Wear masks

News Digest (April 9 – April 15, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the Government: In a cabinet meeting on April 14, 2020, the government decided to extend the ongoing national lockdown until April 27.[1] NCP co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal stressed the need to form a strong mechanism, consisting of members from all parties, to fight …

PM Oli

Start Planning for Easing Restrictions

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Reopening cities requires a careful balance between preventive measures and a gradual opening of essential activities. Fight against Covid-19 will be a long term battle for Nepal. Vaccines will not become available before 2021 and medicines, not before autumn. For a country like Nepal, widespread availability of medicine and vaccines …

Face Mask

News Digest (April 2 – April 8, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party & the Government: President Bidya Devi Bhandari addressed the nation on April 3, 2020, where she expressed her confidence that the human species will soon overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] According to the NCP spokesperson, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, senior party leaders requested a secretariat meeting to …

Covid Pandemic

News Digest (March 26 – April 1, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party: In a meeting held on March 29, 2020, the High Level Committee decided to extend the national lockdown by a week, until April 7, 2020, and continue the ban on international flights until April 15.[1][2] NCP General Secretary Bishnu Prasad Paudel urged everyone to help …

News Digest (March 19-25, 2020)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS Nepal Communist Party & the Government: Fearing a possible spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, NCP co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal has cancelled all his meetings.1 Dahal has also urged the party leaders and the general public to take extra precautions against the disease.2 Indicating the gravity of the situation globally …

News Digest (March 12-18, 2020)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS Nepal Communist Party: Madhav Kumar Nepal, who headed one of the three factions within NCP earlier, is now being seen as a valuable prize for the Oli and Dahal camps, who are both vying to win Nepal’s favor in the recent weeks. Oli’s aides are reported to have …

NCell and Capital Gains Tax

News Digest (March 5-11, 2020)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS Nepal Communist Party (NCP): Yubaraj Khatiwada was re-appointed as the Finance as well as Communication and Information Technology Minister on March 4. Khatiwada had resigned from the post after the completion of his two-year tenure in the Upper House.[1] NCP’s spokesperson, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, reaffirmed that NCP leader …

Donor Complicity

News Digest (February 27- March 4, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was admitted at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital on March 3 for his second kidney transplant, scheduled for March 4.[1] On February 26, NCP decided to send Bamdev Gautam, its secretariat member, to the National Assembly.[2] However, Prime Minister, KP Sharma …

Scandals expose conflict over patronage

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If Nepal is to develop, we must ensure a transition to the rule of law in the economy as well. In recent weeks, scandalous news reports have been coming out almost every day. Almost all of these events are linked to issues of governance or politics. They include detractors scuttling …

News February 2019

News Digest (February 15-21, 2020)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS NCP & the Government: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, on February 16, said that several conspiracies are being made to defame his government, expressing paranoia over his government’s future.[1] On February 17, he praised his ‘extraordinarily performing’ governments saying that his government is leading the country towards ‘modernity, …

Sugarcane harvesting

News Digest (February 8-14, 2020)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS The Ruling Party: The 3-member taskforce formed by NCP to study the MCC compact demanded a 10-day extension on the deadline, which expired on February 12. Team leader Jhala Nath Khanal expressed that the assigned period of 10 days was too short to complete the task.[1] NCP commemorated …

Educating the Ignorant

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Just the way Nepal learns from China’s development model and technological advancement, China and its officials should learn a thing or two from Nepal, especially media and press freedom, which can be the first of many, and Nepali leaders and media personnel should facilitate the process.