The last days of Netanyahu?

September 25, 2019 00:51 am

TEL AVIV – At long last, Israel has taken a step back from the religious nationalist abyss into which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had been leading it. In the September 17 parliamentary election, the country’s second in five months, the “natural coalition” of Netanyahu’s Likud party, Orthodox groups, and proto-fascist factions failed to reach the 61-seat threshold that would have enabled him to form another government.

KATHMANDU, July 19: While questioning the independence of the ongoing selection process to appoint commissioners at the two transitional justice bodies, the Conflict Victims' Common Platform (CVCP) has demanded to put on hold all works of the recommendation committee immediately.

CAIRO, July 10: The battle between rival militias for the Libyan capital has killed more than 1,000 people since it began in April, the U.N. said Tuesday, a grim milestone in a stalemated conflict partly fueled by regional powers.

KATHMANDU, July 5: Since the end of the decade-long armed conflict, conflict victims in heavy numbers are yet in their transitional phase of seeking justice.

ISLAMABAD, May 25: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned against the risk of conflict in the region, following a visit to Islamabad by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated.

Structure of diplomatic revolution

April 21, 2019 01:05 am

NEW YORK – It has been nearly 60 years since the philosopher and historian Thomas Kuhn wrote his influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn’s thesis was simple but heretical: Breakthroughs in science occur not through the gradual accumulation of small changes to existing thinking, but rather from the sudden emergence of radical ideas that cause existing models to be replaced with something fundamentally different.

KATHMANDU, April 12: Commissioners of the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) retired on Thursday without accomplishing the tasks given to them — investigate conflict-era cases, establish the truth, recommend reparation and suggest ways to prevent conflict in the future.

Conflict-hit women say no to war

April 3, 2019 02:30 am

RUKUM, April 3: Other news or development in the country may or may not draw their attention but the issue of Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal does scare them.

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.

Thousands of flights are disrupted worldwide as Pakistan airspace is closed for a second day following escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. Hostility between India and Pakistan has been roiling since mid-February when a suicide bomber killed more than 40 troops in Indian Kashmir.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Human-wildlife interaction or conflict has been identified as the biggest threat to conservation efforts in the Kanchenjunga Landscape. Similarly, wildlife has been identified as the largest threat to the livelihoods of rural communities in the region.

KATHMANDU, Dec 10 : Although 12 years have elapsed since the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) was signed in Nepal between the government and then CPN-Maoist, the conflict-survivors are still longing for justice.

SURKHET, Nov 21: Nepali Congress (NC) leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula has blamed that the incumbent government was not serious towards serving justice to the conflict-victims.

ADEN, Nov 1: The Saudi-led coalition has massed thousands of troops near Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, local military sources said on Wednesday, in a move to pressure Iranian-aligned Houthi insurgents to return to U.N.-sponsored peace talks.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said UN-led negotiations to end the civil war should begin next month. The nearly four-year-old conflict has claimed over 10,000 lives and pushed millions to the brink of starvation.

MYANMAR, Oct 6: A Myanmar delegation led by chairman of the Joint Monitoring Committee at Union level (JMC-U) has arrived in Nepal to study about the Himalayan country's peace process, a foreign ministry press statement on Friday said.

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: The evening of February 14, 2001, Maoist insurgents cordoned off the house of Ram Ratan Chaudhary immediately after he returned from his office. Some 10 Maoists in black masks then started attacking Chaudhary with a wooden plow.

Conflict between two chiefs

October 1, 2018 01:30 am

Officially, both Oli and Dahal are equals. Effectively, Dahal is a lightweight and, practically, Oli stands as the effective heavyweight at least for the next year and a half

KARACHI, Sept 21: Speaking about the Saudi-Yemen dispute, Prime Minister Imran Khan has told Saudi media that all conflicts could be resolved through dialogue.

YEMEN, Sept 4: Yemenis file into a makeshift cinema for the first time since fighting broke out in their city of Aden more than three years ago - and watch some of their own story reflected back at them on the projector screen.

LONDON, Aug 22: Iran said on Tuesday it would boost its military might and also showcased a new fighter jet amid increased tensions with the United States and with regional rivals over conflicts in the Middle East.

TEHRAN, Aug 19: According to Yemeni sources, at least 140 forces affiliated with Saudi-led coalition were killed in a conflict with Yemeni army and popular committees during the past 48 hours.

ROLPA, July 10: Some victims of the decade-long Maoist insurgency have complained of injustice in distribution of compensation. Conflict victims in Rolpa district claimed that some genuine victims have been deprived of compensation while oth

Defusing US-China trade conflict

July 5, 2018 01:30 am

The current US-China trade conflict has been decades in the making; rolling it back will require both sides to acknowledge that old ways of thinking on trade have become counterproductive

FRANCE, June 27: The recent terror attacks and the spread of radical Islamist ideas in Europe have raised concerns about a possible uptick in anti-Muslim sentiment on the continent.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Conflict victims have opposed the government’s bid to offer ‘symbolic prosecution’ to alleged war criminals saying that the proposal was aimed at granting legal immunity to perpetrators. They urged the government to drop the idea of symbolic prosecution and ensure full assurance of holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes in the decade-long war.

KATHMANDU, June 19: Stakeholders including the kin of those disappeared and authorities mandated to deal with the conflict-era cases have alleged that the negligence by the ruling leaders has delayed the peoples’  right to know the whereabouts of their missing relatives.

It's hard to imagine the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen could get any worse than it already is.

Shape of US-China conflict

June 11, 2018 01:00 am

The long-term trajectory of US-China relations is almost certain to be characterized by escalating strategic conflict, and potentially even a full-blown cold war

HETAUDA, June 4: In a special address at Provincial Assembly of Province 3, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that there was no room for groups to incite violence and conflict in the country.

KATHMANDU, May 19: Shanti Jirel Pakhrin was in the first month of pregnancy when her husband, Buddhiman Pakhrin, was brutally killed by the then rebel CPN-Maoist on the charge of not providing donation to the party. Pakhrin, the then chairperson of Thulopatal VDC was killed in Syauli Bazaar of Dolakha district in December 2002, seven days after he was abducted.

BAJURA, May 13: It has been already over one decade since the Maoist armed conflict in the country formally ended with the signing of historic Comprehensive Peace Accord.

ACHHAM, April 10: During the conflict era, Armed Police Force (APF) had set up its camp by encroaching 64 ropanis of land belonging to local farmers in Sanfebagar.

KOHALPUR, April 5: Scarcity of water in Banke National Park (BNP) has compelled the tigers to venture into human settlements, increasing the risk of human-wildlife conflict.

KOHALPUR, April 4: Scarcity of water in Banke National Park (BNP) has compelled the tigers to venture into human settlements, increasing the risk of human-wildlife conflict.

RAJBIRAJ, April 1: Upendra Yadav, Chairman of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) accused lack of ethics as one of the main reasons why the current government was unwilling to amend the constitution and address Madeshi issues.

REPUBLICA (KATHMANDU): National Network of Families of Disappeared and Missing Nepal, an organization of families of the victims of enforced disappearances, have threatened to launch protests to pressure the government into formulating necessary laws to criminalize conflict-era torture and enforced disappearances.

WASHINGTON, Feb 2: The United States is set to announce an arms embargo against South Sudan on Friday, three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters, stepping up pressure against President Salva Kiir to end the country’s civil war and humanitarian crisis.

JANAKPUR, Jan 9: Family members of disappeared persons have said what they wanted was justice and punishment for the guilty, not any monetary support.

No end in sight for Yemen conflict

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: CPN-UML Maoist Center's Purna Bahadur Gharti has been elected as the member of Provincial Assembly at province Rukum-2 'A'.

Deepak Rauniyar’s second feature film, White Sun, maybe vying against other South Asian films for a spot as a nominee in Oscar’s foreign language category but the director himself is taking it easy in Morang right now.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: The signing of the historic Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA), which  promised conflict victims  expeditious  justice through transitional justice mechanisms within six months, marked 11 years on Tuesday. But the victims of the decade-long Maoist armed insurrection still await satisfaction.

RUKUM, Nov 21: Sita Sharma (name changed) of Tribeni Rural Municipality was repeatedly raped by Maoists during the insurgency period. The psychological torture of that time made her mentally ill.

Conflict in Himalayas

November 19, 2017 01:00 am

We believe conflict arises with the marginalization of people’s economic rights and identity.

JUMLA, Nov 14: Karnali Academy of Health and Sciences (KAHS) will be providing free treatment to the conflict victims of 13 districts of the Karnali region.

YANGON, Nov 2: Aung San Suu Kyi made her first visit as Myanmar’s leader Thursday to the conflict-torn region where more than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled state-led violence that has spiraled into Asia’s worst refugee crisis in decades.

Justice eludes conflict victims

October 16, 2017 09:13 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Almost 11 years after the insurgency era, the victims have yet to receive justice for the heinous crimes conducted against their family members. Justice is scarcer for women who lost their spouses and feeding hands of the family in the insurgency.

Humans-wildlife conflict eases in Chitwan

September 23, 2017 08:17 am

KALABANJAR, Sept 22: Growing incidents of tiger menace had made the locals of eastern belt of Narayani river quite intolerant toward the beast. As tigers would kill and injure them, they would also trap the wild animal in retribution, which had taken toll on its population. The conflict lasted for almost 14 years. Now, the situation is quite different. Not only tigers, but even other animals in the jungle are safer at the hands of humans. Thanks to the steps taken to manage human-wildlife conflict, things are changing for good.

Human-wildlife conflict drops in Chitwan

September 23, 2017 01:42 am

KALABANJAR, Sept 23: Growing incidents of tiger menace had made the locals of eastern belt of Narayani river quite intolerant toward the beast. As tigers would kill and injure them, they would also trap the wild animal in retribution, which had taken toll on its population. The conflict lasted for almost 14 years. Now, the situation is quite different. Not only tigers, but even other animals in the jungle are safer at the hands of humans. Thanks to the steps taken to manage human-wildlife conflict, things are changing for good.