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House debate on Maoist proposal to continue Thursday NepalNews Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala directed the party leaders to make no change in the party decision.
Seven party leaders engage in parleys to find consensus
Student groups call for initiatives to save seven-party unity eight student groups including those affiliated with Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) and the Maoists have called for initiatives to keep intact the alliance...... While their parent parties continue to lock horns over the two issues the student organisations have quietly avoided their differences for the sake of a broader political consensus.
Prachanda concedes involvement of his cadres in abduction of journalist
Maoist leaders hit at NC for deadlock; warn of breaking alliance
Police arrest 12 YCL cadres in Dhangadhi
Parliament session resumes, NC urges UML, Maoists to withdraw proposal NepalNews
CEC asks PM to fix election date at the earliest
PM promises to make public Shah's whereabouts in 2-3 days
Sitaula confident of seven party unity remaining intact
FNJ threatens to stage nationwide protest if journalist Shah not freed immediately
Nation will face a grave crisis if Maoist proposal is turned down: Maoist leader A senior Maoist commander has warned that the seven-party alliance would break and the nation would face a grave crisis if the Maoist proposal tabled in the interim parliament is turned down. ....... then there would be no meaning [for Maoist party] to continue to remain a part of the alliance,“ Maoist deputy commander Ananta ....... the seven party alliance would collapse for sure and we will engage ourselves in forging a new power balance ........ the peace process would continue as usual even if the seven party unity breaks. ...... his party is on the constant look out for a ‘new kind of political alternative’, in reply to a query whether the Maoists are looking for an alternative to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala.
JTMM-J releases three captives; abducts VDC secretary
Terai outfits step up assaults against local bodies' officials NepalNews Prabhu Yadav was shot to death near Khando Khola as he was on his way to district headquarters Rajbiraj from his village of Madhepura in his motorcycle. ...... In another incident, cadres of Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM-Jwala Singh) abducted Amir Yadav, VDC secretary of Banainiya VDC of Saptari district. He was abducted from Bisanpur chowk.
MJF warns of agitation from November 22 if the government does not implement understanding reached with it by then.
Home Minister assures amnesty for some prisoners
Maoist chairman hints at softening stance Kantipur Nepal had warned that the country could be in for a serious political crisis if the Maoist proposal is decided through voting in the special House session ...... The Maoists, on the other hand, have threatened to quit parliament and stage agitation if there is no consensus on the “pre-requisites for the meaningful CA elections.”
माओवादीद्वारा लचिलो प्रस्ताव माओवादीले अन्तरिम संविधानमा गणतन्त्र र प्रत्यक्ष चुनावमा समेत समानुपातिकको व्यवस्था भएमा आफ्नो दल सहमत हुनसक्ने बताएपछि सात दलबीचको राजनीतिक गतिरोध अन्त्य हुनसक्ने सम्भावना बढेको छ । ...... कांग्रेसले यसअघि संविधानसभाको पहिलो बैठकबाट गणतन्त्र घोषणाका लागि संकल्प प्रस्ताव पारित गर्न तथा प्रत्यक्ष चुनावमा समेत समानुपातिक तथा समावेशी उम्मेदवारीे व्यवस्थाका लागि संविधान र ऐन संशोधनका लागि आफू तयार रहेको जानकारी माओवादीलाई दिइसकेको छ । ....... माओवादीले आन्दोलन गर्ने कुराप्रति आफ्नो विश्वास नभएको पनि उनले बताए । ....... 'मलाई असहमतिबीच सहमति खोज्ने बानी परिसकेको छ,' उनले भने- 'तपाईंहरू आत्तिनुपर्दैन । यो प्रधानमन्त्री बोलेको हो । संवादबाटै समस्या समाधान हुन्छ ।' ....... कांग्रेस/ एमाले कांग्रेस र एमालेका नेताले माओवादीको लचकतालाई सकारात्मक रूपमा लिँदै समस्या समाधानका लागि उसबाट थप लचकताको आवश्यकता रहको बताएका छन् । कांग्रेस सहमहामन्त्री एवं प्रवक्ता अजर्ुननरसिंह केसीले माओवादीको मिश्रति प्रणालीभित्र समानुपातिकको खोजीका विषयमा छलफल गर्न सकिने बताउँदै त्यसलाई प्रस्टसँग परिभाषित गर्न आग्रह गरे । ...... 'सहमति खोज्ने बाटोमा माओवादी यो एक पाइलाअघि बढेको त हो, तर उसले मिश्रति प्रणालीभित्र कस्तो समानुपातिकको व्यवस्था खोजेको हो, प्रस्ट हुनुपर्छ' केसीले भने ।
India to help curb cross border criminal activities, says Sitaula NepalNews
UML Minister also drops hints about election without Maoists
Polls must happen by mid-March "We were able to come to this stage by holding talks with the Maoists even when they were still carrying arms," he said, "This time too, we will find a solution through dialogue."
UML hosts tea party
Prachanda, Nepal meet as deadlock persists; Prachanda pushes for either fully PR system or full republic Prachanda claimed that Nepali Congress' stand against proportional election system has complicated the situation. According to him, the NC has given hints that it is preparing for a risky option – going the constituent assembly polls sans CPN-M's participation. ..... Prachanda further clarified that his party would agree for inserting more proportional representation component within the current mixed election system if its other demand for "declaring republic in a manner people can understand" is fulfilled. He added that if fully PR election system is agreed, then the Maoists will agree to go for a mere commitment proposal on republic through the parliament.
Jwala Singh withdraws truce; one killed in Rautahat NepalNews armed struggle will resume but actions like bandhs, strikes and chakkajam would not be imposed till festival period. ...... A team led by its local leader Barud Singh killed Mukti Karki of Dumariya-7, Nagarpur of the district. The JTMM district secretary Shakti Singh owned up the responsibility of the killing.
NC hosts tea reception amid political deadlock; Maoists stay away
PM travels to Durga temple in Bhaktapur; King follows suit at around 5:25 pm - one hour after PM left.
Speaker, Prachanda hopeful of compromise
Congress preparing to face voting on Maoist demands
Road to Fair Representation: To Be or Not to Be Proportional? The “mixed-representation” versus “proportional-representation” debate, which is going on for quite some time ...... to say that one person carrying one party’s view that happened to pass-the-post first, would reflect the view of more than 100,000 people in his or her riding is so bitterly untrue ........ Election is a means but not the end goal of a democracy. ...... letting an MP from my riding who got 35% of the vote to represent the views of the rest 65% of us amounts to giving a majority status to a minority. ........ the central question of governance should be about empowering the people not the parties and party operatives ....... Democracy's essence is preserved in proportional system. ....... the leader centric political practices of today have to be replaced with people centric practices. ....... Just making 4-5 or 12-14 provinces out of Nepal is not going to transfer the administrative capital for the people of Sarkuwa, Baglung district, to their village. It will transfer it from Kathmandu to Pokhara. But Pokhara is almost as unreachable to Dalit or the poor toiling in the farm of Baglung as Kathmandu would be. ........ The profitable global industries of tomorrow will be based on nanotechnology, biotechnology, particle physics, genetics, and information technology. The production and consumption of heavy goods will eventually be localized. Tools and open standards to make software, such as computers, operating systems, compilers, and languages will all be household commodities cheaply or freely available to all. Telecommunication will be the greatest infrastructure on which the largest number of goods and services will be carried over. Combined with open standards, it will allow distant people to form alliances and collaborate on complex projects thereby making the current notion of physical size of a self-governing unit redundant. ............ A debate is required not on a form of monarchy but how to develop a better republic. A debate is required not on whether to choose proportional representation but on how the proportionality could be designed to formulate better inclusion. A debate is required not on whether we need geographic representation but on how much local a sovereign unit of federation be made so that people participation in governance could be maximized. ......... Confucius .... “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
Will Maoists sober up after republic and proportional system? Maoists are to be appreciated for bringing the mainstream political parties especially the grand old party Nepali Congress towards the republican line. ....... It is also clear that Maoists are not getting popular support.
Abducted boy safely returned to parents; JTMM abducts two in Saptari thanks to Indian police’s rescue efforts. .... the 7-yr-old son of Raj Kumar Bhagat of Rajbiraj Municipality Ward no. 7, from the hands of his abductors following a raid carried out in a house in bordering Indian village yesterday. ...... the Indian police also arrested one Bechan Yadav ..... Yadav is an active member of Jay Krishna Goit faction of Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM). ........ cadres of Jwala Singh faction of Jantantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM–J) have abducted two innocent people in Saptari ..... An armed group of 4 to 5 JTMM-J cadres broke into the houses of Ram Dev Yadav, 25, of Patthargaudha VDC-5 and Sibu Yadav of Chapena VDC-9 and took them to an undisclosed location ..... JTMM-J district coordinator Kaushal claimed responsibility for the abduction by telephoing local media persons and said the two were abducted for “purchasing land against the decision of the party” and acting as a informer. ..... The two factions of JTMM have been involved in targeted killings, abduction and extortion in Terai region.
Sept 2 ‘bomber’ dies during police chase Mr. Khan who is suspected of carrying out the triple blasts, along with few others, drowned in the Bagmati River in Gamhariya VDC as he dived into the river while trying to flee the police chase Wednesday. ..... Police have also launched manhunt for few other suspects including the ‘mastermind’ of the blasts, Kaushal Sahani alias Mr. John, the leader of a little known outfit called Terai Army.
Shekhar sees no option for mixed election system He also said that communists generally do not want elections but want to capture power through force.
Jwala’s men murder civilian in Bara A group of JTMM-J cadres shot and killed Mohammad Taj Miyan, 25, of Jitpur ..... the assailants dropped leaflets which stated that Miyan was killed for 'spying' against the JTMM.
MJF-Gupta faction throws its weight behind PR demand The Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF-Gupta faction) has urged the Nepali Congress to agree to the Maoist demand for the adoption of fully proportional representation based election system. ...... Kishore Kumar Bishwas, vice president of MJF-Gupta said that they support the demand for fully PR based election system for the Constituent Assembly election. ....... Bishwas added that his party was not in favour of separate Madhes state but only wanted to ensure the rights of Madhesi people. ...... Bishwas also asked the government to maintain law and order in Madhes region.
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