MCC is vital for Nepal: Golcha

November 24, 2021 17:25 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: Federation of Nepalese Chamber Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Chairman Shekhar Golcha has expressed disappointment over the delay in endorsing the US-funded Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement through parliament.

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: Assistant Foreign Minister Donald Lu has paid courtesy calls to former Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli.

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: As the endorsement of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact Agreement through parliament has fallen uncertain in Nepal, the number and frequency of senior US officials visiting Nepal has increased.

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: Three umbrella organizations of the business community have urged Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to take a firm, principled and affirmative action to ratify the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Nepal Compact Agreement through parliament without any further delay.

Protest against MCC in Bhaktapur

November 13, 2021 15:55 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: People staged a protest against the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact agreement at an inauguration program organized in Bhaktapur on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Nepali Congress General Secretary Shashank Koirala has said that MCC will be passed by a majority in the parliament after holding discussion in parliament.

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: The US Project Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) headquarters has expressed concern over the end of Nepal's both house sessions without approving the MCC Compact Agreement.

UDAYAPUR, Oct 25: Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Narayan Khadka has said that MCC could be passed only if there is broader consensus among political parties.

KAILALI, Oct 22: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the American aid project, Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC), will be passed by parliament. Speaking at a press conference in Dhangadhi after inspecting the disaster-struck regions in Sudurpaschim Province, PM Deuba said that the MCC will be passed by parliament as it will be under the purview of Nepal’s laws.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: A group of demonstrators took to the streets of Kathmandu protesting against the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) pact on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Nepal’s private sector has come up with a common agenda in support of the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Nepal Compact, pressurizing the government to endorse the agreement soon.

MCC must come with some amendments and the clauses must be written more clearly, respecting the sovereignty and voices of Nepal or else, the US must keep its popularity by engaging in other philanthropic activities that it has been doing for many decades. Since the US is the global center for democratic values, questions arising over the US are also the questions arising over free speech, independence and democracy that Nepalis strongly believe in.

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka has said that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement cannot be amended only for Nepal.

In the name of Development Aid

September 26, 2021 06:30 am

While scanning MCC, Nepal can also learn from the Sri Lankan experience where a US aid scheme sparked debate and MCC was not approved. Critics argue that the MCC’s primary commitment is not poverty reduction but to reshape the legal, institutional, infrastructural and financial contexts of poorer countries to better suit US economic and Indo-Pacific Strategy Pact interests of the government and becoming an instrument of the new imperialism pursuing economic hegemony through the extension and ever-deepening penetration of neoliberal capitalism. Vietnam has already rejected MCC.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Former Home Minister and politburo member of the main opposition CPN-UML, Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that the American Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement should be passed after revising a few provisions.

A Letter to the Nepali People about MCC

September 21, 2021 16:10 pm

Nowadays, some sections of the public go as far as to charge treason against those who argue the MCC project is needed for Nepal’s development. Some adamant opponents do not even want to listen to or read other arguments when it comes to the MCC project. This is an utterly wrong and worrisome situation. Are the people who are in favor of the project treasonous? I would contend, absolutely not.

Don't take action against MCC critics: SC

September 21, 2021 13:00 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an interim order to the authorities not to take action against anyone on the basis of their negative remarks about projects operating in the country, including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

MORANG, Sept 17: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, has said that the budget holiday would not remain for long.

What MCC is and what it is not

September 13, 2021 07:44 am

Nepal is not the only country in the world that is receiving an MCC grant. Several other countries have already received grants and some countries are currently in the process of receiving the grants. We can look at what were the agreement points in the countries where the project has been implemented, how it has been operated, and whether the project has done well or not. We should also examine what kinds of agreements are being made with the countries where MCC funding is currently being received.

TAPLEJUNG, Sept 11: The Himalayan region of Taplejung, too, has witnessed protests against the government’s preparation to endorse the American Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement.

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the government is holding discussions with other political parties to forge broader national consensus to endorse Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement through the parliament.

CHITWAN, Sept 10: Protesters picketed the District Administration Office (DAO) of Chitwan, on Friday, demanding that the US grant project - the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - be scrapped. The MCC Abolition Campaign Joint Struggle Committee Chitwan gheraoed the DAO on Friday afternoon, chanting anti-MCC slogans and brandishing black flags.

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: The ruling coalition is in a meeting to discuss further the expansion of the cabinet and the US government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: A meeting of the top leaders of the ruling parties is currently underway at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Baluwatar. Sources said the meeting has been organized to forge consensus among the ruling parties to endorse the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement through parliament.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Visiting Vice Chairman of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Fatima Sumar has urged CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli to help endorse the MCC agreement through parliament.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Vice President Fatima Sumar is meeting CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli today. Sumar is on a four-day trip to Nepal to understand the latest status of the MCC project, which is yet to be approved by parliament.

MCC Vice President arrives in Kathmandu

September 9, 2021 11:47 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: A team led by Fatima Sumar, vice president of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), has arrived in Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, September 9: The MCC Vice President Fatema Sumar is arriving in Kathmandu today. She will be accompanied by the MCC Deputy Vice President Jonathan Brooks.

KATHMANDU, September 9: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has responded to the request of Nepal government to clarify some of the provisions of the MCC Nepal Compact.

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement with the USA was being used to break the ruling coalition.

Let’s not politicize MCC: PM Deuba

September 8, 2021 09:54 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Arguing that the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has been introduced only after completing legal procedure, Nepali Congress (NC) President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged not to politicize this issue.

Moment of truth for Nepal on MCC

September 6, 2021 21:00 pm

All eyes are on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is actively pushing MCC for early approval. But his coalition partners have reservations.

KATHMANDU, September 6: The Home Ministry has instructed all three security agencies under it to stay on "high alert" as the government prepares for the US aid project, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), to be endorsed through the parliament.

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: A demonstration against the MCC took place in front of the US Embassy in Nepal on Friday morning. Police arrested 10 people of ‘National Campaign against MCC’ from in front of the embassy in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, September 1: The MCC Vice President Fatema Sumar is visiting Nepal next week. She will be accompanied by the MCC Deputy Vice President Jonathan Brooks.

MORANG, August 28: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has expressed confidence that MCC would be endorsed after holding discussions with political parties, adding that MCC as a development project is necessary for the country.

Antics of MCC critics

August 18, 2021 07:10 am

KATHMANDU, August 18: Given Nepal’s current situation, MCC or no MCC is not going to make any difference. The sky is not going to fall without the MCC, nor will we be having a heavenly ride with the MCC. Yet, the political forces in the opposition have found it to be a rallying cry.

MCC not a priority for government

August 11, 2021 14:15 pm

KATHMANDU, August 11: The common minimum program introduced by the coalition government led by Sher Bahadur Deuba has ignored the projects under the much-talked about Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The previous coalition government of the CPN (Maoist Centre) and Congress had signed the MCC Compact on September 14, 2017.

KATHMANDU, July 30: Bhim Rawal, a member of parliament from the main opposition CPN-UML, has claimed that the government has already agreed to the Millennium Corporation Challenge (MCC), an ambitious strategic project of the United States of America.

We want to see parliament ratify MCC at the earliest

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that his government will never sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement proposed by the United States, Sri Lankan media reports said.

Gyawali says there are no legal provisions for reappointing Ghising as NEA’s MD

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Chairman duo of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) K P Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed to endorse the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact through parliament after making necessary amendments to the agreement.

Let me begin with the most recent incident. On July 17,a video showing a youth (said to be a Nepali) being tonsured and forced to shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and‘death to Nepal PM’ appeared in social media.  The Indian men, in the video, wrote ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on shaved head of the youth.

KATHMANDU, July 4: At a time when the fate of the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is hanging in balance, Finance Minister Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada on Saturday said that the government has received positive response from the MCC headquarters in terms of extending the deadline for MCC ratification.

KATHMANDU, June 30: Citing delays in parliamentary ratification of the MCC Nepal Compact, the Millennium Challenge Account Nepal (MCA-Nepal) has said that the entry into force (EiF) date for the agreement is getting reassessed.

KATHMANDU, June 29: As the parliamentary endorsement of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact is delayed further, the United States government has clarified that it cannot indefinitely wait for Nepal to take final decision on the 500 million grants.

KATHMANDU, June 28: Amid souring relations between China and India following a recent military scuffle in Ladakh, a Chinese scholar has said that the two Asian neighbors should not be resorting to war but work for stability in the entire Himalayas.

With  a theme "Kathmandu valley-wide citizen's cultural peace walk for national independence, co-existence, and good governance" members of The Civil Voice, a Facebook group has begun a eight-day protest "Citizen's Cultural Peace Walk".

KATHMANDU, June 24: The Standing Committee meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) began at the Prime Minister's Official Residence in Baluwatar on Wednesday afternoon.