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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Two Third Majority

News Digest (September 7-13, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS The Ruling Party: On September 6, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli returned home from his two-week-long medical treatment in Singapore.[1] As there was a heated debate in between senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal and PM Oli ahead of his departure to Singapore,  Leaders expect a clear demarcation and …

GoN Institutional Mechanisms for GESI

News Digest (September 1-6, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS The Ruling Party: In a bid to overcome public criticism and frustration the ruling party announced a nation-wide mass meeting to strengthen its position.[1] Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal stressed the need to act swiftly in every sector to prevent pessimism among the public and warned that public impatience …