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Archive for January, 2010


Banda called off

An update: The Maoist party has agreed to withdraw the indefinite strike supposed to have begun on Sunday. The High Level Political Mechanism meeting on Tuesday had urged the Maoist leaders to withdraw the banda. Maoist leaders are expected to make an official statement about the withdrawal later today.

Enemies within

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari have not been on speaking terms for a while. On Thursday, Nepal told the media to tell her that she can’t override his authority while she is in his cabinet. The Himalayan Times reports: The PM appeared angry about Bhandari’s remarks that she would not […]

‘Foreign agents’

An armed group killed a 10-year-old schoolboy in an indiscriminate firing incident in Kavre on Wednesday. Santosh Karki, a quite second grader, was on his way home from school when he was shot dead. Kantipur reports that the armed group was called by a local Maoist party worker who was facing minor disputes with his […]

A good start

Apparently, the High Level Political Mechanism’s first meeting went pretty well. The Big Two running the government asked the Maoists to withdraw their plans for an indefinite strike. And, guess what? Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said he would give it a thought. The Himalayan Times writes: [Koirala] urged the Maoists to withdraw their planned strike, […]

Generals and soldiers

Indian Army Chief Deepak Kapoor arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday for an official visit, during which he will be awarded the title of Honorary General of Nepal Army. It is a 60-year-old tradition practised by the two countries, but Kapoor is the first Indian general visit Nepal in eight years as his predecessor declined to […]

Carrots and sticks

Nepal and India will review the controversial 1950 bilateral treaty, it was announced at the end of Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna’s three-day long visit to Nepal on Sunday. In a joint statement, the two countries said they had directed their foreign ministries to review the treaty in order to strengthen bilateral relations. Kantipur […]

“A new beginning”

Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal announced the beginning of a “new relationship with India” following a meeting with visiting Indian Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna on Sunday. The meeting held special importance since it occurred amid an increasingly strident Maoist campaign for ‘national independence’. Krishna expressed worries that the campaign would hurt bilateral relations. […]