JANAKPURDHAM, Nov 18: CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has termed UML Chairman KP Oli as a 'villain' of Madhesi people.

Fixing the foundation

February 15, 2020 09:43 am

LAHAN, Feb 15: The consistent six-year-long struggle for federalism in Madhes materialized when the country adopted federal governance system two years ago. The people of Madhes who had long been chanting 'Ab ki bar, apan sarkar' (our government in place now) became overwhelmed. Be it the local representatives or the provincial cabinet, there were familiar faces everywhere. The appointment of Lal Babu Rauat as the chief minister of Province 2 elated one and all.

Tihar: The festival of lights

October 24, 2019 08:40 am

LAHAN, Oct 24: With the festival of lights nearing, houses in rural areas of Madhes are becoming more colorful. To celebrate the festival, residents have started to paint their houses. Along with that, hustle-bustle in local markets have increased and shops have piled commodities specific to the festival like lamps, candles, sweets, among others.

LAHAN, May 29: Until two decades ago, the muddy water released from the Chure hills increased the fertility of the land and added to the productivity in Tarai.

Developing Madhes

April 17, 2019 01:30 am

If Prime Minister Oli and Chairman Dahal are truly concerned about Madhesi welfare, they should work to tame Koshi floods and put in place a mechanism to harness Kosi water

KATHMANDU, April 8: The Tarai-Madhes is facing a growing risk of heat waves.

Beginning of new inning

April 4, 2019 01:30 am

Ineptitude of the subsequent governments had propelled CK Raut to become a prominent leader of Madhes from an insignificant figure

KATHMANDU, March 17: A meeting of the House of Representatives adjourned on Sunday afternoon following the protest of the disgruntled Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).

Post-agreement politics

March 14, 2019 01:00 am

Did the government sense that in absence of credible and strong opposition in Madhesi parties there is growing traction for a radical and secessionist politics?

Oli says he's true friend of Madhes

March 10, 2019 09:40 am

KATHMANDU, Mar 10: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Saturday tried to project himself as "a friend of Madhes", capitalizing on the agreement signed with secessionist leader CK Raut to mend ties with Madhesi voters.

RAUTAHAT, March 9: Top three leaders of the Nepal Communist Party –Chairpersons KP Sharma Oli, Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal have said that they are serious about the development and prosperity of Tarai Madhes.

RAJBIRAJ, March 9: People from various walks of life in Madhes including political analysts have termed the agreement between the government and secessionist agitator CK Raut as a ‘surprising development’.

Dahal woos Madhes with amendment talk

February 12, 2019 06:30 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Dahal's fresh promise on amendment has been seen as an effort to mend ties with Madhesi voters, many of whom are still unhappy with his role during the constitution drafting process.

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: A recent decision of the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) that it will be headed by its top leaders on a rotational basis has pushed the Madhes-based party to the verge of a split.

KATHMANDU, Oct 23: The government has implemented Tarai-Madhes Prosperity Programme in order to run development projects including physical infrastructure in local levels of Tarai-Madhes, enlisted as backward in the human development index, in an integrated manner.

PARSA, July 22: Those injured in the Madhes movement have accused Province 2 government of discrimination in handing out relief to the movement's victims.

Although floods are not a new phenomenon in the Tarai belt, prevention measures are hardly taken to avert or minimize crisis. In lack of such measures, hundreds of people are affected by floods every year.

KATHMANDU, May 15: Federal Parliament lawmakers from province 2 have sought space for Tarai Madhes issues in the upcoming fiscal year's budget.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has taken initiative to bring the Madhes-based parties onboard the government.

LAHAN, Feb 5: Madhesi people's continuous struggle for federalism has finally borne fruit after the country adopted the federal setup, said  people in the plains.

SARLAHI, Jan 10: Dipping temperature had affected normal life of people across Madhes for the last few days. It had forced them to stay indoors in morning and evening and even during the day, mobility of the public was not as dense as it would otherwise. However, on Monday, they heaved a sigh of relief as the sun was relatively warmer and lasted throughout the day.

Cold starts taking its toll in Madhes

January 9, 2018 09:20 am

RAJBIRAJ, Jan 9: Every year, cold wave claims lives in Madhes and every year it gets sufficient space in the national media coverage. However, one thing that has fallen short so far, year after year, is that neither the government nor the locals come up with solutions for addressing the issue. Consequently, cold related deaths do not cease to draw headlines.

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Senior leaders of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) have expressed readiness to support any party in forming the government if their concerns related to the constitution are addressed.

Agriculture dwindling in Madhes

December 20, 2017 11:59 am

LAHAN, Dec 19: Despite its small area, Province 2 which consists of districts including Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Dhanusha, Siraha and Saptari has the second highest population in the country among all the provinces. Traditional agriculture is the main income-generating activity of the province. Despite having capacity to fulfill the agriculture demand of the whole country, the province is struggling to uplift itself in the first place.

LAHAN, Dec 13: Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) Chairman Upendra Yadav has said that it has now been easier to address the issue of the Madhes.

Madhes parties make a comeback

December 12, 2017 03:27 am

LAHAN, Dec 12: Nepali Congress (NC) has been recognizing Madhes as its base area. But as the poll results are pouring in from various Madhes districts, the grand old party in the country is facing a humiliating defeat in its own bastion.

Whither Madhes movement?

December 5, 2017 01:30 am

India’s posture determines the trajectory of these radical campaigns. India is known to encourage such anti-establishment groups.

GAUSHALA, Nov 23: Member of presidium of Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN), Rajendra Mahato has announced that Madhesh government will provide Rs 5 million to the families of those killed during the Madhes revolution.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: With stiff competition expected from the UML-led left alliance in the upcoming polls, the ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and  Madhes-based parties are under pressure to forge electoral alliances across the Madhes districts even at the eleventh hour.

JANAKPUR, Nov 21: With violent attacks targeting poll candidates in many hill districts across the country,  candidates in Province-2 have been feeling greater anxiety over their security.

SIRAHA, Nov 14: Political analysts and general public are closely following elections in Madhes. One of the factors behind it is that the ‘democratic’ and the left alliances are fielding competent candidates that have the potential to give tough competition to even veteran candidates for Madhes based parties.

RAJBIRAJ, Nov 13: Chairman of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Upendra Yadav, has begun election campaigning. He has fielded candidacy for the member of the House of Representatives from constituency no 2 of Saptari district.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: Ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and the Madhes-centric Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) have forged electoral adjustments in their attempt to ensure victory for their top leaders in various electoral constituencies.

Faults of Madhes narrative

November 4, 2017 00:25 am

When we talk about sufferings of the hills, why can’t we also talk about the pains of Madhes?

KATHMANDU, Oct 26: A serious dispute has surfaced between the ruling Nepali Congress (NC) on one hand and  Madhes-based parties Rastriya Janata Party and Federal Socialist Forum (FSFN) on the other over electoral alliance in Province 2 for the upcoming parliamentary and provincial assembly polls.

LAHAN, Oct 8:  Aspirants for membership of parliament and the provincial assembly in Province 2 are excited over the decision of the two major  Madhes-based political parties to forge an electoral alliance for the upcoming polls.

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: The sudden alignment among key left forces in the country have sent tremors across Nepal’s political landscape forcing smaller parties to rethink their position in the new political order.

NC Top Brass in Madhes to woo voters

September 12, 2017 19:21 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: With the local level elections round the corner in Province No 2, the Nepali Congress has intensified its campaign to woo the voters.

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Elections in Province 2 have come as a litmus test for the Madhes-based parties amid shrinking space for fringe parties in the national political sphere. The Election Commission is holding polls in 136 local units in Province 2 on September 18.

KATHMANDU, September 2: As the third round of September 18 local level election is inching closer, various political parties have eyed Province 2. They have intensified their election campaign in a bid to bring poll results in their favour.

Madhes will rise

June 22, 2017 00:15 am

When there are elected local governments in other regions, Madhesis in Province 2 will feel bad about being denied a chance to elect their own

BANKE, June 17: At a time when the agitating Madhes-based political parties are intensifying their protests leading to election deferral time and again, the people in Madhes have termed the protests 'highly unnecessary', saying that they want elections.

JANAKPURDHAM, June 15: Member of Presidium of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, Raj Kishor Yadav, has blamed that the decision of the government of holding the local-level election of province no 2 on September 18 was the conspiracy to disintegrate the Madhes.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14:Concerned by the speculations about postponement of the second round of local elections scheduled for June 28, intellectuals, political analysts and party leaders in the southern plains have urged the government not to defer the scheduled elections under any pretext.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Concerned by the speculations about postponement of the second round of local elections scheduled for June 28, intellectuals, political analysts and party leaders in the southern region of the country have urged the government not to defer the scheduled elections under any pretext.

KATHMANDU, June 14: Nepali Congress (NC) lawmakers representing Madhes districts have suggested the party leadership defer election in Province 2 until the agitating Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) is brought on board the election process.

KATHMANDU, June 12: While the major political parties are eyeing electoral alliances with the two Madhes-based  parties, these two parties have been working at alliances between themselves.

SARLAHI, June 12: Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) Chairman Upendra Yadav has said that no power can stop the second round of elections in Madhes.

ITAHARI, June 1: Champa Shah, a local of Sunsari Barju Rural Municipality-5, spends her days selling tea. Despite being busy, she went to a program organized to inaugurate the Office of the Returning Officer on Monday, wearing a smile on her face.

BIRATNAGAR, May 27: Cadres of the agitating Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) and other Madhes-based parties have celebrated the government's announcement to upgrade Biratnagar Sub-metropolitan City to a metropolitan city a few days ago. They organized a rally in the city area, carrying party flags and banners, claiming that the city had been upgraded to a metropolis because of them.