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5251 days since Delhi agreement of political parties
5099 days since King Gyanendra was forced to end his putsch
4887 days since Comprehensive Peace Agreement
4832 days since promulgation of the Interim Constitution
4382 days since elections to CA-I
3751 days since CA-I committees presented suggestions for the new constitution (discussion in CA prevented by leading politicians)
2990 days since SRC presented suggestions for the federal structure (majority suggestion rejected by Nepali Congress)
2873 days since dissolution of CA-I
2332 days since elections to CA-II
1903 days since promised Constitution by CA-II failed
1766 days since non-inclusive deal by male Tagadhari leaders of the three big parties
days since promulgation of non-inclusive and so far still not really implemented constitution through illegal procedure (text of constitution)
1536 days since unilateral and non-inclusive first amendment of the new constitution
0808 days since the federal system should have been implemented; still missing: laws, infrastructure, fiscal regulations, staff, naming of states and capitals, etc.
0783 days since KP Oli became PM: most of the necessary working processes not really completed, yet; instead, growing violation of fundamental rights, federal chaos, rising taxes and unabated corruption
0106 days since the Samajbadi Party Nepal left the coalition government after PM Oli refused any discussion to make the constitution more inclusive

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08/04/2020: Oli emerges to address the nation but questions remain regarding measures to fight the pandemic: Oli’s address was long overdue, especially at a time when his government faces allegations of corruption—which the prime minister did not address (kp), Prime minister draws flak for brushing aside crucial issues (ht), What’s the plan? PM Oli’s address to the nation (kp), Health and federalism: The federal government must work in tandem with the provincial and local governments (kp), Protracted lockdown hits squatter families hard: Families of daily wage earners in Biratnagar and Dhading stare at trouble as local governments fail to distribute relief, by Deonarayan Sah and Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), Dependent on a daily cash flow and with few savings, small and medium enterprises risk collapse: The central bank has announced financial measures for the private sector but many believe small and medium enterprises will require a different approach, by Aditi Aryal (kp), Govt to finalize compensation to farmers at huge loss due to virus (rep), Government is completely lost and out of focus in its preparedness against Covid-19, medical experts say: The government is sending medics to work in critical care with three days of training, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Billions of rupees to be spent by lawmakers could be used to combat Covid-19: Law Minister Tumbahangphe to consult with the parties before taking a decision, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Hill districts in Sudurpaschim organise grand fairs despite the nationwide lockdown: In the last two weeks, Bajhang and Baitadi saw fairs attracting more than 300 people, by Tripti Shahi (kp), Tackling Economic Fallout Of COVID-19, by Mina Aryal (rn), ‘Keep rights at centre during emergency measures’ (ht), Journos not allowed to collect coronavirus news (ht)

07/04/2020: Silent at the top: During times of crisis, clear information from the government is reassuring—especially from the very top. (kp) [Oli and his colleagues have no idea of the people's right and the government's duty to information!], Slow, unsteady: Response to the pandemic (ht), Nationwide lockdown extended till April 15, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), As government extends lockdown, non-natives of Kathmandu Valley wish to return to their hometowns: No one is getting out during the lockdown period, spokesperson of Kathmandu Metropolitan City says, by Anup Ojha (kp) [The population may be protected from the virus, but some may soon die of hunger if the government does not ensure the supply of essential goods to the population even during lockdown!], As government extends lockdown, non-natives of Kathmandu Valley wish to return to their hometowns: No one is getting out during the lockdown period, spokesperson of Kathmandu Metropolitan City says, by Anup Ojha (kp), Relief distribution drive in Banke courts controversy: As many as 70 students and daily wage-earning labourers dissatisfied over the quantity of goods distributed, by Madhu Shahi (kp), Provinces following federal government’s one-door policy: Most provinces have not announced their own schemes citing chances of duplication (ht), Even if the House is prorogued, committees need to meet, analysts say: Nepal’s federal parliament can follow the example of many parliaments around the world that are meeting either by ensuring safety norms or going digital, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

06/04/2020: Ensure every person’s right to health: NHRC (ht), Give priority to needy people in relief distribution: MoFAGA (ht), Despite fiascos and rising Covid-19 cases, the prime minister maintains a stony silence: At a time when world leaders are regularly assuaging the fears of their citizens through regular addresses, Oli last appeared in public on March 20, over two weeks ago, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Govt mulls extending lockdown by at least one week (rep), Lockdown likely to be extended by a week: PM KP Oli to address the nation (kh), Winter crops lie unharvested in the fields as the lockdown forces farmers indoors: There are many who say that farmers should be allowed to work in the fields, as there is little danger of contracting Covid-19 while working five or six feet apart, by Sangam Prasain (kp) [Is there a need for other evidence of the government's high level of incompetence? The people may not get the virus, but anytime sooner or later they may die from hunger!, Neither the market for milk, nor the provision of fodder: Grievances of dairy farmers, by Sabina Karki (kh)], Lockdown brings the poultry industry to a standstill: Farmers in Sarlahi buried 9,000 chickens, and many other farmers were compelled to do the same, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Time For Government To Take Care Of Citizens, by Birendra Madai (rn), Govt plans to bring all private hospitals under its control to fight Covid-19 (rep), Four-day walk from KTM to Sindhuli: Laborers have to travel long, by Anil Bhandari (rep), Govt plan to open fair price shops fails to take off (rep), With three new cases of coronavirus, Valley police get stricter with lockdown: Police booked 1,881 people in Kathmandu, 178 in Bhaktapur and 233 in Lalitpur for defying the lockdown rule on Sunday, by Anup Ojha (kp), Returnees in Lamjung refuse to stay in quarantine (ht), Province 5 tightens security along border as people’s movement continues: Nepali authorities say they are concerned about the free movement of people as the Kolhui Bazaar in India, which lies just across the border, reported six Covid-19 patients on Saturday, by Madhav Dhungana (kp), Mustang locals and village heads impose their own rules to control Covid-19: Residents have also restricted the movement of their own relatives who had migrated to warmer climates during the winter, by GHhanashyam Khadka (kp)

05/04/2020: With first case of local transmission, window to prevent a mass outbreak is fast closing, public health experts say: As Nepal enters stage 2 of the pandemic, Saturday’s three new cases have brought the total number of cases reported in the country to nine, by Arjun Poudel (kp) [This has to do with the strange idea that only people who come to Nepal from abroad can be infected; only they are therefore tested!], President Bhandari addresses the nation but many are saying it should’ve been Prime Minister Oli: The President’s Friday evening address to the nation was not just sudden but also defensive of the government, raising suspicions behind its intent, by Anil Giri (kp) [What shall a severely ill and incompetent PM say?], One after another, Oli's key aides court controversy (rep), Fire the corrupt people (rep) [There have to be severe judicial consequencies as well!], Oli government’s fiascos provide opportunity for rival factions to pounce: The Madhav Nepal and Pushpa Kamal Dahal factions of the ruling party have seized the moment to criticise Oli’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan.(kp) [This must not be the time of power struggles! It's an occasion to replace the failed old leader generation of ll parties by a young, dynamic, competent and charismatic generation!], Ruling NCP leaders demand Secretariat meeting as govt faces widespread criticism (rep), Govt tightens lockdown measures as COVID-19 crisis enters second phase (rep), Quarantine centre set up by Province 2 government in Dhanusa lacks basic facilities: The facility does not have a running water supply or enough soaps, say health workers, by Ajit Tiwari (kp), Foreign currency inflow shrinks on virus crisis: Earnings are down with remittance, exports and tourism all taking a direct hit from the pandemic, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Quake-displaced people reeling under food crisis (ht) [All governments since 2015 share responsibility for this continued situation!]

04/04/2020: Need Of Virtuous Leadership, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Asian Development Bank revises Nepal’s economic growth rate to 5.3 percent in light of Covid-19 pandemic: Economists, however, say this number is much too optimistic and forecast a more somber figure of around 4 percent, by Sangam Prasain (kp) [Why so optimistic? No tourism, hardly any remittances, downgrating agriculture and other economy!], The novel coronavirus puts Nepal’s economy under the microscope: The direct effects of Covid-19 might be bad, but the potential economic shock can be catastrophic, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp), Kathmandu city has no exact details of its poor citizens to distribute food relief: The lockdown has greatly affected the families living in squatter shanties, but the city spokesperson claims not all of them need help, by Anup Ojha (kp), The perilous journey of five Jumla natives from Ambedkarnagar to Surkhet: The government could have facilitated their travel from Rupaidiha but they were left completely neglected, say the returnees, by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp), Migrant workers must not be left behind: Migrant workers have contributed to keeping the economy afloat. Now it's time for the government to do its part, by Babu Ram Pant (kp), Detainees languish in police custody amid closure of court (ht), Panic spikes as PM's IT guru Ali has access to people's private data, by Sunil Sapkota (rep)

03/04/2020: 65-year-old woman tests positive for COVID-19, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Nepal reports 7th coronavirus case (kh), Industries allowed to resume operations with residential workers (ht), Govt Decides To Ease Distribution Of Essential Goods (rn), Editors jointly condemn unauthorised removal of published content (ht), Editors demand probe into news removal by PM's aides (rep), PM's Press Adviser Thapa Refutes FNJ Statement Over Removal Of News Content (rn), Concern raised over Nepalis stranded on border (ht), Lockdown violated in the name of religious event, arrests made (ht), 11 Muslim religious leaders detained (ht), Govt negligence puts Bajura at high risk of COVID-19 infection (ht), NAC flight brings in medical equipment from China; another returns from Australia (ht), Lack of mobile vans affects FMTC’s home delivery service (ht), Government—not contractor—chartered flight to ship medical supplies: As per the deal, Omni Business Corporate International was supposed to ferry the goods from Guangzhou to Kathmandu, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Govt Receives Over Rs 1.59 Bln In Anti-COVID-19 Fund, by Purushottam P. Khatri (rn), Army to bring COVID-19 medical supplies from China under G2G process (rep), Government decision to bring in the Nepal Army to procure medical equipment draws flak from all quarters: While armies are often mobilised across the world in times of crises, analysts say that the Army should not be handed a task that civilian bodies are capable of carrying out, by Anil Giri and Binod Ghimire (kp), Protect migrant workers and marginalised groups affected due to Covid-19 restrictions, Amnesty International appeals: Human rights advocacy group draws the Nepal government’s attention to incidents of excessive use of force by security personnel tasked with enforcing the lockdown, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Temporary quarantine facility built on no man’s land to keep more than a hundred Nepalis caught at Indo-Nepal border in Nepalgunj: Around two dozen Nepalis stuck in Valmiki Nagar in Bihar complain of authorities’ apathy towards them, by Rupa Gahatraj and Narayan Sharma (kp), Migrant workers must not be left behind: Migrant workers have contributed to keeping the economy afloat. Now it's time for the government to do its part, by Babu Ram Pant (kp)

02/04/2020: Govt scraps contract with Omni Group: Didn’t receive medical equipment in time; COVID testing kits don’t meet standards set by the World Health Organisation; Govt flayed for ordering kits that are known for showing false negative results (ht), Health Ministry cancels tender to purchase medical equipment from China over controversy: Controversy had erupted over the government's decision to purchase medical equipment from China despite high costs and concerns over standards, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Making money off misery: The government must be wrong to believe that citizens can't hold it to account while in quarantine (kp), A 52-year-old woman dies after seeking treatment at four different hospitals in a day: Two hospitals in Biratnagar refused to treat the patient who was suffering from high fever on suspicions of being a Covid-19 case, victim’s daughter says, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp), Patients with fever being turned away due to COVID fear, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht), Private health facilities refusing service to face music (ht), Foreign returnees facing humiliation (ht), Red flag placed on housetops to identify people coming from abroad in Dolakha (ht) [One must not discriminate against anyone just because he/she has been abroad. The virus can be carried by anyone!, Destigmatizing corona patients: There has always been a close relation between disease and discrimination, which leads to stigmatization. We should not allow this to happen in Nepal, by Rakshya Ojha (rep)], Working families need more support as novel coronavirus contagion takes hold: UNICEF, ILO, UN Women (ht), Support working families to reduce impact of COVID-19: UN agencies to govt (rep), Govt devising standards for distribution of relief to needy people (rep), 12 injured in Birgunj in a clash over food relief: In Rautahat’s Chandrapur, political parties and senior government officials are exerting pressure on local representatives to provide food relief to their friends and families, by Bhusan Yadav and Shiva Puri (kp), Kathmandu Press accuses its site developer of removing a news article without consent: The article had alleged the involvement of the sons of the Defence Minister and the prime minister’s chief advisor, along with Oli’s IT consultant, in procuring medical equipment from China (kp), Here is why PM's IT consultant Asgar Ali has been a controversial figure (rep), Over 1,000 laborers stranded at border: Far west at high risk of COVID-19 outbreak; One laborer dies; Over 100,000 returnees from India not in self-quarantine, neither is their health condition tested, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal and Bira Gadal (rep), SC writ sought to bring Nepalis stranded in Dharchula (rep), More than 8,000 foreign-returnees enter Karnali (kh), All brick kilns in Nawalparasi (East) in operation despite the lockdown: Around 1,400 Indian workers are employed in various kilns in the district; most are happy to stay put and work, by Narayan Sharma (kp), Out to lunch: The world is witnessing a pandemic but governments everywhere have failed to live up to the challenge, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

01/04/2020: Attending corona patients a must for private hospitals: SC (ht), Reverse migration spreads to Nepal: Migrant workers plan to walk hundreds of kilometres from Kathmandu to reach home, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht), Rise in GBV, sexual abuse cases feared (ht), Poultry entrepreneurs facing daily loss of Rs 220 million due to lockdown, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep), Chicken supply resumes, egg consumption increases (ht), This week's three hospital deaths not related to COVID-19: Govt (rep), Nepal, India to care for each other's nationals headed homeward: Won't allow cross-border movement until lockdown is over, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [??], House owner arrested after he forces nurse to evacuate, by Devendra Banet (rep), VNY 2020 campaign formally canceled (rep), Wage Earners’ Distress During Lockdown, by Arju Dahal (rn), Media’s tendency to link every death to Covid-19 is spreading misinformation and stigma, say doctors: Doctors believe media portals need to exercise caution while publishing stories about the coronavirus as false reports can be very damaging to the social fabric, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Fear and loathing: Stigma and ostracisation for those who’ve returned from abroad: There are increasing reports of returnees, and actual Covid-19 patients, being ostracised and stigmatised by their communities, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), Vegetables rotting in Kalimati, public pay double price, by Sabina Karki (kh)

31/03/2020: Supreme Court orders government to ensure vulnerable people’s right to food: The court asks government authorities to apprise it of what they are doing for food security, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Taking care of the poor is the state's responsibility: Ensuring food supply during the time of the lockdown would have done much to palliate the pain. (kp), Hunger looms as the economy stops: The government needs to act to neutralise the threats to food and nutrition security from the lockdown, by Shobha Poudel (kp), Nepalis are swimming across the Mahakali to get home: Around 500 Nepali migrant workers are currently stuck at the border with India in Darchula because of the ongoing lockdown, and they're desperate to get back., by Manoj Badu (kp) [Health precautions must be taken, but Nepalese citizens have the right to enter their own country even in times of Corona! This is tantamount to temporary expatriation in times of greatest need!], Around 400 Nepalis stranded at Sunauli border point stage a sit-in: The Nepalis reached Sunauli border point from various parts of India three days ago and are waiting to be allowed in, by Madhav Dhungana (kp), Migrants’ rights groups call on government to repatriate and protect the workers stranded overseas: They have also urged the government to introduce a relief package to support the families of migrant workers affected by the pandemic, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Relief package may not be enough if Covid-19 crisis worsens, say businessmen and experts: Economists question the government’s decision to ask landlords to provide a month's rent exemption to informal sector workers, who live in small houses that are not usually registered for rental tax, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Private sector rues inadequate relief package (ht), Private hospitals not taking fever patients, forcing people to seek treatment at state-run health facilities: The government is considering seeking clarification from the hospitals turning down patients, Health Ministry spokesperson says, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Three suspected COVID-19 patients die while undergoing treatment in capital hospitals (ht), More than 2,000 lockdown violators punished (ht), [The police have no right to punish anybody! This would be a task of the judiciary! It's time for the police to under stand their limits!], 8,500 lockdown flouters faced action in a week: 11,433 vehicles seized across the country, by Ashok Dahal (rep), We need a commander (rep), Rs 207 million collected in corona control fund: Contributions pouring in from firms, individuals, organizations (rep)

30/03/2020: Two COVID-19 suspects die at Bir Hospital (kh), Govt extends lockdown by a week, borders to remain sealed, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Lockdown extended till April 7 midnight: All flights suspended till April 15; Jail for hiding exposure to COVID-19 or fleeing quarantine, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Govt announces economic relief measures to support poor, businesses hit by Covid-19, by Sagar Ghimire (rep), Returnee migrant workers from India resist quarantine (ht), These are the relief packages introduced by the government following extension of lockdown for another week: Lockdown has been extended until April 7 midnight to stem the spread of Covid-19 (kp), Relief for hunkered down populace: Tax payment deadline extended; 25pc discount on electricity tariff; Tax rebate for house owners if they waive one-month rent (ht) [And what about food supply?], City’s squatters, homeless stare at spectre of starvation, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht), Over 6,000 brick kiln workers left in a lurch (ht), KMC to distribute relief through one-door system (ht) [??], Kalimati Market To Open Twice A Day To Reduce Crowd, by Laxman Kafle (rn), Youth dies in Butwal corona hospital, test report awaited, by Krishna Prasad Dhakal (ht) [He was a 34-year-old adult, not a youth!], Call to ensure rights, welfare of toiling people (ht), Authorities face a hard time when it comes to contact tracing those who travelled with four Covid-19 patients: Of the 458 passengers who shared flights with four persons from Qatar, Sharjah and Delhi, 302 are still out contact, by Janak Raj Sapkota and Arjun Poudel (kp), As Covid-19 fears grow, some medical personnel face eviction from their homes: Reports of medical personnel being forced to work without adequate protection have only aggravated discriminatory behaviour from landlords, say doctors, by Arjun Poudel & Aditi Aryal (kp)

29/03/2020: For many domestic violence survivors, the lockdown means being locked in with their abusers: As countries across the world go into lockdown over Covid-19, cases of domestic violence are rising, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), Government is preparing to extend the lockdown by at least one more week: Given that the incubation time for the virus is 14 days, the lockdown could last for at least one more week, according to Health Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) Govt slow to protect poor, counter economic impact of Covid-19: As countries rush to announce stabilization measures to insulate economy from the pandemic, Nepal govt keeps mum over relief package, by Sagar Ghimire (rep), Think about food (rep), Dairy farmers left with large stocks of unsold milk as country comes to a halt: Traders said they were compelled to shut down their shops after people disregarded requests not to form crowds, by Sanju Poudel (kp), Govt’s home delivery service off to a bumpy start (ht), Food Producers Seek Govt Support To Keep Supply Chain Intact (rn), Police personnel at high risk of contracting COVID-19 (ht), Call to provide help to Nepali students in Australia (ht), COVID-19 patient accuses doctors of denying him treatment, by Tekendra Deuba (ht), Infected in Dhangadi traveled to many places, contacted many, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Daily wage earners in Tanahun face starvation (ht), Wage Earners, Informal Sector Workers Hit Hard By Lockdown, by Arpana Adhikari (rn), Effective Contact Tracing Needed, by Anup K.C. (rn), Financial irregularities suspected in procurement of medical equipment from China, by Sunil Sapkota (rep), 900 German, French and EU nationals flown back home from Nepal (rep), Repatriation of bodies of Nepali migrant workers who died abroad also affected due to Covid-19: Amid international travel restrictions and lockdowns, officials tell Nepali missions abroad to hold applications until further notice, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Mechinagar Municipality starts to mark the houses of foreign returnees in a bid to streamline the identification process: The drive will not only help timely identification but will also help in the effective mobilisation of health workers, authorities say, by Parbat Portel (kp)

28/03/2020: Nepal Confirms Fifth COVID-19 Case (rn), COVID-19 cases in Nepal reach five (kh), All five COVID-19 cases in Nepal imported; 2nd and 5th patients shared same Qatar Airways flight on March 17 (rep), Man from Kailali tests positive for COVID-19:  Fourth Nepali to contract the disease; First case outside capital means it’s spreading: Govt, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht), Private sector concerned about delay in stimulus packages (ht), Janakpur Provincial Hospital declines to treat woman suffering from high fever (ht), KMC to provide relief package to homeless, daily wage earners (ht), Senior citizens to get Rs 10,000 per month (ht), Farmers face nationwide lockdown heat (ht), Govt Releases 78 Inmates Amid COVID-19 Fears, by Purushottam P. Khatri (rn), Shifting Paradigm Of Public Order, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Vegetables become scarce and costly as transporters stay away due to virus fears: Prices have increased by up to 200 percent, according to the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Online stores flooded with orders, but cannot fulfil them for lack of delivery system: The government’s unclear policy has forced them to shut down when people need them the most, e-retailers said, by Krishana Prasain (kp)

27/03/2020: Contact tracing of all who got close with Covid-19 patients continues but time is fast running out: Authorities have traced just 11 of the more than 30 people the third Covid-19 patient came into contact with, but none has been tested yet, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Lockdown helps control rapid spread of the virus but it also lessens chances of more tests: Fear and halt in transportations services massively reduce the number of people visiting hospitals, by Arjun Poudel (kp), A wake up call: The coronavirus outbreak has laid bare the incapacity of the leaders to make their population feel secure, by Amod Pyakurel (kp), Fourth COVID-19 positive case confirmed by Health Ministry (ht), Nepal reports fourth COVID-19 case, first outside Kathmandu Valley (kh), Daily wagers bear the brunt of lockdown, govt fails to provide reprieve: ‘It appears the government has not consulted well with experts and emulated best practices’ , by Rupak D. Sharma(ht), 137 foreigners stranded on trekking trails rescued in two days: Eight foreigners and 11 Nepalis returning from Kanchanjunga stranded at Sankhuwasabha, by Sujan Dhungana (ht), Govt told to ensure smooth supply of daily essentials (ht), Department stores start home delivery of groceries, by Sujita Pradhan (rep), Customs across the country lie deserted: Hardly 500 trucks and containers entering Nepal in a day (ht), Authorities told to protect health workers, disadvantaged sections of society (ht), Growing anxiety: As Nepal has limited stock of PPEs, the health minister would do well to have them in place before there is an attack of the virus (ht), Gas bottlers asked to sell half-filled cooking gas cylinders (rep)

26/03/2020: Daily wage workers are more worried about starving to death than Covid-19: Most worker households are likely to have enough supplies and savings for a week but if the lockdown is to continue, they will need government’s help, activists say, by Anup Ojha (kp), Hopes of Nepalis stuck abroad dashed (ht) [This is tantamount to justifying a temporary exile!], Despite a significant number of rescues, 300 trekkers remain stranded in various trekking routes: As Nepal remains under lockdown, many trekkers have been unable to return to Kathmandu, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Police seize a container truck carrying 52 people from Kathmandu to Birgunj on Wednesday: The driver has been arrested on charges of hiding the passengers in the truck and ferrying them to Birgunj amidst the nationwide lockdown, by Shankar Acharya (kp), Police begin cracking down on people defying lockdown: Wednesday saw police enforcing the restriction more seriously than on Tuesday, with arrests and vehicle confiscations, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp), 1,063 vehicles impounded for defying lockdown (ht), Centralised Bureaucracy In Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn), With flights halted, COVID-19 test samples stuck (ht) [!!!], Governing lawfully in crisis: Let us be mindful that politics of the pandemic can potentially undo the peace dividend that Nepal has just begun to realize, by Ian Payne and George Varughese (rep), India lockdown hits supply of daily essentials in Nepal: Foreign Ministry requested to resolve issue (kh), NHRC urges govt to ensure smooth supply of daily essentials (kh)

25/03/2020: Empty streets and palpable fear as Nepal goes into lockdown: Apart from occasional activity in the mornings and evenings, Kathmandu Valley streets remained empty throughout the day as the country went into isolation, by Anup Ojha (kp), Thousands of security personnel enforce lockdown across country, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp), Kathmandu hunkers down on Day One of lockdown (ht), Districts across the country report mixed results on the first day of national lockdown: While in a majority of districts, the situation remained normal with public complying with the order, in others the police had to make arrests, confiscate vehicles and even resort to imposing a curfew, by Ghanashyam Gautam and Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), With most shops closed in the lockdown, concerns rise about daily essentials: In an attempt to relieve confusion, the Ministry of Supplies has asked all shops selling food, vegetables, milk, water, oil, gas and the like to remain open, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Grocery stores can operate during week-long shutdown, reiterates govt (ht), Nepalis stranded at border allowed to return home only on Tuesday: A meeting of the high-level coordination committee also sought the private sector’s help in acquiring medicines and medical equipment by Saturday, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Govt allows entry of Nepalis stranded on Indian border (rep) [Govt has no right to prevent that Nepali citizens enter their own country!], Decision to ban entry of Nepalis returning from abroad challenged: ‘Move violates rights of Nepalis stranded in foreign countries’ (ht), Despite border closure, people continued to cross Mahakali river to enter India: Nepali authorities, however, expressed ignorance about such movements of people, by D.R. Panta (kp), Gandaki province prepares for coronavirus pandemic; closes all international and domestic border effective Tuesday onwards: All districts take measures to control the spread of coronavirus including banning public transport, by Pratikshya Kafle (kp), Rautes in Birendranagar unaware of pandemic: The nomad community doesn’t know the world is in the midst of a pandemic as authorities have not yet organised awareness programmes, by Jyoti Katuwal (kp), Kantipur Media Group halts fundraising drive after government decision to channel all funds through the state: Following the government's decision, all donations are being returned to their contributors, said the media group management (kp) [???], Govt restricts setting up a separate fund to collect donations for COVID-19 (rep)

24/03/2020: Nepal goes under lockdown for a week starting 6am Tuesday: All public movement outside of the home, except to seek medical attention or purchase essential foodstuff, has been prohibited, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), For Nepali migrant workers abroad, no hearth and no home: As Nepal has closed itself off to all incomers, including its own citizens, even Nepalis migrants who have visas expiring are unable to come back home, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Over 400 Nepalis on their way home stranded in New Delhi: Most of them work at hotels, restaurants and supermarkets in Bangalore, Shimla and Chandigarh, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp), 540 Nepalis returning from India leave ‘rescue facility’ in Nepalgunj: Local authorities had brought those stranded at the Jamunaha-Rupaidiha border to Nepalgunj on Monday, by Madhu Shahi (kp)

23/03/2020: 19-year-old woman who returned from France via Qatar tests positive for Covid-19: The Health Minister confirmed Nepal’s second case of the coronavirus at a press meet on Monday, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Test, test, test, says WHO but Nepal has neither the means nor the matter: The number of individuals tested for Covid-19 is far lower than the number of tests as of the 572 tests so far, 175 Nepalis evacuated from Hubei were counted twice, by Arjun Pudel (kp), Inadequate testing: The only way to keep the country safe is to screen and test every suspected case as advised by the World Health Organisation (ht), Government requests India and China for protective gear and medical equipment: Minister Bhatta says Nepal will follow Chinese model to deal with Covid-19 cases, by Anil Giri (kp), Government to close down border with India and China for a week: With calls growing to close the border amid rising number of Covid-19 cases in India, a Cabinet meeting decided to shut down all borders with both neighbours, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Borders with India, China closed for a week from today: Movement of cargo vehicles won’t be affected, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Kanchanpur, Nepalgunj under indefinite lockdown: Hordes of Nepalis return home from Indian cities (ht), As the world goes on lockdown, Nepali students find themselves out of a job: With the Covid-19 outbreak shuttering businesses, Nepali students in foreign lands who work part-time to fund their studies are worried about paying their bills, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), Covid-19, economic crisis and the Nepali economy: The government’s policies and priorities for economic development require a revision, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp), When will the govt launch economic relief package?, by Rupak D. Sharma and Sujan Dhungana (ht)

22/03/2020: Experts suggest effective monitoring, not completely sealing border with India: With the rising number of Covid-19 cases in India and increased cross-border movement, calls are growing for completely shutting the border with the southern neighbour, by Tika R. Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp), In Butwal, juvenile delinquents are compelled to stay at a crowded correctional facility without proper means: As a result of the overcrowding, many suffer from skin-related diseases, by Amrita Anmol (kp), Police begin crackdown on rumour-mongers (ht), Police arrest youth producing misleading audio clip on COVID-19, by Ashim Neupane (rep), NA prepares to fight against COVID-19 spread (ht), NA readies 5,000 health workers to fight against COVID-19 (rep), Pardon, suspend or rebate jail sentence: OAG directs Nepal Police (ht), Large number of people leaving valley amid virus scare (ht), Health desks at border check points ill equipped to handle influx of people: Lapses at border transit points may pose high risk of COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal (rep), All services except essential closed, international flights suspended: Kathmandu streets wear a semi-deserted look (kh), Over 500,000 people leave Kathmandu in four days (kh), Lockdown in Mahendranagar announced amid COVID-19 fear (kh)

21/03/2020: The Covid-19 outbreak so far and how Nepal can prepare for the worst: Even though the number of Covid-19 cases in Nepal remains inexplicably stuck at one, doctors and public health experts warn of a potential disaster if measures aren’t taken (kp), Oli announces suspension of all flights, all long-haul transport and all non-essential services: The prime minister, in a televised address, announced these measures to control the spread of Covid-19 into Nepal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Hospitals with 50 or more beds told to suspend non-urgent checkups, surgeries (rep) [This will affect basic health care, especially in rural areas!], Partial lockdown from Monday: Long-route buses to be halted, non-essential services to be shut; International flights to and from TIA to stop from tomorrow, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Despite the government’s move to close all border points except four, small border points open for human movement in province 5: Major border points have health desks set up to screen footfall, most health desks are ill-equipped and under-staffed, by Madhav Dhungana (kp), Covid-19 pandemic likely to devastate country’s labour sector as ILO projects 25 million job losses globally: While labour migration has come to a complete halt, more job cuts are expected in the domestic labour market as well, labour experts say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Standing At A Transformative Moment, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Supreme Court to halt non-urgent proceedings (ht), Courts to remain closed for two weeks, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep)

20/03/2020: House panel endorses bill allowing intelligence agency to listen in on conversations: The bill passed with the support of the opposition Nepali Congress, despite legal experts sounding the alarm over its potential for misuse and privacy violations, by Binod Ghimire (kp), A House in disarray: Parliament cannot be allowed to stagnate any longer (kp) [The politicians and the political parties behave criminally, irresponsibly and selfishly!], More people leaving Kathmandu valley: Most of those leaving the capital city are school and college students (kp), Over 350,000 people leave Kathmandu in three days (Khabarhub), Nepal courts to remain shut for two weeks amid COVID-19 fear (Khabarhub), Govt mulls complete closure of border with India (rep), Nepal government announces partial lockdown: Prime Minister KP Oli says Nepal will contribute Rs 100 million to SAARC fund to fight COVID-19 (Khabarhub) [unofficial translation of PM Oli's address, rn 22/03/2020], Economic Impact of Covid-19, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

19/03/2020: Government bans entry of all passengers, including Nepalis, from midnight March 20: All passengers, including Nepalis, flying in from Europe, the UK, West Asia, and the Gulf will not be allowed into the country until April 15, by Sangam Prasain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Government takes drastic steps to counter novel coronavirus threat. People told not to leave home unless it’s urgent; Cinema halls, stadiums shut till April 30 (ht), Govt takes sweeping measures to contain spread of COVID-19 (rep), ‘More than half the population denied access to hand hygiene’: UNICEF says 54 per cent health care units in Nepal lack access to handwashing facilites (kp), Law-making process: Far from participatory, by Mukti Rijal (ht), House committee all set to endorse a bill allowing intelligence agencies to intercept suspicious conversations: Main opposition has demanded that it should be moved ahead only if there is a guarantee that the provision is not misused, by Binod Ghimire (kp), The cost of a pandemic: The real test for the government will be how it tackles the economic fallout of the pandemic, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Experts call for measures to ease the impact of coronavirus on the economy: Ensuring supply of essentials, controlling prices, slashing customs duty on raw materials and rescheduling loans are some of the recommended actions, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Women invisible: Let's have more women on televised discussions, in newspaper interviews and on debate panels, by Andrea Upadhya (kp), Your ‘rightful’ place: When people talk of Dalit, Janajati or NGO leadership it is the same old faces that reap benefit without being questioned. This leads to new form of othering and exclusion, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep)

18/03/2020: Draft amendment to transitional justice Act ready, Nembang says: Law ministry, conflict victims say they don’t have any information on it, by Binod Ghimire (kp), ‘2,506 persons disappeared during insurgency’ (ht), CIEDP makes public names of 2,506 disappeared (rep), Cycle of discrimination: Caste system in Nepal, among other impositions, is one example of how a rudimentary form of thinking that entails divide and conquer subsequently took form of a discriminatory tradition, by Sarans Pandey (rep), Keep politics out of schools: Politicisation has compromised the quality of education (kp),  Winter session of Parliament likely to end without endorsing crucial bills: With over 40 bills pending, the winter session, also called the bill session, has largely been squandered by squabbling within the ruling party, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [This is where the incompetence and complete failure of the current generation of politicians, who are only interested in power struggles and enrichment, becomes apparent. For the sake of Nepal it is high time for them to leave politics!], Nepal Communist party taskforce gives final touches to MCC report: Chances that the deal is ratified by Parliament during the ongoing session look slim, by Anil Giri (kp), Assembly fails to name Province 2: Four names proposed, but all fail to get mandatory two-thirds majority (kp), Govt orders shutdown of theaters; restricts mass gatherings over coronavirus scare: Nepal govt has banned people coming from the Middle East and the Gulf States, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and the whole of Europe from March 20 (Khabarhub), Prepare for the worst: Economic impact of COVID-19 (rep)

17/03/2020: Govt mulls tax rebate, subsidy for businesses hit by coronavirus (rep), Divisions in ruling party manifest in appointment of National Assembly general secretary: The appointment by House Speaker Agni Sapkota, a former Maoist, has been opposed by National Assembly Chair Ganesh Timilsina, an Oli appointee, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp)

16/03/2020: Parliament functioning more like extension of government, rather than sovereign entity, experts sayThey argue the legislative, responsible for discussing issues of public interest and holding the Cabinet to account, has been overshadowed by the executive, by Anil Giri (kp), Laws for all: Lawmakers must indulge in proper deliberations to make the law-making process transparent (kp), Bills session passes just two bills in three months, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Govt and lawmakers should be sent into final retirement! They're not doing their job and are absolutely useless!], Confronted with near-collapse, tourism industry looks inwards: Foreign tourist arrivals are expected to halt completely this week, leading hotels and airlines to look to attract domestic tourists with cut-rate prices, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Covid-19 raises questions about the future of the Nepali state: Nepal will have to debate and talk about our ideas about the nation-state, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Prognosis of democratic governance: Nepal has all the characteristics of bad governance despite the successful exercises of holding elections when needed, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Working With MCC And BRI, by Balmukunda Regmi (rn), Govt urged to declare ‘economic emergency’ (ht), Panel fails to chalk out plan to tackle COVID-19 (ht), Man who slapped NCP leader Dahal held after 7 years (ht) [And what about the man who claims responsibility for the killing of 5.000 people! He is still not held!], Who did this? Missing complaints of conflict victims (rep)

15/03/2020: Transitional justice is backsliding: To ensure better predictability, a national roadmap with parliamentary ownership could be a way out, by Tika P. Dhakal (kp), Complaints of the disappeared have themselves disappeared!, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), Govt curtailing freedom of expression: Report; The government did not make efforts to preserve safety and independence of the media (ht), After aviation and tourism, investment and trade fall victim to global Covid-19 outbreak: While no foreign investors have showed up in recent past, both imports and exports have slowed, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Nepal’s remittance-dependent economy braces for upheaval amid Covid-19 pandemic: Money sent by workers abroad has not declined yet, but the future looks uncertain as countries that host Nepali labourers impose travel bans, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Nepal’s political parties rarely encourage public participation in lawmaking: Citizens’ engagement in the formulation of laws not only ensures transparency but also enhances the quality of legislation, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Oli has returned to Baluwatar and he is making it look like he is back in the office: A day after being discharged, the prime minister and ruling party chair holds brief meetings with leaders, as he braces for challenges on government and party fronts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp)

14/03/2020: Govt fails to deliver right info at right time (ht), Extrajudicial killings continue in Nepal, reveals report (ht), Suspension of climbing permits and on-arrival visas entails losses of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars: The hardest hit sectors of the economy are tourism and aviation, which were already reeling from reduced number of visitors and passengers due to the Covid-19 outbreak, by Sangam Prasain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Surkhet administration starts eviction of flood victims from public land: Five and a half years since the tragedy struck, victims are still looking for help from the government, by Chandan Kathayat (kp)

13/03/2020: Washington takes a dim view of human rights situation in Nepal: A US State Department report has pointed out cases of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention by the state agencies and government’s restriction in the right to freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Nepal’s Rule of Law Index remains static (ht) [see WJP comment on Nepal], Drastic steps planned to prevent outbreak: It’s time to act, not plan: Critics, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Nepal government puts all tourist visas on hold and cancels all spring climbing expeditions: The visa suspension will begin March 14 and last until the end of April, depriving Nepal of millions in Everest climbing fees, by Sangam Prasain (kp), As India steps up measures to control coronavirus spread, smaller border points with Nepal likely to be closed: Indian embassy says measures, however, do not currently have any impact on normal travel of Nepali nationals to India, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp), Central laboratory is equipped to test 500 Covid-19 cases a week, but that is far too low, say public health experts: An outbreak in densely populated Kathmandu could overwhelm the laboratory, which is the only public health facility where the test is conducted, by Samuel Chhetri (kp), In Oli’s absence, two ruling party factions vie for Madhav Nepal’s favour: Nepal has emerged as a key player in the party as both Oli and Dahal factions want him on their side to tilt the nine-member Secretariat, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [They all are part of Nepal' failed generation of party politicians and should be replaced immediately by a younger and socially inclusive generation, best under the leadership of a woman with ethnic background! Intra-party factionalism must be ended!!], Oli and the ruling party must decide on an alternative: While no one doubts KP Oli’s ability to govern, it is time he and the ruling party publicise contingency measures (kp), Power sharing by the Opposition: Violation of parliamentary norms, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht)

12/03/2020: Ruling party is undecided and Speaker is reluctant, leaving the House without Deputy Speaker: Nepal Communist Party wants to elect the deputy as part of a larger deal but the Janata Party wants the position to be dealt with separately from its other demands, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [The ruling party takes the right to disregard the constitution whenever it deems necessary in the interest of its power ambitions!], With Oli likely to be out of commission for longer, concerns about governance remain: Despite Oli and his party leaders’ assurances that he will be back to work soon, doctors have said it could take up to six months for him to recover fully, by Anil Giri (kp), Financially free abroad, socially constrained at home: Women migrants acquire expertise and financial independence abroad but on return, they find themselves trapped in a social order that does not value their talent, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Its Ideology, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

11/03/2020: PM Oli to be discharged only after doctors become confident and comfortable: Visits to the prime minister will be restricted for a month to minimise infection risk, physician says, by Arjun Poudel (kp) [Nepal cannot afford a government that does not even function on paper for up to a year!], PM’s long road to recovery a hurdle in governance: Docs say it will take from 6 months to one year for Oli to recover fully, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht), Beyond one's means: Politicians indulge in corruption to recover steep campaign costs (kp), Give them work: The unemployment problem is an outcome of the government’s inaction for decades to develop the productive sectors (ht), ‘Presidential quota in upper house meant for experts, not politicians’, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Above all, they must be outstanding personalities in society. All Gautam has to offer is losing elections and splitting parties for his own power interests!], Keep fighting: Anti-Chhaupadi drive (rep)

10/03/2020: The victims and human rights defenders reject transitional justice commission’s request for support: Two months after formation the commissions are yet to commence their job, by Binod Ghimire (kp), The cost of extreme political traumatisation: The state and the political parties are in denial about the sexual violence that occurred during the conflict, by Susan Risal (kp), The case for achieving gender parity: Formal structures like laws and policies play a decisive role in eliminating gender inequality, by Geeta Bhattrai Bastakoti (kp), Parties spend millions on elections, facilitating corruption and criminalisation, experts say: The Election Commission plans to institute software to track party finances but officials themselves are sceptical if it will do any good, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Anti-graft body detains doctor for 25 days over report, suspends him: The doctor posted in Butwal was released after a probe panel endorsed his findings, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Nepal suspends visa-on-arrival services for Spain, France, and Germany (South Asia Time), The Inquiring Citizens, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

09/03/2020: The fight goes on: Men and women both benefit from living in a gender-equal society (kp),m Almost all major parties have two or more chairs, and that is not necessarily a good thing: While some say collective leadership was instituted to ensure democratic values, others believe it was more of a bid to manage the egos of senior party leaders, by Anil Giri (kp) [This is a consequence of factionalism in all political parties. None of the parties in Nepal is a self-contained entity, and has not been for a very long time! Power struggles between different party leaders, predominantly male Bahuns, are a typical feature. It is not about ideology or even the welfare of the nation, but primarily about the power of political leaders and their access to the state's coffers!], Chief accused of journalist Birendra Sah’s murder arrested: Sah, a print and broadcast journalist, was killed in October 2007, by Laxmi Sah (kp), Coronavirus onslaught: It makes sense for the government to lower its GDP growth target in light of the impact of the outbreak, by Chandan Sapkota (kp), Women’s status: Figures speak for themselves, by Chanda Chaudhary (ht)

08/03/2020: Nepali women are unequal by law: Nepal is still lagging far behind international human rights standards concerning equal rights to citizenship, by Jesselina Rana (kp), There are more women in politics, but few and far between at decision-making level: Despite inclusion refrain, there is a huge underrepresentation of females in Nepali political parties and state organs, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), Women journalists bring diverse perspectives, but their presence in newsrooms remains sparse: It’s time for the Nepali media to reflect on gender inequality in newsrooms and act to reverse the imbalance, women journalists say, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp), Justice and gender equality in the age of #MeToo: It is only a matter of time before the men hiding behind their title and power are unveiled and brought to justice, by Sakun Gajurel (kp). No More Misogyny, by Prativa Subedi (rn), Caste-based domestic violence against women rife in Rolpa, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), Celebrating the heroes: This Women’s Day, let’s celebrate our everyday local women, our mothers, sisters, maids, colleagues or common everyday women who can be our heroes and inspire us, by Ushma Rebel (rep), Empowerment vs Commodification: While Nepal is heading toward institutionalizing the federal democratic republic, re-conceptualizing women empowerment appears a vital task, by Mohan Nepali (rep)

07/03/2020: New Indian ambassador faces rising geopolitical rivalry among India, China and the US, along with border dispute, EPG: At a time when geopolitical interests are rising over Nepal, Vinay Mohan Kwatra will need to engage India’s soft power to showcase Modi’s neighbourhood first policy, by Anil Giri (kp), Communist manifestation: Should we redefine communist principles and politics or is our communist movement doomed to failure?, by Mohan Guragain (kp), SC seeks clarification on funds distributed to lawmakers (rep) [This systemis corruption in its purest form: The almost exclusively male and predominantly high-caste directly elected representatives receive state funds to secure their re-election and satisfy their clientele!]

06/03/2020: Confusion reigns over the Visit Nepal campaign with no clear statement from the government regarding its fate: Despite the prime minister’s directive to postpone the tourism campaign, the Tourism Ministry and Nepal Tourism Board have conflicting takes, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Without a clear statement from the federal government regarding Covid-19, misinformation spreads at local level: In times of crises, Singha Durbar, in coordination with provincial and local governments, should issue an unambiguous statement, say federal and health experts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), In criminal cases, police often fail to ensure privacy or security for complainants, resulting in threats and bribes: Threats and bribes can lead the complainant to ultimately change their statements in courts, weakening the case and resulting in a lack of conviction, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp), Piety and poison: the insidious spread of Hindutva: Those flirting with the idea of a Hindu state need to look at how quickly India has changed, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp), (Don’t) Visit Nepal 2020, by Guffadi (rep), Nepal’s history foretold: Those who do not learn from the past are destined to repeat it, by Anil Chitrakar (nt)

05/03/2020: Caste-based discrimination continues across Nepal: Report: “Dalits are unable to sell dairy products due to superstitious beliefs in society”  (ht), The ruling party has failed in ruling: It seems that constant infighting among ruling party leaders is severely disrupting governance, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Gautam will be nominated to Upper House, party spokesperson says: Oli reappoints Yubaraj Khatiwada as minister, leaving one seat in the National Assembly vacant, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [This would mean the end of Khatiwada as Minister of Finance within the next six months! Besides, Gautam is a politician who has been rejected by the voters! What is the legitimacy and his merit to nominate him for the National Assembly?], Issues Of Cooperative Federalism, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

04/03/2020: Oli heads into surgery with no clear decision on who’s in charge in his absence. After a kidney transplant today, he is expected to be in hospital for at least a week but he has not named the officiating prime minister, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Khatiwada to be reappointed but decision on Gautam deferred till Oli returns from hospital: While Yubaraj Khatiwada’s reappointment as finance minister should not pose a problem, Bamdev Gautam’s path to the National Assembly still remains unclear, by Anil Giri (kp), Hands off Nepal Rastra Bank autonomy: A central bank that cannot say no to election-driven politicians is at risk of losing its credibility, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp), General strike hits life in Udayapur (rep)

03/03/2020: Oli recalling Paudyal from China is part of his attempt to manage party dynamics: On Sunday, Oli recalled Leelamani Paudyal, the ambassador to China, and proposed Mahendra Pandey, believed to be a confidante of Madhav Kumar Nepal’s, in his place, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Take no chances: The government has been too occupied with the party’s internal politics, preventing it from tending to the problems facing the country (ht), Shifting Democratic Form, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn) Finance Minister Khatiwada resigns (rep), Finance Minister Khatiwada Resigns (rn) [The function of Minister of Finance requires the highest professional qualifications. The task cannot be performed by a poorly educated and, what is more, seriously ill party politician, even temporarily!]

02/03/2020: Conflict victims in Dang express their mistrust on Truth and Reconciliation Commission for justice: Conflict-era victims who attended an interaction programme held in Tulsipur last Wednesday say justice delayed is justice denied, by Durga Lal KC (kp), Lawmakers call for stringent action against VAW, acid attack and dowry system (rep), Oli remains undecided on Gautam as he goes under the knife: A Cabinet meeting that was expected to decide on the Bamdev Gautam affair and an officiating prime minister ended with no conclusion on either, by Anil Giri (kp), PM Oli to undergo second kidney transplant on Wednesday: Although Oli has assured that he will be back at work after five days, doctors say it could take up to a month for the prime minister to recover, by Tika R Pradhan and Arjun Poudel (kp), Youth arrested for throwing shoe targeting Nepal Communist Party chair Dahal: The 22-year-old youth from Jumla has been identified as a son of a former Maoist fighter, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp) [Not correct but understandable! This act is absolutely harmless compared to the killing of 5,000 people for which Dahal has claimed responsibility!], Scandals expose conflict over patronage: If Nepal is to develop, we must ensure a transition to the rule of law in the economy as well, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), On foreign policy, media should unite: Nepal’s media houses should build a consensus on how to respond to, address, balance or even resist (if necessary) the competing interests of major powers like China, America and India, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), ‘There’s no coherence between ideology and conduct of leadership’, interview with Astha Laxmi Shakya (ht)

01/03/2020: UN concerned over Nepal’s TJ process (rep), Absence of laws governing Conflict of Interests of MPs a matter of concern (rep), Oli, Dahal headed for a truce, but factional feud is unlikely to end: Even if the two leaders make concessions for now, power exercise will continue in the party, insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), One man’s political ambitions have kicked up a storm in the Nepal Communist Party: Bamdev Gautam’s desire for power has created a furore in the ruling party, but leaders in the past have used him too for their own benefits, say insiders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Failed constitution amendment bid was made at the behest of Gautam: Chairman Dahal (rep), Supreme Court orders contempt of court case against four police officials, including the Nepal Police chief: The order comes following the arrest of three Chand party members from the Supreme Court premises immediately after their release on February 17, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp), Access to medical marijuana: The right to obtain medical cannabis pursuant to the law has been denied to the Nepali people, by Ankit Dhakal (kp), MCC In The Soup, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Former Maoist guerilla compelled to live with shrapnel in his head, by Dinesh Subedi (rep) [A typical example of a victim of the Maoist insurgency, betrayed by his party leaders who are now living in huff and puff!], Delusion of governance: Main reason why Oli-led government has failed on basic things is because it is basically composed of a group of people who are obsessed with personal aggrandizement, by Ajit Rai (rep)

29/02/2020: Accept the criticisms: Government needs to understand that appreciation of different perspectives and criticisms can only help the government become more accountable, by Tulasi Acharya (rep), Oli is cornered in the ruling party and there is no one to blame but himself: Over the last two years, Oli has ignored genuine calls for changes to his unilateral working style, which alienated many leaders who were once on his side, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [This has to do with incompetence and arrogance, which can also be found among most other so-called leaders of this generation of politicians!], Oli-Dahal tug of war continues, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), NCP brass floats no-confidence vote to soften Oli over Gautam: Sources (rep), Video of police officer baton charging a woman carrying a child outrages the public: The video once again calls attention to the police’s use of excessive force against peaceful protestors who pose no threat, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp) [No one has the right to beat other people, especially not with wooden sticks. Even policemen who do this are to be treated as criminals!], Police inspector mercilessly beats up woman, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht), New political map of Nepal in final stages: Minister Aryal, by Kamal Subedi (rep)

28/02/2020: Ruling party appears headed for another confrontation between Oli and Dahal: As the Oli and Dahal factions butt head over Bamdev Gautam, there are fears that an escalation could seriously damage the party, by Anil Giri (kp), Ruling party’s decision to name Gautam for Upper House against spirit of constitution, say experts: Constitution envisions three National Assembly members nominated by president, but their recommendation needs to be made by the government, not the party, by Binod Ghimire (kp), PM Oli weighs in to defend bribe-accused Baskota (rep) [The chief of the executive should not interfere in judicial processes! In democratic states the principle of separation of powers applies!]. Here’s to you!, by Guffadi (rep), PM’s lavish birthday: Need to repair damage, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht)

27/02/2020: Gyawali claims progress on transitional justice in Geneva but back home, victims are boycotting the process: Rights activists and victims call Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s claim that the transitional justice commissions are working independently a ‘blatant lie’, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Civil code deems a man and woman married if a child is born, but opinions are divided: While some rights activists believe that the provision will help ensure citizenship for the child, others see it as a patriarchal imposition, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), Advisor to state minister arrested for abduction and rape of a teenager: Amrit Kumar Ghale, economic advisor to State Minister for Urban Development Ram Bir Manandhar abducted a teenager, held her captive for several days and raped multiple times, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp), Oli and Dahal’s struggle to wrest control of party plays out over Bamdev Gautam: The party Secretariat, at Dahal’s behest, nominated Gautam for the National Assembly but Oli preempts the decision by nominating Yubaraj Khatiwada for a second term, by Anil Giri (kp)

26/02/2020: Attempting to deflect blame, Nepal Trust points to past governments as also complicit: A white paper issued by the Nepal Trust alludes to the alleged culpability of former prime ministers Dahal, Deuba and Bhattarai, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Amending the MCC Nepal compact could violate the Vienna Convention: According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, a treaty once signed cannot be revised later by altering its primary purpose and objective, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Zero Tolerance Of Corruption, by  Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

25/02/2020: Ruling party flip-flops after two factions spar over constitution amendment: Divergent narratives in the wake of widespread criticism over the constitution amendment plan are emblematic of Dahal’s increasing hold over the party, by Anil Giri (kp), Ludicrous and frivolous: Don't make a mockery of the process of constitutional amendment (kp), Janata Party refuses to back Nepali Congress on obstructing House of Representatives: Samajbadi Party says it agrees with Congress that opposition forces should join hands for common agendas but by letting the House function, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp)

24/02/2020: Laws aren't enough to end discrimination: Prejudices surrounding race, religion and caste have to be shattered (kp) Civil liberty group calls for more changes in proposed Media Council Bill: In a statement, Freedom Forum has welcomed recent changes but pointed out a number of provisions that could jeopardise freedom of expression in the country (kp), NCP working to amend constitution to allow Gautam to become PM (rep), Ruling party's plan to amend the constitution could invite a host of issues: The party's plan to allow a National Assembly member to become prime minister could upset the public, and parties that have long been demanding amendments to ensure rights, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), In the midst of Covid-19 outbreak, government transfers health officials: Transfer of crucial officials, like directors of Sukraraj Hospital and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, could weaken an already frail public health system, say doctors, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Anti-graft body gets numerous complaints seeking investigation into Baskota: The complaints have also sought investigations into the roles of Prime Minister and other bureaucrats, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

23/02/2020: All-male panels are on their way out, but women’s representation remains tokenistic: Instead of acknowledging that women have valuable contributions to make, they are often limited to women-specific panels or are placed as moderators, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), House panel’s letter to police reflects lawmakers’ low understanding of law and court rulings: Public Accounts Committee breached its jurisdiction by instructing police to book two people for cybercrime, legal experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Divisions in the ruling party over the MCC put Oli government in a bind: With the taskforce formed to resolve the issue raising more questions than providing answers, the Nepal Communist Party is tied in knots, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), New immigration bill bars suspicious Nepali citizens from visiting abroad (ht)

22/02/2020: Transitional justice could be an issue for Nepal at the upcoming Human Rights Council meet: It is likely that questions will not be too critical, but at the Universal Periodic Review in November, the government is certain to face serious queries, say activists, by Anil Giri (kp), Oli must shoulder responsibility for Baskota, say party members and anti-corruption campaigners: The prime minister finds himself in a tenuous position, given that Gokul Baskota is a close aide and many believe that he cannot have acted without Oli’s approval, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli urged to make public his views on tape scandal (ht)

21/02/2020: Baskota resigns following leaked audiotape where he is heard negotiating a ‘commission’: If prosecuted and indicted, Gokul Baskota, the communication minister and Oli’s close confidante, will be liable for up to 10 years in prison, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Rotten to the core: Gokul Baskota must be thoroughly investigated, and so should the facilitator of the alleged bribe (kp), Act tough: The CIAA and PAC must launch thorough investigations into the security printing press scam that has cost the job of a minister (ht), Minister Baskota himself acted as agent in procurement, by Sunil Sapkota (rep), Minister Baskota resigns after audiotape scandal: Was negotiating kickbacks with a Swiss equipment supplier, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Minister Baskota forced to resign in bribe scandal (rep), Public Accounts Committee puts a halt to the security printing project: The committee was considering forming a subcommittee to advise the government on ways to move forward but a corruption scandal involving a sitting minister has put the brakes on the project, by Anil Giri (kp), Halt process of establishing security press: PAC (ht), Fresh off the Mahara and Poudel affairs, yet another scandal engulfs the ruling party: Gokul Baskota, one of Oli’s close confidantes, negotiating a ‘commission’ on audiotape could change the existing power equation within the party, say party insiders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Thirteen cases of police torture reported in 2019 (ht)

20/02/2020: Majority of human rights violations in past year involved women, report says: Nearly 80 percent of human rights violations last year were against women, with domestic violence accounting for over a half, according to a yearly human rights review, byBinod Ghimire (kp) [see INSEC Yearbook 2020], Journalists and diplomats seriously concerned over Chinese embassy statement: The Chinese embassy’s statement objecting to an article published by the Post is against press freedom and breaches diplomatic protocol, they say, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan  (kp), Why China’s statement targeting The Post is a cause for concern: The Chinese embassy’s statement, ultimately, is not just about the Post, or its Editor-in-Chief. It is a rebuke to not bite the hand that feeds (kp), Editors condemn Chinese ambassador’s statement (ht), What’s in a name? Sometimes, everything: An effort to restitute indigenous names would surely reveal countless examples of cultural approximation all over Nepal, by Deepak Thapa (kp) [The effort of the male Tagadhari minorityelite to recognise historical and ethnic names and territories was one of the outstanding reasons for the failure of the first Constituent Assembly. The same thinking is reflected by the naming of the current provinces!], The nitty-gritty of the MCC Compact: The American aid offer has come at a time when Nepal is striving to woo foreign investment, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp), Losing Focus On Basic Services, by Mukti Rijal (rn), NCP-RJPN squabble delays dy speaker poll (rep)

19/02/2020: After the executive, legislature restricts media’s access: At least two parliamentary committees have refused to allow journalists to cover their meetings, while both the Prime Minister’s Office and Home Ministry have also imposed restrictions, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [This is a serious violation of Article 27 of the Constitution, which guarantees all citizens the right to information. It is the duty and right of the media to provide this information without restriction (article 19).], Conflict victims warn non-cooperation to the transitional justice commission until Act is amended: Chief of disappearance enquiry commission assures ‘fair and impartial investigations’, by Binod Ghimire (kp), CIEDP making final-round probe into disappearance cases (rep), Shadow of impunity: Election of Agni Sapkota to the post of House Speaker looked like a state-sponsored drama orchestrated by undermining criminal accountability, by Charan Prasai (rep), Heil comrade Supremo! Oli emerged as the direct beneficiary of the wave of xenophobia and jingoism sweeping over Nepal, by CK Lal (kp), Mahara’s suspension as lawmaker lifted: Govt attorney to decide whether or not to appeal against KDC verdict after full text comes out (ht), A travesty of justice: It is surprising to note that the KDC did not deem it necessary to look into other details of attempt to rape submitted by the police (ht), A nation at risk: Invest heavily in education, by Arun R. Joshi (ht)

18/02/2020 Mahara’s acquittal and Tumbahangphe’s elevation to minister will have lasting effects, analysts say: While Krishna Bahadur Mahara was acquitted of attempted rape charges, Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe was appointed minister for law, both on the same day, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Mahara cleared of rape bid slur (ht) [Without clarification and disclosure of the full circumstances of the Mahara case, the decision remains unsatisfactory!], Mahara acquitted of charge of rape attempt (rep), Will Mahara remain influential in left politics? (rep), Oli sees a conspiracy to topple his government but it is unclear what he is referring to: Although those close to Oli insist that a conspiracy is brewing, political analysts are unsure how anyone could assail the strongest government in recent history, by Anil Giri (kp) [This can only happen from within his party and the reason may be Mr Oli himself!], Fear Of Prime Minister Oli, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Two years on, the government’s promises of prosperity seem like a joke: Democratic norms are being trampled on, governance is weak and the economy is in a shambles, by Achyut Wagle (kp), How to judge Oli government? The longest serving and a stable government post-2008 has failed where it should have succeeded and succeeded where it should have failed, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Nepal Army fails to spend budget for the expressway again: Calling bids for complex bridges and tunnels before the new fiscal year was not possible, Brig-Gen Pandey says, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

17/02/2020: Conflict is brewing between ruling party and provincial and local governments, say leaders: Heads of government do not seem to want to consult with the Nepal Communist Party’s provincial committees, despite a directive from the central committee, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), When the buck stops short: bad planning is killing capital expenditure: Successive governments have failed to implement capital budgets, but this trend must stop (kp), Laxman Tharu’s health deteriorates (ht),‘Govt has asked India to amend its political map’ (rep) [Has this government ever heard of the People's right to information and the government's obligation to provide this?], No tourism without infrastructures: Government needs to invest in development of appropriate infrastructure to enable our tourism industry to compete against other destinations like Bhutan, Kashmir, Tibet and the Maldives, by Keshab Sharma (rep)

16/02/2020: NHRC reports dismal state of Nepali women (ht) [see report by NHRC], Two years after merger, differences remain in Nepal Communist Party over ‘people’s war’: While former Maoists continue to extol the war as a historic event, former UML leaders are yet to endorse it wholeheartedly, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Jumla continues to be neglected, by Dhan Bahadur Budha (rep), Oli presents a rosy picture of his two years in office, but not all agree: A government with a majority could have done much more but it has been a run-of-the-mill performance, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), PM terms 2nd year of govt as beginning of development (ht) [What kind of magnifying glass does he use?], PM laments lack of recognition for achievements in 2 years in office (rep), Fear the threat: If the state fails to control corruption, ensure accountability and provide basic needs such as food, shelter, clothes, education, health and employment, threat of insurgency will always loom, by Suresh Sharma (rep), Provincial governments’ capital expenditures abysmally low: Mid-term Budget Review: Capital expenditures of Karnali and Province 2 stand at just 3.8 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Students are missing classes as schools fail to distribute sanitary pads: In May 2019, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had announced that sanitary pads would be distributed to girls in community schools for free from the beginning of the current fiscal year, by, by Pratap Bista (kp)

15/02/2020: Rural municipality chair accused of coercing a Dalit woman into abortion: Jaya Bahadur Chemjong is among seven people accused of forcing a Dalit woman to abort her fetus at 21 weeks as she was in an intercaste marriage, district police say, by Ananda Gautam (kp), The chairman has an identity crisis: Pushpa Kamal Dahal is torn between his two selves: an insidious, crafty Prachanda who will go on the offensive to get what he wants, and a gentle, pragmatic Pushpa Kamal who can placate opposing factions and win over the media, by Anil Giri (kp), Supreme Court issues show cause for exonerating Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai on Lalita Niwas land scam: Single bench of Chief Justice Rana demanded an explanation from the anti-graft commission within 15 days, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Two years on, PM has little to boast about, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Two years of federalism: Two years of federalism, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep)

14/02/2020: Oli administration is ignoring a key component of democracy during lawmaking: The government over the last two years introduced several bills without holding consultations with the concerned parties, thereby inviting criticism and controversy, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), In two years, Oli administration’s foreign policy has been largely one-sided, say analysts: Although the visit of the Chinese president was a success, issues with India over Kalapani and the US over the MCC continue to overshadow Oli’s foreign policy, by Anil Giri (kp), NC general secy calls on UP CM Yogi Adityanath (ht) [Renewed Hindu state ambitions within NC???]

13/02/2020:Herstory’ repeats itself: The misogynic politics of all political parties mustered to make women the political underdogs of Nepal, by Chandra Bhadra (kp), What is the land scam that has shaken the government’s seat all about? The story of Lalita Niwas, which involves multiple administrations right from the early days of king Mahendra’s Panchayat., by Mohan Guragain (kp), Failure to indict Poudel and Regmi in land grab could set a dangerous precedent, say legal experts: All of the 175 indicted in the Lalita Niwas scam could argue for equal treatment before the law if they too pledge to return their property like Poudel and Regmi did, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Aam Aadmi’s resounding win in Delhi could be a lesson for Nepal’s alternative political forces: AAP’s win has been attributed to connecting with the people at the grassroots, which Nepal’s alternative forces have failed to do, political analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Burtibang along the Mid-Hill Highway among other nine proposed modern towns in disarray: According to the proposed modern town plan, the construction of roads, bus park, schools, colleges, hospitals, electricity, and water supply among other infrastructures should be prioritised, by Prakash Baral (kp), Electricity poles were installed seven years ago in Kalimati Rural Municipality, but the villagers are still living in darkness: Most of the poles are already bent with age and neglect, by Biplab Maharjan (kp), Jesus, Mao or Ambedkar: Who is the best or most suitable to free the Musahars from the bondage of caste domination?, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Maoist insurgency aftermath: Waiting for son,waiting for daughter, by Devendra Basnet and Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep)

12/02/2020: With no signal from the government, Janata Party reconsiders merger with Samajbadi Party: Janata Party has preconditions to joining government but with talks stalled, an alliance with the Samajbadi party could preserve the coalition in Province 2, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [It's the only reasonable option either! The ruling NCP will neveer respect the inclusion demands of Janajati and Madheshi groups!], Parties sharply divided along ideological lines over MCC, by Ashok Dahal (rep), 'Elderly people biggest hurdle to campaign against chhaupadi', by Jagat Khadka (rep)

11/02/2020: Anti-graft body has no concrete plans to pursue investigation into Airbus revelations: Although numerous other countries have initiated their own investigations into Airbus’ admission of paying bribes, Nepali authorities are uncertain about how to proceed, by Sangam Prasain (kp) [Leading personalities must be spared in any case!], In the Lalita Niwas case, it's catch some, spare some: The ruling party is making a mockery of the rule of law, but the opposition's actions deserve rebuke too (kp), A decision that benefits a few individuals cannot be a policy decision, judges and lawyers say: The anti-graft body had let off two former prime ministers on corruption charges citing ‘policy decisions’, which many say the Lalita Niwas decisions are clearly not, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), With just over half their terms remaining, constitutional commissions remain vacant: The Constitutional Council, which recommends members to the commissions, has not met in nearly a year, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [A clear constitutional breach by the leading politicians!], Media As A Driver Of Change, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), I’ll become a different person if justice prevails: Durga Devi, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Visiting Canada senate speaker not scheduled to meet Agni Sapkota (rep) [This reflects the image of Nepal's rule of law abroad!]

10/02/2020: Recent graft charges and subsequent debate indicate erosion of political culture: Ruling and opposition parties squabble over anti-corruption watchdog’s decision, but none is talking about ways to root out corruption, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Congress objection to anti-graft body’s move may be right, but the means is wrong, analysts say: Instead of raising its voice against systemic problems and corruption in Parliament strongly, the main opposition is resorting to House obstruction, by Anil Giri (kp), Immediately evacuate Nepalis from China: NHRC, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht), National Human Rights Commission directs government to take immediate measures to evacuate Nepalis from China’s Hubei province: The rights body, in a statement, has also decided to call government officials to take stock of the situation of Nepali’s in the disease-hit area and the government’s effort to bring its citizen back, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp), Nepal Police records criminal complaints against its officers, but only a few are brought to justice: Police spokesperson DIG Shailesh Thapa Kshetri says most complaints turn out to be baseless, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp), Former DSP Khiuju at large (ht), Occupy Tundikhel activists to now reach out to President Bhandari and central government to free the city’s open area from encroachers: The vast public open space that offered shelter to thousands of earthquake survivors during the 1934 and 2015 earthquakes, once spanned nearly four kilometres, by Anup Ojha (kp), Speaker ‘blocks’ opposition voice in parliament (rep), Corruption weakens democracy. Nepali people need to harness power of social media to pressure the government to fight corruption to improve the level of democracy. Failure to prevent corruption contributes to deepening crisis of democracy, by Subarna Shakya and Bimal Pratap Shah (rep)

09/02/2020: CIAA’s selective approach slammed (ht), The dragon, the elephant and the yam: Sustained economic expansion and upturn is not national but regional in nature, by Chaitanya Mishra (kp), Implicating head of govt over corruption charge remains a far cry (rep)

08/02/2020: Transitional justice commissions have not taken any steps to bring victims and rights activists on board: Disappearance commission is preparing its work plan without consulting with conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Two weeks since Agni Sapkota became Speaker, there’s still no sign of his deputy: After exhausting all other options, the ruling party has no choice but to offer the deputy Speaker post to the Rastriya Janata Party, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [The only reasonable candidate would be someone from the second largest party in parliament! This would be a normal procedure for a democratic state!], Country’s human rights situation bleak, says NHRC Chair Sharma (ht)

07/02/2020: Conflict victims stage sit-in (ht), Home Minister misled Parliament over extrajudicial killing of Kumar Paudel: Home Ministry has instructed Nepal Police to take action against officers involved in the killing, even though Minister Thapa had said that Paudel died in an encounter, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Anti-graft body’s corruption charges called into question for being politically motivated: Anti-corruption activists and former bureaucrats say that the commission has failed to indict the politically powerful, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NC obstructs HoR proceedings claiming political vendetta in land grab case action, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Nepali Congress accuses anti-graft body of witch-hunt in Lalita Niwas land scam: Why were Madhav Nepal and Bishnu Poudel spared, but Gachhadar charged, opposition asks, by Anil Giri (kp), Questions galore: The CIAA has filed a corruption case against 175 persons in the Lalita Niwas scandal, but has given political protection to a few (ht), Experts question CIAA Lalita probe sparing some high-profile parties (rep), DoMLI probing assets of those accused (ht), Supreme Court quashes contempt of court case against Kantipur: The case was filed two years ago over a series of stories published in Kantipur daily on then chief justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli (kp), Rebuilding the golden window: As global giants differ in their outlook of connectivity, countries like Nepal will play a role in bridging competing powers, by Bruno Maçães (kp), CPN's Assurance To The Nation, by Kundan Aryal (rn)

06/02/2020: Three former ministers among 175 individuals indicted over Lalita Niwas land scam: Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, Dambar Shrestha and Chandra Dev Joshi face corruption charges over the illegal transfer of government land into private hands, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Gachhadar among 175 booked for land grab: Politicians, prominent businessmen, including Bhatbhateni owner, among those named by CIAA in Lalita Niwas scam (ht), CIAA books 175 for corruption in Lalita Niwas land-grab case (ht) [list of names], CIAA files case at Special Court against 175 in Lalita Niwas land scam, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep), Gachchhadar suspended as MP, Congress cries foul (rep), Medical colleges continue to overcharge students while authorities remain passive: Students say the Medical Education Commission has not taken any action despite receiving complaints against some colleges, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Child marriage continues unabated, says NCRC (ht), Province 1 likely to be named ‘Koshi’ or ‘Sagarmatha’ (ht) [For historical reasons, there would be no other name than Kirat, but the male Bahun leaders want to make clear that the whole country belongs to them! So, For this reason, there must be no names with an ethnic reference! Sagarmatha and Koshi are names from Bahun culture!], State Of Civil Society In Nepal, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

05/02/2020: Former vice-chancellors warn government to stop politicisation in universities: Retired vice-chancellors see the draft Higher Education Bill as an attempt to centralise power, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Ruling party debates directly elected executive head once again. This time, it has the numbers: With many central members in favour of a directly elected head, the party could get the motion passed in Parliament as it has a two-thirds majority, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), The quest for a conformist press: Media entrepreneurs are happy to sing along the tune of triumphant political and economic masters, by CK Lal (kp), Oli says govt wants to create civilised society: Says media should not cross limit, by Rupak D, Sharma (ht) [Please start by replacing the politicians who constantly cross limit!], Ganga Maya knocks on UN’s door for justice (ht), Ganga Maya seeks justice with UN Resident Coordinator (rep)

04/02/2020: Law ministry starts drafting transitional justice law amendment without victims onboard: Activist says bill being prepared in the darkrooms cannot be expected to deliver, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Nepalese understanding of justice: The perpetrators are involved in leading roles, but the representatives of the victims are excluded!], Sushil Pyakurel: The longer the transitional justice process, the more complex it will become: The human rights activist on his resignation as president’s advisor and the transitional justice process (interview) (kp), Unable to trust adults, rescued children end up back on the streets: While on the streets, children are often physically and sexually abused and end up addicted to drugs, which can cause them to relapse once rescued, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), Bureaucrats who resign days before their retirement receive salaries and an increase to their pensions: A clause in the Civil Service Act allows bureaucrats who joined civil service before November 6, 1992 to retire voluntarily and receive these perks, by Anil Giri (kp), An elegy to liberal democracy: The rise of anti-liberalism in the West and Nepal is fundamentally different, by Achyut Wagle (kp),Cops involved in killing CPN leader to face action: Police had fired nine shots to kill Kumar Poudel on the banks of the Lakhandehi River in Lalbandi, Sarlahi, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht), Victims of police torture deprived of justice (ht), Political corruption: State funding of parties needed, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht), Citizens’ rights first (rep), Perils of communist state: Almost seven decades after the red curtain had descended across the world, Nepal is still a communist haven. So is the communist prologue fading or has it just begun in Nepal?, by Biraj Bahadur Bista (rep)

03/02/2020: How social and political divisions are driving the process of democratic erosion: Cleavages can generate a visceral emotional response; they override people’s concern for democracy and human rights, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Student’s arrest from university library prompts questions over intent: The student, who was released after 24 hours in custody, had in his possession a book by an Indian politician which police said was only read by “terrorists”, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp) [????], Nepal: Stalled Justice, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR), A tale of three countries: Nepal could turn into a geopolitical and geostrategic playground of India, China and the United States, by Geja Sharma Wagle (kp), ‘RJP-N, SP-N must unite to create an alternative force’, interview with Rajendra Mahato (kp), Comply with statue: The proposed CIAA bill must be compatible with the constitution, which has given it powers and defined its jurisdiction (ht), Citizens still deprived of fundamental rights in lack of regulations, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

02/02/2020: National Human Rights Commission appointees should be independent and competent: The commission is in danger of ending its term in disrepute, largely over its role in relation to transitional justice, by Mohna Ansari (kp), Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe: Patriarchy is structural—it is in every individual: The former deputy speaker talks about her fight for the position of House Speaker, women’s representation in politics, and patriarchy’s deep roots, interview with Pranaya SJB Rana (kp), ‘Leaders holding public positions acting as rulers’ (rep), Central Committee meeting exposes divisions in NCP but leaders say it can also be a platform for putting differences to rest: Many in the ruling party believe the merger was a hasty decision which was made without taking a host of issues into account, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), House got Speaker in a month. There is no certainty about deputy Speaker: The ruling Nepal Communist Party is most likely to give the post to the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, which itself is confused over the candidat, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Allocation for Nepal decreases by 33 percent in India’s budget: Nepal to receive Rs 12.8 billion in aid from its southern neighbour in the next fiscal year, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

01/02/2020: Central committee members take top leadership to task over corruption and exclusion: Most of the 15 groups formed to facilitate discussions spoke about the failure of the Oli administration to control corruption and ensure representation, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NCP CC members demand top leaders disclose their property (rep), CIB report on Baluwatar land scam exonerates top politicians: Suggests legal action against bureaucrats, middlemen  (rep), Government drafts action plan to eliminate child labour: Many children have been found to be employed in informal sectorsr (ht), NBA condemns govt for 'disobeying court order' (rep)

31/01/2020: Freedom of expression is under attack and transitional justice stalled in Nepal, rights group says: Amnesty International in its global report has painted a bleak picture of Nepal’s human rights situation and pointed at government’s regressive ways to restrict freedom, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [see AI report on Nepal], Amnesty concerned over shrinking freedoms in Nepal (rep), Shrinking democratic space raises AI’s concern: Nepal government resorted to methods to curtail the freedom of expression in 2019 (ht), FNJ: Licensing exam for journalists against constitutional spirit (rep), Bid to enact restrictive laws opposed; FNJ calls for redrafting controversial Media Council Bill (ht), Statute of limitations for filing corruption cases may promote graft, experts say: The government has registered a new bill with the provision at the National Assembly Secretariat, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), A majority of community schools destroyed in the 2015 earthquake yet to be constructed: For lack of proper infrastructure, a school in Sindhuli, like many others, conducts classes under the open sky, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp) [What are govt and NRA good for?], WB report says capacity building key to implementation of federalism (ht)

30/01/2020: What is the controversy over Agni Sapkota as Speaker all about? Ever since the ruling Nepal Communist Party selected Sapkota as its candidate for Speaker of the House, rights activists and conflict victims have protested the decision, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Decline Of Public Institutions, by Mukti Rijal (rn), SC seeks implementation report on its Fewa order, by Prashant Lamichhane (rep), Media for change: Nepali media has to work more boldly and inquiringly toward nourishing Nepal’s production-centric economy, neutralizing fatalism that resides deeper in the public psyche, by Mohan Nepali (rep)

29/01/2020: Supreme Court refrains from squashing Sapkota’s election as Speaker: Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla refused to issue an interim order but instructed the Home Ministry and police to present a progress report on the case within 30 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Someone accused of such a capital crime is not qualified for public office as long as his innocence has not been proven in court!], SC rejects stay order against speaker, calls for detailed murder probe report (rep), Respect the press: The media played a vital role in Nepal’s transition to a republic (kp), Amend further: Media Council Bill (rep)

28/01/2020: Ruling party attempts to court Janata Party, which has conditions of its own: Nepal Communist Party wants the Janata Party for its two-thirds majority and inroads into Province 2 but the Janata Party is still eyeing constitutional amendments, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Children of conflict victims deprived of scholarship provided by the state: Conflict victims demand an amendment to the act and removal of the age and number limit for the scholarship, by Amrita Anmol (kp) [Those responsible for the killings are not deprived of anything but are promoted to highest positions!], Activists continue protest against Sapkota’s election as HoR speaker, 12 arrested (ht), Activists protesting speaker appointment arrested (rep), Sapkota’s challenges: The ruling party should have reconsidered Sapkota’s candidacy as Speaker given his murky past and that his case is sub-judice in court (ht) [Sapkota's nomination was made deliberately, despite all the unsolved crime accusations!], Message of impunity (rep), Conflict victims still hopeful, but not sure about getting justice (rep), NA committee endorses Media Council Bill (ht), House panel removes Rs 1m fine for journalists, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Political Institutionalisation Matters, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

27/01/2020: Sapkota becomes Speaker amid concerns from conflict victims and rights watchdogs: The House elected the former Maoist leader unopposed, hours after a court hearing on a writ against him was stalled, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [R.I.P. democracy, human rights and rule of law!], Sapkota elected HoR speaker unopposed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Speaker election hearing put off till today (ht), Conflict victims threaten to ask UN to intervene in TJ process (rep), Local levels told to establish fund for GBV victims (ht), Women’s concerns won’t be addressed unless they are at the decision-making level, interview with Binda Pandey, NCP (kp)

26/01/2020: International rights bodies warn Nepal’s conflict victims could seek justice in foreign courts: Recent appointments to transitional justice commissions and nomination of a person accused of killing as Speaker undermined transitional justice, the rights orgsanisations say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Recent Nepal steps undermine TJ process: Int’l rights bodies (rep) [see statement by ICJ, AI, HRW and TRIAL], Protest against Sapkota’s nomination continues (ht), NCP urged to reconsider Sapkota’s nomination (kp), PM Oli, NCP Co-Chair Dahal, NC Prez Deuba meet to discuss state affairs (ht), Big 2 parties to stand together against TJ criticism (rep), Awareness drive launched to end chhaupadi (ht), Govt disobeys SC order to recognize Sonaha community (rep) [The govt continuouslybelieves to be above the law! How will the separation of powers ever be realised in Nepal?]

25/01/2020: How politicisation is dragging Kathmandu University down: Ever since the appointment of vice-chancellor Ram Kantha Makaju, allegations of financial impropriety and a monopoly over decision-making have continued to haunt the university, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Petition at Supreme Court demands Agni Sapkota’s arrest: The petition, filed by advocate Dinesh Tripathi, also asks that Sapkota’s nomination for Speaker of the House be dismissed, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Writ challenging Sapkota’s candidacy for speaker filed (ht), Sapkota is clean: NCP Co-chair Dahal (ht) [Just as clean as the person that admits to be responsible for the death of 5.000 human beings? It is neither the task nor the right of any politician to decide if Sapkota is clean! This is exclusively the task of a law court!], President’s advisor resigns over Sapkota’s nomination as House Speaker: Sushil Pyakurel, one of the petitioners in the murder case against Sapkota, resigned after being asked to withdraw the case by ruling party members, by Anil Giri (kp), President’s political advisor Sushil Pyakurel quits (ht), Bill of surveillance: Special Service Bill provides unrestricted right to the government to collect information via supervision and interception of communication of any person or organization. This is dangerous, by Roshani Giri and Harihar Khadka (rep)

24/01/2020: Prakash Osti runs into controversy for his nod to transitional justice nominations: Osti represented National Human Rights Commission in the committee that nominated officials on Saturday at political parties’ behest, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [It should not be called controversy but total disqualification! This looks like party political bondage of the NHRC representative!], TRC, CIEDP office bearers take oath of office (ht) [Selected b y the leading politicians, they will only do what the latter want!], Nepal is ready to welcome tourists, but where will they come from? The country needs focused strategies for existing and potential source-markets, by Chandra Prasad Bhattarai (kp), NCP bags 16 out of 18 NA seats up for grabs (ht) [Once again extremely inclusive: 50 % are Bahuns, 5 of them male; not a single Janajati besides one Shrestha; only one Madheshi; no Dalit woman!], NCP sweeps upper house elections: Nepali Congress loses seven seats (rep), Issue Of Women’s Empowerment, by Kundan Aryal (rn), Nepal still among most corrupt countries (rep), Fire in the house, by Guffadi (rep) [satirical], Counting what counts in Nepal: The state of the toilet at Kathmandu airport is a better indicator of progress than the Human Development Index, by Anil Chitrakar (nt)

23/01/2020: Lack of laws affects implementation of fundamental rights (ht), Civil society vows to protest until Sapkota’s nomination for Speaker is dismissed: Agni Sapkota, who is accused of murder, is certain to become Speaker of the House as he is running unopposed, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Decision to nominate Sapkota for speaker’s post protested (ht), Mockery of press freedom: The year 2019 saw more incidents related to press freedom violation than in the past seven years, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), Nationalists unite: Oli’s ramblings could very well have come from Trump’s mouth: Self-aggrandisation and cracking down on enemies—Trump and Oli share not the best of traits, by Deepak Thapa (kp), New names for old places reflect the changing times, but not everyone is happy: Old place names were born out of tradition, culture and heritage, which new names ignore, say locals, by Shashwat Pant (kp) [This tradition was introduced under the authoritarian royal panchayat system with its policy of "one nation, one language, one culture, one religion", which is still continued today by the minority of male high-caste party politicians who treat Nepal like their property! The cut of today's provinces and the problems around their naming are exactly related to this.] NC-NCP bonhomie irks opposition youth leaders (ht), Women Leadership At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Nepal, China to hand over nationals illegally crossing mutual border, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [As was to be expected, this means that in future Tibetans fleeing from the Chinese occupying forces in their home country will be handed over to the Chinese occupying power.]

22/01/2020: Unwarranted move: The ruling Nepal Communist Party is not only trying to inject its communist ideologies in politics but in the society as well (ht), Failure of govt and opposition: It’s dysfunctional democracy, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht), Thirteen years on, Madhes movements, despite some momentum, remain incomplete: While representation, inclusion and federalism have materialised, their effectiveness and institutionalisation continue to be contested, analysts say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Deadline arrives but sugar mills still owe farmers Rs800 million: Farmers have been duped by sugar mill owners in the past but this time they were betrayed by the government too, they say, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Govt fails to fulfil its promise to sugarcane farmers (ht), Sugar producers deceive farmers yet again: Pay farmers only Rs 160 million despite making promises to clear over Rs 1 billion in dues by Tuesday (rep), Let women rise (rep), ‘How can someone responsible for murdering my husband be elected speaker?’, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep), Congress allows Sapkota to run unopposed for Speaker, showing there’s a larger game afoot: Party insiders say that Agni Sapkota for Speaker is part of a larger deal among Deuba, Dahal and Oli that includes transitional justice and the Constitutional Council, by Anil Giri (kp), Sapkota to be elected speaker unopposed, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), Palanquin bearers of the Supremo: In every conflict of interest between humane concerns and jingoism couched as nationalism, the latter always wins, by CK Lal (kp), Govt urged to rectify controversial IT Bill (ht)

21/01/2020: Patriarchy stronger than monarchy, says Tumbahangphe after quitting (ht), Proposing a murder accused for Speaker is mocking public opinion: The ruling party’s decision to propose Agni Sapkota is doing Parliament no good. In fact, it is self-destructive (kp), Sapkota for House Speaker is a win for the Maoist faction of ruling party: Dahal, who had long been sidelined by Oli in the party, has bounced back and ensured that the Maoists maintain at least one high-level state position, by Anil Giri (kp) [But it can change into the opposite if it turns out that Sapkota is rightly accused of murder. Furthermore, Dahal makes it clear that he does not want the crimes of the uprising to be solved nor does he want appropriate social inclusion!], Today is the last day for sugar mills to clear overdue payments to farmers: But there is little chance that the sugarcane growers will get their money, officials said, by Krishana Prasain (kp), The federalisation of corruption: Corruption has seeped into every tier of government. But to sustain the federal system, it must be eradicated, by Achyut Wagle (kp)

20/01/2020: Justice as elusive as ever: The government has been leading the conflict victims in circles (kp), Pipe dream: It’s unfortunate that the political leadership just wants to put to rest Nepal’s transitional justice process (ht), CVCP objects to nomination of TJ bodies’ office bearers (ht), Conflict victims and human rights activists cry foul over Agni Sapkota for Speaker: Sapkota, who faces a murder charge for an insurgency-era killing, has been proposed for House Speaker by the ruling party, by Anil Giri and Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [The NCP proves once again that it protects and encourages potential murderers. People who take responsibility for the murder of 5000 people decide on this. The NCP's commitment to peace, justice, the rule of law and social inclusion proves to be a sheer mockery!], NCP nominates Sapkota for speaker’s post, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht), NCP picks Agni Sapkota for speaker (rep), An insult of conflict victims: Rights activists, lawyers (rep), Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe resigns as Deputy Speaker: Elections for new Speaker and Deputy Speaker to be held on January 26, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Another female victim of arrogant male Bahun politics!], Restoring democracy back to the default: Prime Minister Oli opened too many battlefronts, now he may be succumbing to his own ambitions, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp)

19/01/2020: Conflict victims condemn parties for bulldozing decision on transitional justice appointments: After an agreement between ruling and opposition forces, recommendation committee picks 10 individuals, all with affiliation to political parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Those who share responsibility for so many crimes will never provide justice! Dahal, Deuba, Ex-King Gyanendra and the top brass of the army had highest responsibility!], Ten office bearers nominated for transitional justice bodies: Bhatta named TRC chair, Subedi
head of CIEDP
, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Bhatta recommended as TRC chief, Subedi as CIEDP head (rep), Mockery of justice (rep), Dispute within NCP over Speaker leaves Deputy Speaker’s poll homework in backburner: Despite posturing, Tumbahangphe is sure to step down once Speaker candidate is finalized (rep)

18/01/2020: Implementation status of women’s rights dismal: HRW (ht) Dahal says he will take responsibility for insurgency deaths but his actions don’t match his words: Victims say he is delaying the justice process, by Binod Ghimire (kp), How a photo has come to symbolise long wait for justice: Muktinath Adhikari, a teacher and a member of Amnesty International Nepal, was killed in Lamjung 18 years ago by the Maoists (kp), NCP and NC inch closer to revising TJ law: A meeting between Oli, Dahal and Deuba scheduled for Friday evening has been deferred until Saturday morning (rep) [TJ cannot be provided by those who are responsible and partly even have admitted to be responsible!], Government moves ahead with Nijgadh airport project: Investment Board of Nepal says other processes should not be stopped despite interim orders from the apex court not to cut trees, by Sangam Prasain (kp) [??], US embassy attempts to clear the air on MCC: Issuing a 10-point clarification, the embassy insisted that there is no military component to the MCC, by Anil Giri (kp), House meeting nears but there’s still no candidate for Speaker: Oli has become more flexible on the candidate for Speaker and has agreed to Dahal’s choice, party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli likely to agree to Dahal’s choice for speaker’s post (ht), The Uncalled For Impasse, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), In defense of Shiva Maya: Shiva Maya has the right to hold on to her position and claim the position of House Speaker. NCP should support her nomination for reelection even if she decides to resign, by Dikchya Raut and Manita Raut (rep)

17/01/2020: AI urges Parliament to amend draconian bills (ht), Amnesty Int’l urges parliament to amend disputed bills (rep), Speaker post has become a matter of prestige for co-chairs, say party insiders: With both NCP chairs not giving up on their candidates for Speaker of the House, party leaders are afraid the issue could snowball, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Civil society members express concern over parliamentary impasse: 7 signatories from different fields call for ending the dispute over Speaker post and resuming the House (kp), Civil society leaders urge proactive effort over speaker impasse: Caution against preparations to amend constitution to allow even un-elected lawmaker to become PM (rep), Shivamaya for Speaker, by Guffadi (rep), Oli, Dahal may bury the hatchet soon (ht), Congress slams NCP for holding HoR hostage (rep), Law enforcement bodies should act on Dahal’s public confession, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep), Oli insistent on passing MCC pact via House’s winter session: The resistance to the MCC’s Nepal compact is not coming from a dissenting faction or the opposition, but from the ruling party’s top leadership itself, by Anil Giri (kp), Police’s intelligence continues to fail them as Chand party claims explosion: Despite the government designating the Chand party a criminal outfit, Wednesday’s explosion shows that security agencies are still unaware of their activities, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp), Tipping point on menstrual banishment in Nepal: It is when local women take the lead to end the practice that it is most effective, by Marty Logan (nt)

16/01/2020: Nepal failed to ensure justice for conflict victims, as the government continued to stifle freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch says: The rights body’s World Report 2020 has also taken note of draconian legislation and controversial decisions that the Oli administration has made in the past year (kp) [see HRW report on Nepal], Nepal turning into land of injustice: Rights watchdog (ht), HRW raps govt over failures in transitional justice, freedom of expression (rep), Justice still eludes conflict victims a decade after peace accord, by Rekha Bhusal (rep), Transitional Justice Deadlock, by Mukti Rijal (rn). Dahal ready to own up 5,000 deaths during insurgency: Says state killed 12,000 people (ht) [It does not matter who is responsible for more killings! They all have to stand trial for this: Maoists, politicians, army leaders, ex-king etc.], Govt bodies defy apex court directives (ht), Despite federalism and local elections, power still resides in the hands of a few: The political parties continue to function in a pyramid model where a handful of leaders at the top make decisions on behalf of a vast majority, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Federalism is still not really implemented: Neither government nor opposition want it!], Dahal says he’s responsible for killing 5,000, not 17,000 (rep) [If you admit that you are resposible for the killing of 5,000 people you should resign from all offices immediately!!], Hope and despair in Nepal: The country is struggling to cope with rampant corruption, but the emerging youth give some hope for the future, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

15/01/2020: Peace minus justice: The promises made under the Comprehensive Peace Accord have been thrown to the winds, by Daman Nath Dhungana (kp), Cycle of corruption: Corruption erodes the trust of the people in the govt, the parties and the service-providers, and, above all, it impedes development (ht), Corruption thriving at the local level, surveys by anti-graft body show: Experts say office bearers are engaging in a conflict of interest, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), CIAA to act tough on corruption (ht), Young girls taking one step at a time to fight menstrual banishment: Although complete eradication of the practice seems like a far cry at the moment, various anti-Chhaupadi campaigns launched by young women have paved a way to fight against the practice, by Tularam Pandey (kp), Widows in Nepal still need to fight for their property right: Despite legal provisions that ensure widows’ rights to the property of their husbands, implementation has been impeded by societal norms and customs, by Elisha Shrestha (kp), Ten days since agreement, sugarcane farmers have little hope of getting paid: Farmers should have received half their dues by now but sugar mills still owe them Rs 800 million of the more than Rs1 billion, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Stalemate in ruling party on speaker nomination continues, by Roshan S. Nepal (kp), Battle for House Speaker ignites serious disputes in ruling NCP (rep), Is the party over? Elected representatives have now replaced hereditary monarchs in offering patronage and largesse. It is difficult to say whether ‘people’ are upset with current political culture or are exhibiting some form of ‘abnormality’ in their responses to it, by Pranab Kharel (rep)

14/01/2020: Conflict victims decry government’s consultations as a sham: The consultations were not aimed at ensuring justice but simply at showing the world that feedback was collected, victims say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Consultations held with stakeholders amid rift among victims (ht), Police intervene rally demanding justice for Nirmala Pant: Security personnel used force on women rights activists who were protesting in front of the Kanchanpur District Court seeking justice for Nirmala Pant, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Women’s rights activists laud Tumbahangphe not resigning (rep), In the criticism against the Oli administration, Nepali youth are eerily silent: Many young people fear the might of the current government as it is the strongest in decades while others have their own interests to protect, say youth activists, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Anti-graft body wants anti-money laundering department under it: Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority says corruption and money laundering are interlinked, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), CIAA submits report, eyes more powers: Seeks authority to probe ‘improper acts’ of public office holders, private organisations (ht), ‘Government jeopardising federal republic’ (ht)

13/01/2020: Over four years since government decision to replace tuins, they are still in use over Mahakali River: Tuins are still in operation at seven places in Byas Rural Municipality, by Manoj Badu (kp), Tumbahangphe fights back against patriarchy in party (rep), Reeks of misogyny (rep), Speaking about the Speaker: Party leaders have made a joke out of the democratic process (kp) [Most of the male top politicians of the big parties are not leaders but destroyers of democratic principles and inclusion! They should be excluded from all offices for a long period of time for the sake of Nepal and the Nepalis!], Let the house meet: At this point, why Oli and Dahal want their respective candidates – and not Shiva Maya – to become the Speaker is simply beyond any reasoning (ht), NCP indecision forces another HoR deferral, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht) [This is not indecision but the clear decision that the male Bahun leaders do not want a women from an ethnic group for this job!], Ruling party’s indecision over Speaker puts a halt to the House business: While some have pointed to the deputy Speaker’s refusal to resign as an obstacle, it is the ruling party’s factional infighting that is holding the House hostage, insiders say, by Anil Giri (kp), Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe wants to be the next Speaker and she’s not backing down: The deputy speaker’s fight for the post shows that despite being eminently qualified, women are still relegated to deputy positions, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp), Province 3 assembly endorses Bagmati as the name of the province by majority votes: The meet also endorsed Hetauda as the capital of the province, by Subash Bidari (kp) [All the Tagadhari politicians are so happy that there is still no ethnic name for a province!], PA decides to call Province 3 Bagmati, with Hetauda as its permanent HQ (ht), ‘Parliament must correct some of the bills the govt has brought’, interview with NCP leader Raghuji Panta (kp), Strong government but weak capital expenditure: Capital expenditure lowest in 3 years (rep), Chief Justice says govt must implement SC directives (rep) [This is true for a functioning democracy, but Nepal's politicians do not understand the fundamental principles of democracy separation of powers!] Global Balancing for Kalapani: The Kalapani dispute is a textbook case of an aspiring great power militarily occupying a strategic territory of its smaller neighbor to render diplomatic recognition insignificant, by Robert A Portada III and Uttam Paudel (rep)

12/01/2020: NCP decides Tumbahangphe must quit, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [The male Bahun leaders of the party want a male person as speaker, so the ethnic lady must go! There cannot be enough male politicians in top positions, but according to the constitution it is not the party that has the right to decide on her resignation!], NCP leadership’s highhandedness and indecision on Speaker show democratic disconnect: By imposing decisions on elected officials, who are the representatives of the people, the ruling party is ruining democratic principles, analysts and party insiders say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Medical commission ‘fails’ to enforce refund of excess fee to students: Protesting students demand a probe against commission’s Chair Dr Shree Krishna Giri over an allegation that he demanded bribes, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Nepal’s partnership for peace with MCC and BRI: Nepal can learn a lot from Sweden’s approach to geopolitics to reassess its ties with India, China and the US, by Katak Malla (kp), On IPS and MCC: Before making further decision on MCC, the government should be clear regarding whether it’s a part of Indo-Pacific Strategy or not, by Biranchi Poudyal and Kamal Khadka (rep), NRA urged to expedite reconstruction: 62pc houses reconstructed, 25pc under-construction, 17pc yet to start (ht), Police crackdown leaves Chand-led party in shambles: Nearly 1,300 leaders and cadres arrested since the party was outlawed  in March last year (rep), Signature campaign against Chhau culture at police stations, by DB Budha (rep), Province 1 fails to pick name, awaits center's nod (rep)

11/01/2020: Organisations gear up for protest against IT bill saying it will curb freedom of expression: Even within the ruling party, some leaders have been raising voices against the bill, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Youth crushed to death by tipper for protesting illegal extraction of riverbed materials in Dhanusa: Twenty-four-year-old Dilip Kumar Mahato was struck and dragged by the tipper driver, say police, by Santosh Singh (kp) [Not only the direct murderers are responsible, but also the idle and disinterested government and administration!]

10/01/2020: Experts stress the need to fill infrastructure investment gap: Government inefficiency and low productivity blamed for the failure to increase capital expenditure, by Prahlad Rijal (kp), Construction of Madan Bhandari Highway via Chure worsens the fragile zone, a report says: The 1200-km under construction highway, which will traverse the Chure range, fails to consider the region’s geology and possible environmental damage, including serious impacts on the ecology and people of Tarai, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Losing our conscience, one country at a time: In a time of politics without principle, the only defining ideology is nationalism, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp), Finance minister claims the country is on the course of broad-based economic growth: But the World Bank says the economy will expand by only 6.4 percent in the current fiscal year, well below the government target of 8.5 percent, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Six years on, Nepal’s first economic zone struggles to find investors: This fiscal year, the government has allocated Rs820 million budget for the economic zone in Bhairahawa but not a single rupee has been spent, by Krishana Prasain (kp)

09/01/2020: Conflict victims say their hope on Pradeep Gyawali might have been misplaced: Gyawali, who had appeared sympathetic to the cause of conflict victims, is also moving ahead on transitional justice without taking victims into confidence, by Binod Gjhimire (kp), Nepal’s arrest and deportation of 122 Chinese raise legal and ethical questions: The Chinese were deported despite Nepal Police’s failure to establish any criminal charges against them—and to a country that practices capital punishment, by Anil Giri (kp), Local units in Dolpa operate from the district headquarters: Four of total of eight local units have their liaison offices in Dunai, by Hari Gautam (kp) [Obviously, nothing has changed under the federal system!], Needed: More money for schools: The government must ensure adequate funding for education (kp)

08/01/2020: Provincial leaders balk at ruling party’s directive to name Province 3 ‘Bagmati’: The Nepal Communist Party’s diktat concerning the name and capital of the province has been criticised by provincial assembly members for infringing on the spirit of federalism, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), It is time for Nepal to plan to bring migrant workers home: In the absence of parents, the children have been suffering (kp), The decade of lumpen: The person of the decade has to be Prime Minister KP Oli, whereas the person to watch closely in the upcoming one is President Bidya Devi Bhandari, by CK Lal (kp)

07/01/2020: Victims want a say in TJ Act amendment (ht), Consultations to be held in all 7 provinces to expedite TJ process (rep), The elected undemocracy: Parliament has become a mere rubber stamp for all government bills that get sanctioned without any debate, by Achyut Wagle (kp), MPs demand court nod for tapping personal phone calls (rep), Internet service providers open to criminal liability under new IT bill (rep), Faced with factionalism, a beleaguered Congress still can’t get its house in order: At a time when the party should be acting as a check on the Oli administration, it is too busy dealing with factional infighting, by Anil Giri (kp), Gender insensitivity and Nepali Congress: The party elite, and Congress itself, think that women cannot be effective political actors, by Prabha Poudyal (kp), NCP members say leadership deferred Central Committee meet to avoid criticism: The crucial meeting decided for tomorrow by the recently concluded Standing Committee has been postponed to January 23, by Tika R.Pradhan (kp), Debunking the nonsense on MCC: This fact-deprived discourse on MCC is leading us toward a meaningless confrontation. If the project is aborted at this stage, it would be extremely harmful to our fledgling economy, by Prashaant Singh (rep), Morality, Politics And Power, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

06/01/2020: Transitional justice: This time around, the government must not go back on its promise (kp), NHRC’s threat to withdraw its member from ex-CJ-led panel (ht), Amend the TRC Act: It makes no sense in appointing members in the TRC and CIEDP without amending the TRC Act in line with the Supreme Court verdict (ht), Plight of sugarcane farmers shows the priority government accords to them: Although the government has now pledged to make sugar mills pay farmers their dues, analysts are sceptical whether the agreement will be followed through, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), The sugarcane episode is part of a much bigger trend—the decline of democracy: Policies, disguised as legitimate efforts to serve the public interest, are designed to serve financial interests, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Truck literature must survive—and thrive: The government wants to scuttle voices that puncture its narrative of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalis', by Dinesh Kafle (kp)

05/01/2020: Provincial and local governments barred from signing aid agreements with foreign donors: New standards on foreign aid endorsed by the Cabinet last week make Centre’s role necessary in accessing resources, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Long live the central state!], Law Ministry aims to get Transitional Justice Act amended from ongoing session of Parliament: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, also the law minister now, who has made commitments from various platforms including the United Nations, is taking the lead for amendments, by Binod Ghimire (kp), TRC, CIEDP office bearers to be named soon: Conflict victims, rights activists say justice won’t be served without amending TRC Act (ht), Former Maoist leaders in ruling party fear their apprehensions about merger are coming true: The Maoists are already a minority in Nepal Communist Party as they had merged with 40 percent share in committees; Leaders who quit the party over the merger say they had long foreseen the current situation, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli, Dahal tussle over candidate for speaker affects HoR meeting (ht) [Criminal power games for the sake of nepotism!]

04/12/2020: NCP leadership takes unilateral decision as it picks National Assembly candidates: The party leadership failed to live up to its recent commitment to following due process, accuse leaders, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Long live the authoritarion male political leaders and their anti-democratic behaviour!], NCP finalises NA election candidates (ht) [Wow, really inclusive: Far more than half of them are Bahuns!], China says it welcomes any foreign economic support—even the MCC—to Nepal: Chinese ambassador’s statement runs counter to the argument by some ruling party members that the MCC, as part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, is against China, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Will 2020 let Nepalis see better days? The present administration should realise the government can't retain its power without taking people along, by Mohan Guragain (kp), NC and Samajbadi forge poll alliance (rep)

03/01/2020: The current government is breathing down our necks: The Information Technology Bill will asphyxiate freedom of speech and expression, by Sushrey Nepal (kp), Tourists want public toilets, garbage bins and a hassle-free airport—not a week-long tourism extravaganza: Kathmandu Metropolitan City has announced a week-long campaign to supplement Visit Nepal 2020, but tourists are more concerned about basic amenities, by Anup Ojha (kp), Challenges Of Inclusive Development, by Kopila Rijal (rn)

02/01/2020: As the government pushes ahead with IT Bill, rights watchdog expresses concern: The bill in its current form infringes on the fundamental freedom of expression, says the National Human Rights Commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Stop the sugar scam: For years, the sugar cartel has been duping everyone–from the poor farmers to the country’s prime minister (kp), Govt to make mill owners pay farmers’ dues (ht), Respect the house: It is regrettable to see the ruling party using the sovereign Parliament as its rubber stamp by deferring its meeting for weeks (ht), With no speaker, parliament unable to do even routine work (rep), Police, CPN cadres exchange gunfire (ht), SC seeks original map of Nepal (rep), What Yadav’s exit means: Withdrawal of support by SPN from the federal government is not likely to end in fiasco. It has created an environment of polarization of politics between the communist and democratic forces (, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep), Composite Unity In Federalism, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

01/01/2020: Scorecard 2019: How have the government and the ruling party fared? The Oli-led government’s performance has been lacking, and the ruling party’s tilt towards authoritarianism is most worrisome (kp), House held hostage to NCP indecision: Today’s meeting won’t be held; Parliament deferred till Jan 12; Critics say delay in electing speaker ‘betrayal of constitution’, by Roshan S Nepal (ht), Afraid of being sidelined, former Maoists refuse to give up Speaker’s post: If the Maoist faction of the ruling party lets go of House Speaker, all of the highest-ranking state officials will be from the former UML, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Issue new map including India-encroached territories: Joint Houses panel (rep), Nepal proposes mid-January for Kalapani talks with India: Given high-level changes at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, this meeting is unlikely to happen, say analysts, by Anil Giri (kp), ‘If I lose my land, I will hang myself’: Owed more than Rs1 billion by sugar mills, sugarcane farmers are afraid their creditors will begin seizing their land, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Arrest absconding mill operator: Govt (ht), NHRC demands justice for farmers: Says state should not deviate from its duty to protect its citizens (ht)

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Nepal: Transitional Justice Reform an Urgent Need;
Current Draft Law Does Not Meet International Standards on Prosecuting Worst Crimes
, by Human Rights Watch, 7 July 2018

Rule of Law Index 2017-2018 - Nepal, by World Justice Project

Nepal 2017 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/2018 on Nepal, 22 February 2018

Nepal: Transitional Justice Proving Elusive Term Extensions do not Cure Act’s Fundamental Problems. Joint press statement by ICJ, HRW and AI, 13 February 2018

Nepal: Events of 2017, by Human Rights Watch, January 2018

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

Gender and Nepal’s transition from war, by Jeevan Baniya, Sambriddhi Kharel, Deepak Thapa and Alexander Ramsbotham. Accord, 14 September 2017

Nepal’s Transitional Justice Process: Challenges and Future Strategy. A Discussion Paper, by International Commission of Jurists, August 2017

Elections in Nepal: 2017 Local Elections, Frequently Asked Questions, by International Foundation for Electoral Systems, 10 May 2017

“Building inequality": The failure of the Nepali government to protect the marginalised in post-earthquake reconstruction efforts (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

"What I want is for the government to help". Nepal: Ensure the right to adequate housing for the marginalised in post-earthquake Nepal (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

Two steps forward, one step back
The Nepal peace process
, by Deepak Thapa and Alexander Ramsbotham. Accord 26, March 2017

Serious Crimes in Nepal’s Criminal Code Bill, 2014. A Briefing Paper by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), March 2017

Statement on renewed escalation in Tarai, by Surya Subedi (in Nepali and English, originally: Kantipur, 9 March 2017)

Nepal 2016 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 3 March 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal. Paris, August 2016

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

The Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (Control) Bill, 2014. A Briefing Paper by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), June 2016

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

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

INSEC Yearbook 2016 (19 February 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR)

Ways to destroy a nation: bandh calendar

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

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

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

U.S. Department of State: Nepal 2013 Human Rights Report

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

Missing persons in Nepal: Updated list 2013. Report by ICRC, 30 August 2013

Nepal Armed Violence Assessment, by Small Arms Survey, Switzerland

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

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Compromising justice: Nepal's proposed ordinance on commission on disappeared persons, truth and reconciliation. Geneva, October 2012

OHCHR: Nepal Conflict Report. Geneva, October 2012

International Crisis Group: Nepal's constitution (I): Evolution not revolution. Asia Report No. 233 – 27 August 2012

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

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

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

International Crisis Group: Nepal: From two armies to one. Asia Report No. 211, 18 August 2011

International Crisis Group: Nepal’s Fitful Peace Process, Asia Briefing No. 120, Kathmandu/Brussels, 7 April 2011

International Crisis Group. Nepal: Identity politics and federalism. Asia Report No. 199, 13 January 2011

International Crisis Group. Nepal's political rites of passage. Asia Report No. 194, 29 September 2010

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

Report of the Secretary-General on the request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process. 7 January 2010

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

UNDP. Nepal Human Development Report 2009, 17 August 2009

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Future: In Whose Hands? Asia Report No. 173, 13 August 2009 [see complete report]

International Commission of Jurists. Disappearances in Nepal: Addressing the past, securing the future. Briefing paper, March 2009

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

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

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

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

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Election: A Peaceful Revolution? Asia Report No. 155, 3 July 2008 [full text]

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s New Political Landscape. Asia Report No. 156, 3 July 2008 [full text]

United Nations Security Council. Report of the Secretary-General on the request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process. 12 May 2008

Conflict Study Center. Nepal's CA Polls on Third Attempt and Its Challenges. Situation Update 68 (Unedited Version), April 4, 2008

International Crisis Groups. Nepal’s Election and Beyond. Asia Report No. 149, 2 April 2008 [full text as pdf]

Conflict Study Center. Key Parties' Manifestos to CA Polls in Nepal: Comparative Study of the Maoist, UML and NC. Kathmandu, 28 March 2008

Amnesty International. Fear for safety / fear of torture or ill-treatment/ possible enforced disappearance: Tsering Dhondup (m) aged 27. Urgent Action, 27 March 2008

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

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

Prabin K. Prajapati. Text and Pretext of New Nepal. Lund University, Sweden, January 2008

Manjushree Thapa. Frieden ist mehr als eine Wahl. Bono-Direkthilfe e.V., 19.12.2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal: Peace Postponed. Asia Briefing No. 72, 18 December 2007

Human Rights and Security Challenges. FES, News Update, 4 December 2008

Krämer, Karl-Heinz. Chancen für eine positive Entwicklung des Friedensprozesses in Nepal. FES, November 2007

Colette Rausch, Shobhakar Budhathoki and Karon Cochran-Budhathoki. Nepal In Transition : Strengthening Security and the Rule of Law. Findings of Nepal Police - Civil Society Dialogue. USIP, Public Report, September 2007

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

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

Prabin K. Prajapati. CA Election and New Nepal: A Review from Perspective of Democratic Practice. Lund University, Sweden, September 2007

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

Amnesty International. Reconciliation does not mean impunity: A Memorandum on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill. 13 August 2007

Canada Forum for Nepal. Send message of unity to Nepal. 6 August 2007

Human Rights Home. Letter to British Ambassador Andrew Hall. 24 July 2007

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

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

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Colette Rausch. Nepal in Transition: Developing Security and Rule of Law Strategies. USIPeace Briefing, May 2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Maoists: Purists or Pragmatists? Asia Report No. 132, 18 May 2007.

Human Rights Watch. Last Hope: The Need for Durable Solutions for Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal and India (17/05/2007)

Women groups and organisation. Press statement on the non-inclusive new council of ministers. April 2, 2007.

U.S. Department of State. Nepal: Country Report on Human Rights Practices - 2006. Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal's constitutional process. Asia Report No. 128, 26 February 2007

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Nepal: 2007 Common Appeal for Transition Support. Summary of Requirements by Thematic Area as of 23 February 2007

ICRC. List of more than 800 persons still missed in Nepal. 15/02/2007

Interim Constitution, 2063 B.S. (Nepali text). 15/01/2007 [see unofficial English translation]

Relief Web: Nepal: Reports of security incidents - December 21, 2006 - January 10, 2007. 11/01/2007

Conflict Study Center. Nepal’s Interim Constitution: Inspiring Versus Cynical Experience. 31/12/2006

National Democratic Republican Front. Press release, 18/12/2006

International Crisis Group: Nepal’s Peace Agreement: Making it Work. Asia Report No. 126, 15 December 2006 (full report)

Indigenous Women Republican Front (Inworef). Open letter to Mr. Ian Martin, Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Nepal for proportionate representation and women sensitive peace process. Kathmandu, Nepal, 12/12/2006

Peace Women Alliance, PEWA Nepal. Open letter from Women Peace Alliance, PEWA to Mr. Ian Martin, Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Nepal for inclusive, proportionate representation and women sensitive peace process. Kathmandu, Nepal, 12/12/2006

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki, Defend Human Rights Movement-Nepal. Security Sector Reform in Nepal: The Role of Civil Society. United States Institute of Peace, December 2006

Conflict Study Center. Situation Update XVII: Nepal’s Culture of Impunity. 09/12/2006

Conflict Study Center. Situation Update XVI: Another Milestone for Peace: Army and Arms Management in Nepal. 01/12/2006

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

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