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Press evaluation:
Background:

26/05/2017: Elections with added units not possible on June 14, says EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Polls in newly added local levels technically not possible: EC (ht), Madhes-centric parties welcome govt decision to increase local units (kp), Govt policies and programmes: Budget focus on local body empowerment, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Including the excluded: The real winners of the local elections are not political parties, but women, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Federal feminine republic of Nepal (nt), Madam Mayor, by Kantika Sejuwal (nt), President Bhandari unveils annual policy, programmes (ht), Prez gives parties 7 days to pick consensus PM (kp), Search begins for PM Dahal's replacement (rep), Mixed legacy: In honouring the deal to step down, Dahal made a welcome departure from his predecessors (kp), Obstructed, House unable to thank President for address (kp), Parties in Banke ready for polls, save RJP-N (kp), RJPN undecided about second phase elections, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Madhesi parties into polls to prevent cadres from quitting party, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), Voters of remote Bajura village demand rice before election, by Arjun Shah (kp), Rights all year round: NHRC needs to undertake structural reforms to make it fit for purpose in the new federal set-up; Tikapur case shows that unless there is representation of linguistic and religious minorities in the NHRC’s structures, it would be difficult for it to win the confidence of these groups, by Mohna Ansari (kp), What lies ahead: The way the impeachment row unfolded can only adversely impact the judiciary in the years to come, by Barun Ghimire (kp), Election and ballot papers: Simple solutions are possible, by Pramod Raj Pokharel (ht), Radically decentralised: Newly-elected representatives have a huge challenge to fulfill the people’s pent-up expectations, by Dinkar Nepal (nt)

25/05/2017: Polls on June 14 with added local units difficult, says EC: According to EC officials, PM Dahal has sought to know whether postponing elections could be an option to bring agitating forces on board the poll process, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC tells PM second phase polls not possible if local bodies increase (ht), EC rules out polls in 22 newly-created local units: Dahal proposes defering second round polls to accomodate new units, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Local units unfeasible, say experts, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), RJP-N still in dilemma over joining local polls: Announcement of a fresh round of protest likely today, says a leader, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Party’s Saptari chapter for election boycott (kp), Dahal steps down to honour deal with NC: Says he wants to break the culture of not keeping word, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Prime Minister Prachanda Quit Office, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Graceful exit: The new PM will have to hold not only the second phase of local  level election but also the provincial and parliamentary elections by January 21, 2018 (ht), Unprincipled Hobnobbing In Local Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Gearing Up For Second Phase Local Poll, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), After the elections: Political and bureaucratic actors need to hurry with preps for transition to federalism, by Sachchi Ghimire Karki (kp), Elusive decentralisation: Instead of turning Kathmandu into a mega city, we should develop cities elsewhere, by Prashanta Khanal (kp), 16 years on, government buildings still not reconstructed, by Ram Bahadur Kunwar (rep)

24/05/2017: Decision to increase number of local units puts EC in a fix: The EC says it cannot make any comment as it is yet to receive information about the government decision of increasing 22 local units in 12 Tarai districts, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Local unit addition affects poll preparations, says CEC Yadav: Chief commissioners says preparing new voter lists and managing logistics in the new local units are challenging tasks (kp), EC 'totally unaware' of decision on 22 new local units (rep), Phase II polls as scheduled: CEC (ht), New local federal units: UML accuses govt of gerrymandering; Oli says the decision should not have been made taking cues from the results of the first-phase polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML takes serious exception to govt decision (ht), UML stands between PM and Parliament: Speaker puts off House meeting until today after four postponements; Dahal’s plan to step down fails as main opposition steps up pressure, by Binod Ghimire (kp), PM Dahal announces his resignation (kp), Prime Minister Dahal resigns (with full text in Nepali) (rep), Morang’s Jahada urges govt to amend statute ahead of polls (kp), Tasks ahead: The crown jewel of the present Constitution is the creation of local government bringing most services of the government to people’s doorsteps (ht), EC takes flak for not enforcing code, credibility questioned (rep), CJ impeachment: Govt warns UN against interfering in its exclusive jurisdiction, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Sense and sentiments: When intelligentsia, political class and public intellectuals fail to take clear stands, the whole debate flies into abstractions, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

23/05/2017: Categorisation of ethnic nationalities as minorities: On April 24, the government published a notice on the Nepal Gazette declaring 98 communities with population below 0.5 percent as minority groups, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 12 Tarai districts to get 22 more local units: Cabinet decides to upgrade Birgunj and Biratnagar as metropolitan cities (kp), Cabinet adds 22 local levels in Tarai (ht), Govt forms 22 more local units in Tarai districts: EC says it will now be 'quite difficult' to conduct second round local polls on June 14, by Bhadra Sharma and Gyan P. Neupane (rep), RJP-N: Decision on polls tomorrow, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), FA postpones protests (ht), Towards tech-friendly polls: The chaos of the elections reflected the nature of our society, where planning and order have never been a priority, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Sheer underrepresentation: Electing a familiar person to represent the locals is almost impossible under the new structure, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Come, all ye faithful: Why would Dalits stand outside a closed door when the next one says welcome?, by Rajendra Senchurey (kp)

22/05/2017: Petition against move to pardon Tikapur accused (kp), No attack on judiciary, govt tells UN body: The Foreign Ministry confirms that it has replied to UN Special Rapporteur through Nepal’s Permanent Mission to Geneva (kp) [??!!], Will participate in all three tiers of polls (kp), Maoist Center Shaken To Roots, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Maoist Center fails to impress urban voters, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Elections can be viewed as referendum on amendment bill, interview with  UML Secretary Pradip Gyawali (kp) [These are local, not national elections, Mr Gyawali! They have nothing to do with the national issue of constitutional amendment that is necessary without any doubt! So far, they were only hold in areas that are hardly inhabited by dissatisfied groups!!], ‘Govt working to ratify statute amendment bill’ (ht), Dahal working to step down ‘in a few days’: PM’s press adviser Govinda Acharya says Dahal has already prepared the statement he will read out in Parliament for announcing his resignation, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Turn confusion into clarity: New government should ensure that the remaining elections are held successfully (kp), Final preps to increase local units in Tarai: Cabinet said to endorse the increased number of units on Monday afternoon (kp), EC rejects PM's request to increase local units: The election body has also refused to give umbrella as the election symbol to the newly-formed Rastriya Janata Party Nepal as demanded by its leaders (rep), Madhesi parties in bid for poll alliance (rep), NC calls strike after clash with UML (ht) [??], Dalits in leadership: Dalit community is hopeful that they will no more have to fight for their rights, by Janak KC and Sangam Gharti Magar (rep)

21/05/2017: Who will deal with ‘disappearances’ registered as ‘death’ cases?, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Renewed deadlock fears loom large: Major parties, RJP-N yet to reach deal on way forward for June 14 polls (kp), EC, ministry review security situation for Phase II vote: Potential election boycott by RJPN, activities of CPN and open border with India among the security threats, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 3 more weeks for local governance law to come into effect (kp), Local representatives to be oriented on their powers, responsibilities, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Election silver lining: That issues of development have taken political centre stage is in itself a positive development, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp), Not over yet: Election Commission can do a better job during the second phase of local elections, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Caretaker government to present new fiscal budget (ht)

20/05/2017: Decision on Tharuhat, Madhes movement: NHRC objects to govt move; NHRC says decision to grant amnesty to the guilty of the dreadful incidents amounts to promoting a culture of impunity (kp), NHRC condemns govt decision: Says culprits of criminal offences should be brought to justice (ht), Tikapur carnage victims cry foul, by Tekendra Deuba (ht), Dahal government under fire over decision on withdraw criminal cases, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Pardoning murder (rep), Tikapur carnage: UML condemns govt decision to drop cases; The main opposition party terms the move a mockery of rule of law and rank disregard for human rights (kp), Maina murder case: Amnesty seeks review of Maj Basnet’s acquittal (kp), ‘Serious criminal cases have not been withdrawn’: The agitating Tharus and Madhesis have long been demanding that cases related to the political movements be withdrawn (kp), Seven-party talks on for peaceful polls: Madhesi leaders threaten to boycott elections if amendment bill not passed, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Early Indications Of Local Polls, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), While this local election might not quite be Nepal’s version of a social media-fuelled uprising, it shows Nepali politics is transitioning into the digital age, even if begrudgingly, by Sanjeev Giri (kp), Unleashing Nepal: As the constitution grants local bodies autonomy of governance and oversight, it has the potential to unleash an unprecedented wave of development at the grassroots level, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Counting the votes! Next time, maybe we can have A4 sized ballot papers instead of ones that are big enough to cover entire windows!, by Guffadi (kp)

19/05/2017: Civil society group calls for charter revision (kp), EC plans ‘better’ voter education for Phase II polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Dark clouds over Asia: Disputes, distrust and an arms race threaten to disrupt economic growth in the region, by Suresh C. Chalise (kp), Govt to drop charges in Kailali lynchings, other cases (rep) [???], Election of new PM after budget: Maoist leaders; Dahal likely to resign next week (rep), Govt preparing to table full-fledged budget on May 29, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Lovebirds: As the ruling coalition enters a new phase, the alliance of Madehsi parties, looks anxious that it might be left out once again, by Om Astha Rai (nt), From subjects to citizens: Reconnecting Nepalis with a democratic political process, by George Varughese (nt), Political Parties And First-Phase Local Elections, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

18/05/2017: The election effect: One hopes the dysfunction that became so apparent with the all-party mechanisms after 2007 will stop after these elections, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Poll observers point to lack of voter education: Huge ballot papers, dozens of electoral symbols and inadequate awareness programmes could lead to high number of invalid votes (kp), Report stresses need for effective voter education (ht), CEC says counting will be completed in a week (kp), All Eyes On Second Phase Poll, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), 'Ill-timed' second phase polls less exciting for Muslims, by Binod Subedi (rep), RJP-N for postponing elections: The govt, however, is set to end House session today (kp), NC rejects RJP request to delay 2nd phase polls, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Constitution amendment: RJPN tells PM, Deuba to ensure passage of bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Parliament may be prorogued today (ht), UML calls for probe into poll violence: Says second phase elections should be held under current structure (kp), Kin of Maleth clash victims get Rs 1m each (kp) [And what about punishing the guilty persons?? This is continued politics of impunity!!], Tharu communities in Kailali worry their traditional rules will die out (ht), Low spending: It is the government which needs to make massive investment in infrastructure development in targeted areas. No growth is possible unless the government increases its spending capacity (ht), Local election seen as harbinger of inclusiveness (rep) [??], Dr KC to stage 11th hunger strike from May 23: Demands include withdrawal of impeachment against CJ (rep), Experts against increasing number of local units in Tarai (rep), RPP seemingly headed for a stinging defeat, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep) [This anti-inclusive Hindu fundamentalist party should see it as the referendum it has been asking for!!!], Schools of schisms: The thought seems to be that if difference is unaddressed, it will cease to exist and to shape people’s experiences. That is not so, by Abha Lal (rep)

17/05/2017: Vote counting tedious, time-consuming affair: It may take weeks for results to be out if enumerators keep at current pace (kp), Slow counting leaves voters disappointed, by Santosh Pokharel (rep), Correct it: Adequate counting units should be added to finish counting even in the metropolitan cities within a week at the latest (ht), Early counts show high vote wastage, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [!!!], Poor voter education blamed for high number of void votes, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Keys to ballot boxes ‘go missing’ from inside court building (kp), Lessons From Local Polls, by Shyam KC (rn), A Victory For Democracy, Nation, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), NC’s memo against killing of its cadre (ht), Yadav demands amendment before second phase polls (kp), Amendment must as per deal: Upendra Yadav (rep), New Delhi changes tack, assumes ‘neutral position’: Observers say India has softened stance on Nepal’s constitution and is encouraging Madhes-based forces to take part in polls, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), US seeks int’l observers’ access to June 14 polls (kp), US urge all to work together for second phase of local polls (ht), What’s new about new politics? Success of new parties depends on the extent to which different communities of interest trust and cooperate with them, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Arid manifestos: Political parties know agriculture is still very important for Nepal yet it is low in priority in their election manifestos, by Bhairab Raj Kaini (rep)

16/05/2017: The Politics Of Impeachment, by Meena Bhatta (rn), Empower the grassroots: Local bodies must be able to formulate budgetary programmes on their own (kp), Govt still undecided on allocation of resources for local units (rep), Legal vacuum for elected representatives to start work (rep), Complicated ballot paper, poor voter's education and inks blamed for slow vote counting, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep), First Phase Local Elections of 2017, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Can new forces buck the trend? ‘Traditional parties’ still hold sway over voters if preliminary results are anything to go by (kp), Dispute delays Bharatpur vote count by more than 8 hours (kp), UK for allowing int’l observers for June 14 polls: Welcomes Sunday’s vote, stops short of commenting on the process (kp), Malkot clash: RPP candidate succumbs to bullet injuries (kp), Family members of victim shot by APF seeking justice, by Madhusudan Guragain (rep), What about health? High-flown election manifestos are silent about basic things like ending malnutrition, by Jeeban Ghimire (kp), PM Dahal says will step down within a week (kp) [Nobody will shed tears, but to change the government every nine months is the opposite of political stability and prevents development development and reconstruction!!], Dahal to hand over power to Deuba this week, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Play by the rules: The constitution sets the boundaries, the laws are the rules and the judges serve as the referees, by Alaina B. Teplitz (kp)

15/05/2017: Nation holds local polls in 20 yrs: First round of election successful with more than 73 percent turnout: EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 73% voter turnout in historic local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), First phase of civic polls witnesses enthusiastic participation, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Ballot papers ‘confusing’ (kp), Large ballot paper confuses voters, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Election cancelled in three centres; one killed (kp), APF accused of killing youth in Kavre: Protest over murder disrupts polling in Namobuddha (ht), Dhading CPN-UML cadre beaten to death (ht), Nawalparasi’s  ballot paper used at Nagarkot (kp), UML for re-polling over ‘code violation’ (kp), Periodic polls: After the success of first phase of local polls, challenge now is to ensure the second one (kp), Local polls at last: Voters were more enthusiastic as the new constitution has given more power and authority to the elected representatives at the local level (ht), Local representatives to enjoy executive, legislative and judicial powers, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [This not only means rights but also duties!!!], The impeachment anarchy: Two high-profile officials responsible for fighting corruption have been labelled with being paagal and bhrasta, by Narayan Manandhar (rep)

14/05/2017: Happy family, happy world: Children and the elderly first, this is the message of International Day of Families, by Angur Baba Joshi (kp), Not quite half the sky: Intricacies that limit women’s participation in politics must be brought to the fore, by Anjita Parajuli (kp), Go vote for democracy (kp), All set for polls: Voters will, for the first time under the new constitution, instate elected representatives in village and municipal councils which will have more powers and budget (kp), Return to direct democracy: A truly democratic society is a community deeply engaged in local decision-making, by Simone Galimberti (kp), Silence period in voting: Local governments should be of, by and for the people, not for the elitist metropolitan dreamers, by Abhi Subedi (kp), Local Elections A Moment Of Truth For Voters, by Ritu Raj Subedi (kp)

13/05/2017: Raute demand voting rights, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep), The lost cause: Democracy gives people the right to choose their leaders. But no system, not even a democratic one, is better than those leading it, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp), Time to vote! We don’t know our candidates until they show up at our homes, asking for votes. This is the only time you get to meet your politicians. They shake your hands and smile and promise you everything, by Guffadi (kp), Citizenship, passport, driving licence can be used to vote: EC; Poll body, however, says names should be on voter list, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Cylinder bomb goes off in Bhaktapur (kp), IEDs found outside two candidates’ homes (kp), Voting Blues, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), On eve of polls, govt doles out Rs 150m to Kailali incident victims (rep) [??], Protest rally against NC, CPN-MC (ht)

12/05/2017: The Fountainhead (of all crises): Nepal’s top political leaders are not just part of the problem, they are the problem, by Dinkar Nepal (nt), Language Planning In Nepal, by Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang (rn), Unidentified groups detonate explosive devices in three districts (kp), Police alerted by recent acts of violence, by Manish Gautam (kp), Averting Catastrophe Through Reconciliation, by Narad Bhardwaj (rn), Let the people decide: This election is not just another election; it heralds the start of a new era of politics, by Dharani Kumar Sharma (kp), RJP-N to disrupt polls if statute not amended (kp), Youths demand employment, elderly people seek allowance, by Janak KC (rep), The right & responsibility to vote, by Cilla Khatry (rep), Why social media won’t change anything: We’re still a masu-bhat, raksi and ‘dai ko mama ko party’ type of nation and we tend to vote accordingly, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep), Grassroots democracy (nt), Trial and error democracy: Nepal is experimenting with radical decentralisation in local elections, and does not have the luxury of failing, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Nationally local (nt), Resuscitating democracy, by Krishna Prasad Sapkota (nt), Does democracy deliver development? The jury is still out over which comes first: economic growth or an open society, by Sangita Thebe-Limbu (nt), From subjects to citizens: Reconnecting Nepalis with a democratic political process, by George Varughese (nt)

11/05/2017: Incidents of violence a cause for concern: EC; Political leaders point finger at each other for cases of violence, clashes (kp), UML activist killed in clash, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Violence in the time of polls: Govt and security forces need to be alert, but constructive public engagement is best policing (kp), Candidates fail to impress Sindhupalchok quake victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Victims’ concerns: Tall promises of political parties and candidates will not change their hearts; service delivery will do (ht), Confusion still reigns among voters, by Binod Ghimire and Anish Tiwari (kp), Many voters in Surkhet say they don’t know how to vote, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), EC lifts ban on ministers from participating in campaign (kp), Oli rejects proposal to back amendment bill: Demands that date for second phase polls be advanced, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Oli rejects Deuba’s demand for support in amendment (rep), UML will discuss statute amendment after May 14 polls, Oli tells Deuba (kp), Voters perplexed as parties forge ‘strange’ electoral alliances (rep), Armageddon Between Executive And Judiciary, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), LG Should Shun Adjudicative Functions, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Baggage vs experience: Can the new parties strike a chord with the voters and shake up Nepali politics?, by Pramod Mishra (kp)

10/05/2017: Gathabandhan announces stir plan: PM says amendment proposal will be forwarded in the upcoming meeting of Parliament, by Tika R. Pradhan(kp) [Don't take the people for a fool! With your attack against the independence of judiciary you have lost any chance to find the necessary majority for an amenment, Mr Dahal!], Govt not honoring 'gentlemen's agreement': Madhesi parties (rep), FA announces fresh stir against polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), PM, law minister, AG skip SC function (kp) [Still strange but significant!!], Bigwigs boycott SC’s Law Day function, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Locals living on city fringes ‘unaware’ of voting process (kp), Biplav’s party ‘major obstacle’ to polls, by Janak Nepal and Tularam Pandey (kp), Time to vote: Let’s exercise our discretion and democratic rights and make local polls a success (kp), First-time voters voice their preferences (ht), Earthquake victims cynical about polls, by Rajkumar Parajuli (ht), Poll candidates snub displaced flood victims: Displaced voters seek written commitment from candidates for resettlement, by Nagendra Upadhyaya (rep), Kathmanduites want real issues tackled, not lofty promises, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep) [Candidates and parties with unaccomplishable promises should not be voted for!!], Polls expenditure ceiling criticized as impractical, by Santosh Neupane (rep), Impeachment Motion: Has Sanity Prevailed, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Justice done: This was a case of dispute among IGP contenders and Supreme Court was the right authority to review the appointment process, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep), Impeachment Motion and Reinstatement Of Chief Justice, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

09/05/2017: Baseless impeachment motion: Let this not be the day we remain silent about things that matter, by Prakriti Yonzon (kp), Irreparable damage: The impeachment motion seems politically motivated and aimed at barring the CJ from carrying out her duty, by Govinda Sharma Bandi (kp), ‘Impeachment motion closure after civic polls’ (ht) [The arrogance of erring politicians goes unabated!], Dalit women candidates face discrimination, by Janak Nepal, Tularam Pandey and LP Devkota (kp), Counting soon after May 14 polls (kp), Parties dwell on ad hoc budget on May 29 (kp), Election: Fate For Few, Féte For Many, by Prem Khatry (rn), CEC urges parties to abide by poll code (kp), Gachhadar joins govt with 2 other party colleagues: Three state ministers from NLF to be sworn in today (kp), Gathabandhan to hold talks with PM today: Alliance of Madhesi and Janajati forces considering protest to press government for statute amendment (kp), FA to remind PM about gentlemen’s agreement (ht), Holiday junkies: Our attitude towards holidays reflects the state of Nepali society, by Sujeev Shakya (kp)

08/05/2017: I am the state: It is a matter of surprise that there are some people who think they own the country, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Impeachment motion has exposed vulnerability of constitutional provision, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp), Signs of thaw in Parliament’s frosty relations with judiciary (kp) [The movement has no chance of getting a two thirds majority either, but it has already deeply damaged the image of NC and CPN-MC The problem is that the CPN-UML's undemocratic behaviour concerning the amendment of the constitution is in no way better!], Leading vs cheerleading: Govt should withdraw impeachment motion immediately to avert further confrontation (kp), Speaker: Ruling infringed upon House’s turf (kp) [?????], Chief election commissioner raises alarm with civil society leaders, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Thakur-led Gathabandhan to serve ultimatum to PM (kp), Thakur’s statement personal: Yadav (kp), Chand-led CPN supporters arrested with explosives (kp), Never Ending Fight For Supremacy, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

07/05/2017: Impeachment motion against CJ: SC ruling puts House on horns of dilemma; Speaker Gharti is for putting the motion on hold, but a decision will be taken after consultations with parties (kp), Gathabandhan shows its architect the door: Removes Upendra Yadav; Mahantha Thakur takes over, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), 10 embassies to observe polls in Valley (kp),
The election effect: Local level polls, if held successfully, will ensure a more vibrant exercise of democracy than ever before (kp), CJ Karki Reinstatement Justice Prevails, Finally!, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

06/05/2017: SC stays impeachment motion against Karki: Terms NC-Maoist move unconstitutional, reinstates her as chief justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Ruling coalition objects to apex court ruling Says order violates lawmakers’ ‘special rights’ (kp) [Nepal's so-called political leaders are not the owners of the country! They must learn that the decisions of the SC are binding law that has not to be objected by the executive! The procedure of NC and CPN-MC is a coup d'état!], CJ  impeachment motion (kp), Mockery Of Rule Of Law, by Kushal Pokharel (rn)

05/04/2017: Supreme Court stays impeachment motion, reinstates CJ Karki, by Keshav P. Koirala (ht) [!!!], CJ Karki resumes her duties following stay order (rep), Travesty Of Judicial Independence, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Lady Justice (nt), Unimpeachable evidence: The coalition doesn’t want to impeach Sushila Karki, just suspend her so she can’t hear high-profile corruption cases, by Binita Dahal (nt), Exit, the crusader: Sushila Karki is forced out of the Supreme Court, not in disgrace but in a blaze of glory, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt), Chief justice impeachment motion: Differences result in House meet deferral; Gachhadar’s NLF, which backs govt, sides with UML against move (kp), NBA seeks silence on chief justice impeachment issue (kp), Impeachment or revenge? Elected legislative representatives must use their power properly and for the good of the people, by Shyam KC (kp), Nine oppn parties demand withdrawal of impeachment motion (rep), UML for second phase polls before budget: According to sources, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has proposed second phase of elections on May 26 (kp), Main oppn draws EC’s attention (kp), Madhesi parties join hands with UML (ht), Electoral alliance, or dalliance? Nepotism rules the roost in NC, Maoist Centre; poles apart UML, RPP to work in tandem (kp), Female politicians displeased with sexism in nomination process (kp), After pact with Deuba, Nidhi rejoins ministry: Home Minister Nidhi decides to withdraw his resignation after a meeting with Dahal and Deuba at the prime minister’s residence (kp), Nidhi resumes his office as home minister (rep), Vibrant and vigilant: Nepali press faces problems, but has evolved considerably over the years (kp), SC seeks govt clarification over voting rights of Nepali migrant workers (rep), Third gender barred from contesting poll, by Anjali Subedi (rep), Politics of change, by Gunjan Upadhyay (rep)

04/05/2017: Two-phase election is problematic, says Bipin Adhikari (rn) [interview], Polls Amidst Polemics, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Local Polls And Emerging Developments, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Constitution amendment: Bill to be put to vote today? Govt indecisive; Ruling coalition struggles to muster required numbers to pass proposal (kp), House to dwell on amendment bill today: CPN-UML not to obstruct parliament proceedings (kp), Govt defers amendment bid as RPP stands divided (rep), FSF-N won’t take part in second phase polls if statute not amended (ht), Charter revision a must before June 14: Yadav (kp), Process to hike local level numbers halted (kp), Around 44,000 nominations filed for May 14 polls, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC wants schools closed for 7 days for May 14 polls (rep) [Why?], RPP leaders quit govt (kp), ‘Nepali media still under threat, remains unsecure’: Impunity for crimes against journalists a big concern, says a newly launched IFJ report (kp) [see IFJ report, Nepal on pp. 72-77], Playing with our future: Perhaps it is because public schools have been disproportionately affected by the quakes that the authorities’ response has been so slow, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Private sector doubts implementation of political parties’ poll-centric manifestos (ht) [The manifestos are irrational as always before! Besides, they hardly deal with local affairs!], Law on political financing: You pay your money; Many anomalies in our political parties can be explained by lack of transparency and accountability in their sourcing and use of funds, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), Karki is innocent until she is indicted and parliament approves the indictment, interview with Balaram KC (rep)

03/05/2017: Nominations conclude for May 14 polls: 13,556 seats up for grabs in 283 local units of 34 districts of 3 provinces, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Local unit candidacies filed in 34 districts, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Major parties, new forces file candidacies (kp), Nominations for first phase of elections filed, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Valley candidates file nominations enthusiastically (rep), Writ against CJ impeachment motion: The petitioner has claimed that the impeachment motion against the chief justice contravenes Article 105of the Constitution of Nepal (kp), Withdraw impeachment motion against Karki: ICJ (kp) [see press release by ICJ], ICJ decries impeachment motion, suspects motive (rep), Impeachment May Set Bad Precedent, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Gachchhadar's NLP declines Dahal offer to join govt: Decides to continue support to govt (rep), UML-RPP alliance in Kathmandu (rep), Formation of RJP-N formally endorsed: To join polls only after statute amendment (kp), Seeds of conflict: Discrimination and backwardness in the Madhes have created ripe conditions for unrest, by Deepak Chaudhary (kp), Better Order After Local Polls?, by Shyam KC (rn), Ambitious election manifestos: Will every Nepali earn Rs 515,000 a year by 2027? Experts question targets for economic growth, per capita income and power generation, by Rudra Pangeni (rep)

02/05/2017: Impeachment motion against chief justice: Congress-Maoist move threatens separation of powers? (kp), Not courteous to the court: Using impeachment as a tool to serve vested interests bodes ill for separation of powers (kp), Wrong precedent: Such impeachment motion should first have been discussed by experts and in public for a pretty long time before pushing it forward (ht), Impeachment motion against CJ sparks protest (kp), Civil society, small parties protest impeachment motion (rep), 4 ex-CJs protest impeachment motion (rep), Coalition stares at crisis after seeking to impeach Karki: RPP pulls support, Gachhadar’s NLF to decide today (kp), With RPP pulling out, govt totters on the brink, by Ashok Dahal (rep), MC: Impeachment motion filed for ensuring impending polls (kp) [Irrational statement by absurd, undemocratic and corrupt politicians!], Move necessary to keep judiciary independent: NC (kp) [?????], Motion to safeguard judicial dignity: Minister Lekhak (ht) [It is more necessary to introduce political culture and retire all the so-called political leaders!], NC leaders defend impeachment motion (rep), Passive Civil Society, by Bishnu Gautam (rn), FSFN to contest polls; RJP to await amendment (rep), Too little, too late: While Madhesi people have faced bullets benefits have accrued mostly to a handful of Madhesi leaders, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Nominations for first phase of local polls today, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Against odds, EC sets stage for May 14 polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), As election uncertainties grow, Rukum locals head to pick yarsa, by Ganesh BK (rep), Female leaders forced to accept candidacy for second position (ht), Dolakha quake victims weathering storm, snow in temporary shelters (ht)

01/05/2017: The election blunder: National integration is more important than elections to satisfy the ‘ego’ of certain persons linked to implementing the constitution in its current form, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep), Impeachment motion against CJ Karki: 249 MPs from Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) sign document; Legal eagles say move slap on separation of powers, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [An attack on democracy and the end of separation of power??], Nepali Congress, Maoist Center file impeachment motion against CJ, by Kosh Raj Koirala and Ashok Dahal (rep), DPM Nidhi resigns (kp), Uproar against decision (kp), Attack against independent judiciary: UML (rep), Govt bid to pass amendment bill fails: RPP, NC lawmakers deliberately skip House meeting (rep), Unexpected political developments diminish poll hope (kp), Confusion looms over local polls: Impeachment motion against CJ Karki precipitates a series of events from Nidhi quitting as home minister to coalition partner RPP-N considering exit (kp), Opposition UML’s Stubborn Stance, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Polls: Parties hop on youth bandwagon (kp), Sole woman candidate for local level election in Kalikot (rep), Election candidate injured by bullet shot during police live-fire exercise (kp), Our established politicians are not capable of change, interview with Ranju Darshana (kp), Quake survivors still in temporary shelters, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Separate and unequal: Reconstruction has failed the most disadvantaged, landless sections of people (kp), Whither pride project laws? Myriads of structural problems have caused almost all of our big projects to fall behind schedule, by Naresh Koirala (kp)

30/04/2017: Ruling coalition, Morcha file constitution amendment bill: Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal differs over proposal of governing parties and newly formed RJP-N, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Ruling, opposition parties register 50 proposals, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), UML to obstruct revision proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Statute Amendment Proposal: Risk Of Horse-trading In Parliament, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), EC asks govt not to present budget between elections (kp), Finance ministry still to finalise grant amount for 744 local bodies (ht)

29/04/2017: Sluggish Reconstruction, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), PM: Counting of all votes together; Budget after ballot; Parties seek single-phase vote (kp), Oppn, Madhes parties want local polls in single phase (rep), FSFN demands elections in single phase: 'Budget only after constitution amendment, elections' (rep), Muslim community demands rethink on phase II poll date (rep), Hardly any female aspirant for major posts in Dhading, by Shankar Shrestha (rep), Local elections or not? Our corrupt government has enough funds to hold elections in two phases but not enough to help those displaced by the earthquakes, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Embassies seek EC nod to observe polls outside KTM, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC to let diplomats observe polls in Valley (ht), Int'l community concerned over foreign observers' absence in local polls, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Yarsha season affecting local elections, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep), UML picks male candidates for top local level posts in Siraha (ht) [This is the UML understanding of inclusion and equality!]

28/04/2017: End the conflict: Political parties have been debating amnesty while making no effort to strengthen the existing justice system, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Local units addition in consensus: Govt (kp), PM assures Madhesi leaders of increasing local units (rep), Ruling parties closer to two-third majority in House, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Oppn parties to foil charter amendments (kp), UML questions govt’s intent for amendment: PM had invited UML leaders for talks after the opposition front decided to foil the constitution amendment proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Experts say 2-phase polls will be against electoral principles (rep), FSF-N for single phase polls after Ramadan (ht), Int’l community urges accommodation of all: Not having elections will be tragic: US ambassador (kp), Civil society raises concern over election code of conduct violation (kp), Woman beaten in captivity by husband, in-laws over dowry (kp), Better than before? Women’s empowerment requires concrete policies and their robust implementation (kp), Recent Political Development in Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

27/04/2017: RJP-N misses time to enlist for Phase I vote: New party only informs poll body about the merger of six Madhes-based parties to become RJP-N and demands ‘umbrella’ as its election symbol, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Who represents the Madhes? Parties that speak and work with people rather than for them can eventually win their hearts and minds, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Nawalparasi, Rukum polls in two phases (kp), Local leaders turn to social media to woo electorate: Many voters strongly feel that the elections are won on the ground, that the numbers of likes and shares on social networking sites are not the deciding factor, by Pradeep Menyangbo (kp), Active Citizens For Local Govt, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Setting The Stage For Conducting Polls, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Under opposition pressure govt shelves plan to increase local units, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), House resumes as govt backs out: Lawmakers allowed registering amendments to the constitution amendment bill (rep), House back in business (kp), One last leap of faith: UML should agree to a larger political compromise to make elections possible (kp), UML warns EC against two-phase polls, budget timing (rep), UML voices displeasure with EC over budget between polls (kp), Govt’s election moves irk UML (kp), Oli’s follies: His words and actions have been unfair to some groups of Nepalis, incLocal capital to be mobilized to build 25-MW project in MyagdiLocal capital to be mobilized to build 25-MW project in Myagdiluding the Christians, by Ramesh Khatry (kp), Conflict likely between provincial, local govts over revenue collection: Experts (rep)

26/04/2017: UML obstructs House: The main oppn party objects to charter revision, polls-after-budget plans; The party is against the agreement on revising several provisions of the constitution (kp) [Failed understanding of democratic principles!!], UML obstructs House over amendment bill: Move poses challenge to endorsing amendment before candidacy registrations (rep), 5 parties to thrash out contention, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Unified Madhesis To Join Poll Fray, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Lest We Forget, by Shyam KC (rn)

25/04/2017: Thakur urges govt to clear the decks for polls: Says his party would take part in the polls if the government created an environment for the same by amending the constitution (kp), EC unveils Phase II poll schedule (ht), UML not to support amendment proposal: Oppn party presses govt to hold vote before budget, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), EC permits budget between polls: But says presenting it after Phase II polling better n Asks govt to seek permission for populist schemes if budget on May 29, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Reconstruction moves at snail’s pace: NRA blames lack of trained workers, funding shortfall (kp), Delayed grants irk development partners (ht), International community urges for speedy reconstruction (kp), Unfinished task: Two years have passed since the great earthquake, yet a lot needs to be done (kp), Nepal: Two years on, the government continues to fail marginalised earthquake survivors (Amnesty International) [see full reports "What I want is the government to help" and "Building Inequality"], Scientific research Beyond: Gorkha earthquake, by Dipendra Gautam (ht), More than meets the eye: Don’t be fooled by the wonderful growth rates declared recently by the government, by Achyut Wagle (kp)

24/04/2017: Fast-track the amendment: The Federal Alliance has been flexible, and the government needs to hold up its part of the deal; It remains to be seen how the ruling parties will muster the two-thirds majority needed for the Constitution Amendment Bill to pass through Parliament, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Gathabandhan rolls back agitation plan: To begin preparations for local polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), In search of an election: Recent political events are momentous but there still are major hurdles (kp), Govt confirms June 14 as Phase II polling day: Cabinet approves contents of revised constitution amendment bill; Call to defer April 29 deadline for candidate nomination bya few days in states 3, 4 and 6, where vote takes place first (kp), PM: Deuba govt to oversee June vote (kp), Oli seeks pact points in writing (ht), Postpone budget to hold polls in two phases, suggests UML, by Binod Ghimire (kp), President’s Women Empowerment Programme starts in 26 districts: It aims to provide skill development training to Dalit, indigenous and marginalised women, by Samipa Khanal (kp), People’s Movement victim living with paralysis (ht) [To remember: Now DPM Thapa ordered the brutal procedure of police forces in April 2006!!]

23/04/2017: Probe into war-era cases affected as CIEDP staffers deployed for polls (ht), Gathabandhan to take part in two-phase local elections: Govt agrees to fast-track endorsement of a revised constitution amendment proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Two-phase poll OK, but changes could hamper preparations, says EC: Warns that local elections could become uncertain, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Invalid votes make voter education a must in Province 2: Over 6pc of votes in 2 CA polls in 8 districts were invalid, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Donors commit to extend 75pc of funds (kp)

22/04/2017: Hectic parleys raise hope of agreement: Panel formed to prepare revised constitution amendment proposal; Deal, most likely today, could clear clouds of uncertainty over polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Morcha disrupts EC training: Protesters warn of disrupting every programme related to the local level elections (kp), CEC hails Madhes parties’ merger as positive move (kp), Chand party’s activities threat to election: Officials (kp), UK parliament motion seeks Saptari probe; MP Clwyd: Hold elections after charter revision (kp)

21/04/2017: Six Madhes-based parties under one umbrella: Rastriya Janata Party ‘to step up protest’ to press for statute revision; Leaders rule out possibility of participating in polls slated for May 14 (kp), Six UDMF constituents merge: Form Rastriya Janata Party; FSF-N not to be a part of the new entity (ht), Six Madhes parties unify as polls loom closer, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Coming together: A day after five major parties agreed to go for local elections on 14 May with or without Madhes-based parties, six fringe parties from the Tarai announced unification, by Om Astha Rai (nt), UDMF struggles to resist poll aspirants despite boycott stance, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), SLMM activists clash with police in Gaur (kp), EC puts earlier decision on RPP statute on hold: Party withdraws protests to ‘focus on elections’ (kp), EC urges all parties to ensure women’s participation in polls (kp), Women’s voices enrich public life: Building strong gender equal communities requires every individual citizen to stand firmly in the political landscape, by Valerie Julliand, Alaina B. Teplitz, Mashfee Binte Shams, Rensje Teerink, W. Swarnalatha Pereira and Ingrid Dahl-Madsen (kp), Comprehensive recovery: Initiatives to address quake survivors’ social vulnerability must be scaled up (kp), Sindhupalchowk quake victims left in the lurch (ht), Disastrous discrimination: Dalits left behind as Nepal slowly recovers from the earthquake two years ago, by Patrick Barron (nt)

20/04/2017: Landslide victims warn of sitting out local polls, by Giru Prasad Bhandari (kp), Dahal seeks opinion on elections in two phases: Madhesi Morcha must agree to join the poll process, say major parties (kp), EC concerned about RPP, its chairman’s remarks (kp), Meritocracy At Local Polls, by Mukti Rijal (rn), 5 big parties commit to polls on May 14 (rep), Big parties finalizing poll manifestos, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [Are these national or local polls??], Big parties recommend their candidates as election near (rep), Local leaders warn against poll deferral, by Bhim Chapagain and Sher Bahadur KC (rep), Conducting Polls Amid Protests, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Political parties warned against using kids in any election-related activity (ht), EC asks DPM Thapa to refrain from anti-poll activities (rep), Much ado about nothing: The only positive spin to the whole debacle was that it showed the govt was responsive to adverse public opinion, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Do it anyway: The local election will help revive local democracy, improve local government and empower marginalized communities, by Bhadra Sharma (rep)

19/04/2017: UN welcomes court verdict on Maina Sunuwar murder: Calls ruling a significant step towards ensuring victims’ rights to justice (kp), Fresh wounds: Conviction of the perpetrators of war-era cases provides hope for justice, but enforcement is key (kp), Poll cycle in ‘advance stage’, no turning back now: EC chief, by Akhilesh Upadhyay (kp), Fate Of Polls Hanging In Balance?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), SLMM stages torch rally (kp), ‘PM under intense pressure to defer May 14 polls’: PM vows polls on stipulated date at any cost, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Extreme pressure to postpone polls: PM; Says government to resist all, not to wait for the agitating parties, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), CEC warns of action against parties obstructing polls (rep), No election related activity in Saptari (ht), Joint stir announced in Kailali (ht), Police disrupt Chand party’s anti-poll events (kp), For a new partnership: Nepal needs a complete transformation of politics if it is to deliver peace and prosperity, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Women in politics: The way forward, by Ayush Joshi (ht), Reason to vote: Failure to hold the local polls on May 14 could lead the country to a serious political and constitutional crisis, by Meena Bhatta (rep)

18/04/2017: 3 ex-NA officials convicted of killing Maina Sunuwar: Kavre court passes landmark verdict on a case that had been dragging on for 13 years; Sentences former soldiers in absentia to 20 years in jail for the murder of teenage girl, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp) [The verdict remains symbolic as long as they are not arrested and serve their sentences!!], Kavre court slaps life term on 3 NA officers, acquits Basnet, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Another way: Nepal’s political elites are engaging in a ‘survival game’ instead of upholding the spirit of electoral politics, by Niranjan Koirala and Atul K. Thakur (kp), Gathabandhan move leaves locals in Madhes wary, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), BRB to join forces with Yadav for joint movement (kp), "Inclusion must be ensured to avoid conflicts", interview with Bhai Raja Pandey, political advisor of NSN (ht), Morcha’s protests challenge for polls: Security officials, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), Nidhi’s wee-hour tweet sparks concerns over election prospects (kp), Nidhi’s statement on poll security irks EC (rep), Election activities yet to kick off in rural areas, locals confused (ht), JSSK fails to meet book printing deadline, again: 14 million school textbooks prepared so far, 5.5 million yet to be printed, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Caste discrimination: Where Dalits can’t buy milk, by Jagat Khadka (rep), Capital expenditure 36 per cent in nine months (kp)

17/04/2017: Law bars issuing poll symbols to parties outside House, says Yadav, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC concerned over voters’ ID distribution (kp), Gathabandhan shares plan to foil local polls: Local vote should be held after federal and provincial elections: Yadav (kp), What do Madhesi parties want?, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), Participatory politics: Necessity of local poll is widely recognised; the challenge is to conduct a good one (kp), Fresh amendments only if Morcha agrees: Nayak, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Dahal, Deuba for May 14 poll at any cost, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Police file sedition, organised crime charges against Raut (kp) [?], The New Year Of Renewed Hopes, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Govt endorses Prez state visit to India; declares public holiday on Monday and Friday (rep) [???], Govt move to announce holiday denounced (rep), Govt cancels public holiday announced on Friday (rep), State Holiday for The State Visit, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Inclusion and equality: Mind shift; Just as donors have pooled their strengths to establish Governance Facility, a similar Facility can be built to support NGOs committed to fight exclusion, by Simone Galimberti (rep), Judging the judges: Political affiliation is still a major criterion for judge appointments and it badly affects justice delivery, by Sudeshna Thapa (rep)

16/04/2017: Delayed poll education programme: Concerns grow over low voter turnout, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Congress CWC meeting: Province 2 leaders for early deal with SLMM; Float options including poll deferral by 10 days and elections in two phases (kp), Nepali Congress urged to hold talks with UDMF (ht), FA to announce protest programmes today (ht), 68-party front begins hunger strike for election symbols (kp), 68 parties begin hunger strike against new poll law (ht), 22 local units likely to be added in Provinces 2 and 5: Government, however, wants Morcha’s nod first to take the plan ahead (kp), Conflict victims' cases: Preliminary probe in six months: TRC (ht), Mohan Baidya flays Supreme Court order to jail Bal Krishna Dhungel (ht), Arrest Order Against Dhungel: A Blow To Prachanda, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

15/04/2017: Partyfull Panchayat: The parliament should immediately correct this constitution-defying apartheid law and allow all parties to use their party symbols as electoral symbols, by Ujwal Thapa (rep), Ruling parties for single-phase polls: Dahal, Deuba and Thapa assert that elections will be held on May 14 even if the Madhesi Morcha refuses to participate (kp), Govt delay in releasing funds puts temporary cops at their wits’ end: With no cash in hand, recruits are facing hard time managing food and lodging, by Manish Gautam (kp), UDMF leaders discuss protest strategies (ht), UDMF ready for another round of talks 'if govt is sincere' (rep), Political events in Nepal trigger palpable concerns in New Delhi: Politicians and government officials though refrain from making official comments, newspapers have called for early resolution to Kathmandu-Madhes deadlock, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), Governing RPP announces fresh protests against EC (kp), Nepali New Year Resolutions! Maybe, it would be better if our government came up with a ‘No Bribing’ rule instead of welcoming the New Year with the ‘No Honk’ rule, by Guffadi (kp), CPN-MC wary of anti-poll forces (ht), Province 5: A tough battleground, by Tekendra Basyal, Devendra Basnet and LB Thapa (rep), Province 6 eagerly awaits local polls (rep), Men likely to dominate nominations in Bardia, by Nirmal Ghimire (rep)

14/04/2017: EC chief drops a hint about polls in two phases, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Poll panel to deploy more than 21,000 voter educators across the country (ht), BRB dares parties to dissolve Parliament for federal polls: Naya Shakti Nepal-led 68 parties announce struggle for election symbol (kp), Local elections: Whose roadmap? Recent developments show that the status quo in the form of old political parties still dominates Nepal’s political milieu, by Hisila Yami (kp), Madhesis seek changes in charter (ht), Positive Turning Point, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Court to govt: Arrest murder convict Bal Krishna Dhungel (kp), SC orders police to arrest murder-convict Dungel within 7 days (rep), The pariah problem: PM Dahal’s suggestion that discrimination against Dalits will end with federalism is too simplistic (kp), Need for black feminism: Madhesi women face double discrimination: one, as Madhesis and, two, as women, by Kalpana Jha (kp), No turning back: Why Nepal’s upcoming local elections matters more than ever, by Bishal K. Chalise and George Varughese (nt), Undemocratic democracy: Proof of how far we have fallen is a senior leader demanding that the judiciary should be kept under parliament, by Dinkar Nepal (nt)

13/04/2017: Ominous tides: Local elections, if held without bringing the Morcha on board, will be another way of entrenching Kathmandu’s power, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Constitution amendment process back to square one: Govt bid to bring Madhesi parties on board the election uncertain, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Govt move cuts no ice, Morcha ‘to turn up heat’, by Binod Ghimire (kp), UDMF rejects new amendment bill, by Roshan Sedhai (rep), RPP to support amendment bill if UDMF participates in polls (rep), RPP to support statute amendment proposal (kp), The Lack of Political Acumen, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Parties struggling to pick candidates (ht), Deuba slams secessionist tendencies (ht) [Neither your policy nor the composition of your party leadership reflect the inclusivveness you are talking about!], Re-advent of democracy: Promises to keep, by Jeewan Shrestha (ht), More things change: Little had changed in the lives of people, even though appearances of changes like advent of Maoism and demise of monarchy were aplenty, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), The constitution should be amended only after a fresh electoral mandate, interview with constitutional expert Bipin Adhikari (rep)

12/04/2017: Constitution amendment: New bill registered at Parliament Secretariat; Earlier proposal that sought to address boundary issue withdrawn, by Tika R. Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp), Govt registers fresh bill to amend constitution, by Ashok Dahal (rep), New amendment bill draws mixed reaction from Madhes-based parties; UML vows to foil it (rep), Will Politics Move Ahead Smoothly?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Tens of thousands of quake survivors at risk again: A third of homes poorly built, says NRA CEO Pokharel (ht) [How shall they built houses in a safe way if govt and NRA deny them the aid provided by international donors??], Make or break: What if the elected local governments fail to carry out the big tasks assigned to them by the constitution?, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), Politics, Rule Of Law, And Economics, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

11/04/2017: Constitution amendment; Boundary row to be addressed by federal commission, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML opposes amendment proposal: Stresses local polls at one go (kp), Major parties failed to end crisis: Gachhadar (ht), Local Elections: A Dream Come True, by Prem Khatry (rn), Chand-led Maoists running anti-election campaign in Gulmi, by Shiva Lal Subedi (rep), Police told to keep close eye on activities of CPN (kp) [related to group of Netra Bikram Chand], Hopes for 2074: Nepal stands at the crossroads of becoming Korea; we need to choose whether it’s North or South, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Modernise the military: The country has undergone fundamental changes, and the Army should keep in step, by Binod Basnyat (kp), Oppn parties flay govt for row over seniority (rep), Infighting within parties over tickets, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep)

10/04/2017: Zero hour: Without any delay, parties must pass amendment bill and the Madhesi parties must commit to polls (kp), Morcha’s views sought on fresh amendment proposal: Oppn CPN-UML yet to be consulted, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Nidhi to skip Cabinet meeting (kp), ‘UML creating rift between Hills and Madhes’ (kp), Saptari locals want govt to create environment for polls, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp), ‘Elections must for development’, by Raj Kumar Karki (kp), Saptari firing: House panel moots action against security personnel guilty of indiscriminate killing, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht)

09/04/2017: Statute amendment: PM says new proposal will be acceptable to all; Morcha leaders ‘eagerly waiting’ to see how government moves forward, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Govt drafts new constitution amendment bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Oli, Deuba out of station: UML chairman off to Bangkok; NC chief to visit Far West for days (kp) [Obviously, they are not interested to hol local elections in time!!], Absence of deal dampens poll spirit in the plains, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), ‘Judiciary should be overseen by legislature’ (kp) [NC General Secretary demands removal of separation of powers!!!], Poor people, rich parties: Publication of financial statements puts political parties at the centre of public attention and investigation, by Narayan Manandhar (kp)

08/04/2017: In a first, govt tables NHRC report in House, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Officials raise red flag for some Tarai districts: Say it will be difficult to hold elections if Morcha not brought on board (kp), NC for putting amendment bill to vote: Open to holding polls in two phases if UDMF takes part (ht), NC divided over polls in one go or two phases: Majority of lawmakers and CWC leaders are for voting in one go but party chief has hinted at possibility of two-phase elections (kp), Ruling parties wrangle over minor issues as polls near, by Ashok Dahal (rep), I/NGOs asked to halt work until elections, by Narahari Sapkota (rep) [Yes, earthquake victims don't need help!?]

07/04/2017: Maoist Centre in bid to withdraw amendment bill: ‘Vote in 11 districts in 2nd phase if Morcha joins polls’; Meeting for increasing the number of local level units in the eight districts of Province 2 and three districts of Province 5 on the basis of population, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Protracted political transition: Nepali youths have become aware that the course of progress can be expedited by adopting right policies, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Phase-wise Poll Is A Ploy, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), EC seeks govt nod to print ballot papers for Province 2 (ht)

06/04/2017: Long and difficult ride: Upcoming local level elections are only the beginning of the long march to federalism (kp), Not enough time to educate voters: EC; Poll panel fears higher percentage of invalid votes than witnessed in 2013 CA elections, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Sorting Out Political Differences, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Threshold provision triggers merger of fringe parties: MJF-L, Rastriya Janamukti Party, Dalit Janajati Party become Nepal Loktantrik Forum Party, by Binod Ghimire and Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Nuwakot DAO denies 3 siblings citizenships in mother’s name (kp), Kids sans birth certificate deprived of education (ht), Chand-led Maoists threaten aspiring candidates (ht), Talks with Madhes parties on back burner as NC-Maoist ties sour, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Saptari locals, police wish for govt-UDMF deal, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep)

05/04/2017: Polls in all 744 local units in one go: EC, by Bhadra Sharma (rep) Local Level Election: Confidence And Suspicions, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Budget formulation: Govt at a loss for lack of lawss to manage public finance, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Donors concerned about education in new local set-up: Ministry comes up with action plan (kp), I/NGOs told to follow election code (kp) [Those providing relief to earthquake victims before the elections shall be arrested????], Two years since gorkha earthquake: Only a quarter of damaged health facilities rebuilt, by Manish Gautam (kp), NRB asked to ensure easy loans to quake survivors (kp), NRA asks NRB to relax process for concessional loan, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), MJF-D, RJP decide to unify (ht) [new name will be Nepal Loktantrik Forum and MJF-D Chairman Gachhadar will lead it], SC stays probe into multi-billion rupee drug scam (rep) [???]

04/04/2017: Fire the slowpokes: A new Truth and Reconciliation Commission consisting of nonpartisan experts should be formed; Nepal’s experience suggests that when perpetrators hold the key to power, truth and justice for conflict victims can be sidelined, by DB Subedi (kp), Number of voters in Tarai up by 15.46 pc, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Nevertheless is the number of registered voters in the Tarai less than in the rest of the country even though the population is higher according to national census!], First statute amendment, then elections: Thakur (ht), Security in mess as some in police turn criminals, by Manish Gautam (kp), Apologetic Hisila Yami says “yo desh lai khaarej gar” was a slip of the tongue (ht) [Don't worry and think of the continued misspelling of words from ethnic languages by Nepali mother tongue speakers!!], PM explores possibility of polls in two phases, by Roshan Sedhai (rep) [Why?], Most women unaware of reservations, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), Province 1 awaits election in anticipations of first-ever mayors, by Raju Adhikari and Bhim Chapagain (rep), Destroying Hinduism: We must defend Kamal Thapa’s right to maintain his party’s position on Hindu state but we should reject his call for Nepal as Hindu state, by Bishal Thapa (rep) [????], Poisonous legacy: The media gave extensive coverage to CIAA accusations against government officials but were miserly in covering their acquittal, by Jayash Paudel (rep)

03/04/2017: Dahal pledges to sort disputes in ‘two days’: PM to meet RPP chief and DPM Thapa, UML Chair Oli and Madhesi Morcha leaders to discuss the pressing agendas, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Police detain Bhattarai among dozens from demo outside EC (ht), BRB caught from EC, released (kp), 6 areas in Valley declared restricted zones (kp), Limbuwan party for leveraging election to strengthen its base, by Arjun B. Rajbanshi (kp), Polls possible if statute amendment bill is revised: MJF-D (ht), Bid to form unified Madhesi party (ht), Price of polls in Province 2: It’s important to get political buy-in from Madhesi parties for a two-phase election (kp), Bibeksheel moves court demanding election symbol (rep), Agitation against restructuring of local bodies (ht), Are We Close To The End Of Tunnel?, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), ‘Citizens should be made aware of their rights and duties’ (ht), Democracy becomes much dearer, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Handle with care: Even though Nepal’s new constitution has several weaknesses, its flexible, amendable and democratic characters are its big strengths, by Ganesh Mandal (rep)

02/04/2017: TRC, a hostage to chairperson’s prolonged absence, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), PM’s polls-in- 2-phases proposal faces objection: Coalition partners, main opposition call for elections on scheduled date, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Energy minister attends Maoist party programme flouting election code, by Sudip Kaini (kp), NC Objection To SC Verdict: Mocks Independence Of Judiciary, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), NSN to protest at EC, election offices (ht)

01/04/2017: Neighbours thrash Dalit boy for entering kitchen, by Prakash Adhikari (kp), UDMF’s key concern to be addressed after May 14: PM (ht), We want actions, not words: Morcha leaders; PM Dahal seeks two days to find political consensus on his proposal, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Talks flounder as NC does U-turn: Two sides agree to meet again Sunday after PM promises 'concrete draft' (rep), UDMF protests fail to dampen election spirit in Province 2, by Suresh Yadav, Ritesh Tripathi and Upendra Yadav (rep), Baidya-led Maoist Party to join local polls (rep), Quest For An Ideal Mayor, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Govt for posting 80 pc civil servants to province, local levels, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Deputing staffers to provincial, local governments challenging: Government staff demand one level promotion to join services at state, local levels, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

31/03/2017: Whither compensation: Govt’s inconsistent and ad-hoc policies letting down conflict victims, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Vote for… those who ensure roofs over our heads, say quake victims, by Sudip Kaini (kp) [Probably, many will ensure this but it will be empty words!!], Rai seeks amendment first (ht), BRB issues 48-hr ultimatum to PM: Demands participation in local polls (kp), MJF-Loktantrik decides to pull support for govt (kp), Prosperity Under Discourse, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), SC orders govt to ensure safe housing to people (ht)

30/03/2017: ICJ urges Nepal to revise Criminal Code Bill draft: Seeks accountability for grave rights violations (kp), ICJ seeks revision of Nepal’s Criminal Code Bill (ht), Need for consensus grows as date for polls draws closer, by Anil Giri (kp), Madhes protests cost Saptari 11 lives in 19 months: Residents, leaders and activist call for peaceful protests, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), Environment becoming conducive for elections in Madhes: CEC Yadav; Reiterates need of consensus among parties (kp), Madhesi Parties: A Force To Reckon With, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), 2nd batch of aid reaches only 103 families in Kavre (kp), NC leader murdered; Khalanga shut in protest (kp), Wisdom of experience: Nepal should learn from the mistakes made by nation-states with a specific religious identity, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Udayapur youths miffed at not being able to vote: They are not in the voters' list as DEO stopped registering names (ht) [???], Big party mayoral aspirants in Pokhara, Bharatpur, by Santosh Pokharel and Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Major parties initiate process to pick candidates for local polls (rep)

29/03/2017: Mixing religion and politics: Some Nepali politicians and parties have been emboldened by the election result in India, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp), Good political culture: Political parties’ failure to adjust their ideologies, principles and actions could put the country at risk, by Jaya Jung Mahat (kp), Apprehensions Defused, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), NC to take lead to see statute revision proposal through (kp), SLMM supporters stage anti-poll protests in several Tarai districts (kp), Implementation of directives not satisfactory: SAC (kp), 16 ministries for the central government suggested (kp), Political parties expedite election campaigning: CPN (Maoist Centre), RPP and UML ahead in the race (kp)

28/03/2017: Federal election bill: federal election bill; Madhesis to get reservation for 20.9 percent seats, down from 31.9 percent in the Constituent Assembly elections when Madhesis, Tharus and Muslims were under a single category, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Officials discuss security issues on Monday in view of Morcha protests: Point to challenges in holding elections in eastern Tarai districts (kp), Security Council recommends Army deployment for May polls: The decision should be endorsed by Parliament within a month of the deployment (kp), Victims tossed into bureaucratic minefield (ht)

27/03/2017: Give justice: Parliament should also take up this issue seriously if the State remains apathetic to the CIEDP’s call (ht), Martyr families question the outcome of their loss, by Suresh Yadav (rep), Ensure participation of Madhes parties in May polls: NC leaders (kp), Madhes parties should be brought on board: Thapa (kp) [By denying constitutional changes and federalism and by reintroducing monarchy and the anti-inclusive Hindu state? Your statement is ridiculous, Mr Thapa!], Khadka calls for referendum (kp) [There has already been referendums in form of Jana Andolan II and the CA elections!!], Khadka seeks referendum for Hindu state (rep), Yadav warns of people’s revolt (kp), ‘Statute execution likely to fail’ (ht), Criminals active in guise of politics: Oli (kp) [Says the person who has been most responsible for the renewed confrontation!], Barpak survivors fear they may not get further aid, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Saffron extension: Characters like Modi and Yogi have risen as the contemporary faces of ‘extended’ orientalism, by Achyut Wagle (kp)

26/03/2017: CIEDP handicapped as legally there’s very little it can do: Government yet to enact law criminalising enforced disappearance andtorture (ht) Refining Electoral Democracy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), CEC calls for consensus among parties for polls (kp), Polls after constitution amendment, says Thakur (kp), Nail culprits of Madhes: Oli and Raut are championing hate-filled worldviews that are unkind to half of the Nepalis, by Atul K. Thakur (kp)

25/03/2017: Conflict victims allowed to move SC against TRC Chairman Gurung: Apex court quashes registrar's refusal order (ht), NRA website gives wrong information about rebuilt houses (ht), NRA says previous team misinformed on number of houses rebuilt, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Kathmandu Valley’s heritage at stake: UNESCO not happy with the pace of reconstruction in the Kathmandu Valley (ht), Lowest bidders a major threat (ht), Looming Political Crisis, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Publish ‘minority’ list, EC asks govt, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), A tale of two DPMs and Dahal’s trip to China: Bimalendra Nidhi-Kamal Thapa row over seniority leaves country without official head of govt, by Anil Giri (kp), CK Raut remanded to custody for 10 more days (ht) [If his name were Kamal Thapa, he would be made DPM instead!!], Amend statute before polls, says Mahato (ht), Transparent policy-making makes people less cynical of their government, interview with Rohini Pande and Michael Callen (rep), Rs 5.05 billion distributed to woo voters, by Rudra Pangeni (rep)

24/03/2017: Dahal’s bid to break deadlock fails again: Hopes some breakthrough after returning from his visit to north, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM for amendment but not to boundaries for now: Madhes parties refuse to budge (rep), Maoist, RPP cadres clash in Dhading (kp), Corruption cure: Nepal’s state of affairs is bleak, and unless we hold local level elections, what is in store for us could be worse, by Prem Dangal (kp), Cleaning the drainage: Nepal’s development bottleneck is largely due to the behavioural problems plaguing our leaders, bureaucrats and general citizens, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp), SC orders formation of constitutional bench (ht), SC orders CJ to designate judges for Constitutional Bench (rep), For stability: This bill is very important for holding three tiers of elections that are not very far off and there is little time to prepare for all these elections (ht) [The treshold is necessary, but your argument that the major political parties are inclusive is wrong!], Saffron surge: Nepal’s secularist republicans are now getting nervous that India will do a U-turn, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Southerly Wind (nt)

23/03/2017: Criteria for national parties: 3 percent vote share, 1 FPTP seat a must, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Threshold of 3pc plus one FPTP seat for national party (rep), House endorses Bill on Political Parties with threshold provision (ht), Political Imbroglio: A Gordian Knot?, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Local Poll Manifestoes: Enhancing Social Accountability, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Govt urged to appoint IG without any delay: Former IGs of Nepal Police and security experts warn the leadership void could affect the chain of command of the law enforcement agency (kp), Morcha supporters remove village councils, municipality signboards: The Morcha supporters also demonstrated in Belsapur, Ujaini, Manjhariya and Parasi to protest against the local elections (kp), MC to go extra mile to bring Morcha on board: The party says it will also lobby for increasing the number of local units (kp), Farcical law: There is no reason to be alarmed by any political view, so long as there is no attempt to inflame violence, by Deepak Thapa (kp), TRC holds meet in absence of chair (ht), Probe begins into Tharuhat, Madhes protests (ht), NRA Act inadequate for reconstruction task: CEO Pokharel; "If the NRA remained with the same powers and guidelines as now, I don't see any future for it" (rep), Protest in Saptari over downgrading of municipality: Marketplaces closed, municipality padlocked, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep)

22/03/2017: House sits idle with no business to deal with: Yet to enact 100 laws needed to implement charter, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Maoist MPs lash out at their ministers, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM’s party eyes statute revision sans boundary: Maoist MPs representing Madhes urge the party to create environment for Madhesi Morcha to take part in the polls (kp), EC Takes Wind Out Of RPP’s Sails, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Gender equality: The Nordic Model, by Kjell Tormod Pettersen (rep)

21/03/2017: Untouchability: Still entrenched; The state should apologize for its historically inhumane treatment of the Dalit community, by David Kainee (rep), Amendment needed to secure women’s rights: Activists (ht), UML rigid on its stance on charter amendment (kp), UML asks govt to bring plan to break deadlock, by Tika R. Prahan (kp) [Says the party that is responsible for the deadlock!], CPN-UML asks what will satisfy Madhesi Front (ht) [Are they stupid or simply arrogant?], House passes bill relating to wards and constituency: Provision to allow division of one ward between two constituencies (ht), RPP members clash with cops, dozens hurt: Party is protesting against EC move of removing ‘Hindu state’ and ‘monarchy’ from its statute (kp), Kantipath turns tense as RPP cadres clash with police (rep), Shifting winds: Nepal’s Hindu supporters may be eyeing a rebound with leftists in India at a low ebb, by Prakash A. Raj (kp), Let Us Trust The People, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Election hampers printing of school textbooks, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep)

20/03/2017: EC worried about lack of consensus on May polls: Madhes-based parties have warned of boycotting and disrupting the local level elections if the constitution is not amended first (kp), Madhesi Morcha boycotts Parliament meeting (kp), SLMM shuts municipal, village council offices (kp), Commission defends decision to reject RPP agendas (kp) [The EC will probably not have the right to change party statutes, but according to article 269 it has the duty not to allow parties with such anti-constitutional and anti-national goals! In view of growing Hindu fundamentalism in Nepal's immediate neighbourhood, the RPP-Nepal means a real danger!!], Political Hinduism: For Nepal, there’s much to be wary of the Hindu cleric in UP’s new chief minister (kp), Stung by EC, RPP registers constitution amendment proposal: Proposes ‘Hindu state with complete religious freedom’, instead of secularism (kp), The political impasse: A middle path, by Bishnu Hari Marasini (ht), Gachchhadar's party 'might' join NC (rep) [???]

19/03/2017: Lies, damn lies and statistical lies: When elections do not reflect the will of the people, they could become a problem in themselves, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Pressure in Congress to approve amendment bill before May vote (kp) Madhes-based Parties Against Direct Democracy?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [??], EC move can ruin poll environment: Thapa; Objects to removal of ‘Hindu state’, ‘monarchy’ from his party statute, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), RPP registers amendment proposal demanding Hindu state (ht), Province 2 likely to see heavy police presence during local elections, by Manish Gautam (kp), Cause of death contested (kp)

18/03/2017: EC removes Hindu state, monarchy from RPP’s statute (ht) [The correct way would have been not to register anti-national parties like the RPP-Nepal that stand aginst the fundamental principals of Nepali state and society and try to disturb social harmony!!], EC removes 'Hindu state', 'monarchy' from RPP's statute, by Bhadra (rep), Election Commission robbed us of our soul, says Kamal Thapa (ht), NC lawmakers from Tarai pressure party for amendment (ht), EC chief takes his poll concerns to PM Dahal: Calls for environment to accommodate all parties for May 14 elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC awards electoral symbols to 26 parties: A total of 79 political parties have been registered with the EC for the upcoming local elections (kp), No temp cops in sensitive districts: Govt (kp), Mechi-Mahakali campaign over: CPN-UML to organise special programme in Province 2 (kp), Another new party! Either Rabindra dai is crazy, or is suffering from mid-life crisis at 50, or really wants to devote his time to participate in the ‘Political Olympics’ of Nepal, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Our first nations: There are compelling evidence to suggest that even before the Aryan and Mongoloid groups of people stumbled upon this place, it was occupied by Austroasiatic groups of people, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp), Upcoming Polls An Opportunity, by Thakur Mohan Shrestha (rn), Power to the local units, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Row over office locations for local units flare (rep), 481 chiefs appointed in rural municipalities (rep), Preparations for new local units move ahead in Province 2 (rep), MPs lobby for VVIP perks after retirement (rep), Shaping a country, by Swasti Gautam (rep)

17/03/2017: Coalition partners fail to convince Morcha to take part in local polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Gathabandhan announces protest programmes (kp), Four more UDMF parties withdraw support for govt (rep), Accommodate all before going to vote: India (kp), An Assessment of UML’s Campaign, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [Once again extremely biased!], Politicisation is necessary: This will ensure a more democratic and transparent governance process and practice, by Jeevan Baniya (kp), Prestige at stake: Laws need to be made to ensure that competent people are appointed as ambassadors, by Anurag Devkota (kp), EC clips wings of ministers, MPs, secys: Election Commision bans foreign junkets till polls are over, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Flagged off: With local polls less than two months away, the Nepali public sphere is abuzz with talk of candidates for mayors or village council chiefs, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Back to the golden age, by Rishiram Lumsali (nt), Question of threshold: A stabilising factor, by Pranav Bhattarai (ht)

16/03/2017: Hurtling towards disaster: Politics and discourse seem to have collapsed at multiple levels, rendering even simple solutions impossibly complex, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Additional 3,830 conflict victims verified: Number now totals 139,711, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), War-victims demand TRC office bearers’ resignation (ht), FSFN officially withdraws support to govt (rep), Morcha calls it quits, severs ties with govt: SSF-N informs Speaker about decision, six constituents to do so today (kp), Kanchanpur firing: Ballistics indicates bullet belongs to SSB (kp), Nidhi takes up border killing issue with India (kp), Continued uncertainty: Recent incidents have yet again exposed Nepali society’s vulnerability to conflict (kp), Polls sans resolution of Tarai problem will spell disaster: Sah (ht), Social inclusion, by Sharad K. Shrestha (ht) [!!!], DPM Thapa advocates for reinstatement of Hindu state: RPP ministers are advocating for a Hindu state though the constitution has declared Nepal a secular country (kp) [This antinational politician is trying to destroy social harmony in Nepal! He must be dismissed immediately! Why is he not treated like CK Raut?], Amendment bill won’t be endorsed, says Khanal: The UML leader claims the amendment bill has  proposals that are against the national interest (kp) [Not much different from Kamal Thapa!], UML’s taunting and insulting of Madheshis led to Saptari deaths, interview with Jitendra Sonal, Tarai-Madhesh Democratic Party (rep), A better alternative force: It is a challenge for the new parties to reduce the perception that politics is a dirty game and to rekindle hope, by Manavi Poudel (kp), War-victims demand TRC office bearers’ resignation (ht), A week after fixing 6,680 wards, govt tables bill in House (rep), LLRC Report Implementation: Historic Master Stroke, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Madhesi Parties’ Protests And Local Polls, by Uttam Maharjan (rn)

15/03/2017: Additional 14,988 conflict victims verified, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Transitional justice: Doing it right, by Geja Sharma Wagle (rep), Another round of conflict? Despite our impatience to embark on a path of prosperity, we still need to work on peace, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Statute revision sans boundary revision? PM says provincial demarcation should not be an issue for local pollsn Calls on Madhes-based parties to participate in elections on May 14, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Ultimatum ends, but Morcha keeps mum (kp), UDMF refuses PM Dahal’s proposal, announces fresh stir (ht), We’re no longer with ruling coalition: UDMF leaders (rep), Oli tells Madhesi parties not to rake up communal sentiments (ht) [Make the state inclusive and communal sentiments will no longer play any role, Mr Oli!!], A section of NC asks leadership to act (kp), SLMM activists set passenger bus on fire (kp), 744 new local units come into effect (kp), Whistle rally held in Khotang (ht), All Eyes On Local Elections, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Did Terai People Need To Punish Madheshi Leaders?, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

14/03/2017: Murder-convict Dhungel felicitated in Okhaldhunga: Dhungel and seven others had been convicted for the murder. Six have already completed their jail terms while the seventh, Pushkar Gautam, is still in jail, by Anil Bhandari (rep) [Long live the close cooperation of politics and crime!], Defuse the tension: Preparations to amend the constitution and hold polls should be done simultaneously, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Dahal urges Oli to help amend constitution, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli refuses to support statute amendment bill (ht), RPP to quit govt if existing amendment bill put to vote: Thapa (rep), RPP won’t vote for amendment: Thapa: ‘We will rather walk out of govt’ (kp) [Long live the endless power fighting among the non-inclusive and conservative male political elite on the cost of the not included sections of society!], Madhesi parties undecided over withdrawing support to govt (rep), PM to champion cause of presidential system (ht), LLRC’s tenure ends without completing task, by Binod Ghimire (kp), LLRC fails to fix special, autonomous and protected regions, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), New local govt structure revives development hopes, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Additional cash to conflict victims: EC appears softer towards govt on poll code violation; Former commissioners say govt decision untimely, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [As usual, the politicians get active ahead of elections, but they will forget their promises immediately after the elections!], The halo effect: Instead of discrediting rivals, our politicians should be on the same page about attracting foreign investment, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Trigger for growth: A sense of competition among local units to ensure improved delivery of services would be very helpful, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Openness and isolation: Nepali youths find themselves being pulled between two opposing global phenomena, by Saurav Raj Pant (kp)

13/03/2017: Unchanged power structure: Country’s political problems will be ignored by the ‘aristocratic ruling class’ until its own position is optimised, by Achyut Wagle (kp), In dark times: The struggles between defenders of Khas-Arya dominance and hegemony and proponents of ethnic equality and Madheshi dignity are likely to be a protracted one, by CK Lal (rep), Ruling parties turning to 'fence-sitters' for way out, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Won't allow constitution amendment: UML leaders, by Rekha Bhusal (rep), Mahato warns of intensified agitation (ht), Thakur rejects Deuba’s request to stand by govt: Tells NC president protests in Rajbiraj were not organ-ised by Morcha but irate people gathered voluntarily to protest the CPN-UML’s electoral campaign (kp), Ready to act if atrocities go on: Yadav (kp), Army chief in eastern Tarai (kp), Politically Counter-productive Moves, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), The sky won’t fall if all three elections aren’t held by the deadline, interview with Rajendra Shrestha, Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal (kp), Local polls elate women leaders, by Raju Adhikari (rep), Lohani quits reshaped RPP (kp), Baidya against May elections (kp), Bid to induct Gachhadar in jumbo Cabinet (ht)

12/03/2017: Cold snap adds to misery of quake-displaced (kp), Reconstruction impasse: A stable and effective leadership is essential in the NRA to overcome obstacles, by Narayan Marasini (kp), Some NC leaders want local polls after amending statute (ht), EC puts expenditure cap for candidates (kp), EC asks govt to depute staff to local levels by Thursday, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), MoFALD seeks staff for local units (kp), CPN banda affects life (kp), Vehicles vandalised for defying bandh in Gaighat (kp), Let’s work together: Civil society organisations and the government should try to become better friends, by Prakash Bhattarai and Samikshya Bhattarai (kp), Keep Incendiary Politics At Bay, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn)

11/03/2017: Saptari and beyond: Immediate and long term perspective on the tragic Saptari incident, by Shreya Paudel (kp), Madhes protest victims mostly commoners, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), New local level units come into existence, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Federal setup with 744 local units enforced: DPM Thapa, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Take Madhesi Parties On Board, by Amarendra Yadav (rn), 8 million students hit by Friday's strike (kp), 80 banda enforcers held (kp), UML resumes Mechi-Mahakali campaign from Hetauda (kp), Gender Equality In Nepal, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Long live King Kamal! Kamal Dai and his fellow mandaley’s voted against our Emperor during the prime ministerial election in August. But in politics, friends become foes and enemies become lovers, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical]

10/03/2017: NHRC concerned over obstruction: Commissioner Ansari’s vehicle vandalised (kp), UDMF cadres torch bus for defying strike in Saptari (ht), Death toll in Saptari incident rises (ht), A lose-lose situation (nt), The middle path, by Dipendra Jha (nt), ‘Fuel shortage’ fear grips Valley (ht), Thapa makes it to govt, again: Three RPP leaders join Dahal who now leads the largest Cabinet ever, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Oli accuses ruling parties of trying to kill UML leadership: Asks Dahal to step down if he can’t hold elections (kp) [Such accusations should not be treated as joke and have to be decided by an independent law court! It is time that Nepali politicians become aware of all the nonsense that they say publicly and, if necessary, get punished!], After deal, Morcha ready to take bodies (kp), The elephant in the room: Killing of four people in Saptari police firing has amplified calls of those who do not want local elections, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Time to be realistic about federalism: Oli (ht) [??], Up to the task: More struggle is necessary to get Nepali women into real decision-making positions, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp), Districts to get LBRC report (ht), Stateless daughters: Every Nepali mother must be allowed to get Nepali citizenship as easily as a man, without if’s and but’s, by Deepti Gurung (nt), Untie the knot: Every day of delayed reconstruction of built heritage is another blow against Kathmandu Valley’s living culture, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt), Erneute Eskalation im Tarai: Die Gefahr des gescheiterten Staates, von Karl-Heinz Krämer (Nepal Observer 38), Polls Announced, by Tilak Rawal (sp)

09/03/2017: EC And Electoral Integrity, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Local Polls & Strengthening Of Democracy, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Prolonged stalemate: It is perhaps time to turn to an approach where all major parties agree to work with a common mediator, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Amnesty calls for prompt probe into police killings (kp) [see statement by AI], Panel to probe into Saptari killings (kp), UML rejects PM’s call to postpone poll rally (kp), CPN-UML refuses to halt Mechi-Mahakali campaign: The party has decided to resume campaign from Hetauda on March 10 (ht), UML demands govt security for party rallies: Warns of grave consequences if the party has to resort to self-defense (rep) [Allow the democratic discussion of constitutional changes in parliament and the situation will calm down!], Morcha serves 7-day ultimatum to govt: Warns of withdrawing support if demands not met (kp), UDMF serves ultimatum to PM: Wants constitution amendbill passed, polls postponed (kp), Protests against Maleth shooting on 2nd day of bandh also (rep), Banda affects life in Tarai districts (kp), Strikes hit customs revenue collection, by Shankar Acharya (kp), CEC Yadav’s house vandalised (kp), RPP calls off its poll campaign: The party had earlier announced 5-day national unity procession in various districts starting March 21 (kp), UK concerned over Saptari incident (kp), Govt hands over local level restructuring report to EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC now at point of no return: CEC Yadav, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), The day Ban Ki-moon cried: Have we done enough to support the earthquake victims in Nepal?, by Surendra Bahadur Sijapati (kp), NRA deadline leaves landless quake victims worried, by Narahari Sapkota (rep), Air too dangerous to breathe: Kathmandu residents breathed extremely polluted air in Magh, by Ajaya Shrestha (rep), Govt brings bill for delineation of electoral constituencies (rep), Madhesh is wasting: If all Madheshi leaders come under a single electoral umbrella, it would give the fight for Madheshi rights new boost and legitimacy, by Sukhdev Shah (rep)

08/03/2017: Stop Confrontational Politics!, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Tragic deaths: Despite strong differences, the UML and the Madhesi parties should urge caution (kp), Police killings spark protests: Morcha supporters enforce strike, shut eastern Tarai districts, by Abdhesh Kumar Jha (kp), Family members inconsolable after death of breadwinner, by Mikthilesh Yadav (rep), Govt recalls Saptari CDO, security chiefs: Decides to deploy additional 300 security personnel in the district, by Manish Gautam (kp), Put off polls: Gathabandhan (kp), Morcha tried to encircle us: UML (kp), The road to Maleth, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), Local polls shouldn't stop under any pretext: UML (rep), Federal Alliance to end support to govt if polls not withdrawn (rep), Congress lawmakers demand judicial probe (kp), Leaders' provocative speeches laid the ground for Tikapur killings: NHRC; Recommends action against APF DIG Chaudhary, SP Singh over security lapses (rep) [Not only speeches but also the arrogant UML boycott of democratic procedures cin parliament!], Saptari incident concerns UN, US (kp), NHRC blames security lapse for Tikapur incident: Seeks departmental action against senior APF officers (ht), 2,000 more staff needed to handle all local units (kp), Quake-displaced demand safe place for resettlement, by Sudip Kaini (kp), Report and Reality: Melamchi environment plan only on paper, Lack of proper implementation a threat to public health (rep), 13 years on, society yet to accept Maoist leader who married a Dalit girl, by Ram Hari Gajurel (rep), Women continue to face discrimination at home, workplace (ht), Is women empowerment just women employment? If this day is to celebrate your and my achievements, then it does not need to be marked in the calendar, by Sambridhi Gyawali (rep), Bold action now: In Nepal, while women work as much as men, the gender wage gap is still in the bottom half of the world ranking, by Valerie Julliand (rep), 15pc quake victims yet to receive first tranche of govt aid (ht) [In 14 of the 31 affected districts; people in the other districts have got nothcing at all after almost two years and, to a greater part still live in shelters!!]

07/03/2017: Three protesters killed in police firing in Saptari, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp), 3 dead as UDMF cadres clash with police, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), CPN-UML’s East-West Campaign And PN Shah’s Sword, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Experts in Madhes urge all to exercise restraint, by Bhusan Yadav (kp), SLMM flays incident, calls on all for peace (kp), UDMF leaders threaten to withdraw support to govt (rep), UDMF to withdraw support to govt today (ht), UML puts campaign on hold for 3 days, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML decides to put off Mechi-Mahakali Camapaign for three days, by Mani Dahal (rep), NC rival faction criticises Deuba, prime minister (kp), The ideal transition: There are major obstacles that need to be overcome to avoid prolonging the process, by Binoj Basnyat (kp), Take part in polls: The Madhesi parties should not let slip the chance of institutionalizing the hard-earned achievements of the movements launched by the people for decades (ht), Funneling Money Through Mouth, by Prem Khatry (rn), Unlikely to finish all tasks within deadline: LBRC, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Writ petition filed against govt decision to increase local units (rep)

06/03/2017: Debate over poll-related bill surfaces (rep), UML changes venue for safety: Prime minister, National Human Rights Commission urge Madhesi Morcha not to disturb peaceful events, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [This is correct, but the UML should also not disturb democratic procedures in parliament! The UML is not only a victim but also a perpetrator!], NHRC urges UDMF not to obstruct UML campaign (ht), Don’t be destructive: UML to UDMF, by Amar Khadka (rep) [Yes, please show democratic culture just as the UML does when it obstructs parliament!], UML, UDMF set to face off as neither is budging, by Mani Dahal (rep), Morcha units to counter party programmes (kp), Conflict avoidance: The potential threat of clashes between  various parties cannot be underemphasised (kp), Leaders say east-west tour for national unity (kp) [What mean national unity, integrity and nationalism in the non-inclusive state of Nepal that is stilled ruled in form of an oligarchy?], Number of local units reaches 744: 21 more in Province 2 (kp), Govt to create 744 local levels: Of the additional 25 civic bodies, 21 to be in province 2 (ht), Redrawing of provincial boundaries has no bearing on local elections, interview with Narayan Kaji Shrestha, CPN-MC (kp), Creating Environment For Election, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Poor in Jhapa desperate for local elections, by Raju Adhikari (rep), Women and rightist revival: By calling on women to participate in local election, anti-inclusive and anti-federal forces are laying a trap, by Hisila Yami (rep), ‘Reconstruction work procedure to be amended’ (ht)

05/03/2017: ‘Torture high in Tarai district’: According to a study  carried out by the THRD Alliance, 23.76 percent of the 766 detainees  interviewed in 19 districts reported torture (kp) [see THRDA press release], Chhaupadi tradition: Women’s monthly exile continues (kp), Uncertainty, not instability: Nepal’s current political problem is an inability to move from a deal-based mechanism to a rule-based one, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Politics of agreement: Announcing polls before resolving disagreements could be a ploy to perpetuate political instability, by Sachchi Ghimire Karki (kp), ‘Try to pass constitution amendment bill before local level polls’ (ht), Major parties begin preparing for first phase of elections (ht), Major parties prepare to get out on the hustings: UML launches campaign, RPP to start on March 20; NC, Maoist Centre devising strategies, by Binod Ghimire (kp), UML’s Mechi-Mahakali Campaign kicks off, by Parbat Portel (kp), 21 leaders from Madhes inducted to CC (kp) [??], UML Campaign And Reactive Madhesi Front, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), PM backtracking on commitment: Thakur (ht), Morcha leaders seek to derail programme, by Abadhesh Kumar Jha (kp), Poll body seeks support from India and China: The Election Commission says it has sought support from the neighbouring countries to prevent a lengthy procurement  procedure, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Dust in our eyes: Politicians of all hues have recklessly destroyed Nepal’s nature and ecology, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

04/03/2017: Discourses of Alternative Politics in Nepal, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Panel to suggest 17 more local units in State 2 (kp), Task-force proposes to increase 25 local units (rep), Morcha obstructs UML programme in Saptari (kp), 'UDMF-UML face-off a threat to Saptari's internal security', by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), Rolpa, the cradle of Maoists insurgency, elated with local polls, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Constitution amendment: Speaker likely to send bill to special committee, by Rupesh Acharya (ht)

03/03/2017: SC seeks govt action plan for 3 elections (kp) [!!], Charter revision becomes a hot potato for PM: Rules out amendment before polls, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UDMF mulls withdrawing support to Dahal govt (rep), TMDP, SP tell leaders to prepare for protest (ht), Plain speaking: So far, the Madhesi parties are staying firm even though there is no way the proposed amendment will get a two-thirds vote, by Om Astha Rai and Jiyalal Sah (nt), Madhesi Politics Of Negation, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [Once again a onesided Tagadhari view: The politics of negation is practised by both sides! Why not talk about the UML politics of negation?], Minister breaches election code of conduct (kp), Govt breaches poll code, appoints 4 VCs (rep), No plan to disrupt local polls: Chand (kp), Mahat, UN top official discuss Nepal HR issues (kp), Downplaying diplomacy: Govt needs to appoint competent ambassadors so that Nepal can handle international challenges successfully, by Gopal Thapa (kp) [!!], Time to complete task not enough: LBRC (ht), Bhatta asks TRC secretariat to call meeting pronto (ht)

02/03/2017: Govt bid to get partners’ support comes a cropper: RPP, MJF-L refuse to back bill; Morcha warns of ‘grave consequences’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), PM again woos Madhesi parties to no avail (rep), Six constituents of UDMF refuse to register with EC (ht), EC tells ministers not to engage in campaigning, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC commissioners, ministers in heated debate over code, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), EC registers 81 parties for local polls (kp), Parties campaigning in villages, by Anil Bhandari (rep), KP Oli was an architect of two Tarai-province model, interview with Farmullah Mansoor, Nepali Congress (rep)

01/03/2017: Victims’ critical engagement: The number of people willing to engage with the commissions shows the need and desire for justice and reconciliation, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Absence of TRC Chair affects works (ht) [???], PM: Let’s seek change through the ballot box: Counts his compulsions to go for elections sans statute amendment; Calls on disgruntled forces to participate in local level polls on May 14, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), No putting amendment on hold: Madhes parties to PM, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Election a chance for Madhes to express grievances: PM (rep) [??], Governing parties’ renewed calls cut no ice with Morcha, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Deadlock Casts Shadow On Polls, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Poll code comes into force today, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Nepal announces UNHRC candidature for 2018-20 term: This is the first time Nepal has presented  its candidature to the council (kp) [First, respect human rights at home! See collection of links on HR issues!], Govt extends deadline of taskforce again (rep), Mishra quits BBC to form ‘Sajha Party’ (kp), Politics and Economics of Local-Unit Elections, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

28/02/2017: Tharu leaders’ district meetings to plan protests against polls (kp), Madhes-based parties rule out local polls (ht), Agitating leaders want provision like Indian statute Article 3, by Ashok Dahal (rep), PM for moving issues forward in two phases: Morcha leaders reject, saying ‘we can’t trust govt’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Govt consults parties on constitution amendment bill (ht), 22 local units likely to be added in Province 2 (kp), EC in rush to acquire ballot boxes: Election authority has 65,000 at its disposal, will need at least 85,000, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Printing ballot papers to affect textbooks availability: Only 50 percent school textbooks printed to date, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep), Dalit, minority women to see big increase among elected, by Prakash Timilsina (rep) [There will hardly be more than prescribed by law, and this would still be far from being representative!], For Free And Fair Local Election, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Chasing a mirage: Given the myriad challenges, we should hold local polls under the existing structure and gradually adopt the new set-up, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Elections, parties and money: Creating a fund with tax deductible donations can end campaign finance corruption, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Baidhya and Chand-led Maoist parties won’t be able to contest local polls: EC (ht), Govt, LDOs mull over adding new local bodies (ht), PM pledges to raise Dalit issues at UN (kp), Stop meddling: The practice of wielding influence to grab a stake in infrastructure projects should end (kp)

27/02/2017: State of limbo: The Nepali political atmosphere is changing as a result of recent events (kp), Police, Morcha cadres clash in Gaur; six hurt (kp), Madhes parties want all Tarai districts hived off from hills, by Ashok Dahal (rep), 15 amendment papers filed on charter revision, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Positive Step Toward Statute Implementation, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Paudel faction wants CWC, PP meet as rift widens in NC (rep), Govt’s dillydallying puts EC in a fix to begin ‘actual preparations’, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Accept the outcome: Constitutional amendment and holding of local level elections are unrelated matters. Electoral boycott would seek to nullify the supremacy of parliament (ht) [Just as the UML initiated boycott of the discussion on constitution amendment does!], SC refuses to register 'right to reject' plea, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Election Commission proposes expenditure limits for local polls: Rs 700k highest amount a candidate can spend, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Seven-lakh ceiling set on poll spending, by Arjun Poudel (ht), EC invites parties to enlist for polls (kp), Parties look to expand base, ramp up activities in far-west for polls (ht), Protest against local bodies restructuring resumes in Khotang (ht), All our daughters: Where are Nepali women in the metaphor of coffins, bakasko bimba, which pervades pathologies of remittance reporting?, by CK Lal (rep)

26/02/2017: ‘Morcha on the cusp of severing ties with govt’ (kp), UDMF in wait and watch mode on next move (ht), Tharuhat protest from March 3 (kp), Indigenous Madhesis Want Elections, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [Nobody is against elections! The problem is that the traditionally excluded groups are going to be cheated once again by some male Tagadhari politicians who claim to be the true owners of the country! By the way, who is indigenous in the multiethnic state of Nepal where almost all groups have immigrated at any time? The blocking of elections is wrong, but why is it democratic if the UML blocks the necessary amendment discussion in parliament?], UML putting national unity in peril, says Deuba (ht), A town in Morang that says ‘NO’ to protests: Kosiharaicha locals stand firm against strikes under any pretext (kp), by Jitendra Sah (kp), Poll symbol rule riles fringe forces, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Poudel faction ups the ante against Deuba (kp), Paudel faction unhappy with Deuba’s ways, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Conference on Dalit concerns starts in Capital (kp), Divine motherland: The task of healing and rejuvenating Nepal is long overdue, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp)

25/02/2017: Nepal’s Elusive Democracy, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Gathabandhan warns of severing ties with govt, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), FA to launch stir against local polls, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Delay in bringing poll code a major cause for concern: We’ll take a decision most probably by tomorrow: EC, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), EC seeks bar on weapon-wielding protesters (ht), LLRC rules out report revision: Tells govt to ‘do what it wishes’ (kp), Go local! We know that the looting will continue even when we have our own mayors and ward chairpersons but at least we can hold them accountable and kick them out come next election, by Guffadi (kp), Three Main Mistakes of Former President Yadav, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (kp)

24/02/2017: The real truth about the Truth Commission: Nepal’s transitional justice process was delayed, now it is doomed, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Trust and the TRC, by Charan Prasai (nt), Justice delayed, justice denied (nt), Naya Shakti, SSFN join forces against scheduled local polls: 9 NSN leaders oppose Bhattarai’s move, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), NEFIN against local polls held without settling boundary row (kp), Oppn parties allow a day of deliberations (rep), UML ‘allows’ House to deliberate over bill: Theoretical discussions though have begun in the House, the fate of the constitution amendment bill continues to hang in the balance, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), ‘Amendment bill won’t be endorsed’ (kp), Jugglenaut: Madhesi parties are not on board yet, but Dahal is in no mood to back off, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Hold all three elections on time: SC (kp) [This demand is reasonable but first the constitution has to be implemented after fundamental changes! Else, the new political system has no future!], Revitalising Democracy Through Election, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), Election code enforcement delay worries experts, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), To confront ‘cessionist’ moves: COAS (kp) [The army chief should not give political statements! Besides, RPP policy is the most cesessionist danger as it divides society by returning to the non-inclusive royal system!], Army ready to foil any separatist activities: CoAS Chhetri (rep), Political settlement: Nepal Army’s role; The political leadership has failed to influence the military in Nepal. They ousted monarchy but did not learn how to use the military for the betterment of the nation, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (ht)

23/02/2017: Progress on transitional justice precious little: AI (kp), Kotbada killings still haunt families, by Shankar Shrestha (rep), Remote Chitwan settlements left without school after earthquake, by Bimal Khatiwada (kp), Bakraha flood victims announce protest (kp), Parliament meeting postponed yet again (kp), Opposition to allow amendment bill if UDMF agrees to local polls, by Ashok Dahal (rep), UML sets rider for debate on amendment bill (ht) [The UML criticises the demands of UDMF and blockades all democratic procedures in an irresponsible way though its own procedure is in the same way strictly non-cooperative and undemocratic!], SLMM planning to sever ties with ruling coalition (kp), Tharuhat slams govt plan to hold local level polls (kp), Morcha banda affects life in eastern Tarai (kp), Banda affects life in Madhes, by Suresh Yadav and Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), All three elections must be held before January 21, 2018: SC (rep) [!!], MoHA starts homework for poll security plan (kp), EC unveils polls work plan, awaits LLRC report: EC commissioner vows to conduct local polls within stipulated timeframe, by Bhadra Sharma (kp), EC makes public election schedule (kp), Old heads on young shoulders: Student elections have become no more than an extension of the patronage politics on the national stage, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Agitating petroleum tanker operators should be jailed: Supplies secretary (rep) [If agitating politicians and party cadres were jailed as well, Nepal would need a lot more prisons!!]

22/02/2017: Nepal 206/17, report by Amnesty International, Local polls on May 14 at any cost: Nidhi, by Ajit Tiwari (rep), ‘Flexible’ UML throws ball in Morcha’s court: To agree on putting the bill in process only if agitating parties are ready to accept the outcome of voting, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Local elections are necessary, but 'flexibal' would look different! This is as reactionary as always before: First do what we overlords of the country order and then we can officially deny what you demand!], UML details two-week Mechi-Mahakali campaign (rep), House to dwell on amendment bill today (ht), UML against moving charter revision bill (kp) [!], Energising the grassroots: Local polls are imperative, so the UML and the Madhesi parties need to find common ground (kp), Angry SLMM skips meeting, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Parties in plains protest election plans (kp), A welcome step: Madhesi Morcha should take local elections as an opportunity to establish their agenda among the people, by Bishnu Hari Marasini (kp), People excited about local polls (kp), Local Election A Reality Now!, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn) [They should have been held together with the election for the two constituent assemblies in 2008 and 2013, but this has been prevented by the leaders of NC, UML and the Maoists! Reasons for this denial that had given by them then are still valid!]

21/02/2017: Racing against the clock: Nepal’s truth commissions need renewed focus and strong relationships to make the most of the extra year, by Aileen Thomson (kp), Cabinet sets May 14 as local election date, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Local polls after 20 years, finally, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), House unlikely to have business on statute revision (ht), Morcha announces stir, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UML welcomes announcement (kp), With shortest time ever for poll preparations, EC faces daunting task, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Govt extends taskforce deadline by 7 days, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Taskforce asked to up local units in Province 2 (kp), Govt decides to create more local bodies in Province 2 (ht), Life returns to normal in Rupandehi’s Marchawar (kp), Political Bone Of Contention, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), General Convention Of RPP And K Thapa, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

20/02/2017: Families of the disappeared to side with CIEDP, by Dewan Rai (kp), Decisive Week For Local Elections, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), 1.5 pc threshold proposed for upcoming parliamentary poll, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [!!], Govt appears set to announce poll dates; Delay could affect prospects of local elections by May: NC, Maoist Centre, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Rather plan other two elections: Morcha to PM, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Talks to set poll date fruitless: Heated exchanges with Madhesi leaders (rep), PM says poll date after deal with Madhes parties, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), ‘Charter revision after poll date’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), LBRC chief tells prime minister not to seek revision of report (ht), Chand Maoist planning a military wing in Rolpa (kp), Marchawar tense as CK Raut’s supporters clash with police, by Madhav Dhungana (kp), It’s secession, stupid: Madheshi Morcha leaders echo CK Raut on several fronts, with only slight variances in their tone and phraseology, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep) [By the way, what about the social secession that is forced by Kamal Thapa and his RPP? Both the policies of Raut and Thapa are disintegrating and unconstitutional, only that Raut is imprisoned and Thapa is celebrated by mainstream Tagadhari politicians!], Much delayed reconstruction: Now that rebuilding houses is finally under way, there’s much the NRA should focus on (kp), NRA nudges ministry over interest-free loan for quake victims (rep), Realising peace potential of constitution: Shared commitment to managing divisive identity politics, inter-party competition and foreign interests is essential, by Tatsushi Arai (kp), Given the current trend of politics, a crisis seems imminent, interview with Hridayesh Tripathi, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party (kp), Musahars submit memo to PM, by Santosh Singh (rep)

19/02/2017: Morcha puts PM under pressure, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), UDMF rejects PM’s proposal: Says no to poll date without passing statute amendmend bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Dahal to hold final talks with parties, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Caste-based discrimination still rife in Bajhang villages, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), CK Raut’s supporters held (kp), Powerful Nepali women’s challenges: They have come to stand face-to-face with history in an unprecedented way, by Abhi Subedi (kp)

18/02/2017: PM to take poll date proposal to Cabinet, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Revision of LBRC report unlikely (ht), Rastriya Prajatantra Party convention: RPP calls on all parties to work together for nation, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [In this case, you should stop to promote the Hindu state! The Nepali nation embraces a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural state!!], Low-Life Loafers: We the people have  resigned ourselves to the fact that our politicians will not change and we leave  it to them to take this  country down the drain, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical], Political instability, lack of vision led to wasted generation, by Kuvera Chalise (rep), Tharu parties aim for unification, by Madan Chaudhary (rep), #YouthForElection: In order to address people’s everyday issues we need local representatives more than we need members of parliaments, by Jagannath Lamichhane (rep), Post quake rebuilding: Let women lead; With male members away, women have started rebuilding their homes destroyed by 2015 earthquakes on their own, by Kriti Bhuju (rep), Nepal still remains mostly an unfree economy: Heritage Foundation, by Kuvera Chalise (rep)

17/02/2017: Post-quake reconstruction: Education of thousands of students in jeopardy; MoE at wit’s end as govt scrambles to generate fund to rebuild schools, by Binod Ghimire (kp), NA protecting officials in Maina’s case: Lawyers (kp), UN Nepal chief urges int'l standards for transitional justice bodies (rep), Transitional justice process: Will comply with int’l laws: PM (kp) [??], Bhatta urges Gurung to call TRC meeting without delay (ht), Naive LLRC report: Devolution should be Nepal’s motto going forward—the  proposed 719 local bodies will make this impossible, by Bihari Krishna Shrestha (kp), Local level restructuring: Add units in Province 2, recommends taskforce (kp), Prime minister reaches out to Madhes leaders, by Roshan Sedhaoi (kp), Maoists for pushing polls, charter revision together, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UML voices suspicion over lack of preparation for polls (rep), Pulling a poll cart: Dahal needs to show he wants elections, otherwise the NC and UML could gang up against him, by Om Astha Rai (nt), Chicken or egg? What comes first, election or amendment?, by Binita Dahal (nt), Halting Executive’s Aberration, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn)

16/02/2017: CIEDP opens new plaint registration window: Plans to launch formal investigation process after a month; War victims ‘cautiously optimistic’ the tasks will be completed; The CIEDP is also providing the already registered individuals the chance to record information and details to their complaints, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC, CIEDP to accept complaints again, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), The choice is yours: Short-term Panchayat-era nationalism or long-term vision of Nepal owned by all? The seed of one language, one dress nationalism that Mahendra sowed, KP Oli tries to reseed as the ideological son, by Pramod Mishra (kp), PM tells CEC dates for polls by Sunday: Local level elections by May-June (kp), Big 3 deal likely to put SLMM under pressure, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), ‘Madhes needs local polls the most’, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep), LBRC report treats Madhes unfairly: UDMF (ht), ‘Will accept LLRC report with changes’ (kp), LLRC report unacceptable without revision: UDMF (rep), EC presses ‘close’ button on EVM purchase for now: Move follows controversy that the election body was in bid to buy the machines without competition, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), UML may agree to put amendment bill to vote (rep), Politics And Academics: Challenge Of De-linking, by Mukti Rijal (rn), House panel’s directives go unheeded (ht), For whom hope is all that’s left, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht)

15/02/2017: Maina Sunar murder: A case of justice denied (ht), Kin of victims lament airport massacre, by Keshav Adhikari (ht), Transitional Justice: Conflict victims want no more delays or excuses; TRC and CIEDP officials advised to utilise the extended one-year tenure as their original  two-year terms expired last week (kp), High Court judge to lead transitional justice court: Two members will be appointed from among the legal professionals quali-fied to become the High Court judge, by Dewan Rai (kp), Parliamentary panel defines heinous crimes: Proposes sentence till death; Ups life sentence to 25 years, by Rupesh Acharya (ht) [Chhaupadi still punished mildly and only if a woman dies; else, it's still not seen as crime!!], CPN-UML irked at poll delay (kp), Consolidating Democracy Further, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Messy policing: Bodies vital to national security should remain free of government interference (kp), Rome wasn’t built in a day: Politics in Nepal is guided by interests, but winning elections will be increasingly hard unless benefits trickle down, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Doable steps to cure capital's air pollution: Simple actions that can cure capital's air pollution (rep), Taskforce to submit report on LBRC’s work (ht)

14/02/2017: Post-truth narratives: The elite want to regain sway over the bureaucracy by amending the inclusion policy, by Ramesh Sunam (kp), Local Polls For Democracy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), LLRC report implementation must start by Sunday, says EC (kp), Number of local units could go up not exceeding 744 (kp), Local body staff on warpath: Services at local level affected due to stir against proposed law, by Anil Giri (kp), UMDF snubs meeting with govt taskforce (rep), Sources of instability in Nepal: Only a change in the political system will make progress and development possible, by Hisila Yami (kp), Challenging mediocrity, adopting meritocracy: For the big picture to change, it is important for the small pixels to be right, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Trump jitters: Nepal’s ties with neighbours India and China could be affected by shifts in US policy, by Prakash A. Raj (kp), Families of Kotbada victims still await justice, by Shankar Shrestha (rep) [This has been cold-blooded murder committed by the army and those responsible have been well known from the very first moment!], The marginalised: Toilet and school, still a dream for Musahars, by Santosh Singh (rep)

13/02/2017: TJ bodies demand legal amendment to function (kp), Bracing for election: Major political forces haven’t grasped danger of not holding elections by next January (kp), Chepang folk deprived of housing aid (kp), We embrace Hindutwa as the backbone of the Nepali polity, interview with Kamal Thapa (kp) [In other words: Let's return to the non-inclusive and authoritarian Nepal that is property of the male minority of some so called high Hindu castes! This man respresents one of the greatest dangers for Nepal's future!], Bhattarai says Oli, Raut are “two sides of the same coin” (ht) [Please don't foget to include Kamala Thapa and some other RPP leaders into this comparison!], 22 years of 'People's War': Ex-combatants have only regrets, by Devendra Basnet (rep), Maoists observe People's War Day, victims mark Black Day, by Ashok Dahal (rep), New Development: UML-UDMF Dialogue, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Focus On Informed Citizenry, by P. Kharel (rn), Supreme Court stays IGP pick, by Gyan P. Neupane (rep), Uncertainty over its report hits LBRC’s work (ht)

12/02/2017: ‘Keep TRC, CIEDP out of politics’, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Local level restructuring: A few tweaks to report is what Morcha seeks; Calls for adding 100 units in Tarai to make recommendations acceptable, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Task force to consult Madhesi lawmakers on LBRC report, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Yadav says state govts should hold local polls: SSFN chairman warns the Maoist-Congress coalition not to force elections on the Madhes-based parties (kp), Fiscal Decentralisation In Nepal, by Kalpana Ghimire (rn), Interface Between State And Citizens, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Red tape stalls grant, loan signing with India: Indian govt has pledged $1b for rebuilding efforts (kp), RPP unity convention will go for reinstating monarchy: Thapa; Thapa, who backed consti-tutional monarchy even after it was abolished, hails king as the pillar of national independence and unity (kp) [Such demands are anti-national and destroy social harmony in the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state of Nepal where many social groups have suffered under royal politics for centuries!]

11/02/2017: Transitional justice: House panel tells govt to give teeth to commissions, by Dewan Rai (kp) [see Nepal: extending transitional justice commissions without granting real powers betrays trust of victims (ICJ 10/02/2017)], Ten Years On, Madhes Still In Unrest, by Amarendra Yadav (rn), Polls over partisan interests: If political parties remain unwilling to give up their respective stances, we might as well prepare ourselves for another round of serious political turmoil, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Dahal, Oli sit for parley, say polls probably by May, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Teenager wins court case on citizenship in mother’s name, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp), How the Trump gag rule threatens women’s lives in Nepal: The cut-off of American financing to providers of family planning services is a terrible blow to a country with few doctors and clinics, by Subina Shrestha (kp)

10/02/2017: TRC, CIEDP terms extended by one year: Rights activists point out the need to empower commissions with laws, by Dewan Rai (kp), Transitional justice mechanisms get one year term extension (rep), Action needed, not empty words, say conflict victims: Justice a far cry even a decade after peace deal, by Durga Lal KC (kp), Local level restructuring report: Panel to consult with State 2 MPs (kp), Govt mulls sending LLRC report back to commission: Ploy to delay elections: UML (rep), Fringe parties: Threshold design to disenfranchise marginalised groups; The bill related to political parties, which awaits parliamentary nod, requires a national party to pass 3 percent vote threshold in parliamentary polls (kp), Haven’t received electoral laws, says CEC Yadav: Electoral laws, LLRC report and polling date in urgent need, according to the chief commissioner (kp), Constitution Amendment: Wrong Prioritisation, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), CSOs in a loktantrik Nepal: A democratic polity should look for ways to further allow Nepali citizens to fully enjoy their fundamental right to organise, by Pratyoush Onta and Avash Bhandari (kp), 300 law practitioners from 8 districts resign (kp)

09/02/2017: A regressive step: The new Civil Code Bill will roll back the historic gains in property rights for Nepali women, by Subin Mulmni (kp), Distribute first and second tranches by next 3 months: House panel to NRA, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), NRA told to ensure homes for quake-hit before monsoon: A compiled data from the NRA shows 14,000 houses damaged by the earthquake have been rebuilt and another 30,625 are under construction as of Wednesday (kp), Transitional justice act amendment: Draft defines disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp), Breaking the threshold: All the making and breaking of post-1990 governments have been due to the big parties, not the small ones, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Crucial bill on local elections stalled, by Prakash Timilsina (rep), Elections under present structure: Deuba (kp), Poll dates after agreement with Morcha: Dahal (kp), Developers of Nepali voting machine feel discouraged, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Executive President For Political Stability, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Faces of foreign meddling: Are critiques against foreign meddling mere stuffs of imagination? Is it that we do not see what others see or others do not see what we see?, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep)

08/02/2017: TJ act amerndment draft: 20-year jail for guilty of murder, disappearance, by Dewan Rai (kp), Inclusiveness in Nepal and India: There are a number of lessons that Nepal can learn from India to redress historical injustices, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp), Drive begins for united Tharuhat; Demand: Alignment of Tharu strongholds of Kailali and Kanchanpur districts with a Tharuwan province (kp), Taksera villagers protest in Musikot against LLRC report, by Hari Gautam (kp), Panel reaches Tikapur to conduct probe (kp), Relations between NC and Maoist Center sour, by Ashok Dahal (kp) [Yes, please reduce life of governments to six months!]

07/02/2017: RPP to recall ministers soon, says Lohani (kp), TMLP holds merger talks with like-minded Madhesi parties (kp), What’s the hold-up? Delay by line ministries in the extension of spending authority is surprising and worrying (kp)

06/02/2017: Civil Code Bill draws flak from rights advocates: Rights activists say the  bill introduced to replace Muluki Ain has denied even those rights that women had enjoyed earlier (kp), Rights groups press govt to extend TJ bodies’ mandate (kp), Transitional justice should also address root causes of the conflict, interview with Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Illogical Stand On Amendment, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Election body to ask govt for polling date: To write to the Cabinet today to make matters clear, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Stay on the message: Prime Minister Dahal needs to be  consistent about his position on elections (kp), TMLP asks Deuba to honour commitment (kp), ‘Resolving Madhes crisis crucial for polls’ (kp), Shankharapur residents padlock municipal office: Shankharapur locals have objected to the LLRC report which suggests annexing the municipality into Kajeshwori Manohara (kp)

05/02/2017: CIEDP lays groundwork for investigation: Panel involving forensic experts to be formed for exhuming bodies, by Dewan Rai (kp), AI, HRW call to extend mandates of TRC, CIEDP (ht), Taskforce to forward suggestions to LLRC: If restructuring report needs to be revised, commission to do so, not govt, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Govt to intensify parleys to ensure local elections: PM Dahal is under pressure with the Madhes-based parties refusing to budge from their stance and the UML turning up the heat (kp), Local Polls Vehicle Of Grassroots Democracy, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Morcha denies meetings with secessionist forces (kp)

04/02/2017: Rift among TRC members comes to fore, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht) [This is because the TRC is only another playing field for the power struggles of the politicians!], Nepali workers abroad still unable to vote, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Letter from govt lacks clarity, says poll body: EC yet to take a decision on how to respond to the government missive (kp), First statute amendment, SLMM leaders reiterate, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), MJF-D threatens to boycott civic elections (ht), No poll date before amendment: PM (rep), LLRC chairman says report can’t be revised: The government has already formed a taskforce to study the complaints against the LLRC report and present its suggestions (kp) Fake Student Union (FSU): Yes, we need student unions, but they should work for  the students not the vested interests of politicians; It’s about time we had  age limit for our politicians as well. Yes, you have to be 25 to contest general elections in this land but why not have a cut-off age at 65?, by Guffadi (kp) [satirical and true!], Playing with fire: If Madhesh remains unstable, Nepal’s misgivings about India’s interference will make it more and more dependent on China, economically and militarily, by Sukhdev Shah (rep), Political parties are trying to sabotage Election Commission, interview with Neel Kantha Uprety (rep)

03/02/2017: Nepal: Key Moment for Justice; UN and Donors Need to Back Accountability for Conflict Era Crimes (HRW), ‘TRC, CIEPD failed victims of conflict’ (ht), Taskforce to study issues related to LLRC report (kp), Local level election bill endorsed (kp), EC now has 4 of 5 laws needed for local poll (rep), Morcha: Govt free to prepare for polls (kp), Govt writes to EC for local poll preparations: Oppn and others smell rat behind govt move, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Polls likely before May 24, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), ‘Free Madhes’ campaigner CK Raut arrested (kp), Consequence Of Appeasement, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [??], Periods of banishment: Women in western Nepal are starting to refuse to be thrown out of the house once a month, by Subeksha Poudel (nt), 7 years in Jeddah jail: Ten Nepali migrant workers return home to ask: "Why did our government abandon us?", by Om Astha Rai (nt), CIAA receiving less number of corruption complaints: New constitution curtailed rights of CIAA barring the constitutional body from investigating ‘improper conduct’ of public officials (rep) [Investigation obviously not wanted by male Tagadhari creators of the new constitution!]

02/02/2017: Rights priorities go wrong: Extension of TJ commissions’ terms without giving them legislative muscles means little (kp), SC scraps TRC guidelines for putting complaints on hold (rep), Election Commission: Maintaining Independence, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Local level election bill: Women, Dalit, marginalized representation to increase, by Ashok Dahal (rep), 45 parties registered with EC for local elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Govt to write to EC to start preparations (kp), Cong leaders doubt Dahal’s poll intentions: Say chances of local elections under new mandate slim (kp), LLRC report: Legal eagles: Govt can revise paper; Commission officials warn such a move will be unconstitutional (kp), Broadening the Nepali mind: Events like the Nepal Literature Festival help counter aggressive nationalism and ignorance, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Little progress: Instructions and orders alone will not resolve the problem of low spending; it is a matter of strong political will to sincerely remove all the impediments on the way (ht), Landless quake victims: Why are we deprived of state aid?, by Shankar Shrestha (ht)

01/02/2017: Rebuilding Sindhuli houses could take more than a century, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), Subcommittee agrees on key provision: Lawmakers have reached an agreement to have a provision that ensures elections to local councils will be held two months prior to expiry of the exist-ing local bodies’ tenure, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), District judge to be poll commissioner: Provisions on vote threshold and election symbols in the bill on political parties are contentious. The major parties want a threshold of votes to ensure a seat for a party in the Parliament but fringe parties have been opposing the provision (ht), No vote if our demands not met, warns Mahato (kp), Madhesi Parties Playing Spoilsport?, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), ‘Civil society should step in to end impasse’ (ht), Own it up: The report of the LBRC should be implemented and if necessary changes can be made to the report after the elections (ht), House panel tells govt to appoint envoys pronto (kp) [The govt has never been interested in what parliament or Supreme Court say!], Govt bodies at a loss for lack of right to spend: On average, each ministry has extended spending authority to about 80pc projects and programmes, by Rupak D. Sharma (kp), Nepal likely to have Rs 300 bn budget surplus, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), A critical moment: As Nepal’s economic prospects expand, who benefits and how will depend on the success of its democratic system, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Shocks After Shocks, by Shyam KC (rn)

31/01/2017: Idea of citizenship: We need to revisit the 1952 Citizenship Act in order to make Nepal a true republic, by Kalpana Jha (kp), PM’s four questions to Madhes leaders: Madhes leaders reiterate amendment prior to poll date announcement, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), ‘Marriage of convenience’ on the verge of collapse? Irate leaders of Madhes-based parties say they are ready to part ways with ruling alliance (kp), House endorses third poll-related bill: 5 laws must to hold local elections n 4 more needed for federal, provincial and prez votes (kp), No Alternative To Elections, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Election And The New Generation, by Prem Khatry (rn), ‘Changing LBRC report without implementation unconstitutional’ (ht), NRA planning to spend hefty amount for deploying volunteers: Experts term the plan unnecessary and a populist program, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Celebrating The Martyrs’ Day, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km)

30/01/2017: TRC for extending its tenure by one year (ht), Judicial Council bids for one-tier Special Court: Conflict victims can appeal in the Supreme Court, by Dewan Rai (kp), ‘EC gradually losing autonomy’, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Voter list update: 14 districts  get  extra time: The Election Commission extends the deadline to February 11 considering the delay in voter list updating process because of  protests in Province 5 (kp), Dahal to set poll date in ‘2-3 days’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), PM under pressure with no progress on amendment, polls, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Statute must be rewritten: Upendra Yadav (ht), Proletarianism to globalism: Modi has done on the subcontinent what Trump has done at the global level: vacate the leadership position for China, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Musing On Martyrs’ Day, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn)

29/01/2017: Has PM struck deal with UML? Failure to announce poll dates by his own deadline does not say so, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Morcha to hold demonstrations in Tarai on Feb 5 (kp), UDMF to hold demonstrations in Tarai: The front fears the big III will ignore Madhes issues, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Local elections bill: MPs: Vote before representatives’ tenure expires, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Debunking a few myths: Nepal was never a buffer state, and China and India prefer maritime routes for trade, by Madan Shahi (kp)

28/01/2017: TRC commissioners at odds over seeking term extension, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Local level elections: Delay in announcing dates sows confusion; Cabinet decides to take LLRC report to political parties for discussion, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Govt decides to dwell on LBRC report: Decision may make announcing election dates in 4-5 days, as promised, difficult, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Two poll-related laws delayed (kp), Parties barred from accepting donations from NGOs, govt agencies; Motorbike/vehicle rallies banned; Wall paintings/pamphleteering on public/private walls prohibited (rep), 'Right to reject' removed from election bill (rep) [Further ignoring of SC rulings!!], Three members recommended for EC, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Elusive National And Local Polls, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Government puts local restructuring report on hold, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Passage of amendment bill will embolden secessionist elements, interview with Bhim Rawal (rep) [Long live male Tagadharibad!]

27/01/2017: Unequal by law: The constitution needs to be amended so that  people of all genders can receive equal treatment, by Sanjay Sharma and Tingyi Yang (kp), Performance legitimacy: Wining an election no longer guarantees accountability, voters will now decide based on achievement (nt), SAC to present 2 poll bills in House today (kp), House sub-panel endorses poll offences bill: Proposes two-year jail term for grave electoral malpractices (ht), Preparing the field: Parliament needs to pass three more bills, and if that is done by the weekend local elections can finally be held for the first time in 20 years, by Om Astha Rai (nt), NC pressuring PM to declare civic elections (ht), Amend statute before declaring poll: FSF-N (ht), No polls without Madhesis, Tharus on board: PM (rep), NRA releases Rs 11.75b for second tranche (kp), Whose turn next? The politics of agreement ensures that every person willing to hang on will have his day, by Sachchi Ghimire Karki (kp), Nationalism Under Threat, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [Which nationalism, non-inclusive male Tagadhari nationalism or the one that includes all sections of society and that still has to be invented?]

26/01/2017: A nation still in the making: Ethnicity and nationhood need not be mutually exclusive, but Mahendra failed to create a multi-ethnic nation, by Deepak Thapa (kp), TRC presses for firm govt commitment: Demands legal prerequisites and logistics before term extension, by Dewan Rai (kp), TRC fails to decide on term extension (ht), Nepal ranked as third most corrupt country in SAsia, by Samipa Khanal (kp), Nepal made scant progress against corruption: TI; Third most corrupt country in South Asia and 131th in score out of 176 surveyed (rep), Parliament endorses two poll-related bills (kp), Local Polls Should Not Be Deferred, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Constitution amendment: PM proposes House panel to end dispute, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), LBRC starts hiring experts on public administration (ht), 17 wounded in Nuwakot clash, by Krishna Thapa (kp) [on local level restructuring], UML refuses to be part of foreign policy review panel (kp)

25/01/2017: Panel on disappearances to seek 1-year term extension, by Dewan Rai (kp), ‘Ready to hold local level polls within May-June’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp), UDMF warns against unilateral announcement of polls, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Poll only after amendment: PM to Madhes parties (rep), Local Polls: A Political Discourse, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Parties continue to bicker over threshold: Parties that are against threshold say big political parties want to maintain monopoly by keeping the provision, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp). Local level restructuring dispute: Prolonged banda in Nuwakot affects farmers, quake victims, by Krishna Thapa (kp), Growth and prosperity: Nepal should enforce economic reforms and spend the capital budget (kp), Schools turning into playground for politicians, by Raju Adhikari (rep)

24/01/2017: Ensure Early Polls, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), PM consults CEC on local elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), House panel endorses two poll related bills, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), House panel softens poll offence penalty for parties, by Ashok Dahal (rep 24/01/2017), PM floats supplementary constitution amendment proposal: Morcha ‘positive’ about plan; Oppn UML asks PM for details, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Ministry finalizes proposal on new local units, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), NC lawmakers want revision to LLRC report (kp), UDMF cadres stage rally (ht), Anti-intellectualism: a growing menace; Undereducated political leaders in fledgling democracies like Nepal are undermining democracy even before it takes root, by Naresh Koirala (kp), Bheri Babai could see budget cut to fund petty projects: Budget being transferred to election constituencies of home, irrigation ministers: Officials, by Rudra Pangeni (rep) [A special kind of corruption on highest political level!!]

23/01/2017: Team readies two poll bills for submission: Sub-panel plans to give final touches to first two bills in its meeting on Monday morning and sub-mit them to the SAC late, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Holding Local Polls In April, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), PM Dahal says local elections by mid-May, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Challenges galore for holding local polls by mid-May, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Civic poll date in six days: PM: Supplementary proposal likely to revise amendment bill, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Look before you leap: It is essential to gain the confidence of the  disgruntled groups before heading to elections (kp), Only way out: The local level elections and the constitutional amendment bill should not be made dependent on each other; they are quite separate issues (ht), LBRC working on basic defining criteria: NEFIN has come up with demand fro 23 autonomous and 12 special protected regions, by Arjun Poudel (ht), Govt attorneys boycott hearings to protest appointment of judges, by Dewan Rai (kp), Dispute over judges appointment gets serious: Demanding a review of the council’s decision, government attorneys on Sunday boycotted proceedings in all the courts and tribunals, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Oli warns of stir if statute revisions were to be passed: Claims proposed revisions will weaken link between the Hills and the Tarai, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Revolution No 4: The world economy is changing, and Nepal is once again in danger of missing out, by Narayan Manandhar (kp), Nepali nationality has not been well defined even after 250 years, interview with CK Lal (kp)

22/01/2017: TRC yet to decide on tenure extension, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Major parties agree to hold local polls by mid-May, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Big III agree on polls: Statute amendment bill still remains a contentious issue, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), FSF-N decides not to accept amendment bill (ht), Madhes parties, Naya Shakti in bid for alliance: Leaders from both sides say a new alliance would  be announced once com-mon agendas are identified (kp), Terai Turning Into A Soft Belly?, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Govt formulates strategy to make budget gender responsive (ht)

21/01/2017: TJ bodies divided over extra tenure: The mandate of the TRC and the CIEDP, formed to look into conflict-era  cases, expires on Feb 10, by Dewan Rai (kp), Government mulling House prorogation: Aims to get poll bills endorsed and declare dates in about 10 days; Constitution amendment bill to be put on the back burner, by Tika R. Pradhan and Binod Ghimire (kp), Over dozen injured in protest against LLRC report (kp), Polls impossible if date not fixed within a week, says Shrestha: PM’s press adviser Govinda Acharya says government would set the date only after endorsing essential election-related bills (kp), Three-tier Polls: Key To Institutionalise Republic, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Parties not serious about holding polls on time: Adhikari (rep), Nepal Army personnel to aid house reconstruction (kp), The grant rush: As the distribution of the housing reconstruction grants begins to pick up pace, rampant  irregularities threaten to derail the legitimacy of the rebuilding process, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Ila Sharma dismayed over Singh's appointment as minister, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht), Panel informs House about govt's reluctance to implement its directives (rep)

20/01/2017: Caught between polls and statute amendment: Governing parties struggle to break political deadlock; Constitution amendment bill tabled in Parliament on January 8 not on the  agenda for discussion at today’s House meeting (kp), Polls uncertain as govt ties up amendment and election bills (rep), 43 ministers in Dahal’s Cabinet (kp), Dahal cabinet now jumbo size with 43 members (rep), NRA seeks NA, APF help in reconstruction (kp), UDMF, NSN to forge working alliance (ht), Failing to make the list: Many genuine earthquake survivors are missing from the list for housing grants due to frequent changes in government, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt), Bhagbanda politics: Things start falling apart when the centre cannot hold because it is too busy dividing up the spoils (nt), Separating powers: Judicial Council nominations of judges are always controversial, this year was no different, by Binita Dahal (nt)

19/01/2017: TJ process hangs in balance: Victims worried about being left out in cold, by Dewan Rai (kp), Offer to join govt stokes differences in MJF-L (kp), PM may appoint two ministers today (rep), PM inducting minister from party that EC has scrapped? (kp) [!!], Deadlock on amendment bill to continue (ht), Out of the box: The question of local elections is deeply intertwined with constitution amendment (kp), EC: Polls unlikely in May-June if issues not resolved in 10 days, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Fixing election date: Sub-panel for further deliberation (kp), Improving Laws For Federal Elections, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Kalaiya on protest to press for sub-metropolis status (kp), Saptari leaders condemn LBRC report (ht), Forgotten victims: Petty politics is slowing down the reconstruction process and hurting the earthquake survivors, by David Kainee (kp), Post-quake reconstruction: 2nd tranche of aid distribution begins (kp), NRA seeks army, police manpower for reconstruction, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Times of confusion and fusion: Moderation and cultivation of multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic living is what Nepal needs at the moment, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Nomination of High Court judges: Judicial Council’s decision challenged at SC (ht)

18/01/2017: EC seeks laws pronto for local polls in May, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Local polls possible in May only if laws ready by Jan: ECN chief (ht), HC judges: Memorandum submitted to Chief Justice (kp), SC moved (kp), Ethnic Thami people find home in Charikot, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), What about them? The majority of the population that is to be resettled belongs to marginalized and low-income communities, by Satis Devkota (rep), Ten years after: The Madhes movement has helped to make Madhesis more confident and assertive, by Randhir Chaudhary (kp), Nine years on, Madhes movement has lost what it gained, by Mithilesh Yadav (rep) [wants to say: ten years on], Two-thirds Majority: Uphill Task For Govt, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), Govt to unveil action plan to ramp up capital expenditure, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Saptari lawmakers against report of restructuring panel (ht), Second reconstruction tranche from today (rep), 3 among CA brawlers have become ministers: Vandals still not punished two years on; Probe committee report not published, by Ashok Dahal (rep) [politics of impunity!]

17/01/2017: Ramp up spending: That govt hasn’t acted, despite knowing pitfalls of low capital expenditure, is embarrassing (kp), 10 years of madhes movement: Crucial gains, Madhesi leaders ask for more, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), ‘Three sets of polls crucial to end Nepal’s political transition’ (kp), Judges for high courts: Govt lawyers object to JC recommendations, by Dewan Rai (kp), Missing cues of history: Nepalis have forsaken the norm of evaluating public figures on the basis of their past, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Act In Spirit Of Democracy, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Red Cross tarps for Dhading quake victims after 20 months: Victims term the relief a mockery of their plight, by Shankar Shrestha (rep), Less equal: We must aim for a socially inclusive country that ensures the welfare of a broad section instead of serving few elites, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep)

16/01/2017: NHRC report confined to PMO: Parliament panel sees breach of statute provision, by Dewan Rai (kp) [see NHRC report of 13/01/2017 in Nepali], Crisis of confidence: If three elections are to be held by next January, parties need to strike an immediate deal (kp), Federal Alliance, Naya Shakti Party to forge working alliance (rep), Amendment must for resolving Tarai crisis, say Madhesi leaders (kp), Don’t invite conflict, UML warns govt (kp) [In other words: Conflict in any case!], Musing over Madhesi Demands, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Cabinet expansion unlikely at the moment, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Longer the delay in spending available funds, harder it will be to secure new funds, interview with Govind Raj Pokharel, new CEO of NRA (kp), Transitional management plan proposed for local bodies (ht), Victims won’t have to wait long for justice: TRC commissioner, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Rotary of revolutions: Rudderless due to unawakened masses, Tarai-Madhesh remains almost leaderless even after a decade of the first major upheaval, by CK Lal (rep), Spread the word: It’s important to assess if we have done enough to inform people to save their lives and properties if another big earthquake hits Nepal, by Prerana Marasini (rep)

15/01/2017: Country fails to buck low capex trend again: Only 11.12pc of Rs 311.95b allocated for capital expenditure spent so far (kp), Restructuring report puts govt in dilemma: Implementing it could sour relations with Madhesi parties; revision may invite legal complexities, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Local restructuring: Agitating Kanda locals prevent police from entering village, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp), 2 Cong MPs say will vote against amendments (kp), NRA bid to issue rebuilding grants before monsoon (kp) [??], Lawmakers weigh three options on election date (kp), Development regions as states: The possibility has been virtually lost during the political uncertainties of the past decade, by Khagendra Nath Sharma (kp)

14/01/2017: ‘Nepal yet to ensure justice to war-era victims’ (kp), Nepal fails to deliver justice to wartime abuses, relief to quake victims: HRW (ht) [see Nepal chapter in HRW report 2017], Post-earthquake recovery: NRA plans to address grievances by Feb 11; ‘Quake-hit left to languish in shelters as parties bicker’ (kp), Quake survivors unhappy with government grant (ht), Morcha for amendment before fixing election date, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), UDMF seeks revision of constitution amendment bill: Says it would participate in polls only after the revised amendment bill is endorsed by the Parliament, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Ruling coalition, Madhes parties agree on revising amendment bill (rep), PM expanding cabinet to secure two-thirds votes for amendment, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep) [This would not only be another grave violation of the constitution but it would also be a special kind of corruption!!], Ruling, oppn MPs oppose LBRC report: Warn of nationwide protests if it's not corrected, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Local level restructuring: Madhesi parties want population as basis (kp), 80 judges picked for seven High Courts (ht), JC's midnight recommendations for high court judges criticized: Member Sitaula boycotts meeting, NBA demands for review, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Minister Lekhak on inauguration spree: Development projects in the doldrums, by Rudra Pangeni (rep), The anti-corruption chaos: The crisis at CIAA owes to our lack of understanding of process of appointment and removal of anti-corruption agency heads, by Narayan Manandhar (rep)

13/01/2017: 10 provinces? Maybe, Dahal tells NEFIN team: According to a NEFIN  official, the PM said the seven-province model was a product of political  compulsion (kp), ‘Local elections by May-end’: PM Dahal’s political adviser Chakrapani Khanal says dates will be announced in 10 day: Ruling Maoist Centre  and NC ‘unwilling’ to wait until the amendment bill  is passed to announce  the local poll dates, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), UML plans awareness campaign in the plains, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Guilty of serious crimes to be booked, says TRC chief, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Enact more women-friendly laws: Experts (kp), PM urges students to stay alert of regressive activities (kp), Prachanda and PN Shah, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), The end of Karkistocracy: Lokman Singh Karki’s departure raises questions about who mysteriously appointed him and why, by Binita Dahal (nt)

12/01/2017: Reconstruction Works: Moving At A Snail’s Pace, by Uttam Maharjan (rn), Nepal: Political Bickering Stalls Justice for Conflict Victims; Government Fails Earthquake Relief For Second Winter (HRW), Leadership change in NRA: Govt dismisses Gyewali, brings Pokharel back, by Pragati Shahi (kp), Localisation of humanitarian response: A lesson from Nepal’s earthquake is that INGOs need to strengthen local actors instead of themselves, by Subindra Bogati and Andy Featherstone (kp), Govt, Morcha remain at odds over poll date (kp), Stir resumes against revision bill (kp), Govt to review existing public holidays (kp), Revamping Bureaucracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Full utilisation of capital budget unrealistic, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht), Three Main Verdicts Of Supreme Court Of Nepal, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

11/01/2011: Challenges galore: Even after two years of their formation our transitional justice bodies have not been able to function properly, by Meena Bhatta (rep) What will happen to facilities enjoyed by ‘unfit’ Karki? Many say it’s more about propriety than what perks he was entitled to (kp), CPN-UML leaders want holiday on Prithvi Jayanti; Nepal can’t be playground: Shah (kp), Protests on in Khotang against LLRC proposal, by Dambar Singh Rai (kp), Hindu-Muslim dispute upsets harmony of Kapilvastu village, by Manoj Paudel (kp)

10/01/2017: Long road to justice: Conflict victims have been waiting and waiting for transitional justice bodies to act, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Constitution amendment bill: Deliberations likely to start on Thursday (kp), Morcha courts Madhesi MPs from oppn bench; Ram Janam Chaudhary: This bill doesn’t solve  the problem. There should be a lasting solution instead of amending the constitution time and again (kp) [!!], Yadav, Bhattarai for revising amendment bill (ht), Meeting deferred in lack of quorum (kp), Lawmakers want amendment bill to state poll dates (ht), Rebuilding of earthquake-hit schools in limbo, by Harbihar Singh Rathour (kp), A momentous verdict: SC’s decision to disqualify Karki is a vital step in the fight against corruption (kp), With Karki gone, who will take CIAA helm? Qualification of four of the five commissioners challenged in court; Statute bars govt from bringing new face to lead anti-graft agency, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), It is over: The Karki scandal should not be allowed to make CIAA weaker and its morale should rather be boosted through choice of a qualified person (ht), RPP calls for marking Poush 27 as national unity day (kp) [Yes, please celebrate the founder of modern Nepal who has ultimate resposibility for the failed developments of the country!], Blame Game Is No Solution, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (kp), You are a nationalist too: Those who shaped the destiny of Nepal have been questioned since 2007 political changes and nationalism has been portrayed as a flawed strategy, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep), All eyes on parliament: Our lawmakers seem more worried over their personal welfare than the welfare of the country and the people, by Devendra Gautam (rep)

09/01/2017: Constitution amendment: Bill tabled in House amid opposition, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Amendment bill tabled amid oppn uproar, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NEFIN asks govt to revise proposal: The federation says the proposed amendment cannot meet aspiration of the Janajati communities (kp), SC Ruling And Oppositions' Stance, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn), Court disqualifies Karki as CIAA chief, by Anil Giri (kp), SC finds Karki ineligible to head CIAA, annuls appointment, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), SC bells the cat: Fall of an arrogant bureaucrat, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Advocate Aryal insists on continuous vilgilance (kp), Order makes impeachment motion uncertain (kp), No justifiable ground to sack me: NRA CEO Gyewali defends, by Samipa Khanal (kp), Khotang villagers protest LLRC report (kp), Protest in Khotang against restructuring modality (ht), Continued aftershocks: Govt has to seriously look into how it is handling post-disaster reconstruction (kp), Money and politics: Election campaign contributions and political corruption are a threat to fledgling democracies like Nepal, by Neel Kantha Uprety (kp), Local bodies won’t be sustainable if they cannot generate revenue, interview with Khem Raj Nepal (kp), NHRC role in probing conflict-era cases urged (rep), Enduring Dilemmas, by S. Binodkumar Singh (SAIR)

08/07/2017: Debt traps threaten quake-hit (kp), Govt set to table bill today, oppn refuses to budge, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Parties persist in sticking to their stances, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), UML to continue obstructing House proceedings (ht) [A sheer contempt of court and disregard of democratic principles!], Won’t support charter revision proposal: MJF-L (kp), UDMF won’t accept LBRC report: Leaders; Say it goes against the basic concept of state restructuring (ht), Sub-panel seeks more time to talk poll-related bills: A meeting of the State Affairs Committee is expected to extend the deadline on Sunday (kp), TMLP says it won’t accept LLRC report (kp), Villagers demonstrate in Khotang (kp), 70 staff proposed for each local unit (kp), Badis protest in Kailali demanding support (kp), Report at your own risk: Press freedom remains a myth in daily practice despite broad legislative measures, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), Interwoven issues and complexities: Mishandling of politics can extend Nepal’s transition phase and deteriorate its ties with neighbours, by Niranjan Mani Dixit (kp)

07/01/2017: No justice, no peace: The commissions have made reasonable progress in the transitional  justice process, despite non-cooperation from the government, by Dewan Rai (kp), Oppn parties take to the streets, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Oli vehemently against amendment bill: Nine opposition parties take to street against constitution amendment (rep 07/01/2017), Opposition rally throws city traffic out of gear (kp), Oppn to 'wait and see' as ruling parties bent on tabling amendment (rep) [Still disregarding the SC decision!], Ruling parties to talk to UML before tabling bill in Parliament, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Won’t support proposal as it is, says RPP (kp), Gyewali gets letter that seeks to send him packing (kp), Debt traps threaten Nepal quake victims (Channel News Asia), LLRC submits report to prime minister: Country to have 719 village and municipal councils, by Binod Ghimire (kp), LBRC report proposes 719 local bodies: Number of autonomous, special areas to be fixed later, by Rupesh Acharya (ht), Commission proposes 719 local units, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), The Dalit Question: The least well-meaning Nepalis can do is acknowledge that caste discrimination has occurred structurally against the Dalits in the past, by Shreya Paudel (kp)

06/01/2017: Constitution amendment: Maoist, Cong, SLMM leaders for tabling bill; The parties have also decided to reach out to fringe  forces to ensure two-thirds majority in Parliament, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Madhes parties suggest removing constitutional difficulties (rep), Oppn will take stern steps if govt tries to push bill: Oli; The UML chair assures the opposition parties will  not obstruct Sunday’s House meeting but insists  the govt should follow the spirit of consensus (kp), Govt prepares ground for giving NRA chief executive officer boot: Asks Sushil Gyewali to clarify why he should not be relieved of duties; CEO says he is yet to receive any letter seeking fresh clarification (kp), UML objects to decision to remove CEO Gyewali (ht), Tired of the cold wait, quake survivors rebuild on their own (kp), Quake-hit battle second winter in temporary huts, by Rajendra Manandhar (kp), Learning to reconstruct: Volunteers from around the world are filling the gap left by the government in helping rebuild quake-damaged schools, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt) [Be sure, NRA and govt will be looking for ways how to criticise and punish these voluteers!], Getting the facts straight: It’s high time the government and donors made an honest assessment of reconstruction and resettlement works in earthquake-affected areas, by Navin Singh Khadka (kp), Govt agrees to receive LLRC report, finally (kp) [??], A divided Maoist Centre: Will Bhattarai be able to bring the hill and the Madhes populations together? (kp), RJP-R takes up royalist agenda (kp) [!??], Verdict: If 2016 began amidst a border blockade, 2017 has started with a blockade of parliament, by Om Astha Rai (nt)

05/01/2017: Transitional justice: Boundary dispute leaves bill to amend act in the balance, by Dewan Rai (kp), Heal the pain: Not one perpetrator from the conflict era has been held accountable in the past decade, by Suman Adhikari (kp), FA seeks removal of provisions of Article 274: Won't accept polls unless constitution is amended, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Gathabandhan calls on UML to honour SC ruling: Madhesi and Janajati forces have also warned the government not to go to local polls before the constitution amendment, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), RPP takes centre stage as parties do the math, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Parties talk putting boundary revision on hold, by Ashok Dahal (rep), NRA chief furnishes clarification: Gyewali points finger of blame at govt agencies; Says he has fulfilled his duty within the given jurisdiction, by Pragati Shahi (kp), NRA chief Gyewali blames govt for the delay, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep), Govt ‘decides’ to sack NRA chief Gyewali, by Praveen Dhakal (rep), No sight of solution to thousands of landless Kavre quake victims’ problem, by Raj Kumar Parajuli (ht), Flood victims struggling with winter woes, by Devendra Basnet and Nagendra Upadhyay (rep), Administrative restructuring: Existing staff will be rejigged before creating new posts under fed set-up, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), My new year’s wish for Nepal: In a ‘post-truth’ world, Nepal’s marginalised groups need to push their narratives more than ever, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Govt savings soar to Rs207b (kp), Constitutional Bodies Fair Recruitment A Must, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Hausalpur locals deprived of state facilities (ht), A Reflection On Prithvi’s Birth Anniversary Celebration, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

04/01/2017: Between a rock and a hard place: There might be civil conflict if we drive the constitution on the basis of a resurgent nationalism and refusal to accommodate differences, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp), Morcha hails court ruling: Calls for tabling of constitution amendment bill without delay, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Mature verdict: A way forward to find a win-win situation for all the parties is to sit together and find a way out as per the SC verdict (ht), UML urges govt to move in consensus: Main opposition hints at ending month-long obstruction of Parliament, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp) [?? The SC decision is binding law! Abide by it without any precondition!], UML to halt obstructions if boundary changes dropped from bill (rep) [?], UML likely to end House obstruction (ht), Onus Is Now On UML, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn), House postponed again after parties pledge deal (kp), Parties begin fresh talks after SC order: 'Constitution unlikely to be amended to redraw federal boundaries after the verdict' (ht), Amendment bill will be passed as it is: Deuba (kp), Tripartite pact signed with 87pc of registered families: NRA (kp) [?], 19,213 officials didn’t disclose property last fiscal (kp), 19,000 officials not filing property details to face action, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Election Commission preparing for local polls against all odds: The election-governing body may formally ask parties to register names for local polls in a week; Officials believe the decision could spur parties into shifting their focus towards elections, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), LBRC working to determine autonomous, protected regions (ht), NRA builds online database to track I/NGO work (rep) [The NRA should better fulfil its tasks instead of hampering the work of organisations that do what NRA and government should have done for long!]

03/01/2017: Constitution amendment bill: Supreme Court declines to issue interim order, by Dewan Rai (kp), SC denies stay against amendment bill, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), SC refuses interim order in petitions against amendment bill, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep), Ruling parties see opportunity to table amendment proposal; Lekhak: Since the court says the House should be allowed to exercise its  sovereign right, MPs should get to decide on bill, byn Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Parties stick to their guns, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), Ruling parties to delay tabling bill for a few days (rep), Parties mull face-saving formula for consensus, by Prakash Acharya (ht), Tharuhat announces protest for separate Tharu state, by DR Panta (kp), Tharuhat announces more protests (ht), Morcha protests for constitution amendment (kp), House obstruction crosses a month (kp), Money to burn: Fears harboured by critics of CDP seem to be coming true (kp), Foreign policy flux: As long as our leaders seek patronage from foreign powers, Nepal can only exercise limited sovereignty, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Better luck next year: Madhesis will remember 2016 for the endless  political dialogue that yielded little, by Dipendra Jha (kp), Relevance Of Reconciliation, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn), Continuous snowfall, rain affect life of quake victims, by Dhruba Dangal (rep), Data collection of quake victims in limbo (ht), Survey for housing grant to be complete only by February (rep), EC ‘not well-prepared’ as elections draw near, by Bhadra Sharma (rep), Right to reject: Providing electors maximum choice is the most democratic practice. NOTA provision does just that, by Neel Kantha Uprety (rep)

02/01/2017: Earthquake victims struggle amid severe cold. by Narahari Sapkota (rep) [This is denial of assistance in its gravest form!!], Govt intensifies talks with opposition UML, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), Ruling coalition decides to push for amendment despite obstruction (rep), Hearing on registration of bill to continue (ht), Govt frets over possible setback from within, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Boundary revision: Court ruling likely today (kp), SC refuses to issue interim order against constitution amendment bill, by Durga Dulal (rep) [!], Parliament should be allowed to exercise its sovereign right, interview with Ramesh Lekhak (kp), Consensus a casualty of rigid stances, by Prakash Acharya (ht), National Vigilance Centre report: Delays, graft, bad behaviour rampant in govt offices, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), HR violators’ names will be disclosed soon, says NHRC (kp), The year in review: We hope the state does more to foster social change and prosperity in 2017 (kp), A year of governance disaster (rep), Politicized schools: Political parties compete for top school posts so that they get to use school budgets as they like, by Ishwar Rauniyar (rep) [!?]

01/01/2017: Possibility of state failure: Democracy in Nepal seems to be floundering due to the sheer folly of our visionless leaders, by Khagendra N. Sharma (kp), Anti-federalists And Hindu Fanatics, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), PM for tabling amendment bill ‘tomorrow’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp), Poll dates only after statute amendment bill is passed, PM assures UDMF leaders, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), ‘Govt leading nation towards confrontation’, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp), NC leaders say polls bottomline: Leaders, however, remain unclear whether the polls would be held in the new structure or for the existing local bodies, by Sarin Ghimire (kp), EC needs five laws, admin centres for local polls by May, by Prakash Acharya (ht), ‘Statute has failed to accommodate all’ (ht) [This has already been for sure when the male Tagadhari politicians presented their non-inclusive draft in mid 2015!!], Quake-hit families crushing pebbles for living, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp), Mahendriya Rastrabad, UML And Madhes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn) [?]

See also older links (July-December 2016)

Elections in Nepal: 2017 Local Elections, Frequently Asked Questions, by International Foundation for Electoral Systems, 10 May 2017

“Building inequality": The failure of the Nepali government to protect the marginalised in post-earthquake reconstruction efforts (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

"What I want is for the government to help". Nepal: Ensure the right to adequate housing for the marginalised in post-earthquake Nepal (Amnesty International 25/04/2017)

Serious Crimes in Nepal’s Criminal Code Bill, 2014. A Briefing Paper by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), March 2017

Statement on renewed escalation in Tarai, by Surya Subedi (in Nepali and English, originally: Kantipur, 9 March 2017)

Nepal 2016 Human Rights Report, by US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 3 March 2017

Nepal 206/17, report by Amnesty International, 22 February 2017

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

The Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (Control) Bill, 2014. A Briefing Paper by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), June 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

Nepal Armed Violence Assessment, by Small Arms Survey, Switzerland

Amnesty International: Nepal: The search for justice. London, 10 January 2013

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ): Compromising justice: Nepal's proposed ordinance on commission on disappeared persons, truth and reconciliation. Geneva, October 2012

OHCHR: Nepal Conflict Report. Geneva, October 2012

International Crisis Group: Nepal's constitution (I): Evolution not revolution. Asia Report No. 233 – 27 August 2012

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

International Crisis Group: Nepal’s Peace Process: The Endgame Nears. Asia Briefing No. 131, 13 December 2011

Adding Insult to Injury: Continued Impunity for Wartime Abuses, report by Human Rights Watch and Advocacy Forum, 01/12/2011

International Crisis Group: Nepal: From two armies to one. Asia Report No. 211, 18 August 2011

International Crisis Group: Nepal’s Fitful Peace Process, Asia Briefing No. 120, Kathmandu/Brussels, 7 April 2011

International Crisis Group. Nepal: Identity politics and federalism. Asia Report No. 199, 13 January 2011

International Crisis Group. Nepal's political rites of passage. Asia Report No. 194, 29 September 2010

International Crisis Group. Nepal: Peace and justice. Asia Report No. 184, 14 January 2010

Report of the Secretary-General on the request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process. 7 January 2010

The Carter Center International Observation Mission in Nepal. First Interim Report. 26 August 2009

UNDP. Nepal Human Development Report 2009, 17 August 2009

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Future: In Whose Hands? Asia Report No. 173, 13 August 2009 [see complete report]

International Commission of Jurists. Disappearances in Nepal: Addressing the past, securing the future. Briefing paper, March 2009

International Crisis Group. Nepal's Faltering Peace Process. Asia Report No. 163, 19 February 2009 [see full report as PDF file]

Prabin K. Prajapati. Feminist Movements from Global to Local: Has it helped Women Empowerment Process? Patriarchy and Status of Nepali Women. Lund University, Sweden, November 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. An open letter to prime Minister Prachanda from a victim of People’s War. Lund University, Sweden, 9 September 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. Development Challenges in New Sociopolitical Structure: A Case of Nepal. Lund University, Sweden, August 2008

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Election: A Peaceful Revolution? Asia Report No. 155, 3 July 2008 [full text]

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s New Political Landscape. Asia Report No. 156, 3 July 2008 [full text]

United Nations Security Council. Report of the Secretary-General on the request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process. 12 May 2008

Conflict Study Center. Nepal's CA Polls on Third Attempt and Its Challenges. Situation Update 68 (Unedited Version), April 4, 2008

International Crisis Groups. Nepal’s Election and Beyond. Asia Report No. 149, 2 April 2008 [full text as pdf]

Conflict Study Center. Key Parties' Manifestos to CA Polls in Nepal: Comparative Study of the Maoist, UML and NC. Kathmandu, 28 March 2008

Amnesty International. Fear for safety / fear of torture or ill-treatment/ possible enforced disappearance: Tsering Dhondup (m) aged 27. Urgent Action, 27 March 2008

Tek Tamrakar. Federalism with a Dalit perspective. 25 March 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. Political transition in Nepal: Chances of Resembling Faustian Model of Development. Lund University, Sweden, March 2008

Prabin K. Prajapati. Text and Pretext of New Nepal. Lund University, Sweden, January 2008

Manjushree Thapa. Frieden ist mehr als eine Wahl. Bono-Direkthilfe e.V., 19.12.2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal: Peace Postponed. Asia Briefing No. 72, 18 December 2007

Human Rights and Security Challenges. FES, News Update, 4 December 2008

Krämer, Karl-Heinz. Chancen für eine positive Entwicklung des Friedensprozesses in Nepal. FES, November 2007

Colette Rausch, Shobhakar Budhathoki and Karon Cochran-Budhathoki. Nepal In Transition : Strengthening Security and the Rule of Law. Findings of Nepal Police - Civil Society Dialogue. USIP, Public Report, September 2007

Prabin K. Prajapati. Is Nepalese politics going towards anarchism? A view on CA election postponement. Lund University, Sweden, October 2007

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Scott Worden. Transitional Justice in Nepal: A Look at the International Experience of Truth Commissions. USIPeace Briefing, September 2007

Prabin K. Prajapati. CA Election and New Nepal: A Review from Perspective of Democratic Practice. Lund University, Sweden, September 2007

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Colette Rausch. Constituent Assembly Elections and Security in Nepal. USIPeace Briefing, August 2007

Amnesty International. Reconciliation does not mean impunity: A Memorandum on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill. 13 August 2007

Canada Forum for Nepal. Send message of unity to Nepal. 6 August 2007

Human Rights Home. Letter to British Ambassador Andrew Hall. 24 July 2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal's troubled Tarai region. Asia Report No. 136, 9 July 2007

Prabin K. Prajapati. YCL, Eight Parties and People's Mandate. Lund, Sweden, July 2007

Karon Cochran-Budhathoki and Colette Rausch. Nepal in Transition: Developing Security and Rule of Law Strategies. USIPeace Briefing, May 2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal’s Maoists: Purists or Pragmatists? Asia Report No. 132, 18 May 2007.

Human Rights Watch. Last Hope: The Need for Durable Solutions for Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal and India (17/05/2007)

Women groups and organisation. Press statement on the non-inclusive new council of ministers. April 2, 2007.

U.S. Department of State. Nepal: Country Report on Human Rights Practices - 2006. Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

International Crisis Group. Nepal's constitutional process. Asia Report No. 128, 26 February 2007

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Nepal: 2007 Common Appeal for Transition Support. Summary of Requirements by Thematic Area as of 23 February 2007

ICRC. List of more than 800 persons still missed in Nepal. 15/02/2007

Interim Constitution, 2063 B.S. (Nepali text). 15/01/2007 [see unofficial English translation]

Relief Web: Nepal: Reports of security incidents - December 21, 2006 - January 10, 2007. 11/01/2007

Conflict Study Center. Nepal’s Interim Constitution: Inspiring Versus Cynical Experience. 31/12/2006

National Democratic Republican Front. Press release, 18/12/2006

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