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Nepal bans women under 30 from working in Gulf

Nepal bans women under 30 from working in Gulf

By Anil Giri The government of Nepal on Aug. 9 responded to reports of abuse by banning women under 30 from accepting work in the Persian Gulf States. The action followed widespread reports that women from Nepal working in the Gulf region are frequently subjected to harassment and to sexual and psychological exploitation. Around 244,000 […]

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Rights bodies press Nepal PM to cancel wartime amnesty pact agreement

By Anil Giri A group of international and national human rights bodies have urged Nepal’s Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai to ensure that perpetrators of human rights abuses during and after the country’s armed conflict be held accountable before courts of law. In an open letter to the  Bhattarai on Sept. 2, the Human Rights […]

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U.S. congratulates, will work with Nepal's new Maoist PM despite listing his party as a terrorist organization

U.S. congratulates, will work with Nepal's new Maoist PM despite listing his party as a terrorist organization

By Anil Giri Notwithstanding the fact that  the State Department continues to list Nepal’s Maoists party as a global terrorist organization, administration officials have made clear they look forward to working with Nepal’s newly appoint Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, who is a deputy chairmen of the party. In Kathmandu, the U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Scoot […]

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Hundreds still missing in Nepal after the end of its civil war in 2006

By Anil Giri Almost five years after the end of the decade-long insurgency in Nepal in which almost 14,000 people were killed, the status of more than 13, 000 other people who went missing during that period is still unknown. Relatives of the missing have been pressing the authorites for answers and action. The response, […]

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Burden of achieving peace and unity now falls to Nepal’s new Maoist prime minister

Burden of achieving peace and unity now falls to Nepal’s new Maoist prime minister

By Anil Giri Baburam Bhattarai was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Nepal on Aug. 29 in Kathmandu. The Maoist party, the largest party in the strong 601 member Constituent Assembly (CA), has alienated almost all political forces and now faces the task of collaborating with those forces to complete the peace agreement and constitution drafting […]

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Nepal parliament elects Maoist as its prime minister

Nepal parliament elects Maoist as its prime minister

By Anil Giri Nepal’s Parliament on Sunday elected a senior Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai as the new Prime Minister.  Bhattarai, 57, garnered 340 votes out of 575 in the parliamentary election. His rival Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel received 235 votes. Bhattarai is the 35th Prime Minister of Nepal.  A senior leader […]

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Nepal party, Maoists, still deadlocked in threat to peace process

Nepal party, Maoists, still deadlocked in threat to peace process

By Anil Giri After failing to form a consensual government within 10 days, Nepal’s President on Aug. 24 renewed his call to Nepal’s political parties to form a majority government. The integration and rehabilitation of the 19,000 former Maoist combatants into the various security agencies and in the society remains as bone of contention among the parties. The […]