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Archive for October, 2013


Crunch time

The deadline for submitting the final name list of PR candidates ended on Tuesday evening and the Election Commission is expected to release the list by today. A total of 122 political parties have applied at the EC for a total of 335 PR seats. Also on Tuesday speaking at a Dasain gathering, UCPN (M) […]

Cyclone Phailin dampens Dasain

The Weather Forecasting Division of Nepal has said the impact of the Phailin cyclone that started from the Bay of Bengal is being seen in Nepal as well. The impact has caused heavy rains in the eastern and mid-Terai region of Nepal and sporadic rains in Kathmandu valley, said senior weather expert Bidyaratna Shakya. The […]

Mohammad Alam, 50

UML candidate in the constituent assembly Mohammad Alam, who was shot by unidentified gunmen at Bara last week, died on Thursday. Alam, who was the chairman of the Muslim Ittehad Organisation, had been airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment at TU Teaching Hospital. He was shot a day after he had filed his candidacy from Bara […]

Dear Bill,

An open letter by Sudarshan Subedi to Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, Facebook, 5 October I don’t have any regrets about not speaking fluent English. But so many Nepalis living in all parts of the world, seemed offended my supposed inability o speak the language.  So I flipped through an old photo album to console myself. […]

The Dark Side of International Migration

Thalif Deen, IPS The number of international migrants continues its inexorable climb even as reports of slave-like conditions continue to proliferate. There are now a record high of 232 million people living and working outside their countries of origin, generating over 400 billion dollars annually in remittances, and counting. Migrant earnings were nearly four times […]

Over and out

2 October, Rato Pati During a press conference at the CPN-M’s office in Buddhanagar on Wednesday afternoon, chairman Mohan Baidya accused the four party syndicate for deliberately conspiring to keep agitating parties out of the election process and said there remained no possibility of further talks. Excerpts from the press release: – The ordinance issued […]

6 weeks to go

The November elections is being held in a time of uncertainty, with neither the excitement nor the preparation that the country saw in 2008. It is as if the political parties ran out of excuses to keep postponing polls and have no alternative but to see it through. The CPN-M, despite its tough talk of […]