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Archive for December, 2011


Coming around

After writing dozens of ‘notes of dissent’ and months of open protests, the hardliners within the Maoists seem to be coming around. Although one cannot mistake them for abandoning their line of ‘total revolution’, Saturday’s central committee meeting has opened up yet another possibility of reconciliation between the party establishment and the faction led by […]

“Political parties most currupt”

A new report of Transparency International says political parties are the most corrupt institutions in Nepal. Of 1,044 respondents surveyed, 53.7 per cent in Nepal said the political parties as the most corrupt institutions. The legislature and the police are in second and third position. The report also reveals one in three South Asian who […]

Jailbirds to freebirds

The government has dropped all charges against Tarun Dal leaders including Shiva Paudel, giving in to street protests and nationwide strike called by the parent party Nepali Congress. Paudel, who was killed after being injured in an assault inside Chitwan jail on 9 December, was in jail for murder of Sanjay Lama of UML-affiliated Youth […]

NC’s ‘Gandhian protest’

“Let this banda be exemplary and peaceful. No terror and violence, no tyre burning, no vandalism…”, NC leader Arjun Narsing KC sent a media circulation after the party’s central committee decided to go ahead with the nationwide strike late on Sunday. But the NC cadres deployed since the wee hours, armed with bamboo sticks had already vandalised at […]

NC’s take

The main opposition NC has announced nationwide general strike Monday to pressurise the government to meet its four demands. The office bearers’ meeting on Sunday decided to enforce the strike as the government expressed inability to address its demand immediately. Organising a press conference at the party President Sushil Koirala’s residence, the NC announced that […]

Poudel dead, strikes in Chitwan & Kathmandu

Following the death of Shiva Poudel, the Chitwan district president of the Nepali Congress-aligned Tarun Dal, NC cadres have shut down Chitwan and parts of Kathmandu. Poudel was critically injured in an attack by a group UML-affiliated Youth Association Nepal cadres, who were also in custody, inside Bharatpur jail on 6 December. He died while […]

Investigation commission formed for Poudel case

The Government has constituted a three-member judicial investigation commission to investigate into the death of Nepal Tarun Dal’s Chitwan District chapter President Shiva Paudel. An emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers held at the Prime Minister’s residence at Baluwatar on Saturday evening constituted the judicial commission under the former justice at the Supreme Court […]