The Nepal-China Railway

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A Nepali delegation headed by Devendra Karki from the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport went to Beijing between 17th to the 23rd of June for a consultation meeting on the construction of the Kathmandu-Kerung Railway. According to the department engineer Kiran Karki, the delegation had been invited by the …

Tools of Impunity and Political Control

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The recent appointments of five justices to the Supreme Court and 18 judges to the High Court display the extent to which our ‘democratic’ system has broken down. The media narrated how the government, the chief justice and the leader of the opposition colluded, resulting in the appointments of loyal …

NCell and Capital Gains Tax

Geo-strategic Spillover

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Ordinary citizens and civil society have become the victims of the government’s desire for political control. There is an evident shift in the political discourse, where political parties in power are emphasising on the duties of the citizens over their rights. This is in tandem with the shift in emphasis …

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. …

Two Third Majority

To sustain political stability, cohesion within the Nepal Communist Party is necessary

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Prime Minister K P Oli’s government once appeared as a rock-solid political formation with an ability to provide political stability for five years. It has now lost its aura of invincibility. Oli and his close aides have begun to talk about undemocratic and reactionary forces closing upon the government from …

Democracy and Federalism

News Digest June 8-14, 2019

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Ruling Party Policy, Programmes, and Budget Members of the National Assembly expressed doubt over effective implementation of the budget. The members in the discussion at the Assembly claimed that budget was estimated without any homework.[1] Likewise, Financial Comptroller General Office reported that the government spent only 46.22 percent of budget …

News Digest June 1-7, 2019

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Domestic Politics NCP Merger Factional politics is on the rise in NCP party. Nine senior leaders are protecting their group interests in the party. PM Oli leads a group with committed members and has home minister Ram Bahadur Thapa as the new comer.[1] NCP discussed the name of in-charge and …

Babita Marik making fan or bena out of bamboo shoots. This is their traditional occupation which is slowly dying out. She only makes them when she gets orders, that is only during wedding seasons. She gets Rs 1000 per order. On other times, she stays home looking after her children. Mariks are of Dom caste, much lower than Dalits in the caste hierarchy.

Light of Hope for Dalits

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Nepal retains its centuries-old caste system. Dalits, the discriminated people under this system, suffer from restrictions on the use public amenities, deprivation of economic opportunities, and general neglect by the state and the society. More than twenty Dalit caste groups exist in the country at present and caste-based discrimination is …

GoN Institutional Mechanisms for GESI

News Digest May 1-7, 2019

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Government and the Ruling Party Employees Adjustment Process The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) announced the completion of the civil servants’ adjustment process in all three tiers of the government. Nevertheless, about 10,000 civil servants in health and other sectors are not satisfied and have registered complaints.[1] …

Federal Government – Employee Deployment

PEACE BY PEACEFUL MEANS

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Conflict and revolution have become a culture of the country. Be it chanting slogans against Panchayat system in 1990, or suffering armed conflict for a decade starting 1996, the Madhesh Movement, the Tharuhat movement and the like. However, the warring parties have always reached a negotiated settlement. The Maoists, as …