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Filling his shoes

Following Koirala’s demise, the political circle is abuzz with the questions how to move ahead with the peace process and constitution writing. After a meeting with party members in Singha Darbar, Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel said his party would continue to lead the High Level Political Mechanism. Koirala was the designated co-ordinator of […]

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 […]

Integration issues

Once upon a time in a country called Nepal, seven political parties decided to sign an agreement called the Comprehensive Peace Accord. Both sides were in a hurry for peace and it seems like they didn’t read what they signed, or left some provisions deliberately vague so that they would have something to quarrel about, […]

Enemies within

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari have not been on speaking terms for a while. On Thursday, Nepal told the media to tell her that she can’t override his authority while she is in his cabinet. The Himalayan Times reports: The PM appeared angry about Bhandari’s remarks that she would not […]

‘Foreign agents’

An armed group killed a 10-year-old schoolboy in an indiscriminate firing incident in Kavre on Wednesday. Santosh Karki, a quite second grader, was on his way home from school when he was shot dead. Kantipur reports that the armed group was called by a local Maoist party worker who was facing minor disputes with his […]

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 […]

Back to business

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 […]