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Should I stay or should I go?

The United Nations is dispatching its top political official, Under Secretary General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe, to Nepal next week to assess the peace process. He will be stopping over in India first to discuss ‘matters of regional and international importance’, which is interesting because Maoist Party’s foreign department chief just accused India […]

Withholding allowance

After accusing the Maoists of exaggerating the number of combatants in UNMIN camps last week, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is now looking into blocking the combatants’ monthly allowance, Kantipur reports: The government has reported that it might stop monthly payments to Maoists combatants stationed in temporary camps. Saying that the Maoist party has been […]

Crime and consequence

This heart-wrenching news from The Himalayan Times is being talking about a lot today: An elderly couple of Bhalakcha, Rukum, along with their daughter, committed suicide on Sunday night due to the inability to get their daughter treated for epilepsy. The 27-year-old girl also killed herself. Dal Bahadur Oli (72), his wife Kali (68) and […]

Generals and soldiers

Indian Army Chief Deepak Kapoor arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday for an official visit, during which he will be awarded the title of Honorary General of Nepal Army. It is a 60-year-old tradition practised by the two countries, but Kapoor is the first Indian general visit Nepal in eight years as his predecessor declined to […]

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 […]

The state of things

Here are the headlines of the day: In Copenhagen, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal that the term of the United Nations Mission to Nepal will only be extended by one more term. International human rights defenders are asking donors to exert pressure on the government to prosecute Major Niranjan […]

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Thirteen people were killed and 37 others injured when a bus carrying more passengers than its capacity skidded off the road and plunged 150 metres into a gorge in Pokhara yesterday. Republica reports: Bus driver Ram Bahadur Pariyar said the accident occurred as shock absorbing blades of the ill-maintained old bus snapped when the vehicle […]