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Archive for August, 2012


President rejects two ordinances

President Ram Baran Yadav has declined two ordinances related to elections forwarded by the government, stating that they were neither relevant nor satisfactory. The move is being seen by many as his overt stance that issuing unilateral ordinances is against the spirit of democracy.This is the first time the President refused to sign an ordinance […]

In the name of peace and constitution

Pushpa Kamal Dahal has once again shown why he is considered the most powerful man in Nepali politics. After the party formally split last month, many had assumed that Dahal’s ability to influence political course would be weakened. But on Wednesday, Dahal not only put an end to the speculation, he sent a clear message […]

Trouble in Trishuli

The government has revoked the licence of Nepal Water and Energy, the company involved in the development of 216 MW Upper Trishuli-1 hydropower project, and the future of the $500 million venture, which was scheduled to be completed by 2018 is now uncertain. According to sources at the Ministry of Energy, officials are planning to […]

“Nationalism cannot be self-gratifying indulgence”

Translated from Baburam Bhattarai’s article in Kantipur from 12 August Renowned English novelist George Orwell has said, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” In the last few weeks, the mainstream media has been disseminating misleading news and prejudiced opinions on nationalism which must be contested. Nationalism is not a […]

Lost in priority

Each time a Nepali delegation attends bilateral trade talks, one issue never changes: plea for duty free access and concessions. They seem to forget the fundamental factor that will enable us to export more is the ability to competitively produce goods and services in the first place. It is not that tariff and non-tariff barriers […]

NC leader guilty of corruption

In yet another milestone verdict against corruption, Nepal’s Supreme Court has sent a prominent leader from the country’s oldest party Nepali Congress behind the bars. Khum Bahadur Khadka has been convicted to 1.5 years of rigorous imprisonment and fined 9.4 million rupees. Khadka assumed the charge of different ministries, including home and local development in […]

West Seti to China Three Gorges

The government has decided to grant China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) permission to proceed on the 750MW West Seti Hydropower Project. Earlier in March 2012, the Natural Resources and Means Committee of the now-defunct Constituent Assembly and the Investment Board had raised questions over a MOU signed with China Three Gorges International (CTGI), a subsidiary […]