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 …

Democracy under threat

News Digest (February 1-7, 2020)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS The Ruling Party: In its first Central Committee Meeting after the unification, NCP leaders and members discussed party and national issues such as intra-party factionalism, dispute, and corruption, government’s performance, and MCC—a much-debated national issue that was not on their agenda.[1] NCP co-chairs, KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa …

Babita Marik's son peeps through the bamboo wall. Bamboos are essential part of Mariks' lives.

A New Discourse on Chhaupadi is needed – Destroying the huts is not the Solution

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A plan with proper study of need identification, monitoring, evaluation, and impacts will be effective in helping the women to slowly un-follow this tradition. What is Chhaupadi? Chhaupadi is a tradition followed in western Nepal where menstruating girls and women are banished to live in sheds for four days. Following …

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The Tussle for House Speaker

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This article was written on December 12, 2019 Since October 1, after the former Speaker of Nepal Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned following rape allegations, the post of Speaker remains vacant. The Deputy Speaker, Ms Shiva Maya Tumbahamfe, who is registered in the Election Commission as an NCP member, has been …

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Gender insensitivity and Nepali Congress

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The party elite, and Congress itself, think that women cannot be effective political actors. What constitutes the meaning of politics for women and girls? What are the specific needs and demands of women and girls within the political parties? Are the electoral manifestos and activities of political parties sufficiently addressing …

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 …

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 …

Oli-Dahal discuss

Monthly News Analysis – June 2019

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Summary The US has been tightening its grip in the South Asian region alluring the countries with additional financial assistance. Nepal as a country in South Asian region cannot remain unaffected of the US assertion and has already received a huge commitment under the MCC. However, Nepal should have a …

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] …