At a time Nepali Congress has been criticized for failing to play the role of constructive opposition in the parliament and national politics, it has announced ‘public awareness campaigns’ to be held across the country starting from next week.
For long, Baisakh has become a cruel month for parents who want to admit their children in schools for new academic session. Monthly and admission fees scare them off. Some schools in Kathmandu and out of the valley are charging exorbitantly high amount—as much as Rs 40,000 per month in monthly fees.
We welcome the year 2076 with hope and optimism. The year 2075 was nothing extraordinary for the country. It was rather uneventful year with the government of PM KP Sharma Oli promising bunch of things, most of which remains unfulfilled. The Oli government is not tired of repeating its grand promises of Happy Nepali and Prosperous Nepal. We can only hope that the government will start working earnestly to lay the foundations to expedite big development works.
Once again concerns are being raised from victims’ community, human rights organizations and even international community regarding the fate of transitional justice process. These concerns are legitimate for the transitional justice bodies—Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commissioners of the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) created in 2015 with the mandate of investigating conflict-era cases, establishing the truth, recommending reparation and suggesting ways to prevent reoccurrence of conflict in the future—are going to be nearly defunct from this week onwards.
The deadly rainstorm that hit the poor settlements in Bara and Parsa districts on March 31 left 28 people dead, displaced hundreds and destroyed large number of houses. Right after deaths and devastation were reported, actors—from common citizens to political party leaders to chief ministers to prime minister—sprang into action to reach out and help the survivors in every possible way.
Here is something for which the government of K P Sharma Oli can take credit, though his administration alone may not have contributed to it. The construction of 12.2-kilometer long tunnel of Bheri-Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project, a major component of Nepal’s national pride project, is almost complete and this is happening a year before the deadline and without raising additional budget costs.
Nepal’s essential service sectors—such as hospitals and educational institutions—have been victims of protests and obstructions. Whenever the employees therein have to express their resentment with the government’s decisions and policies they resort to protests, halting services and in the process causing great inconvenience to service seekers.