body scam (rep), Oli government faces moral quandary: While pressure mounts on the Oli government to open  a fair and comprehensive probe into the case, some  leaders from the ruling Nepal Communist Party say  the government will not take any decision in haste, by Anil Giri (kp), Sky-high corruption: Government must take serious note of the wide-body financial irregularity (kp), Govt trumpets tree plantation ‘success’ (ht), Press freedom anxiety: To demonstrate that it will work as per the spirit of the Constitution, the govt has no option but to amend some of the draconian provisions (ht), Civil society and media: Give them their due, by Dutta Shree Duwadi (Khanal) (ht)

02/01/2019: Violations of press freedom up: Report (kp) [see report by Freedom Forum], 2018, a challenging year for freedom of press: Federation of Nepali Journalists (ht), Transitional Justice Actr: Govt undecided on amendment, by Roshan S Nepal (ht), Bill to amend Nepal Army Act (rep), Together for justice: Charter initiative may further empower perpetrators rather than victims. Dialogue can help us unite, by Om Prakash Aryal, Anita Neupane Thapalia and Ram Bhandari (rep), Ganga Maya to tell her story to the world, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht)

01/01/2019: Torture, disappearings to be moved from military to civilian court, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Around Rs 4b embezzled while buying planes: House sub-panel, by Anil Giri (kp), Journalism in peril: Looking forward to a safer year for journalists (kp), Revelation by reflection: Nepal needs incremental changes from the bottom to change; the top down approach has not worked, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Who is in charge? Nation-building has never been our national policy, by Andrea Upadhya (kp), Migration as Path to Progress, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)




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