Nepal has arrested more journalists than any other country worldwide
|As scores of political activists and journalists have just been released across the kingdom, Reporters Without Borders has urged the Nepalese government to free seven journalists who are still being held.
Prachanda claims King Gyanendra’s future is exile or trial
|For nearly 10 years, he was a mysterious person. Some even doubted his existence, but from this week, Prachanda, Nepal’s elusive guerilla leader, surprised everyone by giving an interview, photographs and even a TV appearance on the BBC.|
Valentine’s Day celebration gains adherents among urban dwellers
|Nepal is enduring its most difficult period because the ongoing conflict is at its height, but that does not stop the people, especially the young, from celebrating Valentine’s Day, dubbed as “Lover’s Day.”|
Leaders declare him the first martyr of the democratic movement
Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) in the eastern city of Dang, while protesting against municipal elections.There were nationwide protests Thursday against the killing of Umesh Chandra Thapa, a local leader of the Communist Party of Nepal-CPN (UML). He was shot dead Feb. 8 by the
In the past year, there have been 273 arrests, 569 cases of press censorship
|On the eve of first anniversary of the king’s seizure of power on Feb, 1, 2005, the International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission to Nepal, which includes members of 13 organizations, condemned a year of repression of Nepal’s media.|
[Photo Essay]Powerful images of the struggle for democracy are displayed in Nepal
|Nepal’s Democratic Artist Forum staged an exhibition of their arts on January 30 at Yala Maya Kendra, Lalitpur. Paintings, cartoons and short films by the artists-turned-activists were on display among others. Following are snapshots of their artworks in the exhibition.
22 municipalities uncontested in upcoming elections
Nepal’s municipal election slated for Feb. 8, one of the most controversial in its history, will see nearly half the posts remain vacant despite officials reiterating that the poll will be held on time.
Feb. 1 marks one year since monarch staged coup to take power
Nepal opposition boycott leads to difficulty filling posts
[Update: Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. (KST)]
According to election commission data, of the total 4,146 posts, 3,255 candidates filed nominations across the country.
The husband and wife candidates in Banepa municipality running for mayor and deputy mayor respectively — Ganesh Lal Shrestha and Lila Devi Shrestha — won the election by default, since they were uncontested.
Authorities try to identify ‘real’ candidates as protesters spoof domestic political process
|In Nepal an ox and a dog have been put forth as candidates for mayor.|