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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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Nepali Congress is in decline because its leaders are corrupt

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Revitalizing the party would threaten the interests of these leaders and dismantle the mechanisms through which they accumulate power and money. For democracy to sustain and strengthen, a robust opposition party and strong democratic alternatives are a must. Given the difficulties faced by new and emerging parties, Nepali Congress stands …

News February 2019

Overcoming Corruption and Impunity

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We need policies for development, rule of law and human security that can get results in spite of corruption and impunity. Political leaders, including Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, have been talking about the ‘implementation of the constitution’. The ‘implementation’, however, is only about creating laws and new federal structures …

CIAA Commissioner Implicated in Corruption

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 the South Asian region cannot remain unaffected of the US assertion and has already received a huge commitment under the MCC. However, Nepal should have …

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 …

K.P and C.K 11-point agreement

Social Roots of Authoritarianism

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We blame the prime minister’s ‘authoritarian’ tendencies for constricting the space of civil society, but we need to do some introspection. In the recent months, there are three observations to be made. Civil society and the political opposition is growing weaker, the incidences and magnitude of corruption are increasing and …