Nepal PM Pushpa Kumar Dahal steps down

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister has resigned, leaving a leadership vacuum just weeks before the second round of local elections. Pushpa Kamal Dahal took office only nine months ago. The municipal and village assembly vote is the first in the past two decades. His exit from government on Wednesday was somewhat expected under a power-sharing deal…

CPN Maoist cadres robbed Ballot boxes from Naraharinath Village Kalikot

An unidentified group has robbed the ballot boxes at Naraharinath Village Council in Kalikot district on Sunday. According to Nepal Police Headquarters, police personnel were taking the ballot boxes to the vote counting station when the incident occurred. Police are yet to establish the number of ballot boxes robbed in the Municipality. Police suspect that…

Nepal’s doctors halt services to exert pressure to fulfil demands

Expressing solidarity with Dr Govinda KC, whose hunger strike on Thursday entered 19th day, government doctors have decided to stop providing services across the country on Friday and Saturday. Around 1,200 doctors working for government health facilities have said they will attend to patients only at emergency departments. Though the doctors have said they will…

Nepal: Decade After Peace, Scant Progress On Justice

(New York) – Ten years after signing a peace accord, successive Nepali governments have failed to deliver on its central human rights promises, Human Rights Watch said today. The international community, and particularly the United Nations, should press the government to fulfill its pledges as victims wait in vain for information about missing family members…

Ex-Maoist fighters rounded up from Maoist headquarters

Former Maoist combatants, organising a protest at party headquarters in Paris Danda, have been arrested by police on Tuesday. Around 100 former fighters were rounded up by police and have been kept at Metropolitan Police Circle Singhadurbar, Mahendra Police Health Club and Police Circle Teku. Riled with the party for discarding them unceremoniously during the…