News digest: Governance (July 29 – August 4, 2021)

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Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba administers the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Dr. Bishwa Poudel, at Singha Durbar. Photo: RSS

Although Sher Bahadur Deuba has been appointed as prime minister, his cabinet has not fully taken shape. Even though top leaders had held meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, the process of cabinet expansion has not been fully decided upon by the ruling alliance parties.

The 14th general convention of Nepali Congress, originally slated to be held on September 1-4, is likely to be postponed till mid-December because of unsettled disputes over active membership distribution.

The Kathmandu Post reported a senior party leader saying that Sher Bahadur Deuba instructed Gyanendra Bahadur Karki to ask the Election Commission the last date in which the party’s general convention can be held.

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, in a letter to the National Human Rights Commission, wrote that the Commission’s “A” grade should be reviewed since it used the sub judice writ petitions at the Supreme Court in order to defend its appointment of four members and chairperson.

According to media reports, two sources at the Prime Minister’s personal secretariat and Energy Ministry said that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has asked Energy Minister Pampha Bhusal to remove the incumbent managing director of Nepal Electricity Authority, Hitendra Dev Shakya, and appoint Kul Man Ghising instead.

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