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Archive for September, 2013


Wake up

In any other country, a headline like ‘Murderers allowed to contest elections’ would belong in satire magazines. Not in Nepal. In fact, when the Supreme Court issued an interim order on Monday to shelve a writ petition against allowing candidates with moral turpitude from filing their candidacies, it scarcely raised eyebrows. Fortunately, better sense prevailed […]

Monitoring election

The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly election on 19 November at the invitation of Interim Election Council Chairman Khil Raj Regmi and the Election Commission of Nepal and the political parties. The Center observed Nepal’s 2008 Constituent Assembly election and has remained present conducting long-term political and constitutional monitoring […]

Here comes the army

President Ram Baran Yadav on Tuesday issued an ordinance to remove constitutional hurdle allowing army mobilisation for the Constituent Assembly election on 19 November. The ordinance states that the legislature parliament to be formed after polls would have to endorse the mobilisation of army within a month. According to the Interim Constitution of Nepal, the […]

Water colours

Jean Philippe works with images and Serge Verliat writes words. The photographer has pooled his talent with an anthropologist and geographer for a unique exhibition to look at the importance of water in the Himalaya that is on at the Alliance Francaise till 8 October. Verliat, 59, had visited Nepal and India often for his […]

Voice of the voiceless

Interview with writer Rajan Mukarung after his novel ‘Damini Bhir’ won this year’s Madan Puraskar., 21 September Just how important are awards for writers? Rajan Mukarung: I never cared much for awards. I am a full-time writer, I have no other side job. I keep on going, just keep on writing. This time […]

“Progressive nationalism”

Baburam Bhattarai’s Facebook, 19 September We went to Sindhuli early yesterday and came back late today, so I could only read two days’ newspapers after arriving in Kathmandu. Two stories disturbed me. One: armed Indian police raids a house in Bardiya. Two: German ambassador preaches to locals of Tanahun on whom to vote and whom […]

601 again

There will be 601 members in the next Constituent Assembly. President Ram Baran Yadav amended the constitution after the government recommended him to sign an ordinance on the grounds of “removing constitutional hurdles to the elections.” This comes after talks over elections between the HLPC and the CPN-M broke down on Monday after the latter […]