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 …

On a path of de-democratization

End of the ‘tacking’ strategy

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With deeper integration, Nepal may no longer be able to swing freely between India and China as in the past. Since 1951, when the people overthrew the Ranas, Nepal has used the strategy of ‘tacking’ to sail through the influence exerted by China and India. For example, in 1956, King …

The Implication of BRI and Indo-Pacific in Nepali perspective

China’s 10th White Paper on Defence: Reading Between the Lines

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China released its 10th White Paper on Defence, giving the world a front albeit curated view into the inner workings of its military strategy and concerns. While going through it, one must remain consistently aware that this document has been created solely for external consumption and attempts to create a …

The 14th Dalai Lama

The Impending Battle to Choose the Next Dalai Lama

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The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso celebrated his 84th Birthday on the first week of June with Tibetans all over the world celebrating their spiritual leader’s life and leadership. The Dalai Lama’s birthday gave rise to the pertinent question yet again as he makes his way into old age; what …

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 …

Health workers are few and scarce in rural parts of Nepal. Pregnant women and new mother rely on their expertise for safe motherhood.

News Digest (July 15-21, 2019)

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Domestic Politics NCP Merger NCP finalized the sharing of leadership of party departments with 18 for the erstwhile UML and the remaining 14 for the former Maoist Center. However, the party is yet to confirm the leaders for the departments.[1]  The party confirmed international, parliamentary, and state affairs department for …

The Nepal-China Railway

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A Nepali delegation headed by Devendra Karki from the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport went to Beijing between 17th to the 23rd of June for a consultation meeting on the construction of the Kathmandu-Kerung Railway. According to the department engineer Kiran Karki, the delegation had been invited by the …

Democracy and Federalism

News Digest June 8-14, 2019

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Ruling Party Policy, Programmes, and Budget Members of the National Assembly expressed doubt over effective implementation of the budget. The members in the discussion at the Assembly claimed that budget was estimated without any homework.[1] Likewise, Financial Comptroller General Office reported that the government spent only 46.22 percent of budget …

Modi in Janakpur

Nepal’s Indo-China Dilemma

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Modi’s nationalist sentiments, social base, and foreign policies enhancing India’s image had him win the election Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term on May 29, 2019, with his BJP winning the majority in the Lok Sabha Elections. With this, there …

News Digest June 1-7, 2019

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Domestic Politics NCP Merger Factional politics is on the rise in NCP party. Nine senior leaders are protecting their group interests in the party. PM Oli leads a group with committed members and has home minister Ram Bahadur Thapa as the new comer.[1] NCP discussed the name of in-charge and …

GoN Institutional Mechanisms for GESI

News Digest May 1-7, 2019

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Government and the Ruling Party Employees Adjustment Process The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) announced the completion of the civil servants’ adjustment process in all three tiers of the government. Nevertheless, about 10,000 civil servants in health and other sectors are not satisfied and have registered complaints.[1] …