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 and people

News Digest (April 30 – May 6, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP) & the Government: In the party secretariat meeting on April 30, 2020, NCP leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Jhalanath Khanal, Madhav Nepal, and Bamdev Gautam asked KP Oli to resign from the position of both the prime minister as well the party chief.[1] Prime Minister …

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 …

News Digest (April 16 – April 22, 2020)

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Domestic Politics Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the Government: NCP co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal expressed that national and global powers have been exercising to weaken the Nepal Communist Party.[1] A cabinet meeting held on April 20, 2020, decided to issue two ordinances—about political parties and constitutional council—which was approved by …

Wear masks

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 …

PM Oli

Start Planning for Easing Restrictions

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Reopening cities requires a careful balance between preventive measures and a gradual opening of essential activities. Fight against Covid-19 will be a long term battle for Nepal. Vaccines will not become available before 2021 and medicines, not before autumn. For a country like Nepal, widespread availability of medicine and vaccines …

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 …

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 …