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One weapon, one combatant

The government has unveiled a strategy to integrate as many Maoist combatants into the army as there are arms in the Maoist arsenal. According to Kantipur: Peace Minister Rakam Chemjong said the integration would be based on ‘one combatant one weapon’ theory. “UNMIN has verified that there are 3,400 weapons, so only as many combatants […]

Constitution first, federalism later

CPN-UML has directed its party’s CA members to ask for a State Restructuring Commission in the CA, indicating that the new constitution may be written before the finalising the details of federalism. The Himalyan Times writes: “Restructuring the state is a very complex issue,” [UML president Jhal Nath] Khanal said, “We can also suggest leaving […]

High hopes

Maoist leaders have contested reports that the party’s chairman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, offered support to Girija Prasad Koirala to oust the current government. Maoist politburo member Janardan Sharma said those reports were a part of propaganda to discredit the party. From Nepalnews: “In no way are we going propose Koirala for Prime Minister. There should […]

A new Newa State

Thousands of people gathered at Dashrath Stadium and declared a separate Newa autonomous state on Saturday–exactly 10 days after the Maoists had done the same. The Kathmandu Post reports: The UCPN (Maoist) had, on Dec. 16, declared the Newa Autonomous State amid confusion and controversy over the border of the state. Representatives of the Joint […]

Crises loom near

We have 10 federal states in the country, and will have three more by the end of the week. The ruling coalition has been calling the Maoists’ move unconstitutional. Now, human rights activists and law experts are adding their voice to the criticism. The Kathmandu Post reports: Human rights bodies and law experts have expressed […]

Army battles

So the Maoists are going to release unqualified combatants unilaterally. Turns out, United Nations and the government are not crazy about sending them packing without seeking for a commitment that they will not involved them in any armed outfits later. Rajdhani reports: “We want the Maoist to agree that unqualified combatants, including child soldiers, would […]

New week, old issues

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal seems to be cracking his whip. On Saturday he ordered Nepal Army to present Major Niranjan Basnet before Kavre District Court. Republica reports that Basnet, one of the four accused in the Maina Sunuwar case, was arrested upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport after his dismissal from a UN […]