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British Belles Bethi (Plant Paddy and Dance)

Saturday photo blog: British girls and boys and locals of Ghattitaar village of Ilam district in eastern Nepal take part in paddy plantation in tune with the Bethi tradition. The tradition has almost disappeared in other parts of the district though it has survived itself in this village. While some farmers are starting to plant paddy in Ilam and some other parts of Nepal, others were seen weeding the paddy in places like Kathmandu valley. Photos by Biplab Bhattarai Continue reading

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Nepali Congress Mass Meeting in Pokhara

The 80 plus year old Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala still has the same energy that he used to have in his young days. This man, the most powerful prime minister of Nepal, went to India the day he took oath in the parliament and addressed the meeting of SAARC in New Delhi. Back in Nepal, he was in Pokhara to address his party Nepali Congress’s mass meeting. Here is a report by Neil Horning All pics by Neil Horning.

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Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala spoke in Pokhara today. A crowd of ten to twenty thousand people, slightly larger than the Maoist Newa Mukti Morcha rally in Kathmandu, gathered in Amorsingchowk to witness the event. Koirala, himself, spoke for about 5 minutes before the crowd hurried off to avoid a gathering hail storm. Continue reading

Prachanda Public: Maoist Girls, Cameras and Other Scenes

A photo blog: First public meeting of Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) that was addressed by their Chairman Prachanda. By Dinesh Wagle

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Maoist affiliated girls on the back stage put on make up and do their hairs before going on the state to perform dance. The show clearly belonged to Prachanda because it was organized specially for him. Maoists wanted to make it high sounding and portray the event as a really big thing. They also wanted to portray their leader Prachanda as the Next Big Thing in Nepali politics. Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s introductory note, two minutes before he invited Prachanda on the mike, were full of adjectives and praises for Prachanda. I mean even Prachanda must have felt uncomfortable with such words. All central members of the party seated on the dais were presented with a garland of marigold except Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and Prachanda. Dr. Bhattarai had two garlands where as Prachanda had three. Prachanda removed the garlands a few minutes before taking on to the mike.

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Khukuri Rally in Kathmandu: Janajatis Want Proportional Election

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In a spectacular show of Khukuri (or Kukri as they prefer to spell in English), the traditional weapon of Nepalis (Gorkhali), thousands of people organized a rally in Kathmandu to stress on their demand of proportional electoral system for the upcoming elections to the constituent assembly. Thank God, Khukuris were not sakkali, they were all nakkali, made from paper. But words written in a sticker pasted in a big Khukuri clearly said: “We hope we don’t have to raise sakkali weapons to make our demands fulfilled.” The people participating in the rally were either associated with the Federation of Nepali Indigenous Nationalities (FNIN) or supporters of their demands. They also want federal set up in Nepal with greater autonomy. Here are photos from the rally by Ujir Magar Continue reading

Terai Photo News: Madhesi Janadhikar Forum- Maoist Clash, Lathi Rallies

UWB Photo blog: Southern Nepal demonstrations For the record, images from Feb 6.

A Maoist cadre is taken to hospital in Bharatpur. She was injured in a clash with Madhesi Jajaadhikar Forum (MJF) Tuesday (6 Feb). 8 Maoist cadres were injured in the clash that took place in Parasi in the morning. Pics by Chetan Adhikari Continue reading

Terai News: Journalists Beaten, Rallies With Lathis

Images of protests in Biratnagar, Nawalparasi and Birgunj

Journalists took out a rally today to protest beatings to scribes by activists of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF or PRPF). Unruly activists had beaten journalists in Tankisinawari yesterday while collecting news about a peaceful rally. Journalists have been beaten by police as well in the past few days. Pics by Bhim Ghimire Continue reading

It’s Damn Cold Out There and People Are Dying

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Four more people in Siraha died today due to the cold wave that has hit the Terai region hard in the last few days. The death toll in Siraha district alone has reached 9 till date, totaling to 22 in the eastern Terai. Though precautionary measures have been taken, because of improper management, the cold wave has been claiming lives in the Terai region everyday. However, the district police said that there is no data available on the deaths due to cold only. According to Kantipur, Jagdev Yadav, 70, Mahesh Mahato, 65 and Ramdev Kamati, 55 of different villages in Siraha died of the cold wave today. Similarly, Jhagal Majhi, 45 of Bara died Wednesday night.

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Due to the heavy fog that covers the region whole day has forced the elders to stay put at home, whereas the schools are seeing students in the classrooms in small numbers. With the mercury also falling down sharply along with the cold wave, minimal commercial activities have been noticed in the region. Earlier, three people had died in Rautahat alone due to the cold. The deceased were Chamelia Devi, Ram Lakhan Mahato, 85 and a yet to be identified 65-year old woman.

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Previously, the cold wave had already claimed three lives in the same district. Likewise, due to the extreme cold, over a 100 primary schools have been shut down in the district. Three people have succumbed to the severe cold in Bara. Sushila Khatun, 28, Sahudari Devi Shah, 65 and Shah Dev Mahara, 50 have lost their lives to the cold wave. Earlier, an Indian citizen had also died in Bara due to the cold. Similarly the cold wave also claimed a life in Siraha where earlier five people had died due to the excessive cold.

Pen, Gun and A Maoist Guerilla

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Pen Is Mightier Than Gun!Let him to the quick homework before going to the cantonment. A young Maoist student guerilla in Taplenjug takes time to study putting his gun aside. As the party has decided to join the mainstream to establish capitalistic democratic republic in Nepal, there is no need for the guerillas to boycott the bourgeois education. Nepal is hoping to see that no schools are closed in future in the name of teaching bourgeois texts. Pic by Dharma Poudel via Kantipur

Maoist Madness: Recruiting Children In Army

Images of Maoist child soldiers and recruitment from around Nepal UWB Photo Blog

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Sixteen-year-old Sameer Rai was recruited on Thursday (Nov 16) by the Maoist Peoples’ Liberation Army. A resident of Dharan (Ward No 16), Sameer says that he left school to “serve the country” by joining the PLA. Pics by Raju Ghising Continue reading

Maoist Madness: Crazy Comrades Stop This Nonsense!

CPN Maoist must halt its anti-peace process activities immediately and apologize to the general public for creating havoc which casts doubt over their seriousness in ongoing peace efforts

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Where is their Son/Husband, Maoists? Residents of Khaduwar village in Banke district are in sad mood after Maoist started taking away teenagers and children to recruit in their Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA). One of them is Khu Bahadur Nepali whose whereabouts is unknown. His mother Sabitri (right in the photo above) and wife are worried. Pic by J Pandey

There is a saying in Nepali that burning candle becomes extra bright seconds before dying. Is CPN Maoist that candle? If not why they are behaving like so? Why are they are continuing harassing general Nepali public even after signing a pace agreement with the government? They are forcefully abducting teenagers to recruit in their army, torturing people in the name of Peoples’ Court, threatening villagers to provide them food and shelter, extorting money from tourists and threatening journalists who write against their party. In the past few days, these Maoist activities are increasing alarmingly.

Maoists in Biratnagar, Itahari, Ilam, Tehrathum, Sankhusabha, Sarlahi, Dang, Banke and other districts have abducted teenagers younger than 16 years to recruit in their Peoples Liberation Army. In Itahari, they have threatened to take physical action to a journalist for writing news critical to the party where as in Udayapur they have intervened in a cultural program. In Manthali, the district headquarters of Ramechhap, they Maoist has arrested and tortured two in charge of murder, according to locals. In Kumarwarti VDC, Nawalparasi, Maoist cadres have forcefully taken away farmers’ rice. They have abducted three minor girls in north-eastern Samjong VDC of Dhading district. Those girls, all 14 years, have been identified as the 7th (Dilmaya Himrung and Gorimaya Lama) and 8th (Phulmaya Himrung) graders in Chautara Secondary School. Parents of the abducted girls have demanded their safe return.

In Deuri Bazar of Udayapur, Maoist’s Kirat National Liberation Front intervened in a cultural program organized on Tuesday night, arrested artists and spectators for two hours and ordered for the program to be stopped. In the program organized by Naulo Bihani Sanskritik Abhiyan, four people including Front’s Jeevan Kirati intervened, said Mohan Gole, chair of the Abhiyan.

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Indrajeet Chaudhari, Cheif of the Maoist Peoples’ Government, makes public the decision about releasing Balibhadra Rana, Mayor of Tribhubannagar Municipality. Balibhadra Rana with his relatives after being released by the Maoist. Pic by Sudarshan Rijal
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Maoists have arrested two people of Kuvu Kastali village in Ramechhap district for their alleged involvement in the murder of Bishnu Ghimire in Khiji village of Okhaldhunga district. Maoist cadres have said that they will be handing over the two to District Police Office, Ramechhap after investigating.

In Sarlahi, Maoists have taken away hundreds of youths to recruit them in their Peoples’ Liberation Army. After Maoists promised to pay Rs. 7 thousands (one hundred dollars) per month and guaranteed future postion in the national army, many parents permitted their children to go with Maoists. “I am not sure if they will recruit me in PLA,” said a youth. “But I am going with them hoping that I will be enrolled in Nepali Army and get salary.”

However, the Maoist leadership has denied having any recruitment drive. District In charge (Sarlahi) Prabhat said that the party was just organizing organizational campaign under as per the earlier announcement of the party. Saying that expanding the organization was aimed at improving party’s position in the upcoming election, Prabhat said, “We will continue expanding organization, reforming and increasing the number of cadres.”

In Terathum, 40 boys and girls have ran toward Maoist cantonment after Maoist promised them attractive salary.

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In Sankhuwasabha, Maoist has continued recruiting in PLA. In the photo above, a reble poses with a UN official who was there to visit a cantonment site.

In Pokhara, Maoists have started making hotel and restaurant laborers their cadres overnight and taking them to cantonment site. They took more than 200 laborers from hotels and restaurants in Pokhara on Wednesday alone. They were taken to the Maoist cantonment site (see pic below) at Chirtung village in Palpa. Laborers were boarded into a bus with the license plate number Ga 1 Kha 1891.

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Maoist PLA members take part in a regular exercise in Chirtung Danda of Devinagar VDC, Palpa district. The fourth division of PLA will be kept here as per the agreement between the government of Nepal, CPN Maoist and the UN. Pic by Madhav Aryal

In Morang’s Sundarpur and Dulari villages, more than a dozen school children have been forcefully taken away to recruit in Maoist PLA. Parents staged a sit-in for about an hour in front of the office of Maoist eastern command at Salakpur.

Meanwhile, reporter of Gorkhapatra daily Ambar Khadka and Suman Puri of local Udghosh daily who had been there for reporting were threatened by the Maoist. “We can do anything to you if you write news about this,” a reporter quoted Tulasi Sinkhada, chief of Dulari Village Peoples’ Government and Sundarpur’s Agni Sitaula, threatening them.

In Gothgaun village of Ramechhap district, Maoists barred children from meeting their parents. Those children were being taken away for recruitment.

This blog is based on reports by Kantipur journalists from around Nepal