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Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal isn’t pleased with the media. Last night, he told BBC Nepali Service: Having gone through the media reports today, I realised that they did not understand my speech yesterday. It was a sarcastic political comment on the political parties for not having their own stand and for waiting for directives […]

Wire to New Delhi

On Tuesday, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said he wanted to speak to Delhi directly since they were the ‘masters’ ruling the ‘puppet’ government of Nepal.  On Wednesday, the party’s Vice Chairman Narayankaji Shrestha clarified the statement saying Dahal had only ‘hinted’ at holding talks with India. Nepalnews reports: According to Shrestha, Dahal during his […]

Human rights ironies

President Ram Baran Yadav inaugurated a human rights conference with a very fancy name – Human Rights National Magna Meet 2009 – on Tuesday, where more than 150 civil society organsations met to discuss human rights situation, peace process and civic security issues. Republica reports: “Human rights will be limited to ideal if people’s right […]

High hopes

The Brief’s Daily Analysis A lot of people are pinning their hopes on the Maoists calling off their plan to declare ethnic autonomous regions like they did last month. The party recently announced that it was going to push ahead with its previous plan to declare federal states. If the Maoists don’t change their minds, […]

The brief on Tuesday

Chief justice The Constitutional Council has nominated the senior justice of the Supreme Court, Anup Raj Sharma, as the chief justice of Nepal. The main opposition party-Unified CPN (Maoist)-was absent from the meeting, but has given consent to the nomination. Known for making bold verdicts, Sharma was on the bench that took the decision to […]

The brief on Monday

Unilateral discharge The Maoist party has decided to discharge the disqualified combatants itself after failing to reach an agreement with the government over a rehabilitation package. The government and United Nations Mission in Nepal have offered to provide education and vocational training to the 4,008 disqualified combatants, including minors and late recruits. The Maoists have […]

The brief on Thursday

Justice? Major Niranjan Basnet, one of the four army officers accused in the Maina Sunuwar murder case, is currently serving in a US peacekeeping mission, Republica reports. Fifteen-year-old Sunuwar was killed by the army in 2004 after being subjected to severe torture while in custody in Kabhre. Army Spokesperson Ramindra Cheetri said Basnet was deployed […]