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Dekendra’s murderers sentenced

himalkhabar.com, 7 December The Dailekh District Court Sunday sentenced five accused of the torture and murder of journalist Dekendra Raj Thapa in 2004 for periods between one-and-half and two years in a landmark case that could set a precedent for other war-era crimes. Forensic examination of Thapa’s body showed he had been buried alive, and the prosecution […]


Agreeing to agree

Interview with Baburam Bhattarai, Chairman of the Political Consultation Committee on the Constitution in Annapurna Post, 4 August Annapurna Post: There is only one month left for an agreement on the contentious issues in the constitution. In the current scenario, can that deadline be met? Baburam Bhattarai: They say leave the difficult issues till the […]


Justice denied

As they get increasingly frail, Nanda Prasad and Ganga Maya Adhikari, who have been on hunger strike at Bir Hospital for the past 50 days, can barely speak. They can sense the end is near, but the justice they crave against the killers of their son, Krishna, in June 2004 by the Maoists is still […]


Party feuds

Khanal and Oli factions of CPN-UML have finally reached a consensus after a year-long bickering . The two factions were fighting over leadership issues, and also over the party’s position regarding the Maoists. The Kathmandu Post writes about the new consensus: Opposing Khanala’s proposal to adopt the policy of “unity, coordination, and transformation” while dealing […]


Dangerous game

Maoist leaders visited key points of the Nepal-India border yesterday as part of their campaign for ‘national independence’, but were at pains not to annoy India. At the disputed Susta, Nawalparasi border, Baburam Bhattari said “foreign interventionists” and “internal reactionaries” were undermining Nepali independence. The Kathmandu Post reports: Baburam Bhattarai said Nepalis had to fight […]


A deal nears

A day after Pushpa Kamal Dahal was heard on a leaked audio tape telling party cadres that plans are underway for a decisive people’s revolt, the Maoists have publicly reaffirmed their commitment to democracy. The Himalayan Times reports: Baburam Bhattarai said, “it’s not capturing state power as Prachanda said, but attaining power in a democratic […]


Onward march

Top Maoist leaders plan to lead marches at key points of the Nepal-India border as part of the party’s newly announced movement for ‘national independence’. The Himalayan Times reports: As per the proposal, chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal would lead a team to inspect Kalapani-the most controversial India-Nepal-China border point, where Indian army is stationed; Vice […]



 

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