Ill will

Published On: August 29, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Nepali people take their high-ranking politicians so slightly because there is often a huge gulf between their lofty words and puny actions. During his nine months in office, former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, in order to burnish his nationalist credentials, repeatedly invoked the greatness of our ancestors and the indomitable spirit of Nepali people

Bigger is bitter

Published On: August 27, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and (now) CPN (Maoist Center) emerged as the first, second and third largest parties, respectively, in the second Constituent Assembly elections in 2013. There were also the three main forces behind the new constitution that was promulgated on September 20th, 2015. It was after intense deliberations that the three parties had agreed to cap the size of Nepali cabinet to 25 in the new constitution.

Thousand flowers

Published On: August 25, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

If the Cabinet approves the fourth amendment of the Electricity Regulations Act (1993), it will signal a sea-change in hydropower development in Nepal. If the act is approved, hydropower producers interested in projects of up to 100 MW will no longer be required to get the go ahead of the Ministry of Energy to carry out survey, build power plants and generate electricity.

A numbers game

Published On: August 24, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The vastly different views on local elections coming from different political parties are providing more heat than light in this important debate. There appears to have been no serious homework on which these parties have based their views.

Open Sesame

Published On: August 23, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Republica

The long queues in front of the petrol pumps witnessed in the last few days have been reminiscent of the four-month-long border blockade last year. Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), the government oil monopoly, blames the ‘long weekend’ for the new panic as three consecutive days of holiday meant that the Nepali oil depots that receive imports from India were closed.

Trilateral track

Published On: August 22, 2016 12:07 AM NPT By: Republica

With Chinese President Xi Jinping likely to visit Nepal in October, there is renewed hope that the deals that were signed between Nepal and China during then-Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s China visit back in March could finally be operational. Chief among these agreements was a landmark transit treaty that for the first time recognized Nepal’s right to trade with third countries through Chinese territories.

Deadly serious

Published On: August 20, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Traffic police attribute 90 percent of road accidents in Nepal to transport syndicates. Nearly all the major road routes in the country are controlled by these syndicates, which are effectively running a parallel government. They bar the entry of new operators, forcing passengers into old buses and microbuses, where they are packed like well-stuffed bottles of gundruk. The bus accident in Kavre district that killed 27 people on Monday has also been attributed to a local syndicate.

Silent killers

Published On: August 18, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The three months of monsoon wreak havoc with the lives of Nepalis. Monsoon floods and landslides claim hundreds of people every year. This is also the time for the spread of well-known infectious diseases like typhoid, cholera and malaria. Then there are the comparably lesser known diseases like Chikungunuya and Cahandipura viruses and scrub typhus to contend with. This monsoon, at least three people have died while 91 have been found infected by scrub typhus, new infections now reported from 22 different districts.

Good start

Published On: August 17, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The issue of transitional justice is, in essence, part of a larger political process that started with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2006. With the promulgation of new constitution, the bulk of the peace and constitutional process was completed. Now if the issue of transitional justice can somehow be settled as well, the political actors in Nepal can credibly claim that they have achieved something remarkable: successfully mainstreaming a potent military outfit that had set out to establish ‘the dictatorship of the proletariat’.

Holy smoke

Published On: August 16, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The number of vehicles on the streets of Nepal continues to steadily increase, growing by an astonishing 43 percent in the fiscal 2015/16 as compared to 2014/15. This despite the fact that during the four months of the border blockade Nepal didn’t import a single vehicle. The rapid rise in vehicle imports in Nepal has been attributed primarily to three factors: lower interest on vehicle loans, rise in remittance after the blockade and improved state of motor roads all over Nepal.