Time for Music and Masti in Nepal: Shake Your Bum!

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Ahhh…nachyo maichyang timi damphu ko taalai ma: An unidentified sundari enjoys her time in a concert, Surya Lights Rhythm Nights, organized by Party Nepal in Dharan late Friday night as singer Preeti Kaur enthralls the crowd. About five hundred youngsters from the town participated in the dance party. Pic by Raju Ghising

Saturday Blog: Let’s face it, the singing and dancing and celebrations that you are seeing in these photos were in no way planned to coincide with the signing ceremony of the Interim Constitution of Nepal. That’s why there is something called coincidence. Evenings in Fridays are colorful but when it comes to day time in Nepal, Saturdays rock! As leaders of ruling SPA and Maoists put their precious signatures on the final copy of IC early in the morning today, boys and girls in Kathmandu, Biratnagar and Dharan started twisting their enviable waists. It can be argued that many of these bindas youngsters might not have an iota of idea about the IC. They might not have a hint that the prime minister of Nepal in the next (interim) government will be the most powerful after Mohan Shamser JB Rana. King will still be in Narayanhitti, unfortunately not in a cage like in Mohan Shamser’s time, but hey lets conclude that no person with self-respect would continue sticking to the powerless, in other word impotent, throne. I would have publicly (and proudly) renounced the crown and become the respectable citizen of the New Nepal. Can Gyanendra prove that is he is a son of a Kshetriya?

Boys and girls, give him a few days time (until the IC is promulgated) and, in the meantime, go to Tundikhel to experience the, ahem, not so great concert by a Pakistani band called Jal. 🙂 This report by Pawan Neupane aka Pawan Dev! Continue reading Time for Music and Masti in Nepal: Shake Your Bum!

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Highlights: Interim Constitution of Nepal 2063

For the record: The ruling seven-party alliance and the CPN-Maoist leaders today morning finalized the Interim Constitution following 17 hours of intensive discussion at the prime minister’s residence at Baluwatar. In the preamble of the Interim Constitution, a firm determination “to restructure the country progressively for the resolution of class, ethnic, regional, and gender related problems prevalent in the country in keeping with people’s mandate and aspiration expressed frequently in various historical struggles and movements since before 2007 BS in favor of democracy, peace and progression” is made. Likewise, the interim constitution has made commitment regarding the subject of “competitive multiparty democratic system, people’s liberty, fundamental rights, human rights, adult franchise, periodic election, complete freedom to press, the provision of independent judiciary and rule of law and democratic principles.” “We declare the promulgation of Interim Constitution-2063 of Nepal till the next constitution to be framed by the Constituent Assembly placing democracy, peace, prosperity, progressive socio-economic transformation and sovereignty of the country, integrity, independence and dignity in the center to institutionalize the results of the struggles and revolutions launched hitherto.”

The main characteristics of Interim Constitution of Nepal-2063 are as follows (source eKantipur. More about this here):

*Drafted on the collective initiatives of eight political parties as per the spirit of democratic people’s movement.

* The sovereignty and ruling power rest on people.

* Religious secularism

* Nepal is defined as an independent, indivisible, sovereign, inclusive and complete democratic state

* National animal cow as it is

* Women’s rights and clauses of untouchability and caste discrimination mentioned in fundamental rights,

* Subjects including environment, health, education and culture , employment and social security, children, torture, labour mentioned in fundamental rights,

* Formation of unicameral legislation including 330 members

* Prime Minister to call and conclude parliament convention, and to present annual programmes and policy of the government,

* Executive power to Council of Ministers,

* Constituent Assembly comprising of 425 members including 409 from election based on mixed electoral system and 16 from nomination,

* The tenure of Constituent Assembly would be two years from its first meeting,

* A Constituent Assembly Court would look into the complaints lodged regarding the election of constituent assembly,

* National Human Rights Commission to be set up as constitutional body,

* Formation of interim local body at district, municipality and village level would be revived on the understanding of eight political parties

* At least 10, 000 voters’ signature needed to form a new party for election,

* Council of Minister to appoint Chief of Army Staff,

* Formation of Security Council headed by Prime Minister including Defense Ministry, Home Ministry and other ministries as indicated by Prime Minister,

* The Special Committee of Council of Ministers would be responsible for supervision, accommodation and rehabilitation of Maoists Army,

* The Amendment of the Constitution would be made only by two third of the majority of parliamentarians,

* The Constitutional Council headed by Prime Minister that includes Chief justice, Speaker and three Ministers assigned by Prime Minister,

* The Council of Ministers resumed power to look into the punishment sentenced by any court, special court and military court,

* The Council of Minister to appoint Ambassadors and other Special Representatives,

* Prime Minister is to conferee upon title, honour, decoration on behalf of the state,

* Provision of Referendum on any issue that hold national importance,

* The Council of Ministers resumes power to remove difficulties that should be approved by parliament or constituent assembly within a month,

* Prime Minister to use all executive powers of head of the state,

* Fate of the monarchy to be decided by the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly,

* The property of the Late King Birendra, Late Queen Aishwarya and their relatives would be put in the Trust under Nepal government and be utilized for the nation’s betterment,

* The property that King Gyanendra received in the capacity of the head of the state to be nationalized,

* Fresh oath of office mandatory to justices of Supreme Court, Appellate Court, District Court as the commitment towards the Constitution and those who ignored would be terminated.

* The existing House of Representatives and National Assembly would automatically be dissolved with the promulgation of this constitution,

* The Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal-2047 BS would be nullified after the promulgation of this constitution.