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Nepal Moving Towards Peace Talks

After the victory of the April Revolution, and a major House Proclamation that has seriously curbed the powers of the king and renamed the army from Royal Nepal Army to Nepal Army, and a phase one talk with the Maoists, the seven party alliance government still has a lot of unresolved issues. The pace is felt to have been too slow.

Democracy For Nepal (DFN)
asks Who Will Hold The Constituent Assembly Elections.

But just like the Maoists will not part with their soldiers, the seven parties will not part with their parliament. The seven party alliance needs the safety of the House. What that means is trust building measures have to taken.

United We Blog (UWB) talks of frustrations: Slow Politics Adds Frustration in Nepali People.

The fact that Nepal Army’s chief Pyar Jung Thapa giving lectures about the army cooperating with the government by following the latter’s directives is the greatest satire to the achievements of last month’s historic People’s Movement II. Thapa should have been fired a fortnight ago…… Why doesn’t the Tax Office raid the Narayanhitti Royal Palace and do the math of the money that king Gyanendra owes this nation? Who is stopping the cabinet from issuing orders to arrest all those who were involved in suppressing the movement? Things are moving very very slow and this is increasing the level of frustration in people.

Bahas has a piece on the recent talks with the Maoists and the 25 point code of conduct agreed upon. Blogdai also talks of frustrations, but from a different angle. Nepali Notebook has a post on the prime minister's daughter Sujata Koirala.

Sarahana Shrestha at Samudaya has an interesting short story: Strictly Ceremonial. It reads like social sci-fi.

When Pushpa was well into her sixties, and the mistress well into her thirties, citizens of the country had decided to do away with royalty. Most of their inherited wealth was diverted to development funds, though enough was spared to last them a generation if used economically. The master had taken a chance with his share, using part of it to send his two sons to London, and the remaining to invest in a chain of hotels.

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