Monday, December 31, 2012

Major events of 2012


Jan 8- United Democratic Madheshi Front (UDMF) in collaboration with indigenous groups prepared a new inclusion bill to present in the parliament.

Jan 9- Maoist Chairman Dahal and vice chairman Baidhya agreed to formulate a common political proposal in the spirit of the “revolutionary line” of the Palungtar plenum despite ongoing intra-party crisis.

Jan 9-15 parties including Nepali Congress and CPN UML urged UCPN Maoists not to obstruct peace process.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ball now in PM's court

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: The entire debate and discussion on choosing a new prime ministerial candidate has finally come to center on the struggle between two leaders of the ruling UCPN (Maoist), Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who is also party vice-chairman.

Until a few weeks ago, the negotiations used to be among leaders from the major political parties, such as UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML. But lately it has narrowed down to discussions within the UCPN (Maoist).

Monday, December 24, 2012

No Big Rift Between Dahal And Bhattarai

Following President Ram Baran Yadav’s fifth extension of consensus deadline, Chairman of the breakaway Maoist party, CPN-Maoist, Mohan Baidya, seems indifferent to hectic parleys between four major forces. He believes the ongoing talks are unlikely to lead to lasting solutions without inclusion of all political forces. Kiran Pun and Biswas Baral tried to find out more about the veteran Maoist leader’s displeasure with the ongoing process.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bhattarai challenges Dahal's plan on govt change

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: After failing to take a decision either to give continuity to Baburam Bhattarai´s current government or to support NC President Sushil Koirala as the candidate for new prime minister, the ruling UCPN (Maoist) has entrusted the party´s office-bearers with the responsibility of taking the decision on government leadership.
The eagerly awaited extended meeting of party office-bearers [former standing committee members, bureau in-charges and state committee coordinators] held in Kathmandu on Saturday, also increased the confusion in the Nepali political firmament.

Friday, December 21, 2012

UCPN (Maoist) unlikely to support Koirala as new prime minister

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: As all eyes are on the ruling UCPN (Maoist) party´s much-awaited meeting that is to decide the party´s official position on government leadership, the very first meeting on Friday indicated that forcing Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to quit would be a tough task for party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Though opposition leaders closely involved in inter-party negotiations claim that Dahal is very much positive about ending the political deadlock, Bhattarai-camp´s projection of Nepali Congress (NC) prime ministerial candidate Sushil Koirala as anti-federalist is going to be a hard nut for Dahal to crack. Dahal would be lebelled anti-federalist if he supports Koirala´s candidacy.

According to leaders attending the meeting, Dahal clarified that he has not reached any understanding with other parties against the party´s earlier decision to stake the party´s claim to government leadership. They said while Bhattarai was aggressive during the meeting, Dahal spent most of his time clarifying that he has not taken any decision keeping Bhattarai in the dark.

Bhattarai boycotts party meeting

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: In a clear sign of the widening rift between Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the ruling UCPN (Maoist) and Vice-chairman and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, the latter boycotted a party office-bearers´ meeting on Wednesday that was supposed to decide the official party position on whether or not to quit government.

The rift in the ruling party has widened at a time when party Chairman Dahal is positive about handing over government leadership to Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala while the prime minister is insisting on leaving office only after the NC and CPN-UML join the present government to transform it into a national consensus government.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hard done

Comrade Hukuma a.k.a. Tulasa Pariyar
One after another well-dressed men enter the big building. Most of them look well fed, the accumulated calories now showing in their oversized bellies. They come in vehicles with multicolored flags fluttering from hoods, their big wheels raking up mini-gusts of dust.
Watching the little eddies of dust are over three dozen women in a field nearby, many with little babies pressed to their chests. The threadbare garments on their bodies seem to be waging a losing battle against the bitter December cold.

There is heavy presence of security forces to stop them from entering the building.

This is the scene outside the UCPN (Maoist) head office at Perisdanda. The people sitting on the ground are ‘disqualified’ PLA who have been on a relay sit-in protest since Nov 25.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dahal-Bhattarai rift surfaces yet again

KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Barely six months after the top UCPN (Maoist) leaders claimed that the factions within the party had been dissolved for good, rival factions of the Maoist trade union close to Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai clashed on Monday.

Bikram Rai, Maniram Thapa and Rajan Bista close to Bhattarai and Jhalak Shrestha close Dahal were injured in the incident. Following the incident, trade union leaders close to the Bhattarai faction have filed a case against Dahal faction union leaders.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Golden chance for Dahal: Maoist general convention from Feb 2


KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The long overdue general convention of the ruling UCPN (Maoist) has been rescheduled for coming February 2, in Hetauda.
Earlier, the meeting was scheduled for January 27 in Kathmandu. It will be for five days and can be extended two more days if needed.

The party has not held a general convention for the last 20 years. It had also failed to hold the general convention announced two years ago.

A joint meeting of party office-bearers and state committee coordinators held at the prime minister´s residence at Baluwatar on Friday took the decision to reschedule the general convention.

Monday, December 3, 2012

सबै शीर्ष नेता दीर्घरोगी: प्रेसर र सुगर साझा, केहीको मुत्रनलीमा समस्या

१८ मंसिर, काठमाडौं । लामो समयदेखि ‘बिरामीले थलिएको’ देशलाई निको पार्ने जिम्मा पाएका राजनीतिक दलका शीर्ष नेताहरु आफैं बिरामी छन् । उमेर ढल्कँदै जाँदा स्वास्थ्यमा देखिने स्वाभाविक समस्या त सबैलाई छँदैछ । त्यसमाथि तनाव, दौडधूप, खानपानमा अनियमितता लगायतका कारण नेताहरु आम मानिसले भन्दा थप रोग बोक्न बाध्य छन् ।

Saturday, December 1, 2012

First of many

“Has CM [Chairman] comrade been slapped?”
“Do the Maoists really believe the slap was a conspiracy hatched by reactionaries and extremists?”

Some Rolpali Maoist comrades and villagers—who had fed Dahal and other Maoist leaders, and provided them shelter and security during the insurgency days—telephoned to inquire about the now famous ‘slapgate’.

Why Baidya fielded Badal [Thapa] for PM?

KATHMANDU, Dec 2: While the CPN-Maoist announced the name of its general secretary, Ram Bahadur Thapa, as the party´s candidate for prime minister even earlier than the UCPN(Maoist) and Nepali Congress, a query has arisen whether this is serious or just political posturing.
The CPN-Maoist knowns well that there is slim chance to getting the support of international forces that play a decisive role in Nepali politics and there also seems to be slim chance of support from the major parties, including UCPN (Maoist).
Amid such adverse circumstances, the CPN-Maoist had formally announced Thapa as their candidate for new prime minister on Oct. 30, claming to be the third alternative political force in the country.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

प्रचण्डलाई कुट्नेले के भनेछन् ?

– यादव देवकोटा
काठमाडौं । ‘हुन्छ भिनाजु, म ल्याइहाल्छु नि’– कोठा बढारिरहेको उसले ११ सय रूपैया“ समात्दै भन्यो, ‘बाकी रूपैया मसग छ ।’ बलियो–बांगो सालोले ग्यास ल्याउला भन्ने विश्वास गरेर भएको पैसा थमाई अस्पताल भर्ना गरिएका आफन्त भेट्न हिडेका उनलाई फोन आयो, तपाइंको सालोले प्रचण्डलाई कुट्यो, तपाइं तुरुन्त प्रहरी कार्यालय आउनुहोस् ।’ उनले भने, ‘म अस्पतालमा छु । मसग रेला नगर्नुस् ।’

त्यसपछि मोबाइल यति बज्यो कि सातो गयो । छेउमा बजिरहेको रेडियोले फुक्यो, ‘बाग्लुङ, कुटनेटाका पदम कु“वरद्वारा एमाओवादी अध्यक्षको गालामा चड्कन ।’

अब यस्तो गल्ती कहिल्यै गर्दिनँ : PrachandPutraप्रकाश

‘जीवन भनेको नै सङ्घर्ष, उतार–चढाव, घुम्ती गोरेटो हो, यसमा विभिन्न बाधा–अडचन र मोडहरू आउनु त स्वाभाविक नै हो । जीवनको जुन लक्ष्य र गोरेटोमा म हिँडिरहेको थिएँ र छु, गोरेटो त्यही हो । खालि यत्ति हो कि कहिलेकाहीँ काँडाहरू आउँदारहेछन् र त्यो गोरेटो भत्किएजस्तो देखिँदोरहेछ । निश्चय नै अहिले मेरो निकै व्यक्तिगत जीवनमाथि भएको घटनालाई बढाइचढाइ व्याख्या गरेर भत्किएजस्तो देखाइएको छ, तर यो घटनापछि मलाई झन् सशक्त रूपमा अघि बढ्न शिक्षा मिलेको छ ।
० निजी खुसीका लागि तपाईंले सार्वजनिक जीवन त्याग्न चाहनुभएको हो ?

Friday, November 9, 2012

नेता बन्दै ज्ञानेन्द्र, राजा बन्दै रामवरण

कृष्णज्वाला देवकोटा/पूर्वराजा ज्ञानेन्द्र शाह नवलपरासीबाट नेता बन्ने शैली सिक्दै छन् । यता, शीतलनिवासमा पूर्वनेता रामवरण यादव राजा बन्ने अभ्यास गर्दै छन् । नेपाली गणतन्त्रको यो 'मौलिक' अध्याय कुन दुर्घटनामा पुगेर टुंगिने हो, कसैसँग प्रस्ट जवाफ छैन ।
ज्ञानेन्द्र शाह र रामवरणका पृष्ठभूमि बेग्लै छन् । जीवनमा दुईपटक राजा भएका र हटेका ज्ञानेन्द्रलाई 'ह्याटि्रक' गर्न मन छ । नियतिले फेरि नारायणहिटी संग्रहालयमा राखिएको श्रीपेच सजिलै उनका टाउकामा पहिर्‍याउनेछ भन्ने भ्रम उनलाई छ । यति भ्रामक नभएका भए उनी 'देखिने र सुनिने राजा' बन्ने धुनमा सिंहासनसहित गायब हुने थिएनन् । पहिले राजा भएर नेता पनि बन्ने चक्करमा गद्धीच्यूत भएका उनी अब भने पहिले नेता भएर पछि राजा बन्ने चक्करमा छन् ।

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Solution through new CA not possible: CPN-Maoist

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: At the time when the major political parties, including UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, have decided to go for fresh election to the Constituent Assembly (CA), the newly formed CPN-Maoist has opposed their decision saying the CA elected through fresh polls cannot guarantee a pro-people constitution.
The party has maintained that fresh CA poll would only mitigate the crisis currently facing the “reactionary forces”. The central working committee (CWC) meeting of the party, which is concluded on Monday, concluded that fresh CA election is not in the party´s immediate agenda. Instead, the party, sticking to its political line of people´s revolt, wants an immediate roundtable assembly of the political forces and other stakeholders to find a way out of the current crisis.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

CPN-Maoist Puts Off Formation Of Own Army

KIRAN PUN/ KATHMANDU, Nov 6: The Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of CPN-Maoist endorsed the proposal of party Chairman Mohan Baidya on the formation of "armed force” when deemed necessary in future" even as almost all CWC members exerted pressure on the party leadership to form immediately the party´s own “army".

The CWC meeting that concluded on Monday endorsed the political document after Chairman Baidya convinced the CWC members on the reason why he chose the words "armed forces" instead of making an announcement to form "army" immediately in his document.

Beside Chairman Baidya, other office bearers of the party including Vice-chairman CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and Secretaries Dev Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand also spoke at the meeting to address the queries raised by CWC members. Almost all CWC members had exerted pressure on the party leadership to replace the words "armed forces" with "army" in the document.

थबाङमा 'प्रचण्डलाई बास छैन'

दुर्गालाल केसी , थबाङ (रोल्पा), कार्तिक २१ - कुनै समय थबाङका हरेक घर माओवादीका सेल्टर हुन्थे । पुष्पकमल दाहाल 'प्रचण्ड' भनेपछि खाना खुवाउन तँछाडमछाड गर्नेहरूको लाइन लाग्थ्यो । तर अहिले थबाङका कुनै घर उनलाई बास दिन तयार छैनन् । बरु उनी आए कालोझन्डा देखाउने भन्दैछन् ।
माओवादीले युद्धकालमा राजधानी मान्दै आएको थबाङमा अहिले एमाओवादीका गतिविधिमा अघोषित प्रतिबन्धजस्तै छ ।

Monday, November 5, 2012

एकैछानामुनि ३७ जना

नयाँ पत्रिका/कैलाली .दुई भाइसमेत एकै परिवारमा मिलेर बस्न नसक्नेहरूका लागि कैलाली लालबोझी-५ का कालिराम चौधरीको परिवार उदाहरण हुनसक्छ । उनको परिवारमा ३७ जना एउटै छानामुनि बस्छन् । उनीहरू भान्छा पनि एउटै प्रयोग गर्छन् ।
कालिराम चौधरीका चार छोराका ३७ जना सन्तान एउटै छानामुनि छन् । चौधरीको जेठो छोरो रामलौटनले घरमुलीको कार्यभार सम्हालेका छन् । एक भाइ खेतीको काम सकेर रोजगारीका लागि भारत गएका छन् । अर्को भाइको औषधि पसल छ । बाँकी घरमा नै खेतिपातीको काम गर्छन् । 'सबै संयुक्त परिवारमा मिलेर बसेका छाँै, निकै रमाइलो भएको छ,' रामलौटनले भने, 'एउटै परिवारमा कहीलेकाहीँ झैझगडा हुनु सामान्य हो, त्यसलाई घरमै बसेर मिलाउने गरेका छाँै ।'

Sunday, November 4, 2012

CPN-Maoist CC Members Press Leadership For Forming Army

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: Almost all members airing their views at the ongoing central committee meeting of newly-formed CPN-Maoist have exerted pressure on the party leadership to clearly announce that the party will have its army, while the party chairman in his political document presented at the meeting said the party will form an "armed force" when deemed necessary.
The party´s central committee members are in favor of forming a separate army of the party not by establishing a new force from a scratch but by reorganizing the former People´s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel-YCL cadres, disqualified PLAs during the UN verifications and those who opted for voluntary retirements in the integration process. They had fought against the security forces during the decade-long Maoists´ ´people´s war´.

Friday, November 2, 2012

CPN-Maoist names new principal enemy

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: In a major policy shift, the CPN-Maoist, the breakaway faction of the UCPN (Maoist), has named a combination of political, bureaucratic and ´comprador´ capitalist elements ´protected and guided by Indian expansionists´ as its principal enemy.

According to a political document presented at its central committee meeting by party Chairman Mohan Baidya this past week, the main contemporary contradiction of the Nepali people is with compradors, bureaucrats and capitalists guided and protected by Indian expansionists.

The newly-formed Maoist party also said that a significant change in the political and social situation seen during the past two years had compelled the party to redefine its principal enemy.

Defining of a principal enemy in a communist party´s official document carries special significance because all the activities of such a party are designed and executed to defeat the "principal enemy".

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

UCPN (Maoist) An Opportunist Party: Baidya

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: Categorizing the parties on the basis of their political character, the CPN-Maoist has labeled the UCPN (Maoist) as a “rightist-revisionist and opportunist” party, claiming the latter has undertaken various anti-national and anti-people activities such as the BIPPA agreement. 

Presenting the party´s political document at the party central committee meeting in Buddhanagar on Monday, party Chairman Mohan Baidya said that the UCPN (Maoist) is the biggest danger for the Nepali communist movement. He also accused the party of confusing the communists and the people. 

"The document does not explicitly name the parties but only hints at them. This has been done deliberately as there is a compulsion to talk them," said a central committee member of CPN-Maoist. 

CPN-Maoist Formally Decides Thapa As Party's PM Candidate

KATHMANDU, Oct 30: Claiming itself to be the third alternative political force in the country, CPN-Maoist has formally announced the party´s General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa as their candidate for the post of new prime minister.
During a meeting of the party´s central committee at party headquarters in Buddha Nagar on Monday, the party also called on the Baburam Bhattarai-led government to step down without further delay and that political dialogue should be held on the formation of the new government and its leader. 
Talking to Republica, the party´s secretary Netra Bikram Chand said Thapa should be given the post of prime minister for four different reasons. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

साझदेखि पेस्तोल तेस्र्याएर मलाई धम्क्याइयो

उदय चलाउने ‘दीपक’, तत्कालीन सह–कमान्डर तेस् उदय चलाउने जाजरकोटमा जन्मिए र रहरलाग्दो उमेरमा जनयुद्धमा लागे । दसवर्षे जनयुद्धका घुम्ती पार गर्दै शान्तिप्रक्रियापछि पहिले छैटौ“ डिभिजन र पछि तेस्रो डिभिजनको सह–कमान्डर बने । शिविरमा भएको भ्रष्टाचारको छानबिन गर्न माग गरेबापत कमान्डर धनबहादुर मास्कीलगायतले उनीमाथि दुस्मनको जस्तो व्यवहार गरे र अभिशप्त पात्र बनाएर शिविरबाट निकालिए । लालमोर्चाका किल्लाहरूमा, समरयात्रालगायत किताबका लेखक चलाउने जनयुद्धकालमा कमरेड दीपकका नामले चर्चित थिए ।

Feast for PM leaves man Rs 6,000 poorer

RABINDRA UPRETI, MAHOTTARI, OCT 15 -It was indeed a night to remember for Bisun Sada. Hosting the country’s prime minister was something he had not imagined in his wildest dreams.
As someone from the Musahar community, one of the lowest Dalit groups, entertaining the PM of Brahmin descent in a society still rife with caste-based discrimination was a matter of honour for Sada. He did his best to keep his guests happy and made sure they enjoyed delicious and more importantly a bellyful feast.

प्रधानमन्त्रीको स्वागतमा ६ हजार ऋण

रवीन्द्र उप्रेती- प्रधानमन्त्री भट्टराई छोरी मानुषीका साथ महोत्तरीको फुलकहा ६, मनहरवास्थित बिसुनी सदाको घरमा केराको पातमा घोङी -शंखेकिरा) को तरकारी, गँगटाको अचारसित शनिबार रातिको खाना खाँदै । तस्बिर: रवीन्द्र/कान्तिपुर प्रधानमन्
महोत्तरी, आश्विन २९ - फुलकहा ६, मनहरवाका ६३ वर्षीय बिसुनी सदालाई असोज २७ गते अविस्मरणीय दिन रह्यो ।

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dahal's wartime security commander is now Nepal Army officer

Birendra BM a.k.a Manjil
KATHMANDU, Oct 15: Birendra BM lost his three family members - his father and two sisters-during the decade-long Maoist insurgency. But he ensured foolproof security to UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal for years.
Birendra provided security to the former supreme commander of the Maoist army from the time Dahal and his family arrived in Rolpa, the Maoist hotbed, until Dahal became the prime minister.
When Dahal arrived in Rolpa, the task of ensuring security to the Maoist chairman was a very crucial responsibility to the Maoist army, People´s Liberation Army and the PLA commander were in search of a trusted and responsible PLA commander for the purpose. Birendra shouldered the responsibility.
During the more than six tumultuous years, he encountered seesaw situation with Nepal Army many times. During such incidents he would provide security to Dahal, putting his own life at risk.

Umbrage and uncertainty

In Rolpa, where the ‘people’s war’ originated, I met the PLA personnel who joined the war as members of Ladaku Dal during the war’s initial phase. Cantoned in Dahaban, the combatants think they were duped into sacrificing their happiness to build the political career of Dahal.
“By joining the war, we neglected the future of our three generations: ours, our parents’ and our children’s. And that was for the political careers of a few leaders,” says a combatant from Rolpa, who joined the Ladaku Dal [the precursor to PLA] to change the face of Nepal. “But it just changed the fate of some leaders. We are just disposable things, like condoms,” said another combatant. Dahal spent the whole process thinking about how to abandon them. And finally, we have been thrown away.” It won’t be surprising if some of them even take to criminal activities, in which case the second installment of those who opted for voluntary retirement will be stopped. They pose a challenge to Dahal.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

PLA couple, siblings now NA officers

Bimala Panta a.k.a Birangana and Ram Bahadur Lama a.k.a Bibek
KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Former Maoist combatants Ram Bahadur Lama and Bimala Panta have many things to cherish together. Coming from different castes, they not only fought shoulder to shoulder in many a guerrilla action against the state during the decade-long insurgency but also ended up tying the knot the Maoist ´janabadi´ way.
The saga of their heaven-made partnership didn´t end there, but took yet another unprecedented turn when both of them were selected for officer-level integration in the Nepal Army.

The ultimate deception

With the dissolution of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA), many people thought Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had successfully tackled the most complex issue of the peace process and led the party to the political mainstream. Last April, he deployed the Nepal Army to disband the PLA in a humiliating manner and accepted the recruitment of a few hundred combatants into the army as a face-saver. With that move, he sufficiently addressed the criteria set by the international and domestic actors to become a “civilian party”, and allayed the widespread fears of the Maoist design to capture state power through violent means.
The question, however, is: Has Dahal been relieved of his responsibilities to the combatants who sacrificed themselves for his political career? If Dahal believes he has left his past behind and can disassociate himself from all that, he is naive.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Mom goes to school with 3 kids

Chepang mom (r)
CHITWAN, Oct 13: Struggling to eke out a living with odd jobs, one thing Man Kumari Chepang, 38, of Dhading district never gave up her longing for schooling. It must have been because of that inextinguishable zeal, she doesn´t feel awkward going to Chitwan Higher Secondary School along with her children.
Like every five in the morning she pedals back to her room after buying a sackful of green corn from Narayanghat market.

No inclusion in sight as integration ends

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: For Maoist leaders, eliminating a caste-based social structure and ensuring social inclusion for all was purportedly one of the major goals in initiating the decade-long insurgency that claimed over 15,000 lives.
However, as the much-trumpeted integration of former Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army comes to an end six years after the former rebels came into the peace process, a snap analysis of the gender, caste and region -- the core parameters of inclusion -- of the 71 individuals selected for officer-rank integration into the Nepal Army gives one the pessimistic impression that the cause of social inclusion has completely lost out.
Based on data on integrated ex-Maoist combatants gleaned by Republica, it is apparent that social inclusion has failed to get translated into action. For instance, males continue to get the lion´s share and the Bahun, Chhetri and Thakuri emerge as dominate castes among the 71 officers who are scheduled to start vigorous army training within one and half months.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

टुंगियो समायोजन

नेत्र पन्थी,रोशन खड्का/नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडौं, २० असोज
शान्तिसम्झौता भएको करिब ६ वर्षपछि समायोजनमा जाने लडाकुको छनोट प्रक्रिया टुंगिएको छ । छनोट पूरा गरेका लडाकुले घरबिदाबाट फर्किएपछि सैनिक तालिम केन्द्रमा तालिम लिने भएका छन् ।
शान्तिसम्झौता गर्दा माओवादी लडाकुको समायोजन ६ महिनाभित्र सक्ने भनिएको थियो । तर, सम्झौता गरेको पाँच वर्ष १० महिनापछि प्रक्रिया टुंगिएको छ । ५ मंसिर ०६३ मा शान्तिसम्झौता भएको थियो ।
नयाँ जनवादी सत्ता स्थापनाका लागि भन्दै माओवादीले ८ मंसिर ०५८ मा रोल्पामा 'जनमुक्ति सेना नेपाल' गठन गरेको थियो । तिनै लडाकु शान्तिप्रक्रियाको सुरुवातसँगै देशका विभिन्न भागका २८ शिविरमा बस्दै आएका थिए । विभिन्न चरणको प्रमाणीकरणसँगै समायोजन प्रक्रियामा छनोट भएका लडाकु तालिमअघि घरबिदामा गएका छन् ।

71 ex-PLA to be appointed as NA officers today

71 Former PLA commanders who have been selected for officer position in the Nepal Army pose for a group at Sainik Aswasiya Mahavidyalaya, Chitawan. photo curtsey: Sudeep Thakuri
KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Former People´s Liberation Army (PLA) commanders, who have been selected as Nepal Army officers, are going on 45-day home leave before joining national army training.
They will receive their appointment letters and movement orders Sunday before leaving for home leave.
With their final selection, the six-year national debate among political parties on the integration of former Maoist combatants has finally been taken to a logical conclusion.
Though the political parties committed themselves in the Comprehensive Peace Accord of 2006 to complete the integration process in six months, it has taken six years.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

बाबुराम, राजु बस्नेत र बेपत्ता योद्धा

'बस्नेत प्रक्रियामा म गम्भीर र सचेत छु । उनको बढुवा सरकारले गर्दैन, तर कारबाहीका हकमा भने द्वन्द्वकालका सबै मुद्दा सत्यनिरूपण तथा मेलमिलाप आयोगमार्फत सम्बोधन गरिनेछ ।'
यो उद्गार हाम्रा प्रधानमन्त्री तथा एमाओवादी उपाध्यक्ष डा. बाबुराम भट्टराईले केही समयअघि व्यक्त गरेका हुन् । बेपत्ता परिवारको प्रतिनिधित्व गर्दै बस्नेतको बढुवा नगर्न भनी प्रधानमन्त्रीकहाँ गएका अनेरास्ववियु (क्रान्तिकारी) अध्यक्ष हिमाल शर्मासँग यसो भनिएको दुई महिना पनि नपुग्दै उनै प्रधानमन्त्री भट्टराईले बिहीबार बस्नेतको
बढुवा गरिदिए ।
बस्नेत अर्थात् नेपाली सेनाका लेफ्टिनेन्ट कर्णेल राजु बस्नेत । उनीमाथि द्वन्द्वकालमा भैरवनाथ गणबाट ४९ माओवादी नेता तथा कार्यकर्ता बेपत्ता पारिएको अभियोग छ । उनलाई संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघको उच्चायुक्तको कार्यालयले तत्काल निलम्बन गरेर कारबाही प्रक्रिया अघि बढाउन अनुरोध गरेको छ । सन् २००६ मा गरिएको यो अनुरोधसँगै विभिन्न मानवअधिकारसम्बन्धी संस्थाले उनका बारेमा पटक-पटक सरकारको ध्यानाकृष्ट मात्रै गराएका छैनन्, खबरदारीसमेत गर्दै आएका छन् ।

Friday, October 5, 2012

चार लडाकू महिला सेनामा अधिकृत बन्दै

अधितृक मापक तालिममा ७१ कमाण्डर पास

७ असोज, काठमाडौं । नेपाली सेनाविरुद्ध थुप्रै मोर्चामा युद्ध लडेका चार जना महिला लडाकू यतिबेला नेपाली सेनाको अधिकृत बन्ने अन्तिम तयारीमा छन् । नेपाली सेनाले लिएको अधितृक मापक तालिमको परीक्षामा पास भएका ७१ लडाकूमा चार महिला छन् ।
पूर्व व्रिगेड सहकमाण्डरद्वय विमला लामा, शशीकला भट्टराई, कम्पनी कमाण्डर मिना बस्नेत र बटालियन कमाण्डर मनकुमारी राईले अधिकृत मापकको तालिम पास गरेका हुन् । उनीहरुको मेडिकल जाँच पनि दिइसकेका छन् । अब अन्तरवार्तामा पास भएपछि उनीहरु सेनामा कम्तिमा अधिकृत हुने छन् ।
‘हामीले शिविरमा बसेदेखि नै नेपाली सेनामा समायोजन हुनु पर्ने माग गरेका थियौं । लामो समयको शिविरको बसाई र प्रतिक्षापछि सेनामा जाँदैछौं । निकै खुसी लागेको छ’-अधितृक मापक तालिममा पास भएपछि मेडिकज जाँच दिएकी पूर्व व्रिगेड सहकमाण्डर विमलाले टेलिफोनमा अनलाइनखबरसँग भन्नुभयो ।

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

के सोचेँ पहिले, के भयो अहिले !

 राजु क्षत्रीबितेका पछिल्ला १३ वर्ष थुप्रै विषयमा लेखियो, लाखौ“ शब्द सर्सर्ती लेखेका यिनै हात आज आºनै बारेमा लेख्न बस्दा किन–किन शब्दविहीनजस्तै बन्न पुगेको छ । शब्द संयोजन गर्ने आ“ैला प्यारालाइसिसझै“ भएका छन् । दुनिया“का सुख–दुःखका कुरा लेख्ने यिनै हात आºनै दुःख र पीडाका कुरा लेख्न बस्दा किन यस्तो निरीह बनेको होला ? आज लागिरहेछ, अरूका लागि शब्दद्वारा केही भन्नु र तिनै शब्दद्वारा आºनालागि भन्नु फरक कुरा रहेछ । आºनै बारेमा लेख्न बसिरह“दा आफ“ैलाई न्याय गर्न सक्छु कि सक्दिन“ भन्ने कुराले मन चिमोटिरहेको छ । घरी लाग्छ, म स्वयं मेरो बादशाह हु“, त्यसैले मैले मात्रै मलाई न्याय गर्न सक्छु ।

जतिबेला देशमा जनयुद्ध सुरु भयो, यो न्यायको युद्धमा नलाग्ने हो भने, लाग्योे भविष्यमा बितेर गएका दिन सम्झेर पश्चाताप गर्नुपर्नेछ । त्यसैले विगत सम्झेर पश्चात्ताप गर्न नपरोस् भनी विश्वविद्यालयको स्नातक तहको पढाइलाई लात मारेर युद्धमा होमिएँ । बाबाआमाले भनेका थिए– नलाग बाबु यो मर्ने यात्रामा । नातागोता, आफन्त सबैले सम्झाउ“दै भनेका थिए, अरूका लागि मान्छे मार्ने बाटोमा नलाग् बाबु । पछुताउनेछस् एकदिन । आदर्श संसारको सपना देखाएर नाता, आफन्तलाई सम्झाउ“दै, फकाउ“दै, हा“स्दै–हा“स्दै युद्ध यात्रामा लागेको थिए“ । १६ वर्षअघि पुलिसले लघारेर रु“दै–रु“दै होइन, बाबाआमाले रातो टीका लगाइदिएर हा“स्दै–हा“स्दै युद्धको यात्रामा निस्केका दिन कति रंगीन र मिठास थिए ! विद्यार्थी राजनीति, पार्टी पत्रकारिता, संकटकाल, बेपत्ता अनि जेलजीवन र फेरि फर्केर पत्रकारिता ।

Monday, October 1, 2012

Publisher Who Transformed The Times for New Era

By CLYDE HABERMAN -Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who guided The New York Times and its parent company through a long, sometimes turbulent period of expansion and change on a scale not seen since the newspaper’s founding in 1851, died early Saturday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 86.
His death, after a long illness, was announced by his family.
Mr. Sulzberger’s tenure, as publisher of the newspaper and as chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company, reached across 34 years, from the heyday of postwar America to the twilight of the 20th century, from the era of hot lead and Linotype machines to the birth of the digital world.
The paper he took over as publisher in 1963 was the paper it had been for decades: respected and influential, often setting the national agenda. But it was also in precarious financial condition and somewhat insular, having been a tightly held family operation since 1896, when it was bought by his grandfather Adolph S. Ochs.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

'लडाकुको पक्षबाट हेर्दा त विघटन जस्तै भो'

शान्ति प्रक्रियाको महत्त्वपूर्ण कडीको रूपमा रहेको माओवादी सेनाका लडाकु र हतियारको व्यवस्थापन लगभग टुंगोमा पुगेको छ ।

अधिकृत मुनिकै सबै परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण गरेका १ हजार ३ सय ८४ लडाकुले नेपाली सेनाको चलानीपत्र बुझिसकेका छन्, जो आगामी मंसिरदेखि सेनाले तोकेका विभिन्न ७ वटा तालिम केन्द्रमा उपस्थित हुनेछन् ।

अधिकृत तहको परीक्षामा सहभागी ७५ जनाको अन्तिम नतिजा सार्वजनिक हुने क्रममा छ । करिव ५ वर्ष लामो संख्या विवादपछि २०६८ कात्तिक १५ गते शान्ति प्रक्रिया लगायत विभिन्न विषयमा प्रमुख दलहरूबीच साँतबुदे सहमति भएको थियो ।

Saturday, September 29, 2012

एक मिनेट मौनधारण

स्व.स्वप्निल स्मृति
संसारको सबैभन्दा सरल काम
ज्ञात/अज्ञात सहिदहरुप्रति 
एक मिनेट मौन धारण गर्नु हो
सभा, सेमिनार या पोलिट्ब्युरोहरुमा
या राष्ट्रिय दिवसमा
स्वयं हत्याराहरु 
सहिदहरुको श्रद्धाञ्जलीमा मौनधारण गरिरहेछन् ।

समायोजन प्रक्रियाका आधा दशक

Saroj Raj Adhikari -शान्ति प्रक्रियाको महत्त्वपूर्ण कडीको रूपमा रहेको माओवादी सेनाका लडाकु र हतियारको व्यवस्थापन लगभग टुंगोमा पुगेको छ । अधिकृत मुनिकै सबै परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण गरेका १ हजार ३ सय ८४ लडाकुले नेपाली सेनाको चलानीपत्र बुझिसकेका छन्, जो आगामी मंसिरदेखि सेनाले तोकेका विभिन्न ७ वटा तालिम केन्द्रमा उपस्थित हुनेछन् । अधिकृत तहको परीक्षामा सहभागी ७५ जनाको अन्तिम नतिजा सार्वजनिक हुने क्रममा छ । करिव ५ वर्ष लामो संख्या विवादपछि २०६८ कात्तिक १५ गते शान्ति प्रक्रिया लगायत विभिन्न विषयमा प्रमुख दलहरूबीच साँतबुदे सहमति भएको थियो । सहमति अनुसार बढीमा ६ हजार ५ सय लडाकुलाई नेपाली सेना मातहत बेग्लै महानिर्देशनालय बनाएर समायोजन गर्ने र बाँकीलाई स्वेच्छिक अवकाश वा पुनस्र्थापनाको विकल्प दिएर बिदा गर्ने निर्णय भयो । तत्कालीन राष्ट्रसंघीय मिसन 'अनमिन'को प्रमाणीकरणमा उपस्थित करिब ३२ हजार लडाकुमध्ये १९ हजार ६ सय २ मात्र वास्तविक लडाकु ठहरिएका थिए । अन्तिम प्रक्रियामा आइपुग्दासम्म प्रमाणित लडाकुको १० प्रतिशत पनि समायोजनमा इच्छुक देखिएनन् ।

करिमा बेगमसँग रमाइलो संवाद

करिमा बेगमको अन्तर्वार्ता लिन जाँदै छु भन्दा कतिपय  साथीले हो र भन्दै जिब्रो टोके । कतिपय रमाइलो मानेर हाँसे । आखिर यो देशको मन्त्री भइसकेको महिला, तपाईंको नाम सुनेर कोही डराउँछन्, कोही हाँस्छन् । किन यस्तो इमेज छ तपाईंको ?
हिन्दीमा एउटा भनाइ छ- राम तेरी गंगा मैली हो गई पापीओँके पाप धोतेधोते । समाजमा पुरुषहरू अत्याचारी छन्, तिनीहरूको पाप धुँदाधुँदा हामीजस्ता महिला आफैँ मैला भएका छौँ । पुरुषप्रधान समाजमा कि चुप लागेर बस्नुपर्‍यो, बोल्दा 'चलित्रहीन' भइन्छ । तर, म खुलस्त बोल्छु । काम पनि सीधा गर्छु ।

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

पत्रकार र नेता साथी हुनै सक्दैनन्

विनोद मेहता भारतका चर्चित पत्रकार हुन् । डेबोनेयर पत्रिकाबाट सम्पादन सुरु गरेका मेहताले आधा दर्जनभन्दा धेरै पत्रिकामा सम्पादकको रूपमा काम गरे । पछिल्लो समय उनले सम्पादन गरेको आउटलुक पनि सफल पत्रिका मानिन्छ । विशेषगरी पत्रिकाको लेआउट, फरक विषय र विवादास्पद लेख छापेर उनले भारतीय पत्रिकारिताकोे इतिहासमा नयाँ आयाम ल्याइदिए । त्यस्तै, विभिन्न पत्रिकामा स्कुपका कारण उनी जति चर्चामा रहे, त्यति नै विभिन्न मिडियाबाट हटाइएका कारण पनि । लखनउमा हुर्केका विनोदको पछिल्लो आत्मकथा लखनउ ब्वाई पनि चर्चामा छ ।

1388 PLA combatants to join army

CHITWAN, Sept 24: Altogether 1,388 former Maoist combatants are set to join the Nepal Army (NA) as soldiers by passing all exams and tests.
The selected combatants will take part in a months-long training to be held by the NA from November 21. The actual duration and venue of the training have not yet been confirmed, according to NA spokesperson Ramindra Chhetri. “We will sort out these issues later,” he said.
Only four of the total 1,392 combatants who appeared in an oral test, which was the last step toward integration of former Maoist rebels into the NA, had failed. The secretariat of the special committee formed to oversee integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants had compiled the final results of oral tests from all seven cantonments by late Sunday.

Monday, September 24, 2012

एमाओवादी बिग्रनुका कारण

ध्रुवराज अधिकारी 
आगामी महाधिवेशनको तयारीको सुरुआतका क्रममा एकीकृत नेकपा -माओवादी) मा यतिबेला बैठक र प्रशिक्षणहरूको चटारो छ । यसअघि पार्टी बिगि्रयो भन्नेलाई पार्टीबाटै खेद्लान् कि भनेजस्तो गर्नेहरू पनि यी बैठक-प्रशिक्षणहरूमा 'पार्टी बिगि्रएकै छ' भन्न थालेका छन् । एमाओवादी अध्यक्ष प्रचण्डले पार्टी बिरामी परेकोले यतिबेला सिटामोलमात्रै खाएका छौं, महाधिवेशनसम्म जाँदा पार्टीको शल्यक्रिया नै गर्छौं भन्न थाल्नुभएको छ । एमाओवादीभित्र 'पार्टी बिगि्रएको छ' एउटा थेगो नै बनेको छ । तर पार्टी किन 'बिगि्रयो' र यसलाई कसरी सच्याउने भन्ने विषयमा सार्थक र इमानदार बहस भने हुनसकेको पाइँदैन ।

Sunday, September 23, 2012

गेसपेपर पढिरहेका कांग्रेस नेताहरू

कृष्णज्वाला देवकोटा

भावी प्रधानमन्त्री को बन्ने भन्ने कांग्रेसको किचलोबारे सहरमा एउटा ठट्टा छ । ठट्टा भन्छ, तीन शीर्षले एक-अर्काको भाषा बुझ्दैनन् । शेरबहादुर देउवाले बोलेको सुशील कोइराला बुझ्दैनन्, सुशीलले बोलेको शेरबहादुरले । अनि, यी दुवैले बोलेको रामचन्द्र पौडेलले बुझ्दैनन् र रामचन्द्रको यी दुईले । भाषामै समस्या भएपछि संवाद कसरी हुन्छ र संवाद नै नभएपछि सहमति कसरी बन्छ ?
मोहभंग हुँदै गएको समाजमा वास्तविकताभन्दा ठट्टा बलिया हुन्छन् । नेपाल त्यसै पनि दिग्भ्रमित देश हो । माओवादीलाई भोट हाल्छ, साइबाबाको पूर्णकदको फोटोबाट कहिले विभूति र्झछ भनेर प्रतीक्षा गर्छ, हरेक वर्ष नबिराई अमेरिकाको डिभी चिट्ठा भर्छ । साइबाबा, माओवादी वा डिभीमध्ये भविष्यचाहिँ के हो भन्नेमा नेपाल अझै 'अध्ययन-अनुसन्धान'मै छ । दलहरू गोलचक्करमा फसे भनेर चित्त दुखाउनु बेकार छ । नेपाल जस्तो छ, नेता त्यस्तै छन् ।

पूर्वडिभिजन कमान्डर सहित ७५ उत्तीर्ण

काठमाडौ, आश्विन ६ -
समायोजनका लागि चालू पूर्वलडाकुहरूको परीक्षाअन्तर्गत अधिकृत तहको लिखित परीक्षामा पूर्वडिभिजन कमान्डर यामबहादुर अधिकारीसहित ७५ जना उत्तीर्ण भएका छन् । लिखित परीक्षा ८५ जनाले दिएका थिए । लिखित परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण हुनेमा पूर्वसहायक डिभिजन कमान्डरहरू वासुदेव घिमिरे, पदमबहादुर तामाङ र वीरेन्द्र बुढा पनि छन् । अधिकारीलाई समायोजनमा पूर्वलडाकुहरूको नेतृत्व गर्दै कर्णेल तहको नियुक्ति दिने समझदारी बनिसकेको छ ।

अधिकृत तहको अन्तिम नतिजा यही असोज २१ प्रकाशित गर्ने औपचारिक तालिकामा उल्लेख भए पनि दोस्रो हप्ताभित्रैमा नतिजा निकाल्ने तयारी भइरहेको उच्चस्रोतले जनाएको छ । यसैगरी अधिकृतमुनिका तहका परीक्षाअन्तर्गत शनिबार प्रकाशित स्वास्थ्य परीक्षण नतिजामा १ हजार ४ सय २ जना पूर्वलडाकु उत्तीर्ण भएका छन् । स्वास्थ्य परीक्षणमा ४२ जना अनुत्तीर्ण भएका छन् । अधिकृतमुनिकाको अन्तिम नतिजा आइतबार साँझ प्रकाशित हुने सैनिक जनसम्पर्क निर्देशनालयले जनाएको छ ।

Saturday, September 22, 2012

बाख्रापालक महिलालाई अमेरिकी डलर पुरस्कार

तस्बिरः विमल खतिवडा/ईकान्तिपुर
रत्ननगर (चितवन), आश्विन ६ - दुःख गरे के हुँदैन र भन्ने भनाइलाई यहाँकी ग्रामीण क्षेत्रकी एक महिलाले चरितार्थ गरेकी छिन् । कक्षा ५ पनि नपढेकी ती महिलाले उत्कृष्ट पुरस्कार प्राप्त गरेपछि यो भनाइ चरितार्थ भएको हो ।
चितवनको विकट शक्तिखोर गाविस–८ देवीटारकी बाख्रापालक महिलालाई ७० हजारको पुरस्कार पाउँदा आफू छाँगाबाट खसेजस्तो लाग्यो । “मलाई छाँगाबाट खसेजस्तो भयो, विश्वासै लागेन”, उनले भनिन् ।
गाउँकी महिला भए पनि समाज परिवर्तन र आयआर्जनका कार्यक्रममा सक्रिय भएकाले त्यसको मूल्याङ्कन गर्दै स्थानीय महिला छमीकुमारी मगरलाई रु. ७० हजार नगदसहित प्रमाणपत्र प्रदान गरिएको हो ।
बाह्रौँ हेफर दिवसको अवसरमा चितवनको शक्तिखोरमा भएको पुरस्कार वितरण समारोहमा यस वर्ष स्वर्णिम प्रतिभा पुरस्कार (करिब एक हजारको अमेरिकी डलर) बाट मगरलाई सम्मान गरिएको हेफरका क्षेत्रीय कार्यक्रम प्रबन्धक डा. पीताम्बर कुसवाहले जानकारी दिनुभयो ।

Friday, September 21, 2012

1,445 combatants pass written exam

CHITWAN, Sept 20: Altogether 1,445 former Maoist combatants have passed the written exam -- a major step toward integration into the Nepal Army (NA).
According to NA Spokesperson Ramindra Chhetri, only 15 former Maoist combatants have failed the written exam.
Thirteen of the failed combatants are from the Sindhuli-based second division cantonment. The other two are from Chitwan-based third division cantonment and Nawalparasi-based fourth division cantonment.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ex-PLA avoid integrating back into home villages

Most choosing voluntary retirement start living in highway-linked towns
GHORAHI (DANG), Sept 19: While a group of former People´s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel are in the selection process for integration into the national army, a large number of other ex-Maoist combatants and commanders, who opted for voluntary retirement, have started settling into family life.

Their place of preference for settling down, however, has not been their home districts. Instead, they have started settling mainly in towns located in the vicinity of the major highways which are also at the nearest points from their home districts.

Only a small number of those opting for voluntary retirement have returned to their home villages after receiving the money distributed by the government. Most of those returning to home villages are from the PLA rank and file.

Monday, September 17, 2012

आधा लडाकु मात्रै परीक्षामा

सरोजराज अधिकारी  काठमाडौ, आश्विन २ - समायोजन रोजेर बसेका कुल पूर्वलडाकुमध्ये १ हजार ५ सय ४४ मात्र लिखित परीक्षामा सहभागी भएका छन् । यीमध्ये ८६ लडाकुले अधिकृतका लागि लिखित परीक्षा दिएका छन् ।
माओवादी सेनाका लडाकुको रेखदेख, समायोजन र पुनःस्थापनासम्बन्धी विशेष समितिका संयोजक बालानन्द शर्माका अनुसार अधिकृतका लागि चितवन र अन्य दर्जाका लागि विभिन्न शिविरमा सोमबार सम्पन्न लिखित परीक्षामा ६८ जना अनुपस्थित रहे । 'अब समायोजित हुनेको संख्या बढीमा १ हजार ५ सय ४४ हुनेछ । अनुपस्थित कोही पनि लिखित परीक्षामा सहभागी हुन पाउने छैनन्,' शर्माले भने ।  
विभिन्न शिविरमा समायोजन रोजेर बसेका ३ हजार १ सय २३ मध्ये भर्ना, छनोट प्रक्रियाका
क्रममा ६८ जना अनुपस्थित रहेको शर्माले जनाए । बाँकी १ हजार ५ सय ११ जना स्वैच्छिक अवकाश रोजी चेक लिएर बाहिरिएका छन् । दुई जनाको निधन भइसकेकाले मृतकका परिवारलाई अवकाश हुँदा पाउने रकमबापतको चेक दिइएको शर्माले जनाए ।

Three-parent baby' fertility technique mulled in Britain

LONDON, Sept 17:  A fertility technique that uses DNA from three parents to create an embryo could become legal in Britain after a public consultation on its ethical implications was launched on Monday.

The results of the consultation will help inform a decision by the government on whether to legalize the technique as early as next year -- potentially making Britain the first country in the world to hold human trials into the treatment, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The IVF-based technique is designed to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases inherited on the maternal side, such as muscular dystrophy, by replacing some of the mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from the so-called "third parent".

Check distribution to former Maoist fighters concludes

SHAKTIKHOR (CHITWAN), Sept 16: The task of distributing checks to the former Maoist combatants opting for voluntary retirement concluded on Sunday.

Balanandar Shrama, coordinator at the secretariat of the Special Committee formed to oversee the task of integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants, informed 1,507 combatants from all the seven cantonments had been given checks.

According to him, the number of combatants opting for integration into the Nepal Army (NA) has dropped to 1,412 and other 202 persons, who had earlier opted for voluntary retirement, didn´t appear to receive checks.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

With no officer from Rolpa in NA, ex-PLA blames 7-pt deal

DAHABAN (ROLPA), Sept 16: Rolpa, the Mid-Western hill district from where the Maoists started their insurgency in 1996 to topple the monarchy and turn Nepal into a classless communist state, crops up whenever the momentous changes that Nepal witnessed during the first decade of the twenty-first century are mentioned.

Rolpa was not only the place where the Maoists gradually built-up their military but it also produced many brilliant commanders who carefully piloted the decade-long Maoist insurgency to take on the state security apparatus.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

An unlikely love story in Nepal

Suman Kharel and Ishwor
Jyotsna Bhaskar is celebrating 20 years of marriage to Ishwor Amatya, one of Nepal's most famous singers. But many are unaware of how the couple have struggled in the face of poverty, prejudice and disability. BBC Nepali's Suman Kharel reports.
Born blind, Ishwor Amatya struggled for years to make ends meet and get recognition for his work as a singer at small restaurants in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

जनताले प्रचण्डलाई लखेटी–लखेटी कुटेर मार्छन्

खड्गबहादुर श्रेष्ठ ‘शरण’, प्रचण्डका पूर्व driver
बा.१.ज ९२६८ । आरुबारी–रत्नपार्क रुटमा चल्ने एउटा माइक्रोबसको नम्बर हो यो । जसका चालक हुन्, काभ्रे, सल्लेभुम्लुका खड्गबहादुर श्रेष्ठ । ०४७ सालदेखि जीविकाका लागि गाडी चलाउन थालेका उनी ०५५ सालदेखि माओवादी जनयुद्धमा सामेल भए । र, उपनामले चिनिन थाले, ‘शरण’ का रुपमा । त्यहाँ उनले सैन्य फाँटमा काम गर्दै २५ भन्दा बढी मोर्चामा आफूलाई उभ्याए । तीनवटा मोर्चामा घाइते भए । माओवादी शान्तिप्रक्रियामा आएपछि पहिला देव गुरुङसँग थिए । तर, अध्यक्ष प्रचण्डका लागि भरपर्दो सवारी चालकको आवश्यकता परेपछि ०६३ असोज अन्तिम साताबाट उनले प्रचण्ड सवार हुने गाडी चलाउन शुरु गरे । र, त्यहाँबाट ०६६ सालमा उनले मनभरि विरक्तिको पहाड बोकेर प्रचण्ड निवासलाई बाइबाइ गरे । उनी माओवादी लडाकुको तेस्रो डिभिजनअन्तर्गत थिए । तर, प्रमाणिकरणको प्रक्रियामा किरण पक्षधर लडाकुले त्यो प्रक्रियालाई नै अस्वीकार गरे । त्यसको अगुवाई शरणले नै गरे । एकीकृत माओवादीको वाइसिएल भनेजस्तो नेकपा–माओवादीसम्बद्ध युवा संगठन स्वयंसेवक व्युरोका उनी काभ्रे संयोजक हुन् ,।

Friday, September 14, 2012

प्रेमविवाह गरेका एमाले नेता

पीडीएफ मुद्रण इमेल
पछिल्लो समय मायाप्रेम नेपाली समाजमा पनि पच्न थालेको हो कि भन्ने लाग्छ । प्रेमविवाह गर्नेको संख्या ह्वात्तै बढेकाले पनि यस्तो अनुमान गर्न सकिन्छ । केही पहिलेसम्म भने प्रेमविवाह गर्नु फलामको चिउरा चपाएजस्तै हुन्थ्यो । तर, पनि त्यही समय एमालेका प्रायः नेताले प्रेमविवाह गरे । त्यो पनि पार्टीको स्वीकृति लिएर ।
नेपालमा कम्युनिस्ट पार्टीभित्र प्रेमविवाह २००७ सालपछि नै सुरु भएको देखिन्छ । संस्कृति र समाजसँगै जोडिएको विषय हो प्रेमविवाह पनि । यसका अतिरिक्त राजनीतिक-आर्थिक विकासको अवस्थासँग पनि प्रेमविवाह जोडिएको छ । आजभन्दा केही समयअघि पनि प्रेमविवाह गर्न समाजमा धेरै ठूलो विद्रोेह गर्नुपथ्र्यो । ००७ सालपछि कानुनी रूपले प्रेमविवाह गर्ने बाटो त खुल्यो तर सामाजिक अड्चन भने कायम नै थियो ।

अस्ताए चे ग्वेभारालाई भेटेका एक्ला नेपाली

पीडीएफ मुद्रण इमेल
लटपुलटमय राजनीतिक इतिहासका साक्षी बनेका गणतन्त्रवादी नेता रामराजाप्रसाद सिंहको बुधबार निधन भयो । केही महिनाअघि मात्रै गणतन्त्र संस्थागत भएको देख्ने धोको भएको आशय व्यत्तल गरेका सिंहले अब त्यो देख्न पाएनन् । जुन चाहना राखेका थिए ।
गणतन्त्रवादी नेता भनेर चिनिने सिंहको विषयमा कमैलाई जानकारी भएको अर्को पहिचान के हो भने विश्व कम्युनिस्ट आन्दोलनका अगुवा चे ग्वेभारासँग उनले भेटेका थिए । वर्मास्थित एक गोप्य स्थानमा जम्मा पाँच मिनेटको संवादको अनुभव उनीसँग थियो ।
चे ग्वेभारालाई भेट्ने एक मात्र नेपाली थिए, रामराजाप्रसाद सिंह । बर्माको एक गोप्य स्थानमा चे ग्वेभारासित भएको भेटपछि आफूमा गणतन्त्रप्रति थप ऊर्जा थपिएको नेता सिंहले नै खुलासा गरेका थिए ।
गणतन्त्र स्थापनाको आन्दोलनमा नौ वर्षकै कलिलो उमेरमा नेता सिंह आफ्नो भाइ लक्ष्मणप्रसाद सिंह र बुबा जयमंगल सिंहसँगै जेल परेका थिए । जेलजीवनपश्चात्को भारत बसाइ, भारतका प्रतिष्ठित विश्वविद्यालयमा अध्ययन, भारतकै बसाइका क्रममा इन्दिरा गान्धीसँगको भेट, क्रान्तिकारी क्लाराको सहयोगमा चे ग्वेभारासँगको भेट अविस्मरणीय रहेको नेता सिंहले बताएका थिए ।

डेटिङका ती दिन

शर्मिला मल्ल, अभिनेत्री

सानैदेखि चुलबुले थिएँ । सायद म ११ वर्षमै तरुनी भएँ कि के हो ? एघार वर्षकै उमेरमा बिहेका लागि मलाई माग्न आउनेको ताँती नै लाग्थ्यो घरमा । बुबा त भन्नुहुन्थ्यो, 'तँ धेरै राम्री भएइकीले तँलाई
माग्न आएका ।'
म पद्मकन्या स्कुलमा पढ्थेँ । मलाई हेर्नैका लागि कति केटा आउँथे । गेटबाट चियाएर मात्रै भए पनि फर्किन्थे । म त्यसवेला १२ वर्षकी हुँदी हुँ । एउटा केटा थियो, नाम त बिर्सिएँ, जो मलाई खुब पछ्याउँथ्यो । 'सुन न...' भनेरै हैरान पाथ्र्यो । म भने वास्ता गर्दिनथेँ । एकदिन त उसले मेरो सलमा एउटा चिठी राखिदियो । त्यो 'लभ लेटर' थियो । मैले एक झापड हानिदिएँ । त्यसपछि उसले मलाई कहिल्यै पिछा गरेन ।
त्यसवेला रेडियो नेपालमा एउटा रूपक बज्थ्यो 'अँध्यारो उज्यालो' । त्यस कार्यक्रमका सञ्चालक कृष्ण मल्ल थिए । म उनकी प्रशंसक नै थिएँ । त्यो आवाजबाटै उनलाई मन पराउन थालेँ । मनमा तस्बिर सजिन्थ्यो, 'कस्ता होलान् ती ?'

ऋषि धमलासँग रमाइलो संवाद

Risi Dhamala

पत्रकारहरूबीच निकै ठूलो विवाद छ । कतिले भन्छन्- ऋषि धमला तीन कक्षामा फेल भएर काठमाडौं आएको हो, कतिले भन्छन्- होइन, आठ कक्षा त पढेको छ । पत्रकारको यो लामो विवाद मिलाउन तपाईं के भन्न सक्नुहुन्छ ?

होइन, मैले ५ कक्षासम्म गाउँकै शंखादेवी प्राविमा पढेको हुँ । त्यहीबीचमा मेरो काकाको छोरा राजेन्द्र र म घरबाट भाग्यौँ । मैले बुबाको कन्तुरबाट सय रुपैयाँ चोरेको थिएँ । त्यही पैसा लिएर ज्यामरुङबाट हामी धादिङबेसी झर्‍यौँ । धादिङबेसीबाट ट्रयाक्टरमा चढेर मलेखु आइयो । मलेखुबाट ट्रक चढेर काठमाडौं आइयो । काठमाडौं कहाँ जाने थाहा थिएन । धरहरा भन्ने थाहा थियो, त्यसैले ट्रक ड्राइभरलाई धरहरामुनि छाडिदेऊ भन्यौँ । यसरी काठमाडौंमा पाइला टेक्दा रातिको १ः०० बजेको थियो । हाम्रो मावलीतिरका नाता पर्ने प्रद्युम्नविक्रम सिंह भन्ने मान्छे परराष्ट्र मन्त्रालयमा अधिकृत थिए । खोज्दै अर्को दिन उनको घरमा पुगियो । ल बाहुनको छोरो आएछ भनेर खुसी भए । त्यसपछि उनको घरमा भात पकाउन थालियो, आफूले पनि खाइयो, उनलाई पनि खुवाइयो ।

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

With one officer candidate, ex-combatants in Rolpa feel betrayed

Phabindra Acharya a.k.a Kshitij (L) and Ras Bahadur Budha Magar a.k.a Akshaya Kumar

DAHABAN (ROLPA), Sept 9: "It is only the sacrifice of my desires and dreams that I am going to join the Nepal Army to fulfill requests of my comrades and Rolpali people," said Phabindra Acharya a.k.a. Kshitiz, 31, standing in front of the Dahaban PLA cantonment.

Acharya, former PLA Battalion Vice commander of the Fifth Division, Rolpa, is the only former combatant who could join the Nepal Army (NA) at the officer level from Rolpa, the bastion of the Maoist "People´s War".

Money discourages integration


DAHABAN (ROLPA), Sept 9: Early in the morning at the cantonment at Dahaban in Rolpa, former members of the People´s Liberation Army (PLA) scattered in small groups discuss the crucial turning point in their lives: Whether to take voluntary retirement and bag half a million rupees or join the Nepal Army and start a new career.

As time was running out, some struggled with their cell phones that disconnect time and again, to seek advice from comrades and seniors, while other carefully weigh the two options.

As the whisperings in frequently changing tones continue in and outside the tattered tents pitched six years ago to house the Maoist warriors, grim-faced former PLA company commander Nabin Lochan Magar of Pachhabang, Rolpa, who perceives the entire integration as the height of humiliation, slowly gets up and takes a deep breath to announce his decision.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

अभिनेत्री रेखा थापा प्रधानमन्त्री भट्टराईसँग डेटिङ जान इच्छुक

Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai
Rekha Thapa
प्रधानमन्त्री डा. बाबुराम भट्टराई निकै बौद्धिक हुनुहुन्छ, उहाँसँग डेटिङ जाने मौका मिले को नजाला ? म उहाँसँग डेटिङ जान इच्छुक छु ।

चित्रबहादुर केसीका छानिएका कथा

गिरिजाप्रसाद र सेतो मोही

०४८ सालमा प्रधानमन्त्री भएलगत्तै भारत गएका गिरिजाप्रसाद कोइरालाले टनकपुरसन्धि गरेर आए । तर, उनले देशलाई भने, 'सन्धि होइन, सहमति भएको हो ।' गिरिजाप्रसादले टनकपुर बेचे भनेर एमालेलगायत हामी वाम दल आन्दोलनमा गयौँ । त्यहीवेला टनकपुर सन्धि हो कि सम्झौता हो भनेर प्रस्ट पार्न सर्वोच्चमा रिट पर्‍यो । सर्वोच्चले प्रस्ट भनिदियो, 'टनकपुरसन्धि हो, सहमति भनेर देशलाई ढाँट्न पाइदैँन ।'

Friday, August 31, 2012

Female Former Combatants Struggle to Readjust to Civilian Life in Nepal

Holika KC has a different lifestyle these days after officially retiring this year from the People’s Liberation Army, the Maoist insurgents who overthrew Nepal’s former government, leading to a decade-long civil war.
After the war ended in 2006, KC stayed for five years in the Maoists’ temporary camp at Dahaban in Rolpa, a district in Nepal’s Mid-Western region. But this year, the government closed the camps as part of the peace process, offering ex-combatants two options: voluntary retirement or a spot in the national army.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

लडाकु भर्ना २१ भदौबाट

रोशन खड्का/नयाँ पत्रिका,
काठमाडौं, ११ भदौ–उमेरमा लचकता अपनाउँदै सेना समायोजन विशेष समितिले माओवादी लडाकुको भर्ना छनोट प्रक्रिया अगाडि बढाउने निर्णय गरेको छ । समितिले चार महिनादेखि रोकिएको लडाकु भर्ना छनोट प्रक्रिया २१ भदौबाट सुरु गर्ने निर्णय गरेको हो ।
यसअघि राष्ट्रसंघीय मिसन अनमिनमा दर्ता हुँदा वा नागरिकतामध्ये कुन उमेरलाई मान्यता दिने भन्नेमा विवाद भएपछि लडाकु भर्ना छनोट प्रक्रिया रोकिएको थियो । सोमबार बसेको विशेष समितिको बैठकले नागरिकतामा रहेको उमेरलाई मान्यता दिने गरी सेना समायोजन प्रक्रिया अगाडि बढाउने निर्णय गरेको छ ।
विशेष समितिको बैठक ४ वैशाखपछि पहिलोपटक सोमबार बसेको हो । बैठकले समायोजन प्रक्रिया अगाडि बढाउन सचिवालयलाई निर्देशनसमेत दिएको छ । यसअघि लडाकुको उमेर र शैक्षिक योग्यतामा विवाद हुँदा समायोजन प्रक्रिया अवरुद्ध भएको थियो ।

Monday, August 27, 2012

ठेकेदारसँग पैसा लिएको माओवादीद्धारा स्वीकार

११ भदौ, पोखरा । एकीकृत नेकपा माओवादी कास्कीले पोखरा विमानस्थल बनाउने ठेकेदारसंग पैसा लिएको स्वीकारेको छ ।
सोमबार माओवादी पार्टी कार्यलयमा पत्रकार सम्मेलन गरि माओवादी कास्की इन्चार्ज झलकपाणी तिवारीले ठेकेदारसगं पूर्व सभासद राजकाजी गरुङ ‘करण’मार्फत पैसा लिएको स्वीकारेका हुन् । ५० लाख कमिशन नलिएको जिकिर गरेका उनले कति पैसा लिएको भने खुलाएनन् ।
तिवारीले पार्टीको लागि पैसा लिएको भन्दै करणको बचाउ गरे । ‘पार्टीका लागि सहयोग लिएको हो । कुनै नेताको लागि होइन',-उनले भने ।

Sunday, August 26, 2012

दिल्लीबाट फर्केकाहरूका नाममा

कृष्णज्वाला देवकोटा,सम्पादक,नयाँ पत्रिका दैनिक
नेपालका राष्ट्रपतिले के गर्नुपर्छ भनेर दिल्लीमा सेमिनार हुन्छ र हाम्रा नेता गौरवका साथ 'अतिथि' बनेर जान्छन् । त्यही दिल्लीमा अखिलेश यादवले उत्तरप्रदेशमा के गर्नुपर्छ भनेरचाहिँ सेमिनार हुँदैन । कुनै पूर्वभारतीय राजदूत नेपालमा छँदा गरेको ठेक्कापट्टाको कमिसन उठाउन आउँछ र हाम्रा नेता त्यसलाई भेट्न तारे होटलका सुत्ने कोठामा पुग्छन् । दिल्लीमा उपेक्षित र दिक्क कुनै पनि पूर्वकूटनीतिज्ञलाई चाकडीको भोक जाग्यो भने त्यो सीधै काठमाडौं आए हुन्छ । त्यस्तालाई नेपालका राजनीतिज्ञको सधैँ न्यानो स्वागत छ ।

Saturday, August 25, 2012

नवसंशोधनवादसाग सम्बन्धविच्छेद गर्न ढिला गरेछौ

नेत्रविक्रम चन्द ‘विप्लव’, सचिव, नेकपा-माओवादी

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०     भर्खरै मात्र पार्टीको पोलिटब्युरो बैठक सम्पन्न भएको छ, त्यसले के-के निर्णय गर्‍यो बताइदिनुस् न ?
पोलिटब्युरो बैठक मुख्यगरी तीनवटा विषयमा केन्दि्रत भयो । एउटा सम्बन्धविच्छेदपछि परिस्थिति कस्तो बनेको छ भन्ने बारेमा रिपोर्ट, दोस्रा महाधिवेशनलाई कसरी भव्यतापूर्वक सम्पन्न गर्ने र तेस्रो अबको राजनीतिक कार्यनीति कस्तो हुनुपर्ला भन्ने विषयमा छलफल भयो । मुख्य यही तीन विषयमा हामीले गम्भीर ढङ्गले अन्तरक्रिया एवं छलफल गर्‍यौ

ज्ञानेन्द्रले झन्डै गोली ठोकेर मारे

केशव स्थापित

मान्छेले तपाईंका कुरा बढो चाख मानेर सुन्छन् तर सिरियस्ली लिन्छन्जस्तो लाग्छ कि हावा भन्छन् ?

सिरियस्ली लिन्छन् नि । नत्र फर्कीफर्की पदमा आउ भनेर किन अनुरोध गर्थे ? एमाले, राजा र माओवादी सबैलाई चाहिने मजस्तो मान्छे को छ ?

राजासँग पनि तपाईंको सिरियस कुरा भयो ?

यति सिरियस कुरा भयो कि झन्डै गोली हानेर मारे । मलाई ४० मिनेटको समय दिएर बोलाइएको थियो तर कुरा गर्दागर्दै तीन घन्टा बित्यो ।

Monday, August 20, 2012

दोरम्बाः नेपाली सेनाको कालो दाग

- गणेश पाण्डे
रामेछाप जिल्लाको दोरम्बामा तत्कालिन शाही नेपाली सेनाबाट १९ जना शंकास्पद माओवादीको हत्या भएको नौ बर्ष भएको छ । २०६० साल साउन ३२ गते दिउँसो सेनाले दोरम्बामा विवाह घरमा भेला भएका माओवादी कार्यकर्तालाई घेरा हाली डडुवा गाविसको डाँडाकटेरीमा लगेर सामूहिक हत्या गरेको थियो । हरेक बर्ष माओवादीका जिल्लादेखि केन्द्र तहसम्मका नेताहरु दोरम्बामा पुग्छन, मारिएकाप्रति सलाम ठोक्छन, पुष्पगुच्छा चढाउँछन । र, बाँचेकाहरुलाई जिउँदा शहिदका नाममा सम्मान गर्छन । तर, सेनाबाट एकै चिहान पारिएकाहरुका सन्तान र परिवारले फोस्रो आश्वासन बाहेक केही पाएका छैनन । अर्थात दोरम्बा घटना नेपालको इतिहासमै दण्डहिनताको एउटा गतिलो उदाहरणको रुपमा उभिएको छ । जसले नेपाली सेनाको छविमा कालो धब्बामात्रै तरंगित गरिदिएको छ ।

यस्तो फाराम भर्दै छन् माओवादी नेता

नेत्र पन्थी/नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडौं, ३ भदौ
माओवादी नेताहरूको सम्पत्ति छानबिन गर्न बनेको आयोगले नेताहरूलाई सम्पत्ति विवरणको फाराम भराएको छ । माओवादी अध्यक्ष प्रचण्डदेखि उपाध्यक्षद्वय डा. बाबुराम भट्टराई, नारायणकाजी श्रेष्ठ र महाधिवेशन आयोजक समितिका सदस्यहरूले आयोगका प्रश्नको जवाफ दिएका छन् ।
फाराममार्फत नेताहरूको विगतको आर्थिक पृष्ठभूमिदेखि सार्वजनिक पदमा रहँदा र हालको अवस्थासम्मको स्थितिबारे जानकारी मागिएको छ । स्रोतका अनुसार नेताहरूले प्रश्नावली भरेर आयोगलाई बुझाइसकेका छन् र आयोग यसबारे छानबिन गर्दै छ । फाराममा नगद तथा जिन्सी, घरजग्गा, सेयर, ऋण, सवारीसाधन, आफन्तका नाममा भएको सम्पत्तिलगायतका विषय भर्न लगाएको एक महाधिवेशन आयोजक समिति सदस्यले नयाँ पत्रिकालाई जानकारी दिए ।

Sunday, August 19, 2012

बिग्रे माओवादीका घरबार

नेत्र पन्थी/नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडौं, २ भदौ • माओवादी स्थायी समिति सदस्य तथा मन्त्री रहेकै वेला टोपबहादुर रायमाझी र उनकी पत्नी सीमाबीच पनि सम्बन्धविच्छेद भयो । सीमाले अर्को केटासँग आफ्नो विवाह भएको भन्दै सम्पत्तिका लागि अदालतमा मुद्दा नै हालिन् । उनीहरूबीच ०५४ मा दिल्लीमा विवाह भएको थियो ।

• माओवादी नेता जनार्दन शर्मा प्रभाकरको रोहवरमा बिहे गरेका पूर्वसभासद् टेकेन्द्र भट्ट र रेणु चन्दको सम्बन्ध कायम राख्न नेता लेखराज भट्टले धेरै नै प्रयास गरे । बिहेताका रेणु डोटी र टेकेन्द्र कञ्चनपुरको जिल्ला इन्चार्ज थिए । मदिरा खाएर महिलासँग सम्बन्ध राखेको रेणुको र परिवारसँग राम्रो व्यवहार नगरेको टेकेन्द्रको आरोप थियो । सम्बन्धविच्छेदपछि भट्टले ५ माघ ०६८ मा विवाह गरे । भारतको हरिद्वारमा गएर भट्टले सुन्दरपुर गाविस, कञ्चनपुरकी दिव्येश्वरी भट्टसँग विवाह गरे । संविधानसभा प्रत्यक्ष निर्वाचनमा चुनिएका चार जोडीमध्ये रेणु र टेकेन्द्र पनि एक थियो । रेणु बैतडी-२ बाट र टेकेन्द्र कञ्चनपुर-३ बाट सभासद्मा विजयी भएका थिए ।

Friday, August 17, 2012

CPN-Maoist general convention from Jan 9-13

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: CPN-Maoist is holding its general convention from January 9-13 in Kathmandu.
The party has also formed a general convention main organizing committee under the leadership of party secretary Netra Bikram Chand. The ongoing party politburo meeting at the party headquarters in Buddhanagar will take a formal decision to this effect on Friday. Around 1,000 party leaders will participate in the general convention and chart out the party´s new path.

"We are holding discussions and we will take a formal decision Friday," said party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal. The party´s national conclave had mandated the party to hold the party´s general convention by January and had entrusted the party central committee to fix the date and venue.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

We are original Maoist: CPN-Maoist

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: The newly formed CPN-Maoist has claimed that more than 60 percent of "cream leaders and party cadres of the people´s war" have joined them and that they are the original Maoist party.

The claim was made during the party´s politburo meeting at the party headquarters in Buddhanagar on Wednesday. The meeting, which came close on the heels of organization formation campaign, reached such conclusion after reportings of the bureau in-charges and review of the party´s activities across the country.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Maoist probe panel gets most complaints against Dahal

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: With its extended deadline for receiving complaints of financial irregularities expiring on Sunday, the high-level probe commission on property and financial condition of the UCPN (Maoist) has received a barrage of complaints against Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and other senior leaders of the party for their “poor handling” of the party´s funds.

Though the exact number of complaints against Dahal and other senior leaders, including Prime Minister´s wife Hishila Yami, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Barshaman Pun, Janardan Sharma, Agni Sapkota, Prabhu Sah and Lekhraj Bhatta has not been revealed, knowledgeable sources told Republica that most of the complaints are against Dahal.

Friday, August 10, 2012

माओवादी समितिमा नातागोताको जालो

नेत्र पन्थी/नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडौं, २४ साउन
केन्द्रीय समिति भंग गरेर माओवादीले गठन गरेको महाधिवेशन आयोजक समितिमा नातेदारहरूको जालो छ । दश जोडी त श्रीमान्-श्रीमती नै छन् । अन्य नातेदारहरूको संख्या पनि धेरै नै छ ।
यसअघिको माओवादी केन्द्रीय समितिमा पनि केही जोडी दम्पती सदस्य थिए । उनीहरू स्वतः महाधिवेशन आयोजक समिति सदस्य भएका छन् ।

एफडिएको कार्यनीति तयार

रोशन खड्का, नारायण काफ्ले/नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडौं, २५ साउन
कम्तीमा आगामी चुनावसम्म संयुक्त रूपमा जाने सर्तमा प्रस्तावित संघीय लोकतान्त्रिक गठबन्धन -एफडिए) को औपचारिक नारा र कार्यनीति सार्वजनिक भएको छ । करिब एक महिनाको अभ्यासपछि एकीकृत माओवादी र मधेसीलगायतका २० दललेे गठबन्धनको नारा र कार्यनीति सार्वजनिक गरेका हुन् ।
प्रधानमन्त्रीनिवास बालुवाटारमा बिहीबार बसेको २० दलको बैठकले मुलुककै ठूलो राजनीतिक शक्तिको रूपमा बृहत् मोर्चा निर्माण गर्ने औपचारिक निर्णय गरेको हो । गठबन्धनको नेतृत्व माओवादी अध्यक्ष प्रचण्डले गर्ने सहमति भएको छ ।

Kinship, not capability, counts in UCPN (Maoist)

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Here´s a saga of how a party that waged a decade-long insurgency for revolutionary change in society and the uprooting of nepotism and favoritism, among other things, has now become victim of its own prey.

In 2005, the Chunbang meeting demoted all the party leaders, except Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, by one level as per a campaign lunched to purify the party. But interestingly, the same meeting promoted Prakash Dahal, the son of the chairman, to regional bureau member, now the state committee.

Here is one more. When the UCPN (Maoist) shared the cabinet with the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML following the ceasefire agreement of 2006, influential party leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai was asked to recommend a list from his faction for inclusion in the new cabinet.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

माओवादीले युद्धकै वेला भारतलाई लेखेको पत्र

रोशन खड्का/नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडांै, २२ साउन
जनयुद्धका वेला स्थापना गरेको 'जनसत्ता'लाई मान्यता दिन भारतलगायत विभिन्न देश र नियोगलाई पार्टीको तर्फबाट पत्र लेखेको माओवादीको तत्कालीन संयुक्त क्रान्तिकारी जनपरिषद्का संयोजक डा. बाबुराम भट्टराईले स्वीकार गरेका छन् । माओवादीले मुख्य अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय शक्तिलाई सम्बोधन गर्ने निर्णय गरेपछि ०५८ सालको माघमा पत्र लेखिएको डा. भट्टराईको भनाइ छ ।

Monday, August 6, 2012

Maoist army integration process remains stalled, riddled with complications

Prashant Jha
Almost ten months after a peace deal generated hopes of a successful integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants, the process remains incomplete and riddled with complications.
Over 3100 former fighters remain in cantonments, awaiting integration into the Nepal Army (NA). Only half a dozen combatants out of 19,602 verified fighters opted for rehabilitation packages. Around 14,000 individuals opted for voluntary retirement and walked away with cash packages, but a section among them are disillusioned with both the state and the Maoist party leadership.
A seven point agreement between political parties on November 1, 2011 had stipulated that a maximum of 6500 combatants could be integrated in a specially created directorate under the Nepal Army. It provided for a degree of flexibility on age and educational qualifications needed for entry at different levels into the NA.

Growing President-PM rift exasperating political crisis

KATHMANDU, Aug 6: Growing mistrust between President Ram Baran Yadav and caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has further aggravated the current political and constitutional crisis in the country.

The latest indication of the growing rift surfaced on Sunday when the president invited political leaders of the erstwhile Constituent Assembly and asked them to arrive at a consensus to overcome the current turmoil. The move appears to have put Bhattarai in a spot.

Those close to Bhattarai say the president´s frequent meetings with top politicians and people from other sections of the society is against his role as a constitutional head of state.

As his continued call for consensus among the parties failed to materialize, Yadav called the politicians to Shital Niwas and reminded them about their role in finding a way forward.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

१४ माघमा माओवादी महाधिवेशन

नेत्र पन्थी/नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडौं, २० साउन
एकीकृत माओवादीको महाधिवेशन १४ माघमा हुने भएको छ । महाधिवेशन आयोजक समितिको शनिबार बसेको बैठकले मिति तय गरेको हो । बैठकले नेताहरूको कार्यविभाजनमा फेरबदलसमेत गरेको छ ।
आयोजक समितिको बैठकले महाधिवेशन अगाडि गाउँ, जिल्ला र राज्यस्तरका अधिवेशन गर्ने निर्णय पनि गरेको छ । महाधिवेशनका लागि १६ असोजदेखि १ कात्तिकसम्म गाउँ, १ कात्तिकदेखि १५ मंसिरसम्म जिल्ला र १६ मंसिरदेखि पुस मसान्तसम्ममा राज्य तहका अधिवेशन गर्ने निर्णय भएको माओवादी नेता अग्नि सापकोटाले जानकारी दिए ।

UCPN (Maoist) general convention from Jan 27

KATHMANDU, Aug 5 : The ruling UCPN (Maoist) on Saturday announced that the party´s general convention would be held from January 27.

The party has not held any general convention for the last 22 years. The party had also failed to hold the general convention announced two years ago.
The party, however, is yet to fix the venue for the general convention. The party also announced a major reshuffling of party responsibilities, the first since the party split.

Important responsibilities in the party are held by leaders close to Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

All bureau in-charge and the party spokesperson have been chosen from among former standing committee members. While Shakti Basnet and Haribol Gajurel, who were former politburo members, have been promoted as in-charge of far-western bureau and Madhes bureau respectively, Agni Sapkota has been appointed party spokesperson. Similarly, Dahal´s confident Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been appointed chief of the party´s organization department, which is considered an important wing of the party.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Five-point deal is no longer relevant: PM

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Friday said that the five-point agreement signed between the major political parties on May 3 is no more relevant following the dissolution the Constituent Assembly (CA).

Talking to a select few media persons at his residence in Baluwatar on Friday, the prime minister also said that the Nepali Congress (NC) will not necessarily be led the new government.

Bhattarai´s remark comes at a time when NC has been staking claim to leadership of the new government as per the five point deal. Major political parties in the five point deal had agreed to allow NC to lead the unity government after finalizing the new constitution.

YCL leaders warns of quitting party

 KATHMANDU, Aug 4: The Young Communist League (YCL) leaders have warned they will quit UCPN (Maoist), expressing disagreement over the expansion of 251-member general convention organizing committee. They said the expansion was against the party policy and procedure.

Submitting their 4-point memorandum to party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, they urged to him annul the nomination of the former PLA commanders who are being investigated for financial irregularities in the cantonments.

"Today [Friday] we sent memorandum to the party chairman Dahal through our chairman Ganesh Man Pun. Tomorrow [Saturday] we will resign en masse," Shyam Kumar Budha Magar, YCL central secretariat member told Republica. According to Magar, they will announce series of protests by mobilizing youths across the country to put pressure on the party leadership.

Maoists settle for 251-strong organizing body

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: The UCPN (Maoist) has finally resolved a long-running dispute over the size of its general convention organizing committee although it has meant going against the decision of the recently held plenum.

As it tried to maintain the political equation among the three factions led by Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai and another Vice-chairman Narayankaji Shrestha, the party formed a 251-member jumbo organizing committee though the plenum had decided on a 175-member body.

However, the party picked only 231 members for the committee today and decided to add 20 more members to it, later.

माओवादीमा दुई सय ५१ सदस्यीय महाधिवेशन आयोजक समिति

रोशन खड्का/नयाँ पत्रिका
काठमाडौं, १८ साउन
एकीकृत माओवादीको महाधिवेशन आयोजक समिति दुई सय ५१ सदस्यीय हुने भएको छ । विभाजनपछि रहेको एक सय चार सदस्यमा एक सय २७ जनालाई तत्काल थप्ने र बाँकी २० जनालाई पछि थप्ने निर्णय पार्टीले गरेको हो ।
बुधबारको महाधिवेशन आयोजक समितिको बैठकमा अध्यक्ष पुष्पकमल दाहाल प्रचण्डले एक सय ७५ सदस्यीय समिति बनाउने प्रस्ताव लगेका थिए । तर, धेरैलाई समेट्न खोज्दा समिति धेरै ठूलो भएको छ ।
'हामीले तत्काल दुई सय ५१ सदस्यीय आयोजक समिति बनाउने निर्णय गरेका छौँ, केन्द्रीय सदस्यहरूको कार्यविभाजन शनिबारको बैठकले टुंगो लाग्छ,' प्रवक्ता दीनानाथ शर्माले नयाँ पत्रिकासँग भने ।
महाधिवेशन आयोजक समितिका सदस्य खगराज भट्टले छुटेका केही साथीलाई कार्यालयको बैठकले थप छलफलपछि थप्ने बताए । बुधबार बिहान बसेको एकीकृत माओवादीको पूर्वपदाधिकारी बैठकले एक सय ७५ सदस्यीय आयोजक समिति बनाउने सहमति गरेको थियो । तर, आयोजक समितिको बैठकमा गुनासो आएपछि सदस्य थपिएका थिए ।

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dahal proposes 68 new members

Proposal turned down outright

KATHMANDU, Aug 2: UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal´s plan to give full shape to the party´s general convention organizing committee (GCOC) with a membership of 175 was foiled as his proposal naming 68 new members was fiercely criticized by party leaders at a meeting of the existing organizing committee on Wednesday.

Dahal floated his proposal on Wednesday as a meeting called last week had broken up following objections by the other leaders. The party´s plenum last month had converted the 104-member central committee into the GCOC and entrusted the same committee with the responsibility of giving it full shape.

No sooner had Dahal floated the 68 new names at the meeting Wednesday than the leaders airing their views not only fiercely criticized him for proposing names in violation of the criteria set out by the plenum but also turned down his proposal outright.

Dahal found himself in trouble as even members such as Top Bahadur Rayamajhi from the taskforce formed to select the names stood against the proposal.

Dahal was suggested to propose the names after a meeting of office bearers held earlier in the morning failed to come up with a consensus list.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Can Dahal give his party's committee full shape?

KATHMANDU, August 1: As the troubled UCPN (Maoist) gears up for a crucial meeting of its General Convention Organizing Committee (GCOC) slated for Wednesday to fill its 71 vacant seats, commentators are watching how Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal will carry out the job, something he has been avoiding for the last four years.

As per the party statue, the GCOC, which came into existence after the recently concluded party plenum decided to convert its Central Committee (CC) into the GCOC, incorporates a total 175 members.

The UCPN (Maoist) had enlarged its CC membership to 148 following the merger with the CPN (Ekata Kendra-Masal) led by Narayan Kaji Shrestha and other fringe leftist parties. But it shrank to only 104 members after the Baidya faction broke away.

Chairman Dahal had called the GCOC meeting last week but it was soon postponed after failure to reach an understating among the various factions on the new names on the GCOC along with their responsibilities.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Will Maoist hold general convention?

Dahal weighs opportunity, challenge
KATHMANDU, July 29: The ruling UCPN (Maoist) that has lately seen much upheaval has once again announced a date in February for its general convention to elect a new party leadership, the third such announcement in 22 years.

However, a diversity of views exists concerning this development. For some the announcement was a tactical response to a similar announcement made by the breakaway CPN-Maoist to hold its general convention a month earlier, rather than a sincere move towards a truly democratic party.

But for others, Dahal is keen on the convention since it will not only be taking place with the most favorable timing and political environment for him but also the gathering will provide him a golden opportunity to fend off accusations of holding the topmost position in the party for 22 years without the mandate of a general convention.

Friday, July 27, 2012

के गर्दै छन् जेलमा former सञ्चारमन्त्री जयप्रकाशप्रसाद गुप्ता ?

सर्वोच्च अदालतले सञ्चारमन्त्री बहाल भएका वेला जयप्रकाशप्रसाद गुप्तालाई सार्वजनिक पदमा हुँदा ८४ लाख रुपैयाँ भ्रष्टाचार गरी कमाएको र उक्त रकमको कुनै स्रोत देखाउन नसकेको ठहर गर्दै डेढ वर्ष कैदको सजाय सुनाएको थियो । त्यो फैसला भएको र जयप्रकाश जेलमा बस्न थालेको पाँच महिना भइसकेको छ । राजनीतिलाई राम्रोसँग बुझेका र पटक-पटक मन्त्री भएका गणतान्त्रिक फोरमका अध्यक्ष जेपी गुप्ता अहिले सदरखोर डिल्लीबजारमा छन ।

हो, हामी हिँड्यौं ः प्रकाश दाहाल

काठमाडौ, श्रावण ११ -
म मिडियामा मेरोबारे आएका टीकाटिप्पणी हेरिरहेको छु । सायद कसैको व्यक्तिगत जीवनमा यति धेरै टीकाटिप्पणी हुनु त्यति राम्रो होइन जस्तो लाग्छ । हो, मान्छेको जीवनमा उतारचढाव आउँछ कति मिल्छ कति मिल्दैन । तर त्यसबारे यति धेरै चर्चा हुनु त्यति जायज हो जस्तो लागेन ।