Darjeeling: Residents struggle for basic requirements of urban life

Darjeeling: Residents struggle for basic requirements of urban life

Darjeeling has been reeling under a strike, and no one — from local residents to major hill party leaders who had called the strike — knows when it will be withdrawn. The strike has been going on for about a month, but even in the midst the complete shutdown, with no transport, closed shops, banks and ATMs, no internet and not a single tourist, life goes on. How are residents making do without the basic…

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Nepal PM Pushpa Kumar Dahal steps down

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 with the Nepali Congress Party. It came earlier than predicted though after the Communist UML opposition party threatened to block…

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CPN Maoist cadres robbed Ballot boxes from Naraharinath Village Kalikot

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 the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist cadres might have robbed the ballot boxes. Plain-clothed police personnel, who were taking the…

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Maina Sunuwar murder: Nepal soldiers convicted of war-era killing

A Nepal court has sentenced three former soldiers to 20 years in jail for killing a teenage girl during the decade-long Maoist insurgency. Maina Sunuwar, 15, was tortured and killed in an army base in 2004 in a case that came to symbolise the horror of wartime abuse. It is the first time troops have been convicted over the 1995-2006 conflict. The three men were not present in court and rights groups fear they may…

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Nepal Madhesi claims 4 killed in police firing, calls indefinite Saptari shutdown

Nepal Madhesi  claims 4 killed in police firing, calls indefinite Saptari shutdown

RAJBIRAJ: The United Democratic Madhesi Front identified the person who died in police firing at Maleth VDC of Saptari district as Ranjan Mehta, a local resident. He is said to be in his 20s. Security personnel resorted to firing as UDMF cadres did not retreat even after lathi charge and use of tear gas shells from outside the mass assembly of CPN-UML that they tried to disrupt. The UDMF has claimed one person was killed….

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

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 halt services on Friday and Saturday, hospitals across the country, including in Kathmandu, had the effect on Thursday itself. Many…

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Nepal: Decade After Peace, Scant Progress On Justice

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 and accountability for crimes committed during the war. The Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) of November 21, 2006, brought an end…

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Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal led government has failed to address Nepalese people’s basic aspirations

Maoist leader  Pushpa Kamal Dahal led government has failed to address Nepalese people’s basic aspirations

The main opposition, CPN- UML, has described the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government’s first 100 days as a failure. Pushpa Kamal Dahal government has failed to address Nepalese people’s basic aspirations. The promises made by Prime Minister Dahal were proven to be lip service, UML leader Prakash Jwala said. “This government has failed on every front. It doesn’t even get a pass mark.” Prior to being elected the prime minister with the support from Nepali Congress,…

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Ex-Maoist fighters rounded up from Maoist headquarters

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 peace process, the former combatants have unified as the Discharged People’s Liberation Army Struggle Committee and had started protest demanding…

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Indian president arrives in Nepal for 3-day visit

Indian president arrives in Nepal for 3-day visit

KATHMANDU, Nepal – India’s president has arrived in Nepal for a three-day visit that is mostly a goodwill and pilgrimage trip to the neighboring Himalayan nation. President Pranab Mukherjee was welcomed at Kathmandu’s airport by Nepal’s president, Bidhya Devi Bhandari. He will spend three days in Nepal, where he will meet with the president, prime minister and top officials. He’ll also visit revered Hindu temples. Security has been stepped up around Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, with…

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