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Press evaluation:
Background:

31/12/2016: TRC still faces mountain of work with one month before term ends, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep, Cong, Morcha to push charter amendment bill; Madhes-based parties decide to reject LLRC’s restructuring, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Polls unacceptable before statute amendment: UDMF (ht), Local polls only after amendment: NC tells UDMF (rep), 1 SUV torched, another vandalised in Capital (kp), Kohalpur tense after attack on YAN central member, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), ‘Govt may ask EC to prepare for elections’, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [And what about corresponding laws that are a preconditions for the preparation of elections?], Now or never: As our political parties fight they should be mindful of what happened when the first Constituent Assembly was dissolved in May, 2012, by Bhadra Sharma (rep)

30/12/2016: Dalit community submits 5-point demand to PM (kp), Govt seeks clarification from NRA chief exec: PM’s core team is learnt to have the perception that  Gyewali subtly defied the government’s instructions on the pretext of legal hurdles and donor sensitivity, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Govt seeks clarification from NRA CEO again, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Government seeks clarification from NRA chief over ‘lacklustre’ performance, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Quake victims press for second instalment of aid, by Sudip Kaini (kp), House panel tells govt to receive commission's report and declare poll date (rep), Speaker gives parties 3 days to resolve issues: Warns of finding way out of impasse in Parliament, by Binods Ghimire (kp), Morcha softens stance on polls: Calls for a ‘larger political deal’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UDMF to make its stance clear today (kp), Southern blues: Kathmandu should be cautious about how splinter ideology is spreading in Tarai due to its continuing negligence of the region, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Federalism is the talk of the town in the Tarai: A year after the blockade, Janakpur seethes silently as Kathmandu debates constitutional amendments, by Kristina Shperlik (nt), Govt drops right to reject provision in elections: Experts describe move as regressive, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Pandora’s box: If all the old disputes remain and nothing changed over the past 12 months, is there anything at all to look forwards in 2017, by Biswas Baral (rep)

29/12/2016: Still in a fix: Much work is needed before amendment bill passes or elections take place (kp), Commission fixes 716 local units in the new federal system: Yet to fix special, protected or autonomous areas, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Dahal meets LLRC officials, finally: Promises to receive local level restructuring report at a convenient time (kp), ‘Polls without addressing grievances of agitating forces will not end status quo’ (ht), Polls impossible without statute amendment: Madhes leaders (rep), Big III agree on polls by mid-May: CPN-UML rejects govt's plea to end obstruction of house proceedings, by Prakash Acharya (ht) [???], Big Three minded to hold local poll under new setup (rep), Parties one on holding local polls in new set-up: In the three-party  meeting on Wednesday, top leaders from the Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Centre) and the CPN-UML agree to announce the election date immediately (kp) [??], PM hasn’t met EC for four months: Officials say they haven’t got chance to clear confusions over local polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), ‘Consequences’ if elections are announced before amendment: Yadav claims NC and UML are trying to end historical achievements like federalism, republicanism and secularism, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Oppn parties obstruct House meeting again (kp) [Lack of political culture and defiance of democratic principles!!], Disruption Of House Proceedings, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Water shortage further punishes quake victims, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep), BP: Relevant as ever; BP’s old fears about fast-changing geopolitical currents in South Asia and the world have become even more pronounced today, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep)

28/12/2016: The wages of sin: Govt needs to sincerely fight the corrupt practices taking place right under its nose (kp), Row over local polls: Apex court to hear from amicus curiae today (kp), Ruling parties, Morcha to take forward all bills (kp), PM to seek other parties’ consent on LLRC report: Dahal hesitating to receive the report as the NC wants local polls in old structure and Madhesi parties have opposed the commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp), MJF-L seeks revision to amendment bill: Party says the disputed districts in the East and the West should be aligned with the plains provinces for broader acceptability of the constitution amendment bill (kp), Madhesis don’t want to secede, says MJF-Republican Chair Yadav (ht), Local level restructuring row: Kanda locals turn against govt offices, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), Extreme Act Of Greed & Graft, by Gyan Basnet (kp), Is Nation Slipping Into Deeper Crisis?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn)

27/12/2016: Toothless commissions: The proposed Madhesi, Janajati, Tharu and Muslim commissions have no real power, by Mona Ansari (kp), TRC set to begin investigation ‘soon’: The govt approves a proposal to set up temporary  bases of the TRC in seven provinces, by Dewan Rai (kp), On poll ground, PM pressed from all sides, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Parties make no progress in ending deadlock (rep), NC presents 4-pt roadmap (kp), Second-rung leaders to intensify informal talks to break deadlock, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Parties pin hopes on informal talks, by Prakash Acharya (ht), LLRC writes to PM Dahal to receive report, by Binod Ghimire (kp), LBRC seeks time to submit report: Writes a letter to PM after government's refusal to accept it (ht) [??], TI paints bleak picture of govt services, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), NRA staff agree to return to work (kp), Yearning for reunion, Dahal heaps praise on Bhattarai: Former comrades agree on the need for unity to implement the constitution (kp), No to politicisation: KU’s reputation as an independent and credible educational institution is at stake (kp), A Rightist Revival Attempt, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn)

26/12/2016: Travesty of justice in Nepal: Why has the human rights movement turned its back on relatives of the disappeared in Nepal?, by Iain Guest (kp), Stir announced calling for retaining Tharu cluster: Tharu leaders say the proposed Tharuhat/Tharuwan province is unlikely to make much difference for  the largest indigenous community of the plains (kp) NC brass pressed to put charter revision on hold: Office bearers for announcing date for local elections immediately (kp), NC leadership seeks civic polls in two months (ht) [?], Parliament won’t discuss, endorse proposal, says Oli (kp) [The way the new but not implemented constitution has been decided was also unconstitutional and anti-national, Mr Oli! "National" in Nepal means inclusion, equality of all genders and population groups, abolition of caste system, secularism, extinction of superstitious practices, safeguard of dignity of all human beings, multi-ethnicity, multi-culturalism, multi-lingualism, decentralisation, depoliticisation of all spheres of life, creating jobs inside Nepal, safeguarding of food supply and other essential goods, development of infrastructure and economy, end of corruption and nepotism, end of impunity, respect of human rights, equal social security for all, abolition of male Bahun dominance in all speres of life, end to treat politicians like gods, positive discrimination of disadvantaged sections of society, etc.! Both, the constitution as well as the amendment under discussion are far away from this "nationalism"!], Both ruling, oppn parties shy of voting on amendment, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Against Holding Parliament A Hostage, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Banda in Far West over recent ‘killings’ of cows (kp), House panel directs govt to expedite IBN projects (ht), Donors unhappy with move to raise individual house reconstruction aid (ht), Donors pressing for roll back on Rs 300,000 quake grant: NRA; 'Govt will not back down on decision', by Sangeet Sangroula (rep) [? Nobody can resconstruct a totally damaged house with 300.000 Rs!], Malnutrition claims 17-year old, others on the line, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), Bonds of unity: Much of our debate is focused on whether to dismantle or retain five development-regions set up in federal model, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Only 20 percent of budget spent in five and half months, by Kuvera Chalise (rep)

25/12/2016: Tug-of-war among TRC members delays conflict victims’ reparation guideline, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Second-rung leaders bid to end House row: Ruling, opposition parties in negotiation but no clue of agreement yet, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Yadav’s SSFN has differing take on bill; While Morcha wants constitution amendment with some changes in  the bill, Yadav presses for 10-state federal model (kp), Tharu community protests against Province 5 split plan (kp), House meeting postponed: Speaker's move an attempt to encourage parties to end deadlock in parliament, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), EC to have less time as election laws unlikely before a month: 11-member taskforce will submit its report to State Affairs Committee after sorting contentious issues (kp), Christmas celebrations: Bells, carols; Govt: Public holiday Sunday (kp), Cross in the land of the khukuri: It is unfair to doubt the patriotism of Christians, as they love this country just like other Nepalis, by David Kainee (kp), Girl, 14, quits school to support mother, sister after quake: The 14-year-old says her family did not get housing aid because her uncles took away the papers after her father’s death, by Anish Tiwari (kp)

24/12/2016: Magars press parties to keep their cluster intact (kp), LLRC at a loose end as PM’s got a tight schedule: Yet to get an appointment to submit final report, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), For the people! When our politicians tell us that they will work together, they  only mean they will create more problems for the future, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Federalism Debate In Nepal, by Kushal Pokharel (rn)

23/12/2016: Transitional justice: ‘Victims’ say crucial in reparation policy’; CIEDP Chairman Lokendra Mallick assures to take into account the victims’ needs and concerns while drafting the reparation policy (kp), Make it a crime: The state should do more to end discrimination against Dalits because the people won’t, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (kp), Gathabandhan: UML’s racist remarks will spread communal disharmony: Says UML’s racist remarks and regressive activities disturb communal harmony, weaken national unity and push the country towards a vicious cycle of civil war (kp), Federal Alliance announces anti-UML campaign (rep), ‘UML response to amendment bill a threat to national unity’ (ht), In a nutshell: Public frustration over zero-sum political games is an ominous signal (kp), Opposition alliance to devise further protest plan (kp), Will file report at PMO if snub continues: LLRC, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Sub-panel formed to finalise threepoll-related bills (kp), Leaders lose temper as deposed king finds tongue: Shah’s remarks should not be taken lightly: Dahal (kp), Return to work within two days, govt tells engineers: Challenged to hand in  individual resignations  at concerned offices (kp), The power of one: Individual Nepalis who have shown through dedication and determination that it is possible to build a better future for this country (nt)

22/12/2016: Local elections: Apex court sets up amicus curiae; Seeks opinion from six experts to decide on whether to hold polls under existing structure or new set-up (kp), Sub-committee(s) to finalise election laws: Three election related bills have been languishing at the State Affairs Committee of Parliament for more than two months (kp), Govt hesitating to receive LBRC report, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Constitution amendment: Voices against bill rise as oppn’s strength in House reaches 201 (kp), Former Congress MPs rally behind Oli (kp), Prolonged stalemate likely in Parliament: Speaker not to allow tabling of constitution amendment bill today amid obstruction by opposition parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Political stalemate gets complicated: Parties remain adamant on their stances regarding statute amendment bill (rep), Baram claims NEFIN chair as NC, ruling coalition dominate results: Jagat Baram with 31 votes beats Surya Bhujel from the UML camp by a margin of eight votes (kp) [NEFIN is mo longer an institution working for the interest of the Janajati groups but another power toy of the Tagadhari controlled political parties!], Bar seeks deferral of today’s SC hearings: Apex court is scheduled to hear Lokman Singh Karki’s case (kp), Workshop held to seek feedback on Muslim Commission Bill: Speakers call for revising the bill in order to ensure the rights of Muslims as per the spirit of the statute (kp), Enforce laws to check VAW, say rights activists: Call for bringing guilty to book (kp), Ex-king concerned over current state (kp) [Though your criticism in respect to the current "political leaders" is reasonable, you have finally to admit that the single ethnic identity based Hindu state that has been built up by your Shah ancestors and uphold by yourself has been the main reason for most of the problems Nepal is facing today! Nepali nationalism has not been reflected by the Shah state that denied the country's plurality with respect to ethnicity, culture, society, language and religion and that has made women second class human beings! All this is responsible for Nepal's current state of non-inclusion that is now uphold be the male political leaders! Your critics are not of any value as long as you do not admit the fundamental failures of Shah monarchy!], Let good sense prevail: Moderates of all hues and persuasions should come together to defeat the extremists, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Reconstruction woes: Providing succour to earthquake survivors is a national priority as well as a humanitarian imperative, by Maina Dhital (kp), Quake victims languishing in the cold (ht), It is not easy to federate a country as old as Nepal, interview with Ram Sharan Mahat, Nepali Congress (rep)

21/12/2016: ‘Parties reluctant to approve Rome Statute’: Rights activists say party leaders fear they will be dragged into cases of human rights abuses (kp), Democratising nationalism: Greater the perception of a threat to security, stronger the tendency to push in-group cooperation by excluding others, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Local level restructuring: 725 units suggested in LLRC’s final report; PM Dahal yet to receive the document due to his busy schedule; The LLRC has sought time from the prime minister to submit its report for today, but it was yet to hear  from him till Tuesday night (kp), Construction of quake victims’ houses stops, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Bitter winter looms: Govt’s handling of reconstruction has been slow and irresponsible (kp), NRA engineers, technicians resign en masse, by Pragati Shahi (kp), NC-backers eye NEFIN helm: Janajati organisations close to Congress agree with CPN (Maoist Centre) and Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal to field consensus candidates for office bearer posts (kp) [The infiltration by political parties will make this umbrella organisation meaningless! Wake up Janajatis!!], PM rules out local polls in old set-up (kp), Ruling parties yet to invite CPN-UML for dialogue, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), TMSP Chief Yadav rues UML obstruction (ht), Work For Package Deal, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Petitions against amendment bill on SC cause list (ht), Leaders call for directly elected executive head (kp), National Dalit Commission: Panel starts taking suggestions on bill (kp), Identity-based federalism: Decentralisation is a better option, by Shambhu Deo (ht)

20/12/2016: Oppn parties obstruct House again (kp), Opposition foils discussion on statute amendment, poll bills: Seven parties, led by main opposition CPN-UML, have been obstructing the House since the amendment  bill was registered on November 29, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Package deal to be found to end stalemate: Ruling parties for accord on Karki’s impeachment, poll-related bills and charter amendment altogether, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Big III ready for package deal: Speaker includes amendment billin business schedule of the parliament, by Prakash Acharya (ht), UML, allies plan rally in Capital on Jan 1 (kp), UML to intensify stir against registration of amendment bill: To organise a mass meeting in Kathmandu on January 1 in its bid to press govt to withdraw the bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Youth Association Nepal Rupandehi chief shot dead: Durga Tiwari succumbed to bullet injuries while undergoing treatment, by Amrita Anmol (kp), Gulmi banda called off on 20th day (kp 20/12/2016), Post-quake rebuilding: Ministry okays distribution of second tranche of aid, by Pragati Shahi (kp), NC creates uncertainty over NEFIN leadership: Ethnic organisations close to the NC on Monday decided to field their own candidate for the top post breaking ‘gentlemen’s understanding’ (kp) [Such politicisation by parties that are controlled by male Tagadharis aims at the destruction of organisations that are trying to represent the interests of excluded social groups!], Imagine no possessions: This is not the first time that declaration of property has been turned into a big joke, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Promote Culture Of Unity, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), On the brink: One and a half years is a really long time for rebuilding. No wonder earthquake survivors feel like it’s been ages, by Ravi Lochan Paudyal (rep), What CPN-UML Really Wants?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

19/12/2016: National identity and belonging: Even those who are not at the borders of Nepal are often pushed to the borders of settlements, by David Gellner (kp) [excerpt of his Mahesh Chandra Lecture "The idea of Nepal", als available as audio], Give amendment a chance: No matter how difficult, political parties need to find common ground or risk irrelevance (kp) Ruling coalition, oppn headed for showdown, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Confrontation feared if bill tabled in Parliament: Speaker asks three major parties to meet her today, by Prakash Acharya (ht), House meet adjourned till Thursday after opposition protest (ht), Morcha lends conditional support to amendment (kp), NC turns down UDMF call for bill revision, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), ‘UDMF will support statute amendment bill’ (ht), Protests continue against border delineation of Province 5 (rep), Gulmi considers ‘peaceful’ stir (kp), Stepping Back From Federation?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), It’s extremely difficult to stabilise Nepal without managing geopolitics properly, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Ruling parties not to receive local commission's report for now, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Only 3637 quake victims of 94072 in Valley get first tranche, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep)

18/12/2016: Normal life hit as protests continue (kp), Governing parties in bid to allay Morcha concerns: ‘Proposal set to be included in Parliament’s agenda’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NC, CPN-MC, UDMF to move ahead with process: These three parties have agreed to revise the bill in Parliament itself, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Bill will be tabled tomorrow, says PM (kp), We will block it at any cost: UML chair (kp), House obstruction stalls poll bills, impeachment motion: Due to UML’s protest over the constitution amendment bill, deliberations on impeachment motion against Karki and bills related to local polls have been stalled, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), LBRC seeks time from PM to submit report, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Partisan rift as search for new NEFIN leadership begins, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Valley may land on Heritage in Danger list (kp), ‘The Nation Needs You!’, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Fifty years of partnership: Road to social inclusion in Nepal is long, but there has been marked progress, by Jose Assalino (kp)

17/12/2016: Civic leaders for addressing Madhes issues before elections, by Suresh Yadav, Mithilesh Yadav and Jitendra Jha (rep), Talk about keeping bill inactive rumours: PM; dahal tells Thakur and Bhattarai government will take the proposal to house for discussion before elections, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), 16 hurt as protesters clash with police, by Ghanashaym Gautam (kp), Protests, clashes in Province 5 districts over demarcations (rep), Defeat bill in House, stop obstructing it: PM to UML, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), LLRC preparing to submit report to PM by Tuesday: Dahal wants ‘maximum approval’ of the report (kp), Dean Agrawal still barred from office, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep)

16/12/2016: Heads we lose, Tails we lose: Separating hills and plains may lead to violence, keeping hills and plains together may also lead to violence (nt), Political stalemate ‘stalled’ reconstruction process (kp), NRA inaction put quake-hit in dilemma, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), UML for holding parliamentary elections first: Sapkota calls it a ploy to abort all achievements of political parties (ht), UML discussing parliamentary election option: Standing committee  members are of the view that it is already too late for holding local level polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), MPs urged to roll back amendment proposal: The decision to send text messages to MPs was made by a meeting of the student unions affiliated to the oppn parties (kp), Coalition partners play up divergent views, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Ruling parties defer amendment bill (rep), Amendment bill won’t be withdrawn: Deuba, by Dipendra Baduwal (kp), ‘Major parties agree on civic polls’ (ht), Populism and polls: The Big Three parties are closer to a consensus to hold local elections, by Om Astha Rai (nt), House meeting put off until Monday (kp), Police, protesters clash in Rolpa, by Kashiram Dangi (kp), Kirati says will boycott polls under old setting (kp), NSN, UDMF to launch joint movement: Warn this will happen if statute amendment bill is not passed, polls are held under the old structure, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Businesses hit hard by districtwide shutdown, by Ghanshyam Gautam (kp), Question of empowerment: Caste or class?, by Atindra Dahal (ht), SC again orders govt to end public transport syndicates, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep)

15/12/2016: Govt registers two poll related bills: Up to three-year jail term, Rs 2 lakh fine proposed for those violating election laws, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Major parties for local polls under existing structure to fill vacuum, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep) [In 2008, the same parties decided not to hold local elections along with the elections to the Constituent Assembly!!], Morcha sees election plans as subterfuge: Objects to three major parties’ agreement on going for local polls; Accuses Maoist Centre-Congress alliance of ignoring its concerns, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UDMF threatens to disrupt civic polls (ht), Bijukchhe says govt election talk a ploy to divert attention: NMKP to support UML in House obstruction (kp), Parties divided over choice of poll modality, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), LBRC’s tech panel to finalise report of Province 2 (ht), LLRC Province 2 coordinator resigns: Commission’s extended deadline to submit its final report ends today (kp), Rajapur Municipality banda affects life (kp), Democratising Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Backtracking from federalism without a fallback will lead to another conflict, interview with Bhojraj Pokharel (rep)

14/12/2016: Internal dispute, govt apathy hit TRC, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Overdue Local Elections, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Three parties at one about holding polls: Agree to keep charter amendment bill inactive and expedite discussion to declare dates, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Big III agree to announce civic polls dates: Talks to forge consensus on statute amendment to continue, by Prakash Acharya (ht), EC suggests local body polls under existing structure (kp), Oppn parties to continue House obstruction (kp), Pyuthan organises lantern rally against Province 5 split plan (kp), Matehiya clash: Religious leaders call for restraint (kp), Trend of political violence: Women continue to suffer, by Hisila Yami (ht)

13/12/2016: Citizenship provision: Constitution is already discriminatory, but with this amendment, it will also become patriarchal, by Subin Mulmi (kp), Citizenship issue should be resolved soon, says former minister Basnet (ht), Justice delivery difficult under political duress: Chief Justice (ht), Morcha decides to change tack: Open to polls under existing set-up but with caveats (kp), Parties in talks to 'shelve' amendment and hold elections (rep), Parties mulling civic polls under existing structure (ht), UML will assist for the sake of polls: Deuba (kp), Conflict fostering under the guise of identity politics: Oli (kp), Gulmi sees no respite from banda (kp), Local level restructuring: LLRC likely to submit report on Thursday, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Rajapur Municipality shut over local restructuring proposal (kp), New bill drafted with ward as unit of service delivery, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), All nine election-related bills still in pipeline, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Lack of election laws puts EC in a fix, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Quake victims request second batch of aid, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp), No amendment: The government should immediately take back the amendment bill which has failed to please anyone, by David Kainee (rep), Redrawing the boundaries: People can reap ecological benefits by including mountains, hills and plains in a province, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Stability & Prosperity: Rare, Unfounded Wish, by Prem Khatry (rn), Meaningless ritual: Those responsible for acting against corruption should do their duty on the basis of the lifestyles of the holders of public offices and the expenses they have made (ht)

12/12/2016: Violence taking its toll on women, girls (ht), Building durable peace: Women’s role is vital, by Sophie Kemkhadze (ht), UML, Madhesi parties doubt polls by constitution deadline, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UML ‘will not’ obstruct House for poll bills (kp), CPN-UML a divided house: Divisions surface in party over obstruction in the parliament (ht), Deuba, Oli to continue bid to end deadlock (ht), Banda, protest continue in Gulmi (kp), Find middle ground: PM should devote all political energy to  reach out to UML and Madhesi parties (kp), President urges PM to prepare for elections (ht), Send Indian envoy home: Student leaders of oppn parties (kp), Federalism is more suited to a country of such diversity like Nepal, interview with Barsha Man Pun, CPN-MC (kp), Justice In Waiting And The HR Day, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Rs 100-bn supplementary budget on cards (ht) [You hardly spend anything of the original budget! Why a supplementary budget?], UNICEF calls for protection of children affected by conflict (ht), Months on, Special Court struggles to serve notices to ex-APF chiefs (rep)

11/12/2016: Constitution amendment: Morcha softens stance, decides to support bill (kp), UDMF to accept bill if it’s revised, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), PM says hopeful of agreement ‘very soon’ (kp), Palpa banda called off after 11 days (kp), Speaker urges PM to help end House obstruction (ht) [Bandhs and obstructions of parliament prove a lack of political culture and failed understanding of democratic principles!], State apathetic towards rights violation cases, says NHRC (ht), Guilty of grave human rights violations will be brought to book: Prime minister (kp) [?], Dahal’s Cabinet to reveal property details ‘soon’ (kp) [?], Quake victims suffering from cold related diseases (kp), Govt aid eludes 416 families displaced by 2014 flood, by Prakash Adhikari (kp) [Wow, speedy help!], Nepal and post-truth: A condition that is ironically being created in America and Europe has become a global phenomenon, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

10/12/2016: UML will come on board: Pun: Says govt won’t push the bill sans consensus among all parties, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), No end in sight to House obstruction (ht), Parliament meeting postponed for a week: Oppn parties obtruct the House despite Speaker Gharti’s repeated request to support the discussion over impeachment motion (kp), RPP: House Obstruction only benefits extremists (kp), Amendment in trouble as more parties oppose it: More than one-third MPs in opposition, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Student, youth to continue protest (kp), Over 445k families received first tranche of housing aid (kp), Human rights national magna meet: ‘Prolonged transition obstacle to safeguarding human rights’ (kp), Human Rights Magna Meet begins (ht), Cong MPs unhappy with LLRC’s meet in Capital: Say commission must go to districts of Province 2 to get public opinion, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), The magical, musical chair: What is in store for our nation that is perpetually in transition, one way or another?, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), INGOs unable to fund Rs 300,000 quake grants for all, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Why federalism is failing: If the conviction and end goal of some is secession, they won’t be satisfied no matter how you draw federal borders, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), A month without power outage: Changes felt in daily life; Businesses and factories report fall in operating costs, by Rudra Pangeni (rep)

09/12/2016: Speaker’s bid to end House deadlock fails: Deuba, Oli stick to their guns; Gharti to hold meeting with PM today (kp), House obstruction to continue till bill to amend constitution not withdrawn: Oli, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), UML for endorsing poll bills: Nembang (kp), SC hearing on amendment set for Dec 20 (kp), SC issues show cause notice to PM Dahal, speaker (ht), UML cadres continue stir, call for PM’s resignation (kp), Human Rights Day: When the guilty remain free and victims continue to suffer, the event is just a farce, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Some are more equal than others: Affront to human dignity and rights poses a challenge to the identity of any person, by Madhab Regmi (kp), Actual budget spending reaches 6.5pc in first four months of FY: House panel criticises  the government for not being able to spend the money set aside for  development projects (kp), Promises to keep: The pledged assistance and the need for reconstruction should receive high priority of the government and the political parties (ht), Election Is Only Way Out, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [But only after all the current so-called leaders retire from politics!], Speaking truth to power: Officials secretly created a deliberate artificial shortage of electricity to enrich themselves while doing untold harm to Nepal's economy, by Shreejana Shrestha, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt), Local polls a must to tackle corruption: Development partners (rep), Commission gives MPs two days to agree on Province 2 local units (rep)

08/12/2016: Govt flouts deal it reached with Dr KC: Starts process to grant affiliation to a medical college in Jhapa; Makes mockery of the pact that calls for halting all affiliations, by Manish Gautam and Binod Ghimire (kp), Fate of bill hangs in balance, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NC leaders smell foul play by CPN-UML, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Statute amendment bill NC’s official proposal, says Nidhi (ht), PM rules out bill withdrawal, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Protests flare in Dang, Dhangadhi during PM's visit, by Devendra Basnet and Dil Bahadur Chhantyal (rep), Protests in Palpa and Gulmi districts continue for eighth straight day (kp), Protests Flaring Over Amendment Bill, by Uttam Maharjan (ht), More local bodies sought for Province 2: Lawmakers want statute amended prior to demarcation of provinces (ht), Scrap constitution, says Baidhya (ht), The choice now between the devil and the deep blue sea, interview with hardliner conservative politician Kamal Thapa, RPP-Nepal (rep), The second amendment: There seems to be a realization in New Delhi that its interests in Nepal will be best protected by taking Kathmandu in confidence, by Biswas Baral (rep), Growing political row concerns diplomatic community, by Anil Giri (kp), Tying polls with amendment could vitiate environment: Diplomats, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), The limits of rhetoric: Oli and his followers have no choice but to negotiate hard with the govt and the Madhesi and Janajati leaders, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Violence against women: Central role of health workers, by Giulia Vallese and Jos Vandelaer (ht), NRA lacks fund to distribute second tranche of housing grant (ht), Conflict victims hand memorandum to NC (rep)

07/12/2016: SLMM drops a hint that it’ll support bill: A senior TMLP leader maintains ‘something is better than nothing’n SSF-N reiterates earlier stance, saying it does not address demands, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Protests continue, banda called off in Butwal (kp), Proposal not in country’s interest, it will fail: Thapa (kp), Constitution amendment bill against public sentiment: Shashanka Koirala (ht), CPN-MC not to hold discusson on amendment bill any further (ht), Experts for bringing UML on board amendment (rep), Maoist Center urges PM to expedite talks with parties (rep), Heed people's concerns, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Make drafting of bill transparent: NHRC; Chairman Sharma urges rights defenders and civil society members to be critical about the government instead of transitional justice bodies, by Dewan Rai (kp), LBRC invites stakeholders for meeting (ht), Divorced women may not get property share in new Code, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Red Cross unhappy with govt's NGO policy on reconstruction (rep), Unstable policies, standards, procedures hindering reconstruction, by Rudra Pangeni (rep)

06/12/2016: Seeing is believing: Govt should remove all doubts among conflict victims about the dispensation of justice (kp), Statute amendment bill deepens political divide, by Roshan Sedhai (kp) UML hardens position, decides to intensify stir: Urges neighbours not to interfere in internal matters of Nepal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML tells neighbors not to interfere in Nepal's internal affairs (rep), RPP says amendment bill against national interest (rep) [And national interests are those of the male Tagadhari leaders at the centre?], Protests continue against state split plan (kp), Agitation in western Nepal over proposed change in state boundaries (ht), Protests against amendment continue in west and mid-west regions (rep), Foreign Minister warns of crisis if protests continue (ht), Yadav seeks Indian model of federalism in Madhes, by Laxmi Sah (kp), Khotang locals resort to stir (ht), Faith and politics: Are we going back to times when religion and political power were complementary?, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Together We Stand, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Always the same: The budget spent on the development projects at the last moment makes no sense as it compromises on the quality of work (ht), Sluggish construction affects reconstruction: In lack of building, a school operates from toilet, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), NRA misses its self-set deadlines again: The NRA has signed grant agreements with only 58,405 of the total 94,072 eligible victims, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Unequal, by law: When a girl or woman is viewed in connection with a male figure, it creates an unequal society, by Anjali Subedi (rep)

05/12/2016: TJ act amendment: Old definition of murder retained in proposed bill; Murder redefined as ‘all kinds of killing’ from ‘act of killing under control’, by Dewan Rai (kp), ‘Political bickering unsafe for Nepal’, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), House obstructed for third day (kp), PM seeks support from BRB, Yadav (kp), Constitution Amendment Bill And Protest, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Amendment bill at behest of India: Oppn MPs; Parliament obstructed for third consecutive day (rep), Life paralyzed in Province 5 districts, by Sher Bahadur KC (rep), A crisis of trust: PM should avoid forcing elections  without settling issues on the table (kp), Prez warns parties of serious consequences if no polls by Jan 2018: Leaders stick to their stances, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Khotang locals protest against restructuring modality (ht), Unlikely Proposal, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR), Nepal can be Brussels of South Asia, interview with Rensje Teerink, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Nepal (kp), All wrong: South Africa is a poor transitional justice model for Nepal as 65 percent of its applicants for amnesty were already in jail, by Govinda Sharma 'Bandi' (rep)

04/12/2016: Government fails to amend TRC Act to facilitate transitional justice process, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Survivors of quake-hit districts still waiting: Large number of affected households in Dhading, Makawanpur, Nuwakot yet to get housing aid, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Agitating forces should endorse bill even if it fails, says PM: The FA and the UDMF say the government’s proposal is too less (ht), ‘Power centres’ want to squash Maoists, Dahal at HQ meet, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Deuba seeks support for statute amendment (ht), Indian envoy advises Morcha to accept amendment bill (kp) [?], Protests against boundary revision continue (kp), Protest against proposal to split Province 5 continues (ht), Give and take: A practical solution would be to pass  the amendment bill without changing federal boundaries and go for polls, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Private sector gets nervous as protests flare up, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Chepangs sans citizenship, by Pratap Bista (kp), Seeking another path: If the newly merged RPP decides to support monarchy, it will lose people’s trust, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), An uncertain future: Unfolding events in the country make one doubt that there will be lasting peace, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), Federalism Opens Pandora’s Box, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [?], Parties must unite to avert crisis (ht)

03/12/2016: Madhesi leaders float 3 proposals to end row, by Anil Giri (kp), Amendment bill should be revised, says Thakur: Tarai leader says provinces and autonomous regions should be given full rights (kp), Oppn obstructs House for 2nd straight day (kp), Protests on in dists (kp), Oppn demands withdrawal of amendment bill: Obstructs second successive House meeting (rep), Khanal challenges govt to muster two-thirds majority (kp), Madhes parties against powerful third-tier bodies, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Thousands protest in Butwal against Province 5 split: Leaders, locals vow to foil government amendment bill; Ruling NC, Maoists join hands with main opposition UML, by Sher Bahadur KC (rep), The Amendment Debate, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Quake victims demand inclusion of genuine victims for grants: Only 57 percent victims sign agreement due to obstruction so far; NRA shows indifference about the problem, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep)

02/12/2016: TRC records 295 complaints on sexual assaultRights activists say the real number could be higher: A human rights lawyer Rukmani Maharjan says many victims have not shared their stories with their partners, by Dewan Rai (kp), Power to the people: Contrary to general perceptions, federalism could be a source of stability in Nepal, by Mukesh Jha (kp), Madhes-based parties press PM to revise bill: Reject request for cooperation to hold local level elections in mid-April, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UDMF, FA reject amendment bill (ht), 27 Congress MPs from Tarai want amendment, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), UML obstructs parliament vowing to foil amendment bill: Govt accused of trying to change provincial boundary to "please someone else" against the wish of people from the province (rep), Protests rage against boundary revision plan, clash in Butwal: Rupandehi, Palpa districts shut against the proposal to break Hill districts off Province 5 (kp), Uncertain fate: The government should start fresh talks with the main opposition and the agitating forces to find a solution about the constitution amendment (ht), Trial balloons: India did not welcome Nepal’s constitution and backed Madhesi protesters last year, but has sent positive signals about the amendment, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Kakistocracy: ‘Government by the most incompetent elements of society’ (nt), Early local polls crucial to holding four layers of election in next 14 months: Clouds of uncertainty  hang over elections after the government registered a constitution amendment bill in Parliament, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 10,600 quake-affected deprived of housing aid (kp) [related to Makwanpur district only], A sick system: Dr KC’s campaign to reform the country’s medical education sector deserves widespread support, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Violence against women: Slippery path to justice, by Wenny Kusuma and Kirti Thapa (ht)

01/12/2016: UDMF not to accept bill in current form (ht), UML prepares to flex muscles: To counter bill  from the streets, House and court; Madhes-based parties refuse to take ownership (kp), CPN-UML to obstruct Parliament, intensify street protest (ht), UML to obstruct House, protest in streets against amendment bill, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Registration of bill sparks protests (kp), Anti-amendment protests erupt in districts (rep), Amendment bill meets with criticism on social media (rep), Doubts linger within NC over House nod (kp), NC’s Legacy Of Moderation: Can It Be Upheld In New Context?, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Shutdown hits Arghakhanchi (ht), A step in right direction, say Indian officials, media: However, India has not given a formal and official statement on the registration of the constitution amendment proposal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp) [??], Local level restructuring dispute: 515 people renounce their citizenships in protest, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), PM proposes local polls by mid-April, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [??], PM seeks UML support to hold election (ht), Four parties discuss holding local polls (rep), New state ministers take oath, assume office (ht), We have had enough of deception: Rolpalis, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Regional meet stresses need for gender-friendly DRR policy (ht), Disaster management bill: ‘Govt committed to ensuring women representation’ (kp) [Yes, please include one woman in a minor position, just as in the council of ministers!], Agents of change: Knowing of the sacrifices women rights defenders make every day, let us commit to respect them, by Renu Adhikari Rajbhandari (rep), 'Little progress made against Chhaupadi', by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Caste in doubt: If the struggle is for the rights of everyone, how can that ‘everyone’ not include Dalits?, by Deepak Thapa (kp), The good doctor: Genuine demands should be fulfilled and debatable ones should be discussed further, by Mukesh Kumar Sah (kp), Needs of the poor: Implement findings; The poor families should be provided identity cards that will enable them to receive ‘social security allowance’ and ‘compulsory health insurance’. This allowance can be used by the poor for total health care, by Vikash Raj Satyal (ht), Quake victims yet to recieve house construction grants, by Madhusudhan Guragain (rep)

30/11/2016: SC orders TRC to investigate all complaints: Court scraps standard guidelines for shelving complaints while the TRC regulations remain, by Dewan Rai (kp), Govt registers statute amendment proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Govt registers bill to amend constitution: Proposes another province in Tarai, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Govt registers 7-point constitution amendment bill: Proposes to take all hill districts out of Province 5, by Ashok Dahal and Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Protests in districts as govt moves to split Province 5 (rep), Morcha stands in support (kp), Ruling parties join protests against Province 5 split plan (kp), Morcha obstructs LLRC programme in Rajbiraj: The residents of Kharichandanpur in Baridiya district have enforced an indefinite banda in the VDC (kp), Local body commission extends deadline to mid-December (rep), 40 days on, House still debates Karki impeachment motion (kp), EC working on voter list (kp), NC names 10 state ministers (kp), NC recommends 10 more state ministers (rep), Who is going to relent? Current stalemate is leading to a polarisation of politics, with Madhesi parties at one extreme and UML at another, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Amendment Amid Polarisation, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Tragedy of errors: The restructuring debate is not going to go away soon, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), All the parties want local elections to test the water, interview with Barsha Man Pun, CPN-MC (rep)

29/11/2016: CIEDP publishes 28,000 names of conflict victims, by Dewan Rai (kp), Technical difficulty delaying probe, says Minister Yadav (ht) [??], Bhattarai, Yadav join forces to demand charter amendment (kp), Any amendment that doesn't address key issues meaningless: Bhattarai, Yadav (rep), Gathabandhan’s stance dims bill tabling chance: Declines prime minister’s request to support govt-prepared proposal; But warns of resuming protests if it is not registered at the earliest (kp), Will foil polls, warns TMLP chair Thakur (kp), Citizenship and naturalisation: Madhesis do not want provisions that might compromise their relations with people across the border, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (kp), Pyuthan and Rolpa unite against govt plan to split province (kp), Amendment put on hold: Prez suggests to top 3 leaders to jointly settle dispute, hold elections, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Yes, please continue the non-inclusive way!], No election without political consensus: CEC Yadav (rep), Women leaders demand 50pc representation in Cabinet (kp), Violence against women continues unabated, by Santosh Singh (rep), NHRC appeals for Dr KC’s life (kp), LLRC working on local units in Province 2, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Legal hurdle remains in Nepalis voting from abroad (kp), Can Nepalis think? There are three groups of people in this country—complainers, planners and doers, by Jaya Jung Mahat (kp)

28/11/2016: CIEDP calls for clarity on defintion of disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp), Efforts On An Amendment To Constitution, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Dahal to talk to Morcha before registering bill: Govt held back by coalition pressure, lack of accord with Madhes-based parties (kp), Govt stays amendment to seek UDMF commitment to polls, by Ashok Dahal (rep), PM ‘not convinced’ amendment will address problems (kp), Govt seeking Madhesi commitment only to delay amendment: Madhes parties (rep), Deuba upbeat on amendment (rep), Congress leaders warn against taking Hill districts off State 5, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), NC, Maoist leaders at odds with own MPs over delineations, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Revise provincial boundaries, says INNM (ht), Maoists started problematic discourse on federalism based on ethnicities, interview with Pradip Gyawali, CPN-UML (kp) [This discourse has been started by the Janajati organisations in the 1990s, not by the Maoists!], UML Should Offer Options, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), LBRC to invite leaders, tech panel members of province 2 (ht), Women working in informal sector: Rights groups call for law to combat internal trafficking; Poor young girls are being forced to work in massage parlours and dance bars in city areas with fake offers of respectable jobs (kp), Many health facilities without buildings, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp), Three years on, flood victims still await relief: Over 500 families living in temporary shelters, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep), Ministry to draft federal, provincial laws on local governance (rep), Formulation of laws for three tiers of govt on cards (ht)

27/11/2016: Constitution amendment: Govt likely to register bill today: Nidhi; We can accept the bill only if it addresses key demands, says FSF-N chair Yadav, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Govt vacillates as Morcha remains non-committal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Numbers game after bill enters Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Thapa invited to join govt: After the RPP-Nepal and the RPP merged recently, Thapa was elected the chairman of the new Rastriya Prajatantra Party. The united party has 37 lawmakers (kp) [?], Protests against split in Hill districts of Rapti and Lumbini, by Janak Nepal (kp), Dalits demand additional budget (kp), A decade has passed: If the remaining parts of the peace pact are not executed, new conflict may ensue, by Prakash Bhattarai (kp), Parties On Collision Course, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

26/11/2016: Game of Thrones leaves quake victims in cold (ht), Citing govt non-cooperation, TRC, CIEDP seek MPs’ help, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), House committee to quiz PM on TJ mechanism issues (kp), Amendment more political issue than constitutional: Experts, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Govt goes ahead with amendment preparations, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), UML bent on dishing bill, PM in a pickle: Dahal consults legal eagles after opposition dangles Article 274 threat (kp), UML threatens agitation against amendment bill (ht), Article 274 does not pose hurdle to revise provincial boundaries, lawyers tell PM (ht), Govt to make one more bid for consensus, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Rolpa protests state split plan (kp), CK Raut held with 33 supporters: Deputy Superintendent of Police Manoj Yadav says they will be released after detailed investigation (kp), NRA picks BFIs to distribute aid inside Valley (kp), 300 schools without classrooms in Sindhupalchok, by Anish Tiwari (kp), ADB, govt begin construction of quake-hit office buildings (kp), Women suffered more violence at home than outside last year: Worec report, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Rally organised to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (ht), Smoke and mirrors: Maoist leaders need to work hard to justify their gun-barrel politics against the parliamentary system to the generations to come, by Shreya Paudel (kp), Lawmakers want voting age to be lowered to 16 years (ht), Big and small parties sharply divided over vote threshold (rep), Single mother struggles for cancer treatment: Says providing for leaders' treatment from state coffers is injustice, by Ganesh BK (rep)

25/11/2016: Amend TRC law: The TRC and CIEDP will not get international recognition if they fail to give justice to the victims (ht), CIEDP receives documents of war-era cases: Tallying complaint details with info from authorities, by Dewan Rai (kp), Govt on way to House, oppn to take to streets: PM Dahal’s one more bid ‘to convince’ Oli to support the proposal fails, by Tika R. Pradhan and Roshan Sedhai (kp), Oli refuses to back amendment bill (ht), KP Oli tells CPN-UML stalwarts to get ready for struggle (ht), UML rebuffs PM appeal for amendment help; Madhes-based parties give green signal for proposal, by Nabin Khatiwada and Ashok Dahal (rep), Big party leaders threaten to protest division of province 5 (rep), Province 5 split plan sparks protests, by Nabin Paudel (kp), Constitution Amendment: Will It Respect People’s Aspirations?, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Demonstrations against LLRC proposals continue (kp), Commission sends reports back to 60 districts for verification (kp), Fringe parties against vote threshold to ensure seat for party in Parliament, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht) [This was to be expected but the number of parties in parliament has to be reduced dramatically if Nepal shall have a chance for reasonable politics in future!], 17,000 cu ft timber distributed in Sindhupalchok: Few families have started building homes due to ‘insufficient’ fund; Nepal receives around Rs 70 billion every year  in remittances from migrant workers who are based in India, by Anish Tiwari (kp) [!!], RPP puts on hold monarchy restoration demand (rep), A burning issue: Violence against women is detrimental not only to the victim but to the whole community (kp), The impeachment motion: Reflection of our system; The Lok Man case represents the true face of our political system. It is an attitude that has become our social system. His case represents how this country is run by our politicians, bureaucrats and others, by Gyan Basnet (ht), Ashes to ashes: Second-time prime minister Dahal is in a tight spot once again as the country marks the tenth anniversary of the peace accord this week, by Om Astha Rai (nt), 21 January 2018: Nepal’s politics is sliding towards the edge of the cliff, and there isn’t much time left to meet the deadline for an elected Federal Parliament (nt)

24/11/2016: TRC chair threatens to quit: Says govt not supporting him, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Constitutional conundrum: A hard nut to crack, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Avoiding another spiral: With or without constitution amendment, the risk of further polarisation remains (kp), PM hits snag with Madhesi leaders in amendment bid: Talks on Wednesday inconclusive, FSFN clear on no support, others to discuss after bill is in Parliament (rep), Majority of Morcha leaders agree to draft proposal, but tepidly: Say they will extend support to it despite having some reservations; Remain non-committal about taking part in polls once it is tabled, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Tharu council warns against Province 5 split, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), Amendment bill to be registered by Nov 28: UDMF to respond on contents after bill is registered in the house, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Majority NC leaders against amendment without UML support (rep), RPP takes conciliatory approach: Party chief Kamal Thapa hints at supporting the amendment bill (kp), RPP says it will continue supporting government (ht), Disputes in Mid and Far West over local restructuring (rep), Kavre local bodies’restructuring in limbo (ht), Tussle Over The Amendment Bill, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Form community rebuilding committees, directs govt (kp), Dr. KC ‘s Hunger Strike: Govt Apathy Exposed, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Language Commission begins work (ht), Students demonstrate against MPs’ salary hike (ht), Quake victims in despair as harsh winter looms, by Dhruba Dangal (rep), PM's promise delays second tranche of quake grant: 1,114 victims apply for second tranche, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), One-third of Nepali children age 5-14 put to work: CBS, by Gyanu Sapkota (rep), Trilateralism, RIP: Nowhere and at no time have India and China cooperated and coordinated strategy on third countries. Why would they in Nepal?, by Biswas Baral (rep)

23/11/2016: PM to split Province 5 to woo Madhesi forces: Set to propose incorporating seven Hill districts into Provinces 4 and 6 (kp), Main oppn decides to go on offensive, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML supporters stage protests in Banke, Bardiya, Dang districts (kp), NC in bid to forge maximum consensus (ht), Statute Amendment: Govt In Quandary, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Yadav warns of agitation for statute repeal if it’s not amended (ht), Madhes-based parties divided on amendment, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Local-level restructuring sparks conflicts across country (rep), Four Dailekh VDCs protest restructuring proposal (kp), Commission to begin work on local units in Province 2 Sunday, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), LBRC’s final report by Nov-end (ht), TRC gears up for probe into plaints: Begins consultation with professionals for suggestions and support, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC lobbies for extended offices in federal states to probe war-era cases, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Lessons from successful renovation of Bauddha: Bauddhanath becomes the first UNESCO World Heritage Site to complete renovation, by Ram Saran Tamang (rep), Boudhanath Stupa reopens: Iconic Buddhist monument rebuilt without govt support (kp), The renovated Bauddhanath Stupa (photo/video) (rep), Civil society urges government to announce local election date (kp), Let’s raise our voices: Corruption and bad management in every sector is leading this country towards ruin, by Angel Sharma (kp), Leadership crisis in Nepal: Radical change is needed, by Madhukar Shamsher JB Rana (ht), Quake victims left to shiver under temporary tents: How can we construct quake-resistant house with Rs 50,000?: Quake victims, by Narahari Sapkota (rep)

22/11/2016: Waiting in anticipation: Socio-economic change, a key part of the peace process, is still a work in progress, by Binayak Basnyat (kp), Women rights activists in west feel threatened (ht), Conflict victims demand home minister’s resignation (ht), Don’t discriminate against naturalised citizens, says Yadav (ht), UML pours cold water on consensus efforts: Main opposition is dead set against proposal, calls it ‘anti-national’n Coalition partners say they will hold talks with Madhes-based forces, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML lacks numbers to block statute revision, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Govt bent on registering amendment, UML to oppose, by Ashok Dahal (rep), PM calls govt secretaries on the carpet: Seeks reports on progress made in various sectors (kp), Prime Minister Dahal issues 26-point directives to secretaries (ht), Protests continue against restructuring proposals (kp), United RPP has 37 lawmakers: The new RPP has Kamal Thapa as chairman and Pashupati Shumsher Rana as national chairman, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Rana-led RPP unifies with Thapa-led RPP-N: Unified party to have 37 members in the parliament (ht), RPP, RPP-N unify, raise possibility of stark change in politics, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Timely release of funds crucial to implement projects: NRA; The NRA has estimated a budget of Rs 120.75 billion alone for the housing aid—for the first and second phase of aid distribution to around 7.5m households (kp), Now for action: The NRA has spent a lot of time and energy just in preparing the action plan. Now, it is time to put the plan into action (ht), NRNA to rebuild houses in Laprak (ht) [Why has NRNA not been allowed to do so before?], As winter looms Sankhu quake victims start rebuilding without aid, by Gyan P. Neupane and Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Underworked and overpaid: Nepal’s lawmakers appear dangerously out of touch with the public pulse (kp), Quality Leadership Missing, by Prem Khatry (rn), Unity Among Parties A Must Again, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Nepali media suffers due to unabated impunity, says study (ht), Diplomats question Prithvi Narayan's role in nation-building (rep), Remove him: Parliamentarians should speed up impeachment process and remove Karki from CIAA before he does more harm, by David Kainee (rep)

21/11/2016: NHRC stresses transitional justice (kp), Justice delayed: It would be in the interest of all to resolve the present state of affairs and make Nepal a prosperous and peaceful country where there is justice for all (ht), Transitional justice still in limbo, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Justice delayed for conflict victims: PM (ht) [... says one of the persons most responsible for delay!], Cost of peace process Rs 148.8b so far, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Ten years on, CPA promises largely unmet, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), For Madhesis, CPA promises not kept: ‘State’s unwillingness to follow CPA road map fuelling another conflict’, by Suresh Yadav (rep), Ex-Maoist guerrillas not happy with peace accord as promises remain unfulfilled, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), A decade of peace: Building peace requires inclusion, justice and making strides to Nepal’s development goals, by Valerie Julliand (rep), Unique peace model nears conclusion, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp) [?], War Has Ended, Not The Peace Process, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Towards a transformative justice: Nepal may continue to experience social conflict as long as issues of marginalisation are ignored, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Simon Robins (kp), UML to reject govt proposal for amendment, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Madhesi leaders threaten to disown amendment bill (kp), Minimum demands of Madhesis, though fringe forces, should be met, interview with Dipendra Jha (kp), Elections can’t be held without addressing Madhes issues: Yadav (ht), NC leaders drumming up support in Tarai (kp), Mutually agreeable: Passing an amendment proposal that will deepen divisions is worse than not passing one (kp), Protests continue against local level restructuring proposals (kp), Rupandehi sends four proposals after parties fail to reach agreement (kp), NRA comes up with a time-bound plan 'to appease' PM, by Sanbgeet Sangroula (rep), NRA to settle complaints by Jan (ht), NRA unveils time-bound action plan: The NRA says it will deploy 100 volunteers to each of the affected VDCs; sign agreements with quake victims in Kathmandu Valley within 10 days (kp), Quake survivors in Gulmi sans housing aid, by Ghanshyam Gautam (kp), New democratic alternative: Facing crisis; A balanced and successful democratic polity in Nepal’s context would be one that has an inclusive federal structure with a strong executive at the centre. And, we need to build a system that can supersede the flaws of both capitalism and socialism, by Baburam Bhattarai (ht)

20/11/2016: Chhaupadi practice: Achham woman’s death concerns PM (kp), PM concerned about death of woman in cow shed (ht), Nepal: Decade After Peace, Scant Progress On Justice; Political Parties Fail to Deliver on Promises (Human Rights Watch), 10 years of peace deal: ICJ reminds Nepal of commitment to justice for conflict victims (kp), Justice still far cry in Nepal after a decade: ICJ (rep), Constitution amendment: As govt prepares to table proposal, key difference surfaces; PM seeks ‘consensual draft’ that can be endorsed, agitating parties want ‘all concerns addressed’ even if the bill fails in Parliament (kp), UML against splitting state 5: Oli, by Amrita Anmol (kp), ‘Naturalised citizens cannot be allowed to hold key constitutional posts’ (ht) [Okay, but then treat children of both Nepali men or Nepali women, who are married to foreigners, equal!!], Govt planning to bring constitution amendment bill next week (ht), Panel fails to send Parbat restructuring report (kp), DTAC’s proposal disappoints locals (ht), Secretary appointment: No word from Office of Prez puzzles Speaker; recommendation lying unaddressed for 3 months (kp), Maoist leaders threaten to desert ‘party on the wane’: Several leaders from Province 7 are said to be  in search of alternative platforms to build their political career, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Wrong move: Declaring a public holiday during Mukherjee’s visit has set a very bad precedent, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), Between the lines: Government needs to be able to decode properly the signals sent from Beijing, by Prem Raj Joshi (kp), Politics Reaches A Tipping Point!, by Ritu Raj Subedi (kp)

19/11/2016: Act amendment delay stymies TRC: Term expiring in two months, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), A decade on, legacy of Maoist insurgency stalks Nepal (ht), Displaced Badis yet to return home (ht), Dhading sees complaints galore of fake quake victims: CDO Bishwa Prakash Subedi says the volume of complaints on fake quake victims suggests serious flaw in data collection, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), Constitution amendment: Congress divided over way forward, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Amendment bill by Tuesday, says Pun (kp) [Without discussing the contents with the dissatisfied groups intensively?], Demand to bring local units under province snags restructuring, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), LBRC seeks bigger mandate or govt’s help, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Discussion on impeachment motion lingers: A senior RPP-Nepal leader says major parties may be waiting for the court to decide case against Karki (kp), MPs want impeachment motion wound up speedily (rep), Commoners feel the brunt of clearing hospital bills (rep), Mafiacracy! Our government’s motto is ‘Sharing is Caring!’ Share the  loot with the civil servants, contractors, cadres and con artists but give nothing to the common folks!, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical]

18/11/2016: Where are all the women? An underlying reason for the low representation of women in politics is a patriarchal mindset that permeates political life, by Avasna Pandey (kp), Split Province 5 and break impasse: PM Dahal mulling over creating an eighth province with seven districts (kp), Three major parties to hold issue-wise discussion, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Top posts for naturalized not demand of Madhesi people: Tarai voices (rep), Demonstration in Kalikot against LLRC decision (kp), Recovery is still a far cry in Barpak, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Govt preparing to show NRA chief door? Rift between Dahal, Gyewali has widened of late, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), 6,000 quake victims living around BP Highway not granted permits for house reconstruction (ht), Post-earthquake response: The way forward, by Kedar Neupane (ht), ‘Don’t delist serious insurgency-era crimes’, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Prosecution in serious rights violations, says PM, by Dewan Rai (kp), The Karki case: If the impeachment move is not handled well, the war against corruption may stall, by Dinesh Pant (kp), The charade of impeachment: As Parliament dilly-dallies, the Supreme Court presses ahead against Lokman Singh Karki, by Binita Dahal (nt)

17/11/2016: Stakeholders ignored while framing TRC Act amendment bill, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Morcha seeks firm NC commitment: Congress President Deuba says the party will register draft proposal at Parliament within the set deadline, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), No solution in sight: The argument that naturalized citizens by marriage be treated as ‘special’ is fraught as we are dealing with people of two different countries, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [?? The problem is the continued different treatment of two genders, men and women by the constitution!!], Local level restructuring: Clash in Sankhuwasabha leaves 15 people injured (kp), Restructuring model protested in Khotang (ht), Double-edged words: Exposure to liberal democratic values of the West does not necessarily translate into a similar outlook among Nepali immigrants; The kind of anti-Madhesi  vitriol coming out of Nepalis in the US during last year’s blockade was but one indication of their illiberalism, as was the silence over KP Oli’s repeated denigration of Madhesis over that period, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Bolstering Democratic Legitimacy: Local Institutions Are The Key, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Social stigma related to sexual violence still rampant in society (ht), MPs demand more perks, incentives amid public criticism, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Political parties collect up to 50 percent levy from lawmakers, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

16/11/2016: Dahal faces tough time convincing own party men (kp), 52 parties fail to re-registerTo be barred from upcoming polls if decision is not reviewed, says CEC (kp), Two RPPs announce merger decision, again: Formal unification on Monday; Dahal government to be stronger, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [How can non-inclusive anti-system parties make the government stronger?], Approaching winter concerns quake victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Community school students still studying in temporary classrooms, by Pratap Bista (kp), PM dissatisfied with NRA’s work (ht), PM Dahal talks to NRA chair about reconstruction delays: The directive committee of National Reconstruction Authority will discuss a time-bound action plan on Sunday (kp), Local level restrucuring: Villagers threaten to give up citizenships; The people of Kanda VDC in Bajhang are in protest demanding a separate village council status, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), From clout to rout: The question for Prachanda is whether to worship pahunch, the supreme principle that drives Nepali democracy, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Empower it: Under the decentralized federal structure, we need additional human resources at office of Chief Secretary, by Thaneshwar Bhusal (rep)

15/11/2016: Gathabandhan ‘gives’ 15 more days to govt: ‘Ultimatum’ comes as blessing in disguise for Prime Minister Dahal; Upendra Yadav’s ‘unilateral move’ irks some Madhesi leaders; As per PM Dahal’s own deadline, the government must have tabled a statute amendment proposal by today, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), FA serves 15-day ultimatum to govt (ht), UDMF gives govt 15 more days to bring amendment (rep), Protests go on against LLRC proposals (kp), Demonstration held against state restructuring model (ht), DTAC reports sent back for not meeting standards (ht), Medical allowance to Sujata: Minister Thapa becomes target as govt draws flak; Brushes aside resignation call, vows to continue fight (kp), Opposition MPs flay govt for paying Sujata for treatment (kp) [Though in the past it has never been a problem to pay for people like Oli?], How ill are our political leaders?, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep), Ad hoc decision: The best way of taking care of the problem of footing the high medical bills would be to bring a universal medical insurance policy (ht), Look in the mirror: Politicians’ apathy towards public opinion puts our democratic dispensation at risk (kp), Karki impeachment process: CPN-UML demands time frame for endorsing motion (kp), Bill to hike MPs’ pay and perks moved (kp), Housing aid yet to reach needy in remote VDCs, by Kumbha Raj Rai (kp), Laudable but inadequate: National Human Rights Action Plan might not be enough to ensure rights at the local level, by Prakash Budha Magar (kp), ‘More women needed in all sectors for development’ (ht), Amending the Constitution: Time to choose, by Surendra Bahadur Sijapati (ht) [only foreign and security aspects, no important internal aspects]

14/11/2016: ‘Govt apathy’ leaves TRC in a quandary, by Dewan Rai (kp), The road less travelled: Dahal govt has forgotten its early promises to give credible closure to conflict-era cases (kp), Quake victims in Laharepauwa camp brace for another winter under tents, by Nirajan Paudel (rep), The divide within: Invisibility of labourers in Kathmandu is compounded by their inability to negotiate with employers directly; The Madhesi migrant population in Kathmandu, heterogeneous as it is, remains outside the public fabric and does not participate in religious,  communal or political events, by Dan V. Hirslund (kp), Govt registering amendment proposal unilaterally: Morcha (kp), Maoist leaders warn PM not to mess up with ‘trouble-free’ states, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), ‘Don’t link polls with charter amendment’ (kp), Banda affects normal life nationwide (kp), 295 detained for vandalism during banda (rep), Lawmakers push for stronger EC (kp), EC seeks more authority for free, fair polls (ht), Prachanda’s 100 Days: Average Performance, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Bureaucracy 2.0: Nepal is still stuck with the centralized bureaucratic practices ill suited for rapidly changing technological landscape of the hyper globalized digital world, by Subarna Shakya and Bimal Pratap Shah (rep)

13/11/2016: TJ process remains stalled, by Dewan Rai (kp), LLRC report not likely before first week of Dec: District level technical committees in Province 2 yet to start work; Commission to send a team of officials to take stock of situation (kp), 19 districts fail to submit proposals to LBRC within deadline (ht), Constitution amendment: Dahal to sit with Deuba and Oli today to finalise draft, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM, Deuba discuss draft of bill: The two leaders have agreed to take the main opposition CPN-UML into confidence (ht), ‘Hills can’t be separated from Madhes’ (ht), EC updating voters’ list in 21 districts in first phase, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Global Gender Gap Index 2016: Nepal fails to improve on 2015’s place (kp) [see Nepal data in report by World Economic Forum], Prachanda’s last chance: People have high hopes that he will do better during his second stint as prime minister, by Atindra Dahal (kp), Avoid Controversy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

12/11/2016: Caste discrimination laws have made little difference: Report (kp), Statute amendment proposal ready: Dahal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Madhesi, Janajati lawmakers walk out: 'Protest will continue till-three-pont pact implemented' (ht), Agitating parties boycott House meet (kp), Karki ‘ran safe house’ to spy on people: Multiple sources say police complicit in CIAA chief’s shenanigans (kp), Hordes of complainants flock LBRC office, by Arjun Poudel (ht), A little politics: Over-politicization of society has hindered development initiatives in Nepal’s countryside, by Dinkar Nepal (rep)

11/11/2016: Harsh winter ahead for quake victims living under tents, by Tenzn Tsomo (rep), ‘No discussion in party on statute amendment’ (kp) [related to NC], Oli, Deuba for finding way out through trilateral meet: Dahal and NC President Deuba agree to expedite talks with major parties especially the UML for finding consensus on constitution amendment proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Once again talks among male Tagadhari leaders instead of talks with the disenchanted groups!!], UDMF parties plan to walk out from parliament Friday (rep), FA, UDMF parties boycott Parliament meeting (ht), SC set to hear all cases against Karki on Dec 1, by Dewan Rai (kp), Nepal becomes party to anti-biological arms pact: Nepal is the 177th country to ratify the convention, Foreign Ministry says (kp), Guerrillas from the mist: Former Maoist combatants’ grievances should be addressedbefore their nonviolent protest turns into violent action, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Reduced poverty: Much neglected; A progressive distributional policy together with the suitable institutional setups and arrangements at the grassroots for ensuring exclusively the access of poor to social and physical infrastructure as well as financial services is also a necessity, by Dilli Raj Khanal (ht), Tamashas over: Nepal’s rulers still swing from one extreme to another: either needling neighbours needlessly or kowtowing to them (nt)

10/11/2016: Legal hurdle delays probe into TRC cases, by Dewan Rai (kp), ‘Charter amendment proposal by mid-Nov’ (kp), Disgruntlement Of Madhesi Parties, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), All citizens should have equal rights, says TMDP leader Lal (ht), Clinging to creed: A diverse country cannot live in peace and harmony by making one religion constitutionally superior to another, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Breaking Information Monopoly: Key To Democratic Governance, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Nearly all districts submit reports or are in last stages: 8 districts in Province 2 hold out for demarcation changes, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Locals rue govt delay in signing grant agreement (ht), Work delayed: Coordination among all agencies are vital is to complete projects on time. But this coordination in Nepal has always been elusive (ht), Blessed Nepal: Sea of opportunities; The country has adopted a multi-party system allowing different trends to have their representation; But within the political party the leaders are poor managers of different opinions; As a result the parties are rife with factions and splits, by Hisila Yami (ht), Charting our destiny: Let us prepare Nepal for its glorious future by building the 21st century relevant leadership it deserves, by Ujwal Thapa (rep)

09/11/2016: Morcha leaders clear air on naturalised citizenship: Blame major parties for ‘uncalled for controversy’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), ‘Rumours about constitution amendment false’ (rep), Ripples Of Naturalised Citizenship Issue, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), 47 districts submit reports to LBRC (ht), Impeachment Of CIAA Chief, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Court proceeding obstruction: Clarification sought from Karki, aides (kp), Karki summoned over obstruction of SC summons delivery (ht), SC gives Karki 7 days to appear in court for obstruction, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Impeachment and impunity: Impeachment of CIAA chief would be an important symbolic step, but it must not be used to hide or side-step widespread systemic impunity in Nepal’s body politic, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep), Final hearing in Adhikary murder case deferred (ht)

08/11/2016: LLRC to fix local units on its own if hurdle stays: In Province 2, discussions remain obstructed, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Two options proposed for formation of local bodies in Kathmandu (ht), Fewer the better: Too small local units would make it difficult to make them sustainable, effective and efficient in their assigned responsibilities (ht), Citizenship issue tough nut to crack: According to the new  constitution, only citizens by descent can hold the constitutional positions (kp), NC not for retaining interim statute provisions: Shekhar; Says a majority of leaders are against naturalised citizens holding key posts, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), A new narrative: Instead of maintaining control, India’s help to extend democratic principles can serve both Indian and Nepali interests, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Elections first step: Democracy in action, by Alaina B. Teplitz, US Ambassador to Nepal (ht), The way we talk: Never before have we been so vocal and articulate. We have dismantled the old regime via the sheer power of talking defiantly, by Dharma Adhikari (rep), It'll take over 3 months to address quake victims' complaints: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Onward, nasty women! Although we see and recognize casual and subtle sexism around us everyday many of us hesitate to stand up and protest, by Jigyasa Sharma (rep)

07/11/2016: Proposed amendment lets naturalized head key state posts: Leaders of both ruling and oppn parties vent ire in public (rep), Leaked document on amendment not authentic: PM secretariat (rep), Constitution amendment: PM for tabling paper on peace pact anniv, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Madhesi leaders agree with caution (kp), PM continues talks on amending constitution (ht), Trust Deficit: Prolonging the issue of federalism will be detrimental to the nation as a whole (kp), The more India aligns itself with Madhesi issue, the harder it makes its resolution, interview with Narayan Kaji Shrestha (kp), Local bodies’ restructuring process enters final phase: Eight districts posing hurdles, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Commission to ask govt to seek support from Madhes parties, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Chepangs demand separate village assembly (ht), Former child soldiers announce protest plan (kp), Message from Madhesh: A small section of Madheshis have always been in struggle with their government, but they lacked the internal organization and external linkages, by CK Lal (rep)

06/11/2016: Nepalis and nationalism: Nationalism is best demonstrated by our responsibility towards the nation, by Meera Rajbhandari Amatya (kp), Tharuhat supporters stage protest: Demand release of those arrested for alleged involvement in Tikapur incident, by Tekendra Deuba (ht), EC wants power to announce poll dates, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Local level restructuring: 58 districts yet to hand in reports (kp), Morcha leaders refuse to recognise LLRC’s work (kp), Heritage reconstruction yet to gather pace, by Dipesh Khatiwada (kp) [a euphemistic paraphrase!], A temple in the heart of Capital remains in ruins, by Anup Ojha (kp), ‘PM fails to deliver on promises’ (kp) [Yes, just as the two previous governments failed!], ‘Resource crunch affecting probe into conflict-era cases’ (ht)

05/10/2016: Restructuring report submission deadline today: LLRC fails even to hold early  discussions in Province 2, by Binod Ghimire (kp), PM Dahal wary of critics, detractors: Directs party ministers to prepare achievement report of first 100 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli asks Dahal for charter revision plan (kp), Local bodies’ support sought to update electoral rolls (ht), NIC urges women to be aware of their rights (ht), Women yet to benefit from women-friendly policies, by Tenzin Tsomo (rep), Women hesitant to report cases of sexual harassment, by Gyanu Sapkota (rep), The Controversy, by Kushal Pokharel (rn)

04/11/2016: UNESCO concerned about reconstruction of world heritage sites (ht), Submit periodical reports to UN committee on time, NHRC tells government (ht), Bill proposes greater powers for NWC (ht),

03/11/2016: Curfew-like situation in Kathmandu, by Manish Gautam (kp) [Taking the whole nation hostage beacause of the visit of the ceremonial head of state of a neighbouring country!], Indian prez arrives in Nepal in sign of warming relations, by Anil Giri (kp), Beyond the rhetoric: High-level political visits hopefully set the tone for tangible economic gains (kp), The buck stops here: The time has come to deal with all the outstanding issues between Nepal and India at the top political level, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Morcha leaders set to meet Mukherjee today (kp)

01/11/2016: Constitution amendment: Ruling, Madhesi parties on the same page? (ht), KP Sharma Oli rules out monarchy revival (ht)

31/10/2016: Govt, Morcha begin formal negotiations (kp), Oddly consistent: Major, Madhesi parties need to compromise to cut a deal on provincial boundaries (kp), Commissioners ‘kept in dark’ about CIAA decisions: Anti-graft body spokesman says a collective decision is taken only when the investigation concludes and a case should be filed at the court (kp), PM Dahal stresses on bringing Nepal Sambat into practice (kp), 715 households in Gorkha rebuilt homes on their own, by Sudip Kaini (kp), None of my demands have been addressed in a meaningful way, interview with Govinda KC (kp)

30/10/2016: Govt, Madhesi parties close to a deal: Mahato; Sanghiya Gathabandhan coordinator dismisses claim as rumour, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Govt working to bring bill by next week: Formal talks with Federal Alliance to be held today, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Langtang folk step up rebuilding efforts, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), Flip-Flopping NC, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), ‘Muslim commission needs autonomy’ (ht)

29/10/2016: Disappearance cases: CIEDP to start exhumation of burial sites, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Yadav terms PM’s proposal ‘stale’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NRA aid panel meet to raise recovery funds (kp) [?? You're not even able to distribute the huge amount of money you already have at hand!!], PM Secretariat: Nov 2 holiday decision at Prez suggestion (kp), IRC to publish notice if Karki refuses summons (kp), Festival without lights! It seems that we just have to keep on witnessing the same game where crooks battle other crooks and, either way, we will just have crooks running the show again and again, by Guffadi [satirical], Putting Madhes back on the map: High time for engagement, debates and finding a middle ground, by Shreya Paudel (kp)

28/10/2016: No poll until state restructuring and revision of provincial boundaries completed: FA; The Fedral Alliance suspects that the ruling parties are trying to put the issues of the agitating parties on the back-burner (ht), Package deal: There has been intense behind-the-scenes diplomatic lobbying to seek a ‘package deal’ on impeachment that will include an agreement on contentious amendments to the constitution, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Big 3 on same page but have different readings: Governing parties for package deal, UML seeks separate agreements, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NC in favour of impeachment: Sitaula (kp), C’mon, Congress: We need to get it over and done with impeaching Karki, and move on to more pressing issues, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Commission for the Abuse of Authority: It may be better to scrap the CIAA since it is prone to being hijacked by politicians for vendetta (nt), Indian president’s visit to Nepal: Holiday decision draws criticism; Govt goes on defensive, says it does not want inconvenience to public (kp), Transitional Justice: A Tool For Durable Peace, by Indra Karki (rn), Only three of nine election-related bills arrive in parliament (rep), Chaotic Course: Following the registration of an impeachment motion in Parliament against CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki, the political course is taking a new turn, by Keshab Poudel (sp)

27/10/2016: CIEDP proceeds investigation with no clear law, by Dewan Rai (kp), Off the rails? Had the conflict victims received justice in Nepal, they would not have had to turn to outside powers, by Charan Prasai (kp), Top leaders decide to work in unison: To seek consensus on Karki impeachment, statute amendment, elections (kp) [Another non-inclusive procedure by top leaders? Discussions among top male Tagadhari leaders have nothing to with inclusion!], Big 3 discuss possibility of package deal on amendment, polls, impeachment, by Ashok Dahal (rep), PM says statute amendment, elections top priority: 'Issues of provincial boundaries, language, citizenship, National Assembly need review (ht), Poudel terms Karki’s issue a ‘hype’, by DR Panta (kp), Impeachment of Karki: Important factors, by Narayan Manandhar (ht), ‘More than one reason why impeachment deliberations put off’, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), India exposed, again: Lokman Singh Karki’s impeachment motion has again laid bare limitations of India’s misguided quest for ‘structural guarantee’, by Biswas Baral (rep), The long wait: People displaced by the earthquakes cannot be left in limbo for much longer (kp), PM tells NRA to pick up pace (kp) [Yes, please take govt and parties as example!], Govt committed to amending statute: Lekhak (kp), Frost at the core: One should see the Lokman phenomenon in light of the long-sustained and unscrupulous structure of the Nepali state, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Transitional Period Role Of Civil Society Organisations, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Proposed Electoral Bills: Some Provisions Questioned, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

26/10/2016: Lawmakers make a case for giving CIAA chief the boot, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Parliament begins deliberations on impeachment motion; House deferred till November 10 (ht), In NC, ‘dither and delay’ is the order of the day, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Impeachment Issue, by Bhimsen Thapaliya (rn), Anti-corruption Drive Must Continue, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Anti-torture bill gathers dust in House panel: The bill was registered in the Parliament Secretariat two years ago after the arrest of Nepal Army Col Kumar Lama in the United Kingdom under universal jurisdiction, by Dewan Rai (kp), Big Three holding country hostage, says Gachhadar (kp), Work begins to release housing aid in Valley (kp), Shindhu quake victims wait for 2nd batch of aid, by Anish Tiwari (kp), History stands testament: Earthquakes are not new to Nepal but the indifference to the tragedy displayed by our current crop of leaders is, by Rushali Giri (kp), Food security: Govt must adopt policies to ensure Nepal meets its food requirements (kp), Continuity and change: Nepal-India relationship should move towards a development-centric security policy from the traditional military one, by Baburam Bhattarai (kp), Nepal slips eight positions in WB’s Doing Business index (kp) [see related World Bank report on South Asia]

25/10/2016: SC stays probe into Social Science Baha (kp), Move against CIAA chief ill-timed: SLMM leaders (kp), Impeachment motion against Karki: Congress continues to hem and haw (kp), NC leadership urged to study motion and choose best of four alternatives (ht), The CIAA saga: The task of removing Lokman Singh Karki should not be equated with halting investigation into political corruption, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Final IRC working procedures today: All decisions will be made on the basis of majority, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Armed outfit chief in net (kp), Local level restructuring: Focus on service and participation, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht), Faulty tool: What would have happened if there was a referendum in 2007 on whether to accept the peace deal with the Maoist rebels?, by Mukesh Khanal (rep)

24/10/2016: Maoist Centre whip to vote for Karki’s impeachment (kp), Discussion after motion is tabled tomorrow (kp), Will respect public sentiment, Deuba tells student leaders, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), SSFN not informed about impeachment proposal, says Yadav (kp), Appointing Karki to the post of CIAA chief was a mistake, interview with Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal (kp), Impeachment Case And Stance Of Parties, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Central bank releases Rs8b in Ncell profit: Permission for FY2011-12 dividend repatriation at suspended CIAA chief Karki’s behest, sources claim (kp), CIAA releases frozen bank lockers sans NRB consent (kp), Far from it: The regulators themselves are often found to fall far short of their duty, thus rendering legal provisions largely ineffective in many cases (ht), Internal security issues: Ways to address them, by Thakur Mohan Shrestha (ht)

23/10/2016: Madhes-based parties find fault with LLRC’s criteria, term it biased, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), BRB sees threat against secularism, federalism, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Rally in Capital seeking Karki’s ouster (kp), Impact of impeachment: You can take away corruption from politics, but you cannot take away politics from corruption, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Impeachment Against Karki: Parliament Finally Bells The Cat, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Time to get serious: Our leaders should realise the looming danger of a constitutional vacuum, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp)

22/10/2016: Local level restructuring: LLRC fixes a maximum of 744 units, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Impeachment motion against Karki: Congress buys time to decide; To hold talks with Maoist Centre, CPN-UML today; In bid to find a way to make him step down, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Maoist Centre waiting for NC decision, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Suspended CIAA chief ‘working’ from quarters: Application filed at SC seeking to halt state facilities to Karki (kp), Cannot defend Karki in impeachment case: AG (kp), Lokman returns: Lokman should have gone after the sharks after he took office; Then, we would have supported him, but he decided to just bully the small folks and leave the big chors alone, by Guffadi (kp), US envoy: Focus on job creation as era of remittance-led growth is ending: The ambassador says foreign investors want certainty and do not like high opportunity cost of doing business in Nepal, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp)

21/10/2016: House to set ball rolling to impeach Karki from Sunday: At least six weeks required to complete the process, by Binod Ghimire (kp), House meeting deferred: PM had asked the Speaker to give parties time to forge common view on impeachment (ht), Suspended animation: Karki is now suspended from his post, but a two-thirds majority of 397 is required for his impeachment, by Kunda Dixit (nt), The lonely struggle against tyranny: Political parties have finally decided to act against Lokman Singh Karki, but only to save their own skins, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), CIAA chief had gone too far, difficult to save him: Deuba (kp) [There is no justification to save him if he has gone too far, Mr Deuba! The same is true for many political leaders!], Time for atonement: NC should join UML and CPN (MC) in impeachment motion against Karki (kp), Madhesi parties, RPP-N say they were not consulted (ht), UML asks MPs to remain on standby; Maoist Centre meetings dwell on impeachment proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Medical fraternity ‘relieved’ at CIAA chief’s suspension: Karki had interfered rampantly in the medical sector, by Manish Gautam (kp), Dr KC welcomes move (kp), EC asks parties to furnish details for re-registration: The notice follows two rounds of talks with the parties about finding a common view on re-registration (kp), Shah against ‘politics of negation’ (kp) [Things are not going well, but the situation of the disadvantaged groups is not as hopeless as under the non-inclusive authoritarian royal system, Mr Shah!], Better get going: Denial of local democracy has resulted in grievous injury to almost every aspect of national life, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp)

20/10/2016: Constitution amendment: Draft proposal in final stage, PM tells House (kp), Statute amendment bill by Chhath: PM (ht), Madhes-based parties refuse to buy PM’s claim, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Impeachment axe falls on Lokman Singh Karki: CIAA chief faces automatic suspension after 157 UML, Maoist MPs register proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), CIAA chief Karki suspended: 157 lawmakers from UML, Maoist Center register impeachment motion, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep), 157 lawmakers register impeachment motion against CIAA chief Karki (ht), Basnyat appointed CIAA acting chief (rep), Watching the watchdog: CIAA chief would do well to appear before the Supreme Court within required time (kp), SC show cause to CIAA over Social Science Baha issue (kp), A fine mess: Grandiose rhetoric notwithstanding, there seems to be no seriousness of purpose among our top leaders, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Quake victims in Valley to get first tranche before Tihar: Ministry; Around 100,000 victims in Valley may qualify for house reconstruction grant: NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep) [And what about the victims in the so far untouched rural districts?], The rightward drift: The majority believe that their identity is threatened by the new narratives of those pushing for change, by Pranab Kharel (rep) [The dominant groups of male Bahuns and Chhetris are not a majority but a minority constituting not more than 15 per cent of the population!]

19/10/2016: Morcha for halting local body works: Madhes-based parties ask the government to put off local body restructuring task until boundary revision (kp), Unfulfilled demands may lead to disintegration: Mansoor: Calls for addressing the demands of Madhesis, Muslims and Tharus through constitution amendment (kp), Amendment national need, says Mahato (kp), PM Dahal, Deuba discuss amendment proposal (kp), 350,000 families still without aid (kp), Quake survivors sans land ownership papers left in a lurch, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Ugly repetitions: The cycle of snail’s pace and sloppy work must end, if any government is to improve its performance (ht), Spend timely and wisely: For Nepal, lack of money is not as big problem as is the failure to use it (kp), Apex court notice to CIAA chief delivered: Hearing set to start after a month, by Dewan Rai (kp), SC notice served on Karki, way cleared for hearings, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), MPs accuse govt of bowing down to Karki, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Where is Lokman Singh Karki?, by Anil Giri (kp), Parties, speaker agree to form impeachment committee, by Ashok Dahal (rep), 11-member impeachment recommendation committee formed (rep), When nepotism rules the roost: Maoist ministers’ ‘ghost’ PAs raise spectre of irregularities, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Watchdog fails to walk cantonment probe talk: One month after word to look into ‘misappropriation of funds’ in camps, CIAA divulges no follow-up info (kp), Commissioners divided over local units (rep)

18/10/2016: CIEDP asks complainants to provide further information: The commission, which has received 2,893 complaints so far, has sent letters to all the petitioners across the country, by Dewan Rai (kp), AG proposes new Special Court to try conflict era cases, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), SC summons to Karki: Third attempt to serve notice fails; A group of locals bars officials from delivering letter (kp) [Nepal once again proves to be a banana republic!], SC team pastes court summons at CIAA Chief Karki’s house: Court slaps Rs1,000 fine & 15 days jail to staffers (kp), Ruling parties eye a jumbo Cabinet, by Sarin Ghimire (kp) [Another grave violation of article 76 (9) of the constitution!], No serious talks yet on amendment: Madhesi, UML leaders, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Protests after Chhath, Rai warns (kp), Provide Autonomy: Election Commission should be empowered to announce as well as organise elections (kp), Local bodies in limbo: The big parties have been overriding expert panels and deciding issues on their own, by Kamal Devkota and Dil Khatri (kp), Treasury surplus soars to Rs191b as capital spending slacks (kp), Govt expenditure at 12.37pc: Only 3.42 per cent of total allocated budget of Rs 311.95 billion for development works spent in the first quarter of current fiscal year (ht), Ideological Deviation In Politics, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Former Maoist rebels: Who took the cut from our salary?, by Devendra Basnet (rep)

17/10/2016: Disappearances truth and reconciliation act: Amendment proposal stirs a fresh debate; Proposal to restore the constitutional rights of attorney general to decide whether the perpetrator is to be prosecuted as directed by the Supreme Court, by Dewan Rai (kp), 3 poll bills land in House panel (kp), Poll bill proposals give EC more teeth: Clause 15 of the bill states that a political party should hold intra-party election at least once every five years in line with the statute of the concerned party (kp), NWC bill to be tabled in Cabinet in a week: The law will make Women Commission a constitutional body. It also opens the door for appointing new members to the commission that has a lone member at present (kp), Tea Reception Politics, Polls & Unity, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Mahat unhappy with govt: Calls for locals polls under exisiting setup (rep), Chief secy tells ministry to speed up ilaka info: 'Ministry doesn't even have maps of the ilakas' (rep), Gurung opposes Hindi as official language (rep)

16/10/2016: Local level restructuring: MoFALD yet to provide LLRC with Ilaka details: Delay could cast cloud of uncertainty over elections (kp), LBRC at odds with MoFALD over data, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Madhes agitation: Govt to withdraw cases in 2 phases; Cabinet to wait for final hearing before taking any decision on cases sub judice in courts (kp), Shashank for referendum to decide on Hindu state, by Shiva Puri (kp), A peep into public relations: Politicians should be careful not to undermine their public image, which takes years to build, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), School reconstruction yet to gather pace, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht)

15/10/2016: Madhes crisis: Resolution before Tihar, assures PM; Agitating parties say they will not wait beyond Chhath festival (kp), 18 types of reparation schemes proposed for war-era crimes, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Post-Dashain syndrome! Offices will open but civil servants will not do any work till Tihar is over. They don’t do much during the rest of the year anyway, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Will Xi or won’t Xi? Hysteria over Jinping’s potential visit to Nepal sans preparations, by John Narayan Parakuli (kp), GHI rates Nepal’s hunger as ‘serious’ (kp) [see report findings for Nepal], Nepal faring better than other South Asian countries in fight against hunger (ht), 4,427 suffering from malnutrition after quake (ht), LBRC seeks data on ilakas from MoFALD (ht), Shashanka Koirala demands referendum on Hindu state (ht) [The statement by the NC General Secretary reflects the staunch conservative and anti-inclusive minding of many NC politicians!!], Quake victims yet to receive govt grant (ht)

14/10/2016: ‘If elections are not held on time, constitution will surely fail’, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Country may face shortage of construction materials: Crisis could trigger spike in prices once rebuilding activities start gathering pace, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Nepal ranks 85th in opportunities for girls (kp), UDMF will withdraw support to govt if statute amendment bill not registered before Tihar: Mahato, by Madan Koirala (rep), Better bedfellows: We need to work to make coalition politics effective as it looks like it is here to stay, by Jeevan Baniya (kp), Not working: Constraints on effective development planning are pretty much the same now as they were in the 1960s, by Chandan Sapkota (kp), Dalits deprived of social security allowance (ht)

13/10/2016: Leaders express differing views on holding local polls (kp), No compromise with federalism, secularism and republic: NC Chief Whip Shrestha (rep)

10/10/2016: Eight leftist parties to wage joint protest against Nepal-India communique (ht)

09/10/2016: Federalisation of health sector: Panel to recommend service restructuring; Taskforce will produce a vision paper that details the status of the health sector in federal Nepal (kp), UML stakes claim to PAC chair; Maoists don’t relent (kp) [Fight over power and positions, not constructive politics for people and country is all that counts!], With no roof over heads, Dashain a sad affair for flood victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Imminent economic disaster: Rational planners are unable to use their expertise in the face of irrational politicians’ whims, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Doing by knowing: We citizens need to realise that we have as many responsibilities as we have rights, by Kishori Mahat (kp)

08/10/2016: NC, UML register proposals to amend poll-related bills: Say atleast 3pc votes must to get berth in parliament, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), MoFALD issues fresh mandate to commission: As per the new mandate, the LLRC can split or merge Ilakas by taking population and geography into consideration (kp), Government revises LBRC mandate, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Women's shelter demolished: Women’s rights defenders flay govt inaction, press for probe (kp), Impeachment suggestion panel ‘after Dashain’: Says Parliament has begun consultations regarding formation of the IRC and filling vacancies in other parliamentary committees, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Post-quake reconstruction: 100,000 homeless families without aid, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), MoEd to begin reconstruction of 307 schools within this fiscal: Fate of 4,300 quake-hit schools is still uncertain (ht), Get fresh mandate: Leaders have been discredited; the CA-turned-Parliament has outlived its purpose. Let’s elect the House of Representatives to implement the constitution and hold provincial and local elections, by Mohan Guragain (kp) [But not with any of the current so-called leaders! They should never ask for any mandate again!], Battle royal in Nepal: What seems like a fight between Kanak Mani Dixit and Dr Govinda KC and CIAA chief is actually a battle against an entrenched nexus thriving under protection from next door neighbour, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

07/10/2016: Notice to CIAA chief: Court attempt to serve summons fails again; SC official tasked with delivering letter suddenly ‘goes out of contact'; As per the rule, Karki has to present himself before thecourt within 15 days from the date of receiving the notice , by Dewan Rai (kp), Staffer with SC notice for CIAA chief goes out of contact (rep), Rs 9 billion spent on relief for conflict-affected people, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Congress state ministers ‘after Dashain holidays’, by Sarin Ghimire (kp) [Take time! Next May you will have to exchange all the ministers. ministers of state, etc. once again either! What a rubbish!], Big III want key provisions of poll bills changed, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Big parties propose differing thresholds: Small parties against any threshold; EC should fix election dates: UML, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NC to discuss EC issue with other parties (kp), Govt relents as commission objects to ilakas as basic units (rep), Perils Of Identity-based Restructuring, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [The structuring that has been introduced into the new constitution by the Tagadhari leaders of the big parties is also identity based as it aims at upholding their own culture and social thinking as basis of national identity! Its continuation is the greatest danger for Nepal's future!], Unreal dream: Perhaps it’s time to form a new regional cooperation group among the smaller countries in South Asia, by Shyam KC (kp), Needs a little tweaking: SAARC has gone through many ups and downs in its history, but it’s still the best hope, by Rishi Raj Adhikari (kp), New bill will render Madhesi Commission toothless: Lawyers (ht), One million kids still out of school: Report (ht), Quake victims still living in tents (ht), Who will look after ‘the living martyr’ after we are gone?, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht) [The brutal procedure by the police had been ordered by the putsching king's henchman and home minister Kamal Thapa!], Drama in real life: Dasain feels like someone pressed the pause button just as we were reaching a climax in politics, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt), Regular breaks: Nepal tops the list of countries with the most public holidays with 36 days a year (nt), Elections on Time, by Tilak Rawal (sp)

06/10/2016: Politics of exclusion: Lack of inclusion in Nepal’s political parties is a reflection of social realities, by Mukesh Jha (kp) Transitional justice: Amendment bill proposes removal of statute of limitations; Move a step towards ensuring justice to victims of the decade-long insurgency, by Dewan Rai (kp), EC against revising draft bills for polls: The commission says key clauses have been either changed or dropped, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Amendment proposals registered (ht), Slow progress: It is still not clear when the NRA will conclude agreements with the development partners for the financial assistance they had pledged (ht), Fair disbursement: Govt needs to make sure quake victims can access aid even without political connections (kp), Landless earthquake victims deprived of grants, by Dhruba Dangal (rep), Nepali constitutions: Transitional provisions; No transitional provisions are found in established democracies; There is no such provision in the constitution of the United States of America, Australia’s constitution, the constitution of French Republic, the Japanese constitution, Israel’s basic Law (no formal constitution), by Birendra Pratap Mishra (ht), SC team returns without pasting court summons on Karki’s house (kp) [Karki obviously thinks to be above the law; he should be suspended immediately!], SC unable to serve notice on CIAA chief Karki (rep), Police story: Initially used to serve the rulers, our policing systems are still militaristic in their approach, by Devendra Jung Subedi (rep)

05/10/2016: Local level restructuring: Difficult to meet mid-November deadline: LLRC, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Local bodies’ restructuring report to be delayed (ht), Debunking political arguments: According to decentralisation experts, the ideal number of local bodies for a country like Nepal is about 300, by Sachchi Ghimire Karki (kp), Govt tables three poll-related bills: The country must hold three levels of elections in the next 16 months, as the incumbent Parliament’s term will expire on January 21, 2018 (kp), ‘Support withdrawn unless PM: seeks statute revision by Tihar’: Dahal criticised for not doing anything to address Madhesi concerns (kp) [Be aware that a two-thirds majority is needed to change the constitution!], Headway on amendment unlikely till after festival season, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), NHRC appeals for Dr KC’s life (kp), Nepal stares at funding gap of Rs 600 billion, by Pragati Shahi (kp), NRA has signed up only Rs 272b so far out of 938b needed: Less than half the signed-up amount received, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Mirage of land reform: The Maoists lost their revolutionary zeal after getting a taste of bourgeois comforts, by Kalpana Jha (kp), Don’t Defile Politics, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Flawed bills: The Election Commission’s proposal allowing two or more political parties to take part in elections jointly under one single election symbol is flawed (ht), The five basics: Reforms proposed in draft bills should be tabled in parliament in their original form and should on no account be mutilated based on whims and fancies of bureaucrats, by Ila Sharma, Election Commissioner (rep), The Nepal saga: That this country has not collapsed thus far is perhaps one of the greatest surprises this world has ever seen, by Devendra Gautam (rep)

04/10/2016: Working to make statute acceptable to all: PM; Says voices of Madhesi, Tharu and Magar communities will be heard (kp) [And why have their voices been disregarded in September 2015? Besides, what about the voices of other Janajatis, Dalits, women?], UDMF tells PM to table bill soon (ht), Local level restructuring: Govt accedes to LLRC call, set to revise ToR; To make area clusters (Ilakas) ‘one of the bases’ instead of ‘main basis’; To extend report submission deadline by a month till mid-November, by Binod Ghimire (kp), LBRC Terms of Reference to be revised, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Big parties drop ilaka as basis for local units: Govt to revise new terms of reference at next cabinet; Commission flexible on number of units, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Govt removes key provisions in poll related bills: Two or more parties can fight an election under the same election symbol after forming an alliance, by Prakash Acharya (ht), NRA gears up to form a panel for aid management (kp), Brand new avatar: The Maoist Centre has changed its ways and now comprises born again democrats, by Janak Raj Joshi (kp), Bill seeks to make parties pay for their cadre's vandalism, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [This has been overdue for long! Besides, the culprits have to be punished!]

03/10/2016: Dahal pledges to keep Army off war-era cases: Once bitten, PM all praise of NA’s role, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [How can he? He is only the head of the executive! Judgements on crimes of the army have to be passed by the independent judiciary!!], National Army last resort to face challenges: PM Dahal (rep), Hope for justice: Amendment to legislation needs to address key issues for credible transitional justice (kp), PMO prepares to bring parity in disaster relief: The Prime Minister’s Office is preparing to instruct the Home Ministry to provide equal relief amount to the victims of disasters like flood, landslide and earthquake, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [?]

02/10/2016: Constitution amendment: Deal long way off even if talks held in short order, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Constitution amendment bill unlikely before Dashain: Till now no concrete homework has been done and consultation with other parties has been informal, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Constitution amendment: Putting The Cart Before The Horse?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), PM announces aid to landslide, flood victims (kp) [??], Women leaders ask govt to honour 33 percent quotas (kp), MPs to be allowed to pick electoral district for CDP (ht) [Making corruption and nepotism even easier under the non-inclusive party-political system!]

01/10/2016: Transitional justice: Two-tier court to deal with war-era cases, by Dewan Rai (kp), Sitaula calls for broader consensus for elections: The NC leader warns if the political parties are divided they will fail to institutionalise the achievements gained so far (kp) [Are you talking about the continuation of consensus among male Tagadhari political leaders or do you mean the inclusion of the so far excluded majority, i.e. Janajati, Madheshi, Dalits, Muslims, women in general?], The Onus For Creating System, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), SC rejects petition against govt decision (ht) [related to local restructuring], No parliamentary system, we want directly elected prez: PM (ht), Advantage China: With SAARC, a perfect platform for India to establish its preeminence in South Asia, on the brink, all that the Chinese have to do is bide time, by Biswas Baral (rep)

30/09/2016: Leaders face tough balancing act: Govt may have to alter the map of up to four provinces to address grievances of the agitating communities; A section of both the ruling parties and the main opposition UML are, however, unlikely to support such changes given the numerical advantages they hold over the current federal setup and backlash they fear they might face in their constituencies, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), MJF-L calls for inclusive negotation process (kp), Local level restructuring: LLRC decides to seek clarity on govt move: To miss deadline as it has to work from scratch if it follows the new ToR, by Binod Ghimire (kp), LLRC’s move against timely election: Gurung (kp), LBRC member to move SC against govt’s decision, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Guidelines for shelving TRC complaints: Supreme Court show cause to defendants (kp), SC stays TRC guideline for placing cases on hold (rep), Forest land grab row: Taskforce inspects wrecked buildings (kp), Buck the trend: Govt should take immediate steps to increase the level of capital spending (kp), Pitfalls Of Statute Amendment, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Cashing in on politics: For the moment there is only Rs 343 billion in the kitty for reconstruction, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt), Reconstruction grant is Dasain allowance: Earthquake survivors are using the first tranche of their home reconstruction grant for everything but reconstruction, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt)

29/09/2016: Lawmakers set to get 58 percent pay hike: Criticised for low attendance, missing crucial meets (kp), MPs spar over withdrawing Tikapur carnage cases (kp), House witnesses heated exchange on case withdrawals (ht), Five officials transferred from CIEDP: CIEDP Chairman Lokendra Mallick says the decision has upended everything they had planned and been working on until now, by Dewan Rai (kp) [?? Preventing justice in every possible way!!], NRA fails to provide first instalment of grant to quake survivors (ht), Restructing panel officials refuse to recognise Ilakas (kp), Women's shelter demolition: Women’s rights defenders draw PM Dahal’s attention (kp), The language debate: Both Sanskritic conservatism and speech-based vernacular-nationalism fall short of the need of the hour, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Local Government: Fulfill Commitment To Hold Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Talk, Talk And Talk, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Most people unaware of right to information, says Justice Malla (ht)

28/09/2016: Path to de-democratisation: Enlarging constituencies without reforms in parties is likely to weaken political representation of marginalised groups; The current Nepalibureaucracy is set up in such a way that any political party, other than the NC and the UML, cannot extract services from it , by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Transitional justice: Writ against criteria for dropping complaints, by Dewan Rai (kp), Morcha leaders bitter about PM’s unkept promises: Dahal tells Madhesi leaders amendment proposal will be tabled before Dashain; Madhesi parties express concerns over ‘duplicitous’ activities of the government (kp), Redraw local units on ilaka lines: Govt to commissiom: Commission memebers unhappy with 'interference', by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), RPP-N, Madhesi parties against reviving Ilakas (kp), Madhesi leaders tell PM not to test their patience (rep), Govt amends ToR for LLRC (kp), Cabinet gives additional mandate to LBRC: Commission can demarcate local bodies on basis of Ilakas, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Deuba calls for timely local elections (kp), Oli demands poll roadmap (kp), Polls Essential To End Transition, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Govt registering bill denying EC power to set poll dates (rep), Oli accuses PM of inviting Indian interference in constitutional matter (rep), Silent and divided: As things stand, most public intellectuals hesitate to take sides even on issues that do not require any ifs and buts, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Emerging consensus: The silver lining in the murky skies of Nepali politics is the national consensus at common people’s level, by Aditya Man Shrestha and Dwarika Nath Dhungel (rep)

27/09/2016: Conflict victims concerned about TRC Act bill amendment (ht), Local level restructuring: LLRC takes exception to three-party deal; Says such agreement defeats the purpose of forming the commission; Urges parties to be mindful of the jurisdiction of constitutional body, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Inept decision: The political parties’ decision to change the number of local units will put the constitutional body in a precarious position (ht), UDMF not to accept Big three parties’ decision to create local bodies (ht), Change in standards a ploy to delay local polls: Commission member, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Table bills related to polls in original, EC tells PM Dahal; EC wants reforms to create level playing field among parties, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Discussion on forming panel to recommend impeachment starts: There are constitutional provisions that call for an 11-member Parliament committee to recommend impeachment (kp), PM gives NRA until Oct 6 to issue first housing grants (kp), Quake victims of Sindhuli not yet shifted to integrated residence (ht), NRA meeting approves additional housing grant of Rs 100,000, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), ‘Witch’ accused tortured, fears filing complaint: A single mother from Dada Gaun in Salyan is tied to a post and tortured for hours on witchcraft charge by her relatives, by Pratichya Dulal (kp)

26/09/2016: Proposed provision could further ‘limit women’s citizenship right’, by Dewan Rai (kp) [Unchanged extra-constitutional and legal procedure and thinking by Nepal's male Tagadhari overlord minority!!], Seeking justice: Without a credible transitional justice roadmap, path will be open for specific and personally targeted prosecution, by Hari Phuyal (kp), Ensure justice: Past instances have proved that some of the cases not related to political agitation were withdrawn under political pressure (ht), Hearing on Krishna Prasad Adhikari’s murder starts, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Ilakas to be basis for local body formation: Major parties agree to use 927 areas as reference, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [The Ilaka have been part of King Mahendra's politics of cutting ethnic boundaries!!], Big 3 agree in principle to some 900 village units (rep), Implementing new announcements: PM asks secretaries for action plan (kp), NRA may decide on additional grant today, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), PM tells Madhes parties amendment process in a week: TMSP Gen Secy Jha, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Form a panel to iron out differences: Gathabandan (kp),  Dialogue on to find acceptable solution: Mahat (kp) [At the UN, Foreign Minister Mahat (NC) repeats the distorting statements on inclusion on which the promulgation of the constitution has been based! Consequence: The ruling parties do not want necessary changes!], We can create autonomous or protected regions within provinces, interview with DPM Krishna Bahadur Mahara, CPN-MC (kp) [??], Get down to business: Govt should increase the size of capital budget and utilise what is allocated for capital spending (kp)

25/09/2016: Capital expenditure fails to pick up pace: Only 0.9 per cent of Rs 311.9 billion spent so far this fiscal year, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), ACORAB inspects Radio Dhading building (kp), Hope against hope: Nepal’s dream of development may materialise if major parties agree on national goals and priorities, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), A sustainable Nepal: nstead of relying too much on other countries, Nepal should devise policies to foster self-reliance, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp), Impeachment vs appointment: In contrast to a famous saying, it is not corruption but anti-corruption that is fighting back in Nepal, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Withdrawing cases against agitating forces’ cadres will take time: AG Shrestha (ht), Rai doubts govt-UDMF deal will be honoured (ht), Draft of TRC Act amendment bill being finalised (ht)

24/09/2016: Constitution amendment: Talks on, claims govt; Morcha says ‘no idea’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Radio Dhading building razed, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp)

23/09/2016: Torture in detention in Dipayal: Army offers mea culpa for barring NHRC from probe; Says not letting investigating officials enter NA barracks a mistake, by Dewan Rai (kp), 2nd death anniv of Nanda Prasad: Rights defenders press for swift justice; Nanda Prasad’s body lies in the morgue of the TU Teaching Hospital as none of his relatives has turned up to claim it (kp), PM calls NRA meet after missed deadline (kp), PM mulls changing NRA staff (rep), WB hails post-quake rebuilding aid distribution (kp) [??], Norwegian ambassador concerned over post-earthquake reconstruction (ht), A Need For Tuning In Priority, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), 1,334: Official list of people who were disappeared by both sides during the conflict from 1996-2006, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Still waiting for the truth: Nearly 15 years after her son was disappeared, Ramkrishni Chaudhary has finally given up hope that he is alive, by Tula Chaudhary (nt), Not playing ball: On the first anniversary of the seventh constitution in seven decades, Nepal is stuck again (nt), Govt to foot Rs 14m bill for treating Madhes agitation injured, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep) [This does not free the state from providing justice!]

22/09/2016: Conflict victims demand justice, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Serious crimes will be prosecuted: PM; Reiterates commitment to conclude remaining tasks of peace process (kp) [?], One year on: Twelve months after constitution’s promulgation, there hasn’t been much progress in negotiations (kp), Post-conflict reconstruction: Govt completes only 28pc of projects, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Housing grant distribution: Local bodies told to distribute first tranche before Dashain; he local bodies have so far signed grant agreements only with 450,032 of house owners (rep), Fringe Morcha forces worried about being overshadowed, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Yadav’s absence may delay deal (kp) [??], NRA concerned over housing aid fraud, misuse: NRA has found several cases of people applying for aid from two places and people using fake papers to receive reconstruction fund (kp), Consolidation or fragmentation: With different practices of defining local government’s size around the world, a plausible model for Nepal should be home-grown, by Khum Raj Punjali, Trilochan Pokharel and Rajendra Adhikari (kp), Implementation Of Constitution Still In Limbo, by Uttam Maharjan (kp), One year on, blockade still fiercely aruged over, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Punish my son’s murderers, says Gangamaya, by Tika Ram Rimal (ht), Local government bodies: Some questions; During the past 14 years without elected representation at local government bodies or local public service providers, although people saw democratic changes take place they never witnessed accountability and service delivery, by Suresh Acharya (ht), Traffic snarls caused by VVIP movements now routine (rep) [Nepal's royals of today!], Girls no brides: Around 37 percent Nepali girls are married before they reach 18 and 10 percent before they reach 15, by David Kainee (rep)

21/09/2016: Constitution amendment: Ruling coalition ‘ready’ to adopt flexibility, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Blasts outside schools cause panic: No injuries, minor damage; Police arrest 2 persons, identify them as Maoist Communist Centre members, by Pratichya Dulal and Manish Gautam (kp), Maoist ex-combatants set off bombs at schools, 2 arrested, by Kamal Pariyar (rep), Heinous act: Swift, stern and well-publicised action has to be taken against the perpetrators (kp), Attacks making mockery of ‘zone of peace’ declaration, by Kokila KC (ht), Time to act: The leaflets found close to the scene suggest that the culprits are associated with one or the other political parties who are giving them political protection (ht), Donors seek refund of unspent Peace money, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [!!], Aid distribution: Over Rs18b mobilised for first tranche of cash: NRA; Of an estimated 800,000 homes damaged in 14 districts, NRA listed 533,182 as true beneficiaries (kp), Quake-hit Sindhu people struggle for health care, by Anish Tiwari (kp), CIEDP miffed at transfer of staff: Fears it will hamper probe into dissappearance cases, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Remember the time: One weakness of Nepal’s educated class, civil society and even media is that they do not ask critical questions at critical moments, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Historically most rights violators from conflict era have been granted amnesty, interview with Paul Jackson (rep)

20/09/2016: Statute anniv marked with mixed feelings: Special ceremony organised in Capital, protest rallies in parts of country (kp) [see also video 1, video 2], Celebrating the First Anniversary of People’s Constitution, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Protesting parties observe ‘black day’ (kp), Black Day observed to protest constitution (ht), Agitating parties stage protest against constitution (rep), Govt told not to wait indefinitely for CPN-UML support, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Statute cannot be amended to pacify foreigners: UML Chair Oli (ht) [Madhesis, Janajatis, women, etc. who have been cheated by the male Tagadhari leaders once again are foreigners? What an insane mind!], One year on, polls the priority, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Submission of audit report: Election authority proposes axing defiant parties, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Rebuilding mess: In order to please their vote banks parties are making unrealistic promises to quake victims, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), NRA misses grant deadline, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Over 150k needy yet to get first trance of aid (kp), Doing it right: The NRA should begin the work of relocating vulnerable settlements (kp), SAsia One Billion Rising campaign gets underway: aunched in 2013, One Billion Rising is a global movement calling for action to end violence against women and to protect women’s rights (kp), Dahal in Delhi: The joint statement shows that Nepal-India relations are as they were last September, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp)

19/09/2016: Women representation: A year on, provision of 33pc unimplemented, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Court records Ganga Maya’s statement: It is the fifth time the court has ordered the petitioner to appear before the court to testify (kp), Include 18 more to martyr list: Morcha (kp), No lessons learnt from trade embargo, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Madhes parties oppose Constitution Day, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), UDMF to protest Constitution Day (ht), Year after new Constitution, Madhes issue still bone of contention, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), The 9/11 in Madhesh: Like all other constitutions of the past, the days of the inert statute of 2015 too are numbered, by C.K. Lal (rep), Constitution: Faith In Delivery, by P. Kharel (rn), Federal Constitution Of Nepal: Let It Evolve Through Practice, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Over 70 per cent quake-hit households get first instalment (ht) [But only in 11 districts and almost one and a half year after the earthquake!], No kidding: According to HRW report, 37 percent Nepali girls marry before 18, while 10 percent marry before 15, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep)

18/09/2016: Laws to facilitate transitional justice ‘far off’, by Dewan Rai (kp), Govt to review SC verdicts before freeing arrestees (kp), Culture of silence: Common people’s ability to speak out against injustices has qualitatively declined over the years, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Lack of relocation plan puts victims on a slippery slope: Some families have already started rebuilding on the same spot where their previous houses once stood, by Pragati Shahi (kp), Preparations underway to decommission Nepal Peace Trust Fund (kp), EC consults with leaders on party re-registration, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Morcha to mark Constitution Day as ‘black day’: Political experts in the districts say the Morcha reached a deal with the governing parties as a ‘face-saving’ move, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), Trumps of Nepal: Every country has political leaders like Donald Trump and Nepal is no exception, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (kp)

17/09/2016: Justice delayed is justice denied: All Ganga Maya wanted was a free and fair trial, but she ended up seeing her husband succumb to hunger and perpetrators run scot-free, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp), Apex court dangles the sword of Damocles over CIAA chief Karki: To review his appointment n Censures govt for ‘losing’ documents, by Dewan Rai (kp), SC to review verdict on CIAA Chief Karki's appointment, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Local body restructuring: 38 districts submit recommendations as extra time ends, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Call to use single women’s fund in rebuilding homes: The fund, set up by the Women’s Ministry, has Rs40 million lying unused for the past three years (kp), Emperor's vacation: Let us hope that this time our Emperor can impress Modi with his ‘dandiya dance, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical]

16/09/2016: Constitution amendment: Dahal’s busy schedule likely to delay process; Madhes-based parties say they will wait till Sept-end, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Madhesi intelligentsia doubts PM’s intention (ht), Frozen funds could cost peace project: Rs335 million set aside for the Nepal Peace Trust Fund scheme last fiscal year frozen, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), TRC categorizes over 25,000 complaints (rep), Female feticide rampant in far-west (rep), Victims put off by red tape in grant distribution, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep)

15/09/2016: CIEDP prepares for detailed probe, by Dewan Rai (kp), Disputed issues of constitution: PM hints at informal pact with Madhesi parties; Madhesi leaders have, however, refused to acknowledge such understanding (kp), Govt’s relevance rests on addressing Madhesis, Janajatis’ concerns: PM (ht), Deaths during tarai protest: Probe panel gets full shape (kp), A reward of geography: This is the most opportune moment for transforming relations with both India and China, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (kp), Give me a reason: With no substantial bilateral deal in the offing, and Kathmandu inching closer to New Delhi, there was no reason for Chinese president to come, by Biswas Baral (rep), No Rhetoric Of Slogans: Pledge Only What Can Be Implemented, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

14/09/2016: ‘Take up pending projects in Delhi’: Madhesi parties press Prime Minister Dahal to resolve their concerns before he leaves for India tomorrow (kp), Point of departure: Nepal should ideally be in a position to take advantage of the increasing competition between India and China, by Achyut Wagle (kp), First things first: The constitution cannot be an obstacle to finding a progressive solution to political and social problems, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Government liable: The concerned ministries need not wait for the PM’s instruction to carry out regular works (ht)

13/09/2016: MPs seek pay hike amid criticism over paying less attention to House (kp) [Currently, they get Rs 56,228 each month and they demand a rise to Rs 88,925 while most of the earthquake victims living in tents still wait for the first distribution of Rs 50,000 from international aid!], 12,000 quake victims receive first instalment (ht), Campaigners of Save Ganga Maya’ warn of moving ICC (kp), Stop whining: Money alone does not make a nation; it’s about adhering to global standards, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Recipe for failure: The proposed local jurisdictions are too large and they have too many responsibilities, by Bigyan Prasai (kp), A wake-up call: Transforming a unitary state to a federal one will remain a distant dream unless political parties go for elections, by Surya Dhungel (kp), Almost half of national pride projects fail to meet target (kp), Violence, threats against journos down: UNESCO (ht), Art of the conscious: The fundamental role of the press in our society depends on historical, economic, social and political bases of our culture, by Dharma Adhikari (rep)

12/09/2016: Planned amendment denies amnesty for grave crimes: Murder, torture, disappearance to be unpardonable, by Dewan Rai (kp), NEFIN puts up its demands before PM (kp), Commisison warns against too many local units (rep)

11/09/2016: Constitution amendment: Negotiations will revolve around boundary: SLMM; Says everything depends on the kind of proposal the governing parties come up with, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Table bill before PM’s India visit, Mahato urges Deuba (ht), Holding polls: Race against the clock; Election related bills are yet to enter Parliament, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Will there be a comeback? Monarchists should know that their principles go against the basic premise of inclusiveness, by Narayan Manandhar (kp)

10/09/2016: Army bars NHRC from conducting investigation: Eleven Army personnel have been detained since August 5 after some weapons and ammunition went missing, by Dewan Rai (kp) [Not only leading politicians, the army leadership as well thinks to be above the law!], Constitution amendment: Govt preparing to table bill in House (kp), ‘Amendment issue getting more complex by the day’: Govt trying to finalize amendment proposal before PM’s India visit, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), They came, signed in, left: Lawmakers skip Parliament discussion on key bills, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Lack of quorum stalls passage of vital bills (ht), ‘Nepal won’t be able to end malnutrition before 2112’ (kp), Ending malnutrition still a huge challenge (ht), Earthquake survivors still await govt grant (ht)

09/09/2016: Transitional justice: Commissions should be made strong: TRC chair, by Dewan Rai (kp), Narjit Sir: A school teacher whose hand was cut off by Maoists 20 years ago has another generation of students as pupils, by Prabir Dadel (nt), The tears never stop: Nutan Thapa still cannot hold back her tears when she remembers her father, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Hungry ghosts: With former enemies now in the governing coalition, it is up to civil society and the media to remember not to forget wartime atrocities (nt), It’s not over yet: Nepal should hold people accused of torture and other ill-treatment accountable through fair trials in its own courts, by Champa Patel (kp), HRW blames government for child marriage menace (kp) [see report, see also video], State should intervene, says researcher (kp), ‘Govt steps not enough to end child marriage in Nepal’ (rep), Committed to statute amendment, says PM: Stops short of giving timeline amid pressure from agitating parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp) Oli, Khanal, Pokhrel, And Install Statue Of Prithvi, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), VIP treatment: Govt to bring new policy for medical support, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM's address full of promises: Quake victims to get Rs 300,000 as grant, 500,000 as loan (rep), PM offers Rs 700k succour to kins of deceased migrants: Pledges to set up seed fund for blood money and start work permit renewal service from embassies (kp), PM’s extra assistance promise hard to keep: There is a funding gap of Rs488 billion, excluding the Rs80 billion required to provide the additional Rs100,000 per household (kp) [Call it populist propaganda!], Avoiding Quicksand To Converge Ahead, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Language Commission formed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), SC issues show cause notice to govt (ht), NHRC looking at Nepali Army abuse allegations (ht), Technical errors deprive victims of grant (ht), How decentralised is federalism? The current debate is between power centralised in federal capitals and at the local level, by Kiran Thapa (nt)

08/09/2016: Col Lama’s acquittal: Setback for moment, but ‘victory in long run’, by Dewan Rai (kp), Paying for torture: Col Lama’s acquittal only underscores how difficult closure of war-era cases can be (kp) [Hard to believe that there are no skilful interpreters in London! There are so many!], Drop statute of limitations from anti-torture bill: Rights groups (rep), PM Dahal urged to amend statute before his India visit (kp), Intra-party disputes hinder efforts for talks (kp), Local level restructuring: Fix number of units: Chief whips (kp), Amendment is not possible: Bypassing the constitution through political consensus will not only jeopardise it, but also endanger federalism and democracy, by Budhi Karki (kp) [The new constitution has already been written and passed in a non-constitutional and non-inclusive way, i.e. not by the elected representatives of all sections of society but by a handful of male Tagadhari politicians! So, what is in danger?] [see also Amendment is possible: Conservative interpretation of the constitution that allows room to impose subjective and elitist values should be avoided, by Dipendra Jha (kp 31/08/2016)], Challenges Before The Government, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), MJF-Democratic divided on when to join government (ht), Democracy, Nepali-style: Democracy finds itself in the soup once again in a population with over 70 percent literacy and high political consciousness, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Women of war: Post-conflict, women combatants are viewed as ‘victims’ of war. They should instead be seen as ‘change-makers’, by Ayush Joshi (rep)

07/09/2016: Work firmly to implement federalism: PM to officials, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [Even the foundations of federalism are missing! How will you implement it?], Envoy appointments not before PM’s India visit, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Indian order needed even for this?], Local body restructuring: NC leaders urge Deuba to come up with official stance, by Sarin Ghimire (kp)

06/09/2016: Local level restructuring recommendations: Delayed reports from districts may push mid-Oct submission, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Govt breaching statute provision on purpose, says House committee: Government criticised for
disregarding annual reports of the National Human Rights Commission
 (kp), Morcha: Forward amendment, care not for CPN-UML (kp), PM’s foreign visits may overshadow domestic priorities, by Anil Giri (kp), Some Tips for Prachanda, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km), Govt prepares to up housing grant: PM Dahal reiterates government’s commitment to help the quake-affected by increasing the grant by an additional Rs100,000 (kp), Rs 50k cannot build a house: Quake victims, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Rift surfaces in Federal Alliance (ht)

05/09/2016: Doesn’t look good: Nepal’s negative brand value cannot be removed until we correct our systemic flaws; Democracy without the foundation of a system rarely survives, and Nepal is becoming a victim of its demagogic leaders and the constitution made by them, by Aditya Baral (kp), 10 amendments proposed to Bill against torture (kp), Injured former combatants flocking to PMO for support: PM Dahal, after consultation, sends them to Bir Hospital for treatment, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM directs for enlisting of missing rebuilding aid recipients (kp) [This is first of all populist but not the ceeded concept!], Dahal Cabinet snubs reminder to submit details (kp), Walk the talk NC, Maoists were critical of UML’s politicisation of the reconstruction process. Are they better? (kp), Diplomatically Hectic Days Ahead, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), SC vacates stay order, allows govt to recommend new envoys (ht), FA, UDMF protest to mark year after statute promulgation (ht) [Which statute?], Panchthar proposes two municipalities, five village assemblies: Number of bodies proposed exceeds Local Bodies Restructuring Commission's prescription (ht)

04/09/2016: Moving The Goalpost, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), EC should be vested with authority to announce election dates: Sharma, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht)

03/09/2016: Process to amend statute after Pm’s foreign trips, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Transitional justice: CIEDP demands legal reforms, logistical help; The commission, which has got over 2,800 complaints from conflict victims, has completed cases to be investigated (kp), A house of cards: Nepal’s citizenship laws, on paper, provide a Nepali mother the same ‘privilege’ as a father when passing on citizenship to their children; But ground realities say otherwise, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), UDMF seeks withdrawal of 491 cases (ht) [This is the task of judiciary and not of politicians!], Nepalgunj tense after removal of Birendra's statue, by Arjun Oli (rep)

02/09/2016: Constitution anniversary: Morcha’s black day, govt’s celebration (kp), Power to women: Male politicians still do not believe women to be as capable and deserving as themselves, by Bineeta Gurung (nt), Patriarchy in the hierarchy: The Tij fast by Nepali women could also be considered a one-day hunger strike against male dominance in our politics and society (nt), Upadhyay, Paudyal named as envoys to New Delhi, Beijing (kp) [Article 282 of the new constitution demands that ambassadors have to be nominated on the basis on inclusion! Long live non-inclusive male Bahunbad!], Parties bicker over appointment of High Court judges: Oppn objects to ruling alliance’s idea of ‘proportional inclusion’ (kp), Politics of restructuring: Increasing the number of local bodies means weakening them while strengthening the province and the centre, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Local body reshaping negotiations after Oli, Deuba return home (kp), So much to do: Madhesi parties have high hopes that this government will address their grievances, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp) [Why?], Now even ex-MPs want state privileges, by Sarin Ghimire (kp) [Let's call it corruption in highest political circles!], Mechanism to curb medical trips abroad on cards: Minister Thapa, by Manish Gautam (kp), Nepalgunj tense over statue dispute (kp), Thousands of quake victims lodge complaints in Kavre (ht)

01/09/2016: Govt fails to meet the expectations of new constitution, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Moment of truth: Govt should act in good faith, ensure a credible transitional justice process (kp), ‘Regular courts can’t do justice to conflict-hit’ (ht), Formulate laws for polls pronto: House committee (kp), No headway in resolving political disputes, by Nabin Khatiwada (reo), UML stance may affect statute amendment: The main opposition has warned of taking to the streets if changes are made ‘without justifying the significance’ (kp), PM for delineation report by mid-Oct (rep), PM seeks options to restructure local bodies (ht), Rising above tyranny: Whether in government or in opposition, political parties must facilitate constitution’s implementation, by Janak Raj Joshi (kp), RPP-N chair Thapa revives issue of Hindu state (kp) [Kamal Thapa is sowing the seeds of unrest and another civil war in the multiethnic, multireligious, multicultural, multilingual and secular republic of Nepal and should be prosecuted for this anticonstitutional demand!!], Nepalgunj tense after pro-hindu, pro-monarch supporters put up late King Birendra's statue (kp) [!!], Govt may pick envoys for India, China today, by Anil Giri (kp) [Male Bahuns: The world is in order!], Political Parties: Caught In Contradiction, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Non-political organizations in Jhapa under the grip of politics, by Raju Adhikari (rep), Standoff Between Government And Madhesi Parties, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Inconsistent policy: Providing Rs. 50,000 to those whose houses were not damaged so badly and an additional Rs. 400,000 for purchasing land at safer places on top of Rs. 200,000 is good (ht) [Even more important would be to include the people in all the affected rural districts and not only a few of them including the KTM valley!]

31/08/2016: Reconstruction delays: House committee to summon PM Dahal (kp) [After four weeks in office, there has been no change compared to his two predecessors!], TRC chief Gurung warns of quitting: Rues limited resources, state apathy for streamlining laws to conclude transitional justice process on time, by Dewan Rai (kp), Work on Special Court for conflict-era cases starts, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Rights groups protest in support of Ganga Maya (kp), Ganga Maya's health deteriorating (rep), Parties still at stalemate on local restructuring: NC, UML at odds over numbers; Dahal warns of knock-on effect on election plans, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NC proposes new population criteria for local units (rep),  ‘Govt will topple if constitution isn’t amended’ (kp), Amendment is possible: Conservative interpretation of the constitution that allows room to impose subjective and elitist values should be avoided, by Dipendra Jha (kp) [see also Amendment is not possible: Bypassing the constitution through political consensus will not only jeopardise it, but also endanger federalism and democracy, by Budhi Karki (kp 08/09/2016)], Shut them down: Public transport syndicates have been blamed for the unnerving rise in bus accidents, by Umesh Raj Regmi (kp) [Such syndicates are part of high-level political corruption!], Women trafficking continues unabated (rep)

30/08/2016: ICRC, NRCS make public list of ‘the disappeared’ (ht), Still missing: Families of the disappeared have received no word even 10 years after the conflict, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp) Kin of disappeared demand truth, ache for justice, by Dewan Rai (kp), Probe into fate and whereabouts of the disappeared: NHRC; The rights watchdog says the victims’ families have been going through psycho-social pressure (kp), Survivors of Nepal insurgency fear crimes will go unpunished (ht), TRC rules out any amendment to its working procedure (ht), Denting the state exchequer: Politicians claiming excessive privileges at the expense of taxpayers, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Open Singha Durbar: How can Nepal, which has enacted RTI Act, deny its citizens access to the office of their representatives?, by Yek Raj Pathak (rep)

29/08/2016: Disappeared during war: Half of missing ‘are men aged 16-30’, by Dewan Rai (kp), Morcha miffed at govt for excluding 11 names from martyrs’ list (kp), Disappeared Day: How Long To Observe It?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Nidhi urged to implement second point of pact with UDMF (ht), ‘Table constitution amendment bill pronto’: Otherwise crisis of confidence between govt, UDMF imminent, says Mahato, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Save Gangamaya: Gangamaya’s health condition is deteriorating. The unwillingness of the new government to address her demand could prove deadly, by Charan Prasai (rep), Sindhuli quake victims complain against NRA (ht), Dahal’s darn diplomacy: Nepal should address its neighbours’ genuine concerns but also counter exaggerated ones, by Achyut Wagle (kp)

28/08/2016: Expanding The Coalition Cabinet, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Constitution amendment: Govt’s ‘lukewarm effort’ concerns Morcha leaders; Say bid to mend Nepal-India ties could overshadow their demands (kp) [Nothing else was to be expected! Caste and gender count in every respect to preserve the interests and advantages of the traditional male party elites!], Constitution amendment: ‘PM committed to tabling bill before he visits India’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), No change in statute at the cost of national interest, UML insists, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [... and national interests are those of the male Tagadhari leadership of the political parties!]

27/08/2016: 13 ministers from NC sworn in: Dahal’s Cabinet far from being inclusive with only one woman in govt, by Sarin Ghimire (kp) [And 70 percent male Tagadharis! This generation of politicians will never change!], Women's representation in cabinet declining (rep), 13 new ministers from NC take oath of office (ht), Faction distraction! Everybody gets their share and everybody is happy, except us the people, by Guffadi (kp), Debate over local units: LLRC chair makes a bid to clear up parties’ confusion (kp), Report on restructuring of local bodies slammed: Locals threaten to padlock DDC office, obstruct transportation (ht), Revision of TRC guidelines sought (ht)

26/08/2016: Local bodies unlikely to exceed 615: LBRC, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), NC’s ministerial berth pangs finally over: Deuba accedes to Poudel-led faction’s demand; Swearing-in of Congress ministers likely today, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Congress finalises ministers’ names, swearing-in today: According to revised pact, NC to get 15 ministries, CPN-MC 10 (ht), A Ride To Political Adventure, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Sanctity of silence: This ‘culture’ of silence manifests both as a result of direct intimidation and the utilisation of a politics of fear, by Bidushi Dhungel (nt)

25/08/2016: Avoiding a fall: Only a spirit of compromise can avert an impending constitutional crisis (kp), Morcha: Dissolve local body restructuring commission (kp), House panel directs govt to amend TRC Act, by Dewan Rai (kp), Housing grant: Govt planning to provide extra Rs 100k, by Pragati Shahi (kp) [Provide grant to all affected people, not only those living in 14 districts! All these people have been hit hard!], Infighting in NC stalls Cabinet expansion, by Sarin Ghimire (kp) [A typical Nepali party: factionalism, irresponsible greed for power, extra-constitutional procedures and non-inclusion!], Nepali Congress fails to decide ministers’ names: Deuba, Paudel disagree on number of ministerial berths from each faction, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Constitution Implementation: Composite Unity Is The Key, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

24/08/2016: Implementing federalisation: People want sincere effort from political parties, government and bureaucracy to implement the constitution and end the transition, by Trilochan Pokharel and Rajendra Adhikari (kp), The last chance: The issue of federalism has divided the country ethnically, emotionally and socially before it has been implemented, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep), Morcha leaders in bid to forge common stance (kp), A year after kailali carnage: Locals want social harmony, justice, by DR Panta and Ganesh Chaudhary (kp), Congress for holding ‘interim local polls’: Sticks to its position that 565 village and municipal councils not enough (kp), Experts also split on local units numbers, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Oppn parties gather to form an alliance (kp), Tikapur victims demand justice from govt (ht), Hills of neglect: Hill folks have suffered despite their unconditional sacrifice for the country since the start of modern Nepali history, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

23/08/2016: A history of exclusion: People are excluded on the basis of language, caste, religion, region and culture, by Krishna Kumar Sah (kp), Conflict victims threaten to move court against TRC: Want a guideline corrected (ht), There’s another way: The standards that have been set for restructuring local bodies are not scientific, by Khimlal Devkota (kp), Missing the forest: Determination of boundaries of local units is not just about geography and population. It is the essence of political and fiscal decentralization, by Anirudra Neupane (rep), PM Dahal directs EC to start poll preparations, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Amend constitution to address its demands before holding elections, says UDMF (ht), UDMF to remind govt about its promises (ht), Local body restructuring: NC makes a pitch for at least 1,000 units; Deuba says elections a must, calls for consensus on statute amendment, by Sarin Ghimire (kp) [Mr Deuba, you were the one who dissolved the last elected local bodes for political motives in 2002!!], Local polls imperative by mid-April: Deuba, by Prakash Acharya (ht), UML to go by LBRC proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Kavre quake victims likely to be deprived of reconstruction grant (ht), Murder case of Krishna Prasad Adhikari: Hearing pushed back due to petitioner’s absence, by Dewan Rai (kp)

22/08/2016: 5pc of 2,846 plaints ineligible for second phase of inquest: The commission will probe only those incidents that are directly linked with the armed conflict between 1996 and 2006, by Dewan Rai (kp), Statute flaws must be rectified: Yadav (ht), Constitution amendment: Ruling, agitating parties to form new taskforce; Aim to register proposal in Parliament by mid-Oct (kp), NC open to local polls under existing structure: Senior leaders say statute amendment a must for elections, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Deuba’s volte-face on local elections (rep), NC to nominate ministers by Wednesday, by Prakash Acharya (ht), House gets no business with delay in cabinet expansion, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Thank you NC, you are a really democratic and people-oriented party!], House adjourned for a week (kp) [Please take time: The not coming nomination of non-inclusive NC ministers is far more important than legislative work in parliament!], Oppn MPs say govt ‘undermined Parliament’; Object to Nidhi discussing statute amendment with India, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Why Were The Emissaries Sent?, by Nandalal Tiwari (kp), High-level visits are positive but not enough: Experts, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Failure to implement constitution will have dangerous fallouts, interview with Shekhar Koirala, Nepali Congress (kp), RPP-N chair Thapa bats for Hindu state (ht) [This is as unconstitutional as CK Raut's demand for a separate Madheshi state; Raut has been arrested time and again for this demand!], Allures of respectability: Ambedkar’s call to “educate, agitate and organize” is applicable for all dominated groups everywhere, by CK Lal (rep), Promises and Dilemmas, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR)

21/08/2016: Direct Election To A Chief Executive And Prosperity, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Abusing authorities: Instead of bringing down corruption in the country, the CIAA chief’s impeachment will further aggravate it, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Young force: A silent battle continues among political parties to divert the potency of student unions to their advantage, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Local power: Population size should not be the primary consideration when restructuring local bodies, by Upendra Bahadur BK (kp), Constitution amendment bill: ‘Govt trying to forge consensus before PM Dahal’s India visit’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht)

20/08/2016: Disaster victims face multiple challenges; Govt efforts inadequate: Report (kp), Survey in remaining 17 quake-hit districts only after a month (rep) [Better wait for the next big earthquake!], ‘CIEDP needs 10 years to complete task’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), NC to finalize new ministers by Monday, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Cabinet expansion likely after Nidhi’s arrival: Since Nidhi has been the mediator between Deuba and Poudel, sources also said Deuba would likely wait for the deputy prime minister to arrive from New Delhi, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Amend constitution to pave way for polls: PM (ht), Cartels, clowns and comedians: This is the new Nepal where our politicians have turned into comedians and our real comedians have turned into social workers, by Guffadi (kp)

19/08/2016: 41 Madhes stir victims are martyrs (kp) [They need justice not martyrdom!], 52 killed in Madhes stir declared martyrs, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Housing aid has reached 70,803 families: NRA (kp) [Wow, after not even 16 months!], Second monsoon in the earthquake zone Survivors have received little help, but no one seems surprised, by Thomas Bell (nt), Humanitarian responses: The country should rethink and revise its strategies to prepare for and deal with disasters, by Prabin Man Singh and Min Bahadur Shahi (kp), Health and dignity kits prepositioned for emergency need, says UNFPA (ht), Between the lines: Geo-political realities and Nepal’s overdependence on India make their ties complex, by Lok Raj Baral (kp), Politcally corect: While the Big Four parties can paralyse the polity, they are also the only ones who can bring the country to a safe landing (nt) [A party that is anticonstitutional in many respects and that has not won a single FPTP seat should not be called a "big" party!], The Madhes message: The people in the plains want to be a part of Nepal, but they feel alienated by Kathmandu, by Chandra Kishor (nt)

18/08/2016: Local body restructuring: Lawmakers find fault with LBRC’s work; Object to 565 local units; Demand dissolution of the commission, by Binod Ghimire (kp), PM Dahal’s promise fails to impress TRC: The TRC estimates it will require 2,500 new staff and Rs500m to complete its task within the stipulated time, by Dewan Rai (kp), Ram Karki’s Choices To Act Or Not To Act, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Rotational Diarchy: A Mockery Of Democracy, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), ‘No joining government till demands are met’ (ht), Together we stand: The Darnal award to Chamar shows the marginalised of the hills and the Madhes have a common agenda to pursue, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Decision to withdraw names of ambassadorial nominees stayed (ht), EC ready to hold elections by January 2018: Yadav (ht), Mockery of martyrdom: Most of those who have been declared martyrs after 2007 are actually the victims of police brutality and angry mobs, by David Kainee (rep)

17/08/2016: A critical civil society: Identity-based politics will continue to intensify and inclusiveness will often be professed but rarely implemented, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Inter, intra-party tussles snag constitution execution, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Schools, colleges shut for second straight day (kp), ANNISU-R strike hits schools for second day (ht), Local body restructuring; Parties in bid to forge consensus in 15 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), All parties determined to hold civic polls on time (ht), PM for increasing reconstruction grant to Rs 300,000, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Compensation to former combatants: Writ filed at Supreme Court against govt dole (kp), Let people decide: Direct democracy would have been more suitable for Nepal, by Subhanu Khanal (kp), PM urged to crack the whip over development projects, by Kuvera Chalise (rep), Thousand revolutions: There is a need for sustained engagement from below; For this we need to re-imagine public space in Nepal, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep)

16/08/2016: TRC chairman urges prime minister to amend TRC Act: Dahal rules out amnesty in serious rights violation cases during 10-year insurgency, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), No blanket amnesty, Dahal assures TRC, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Human rights activists stage sit-in outside Singha Durbar (ht),  Housing aid: NRA promises first tranche to all by mid-September (kp) [We already see the third government since the earthquakes! The politicians always get their salaries immediately, even for extremely bad jobs!], Quake-hit to get first tranche of grant by Sept 18, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), 'Special' month-long campaign to distribute quake grant starts (rep), Far from it: The use of parliamentary whips too often makes the vibrant role expected of lawmakers increasingly irrelevant (ht) [Especially the use of such whips while voting on the new constitution was in violation of the interim constitution and the inclusive conception of the constituent assembly!], Certifying journalists: A government screening out poor journalists is incompatible with democratic values and runs against the spirit of the constitution, by Dharma Adhikari (rep)

15/08/2016: Gathabandhan proposes panel to settle thorny issues (kp), NHRC asks govt to address Ganga Maya’s demands (kp), Rights activists arrested, freed (ht), PM appoints five ministers: With 4 state ministers in, Maoist share in Cabinet full; NC yet to name its candidates, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Deep division dampens NSU election: NC leaders say names of ministers only after the conclave, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Dahal inducts five more ministers (ht), Think locally: Parliament is the final authority which will decide whether to fully or partially endorse the report of the Local Bodies Restructuring Commission (ht)

14/08/2016: Yadav presses for charter amendment (kp), PM to expand Cabinet today: Informs President of govt decisions and activities (kp)

13/08/2016: Amendment to transitional justice act: Proposed bill sets new definition of murder; Stakeholders say it specifies crimes of certain nature as pardonable, by Dewan Rai (kp), Madhesi parties turn up heat for cadres’ release (kp), Local body restructuring: Maoist Centre calls for broader consensus, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), One-third ministries sought for women (kp), Towards a kleptocracy? There are worrying signs that interest groups have hijacked our democracy, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), The story of a failed revolution: Our common fate is more a result of corrupt, intransigent politicians than wrong systems in play, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp), Local Democracy In Crisis, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), NC district chiefs suggest interim local polls: Advise electing local representatives under existing structure for now, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Efforts on to ensure Indian president’s visit before China’s, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [Dependancy hierarchy has to be preserved!]

12/08/2016: Beyond symbolism: Indigenous nationalities need substantive support, not tokenistic public holidays (kp), 20/10 anniversary: Ten years after the conflict, two women are fighting against powerful men, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Remembering the Battle of Beni: Returning to the photograph of the mother and daughter that brought home the horror of war, by Ghanshyam Khadka (nt), TRC may shelve hundreds of war-era complaints , by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [This makes the whole process a farce!], Ganga Maya resumes fast (kp), Ex-PLA No 2 chosen as PM’s adviser Requirements relaxed to appoint party cadres to advise ministers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NC to handle 12 ministries, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Cabinet directive to control black-marketing; PM determines portfolios of three new ministers (ht), DPMs to visit Delhi, Beijing: Government sending Nidhi to India and Mahara to China as its special representatives (kp), PM’s India trip likely in Sept second week, by Anil Giri (kp), Money and federalism: How the central, state and local governments are going to share revenue is the issue, by Bigyan Prasai (kp), Minimal expectations (rep), Order! order! The problem is not the democratic system, but the people who abuse it (nt), Government vs GDP: Big cabinets create a big mess, and perpetuate an ad hoc system, by Manish Jha (nt)

11/08/2016: EC for mandatory one-third women representatives (rep), Forces For And Against Enforcement Of Constitution, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), TRC, CIEDP have a lot on their plate: Have six months to look into over 60,000 complaints, by Dewan Rai (kp), Housing aid distribution: PM asks authorities to release first tranche by mid-Sept (kp), ‘Sindhu survivors to get aid in a month’ (kp), Local bodies restructuring: ‘Parties to find middle path in a week’, by Anil Giri (kp), Local Bodies’ Restructuring Commission obstructed: Madhesi parties halted the committee’s meeting held to solicit suggestions on work conditions (ht), Discussions on modality intensify in Bajura (kp), Uproar over bid to free criminals: Leaders in Parsa demand exoneration of persons involved in serious crimes during Madhes protest (kp), The cross they bear: Those concerned about religious conversion in Nepal should analyse properly why it is happening, by Uddhab Pyakurel (kp), New Coalition Government: Challenge Of Populism, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Challenge Upon Challenge, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

10/08/2016: Dahal tasked with picking ministers: Maoist Centre, Nepali Congress to discuss Cabinet expansion tomorrow, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Dahal likely to expand Cabinet in a day or two (ht), Sharing Of Portfolios Brews Trouble, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Will meet demands of indigenous people: PM (kp), ‘National consensus must to address national issues’ (kp) [National consensus must not mean consensus among the male Tagadhari elites of the different parties but consensus among all the different social groups of the country of which the male Tagadharis are only a small minority!!], New govt sets easy targets: Postings in three months: Only 20 of the 205 PHCCs are without doctors, by Manish Gautam (kp), EC proposes 1.5 pc threshold for PR system: Also wants to bar candidates from contesting more than one constituency under FPTP, by Sangeet Sangrouls (ht) [!!], Can’t work on polls sans local body report: EC (kp), Politics and the young: The stereotypical image of youth politicians as violent goons needs to change, by Sarin Ghimire (kp)

09/08/2016: ‘No pardon for war-era cases’: Newly appointed attorney general says there should be no double standard for dealing with insurgency-era cases, by Dewan Rai (kp), Transition cycle: Transition will remain until constitution is amended to address demands of Madheshi forces and remaining tasks of peace process are completed, by Birendra P. Mishra (rep), Ruling parties mull taskforce for statute amendment (rpp), PM appoints three more ministers (kp) [How can you include an anti-constitutional and anti-inclusive party??], PM inducts three ministers in Cabinet (ht), PM appoints three new ministers (rpp), RPP, RPP-N differ on joining govt (ht), PM advised to focus on implementing statute: Lawmakers want work of the local bodies’ reconstruction commission reorganised (ht), Lack of clarity regarding Rukum district split fuels disputes, by Adarsha KC (ht), No business: House postponed by week, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Writ against proposal in House not registered (ht) [??], Rule bars handing out Rs150,000 in one go, says NRA CEO (kp), Political priority: Ordinary Madhesis should be made to feel that the government is doing its bit in addressing their demands, by Shreya Paudel (kp), A fresh start: This is probably Prachanda’s last opportunity to redefine his leadership and lead Nepal to prosperity, by Pratyush Nath Upreti (kp), Language poses barrier to learning, by Anita Shrestha (ht) [!! On the other side do politicians, administrators, journalists, etc. hardly have any knowledge of ethnic languages and cultures even though they prepresent the majority of Nepal's population!]

08/08/2016: PM urges ‘forgive and forget’ approach to conflict-era cases, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep) [The top profiteer of the bloody and brutal insurgency will never want to understand the importance of justice for the victims of his reckless procedure and similarly reckless answer of government and security forces!], Break your silence: That we have been reduced to adopting fast-unto-death and relay hunger strikes for anything indicates something is wrong with us, by Hitesh Karki (kp), PM unlikely to have bigger Cabinet soon, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Early dividends: Putting together an inclusive Cabinet early will help expedite governance issues (kp), RPP, RPP-Nepal announce merger: Two right-wing parties to unite to revive Hindu state: Following their unification scheduled for Tuesday, the new party will have a combined 37 seats in Parliament (kp) [Reviving the arch reason of many of Nepal's social and political problems is in the same way anti-constitutional as the demand for a Madheshi or Janajati state would be! This Hindu monarchical fanatic minority obviously wants to destroy the future of Nepal's multiethnic and multicultural society!!], Parties now see victims as main stakeholders in settling war-era cases, interview with TRC chairman Surya Kiran Gurung (kp), Prachanda’s Second Innings And The Daunting Tasks, by Nanda Lal Tiwari (rn), Power games, by CK Lal (rep)

07/08/2016: Single women present charter of demands (kp), Unwarranted regression: Broad consensus on federalism is unlikely because if the main issue is settled, what will be left to fight about?, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp), Table amendment bill soon: UDMF, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Morcha pressed not to rush for joining govt: While Madhesi leaders who are members of Parliament support the idea of joining government, many others whohave no representation in the House oppose the plan  (kp), Cabinet expansion stalled for few days: Cabinet expansion before the NSU vote could affect internal power balance in the NC, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Cong yet to agree on ministers: Deuba tells Dahal NC will send names after NSU convention (kp) [The selection of ministers is the most important event after the election of a new Nepali PM! After that, the efforts to overthrow this government already start!], Compensation to victims: Has govt erred in taking decision? (kp), A lot on his plate: Prime Minister Dahal will need to focus on multiple fronts with a sincere intent, by Madan Shahi (kp), Prachanda’s Return To Power: Beset More With Questions Than Answers, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Political Appointments (rn), CIEDP unveils work plan beyond its two-year tenure, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht)

06/08/2016: PM takes initiative to honour 3-point deal: Govt decides to provide Rs 1m each to those killed during Tarai protests, by Tika R, Pradhan (kp), Cabinet withdraws Oli govt’s envoy nominees (kp), Govt withdraws 14 envoy nominees chosen under political quota, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep) [Stop political nominations of ambassadors forever!], Gangamaya’s 5-day ultimatum to govt (kp), No end in sight to conflict victims’ plight (ht), Women Commission in care of lone member (kp)

05/08/2016: Never-ending transition: No government has worked on developing a national policy to deal effectively with the past, by Ram Kumar Bhandari and Erik B. Wilson (kp), Party time: Nepali politics today is run by a cartel of top leaders who shuffle the deck every once in a while so the same King, Queen, Jack and Joker land on top (nt), Joint panel to draft proposal to amend the constitution: Madhes-based parties said to join the government once a new amendment proposal is registered in Parliament (kp), Implementing deal with Madhesi parties top task, says Nidhi (kp), Prachanda Became A New Prime Minister, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Dahal sworn in as 39th prime minister, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM issues four directives in first decision (kp), NC, Maoists struggle to finalise list of ministers, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), NC leaders KC, Koirala refuse to join Cabinet: Koirala told Deuba that he would not join the Cabinet if not given the foreign ministry (kp), Naya Shakti hails former leader’s feat (kp) [It's critical demands are more important!], Yam between rocks: Dahal has been trying to remake himself as a pragmatic politician, but has come across as a flip-flopper, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Awesome again: Let’s see if Comrade Prachanda has learnt lessons for his second term as prime minister, by Kunda Dixit (nt), US, Japan wish PM; to co-work on democracy (kp), Close to 300k families sign housing aid deal (kp), Into The Labyrinth Of Political Probabilities, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Human trafficking cases increase by seven per cent (ht), Conflict era victims ask when they will get the promised relief (ht)

04/08/2016: Dahal returns to power: Maoist Centre chairman elected 39th prime minster with 363 votes, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), Gathabandan backs Dahal after 3-pt deal, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Positive vote: Flexibility on both sides can translate the three-point agreement into constitution amendment (kp), Tread with caution: Prime Minister-elect Dahal faces daunting tasks given the political bitterness surrounding months of efforts leading to the change of guard (kp), Oath and small Cabinet today (kp), Once foes, now friends: Observers say time to follow politics of conviction, not convenience, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Consensus in transition: Peace process, by Umesh Kumar Bhattarai (ht), Enter Prachanda As PM: The Stakes Are High, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Protean Government: A Setback To Development, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Experts recommend fewer ministers, by Siromani Dhungana (rep), Rolpa locals sceptical about Dahal as PM, by Hira Bahadur Gharti Magar (rep), India, China congratulate (kp), Women participation: 33pc representation sought in Cabinet (kp) [Hardly any woman has been participated in the consultations that led to this government!], The Oli syndrome: It’s a tendency to disguise one’s group interest as nationalism and use external fears to weaken internal demands for justice, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Political interest dominates local body restructuring debate (rep), Democracy on the edge: UML leaders, including outgoing PM, wanted to create constitutional complexities to prolong their stay in power, by Dinesh Bhattarai (rep)

03/08/2016: Gathabandhan presses for quid pro quo deal: New alliance agrees, in principal, to find political solution to Tarai crisis (kp), Congress, CPN-MC fail to strike deal with FA: Top leaders of the three forces to meet today for final decision (ht), Dahal poised to enter Baluwatar, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Dahal’s redemption: Here’s a five-point roadmap for Prachanda to redeem his legacy, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), New Ruling Coalition: Its Challenges, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Cart Before The Horse, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn), Transitional justice bodies: House committee directs govt to provide resources (kp), Shadows from the past: It is in the national interest to conclude the peace process soon (kp)

02/08/2016: More than 18,000 households face landslide threat (kp), Govt sits on Rs 22m fund as victims suffer, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Road blocks hinder relief transportation in Pyuthan (kp), Distribution of housing aid halted in Gorkha as FY ends (kp), Parliament set to vote to elect new PM tomorrow (kp), Support to CPN-MC-led govt conditional: Mahato (ht), Political Parties: Hijacking democracy, by Subarna Chhetri (ht)

01/08/2016: In a first, apex court to have 3 female justices: Representation in top state bodies cheered, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), PHSC confirms 11 justice nominees (rep), PM election likely on Wed (kp), Parliament to elect new PM on Wednesday, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Process begins to elect new PM by majority vote, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Local level restructuring: Morang, Ruphandehi to have most numbers of local bodies (kp), Views that Maoists are afraid of transitional justice are flawed, interview with Pushpa Kamal Dahal (kp [??], CPN-MC ready to face conflict-era cases, says AG (ht), Prachanda’s burdens: There is now unanimous consensus in Nepal that the recent government change was actually orchestrated by New Delhi, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [?], Nepal’s political mess: Unconstrained horse-trading and backstabbing in the ‘game of possibilities’ is likely to continue for a long time, by Naresh Koirala (kp)

31/07/2016: The waiting game: As long as the state indulges in fleecing its people, the country remains in transition forever, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), NC, CPN-MC and UDMF agree to form joint task force, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), New alliance to form nine-member panel: Nepali Congress, Maoist Centre in bid to bring agitating parties into govt (kp), Sorry about that: Madhesi social activists have started a campaign apologising for past discrimination; Some in the Madhes are afraid that their grip on power will be loosened if Dalits are empowered, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp)

30/07/2017: Nepal should address TJ issues on its own: Pradhan (kp), Countries might use universal jurisdiction in conflict-era cases (rep), Government formation: Deuba braces for internal pressure; Has to deal with at least 3 camps when it comes to dividing ministries, by Sarin Ghimire (kp) [Positions and power is all NC politicians are interested in, among them one a convicted criminal! But Maoist are not different!], Madhesi leaders softer on joining new govt (kp), Amend constitution to meet Madhesis’ demands: Mahato (ht), UDMF for halting LBRC’s functioning, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Rescue, relief and rehabilitation: When netas talk about reconciliation, they are not talking about making it work; They mean working with whoever can partner with you to topple the government, by Guffadi (kp), Challenges Before New Government, by Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang (rn)

29/07/2016: World Bank reminds govt of original deal on housing aid: Reiterates its call to release grant in three tranches, by Pragati Shahi (kp), UNESCO committee gives Nepal a year to restore Valley’s world heritage sites, by Anup Ojha (kp), Protect children in flood-hit areas, calls CCWB (ht), Landslide, flood victims awaiting relief in dire state (rep), Gathabandhan asks panel on local body restructuring to stop work (kp), Justice in transition: War victims lose hope as two former enemies accused of war atrocities are in power together, by Om Astha Rai (kp), Spirit of national reconciliation will be hallmark of new govt: Dahal; Will take up the proposed visit of Chinese prez with the urgency that it requires, by Akhilesh Upadhyay and Tika R. Pradhan (kp), No hard feelings: Dahal’s time is limited, as he must step down in nine months to make way for the NC’s Sher Bahadur Deuba, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Second Coming: Pushpa Kamal Dahal will have to outperform KP Oli in all departments if he wants to resurrect his country and party (nt), NC, Maoists yet to do up portfolio-sharing: Both the parties are staking claim to a few of the so-called lucrative ministries, by Sarin Ghimire (kp) [This is all they are interested in!], Madhes-based parties not to join govt (rep), Complex challenges ahead: The hope is that Nepal gets a truly nationalist government that can lay the foundation of its progress, by Avinash Gupta (kp) [But not with these failed politicians who will never change!], Between The Devil And The Deep Sea, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), 22 governments in 26 years: The economic cost to Nepal of decades of political disarray, by Manish Jha (nt) [It has not been better before: 46 governments since 1951!!]

28/07/2016: Plain inefficiency: Earthquake victims languish in their tents while relief materials rot in warehouses, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp), Quake victims facing debt, trafficking fears (ht), 60pc of total plaints screened: CIEDP (kp), NC, Maoist Centre for holding local elections in Feb-March, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Resolve boundary row first: Madhesi, Janajati leaders: Madhesi and Janajati leaders have warned of protests if polls are conducted without finding a resolution to Tarai crisis (kp), Madhesi parties advised to focus on Tarai agendas (ht), Senior citizens demand hike in allowance: Say they should be provided Rs 5,000 a month (kp), Lost and found in translation: No one would think of Prachanda as being illustrious but that is one meaning of the word, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Backtracking On Executive Presidency: Parties Made A Mistake, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Political Instability: A Bane For The Country, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

27/07/2016: Disaster management: Seven years on, govt puts essential bill on hold, by Pragati Shahi (kp) [Nothing to comment!!], Lawmakers flay govt for ill-preparedness (ht), Up to their necks: Better preparedness is imperative to minimise impacts of annual flooding (kp), Speed it up: It is over a year and still many earthquake victims are without shelters. The grant should be provided without delay so that the homeless people can build permanent houses (ht), Constitutional difficulties removed: Parliament endorses President’s decision, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Old wine in old bottles: Neither Pushpa Kamal Dahal nor Sher Bahadur Deuba has anything in his records to enthuse Nepalis, by Ramesh Khatry (kp), Morcha puts caveat to join govt: Says NC-Maoist alliance should register statute amendment proposal, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Government formation: NC in discussion for choosing candidates, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Dahal zeroes in on names from his party (kp), Engineers decry lack of pay and work in Dolakha: Engineers deployed to the district say that they have been without work and pay from the day they arrived two months ago (kp), Let’s stop blaming: Start building, by Atindra Dahal (ht), Three ministries yet to submit project roll-out plan to NPC (ht)

26/07/2016: Make efforts to implement statute: Prez (kp), Parties given 7 days to form consensus govt (kp), NC, Maoist leaders rev up negotiations: CPN-UML likely to be the main opposition for the first time in a decade, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), 14 other parties may join Maoist-NC coalition govt, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Madhesi parties seek ‘concrete’ assurances (kp), Shutdown affects public (kp), Bandh cripples life nationwide (ht) [Every bandh is a fundamental crime! Its organisers should be punished severely!], MCCN sister wings warn of indefinite school closure (kp) [The closure of schools is criminal and idiotic!], Mixed legacy: PM Oli tried to redefine our geopolitics but left us deeply divided internally (kp), The next decade: The country’s future will be full of uncertainties if we do not act prudently now, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), Fair decentralisation: Any forced effort to impose centralisation of power should be shunned and resisted, by Atul K. Thakur (kp), Diplomatic nominations based on political affiliation, says chief secy (ht), Housing grant distribution on hold since July 16, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Tribute To Outgoing PM KP Oli, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

25/07/2016: Prime Minister Oli resigns, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Prez to remove difficulties (kp), House rejects finance bill: FinMin says govt can still raise taxes, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), New government likely in 10 days (ht), Difficult Days Ahead, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Dr KC to call off fast after govt agrees to meet some demands, by Manish Gautam (kp), People power: Dr KC’s call for reform in medical sector has resonated most with youth for a good reason (kp), 513 conflict-era cases filed with Kavre peace committee (ht), It is not the NHRC’s job to please the government, interview with Anup Raj Sharma, chairman of NHRC (kp), No tents for Bajura landslide victims (ht), Role of civil society: Revitalization need, by Dipendra Gautam (ht), A year on: The Indians first appropriated Madhesh Uprising III and then dumped it the moment they thought it had outlived its utility, by CK Lal (rep), Reality Check Of Outgoing PM Oli’s Speech In Parliament, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Estranged Partners, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR)

24/07/2016: NHRC calls for laws to deal with cases of rights abuse (ht), NHRC reminds govt to prosecute Godar massacre: The state security force killed five Dhanusha youths on suspicion of helping the insurgency in 2003, by Dewan Rai (kp), Earthquake survivors still await govt grant (ht), Thousands rally behind Dr KC, by Manish Gautam (kp), In House, MPs trade charges: No-trust vote scheduled for today (kp), Oli draws flak for his take on the constitution, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Politics and principles: When a prime minister loses support of Parliament that elected him, he should quit the office immediately, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), No-confidence Motion: A Slippery Slope, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

23/07/2016: Budget bills fail to get House nod, by Sarin Ghimire and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), ‘Rejection of the three budget bills won’t hit public financial system’, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), No-trust motion moved against prime minister, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Dahal fires salvo at Oli as discussion on no-confidence motion starts: Accuses prime minister of failing on multiple fronts, by Binod Ghimire (kp), NC, maoists urge SLMM to join new govt (kp), Let it go! The players have changed but the greed remains the same, by Guffadi (kp), All hail the number gameAt a time when the country is struggling with implementing the new constitution, the present political vacuum is highly unfortunate, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Game of thrones: Nepali Congress had a role in convincing New Delhi that there was no option to making Dahal prime minister again, by Biswas Baral (rep)

22/07/2016: Same as before: Discriminatory provisions in the constitution have led to endless agitation and unrest, by Amar Kant Jha (kp), TRC comes up with criteria for shelving plaints (kp), Poudel floats 4-point plan to end stalemate: n House meet postponed until 2pm today n Parties to try to find a way out (kp), Morcha orders its MPs to remain in Capital (kp), Deepening Battle Lines Over Constitutional Ambiguity, by Narad Bharadwaj (kp), Kleptocracy kills The lethal politics of an ailing nation (nt)

21/07/2016: TRC decides to extend deadline for filing plaints (kp), NHRC proposes amendments to law (kp), A year later: It’s in everyone’s long-term interest to take serious lessons from the killings in Tikapur (kp), Govt likely to take 16 months to reach out to all quake-affected households, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht) [Better say 16 years!], Perils of questioning federalism: The way forward is not to turn away from the storm of federalism, but to weather its biting winds in anticipation of sunnier skies, by Waris Husain (kp), Speaker meets Deuba, Dahal to find consensus (kp), UML to obstruct House if bills put on back burner (kp), TMDP sets rider (ht), Vision 2030: The generation that will lead Nepal in 2030 will be driven by pragmatism rather than ideologies of the bygone era that consumed their parents, by Kul Chandra Gautam (rep)

20/07/2016: AI report shows police torturing detainees: Report claims police arrested villagers arbitrarily, tortured  and coerced them into  signing confessions (kp) [see AI report: Nepal - Torture and Coerced Confessions], Bhatta demands answer from TRC chair (ht), UML for ‘larger deal’ among major parties: Decides to face House n Wants to ensure smooth ‘political exit’ for PM, by Anil Giri (kp), Oli urges Speaker to play ‘balanced role’ (kp), NC leaders ask PM to clear way for new govt, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), MJF-L to vote in favour of ruling coalition: Party has no immediate plan to withdraw support to the government, says Gen Secy Chaudhary (kp), Where are we headed? Prachanda and Deuba do not appear to have a plan or the resources to resolve new challenges, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), No-trust Motion And Political Showdown, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), 18pc lost regular income source after quakes (ht), In northern Dhading, elderly face daunting task of rebuilding, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), Oli-led Government-40: Is Oli A Patriot?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

19/07/2016: CIEDP gets down to investigation: Screens over 1,600 of 2,780 complaints registered; Cases related to war-era disappearances are looked  into at three levels (kp), TRC draws flak for delegating work to CDOs, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Human wrongs: A failed transitional justice process will make families of conflict victims more disenchanted (kp), LLRC for drastic cut in number of local bodies: The commission is mulling over forming 565 local bodies, including townships and municipalities, down from the existing 3,374 VDCs and municipalities across country (kp), Local Bodies Commission fixes number of units at 565 (ht), PM Oli urges Deuba, Dahal to avoid path of confrontation: Sticks to his guns, says there is no provision to elect new prime minister (kp), Deuba, Dahal urge PM Oli to follow Parliament’s norms, by Prakash Acharya (ht), No-confidence motion: Debate continues over discussion in House, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Gathabandhan decides to vote for Oli’s ouster (kp), FA to vote in favour of no-trust motion (ht), Nepal 2030: It’s possible for the country to become a $100 billion economy and graduate to a middle-income country by 2030; In villages, people who buy motorcycles, smartphones and lots of alcohol with their own money, wait for the assistance of some government  body or NGO to build a toilet  in their house, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Financing infrastructure: Being ambitious about it is okay, but it should not be used  to score political points founded on misplaced nationalism, by Chandan Sapkota (kp), Nepal: Shaky Everywhere, Shaky All The Way, by Prem Khatry (rn), Politics of deception: Anyone who succeeded Sushil Koirala as prime minister would have had only two real choices: Stand up to India or surrender, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

18/07/2016: Complaint registration ends: TRC has over 52k cases to decide in 7 months (kp), Ganga Maya’s wait for justice continues (ht), Post-earthquake reconstruction: Directive to promote local participation (kp), Lawyers sharply divided over provisions on govt formation (ht), Lawyers suggest 3 options to pave ways for new govt, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Gathabandhan asks for package deal (kp), Price of transition: The NC feels UML has deeply politicised state institutions, but it needs to find a balance too (kp), Straws in the wind: Nepali political parties, their leaders and high-ranking Nepali officials must accept a significant part of the blame too (ht), Power Greed Damaging Leaders’ Stature, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn) [There's nothing left to damage!], Ruling parties may obstruct House on July 21, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Madhesi conundrum: Will it end soon?, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht)

17/07/2016: Justice for single women: Govt urged not to grant amnesty to war-era criminals (kp), NC, Maoists speed up legal consultations: Experts say constitutional provisions pose no obstacles at all, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), No ambiguity at all on formation of new govt, say legal experts: ‘I broke the alliance after sensing the political course could crash if the coalition continued’, by Prakash Acharya (ht), PHSC puts off hearing of SC justice nominees: Hearing scheduled to start Sunday had to be postponed sine die after committee chairman ‘called in sick’ (kp), Predicted nosedive: A political change at this stage means we will forget we have been bullied by India, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Citizenship and violence: Learn from experiences elsewhere but bring the learning back to your own context, by Ajapa Sharma (kp), Incentives denied to TRC, CIEDP staffers, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht)

16/07/2016: CIEDP deadline up; 2,775 cases lodged: TRC to wrap up plaint registration in two days: Seven months remain for investigation, by Dewan Rai (kp), Transitional justice bodies: Rights group concerned about independence (kp), TRC's Bhatta decries decision to receive complaints thru CDOs (rep), Experts divided on constitutional complexities in forming new govt (rep), NC, Maoist Centre block budget endorsement: The NC and Maoist Centre say budget passage only after the House decides on no-confidence motion against PM Oli, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Oli throws PM cards in desperation: NC leaders read incumbent’s dangling premier post before three leaders as bid to defuse no-confidence vote, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Government decides to face no-trust motion (kp), Frenemies: What has Oli done for the country in the past nine months as our Prime Monster? Nothing!  And what has the state given Oli in the past nine months? Everything!, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Words won’t suffice: As long as privileges are not equitably and judiciously distributed among all members of society, those at the top will remain where they are, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp), Peace and friendship treaty: No change in fundamentals, say Indian stakeholders, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp)

15/07/2016: Won’t resign, will face House: Oli to his MPs, by Anil Giri (kp), SLMM not to join govt unless its 26-point demand is met: It, however, has agreed to extend ‘tactical support’ to the new alliance, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), NC, Maoists ask govt not to take vital decisions: The joint statement of the Maoist Centre and the Nepali Congress asking the government not to take any  important decisions has come just days before the  scheduled hearing of the 11 Supreme Court justice  nominees and 22 ambassadorial nominations, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Fate of proposed envoys uncertain, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Hearing of SC justice nominees from Sunday (kp), Insulate the budget: There is no dignity in holding budget hostage to political point-scoring (kp), Bhattarai’s ideological shift:We do not necessarily need wider roads; what we need is affordable and efficient mobility for all, by Prashanta Khanal (kp), A Marriage Of Convenience, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Stuck with these three: The new-found friendship between these former foes could prove costly, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Lost in transition: Unstable politics, frequent ruptures of political parties, and the all-too-frequent change of government have plagued Nepal since the 1990 political changes, by Cilla Khatry (rep), Stable instability: With the third prime minister in two and half years of the current parliament soon to be elected, the old debate of government has been reignited, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep)

14/07/2016: Oli Government In Crisis, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), No-confidence motion filed against PM Oli: 280 MPs from NC, Maoist Centre, CPN (Samyukta) register the proposal (kp), No-trust motion tabled against Oli, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Maoist ministers resign en masse (ht), Ball now in Speaker’s court (ht), Dahal set to make comeback as 39th prime minister: Appears confident about proving majority in 595-member Parliament, by Roshan Sedhai (kp) [A person who has been accused at the TRC of having committed fundamental crimes should not be made PM! So neither Dahal nor Deuba are qualified as long as they are not proved innocent!], NC preparing to stake claim to 12 ministries: Either Nidhi or Sitaula to lead Congress team, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), A fresh start: It is important that the Madhesi parties are represented in the new government (kp), Strange bedfellows: Politics will become more interesting once it expands from the streets into the realm of ideas, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Political row put on hold 3 key bills on budget, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Delay in ratification of budget bills won’t affect gov (ht), Freedoms And Rights: Citizens Need To Exercise Them Diligently, by Mukti Rijal (kp), Nearly 100,000 households claim to be excluded from NRA’s beneficiary list (ht) [not to talk about the completely excluded districts like Solukhumbu!]

13/07/2016: Maoist Centre pulls out of govt: Eyes new alignment with NC, Madhes-based forces, other parties nuncertainty over next scenario remains, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), An account of dramatic turn of events, by John Narayan Parajuli (kp), UML to ‘follow constitutional provisions’ (kp), NC likely to support Dahal-led majority govt, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Transitional justice at risk: On May 5, two parties agreed to begin process to amend laws and other pro-cedures within 15 days with a time-bound work plan (kp), Uncertainty surrounds budget implementation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Stock market sheds 30 pts, by Prahlad Rijal (kp), Ominous Political Twists And Turns, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Power play begins: Oli government reduced to minority, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Power play is a never-ending process in Nepal! The politicians are interested in nothing else!!], Dahal set to return to power (ht), Constitutional provision on new government confusing (ht), Complaints collection likely to be hit (ht), NRA distributes 1st instalment to over 30k families: The updated NRA list NRA has put the number of total ‘beneficiaries’ eligible to receive rebuilding aid at 533,155 (kp)

12/07/2016: Power and discourse: Lack of an inclusive education system makes Nepalis ignorant of each other’s cultures and ways of life, by Abhishek Mallik (kp), Over 50,000 plaints filed at TRC so far: Expects the number to reach 60,000 by Saturday when the extended deadline to file war-era cases (kp), Call for investing in teenage girls (kp), UML, Maoists agree ‘to strengthen coalition’ (kp), Deuba rejects Dahal’s consensus govt idea, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), CPN Maoist Centre pulls out of Oli-led coalition government (ht), CPN (Maoist Center) withdraws support to Oli govt (rep), PM not to resign, to face no-confidence motion (rep), Up to 15 pc social security funds misused, by Siromani Dhungana (rep), We are sorry: Political movement has failed to address the rampant social discrimination in Madhesh, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep)

11/07/2016: Nepal misses extended deadline to submit CEDAW report to UN (kp), Missing roadmap: Kathmandu is still not listening to protestors even after they have changed their extreme form of protest, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Karki endorsed as first female chief justice, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Maoist party gives more time to PM Oli to implement deal (kp), Welcome first step: A timely budget is only the first step in boosting the govt’s spending capacity (kp)

10/07/2016: Parliament passes Appropriation Bill: For the first time in 15 years, govt has timely authority to spend; Raises hopes that development spending would be expedited (kp), Col extradition may be affected: Experts say criminalising torture and setting up a competent court equivalent to the UK court to continue Col Lama’s trial are fundamental bases on which the extradition process can be negotiated, by Dewan Rai (kp), Semantics of calamity: The best way to fight calamity is not to become more calamity savvy but simple and optimistic, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Consensus Government: A Political Chimera, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Bhote Koshi flood adds to the woes of Tatopani earthquake victims, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht), Nepal ranked 11th in skewed child sex ratio (ht)

09/07/2016: Rain brings pain: Our government does not think that it is important to provide relief and rescue works for the people displaced by the floods and landslides as soon as possible, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical, but so true!], Lengthy grants process a big hassle for quake victims, by Dhruba Dangal (rep), Quake-displaced locals in a lurch, by Santosh Pokhrel and Narahari Sapkota (rep), Secy-level meet dwells on admin restructuring: ‘Federalism may be reconsidered’ (kp) [To refrain from federalism would mean another putsch by male Tagadhari politicians!!], Not keen to join this govt: Cong, by Sarin  Ghimire (kp), Dahal asks Oli about 9-pt deal (kp) [But interested in power deal only! No person shall get a public position as long as accusations at TRC are not cleared!], Maoist ministers miss Cabinet meeting (kp), Another Maoist MP under scanner, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), NRA wants more staff to expedite rebuilding: The NRA has so far signed housing aid agreements with 223,830 families (kp)

08/07/2016: Transitional justice body a victim of rift among its members, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [This body has to be absolutely independent from political parties since leaders of all big parties are among the accused!], Janakpur appellate court orders probe into Tarai protest death: Rambibek Yadav was allegedly gunned down by security personnel during a protest in Jaleshwor, Mahottari (kp), Oli proposes fresh deal on power sharing, urges NC to join govt (kp), Maoist Centre  for consensus govt (ht), Odds Of Overthrowing Oli Government, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), The post-ideology era: Nepali politics has left ideology behind creating space for the development agenda, by Atul K. Thakur (kp), Electing to govern: Nepal’s political parties believe they have to be in power to be elected to power (nt)

07/07/2016: Flood sweeps away 25 houses: Villagers living downstream Bhotekoshi river move to safer locations after timely alert, by Pragati Shahi and Anish Tiwari (kp), Landslide sends people fleeing from homes (kp), Probe sought into MPs’ alleged role in forgery, human trafficking (kp)

06/07/2016: Local body restructuring: Commission unlikely to finish task on time; Delay could hit local body poll plan, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Preparing for the polls: The many and varied complexities of restructuring local bodies should be understood, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp), ‘Define use of children in war as human rights violation’ (ht), Symbolic protest of silence at ‘zero hour’ (kp), Lawmakers flay govt for failing to resolve problems (ht), Housing reconstruction grant: Victims changing property titles for aid, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), The ten-to-five world: The civil service has been politicised resulting in blatant inefficiency and corruption, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp)

05/06/2016: Extreme apathy: Govt’s inaction shows that either officials are out of touch with reality or they do not care (kp) Landslide risks: SAC directs govt to act pronto; As many as 32 people killed in water-induced disasters since April 13 (kp), NRA’s new list of quake victims shorter by 16 per cent (ht) [??], Grant distribution for quake survivors moving at snail’s pace (ht) [And what about the people in other affected districts that are not on the list? In our village in Solukhumbu, 20 percent of the houses are uninhabitable; almost all other houses are damaged! This is a denial of assistance!], Still in the Middle Ages: Torture has yet to be criminalised and it is seen as a legitimate method of investigation, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Rights abuse case in TRC against rights defenders, by Dewan Rai (kp), UML floats rotational govt leadership idea: Three major parties proposed to take turns to hold one election each, by Roshan Sedhai (kp) [This will make govt politics even more ineffective but it will help to fulfil the power ambitions of the already failed 'leader'!]

04/07/2016: Quake-hit abandon shelters, return to whence they came, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Redressal guideline: It is necessary to strengthen the institutional capacity of the VDCs so that no genuine quake victims are left out from the beneficiary list (ht), Joshi-led Newar community backs Gathabandhan (kp), Government doesn’t walk the election talk, by Pratichya Dulal (kp), Once laws are put in place, EC needs 120-day period to hold elections, interview with Election Commissioner Ila Sharma (kp), Attorney General for addressing concerns about transitional justice: ‘Maoist Centre leaders and security agencies agree that there cannot be amnesty for serious offences', by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Delay in implementing deal riles CPN-MC (ht) [This deal in part has criminal intentions and is against the rule of law!!], New guard: If Maoists, NC wish to form new govt, they have to offer their roadmap to the people (kp) [But please not under the old failed leaders! Those being accused of being responsible for crimes in the past are definitely not qualified before they are acwuitted by a law court!!], Much Talk, Little Work, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

03/07/2016: Where are we heading? Formation of the federal states is essential to keep the constitution alive, by Khagendra N Sharma (kp), NBA to facilitate dialogue with disgruntled parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Gathabandhan begins hunger strike in Rajbiraj: Bid to intensify Madhes agitation again, says a leader (kp), Maoist Centre opens up to majority govt idea: CC meet asks Dahal to hold decisive talks with UML, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), The corruption conundrum: Following a wrong process to remove the CIAA chief will complicate matters, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Dahal to take initiative to form consensus govt: Fate of government hangs in balance  (ht)

02/07/2016: MPs tell govt to act immediately (kp), Govt told to send rescue teams to landslide-hit areas (ht), Kerauja VDC at high risk of landslides (ht), Govt unlikely to raise size of first grant instalment: Donors remind about promise made in the past to prevent cases of moral hazard, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Dr KC is crazy! We should all be ashamed that one man alone is crazy enough to fight the system, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], ‘Quake-hit people at higher risk of trafficking’: Traffickers using media and mobile technology to exploit the victims (ht), New statute puts restrictions on religious conversion, report says (ht)

01/07/2016: 45,000 cases registered at TRC so far (kp), TRC directive to be finalised soon (ht), WB brings housing aid deal home to govt: Reiterates grant in three tranches after achieving ‘defined milestones’ (kp) [?? Nobody can start reconstruction of sustainable houses with 415€, not even in rural areas of Nepal! Even 1660€ are only an assist-starting for families that have lost everything!], World Bank objects to change in quake grant modality, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Govt urged to reminisce past deal before raising grant instalment, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht), Congress calls for holding talks with donors, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Precious little done to save quake-hit villages: as many as 113 earthquake-affected households forced to flee after debris started falling, by Pragati Shahi (kp), MPs worry about relief, resettlement: On Saturday, landslide  buried about 20 temporary huts in Gorkha, forcing about 50 families to  abandon their huts (kp), Govt asks restructuring commission to speed up work (rep), Landslides displace over 200 families in quake-hit districts (kp), 200 households leave Karauja VDC out of landslide fears, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Gorkha villages reel under food shortage, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Turf war between SWC, NRA hits reconstruction work, by Siromani Dhungana (rep), Speaker urged to pay heed to Madhesi concerns (kp), Dahal ‘willing’ to accept Oli as leader of unity govt, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp) [Neither Oli nor Dahal nor Deuba are qualified!!], Yes, Prime Minister: The capital is suddenly agog again with talk of a new government to replace the current coalition led by Prime Minister Oli, by Kunda Dixit (nt), CPN-Maoist Centre may block budget, by Tika R. Pradhan (ht), Reply on DPMs’ ‘anti-statute’ activities demanded: CPN-Maoist Centre lawmakers want parliamentary panel to resolve Madhes problems (ht)

See also older links (January-June 2016)

Nepal: extending transitional justice commissions without granting real powers betrays trust of victims, by International Commission of Jurists, 10  February 2017

Nepal: Decade After Peace, Scant Progress On Justice; Political Parties Fail to Deliver on Promises, by Human Rights Watch, 18 October 2016

Statement on the CIAA and reports on investigation of Social Science Baha (SSB) and Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) (BNAC 01/10/2016)

“Our Time to Sing and Play”: Child Marriage in Nepal, by Human Rights Watch, 7 September 2016 [see also video]

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal. Paris, August 2016

Nepal - Torture and Coerced Confessions, by Amnesty International, 19 July 2016

Nepal 2015 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 14 April 2016

International Crisis Group: Nepal’s Divisive New Constitution: An Existential Crisis, Asia Report N°276. Brussels, 4 April 2016

INSEC Yearbook 2016 (19 February 2016)

HRW: World Report 2016, Nepal chapter (27 January 2016)

Constitution of Nepal 2015 (unofficial translation by Secretariat of the Constituent Assembly)

BNAC Statement: End the Political Crisis in Nepal and Indo-Nepal Relations (9 November 2015)

International Crisis Group: Nepal: Conflict Alert, Brussels, 2 September 2015)

1st draft of new constitution (07/07/2015, unofficial translation)

Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR)

Ways to destroy a nation: bandh calendar

Tracking national and international funding, a tool by Open Nepal Initiative, Young Innovations

Human Rights Watch: Silenced and Forgotten  Survivors of Nepal’s Conflict-Era Sexual Violence. September 23, 2014

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Justice denied: The 2014 Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation Act. Geneva, May 2014

U.S. Department of State: Nepal 2013 Human Rights Report

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Authority without accountability: The struggle for justice in Nepal. Geneva, 29 October 2013

Missing persons in Nepal: Updated list 2013. Report by ICRC, 30 August 2013

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International Crisis Group: Nepal's constitution (II): The expanding political matrix. Asia Report No. 234 – 27 August 2012

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