12 years on, political leadership still dithers on transitional justice

  • As two commissions waste three years, leading parties have been accused of attempting to tire the victims
Binod Ghimire, Nov 21 2018
Photo: Anup Kaphle
Divided civil society, differences in the modality of the transitional justice process within the victim community, and a lack of clarity on their position among the international community have all led indirectly to the delay.
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Sunsari tense as locals protest murder of brick factory staff Husain

    DEONARAYAN SAH, PRADEEP MONYANGBO , Nov 21 2018

    An unidentified gunman shot dead an employee at Jaya Baba Brick Factory in Duhabi of Sunsari district on Wednesday. Mohammad Fida Hussain, 54, a resident of Duhabi Municipality-9, was shot from behind by two motorcycle-borne assailants while he was out on his morning walk.

    Critically injured in the shooting, Hussain was rushed to Biratnagar-based Neuro Hospital, where he died during the course of treatment, said Rajan Adhikari, DSP at District Police Office Sunsari.

    Local witness Chandan Rauniyar said the assailants, who came in two motorcycles, shot and injured Hussain no sooner had he reached the canal bank for morning walk.  He is the brother of Duhabi Municipality Ward-9 Chairman Mohammad Mahadi Hussain, Rauniyar said. The gunmen fled towards south direction after the shooting.

    DSP Adhikari said the police have launched investigation right after the incident but the reason behind the incident has not been found. Hussain’s body has been kept at his residence.

    Meanwhile, Duhabi area has become tense after locals resorted to agitation by burning tyres on the road in protest against the murder.

    The agitating locals have demanded the police find the culprits and take legal action against them. Muslims have become agitated saying that the people from the community have been repeatedly murdered.

    Vehicular movement on Biratnagar-Itahari road stretch has come to a grinding halt due to the agitation. Earlier on September 20, Khursid Alam, founder member of a private was also shot dead by an unknown gang. Police haven’t been able to find the murderers of Alam.

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    For those living with disabilities, navigating Kathmandu is nightmare

      Bibhu Luitel, Nov 21 2018
      POST PHOTO: KESHAV THAPA
      Whenever Suresh Rajbhandari passes by in his neighbourhood, everyone greets him. A few ask him if he needs help, but he refuses, comfortably tapping his way around with a white cane.
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      Prime Minister Oli initiates review of ministries' work progress

      Sanjeeb Phuyal, KATHMANDU, Nov 21 2018
      A day after expressing his dissatisfaction over the pace of development activities during his administration’s nine-month in office, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has initiated work progress review of government ministries.

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      Singha Durbar: Where expensive cars go to die

      Anish Regmi, Nov 21 2018
      Singha Durbar, the major administrative hub of the country, is converting into a junkyard of old and abandoned government vehicles. Almost every ministry premises inside the government complex has at least one vehicle that’s been left unused for a prolonged period.

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      Bir Hospital doctor charges ministry with seeking bribes

      SANJEEV GIRI, Kathmandu, Nov 21 2018
      Post file Photo
      The resignation of a senior Bir Hospital doctor on Monday has sparked a controversy after a personal letter was leaked on Tuesday in which he said he was forced to resign because he couldn’t bribe and appease officials.

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      Ministries ‘demand billions of rupees’

      Rajesh Khanal, Kathmandu, Nov 20 2018
      Even as the ministries are struggling to expedite development works, they have asked the Finance Ministry to provide an additional Rs54 billion under non-budgetary headings.

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      High Performance Cricket Camp: Rhodes methods ‘impressive’

      Adarsha Dhakal, Kathmandu, Nov 21 2018
      Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes (centre) during a High Performance Camp at the TU Stadium in Kirtipur on Thursday. POST PHOTO: KESHAV THAPA
      Aakrista Singh, 12, is an eighth grader studying in Paragon Public School in Kathmandu.

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      Main News

      Sarkegadh folk forced to walk 10 days to buy rice

      RAJ BAHADUR SHAHI, Nov 21 2018
      Forty-five-year-old Kannasila Phadera, a resident of Unpani at Sarkegadh Rural Municipality-2 in Humla district, has to walk for five days to reach Gamgadhi, the district headquarters of Mugu, to purchase subsidised rice. After the purchase, she walks back home for five more days with her goats and sheep saddled with rice sacks.
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      Rajendra Mahato to helm RJP-N presidium from today

      TIKA R PRADHAN, Nov 21 2018
      Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal’s presidium on Tuesday named Rajendra Mahatoas the coordinator of its six member presidium.
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      Gyawali seeks Japan’s help in Nepal’s priority areas

      ANIL GIRI, Nov 21 2018
      Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali has asked for Japan’s assistance and investment in Nepal’s priority sectors.
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      Money

      Capital

      Hello Kathmandu, where are the complaints?

      Anup Ojha, Nov 21 2018
      Hello Mahanagar, a hotline service ‘1180’ established by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) to address the problems faced by its citizens has been defunct for more than four months Only two complaints from the public were found to have been registered when the Post checked with the Metropolis’ Public Liaison Office at Teku on Monday.
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      World

      Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5 in a move that will likely deepen the country’s political crisis.

      The dissolution, which is expected to be challenged in court, was revealed in an official gazette notification signed by Sirisena which also set the next sitting of parliament for Jan. 17.

      The move comes after an intense power struggle in the past two weeks which followed Sirisena’s sudden sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the appointment of former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, a pro-China strongman, in his place.

      Following the sacking, the president suspended parliament in a move which Wickremesinghe said was intended to prevent the ousted prime minister from contesting the decision in the legislature.

      Later Sirisena agreed to reconvene parliament on Nov. 14, but that will now not happen.

      Wickremesinghe has refused to vacate the official prime minister’s residence saying he is the prime minister and had a parliamentary majority.

      Before he signed the papers dissolving parliament and calling the election, Sirisena appointed allies of his and of Rajapaksa to cabinet positions.

      “This is a gross violation of the constitution,” Harsha De Silva, a lawmaker in Wickremesinghe’s party, told Reuters in reference to the dissolution of parliament.

      Independent legal experts had told Reuters that parliament could be dissolved only in early 2020, which would be four-and-half-years from the first sitting of the current parliament. The only other legal ways would be through a referendum, or with the consent of two thirds of lawmakers.

      Given those views, it was not immediately clear how Sirisena can legally dissolve parliament, though his legal experts have said there are provisions for him to do so.

      Sri Lanka’s Election Commission was quoted in some local media as saying that it will seek a Supreme Court opinion before conducting the election.

      Sirisena also put the police and government’s printing office under his defense portfolio, local media reported.

      Ajith Perera, a lawmaker of the Wickremesinghe-led United National Party (UNP) said the party will challenge the decision at the Election Commission first and then may head to the Supreme Court.

      Perera said the dissolution was carried out so that Sirisena could avoid defeat in parliament next week.

      Keheliya Rambukwella, a spokesman for Sirisena’s government, said the president’s coalition had the backing of 105 lawmakers as of Friday, eight short of a parliamentary majority.

      Sirisena has said he fired Wickremesinghe because the prime minister was trying to implement “a new, extreme liberal political concept by giving more priority for foreign policies and neglecting the local people’s sentiment.”

      India and Western countries have requested that Sirisena act in line with the constitution while they have raised concerns over Rajapaksa’s close ties with China. Beijing loaned Sri Lanka billions of dollars for infrastructure projects when Rajapaksa was president between 2005-2015, putting the country deep into debt.

      A gunman opened fire in a crowded Southern California bar popular with college students, killing 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, police said on Thursday.

      The gunman, identified by authorities as Ian David Long, 28, was also found dead on Wednesday night in the office of the Borderline Bar and Grill, located in Thousand Oaks, a suburb about 40 miles from Los Angeles, apparently having shot himself.

      Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told a news conference on Thursday morning that Long was a Marine Corps veteran and had apparently fired at random with a .45-caliber Glock handgun with an extra-capacity magazine. There was no known motive.

      “Obviously he had something going on in his head that would cause him to do something like this,” Dean said. “Obviously he had some sort of issues.”

      He said authorities were obtaining a search warrant for Long’s home.

      The Borderline is popular with university students and on Wednesday night was hosting College Country Night. California Lutheran University, located about 5 miles from the bar, canceled Thursday’s classes while Pepperdine University, about 20 miles away, planned a prayer service.

      One of the victims was Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department who died at a hospital, Dean said. Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first to arrive at the bar and went inside just before 11:30 p.m. PST (0730 GMT).

      A statement from the sheriff’s office said there would be a procession in honor of Helus, who leaves behind a wife and son, on Thursday morning. “Ron’s selfless, heroic actions will never be forgotten,” the statement read.

      SCENE LIKE “HELL”

      Asked what the scene inside the bar was like, Dean said, “Like ... hell.” Earlier he had described it as “a horrific scene in there. There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that.”

      Long first shot a security guard outside the bar, stepped inside and resumed shooting, Dean said. Witnesses said Long had used smoke bombs to create confusion but Dean said that had not been confirmed.

      Dean, speaking on his last day before retirement, said he had been told 150 to 200 people were in the Borderline at the time and that “it could have been much, much worse.”

      Dean estimated 10 to 15 people, including one with a gunshot wound, had gone to hospitals. He said he thought their injuries were minor, and that most of them were likely injured as they escaped, some by breaking windows.

      Dean told reporters that officers had gone to Long’s home in April in response to a disturbance call and had found him to be agitated. Mental health specialists talked with Long and determined that no further action was necessary.

      Family members of possible victims or survivors of the shooting gathered at a teen center in Thousand Oaks for news of loved ones. A visibly distraught man was seen entering the building.

      President Donald Trump, who has resisted a surge in calls for tougher gun controls since 17 students were shot dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at public buildings and grounds.

      The Borderline massacre was the fourth mass shooting in the United States in less than two weeks. The others included two women killed at a yoga class in Tallahassee, Florida, two people shot at a grocery in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, and 11 worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh killed by a man shouting “All Jews must die.”

      Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said lawmakers would get to work on legislation including universal background checks when the House of Representatives convenes in January with a Democratic majority.

      “We must find a way to stop the senseless, and many times preventable killings that are robbing our country of innocent lives,” he said on Twitter.

      “CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE”

      Thousand Oaks, a leafy, sprawling suburb, was named the third-safest city in the United States for 2018 by the website Niche.

      “I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what community you’re in,” Dean told reporters when asked if he was surprised this happened in Thousand Oaks. “It doesn’t matter how safe your community is. It can happen anywhere.”

      Tristan Appleby, who was at the bar, told CNN that the shooter was dressed all in black and had fired off about a dozen shots, including at those already wounded and lying on the floor.

      Witness Taylor Von Molt, 21, who said she was a promoter at the bar, said the gunman wore a black mask with a bandana covering the bottom of his face, and a black hooded sweatshirt.

      “I heard what I thought was a balloon pop,” she told CNN. “I was confused because we didn’t have any balloons. I saw him, then I saw him fire his weapon one more time. I ran to the nearest exit and tripped and fell on the way and people kept running on top of me.”

      Witness John Hedge told ABC News he was near the front door of the bar when the shooting began.

      “I just started hearing these big pops. Pop pop pop,” he said. “There was probably three or four. I hit the ground. I look up. The security guard ... was shot, he was down. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. I saw him point to the back at the cash register and he just kept firing.”

      Entertainment

      Photo-feature

      A three-day International Tripitaka Recitation programme commenced at Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha, on Wednesday.

      The programme is taking place for the first time in Nepal and over 500 monks from 18 different countries have arrived here to join the mass recitation of Buddhist holy scripture.

      The Buddhist holy book, adorned with special decorations, was carried around the temple of Mayadevi before the programme commenced.

      Thai monks led the recitations followed by monks from Myanmar.

      The Maya Devi Temple premises in Lumbini has been decorated with banners, garlands and flowers in view of the programme.

      The event is being held with the joint initiations of All Nepal Bhikkhu Association, American Buddhist Association, Thai Buddha Vihar and the Lumbini Development Trust.

      All photos by: Manoj Poudel

      Sports

      Nepal Boxing Association is all set to organise the first Novice Boxing Championships from Wednesday at the National Sports Council covered hall in Tripureshwor.  

      The four-day event will feature bouts in 24 weight divisions in two age-group categories in both male and female sections, informed Nepal Boxing Association vice president and championships’ coordinator Arjun Bahadur KC on Tuesday. “The tournament basically aims at providing a springboard for the newcomers. We hope that the event will help unearth new talents in Nepali boxing,” said KC adding that they were planning to send 10 best pugalists for abroad training.

      The women’s U-19 category will have weight divisions in 48kg, 51kg, 54kg, 57kg and 60kg while the U-24 age category will have competitions in 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg and 81kg. The men’s U-19 event will have 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg bouts while men’s U-24 category will feature bouts in 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg and 81kg divisions.

      In all, 150 boxers are expected to compete in the tournament to be held under the aegis of National Sports Council (NSC). The expected budget of the event is Rs 2.2 million. NSC will provide Rs 1.2 millions while the rest will be borne by the association.

      The Continental Trading Pvt Ltd is organising the Isuzu Open amateur golf tournament at the Gokarna Golf Course on Saturday.

      The one-day tournament will be played over 18 holes under stableford3/4 handicap format. “We have limited the number of participants to maximum 100 including about 8-10 women golfers,” informed Deepak Acharya, the professional golfer and senior golf director of the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort.

      The prizes on offer include overall winner, runner-up, best gross winner, ladies’ winner, senior winner (60-year and above), junior winner (17-year and below), longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and most birdies. Golfers have the opportunity to
      ride home with not just one but two Isuzu pick-up vehicle for Hole-in-One at No 10 and No 16.

      Asian Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (AFBF) is all set to organise the first South Asian Bodybuilding Championships from November 23 to 25 in Kathmandu.

      The event will be participated in by bodybuilders of all eight South Asian countries—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal—said Lokendra Pariya, the member secretary of Nepalese Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFBF). Pariyar, who is also the executive member of the AFBF, informed that AFBF is the organiser of the event and NFBF the local event coordinator.

      “Around 45 international bodybuilders have already registered their names for the event and we are expecting more registration before the deadline closes on Wednesday,” said Pariyar. There will be seven weight divisions in the men’s bodybuilding: 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg and above 85kg. The male bodybuilders will also have competitions in physique category, up to 168cm and up to 171cm categories.

      The women bodybuilders will vie in the open fitness and physique category. The physique will have competitions in 162cm and over 162cm category. As the hosts Nepal will have privilege to field at least two players in each category. The organiser is expecting participation of at least 100 players in total. The main event under the championships will be held on November 24.

      The first executive committee of the South Asian Federation of Bodybuil-ding and Fitness will also be picked on the sideline of the championship.

      Health & Style

      Fiction Park

      Colour me you

      Subani Sapkota, Nov 18 2018
      Fear feels strange. It starts with your mind, goes to your heart and travels all the way through your body, making your entire body shake and tremble. It creates a continuous drumming sound, and your heart does nothing to lessen the tension building up inside you.
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      Escalate

      Wealth of generations

      Bibhu Luitel, Nov 19 2018
      Champa Devi Tuladhar has been knitting socks for over 60 years. In her 76 years, she has given away more socks than she can count—to her family members, friends and just about anyone who would visit her. So when her granddaughters, Lorina and Irina Sthapit, approached her to market her warm handmade socks and sell them, she was hesitant. She had always expected nothing in return.
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      Saturday Features

      A tiny, delightful morsel

      Richa Bhattarai
      Indian author Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi’s latest offering, The Rabbit and the Squirrel, is likely to baffle librarians and booksellers, for it defies conventional genres.

      Going the extra mile

      Amir Raj Thapa
      At 4am on a chilly autumn morning, a troupe of 23 students and teachers from the Ambika Secondary School gathered in Panauti. The crowd stirred—ready to get on the bus to Kathmandu where the students were to take part in the Kathmandu Marathon set to kick off later that morning.

      Nepaleaks

      Guffadi
      We are done with Tihar and yet, evil continues to rule over good in this land of ours. The only folks who have all the fun during the festive season are our hardworking civil servants, honest contractors and humble politicians.

      Falling in and out of love with words

      Ajit Baral
      When at home and not working, my wife and I usually read books, sitting alongside each other. And when she comes across a word she is not familiar with, she invariably asks me its meaning.

      Mardi mountain madness

      The Mardi Himal trail is an incredible trekking route, where the terrain varies from dense forests to rugged rockscapes and mountain landscapes.

      Art imitates life

      ABANI MALLA
      Ashim Shakya’s artwork is a time machine that merges decades and histories. It takes observers to a surreal Kathmandu, where the cityscape is a platform on which is staged a play where artefacts and deities frolic.

      Movie review: Producer Changa; Storytelling Chet

      ABHIMANYU DIXIT
      Nepali bureaucrats all seem to be under a malaise that invites much criticism—they do their 9-5 jobs without any conviction or any motivation to perform, since at the end of the month, they will be paid regardless. The team behind Changa Chet seems to be afflicted with the same syndrome.

      Wake up and smell the jamun

      Mohan Guragain
      Kathmandu sets numerous national records in Nepal. It is the biggest city of the country, most populated and most polluted. As the country’s largest metropolis, its population composition is also hugely diverse. Furthermore, as the Valley holds much of the country’s wealth, it is Nepal’s biggest market.

      Tea party

      Guffadi
      If you want to know how a political party would run this country were they to come to power, attend one of their tea parties. Don’t fall for their hawatari speeches because our netas have promised us thousands of MW of electricity in the past decade and we have not even managed to add a hundred.