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Utpal Parashar

Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

Articles by Utpal Parashar

Nepal power deal standoff continues

Three weeks since it ‘helped’ end Nepal’s seven-month-old political stalemate, the secret-deal for power, inked by chiefs of the two ruling parties, continues to pose problems.

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Updated on Feb 24, 2011 02:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal standoff over secret power deal continues

Three weeks since it ‘helped’ end Nepal’s seven month old political stalemate, the secret deal for power, inked by chiefs of the two ruling parties continues to pose problems.

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Updated on Feb 23, 2011 04:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

It's David versus Goliath for UNGA presidency

The race to become Nepal's prime minister ended at the beginning of this month. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Feb 20, 2011 11:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Tightrope walk still on for Nepal PM

A fortnight after his election as Nepal’s 34th prime minister, Jhalanath Khanal is still performing a tightrope walk to save his government and party from falling apart.

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Updated on Feb 19, 2011 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal PM gives Maoists home ministry

The ongoing political drama of twists and turns in Nepal continued on Wednesday with Maoists retracting from their earlier stance and deciding to join the Jhalanath Khanal government after the Prime Minister agreed to hand over the home ministry to the larger coalition partner despite stiff opposition with aim of saving the new government.

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Updated on Feb 16, 2011 11:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal PM gives Maoists home ministry to save post

The ongoing political drama of twists and turns in Nepal continued on Wednesday with Maoists retracting from their earlier stance and deciding to join the Jhalanath Khanal government.

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Updated on Feb 16, 2011 03:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal tense over Maoists demand

The demand for home ministry by Maoists in Nepal as pre-condition to join the new Jhalanath Khanal government could derail the peace and constitution drafting processes feel experts. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Feb 15, 2011 01:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

The M-word that unites and satiates

As a native of north-east India, I am gastronomically programmed to love momos like most brethren from the region, but even a diehard fan like me didn't expect what I witnessed this Friday in Kathmandu.

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Updated on Feb 13, 2011 11:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Maoists refuse to join new govt

Exactly a week after voting communist leader Jhalanath Khanal to the prime minister’s post, Maoists in Nepal sprang another surprise on Thursday by deciding not to join the new government.

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Updated on Feb 11, 2011 12:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Secret Nepal power deal under scanner

The secret deal signed by new Nepal Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal with Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' to reach the post is set for changes. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Feb 09, 2011 01:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal PM’s secret deal with Prachanda for power to get reviewed

The secret deal signed by new Nepal Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal with Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to reach the post is set for changes.

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Updated on Feb 08, 2011 01:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Row over cabinet berths mar Khanal's swearing-in

Nepal's 34th Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal took oath of office on Sunday. But differences with coalition partner, the Maoists, overshadowed the ceremony. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Feb 07, 2011 12:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

To sacrifice, or not to sacrifice

Nepal's seven-month old political impasse ended this Thursday with communist leader Jhalanath Khanal getting elected as prime minister with Maoist support. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Feb 07, 2011 12:16 AM IST
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Differences over cabinet berths mar Khanal’s swearing-in

Nepal’s 34th Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal took oath of office on Sunday. But differences with coalition partner, the Maoists, overshadowed the ceremony.

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Updated on Feb 06, 2011 05:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Khanal terms peace and constitution as top priority

Nepal’s new Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal has begun the task of forming a coalition government with participation of Maoists and other like-minded parties.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2011 04:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Khanal elected as new PM of Nepal

Ending a seven month-long political deadlock, Nepal on Thursday elected veteran communist leader, Jhalanath Khanal as the country’s new prime minister.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2011 01:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Old faces in new Nepal PM poll battle

Nepal will start a fresh process to elect the next prime minister on Thursday. But it will be the same old faces battling for the post except for a new candidate from Madeshi parties.

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Updated on Feb 03, 2011 12:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Old faces in new Nepal PM poll battle

Nepal will start a fresh process to elect the next prime minister on Thursday. But it will be the same old faces battling for the post except for a new candidate from Madeshi parties.

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Updated on Feb 02, 2011 05:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

'Biased' winds of change in Nepal

Nepal is in a process of change. But while most of it since end of the civil war has been positive, some proposed changes have drawn flak. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Jan 31, 2011 01:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal rhino serving ‘jail’ term for killing man

Humans serving jail term for killing animals is a reality in many countries. But a rhino in Nepal is undergoing ‘imprisonment’ for past one year for killing a man.

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Updated on Jan 28, 2011 11:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Fresh PM poll on Feb 3

With consensus eluding the major three parties, Nepal will witness a fresh round of voting in parliament to elect a new prime minister next month.

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Updated on Jan 27, 2011 06:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Deadline over, consensus on govt formation eludes Nepal parties

Nepal's deadlocked government formation process remained unresolved today with the three major political parties failing to reach a consensus.

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Updated on Jan 26, 2011 06:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal amends PM poll regulation to end deadlock

Having failed to elect a prime minister after 16 rounds of voting in parliament, Nepal on Tuesday amended provisions in its constitution to end the political stalemate.

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Updated on Jan 25, 2011 04:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Wake up call for Nepali leaders

Desperate times call for desperate measures. But it was not desperation that made Devi Prasad Regmi do what he did last Thursday. It was frustration with the country's politicians. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Jan 24, 2011 12:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal Maoist combatants come under govt. control

Ending four years of suspense, 19,600 plus Maoist combatants belonging to the Peoples' Liberation Army finally came under government control today.

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Updated on Jan 22, 2011 04:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal Prez. extends govt. formation deadline by five more days

Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav on Friday extended the deadline to form a consensus government by another five days.

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Updated on Jan 21, 2011 09:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal parties want more time to agree on govt. formation

Failing to arrive at a consensus within the Friday deadline, political parties in Nepal today sought five more days from President Ram Baran Yadav to form the next government.

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Updated on Jan 21, 2011 04:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal headed for another round of PM election

Nepal seems headed for another round of prime ministerial polls unless the three major political parties reach a quick-fix solution on heading the next government.

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Updated on Jan 20, 2011 06:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Rao steps up political parleys

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao busied herself with political parleys on the second day of her three-day visit to Nepal.

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Updated on Jan 20, 2011 01:28 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Rao steps up political parleys, dinner diplomacy

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao busied herself with political parleys on the second day of her three-day visit to Nepal.

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Updated on Jan 19, 2011 07:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu
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