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4805 days since Delhi agreement of political parties
4653 days since King Gyanendra was forced to end his putsch
4441 days since Comprehensive Peace Agreement
4386 days since promulgation of Interim Constitution
3936 days since elections to CA-I
3305 days since CA-I committees presented suggestions
2544 days since SRC presented suggestions
2427 days since dissolution of CA-I
1886 days since elections to CA-II
1457 days since promised Constitution by CA-II failed
1320 days since non-inclusive deal by male Tagadhari leaders
days since promulgation of non-inclusive and so far not really implemented constitution through illegal procedure (text of constitution)
1090 days since unilateral and non-inclusive first amendment of the new constitution
0362 days since the federal system should have been implemented; still missing: laws, infrastructure, fiscal regulations, staff, naming of states and capitals, etc.
0337 days since KP Oli became PM: most of the necessary working processes not really started, yet; instead, growing violation of fundamental rights, federal chaos and rising taxes

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18/01/2019: HRW urges Nepal to ensure transitional justice (rep), Nepal: Address Transitional Justice: Decade of Promises, but Victims Still Await Answers (Human Rights Watch), Republic Memorial unclear on what and who it commemorates, by Bibhu Luitel (kp) [?], Nepal and Indo-Pacific Strategy, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), ‘PM, do you want to finish off Dr KC?’ (rep), Money laundering watchdog to probe fund transfer (ht)

17/01/2019: Can Nepal bring back Rs 52 billion stashed in Swiss banks? (rep), Sumargi among 55 Nepalis with investment abroad (rep), 55 Nepalis invest in foreign firms (ht), Rs 35.8 bn parked in Swiss banks: 55 Nepalis have invested in foreign countries violating domestic laws (ht), Dozens of Nepalis invested in tax havens overseas, by Tsering D Gurung (kp), How the ultra-rich use FDI to launder their illicit cash, by Bibek Subedi (kp), Black money: From shell companies to Nepal, via Ncell, by Arpan Shrestha (kp), Washing up: Political will vital to implicate Nepalis amassing wealth in offshore accounts (kp), Ex-minister Pandey posts Rs 40m bail: Sikta irrigation project scam (ht), Congress presses government to address KC’s demands, by Sanjaya Lama and Biplaw Bhattarai (kp), Hope and despair: If things don’t get straightened out soon, Nepal may enter uncharted territory, by Pramod Mishra (kp), Locked up abroad: A mechanism needs to be created to protect the legal aid rights of migrant workers, by Anurag Devkota (kp)

16/01/2019: Kathmandu, provinces at odds over security arrangements: Provinces say centralised mindset defeats the purpose of federalism, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Share power: The way the umbrella bill on the Nepal Police has been designed will weaken the provinces when it comes to maintaining law and order (ht), 17 years of denied justice: Muktinath Adhikari’s family is among thousands who have been dismissed in the Transitional Justice process, by Suman Adhikari (kp), Justice delayed, denied: Why is the state so indifferent toward cases of sexual violence even as it has totally undermined rule of law, justice system, national security and good governance?, by Nabita Nakarmi (rep), Govt’s capital expenditure still sluggish: Only 17.68pc of Rs 313.9 billion allocated spent in first half of fiscal (ht), Govt betrayed Dr KC: Mathema panel members (ht), ‘Dr KC’s demands won’t be fulfilled’ (ht) [Admits vested interests of NCP affiliated entrepreneurs!], Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights (ht)

15/01/2019: New bill lets federal government lord over provincial police, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Politics in full play as accusations fly over tainted jet purchase deal: House panel tweaks report, takes out the part  that calls for ‘lawful action’ against ministers, by Sangam Prasain (kp) [????], Poudel calls for enquiry into  Deuba’s role in aircraft deal, by Anil Giri (kp), Deuba denies involvemen, by Arjun Shah (kp), Frail KC needs to be admitted in better hospital, say doctors, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp), Govt scraps hospitals named after Girija, Sushil Koirala (ht), Nepali Congress up in arms (ht), PM admits NRA won’t complete task in its tenure, by Rewati Sapkota (ht)

14/01/2019: NCP chief whip opposes new bill: Says it tips the balance of power heavily in favour of federal govt, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), ‘Indigenous nationalities neglected’ (ht), Chinese construction along Nepal-Tibet border puts strategic land at risk: Embankment on the Arun river could flood 200 ropanis of land; Local officials say China won’t address their concerns, by Dipendra Shakya and Anil Giri (kp), Opposition calls for consensus on Medical Education Bill, by Tika R Pradhan (kp)

13/01/2019: Bibeksheel Sajha: Split major blow but journey will continue, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Improved Sino-India Ties, Indo-Pacific & Nepal, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Third space of conversationIt should be a space for transformation for Dalits and non-Dalits, men and women, by Sanjeev Uprety (kp), Costs of inequality: Key among the development challenges facing Nepal is the ever-widening income and wealth gap between the haves and have-nots, by Cecilia Keizer (rep), Symptoms of decay: Political parties, parliamentarians and government ministers feature as the most distrustful institutions in almost all surveys, by Narayan Manandhar (rep), SAGGC for political consensus on citizenship, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Bill obliges children to deposit certain percentage of salary in parents’ account, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Government issues new order of precedence: NPC vice-chair ranks higher than Supreme Court justices and chiefs of constitutional bodies (ht) [??], NHRC concerned (ht)

12/01/2019: Bibeksheel Sajha, after promising hope and change, splits, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Bibeksheel Sajha faction applies to register new party at EC (rep) [Once again, a hopeful young party destroys itself over personal power ambitions!], Bibeksheel Sajha Party suffers split (ht), The rise of a strongman: Is the Oli establishment inclined to create spectacle and drama than to deliver what was promised?, by Mohan Guragain (kp), Respect Public Interests, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), US admiral urges Nepal to resolve legal hurdles to import US arms: Expresses concern for peace in Indo-Pacific region (rep) [?], Govt proposes to curtail PSC’s autonomy: Public Service Commission office  bearers seek amendment to bill, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Holes seen in house panel report on jet purchase deal: Despite shortcomings, PAC report has detected stench of corruption wafting over the A330-200 procurement deal, which must be probed, by Rupak D Sharma (ht)

11/01/2019: Even right activists and teachers observe criminalised Chhaupadi in western Nepal, by Basanta Pratap Singh, Menuka Dhungana and Arjun Shah (kp), Accounts committee ignores crucial facts in aircraft purchase probe: Jitendra Dev was not the tourism minister when the first instalment was released to Airbus plane vendor, by Sangam Prasain (kp), Action against those named in jet scam after panel report, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [???], Govt in bid to trash PAC probe report, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Teaching Hospital residents on strike, by Nayak Paudel (kp) [Not paying the doctors' salaries for 8 months is an unbelievable crime! Please stop the paymernt of all politicians and responsible administrators for the same period of time!], Ideological Pillars Of Unity, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn) [Please stay on the ground: Nepal must thank Prithvinaran for her independence to this day, but he was also responsible for the lack of social inclusion, inequality, the over-centralised and discriminating Hindu state and the total control of public life by a minority of male Tagadharis!], Richest 10 % Nepalis over 26 times wealthier than poorest 40 % (rep) [see OXFAM report], Bill requires children to allocate portion of income to elderly parents, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Prime Minister KP Oli and Prithvi Narayan Shah, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

10/01/2019: Engendering change: Reluctance to accept women  leadership is a culturalised behaviour (kp), The number game: The Public Service Commission has not been shying away from providing government data, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Mother and two sons die in Chhaupadi shed fire: Women are still banished to sheds though the practice has been criminalised, by Arjun Shah (kp), Break the shackle: The local levels must launch a massive awareness drive to get rid of the chhaupadi system that dehumanises women in rural areas (ht), House panel flouts accord with Dr KC (rep), House panel okays medical education reforms bill: Principal concerns of Dr Govinda KC not addressed , by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), NCP lawmakers bulldoze Medical Education Bill through House panel: KC starts 16th hunger strike objecting to change in provisions, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Nirmala’s mother demands DNA authenticity verification, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Ganga Maya meets UN resident coordinator: Says government has been unwilling and unable to deliver justice in her son’s murder case (ht), Ganga Maya Adhikari seeks global attention, by Binod Ghimire (kp), ‘Government must answer to queries raised by MPs’, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Speaker tells PM, ministers to take MPs questions after address (rep), Anti-graft body drags Shrestha to court, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Institutions nd Leadership, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Conflict-affected families of security personnel launch indefinite sit-in (ht)

09/01/2019: Fate of transitional justice bodies hangs in balance: As parties vacillate, conflict victims are divided over new mechanism, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Snowfall adds chill to quake survivors’ lives, by Anish Tiwari (kp), Dr KC to launch 16th hunger strike today: Demands end to ‘mafia reign’ in medical sector, by Biplaw Bhattarai (kp), Road to misrule: Lawmakers must act on measures to curb abuse of authority and impose harsh sanctions against those implicated and accused of robbing tax payers, by Kedar Neupane (rep), Opposition is rising: Government should heed the issues raised by the opposition party and work to fulfil the promises made to the people and the country, by Shankar Tiwari (rep), Shadow govt under Deuba on cards, by Roshan S Nepal (ht) [A four times failed PM is not the right person! He has highest responsiblity for state failure himself!], Cold worsens menses woes in far-west (ht) [It would be better for male persons to stay in sheds during menstruation time of female family members. Maybe this would help them to understand this criminal practice!], Rectify swearing-in: Democracy is not just about elections, it is about electing righteous people who will work for the welfare of the people and the country (ht)

08/01/2019: PAC buckles under political pressure, by Umesh Poudel (ht), House panel goes soft on ministers: Recommends action against two secretaries, acquits Home Secretary Rai, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [There is no rule of law as long as the crimes committed by politicians and their clientele remain unpunished!], PAC for action against current and ex-ministers, clean chit for Rai: Directs govt to suspend MD Kansakar immediately (rep), SC refuses to set Resham Chaudhary free (ht), Apex court refuses to release Chaudhary, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Gandaki PA mired in dilemma over swearing in Gurung (ht), House panel fails to endorse medical education draft bill, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Dr KC threatens to launch 16th fast-unto-death (ht), Dr KC warns of 16th hunger strike: Parliament sub-committee endorses bill on medical education through vote, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Dr KC blasts sub-committee for tweaking bill (rep), A tale of lies: Misuse of numbers as weapons to paint an incorrect picture is a real tragedy (kp), Prime Minister, tell us the truth (rep), Lead anew: The creation of new organisations of historically marginalised groups can lead to transformative change, by Subhash Nepali (kp), Undemocratic move: If the lawmakers are barred from putting questions to the PM, it will undermine the parliamentary supremacy (ht), ‘Government should face questions from lawmakers every week’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), CIEDP probes 85 pc complaints in first phase: Preparing to record statements of alleged perpetrators for the second phase of investigation (ht)

07/01/2019: Provinces to appoint police up to DSP: Schedule 6 of constitution gives provincial  governments exclusive right to oversee their  security affairs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [The anti-federal government is above law and constitution!], Oli avoids major issues in House, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), PM lies to House over contract awarded to Huawei, by Sunil Sapkota (rep), PM cherry-picks information that fit govt progress reports (rep), Prime minister digs bigger hole for himself, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Congress to protest if PM does not answer, by Anil Giri (kp), Provincial Assembly snubs Manange, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp), Give fairness a chance: Conflict is caused by inequality, so inclusive development is needed to sustain peace, by Prakash Paudel (kp), Saffronization of Congress: The liberals, moderates and youth leaders in Congress must safeguard their party against the communal, sectarian allure of right wing Hindutva ideology, by Chhering Yonzon (rep), Legal contradictions put local levels in a fix (ht)

06/01/2019: Wide-body Plane Purchase and PAC, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), Adhikari upbeat as criticism builds over aircraft deal: Minister says he will  not resign only for the ‘superficial’ charges  even as it created moral pressure on him, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), ‘Probe panel undermining parliamentary supremacy’: Govt should have formed panel before Parliament started probe’, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Verdict on Tikapur carnage delayed, by Tekendra Deuba (ht), Road to impunity: Oath to Resham Chaudhary (rep), Will Manange be administered oath?, by Bishan Chhetri (rep), Kathmandu, provinces differ on CDO’s role: According to the bill, the chief district officer reports the law and order situation to the Federal Home Ministry and provincial Internal Affairs Ministry, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Obviously, central government thinking never dies out!], Coalition partner presses for constitution amendment: Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal has handed over an 11-point memorandum to Prime Minister Oli, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), NC, ruling FSFN join the fray for constitution amendment (rep), FSF-N memo seeks statute amendment (ht), Breaking the silence on #MeToo: Women’s silence in Nepal’s feeble #MeToo movement has also to do with illiteracy and socioeconomic disadvantages majority of women face, by Gyanu BK (rep)

05/01/2019: Criminal Code ‘ineffective’ to end Chhaupadi practice, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Government groups local federal units into four categories (kp), In the name of politics: The road to Singha Durbar is not in Dillibazar but in Delhi. When Delhi decides, our netas reconcile, by Guffadi (kp), Army to buy 4 choppers worth Rs 6b for VVIPs: Currently, Nepal Army has two fixed-wing planes and 12 helicopters. The army plans the number of aircraft to 31 by 2082 (rep) [Investments for VVIPs are far more important than those for reconstruction, education, road construction and pollution prevention!], Govt begins amendment discussions with Madhes parties: Prime Minister Oli has promised to study the possibility of withdrawing cases against those RJPN cadres who are currently serving jail-term, according to RJPN leaders (rep) [Such legal matters do not fall within the decision-making scope of the executive! The separation of powers is an essential characteristic of a democratic constitutional state!], Province 2 ready to retaliate if federal govt obstructs exercising constitutional rights: CM Raut , interview with Chief Minister Mohammad Lalbabu Raut (rep), Lawmakers divided over wide-body aircraft scam, by Arpana Ale Magar (rep) [Stop any form of politicisation in the clarification of corruption cases!], Civil servants adjustment: SC summons govt over ordinance provisions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht)

04/01/2019: Cabinet forms panel to probe disputed aircraft purchase: Three-member commission set up after a parliamentary subcommittee charges sitting minister and top bureaucrats with embezzling billions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Chaudhary sworn in after party’s pressure, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [?????], Why govt let massacre-accused Resham Chaudhary take oath (rep) [There cannot be enough (potential) criminals in leading political positions! The rule of law in democratic states does not allow the participation of persons who are accused of crimes!], Back to jail after oath, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Tikapur victims speak of grave injustice, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Task force recommends reinstating 12 holidays: The incumbent Oli administration had slashed these holidays soon after coming to power last year, saying that the unnecessary  holidays hinder service  delivery to the public, by Anuj Kumar Adhikari (kp), A tightened muzzle: Protracted governmental strategies have led to waning press freedom in Nepal, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp), The ship of state, by Rameshwar Bohara (nt)

03/01/2019: Fool me once: The Conflict Victims’ Common Platform could breathe new life into our pursuit for justice, by Binod Kumar Paudel and Rajendra Sechuray (kp), Panel implicates 3 ministers, 29 top officials in wide-body scam (rep), Oli government faces moral quandary: While pressure mounts on the Oli government to open  a fair and comprehensive probe into the case, some  leaders from the ruling Nepal Communist Party say  the government will not take any decision in haste, by Anil Giri (kp), Sky-high corruption: Government must take serious note of the wide-body financial irregularity (kp), Govt trumpets tree plantation ‘success’ (ht), Press freedom anxiety: To demonstrate that it will work as per the spirit of the Constitution, the govt has no option but to amend some of the draconian provisions (ht), Civil society and media: Give them their due, by Dutta Shree Duwadi (Khanal) (ht)

02/01/2019: Violations of press freedom up: Report (kp) [see report by Freedom Forum], 2018, a challenging year for freedom of press: Federation of Nepali Journalists (ht), Transitional Justice Actr: Govt undecided on amendment, by Roshan S Nepal (ht), Bill to amend Nepal Army Act (rep), Together for justice: Charter initiative may further empower perpetrators rather than victims. Dialogue can help us unite, by Om Prakash Aryal, Anita Neupane Thapalia and Ram Bhandari (rep), Ganga Maya to tell her story to the world, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht)

01/01/2019: Torture, disappearings to be moved from military to civilian court, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Around Rs 4b embezzled while buying planes: House sub-panel, by Anil Giri (kp), Journalism in peril: Looking forward to a safer year for journalists (kp), Revelation by reflection: Nepal needs incremental changes from the bottom to change; the top down approach has not worked, by Sujeev Shakya (kp), Who is in charge? Nation-building has never been our national policy, by Andrea Upadhya (kp), Migration as Path to Progress, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn)

31/12/2018: National Reconciliation Day Celebration, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km), My disappeared father: Families who lost relatives during the Maoist conflict are still seeking truth and justice, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Road to justice: Nepal’s transitional justice process failed to pursue transformative agenda of CPA. It seems to be moving away from socio-economic dimensions of conflict, by Tika P. Dhakal (rep), #WhoKilledNirmala?: When those in power and with agency to protect the citizens and uphold societal law and order responds with hostility to an earnest call for accountability, it shows how fractured the country’s justice and law enforcement system is, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Speaking out and aloud: The #MeToo momentum in Nepal, while welcome, dissipated before it could even make a dent in Nepal’s power structures, by Alisha Sijapati (kp), Experts warn of security risk as Chinese firm is chosen to equip PM’s Office, by Anil Giri (kp), Promises kept and broken: For the next four years, the focus should be on ensuring that promises are few, they are concrete—and most importantly, they are kept (kp), Disappointing Oli: People are fast losing faith in the strongest government the country has in decades, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Revolution within the communist party, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Birth pangs of Naya Nepal: Starting in 2018, Nepal made a big leap towards a federal system from a unitary state. This historic transformation has not been smooth as the federal and subnational governments bicker over devolved powers, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Looking back, marching forward: It would be unfair to overlook some of the economic achievements of this administration, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp)

30/12/2018: Efforts on to unite two factions of rights activists and conflict victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Dahal gains ground as Oli feels the heat: Retaining his support base, ex-Maoist chief wins over his former rivals, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), People’s democracy or socialism: NCP leaders confused, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Medical fraternity warns sternprotests: Eleven medical  associations have  submitted a memorandum to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav, by Nayak Paudel (kp), The Nepali know-it-all: Tea stalls, canteens and drink parties are the usual places where they congregate, by Nirmal Kandel (kp), Wanted: Governance: The Nepali government must be held culpable for infrastructural challenges, by Nicholas Kolesky (kp), PMO awards contract to Huawei agent without competition: The Rs 54 million contract is for setting up a video conferencing system, by Sunil Sapkota (rep) [PM Oli firmly believes that he is always above law and constitution!]

29/12/2018: Federal Affairs Ministry asks local governments not to enact laws on their own: Contrary to constitutional provision, ministry issues circular to 753 local units to consult with the Centre before formulating any law, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Misunderstanding of federalism or deliberate disregard of the constitution? Probably the latter!], Integrity policy gathers dust at PM’s Office, by Anil Giri (kp), Transformation in Leadership, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), No end to ‘slavery’ in some Madhes communities: Oppressed people demand right to land and dignified life, by Upendra Lamichhane (rep)

28/12/2018: ‘Untouchability’ culture among Dalits weakens anti-discrimination drive, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Cabinet names five envoys, recalls three, by Anil Giri (kp) [They all belong to the small minority of male Bahuns (about 6.5% of the population) that has been "extremely discriminated" by filling most of the positions in state and administration!], Time to warm up: Lawmakers must take a proactive approach to discuss and pass crucial bills during the winter session of the House (ht), 12 years later, justice is a mirage: A proposal to find a way out of the transitional justice impasse splits the victims’ movement, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt), Justice in transition: The international community has seen transitional justice as a barrier to the peace process rather than a necessary part of it, by David Seddon (nt), Govt talks team submits report sans talks with Chand-led group (ht), No conflict in country, says talks team: Dissolved panel urges government to curb illegal activities of the Chand-led CPN and to keep vigil of Raut’s separatist movement, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Freed suspects allege torture in custody, by Ujjwal Satyal (ht), Police deny torturing suspects during interrogation: Pradip Rawal and Bishal Chaudhary, the latest suspects  in Nirmala murder case, cleared by DNA evidence, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Manange lays claim to state legislature seat, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp) [???], Want my advice? The prime minister and ministers should hire experts to provide counsel and ensure execution, by Saroj Dhakal (kp), From monarchy to republic: Good governance is one of the key requisites for the economic success of a country, by Amrit Bhandari (kp), Conflict victims form splinter group (ht), Expensive periods: Why tax on pads?, by Pooja Bista (ht), Nepal, Inc in 2019: Outmigration will only stop if the government starts behaving less like a tax collector, and more as an investor, by Anil Chitrakar (nt)

27/12/2018: Nirmala murder case: 2nd suspect freed by DNA report, accuses police of torture, by Sanjaya Lama (kp), Auditor general says minister lied to House panel: Tanka Mani Sharma says Rabindra Adhikari did not consult his office before making payment for the jets, by Anil Giri (kp), Child marriage, once rampant, sees decline in a rural community: Dipendra, the father of Suraj, says he had received a bicycle, Rs10,000 in cash, some utensils and clothes as dowry during the wedding, by Shiva Puri (kp), Dr KC threatens to go on hunger strike from January 1 (kp), Throwing caution  to the wind: The authorities’ inaction towards  air pollution is inexcusable (kp), Resolve constitution amendment (rep), Reassessing Panchayat: The political culture of Nepali state is deeply imbued in the shadows of its Panchayati past. Panchayat has had overwhelming presence in Nepali psyche, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep), What ails Nepal? As a traveler, I’ve seen different countries and societies. While traveling I try to understand how different societies and governments function. During my stay in Nepal, I realized that government here does not work for Nepalis, by Nicholas Kolesky (rep)

26/12/2018: Quake survivors live on the edge despite tall claims: According to the authority, only 2,000 vulnerable beneficiaries—people above 70 years and single women above 65—have received Rs50,000 grant, by Anil Giri (kp), Oli positive aboutaddressing RJP-N demands, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), High-level talks team to submit report today, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Trying to rise: Until Congress gets multidimensional, changeable and dynamic actors in  leadership position, the party won’t be able to come out of the blind alley, by Shankar Tiwari (rep), Federal Parliament’s winter session begins, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Nepal And Indo-Pacific Strategy, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

25/12/2018: Rift grows among conflict victims: Disgruntled group forms new body (rep), Victims’ body refutes claims against charter: The leaders from the umbrella body say the blame is baseless, saying they had always stood  for the process (kp), Task force to address issues of injured fighters (kp) [12 years after the end of civil war when their party joined main stream and government with their leaders getting top positions and living in wealth!?], Dialogue Over Conflict, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Quake victims still awaiting relocation to safer sites, by Himnath Devkota (rep), Bishal taken to Kathmandu for medical examination, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Medical education bill: Panel yet to agree on key points, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Beyond elective dictatorship: Abusing arithmetic comfort can lead to tyranny, by Achyut Wagle (kp), Summit all down: The aftermath of the Asia Pacific Summit has accentuated the government’s hypocrisies, by Madhab P. Khanal (kp), PM’s Eyes, Ear and Grain of Truth, by Prem Khatry (rn)

24/12/2018: Government to clear legal hurdle to US arms deal, by Binod Ghimire and Anil Giri (kp) [Nepal's governments and politicians have always believed that they are above the law!], Gyawali refutes reports about Nepal joining US Indo-Pacific strategy, by Anil Giri (kp), Nepal doesn’t have global or regional strategic ambitions: Foreign minister (rep), Congress raps govt over ‘authoritarian ambitions’ (rep), Culture of learning: The illusion of being informed is so strong that even the educated have lost the ability to differentiate between misinformation, disinformation and ‘genuine’ fake news, by CK Lal (rep), Away with hearing system: Our parliamentary hearing system has not become anything more than a ritual. We need to do away with it through constitution amendment, by Arzoo Karki and Sagar Baral (rep)

23/12/2018: Conflict-hit women demand prompt response to their plaints (ht), Guarantee equal career opportunity for all staff, suggest Indian experts: Nepali officials advised to outlaw trade unions in civil service. Firing suggested for non-performing staff, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp), Khambuwan gives up arms, enters into peaceful politics, by Bedraj Paudel (kp), Khambuwan Mukti Morcha surrenders arms (rep), Chaudhary: Police tortured me to extract confession, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Overlooked: Inequality and poverty go hand-in-hand, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (kp), Nepal won’t join US-led Indo-Pacific alliance: Gyawali (rep)

22/12/2018: Chhaupadi-free drive ineffective, by Menuka Dhungana (kp), Congress to have 14 office bearers, by Anil Giri (kp) [There cannot be enough positions for power greedy politicians! This is typical for Nepal's big parties and proves non-democratic structures and interests!!], Oli government is working at the behest of crony capitalists, says Shrestha (kp), Time for a revolt: The old monsters have to go. They are the reason why millions of young folks have to go overseas to make a few Dinars more to feed their families, by Guffadi (kp), Deepak Manange released after SC’s order (rep) [???]

21/12/2018: Justice, interrupted: Transitional Justice will only work if those in charge are trusted, by Mohna Ansari (kp), Crippled commissions: Victims’ long wait for justice, by Ram Dayal Rakesh (ht), Ex-UN official in Nepal to discuss transitional justice issues, by Binod Ghimire and Anil Giri (kp), Work in tandem: Government and bureaucracy must be receptive to each other’s concerns (kp), The toilers are gone: Nepal should consider building programmes to support the capacities of migrant families, by Sameer Karki (kp), NCP leaders criticized at party meet for lavish lifestyle: Some ask PM to dump controversial ministers, punish poor performance (rep)

20/12/2018: US says Nepal is part of its Indo-Pacific strategy: Experts say the move could invite friction between Beijing and Kathmandu, by Anil Giri (kp), US seeks key role for Nepal in Indo-Pacific as China ups forays, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Better late than never: The government should clarify its engagement with the United Peace Federation, by Kushal Pokharel (kp) [And the PM should give back his completely undeserved award!], No pay for 1,000 workers at Melamchi project since 2 months, by Dhruba Dangal (rep), SAC tells govt to conduct by-elections by mid-May (rep), New law forces people to cross Birgunj border on foot, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep), Students likely to face textbook shortage yet again (rep), Watch your democracy: If the stalwarts of Nepali democracy are not vigilant, authoritarian forces will likely suspend our democracy once again, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep)

19/12/2018: Playing politics with justice: The proposed high-level political mechanism is believed to be yet another strategy to award immunity to perpetrators of serious crimes committed during conflict-era, by Charan Prasai (rep), PM, chief ministers endorse plan to implement federalism, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Centre, provinces agree to adopt fresh timeline: Panel, led by Home Minister Thapa, recommends new deadline for realisation of federalism, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Timeline to address demands of provinces endorsed (rep), Is Oli losing his grip on the unified party?, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), President summons winter session of Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp) Govt yet again fails to improve budget spending capacity: Capital expenditure stands at 12.59pc of the total allocation in first five months (ht)

18/12/2018: TRC still clueless about Rolpa house massacre, by Dinesh Subedi (rep), Ruling party leaders tear apart joint political paper: Leaders claim the party  has been lifeless without meetings, contact with the cadre, and lively interaction with the people, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Nirmala murder case: Mother files case against police for destroying proof, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Parliament meet from next week, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Forced seasonal migration causes gender role transformations (rep), Provincial ministers, mayors not happy with their ranking: Elected officials say the order of precedence is ‘unfair’ considering that they drive the bureaucratic unit, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Local bodies’ staff across country launch protest (rep), Taking ctrl: For a secure and functioning Digital Nepal, the government should engage local programmers, by Prakash Paudel (kp), NC leaders in fix as calls for Hindu state grow (rep) [Such a party would no longer be entitled to represent the people of multi-ethnic and multi-religious Nepal!], Italian contractor abandons Melamchi water project (ht)

17/12/2018: After Gautam, more leaders to oppose Oli: At the Standing Committee meeting today, more NCP members prepare to counter the policies adopted to run the party and the government, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Bibeksheel Sajha presses Minister Pokhrel to resign, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Nepali Congress torn over draft charter, by Anil Giri (kp), Call for restoration of hindu state (kp) [NC showing its true anti-secular face by denying Nepal's multiethnic, multreligious and multicultural identity], Government ‘to issue staff rejig notice in a week’ (kp), Shaking heads: New law avoiding competitive  bidding could breed more corruption (kp), PM’s IT consultant ‘misusing power’ to land big contracts, by Sunil Sapkota (rep), In search of judicial independence: The judicial council has not addressed the federal aspirations of the people, by Praveen Kumar Yadav and Mohan Kumar Karna (kp), Feeling cheated, ex-Maoist combatants wish to die (rep), Echoes of Biplab: Biplab bitterly rues over having accepted the short-lived preposterous “Prachanda-path” that waylaid workers and threatened to drag the nation toward an abyss of disintegration, by P. Kharel (rep), High-level talks team holds dialogue with 22 outfits, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Dalit settlement sold after ward chair errs (ht) [????]

16/12/2018: Underperforming provinces wantreinforcement: Lack of infrastructure,  staff and experience  hindering performance of provincial governments and their agencies, leaders say at a gathering (kp), 20,000 staffers to fall short even after adjustment, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Nirmala rape and murder: Struggle committee announces fresh agitation (kp), Local, provincial govts spending on same project, by Nagendra Upadhyay (rep)

15/12/2018: Civil society group protests transitional justice junket, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Disgruntled group calls on Swiss to stand firm on int’l standards: In the memorandum, the dissident group has appealed to the United Nations and Switzerland to stand consistently for ending impunity and fulfillment of the victims’ right to truth, justice and reparations (rep), The Civil Servants Ordinance, by Kushal Pokharel (rn), Marginal Utility of State for the Deprived, by Kiran Dahal (rn), Women still reluctant to register complaints against domestic violence (ht)

14/12/2018: Rana picked to head Supreme Court: Poised to serve full four years, first since 1995, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Watchdog says pollution issue complaints more than crime (kp), Roll call: Chronic absenteeism in the House committees needs to be addressed (kp), Looking back to look forward: For Nepal, understanding the past is crucial to understanding our own role in the present, by Amish Mulmi (kp), People and the ballot box: Should governments fail to deliver, the people will band together to defeat ruling regimes, by Avasna Pandey (kp), Photojournalist detained for taking photos outside Shital Niwas (rep), 'Abroad trips by local reps a drain on taxpayers' money' (rep), Govt mulling over federal police ordinance, by Jagdishor Panday (ht) [Why another ordinance? There is an elected parliament that is responsible for legislation!!], Wheels of justice: An empowered and independent judiciary strengthens the foundation of democracy and keeps the wheels of justice turning (ht), Indian State Assembly Elections Warning Shots To Oli, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km)

13/12/2018: Political quick-fix won’t provide justice: As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Nepal must uphold the charter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (rep), 'Monopoly of capitalist big media houses' must en, says Dahal (rep) [Another frontal attack on free press and freedom of opinion!!], Legislation planned to pick developer for projects above Rs 50b without bids: PMo pushes draft law with contentious provisions; expert slams decision that ‘will promote corruption’, by Bibek Subedi (kp), Activists stage symbolic protest demanding justice, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Need of Executive Presidency, by Mukti Rijal (rn), Deuba's absence postpones CC meeting (rep), Power to people: The government should stop vacillating and go for devolving powers to provincial and local levels with due urgency, by Manjeet Mishra (rep)

12/12/2018: Truant lawmakers undermine role of House committees, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Oli government on the path to  authoritarianism: Congress, by Anil Giri (kp), Relatives of new ‘suspects’ protest: Citizen Struggle forum Co-ordinator says the authorities have framed innocent people to protect the real culprits, by Mohan Budhair and Bhawani Bhatta (kp), 1,020 officials fail to submit property details: Law states that public official should submit personal property details within 60 days of assuming office, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Centre initiates civil servants’ adjustment: The federal government will fill the vacancies at the provincial and local levels by adjusting the current pool of staffLaw states that public official should submit personal property details within 60 days of assuming office, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Long live the central state in federal Nepal!], New chief justice suspense lingers as PM Oli defers council meeting: Meeting postponed for the third time to December 20, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [???]

11/12/2018: Overall situation not satisfactory, says NHRC (ht), Fault lines in federalism: Unless the concerns of the states are addressed, stagnancy will prolong (kp), High-level panel to resolve states’ concerns, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp) [Implement the federal constitution and not the anti-federal wishes of the political elite!], Five-man task-force formed to address grievances of provinces (rep), Listen to chief ministers (rep), Act sincerely: PM must address the issues raised by CMs by enacting umbrella laws which are a must for effective functioning of  provinces (ht), Task force meets today to dwell on addressing inter-province issues, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Shifting Democratic Values, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), The Intellectuals And Challenges, by Prem Khatry (rn), Party name dispute: Apex court serves show cause to NCP, poll body, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Nirmala case remains unsolved: PM Oli (rep), House panel asks IGP tough questions, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Dahal warns of counter-revolution (ht) [??]

10/12/2018: Walk the talk: The global community has little faith in the government’s ability to fulfil its human rights obligations, by Raju Prasad Chapagai (kp), Overall human rights situation still not satisfactory, says NHRC (ht), Call to amend citizenship provisions (ht), Provinces table grievances at inter-state meet, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), CMs complain about lack of laws, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep), Centre not cooperating: CMs, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Projects to provinces: That the federal govt has taken control over projects that were under provinces just doesn’t go well with the idea of federalism (ht), An age-old problem: Our senior citizens deserve better (kp), Women activists stage protest with blindfolds demanding justice for Nirmala, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Reporting of VAW cases up after operation of helpline service (rep), Hail Comrade Chairman! With the mass intelligentsia ready to pounce upon his critics,  Oli is confident that he can cut the media and intelligentsia down to size, by CK Lal (rep)

09/12/2018: Words have consequences (rep), Govt takes over projects meant for provinces, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Provinces blame Kathmandu for dismal spending: The combined budget of the seven provinces is Rs113.43 billion while their total spending remains Rs2.36 billion as of December 5, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Chief ministers to raise issues at inter-state council, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), All chief ministers in Kathmandu with list of demands (rep), Protests continue even as police claim ‘narrowing list of suspects’, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Locals suspect police might be framing poor people again , by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep)

08/12/2018: Speechless in Baluwatar: Oli is more than happy to receive a medal for good governance and leadership which is probably the biggest joke, by Guffadi (kp), NC chides PM for his jibe against critics (rep), Transitional justice: There’s no confusion, says Law Minister Dhakal (ht), EC’s recognition of NCP challenged (ht), Watchdog files graft case against former minister: Case filed against 21 people at Special Court; Rs2.54b recovery sum sought from Pandey’s firm, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), CIAA sues ex-minister Pandey, 20 others for shoddy work on Sikta (rep), Ex-minister, others booked for embezzling billions (ht)

07/12/2018: PM’s threats are unbecoming of his high office, intellectuals say: Oli takes a stab at academics and journalists who have been vocal critics of his administration, by Anil Giri (kp), Provinces, local levels seek larger slices of revenue pie, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), The reluctant federalist: Excessive centralisation of power has become a fait accompli of the present federal Nepal, by Krishna Hachhethu (kp)

06/12/2018: Officials sleep as victims weep: A mother cries for out-of-coma son with amputed leg; An ailing father writes songs for murdered daughter, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Dr KC concerned over 'growing 'mafia influence in judiciary' (rep), Rape victims in Jumla settle cases fearing social stigma, by DB Budha (rep) [Reconciliation instead of justice for victims: Same procedure as that planned by the government for war time crimes!!], Where are missing women and children? (rep)

05/12/2018: Ministry finds 174 laws clashing with statute, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Almost 39 months after the constitution came into force?!], Cabinet passes ordinance to adjust civil servants: Nepali Congress says government move violates the letter and spirit of the constitution, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Nirmala’s mum leaves Capital to join family and activist protests, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp)

04/12/2018: Transitional justice bodies prepare to go as term sees end, by Binod Ghimire (kp), CIEDP refutes CVCP’s charge (ht), Rights activists in fresh protest demanding justice for Nirmala, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Campaign to seek justice for Nirmala Panta gains momentum (ht), Use hi-tech to manage disasters: PM (kp) [??], A long way to go: Before achieving ‘Digital Nepal’, the state must invest in ICT education throughout the country, by Manoj Bhattarai (kp) [!!], The Sanity of Leadership, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), Failing leader: The poster boy of national progress and prosperity is losing his sheen, with his freshly-hung pictures looking down mockingly, by Devendra Gautam (rep), Provinces, local units told to apply for special grants by mid-December: New working procedures pave way for transfer of Rs 20 billion allocated in budget (rep)

03/12/2018: Constitutional bodies, PM’s Office locked in a dispute: Singha Durbar has written to four constitutional bodies, asking them to report their pending tasks within 15 days. In a meeting, chiefs of the bodies decide to defy the call, by Anil Giri (kp), Nirmala rape, murder: Protests continue in several places (kp), Protestors put ‘Nirmala stickers’ on bags, jackets, and motorbikes (rep), File criminal suit against those who destroyed evidences: Dr KC, by Dil Bahadur Chhatyal (rep), Nirmala rape and murder: SP, inspector appeal for lost jobs, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Government, CPN trade barbs over failed talks, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), PM raises 0.1 million dollar ethical question: Accepts monetary award from a controversial INGO (ht) [PM Oli's government is neither characterised by special leadership qualities nor by good governance! A successful conclusion of the peace process is deliberately blocked by the government!]

02/12/2018: Fearful leader to tearful father: The resounding power of pain must inspire everyone to reconcile with the past, by Shambhu Ram Simkhada (kp), A check for change: Why do we need reform in election laws?, by Krishna Man Pradhan (kp), Politics, Morality and Madhes, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), Nepal’s journey toward peace a good example for other countries: PM Oli (rep) [Peace without justice and rule of law as example??], Injured conflict victim neglected by state: He has got no justice even after a court verdict in his favor, by Sabita Shrestha (rep), Hundreds rally for justice in Nirmala case (rep), Protesters defy police warning (ht), Govt dialogue team 'wrapping up work' without any success, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Urgent bills to be ready within 15 days (ht) [Urgent?? Ten months after the formation of the Oli government?]

01/12/2018: Police detain activists for pasting Nirmala posters, by Bhawani Bhatta and Nayak Paudel (kp) [The Oli government as veto players with respect to rule of law, justice and human rights!!], Police disrupt peaceful protest: Arrest 12 persons for pasting posters featuring Nirmala (ht), Statute discriminates against women, say MPs (ht), Conflict victims to narrate their sufferings to public (ht), Ruling party leaders express fury at NGO conference: As the international peace summit gets under way, NCP leaders voice discontent over the state’s involvement, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Two-day Asia Pacific Summit 2018 kicks off today: PM Oli to inaugurate event, over 1,500 participants to attend (rep), Traffic police withdraws odd-even vehicle rule (rep), Disabled people to campaign for inclusion  across  the country: 513,321 disabled people live in Nepal, according to 2011 census, by Anup Ojha (kp), Families displaced by 2014 Jure landslide are still without homes, by Anish Tiwari (kp)

30/11/2018: Pomp and circus on full display as state splurges on NGO conference: Finance Ministry officials say  government entities asked for  Rs320 million for the event, by Anil Giri (kp), VVIPs start landing in Kathmandu for Asia Pacific Summit (rep), People bear the brunt of odd-even vehicle rule, by Sanjaya Lama and Samuel Chhettri (kp), Draw the line: State supporting events hosted by organisations accused of active religious conversion is unwarranted (kp), Special rapporteur: Nirmala murder is a test case for Nepal, by Tsering D Gurung (kp), UN official concerned about delay in providing justice to Nirmala Panta (ht), Avoid ordinance: It will not augur well for democracy and rule of law if the executive intends to run the administration through ordinance (ht), Justice delayed and denied: Quest for truth and justice in daughter’s murder has driven Nirmala’s father to insanity, by Sewa Bhattarai (nt)

29/11/2018: The ageing warriors: Betrayed by the state and the parties, it’s an endless wait for justice for the victims, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Minister orders state media to muzzle—and counter—Dr KC, Nirmala news, by Anil Giri (kp) [Another step towards dictatorship! The people should no longer read government owned media!], MPs protest plan to bring civil servants ordinance (rep) [The government bypasses basic democratic institutions such as parliament!], Rotating leadership pushes RJPN to brink of split: Party to withdraw support from govt (rep), People still unaware of right to info (ht) [And the government of PM Oli does everything that they will never become aware!]

28/11/2018: Pricey publicity stunt obscures much-hyped social security policy, by Bibek Subedi and Anil Giri (kp), The cult of KP: Social security scheme should reflect in government’s policies—not in its posters (kp), Oli adds teeth to intelligence body: Draft law proposes that the intelligence chief report directly to the prime minister and the chief secretary on a regular basis, by Anil Giri (kp), Victims’ demand alarms civil leaders, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Victims, HR activists seeks UN help over transitional justice (rep), 6 rape cases a day in first quarter of fiscal year, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Testing times for democracy: While in opposition communists make nationalism their sole agenda. When they lead the government they tend to attack democracy and lean toward authoritarianism, by Dinesh Bhattarai (kp), Lust for luxury: How do we explain President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s craving for luxury? Is this her obsession with power? Has she started to think of herself in terms of former kings and queens?, by Chiranjibi Paudyal (rep)

27/11/2018: Stop bullying media (rep), Fury against media: Instead of reviewing its own faulty policies and mending their ways, the government ministers are becoming more and more intolerant to media and public criticism, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (rep), NGOs resist pressure to register at local level, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Federal government at the heart of many disputes at the local levels, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Stringent IT law to replace Electronic Transaction Act: Advocates of press freedom concerned over its effects in digital age, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Dr KC pads up for 16th hunger strike: Activist announces three key demands in nine-point memo, by Nayak Paudel (kp), Pants’ fight for justice enters fourth month: Nirmala’s sisters say attending school and focusing on studies is an ordeal, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Need an opposition: The Nepali Congress must unite to keep the government on its toes (kp) [The party will not be able for this under its old failed leaders!], Dalit ward members excluded from decision-making, by Pushparaj Joshi (rep)

26/11/2018: Peace by peace: Nepal requires a bottom-up, intentional and integrated approach to peace, by Rajendra Senchurey (kp), Minister instructs state-run media to avoid Nirmala-related news (rep) [This proves the non-existence of press freedom in Nepal! The minister should be dismissed and face trial for this crime!], Movement against rape: When rapes happen, it is not the abuser who is punished, rather victims are blamed, and they may even be ostracized, by Pratap Sharma (rep), Nirmala’s father brought to Kathmandu, doctors say no signs of mental illness, by Nayak Paudel (kp), #JusticeForNirmala (rep), Flouting rules, officials spend on foreign trips, by Anil Giri (kp), Video of police manhandling Birgunj women sparks outrage, by Tsering D Gurung (kp), Beyond the mandate (ht)

25/11/2018: Proposed political mechanism may derail ongoing progress: TJ officials (rep), Chand-led Maoists stage show of strength in capital (rep), Chand’s party stages mass assembly in Capital: Leaders accuse ruling Nepal Communist Party of harbouring murderers of Nirmala Pant and corrupt officials, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Nirmala’s father barred from flying to Capital: Yagya Raj, who has been protesting for weeks demanding justice for the rape and murder of his teenage daughter, shows signs of mental illness, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Mind the road: No substantial actions have been planned to improve air quality and road safety, by Prashanta Khanal (kp)

24/11/2018: ‘It’s hard to breathe’: Air pollution in Kathmandu Valley has reached such dangerous levels that it is now considered one of the most polluted cities in the world—along with its two geopolitical neighbours, Delhi and Beijing, by Arpan Shrestha (kp) [Why does the extremely competent Oli government (self-definition) not show any responsibility?], Lack of agenda delays winter session of federal parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp), The People’s President! Why does our President need to live like one of those dictators in a totalitarian regime when most of us barely make enough to provide for our families?, by Guffadi (kp)

23/11/2018: Oli’s evaluation of ministries: PM: Stop arguing and strive for better results, by Anil Giri (kp) [And what about PM's Office?], Creative destruction: Reform in education, a critical sector for development, remains bypassed (kp), It’s about time: Nepal’s currency policy has remained static for too long, by Paban Ran Pandey (kp)

22/11/2018: War victims demand reforms in transitional justice bodies: Seek mechanism to build consensus to take  transitional justice process to its logical end, by BBinod Ghimire (kp), Local level Operation act: Government agencies spar over rights, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp)

21/11/2018: 12 years on, political leadership still dithers on transitional justice: As two commissions waste three years, leading parties have been accused of attempting to tire the victims, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Political leaders who share responsibility for the crimes in one or other way will never be interested to provide justice!], Justice is overdue: The CPA’s 12-year history has been wrought with excuses and extensions (kp), A chance to clean up: The promises we laid on paper must be fulfilled if we are to truly achieve peace, by Mohna Ansari (kp), Long wait for justice: The transitional justice process needs immediate review because it is taking forever, by Suman Adhikari (kp )

20/11/2018: Woman, 73, tortured over witchcraft allegation, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp)

19/11/2018: ‘Foreign’ citizens may affect security: Thapa; Defending the proposal to amend Citizenship Act-2006, the home minister claims that  a large number of non-nationals have got Nepali citizenship, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [The problem is Nepal's definition of "national", especially the discrimination against women, ethnic and regional groups!], Civil right activists call for proper investigation: Thousands of people, who suffered at the hands of state security forces and the Maoist insurgents have largely been deprived  of justice (kp)

18/11/2018: Nirmala’s unsolved case: The case has stirred the public and revealed the state’s disregard towards the law, by Udayan Regmi (kp), Nepal abstains from UN vote on Myanmar’s human rights violation: This is not the first time Nepal has abstained from voting on a UNGA resolution (rep) [This reflects Nepal's own human rights standards!], ‘Info gag on Cabinet decisions against constitution, RTI Act’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht), Sustaining democracy: Regardless of great changes, if mentality, mindset, practices and behavior of our leaders remain the same our democracy will be in trouble, by Bhojraj Pokharel (rep), Elections and disability: Disabled communities in Nepal are disenfranchised before, during, and after elections, by Gianna Francesca M Catolico (rep), Leaders skipped House meetings, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 18/11/2018)

17/11/2018: Government set to redefine ‘remote’ areas: Geographical remoteness will now be classified  based on the local level, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), PM convenes Inter-state Council meet on Dec 9, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), NHRC asks govt to remove ambiguity from penal code: Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission Anup Raj Sharma today said the new penal code contained ambiguous words that could be used to punish journalists (ht), Nepaleaks: Why is the greatest communist government on Earth afraid of its own people, media and even well-wishers?, by Guffadi (kp), Govt progress on transitional justice likely in a month (rep) [There will be no progress without will!], By-polls uncertain due to govt delay in clearing legal hurdles: 28 seats in local and provincial  constituencies are vacant (rep), Rough road to inter-caste marriage: Unless we dismantle caste-hierarchy and end intra-caste discrimination, we won’t be able to build a just and peaceful society, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep), Govt ignoring parliamentary panels’ directives, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Control pollution, NHRC tells government (ht), General elections 2017: Parties flagrantly violated code of conduct: Report (ht)

16/11/2018: Swiss bankroll leaders’ Bangkok junket: Second-rung leaders from the major parties will spend six days discussing transitional justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [??], Cabinet to share its decisions only once a week: Prime Minister Oli warns ministers not to divulge decisions to media, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [??????], PM cements information gag order, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Effective Monitoring For Good Governance, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn), CK raut presented to apex court (kp), CIEDP mobilising four teams in Bardiya, by Roshan S Nepal (ht), ‘Govt not following inclusion policy’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht)

15/11/2018: Citizens, not subjects: Criticising the government and expressing dissatisfaction is our right (kp), Rhetoric and gobbledygook: Doublespeak is an art that has to be perfected by politicians, by Deepak Thapa (kp), Proposal on political quick fix for transitional justice draws flak (rep), Give me some truth: The government has disregarded the courts and lied with regard to transitional justice, by Ram Kumar Bhandari (kp), Nepal-India panel report awaits Modi’s attention: New Delhi ‘reluctant to receive report’ because  of its contents and Madhesi representation issue, by Anil Giri (kp), Provincial Public Service Commission picks up speed: Prime Minister’s Office prepares draft law to establish the commission, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Personnel At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn), House session unlikely before December-end: Govt still drafting bills that will be discussed in Parliament (ht)

14/11/2018: Not disclosing cabinet decisions a huge setback for freedom of info, by Taranath Dahal (rep), Cabinet decisions must be transparent (rep), Centre to remove tax overlaps: Cabinet endorses high-level panel’s recommendations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), RJP-N renews call for statute amendment: Warns of struggle to press the government to honour its commitment, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Revision of acts: Law Ministry’s requests fall on deaf ears, by Binod Ghimire (kp), A full plate: The prime minister must understand that he can’t be in charge of everything (kp), Elusive justice: Why have we let singular narratives define victimhood?, by Varsha Gyawali (kp)

13/11/2018: Fearing backlash, Cabinet keeps key decisions to itself: In an unprecedented move and against a longstanding practice, journalists on Sunday were denied information on government decisions, by Anil Giri (kp), Govt move to deny info on cabinet decisions causes widespread controversy (rep), Govt’s information gag draws flak, by Jagdishor Panday (ht), Why so secretive? Govt seems to be trying to keep information far from the public’s eye by not telling media about Cabinet decisions (ht), Conflict victims work on demand paper to press for justice, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Dents in macro stability: Rapid economic deceleration is reflective of governmental oversights; Gradually withering interests of  potential foreign inventors and  development partners in Nepal pose a real risk in financial resource  management in the long-run, by Achyut Wagle (kp), New law proposes incentives for civil servants: Federal government to issue ordinance in consultation with the Public Service Commission, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [A democratic state has to be ruled by laws, not by ordinances!], Room for whom? Public properties are owned by people, not by those at the helm of affairs (kp), Saving secularism: Our secular republic aspires to reflect the pluralistic reality of the plains, hills and mountains. This should be nurtured, by Chhering Yonzon (rep), Chepang community in Dhading deprived of government housing grant (ht)

12/11/2018: Provinces to act jointly against executive order: Set meeting to prepare common position on writ to handle police up to sub-inspector level, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Constitutionality of executive order on provincial police force questioned, by Rewati Sapkota (ht), Not there yet: The centre must devolve power  to the provinces (kp), Kanchanpur rape and murder: Pant couple stage sit-in for justice, by Bhawani Bhatta (kp), Heed the call for justice (rep), AIG-led probe panel report yet to come (ht), Dr KC warns of another hunger strike, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep), Kavre schools, colleges shut over student leader’s arrest: NSU leader Krishna Dhakal and journalist Kabiraj Dhakal arrested for posting PM Oli’s distorted photo on Facebook, by Nagendra Adhikari (kp), Ministry lays groundwork for 6 constitutional panels: Joint-secretaries to  work in capacity of  a secretary of their concerned commission (kp) [This proves the government's understanding of inclusion: Almost exclusively male Bahuns nominated!], The indefeasible struggle: When Padma Ratna Tuladhar passed away, a powerful symbol of struggle for dignity of historically humiliated communities of Nepal suddenly disappeared from the scene, by CK Lal (rep)

11/11/2018: Provinces reject centre’s move to recruit new staff, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), 'Citizenship for sale': Criminals can buy Nepali citizenship while genuine people are deprived of the document, by Jitendra Kumar Jha (rep), Parliamentarians, be honest and moral (rep), Some festive musings: There are instances of Nepali leaders signing controversial deal for petty political gains and successive generations of Nepalis paying a heavy price in return, by Devendra Gautam (rep), CM Sherdhan Rai’s US visit controversial, by Rewati Sapkota (ht)

08/11/2018: Women in civil services up by 8 percent: In the fiscal year 2017-18, at least 20,334 women held various positions in government offices-making it 23 per-cent of the civil service. Government records show there are 87,753 civil servants across the country, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Let them in: Active representation of women in bureaucracy cannot be ignored anymore (kp), Revision of Acts contradicts statutes: Law Ministry informs all ministries to review Acts, submit by Wednesday, by Binod Ghimire (kp)

07/11/2018: Three pro-Hindu state forces close to merger: Rastriya Prajatantra Party, RPP (Prajatantrik) and Unified RPP (Nationalist) have intensified the process to form an alternative  democratic and nationalist force by November 23, by Anil Giri (kp) [Pro-Hindu state forces are neither democratic nor nationalist in a multiethnic, multireligious and multicultural state like Nepal!!], Federal executive order allows provinces to mobilise police: Provision will remain in effect until necessary federal laws are passed; Dissatisfied provincial governments threaten to enact own police laws, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [A democratic state needs laws, not government orders! The politicians should work instead of celebrating festivals, Tika ceremonies, tea parties etc!!], Federal ministries told to depute staff at provincial and local bodies, by Anil Giri (kp), Transitional body Finishes study of Complaints in 55 districts (kp), Victims urge transitional justice mechanism backed by political parties (rep), Soggy sales: Stringent laws and implementation required to protect consumer rights (kp), Vision for Nepal: The semblance of stability which we are enjoying today should be exploited for pushing through economic reform agendas and comprehensive long-term plans, by Nishan Kafle (rep)

06/11/2018: Challenges to Modern Politics, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn), MPs, party honchos pocket funds meant for hiring PAs, chauffers: Height of moral deficiency, says ex-chief secretary Koirala, by Ashok Dahal (rep)

05/11/2018: A deadly decade for migrant workers: In a period the nation made Rs. 4.48 trillion in remittances, more than 6,700 lives were lost, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp), Are we sensing political changes soon? Baluwatar could have handled the situation more subtly by taking an early decision and wording its public position with utmost diplomatic nuances, by P. Kharel (rep), Hold your horses: Running the administration through ordinances is undemocratic, hence government should refrain from bringing them (ht), ‘Nepal has an outdated bureaucracy’, interview with Baburam Bhattarai (ht)

04/11/2018: Padma Ratna Tuladhar, peacemaker and voice for the voiceless, dies at 78, by Tika R Pradhan (kp) [Rest in peace, dear old friend!], Padma Ratna Tuladhar no more (rep), PM saddened by Tuladhar's demise; last rites to be performed with national honor (rep), Government to invite Chand party for dialogue, by Tika R Pradhan (kp), Quake victims yet to get grants even after building homes as per rules, by Shuvam Dhungana (rep)

03/11/2018: Ministry issues stern social media use policy: Directive bars comments or posts against government, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Centre quivers as provinces rush to issue driving licence, by Sanjeev Giri (kp)

02/11/2018: House panel fails to discuss medical education bill, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Bending the knee: If we continue to imagine our culture as unchanging, we will remain entombed in imagined hierarchies, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp), NCP MPs for political rights to NRNs; Demand goes against constitutional spirit: Nembang, by Ashok Dahal (rep), Constitutional disputes: Ways to meet challenges, by Krishna Man Pradhan (ht)

01/11/2018: Ministries dither over revising laws, by Binod Ghimire (kp), Government to purge Deuba appointees: Removal of several envoys and 7 governors imminent, by Anil Giri (kp), Emerging Challenges of CSOs, by Mukti Rijal (rn)

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