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Archive for September, 2013


“Bottom line: polls in November”

Interview with Nepali Congress leader Minendra Rijal after talks between the HLPC and CPN-M broke down. Why were the talks unsuccessful? Minendra Rijal: Because of the CPN-M’s stance. But didn’t the HLPC also take a stance? We were very flexible. They asked us how elections would guarantee a constitution. We told them we were ready […]

I quit communism

Milan Limbu in As a reporter, I was invited to Paris Danda on Saturday at the Maoist HQ for a function to welcome cadre defecting to the UCPN(M). We were invited at 8:30 because Prachanda had to dash off to the Tarai to make some speeches. The function was in the hall where party […]

Talking polls

After Friday’s talks ended inconclusively, the CPN-Maoist led 33 party alliance, the four parties , President Ram Baran Yadav, along with other major leaders gathered at Shital Niwas on Sunday afternoon in a final attempt to bring the dissenting faction on board for elections. At the end of the eight hour long marathon talk, the […]

We did start the fire

Cadre of CPN-M torched a bus at Dhulikhel today morning for ‘defying’ the party’s banda. The vehicle was on its way from Kathmandu to Melamchi. All passengers are reported to be safe and the police has got the fire under control.  The 33 agitating parties called a strike today across 10 districts – including Sindhupalchok, […]

One step closer?

The five hour long all-party meet called by President Ram Baran Yadav at Shital Niwas today ended inconclusively as the parties decided to reconvene at a later date after deliberating over Mohan Baidya-led coalition’s proposal. The alliance made three major demands including the resignation of Khil Raj Regmi from his chief justice post to allow […]

Be back soon

Nepali students in protest against their college in Mauritius are set to return to Nepal. RD Sharma of Dimensions International Education Group told Nepali Times the college decided to drop charges against the students and help them return home “on humanitarian grounds”. He also claimed that the students’ claims to have paid up to 4,000 […]

Distress call from Mauritius

Thirty-four Nepali students stranded in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, have appealed for help via Youtube. The students went to Mauritius for college  in June through an agent in Kathmandu after they were promised British certificates and a lucrative job in the hospitality industry at the end of their degree. They blame their college […]