Ian Martin Q&A in Biratnagar

Andrew MacGregor: Ladies and gentlemen, thanks very much for coming this afternoon. My name is Andrew MacGregor. I am the head of the Eastern regional office for UNMIN. I am delighted to welcome the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the chief of UNMIN, Ian Martin, who arrived yesterday. We have been out in theContinue reading “Ian Martin Q&A in Biratnagar”

A Day After the Mosque Blasts, All Condemn the Conspiracy

Normal life across Morang and Sunsari district came to a grinding halt on Sunday following a strike called in protest of the bomb explosions at a mosque at Sarauchiya in Biratnagar sub-metropolis on Saturday night. Two persons were killed and two other injured when three bombs went off almost simultaneously at a mosque in BiratnagarContinue reading “A Day After the Mosque Blasts, All Condemn the Conspiracy”

UNMIN Election Report No 2: Campaign Violence and Guerilla Movements

Conditions for Constituent Assembly election on 10 April 2008: a report by by the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), in conjunction with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal Across much of the country, campaigning has continued in an enthusiastic and relatively peaceful manner, but a significant number ofContinue reading “UNMIN Election Report No 2: Campaign Violence and Guerilla Movements”

For the Record, from the Campaign Trail

Conducts against the election code of conduct: This ‘Constituent Assembly Member Election 2008 Observation Bulletin’ was prepared by the National Election Monitoring Alliance (NEMA) 1. A clash took place between the activists of Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) and Terai Madesh Loktantrik Party (TMLP) at Tribhuvan Chowk in Nepalgunj on March 27, 2008 at around 1930Continue reading “For the Record, from the Campaign Trail”

Gross National Sadness: Bhutani Refugees

The other side of the refugee coin: There is more media coverage and outrage about 22,000 Tibetan refugees in Nepal than five times as many Bhutanis. Could it be because most Bhutani refugees are not Buddhists? By Gyan Subba Geo-politics is all about double standards and national interest. The Americans invade Iraq, ostensibly to restoreContinue reading “Gross National Sadness: Bhutani Refugees”

A Comparative Study of Nepali Political Manifestos

The first-ever Constituent Assembly (CA) Polls in Nepal is being held on April 10, 2008. About 100 thousand international and domestic observers have enlisted for observation of the polls. The EU and Carter Center including many other international bodies have established their contact offices at Kathmandu to observe the election. People and organizations interested inContinue reading “A Comparative Study of Nepali Political Manifestos”