Everything might look honky dory from outside, but several challenges stare Nepali politics at the moment, some of them with roots in happenings of a decade back. The first is Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed on November, 2016 between the government and warring Maoist. It was probably the first agreement of its kind in the world in which the agreement was signed more with the partners in peace than between the parties in conflict. Parties in conflict at the time were royal palace and Maoists. Agreement should have been between the two. Instead, agreement was signed between the Maoist and the parties which together were in anti-monarchy movement. Nowhere else are agreements signed between the partners in peace. This makes the peace accord fundamentally flawed.
KATHMANDU, May 18: Failing to merge the committees and wings of the two former parties – UML and Maoist -- into singular entities even months after their unification pledges, the top leaders of the NCP have come up with a formula.
KATHMANDU, March 14: The government’s decision to ban the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) will further corner the splinter Maoist rebels and might eventually push the country toward another round of conflict, political leaders and experts have warned.
SURKHET, March 14: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Chakrapani Khanal has revealed that the Chand-led group had taken away some arms from the cantonments after the then Maoist party joined mainstream politics.
DANG, Nov 21: In 2001, Yogendra KC of Ramechhap joined the then Maoist insurrection with a strong determination to bring revolution and overthrow the state. He was a Maoist platoon commander and put his life on the line for the sake of so-called change.
KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Ram Prasad Bhatta, who was injured in police firing that claimed the first casualty of Maoist insurgency in the district of Gorkha, has complained of being deprived of the government relief.
SALYAN, Aug 31: Amrita Bohara, now 25 years old, remembers vividly the image of her father when they shared their last time together some 17 years ago. "I would bring you some chocolates upon my return," the words from her father just before he had been leaving for Salyan, the district headquarters of Salyan, still reverberate in her mind.
KATHMANDU, Aug 27: Legal experts, activists and civil society leaders say that the current government of KP Oli is increasingly showing tendencies of an authoritarian and totalitarian state. Senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi said that the government's decision to bar former Maoist child soldier Lenin Bista from traveling to Thailand to attend a conference is deeply troubling. He further said this is a gross abuse of power invested in the government by the people.
KATHMANDU, Aug 25: Former Maoist child soldier Lenin Bista has been barred from leaving the country. Immigration officials on Friday morning stopped him from going to Thailand, where he was to attend a five-day event titled “Youth in Conflict Areas: Healing and Peace Building through Social Engagement”.
KATHMANDU, May 17: The party unification coordination committee meeting held at Prime Minister's official residence, Baluwatar has finalized the unification bid. The meeting held between the chairs of CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Centre) on Wednesday had forged consensus in principle to finalize the bid.
KATHMANDU, May 14: The CPN (Maoist Center), an ally in the ruling coalition, is feeling increasingly cornered in the government with Prime Minister KP Oli further consolidating power, leaving the party with little role on matters of governance.
KATHMANDU, May 11: The CPN (Maoist Center) has directed its party chapters of all the seven provinces to recommend names of around 200 leaders as the party prepares to revamp its jumbo central committee.
KATHMANDU, May 7: Pushpa Kamal Dahal's decision to form a bloated organization has come back to haunt his party, the CPN (Maoist Center), as it intensifies work to pick around 200 candidates from among its 4000-member strong central committee to be integrated in the to be unified party.
UDAYAPUR, May 6: Until a few years ago, protests used to be city-centric in Nepal. However, that has changed in the recent years. These days, people living in cities seem less bothered by strikes, rallies and sit-ins. But it's the people living in remote areas who suffer the most by the protests staged by various groups.
KATHMANDU, April 2: Maobadi Purba Janamukti Sena Party Nepal (Maoist Ex-Combatants Party Nepal) has demanded for resolving the Nepal-India border disputes surfacing in various places including in Kanchanpur.
KATHMANDU, April 2: Maobadi Purba Janamukti Sena Party Nepal (Maoist Ex-Combatants Party Nepal) has demanded to resolve the Nepal-India border disputes surfacing in various places including in Kanchanpur.
CHITWAN, April 26: CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal clarified that he is in Chitwan not for relaxation but for the district's development. He informed that he has intensified visits to different places of the district to get updated with the current problems and issues faced by the district.
KATHMANDU, April 22: The meeting of CPN Maoist Center concluded with a remark of ‘respectful party merger’. A meeting of Maoist leaders at chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence, Khumaltar since 7 AM today urged the latter not to take decisions that would affect the party in the name of merger.
KATHMANDU, April 20: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday held a one-on-one meeting as the two parties continue efforts to take their proposed unification to a logical conclusion.
BUTWAL, April 19: Police investigations have revealed the involvement of youth leaders of CPN (Maoist Center) and Youth Association Nepal (YAN) as well as some entrepreneurs behind the criminal activities conducted by notorious criminal Manoj Pun, who was recently killed in police encounter.
KATHMANDU, April 10: CPN (Maoist Center) ministers in the CPN-UML led government have expressed their disgruntlement over some recent government decisions. They have accused the prime minister of taking the decisions unilaterally.
KATHMANDU, April 6: The ruling CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) continue to differ on two key issues pertaining to the proposed merger even as leaders from both sides on Thursday expressed a renewed commitment to formally unite the two left parties on April 22.
KATHMANDU, March 27: Leaders of the CPN (Maoist Center) have said that the party is in no hurry to wrap up the ongoing merger with the UML until issues pertaining to party statute, organization and ideology are settled.
KATHMANDU, March 26: The CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center), which have announced to become a unified party, have inched closer to developing a common modality to integrate the organizations of the two parties.
KATHMANDU, March 24: The CPN (Maoist Center) on Saturday replaced the incharges of all seven provinces in what has been described as the first major reshuffle in party organization since the three tiers of elections held last year.
KATMANDU, March 5: CPN (Maoist Center) leader and former home minister Janardan Sharma on Monday acknowledged that the killing of Yadu Gautam, a leader of the CPN-UML, was one of the blunders made by the ex-rebel party during the decade-long Maoist insurgency.
KATHMANDU, March 1: Maoist combatant Purna Gharti, who had played an important role in his party’s victory in the first Constituent Assembly elections, deviated from the party’s line and opposed the CA elections of 2013.
KATMANDU, Feb 28: Maoist combatant Purna Gharti, who had played an important role in his party's victory in the first Constituent Assembly elections, deviated from the party's line and opposed the CA elections of 2013.