News Digest (August 6 – August 12, 2020)

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The Ministry of Health and Population has said that the risk of COVID-19 will continue in Nepal until the virus is contained in India. 33 people died in a week from August 5 to August 12 due to COVID-19.

Sugarcane harvesting

The sugarcane episode is part of a much bigger trend—the decline of democracy

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Policies, disguised as legitimate efforts to serve the public interest, are designed to serve financial interests. The incidents, like the recent one with sugarcane farmers and mill owners, occur every year and throughout Nepal. But this time, sugarcane farmers from Sarlahi made it a point to come to Kathmandu. Among …

Donor Complicity

Donor Complicity: A troubling Emergence in Nepali Politics

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Donors and multilateral institutions must not continue to ignore corruption to fulfil their own objectives. Nepal currently has unprecedented opportunities for economic development along with establishing practices of good governance. These opportunities include a changing demography, the availability of cheap resources, political stability, federalism, geopolitical competition, and remittance. But this …


Employee Adjustment Process in a Limbo

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Federal Administration The administrative mechanism of any country is carried out by its employees and the economy of that country. Employees and economy must be balanced to create a strong governance system of the country and then only people get easy services and feel comfortable. Nepal is now the new …

News Digest (August 24-31, 2019)

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DOMESTIC POLITICS Ruling party-Nepal Communist Party Leader Ishwor Pokharel formally took responsibility for the school department.[1]  Prime Minister KP Oli and Leader Madhav Kumar Nepal agreed to end their argument. Aides worked relentlessly to end the ongoing dispute between them.[2]  The leaders were in dispute after the party elevated the …

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 …

On a path of de-democratization

News Analysis – May 2019

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Summary As international strategic interests make inroads, Nepal is at a decisive point where it needs to revisit its national interests and manage external pressures. While the Indo-Pacific strategy is backed by India and Japan, China is asserting itself aggressively by pursuing economic and security interests. The United States generated …

Oli-Dahal discuss

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April 2019 Preface The government continued to pursue the agenda of economic development and prosperity by emphasizing foreign direct investment and international relations, particularly with China and the United States. However, there were several worrying signs in the home front, which saw a continued constriction of the space for civil …

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 …

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 …