Overambitious Campaign

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With the share of foreign tourists standing at 49 percent, the target of two million is doomed. Visit Nepal Year 2020 targets two million international tourists. However, looking at the decreasing rate of incoming tourists in 2019, the campaign may be at a great disadvantage. The tourist growth was merely …

Sugarcane harvesting

The sugarcane episode is part of a much bigger trend—the decline of democracy

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Policies, disguised as legitimate efforts to serve the public interest, are designed to serve financial interests. The incidents, like the recent one with sugarcane farmers and mill owners, occur every year and throughout Nepal. But this time, sugarcane farmers from Sarlahi made it a point to come to Kathmandu. Among …

Children play and pose for photograph.

News Digest (November 15-30, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS Nepal Communist Party (NCP): On November 20, PM Oli agreed to entrust the executive role of party chairmanship to Pushpa Kamal Dahal. The party seems to have addressed the concerns of senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal who was voicing that no party should have dual leadership. However, the …

corruption

Nepali Congress is in decline because its leaders are corrupt

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Revitalizing the party would threaten the interests of these leaders and dismantle the mechanisms through which they accumulate power and money. For democracy to sustain and strengthen, a robust opposition party and strong democratic alternatives are a must. Given the difficulties faced by new and emerging parties, Nepali Congress stands …

Donor Complicity

Donor Complicity: A troubling Emergence in Nepali Politics

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Donors and multilateral institutions must not continue to ignore corruption to fulfil their own objectives. Nepal currently has unprecedented opportunities for economic development along with establishing practices of good governance. These opportunities include a changing demography, the availability of cheap resources, political stability, federalism, geopolitical competition, and remittance. But this …

Rule of law and how it affects women in particular

News Digest (October 15-21, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS The Ruling Party-NCP: The party directed the subordinate committee to recommend candidates for the upcoming by-election. The party also nominated Astalaxmi Shakya, Bhanubhakta Dhakal, and Hari Adhikari as members of the central organization department.[1] Senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal confirmed that the cabinet wouldn’t be reshuffled until the …

Prayer Flags

MONTHLY ANALYSIS – September 2019

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Summary China intensified its political and public diplomacy in September setting the stage for Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal, scheduled for October 12 to 13. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit was followed by that of a delegation of the Chinese Communist Party which participated in a joint symposium with …

Women working to plant saplings in Rupani VDC of Nepal. These women get Rs 2 per sapling planted and they plant around 500 to 600 saplings a day. This has made them economically empowered. When women are economically empowered, they empower their family. Women get voice from economic freedom. When they do not have this work, they find work as labourers.

Monthly News Analysis – August 2019

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Summary The NCP merger seems to be coming to a close as the key issue of contention between the Maoist and the UML regarding the school department has been assigned to Ishwar Pokhrel. Some differences among leaders persist as the process of political settlement is ongoing. The internal competition among …

Woman working in a nursery in Rupani Municipality in Saptari District

Monthly News Analysis – July 2019

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Summary Federalism and democratization followed by credible transfer of power to the intermediate classes—people who provide support to the political elites in return for privileges and benefits—has helped Nepal attain relative peace and stability. The possibility of political and social stability depends on many factors including the relations between the …

Democracy under threat

News Digest (October 1-14, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS The Ruling Party-NCP: NCP party secretariat meeting advised Speaker of the House, Krishna Bahadur Mahara to step down from both the posts of Speaker and HoR member over allegation of rape on a staffer.  On 30 September, Mahara was allegedly involved in sexual harassment of a female employee.[1] …

NCell and Capital Gains Tax

News Digest(September 14-19, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS A recent statement of NCP Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, NCP leader Ghanshyam Bhusal, and NC leader Gagan Thapa on contemporary politics indicates that Nepal’s political transition suffers from self-centralism, the individual interest of leaders, lack of clear agenda and thoughts, and internal tussle and factionalism.[1] However, Chairman Pushpa …

Oli-Dahal discuss

News Digest (September 20-30, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS NCP and CPC relations: NCP gladly received an orientation on Xi Jinping Thought before the impending arrival of Chinese President. The two-day symposium on CPC ideology, party organization, and development model was organized on 23-24 September in Kathmandu.[1] NCP and CPC signed MoU for establishing sisterly relations between …