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Archive for March, 2012


Ban puts off visit

The controversial visit by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-mooon in April to Nepal to attend a function in Lumbini with Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been “rescheduled”. The visit was opposed by civil society members and political parties which felt that the leader of a Maoist party who had not yet given up […]

The common good

An ambitious partnership between a private school in Kathmandu and the government to spread the benefits of education for all ORA KWO in DAILEKH Under the global goal of Education for All (EFA) to train teachers to improve the quality of public basic education I had the privilege to glimpse the work of the Dailekh […]

Three Gorges threatens to pull out

The controversy surrounding 750 MW West Seti Hydro project has put off investors who have written to the Energy Ministry expressing their disappointment at the ‘unnecessary media-mongering’. China’s reputed hydro company Three Gorges international has warned in its letter to the ministry that it may pull out if the government is not able to put […]

Forget not, forgive not

The final report of OHCHR on human rights situation in Nepal is being presented at the 19th session of Human Rights Commission in Geneva this week. The rights body whose mandate in Nepal expired in early December has, in its last report called on the government to ensure a transparent and accountable transitional justice mechanism. […]

A step back is a step ahead

The top three parties have once again predictably failed to stick to another deadline of forging consensus on the contentious issues. The constitutional council had given until March 11 to resolve all outstanding disputes on major issues like forms of governance, state restructuring, electoral system and power of judiciary, to come to table with a […]

“I am worried about the peace process”

German Parliamentary State Secretary for Development Cooperation Gudrun Kopp spoke to Nepali Times at the end of her three-day visit to Nepal this week. Nepali Times: Did you get any indication in your meeting with senior Nepali ministers that they really understand or have a commitment towards transitional justice? Gudrun Kopp: Yes, I did. When I […]

Wrong visit at the wrong time

The questionable wisdom of Ban Ki-moon’s proposed visit to Lumbini GUEST COLUMN Kul Chandra Gautam The proposed visit by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Lumbini in April 2012 should have signified a welcome new commitment for the development of the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha which is a UNESCO world heritage site. However, it would […]