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Electoral logic

New Policy and ProgramThere is a fundamental contradiction in the government's policies and programs presented by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday. According to the new document, the government focus in the next fiscal will be post-quake rebuilding, constitution implementation…
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In poor taste

Oli's India diplomacyEven at the height of the four and half months of India's border blockade, there was constant exchange of high level visitors between India and Nepal. Both Sushil Koirala and KP Sharma Oli, the two prime ministers at…
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Dirty games

National politicsWe understand why Nepali Congress and UCPN (Maoist) would be unhappy with the functioning of the eight-month-old government of KP Sharma Oli. Under Prime Minister Oli's watch, black-marketing has flourished; in fact members of his own government have been…
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Breach of trust

Opaque UN agenciesAccording to a recent report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the UN agencies in Nepal have spent around US $237 million (which comes to over Rs 25 billion) in emergency relief…
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Justify this

Rumors of government changeDuring his seven months in office Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has done a fair bit to bring Nepal's foreign relations on an even keel by first lobbying with India to get it to lift the blockade…
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Fuss and feathers

Absence of house hearingsThe long delay in giving final shape to the Parliamentary Hearings Special Committee has hollowed important organs of the state and made high-level decision-making nigh impossible. In the absence of the committee, the parliament has not been…
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No magic formula

Humla cold-related deathsFor the boosters of federalism, one of the main reasons Nepal had to be federated was in order to empower local administrative units to effectively deal with local issues. In their view, for most of its 250 years…
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One stop shop

National ID cardsWe wholeheartedly support the national initiative to avail each and every Nepali a unique 'smart national identification card'. This computer-readable card will contain biological and personal information of cardholders and can be used as a national identity card…
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Covered in blood

NHRC report on migrantsThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday released an alarming report on human trafficking. It was alarming because it highlighted the ingenuity of traffickers who have managed to successfully decisive our law enforcement agencies through their…
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Blessing in disguise

ICC suspension of CANThe decision of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the global cricket governing body, to suspend the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) from its membership, is a blessing in disguise for Nepali cricket. The ICC is bang on…
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Divided we fall

NHRC reconstruction reportWe have in this space time and again noted the government’s dismal failure to expedite reconstruction works. Hence the vast majority of around 770,000 families rendered homeless by last year’s earthquakes are still living in temporary shelters. Reportedly,…
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Broken basics

High official inflationA moderate level of inflation—of around two percent—is considered ideal. It keeps the economy humming by boosting competition and helps with the GDP growth. This is why in most European countries and mature economies like Japan, the governments…
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Miles to go

Earthquake anniversaryThe Oli government has been making all the right noises on the eve of the first anniversary of the April 25th earthquake. Detailed survey of damaged areas is now complete, we hear, and within two years all those displaced…
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Hush-hush

Ambassador appointmentThese are tough times to be representing the country abroad. Although Nepal now has a constitution, and hence the decade-long political transition has formally ended, disagreements over the new charter continue to fester, both in and outside the country.…
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