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.
Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli made all the right noises about Nepal’s need for foreign investment on the opening ceremony of Investment Summit on Friday. He presented the case of Nepal confidently, exuberating enthusiasm while addressing the delegates and the investors. The prime minister told the investors what actually they wanted to hear.
More than 600 participants from 40 countries will participate in the Investment Summit to be held in Kathmandu from Friday. Nepal Investment Board (NIB) has prepared a list of 77 projects (50 public and 27 private) to be presented at the Summit.
The decision of Constitutional Council to pick former Secretary Dinesh Thapaliya as chief election commissioner and Bisnhu Maya Ojha as a member of the National Inclusive Commission without participation of the leader of the main opposition Sher Bahadur Deuba of Nepali Congress (NC) has again raised some concerns about the intent of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli.
The Secondary Education Examination (SEE), known until 2016 as School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam, is being held across the country. Sunday marked the first day of the exam and as of this writing, no major untoward incidents have been reported. This is a welcome shift for in the past SEE (or SLC) exams used to be riddled with cases of rampant cheating, especially in the districts in Tarai plains.