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Archive for October, 2010


Govt. to ban

Nepal Telecommunications Authority has written to all Internet Service Providers to immediately block dozens of sites it deems objectionable. The list includes URLs that have explicit sex or violent content but also includes sites like and the website of the rock band Sex Pistols. Other sites include of San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI), […]

Unlucky 13

Parliament sat through another round of futile voting for the prime minister’s post on Tuesday. This was the 13th round of PM elections and the lone candidate, NC’s Ram Chandra Poudel, was again unable to obtain a simple majority in his favour. In the election held today, 144 votes were cast, with 98 lawmakers in […]

Nepal’s Corruption Rank

Nepal has ranked 146th in the Corruption Perception Index 2010 released by Transparency International (TI), the leading civil society organisation fighting corruption worldwide. With an index score of 2.2 out of 10, Nepal falls in the range of “highly corrupt” countries with Iran, Yemen, Libya, Cameroon, Haiti, Paraguay, and Ivory Coast sharing the same rank […]

“The visit was personal”

Standing Committee member of the Unified CPN (Maoist), Barshaman Pun ‘Ananta’, has said that it holds no meaning to give political color to his recent China visit. Speaking at a face-to-face programme organised by the Janasanchar Abhiyan on Monday, Pun said the visit took place after completing all legal procedures and it was irrelevant to […]

Maoists in the opposition?

Vice-Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist, Mohan Baidya, has said the Maoist’s priority would now be to stay in the opposition rather than forming the new government. Speaking at an interaction organised in Kathmandu by the Janasanchar Abhiyan on Sunday, Vice-Chairman Baidya said, “There is a possibility that we may take the opposition seats as there is […]

Taskforce extends its term

The term of the high-level taskforce formed on 11 October has been extended by 11 days. A meeting of 27 parties held on Sunday took the decision so as to help the taskforce meet its objective. The task force was expiring this Sunday. CA Speaker Subash Nemwang had initiated the taskforce to resolve contentious issues […]

Upendra Yadav’s take

Chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, Upendra Yadav, said that the political problems will not be solved even if prime ministerial candidate Ram Chandra Poudel withdrew his candidacy. “Until an agreement is forged between the UCPN-Maoist and the Nepali Congress regarding the post of prime minister, the prime minister will not be elected,” he said. […]