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Dr. Govinda KC initiates 22nd fast-unto-death, calls for Prime Minister’s resignation (kh 11/05/2024), Dr Govinda KC begins 22nd fast-unto-death demanding PM Dahal’s resignation (rep 12/05/2024), Dr. Govinda KC admitted to hospital after health deteriorates (kh 16/05/2024), Dr. Govinda KC ends his hunger strike (kh 16/05/2024)

Politics of pardon : Arbitrary pardons and commutation of jail terms are part of a long trend of criminalisation of Nepali politics (kp 11/03/2024)

Civil society leaders ask KMC Mayor Balen Shah to apologize to street vendors (rep 03/03/2024)

Dr. KC warns of intense protest to expedite TRC Bill in parliament (kh 28/02/2024)

Street vendors stage protests against KMC  (rep 11/02/2024)

Democracy And Civic Consciousness, by Bibhav Pokhrel (rn 19/01/2024)

Dr. Govinda KC arrested again for protesting in restricted zone (kh 09/04/2024)

Govinda KC and supporters arrested in Maitighar protest (kh 06/01/2024)

Civil society group urges govt to exercise caution in agreements with India (rep 04/01/2024)

Dr Govinda KC breaks his hunger-strike (rep 18/12/2023)

Civic Maturity For Participatory Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 16/12/2023)

Social campaigner Iih to stage 108-minute protest outside LMC office (rep 12/12/2023), Activist E alleges breach of peaceful protest rights in Lalitpur (kh 12/12/2023), Locals stop Iih from protesting in front of Lalitpur Metropolitan City (rep 13/12/2023)

Dr KC warns of launching  a fresh fast-unto-death protest from December 15 (rep 19/11/2023), Health minister accuses Dr KC of being used by interest groups : He said he has tabled a proposal in the Cabinet to prepare a law to allow study of nursing and paramedical courses in all hospitals with 100 to 300 beds and start MBBS study in those with over 300 beds (kp 26/11/2023) [????], Dr KC demands immediate resignation of Health Minister Basnet (rep 26/11/2023)

Civic Participation Cures Democratic Deficit, by Mukti Rijal (rn 12/10/2023)

Teachers and doctors voice discontents through protests, by Nayak Paudel (rn 24/09/2023)

Protestors stage symbolic demonstrations at Maitighar demanding justice for Aarti Shah (Photo Feature) (rep 08/09/2023)

Dr Govinda KC announces fast-unto-death from Sept 15 if demands remain unmet (rep 01/09/2023), Govinda KC's fast-unto-death postponed for three months (rep 15/09/2023)

Dr Govinda KC announces fast-unto-death from August 14 (rep 31/07/2023), Dr KC warns of another hunger strike over irregularities in medical sector (ht 01/08/2023)

Activists stage peaceful protest against KMC’s way of managing street vendors (Photo Feature) (rep 29/07/2023)

Shifting Roles Of Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 22/07/2023)

In Pictures: Youths stage demonstration against brutality of municipal police personnel, by Prasan Gurung (rep 12/07/2023)

Birgunj locals march to Kathmandu to highlight Sirsiya River pollution : Factories along Parsa-Bara corridor release untreated wastewater into the river, by Bhusan Yadav (kp 29/05/2023)

17 rights activists protesting against corruption taken into custody (kh 28/05/2023) [This is the state of the rule of law in Nepal: civil society protesters are arrested, convicted and sentenced murderers are to be released, potential rapists are courted and celebrated, women are not categorised as full and equal citizens, the historical and cultural identity of the majority of the population is disregarded in an authoritarian manner, disagreeable statements by parliamentarians are expunged from the record after the House of Representatives is blocked, etc.]

Civil society demands independent probe in fake refugee scam : Former judges, bureaucrats, academicians and rights activists signed a joint letter to draw the government’s attention (kp 25/05/2023)

Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: HURPES stages sit-ins in 22 districts in protest (kh 24/05/2023)

Journalists and civil activists commit to give priority to issues of marginalized, by Lalit Bista (rep 15/05/2023)

In Nepal, rage against grand larceny : Lawmakers, intellectuals and commoners are uniting against attempts of top leadership to dismiss the fake Bhutanese refugee scam (nlt 15/05/2023)

‘Corrupt, beware!’: Protests against refugee scam continue : The scam, in which 875 Nepalis were swindled of millions of rupees on the promise of being sent to the US, forces people to hit the streets decrying the network of corruption, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 14/05/2023), Multiple protests demanding action against refugee scammers (ht 14/05/2023)

Grassroots Citizens Voice Against Status Quo, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 13/05/2023)

PM Prachanda, Deuba, Oli should not be spared if found guilty: Dr. Govinda KC (kh 13/05/2023)

Civil society rises again : It can articulate larger public demands while moderating the more extremist voices in the crowd (kp 12/05/2023)

People protest against Bhutanese refugee scam : Civil society members accuse leaders of misusing state funds, authority, by Anup Ojha (kp 11/05/2023), Skeletons tumbling out : Probe into the Bhutanese refugee scam needs constant vigilance from media and civil society (kp 11/05/2023)

Loan shark victims brave inclement weather to continue protest : More than six dozen protesters, who have been spending their nights in tents, are suffering from headache, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhoea and pain in their eyes, by Anup Ojha (kp 03/05/2023)

Mahabir Pun begins protest demanding government priority for innovation : Pun submitted a list of demands to the prime minister before launching his agitation, by Anup Ojha (kp 29/04/2023), Agreement reached between govt. and Chair Pun (kh 01/05/2023), Government, Mahabir Pun sign seven-point agreement : Pun had started an agitation on Friday demanding the government prioritise innovation and research in the country (kp 02/05/2023)

Civil Society calls for scaling up Child Grant (kh 28/04/2023)

Deliberative Public Key To Democracy, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 22/04/2023)

Shah-Singha Durbar spat sign of bigger waste problem : Dhunibesi and Kakani vow to obstruct garbage disposal at Banchare Danda if their demands are not honoured, by Anup Ojha (kp 21/04/2023)

Police fire gunshots, lob teargas to disperse demolition protesters in Mirchaiya bazaar : People whose houses were damaged in the demolition drive have been protesting since April 10 seeking compensation, by Bharat Jarghamagar (kp 21/04/2023)

Civil society activists stage ‘human rights march’ : The march was staged against the police brutality on loan shark victims at Shantibatika on Monday (kp 20/04/2023), Civic movement making a comeback? (ae 20/04/2023)

More street protests: What do they signal? They hint at public frustration, mounting since 2015 quakes, observers say. Lack of delivery has made things worse, by Anup Ojha (kp 02/02/2023)

Civil society group expresses concerns over attempt by foreign govts to influence formation of new executive leadership (rep 14/12/2022), Nepal’s eminent citizens decry foreign interference in government formation, attempt to subvert election mandate : ‘The effort by one set of foreign governments to influence the formation of Nepal’s executive leadership is bound to trigger reaction from other direction, putting Nepal in grave danger of becoming a geo-political football’ (nlt 14/12/2022)

Political Volunteerism On The Wane, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 10/12/2022)

Civil society needs to make the public sphere more pluralistic : ‘A strong civil society can advocate for better laws and policies that can help serve communities in ways that are more attuned to the community's needs than what the government might propose’, interview with Laura Adams (nlt 03/11/2022)

Balance Between Civic Rights And Duties, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 15/10/2022)

Dr Govinda KC to start fast-unto-death from Dhangadhi from today (rep 12/09/2022), Dr KC’s  health deteriorates (rep 14/09/2022, Dr KC’s health critical; he has refused to take medication, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep 16/09/2022), Govt forms talk team to initiate dialogue with Dr KC (rep 17/09/2022) [Whatever the government promises, as it has done for years, it has no intention of implementing such promises!], Dr Gobinda KC refuses to fly to Kathmandu for treatment : The health crusader is currently on a hunger strike in Dhangadhi where his health condition is worrisome, say doctors. The government sent a Nepal Army helicopter to Dhangadhi to bring him to Kathmandu for further treatment on Tuesday (kp 20/09/2022), Dr Govinda KC refuses to fly to Kathmandu for treatment : The public health crusader is currently on a hunger strike in Dhangadhi, by Arjun Shah (kp 21/09/2022),
Dr Govinda KC ends hunger strike after 10-point agreement with govt (nlt 25/09/2022) [As always before, the government will not stick to anything it has agreed to!]

Civil Society Vital For Democracy, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 01/09/2022)

Citizens appeal to protect the dignity of Supreme Court : ‘The act of directing the government to defy the court verdict on the construction of Nijgadh Airport is against Regulations of the House of Representatives.’ (nlt 03/06/2022)

Social Capital Fosters Solidarity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 14/05/2022)

Political Empowerment Of Citizens, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 30/04/2022)

Just Pursuit Of Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 09/04/2022)

Nepal sees progress in CSO Sustainability Index (nlt 26/02/2022) [see report (Nepal pp. 38ff)], Nepal sees progress in CSO Sustainability Index-2020 (kh 26/02/2022)

Civil Society’s Role In Governance, by Shyam Prasad Mainali (rn 25/02/2022)

Dr. KC files supplementary petition with DLMI against CJ Rana (kh 01/02/2022)

Can Nepal’s Latest Citizen-Led Street Protests Shake Things Up?, by Amish Raj Mulmi (Carnegieendowment 27/01/2022)

Civil Society At The Crossroads, by Mukti Rijal (rn 13/01/2022)

A year of social movements : Compared to 2020, this year saw a rise in public discourses around pertinent social issues of caste, impunity, and safe spaces, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 31/12/2021)

Dr. Govinda KC warns of hunger strike seeking CJ Rana’s ouster (kh 26/12/2021)

Tasks Before South Asian Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 20/11/2021)

Brihat Nagarik Andolan calls on parties to move impeachment motion against chief justice : Pressure has mounted on Rana from justices and lawyers to step down (kp 27/10/2021)

Due Diligence Of Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 09/10/2021)

Activists want President to act to convert ‘Kathmandu View Tower’ into National Library : Thousands of books and historical manuscripts are at risk of damage as the Lalitpur-based National Library building has fallen into disrepair following the 2015 earthquakes, by Anup Ojha (kp 30/09/2021)

Dr Govinda KC warns of agitation if his five-point agreement is not met (kh 06/09/2021)

10 arrested from anti-MCC demonstration in front of US Embassy (rep 03/09/2021)

Youths dump garbage outside Kathmandu Metropolitan City office gate : The protest was organised against the city’s failure to collect garbage from the Capital for the last two weeks (kp 30/08/2021)

Signature collection campaign seeking justice for Dhami (kh 22/08/2021)

Tharu Morcha in protest, pressuring government to implement past agreements : Brihat Nagarik Aandolan, an alliance of civil society members and people from various walks of life, supports the protest, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/08/2021)

Protesters demand justice for Krisala Chaudhary (rep 15/08/2021)

Civil society’s role : Large and small businesses must consider systematically contributing to civil society movements, by Bishal Thapa (ae 05/08/2021)

Being a responsible citizen: Why civic engagement is important, by Simone Galimberti (ht 26/7/2021)

Dr. KC tables 5-point demand before new government (kh 19/07/2021)

Police intervene in civil society demonstration : Dozens of demonstrators arrested (kh 11/07/2021), Police arrest 19 protesting civil society members : The Brihat Nagarik Andolan group were demonstrating against irregularities in the medical education sector in front of Singhadurbar (kp 11/07/2021)

Essence Of Native Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 19/06/2021)

Civil society members held for protesting in Baluwatar (kh 11/06/2021), 20 civil society leaders including Narayan Wagle, Khagendra Sangraula arrested from Baluwatar (rep 11/06/2021), Government agrees to grant affiliation to B&C Medical College : Despite protests against affiliation, the prime minister-headed commission has asked for the necessary paperwork to be completed within a week, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/06/2021) [Nepotism at the highest level!]

Civil society, environmentalists against Chure exploitation (ht 06/06/2021)

Actress Karki appeals government to spend for vaccine rather than election (kh 30/05/2021)

Civil Society stages protest against HoR dissolution in capital (rep 26/05/2021)

How not to manage a crisis : Society’s handling of the pandemic reflects on the government’s performance, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 18/05/2021)

Need Of Robust Civil Society Movement, by Namrata Sharma (rn 21/04/2021)

Civil Society staging demonstration today in favor of democracy (kh 07/03/2021)

Civil society activists stage protest in front of KMC (rep 28/02/2021)

Civic Activism Of Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 27/02/2021)

Citizens’ manifesto : The Citizens’ Movement has called for freedom from political regression and justice for the marginalised, by Pramod Mishra (kp 25/02/2021)

To reclaim democracy, citizens hold Tundikhel march : Brihat Nagarik Andolan vows to fight to protect the country from falling into an abyss, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 20/02/2021)

Civil Society to unveil its manifesto today (kp 19/02/2021)

KP Oli has assassinated democracy, claims Democratic Thought Society (kh 12/02/2021)

Professionals, workers organise symbolic protest against HoR dissolution (kh 06/02/2021)

Artists, writers and cultural activists announce protest against House dissolution : PM Oli’s ‘regressive move’ undermines the achievements of the 2006 people’s movement and pushes the country towards authoritarianism, they say (kp 02/02/2021)

Dr. Govinda KC announces 20th Satyagraha (kh 02/02/2021)

Civil society activists stage protest near statue of martyr Shukraraj Shastri (rep 29/01/2021), Back in the streets (nt 29/01/2021), Hundreds participate in peaceful protest led by Wagle, KC (ht 31/01/2021))

Campaigners decry use of force by police on peaceful civic protest against the House dissolution move : Unwarned, protesters were hit by water cannons and  beaten up as they marched towards Baluwatar. Earlier in the day, rights activists were rounded up from same area, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/01/2021), [The police action as now ordered by the Oli government is criminal and a serious violation of basic human rights. The behaviour of the police has not changed since the end of the authoritarian royal Panchayat system!]

Several protesters injured as police use force on participants of Baluwatar March : Writers, poets, artists, intellectuals and members of the public were participating in the rally (kp 25/01/2021) [Even more than the protests of the parties, these intellectuals endanger Oli's ambitions for power and must be silenced, he thinks!], Rights activists protesting HoR dissolution arrested from Baluwatar (ht 25/01/2021), Rights activists protesting HoR dissolution arrested from Baluwatar (ht 25/01/2021), Baluwatar wears tense look as police obstruct march by civil society members (with photos), by Monika Malla (rep 25/01/2021)

Civil society group to stage protest outside PM's residence in Baluwatar against parliament dissolution (rep 23/01/2021)

People will take to the streets against court if it uploads House dissolution: Dr. KC (kh 16/01/2021)

Civic space blocked in Nepal: CIVICUS report (ht 09/12/2020) [see report]

Education Ministry continues action against two bodies for publishing commission report : A day after seeking legal proceedings against the two for violating copyright provisions, it asks major donors about their ties with them, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/12/2020) [The state is ours, says the Oli government. Civil society has to shut up or face action!]

Strengthening Civil Society Response To HIV, by Jhabindra Bhandari (kp 07/12/2020)

‘Prime Minister cannot be ousted without the decision of the parliamentary party’ (rep 27/11/2020) [open letter by civil society members], Government urged to be responsible to people, nation (ht 28/11/2020)

Dr. KC Voices For Egalitarian Healthcare, by Mukti Rijal (rn 15/10/2020)

Modes of resistance in Nepal : Dr KC raises his voice to fight for something the political leaders themselves should have attempted to sort out, by Abhi Subedi (kp 11/10/2020)

Government reaches eight-point deal with Dr KC on 27th day of his hunger strike : Both sides signed the agreement late on Saturday to address most of the demands of the agitating doctor, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/10/2020) [Nepal's dishonest politicians will also disregard this agreement, just as all governments have done in the past!]

A state of status quo : After immense pressure, the government has formed a panel to hold talks with KC, but the way it ignored him for 24 days and has failed on various  fronts including the fight against the pandemic shows the Oli administration is losing its grip on governance, analysts say, by Anil Giri (kp 08/10/2020), Talks between govt and Dr KC’s representatives underway (kh 08/10/2020)

Why Govinda KC’s demands matter even more today as country battles the pandemic : Covid-19 has exposed Nepal’s fragile health system and the fasting doctor’s demands for years have been aimed  at making health care services accessible to all, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/10/2020), Doctors Show Solidarity To Dr. KC (rn 05/10/2020), Hold talks : Dr KC has sat for too many hunger strikes already, and the government should see to it that this is his last (ht 06/10/2020), Govt team visits Dr Govinda KC (rep 06/10/2020), Former PMs urge the government to save Dr KC’s life (rep 07/10/2020), Dr KC’s health deteriorates on his 24th day of fast-unto-death (kh 07/10/2020)

Former President Dr Yadav meets Dr Govinda KC (rep 02/10/2020)

Prominent personalities urge govt to save Dr KC (ht 28/09/2020)

Police arrest 17 supporters of Dr KC for mocking PM Oli (rep 26/09/2020)

Dr KC examining patients even during hunger strike (ae 18/09/2020), “Why have I been abducted?” asks Dr KC : His health deteriorates, government silent about his demands (rep 20/09/2020), Dr KC admitted to ICU, refuses to undergo health checkup (rep 21/09/2020) [Lies, corruption and nepotism on the part of leading politicians repeatedly force KC to take action. PM Oli is personally responsible for the well-being of this pioneer of civil society!], Dr KC’s health deteriorates as his protest enters 8th day (kh 21/09/2020), Police drag Dr KC out of ambulance, forcibly take him to Trauma Center (rep 22/09/2020), Why the state shows haughty contempt for a social crusader : The way Dr Govinda KC is being treated for his peaceful protests and campaign for the larger good of society indicates that the government is growing increasingly intolerant of its citizens who demand system and good governance, analysts and observers say, by Tika R. Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp 23/09/2020), The doctor versus the state : Govinda KC remains a headache for successive governments in Nepal for all the right reasons (kp 24/09/2020)

Youths stage demonstration demanding Ghising’s reappointment as NEA MD (rep 17/09/2020)

The intent of elite imitation : Most movements in Kathmandu since 2015  have been staged by the urban bourgeoisie, by CK Lal (kp 16/09/2020)

Role of Intellectual Society in Covid-19 Regime, by Medani P. Bhandari (kh 16/09/2020)

Dr KC starts 19th hunger strike in Jumla (rep 14/09/2020)

Enough is Enough campaigner ends hunger strike after agreement with health ministry: The youth-led campaign has urged the government to implement the agreement this time, by Aditi Aryal (kp 10/08/2020)

Youth activist Iih ends his 23-day hunger strike (rep 09/08/2020)

'Enough is Enough’ campaigner Iih admitted to hospital as his health deteriorates due to hunger strike (rep 03/08/2020)

Fifty youths, including passers-by, detained from Baluwatar ahead of ‘Enough is Enough’ protest: Police claim the youths were protesting in a restricted zone, but protesters say the planned rally could not happen following random arrests, by Aditi Aryal (kp 01/08/2020), Police arrest dozens of protesters: Enough is enough campaign (ht 02/08/2020)

Police arrests scores of ‘Enough is Enough’ campaigners (rep 31/07/2020), Police arrest peaceful protesters from Baluwatar (rep 31/07/2020)

Youth activist’s fast-unto-death enters ninth day, government indifferent (ht 27/07/2020), NHRC concerned about youths staging hunger strike (ht 28/07/2020)

‘Enough is Enough’ campaigners begin hunger strike once again (ht 19/07/2020), Three youths go on a second hunger strike over pandemic handling: Youths demand the government fulfil its earlier commitments while government says says all demands have been met, by Aditi Aryal (kp 22/07/2020)

Role of civil society during the pandemic:: We have to make the role of civil society more relevant. Civil society must act as torchbearers to deal with this global pandemic, by Pramod Bhattarai (rep 16/07/2020)

Satyagraha campaign signs 12-point agreement with Health Ministry, calls off hunger strike: The satyagraha, called by the Enough is Enough campaign, had asked for better quarantine conditions, more PCR testing and financial transparency over Covid-19 spending, by Aditi Aryal (kp 08/07/2020)

Govt turns deaf ears to demands of youths staging hunger strike (ht 05/07/2020)

A week-long hunger strike put protesters in hospital, as government pledges to address demands: Prime Minister Oli himself visited protesters from the ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign at hospital but campaigners say they won’t give up until all demands are met, by Aditi Aryal (kp 03/07/2020)

‘Enough is Enough’ movement voices concern: Organisers condemn caste and gender-based violence taking place in quarantine facilities (ht 21/06/2020), Youths take to street against poor handling of COVID-19 yet again (ht 21/06/2020)

Congress vows to take to the streets alongside politically unaffiliated youths: While the youths have largely remained politically unaffiliated so far, the involvement of the Congress is likely to bring the movement under a political flag, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 16/06/2020) [This movement would be better left in the hands of civil society, as it directly addresses the concerns and needs of the people. For decades, all political parties, especially the Nepali Congress, have put the needs of the multi-ethnic and multicultural population behind personal power aspirations and interests!]

Youth-led protests against the government’s handling of Covid-19 spread to major cities: On Thursday, over a thousand people in Kathmandu and hundreds more around the country demanded financial transparency and better management of the pandemic from the government, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 12/06/2020)

Water cannons and batons at protest against government’s handling of the pandemic: Police employed force to disperse around 150 people gathered in peaceful protest outside the prime minister’s residence in Baluwatar, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/06/2020), Peaceful protesters beaten up (ht 10/06/2020))

The treason of KP Oli and civil society leaders: Is political stability really worth keeping Oli in power, even after his mafia-like manoeuvres?, by Pramod Mishra (kp 07/05/2020))

The fault lines of civil society: The very idea of civil society is artificially manufactured and promoted by the elites to negotiate with political power of the 'state' and economic power of the 'market' and to undermine the 'cultural strength' of the society, by Chandra D. Bhatta (rep 07/05/2020

Activists running food distribution campaign in Valley amid lockdown (rep 27/04/2020)

With parliament out of session, role of civil society crucial to hold government to account, say observers: Despite the fact that civil society has largely been coopted by the parties, their role is necessary to act as an effective check on the government’s excesses, they say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 14/04/2020)

The Inquiring Citizens, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 10/03/2020)

Lalitpur locals call officials out on dusty, pothole-riddled road: After running out of options, they installed ‘protest boards’ by collecting up to Rs 200, by Anup Ojha (kp 04/03/2020)

Shifting Democratic Form, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 03/03/2020)

Youth arrested for throwing shoe targeting Nepal Communist Party chair Dahal: The 22-year-old youth from Jumla has been identified as a son of a former Maoist fighter, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 02/03/2020) [Not correct but understandable! This act is absolutely harmless compared to the killing of 5,000 people for which Dahal has claimed responsibility!], Flying objects: When dissatisfaction reaches a tipping point, people will protest (kp 03/03/2020), Panel formed to probe shoe attack on Dahal (ht 03/03/2020) [????], People are angry (rep 03/03/2020)

Occupy Tundikhel activists to now reach out to President Bhandari and central government to free the city’s open area from encroachers: The vast public open space that offered shelter to thousands of earthquake survivors during the 1934 and 2015 earthquakes, once spanned nearly four kilometres, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/02/2020)

Occupy Tundikhel campaign concludes (ht 02/02/2020)

Civil society vows to protest until Sapkota’s nomination for Speaker is dismissed: Agni Sapkota, who is accused of murder, is certain to become Speaker of the House as he is running unopposed, by Binod Ghimire (kp 23/01/2020)

Native Traits Of Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 21/01/2020)

Civil society members express concern over parliamentary impasse: 7 signatories from different fields call for ending the dispute over Speaker post and resuming the House (kp 17/01/2020),,
Civil society leaders urge proactive effort over speaker impasse: Caution against preparations to amend constitution to allow even un-elected lawmaker to become PM (rep 17/01/2020)

Locals of Rong Rural Municipality in Ilam impounded four tractors used in the extraction of riverbed materials: Stone smugglers from Mechinagar in Jhapa have been extracting stones from the Chure region for a long time now, say locals, by Parbat Portel (kp 17/01/2020)

Social movements in 2019: This year, Nepal witnessed many social movements, with people taking to the streets and on social media to make their voices hear, by Shashwat Pant and Samiksha Baral (kp 31/12/2019)

Campaigners wanted to paint flowers on Khula Manch podium. Mayor sent police force.: Conservationists say they just wanted to draw authorities’ attention to the importance of public spaces but Bidya Sundar Shakya calls the movement a politically motivated stunt., by Anup Ojha (kp 29/12/2019), Police bid to intervene in scheduled event foiled (ht 29/12/2019)

Youths protest irregularities (ht 19/12/2019)

Occupy Tundikhel Campaign: Activists use excavator at Khula Manch (ht 15/12/2019))

Let Tundikhel be what Tundikhel was: Since the government is too slow to act, it is the public that needs to be vigilant, by Anil Chitrakar (nt 13/12/2019)

Kathmandu mayor dismisses “Occupy Tundikhel” as a publicity stunt of some politically motivated people: Conservationists describe Mayor Bidhya Sundar Shaky's remarks as childish and irresponsible, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/12/2019) [Shakya's remarks reflect failed politics of his political party, a high degree of arrogance and quite obviously personal incompetence!]

Civil Society As A Public Sphere, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 10/12/2019)

‘Occupy Tundikhel’ enters fifth week (ht 08/12/2019)

Enraged locals hold symbolic protest against delay in road repair, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 01/12/2019))

With new legislation in the works, Nepal’s civil society organisations fear tighter control: The KP Sharma Oli administration has been repeatedly criticised by national and international rights bodies for trying to curb dissent through laws and policies, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 23/11/2019)

Nepalis joined global climate strike, but there are doubts whether the movement will sustain: Environmentalists wonder if the campaign in Kathmandu was simply a fad and whether the climate protests would continue, by Gina Bachmann (kp 16/11/2019)

Campaigners gear up for demonstration to reclaim Tundikhel from encroachers: Amid government apathy, one of Kathmandu Valley’s largest open spaces is under threat from multiple interest groups, by Anup Ojha (kp 08/11/2019), Thousands expected to join 'Occupy Tundikhel' campaign today, by Aditi Baral (rep 09/11/2019), Campaigners launch ‘Occupy Tundikhel’, a movement to reclaim open spaces from encroachers: An initiative of local residents, environmentalists and heritage activists, the campaign sees the presence of prominent figures from politics to academics and civil society, by Anup Ojha (kp 10/11/2019), Free the public space (rep 11/11/2019), Save public spaces: Saving public spaces will mean providing fresh air to the public every day and saving lives in time of emergency (ht 12/11/2019), Heritage conservationists plant Khari plant to make people reflect upon Tundikhel’s glorious past: This is the second week of the three-month-long ‘Occupy Tundikhel’ public campaign to reclaim open spaces from encroachers, by Anup Ojha (kp 17/11/2019), Poets recite poems in Tundikhel in solidarity with Occupy Tundikhel movement: Tundikhel was once one large open ground, nearly four kilometres long, stretching from Rani Pokhari to Dashrath Stadium, by Anup Ojha (kp 24/11/2019), ‘Occupy Tundikhel’ activists submit letter of demand to city office: Heritage lovers and conservationists have long decried the authorities’ inaction to reclaim Tundikhel ground which is shrinking due to encroachment, by Anup Ojha (kp 26/11/2019)

Dr KC launches 17th hunger strike in Dadeldhura HQ Bagkhor (ht 05/11/2019), Dr KC starts 17th hunger strike, by Pushkar Bhandari (rep 05/11/2019), Protest rally in Dadeldhura in support of Dr KC, by Pushkar Bhandari (rep 08/11/2019), Rally held to express solidarity with Dr Govinda KC (ht 09/11/2019), Dr Govinda KC admitted to Dadeldhura Hospital (ht 10/11/2019), KC’s supporters ban govt vehicles from roads (ht 11/11/2019), Every citizen should get access to health and education: Dr KC, by Pushkar Bhandari (rep 11/11/2019), Health of Dr KC deteriorates but he refuses to be airlifted to Kathmandu: KC, who launched his 17th hunger strike in Dadeldhura on November 4, has expanded his scope of demands and some are political in nature, by Arjun Poudel (kp 12/11/2019), Civil society organisations call on govt to save Dr KC’s life: Minister urges KC to end hunger strike. Says border dispute with India a more pressing concern (ht 12/11/2019) [??], Dr KC suspends his 17th hunger strike (rep 13/11/2019)

Occupy Tundikhel hopes to reclaim the public spaces that are being encroached upon: Hemmed in on all sides, Tundikhel, which was once nearly four kilometres long, is a fraction of that size now, by Anup Ojha (kp 03/11/2019)

Dr KC starting 17th hunger strike from Monday (rep 01/11/2019)

Building blocks to peace: Government, civil society and the media all have a stake in Nepal’s new federal journey. They must trust each other and collaborate for sustained peace, by Anurag Acharya (kp 24/10/2019)

KC gives ultimatum to govt, warns of protest (ht 15/10/2019), Dr KC demands accord implementation (rep 15/10/2019)

Ganga Maya threatens hunger strike (ht 10/09/2019)

The Art Of Civic Renewal, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 03/09/2019)

Rationalists of Nepal, unite: Reason fails during times of public frustration and when emotions rule. A critical mass of intellectuals should be there to tell right from wrong and to make right arguments, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 02/09/2019)

Civil society, gender rights activists call on govt to present consolidated reports (rep 15/08/2019)

Social campaigner is beaten up while nabbing litterbugs in Koteshwor: Garbage throwing on roadside is rampant during the night, but authorities till date have paid no heed, by Anup Ojha (kp 03/08/2019)

Peaceful social demonstration: Studies show that non-violent civil resistance is far more successful in creating change than violent campaigns, by Binoj Basnyat (kp 08/07/2019)

After Guthi Bill, pressure mounts on government to withdraw disputed Media Council Bill: Civil society leaders say that the government’s indifference  to the bill could put the whole system in danger, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 22/06/2019)

Rethinking The Culture Of Protest, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 22/06/2019)

People are protesting. Heed the people (rep 17/06/2019)

Controversial bills set to flare up tensions in federal parliament: At least half a dozen bills, brought up without proper discussions with stakeholders, have courted controversy over their contents, leading to protests from civil society, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 10/06/2019)

Dr KC urges govt to ensure democratic governance (rep 06/06/2019)

Call for civil society to wake up from slumber, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 29/05/2019)

Where has Nepal’s once active civil society gone? While professional groups have been raising voices against  moves to curtail individual and press freedoms, citizens-led  movement is conspicuous by its absence, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 26/05/2019), Missing civil society: This group, which often led democracy movements, is nowhere to be seen (kp 27/05/2019)

What have we done? Let’s commit to our civic duty. Let’s not ask what the government can do for you but what you can do for your government, by Thaneshwor Chalise (rep 18/05/2019)

Bitter pill to swallow: Dr Govinda KC has legitimate demands, ones that affect the quality of your healthcare directly, by Jiwan Kshetry (kp 21/04/2019)

Nirmala’s parents call off indefinite sit-in after 105 days, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 23/02/2019)

Ganga Maya Adhikari acquires passport (ht 18/02/2019)

Dr KC to change agitation mode: He will coordinate, talk and lobby the govt (ht 03/02/2019)

Dr KC ends hunger strike, by Nayak Paudel (kp 02/02/2019), Mafia 1 KC 0, by Guffadi (kp 02/02/2019), Dr KC ends fast-unto-death, slams govt for 'policy-level corruption' (ht 02/02/2019), Dr KC ends fast after 24 days, accuses Oli of dishonesty (rep 02/02/2019)

Nepal Medical Association to shut down all hospitals today: Doctors to see only emergency cases as they join KC’s cause, by Nayak Paudel (kp 01/02/2019), NMA calls for health services strike today (ht 01/02/2019), All health services except emergency to halt nationwide today (rep 01/02/2019), Rally, sit-in and relay hunger strike at BPKIHS in support of Dr KC (rep 01/02/2019), Patients denied services at government hospitals, by Arjun Poudel (kp 02/02/2019), 17 protesters arrested, released (ht 02/02/2019)

Civic Engagement of Youth, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 29/01/2019)

Dr Govinda KC seeks PM’s resignation (ht 26/01/2019), Oli must resign for deceiving 30 million people: Dr KC; Fast-unto-death to continue (rep 26/01/2019), 48 arrested in capital for protesting against Medical Education bill (rep 26/01/2019) [Freedom of opinion denied!], Dr KC supporters hit the streets wearing black bands (rep 26/01/2019), KC’s supporters say medical bill doesn’t speak to have-nots, by Nayak Paudel (kp 27/01/2019), NMA likely to shut down health services (ht 27/01/2019), Doctors put pressure on the government to save Dr KC: Nepal Medical Association announces relay hunger strike starting today, by Nayak Paudel (kp 28/01/2019), NMA calls for nationwide relay hunger strike: Threatens action against docs who don’t support Dr KC; ‘Even senior docs have to take part’ (ht 28/01/2019), Medics say frail KC needs intensive care, by Arjun Poudel (kp 30/01/2019), Govt will save Dr KC’s life: Minister Pokharel, by Anita Shrestha (ht 31/01/2019) [By doing nothing? This hunger strike would not have taken place if the government had abided by its agreement with Dr KC instead of encouraging its MPs to pass a different law, Mr Pokharel! Do not talk such nonsense!], Solidarity with Dr KC, demands for talks well up as his condition worsens (rep 31/01/2019)

Govt shows no interest in addressing Dr KC’s demands (rep 22/01/2019), Don’t betray Satyagrahi: If Dr KC’s demands are met and agreements with him materialized, it will be the socialist dreams of communists coming true, by Shankar Tiwari (rep 22/01/2019), Health minister says government must abide by deal reached with KC: The bill will be endorsed at any cost by Parliament  on Friday: NCP lawmaker Yogesh Bhattarai, by Niyak Paudel (kp 24/01/2019), Promises to keep: The government cannot deviate from past promises to convert the nine-point deal with Dr KC into legislation (ht 24/01/2019)

KC’s crucial Satyagraha: Given our revolutionary history, how has this simple man’s resistance been so misunderstood?, by Abhi Subedi (kp 20/01/2019)

Nirmala’s mother demands DNA authenticity verification, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 10/01/2019)

Ganga Maya meets UN resident coordinator: Says government has been unwilling and unable to deliver justice in her son’s murder case (ht 10/01/2019), Ganga Maya Adhikari seeks global attention, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/01/2019), Dr Govinda KC’s health deteriorating (ht 12/01/2019)

Dr KC warns of 16th hunger strike: Parliament sub-committee endorses bill on medical education through vote, by Nayak Paudel (kp 08/01/2019), Dr KC blasts sub-committee for tweaking bill (rep 08/01/2019), House panel fails to endorse medical education draft bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 08/01/2018), Dr KC threatens to launch 16th fast-unto-death (ht 08/01/2019), Dr KC to launch 16th hunger strike today: Demands end to ‘mafia reign’ in medical sector, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp 09/01/2019), NCP lawmakers bulldoze Medical Education Bill through House panel: KC starts 16th hunger strike objecting to change in provisions, by Nayak Paudel (kp 10/01/2019), House panel okays medical education reforms bill: Principal concerns of Dr Govinda KC not addressed , by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 10/01/2019), Stick to pact: Private medical colleges would not have been much of an issue had they not become highly profitable commercial ventures instead of being a social investment (ht 11/01/2019), Dr. KC shows low blood glucose level on 3rd day of fast, by Bhim Chapagain (kp 12/01/2019), Fasting surgeon’s health deteriorates, by Biplaw Bhattarai and Sanjaya Lama (kp 13/01/2019), Rally held to express solidarity with Dr KC (ht 13/01/2019), KC’s failing health cause for concern among doctors, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp 14/01/2019), Doctors use antibiotics to treat KC, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp 16/01/2019), ‘Dr KC’s demands won’t be fulfilled’ (ht 16/01/2019) [Admits economic interests of NCP affiliated entrepreneurs!], Former chief justice Sushila Karki’s team in Ilam to show solidarity with fasting surgeon, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp 18/01/2019), Dr KC's condition critical but stable (rep 19/01/2019), Govt unlikely to address fasting surgeon’s demands, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 19/01/2019), Supporters press government to honour deals with KC, by Nayak Paudel (kp 20/01/2019)

KC postpones hunger strike for second time: NCP, NC at bitter odds over issues in Med-Education bill, by Nayak Paudel (kp 03/01/2019)

Press freedom anxiety: To demonstrate that it will work as per the spirit of the Constitution, the govt has no option but to amend some of the draconian provisions (ht 03/01/2019), Civil society and media: Give them their due, by Dutta Shree Duwadi (Khanal) (ht 03/01/2019)

House panel scrambles to table medical education bill as KC threatens hunger strike (kp 02/01/2018), Pokharel's bid to keep CTEVT under ministry snags Medical Education Bill: Over 500 affiliations issued to private colleges by two thirds-majority govt, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 02/01/2019), All agreements with Dr KC won’t be included: Congress lawmakers say bill should include entire content, just the spirit is not enough, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 02/01/2019)

Efforts on to unite two factions of rights activists and conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/12/2018)

Dr KC threatens to go on hunger strike from January 1 (kp 27/12/2018)

Citizens observe 150th day of Nirmala’s death, by Nayak Paudel (kp 24/12/2018), Activists demand justice for Nirmala Panta (ht 24/12/2018), Nirmala's father resumes his indefinite sit-in (rep 24/12/2018), Protesters submit signatures to UN country office (ht 25/12/2018)

Enhancing The Civic Space, by Dav Raj Dahal (rn 18/12/2018)

Nirmala rape and murder: Struggle committee announces fresh agitation (kp 16/12/2018)

Civil society group protests transitional justice junket, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/12/2018)

Activists stage symbolic protest demanding justice, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 13/12/2018)

Dr KC in poor Tarai villages to conduct free health camp, distribute blankets, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep 11/12/2018)

PM’s threats are unbecoming of his high office, intellectuals say: Oli takes a stab at academics and journalists who have been vocal critics of his administration, by Anil Giri (kp 07/12/2018)

Police detain activists for pasting Nirmala posters, by Bhawani Bhatta and Nayak Paudel (kp 01/12/2018) [The Oli government as veto players with respect to rule of law, justice and human rights!!], Police disrupt peaceful protest: Arrest 12 persons for pasting posters featuring Nirmala (ht 01/12/2018), Hundreds rally for justice in Nirmala case (rep 02/12/2018), Protesters defy police warning (ht 02/12/2018)

Victims’ demand alarms civil leaders, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/11/2018)

Dr KC pads up for 16th hunger strike: Activist announces three key demands in nine-point memo, by Nayak Paudel (kp 27/11/2018)

Kanchanpur rape and murder: Pant couple stage sit-in for justice, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 12/11/2018), Scores of people reach Kanchanpur to support Pant couple’s sit-in, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 14/11/2018), Nirmala’s parents fall ill; refuse to leave sit-in camp for treatment in hospital, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp 16/11/2018)

Dr KC warns of another hunger strike, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 12/11/2018)

Kavre schools, colleges shut over student leader’s arrest: NSU leader Krishna Dhakal and journalist Kabiraj Dhakal arrested for posting PM Oli’s distorted photo on Facebook, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp 12/11/2018)

Emerging Challenges of CSOs, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/11/2018)

KC warns of fresh hunger strike (kp 27/09/2018)

Civil Society & Political Parties, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 25/09/2018)

The Saga of Strikes, by D.M. Thapa (rn 04/08/2018)

When justice dies: Ganga Maya will win this battle for justice. And the victory will mark the process of healing the wounds of conflict era, by Anjali Subedi (rep 04/08/2018)

Triumph of the people: Govt has moved to amend the medical bill, but pressure needs to be kept (kp 02/08/2018)

Tale of hope and fear: The forceful abduction of Dr KC and the subsequent vandalization of the hospital can be taken as an assault on Satyagraha itself, by Manjit Mishra (rep 01/08/2018)

Dr KC may need CCU care: Medics, by Nayak Paudel (kp 24/07/2018), Dr KC agrees to checkup at mother's request: Health workers to provide services to patients at open places from today (rep 24/07/2018), Joint fast on (kp 24/07/2018), Civil society’s mass sit-in continues Monday (rep 24/07/2018), Give up rigidity, listen to Dr KC (rep 24/07/2018), Top leaders indifferent to activist’s demands (kp 24/07/2018), Probe team returns without visiting clash site, by LP Devkota (kp 24/07/2018), ‘Govt will not accept Dr KC’s Satyagraha’: Dr KC’s demands are mere agendas set by the Nepali Congress (kp 24/07/2018) [Civil society, including KC, will not accept Subba Gurung's claims: They are basic rights infringing statements set by Oli and his CPN!], Local peace panels revived (kp 24/07/2018)

Mass hunger strike in support of Dr KC, by Nayak Paudel (kp 23/07/2018), No headway as fast lingers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/07/2018), This is Dr KC's longest hunger strike, govt apathetic (rep 23/07/2018), Civil society starts mass sit-in supporting Dr KC’s demands, by Bikan K Dawadi (rep 23/07/2018), Editors express solidarity with Dr KC’s demands (kp 23/07/2018), Dahal ‘flexible’, Oli ‘rigid’ on Dr KC’s demands (rep 23/07/2018)

Civil society bodies want TJ commissions reshuffled (kp 22/07/2018), More to join hunger strike (ht 22/07/2018), Civil society takes to the street over Dr KC’s demands, by Bikan K Dawadi (rep 22/07/2018), Thousands rally in support of Dr KC, by Nayak Paudel (kp 22/07/2018) [The state must finally stop brutally beating and seriously injuring people with wooden sticks! No policeman has the right to shawl people on their heads with wooden sticks, no politician has the right to order and cover such procedure! This is a crime and the government is responsible!], Police brutality on Dr KC supporters leaves KAHS patients terrified, by Devendra Basnet and DB Budha (rep 22/07/2018), Scores hurt as Tarun rally turns violent (kp 22/07/2018), Dozens including 11 police injured in protests over Dr KC's demands; Three govt vehicles vandalized (rep 22/07/2018), ‘Critical’, Dr KC declines medical aid (kp 22/07/2018), Govt calls activist for unconditional talks: Dr KC’s representatives want National Medical Education Bill withdrawn and a government team with broader mandate(kp 22/07/2018), Is Dr KC A True Satyagrahi?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 22/07/2018) [Subedi accuses KC of political motivation in support of the NC, but the author conceals the fact that KC has recently initiated 4 hunger strikes against the NC government! Deuba and his NC are hypocritical freeloaders right now!],

Risking his life to save lives, by Kunda Dixit (nt 20/07/2018)

Government ‘abducts’ social activist: Dr KC refuges to enter ICU, vows to continue his protest until his demands for reforms in medical education sector are met, by Binod Ghimire and LP Devkota (kp 20/07/2018), 40 injured in clash as Dr KC taken by force to Kathmandu (rep 20/07/2018) [see video], 20 doctors among injured in clashes with security forces (kp 20/07/2018), That was appalling: The way the state used force to bring Dr KC to Kathmandu is deplorable (kp 20/07/2018), NMA protests against govt apathy to Dr KC’s demands (rep 20/07/2018), Won't take medication until demands met: Dr KC (rep 20/07/2018), PM Oli says some parties are playing with Dr KC’s life (kp 20/07/2018) [Bare mockery!], Congress urges RJP-N, Naya Shakti to join in the fight against govt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/07/2018) [Pressure on the government is urgent, but Deuba's argumentation is also mockery, since he did not act otherwise when he was PM!], NC raises pitch against ‘autocracy’ (kp 20/07/2018), Police detain 25 students protesting against PM Oli (kp 20/07/2018), House meeting put off for eight days (rep 20/07/2018), Government Under Siege, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 20/07/2018)

Secy-led team to hold dialogue with Dr KC: NMA ‘to bring agitating doctor to Capital if govt withdraws medical bill’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 17/07/2018), Govt forms talks panel led by Education Secy Baral (rep 17/07/2018), National medical education bill controversy: Nepali Congress obstructs House (kp 17/07/2018), Supporters And Opponents: Nepali Style, by Prem Khatry (rn 17/07/2018), Negotiations lead nowhere (kp 18/07/2018), Doctors stop OPD services in Karnali (kp 18/07/2018), Congress announces nationwide protest: Opposition party accuses Oli govt of totalitarianism, favouritism and violating the constitution (kp 18/07/2018), Deuba reminds PM of Dr KC’s demands (kp) [Nevertheless, Deuba is hypocritical; as PM, he himself was not interested in the demands of Dr KC during 4 hunger strikes between August 2017 and January 2018, which lasted 46 days in total!],

Ganga Maya ends her fast: Postpones indefinite hunger strike on 46th day after government promised to implement agreements reached with her in the past (kp 14/07/2018), Ganga Maya ends her 45-day-long hunger strike (rep 14/07/2018), Dr KC to be brought to Capital forcibly: Minister (kp 14/07/2018), Dr KC’s supporters to foil govt plans to airlift him to capital (rep 14/07/2018), Fasting doc ‘lost consciousness’, by LP Devkota (kp 14/07/2018), Dr KC losing consciousness, by Devendra Basnet and DB Budha (rep 14/07/2018), Listen To The Doctor, by Kushal Pokharel (rn 14/07/2018), SC issues interim order against Monetary Policy (kp 14/07/2018), SC quashes govt decision to dismiss four top officials (kp 14/07/2018), Top court stay order against ban on rallies to continue (kp 14/07/2018), SC tells govt to submit decision file on protest ban in capital (rep 14/07/2018), TU doctors protest at Maitighar Mandala (kp 14/07/2018), Massive protest rally in support of Dr KC (kp), ‘If govt cares for my health, it should implement my demands’ (kp 15/07/2018), Fasting doc’s health ‘critical’ (kp 15/07/2018), Jumla locals urge govt to come for talks with Dr KC, by Devendra Basnet and DB Budha (rep 15/07/2018), Govinda KC, yet again! It is up to the govt to let Nepali medical education enter a new era of quality and public responsibility, by Naresh Koirala (kp 15/07/2018), Additional medical colleges won’t help quality health services: Thapa (rep 15/07/2018)

Bridge the gap: Ensuring coordination between government and civil society needs clear and facile guidelines (kp 12/07/2018)

Foreign Minister Gyawali allays fears of civil societies (kp 11/07/2018) [??]

Docs seek better facility for fasting surgeon KC (kp 09/07/2018), Safe space: Public protests in support of Dr KC is an expression of a democratic society (kp 09/07/2018), NMA gives govt 72 hrs to fulfill Dr KC’s demands (rep 09/07/2018), PM: KC’s stance impractical: Directs party MPs to strongly defend the government’s stance on medical education bill (kp 10/07/2018) [Yes, KC's demands are against the personal interests of NCP leaders! But they are also against the interests of the people in remote areas!!], Oli, fasting doc may talk on phone today (kp 10/07/2018), Dr KC rejects PM's proposal for one-on-one by phone (rep 10/07/2018), Protest debated in House (kp 10/07/2018), Dr. KC In Headlines Again, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 11/07/2018), Dr KC: ‘New opposition’ for govt, ‘hero’ to locals, by Devendra Basnet, DB Budha and Pushkar Bhandari (rep 11/07/2018), Govt-sent docs not allowed to treat Dr KC (rep 13/07/2018), Govt puts national medical bill on hold: Officials say the govt decided not to table the bill after learning that the NC would obstruct the House if it did so (kp 13/08/2018), Govt drops plan to table Medical Education Bill (rep 13/07/2018), Protesters try to entreat PM Oli with Marsi rice (kp 13/07/2018), Civil society urges government to address Dr KC’s demands (ht 13/07/2018)

Krishna Prasad murder main suspect surrenders (kp 09/07/2018), Main accused in the murder of Ganga Maya’s son surrenders (rep 09/07/2018), Ganga Maya turns down govt request to end hunger strike: Cites amnesty for murder convict Dhungel (rep 10/07/2018)

Protest ban ‘unconstitutional’ (kp 04/07/2018), Writ against Maitighar protest ban (kp 06/06/2018), Top court spikes plan to ban public protests (kp 07/07/2018)

Dr KC starts hunger strike in Jumla (kp 01/07/2018) [Brutal police force against against peaceful civil society action!], Dr KC starts 15th hunger strike, is briefly arrested, by DB Budha (rep 01/07/2018), Locals in Jumla lend support to Dr KC’s indefinite hunger strike, by LP Devkota (kp 02/07/2018), Dr KC offered top post at med panel (kp 02/07/2018) [??????], Dr KC in emergency unit, by LP Devkota (kp 05/07/2018), Dr KC refuses medical aid, says ‘ready to die in Karnali’, by LP Devkota (kp 06/07/2018), Govt registers National: Medical Education Bill: Legislation does not address concerns raised by Dr Govinda KC; Congress leader Thapa says party will block the bill’s passage (kp 07/07/2018), Doctors at Bharatpur Hospital stand in solidarity with Dr KC (kp 07/07/2018), The crazy authoritarian doctor: It is possible to change a corrupt system. You don’t need to form a political party. You just need courage!, by Guffadi (kp 07/07/2018)

Dr KC continues protest at Maitighar Mandala: He vows to continue his protest every week until the government responds to his memorandums (kp 24/06/2018)

PM-led body sought to regulate I/NGOs: Govt yet to respond to stakeholders’ suggestion, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 23/06/2018), ‘Halt moves against civil bodies’ (kp 23/06/2018) [see statement by CIVICUS]

Dr KC tells Parliament to pass health law soon (kp 04/05/2018)

Ban on protest at Maitighar Mandala anti-democratic, says Dr Govinda KC (ht 22/04/2018)

Dr KC gives govt a month to approve Medical ordinance (rep 19/03/2018)

Now Dr KC takes aim at TU VC Khaniya (rep 17/03/2018)

The Spirit Of Political Inquiry, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 06/03/2018)

Dr KC announces hunger strike against chief justice: Urges members of parliament to impeach CJ Parajuli, by Manish Gautam (kp 04/03/2018)

Civil Society and Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 01/03/2018), Complicated courtship: Media and civil society will have to be vigilant to keep govt with two-thirds majority on its toes (kp 01/03/2018)

Truth to populist power: A civil society shaped by Panchayat era ethos must develop clarity  and courage on the path to implementing the new Constitution, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 19/02/2018)

We shall overcome: Progressive thinkers in civil society, who are making entry to clean up politics, have risen in numbers because status quo has not been able to provide a better governing system, by Anusa Thapa (rep 15/02/2018)

Crusader tells CJ Parajuli to resign, by Manish Gautam (kp 11/02/2018)

KC’s unending fight: Dr KC has fasted 14 times in five years and yet the end of his fight is still not in sight, by Naresh Koirala (kp 29/01/2018)

Open letter to Rabindra Mishra: Nepal needs Rabindra Mishra as a leader of civil society, not a politician, by Bishal Thapa (rep 23/01/2018)

Virtue and Vice of Civil Society, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 16/01/2018)

KC warns of fresh hunger strike (kp 20/09/2017)

Civil society demands action against Khadka (rep 20/09/2017)

Civil society to the fray: You cannot wake up someone pretending to sleep, by Dinkar Nepal (nt 15/09/2017)

Civil society members urge Dr Govinda KC not to protest (kp 24/07/2017), Dr KC launches his 11th hunger strike (kp 25/07/2017), TI urges govt to immediately address Dr KC's demands (rep 26/07/2017), Govt forms talks team to address Dr KC’s demands (kp 28/07/2017), Team formed to monitor Dr KC’s health (kp 28/07/2017), Talks between govt panel and Dr KC ‘positive’ (kp 29/07/2017), Govt seeks more time to address demands (kp 30/07/2017), Hundreds stage rally in Kathmandu in support of Dr KC (rep 30/07/2017), Govt-Dr KC talks fail to make headway (kp 31/07/2017), House committee says HPE Bill top priority (kp 01/08/2017), Govt, Dr KC’s reps talk, make no headway (ht 01/08/2017), In support of Dr KC: TUTH resident docs to skip outpatient duties (kp 02/08/2017), The Fight For Health Sector Reforms, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 02/08/2017), Health profession education bill: Jha feels heat from fellow UML MPs, by Manish Gautam (kp 02/08/2017), Health profession education: Panel to table bill for endorsement on Aug 7 (kp 03/08/2017), Resident docs boycott OPD services, classes at TUTH (ht 03/08/2017), Politicians and profiteers: Fulfilling Dr KC’s demands would adversely affect financial interests of political leaders (kp 03/08/2017), Manmohan Adhikari Institute bill not killed despite pledge to Dr KC, by Ashok Dahal (rep 03/08/2017), Parties agree to endorse HPE Bill in a week (kp 05/08/2017), Prime Minister Deuba dwells on Dr KC’s demands with Oli, Dahal (ht 05/08/2017), Hold decisive talks with Dr KC, NMA tells govt (ht 05/08/2017), Hundreds lend support to Dr KC (kp 06/08/2017), Rainbow of KC’s Satyagraha: Dr KC seeks to tear through the conundrum of self-serving political elites in government, by Abhi Subedi (kp 06/08/2017), Ex-CJ Karki joins rally in support of Dr KC (rep 06/08/2017), UML's conflict of interest in Manmohan Bill, by Deepak Dahal (rep 07/08/2017), Lone Crusader Of Nepal’s Health Education, by David Kainee (rn 08/08/2017), 2 med schools to be affiliated before ban on new colleges (kp 08/08/2017), UML MPs, also patrons of MMIHS, block buyout (kp 08/08/2018), Dr KC’s health critical on 15th day of strike (ht 08/08/2017), NRDA submits letter to president (ht 08/08/2017), No headway in talks as Dr KC’s health continues to deteriorate (kp 09/08/2017), Parliamentary taskforce ignores Dr KC’s calls: Finalises HPE Bill with some crucial amendments, by Manish Gautam (kp 11/08/2017), Parliament’s HR Committee directs govt to save Dr KC’s life, by Ashok Dala (rep 11/08/2017), Nepal’s healer, by Biswas Baral (rep 11/08/2017), Govt docs to boycott outpatient services (kp 11/08/2017), Medical services to be shut from today (ht 11/08/2017), Dr KC to continue fast unto death until his demands are met, by Sabitri Dhakal (ht 11/08/2017)

Power of stories: Nepali civil society organisations should use storytelling as a new technique for communication, by Anurag Devkota (kp 18/06/2017)

Dr KC warns of hunger strike from tomorrow: The Cabinet has decided to put the decision on granting affiliation to new colleges on hold, but the othropaedic surgeon’s other demands still remain unaddressed (kp 04/06/2017)

Dr KC in Dang to stage another hunger strike (kp 28/05/2017)

Civil society group calls for charter revision (kp 19/05/2017)

Dr KC to stage 11th hunger strike from May 23: Demands include withdrawal of impeachment against CJ (rep 18/05/2017)

Impeachment motion against CJ sparks protest (kp 02/05/2017), Civil society, small parties protest impeachment motion (rep 02/05/2017), 4 ex-CJs protest impeachment motion (rep 02/05/2017)

Passive Civil Society, by Bishnu Gautam (rn 02/05/2017)

Civil society raises concern over election code of conduct violation (kp 28/04/2017)

CSOs decide to form common platform of Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basins (ht 28/03/2017)

Let’s work together: Civil society organisations and the government should try to become better friends, by Prakash Bhattarai and Samikshya Bhattarai (kp 12/03/2017)

'Civil society should support Election Commission' (rep 02/03/2017)

CSOs in a loktantrik Nepal: A democratic polity should look for ways to further allow Nepali citizens to fully enjoy their fundamental right to organise, by Pratyoush Onta and Avash Bhandari (kp 10/02/2017)

‘Civil society should step in to end impasse’ (ht 01/02/2017)

Civil society urges government to announce local election date (kp 23/11/2016)

Transitional Period Role Of Civil Society Organisations, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 27/10/2016)

Silent and divided: As things stand, most public intellectuals hesitate to take sides even on issues that do not require any ifs and buts, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 28/09/2016), Emerging consensus: The silver lining in the murky skies of Nepali politics is the national consensus at common people’s level, by Aditya Man Shrestha and Dwarika Nath Dhungel (rep 28/09/2016)

Culture of silence: Common people’s ability to speak out against injustices has qualitatively declined over the years, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp 18/09/2016)

A critical civil society: Identity-based politics will continue to intensify and inclusiveness will often be professed but rarely implemented, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 17/08/2016)

Role of civil society: Revitalization need, by Dipendra Gautam (ht 25/07/2016)

Civil Society Organisations: In Nepal Is Space For Engagement Shrinking?, by Mukti Rijal (rn 07/07/2016)

Civil Society In Nepal: Role In Democratisation Of The State, by Mukti Rijal (rn 16/06/2016)

Call for Dixit’s immediate release (kp 26/04/2016)

CEDAW convention: Civil society to send alternate report (kp 19/04/2016)

Civil society calls on govt to expedite reconstruction works (ht 14/04/2016)

Civil society demands proportional representation of Dalit community (ht 21/02/2016)

Out with the old: Nepal’s civil society is now more of a hurdle than a contributor to creating an accountable and just society, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt 12/02/2016)

Beyond just voice: A stronger civil society could provide constructive  solutions to the country's political problems, by Prakash Bhattarai (kp 27/10/2015)

Civil society members urge govt to find political solution (ht 24/09/2015)

Civil society calls for genuine dialogue (kp 13/09/2015)

Prez told about flaws in constitution: Doesn’t comply with Interim Constitution and spirit of past movements, say civil society members (ht 13/07/2015)

‘Civil society’s role crucial for recovery’ (kp 01/07/2015)

Civil society seeks role in post-quake recovery: Civil society organisations issue a declaration demanding an environment conducive to post-quake reconstruction (kp 25/06/2015)

Citizenship issue: Civil society concerned over PDCC report (kp 14/06/2015)

Reimagining civil society: NGOs have helped communities assert their rights but left much to be desired on the responsibility front, by Pranab Kharel (kp 02/06/2015)

Youths ‘turn their back’ on govt (kp 02/04/2015)

Civil society against oppn protests (kp 18/03/2015)

Civil society condemns YCL demonstrations (kp 26/02/2015)

Will facilitate talks: Civil society (kp 02/02/2015), Constitution must address both NC-UML and Maoist agendas, interview with Daman Nath Dhungana (kp 02/02/2015)

Documents / Websites

2020 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Indey for Asia, by USAID, November 2021 (Nepal, pp. 38ff)

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