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Prakash raising livestock, 15 July   The controversial son of Maoist Chairman Prachanda, Prakash Dahal, has now turned a livestock farmer. Prakash bought a pig farm from Maoist leader Gopal Kiranti in March, and had previously also bought a dairy farm in Chitwan.Prakash says his latest foray into livestock farming is aimed at encouraging Nepali youth to look for jobs […]

Removing obstacles

Laxman Biyogi in Nagarik, 14 July The government has said it will take action against individuals and groups opposing infrastructure development. In his budget speech on Sunday, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat announced a special program to deal with those who create obstructions to energy, hydroelectricity, and infrastructure projects. Acquiring land for transmission lines and highway has become a […]

“Everyone forgot us”

The revolution that was supposed to liberate his community from oppression devoured Ram Ratan Chaudhari’s family On 14 February, 2001, Ram Ratan Chaudhari was resting outside his house in Fatehpur village of Banke district when a group of Maoists jumped him, held a gun to his head and took him away. His family members were locked […]

No discrimination

Interview with Man Bahadur Nepali, the newly appointed Chairman of the National Dalit Commission , 6 July, Himalkhabar Patrika Himal: How do you feel after being appointed the chairman of the National Dalit Commission? Man Bahadur Nepali: This is an opportunity to prepare future plans to uplift the Dalit community. What are your main priorities? The Dalit Commission […]


Deshantar Saptahik, 6 July If there is a black spot in Nepali politics it is the ‘Pajero Scandal’ of 1994. Elected members of parliament in Nepal’s newly-restored democracy at that time forgot about serving the people and granted themselves the facility to import duty-free SUVs. They did not just undermine themselves, they undermined democracy. The members didn’t have […]

Justices retreat

Yam Birahi in Annapurna Post, 7 July Supreme Court justices, members of the Judicial Commission and the Minister of Law and Justice, after a two-day retreat in Dhulikhel over the weekend, have concluded that they need to address weaknesses within the judiciary to restore the public’s trust. Taking part were Chief Justice Damodar Sharma who […]

Guarded celebrations

Security was stepped up around Kathmandu as Tibetan refugees gathered at Jawlakhel for the festivities of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s 79th birthday on Sunday.“We have tightened security to prevent other activities by the Tibetan refugees here,” Sashi Shekhar Shrestha, CDO of Lalitpur told Nepali Times. “We will not tolerate activities that are not in line with our country’s policy.” […]