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State Terrorism (The Cowardly Act)
"This government is more terrorist than the Maoists."<br /><br />Bhupati Dhakal, the chairperson of the Nepal Professors Association reportedly said in the mass meeting of the journalists. When I heard it from somebody I thought its a little exaggeration. But Friday night, the government proved he was more than right.<br /><br />More than three dozens policemen, armed and uniformed, who came in three police vans at midnight forcefully entered the building of Kantipur FM, the most popular private radio station broadcasting in Kathmandu and Eastern region of Nepal, and 'looted' all the equipment necessary to uplink the broadcasting to eastern region.<br /><br />Around 24 hours have already been passed but there have been no words from the government about it. All the political parties and professional associations have condemned the act as 'dacoit' and 'naked terror'. But when the state who is supposed to protect from such things turns into evil, who will listen?<br /><br />If you call anything going in Nepal a drama, this piece of chapter would be called The Cowardly Act. Friday afternoon, government officials asked the FM to delink its broadcasting which the FM refused with a perfectly legal point that they have all the documents provided by the government to do so and wouldn't do it unless there is a formal directives from the ministry.<br /><br />The officials waited five hours for the outcome of the meeting that was supposedly being held in ministry. At the end, they went with a letter from FM stating that 'they had come.' <br /><br />Four hours later, when the city was sleeping, the policemen came with the two engineers who had inspected the facility during the day, and took away all the equipment – a day before the seventh anniversary of the radio station.<br /><br />King Gyanendra's men are now at the lowest level of wrongdoings attacking press in such a way that hasn't been seen in the history. O sad, I don't know where my country is heading and what more terror we have to face.

More Screws for Press
If the King's democracy is the real one, there would have no need to shut the mouths. But his model of democracy won't allow people to speak up anything about him and his family. The new Communication Ordinance promulgated on the first day of long holidays of the biggest festival in the country, on Oct 9 – probably to steam down the protest as many were outside the Kathmandu Valley – gives media no rights of write or broadcast anything about him and his family. Why? Simply because he doesn't want his wrongdoings to be known by the people.<br /><br />The new ordinance is harassing for press as there are effectively unexpected punishments – a threat to media. It doesn't allow a media house to run three types of media – very good, but what about the government? Won't it effect for their three types of media?<br /><br />The ordinance won't allow any radio station to uplink their broadcast to other station or region – a practice state-owned Radio Nepal is doing for many many years. Nepal has been pacesetters in the community and private radio broadcasting in South Asia which will remain no more. If the ordinance is allowed it would kill the private radio.<br /><br />It also bans all radio to broadcast news because radio news has been much more popular than expected. The government is saying the practice exists nowhere in the world. Okay, if something that doesn't exist in the world should also be removed from Nepal, let's remove active monarchy. Does any country these days is ruled by the King?<br /><br />Media, a sector that fostered in the democracy, has grown into an industry. Journalists like us have been able to live by the profession – unlike 15 years ago when journalists were considered beggars and blackmailers and political activists. But now it looks like we are going backwards and the King want nothing more than state-owned media that would broadcast his walk among the citizens for half an hour in prime time news.<br /><br />Journalists are taking on road to protest the ordinance, thanks to some people who have registered writ in the Supreme Court thus it hasn't been enforced yet.<br /><br />What the king should understand now is that closing his own eyes won't make all people blind.

Reluctance for Peace!
On September 3, the rebels unilaterally declared ceasefire for three months. At the time when we are desperately hoping that there would be no more news about the deaths and fights and the country will become peaceful again, the news of truce brought a glitter of hope. We thought – this might lead to the peace. The conflict had already killed more than 12,500 of Nepalese in last decade and we want this to end as soon as possible.<br /><br />We hoped that the government would also declare such ceasefire to initiate talks (it's the other case that the spokesperson of the rebels said on Sept 3 that they wanted no talks with the Royal government). We waited but instead the King, ministers and the army started saying it's a ploy for the bigger attack and the Maoists are not serious about the peace. How can we believe you are, now?<br /><br />Let it be for three months or three days, non-violent days are always welcome. We all know the battleground is no solution for the armed conflict. Talks are the only way out to peace. But this government wants us to believe that with the army they will crush the rebels and return peace to us. (Or even better to them would be that peace never returns because if it happens they will loss the right to remain in the power as the King had said he would step down after the restoration of peace!?)

RFN Returns!
Radio Free Nepal has been silent for more than three months – not because the problem in Nepal was solved. It was rather because of the problems with us. It's not always easy to blog anonymously. But now we will write frequently because our fight is not over yet! That's true, Nepal is still under the ruler who seems to have no idea where he is taking the country.<br /><br />King Gyanendra not only trying to close his ears to the shouts of the people in the country but also not able to understand how the international community is taking all this. He hopes, desperately, soon the international community will believe him and then he will be able to continue his autocratic rule. This is not going to happen.<br /><br />The king says he had support from the majority of the people inside the country. Can we believe this seeing his cabinet of ministers? No. Because his ministers are corrupt, opportunists and even criminal. Can he deny his one minister was imprisoned for attempt to kill a journalist? Or can he refute the news of his three ministers masterminding a fertilizer smuggling right under his nose? It's rather easy to point a finger towards others, but had he seen four of his fingers are pointing towards the men on his side?<br /><br />Thousands of people are taking on roads to demonstrate against his autocratic rule despite knowing that the security force he controls will try to stop them with water-canons, tear-gas shells and latthis. Academicians, journalists, political activists, teachers, litterateurs, laborers and students are taking our rallies demanding democracy everyday. And in his interview, he is saying they are free to do it because its democracy. Can he tell us why exactly then they are being beaten, dispersed with water-canons and tear-gas shells?<br /><br />Major political parties are on the demonstration after adopting the theory that will technically direct towards a republican country. People are starting to believe the country will remain better without the monarchy. Activists are fighting against monarchy. It had been tradition of Nepal, but sorry to say, dear ruler, it's not the future.

Friday was an important day as it saw a few incidents making headlines
King's Address<br /><br />The King addressed a ceremony felicitating him organized by Tribhuvan University, to which he is the chancellor. The summary of his speech was, for political interest, was that the parties if they call themselves democratic should come forward to support him to fightagainst terrorism. He said he wanted the parties to be popular and effective engaging themselves in democratic process.<br /><br />During his early speeches, the King used to criticize parties for failing to understand the country's situation and not functioning properly. In the latest one, he was neutral - not criticizing them and asking them for reconciliation with him. It looked like he is under a bit pressure, but still stubborn to his intentions.<br /><br />Seven Parties' Agitation<br /><br />The seven big parties of the country jointly staged an agitation rally where the top leaders publicly asked the King to choose between absolute democracy (constitutional monarchy) or a republic. The rally organized by Nepali Congress, Nepali Congress Democratic, Nepal Communist Party - United Marxist Lennist, People's Front Nepal, Nepal Workers and Peasants Party, Nepal Sadbhawana Party and United Left Front was participated by thousands of people - it was the biggest rally after Feb 1.<br /><br />Political leaders heavily criticized the King for his Feb 1 move and asked him to restore dissolved House of Representatives.<br /><br />Govt Bans Media House<br /><br />On the same day, the Ministry of Information and Communication ordered Communication Corner, a radio program production house, to close down saying it was being run illegally. Communication Corner produces programs for more than a dozen FM radio stations around the country.<br /><br />They stopped producing Nepal Khabar a news and current affairs program after Feb 1 while Kayakaran, another similar program used to be broadcasted by 12 FM stations, now is only broadcasted in Hong Kong.<br /><br />The decision came days after the journalists issued protest programs against the press law ordinance and the FM journalists readying themselves for agitation.<br /><br />Human Rights Commission<br /><br />The King nominated all controversial people in the National Human Rights Commission after the tenure of earlier committee expired. Nayan Bahadur Khatri, the 80-year-old chairman, kept his place (probably a reward for him to speaking in favor of the King\'s move in UN\'s Geneva Meeting). Other appointed were all considered the supporters of the King.<br /><br />They stopped producing Nepal Khabar a news and current affairs program after Feb 1 while Kayakaran, another similar program used to be broadcasted by 12 FM stations, now is only broadcasted in Hong Kong.<br /><br />The decision came days after the journalists issued protest programs against the press law ordinance and the FM journalists readying themselves for agitation.<br /><br />Human Rights Commission<br /><br />The King nominated all controversial people in the National Human Rights Commission after the tenure of earlier committee expired. Nayan Bahadur Khatri, the 80-year-old chairman, kept his place (probably a reward for him to speaking in favor of the King's move in UN's Geneva Meeting). Other appointed were all considered the supporters of the King.

The Indirect Media Censorship
King Gyanendra ended the media censorship immediately after his foreign tour to show the world that he is moving towards the direction of restoring press freedom. But it was only a trick - and here comes the unmistakable proof of that. The government has drafted an ordinance that would amend some Nepal laws related to press and anybody can tell that the ordinance is for nothing but to keep the media silent and afraid.<br /><br />The ordinance has introduced strict measures against media ownership and broadcasting of news related programs.<br /><br />The ordinance asks any individual or organization owning all newspaper, radio and television to choose any two within a year. It says no single organization will now after granted license to operate more than two media. In other time this could have looked good but at the present situation it only looks like a measure to weaken Kantipur - the largest publication and broadcasting house in the country and the most vibrant one in demanding democracy.<br /><br />And I think the ordinance would not likely to effect the government that owns all three types of media too because there is nothing about it in the ordinance.<br /><br />Those 1,000 journalists who previously worked for FM radio stations and who lost their jobs after the King's regime barred these radio from broadcasting news are more in trouble now as the ordinance not only bans FM radio from broadcasting news but also anything that is 'informative'.<br /><br />And, the ordinance puts media on the situation where it can't criticize government or anybody in the government. If the media do so, they have to pay a hefty fine.<br /><br />Other laws that is amended by the ordinance mainly deals with what to publish and what to not. There are hefty fines and harsh punishment introduced against those who violate the rules.<br /><br />With all the amendments it would be now easier for the King to extend control on media though indirectly and the media industry which were hit hard by the King after the takeover are now 'to be punched right on nose'.

Defying Court Orders
Two student leaders Rajendra Rai and Rup Narayan Shrestha were ordered to be released by the Supreme Court on May 16. The policemen were ready to re-arrest them inside the court premises - as soon as they came out along with their lawyers, police tried to arrest them despite protests from lawyers, journalists and followers. Rai was arrested while Shrestha was avoided it by the help of his supporters.<br /><br />Similar incident happened two weeks ago to Gagan Kumar Thapa and Pradeep Paudel. Both were released by Supreme Court, they signed the papers and were re-arrested.<br /><br />On May 18, a few communist leaders were released by court orders but the lawyers and others had to do a lot of exercise to keep him away from re-arrest. There were two police vans inside the court premises which were later removed after the registrar inquired about it.<br /><br />Nepal Bar Association staged a protest to raise voice against such unlawful activities and the Home Minister Dan Bahadur Shahi met Chief Justice on May 18. Probably he told the CJ to be careful about such decisions but his answer to the journalists' query about re-arrest was simple: The Supreme Court ordered to release them. Did it say not to re-arrest them?<br /><br />All these shows the situation in Nepal hasn't improved despite the 100 days of the King's rule were over. The king had previously promised the international communities to improve the situation in 100 days - but had he forget about the promise? Or what's going on is the improvement of situation?<br /><br />Things look glum for us who want democracy to be restored soon since the Indian government flip-flopped from its earlier reactions and resumed the military support (though the Indian PM said only vehicles). India as a big neighbor of Nepal has always wanted to keep the tiny country under their grip and has a lot of things to bargain for. I don't know what they have bargained this time but am sure that the partial support to the King didn't come without a price.<br /><br />Meanwhile, the hard days for journalists aren't over yet. On May 18, the government grilled publisher of Himal magazine and noted journalists Kanak Mani Dixit. Similarly, Dev Kumar Subedi of Surkhet district working for Samaya Weekly was handed over a three-month detention on May 14.<br /><br />On 14 May 2005, newly elected Federation of Nepalese Journalists President, Bishnu Nisthuri and General Secretary, Mahendra Bista cancelled a trip to Islamabad, Pakistan to attend a South Asia Parliamentary Forum. Nisthuri and Bista cancelled their trip in solidarity for security personnel unconstitutionally barring Nabaraj Subedi, the General Secretary of People's Front Nepal and former parliamentarian from travelling as part of the delegation of senior media personalities and political leaders to Islamabad.<br /><br />Similarly, journalists have been denied access to prepaid mobile phone use two weeks after Nepalese authorities resumed the service. Yubaraj Ghimire, editor, Samay Weekly; Taranath Dahal, former FNJ President; Gunraj Luitel, news editor, Kantipur Daily; Puskar Lal Shrestha, editor, Nepal Samacharptra and Ujir Magar, sub-editor, Kantipur Daily have all been denied access to prepaid mobile phone service.<br /><br />On May 15, FNJ President, Bishnu Nisthuri was allowed to visit Bhaikaji Ghimire, managing director of Sam Dristi Weekly in Nakhu Jail, Kathmandu. Ghmire has been kept in custody for 18 months without an arrest warrant or appearing before a judicial court reportedly in connection to an article he published "Nirnayak Yatra" (The deciding voyage).

State Vandalism in Nepal
King Gyanendra would call his foreign tour that included his participation in the Asian-African Summit 2005 a successful one - mainly because the Indian Government did the U-turn about the military aid. At the summit, he reiterated his commitment to democracy and put forward some points supporting his February 1 coup that had definitely earned him some good fame.<br /><br />But saying and doing are two different things and that can be entirely different: the King proved it.<br /><br />On April 25, plain-cloth policemen vandalized the central office of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) or CPN (UML) - the second largest political party of the nation, when the party was mourning death of a leader - Sadhana Pradhan - the wife of first elected communist prime minister of the world Man Mohan Adhikari.<br /><br />If you think this a party propaganda, read the statement from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), whose chairman supported the King's move in the international forum which drew much criticism. According to reports, Nayan Bahadur Khatri said after the inspection: "This is foolish act and we will take necessary action."<br /><br />The statement by NHRC said plainclothes policemen in masks vandalized the door and windows and also pointed guns at the students at the UML office. The move was criticized by all the political parties, more than a dozen human rights association and many other organizations.<br /><br />But had we heard anything from the government? Where is the answer of the question? Will there be an investigation on the issue? All the answers should have a 'YES' answer in democracy, but in King's rule, it might just be unheard and unanswered of.<br /><br />On April 27's night, former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who was oust by the King to grab the power, was arrested on corruption charges. It would have been a good move by the state if it had been done properly with the assurance that there will be proper investigation. But the way it happened indicates it as a terrorism functioning than a state functioning.<br /><br />Deuba was arrested at 2am when he was asleep by plainclothes policemen. More than three-dozen policemen, some of them uniformed, entered Deuba's house after cutting off the phone connection and arrested him despite family protest of 'midnight action'. After the arrest, the electricity was also cut off at his residence.<br /><br />Despite strict direction to press not to criticize the King, some newspapers condemned both these actions calling it a 'vagabond action'.<br /><br />Plainclothes policemen are more at action than the uniformed one - we don't know why. Besides these, the arrests of student leaders including Gagan Kumar Thapa and many other rallying protesters and leaders, plainclothes policemen do the action.<br /><br />The King's democracy has all this for us. Let's see what will come next and how long.

Peace Bond: Sign of Problems
For the first time, Nepalis were given a chance to know that the King alone is unable to run the country smoothly. The news of the government issuing Peace Bond to raise Rs. 5.5 billion is a clear effect of the lack of fund for coming fiscal year as the international donor communities have shy away.<br /><br />Despite stern warning to the press, some noted newspaper criticized the government's latest decision saying 'this would have a long term effect on Nepali economics.' No wonder, it was a tested formula - by neighbors. India and Pakistan did the same after donors stepped back due to their nuclear test. Notable here is that the Indian were more successful in it than Pakistanis and that's because Pakistan was being ruled by a man.<br /><br />Nepali government has probably hopes that Nepalis living abroad would be interested in the bond - and for that reason, it could be bought in equivalent to dollars and named 'Peace' - a word that would attract anybody.<br /><br />Will I buy it? No, not because it has nothing to do with the peace. It will be used more for army's budget and to kill the Nepalis. Since, the rebels' leader has denied talking in such condition, there is no way we should give money to army to kill Nepalis (especially in the condition when their acts are hidden due to media absence). There have been lots of talks about human-rights abuses by the army, even the King in his interview with TIME magazine, didn't deny that.<br /><br />The present government is the most uncompetitive in recent times, thus we can expect no visionary program from them. They probably overlooked the future of economy while the King told them about the bond. But that will be the big burden for Nepal in coming future because - neither it isn't likely that the country is capable of developing national resources to pay back nor the international donors seem convinced with the King's move and motives. Also another damaging factor is that the interest rate of the bond would be much higher than that of international loan (and also considerable is the valuation of the bond in dollars).<br /><br />The King has to step down someday - there is no alternative to that but it looks like he wants all Nepalis to curse him for burden when he steps down.

Municipal Election: For Covering Up the Death of Democracy
The King has announced that there would be municipal election in the country within a year. The Election Commission said they had already started updating voters' list to fulfill the 'wish of the King'. The political parties said they would not participate in the election unless there is democracy and freedom in the country.<br /><br />So what's next? I believe there will be municipal election soon - no problem if the parties choose to stay out (that will be even better for the King and there will be small parties willing to participate to benefit from the opportunity), no problem if the turnout is low, no problem whatsoever with the results. The King wants to show the world that he believes in the democracy and thus using the election (considered worldwide as a mean of exercising democratic power by the people) as a tool to deceive the international communities.<br /><br />The result of municipal election is going to have no problem for the King because a) the elected body will have no power in the high level, and b) even if they try to do something like that the King has already implemented a plan to stop that by appointing his men as zonal-chiefs in 14 zones and regional chiefs in five development regions (Politically Nepal is divided into 5 Development Regions, 14 Zones and 75 districts).<br /><br />So there can be nothing better for the King to show the world his 'democratic commitment' than by holding election. You will see how the authority will try to show the municipal election as a democratic process and the international media will be tried to utilize by feeding such information that this election is a first step to show the King's commitment towards democracy.<br /><br />And, since he has said the election within one year, the international communities would be forced to wait and see it for a year. And after election, the King would try to persuade them for continue stopped support for Nepal. But I believe the international communities should understand the situation - and believe that unless the King steps down and give away the executive powers to the people's representatives, there will be no democracy in Nepal.

Must-Read Stories: April 20
Exclusive Stories From TIME Magazine on Nepal<br /><br /><a href="">Rebel Territory</a>: A look inside the lives of Nepal's Maoist rebels<br /><br /><a href="">Gunning for Nepal</a>: A TIME special report on the bloody civil war that is tearing the Himalayan kingdom apart<br /><br />Interview with King Gyanendra [<a href="">TIME</a>]<br /><br />Extended Interview with King Gyanendra [<a href="">TIME</a>]<br /><br />A Strategy of Failure<br /><a href="">South Asian Intelligence Review</a><br /><br />UN Human Rights Body Urges Nepal to Restore Democracy<br />Voice of America [<span style="text-decoration: underline;">VOA</span><a href=""></a>]<br /><br />Human rights abuses escalate under the state of emergency<br /><a href="">Amnesty International</a>

Articles of Interest: April 16
"One of the biggest press freedom crises in the world "<br />Anne Cooper, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)<br />Interview in Nepali Times<br /><a onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)" href="" target="_blank"><wbr>/issue243/interview.htm</a><br /><br />A State on the Verge of Failure<br />New York Times<br /><a onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)" href="" target="_blank"><wbr>/15/opinion/15fri4.html</a><br /><br />The crackdown and after<br />By Daniel Lak, column in Nepali Times<br /><a onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)" href="" target="_blank"><wbr>/issue243/herenthere.htm</a>

Attempts to Blur Borderlines
Is peace equivalent to the King's rule? Is Royal Nepal Army's success against Maoists is the King's success? Are political parties and rebel group similar? Are political parties supporting insurgency? <br /><br />There are attempts to make people believe all the answers to these questions 'Yes'. But the reality is that most of the answers to these questions is NO. And I strongly believe blurring the border between many things stated above will not have a good result in future.<br /><br />Here I present my views on each question and the difference in two things compared.<br /><br />The King & the Peace<br /><br />I agree that political leadership in past years didn't honestly try to solve the problem, and the King has for many times reiterated his commitment to restore peace in the country (after which he had said he would return democracy). That certainly shows the King's willingness for peace but that doesn't mean that he is the synonymous to peace. His honestly towards bringing peace could make him one or two step ahead of other but not the only one who can restore the peace in the country.<br /><br />Royal Nepalese Army & Maoists<br /><br />RNA claimed a grand success against the rebel group in Khara in Rukum where the insurgents lost more than 113 fighters.<br /><br />Maoists claimed a grand success in Dolakha where they restrict army in the barrack keeping them busy in fire exchange while the other group brunt down offices and broke into district jail.<br /><br />The propaganda: in first event, the rebel claimed death of more than five dozens armymen while in second event the army claimed successful retaliation that saw only two policemen killed. Certainly the media carried the army's version in both events due to censorship.<br /><br />In anyway, the question is: Is army is successful due to the King's rule? Yes if you believe in 'no information is good' theory. And also, if the same army is capable of fighting against rebels why didn't that happened in past because the army were same. (Since the King was the supreme commander of the army, was he behind all these planning for power takeover?)<br /><br />Political Parties & Rebel Group<br /><br />The King told the people there are not only two group in the country - first those who want peace and other of those who want bloods. The first he said were with him and the second were those who criticized him.<br /><br />The rebel group called political parties to join them. Some of the leaders of the political parties agreed that there could be strategically cooperation if needed.<br /><br />It is no good.<br /><br />The King is trying to make people believe those political parties favor rebels. And some leaders are talking without thinking of consequences.<br /><br />They are different: one is fighting for democracy where everyone will be accommodated with people enjoying rights. The rebel group is fighting to establish their one-party 'democratic' rule. And more importantly unlike the King said, the political parties fall on the third group - those wanting peace but criticizing the King.<br /><br />And to conclude, should fight for democracy be fight for republic?<br /><br />There have been a considerable number of people who believe it should be. Seeing that the monarch twice assumed power dismissing democracy, the answer should be yes. Once there is republic, the danger for democracy's dismissal by the monarch will end. <br /><br />But the alternative view is that which is quite more useful is to keep the monarch powerless as honorary head of the state. He should be given no power and his assets and budget should be transparent and his deeds publicly debated.

Articles of Interest: April 7
<a href="">New Kerala, India</a>: Nepal's NHRC tells govt not to encourage anti-Maoist clashes<br /><br /><a href="">Reuters</a>: Nearly 50 Killed in Nepal Clashes -Rights Group<br /><br /><a href="">ReutersAlert</a>: Nepal Human Rights Crisis Continues<br /><br /><a href="">Deccan Herald, India</a>: UN urges Nepal's parties to respect human rights<br /><br /><a href="">Asia Pacific Media Network</a>: BBC Radio blocked<br /><br /><a href="">Bloomberg</a>: Nepal Will Act Against Anti-Government Protests, Minister Says

Press: Support King or Die
It is what the King's government is saying to the press. Like every undemocratic ruler, the King can't tolerate any criticism and has said 'there would be no state advertisement for the newspaper that does not support the nation and crown.'<br /><br />This is a big blow of small newspaper, especially weeklies which are more vibrant in criticizing the government.' Most of them run on small investment and don't have sales or advertisement to support them fully. The government used to provide ads to them according to their classification performed by government agency. It was of a great support for them.<br /><br />A weekly, Jana Astha, published a main story revealing the new circular by the government asking all the government offices not to provide ads to newspaper other than those run by state. They published the circular and it went wide - dailies and other paper carried the news. And minister for communication and information Tanka Dhakal had to speak about it (two weeks after the decision).<br /><br />"We are seriously thinking of giving incentives to those media working for the nation and the crown, so we have stopped giving ads to the private media temporarily," Dhakal said in a press conference. <br /><br />All this comes after the media censorship that still prohibits newspaper to write freely.<br /><br />And the authority is also following a double standard about news of the rebels - Maoists. The army Directorate of Public Relations is issuing daily dispatches about the death of the rebels and their surrenders, but are prohibiting media even to write a word not included in the dispatches. The authority in Pokhara summoned three reporters for reporting the torching to seven vehicles by the rebels (while the government, before the news was published, decided to compensate the vehicle owners).<br /><br />This is a clear message by the King to the press: either support me or you will be left to die.<br /><br />Related Headline:<br /><a href="">The Kathmandu Post</a>: No govt ads to private media: MoIC

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Nepali Congress leader released from house arrest
Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepal's most influential political leader and the chairman of Nepali Congress, has been released from house-arrest today, the best day in the whole year to release him because it's an April Fool day and the Monarchy of Nepal wants to fool the world by reiterating its commitment to democracy (people's will).<br /><br />Koirala, who has been Nepal's prime minister for three times, is being taken as the only leader capable of leading the movement against the King's Feb 1 move despite his detiorated image, and his release would certainly boost the morale of those who have already taken to the roads. With Koirala, 258 other arrested political activists have also been released.<br /><br />The release of Koirala is the King's attempt to show India that he is true to his words - he had urged India to give him 100 days. And although India has welcomed his release, it is unlikely that they will be impressed by this. Lately, there has been a few articles in Indian newspaper indicating that Nepal has joined the anti-Indian group by enfriending Pakistan and China. That impression will do no good for the country.<br /><br />India has also demanded release of other leaders, including the general secretary of Nepal Communist Party - United Marxist Lennist Madhav Kumar Nepal and to curb all the restrictions on fundamental rights.<br /><br />"For Koirala, as for other top political leaders similarly penalised under the king's state of emergency, house arrest has not only meant being confined at home. It also involved an almost total severance of communications such as phone lines and the cutting of their access to independent media." - according to BBC, UK.<br /><br />BBC added: "Others, however, remain confined or detained, including the leader of the country's second biggest party, Madhav Kumar Nepal, who is reported to be in poor health. Strict media censorship means it is difficult to know how many detainees there are."

Articles of Interest: March 30
<a href=",1280,-4896905,00.html">Guardian Unlimited, UK</a>: 120 Nabbed for Defying Nepal Protest Ban<br /><br /><a href="">BBC, UK</a>: Nepal journalists urge free press<br /><br /><a href="">World Press Review</a>: Nepal: The King's Gambit<br /><br /><a href="">Inter Press Service</a>: MEDIA-NEPAL:Bad News From All Sides<br /><br /><a href="">International Crisis Group</a>: Nepal: Dealing with a Human Rights Crisis

Photo: Protesters demonstrating near Singha Durbar
<a href=''><img border='0' style='border:1px solid #000000; margin:2px' src=''></a><br />Protesters from Nepali Congress party demonstrate at the gate of the Supreme Court near Singha Durbar that houses PM's office and other ministries on March 28.

King Increasing Personal Properties!
King Gyanendra is a businessman. His major investment is in the Soaltee Group, one of the major business houses of the country running a few businesses. Though publicly his involvement in business is not seen, it's a well-accepted truth. I don't know how much the businesses are benefiting from his direct rule, but I can safely assume that they are probably doing the best business.<br /><br />This shows that King Gyanendra thrive for property. After the Royal Massacre, he became the lone heir of all the properties accumulated by the Shah Dynasty during their 300 years of reign.<br /><br />The latest information is about the properties once owned by the late King Birendra's family. There is a piece of land in the prime space at Sallaghari of Bhaktapur meant for the palace constuction of late Prince Nirajan. The land was in name of Nirajan but King Gyanendra is the owner of that land. The land was tranferred to the King's name 22 days after he took the executive power, according to an official who works in Land Revenue Office. Why in the King's name?<br /><br />Besides, late Princess Shruti owned a land at the prime space at Putali Sadak which was leased for 30 years to a businessman called Bahadur Singh Tamrakar. Tamrakar constructed a business plaza, called Kathmandu Plaza, there. The property should have been gone either to her husband or to her two little daughters, but it went to the present King's daughter - Prerana. Is that good?<br /><br />Besides people are also talking that other properties, shares and bonds held by members of late King Birendra's family are transferred to present King's family members. He is in power, there is no one to oppose, press are kept quiet - so he can do whatsoever he likes, but time will come when all these misdoings will be dug out - and he has to face the people then.<br /><br />(Although these information come from reliable sources, they have not been cross verified.)

Photo: Naryan Wagle with police superintendent
<a href=''><img border='0' style='border:1px solid #000000; margin:2px' src=''></a><br />Narayan Wagle, the editor of Nepal's largest circulating daily Kantipur, in the office of police superintendent where he was summoned for publishing news about anti-king protests.<br /><br />Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Wagle/United We Blog! (<a href=""></a>)

Photo: Protesters arrested March 17
<a href=''><img border='0' style='border:1px solid #000000; margin:2px' src=''></a><br />Protesters being arrested from Kathmandu on March 17. Seven students unions have called the joint protest today and police arrested at lease two dozens.<br /><br />Photo Courtesy: Nepal Photo Agency (<a href=""></a>)

Photo: Narayan Wagle speaking to media
<a href=''><img border='0' style='border:1px solid #000000; margin:2px' src=''></a><br />Narayan Wagle, the editor of Nepal's largest circulating daily Kantipur, talks to media persons before being interogated by police infront of the police station where he was summoned on March 17.<br /><br />Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Wagle/United We Blog! (<a href=""></a>)

Articles of Interest: March 24
<a href="§ion=subcontinent&col=">Khaleej Times, UAE</a>: Sanctions on Nepal likely<br /><br /><a href="">New Kerala, India</a>: Nepal govt accused of neglecting treatment of ill pol prisoners<br /><br /><a href="">NetIndia123</a>: Rightist trade unions protest against Nepal coup<br /><br /><a href="">IndiaDaily</a>: An Economic Blockade?<br /><br /><a href="">Scoop, New Zealand</a>: Sexually Exploited Women In Nepal Conflict

Reuters covers Nepali blogs
Reuters' Terry Friel has an excellent <a href="">article</a> today about blogs out of Nepal, including <a href="">United We Blog!</a> and Radio Free Nepal.



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