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Archive for January, 2010


Constitution first, federalism later

CPN-UML has directed its party’s CA members to ask for a State Restructuring Commission in the CA, indicating that the new constitution may be written before the finalising the details of federalism. The Himalyan Times writes: “Restructuring the state is a very complex issue,” [UML president Jhal Nath] Khanal said, “We can also suggest leaving […]

Celebrations and controversies

The bi-annual regional sporting event, South Asian Games, opens in Dhaka, Bagladesh on Friday evening. Nepali Times will be following the performance of the Nepali teams here. Nepal has pinned its hopes on winning in the martial arts category although India seems set on dominating most sports in the event. Even before the opening ceremony […]

High hopes

Maoist leaders have contested reports that the party’s chairman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, offered support to Girija Prasad Koirala to oust the current government. Maoist politburo member Janardan Sharma said those reports were a part of propaganda to discredit the party. From Nepalnews: “In no way are we going propose Koirala for Prime Minister. There should […]


Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal sneakily turned up at Nepali Congress President Girja Prasad Koirala’s residence on Wednesday and pledged full support to the octogenarian leader should he want to be the prime minister of Nepal. Kantipur reports: The Maoists, who have until now been demanding a national unity government under their leadership, proposed the […]

Special relationship?

Maoists have threatened an Indian company to halt all works on 300 MW Upper Karnali Hydropower Project saying it is not in favor of the country. The Himalayan Times quotes the party’s politburo member Khadka Bahadur Bishwokarma: “The project is not in favor of our country and as such, we have directed the Indian company […]

Integration issues

Once upon a time in a country called Nepal, seven political parties decided to sign an agreement called the Comprehensive Peace Accord. Both sides were in a hurry for peace and it seems like they didn’t read what they signed, or left some provisions deliberately vague so that they would have something to quarrel about, […]


CPN-UML can’t get its act together. On Saturday, the party decided to recommend that the prime minister should be elected directly by the people when the Constituent Assembly discusses governance issues in the new constitution. But, soon after the meeting, some party members were trashing the decision. The Himalayan Times writes: Electing the PM directly […]