They aren’t killing people because they have officially declared ceasefire for three months. But Maoist comrades aren’t keeping quite, at least according to the Royal Nepal Army. RNA was fighting with the Maoists until last month’s popular movement forced autocratic king to give up the power to people. Now both sides are observing ceasefire but it has been widely believed that rebels are doing unfair activities like extorting money, kidnapping unarmed people and looting.
Here in this blog, UWB presents a digitized avatar of a copy of today’s press release issued by the RNA. The only difference between this release and the ones that RNA used to issued before the April Revolution is that the word ‘terrorists’ have been replaced by ‘Maoists’. Also another missing element is the point that talked about how many people were killed in a clash.
For those who find it difficult to read the text (in Nepal) here is a quick translation: Continue reading Meanwhile Maoist Comrades Continue Extortion, Looting and Beating
Poster boy of Jana Andolan II: Shiv Bidari holds a poster that has a photo of himself when he fell down after being shot by the police in last month’s pro-democracy movement. “Who is he?” asks the headline of the poster. Everyone thought Bidari was dead. Pic by Bimal Sharma via Kantipur. Another pic inside.
Shiv Bidari, 18, a permanent resident of Dhading, a neighboring district of Kathmandu, and a former transportation worker, still finds strange that he was believed to be dead. When Kantipur daily published the news ten days ago of his near-resurrection, many considered it a miracle. In April 20, he was on the frontline of the democratic movement (Jana Andolan) in Kalanki where three protesters had been killed. Today’s edition of Drishti Weekly carried an interview with the poster boy of Janaandolan II and UWB translated that into English.
How did you feel when you saw the poster on your disappearance?
I was surprised to see myself in the poster and wondered why they did it. Continue reading Nepal Democracy Movement: Story of a Living Martyr
The ceasefire effect: Maoists, troops trade words, not bullets
By Shahiman Rai in the Kathmandu Post (Here is the original article)
BHOJPUR (Eastern Nepal)- Even two weeks ago, they might have been shooting at each other. And now one is taken aback to see the Maoist rebels and government troops freely chatting with each other at Bhojpur district headquarters, without any fear and suspicion, thanks to the ceasefires announced by both warring sides. More importantly, both sides have time to weigh up the pros and cons of the war in which they were directly involved and also to exchange grievances against each other. Continue reading Conversation Between a Maoist Guerilla and a Soldier
Updates on the stories of Dr. Tulsi Giri, Kamal Thapa, Shirish Shumsher Rana and Satchit Shumsher Rana
By Bikash Sangraula in the Kathmandu Post (Here is the original article)
They were busy inaugurating functions, issuing orders, formulating ordinances, attending press meets, denouncing the seven opposition parties and pushing King Gyanendra to continue with his “autocratic” rule until janaandalon II swept them away from the political scene. Today, most of the king’s loyal lieutenants are whiling away their time waiting for Godot. Continue reading Royalists in Nepal: Down, But Not Out