Cyber Insecurity: Catastrophe in the Waiting

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The vulnerabilities of Nepal’s banking system came to the fore on the night of August 31, 2019,[1] when five Chinese nationals were arrested in the capital, who were on ATM hacking spree in different places in Kathmandu. The hackers had come to Nepal on August 20 and had planned to …

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 …

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Dengue and Climate Change – A Hard to Win Fight for Nepal Government

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Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease caused mainly by the female Aedes aegypti. Some other species including Aedes albopictus, Aedes polynesiensis, and Aedes scutellaris are also vectors of dengue.[1] Dengue has been rising over the last half-century due to factors, including global trade and travel, urbanization, population growth, and climate change, …

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 …

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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 …

Health workers are few and scarce in rural parts of Nepal. Pregnant women and new mother rely on their expertise for safe motherhood.

Is Nepal’s Medical Sector Doomed to Fail?

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Health being an important aspect of human life, health institutions such as hospitals are known to be safe zones because of the services they provide for people. Many nations, both developed and developing, have promoted their state health systems at par with to the required standards and the leaders of …

Two Third Majority

UML-Maoist Merger

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Two of the three largest political parties, CPN-UML and CPN-MC merged to form Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on May 17 and were approved by the Election Commission on June 6, 2018. “A bunch of leaders, in a guerilla style, brought the seven-point unification (document) and announced the decision, not a …

On a path of de-democratization

End of the ‘tacking’ strategy

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With deeper integration, Nepal may no longer be able to swing freely between India and China as in the past. Since 1951, when the people overthrew the Ranas, Nepal has used the strategy of ‘tacking’ to sail through the influence exerted by China and India. For example, in 1956, King …