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General Strike Day I Diary

Day 1 of four-day General Strike paralyzed lives in Nepal closing down the capital and transportation as protesters playing ‘catch me if you can’ game with police

By Ujjwal Acharya

The morning was as beautiful as usual. It looked all normal sans the rush of traffic and noise of blowing horns. People leisurely strolling around; chatting at tea-shops and commenting on the stories published in the newspapers.

But nothing was as usual in lives of the people of Kathmandu Valley. Though after a number of strikes in the past, strikes have become habitual to the lives of the people, it still affects their lives. They have to walk if they are employed or otherwise sit idle watching television or playing cards.

Throughout the day, I accompanied with photojournalist Bikash Karki went around the city to see the happenings. These happenings probably best reflect how the general strike went on the first day. Continue reading General Strike Day I Diary

On Photos: April Uprising I

The first-day of four-day General Strike saw closures, protests and police clampdowns

Photo Essay By Saroj Raj Adhikari

It was a story of make and break. The only debate was who were trying to make and who were trying to break. Protesters were burning tyres, policemen extinguishing them; protesters were chanting slogans, policemen were chasing them and protesters were putting disturbance, policemen were clearing them. Continue reading On Photos: April Uprising I

The Eve of General Strike

Rallies, protests, arrests, campaigns and imposition of curfew marked Wednesday, the day before the four-day long General Strike

By Ujjwal Acharya/ Photos by Bikash Karki

This morning a number of leaders were arrested from their home. 37 professionals including lawyers, journalists and doctors were arrested in the morning when they tried to rally peacefully.

The professionals were kept in the police station at New Baneshwor, were transferred to Mahendra Police Club in the afternoon. Continue reading The Eve of General Strike

Patan Meet in the Eve of April Uprising

Text by Deepak Adhikari/Photos by Shruti Shrestha

The ancient city of Patan, especially the Krishnamandir area saw an unprecedented mass meet today. The month of April, according to the pamphlet distributed there, is marked by martyrdom and sacrifice for the country.

Mass at Mandir: People gathered at the Patan Durbar Square.

Hundreds of people participated in the rally organized by Joint People’s Movement Committee, Lalitpur. The mass meet precedes the much awaited seven party protest of April first week. Continue reading Patan Meet in the Eve of April Uprising

Nepalis in Europe Deliver Message To Their Prince

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Paris Protests Prince Paras Europe Visit

It wasn’t exactly the kind of welcome that the Crown Prince Paras wanted to see in Europe. There were no prajas clapping hands and bowing heads to receive him in Paris. Informed and empowered people were saying something that he didn’t probably wanted to hear. Prince is in Europe to present the Austrian government with a rhino as part of the courtesy extended by the poor Himalayan country marred by the conflict and political mismanagement of his father. Nepalis around the continent quickly gathered in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris with different kinds of, some of them very creative, banners and placards a single aim: tell the prince that they don’t like what his father is doing back in home. And they did that Monday. Pics source: Pro-democratic Forum Paris via the Kathmandu Post Continue reading Nepalis in Europe Deliver Message To Their Prince

Parties, Maoists Agree to Disagree

Discussions will continue on the roadmap to the election of constituent assembly

Okay, the decision has been made. Verdict has been out. The pro-democracy Seven Party Alliance has reached a brand new agreement with the underground Maoist Party (wait and don’t get excited. The groundbreaking 12-point understanding signed by both sides in November 22 still in effect and there is nothing dramatically new in the second version). Today’s meeting of top Alliance leaders in Kathmandu decided to publicize the second understanding. I am in possession of two Press Releases jointly signed by the top leaders of the alliance Girija Prasad Koirala (Nepali Congress), Amrit Kumar Bohora (CPN UML), Sher Bahadur Deuba (NC Democratic), Lilamani Pokharel (Janamorcha Nepal), Narayanman Bijukchhe (Nepal Majdoor Kishaan Party), Rajendra Mahato (Nepal Sadbhavana Party) and Nanda Kumar Prasain (Samyukta Bammorchha) and issued this afternoon. The first one, not the agreement, says: Continue reading Parties, Maoists Agree to Disagree

Political Meeting and Deuba Jokes

A top level meeting of Nepal’s political leaders that was supposed to discuss the prospects of 12-point understanding with Maoists ended as a kid’s joke party: ‘Idiot’ Deuba Stole The Show

By Tilak Pathak

When former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress (Democratic) President Sher Bahadur Deuba arrived at the Koirala Residence this afternoon to participate in the Seven Party meeting, he was in a light mood. He, who reached the house of Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala at 3:45 PM, started cracking jokes with people who were already present there. He greeting with the Lal Salam (red salute) to Communist leaders and Jaya Nepal to Congress folks. He repeated the greetings even inside the meeting hall. After greetings, he wanted to talk about the ongoing visit of Chinese vice-premier. “Confusion about Chinese concept ended,” he said. “Now, it’s become clear.”

“How?” eager journalists instantly threw a question to Deuba. The former Prime Minster replied, “Chinese are saying that all political forces should unite.” Then it was the turn of Chakra Bastola, a Nepali Congress leader, to ask the question. “Who are those forces?” Before we could hear Deuba speaking, Rajendra Pandey, a Central Member of Nepal Communist Party (UML) intervened. He said that those forces should be known. Deuba didn’t respond. Continue reading Political Meeting and Deuba Jokes

Kathmandu Activities

1. Protesting for the release of Madhav Nepal 2. Two prominent leaders released. 3. Students take out rally protesting price hike and autocratic monarchy.

Students took out a rally protesting recent price hike in petrochemical products and the autocratic monarchy.

Students took out a rally protesting recent price hike in petrochemical products and autocratic monarchy. The rally that started from Amrit Science College (ASCOLL) turned into a corner meeting in Ason and was addressed by a few student leaders who condemned the monarchy and the price hike at the same time. Plus, they also demanded democracy. Pics by Shruti Shrestha via Kantipur Continue reading Kathmandu Activities

Activities of Maoist Comrades Around Nepal

Images from around Nepal that tell the stories of sufferings and depict the activities of CPN Maoist rebels who are launching a ‘people’s war’ to overthrow the monarchy.A Photo Blog

Ram Bahadur Rana undergoes treatment in Midwest Regional Hospital, Pokhara.

Comrades’ Crime: Ram Bahadur Rana undergoes treatment in Midwest Regional Hospital, Pokhara. The 60-year-old of Tanahun district’s Vanu VDC-8 sustained injuries when Maoists Tuesday night fired upon the ambulance that was ferrying his grandson to hospital. Pic by Prem Nepali

Ram Bahadur Rana undergoes treatment in Midwest Regional Hospital, Pokhara. Continue reading Activities of Maoist Comrades Around Nepal

Rallying for the Release of Madhav Nepal

Leaders including UML General Secretary Nepal are inside jail or under house arrest

Rallying for the release of Madhav Kumar Nepal

It is very much surprising that the government still continues keeping CPN UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal under house arrest. At a time when almost all political leaders are freely walking outside, Nepal is inside his home (and occasionally like today waiving hands from over the top of the building to his supporters) in Koteshwor, Kathmandu. Today the sister organization of UML, Democratic National Youth Federation (DNYF) organized a ‘ghar gherao’ rally and a protest program (pic, above) in front of the Nepal residence to force the government to order for the release of their leader. Nepal appeared on the top of the building with a smiley face (pic, below) and waived his right hand to supporters. He hasn’t been out of the house for the last 45 days. Pics by Prakash Mathema via Kantipur Continue reading Rallying for the Release of Madhav Nepal