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Archive for March, 2010


New opposition

Are the Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s days in office numbered? Members of his own party have signed a petition asking him to “open ways for national government”, Kantipur writes: By Tuesday evening, a total of 70 CC members and a majority of CA members had put their signatures on the proposal demanding that Prime […]

New deal

The Maoist Party has proposed to proceed with the management of the PLA fighters, postponing the decision on the numbers of combatants to be integrated in the security forces. Republica reports: As per the proposal, all the 19,550 combatants will be offered different rehabilitation packages and incentives like joining the politics, voluntarily retirement or rehabilitation […]

Passport trouble

The Public Affairs Committee has caught whiff of irregularities in the bidding process by which the contract to print Machine Readable Passports has been awarded, and has summoned Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal for clarification. Kathmandu Post reports: The House panel has summoned the prime minister on April 5 to clarify why the government breached […]

Big Three meet

NC, UML and the Maoists have held separate bilateral meetings and appear to have made significant headway in advancing the peace process forward. The meetings dwelt on issues of PLA integration, state restructuring, return of property illegally seized by the Maoists and the dismantling of the Youth Communist League. The Maoists have reportedly shown unusual […]

Army draws flak from OHCHR

The High Level Political Mechanism held its first meeting after the demise of its coordinator Girija Prasad Koirala on Friday, but was pretty inconsequential since the three parties are still arguing about who should lead the mechanism. Republica says the parties “agreed to appoint the new coordinator after holding broad discussions on the upcoming days.” […]

Power struggle

Nepali politicians are so predictable it’s kind of getting boring. Days after the demise of former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, top players in Nepali Congress have started their bids for the party’s presidency, and not amicably. The contest is between Sher Bahadur Deuba and Sushil Koirala. Nepalnews writes: The conflict surfaced after NC senior […]

Tough tactics

Tribhuvan Univeristy Teaching Hospital doctors have stopped all services, including emergency services, over their demand to scrap the post graduate examination because they say the questions were released to some students prior to the tests. The Himalayan Times writes: The committee has been demanding the implementation of their four- point demand. The demands include the […]