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Archive for February, 2012


Safe, for now

Nepal has escaped being blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global anti-money laundering watchdog, for now. The FATF plenary meeting that concluded in Paris on Friday took the decision After intense diplomatic efforts at home and in Paris, the FATF decided to give Nepal some time to endorse anti-money laundering bills, considering […]

Under Threat in Nepal

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15, 2012 (IPS) – Facing implicit death threats from Nepal’s ruling Maoist political party, two former U.N. officials based in Kathmandu have appealed to the United Nations for help and protection. Kul Chandra Gautam, a former U.N. assistant secretary-general and a longstanding deputy executive director of the U.N. children’s […]

The missing voice

The lack of political avenues is pushing Madhes to the brink of another violent movement Analysis by NAVIN JHA A politicised dispute over relocating the tax office in Mahottari has widened the rift between Madhesi and Pahadi people of the eastern Tarai and threatens to re-ignite hills vs plains violence. The Internal Revenue Department says […]

Not legal

The government stepped back from its earlier decision to legalise the land transactions made by the parallel government run by Maoists during the conflict. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Thursday told the parliament that the decision would not be implemented. “Considering the Supreme Court’s stay order and the protest from the opposition, the decision to […]

Public enemies?

Three prominent civil society members have written to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai demanding action against Laal Rakshak monthly newspaper which published a report titled ‘Traitors of the people’ with their picture on 29 January. Journalist Kanak Mani Dixit, former Assistant Secretary General to the UN Kul Chandra Gautam and human rights worker  Subodh Raj Pyakurel […]

Goodbye gift

The process of discharging 7,365 Maoist combatants who opted for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) during the recent regrouping process has begun from Friday, with the handing over of the first installment of their financial package. Separate teams mobilised by the Army Integrating Special Committee (AISC) have already reached all seven People’s Liberation Army (PLA) cantonments […]

Highway to Berlin

When director Deepak Rauniyar expressed his wish last year that his film Highway be selected for the Berlin International Film Festival, little did he know that his dream would come true. Highway will be screened at the 62nd Berlin Festival in the Panorama segment, along with 27 other movies. This entry is a first for […]