Life struggles

News Digest (May 28 – June 3, 2020)

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Amidst the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Nepal witnessed two cases of caste-based violence taking lives of at least seven individuals.

Coronavirus and People

News Digest (May 21 – May 27, 2020)

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With more than two months of lockdown in place, people are starting to die due to starvation and hunger. Many more people are getting infected due to government’s low preparedness and its misplaced priorities.

News Digest (May 14 – May 20, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP) & the Government:On May 15, 2020, President Bidya Devi Bhandari presented the government’s Policy and Programs for the Fiscal Year 2077/2078 BS. Key promises made by the President were: Coronavirus-free country Diplomatic efforts to reclaim Kalapani Two new international airports Launch of two railway …

COVID-19

News Digest (May 7 – May 13, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party: After Prime Minister Oli stormed out of the party secretariat meeting following a disagreement, the much-asked-for standing committee meeting seemed uncertain.[1] This suggested that NCP’s debate resurfaced after Oli showed his intention to postpone the meeting.[2] Standing Committee Meeting: Despite the uncertainty over NCP’s standing …

COVID-19

News Digest (April 23 – April 29, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party & the Ordinance Controversy: In a precautionary move, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP-N) and Samajwadi Forum Nepal (SFN) agreed to unite and form a new Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP). Top leaders from both parties met late at night on April 22, 2020, and decided to …

Face Mask

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 …

Covid Pandemic

News Digest (March 26 – April 1, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party: In a meeting held on March 29, 2020, the High Level Committee decided to extend the national lockdown by a week, until April 7, 2020, and continue the ban on international flights until April 15.[1][2] NCP General Secretary Bishnu Prasad Paudel urged everyone to help …

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 …

Two Third Majority

Remittance is great, but what of the workers’ suffering abroad?

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Nepali youth often choose foreign employment, despite its severe effects on their physical and mental health, due to the lack of job opportunities at home. Approximately 1,300 migrant workersdepart from Nepal on a daily basis to Gulf countries for employment. Many Nepalis are living under inhumane conditions in those foreign lands. …