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.

Distributive Budget, Populism, and Crony Capitalism

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The main opposition Nepali Congress has remarked that budgets presented by provincial governments were distributive in nature and gave continuity to programmes and policies of the past years.[1] Earlier, critics claimed that the budget of the federal government did not address the economic reality of the country and would not …

Oli in Janakpur

Time for Reconciliation

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Oli must now learn to partner with the well-wishers of democracy with whom he’s wasted time, fighting. Party insiders say Prime Minister KP Oli is softening and has adopted a more conciliatory tone after experiencing a series of recoils. He was forced to withdraw bills that sought to curtail fundamental …

Children play and pose for photograph.

News Digest (July 22-28, 2019)

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The Ruling Party Opposition Politics Security and Strategic Affairs International Relations Gender and Social Inclusion Provincial Affairs Economic Development and Governance The Ruling Party NCP         The ruling party announced the district in-charge and sub-in-charge. The party’s topmost leaders, however, misused power and appointed their closet ones and not included many …

Tools of Impunity and Political Control

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The recent appointments of five justices to the Supreme Court and 18 judges to the High Court display the extent to which our ‘democratic’ system has broken down. The media narrated how the government, the chief justice and the leader of the opposition colluded, resulting in the appointments of loyal …

Two Third Majority

To sustain political stability, cohesion within the Nepal Communist Party is necessary

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Prime Minister K P Oli’s government once appeared as a rock-solid political formation with an ability to provide political stability for five years. It has now lost its aura of invincibility. Oli and his close aides have begun to talk about undemocratic and reactionary forces closing upon the government from …

Federal Government – Employee Deployment

PEACE BY PEACEFUL MEANS

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Conflict and revolution have become a culture of the country. Be it chanting slogans against Panchayat system in 1990, or suffering armed conflict for a decade starting 1996, the Madhesh Movement, the Tharuhat movement and the like. However, the warring parties have always reached a negotiated settlement. The Maoists, as …

News February 2019

News Digest May 15-21, 2019

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Government and the Ruling Party Bills and Parliamentary Affairs The government registered the Environment Protection Bill in the Federal Parliament with new provisions on carbon trading, reducing adverse impacts of pollution especially from vehicles, machine, equipment, industries, hotels and restaurants and pollution control measures during mountaineering, trekking, and sightseeing. [1] …

On a path of de-democratization

On a path of de-democratization

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While the anti-corruption drive appears to have picked up some speed in recent months, governance practices and policy making processes appear to indicate a process of de-democratization. The Supreme Court’s verdict capital gains tax during the transfer of Ncell’s ownership has been lauded by Nepali people, but the complicity in …

Corruption

Corruption

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Nepal this week had exploratory cases, which surprisingly, was solved in time with evident findings, given the pace of development of past cases. Cases regarding corruption, ineligibility, and ideological differences held government’s pace in development, resulting in unattended posts in the requisite governmental bodies. Government methods of controlling social media …