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New passport troubles

The Supreme Court has ordered the government to halt the process of outsourcing the printing of machine readable passports, in the wake of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s statement that he was forced to award the contract to India to please the coalition parties. Republica writes: Responding to a writ petition filed against the government´s […]

Army draws flak from OHCHR

The High Level Political Mechanism held its first meeting after the demise of its coordinator Girija Prasad Koirala on Friday, but was pretty inconsequential since the three parties are still arguing about who should lead the mechanism. Republica says the parties “agreed to appoint the new coordinator after holding broad discussions on the upcoming days.” […]

Annals of human rights

The day 23 Tibetans exiles were handed over to the immigration authority for defying prohibitory orders and staging a protest against China, the United States released a damning report on China’s human rights record. Republica reports: The United States criticized China´s “worsening” human rights record accusing the communist country of torturing Tibetan “repatriated from Nepal” as […]

Up in arms

Tuesday’s Naya Patrika had a story about the police officer involved in Jamim Shah’s murder. We missed the news in The Brief yesterday, but would like to include it here because the reporter who wrote the story is getting death threats. From Naya Patrika: Nepal Police officer Prakash Chhetri has said that he helped the […]

Singh gets a promotion

The cabinet promoted Nepal Army General Toran Jung Bahadur Singh to the position of Lieutenant General on Thursday. The prime minister made the decision on Christmas Eve hoping to draw minimum attention to the announcement. Kantipur reports: According to the Ministry of Defence, the prime minister chose the date ‘strategically’. Most embassies are on a […]

New week, old issues

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal seems to be cracking his whip. On Saturday he ordered Nepal Army to present Major Niranjan Basnet before Kavre District Court. Republica reports that Basnet, one of the four accused in the Maina Sunuwar case, was arrested upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport after his dismissal from a UN […]

Some harmony, a whole lot of tension

We start this Friday with some heart-warming news from Parsa: Muslim residents of a village, who are  in the majority, are building a temple so that the minority Hindu residents can have a place to pray. Republica reports: Muslims have initiated construction of a temple in Baluwa Tole in Mahadevpatti-2 where just 10 of the […]