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Half-baked agreement

What exactly transpired, and what the four-party meeting actually agreed to Monday.

Pass the preamble

Sign on what you have agreed to and move on Damakant Jayshi On many occasions, the UCPN (Maoist) leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai have accused their political opponents and media and civil society whom they deem as class enemies of indulging in “Goebbels-style” propaganda. That’s a bit rich for comrades for whom facts […]

Dekendra’s murderers sentenced, 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 […]

Making peace with the past

In her seminal book A world of widows, lawyer and a fierce advocate for single women around the world, Margaret Owen, who is a widow herself, writes: ‘… for all women the death of a husband has extra significance because it represents not simply the departure of a partner, protector, and breadwinner, but also heralds a radical change in […]

Lamjung’s ghost town

More than eight years after the war ended, the displaced still haven’t returned to their village The army came in the daytime and the guerrillas came by night to taunt and threaten the villagers of the tiny village of Maling. Finally, they couldn’t bear it any longer, and more than 100 families left their crops […]

Justice under threat

Lack of a witness protection program has set back prosecution of those guilty of the torture and murder of journalist Dekendra Thapa Radio journalist Dekendra Thapa was a fearless, fair and respected journalist, but he also used to serve as a mediator during the brutal conflict that had engulfed his beloved home district of Dailekh. In June 2004, […]

Prakash raising livestock, 15 July   The controversial son of Maoist Chairman Prachanda, Prakash Dahal, has now turned a livestock farmer. Prakash bought a pig farm from Maoist leader Gopal Kiranti in March, and had previously also bought a dairy farm in Chitwan.Prakash says his latest foray into livestock farming is aimed at encouraging Nepali youth to look for jobs […]