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 …

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 …

News February 2019

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 …

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 …

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 …

Oli-Dahal discuss

News Analysis

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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 …

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 …