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For the record

Insurgency-era casesThe two transitional justice bodies—the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP)—started accepting formal complaints from conflict victims on April 17th. The complaints can be lodged either with the head offices…
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Getting worse

Scarcity of potable waterSome time ago we had noted with alarm how around 2.7 million people across 21 earthquake-affected districts are being forced to live in drought-like conditions. According to the Department of Water Supply and Sewage, 3,067 water sources…
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Repeating Haiti?

Reconstruction mess in NepalAs we approach the first anniversary of the tragic earthquake that rattled Nepal last year in April and May, we have been reporting stories of misuse, abuse and unused recourses meant for earthquake survivors. In Sindhupalchowk alone,…
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Half a percent

The slumping economyThe latest World Economic Outlook report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) goes some way towards explaining the monumental consequences of, first, last year's devastating earthquakes and, second, on the heels of the quakes, the four and half…
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Symbol of hope

Pokhara international airportWe would like to believe that the foundation-laying ceremony on Wednesday for a regional international airport in Pokhara marks something important: start of the implementation of all the agreements that Nepal signed with China during Prime Minister KP…
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Good, bad and ugly

Evaluating Bikram Sambat 2072The year 2072 of the Bikram Sambat started in the worst possible way for Nepal. Only 12 days into it, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck. In this and subsequent aftershocks 9,000 people lost their lives, 22,000 were…
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Three of four

Sushila Karki as CJIf the Parliamentary Hearing Committee gives its green light, Sushila Karki will soon be appointed the Chief Justice of Nepal. With her appointment, three of the four most important government posts in the country—those of the President,…
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Rein them in

Irresponsible ministersAs the chairperson of RPP-Nepal, the fourth largest party in parliament, Kamal Thapa has every right to continue to pursue the pet agendas of his party like restoration of monarchy and reinstatement of Hindu state. But he is also…
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Better as one

Trade unionism in NepalEven as the government of KP Sharma Oli has chalked up some foreign policy successes, most notably the transit and oil agreements with China, the government's performance on domestic front, as we have noted many times, has…
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Take it easy

PM Oli's posturingPrime Minister KP Sharma Oli has played a key role in restoring a sense of balance between India and China. He seems to realize that disproportionate influence of either country on Nepal is undesirable. So he first visited…
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More proof

The Panama PapersThat a handful of rich Nepalis have been parking their ill-gotten wealth in tax heavens such as the British Virgin Islands and Switzerland is an open secret. This is why the Department of Money Laundering Investigation (DMLI) has…
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Fitting champions

The West Indies cricket teamThe West Indies were the fitting champions of the just-concluded World T20 tournament in India. The young, multi-talented members of their men's team are the epitome of the kind of cricketers who excel in the shortest…
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Do it right

Extraction activities The government had in 2014 decided to impose restrictions on extraction of sand and aggregates from the Chure belt, the ecologically vulnerable east-west mountain range running through 26 districts. A high-level committee was set up under the President…
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Don’t rush

Revising retirement ageForced to call it quits at 58, the civil servants of Nepal have among the lowest retirement ages in the world. Indian and Pakistani civil servants both retire at 60. The Brits retire at 65; the American government…
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