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Archive for November, 2009


The brief on Monday

Unilateral discharge The Maoist party has decided to discharge the disqualified combatants itself after failing to reach an agreement with the government over a rehabilitation package. The government and United Nations Mission in Nepal have offered to provide education and vocational training to the 4,008 disqualified combatants, including minors and late recruits. The Maoists have […]

The brief on Sunday

Foreign clause The Ministry of Law and Justice has raised objection to a proposal to renew the agreement on West Seti Hydropower Project, saying it undermines the sovereignty and integrity of Nepal. The new agreement for the project, which is run with foreign investment and managed by an Australian company, stipulates that any disputes raised […]

The brief on Saturday

What happens in Singapore… Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala have denied that they made a secret deal to overthrow the government, after a transcript of their alleged conversation surfaced yesterday. A purported transcript of a conversation between the two leaders in Singapore shows them making an agreement to […]

The brief on Friday

Federalism, resurrected The Maoist Party has revived its plan to declare autonomous federal states, which was ditched during its second phase protest program few weeks ago. The party will now divide the country into 13 provinces in December. Baburam Bhattarai said it revised its earlier decision in order to put pressure on the incumbent government […]

The brief on Thursday

Justice? Major Niranjan Basnet, one of the four army officers accused in the Maina Sunuwar murder case, is currently serving in a US peacekeeping mission, Republica reports. Fifteen-year-old Sunuwar was killed by the army in 2004 after being subjected to severe torture while in custody in Kabhre. Army Spokesperson Ramindra Cheetri said Basnet was deployed […]

The brief on Wednesday

Bright future Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed to set up a high level political mechanism within a week to bring the peace process back on track. Top political leaders had discussed setting up such an apparatus four months ago, but it materialised concretely after Dahal’s visit […]

The brief on Tuesday

Prosecution and promotion The government has decided to prosecute former Chief of Army Staff Pyar Jung Thapa and several senior army officials facing charges of extra-judicial killings and human rights violations. A cabinet meeting decided to take legal action against the officials under the recommendation of National Human Rights Commission. Meanwhile, Republica reports that one […]