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Permanent crisis (current year) [partially commented link collection]

Since the Delhi Agreement between seven parliamentary parties and the insurgent CPN (Maoist) of 22 November 2005, the people of Nepal have been waiting in vain for the promised realisation of an inclusive democratic system. Although the then putsching monarchy was abolished and a constitution was passed in 2015 after long power struggles between the political parties, even this was the sole work of the exclusively male leaders of the three major parties, predominantly male Bahuns. The appropriate participation of all social groups, as provided for in the interim constitution of January 2007, did not take place. In this respect, the constitution of 2015 even represented in part a step backwards compared to the interim constitution.
Thus, apart from the abolition of the monarchy, not much has changed since the 1990 system. Numerous fundamental human rights continue to be disregarded. There is no inclusion of all social groups. All power and the majority of all state functions are still in the hands of male Khas Arya, especially male Bahuns.  The latter make up hardly 6 percent of the population, but the identification of the state and its society and culture, in short the nationalist image of the state of Nepal, is still based on the culture and partly narrow-minded, anarchic, patriarchal and socially discriminating view and thinking of this small minority. As long as this state of affairs continues and the failed generation of political leaders of all parties is not replaced by a younger generation that is inclusive, open-minded, receptive and not exclusively oriented towards personal power interests, there will be no end to the crisis situation.

Since today's political parties and their leaders are proven to be disinterested in solving the crisis and, to make matters worse, supporters of the long-failed systems of monarchy and Hindu state are trying to use the failure of politics to revitalise their own interests, the title of this sub-page has been changed from Crisis solution to Permanent crisis.

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19/07/2024: Public debt exceeds Rs 2.434 trillion, increasing by over Rs 305 billion in one year (rep), Testing Times for PM Oli, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rep), Oli’s path forward (ae) [He found himself in a similar situation in 2018 and did the worst thing he could have done to the young federal republic!  People should finally stop seeing a perspective in Oli.], Parliamentary committee directs govt to reopen closed sugar mills (rep), Surya Darshan Cooperative transferred 50 million to Rabi Lamichhane associated Gorkha Media: Surya Thapa (kh)

18/07/2024: Police start inquiries about missing kin, families claim : Conflict victims’ rights advocates, relatives object to interrogations while two commissions stay idle, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Freed Kamaiyas’ journey from bondage to prosperity : Before liberation in 2000, Asturni Dagoura worked tirelessly, on a landlord’s farm, struggling with debt. Now she lives with her family in her own house, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), PM Oli wooing fringe parties; aims for a two-thirds majority (kh), Court ruling to boost KMC’s push to evict riverside squatters: Bagmati Civilisation officials say squatter hut demolition will resume with a simultaneous relocation plan, by Purushottam Poudel (kp)

17/07/2024: Supreme Court orders removal of riverside squatters : Says authorities should clear settlements along Bagmati and provide alternative housing for genuine squatters, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Annex on IMF report shows Nepal cooperatives risks, advises actions : Suggests liquidation with repayment of savings of failed cooperatives, and asset transfers to healthy cooperatives, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Mixed signals : Prime Minister Oli has given out both positive and negative vibes in his first few days in office (kp) [What are the positive ones?], Perplexities of the permanent minority : Strengthening the Khas-Arya supremacy appears to be the main agenda of the Oli government, by CK Lal (kp), Harnessing Demographic Diversity, by Jhabindra Bhandari (rn)

16/07/2024: PM Oli cabinet overshadowed by two controversial ministers (kh) [It must be remembered that Oli's 2021 image is also anything but worthy of government!], Sharat Singh Bhandari becomes minister for the 20th time!, by Bhuwan Sharma (rep), Jajarkot earthquake survivors are battling monsoon in temporary shelters : Many displaced have fallen ill in affected districts of Jajarkot, Rukum West and Salyan (kp) [In 2022, the top politicians made grandiose promises of rapid aid during their "tourist visits" to the earthquake region. The victims must understand that the constant power struggles and changes of government first require all the energy of the politicians!], Data cooking in government surveys : There is a dearth of institutions in Nepal capable of carrying out large-scale research, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Balancing Infrastructure with Ecology, by Bhuvan Dharel (rep), Bolster Federalism For Good Governance, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), SC orders eviction of squatters from riverbanks with compensation (kh)

15/07/2024: Strengthening Indigenous Rights: Key to Peace and Prosperity in Nepal's Federal Era, by Nabraj Lama (rep) [The ruling Khas Arya minority refuses to understand this!], Writ petition filed against appointment of UML Chair Oli as Prime Minister (kh), These are the 21 new ministers of the Oli-led government : Singh and Paudel named Deputy Prime Ministers, Arzu Rana Minister for Foreign Affairs (kh), Oli Cabinet sans Dalit representation, women get two seats (kh) [Outstanding social non-inclusion in the tradition of Khas Arya patriarchy! And nepotism is also present!], Challenges of NC-UML coalition, by Kamal SDev Bhattarai (ae), Oli gets opportunity to fix his chequered history : Amid government failures, there is not much excitement in the public but Oli has no luxury to fail, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Oli will never change! He should never have become PM again simply because of his attempted coup in 2021!], Oli 4.0 : Has KP Oli really learned from his mistakes? The onus is on him to prove his critics wrong (kp), Oppressed classes felt betrayed, other sections didn’t accept Maoists : A force mightier than the Maoists may emerge to take the space it occupied in the past, interview with Ram Karki, CPN-MC (kp), Finance Minister Paudel views stock market as mirror of economy : Vows to form committee to explore new public finance options (kh), NEPSE declines on the first day of new Finance Minister’s tenure (kh), High court allows KMC to expand pavements in New Road (rep)

14/07/2024: Absurdities of political parties : Nepali leaders take pride in becoming prime ministers often, leaving behind no imprints of their governments, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Power struggles render parliament ineffective, by Tejendra Kafle (rep) [Three power-hungry and at the same time incompetent politicians are ruthlessly destroying the country! The new government will have just as little positive effect as all the previous ones. It were always the same demagogues anyway.], Is Proportional Representation the Cause of Frequent Government Changes in Nepal?, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep) [The problem is not the PR system as such, but the fact that it is solely in the hands of a few top politicians. They are the real problem because they also misuse the direct election system as an anti-inclusion tool! This is one of the main reasons for political stagnation, constant changes of government and corruption!], Public Interest Litigation versus Publicity Interest Litigation, by Bivek Chaudhary (kh), Infrastructure Cooperation a Leverage of Soft Power and a Challenge, by Binoj Basnyat (kh), KP Sharma Oli to be appointed prime minister today : Nepali Congress and CPN-UML working to prepare their lists of ministers for the swearing-in on Monday, by Anil Giri (kp), UML Chair Oli appointed Prime Minister, swearing-in on Monday (kh), President appoints KP Sharma Oli as prime minister : This is Oli’s fourth stint as the country’s chief executive (kp) [The coup-monger of 2021 is back in office. This is what they call constitutional democracy in Nepal!], Observers cast doubt over the longevity of Congress-UML coalition : The collaboration may not be smooth sailing as the two parties are the major competitors in national politics, they say, by Purushottam Poudel (kp)

13/07/2024: Prime Minister Dahal loses vote of confidence in House : Dahal lost his position as only 63 lawmakers gave him the vote of confidence, less than half the majority figure of 138 in the 275-member House, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Oli claims prime minister’s post with Congress backing : Dahal ousted after losing trust vote. President to appoint Oli PM by Sunday, by Anil Giri (kp), The Challenges of NC-UML Coalition, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), UML Chairman Oli to be appointed PM on Sunday morning, swearing-in ceremony in  afternoon (rep), Bolstering Sovereignty Of Public Goods, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), New alliance of UML and NC demand resignation of Sudurpaschim CM Sodari (kh) [Long live the centralised state!]

12/07/2024: Nepal's demographic window is closing : The country must make the most of its youth surge to prepare for tomorrow's ageing society, by Sonia Awale (nt), IMF flags risks from fragile politics and cooperatives failure in Nepal : Warns of growing financial vulnerabilities, and risk of lender failures threatening banking sector’s stability, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Low capital expenditure, financial sector vulnerabilities and political instability likely to affect Nepal’s pace of economic recovery: IMF (rep), Corruption: Nepal’s cry for help : Nepal has ratified the 2011 UN Convention Against Corruption, so the government should take all measures to fight corruption, by Bishow Parajuli (kp), Almost certain to fail, Dahal goes for a floor test today : Backed by 268 lawmakers in his first floor test, Dahal is likely to see that count slashed by almost 200 this time, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), PM Dahal fails to secure confidence vote (kh), Dahal loses PM post after failing to secure parliamentary trust vote (rep) [What do we learn from this? Votes of confidence mean nothing. They are ordered by the party leaders according to their personal power interests and change every few weeks. The main thing is to maintain the political instability of the country! Politicians never mean what they say!], President Paudel summons constitutional experts to discuss formation of new govt (kh)[The constitution is very clear. Article 76 (3) only comes into question if a government cannot be formed on the basis of Article 76 (2), i.e. if there is no politician who can demonstrate a majority of votes in parliament. The NC and UML have obviously reached an agreement on this. In view of the power struggles that have already begun between these two parties, however, the next government is unlikely to last long. The earliest we can hope for political stability is when Oli, Dahal and Deuba are finally sent into retirement!], President Paudel calls for parties to stake claim for new government as per Article 76 (2) (kh), NC-UML alliance poised to nominate Oli for Prime Minister post (kh), Congress, UML struggle over power-sharing : KP Sharma Oli is said to be against appointing any deputy prime minister in his Cabinet, by Anil Giri (kp) [The NC should have known that making deals with the most dishonourable politician of the lot is all about personal power and positions! The next government will also be short-lived, but the future PM will cling to power by all legal and illegal means, similar to 2020/21.], Oli-Dahal-Deuba show : As Oli prepares to replace Dahal as PM, it is worth pondering when this sordid cycle will end (kp), Maoist Centre-UML tussle surfaces in National Assembly : Meeting deferred without discussing and endorsing the three bills on the agenda, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Government backtracks on plan to make National ID cards mandatory for social security allowance : Cabinet meeting extends terms of two transitional justice commissions until mid-July 2025 (kp), Rabi challenges new alliance to prove him guilty in fraud case (rn) [This is for a court to decide, not the executive! If you are innocent, you have nothing to fear. If the Dahal government protected you, it would also have to face the consequences.], The more things change, the more they remain the same : Vehicles mired in the mud on Nepal’s highways are a fitting metaphor of the nation’s politics (nt), What’s cooking in Nepal besides politics? Over-reliance on hydroelectricity at the cost of solar power is high-risk and high-cost, by Sonia Awale (nt)

11/07/2024: Nepal rights commission delays law revision after avoiding downgrade : Global alliance of rights bodies has called for NHRC Act revision in line with Paris Principles, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Cooperatives victims press House panel to probe Rabi Lamichhane, GB Rai : Though the panel invited representative victims of 29 cooperatives, they focused on Gorkha Media Network and the two prime accused in the scam (kp), A taste of his own medicine : Dahal now finds no one but himself to blame for the unsavoury situation he has led his party into, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Oli defends deal with Deuba, says constitution amendment still a matter of negotiation : UML chair says two largest parties have agreed to amend the charter to protect national interests and uplift Nepalis’ condition (kp) [It makes no difference whether Oli, Dahal or Deuba are PMs. They all have neither charisma nor perspective and have amply demonstrated their incompetence. All three are only interested in personal power!], Oli conspired against me, says PM Dahal : The prime minister faces the vote of confidence in the House tomorrow (kp), Community initiatives in Lumbini Province are helping dropout girls return to school : In the villages of Rupandehi, cultural norms and economic pressures keep many Dalit and Muslim girls from school, by Sanju Paudel (kp), Bhutan: The Paradox of Happiness and Human Rights Violations, by CM Niroula (rep), Consumer Law: Safeguarding all customers’ rights, by Durga Prasad Khanal (ae), Govt fails to spend 43 percent of development budget as FY 2023/24 nears end (rep), Govt decides to extend the terms of TJ bodies by one year (rep) [Without the will for justice for the victims of the uprising, the creation of the necessary laws based on international standards and sufficient personnel and financial resources, this is a sham and a waste of time and money!]

10/07/2024: Time to amend the constitution : Nepal stands at a crossroads where constitutional amendments can pave the way for a prosperous future, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Constitutional amendment through referendum : Power-hungry politicians gravitating toward new parties/faces in search of solutions have failed the people, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp), Congress and UML waiting for ‘right time’ to disclose deal : Other parties demand prompt disclosure saying they need to know proposed amendments to the constitution, by Anil Giri (kp), Recurrent violence plagues Nepal’s juvenile correction centres : Watchdog says these homes resemble prisons, lack basic amenities and are overcrowded (kp), Bangladesh writes to Nepal to proceed with power trade agreement : Nepal Electricity Authority Managing Director Ghising says export of 40 MW of electricity will start this monsoon (kp) [Nepal produces plenty of electricity during the monsoon. The foreign currency would be important for the country. But the politicians are more interested in the eternal power struggles, changes of government and replacement of personnel.  This is the only thing they understand by democracy!], The Cost of Remittances : Is Nepal Sacrificing Its Future for Present Gains?, by Dikson Limbu (rep), If anything, Dahal should be thankful to Oli and Deuba: He managed to remain in power so long by playing off UML and NC against exh other, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae) [But the other two self-centred politicians, who have failed several times, will not make things any better. All three of them should finally say goodbye to politics for the good of Nepal!]]

09/07/2024: What’s in the sinister deal? The oppressed are beginning to worry that the Congress-UML pact is a conspiracy to curtail their rights and privileges, by Mitra Pariyar (kp) [Even the drafting of the constitution was ultimately the work of the male high-caste elite, especially of the NC and UML. It included further steps to maintain the dominance and privileges of the traditional elite and to prevent the promised social inclusion, e.g. reduction of the proportional electoral system, release of the direct election system to the traditional male highcaste elite, cutting and naming of the provinces in the interests of the Khas Arya elite, identification of state and nation with the culture of the Khas Arya minority, non-implementation of the federal state, etc. Now it is obviously a matter of eliminating the few remaining improvements after the Maoist uprising and the end of the authoritarian Hindu monarchy.], Balen's Posthumanist Vision for the Mindfulness City : This holistic approach aims to conserve natural habitats, revitalize urban areas, and promote biodiversity within the cityscape, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep), Governor blames regulatory gaps for cooperatives crisis : Identifies unlimited expansion, unregulated deposits, undefined operational boundaries as contributing factors, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Missing state : Little has been done for those affected by floods and landslides over the years (kp), Dahal’s impending political downfall : Despite being part of Nepal’s transformative changes, he has remained an insecure politician, by Anurag Acharya (kp), Can Dahal turn the tide?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae), Can NC-UML Alliance Restore Stability?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn) [No, not in this form! The first thing they would have to do is get rid of their failed, power-hungry top politicians and transform themselves into socially inclusive parties that are orientated towards the good of the country and its citizens.], Govt continues spending excessively in the last month (rep)

08/07/2024: NHRC wants war crimes and crimes against humanity to be non-amnestiable : National Human Rights Commission unveils report today detailing its efforts and positions on transitional justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Reminiscing last week: NC-UML coalition, UML ministers’ resignation spark political turbulence (kh), Constitution review is certain, amendment only if needed : If the amendment process begins, it will be limited to the extent of ensuring political stability. We won’t touch other aspects of the constitution, interview with Pradeep Gyawali, CPN-UML (kp), Easy does it : Amending the constitution is a serious matter and not something that can be done overnight (kp) [Above all, a constitutional amendment must not be used to further exacerbate the social non-inclusion in favour of the minority of male Khas Arya, especially Bahun, which was re-established in the constitution in 2015! The direct election system primarily serves to maintain this imbalance and does not bring political stability. Above all, a constitutional amendment must not be used to further exacerbate the social non-inclusion in favour of the minority of male Khas Arya, especially Bahun, which was re-established in the constitution in 2015! The direct election system primarily serves to maintain this imbalance and does not bring political stability. The federal system is one of the most important results of the new constitution. However, its implementation is being deliberately prevented by the extremely centrally minded national leaders!], UML quits Bagmati govt, withdraws support (rep) [A lack of understanding for the federal system or deliberate chaos as part of perverse power endeavours?], The last straw on PM Dahal’s back : PM Dahal’s fifth trust vote on July 12 highlights the intricate interplay of power dynamics, alliances and political strategies, by Vidhu Prakash Kayastha (ae), RSP ministers vacate quarters despite continued support for government (rep), JSP ministers' resignations accepted after 4 days, PM takes over 10 ministries (rep), Capital expenditure only 52 percent on final payment day: Spending exceeds revenue by Rs 319 billion (kh)

07/07/2024: Experts stress clear rationale, broad talks on constitution revision : An analyst says shrinking the scope of proportional representation would make Khas-Arya a more dominant force in Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [This is the true face and intention of the ruling male Khas Arya minority (<15% of the population)! Their political leaders strictly reject appropriate social inclusion because they would then lose dominance and privileges in the multi-ethnic, non-patriarchal state. For them, politics is a toy without social responsibility!], Congress-UML deal begins impacting provincial governments : Madhesh Chief Minister Singh has secured a trust vote based on the new alliance. Lumbini and Sudurpaschim cabinets are reduced to minority (kp) [These anti-democrats will never understand the meaning of the federal system, which must continue to serve the interests of centralist political leaders!], UML urges PM Dahal to resign immediately (kh) [Yes, KP Oli did exactly the same thing in 2021 after losing his parliamentary majority, i.e. he had to be removed from office by the Supreme Court months later after breaking the constitution and telling numerous lies. This is how Nepal's undemocratic politicians tick!], Oli will become prime minister as per Article 76 (2), says Nepali Congress : Leaders close to the prime minister argue that since the Dahal government was formed under Article 76 (2), the process would now move to the next article (kp) [Finally elect a charismatic and capable politician as prime minister who has the concerns and needs of the state and its people at heart and not personal power interests. He or she should therefore not be known as Oli, Dahal or Deuba! Oli has disqualified himself for any political office in 2021 anyway!], Achham women’s ordeal of becoming entrepreneurs : Women Entrepreneurs Association says the tax waiver for industry registration, easy bank loans, and subsidies provided to women are being misused, by Menuka Dhungana (kp)

06/07/2024: Promote a Culture of Respecting Healthy Criticisms (rep) [Criticising a party leader in Nepal is tantamount to lèse majesté, even if the criticism is justified!], What’s wrong with Prachanda?, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Embattled PM Dahal holds discussions with coalition partners amid preparations to take vote of confidence in parliament (rep), Concerns grow over poll commissioner nominee : A woman has come forward to accuse Krishna Man Pradhan of years of sexual exploitation, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Ambassador : appointment process halted after UML withdraws support to the Maoist Center-led govt (rep) [This is an essential part of the governments that rotate every few months between Dahal, Oli and Deuba. All important political and administrative offices are then exchanged according to party affinity. The aforementioned incompetent politicians refer to this as political stability!], Civic Competence Vital For Functional Polity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Cooperative issues now under political shadow, leaders argue (kh), Balen asks Oli: Will politics of votes at the expense of people’s lives go on forever? (kh)

05/07/2024: UML informs parliament of withdrawal from govt, will assume opposition role (kh), UML withdraws support to provincial governments : Pullout leaves Chief Minister Jokh Bahadur Mahara’s government in Lumbini and Dirgha Bahadur Sodari’s government in Sudurpaschim in minority, by Ghan Shyam Gautam and Arjun Shah (kp) [The anti-federal behaviour of centrist politicians continues uninterrupted!], Investigation reveals Rs 630 million loan to companies linked to GB Rai and Minister Rabi Lamichhane (kh), Justices split on attorney general’s ‘clean chit’ to Rabi Lamichhane : Supreme Court full bench will now decide whether Dinmani Pokharel did the right thing, by Binod Ghimire (kp), UML warns Prime Minister Dahal not to make important decisions as he refuses to quit : Two largest parties have alternative plans if he takes longer to quit or seeks a vote of confidence, leaders say (kp) [This is the demand of the person who extended his term of office in 2021 for months after losing his parliamentary majority by lying and breaking the constitution!], PM Prachanda to seek vote of confidence on July 12 (rn), We are to be blamed!, by Sambridhi Gyawali (rep), Govt not doing enough for Chepang community, ‘the connoisseurs of nature’, by Pratyencha Koirala (rep)

04/07/2024: Chhaugoth demolition drive to resume in Achham : Besides demolishing menstrual sheds, local officials and activists will raise public awareness and take legal action against violators, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Budget cut to hit pregnant women, new mums and children in Karnali : Officials say over 30 percent of children under five in Karnali Province are stunted, indicating chronic undernutrition in remote parts of the country, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Leaders claim deal near on reduced sentencing for insurgency-era crimesHouse panel members say all contentious issues will be resolved soon (kp) [The well-founded criticism is not directed against the sentencing of the former perpetrators, some of whom have since been promoted to high-ranking positions, but is primarily about justice for the victims and their families. The potential responsibility of leading personalities on both the Maoist and state side must not be marginalised!], PM Dahal appears defiant despite finding himself in minority (kh), All four ministers of RSP resigning today (kh), After talks with PM Dahal, RSP rules out quitting government (kh), The RSP paradox : A political outfit founded on the popularity of an individual rather than an ideology is destined to fail (kp), Supreme Court deadlock on Home Minister Lamichhane’s case (kh), JSP ministers to resign from Dahal-led govt (rep), Can the NC-UML alliance bring stability?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae) []Hard to imagine! The power carousel always revolves around Oli, Deuba and Dahal, who have proven many times that they are not suitable as PM and who never miss an opportunity to bring down whoever of them is in power as soon as possible. NC and UML may have a majority in parliament, but it is not enough to amend the constitution. Stability cannot be achieved with these politicians!, Why governments fail to spend : Sub-national governments also experience capital underspending, which drives aggregate budget underspending, by Anurag Gupta (kp), Civic Actions Key To Curbing Corruption, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Making Electoral Process Frugal, by Rabindra Adhikary (rn)

03/07/2024: Pitfalls of pleasurable servitude : Madheshi politicos must realise that confrontation with majoritarian ethnonationalists is the only way of making a mark on history, by CK Lal (kp), Midnight matchmaking : The new Oli-Deuba deal is a sign of dishonesty at the heart of contemporary Nepali politics (kp) [All the changes of government and many of the other policies are acts of dishonesty since Oli, Dahal and Deuba identified politics and democracy in Nepal with their rotten power games!], Story behind formation of new coalition, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae) [Such honest ambitions do not suit KP Oli!], PM Dahal refuses to quit, plans to face Parliament : UML demands the prime minister resign by today, by Anil Giri (kp), UML wants PM Dahal to step down by today evening (kh) [Just like KP Oli resigned immediately in 2021 after parliament withdrew its confidence? In defiance of the constitution and the Supreme Court, he later even dissolved parliament again to stay in power and then tried to do so with brazen lies, each time actively supported by his president Bhandari. Why is such a person even allowed to become PM again? That was a clear coup attempt in 2021!], UML likely to withdraw support from government today (kh), CPN-UML ministers resign, withdraw support to govt (kh), Constitutional options for new government : Advocates say the President can cite Article 76 (2) to install another majority government (kp), Bishwaprakash Sharma asks Lamichhane: Who is stopping you from opening corruption files? (kh), Civil Society organizations appeal to govt against sending workers to conflict-ridden Israel (rep), Visionary Leadership Key To Development, by Namrata Sharma (rn) [Unfortunately, there is no visionary leadership, rather the opposite!], Law Minister Giri halts Judge appointments after decision to quit government (kh)

02/07/2024: NC-UML coalition govt expected today, leaders assert (kh), Congress, UML strike deal to form new alliance : Oli and Deuba plot Dahal’s ouster as two largest parties plan a new government and several amendments to the constitution, by Anil Giri (kp), What’s in the agreement reached between Deuba and Oli to form new government? (kh), UML ministers resigning from posts (kh), No immediate resignation expected from PM Dahal (kh), RSP to remain in government unless PM Dahal resigns (kh), RSP decides not to join Nepali Congress and UML coalition (kh) [This government would already have a sufficient majority and does not need you at all. Stop running after the failed politicians Oli, Dahal and Deuba and finally start implementing the alternative policies promised at the elections. In view of the aforementioned luminaries, this can only be achieved through constructive opposition anyway.], Dhakal's Candid Report Jolts RSP (rn), Case against Home Minister Lamichhane deferred again (kh) [What else?]], New coalition government for political stability: NC (rep) [Stop this stupid talk of stability! Nobody believes in it any more anyway, apart from yourselves. If you really want political stability, then send all the old failed politicians into retirement and send a new, young, charismatic and socially inclusive group of politicians into the race. The constant rotation between the utterly failed politicians Oli, Deuba and Dahal means anything but stability. Finally take care of the real problems and concerns of the state!], NC-UML coalition in the making: UML likely to take nine ministries including PM, NC to take 10 ministries including Home Affairs (rep), What if PM Dahal does not resign? Who will be the next PM as per the Constitution? Deuba or Oli? (kh), Empower the committees : It is a shame that vital House committees do not have the budget and other resources to carry out their duty (kp), Why aid-for-trade failed : The West has monopolised knowledge products and discourses on the least developed countries’ trade vulnerability, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Report reveals severe exploitation of Nepali workers in Malaysian detention centers, urgent rescue suggested (rep), A blueprint for climate action : It is paramount to create new and innovative pathways of citizens’ participation to discuss bold steps against climate change, by Simone Galimberti (ae)

01/07/2024: Reminiscing last week: Legal decisions, corruption charges (kh), SEE results expose education crisis, declining student performance, by Raghab Sharma (kh), Teachers’ capacity must be enhanced to implement letter grading system : Grading system was enforced without laying the proper ground for it, including through better teacher training, interview with Usha Jha (kp), Prioritise Reforms In School Education, by Ballav Dahal (rn), Deuba-Oli Balkot meet: New alliance in the works? UML leaders downplay speculations. Deuba aide: Leaders talked transitional justice and cooperation on key issues, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Hopefully not! Nepal does not need the replacement of an incompetent coalition government by another incompetent one! Instead, there should be a complete renewal with a young, competent, charismatic and non-corrupt political leadership!], Ripples of Balkot talks, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae), I don’t think I’ll become Prime Minister this year: KP Oli (kh) [Putschists should never become PM again!], PM briefs Ministers: This coalition will last, no changes ahead (kh), News about power coalition change a mere rumor: Home Minister Lamichhane (kh), Leaders claim NC-UML coalition govt will be formed by tomorrow (kh), Special committee probing cooperatives seeks experts to study transactions : The committee, which has three months to prepare report, has spent a month without starting detailed investigation (kp) [The main concern so far has been to exclude the Home Secretary from the investigation because his party's MPs are urgently needed to keep the government in power!], Nagarik Unmukti removes Ranjita as PP leader (kh), HoR meeting: Ministers to respond to lawmakers’ queries (kh), HoR meeting adjourned as ministers fail to attend (kh) [Nepal's politics is one big circus!], TRC Bill: Task force formed to resolve TRC issues (kh), Mayor Balen has been targeted for failure because he won independently: RPP Chief Whip Shahi (kh) [Balendra Shah has many good ideas, but sometimes disregards the fundamental rights of the citizens concerned and existing laws when implementing them. However, he certainly does not need the support of an unconstitutionally orientated party like the RPP!], A feminist foreign policy: A new opportunity to advance gender equality, by Anjan Shakya (rep), Madhes has become a hotbed of crime, by Manika Jha (ae), Time for an independent ombudsman against graft, by Devendra Gautam (ae)

30/06/2024: Parliament Day being observed today (kh), Police readjustment: Provinces to pile pressure on Centre. Repeated calls to adjust police force at the provincial level and promulgate federal civil service law have been ignored, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Will the centralist, anti-federal attitudes of top politicians and parties ever change?], Empowering citizens through participatory budgeting : It embodies fundamental principles of deliberative democracy, social equity and citizen empowerment, by Bimal Pratap Shah (kp), Former lawmaker Yadav arrested in ASI Thaman BK murder case (rep)

29/06/2024: The Magic Number, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Major parties resume talks on TRJ Bill amendment (kh), Political parties resume talks on overdue transitional justice bill revision : On the agenda: Concerns of victims not directly involved, consensus on reduced sentencing (kp), UML-Maoist Centre power struggle derails Sebon chief appointment : Applications for securities issuance worth billions pending as leadership position vacant for over three months (kp) [Although all five nominees fulfil the most important requirement: They are all male highcaste individuals, as always, of course!], Nepalis' Perennial Struggles For Aspiring Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

28/06/2024: Parties fail to reach agreement on TRC Bill; Meeting continues today (kh) [Persons who were responsible for the crimes of that time are not qualified to formulate laws that provide justice for the victims of that time and their families!], Can Nepal’s new and old forces collaborate? A new report on Rastriya Swatantra Party’s prospects has stirred a fresh debate on the viability of such cooperation, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Alternative new parties must set themselves apart from the failed old ones and not support their long-flawed policies!], National ID mandatory for real estate transactions starting 2025 (kh) [And what about the descendants of Nepalese mothers and foreign or unknown fathers in this extremely patriarchal state?], Don’t make Nepal dynamite between India and China: MPs : Similar to the MCC of US, some MPs want China’s BRI project to be Parliament’s agenda (kp), Nepal, WTO and challenges : Nepal’s fate in the WTO will depend on its trade efficiency and policy, by Bijendra Man Shakya (kp), EC is serious on ensuring voting rights for Nepalis living abroad: CEC Thapaliya (rn) [But the government is not, as evidenced by its inactivity despite clear instructions from the Supreme Court!], Auditor General questions Rs 121.5 million in grants distributed by Kathmandu Mayor Balen (rep), Pre-paid Excellencies : Nepal’s foreign service has been blighted with embarrassing ambassadors. Time to undo that (nt)

27/06/2024: Government dragging feet on torture perpetrators: NHRC. Torture by security forces continues in detention centres and prisons, say National Human Rights Commission and two other rights organisations, by Binod Ghimire (kp), The cost of free speech : Julian Assange’s ordeal is a reality check of the price one must pay for speaking truth to power (kp) [Investigative journalists are labelled as criminals when they dutifully expose the crimes of the state and politicians, in the USA as well as in Nepal!], General Secretary Dhakal fears RSP is headed for accident : His report says the party’s popularity has nosedived, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Dhakal’s suggestions on party commendable: Rabi Lamichhane (kh) [Yes, and you are quite rightly the focus of Dhakal's criticism. Does every promising new party have to be destroyed just because its leader imitates the long-failed old politicians to whom he actually wanted to offer an alternative?], Beijing bets on tourism diplomacy as soft power tool : After implementing free visa policy and promising to start flights from China to Nepal’s two new international airports, Beijing announced 2025 as ‘Visit Nepal Year in China’, by Sangam Prasain (kp), The question of judicial reforms : The NBA’s recommendations may help improve the judiciary’s efficiency. But will the lawmakers heed them?, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Law Implementation Matters In Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Dolpa man, wrongly jailed for nearly a year, released by apex court, by Ram Chandra Neupane (ae), NA Session: Lawmakers call for easing process of providing citizenship in mother’s name (kh)

26/06/2024: Nepal's civil administration plagued by high-level corruption scandals, by Tapendra Karki (rep), Funding modalities differences delay BRI execution deal : A minister says China failed to address some of Nepal’s concerns on time. He also hinted at geopolitical factors, by Anil Giri (kp), Is the seemingly cordial relation between KMC mayor and deputy breaking down? KMC Deputy Mayor Sunita Dangol on Monday broke her silence on Mayor Balendra Shah’s incendiary statements, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Promoting Good Practices In Cooperatives, by Namrata Sharma (rn), PM faces tough questions on foreign policy, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae), Heat wave threats: Keeping Nepali communities safe from rising temperatures, by Kriti Bhuju (ae), Protecting the right to employment, by Rakshya Singh (ae), Unified Socialist leadership race: Jhalanath Khanal to support Ghanashyam Bhusal for party chairmanship (kh) [The main thing is that they are male Bahuns. Only these are the best guarantee of continued social non-inclusion!], Arjun Lama murder case: SC postpones date for verdict on former Speaker Agni Sapkota (kh) [Of course, what else? Only 19 years have passed since the murder! The case needs to be decided soon for the sake of justice for both sides!], Home Minister Lamichhane’s suspension: Asserts lack of legal basis (kh)

5/06/2024: Old medicine in new bottles : Only an alternative political force under Dalit leadership will end the neglect of Dalit issues, by Mitra Pariyar (kp), Cooperatives victims return to streets after past deals ignored : Laws need to be amended for full implementation of agreements, government representative says, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), GB Rai’s whereabouts traced two months ago : Home Minister's claim of tracing Rai highlights government's failure or unwillingness to repatriate (kh), Spreading menace : Upgrading our understanding of diseases and disasters is crucial to meet the challenges of a climate change (kp), Tackling corruption to reduce climate vulnerability, by Aditya Acharya (rep), Reforming the ambassadorial appointment process (rep) [!!!], Chitwan and the legacy of Tharus, by Birendra Mahato (ae), Juvenile justice in Nepal: Legal challenges and solutions, by Aastha Pokhrel (ae)

24/006/2024: Reminiscing last week: Political announcements and arrests (kh), Eye on the ball : Attempts are being made to divert attention of the parliamentary probe panel on cooperatives scam (kp), RSP sets criteria for ambassadorial selection (kh), Corruption case filed against Chief Secretary Aryal : Anti-graft body charges Baikuntha Aryal with committing irregularities worth Rs386.7 million in security printing, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Suspended Chief Secretary Aryal transferred to NPC, Gartaula appointed Acting Chief Secretary (kh), Suspended chief secretary Aryal transferred to National Planning Commission : Aryal was suspended after CIAA filed a corruption case against him at the Special Court on Sunday (kp), Govt response on corruption accused Chief Secretary Aryal: Charges alone do not prove guilt (kh), SC issues interim order in favor of Phanindra Devkota, halts disciplinary action (kh), The Balen-Oli duel : It is a caricature of Nepali politics marred by the conflict between the old and the young, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Local governments : Epicenter of corruption, by Surendra Kafle (ae)

23/06/2024: Nepal’s Democracy Under Siege by Political Elite, by Ganga Thapa (kp), Yet another term for transitional justice bodies amid uncertainties : Over nine years, their terms have been extended many times without expected results, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [The persons responsible from the past are in power or in other positions and cover each other. How can we expect justice for the former victims and families?], NA meeting : Women are unsafe due to Chhaupadi system, lawmakers say (rn) [The reason is the unchanged patriarchal mindset in state and society!], Partisan interest in envoy picks tarnishes Nepal’s image :The government laid out criteria for ambassador appointments in 2019, only to be ignored, by Anil Giri (kp) [And the overwhelming proportion of male Bahuns, who make up less than six per cent of the population, is once again staggering and demonstrates the absolute unwillingness of high-caste politicians when it comes to social inclusion!], Sushil Pyakurel declines nomination for South Korean Ambassador (kh) [This is what I expected from him. Sushil a really honest personality!], Upendra Yadav reclaimed party chair. Then he paused general convention : Analysts and leaders blame Yadav’s tendencies. More obvious reason is lingering court case of party split (kp) [This is part of the undemocratic and immoral attitude of so-called Nepali top politicians! If all party offices were democratically elected by the party members or their representatives, there would not be such a problem. But Nepal's party leaders claim almost absolute power within their parties!], Benefits of democracy should be linked to the lives of all castes, communities: PM Prachanda (rn) [And why, in truth, do you continue to practise the non-inclusive state in the hands of predominantly male Khas Arya, especially male Bahuns? Stop talking such nonsense!], Twelve, including Chief Secretary Aryal, face corruption charges (kh), Chief Secretary Aryal suspended after CIAA files corruption case against him (rep), Wide-Body Aircraft Scandal: Former GM Kansakar released on bail (kh) [What else? Such bail amounts are peanuts for these people, who are said to have evaded many times these sums!]

22/06/2024: Low female birth rate poses gender imbalance challenges in Nepal, by Ruby Rauniyar (rep) [This is a consequence of the patriarchal delusion, also practised in politics, that only males are real Nepalis. The deliberate abortion of female foetuses is a capital offence!], Rights watchdog seeks progress report on probe into mysterious deaths, disappearance : In 2021, government promised to probe the mysterious deaths of Nankunni Dhobi and Sumarani Tharu, and the 2010 disappearance of Nirmala Kurmi. Families still await justice (kp), Cabinet nominates eight envoys, including for India, US and UK : The government on June 6 recalled from 11 countries envoys appointed by the Deuba government in 2021, by Anil Giri (kp) [Nepal's politicians practise their crasy roulette at all political levels!], Leveraging Nepal's Geostrategic Position, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

21/06/2024: An alternative view of federalism : It is about getting rid of the structure of powers steered by the forces behind colonization, by Simone Galimberti (ae), Experts call for more efforts to end discrimination in citizenship rights : Meanwhile, experts and other participants called for more media coverage on legal identity issue (kp), National disgrace : Every night a woman has to spend in a chhau shed should count as the death of the conscience of Nepali society (kp), Ruling alliance reaches agreement on ambassador appointments : UML gets nine posts, RSP two, and Maoist Center one (kh) [Ambassadors should be qualified diplomats. Since teachers are not allowed to be members of political parties, why does this not also apply to the diplomatic service? They must serve the country and not the political parties!], Dahal decries low turnout during Q&A as disrespectful : Among key absentees were top leaders, two deputy prime ministers and two-thirds of the Cabinet, by Anil Giri (kp), Why would a former President return to party politics? As Bidya Bhandari is said to have renewed her membership in the CPN-UML, questions are raised in the House if she can lead a party while enjoying state perks, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Even more significant is the questioning of her misbehaviour as president when KP Oli was prime minister.], Prioritise cooperation over conflict : India should not be too suspicious of Nepal’s relations with China and other Western powers, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Cooperative Chaos: Nepal's Financial Turmoil, by Rameshwar Baral (rn), Nepal’s sovereign debt surpasses Rs 2400 billion (kh), Justice Malla questions legitimacy of parliamentary committee in DPM Lamichhane related case (kh), SC extends hearing of case against Home Minister Lamichhane (kh), Gandaki province politics: Phanindra Devkota files petition against Maoist Center’s disciplinary action (kh), Former PM Bhattarai calls for constitutional amendment to reform governance (kh), RSP’s presence in the parliament sans significance : RPP Chair Lingden (kh), Govt recommends ambassadors for eight countries, Lokdarshan Regmi for India (kh), Hindutva juggernaut hits a speed bump : Message to Nepal’s leaders: mixing politics with religion does not work and voters will see through it all, by Shreya Paudel (nt)

20/06/2024: The issue of inclusion in politics, by Jeetendra Dev (ae), Three Worrisome Implications of Nepal’s Political Instability, by Binoj Basnyat (kh), Girl raped in menstrual shed in Achham district, police say : Women are dying of asphyxiation or from snakebites. Many girls potential victims of rape in sheds over years, by Menuka Dhungana (kp) [Why don't men go into cowsheds if they can't stand being in a house with menstruating women? This male arrogance is unbearable and a crime!], NIC writes to Kathmandu DAO to submit factual details on activist arrests (rep), Make Remittance Engine Of Economic Growth, by Shyam Joshi (rn)

19/06/2024: Distant echoes of war : As Nepal’s transitional justice process remains incomplete, wartime sexual violence survivors continue to suffer while perpetrators are free, by Subina Shrestha (kp), Legal, privacy doubts in local handling of conflict-era sexual violence complaints : Seven victims from a local unit in Sudurpaschim Province are in trouble after officials could not keep their secrets, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Cooperative probe members bring up jurisdiction issue : The day committee formally started work, some members wanted consultations to see if it can probe all cooperatives, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), 825 teachers resigned from political party memberships: Minister Shrestha. The education minister makes public achievements of her 100 days in office (kp) [The government's order represents a serious encroachment on the personal freedoms of these people in a free democratic country! and the PM continues to rule over all universities? The chancellors must be academics of the universities!], Dozens of agitating dairy farmers arrested as they stage protest demanding overdue payments (rep) [Authoritarian measures to nip legitimate demands in the bud?], Mixed signals : Lack of a clear policy on electric vehicles will do great harm to Nepal’s economy and environment (kp), NHRC urges government action on Disaster Risk Reduction (kh) [Just one of the government's many neglected tasks! But the politicians are so busy with power struggles, pointless government reorganisations and unjustified interference in the affairs of the subordinate levels of the federal system!]

18/06/2024: Rotten at the root : High local level corruption suggests people’s representatives there have copied the corrupt ways of their federal leaders (kp) [!!!], Probe panel begins investigation of cooperatives fraud case; Will Home Minister Lamichhane resign? (kh), Hearing on Home Minister Lamichhane’s case canceled (kh) [This was to be expected!], SC again defers hearing on case against Home Minister Lamichhane (rep), Has Schism Crept Into Coalition?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Dahal swats away ‘overblown’ rumours of rifts in coalition : Says CPN-UML chief Oli’s criticism is not genuine, and tough talk is typical of the Rastriya Swatantra Party, by Anil Giri (kp), PM Dahal calls for global support to aid nations lagging in industrial development (kh), CIAA challenges Special Court’s ‘lenient’ verdict against ex-minister Shrestha : The anti-graft body says the court’s decision helped him legalise millions of rupees having no source (kp), Why we need a feminist foreign policy : It draws from longstanding feminist concerns over implementing policies on gender equality, by Keshab Giri and Niha Pandey (kp), Mallik Committee recommends abolishing all tax exemptions, reducing income tax (kh), Rs 55 billion allocated to projects under 10 million to benefit party cadres: Former FM Mahat (kh) [??]

17/06/2024: Justice for the disappeared: Why Nepal must ratify the ICPPED, by Aastha Pokhrel (ae), Supremacy of prime minister (executive) on constitutional council sparks debate, by Kiran Paudel (ae), Reminiscing last week: Reflections on governance (kh), Capital grapples with petrol shortage as tanker drivers protest (with photos), by Chirayu Shakya (kh), Tanker drivers, NOC reach agreement, fuel transport to resume today (kh), As dengue control falters, focus shifts to individual cases : 1,175 infections reported in 72 districts so far this year, by Arjun Poudel (kp), China’s Strategic Interest in Nepal, by Rajaram Bartaula (rep), A surge in high-level visits from China, by Sambhu Kattel (ae), Corruption Sapping Local Governments, by Ballav Dahal (rn), Protecting the elderly from abuse, by Poonam Pant (ae), Victims of conflict during Maoist-led war should receive compensation: Biplav (kh) [Compensation alone does not mean justice!]

16/06/2024: The costs of leaders’ irrational decisions : Most of them are no experts, nor do they hold the required knowledge to run their positions, by Jagadish Prasad Bist (kp), Nepal’s unemployment rate rises to 12.6 percent, survey says : The average amount of remittances received per household has increased from Rs15,160 in 1995-96 to Rs145,093 in 2022-23 (kp), Why are RSP leaders voicing doubt about their continuity in government? Home Minister Lamichhane on Friday and Sports Minister Shrestha on Saturday said their love for power wasn’t very deep, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Drought, land and livelihood : Region-specific explorations of droughts are essential for effective monitoring and risk mitigation, by Mukesh Dangol and Shreejana Bhusal (kp), Call For Fair Distribution Of Resources, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt faces Rs 250 billion budget deficit in 11 months (kh), UML leader Bhattarai accuses govt of favoritism in FY budget (kh), Identity activists renew protests against naming ‘Koshi’ province : Participants of the meeting held to announce the next wave of protest against naming 'Koshi' province (kh)

15/06/2024: Child marriage driving up maternal and newborn deaths: Report : Teenage pregnancy is highest in Karnali Province, at 21 percent, followed by Madhesh Province, at 20 percent, Koshi and Gandaki Province, at 13 percent, and Lumbini Province, at 10 percent, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Nepali queer couples in live-in relationships battle social stigma : They are often compelled to hide their relationship and lie to their homeowners and neighbours that they are either siblings or friends. Of late, things have changed for the better, however, by Manushree Mahat (kp), Call for Debate on Constitutional Economics, by Sudan Kumar Oli (rep), Resolving The Paradox Of State Sovereignty, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Govt makes 44.68 percent of annual capital expenditure in 11 months of current FY (rep) [The same procedure as every year!]

14/06/2024: Nepal insurgency victim takes case to UN Security Council : Ram Kumar Bhandari’s father was forcibly disappeared by state security forces during the conflict in 2001, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Rape culture: Review long overdue : We must build an environment where victims are empowered and supported to speak up and stand for the truth, by Shrochis Karki (kp), Is PM Dahal displeased with bureaucracy’s efficiency? (kh), Exodus of human capital : Education abroad doesn’t guarantee success, but our students aren’t sure about the quality here (kp), Functional Federalism Brings Balanced Development, by Ranju Kafle (rn), Chaos in Kawasoti: Police resort to aerial fire; Municipality building and Mayor’s house vandalized (kh), Over Rs 1.6 billion spent on identifying poor families, data collection still incomplete! (rep), KMC announces 'No Vehicle Zone' for ancient areas including New Road and Handigaon (rep), Bara campus chief dies after being shot by unidentified group (rep), NC-led govt in Gandaki Province loses majority as lawmaker Devkota ousted from his position (kh) [The political chaos in the provinces is definitely not a consequence of the federal system, but is caused by the lust for power of the incompetent so-called top politicians at the central level of the system, who have not understood the functioning and purpose of federalism at all!], 'GO AWAY' : Nepal is undermining international goodwill and losing revenue by driving out long-staying foreigners, by Sonia Awale (nt), Democracy’s discontents : Populism is a wake-up call for Nepal’s parties to mend their ways (nt), The kingdom within a republic : Mustang’s king grapples with the impact of climate breakdown and other challenges, by Durga Rana Magar (nt)

13/06/2024: Ruling, opposition parties unite against education ministry’s decisions : Major parties are miffed at Minister Sumana Shrestha’s decision to punish teachers involved in party politics, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Prohibiting teachers from participating in the political life of the country is a serious encroachment on the fundamental rights of these people!], Panel highlights media’s role in women’s political visibility : Experts call for increased media support for women in Nepali politics (kp), Manpower companies exploiting youths in the guise of free visa and free ticket for foreign employment (rep), National ID card mandatory for social security allowance (rn) [And what about the millions of people who are denied citizenship by the state for reasons of patriarchal thinking?], KMC rescues child laborer from house of provincial lawmaker Sharma, files complaint against her (rep)

12/06/2024: Nepal to seek action on Chinese pledges at bilateral meeting : Kathmandu is hosting the 16th Nepal-China foreign secretary-level meeting later this month, by Anil Giri (kp), A Bardibas settlement struggles with water shortages as sources dry up : Chure destruction and long drought have disrupted the water recharge system in the Tarai, says researcher, by Sunita Baral (kp), No more delays in hearing petitions challenging constitutional body appointments, petitioners say : Three years into the appointments, the constitutional bench has been deferring the case without hearing (kh) [Breaking the constitution for the purpose of maintaining his own power, as Oli did in 2020/21 with the support of Bidya Bhandari, was a very special form of corruption!], Provincial budgets suffer federal neglect : As the central government significantly reduces fiscal transfers, federalism remains as undermined as ever, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Lawmakers express concerns over increasing role of Nepali Army (kh), CK Raut advocates for directly elected Prime Minister system (kh), Bhattarai criticizes label of ‘Indian agent’, calls for new political force to address national issues (kh)

11/06/2024: Policy recommendation to end untouchability : The state should introduce new laws and policies to enforce the constitutional and legal provisions against it, by Mitra Pariyar (kp), Nepal fails to act on human rights abuses: US Department of State (kh) [see report on Nepal], Nepal receives nearly Rs 1200 billion in remittances in 10 months (kh), Supreme Court seeks case file in writ petition against Home Minister Lamichhane : Asks authorities to present a file on the case against GB Rai among others at Rupandehi District Court for the next hearing on June 18 (kp), Chart your own path : It is unfortunate to see lack of internal democracy in newer outfits like the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal (kp), CIAA directs govt to investigate residency permits of MPs, and govt employees (rep), Madhes govt’s decision to distribute Rs 50 million to MPs challenged at SC (kh) [????], NNTA shows concerns over budgetary ignorance to education sector (kh)

10/06/2024: Without pride and prejudice : The perception is that political reporting has prioritised personalities over issues and noise over sense, by Dharma Adhikari (kp), Undiplomatic conduct : The hasty recalls of ambassadors to 11 foreign capitals is a sign of immature diplomacy (kp), After mergers and splits, Upendra Yadav goes to convention to cement his position : Unity Convention comes at a crucial time when the court weighs a verdict on the legality of Ashok Rai forming party, by Puruashottam Poudel (kp), Problem lies in politicians, not provinces : Leaders squander majority, issue ordinance to help parties split and then blame the federal system for instability, interview with Prithvi Subba Gurung, deputy general secretary, CPN-UML (kp), India’s Lok Sabha Elections and Hindu Nationalism in Nepal, by Hrishita Badu (rep), SC orders additional documents against Home Minister Lamichhane : Seeks PM Dahal's statement in Parliament (kh), A Tale of Corruption and Collusion, by Ganga Bahadur Thapa (kh)

09/06/2024: Politicians, experts offer ways to make provinces viable : Congress General Secretary Thapa joins the chorus seeking reforms in the unstable provincial setup, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [It is not the federal system that is the problem, but the lack of understanding and the anti-federal attitude of politicians and parties. A return to a purely direct election system would only promote the socially anti-inclusive manipulations of power-hungry top politicians, but would not bring about political stability!], Residents of Khoriya settlement in Siraha are deprived of basic facilities and services : The village does not have roads, water supply and electricity. Villagers say they feel ignored by authorities, by Binay Aazad (kp), Kathmandu street vendors lament lack of options two years since ban : City is cleaner and better, but its benefits are not reaching the economically disadvantaged residents relying on street vending for livelihood, they say, by Manushree Mahat (kp) [Unfortunately, many of the mayor's sledgehammer methods have not been thought through to the end!], IMF shows concern over the audit report of the credits issued by BFIs (rep), Legal Education Empowers Dalits, by Umesh Raj Regmi and Rup Sunar (rn), Experts call for revising law curriculum (kh)

08/06/2024: Hasty envoy recalls may harm Nepal’s image, warn experts : Say Sharma’s untimely recall from India ahead of Prime Minister Dahal’s visit doesn’t send a positive message, by Anil Giri (kp) [All state positions must primarily serve to secure the power of the so-called top politicians. These power-hungry politicians are not at all interested in the extremely negative external effects of the frequent changes of personnel, including in the area of development co-operation!], Education Commission report, kept secret by Oli government, made public : Education ministry says Prime Minister Dahal will help Minister Shrestha implement the recommendations (kp), IMF expects Nepal’s economic activity to pick up : Nepal’s economic activity is expected to pick up with growth reaching 4.9 percent in Fiscal Year 2024/25, says the global agency (kp), Vibrant Public Sphere Vital For Solidarity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

07/06/2024: Study reveals 71 percent of Dalit women face violence due to inter-caste marriage, by Pabitra Sunar (rep), Protesters demanding justice for Nirmala Kurmi arrested (In pictures) (rep), Provincial games of throne : Those who fought for democracy and federalism will look for options if governments change frequently (kp), Prime Minister holds Mayors’ Forum meeting: Kathmandu’s Deputy Mayor Sunita attends, Mayor Balen absent (kh), Congress backs Kathmandu mayor’s New Road sidewalk expansion bid : Road office, under the ministry led by UML, foiled Balendra Shah’s plan to widen footpaths in the business,  district (kp) [It is an essential part of modern urban planning worldwide to reduce traffic areas for cars in favour of pedestrians!], Court orders fair compensation for land affected by transmission lines : Providing compensation for the land where a transmission tower stands alone is not enough. It should follow justifiable compensation for the right of way as well, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Lieutenant Colonel Malla detained for interrogation (rep) [Closed shop legal discovery? The general public has the right to information!], Politicization of Nepal’s judiciary is entrenched, by Kiran Paudel (ae), Conduct free and fair probe (ae)

06/06/2024: Government recalls ambassadors of 11 countries including India and USA (kh) [Only party affiliation counts, qualifications and performance play no role at all. The main thing is to maintain political instability and chaos, even in the face of the global community!], Lawmakers’ ignorance of provisions in bills fuels policy corruption : Anomalies can be checked if MPs are vigilant and lawmaking is transparent: Experts, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Children ill with jaundice in quake-hit Salyan settlements : Health workers and local officials attribute rising cases to hot weather, consumption of polluted water, and poor living conditions, by Biplab Maharjan (kp) [What did PK Dahal and other leading politicians declare during their disaster tourism trips to the earthquake zone? Correct: This time there will be immediate and unbureaucratic help for the people affected. That was it then!], Prime Minister Dahal greeted with black flags in Pokhara : Victims of cooperatives fraud were angry that the government did nothing to help them recover their savings, Depak Pariyar (kp) [I guess that's what you call lèse majesté. Are long prison sentences appropriate for such a capital offence?]

05/06/2024: SC concludes hearing on Agni Sapkota related murder case (kh), NC General Secretary Thapa demands basis for six percent economic growth target (kh), Dahal prepares for Cabinet reshuffle : He will induct ministers from Janamat and Nagarik Unmukti, and try to placate Unified Socialist too, by Anil Giri (kp), The allure of political pied pipers : Some populists can do good, but a rabble-rouser inevitably causes unmitigated disaster, by CK Lal (kp), Opposition bats for consensus government to effect charter reforms. Iron not hot, say ruling party lawmakers, experts : Agenda gains traction especially after political changes in Kathmandu shook provincial governments to their roots (kp), Govt secures less than Rs 3 billion in foreign grants, far short of Rs 50 billion target, by Dilip Paudel (rep)

04/06/2024: Nepal bidding for UN Human Rights Council, ECOSOC and several UN bodies : The most important candidature is for a non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the year 2037-38 (kp) [A country with so many shortcomings in terms of human rights should not be qualified for a place on the UN Human Rights Council!], Over 1.8M people likely to be affected by monsoon this year (kh), Fiscal budget ambitions clash with reality (kh), A growth-constricting budget : The five “transformative” sectors the government has prioritised in the new budget offer little novelty, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Give, don’t take : When devolution of power and resources is the need of the hour, cutting the budget for local units is regressive (kp), SC overturns order of former CIAA Chief Karki to Investigate Dixit duo, confiscate Madan Puraskar Land (kp), The fragility of Dahal-led coalition, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae)

03/06/2024: What about Nepal’s democracy? Political parties, elections, federalism, secularism and social inclusion, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh), Taming of the shrews : Even in politics, the men in charge prefer women who embody traditional femininity, by Sucheta Pyakuryal (kp), Reminiscing last week: Budget and leadership shifts (kh), PM Dahal advocates for prior rights for Dalit community (kh) [Dalits need comprehensive inclusion, involving appropriate political and administrative participation. There are more Dalits than Bahuns in Nepal. The latter dominate all areas of public life and politics. Dalits are virtually non-existent there. Even the prescribed participation of Dalit women at the local level is more pseudo, as recent reports have shown!], Cabinet reshuffle likely: Ranjita Shrestha set to become Tourism Minister (kh), Show cause order to home minister, attorney general : Clarification due in 15 days, must appear in court on June 10 with OAG’s letter and police complaint on co-op funds (kp), After 7 years of provinces, is Upendra Yadav’s grip on Madhesh politics loosening? If a new political party leads the province, it could improve governance, experts argue. After defeating Yadav in Saptari-2, CK Raut is growing in prominence, at least in Janakpur, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Local representatives picket finance ministry over grant reduction : Say budget cuts caused project delays and service disruptions (kp), EU expresses serious concern with prime minister over arrest of KMG chair Sirohiya : Ambassador Lorenzo highlights potential reputational risk to Nepal’s press freedom record (kp), Local representatives picket finance ministry over grant reduction : Say budget cuts caused project delays and service disruptions (kp), Local bodies sans law officers, creating legal chaos in local govts, by BP Aryal (ae)

02/06/2024: Governance by whim undermines rule of law (rep), Cooperatives probe committee yet to begin its work : Members accuse UML lawmaker Surya Thapa, who leads the panel, of failing to take the initiative for investigation, by Binod Ghimire (kp), People in Nepal-India border areas face hardships : Despite having land ownership certificates, the local residents cannot use their land for collateral for bank loans due to border disputes, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), New budget amid economic challenges, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep), Unified Socialist On Horns Of Dilemma?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Increasing Investment In Women’s Health, by Shyam P Lohani (rn), Women in politics and policy-making positions in Nepal, by Pallav Bhusal (rn), Experts suggest KMC cancel registration of 900 cooperatives (rn), Four parties demand removal of Madhes Chief Minister Yadav (kh) [Creating political instability is all Nepal's politicians have in mind!], Madhes: Political struggle intensifies as govt hangs in balance (kh), SC grants priority to Home Minister Lamichhane’s case, next hearing on June 10 (kh), SC halts Home Minister Lamichhane’s volunteer traffic enforcement plan (kh), CB Lama accused of over 1.5 billion rupees cooperative fraud, over 900 complaints filed (kh)

01/06/2024: Janamat Party spearheads efforts to form new govt in Madhes : CK Raut challenging Upendra Yadav in Madhes politics (kh), Parties closer towards forming a new government in Madhesh : Prime Minister Dahal, KP Sharma Oli and Madhav Nepal agree to jointly run the provincial administration, Unified Socialist spokesman says (kp), Women with disabilities struggle to exercise reproductive health rights : Absence of accessible infrastructure and lack of awareness among health workers are some of the hurdles, by Manushree Mahat (kp), Struggles For Recognition Bolster Inclusion, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), New policy mandates 10% of income to parents (kh)

31/05/2024: The Process of Political Polarization in Nepal, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Constitution, coalition and instability : A government becomes unstable when politicians do not respect the spirit of the constitution, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Deuba making concerted efforts to regain reins of power (kh) [Neither Deuba nor Oli nor Dahal are an option for Nepal's political future, and certainly not Gyanendra and his monarchists. Nepal does not need politicians who have failed several times and are only interested in personal power. The aforementioned politicians have erroneous or even no ideas about parliamentary democracy, federalism, secularism and social inclusion in a multi-ethnic and multicultural state. Neither a presidential system nor a pure majority voting system is needed to straighten out the political system, as this only opens the door to further manipulation. Rational, upright and non-power-hungry politicians are quite enough!], Is Khanal prevailing over Nepal in Unified Socialist? As party chair, Madhav Nepal has at times shown inclination to the Congress. Jhala Nath Khanal has been pushing for sticking to the left alliance, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Both are part of the failed power-hungry political guard and their manipulative games!], PM Dahal, Oli, and Nepal ‘assure’ stability in top leaders’ meeting in Baluwatar (kh), PM’s consent mandatory for Constitutional Council decisions (kh) [A further strengthening of authoritarianism in a manipulated system of power-hungry politicians!], Bill giving PM decisive vote in Constitutional Council moves ahead : House panel passes the provision after the UML, which opposed need for prime minister’s consent, backtracked (kp), Imminent crisis averted, opposition’s game plan doomed: PM Dahal (kh) [What are the differences between the opposition's game plans and those of the government? Can you even look in a mirror when you talk like that?], Commit to truth : The committee to probe misappropriation of cooperatives’ funds should build trust from the start (kp), Challenges in budget implementation (ae), Jail the messenger : There is freedom of expression in Nepal, but not necessarily freedom after expression (nt)

30/05/2024: Eerie silence : The cost of not speaking up against blatant attack on free speech could be too high for our democracy (kp), Arrest warrant issued for officials involved in issuing citizenship copy to Sirohiya (kh), KMG chair Kailash Sirohiya released : Says he will seek legal remedy to hold all those involved in framing him accountable (kp), Save Chure campaigners express dismay at government indifference to their demands : It’s been six days since the campaigners arrived in Kathmandu after their arduous walking journey, but the government has made no efforts to initiate talks, by Manushree Mahat (kp), Pandey is Gandaki chief minister again after court order : Surendra Pandey’s party, Nepali Congress, has just 27 seats in the 60-strong provincial assembly, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Incessant power struggles, creation of constant political instability, endless manipulations, prevention of the rule of law, disregard of basic civil liberties, neglect of the interests of both the State and the people - this is what Nepal's politicians do best!], Opposition parties vow to save Madhesh Cabinet : Madhav Nepal’s Unified Socialist hints at joining the opposition to back the Saroj Yadav government (kp), Leader Nepal getting closer to opposition (rep), Janamat Party to get Madhes Province Chief Minister (kh), Cross-party leaders visiting Colombia to study its transitional justice process : Congress leader Ramesh Lekhak says they will learn from the performance of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (kp) [Enjoy your journey. It will do nothing for the peace process as long as there is no political will and the people who were once responsible are still in office!], Dolakha children’s home damaged by 2015 quakes remains in dilapidated condition, nine years later : All five buildings of the Gaurishankar Children’s Home, which houses 17 children, have developed cracks, the roofs leak, and children live in fear, by Kedar Shiwakoti (kp),Time to Review the Constitution, by Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Nepali Congress (kh), Hearing on petition against Home Minister Lamichhane postponed today as well (rep)

29/05/2024: For women in foreign employment, the way to empowerment back home is not easy : Stories of three women who returned from abroad for good and started a new life back home, overcoming barriers aplenty, by Sunita Baral (kp), Undrinkable : Safe drinking water is a fundamental right. The authorities are duty-bound to fulfil that (kp), A budget that overlooks federalism : The government prioritises strengthening federalism, but the policies don’t reflect that, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Budget 2024/025: Charting the country’s economic course, by Srija Khanal (kh), Rs1.86 trillion financial plan with lofty goals : Economists say the carefully organised fiscal plan is bloated and will boost growth. But it could also push up inflation, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Government to set up peace fund to address conflict victims’ concerns : Rs1 million was offered in relief to the families of those killed or forcibly disappeared during the decade-long Maoist insurgency but many have been left out (kp) [This alone is not enough for justice! Furthermore, the amount of not even 7,000 euros is completely inappropriate.], Hearing on writ against Home Minister Lamichhane postponed (kh), House panel will probe cooperatives linked to home minister, others : CPN-UML’s Surya Thapa leads the seven-member committee, which has representation of five parties, by Anil Giri (kh), Numbers of youth seeking foreign employment opportunities surge, by Sabita Khadka (rep), 4,035 migrant Nepali workers died abroad in three years (rn), Translate Republican Ideals Into Reality, by Namrata Sharma (rn), Help Nepal combat climate crisis, by Jagadish Dahal (ae),Chinese envoy in Nepal courts controversy with apology demand from journalist over X post (rep) [This is not the first time he has failed to show diplomatic manners. China has had better ambassadors in Nepal!], Debate erupts in Nepal over Chinese Ambassador Song’s social media conduct (kh), Campaign objects to Chinese Ambassador’s threats to journalists (kh) , Perceived agriculture budget decrease due to lower fertilizer prices: FinMin Pun (rep) [The agricultural budget does not do justice at all to the importance and urgent needs of agriculture. So let's continue to drive up food imports and send even more young people into labour migration!], KMG Chairman Sirohiya released on general date (rep), Deuba’s residence hosts opposition parties’ meeting: Madhav Nepal joins discussion (kh) [!!??]

28/05/2024: Prachanda, do you hear us? It is striking that even the monarchists hadn’t quite harassed and intimidated KMG like this, by Mitra Pariyar (kp) [Politicians like Dahal, Oli and Deuba talk a lot, often nonsense, but they don't see, don't read and don't listen!], Kailash Sirohiya to be transferred to Kathmandu for medical treatment (kh), Dhanusha court extends KMG chair’s remand by three days : The man whose citizenship number matches Sirohiya’s is under pressure to remain silent, by Ajit Tiwari and Matrika Dahal (kp), Parties agree on probe panel TOR. Finalisation today : Home minister’s name won’t be mentioned. Panel will have three months to investigate the cooperatives scam, by Anil Giri (kp), NC endorses agreement to form parliamentary probe committee (kh), Why people have low expectations from budget : Because the country is at the peak of social despair, the new budget should address problems of the youths, say experts, by Purushottam Poudel (kp),, Next fiscal year to be a ‘Year of Economic Reform’ : Govt projects an economic growth of 3.9 percent for fiscal year 2024/25 (kh), Budget 2024/25: Average life expectancy 71.3 years, literacy 76 percent (kh), Government allocates Rs 60 billion to provinces and Rs 88 billion to local governments (kh), Government to lift ban on marijuana, brand local alcohols (kh), Government raises VAT on cigarettes and alcohol (kh), Women are unequally vulnerable to disaster risk : Gender issues are just an afterthought in contemporary DRR policies and practices, by Priya Kamarcharya (kp), Republican Rhetoric And Reality : The political parties and leaders that galvanised their forces to establish a new governing system have failed to translate the rhetoric into reality, by Nanda Lal Tiwari (rn), Madhes folks in Kathmandu to draw govt attention for Chure preservation, by Raj Karan Mahato (ae), Electoral system and political stability, by Jeetendra Dev (ae)

27/05/2024: People are now listening to democratically elected authoritarian leaders : It is shocking to me that some killings are considered non-serious, and could lead to de facto amnesty for those responsible, interview with Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard by Binod Ghimire (kp), Asian Human Rights Commission condemns arrest of KMG Chair Sirohiya : Accuses Home Minister Lamichhane of political vendetta to silence the press (kp) [Those responsible should be arrested and brought to justice instead of Sirohiya, including all those who support the machinations out of pure greed for power and protect the really guilty from prosecution!], Writ petition filed in SC seeking removal of RSP chairman Lamichhane from his position as Home Minister (rep), Representatives from various fields come together to condemn Sirohiya’s arrest : They termed the arrest an attempt to suppress voices from other critical communities (kp), Dhanusha District Court extends Kailash Sirohiya’s detention by three more days (kh), Former administrative officer confirms signature on Sirohiya’s citizenship is his : Kashiraj Dahal, retired official, was interrogated by police in connection with the document (kp), Reminiscing last week: From Sirohiya’s arrest to PM’s vote of confidence (kh), LSP Chair Thakur worries over non-implementation of agreements (kh), 3.8 million Nepalis receive Social Security allowance (kh), Elderly in outlying Achham villages trek up to three days to collect social security allowances : Efforts by some local units to distribute allowances from ward offices have faced challenges owing to resource crunch and poor internet, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Cooperative misappropriation: Baluwatar talks yield no breakthrough (kh) [There will be no solution as long as it is more important for the parties to protect their politicians!], SC hearing on petition against Home Minister Lamichhane and Attorney General Pokharel on Wednesday (kh), Government claims economic indicators improving amid political chaos : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal told Parliament he prefers not to resort to ordinances to present the new fiscal budget (kp), Kleptocracy casts a long shadow in Nepal, by Vidhu Prakash Kayastha (ae), SC nullifies Chief Minister Adhikari’s vote of confidence, Gandaki govt collapses (kh), Adhikari removed from chief minister’s post after Supreme Court’s order (nlt)

26/05/2024: Challenges of Nepali democracy : The actions of Prime Minister Dahal and his partners show that staying in power is their only goal, by Abhi Subedi (kp), NC holding protest in capital against cooperative fraud today (kh), New Congress proposal delays formation of House panel to probe cooperatives scam : The main opposition wants to name the cooperatives that the home minister received loans from and their office bearers in the probe terms of reference (kp), Back to streets, co-op victims ask coalition to honour past deals : Depositors scammed by cooperatives gather for the third phase of protests in order to recover their savings, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Sirohiya’s arrest unconstitutional and against the law: Former President Yadav. If there was any mistake in the citizenship certificate, the CDO could have sent a letter to the individual and corrected that, by Deepak Pariyar (kp), 21 editors of outlets across Asia call on PM Dahal to stop media intimidation : The umbrella body requested an immediate cessation of further police action and facilitation of a fair and appropriate legal process in the Sirohiya case (kp), Investigations reveal fake licenses were issued ‘under higher orders’ (rep), Parliament endorses govt’s policies and programs amid obstruction by NC (rep), Court Holds Key To Solve Political Disputes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt arrears surge to over Rs 1.18 trillion: OAG Report (kh), Unified Socialist urges PM to end parliamentary obstructions (rep)

25/05/2024: Kailash Sirohiya’s case is an outcome of administrative flaws, experts say : Many allegations levelled against Kantipur Media Group chairman don’t need jail even when proven, they argue (kp), Amnesty International calls for Sirohiya’s immediate release : Secretary General Agnès Callamard asks Prime Minister Dahal for the reason behind arresting the KMG chairman (kp), KMG Chair Sirohiya hospitalized due to heart issues (kh), Rs 2400 billion outstanding public debt (kh), Parties inch closer on parliamentary probe of cooperatives scam : Leaders say Nepali Congress agreed to avoid the mention of Rabi Lamichhane in panel’s terms of reference, by Anil Giri (kp) [Not mentioning Lamichhane may be in the interests of maintaining the government's power, but certainly not in the interests of the rule of law!], CK Raut advocates for directly-elected executive for political stability (kh), Call For Embracing Republican Virtues, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

24/05/2024: Cooperatives victims to launch protests starting today (kh), Sirohiya to be presented at court for remand extension (kh), KMG chair Sirohiya’s remand extends by three days (nlt), Parties divided over naming Lamichhane in probe panel ToR : Opposition insists on investigating the home minister. Coalition says targeting an individual sets bad precedent, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [It is not about any individual, but about the Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Of course he must be included in the investigation. But the government is obviously more concerned about maintaining its parliamentary majority!], Global media bodies take serious exception to KMG chairman’s arrest : Sirohiya must be released and the work of the KMG protected, not hindered, says RSF (kp), KMG chair Kailash Sirohiya’s defence at Dhanusha district court : His lawyers on Wednesday explained how discrepancies had crept into Sirohiya’s citizenship card, as well as the official records. The arrest is needless as the defendant has no chance of altering the evidence when not in custody,’ they say (kp), Business organisations object to arrest of Kantipur publisher : The FNCCI, CNI, NCC, and AAN, among others, say the tendency of arresting anyone just based on a complaint is problematic (kp), The cry of Chure : The region’s degradation impacts the lives of all Nepalis, and the government must act fast to save it (kp), Police intervene in demonstration by families and relatives of Nepalis in Russian Army (rep) [This is what you would call great support from the government?], Forming New Alliances : The ongoing political deadlock regarding Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane is likely to disrupt the long-standing monopoly of political power held by three parties for more than two decades (sp)

23/05/2024: The Arrival of Communist Panchayat System, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Push ahead with probe against home minister on dual passports and cooperatives fraud : A joint letter submitted by 31 editors to PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal on the arrest of KMG Chairman Kailash Sirohiya (kp), Congress vows to toughen stance on home minister investigation : Many leaders now say Lamichhane must quit for abusing his office to settle a personal score, by Anil Giri (kp) [Dahal will probably have to make a decision: Is the rule of law more important to him or saving his ruling majority by suppressing the investigation of the truth?], Sirohiya’s arrest draws widespread condemnation : More than two dozen editors conclude that the government had arrested KMG Chairman Sirohiya with the intent to pile pressure on, and instill fear in, the media fraternity (kp), Society of Professional Journalists questions motive behind Sirohiya’s arrest : Calls on the government to reaffirm its commitment to free and unfettered press (kh), Arrest of Kailash Sirohiya is deeply concerning: IFJ (kp) [see statement by IFJ], Supreme Court allows writ petition against letter aiming to shield Lamichhane : Attorney General’s Office on May 7 issued him a letter saying there are no cases against him in cooperatives fraud (kp), Amid parliamentary deadlock, what are the alternatives for introducing the budget? (kh), Burdens of bad air : While we do well in air quality monitoring, there is a gap in our mitigation measures (kp), An unbreathable future for children : The effect of air pollution on children and their families goes beyond health, by Ayush Joshi and Arun Rai (kp)

22/05/2024: Beyond Quotas for Women's Political Empowerment, by Aastha Pokharel (rep), Vendetta against media : Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane has exposed his anti-democratic character with the arrest of Kantipur Media Group chairman (kp), Dhanusha Police cite 6 grounds for arresting Kailash Sirohiya : Sirohiya in custody of District Police Office, Dhanusha (kh) [The reasons given may need to be clarified, but they are never enough to justify the arrest of a media boss whose publications reveal the machinations of many a politician on the basis of meticulous research. There have been politicians who did not even have Nepali citizenship, participated in elections and then even became Deputy Prime Minister! Others have unhinged the state and constitution and continue to manipulate political events and want to become PM again as soon as possible. Still others have been facing murder charges for years and still hold leading state offices. The list could go on and on. This is a targeted attack on the free media, nothing else!], Sirohiya presented at Dhanusha District Court, police seek five-day remand (kh), Arrest of KMG Chairman Sirohiya not a press freedom violation: RSP. "Distinction must be made between a profit-driven private enterprise and diligent journalist" (kh) [Okay, then Mr Lamichhane should be arrested immediately, because a distinction must be made between an upright politician who is interested in clarification and corrupt people who are interested in enrichment.], PM’s response: No personal grudge against Sirohiya, will be released easily through judicial process (kh) [This arrest is serious and inexcusable. Besides, how can a politician announce in advance what a court will decide? This is an abolition of the separation of powers!], KMG Chair Sirohiya to be presented at Dhanusha District Court for custody extension (kh) [The accusation could have been cleared up without an arrest!], Freedom of press, accountability, and transparency are guiding principles: US (kh), Leaders across political spectrum condemn Sirohiya’s arrest : Members of ruling and opposition parties, as well as the civil society, have denounced what they termed ‘hasty’ and ‘vindictive’ arrest of the Kantipur Media Group chairman (kp), Editors pen letter to PM expressing concern over KMG Chairman Sirohiya’s arrest (kh), PM Dahal urges public not to ‘overreact’ on Sirohiya's arrest amid legal proceedings (rep) [Clear protests against an attack on press freedom are not an overreaction! The government-owned newspaper Gorkhapatra only devoted a short note to the incident. Rising Nepal is completely silent on the matter. This strengthens the suspicion of manipulation from government circles!], Dhanusha District Court grants three-day-remand against KMG Chair Sirohiya (kh), Mismatch in PM Dahal’s assets raises eyebrows : It is clear that either he lied in 2016 or he is lying now, says Transparency International Nepal ex-chair Khem Raj Regmi, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Mr Lamichhane would call this sufficient reasons for immediate arrest!], Children from impoverished families missing school or struggling with attendance : Dropout rates and irregular attendance are high among girls, says Achham local unit official, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Pitfalls of performative politics : All politics is performance, and any politician is only as good as his last act, by CK Lal (kp), NC to launch street protests against cooperative fraud : To demand Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane's resignation (kh), SC orders registration of writ petition against Home Minister Lamichhane and Attorney General Dr. Pokharel (rep)

21/05/2024: The  Nepali Puzzle : Nepalis are disgusted by political leaders due to their inability to show behaviors befitting the republic, by Lok Raj Baral (rep), Intricate web of alliances shaping Nepal’s political landscape (kh), Coalition steamrolls trust vote amid opposition protest : PM Dahal wins his fourth confidence vote in 16 months, by Anil Giri (kp), Fourth trust vote in 16 months for PM Dahal (ae) [Stable and competent governments, like PM Dahal's, simply need a vote of confidence every few weeks!], Experts find fault in Rabi Lamichhane’s ‘whataboutery’ approach in Parliament : Though he got the opportunity to speak at Parliament after insisting on it for two months, he didn’t present any convincing evidence to prove the allegations wrong, experts say, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Off the rails : Deputy PM and Home Minister Lamichhane’s Parliament speech on Sunday set a dangerously low bar for decorum (kp), Resolve Cooperatives Row Right Away, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Recessionary fallout on banking : The economic revival looks challenging if the government fails to take bold countercyclical measures, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Mountains in the spotlight, by Pratik Ghimire (ae), Dhanusha Court grants permission to issue arrest warrant against KMG Chairman Kailash Sirohiya (kh), KMG Chairman Sirohiya approaches SC seeking an order to prevent his arrest (rep), KMG Chairman Sirohiya alleges strategic intervention in media (rep), KMG Chairman Sirohia arrested, police preparing to take him to Janakpur (rep), Arrest of KMG Chairman Sirohiya a planned conspiracy by Home Minister Lamichhane: Senior Journalist Ghimire (kh), SC receives another writ against arrest of KMG Chair Sirohiya (kh)

20/05/2024: Democracy in Distress?, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh), Reminiscing last week: Policies and Programs amid political turmoil (kh), PM Dahal taking a vote of confidence for fourth time today (kh), PM Dahal seeks vote of confidence amid NC obstruction (kh), Janamat Party decides to give vote of confidence to PM Dahal (kh), PM Dahal secures vote of confidence with 157 in favor (kh), PM Dahal’s vote of confidence: Pressure amid political rifts (kh), Unpaid and abused in jobs, women warn against seeking Gulf employment : When Bindra Devi Pariyar was ill, her Kuwaiti employers tortured her by pouring boiling water on her, and locked her in cage, by Tripti Shahi (kp), People with disabilities demand personal assistance services : NHRC has accused the police of using excessive force even as people with disabilities were protesting for their rights, by Manudhree Mahat (kp), The more things change : The long march for Chure conservation is suggestive of Nepali state’s neglect of the grassroots (kp), If Oli continues to manoeuvre, there might be other coalitions : In the long-run we will be in competition with the Congress but to safeguard democracy we should be together, interview with Ghanashyam Bhusal, CPN (US) (kp), Unavoidable Realism of Nepal’s Geopolitical Strategy, by Nabraj Lama (rep), Women lead the way in Kathmandu city management, by Ruby Rauniyar (rep), No deal on ToR of coop probe panel (ae) [Only those who have something to hide stubbornly refuse to be investigated!], NC Vice President Gurung writes letter to Speaker demanding action against Home Minister Lamichhane (rep)

19/05/2024: Kleptocracy and Urgent Need for Reform, by Ganga Thapa (kh), Major parties agree to form panel to look into cooperative scam : The parliamentary committee will be formed based on the terms of reference prepared by a four-member task force, by Anil Giri (kp), Discord over inclusion of Rabi Lamichhane’s name in fraud probe (kh) [Of course, Lamichhane's role must be clarified. The public has a right to know. Otherwise, the commission makes little sense. The political parties must finally stop giving prominent politicians a blanket licence!], Operatives on Cooperatives : Now, the word “thug” is synonymous to cooperative business, if not the image of a specific political leader, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), JSP Chair Yadav moves SC seeking stay order against PM Dahal’s vote of confidence proposal (kh) [According to Article 100 of the Constitution, the PM has the right to raise the question of confidence at any time. What is the SC supposed to say?], Marching from Madhesh to Kathmandu for Chure conservation : Campaigners for controlling unchecked deforestation and haphazard extraction of sand and stones in the region, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp), Speakers are supposed to be neutral. Not all succeed in the role : Many Speakers in Nepal’s parliamentary history have courted controversy for failing to maintain impartiality, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Presidents also have to be neutral, but BD Bhandari always supported the machinations and lies of KP Oli!], Committee to select office bearers for transitional justice bodies remains idle : The panel was formed last month despite reservations from the conflict victims and human rights defenders who want legal amendments before appointing office bearers (kp) [Justice for the victims is not desired by the politicians, as this could jeopardise their ambitions for power!], Bench, bar and barkeepers : The question confronting the Nepal Bar Association today is whether its members should practise law or politics, by Semanta Dahal (kp)

18/05/2024: As the rift widens, Congress becomes suspicious of prime minister’s motive : The main opposition party is yet to decide whether to obstruct Parliament on Monday (kp), Discussion between PM Dahal and NC leaders underway to end parliamentary deadlock (kh), PM Dahal agrees to form probe committee: Nepali Congress (kh), Meeting with Nepali Congress ends on positive note: PM’s Secretariat (kh), Speaker Ghimire to hold talks with key political leaders amid parliament impasse (kh), No caution even as toxic air takes heavy toll on public health : Pollution shaving 6.7 years off the lives of people residing in Siraha, and 6.2 years in Saptari and Rupandehi districts, by Arjun Poudel (kp) [Inaction by a completely incompetent government that only cares about political power struggles!], Quake-hit Jajarkot villages reel under water shortage after sources dry up : The magnitude 6.4 earthquake last November damaged 480 drinking water projects in Jajarkot, Salyan, and Rukum West districts, by Krishna Prasad Gautam and Harihar Singh Rathour (kp) [Another case of denial of immediate assistance!], Government set to relax party split rules : A faction with 40 percent support in either parliamentary party or central committee can launch a new party, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Democracy Needs Healthy Countervailing Power, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Parliamentary probe committee focusing on individual not feasible: Ishwor Pokharel (kh) [What a moronic statement! If a deputy PM is accused of corruption in this way, these accusations must be investigated individually without delay. This is the right of all citizens of the country! It must be ensured that the country is not ruled by corrupt elements. It should also be in Lamichhane's interest that this is clarified publicly!], Parties agree to form parliamentary probe committee to investigate cooperative fraud case (rep), NC President Deuba urges govt to address rights of Nepalis working abroad (kh) [This is important, but in the long run, jobs must be created in Nepal. All previous governments have failed to do this, including those led by Deuba!]

17/05/2024: Tension in Parliament widens rift between parties (kh), Ruling coalition and opposition on collision course : Scuffle after Speaker calls Lamichhane to rostrum, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Congress questions Speaker’s role after House drama : Accuses Devraj Ghimire of taking orders from UML chief (kp), Hope and trust with RSP : The president of the RSP is the rock star face of the party and that face is seemingly blurred, by Randhir Chaudhary (rep), PM Dahal seeking vote of confidence on May 20 (kh), Why is PM Dahal seeking a vote of confidence on May 20? A move likely to counter Nepali Congress in the parliament (kh), NC decides not to back down on demand for parliamentary committee to investigate cooperative fraud case (kh), PM Dahal, Oli, and Lamichhane hold talks at Singha Durbar (kh), Parliament meeting delayed after opposition seeks time to address assembly (kh), HoR meeting postponed to Sunday (rep), PM Dahal, NC leaders’ meeting scheduled for Friday evening postponed (kh), NC employs strategy to unite opposition against ruling alliance (kh), Opposition parties unite to demand parliamentary probe into cooperative fraud case (kh), Parliament deadlock: Why NC refused three-point agreement? (kh), Bridging education and employment : We must explore innovative strategies to effectively manage human resources and combat unemployment, by Prakriti Nepal (kp), SC directs implementation of employment plan for sidewalk vendors (kh), Soon, monsoon : Still reeling from last year’s flood, Kagbeni braces for another rainy season, by Anita Bhetwal (nt) [Another case of denial of immediate assistance!], What is lost cannot be repaid : Climate breakdown puts the very survival of a community in Nepal’s Mustang region in question, by Wen Stephenson (nt), 71.3 : Nepalis are living longer, women have longer lives than men and the population is ageing (nt), Who cares? Amnesty International issues scathing report on caste-based discrimination in Nepal (nt)

16/05/2024: Oli’s brinkmanship : Dahal may be on the throne, but it is clear who is setting the rules of the game, by Anurag Acharya (kp) [Why is he not actually being prosecuted for his constitutional violations, lies and machinations of 2020/21, including instigating the then president to support them?], Economic Challenges and Fiscal Responsibility, by Kalyan Shrestha (kh), Himalaya in Dilemma, by Binoj Basnyat (kh), Patan High Court clears Lamichhane of rape charge : Bench says the victim was not a minor at the time, and there was insufficient evidence to confirm rape, by Binod Ghimire and Dil Kumar Ale Magar (kp) [A disconcerting judgement that smacks of patriarchal thinking and celebrity protection!], Kin say girl shot by former teacher after she refused to withdraw rape complaint : Incident occurred on May 3. Suspect at large. Police clueless of his whereabouts. Family struggles to pay hospital bills, which have reached Rs500,000, by Parbat Portel (kp), Court issues interlocutory interim order against recognition of Rai-led party : Summons both sides for next hearing on May 21 (kp), Inviting judicial overreach : We repeatedly see that the court is being asked to rule on what are essentially political disputes (kp), Call For Debating Electoral Reforms, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Coalition dynamics and governance challenges in Nepal, by Vidhu Prakash Kayastha (ae), Dr. Govinda KC admitted to hospital after health deteriorates (kh), Dr. Govinda KC ends his hunger strike (kh), RSP declares no formation of parliamentary committee amidst NC obstruction (kh) [If Lamichhane really has a clean record, why is he so vehemently opposed to a commission of enquiry and prefers to plunge the country into political chaos? That stinks to high heaven!]

15/05/2024: Coalition rolls out ‘routine’ policies and programmes : Congress calls it a formality, says it does not need discussion in Parliament, by Anil Giri (kp), Policies and programs: Climate change issues take center stage (kp), NC’s obstruction in Parliament aimed at splitting coalition: RSP, by Gyanu Ghimire (kh) [And why does the government refuse to simply have the allegations investigated? The Nepalese public also has a right to know and the government has a duty to clarify this!], The erosion of morality in Nepali politics, by Pawan Adhikari (rep), Nepali Congress firm as ever on demand to form probe committee : The party says it allowed the President to present the policies and programmes as there was no parliamentary precedent of barring the head of state from doing so, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Fiscal federalism update : The national budget should acknowledge provincial and local governments, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Is judicial supremacy trumping constitutional supremacy in Nepal? Judiciary must be the last resort to decide the country’s political course, but trend is just the opposite, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp), 16th Plan: Govt aims for 7.3% economic growth and $2,351 PCI (kh) [And what is the reason for these utopian targets?], 16th plan estimated to cost Rs 11.1 trillion: NPC reports (kh)

14/05/2024: Reviewing Amnesty’s report on Dalits : Caste is so sacred for many Nepalis that they would rather go to jail or die than flout caste rules, by Mitra Pariyar (kp), Case filed at SC against PMO alleging exclusion of Dalit representation in current govt (rep),  Time to Revamp Electoral System?, by Shobhakar Parajuli (kh), K P Oli’s Machinations Brew Instability and Distract from Policymaking in Nepal (kh) [!!!], NC to allow govt to present policies and programs in Parliament (kh), Nepali Congress obstructs House of Representatives meeting (kh), Cabinet approves government’s Policies and Programs : President Ram Chandra Paudel to present policies and programs in Parliament today (kh), Parties dig in as efforts intensify to end House deadlock : If Congress gives its green signal, President Paudel will present policies and programmes in Parliament today, by Anil Giri (kp), Kagbeni residents fear monsoon havoc amid government inaction after last year’s flooding : Local units cannot prepare for disaster management as it requires huge funds and expertise, so provincial and central governments must take measures to reduce the risk, says expert, by Basant Pratap Singh (kp) [But the politicians are so busy with constant power struggles and changes of government that they can't worry about such unimportant things!], From the centre to the provinces: The diminishing influence of regional parties. They once presented a formidable challenge to mainstream parties. Now the same forces are reduced to fringe positions,grappling with intra-party feuds and divisions. Experts say relevance of regional forces is still there, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), President Paudel unveiling govt’s policies and programs (kh) [Partly utopian as always, partly violating fundamental human rights, such as the right of all citizens to political engagement!], Nepal aims for self-sufficiency in fruit, animal and fish production (kh), Govt to form dedicated regulatory body for cooperatives’ supervision and regulation (kh), Govt pledges to allocate land to 500,000 landless people (kh), Government to implement ship registration provisions (kh), Government commits to year-round Melamchi Drinking Water supply in Kathmandu (kh), Government prohibits teachers from political party membership (kh), Govt proposes to scrap or postpone ‘unnecessary’ infrastructure projects (rep), Government’s policies and programs: Embracing the ‘IT Decade’ (kh), Doubt that policy and programmes will be implemented, says main opposition NC (nlt)

13/05/2024: No stone should be left unturned to ensure justice for conflict victims : Organising the Investment Summit ahead of the 2026 LDC graduation has reinforced the message that Nepal’s market is open and ready for private investment, interview with United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nepal Hanaa Singer-Hamdy (kp), Deputy PM Upendra Yadav resigns (rep), JSPN withdraws support to Dahal-led government (ae), Upendra Yadav challenges EC’s recognition of Janata Samajbadi Party, files writ at Supreme Court (kh), Reminiscing last week: Political rifts and Mt Everest ascent (kh), No sign of end to Parliament deadlock, as day to unveil policies and programmes approaches fast : Despite the time running out, the meeting between Prime Minister Dahal and Nepali Congress leaders couldn’t yield any result, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), NC to not seek Home Minister’s resignation following parliamentary probe committee formation (kh), Nepali Congress’s continued obstruction raises concerns and questions : "The government should be concerned, not us," says Dr. Mahat (kh), 7 years on, Nepal and China still at odds over BRI execution : Bureaucrats and politicians blame geopolitics for delay, apart from Nepali leaders’ reluctance to take Chinese loans, by Anil Giri (kp), Unfit for consumption : Lack of regular monitoring has allowed eateries to serve contaminated food to consumers (kp)

12/05/2024: Reparation no substitute for truth and prosecution, say conflict victims, activists : They ask for uniformity among state bodies on addressing the victims’ reparative needs, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Incidents of press freedom violation on the rise in the past one year (rep) [see report by Freedom Forum], Probe panel row casts shadow over budget presentation : Ruling party leaders hopeful of a deal but main opposition rules out any compromise without the panel’s formation, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), PM Dahal flexible to forming parliamentary probe committee, claims NC leader Lekhak (kh), Are Gagan and Shekhar charting strategy against Rabi? (kh), Between politics and education : Political parties will harm education if they continue using students and teachers for politics, by Abhi Subedi (kp) [The abuse of teachers and pupils for party political interests is reprehensible, but difficult to avoid, as the basic right of all people to political engagement must be respected in a democratic state.], Dr Govinda KC begins 22nd fast-unto-death demanding PM Dahal’s resignation (rep), Maoist Center withdraws support to Madhesh govt, two ministers resign (rep), UML withdraws support to Madhesh govt (rep), JSP Nepal-led govt in Madhesh Province loses majority, preparations to form a new govt underway (kh) [Oh, what fun it is! The parties continue to do what they do best: Toppling governments, breaking agreements, forming new coalitions, splitting parties, etc. And everything is coordinated by the national level of the supposedly federal state....]

11/05/2024: Caste discrimination against Dalits is systemic and widespread: Amnesty International report : There is an urgent need to take special measures to improve the situation of Dalit women and girls, the organisation says in a new report (kp) [see Amnesty International report], Pokhara metropolis finds Lamichhane involved in cooperative fraud (nlt), Thapa, Lamichhane trade barbs as House meet fails on Day 1 : Home minister dares Congress leader to establish his guilt. Thapa challenges Lamichhane to prove his innocence, by Anil Giri (kp), NC signals allowing Parliament to function to unveil govt’s policy and program (kh), NC calls parliamentary party meeting to strategize on continuing parliament obstruction (kp) [Nepal's democracy in action: ruthless power struggles, parliamentary blockades, pointless chatter, corruption, nepotism, but no constructive politics!], Power Politics Detrimental To Stability, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Dr. Govinda KC initiates 22nd fast-unto-death, calls for Prime Minister’s resignation (kh)

10/05/2024: Family Rights Nepal raises issues of Nepali citizens’s foreign spouses and children deprived of natural rights due to unclear laws (rep), Budget session of the Parliament to begin today (kh) [Sure?], Budget session uncertain as NC stands firm on demand for probe committee (kh), Nepali Congress vows to block parliament over fraud probe committee demand (kh), Experts highlight need for realistic budgeting in tackling economic challenges (kh), Private sector urges massive capex booster to revive economy : Presenting a wishlist for the upcoming budget, industrialists say a larger capital injection would encourage them to pump the money as well (kp), After split in JSP-Nepal, politics hots up in Madhesh over fate of coalition  : Leaders weighing options in anticipation of Upendra Yadav’s party leaving Singha Durbar, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Cruellest crime : The grabbing of children organisation’s land is a disturbing reminder of other recent major land scams (kp), Small projects will be handed to Province and Local levels: PM Prachanda (rn) [You still have an extremely centralist mindset, Mr Dahal! In a federal state, provinces and local levels have the right and should also have the means to decide on and implement independent projects. They do not have to be decided and delegated by the national government. That is not federalism!]

09/05/2024: Child marriage and teenage pregnancies afflict Achham : Despite being outlawed, underage marriages persist. As teenagers elope and often get pregnant, parents are forced to arrange their marriages, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Leadership battle brewing in Unified Socialist Party, by Gyanu Ghimire (kh), JSP row: Yet another faction emerges; leaders opt for neutrality (kh), JSP's split threatens political stability (rep) [Which stability??], Nepali Congress may allow Lamichhane to speak in Parliament : The main opposition plans to disrupt proceedings as soon as he concludes his statement as it insists on parliamentary probe, by Anil Giri (kp) [Another pointless parliamentary session looms: no laws passed, no rational discussion of the budget, just endless power struggles between stubborn politicians and parties!], Political parties shift stances based on convenience : In two recent cases of gold smuggling and cooperative funds embezzlement, the Congress and the UML have opposite positions on how to probe them, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Karki’s excesses in Koshi : The Koshi chief minister’s fall from power is sadly accompanied by a fall from grace (kp), Understanding Nepali bureaucracy : Excessive power to 'karmacharis' leads to a lack of efficiency in public institutions, by Sushav Niraula (kp), Avoid Duplication For Resource Efficiency, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

08/05/2024: Experts call for carving feminist policies including foreign policy : Nepal has been unable to translate its constitutional and international commitments on gender equality, Ansari says (kp), PM Dahal assures of ‘innovative approach’ in upcoming budget (kh) Finance Minister faces dilemma amid PM’s budget interference (kh), Ruling parties reject ‘targeted’ inquiry into home minister : Instead propose setting up a panel with a mandate to look into the problems of the cooperative sector as a whole, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Koshi chief minister Karki refuses to quit, dismisses need for floor test : As per a March 4 deal, a UML leader is supposed to become the new chief minister, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Civil society leaders demand dismissal of President’s Advisor (kh), Nepal from the perspective of Beijing, by Simone Galimberti (ae)

07/05/2024: CZOP urges govt to prioritize child rights issues (rep), Ministry Reports: Nearly 80% of women still face violence in Nepal (kh), Janata Samajbadi Party registered amid legal confusion : Recognition by election body based on regulations of a law, which was replaced by ordinance that lapsed 3 years ago, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [The Political Parties Act 2017, which is undemocratic in several passages, was amended by the Deuba government in 2021 with manipulative intent by ordinance. According to Article 114 of the Constitution, this amendment is invalid as it has not been approved by Parliament. Consequently, the original version of the law applies.], Divided we fall : The breakdown of alternate political forces damages the health of Nepali democracy (kp), Newly-formed JSP faction to uphold support for Dahal-led govt (rep), With the split of JSP-Nepal, ruling coalition narrowly saves the govt from collapse, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Prime Minister Dahal denies involvement in JSP split (kh) [Of course, but who still believes in Dahal's words?], Coalition’s future uncertain after JSP split, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae), Hospitalisation should not be counted in judicial custody, says doctors’ body : Recommendation comes amid growing trend of high-profile detainees seeking hospitalisation to avoid prison stay, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Wildfire of global crises : The talk of clean, green, or renewable energy is only tokenism or sugar-coating, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Devising a gender-responsive budget : Using the amount allocated for the GRB on infrastructure development undermines women’s rights, by Indu Panta (kp), FWEAN asks govt to prioritize women entrepreneurs in new budget (rep), Shelter needed for Jajarkot quake survivors: Karnali CM Kande (kh) [Denial of assistance despite great promisses!], Parties fail to reach agreement on parliamentary obstruction, NC insists on investigation against Rabi (kh), NC accuses govt of protecting Home Minister Lamichhane in fraud case (kh), Home Minister Lamichhane refutes need for probe, cites Attorney General’s clearance (kh), Inclusive Election in Nepal, by Dev Datta Joshi (rep), Accord Top Priority To Poverty Alleviation, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

06/05/2024: Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal, a ruling partner, splits : A faction led by federal council chair Ashok Rai applies to register a new party at the Election Commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Ashok Rai-led Janata Samajbadi Party officially registered at EC (rep), Gandaki Speaker announces majority in favour of Chief Minister Adhikari, Congress protests : The opposition party objects to Speaker Dhital’s recognition of 30 as a majority in the 60-strong provincial assembly, by Deepak Pariyar and Pratiksha Kafle (kp), Do it together : Ruling and opposition parties must join hands to collectively tackle co-operative fraud (kp), It does not suit the Congress to change its position on transitional justice : The main intent behind demanding a parliamentary probe against the home minister is to ask for his resignation once the probe committee is formed, interview with Padam Giri, Minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs (kp), UML Chair Oli advocates leftist unity (kh) [These are once again completely selfless ambitions on the part of Mr Oli, who just a few days ago categorically rejected a merger of the left!], Status of RTI implementation in Nepal : RTI implementation is still challenging despite the RTI act promulgated over 15 years ago, by Umesh Pokharel (ae)

05/05/2024: Dalit women in local governance : Political parties must understand that quotas don’t ensure adequate and meaningful resources, by Sajhana Tolange (kp), Dahal hints at House panel on cooperative cash embezzlement : Prime minister informs Congress chief Deuba about plan to refer the issue to a House committee for investigation, by Abil Giri (kp), Sudurpaschim Chief Minister Sodari’s trust vote uncertain as UML buys time : Assembly meetings scheduled for Friday and Saturday deferred due to dispute, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Power struggles and the changing of coalitions and governments, usually in breach of original agreements, are the exclusive tasks of the political parties!], ‘Development’ putting communal living in danger : As open spaces in the valley are slowly being encroached, people are deprived of chances to live communally, to rejuvenate mentally and to have a safe space when disaster strikes, by Anish Ghimire (kp), Urgent action needed as delayed rain threatens Nepal's Terai, by Menaka Hamal (rep), JSP splits during Upendra Yadav’s overseas trip, seven lawmakers registering new party (kh), Faction exiting Upendra Yadav-led JSP to remain in ruling coalition, affirms support for govt (kh), These are the seven lawmakers exiting from Upendra Yadav-led JSP to form new party (kh)

04/05/2024: 11 ministers opt to keep their property details secret (kh) [This is very revealing!], Experts warn against hasty change in electoral system : As two major parties peddle the narrative of a flawed system that elects hung parliament, direct election is no panacea, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [The problem is the political parties and not the electoral system. Despite serious manipulation in the run-up to the elections and even greater social exclusion and nepotism, none of the ‘major’ parties are able to secure majorities. A purely direct election system is not very democratic and would still not bring about any political stability with these power-orientated ‘top politicians’!], Experts stress recognition of indigenous communities’ rights to foster sustainable tourism, by Aesha Bajracharya (rep), Ethical Leadership: A Hard Nut to Crack for Many Leaders in Nepal, by Fr. Augustine Thomas (rep), Culture Key To Spurring National Integration, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

03/05/2024: Media freedom in Nepal : Despite the constitution guaranteeing legal provisions, there has been little progress in implementation, by Umesh Pokharel (kp), Press under Pressure : When the other pillars of democracy fail to act as check and balance, the press has to step in to hold power to account, by Sonia Awale (nt), Media Action Nepal report highlights 34 press violation incidents over the year (kh), Governments not protecting press freedom, report says (kh), Internet disruption in Nepal as Indian firm cuts services : Airtel, India’s leading vendor, halted services for around 5 hours over outstanding payments by Nepali private ISPs, by Krishana Prasain (kp), RPP leader Basnet out of contact after police issue arrest warrant in embezzlement case (kh), Fires continue to ravage homes, displace people : Ten houses gutted in separate incidents in Solukhumbu. Two elderly killed in Dhading village. Displaced without shelter and enough food in Saptari, by Madhav Aryal (kp), Kathmandu's pollution at hazardous level, tops chart of world’s most polluted cities (rep), Unbreathable : The government has failed to provide people with clean air, depriving them of a basic human right (kp), Climate Change Exacerbates Forest Fires, by Asmita Khanal (rn), Nepal will need an investment of Rs 6.1 trillion to produce 28,500 MW of electricity by 2035, by Hari Prasad Sharma (rep), Over two dozens bills stalled in previous parliamentary session yet to be registered for deliberation, by Ishwari Subedi (rep) ]You can be sure that the politicians are already thinking about how they can prevent this in the coming session. After all, their pointless power struggles are what they were elected for!]

02/05/2024: NHRC to stay away from office-bearer nomination panel : Conflict victims want amendments to transitional justice bill before the process to appoint office bearers begins, by Binod Ghimire (kp), RSP after Ilam : Congress and UML continue to be the mainstays of Nepali politics. They are still hard to challenge (kp), Messages from Ilam and Bajhang : The tropes used in politics are temporary, and a leader’s charisma cannot inspire voters for long, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), ISPs warn of possible internet disruption : Nepal’s telecom regulatory body has asked the central bank not to provide foreign exchange and bank guarantees to the ISPs until they clear their taxes (kp), Nepal’s labor exodus drives Indian laborers to fill gaps in domestic factories, by Aesha Bajracharya (rep), Rs 635.7 mln revenue collected from mountaineering in two months (rn) [That's not even 45 million euros! Considering the severe environmental and waste problems caused by mountaineering, this is peanuts!], Every state organs must function well, by Jagadish Dahal (ae), Supreme Court sets new precedent, distinguishes marital rape from rape in a landmark ruling, by Bhasa Sharma (rep) [According to the patriarchal Nepalese way of thinking, women become the property of their husbands when they get married and have to be submissive?], Internet services disrupted in Nepal, bandwidth restriction by Indian company (kh)

01/05/2024: Ilam bypoll: Fillip for old parties, reality check for RSP : Experts say traditional parties remain relevant and identity politics continues to thrive, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Damak’s business tower stands deserted ahead of inauguration (kh), NHRC calls for promoting labor rights (kh), Unified Socialist is quietly weighing a new alliance : Leaders of the reluctant member of the ruling coalition say Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal can’t be trusted in the long run, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Power monger KP Oli leaves no doubt that he would like to wish Madhav Kumar Nepal and his party to hell and PK Dahal always turns his colours to the wind anyway to keep his power!], PM Dahal is ready to do anything for power: Dr. Baburam Bhattarai (kh), Government recognises forest fires as disaster but neglects victims : Impoverished forest fire victims are struggling in hospitals unable to pay for medicines, by Arjun Poudel (kp), A new approach to legislation in Nepal : To enhance transparency in law-making, citizen’s true involvement and ownership should be ensured, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Putting People And Planet Before Profit, by Namrata Sharma (rn), Finance Minister asserts 4.5 percent economic growth potential (rn) [This unrealistic assumption contradicts all national and international expert committees!], Why did the investment summit fail to produce the desired result? (ae), Rights organisations call for addressing problems of agriculture labourers (nlt)

30/04/2024: Problem in provinces : The provincial-level leaders should stop acting as puppets of their political masters in Kathmandu (kp), Communist Party of Nepal (Bahunbadi) : Even if Nepal becomes a classless utopia, it will remain infested by caste hierarchy, by Mitra Pariyar (kp), Kathmandu ranks as world’s most polluted city : Air quality data reveals alarming PM2.5 levels (kh), Pollution rises in Kathmandu, people urged to wear masks (rn), UML’s Bhandari wins Bajhang by-poll, Suhang Nembang widens lead in Ilam : The ruling UML appears poised to win both the seats in the bypolls held in Ilam and Bajhang (kp), UML’s Suhang Nemwang emerges victorious in Ilam-2 : UML gets 27,772 votes; Nepali Congress 21,942, and Dakendra Thegim 11,457 votes (kh), RSP’s Milan Limbu fails to secure 10% votes in Ilam-2 (kh) [Is the RSP another short-lived party that claimed to be alternative but then wasn't?], Insights from the Ilam-2 by-election (kh), GEFONT Report: 21.7% of industries fail to pay minimum wage (kh), Court quashes petition against Adhikari’s appointment as chief minister : The apex court suggests resolving the dispute through floor test from the provincial assembly (kp), Third Session of Karnali Province prorogued without passing any bill (rep) [Thanks to anti-democratic national leaders!!]

29/04/2024: Preserving Nepal’s Indigenous Communities : Assessing the Need for Expanded Protected Areas, by Sasha Sunuwar (kh), Toxic air is giving young children asthma : Doctors say it could damage lungs, and urge prompt medical attention for symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Fires continue to devour forests across various districts : Wildfires usually start from March in Nepal, when farmers burn the crop residue on the fields and the threat keeps growing until April-May, by Madhav Aryal and Durgalal KC (kp), Gandaki Province reports cases of forest fire at 467 locations (rep), Ruling and opposition parties close ranks to assure investors : Leaders stress that political instability is no threat to investments as policy stability creates an investor-friendly climate (kp) [??], Congress’s gamble against Rabi : The NC’s obstruction of Parliament and muzzling of Lamichhane will not help get their votes back, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Hearing on 'murder' case against Agni Sapkota scheduled in SC after 17 years, by Bhasa Sharma (rep), Nepal’s Media fraternity battles disinformation, by Sameer Sharma (kp), Recurring Prisoner’s Dilemma in political landscape, by Yuvraj Chaudhary (ae), Nepal govt bypasses parliament to allow commercial projects in protected areas, by Abhaya Raj Joshi (Mongabay)

28/04/2024: Nepal Investment Summit 2024 begins in Kathmandu (kh), Nepal investment summit begins today : More than 1,700 investors from 55 countries will take part in the two-day event. The last summit was held in 2019 (kp), Govt to solicit letters of intent for 20 projects, primarily hydropower, at 3rd Investment Summit (kh), Congress objects to last-minute ordinance to amend multiple laws : Government awaits President’s approval of the legislation aiming to streamline provisions to attract foreign investors (kp) [The laws already should have been changed by parliament when the NC was still part of the government!], Kathmandu tops list of most polluted cities worldwide (kh), Polling peaceful in Ilam, Bajhang : As ballots are gathered, election officials are preparing to begin vote count early today, by Parbat Portel and Basant Pratap Singh (kp), Government retains disputed provisions in new media council bill : The communications ministry on Thursday registered the bill, which envisions a committee led by its secretary to select the chairperson and members of the council, by Binod Ghimire (kp), What Ails Our Loktantra?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [The politicians, especially the so-called top leaders!]

27/04/2024: By-elections underway in Ilam and Bajhang, to continue till 5 pm (kh), Investment Summit approaches, but key ordinance pending : Ordinance to amend laws to remove hurdles yet to reach President. Officials say Sheetal Niwas will get it today, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [An ordinance is only temporarily binding and requires confirmation by the parliament elected by the people at its next session (Article 114 of the Constitution). This is not a trustworthy investment guarantee! It is a serious omission on the part of the government not to have passed the necessary legislative amendments through parliament in good time!], Victims of cooperative scams lament government apathy for arresting GB Rai : Demand Prime Minister Dahal’s intervention to resolve the problem, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (kp), Nepal awash with trademark, patent infringement plaints : Industry insiders say it takes years for infringement settlement because the Department of Industry, which handles the cases, is not a fully judicial body, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Navigating Nepal's Labor Rights Landscape, by Anupam Bhattarai (rn)

26/04/2024: Nepal fails to make progress towards delivering truth, justice and reparations to victims of Maoist conflict: Amnesty (nlt), Youth attempts suicide amid police torture over Facebook comments against home minister, by Tapendra Karki (rep) [The Maoist-led government is even committing new human rights violations through the police, who are fond of torture!], Aftab Alam, three others get life terms over 2008 killings : Rautahat Court convicts them of killing at least two people in Rajpur of the district on the eve of 2008 CA elections, by Shiva Puri (kp), District Court Rautahat sentences four individuals including Aftab Alam to life imprisonment, by Madan Thakur (rep), Pokhara Int’l Airport corruption scandal deepens : Former ministers under scrutiny as CIAA digs deeper (kh), Special Court orders judicial custody for Sunil Paudel over illegal wealth acquisition charges (rep), CIAA files corruption case against 10 persons, including Land Revenue Office staff in Solukhumbu (kh), Time to declare EVMs’ end : Don’t allow more public money to be drained by this project (rep), Stakeholders call for transparency as Beijing pushes for early implementation of BRI projects in Nepal (rep), Kathmandu takes lead as world’s most polluted city (kh), Air pollution takes its toll on Nepal’s tourism capital : As smog levels soar in Pokhara, travel trade entrepreneurs fear worse days ahead for the popular tourist destination, by Deepak Pariyar (kp), Government neglect leaves villages without piped water : Bad roads extend travel time between Ilam headquarters and Mangsebung Rural Municipality to over six hours although the distance is just 80 km, by Laxmi Gautam (kp), Ensure migrant workers’ voting rights: Lawmakers (ae) [The right to vote is one of the fundamental rights of all Nepalese citizens. The SC instructed the government to guarantee this right a long time ago. But this right is still denied to 25 per cent of the citizens!], Nepal’s investment climate myths (ae)

25/04/2024: The return of the chhau : Our campaigns to educate the people about the ills of ‘chhaupadi’ are inadequate (kp), Fire destroys 110 homes in Mahottari : Displaced families are sheltering at a local school. Relief immediate priority, officials say, by Sunita Baral (kp), Top court intervenes in Gaur massacre case : The Supreme Court orders the Rautahat District Police Office and the District Attorney’s Office to furnish written clarifications for not investigating the mass killing of 2007 (kp), New provincial cabinets slow to take full shape : From court cases to differences among ruling partners, chief ministers are struggling to appoint ministers (kp) [Nepal's so-called top politicians lack any understanding of federalism. They identify democracy with power struggles and are thus destroying the future of the country!], Evidence-Based Policy Making in Nepal: Challenges and the Way Forward, by Rakshya Silwal (rep), Election Key To Democratic Politics, by Mukti Rijal (rn), SC hearing on fake Bhutanese refugees case involving ex-deputy PM Rayamajhi today (rep), MoEST seeks EC’s help in identifying teachers linked to political parties (rep) [The right to be involved in political parties and to actively participate in political life is one of the fundamental rights of every human being in democratic constitutional states; this must therefore also apply to Nepalese teachers!], Former Minister Aftab Alam gets life imprisonment for Rajapur bomb incident (kh)

24/04/2024: Chhau sheds reappear. Deep-rooted tradition, failed campaign blamed : Four years ago, a one-off campaign was launched by the government to dismantle menstruation sheds, but there was no follow-up, by Menuka Dhungana (kp) [Why don't men go to cow sheds during their wives' periods when they can no longer stand being under the same roof as their wives?], Tensions escalate as UML Chair Oli and Unified Socialist Chair Nepal engage in war of words (kh), Who will save the current coalition?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae), No immediate chance of Congress, UML partnering for poll reforms, leaders hint : As rumours swirl of two biggest parties uniting to topple Maoist-led government soon, UML leaders defend the coalition, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Such statements by politicians mean absolutely nothing in Nepal!], Make Nepal a land of truth, by Jagadish Dahal (ae), Putting out the flames : The government must take a multipronged approach, bringing together various stakeholders to make wildfires a rarity (kp), Geoeconomics of alternative energy : Political negotiations can help Nepal benefit from Chinese power projects as long as India is kept out of the arrangement, by CK Lal (kp) [Be sure, this would be contrary to US power interests!], Nepal's Seismic Struggle and Ongoing Recovery Dynamics, by Raju Thapa (rep), Third Investment Summit: Government to showcase 150 lucrative projects (ae), SC issues show cause order in Gaur Massacre case (kh), SC to hear case against former Speaker Sapkota’s alleged involvement in murder (kh)

23/04/2024: Resham Chaudhary, convicted in Tikapur murder case, ineligible for party membership: Ranjita Shrestha (kh), Parliament obstruction will persist unless formation of probe committee on Home Minister’s alleged fraud: Dr. Shekhar Koirala (kh) [Yes, parliament is primarily an instrument for politicians and parties to play their power games! Laws can also be passed without parliament by means of ordinances, as Oli, Dahal and Deuba have repeatedly shown in recent years!], Oli, Dahal against communist reunification in haste : During the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Nepal Communist Party, the two leaders hinted at the need for left unity, albeit cautiously, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [Of course, both see themselves as the one and only godlike left-wing leaders. But neither can be called a communist!], Not how it works : The undue involvement of province heads and speakers in provincial politics is most troubling (kh) [Politicians see themselves as being above the law and not responsible to parliament, the judiciary and the people!], Costs of missing construction code : A strong “code of conduct” on public construction can help improve the socio-economic life of Nepal, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Govt amends nine laws through ordinance to attract investors, by Dilip Paudel (rep), Populism and Nepal’s democracy, by Sushil Thapa (ae)

22/04/2024: Mountain villages bearing direct brunt of climate change : Avalanches and landslides intensify in the upper regions while droughts and heatwaves have surged in the plains, by Arjun Poudel (kp), After Gandaki, government formation in Sudurpaschim challenged in court : The Nepali Congress has accused both provincial heads of flouting the constitution (kp), Oli’s long game : As always, the UML chief has made a calculated move. Yet he controls only part of a large political puzzle (kp), Direct election of prime minister and chief ministers way out of instability : Just like a set of elite people has captured Kathmandu’s politics, another set of elites has captured the politics of Janakpur, the capital of Madhesh Province, interview with Tula Narayan Shah (kp)

21/04/2024: Health of the republic : Despite many governmental instabilities at the centre and the provinces, the republic's future is secure, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Relatives of Nepalis serving in Russian military up in arms with a set of demands : 295 have formally sought repatriation of their kin fighting the Russia-Ukraine war (kp), What to expect from the investment summit : Despite policy reforms, bureaucratic red-taping and lack of implementation play the spoilsport in foreign investments, by Bibhuti Kharel (kp), Cotiviti controversy mars Investment Summit in Nepal : The lawsuit filed right before the investment summit clearly sends a bad message to the investors, by Anupam Bhattarai (rep), Coalition Unity Under The Strain?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), A dozen laws to be amended through ordinances: PM Dahal (kh) [That's really democratic. Parliament can be abolished permanently. With his 11 per cent voter support, Dahal will remain PM in the long term and his party cannot fall any further. Costly elections can be spared and the money invested in corruption instead. Only the constant coalition changes under PM Dahal will continue. After all, this is what Nepal's politicians understand by democracy. (Satirical, but not entirely out of touch with reality!)

20/04/2024: Lack of investment-friendly laws raises concerns as Investment Summit approaches, by Dilip Paudel (rep) [The main thanks go to Dahal, Oli, Deuba and others, for whom their manipulation of power was more important than the unimpeded legislative work of parliament!], 19 hydropower projects to be showcased at investment summit (rep), Beijing’s message: Won’t tolerate anti-China activities in Nepal : Parties and stakeholders should be involved in projects, CPC leader tells Nepali Maoists, by Anil Giri (kp) [This wording makes it sound as if Nepal is a subordinate vassal state of China!], This is not a cursed nation; rather a nation drained by leeches: Home Minister Lamichhane (kh) [Even if you should be clean yourself, Mr Lamichhane, you can't rebuild the country by joining forces with the power-mad and often failed forces!], Gandaki CM Adhikari assigns portfolios to Deepak Manange and Hari Chuman (kh) [A person with a criminal past should not be made a minister!], Nepal’s polical crossroads: Struggles, strategies, and Indo-Nepal equation (kh)

19/04/2024: Pokhara Int’l Airport: Investigation exposes corruption and construction flaws : China displeased with CIAA's investigation; Embassy exerting political pressure, by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh), Lamichhane seeks to discuss GB Rai with Malaysia minister : Foreign ministry sitting on home minister’s request fearing he may influence the fugitive’s deportation, says source, by Anil Giri (kp) [The quagmire seems to be getting worse and worse!], Provincial heads proxies of Kathmandu to meddle in regional politics: Congress. The main opposition is unhappy with their roles in Sudurpaschim and Gandaki provinces, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [The role of the Governor or Chief of State in the Constitution is confusing and fits the misconception of federalism. Although executive power lies with the Provincial Council of Ministers, there is a representative of the central government, whom the Constitution calls "Chief of State", but who is bound by the directives and recommendations of the Provincial Council of Ministers. A representative of the national government should not be called "Chief of State". This reflects centralised state thinking!], NC accuses Gandaki and Sudurpaschim province chiefs of unconstitutional moves (kh), Government formation in provinces getting knottier : Experts blame central leaders’ interference and the electoral system for instability in all provinces, by Purushottam Poudel (kp), Provincial bottlenecks : The crises in provinces arise from the duplicity of political parties (kp), Teachers’ union challenges Education Minister Shrestha's policy on political affiliation (rep) [This is correct and justified on the basis of international concepts of democracy and fundamental human rights!], In Pictures: Families of Nepalis in Russian Army begin hunger strike (rep), The rise of high-rises : Nine years after the 2015 earthquake, Kathmandu has to ask: how safe are the new tall structures, by Sonia Awale (nt), Going up in smoke : The smoke blanketing Nepal this week is not just from forest fires but also burning wheat stalk after harvest, by Chandra Kishore (nt)

18/04/2024: MD role makes Lamichhane accountable for Gorkha Media wrongs: Law experts : Company Act and National Penal Code define managing director as a responsible position, by Puruhottam Poudel (kp), Political uncertainty clouds Nepal’s investment summit : Government plans to dangle 148 potential projects before investors at the third investment summit starting April 28, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Koshi chief minister writes to Speaker to block resolution motion against him : A majority of provincial assembly members want to remove Karki from the special session of the assembly, by Binod Ghimire (kp), On the right track : Eliminating partisan politics from educational spaces could greatly improve the quality of education (kp), Deuba-Nepal meeting shakes up power dynamics (kh) [Democracy means politics for the people and with the legitimisation of the people. Political power is a by-product that is based on the will of the people and not on the manipulations of long-failed politicians for the sole purpose of maintaining their power.], Shore Up Adaptive Social Protection, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn), Unified Socialist-led govt will be formed in Sudurpaschim Province: Rajendra Pandey (kh) [The irrational and anti-democratic power struggles of the power-hungry and completely incompetent national leaders are simply disgusting!], Dahal and Oli meet amid speculations of Nepal aligning with Deuba (kh) [You flawless Democrats, is it time for another change of government?], Lies, damn lies and digital media, by Mohan Gajurel (ae)

17/04/2024: It’s Time for Women to Take the Lead, by Prakriti Nepal (kh), Revisiting provincial structures : Instability in the provincial governments is unacceptable. Such turmoil has dissatisfied the public, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Questioning PM Dahal: What is hindering good governance? Prime Minister Dahal says, “National consensus has eroded” (kh), Has UML had a change of heart about probing Lamichhane? Biggest party in the coalition had been staunch defender of the home minister implicated in cooperative fund misuse, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [The power ambitions and personal interests of top politicians outweigh the rule of law and good governance!], Government to crack down on teachers engaged in partisan politics : Ministry of Education asserts action aligns law, court orders, and international practice (kp) [This is definitely not a practice in truly democratic states! All citizens have the fundamental right to be politically active. Let's take Germany as an example: teachers are active in political parties in large numbers and many of them hold public office, at best taking temporary leave of absence for practical reasons and then returning to their teaching jobs. Punishing teachers for their political engagement is a crime!], Sudurpashim Province Head Miya makes fresh call for government formation : Rejects both claims by Nagarik Unmukti lawmakers, by Arjun Shah (kp), Nearly 200 private schools in Kathmandu Metropolis apply for name changes : The city office says plans to strictly enforce the rules once the deadline expires (kp) [What nonsense! Instead, the quality of the education system should be improved!], Madhesh lawmakers resort to vandalism in provincial assembly : Accuse Speaker Ramchandra Mandal of taking ahead proceedings forcefully (kp), Why Federalism has Become Risky for Nepalese Democracy, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep) [The problem is not federalism, but the politicians' lack of understanding of democracy and federalism!], Why does a by-election matter for national politics?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae)

16/04/2024: Dalits and ritual pollution : Dalit freedom is impossible until they question the beliefs and practices of untouchability in rituals, by Mitra Pariyar (kp),  Aging with Dignity: Voices from elderly reveal changing times and hopes for the future, by Pushpanjali Basnet (kh), Unified Socialist’s Sudurpaschim switch strains federal alliance :After creating divisions in the province, the Ranjita-Resham power struggle causes rifts at centre, by Purushottam Poudel (kp) [This is due to the centralised mindset of the top politicians in Kathmandu and their lack of understanding of federal politics. However, co-operation with a convicted murderer must be rejected.], Looking ominous : Public anger over the co-operatives crisis could soon boil over. Political parties must act now to avert a disaster (kp), Nepal's Forests in Flames: Echoes of Urgency and Hopeful Solutions, by Ayush Raj Gyawali (rep), Focus On Good Governance, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Communist unity or just a coalition of convenience?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae) [Whatever! Endless power struggles, manipulations and the constant breaking of agreements will remain!], Is Nepal really a ‘yam between two boulders’?, by Simone Galimberti (ae), Addressing Complex Governance Challenges, by Kalyan Shrestha (kh), Education Minister, Chief Election Commissioner discuss action against party-affiliated teachers (kh) [The chancellor of all universities must be the prime minister, but teachers are denied the fundamental right to be involved in a political party. This is extremely strange!]

15/04/2024: Laws on marital rape still murky in Nepal : The separation of rape law and marital rape law, and other legal loopholes have denied victims of spousal rape real justice, rights activists say, by Manushree Mahat (kp), I am for a fully PR system with a five percent threshold : Leaders don’t want overseas voting because that will swing results in unpredictable ways. But technically, online voting is feasible, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (kp) [Excellent statements by a former Chief Election Commissioner!], Reforms needed to increase women’s participation in elections: Chief Election Commissioner (kh), Wasted winter : Worst fears about the winter session of the federal parliament have unfortunately come true (kp) [Thanks to Nepal's irrational and state-destroying politicians!], Reminiscing Last Week: Political evolution amid by-election preparations (kh), Envisioning South Asia Alongside Southeast Asia, by Binoj Basnyat (kh), Escalating Middle East crisis threatens Nepali economy : Remittances, the biggest source of foreign currency, could take a hit along with trade and tourism, experts warn, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Two Nagarik Unmukti lawmakers claim Sudurpaschim chief minister post : Longstanding dispute between party chair Ranjita Shrestha and her husband Reshamlal Chaudhary leads to conflicting claims from the party, by Arjun Shah (kp) [Nepal should have at least two Chief Ministers for each province. This would make it much easier for the national party elites to allocate posts. It would be best if these posts were then refilled every six months, not counting changes in coalitions at national level. What a marvellous federal democracy!], Unified Socialist will form alliance with NC in Sudurpaschim: Rajendra Pandey : Might create ripples in other govts (kh) [In a federal state, this should have no impact on other provinces. But the decision must ultimately be made by the provincial level of the party, not by the national party leadership!]

14/04/2024: Victims decry TJ office bearers selection panel without amending law : Rights activists say government trod the wrong path by forming the committee before revising the transitional justice law, by Binod Ghimire (kp), 'Victim blaming'- Nepali society's response to sexual violence, by Aastha Pokharel (rep), Decision to prorogue House session irks Nepali Congress : The main opposition calls a joint meeting of party lawmakers to discuss the government move amid its demand for a home minister probe (kp), Enhancing public service delivery: The labor permit approval model (rep), Kathmandu DAO lifts ban on protests from Maitighar Mandala to Baneshwor amid public pressure (rep), Political Stability Still Elusive, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [Political stability can only return when Oli, Dahal, Deuba and numerous other power-orientated politicians retire from the political business and a generation that is hopefully ready to deliver takes over responsibility!], Only 52 per cent budget spent in nine months (rn), SC orders reinstatement of NUP’s Sudurpaschim lawmaker Indira Giri (rep) [!!!!], Govt spending increases under new FinMin (rep) [Increased spending in the last months of a fiscal year is completely normal in Nepal!], Govt adopts policy to increase expenditure through budget transfers (kh) [The budget must be approved by Parliament. This also applies to any changes to it. The government must not simply do what it wants], Ruling alliance agrees to handover Sudurpaschim govt to Nagarik Unmukti Party for a year : The provincial government would be led by ruling alliance in rotation (kh) [What anti-democratic and anti-federal nonsense!], Resham Chaudhary faction forms alliance with NC and Unified Socialist in Sudurpaschim (kh) [Resham Chaudhary is a convicted criminal with whom no one should enter into a coalition!], Bhim Rawal criticizes Sudurpashchim CM tug-of-war, deeming it contrary to Constitution (kh), No chance of monarchy restoration in Nepal: NC President Deuba (kh) [And no chance of a return to the Hindu state either, Mr Deuba!]

]13/04/2024: Restriction on prominent public spaces lifted; Ministry mulls action against vandals (kh), Maitighar-Baneshwor area opens up for demonstrations and protests (kh), Pandemic cut Nepal life expectancy by three years : Decline almost double the global average during the pandemic period, says The Lancet report, by Arjun Poudel (kp), Home ministry instructs district authorities to closely monitor religious conversions : Security agencies and semi-government agencies have regularly reported to the home ministry and local administration offices about ‘rampant’ forced conversion (kp), Cabinet asks President to prorogue House session : Recommends Anjan Shakya for National Assembly seat. Panel to nominate office bearers for transitional bodies (kp), Ensure Stability For Functional Governance, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Expenditure review: Only 32 percent of allocated expenditure utilized until third quarter of FY 2080/81 (kh)

12/04/2024: Nepal’s Struggle with Federalism, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh), Government bet big on current House session. It turns out to be a dud : With closure of winter session of Parliament days away, several crucial bills will fail to become laws this time too, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Politicians who confuse democracy and government responsibility with an endless struggle for power are to blame!], Resham-Ranjita discord sparks fear of Nagarik Unmukti Party disintegration, by Gyanu Ghimire (kh), Grand graft inquiry a good idea, but not feasible, say experts : Some term demand for probing all since 1991 ‘political stunt’, warn against making it a tool of political vendetta, by Anil Giri (kp) [Revenge would be the wrong way to go, but Nepal should decide whether it wants to continue to be ruled by politicians, many of whom are corrupt or otherwise criminal and only have their own personal gain in mind!], One-third women representation an important achievement, but not enough: Former President Bhandari : She stresses on striving for proportional representation while also safeguarding the opportunities that are already achieved (kp) [Without an end to patriarchal thinking and behaviour, the equal participation of women will remain a pseudo-issue!], Debate on electoral system : Ever since the country adopted a new constitution in 2015, no single party has secured a majority to govern the country independently, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae) [There are only a few democratic states in which a single party has a majority capable of governing. The problem is the parties' inability to form coalition governments and their politicians' individual desire for power. After the 1999 elections, the NC had an absolute parliamentary majority, but within three years there were three different NC governments before Gyanendra's coup!], Govt recommends parliamentary session closure from April 14 (kh), Govt forms Recommendation Committee to appoint TRC officer-bearers (kh), People and mountains are thirsty in eastern Nepal : Governments invest in pumping water up from rivers to convince farmers not to migrate out, by Mohan Mainali (nt)

11/04/2024: What hinders women’s meaningful representation : Achieving true gender equality requires policies that respect, value and treat women equally, by Rabina Shrestha (kp), Being a woman in Karnali -Three days in Jajarkot and Rukum!, by Samjhana Bista (rep), Dahal under growing pressure to probe his home minister : As fringe ruling parties too want issue sorted, UML leader accuses opposition of trying to drive a wedge in coalition, by Anil Giri (kp) [There simply must be nothing that could tarnish the power ambitions of the top politicians. It's probably time to put them all under the microscope.], Mediation Key To Break Political Logjam, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Top court bars Gandaki government from taking decisions with long-term consequences : The order issued by Justice Binod Sharma applies until a final verdict is passed (kp), Koshi Province: Tensions rise as govt and opposition lock horns over Assembly dissolution (kh), Koshi Head Khapung summons special provincial assembly session : UML, Maoist members demanded the session as chief minister refuses to go for floor test, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Dalit ex-chief of district body alleges caste-based abuse : Somnath Portel accuses Dambar Giri, an ex-vice-chair of Haldibari Rural Municipality, of verbally abusing him with caste-related derogatory words, by Parbat Portel (kp), ‘Invisible’ hand stopping civil aviation bills: Lawmaker. Private sector says government should immediately pass the bills that have been languishing for years; time to get rid of the dead horse—Nepal Airlines, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Little-known armed group detonates 'pressure cooker bomb' at Ncell tower in Sindhuli (rep), NUP’s Kailash Chaudhary set to be elected as Sudurpaschim CM (rep) [Yes, the politicians really can't bring enough chaos into the country!!!], Shekhar Koirala advocates unity between UML and Nepali Congress (kh) [That's right, the current government has been in office for far too long and urgently needs to be replaced after just over a month. But it doesn't matter which of the old failed politicians is in power.]

10/04/2024: Kathmandu Valley’s toxic air exacerbates respiratory illness : With air quality deteriorating, experts warn of heightened risk of infection from viruses including the coronavirus, by Arjun Poudel (kp) [And the RPP is making the situation even worse by blocking numerous roads with its nonsensical demonstration and driving up vehicle emissions!], Saving Kathmandu from pollution (rep), What were they thinking? The budget cut has had a devastating impact on Bir Hospital, much to the dismay of poor patients (kp), Acting on its threat, Nepali Congress obstructs House of Representatives : The tug of war between ruling parties and the opposition over parliamentary probe of home minister continues (kp), After Congress, RPP also seeks Lamichhane’s scalp : The monarchist party got incensed after police beat up its demonstrators during Tuesday’s rally in the Capital (kp) [The RPP uses every opportunity to destroy the democratic-republican system and the power-hungry and supposedly democratic leaders of the other parties are too stupid to realise this!], The allure of monumentalism : Elected versions of tinpot tyrants are erecting structures of self-aggrandisement across the country called view towers!, by CK Lal (kp), Crucial laws await necessary amendments as govt expedites preparations for Investment Summit : Govt is showcasing 125 feasible national level projects in the summit scheduled on April 28-29 (rep) [Instead of pushing ahead with legislation, politicians are blocking parliament and devoting themselves to what they do best: Power struggles!]

09/04/2024: Kathmandu tops as the world's most polluted city in terms of AQI (rep), Will NC and UML form a new alliance?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae), In Gandaki this time : Major parties are adding to the unpopularity of provinces and also doing grave damage to the constitution (kp), House of Representatives meeting today (kh), Impasse persists as coalition rejects Congress’ probe call : The party threatens House obstruction as Lamichhane, accused home minister, prepares to present a bill today, by Anil Giri (kp), Nepali Congress disrupts parliament session, calls for cooperative fraud investigation (kh), HoR Meeting postponed until Wednesday (kh), HoR obstruction: Speaker Ghimire calls meeting of Chief Whips (kh), RSP makes counter-demand to form high-level probe committee to investigate all high-ranking individuals (rep) [Yes, this should be self-evident, even if it sounds as if prominent politicians are normally protected!], Nepali Congress, RSP Lock Horns, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Chasing the FDI mirage : Nepal must ruthlessly review its dismal performance in attracting a sizable foreign direct investment, by Achyut Wagle (kp), NC appeals SC to invalidate appointment of Gandaki CM Adhikari (kh), The Coalition Crush Saga: A Tumultuous Chapter, by Anupam Bhattarai (rep), Role Of Youth In Local Governance, by Jagdish Ayer (rn), Challenges Of Implementing Constitution, by Uttam Maharjan (rn) [The implementation of this constitution is definitely not wanted by the leading politicians. They break the constitution whenever they want and only use it to further their power struggles.]

08/04/2024: Youthful Oli : Top party leaders’ claim to forever be around only breeds cynicism among the change-hungry public (kp), UML defies top court precedent to form government in Gandaki : Nepali Congress, the largest party in the assembly, is set to challenge the province head’s decision to appoint Khagaraj Adhikari the chief minister, by Binod Ghimire (kp), NC to challenge Gandaki Chief Minister appointment in Supreme Court (kh), Meeting convened by Speaker Ghimire ends in stalemate as ruling alliance rejects to form parliamentary committee : The NC has been advocating for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to probe the cooperative fraud case (kh), Fractured discourse : When public opinion is divided and media agendas are cluttered, we witness fragmented discourse, by Dharma Adhikari (kp), What do the people want?, by Jeetendra Dev (ae), Will our leaders improve?, by Saroj Bhattarai (ae) [No, never!], Curfew extended in two local levels in Sunsari amid ongoing disputes (kh), Maoist Center withdraws support from Koshi provincial govt (kh) [The constant interference of central level leaders in provincial affairs is completely undemocratic, anti-federal and highly politically destabilising!], Sudurpaschim Province lawmaker Indira Giri dismissed from position (kh) [The Political Parties Act gives party leaders completely inappropriate power! The loss of party membership or the expulsion of MPs from parliament must be subject to the highest conditions and must not be so easily decreed by a single person!]

07/04/2024: Nepali Congress seems to be uniting on fighting elections with own might : Deuba, a vocal supporter of poll alliances, now publicly backs a proposal to go to the elections independently (kp) [This is already much more democratic than power-orientated alliances, but it also requires better protection of regional and federal interests and, finally, appropriate social inclusion. There is still a long way to go!], Is NC Losing Political Compass?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Analyzing Marital Rape Laws in Nepal, by Ruchi Dhital (rep), Jhapa's Rs 2 billion business tower remains vacant ahead of inauguration (rep) [One of the various insane projects for which KP Oli is responsible in his home district!], Tobacco use on the rise in Nepal, 34.1% of population addicted (rep), NC protests against UML leader Adhikari’s appointment as Gandaki CM (kh) [Nepalese politicians obviously do not understand that they have to abide by court decisions!], Ilam-2 by-election sans women candidates (kh), Over 50,000 people will participate in the demonstration: RPP Chair Lingden (kh) [Wow, 50,000 people out of 30 million will allegedly demonstrate in favour of a return to Hindu state and monarchy. This is indeed overwhelming. Obviously, the majority of people still remember the fortunately abolished system as negative as it was!]

06/04/2024: Pro-monarchy RPP emerges kingmaker in provinces : Ruling coalition turns to it to form provincial governments after a month of abandonment. Party still non-committal, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [The anti-republican, anti-secular and anti-federal RPP is trying to use the weaknesses of the other parties to destroy the few important achievements after Jana Andolan II as soon as possible! And the repeatedly failed top politicians clinging to power are too stupid to realise this!], Oli baits UML leadership wannabes, says he will lead for 20 more years : Party chairman ratchets up rhetoric, amid calls for promoting new generation of leaders (kp) [This exactly confirms the previous comment!], Five Sunsari local units under curfew : The move followed a violent clash between youth groups, by Arjun Subedi (kp), Curfew remains in place across five local levels in Sunsari district (kh), Jobs being created in Nepal lack quality: Experts. Each year, about 900,000 Nepali youths leave the country as migrant workers and students. The figure reflects that the quality and quantity of jobs created in Nepal do not meet the needs and aspirations of the youth, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Hunger is a Serious Problem in South Asia, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep), National pride projects’ costs skyrocket by Rs 1,050 billion, putting strain on state economy, by Dilip Paudel (rep), Education Should Spark Critical Discourse, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

05/04/2024: Rs1.47 billion extra paid in Airbus A330s deal, probe shows : After five-year study, CIAA files cases against 32 including sitting and former officials, and foreign suppliers, by Sangam Prasain and Binod Ghimire (kp), Lumbini, Sudurpaschim chief ministers quit without facing votes of confidence : The provincial governments collapsed as a consequence of the shift in the federal coalition, by Ghanshyam Gautam and Arjun Shah (kp), Is Nepal already in a geopolitical trap?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae), Clash in Sunsari leads to police firing six aerial shots, curfew clamped (rep), Sunsari DAO extends prohibitory orders to three more municipalities to avoid untoward incidents (rep), Lessons not learnt, homework not done : Nepal’s identity is reflected not by the names of schools, but by the quality of instruction in them (nt)

04/04/2024: Unheeded, unhealed : Some conflict victims might be divided, but the issue of transitional justice won’t die down (kp), Of women and strongmen : Hardly have women begun to creep to the top and men already think women have too much power, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Transparency International raises concerns over Toyam Raya’s nomination for Auditor General (kh), Kathmandu ranks second most polluted city worldwide (kh), Flood survivors struggle to rebuild their lives 15 years on : A massive flooding of Koshi River in 2008 destroyed over 4,600 hectares of croplands in Sunsari. Many people are still unable to clear sand from their fields, by Binod Bhandari (kp) [!!??], Congress says panel to probe home minister is still its bottom line : Asks ruling alliance to form a parliamentary committee by next House meeting (kp), Gandaki, Karnali chief ministers resign in changed political situation : Dispute between Nagarik Unmukti Party leader couple Ranjita and Resham heats up Sudurpaschim politics, by Pratiksha Kafle, Tripri Shahi and Arjun Shah (kp), SC dismisses both committees of NRNA (rep) [Thanks to Nepal's political parties for their infiltration of even the most positive institutions!]

03/04/2024: Melodrama for monarchy : The monarchists' idea that the return of constitutional monarchy will solve Nepal’s problems is nostalgic, amnesiac and ahistoric, by Naresh Koirala (kp) Insurgency victims divided over timing of law amendment : A group says amendment first, another urges swift appointment of office bearers to two commissions, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Food security and climate resilience : Inadequate adaptation and mitigation strategies put the nation's food security and livelihoods in jeopardy, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Emptying out : As politicians squabble for power and perks, people continue to move out of rural Nepal for lack of basic amenities (kp), World Bank predicts modest growth for Nepal’s economy : The global lender says the country will grow by 3.3 percent this fiscal year, nearly half the government’s projection, by Sangam Prasain and Krishana Prasain (kp), Cannot accept BIMSTEC to replace SAARC, says Minister Shrestha : The House of Representatives approves the charter adopted in 2022 by the fifth Bimstec summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka (kp) [But SAARC has only existed on paper for a long time now and, in view of the almost insoluble ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, hardly has any prospects! Nepal must look after its own interests and the government is responsible for this!], KMC warns to take action if institutional schools fail to adopt names reflecting Nepali identity (rep) [Yes, and people whose parents have given them a non-Nepali first name must change their name within a week! What nonsense and a blatant violation of personal freedoms! But then the English names of political parties must also be changed immediately!! Even the word "Party" should not be allowed! And what about "Kathmandu Metropolitan City"?], NUP Chairperson Shrestha directs party’s provincial assembly members not to give vote of confidence to Sudurpaschim CM Shah (rep) [In a federal state, this should be the exclusive decision of the provincial MPs of the Party. In other words: Nepal is not a federal state!]

02/04/2024: Songs of hate : Singers often overlook controversial subject matters, not least caste and gender discrimination, by Mitra Pariyar (kp), Addressing youth aspirations : Harnessing the energy and hopes of the youth is integral to sustainably realising Nepal’s development aspirations, by Divya Rana (kp), Ruling alliance decides allocations of CMs in seven provinces (rep) [What anti-democratic bollocks! In a federal state, the parties of the national government have no say over the provincial governments!], UML secures CM post in Karnali Province following federal-level consensus (kh) [Long live the non-existent federal state thanks to the centralist attitude of the national party leaders!], Bagmati Chief Minister Jamkattel wins trust vote after deal with Unified Socialist : The CPN (Unified Socialist) has been promised leadership of two provinces in return for backing Jamkattel, by Subash Bidari and Arjun Shah (kp), Minister Sharma calls for media content to promote political transformations (kh), Mayor Sampang stages solo demonstration in Kathmandu (rep), By-elections : Litmus Test For Parties’ Popularity, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

01/04/2024: Reminiscing Last Week: Political maneuvers, economic surges, and cultural revelries (kh) [A very extensive trip at state expense for a foreign minister!], No significant hurdles in BRI implementation process: Foreign Minister Shrestha (kh) [And what later?], Protesters in Kathmandu demand protection for Nepali citizens serving in Russian Army (kh), Nagarik Unmukti meeting erupts in violence as factions stand firm (kh), Nagarik Unmukti Central members accuse Resham Chaudhary of threatening violence (kh), UML, Maoist Centre in talks for common candidate in Ilam-2 : Rastriya Swatantra Party, another coalition partner, has picked Milan Limbu as its candidate (kp) [Preventing free and fair elections by means of agreements between the autocratic party leaders. Isn't that what you call democracy in Nepal?], Ruling coalition agrees to let Unified Socialist lead Sudurpaschim govt (kh) [This is true federalism: the central party leaders decide which government is formed in a province. In order to maintain power at national level, the provincial government may also be led by a party that has received relatively few votes.], The mad rush : No sooner are the political parties out of the government, they want to jump right back in (kp), Gagan’s crusade against coalition culture : He may be blamed for triggering the collapse of the Congress-Maoist alliance, but he needn't worry, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Remittance-fuelled economy has historically been detrimental to Nepal : We have to treat the issue of energy trade with India with the sensitivity it deserves. Energy supply is a sensitive issue for India, interview with Biswo Poudel (kp)

31/03/2024: Constitutional Council convenes to address vacant posts in constitutional bodies (kh), House discord lingers amid calls for probing home minister : Congress has sought home minister’s resignation over his suspected role in misappropriating cooperative savings, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [A lack of transparency and the rule of law, as well as endless power struggles, corruption and protectionism continue to dominate Nepal's undemocratic, anti-federal and socially non-inclusive politics!  Parliament is once again in danger of failing to deliver what the sovereign people elected it to do!], Nepali Congress tries to capitalise on differences in ruling coalition : The largest party is looking to woo the second largest with the offer of constitution amendment among other things (kp), Space, heritage and architecture : Land grabbing scandals involving politicians threaten architects’ poesy in urban space management, by Abhi Subedi (kp), SC delivers justice after 13 years of suffering: Durga Prasai (kh) [A large part of the Nepalese population, which was discriminated against under the Hindu state, had to wait centuries for Nepal to be declared a secular state, even though Nepal's still ruling high-caste male elite has hardly implemented this so far. It remains to be hoped that fundamentalists like Prasai will be prevented from making Nepal a Hindu state again. Those discriminated against under the Hindu state would be elated.]

30/03/2024: Karnali villages are emptying as water sources dry up : Of 366,370 households in the province, only 130,000 have reliable access to drinking water, by Krishna Prasad Gautam (kp), Nepali on front line of Russia-Ukraine war pleads for rescue : He asks fellow Nepalis not to be fall into traffickers’ tricks. Families of victims are frustrated at lack of help, by Anil Giri (kp), PM ‘ignored’ directive on civil aviation bills, parliamentary committee says : Passing the two long-pending bills requires splitting Nepal’s aviation body, a vital step to remove Nepal from EU air safety list, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Adaptation To Transitional World Politics, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

29/03/2024: Dahal and Deuba meet as conflict victims grow weary : The two leaders convened after victims pressed Dahal over stalled transitional justice process (kp), KMC sets deadline for private schools to adopt Nepali identity in names (kp) [Completely unimportant nonsense and undemocratic paternalism!], Tapping into foreign debt markets : Nepal is unlikely to domestically secure huge investments to fulfil its ambitions, by Pragres Acharya and Shabda Gyawali (kp), NC President Deuba nominates 10 members to party’s cooperative department (rep) [Nominations by the all-powerful party leader are extremely democratic. Nominating only male Bahuns speaks for excellent social inclusion. After all, male Bahuns make up almost six per cent of the population!], How Long Will Remittance Sustain Nepal's Economy?, by Laxman Kafle (rn), Focus on transitional justice (ae), Nagarik Unmukti directs to withdraw support given to Sudurpaschim govt (kh) [Once again, the central leadership of a party decides how the party should behave in a province. This is further proof of th]e complete lack of understanding of a federal state!], Minister Bhandari assures to make arrangement to promote Nepali dress code twice a week in state institutions (kh) [What does "Nepali attire" mean in a multiethnic, multicultural state? Hopefully, Khas Arya attire is not being defined as national attire here!], People's Movement : Overdependence on foreign employment instead of creating jobs domestically spells disaster for Nepal's economy, by Ramesh Kumar (nt), Homecoming : Nepal has to plan for the day when more migrant workers start coming back, so they can contribute to the economy (nt), Trials and tribulations : Nepal must bring technology, critical thought and best practice to restore public faith in its judiciary, by Aastha Dahal (nt), Ending TB is possible, and cost-effective : But not unless Nepal is serious about treating latent and active cases in tandem, by Sonia Awale (nt), Nepal's Transitional Justice: Gender Based Or Gender Biased : Transitional justice mechanisms exhibit various shortcomings, such as the inadequate addressing of gender-based violations and concerns, particularly those impacting women, by Keshab Poudel (sp)

28/03/2024: Instability only constant in Nepali politics : Our coalition politics is no closer to finding common ground for the nation’s good, by Meena Bhatta (kp), PM Dahal calls Constitutional Council meeting (kh), Government rejects rights commission’s secretary pick citing lack of transparency : Constitutional rights body asserts autonomy, claims that executive can’t demand confidential documents, by Binod Ghimire (kp), BRI: What’s the plan? More than a specific initiative, this is a question of how Nepal balances its strategic interests (kp), Nepal-China agree to conclude BRI Implementation Plan 'soon' as Beijing presses for swift implementation of BRI projects, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Civil Service Bill On The Anvil, by Mukti Rijal (rn), National Assembly Vice Chairman Urmila Aryal resigns (kh)

27/03/2024: Nepal requests China-backed AIIB for soft loans : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, on Monday, urged a visiting AIIB delegation for a policy arrangement for concessional loans to Nepal (kp), Equality For Dalits Remains A Far Cry, by Namrata Sharma (rn), Nalgad ward offices collect money from quake victims (rn) [??], Peace process to conclude based on national consensus: PM Dahal (kh) [Does "national consensus" mean the exclusive participation of the minority of the socially non-inclusive male top politicians and their parties or the comprehensive inclusion of the victims and the social majority of the country?]

26/03/2024: Who is not corrupt? The politics of vote-buying has replaced ideological and ethical competitions in elections, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Human Trafficking - An assault of the human civilization, by Aslesha Luitel (rep), Need To Ensure Balanced Development, by Uttam  Maharjan (rn), Ruling Alliance On Rocky Route, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Urgency across the aisle to curb RSP’s popularity, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae)

25/03/2024: Justice, when? The Supreme Court directive is an opportunity to put the derailed transitional justice back on the right track, by Suman Adhikari (kp), Rabi’s Freudian slip : It’s Rabi versus Rabi now, and in this duel between the two selves lies the potential loss of media freedom (kp), RSP rejects UML’s election alliance proposal in Ilam-2 : Advocates “friendly competition” (kh) [No more power manipulation, please. Agreements in the form of alliances are the opposite of free and fair elections!], Ambiguity: The Key Obstacle for Nepal’s Determined Aspirations, by Binoj Basnyat (kh), Reminiscing Last Week: Mahara’s release and political machinations (kh), New forces grew from the seeds of alternative politics we sowed : We can’t rule out the possibility of party unity with new forces. We shouldn’t be rigid, interview wirh Ranju Darshana, general secretary, Bibeksheel Sajha Party. (kp), JSP lawmaker Deepak Karki appointed as state Minister of Health (kh), Bring Cooperatives Swindlers To Book, by Ballav Dahal (rep), Nepal’s current crisis and the way out, by Jeetendra Dev (ae), Woman consumes poison in National Women Commission premises (kh), Low literacy rate among people with disabilities raises concerns (kh)

24/03/2024: Nepal’s federal fed-up : The institutionalisation of federal intervention will erode provincial democracy and autonomy, by Semanta Dahal (kp), What is the possibility of NC-UML alliance?, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Is Broader Left Alliance In Offing?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [Apart from the greed for power and the authoritarianism of their top politicians, Nepal's pseudo-communist parties do not have much in common!]

23/03/2024: Law revision must for transitional justice progress, victims say : Parties disagree over categorising killings, indirect victims of conflict, reduced sentencing, and reconciliation refusal, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Only 27% of population has access to pure drinking water (kh)

22/03/2024: Ailing institutions, stagnating economy : Political leadership shapes a nation’s fate, while institutional change is prerequisite for economic growth, by Durga Gautam (kp), Is Prachanda’s move aimed at making Rabi the PM? Amidst Speculations: Ravi Lamichhane's Political Trajectory, by Arun Baral (kh), Conflict of interest : The Congress is duty-bound to push for a fair probe against the home minister (kp), The opposition’s role in Parliament (ae), Govt aboli, shes National Land Commission (rep) [??], HoR session suspended for 10 days as Speaker-led team departs for Switzerland (rep) [Parliament has nothing urgent to do anyway, or what?], Parliament at Standstill: Speaker flies to Switzerland with Party Chief Whips, Deputy Speaker uninformed (kh), Enhance Legislative Accountability With PLS, by Suravi Rijal (rn), Krishna Bahadur Mahara released on personal guarantee (nlt) [Typical s]pecial treatment of accused politicians and other celebrities: Hospitalisation instead of prison and then release on mere personal guarantee!], Detained individuals bypassing custody to reach hospital raises concerns: Home Minister Lamichhane (kh)

21/03/2024: Power shift at centre, turmoil in provinces : Chief ministers scramble to save positions by expanding Cabinets in a last-ditch effort, by Pratiksha Kafle and Ajit Tiwari (kp) [This is a consequence of the Nepalese politicians' misunderstanding of federalism!], Mr Prime Minister, here is the evidence that Home Minister Lamichhane received money (with full report) (kh), Form probe by March 31 or face House disruption, Congress warns government : The main opposition wants an in-depth investigation into Home Minister and Rastriya Swatantra Party chair Rabi Lamichhane’s suspected involvement in cooperatives fraud (kp), Trigger warning : Lethal weapons in Durga Prasai’s possession should make the state rethink its firearms licensing policy (kp), Women racing to the top : Male whiners perhaps fail to appreciate that women are now massively invested in education, by Deepak Thapa (kp)

20/03/2024: Mr. Uthal-puthal in doldrums, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Ruling five-party alliance unveils an ambitious ‘vision statement’ : If this coalition fails to deliver, the nation will slip into crisis, warns Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp) [The country has already been in crisis for a long time!], Congress rejects PM’s defence of Lamichhane : CPN-UML chief Oli dismisses the main opposition party’s call for a parliamentary probe on the home minister, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Dissecting pre-budget discussions : There has been a lack of serious review regarding why our spending capacity has not improved, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), Political economy of development, by Kamal Raj Dhungel (ae)

19/03/2024: Nuwakot Dalits: A grim story : Water is considered a superconductor of ‘caste pollution’ in our Hindu-dominated society, by Mitra Pariyar (kp), Let House function : The ruling and opposition parties shouldn’t waste time before trying to hammer out a compromise (kp)  [The so-called party leaders are causing the death of Nepal's democracy with their power struggles!], PM Dahal defends Home Minister Lamichhane amid fraud allegations : "Reports confirm innocence," says Dahal (kh), NC seeks probe into home minister over cooperative scam : Swatantra Party lawmaker urges Congress to accept Lamichhane as home minister citing his public support (kp), Nepali Congress calls for Home Minister Lamichhane’s resignation over fraud allegations (kh), NC demands formation of parliamentary probe committee to look into charges against DPM Lamichhane (rep), UML Chair Oli rules out possibility of forming parliamentary committee to probe cooperative fraud as NC threatens to obstruct parliament (rep) [What arrogance!], NHRC requests govt to protect lives of cooperative victims participating in hunger strike (rep), Former Speaker Mahara, a gold smuggling suspect, arrested at last : The vice-chair of the ruling Maoist Centre has been remanded to four days in custody (kp), Maoist Center delays decision on Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s fate (kh), Prachanda likely to serve full term as PM: KP Oli (kh) [This is another typical politician's lie. The truth is that he himself wants to become PM again as soon as possible. Yet he should no longer be entitled to such an office after his attempted coup in 2020/21!], WSF 2024 reveals true face of Nepal's communist rulers, by Lok Bhattarai (rep), AWC urges swift action on transitional justice following recent judicial decisions (rep), Reinvigorate Provincial Governments, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Census data exposes widespread occurrences of child marriage, by Surendra Kafle (ae)

18/03/2024: Federalism brings services and politics closer to people, interview with EU Ambassador Lorenzo by Ishwar Dev Khanal (kh), Krishna Mahara, arrested in gold smuggling case, flown to Kathmandu (kh), Maoist Center’s Krishna Mahara transferred to CIB after arrest in gold smuggling case (kh), Old doubts : People are afraid that ‘compulsions of coalition’ will again spare the guilty in the latest gold smuggling case (kp), Former Vice President Pun’s advisor Gurung released on bail (kh), Rupandehi District Court grants permission to police to detain Dipesh Pun for 8 days (rep), Court grants permission to remand Mahara in custody for four days (kh), Court grants permission for Mahara to remain in hospital (kh) [??], Maoist Center calls office bearers meeting following Mahara’s arrest (kh), Reminiscing Last Week: Politics, gold smuggling probe sparks action (kh), All eyes on Sumana Shrestha over how she handles school education bill : Shrestha had a radical view of education reform and strongly opposed the bill before she became the minister (kp), Nepal is a yam between three boulders : You can’t clearly distinguish between international and domestic factors responsible for the change in ruling coalition, interview with Khagendra Prasai by Thira L Bhusal (kp), Political Uncertainties, by Deepak Kumar Nayak (SAIR)

17/03/2024: Misuse of alliances in political power-lust : To be fair to Dahal, changing colour is a common trait among most Nepali politicians, by Paban Raj Pandey (kp) [Dahal, Oli and Deuba have failed repeatedly. Their immediate withdrawal from active politics is a basic prerequisite for a better policy!], PM Dahal foresees new power dynamics to expedite government operations (kh) [Dahal fails to mention that without the electoral alliance with the NC, his party would have won far fewer seats in parliament. Moreover, it is not his job to turn Nepal into a communist state!], Nepal’s public debt reaches Rs 2.288 trillion (kh), Nepal's debt reaches around Rs 2.4 trillion, with an additional Rs 200 billion accumulated over past eight months (rep), Economy faces sluggishness but not crisis: Finance Minister Pun (kh) [???], NC attack on Home Minister is aimed at toppling govt: UML Chief Whip Bartaula (kh) [What is the difference to the UML policy before the party joined the government? The behaviour of all parties is completely reprehensible and irresponsible towards the state and the people!], Court gives executive four months to set up juvenile courts : In their absence, rehabilitation of children is affected as regular courts often fail to properly handle the cases (kp), Karnali folk return to oil lamps as electricity supply proves unreliable : Nine out of ten districts connected to the grid but residents face frequent power cuts (kp), Long march as resistance : Usury victims have introduced a strong  nonviolent protest in the so-called revolutionary socialist Nepal, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Bumpy Road Ahead For New Alliance, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

16/03/2024: Decades after joining CEDAW, Nepal struggles with implementation (kh), As political parties swap seats, they change their views of ‘tainted’ ministers, too : After Congress is pushed to opposition, it obstructs House asking prime minister to clarify on charges against home minister (kp) [This is what Nepal's politicians mean by unbiased investigation and punishment!], Diarrhoeal outbreak risk rises as mercury ticks up in quake-hit districts, by Arjun  Poudel (kp) [Failure of the government to provide timely assistance!], Gold Smuggling Case: Cabinet decides to take probe committee’s report for implementation. Political ties in gold smuggling test government’s integrity, say experts (kh), Attorney office challenges district court verdict on former cricketer Lamichhane : High Attorney Office Patan says punishment handed to Sandeep Lamichhane is insufficient, by Ghanashyam Khadka (kp), World Consumer Rights Day: Here’s why Nepali consumers are upset. Consumers are being cheated left and right, yet the government appears to be making minimal effort to address the issues, by Krishana Prasain (kp), Entertainment Face-Off : Kollywood or Parliamentwood, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep)

15/03/2024: Nepal ranks 146th on Human Development Index: UNDP report (kh) [see complete report by UNDP, Snapshots and Specific Country Data Nepal], KMC reviving ancient names of local heritages (kh), Elite capture : The usurpation of the PR system by imposters has sowed suspicion about the idea of representation (kp), House of Representatives meeting postponed due to NC obstruction (kh) [The abuse of parliament and thus the prevention of the passing of urgently needed laws continues, regardless of which parties are in government or in opposition!], Skeletons in the Cabinet : Some Cabinet members who have become ministers again despite nefarious pasts, by Shristi Karki (nt), Poor cash-rich Nepal : The country’s