Kathmandon’t

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After nearly a month since Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned from his post, Nepal was expecting a new prime minister today. The government—after missing the deadline to write a new constitution—did nothing specific in the past 21 days except wait for a new government to take over. While millions of Nepalis struggled through the […]

It Works! (Nepal police claim….)

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After Maoists rebels laid down their arms to join the Nepalese peace process in 2006, no fewer than 109 separate armed outfits–gangs and rebel groups–sprang up to replace them in the southern plain of Terai, which sits on the border with India. People ages 16- 35 joined these gangs and were involved in killing, abduction, […]

It’s On! (Or is it?)

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Ending a month-long constitutional stalemate, Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned today after just over a year in office. Addressing the nation, 57-year-old Prime Minister Nepal said, “It is already too late to table the annual policies, program and budget in the Legislature-Parliament. Despite having a clear majority in the House, I decided to […]

Close call

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MAY 25 – Last Wednesday, we reached the central office of Unity Life International Limited in Jawalakhel to collect the information on protest programme being held inside its premises. Everyone knows that Unity is charged of involvement in illegal insurance and deposit collection business. Unity’s head office was under the control of the police and […]

“Indefinite Strike” Becomes Finite

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To the general surprise of most Nepalis, the Maoists called off their “indefinite strike” on Friday evening. In fact, the “indefinite strike” lasted exactly six days, but in those six days, the country saw a series of protests—some of which were violent—and a series of calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. […]

Death of a Founding Father

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I was at the funeral procession and last rites for Girija Prasad Koirala. The five-time prime minister of Nepal died on Saturday at the age of 85 after a decade of influence. He was the one to lead the successful mass street demonstrations in 2006 that forced then-King Gyanendra to give up his authoritarian rule, […]