| Nov 29, 06 10:50 PM | Comments (0)

US Asks Maoists to Give Up Arms

The United States does not oppose the Maoists participating in politics as a legitimate, peaceful political party, but they must give up their arms and end their extortion, says NICHOLAS BURNS, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

| Nov 28, 06 03:35 PM | Comments (0)

Arms Agreement: Further Impetus to Peace Process

Giving further impetus to the peace process, representatives from the government, the Maoists and the UN sign an arms agreement in Kathmandu. The accord outlines procedures and logistics on monitoring of the management of arms and armies.

| Nov 24, 06 09:14 AM | Comments (1)

Bill on the Right to Information 2063

Except for information that is detrimental to public interest, all information belongs to public domain, says the Bill on Right to Information 2063 (2006).

| Nov 23, 06 11:22 AM | Comments (0)

Foreign Editorial Views: Match Word With Action

So far, few world news outlets have shown interest in editorializing the recent progress in Nepali peace. Those that have, mostly from India, emphasize that words must now be matched by action.

| Nov 22, 06 07:20 PM | Comments (0)

World Reactions: We Hope It Will Work For You

The world is reacting on the Nov 21 peace deal. The US says violence must end. The UN's Kofi Annan terms it an "opportunity." India says the critical test will be the implementation of the deal while China emphasizes peace and stability. Japan belives the accord sets out a concrete course for the consolidation of democracy.

| Nov 22, 06 10:13 AM | Comments (1)

Special Editorial: Waging Peace

Nepal has just moved past the era of gladiators. But waging peace is not easier. It will take many ten years to heal the wounds of the 10-year war, and to attend to the deeper needs of citizens.

| Nov 21, 06 09:41 PM | Comments (1)

Brihat Shanti Samjhauta: A New Beginning

thedealWith the signing of BRIHAT SHANTI SAMJHAUTA (comprehensive peace agreement) on November 21, Nepal has entered a new phase of its political history. The 10-part agreement envisons an end to war and a new beginning.

| Nov 18, 06 11:38 PM | Comments (0)

Delhi Summit Legitimizes Maoist Leadership

The Maoist leader PUSHPA KAMAL DAHAL (aka Prachanda) gets his first taste of public appearance (and a legitimate one at that) at a Leadership Summit in New Delhi. In his speech, he tries to disect his version of democracy.

| Nov 18, 06 06:01 PM | Comments (0)

Implement Accord Fully, Though Challenging: EU Troika

A European Union (EU) Troika, in Kathmandu to prod the peace process, says both sides in the conflict must work together to ensure full implementation of their agreements, though doing so may not be an easy task.

| Nov 17, 06 10:39 PM | Comments (0)

Love Them, Hate Them: Monarchies of Asia

Some in Asia want to get rid of monarchy. Others want to restore the institution. PHILIP BOWRING says monarchies can survive in Asia only if thrones are occupied by people who understand the limits of their position in modern societies, democratic or not.

| Nov 17, 06 03:35 AM | Comments (0)

Boucher Tackles Journalists in Kathmandu

US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs RICHARD A. BOUCHER, reponds to Journalists' questions ranging from peace talks to American support to Bhutanese refugees.

| Nov 17, 06 12:08 AM | Comments (0)

Editorials Upbeat on 11/09 Accord

Here's the gist of a week-long survey (Nov 9 to 17): The government-operated Rising Nepal says it is the “Dawn of a New Age.” The independent Kathmandu Post calls it “A Magnus Opum.” The fiercely independent Nepali Times is less optimistic: "What we have now is a stand-off."

| Nov 16, 06 09:28 PM | Comments (0)

Maocracy vs Democracy

The country's peace deal cannot be fruitful without a change in the ingrained political culture, writes DHARMA ADHIKARI. He adds: What is needed is an honest practice. Unfortunately, continued violations by the Maoists show there is still a long way to go.

| Nov 10, 06 11:33 PM | Comments (0)

The World's Cautious Welcome

Diplomatic missions and the world community cautiously welcome the Nov 8 Baluwatar decisions made by the SPA and the Maoists. They emphasize the implementation of the agreement.

| Nov 8, 06 01:52 AM | Comments (0)

Road Map: SPA, Maoists Chart Out Future Actions

As a prelude to the scheduled November 16, 2006 "comprehensive agreement", political actors in Kathmandu say they have made a major breakthrough on charting out the future course of action for the country.

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