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Two months after the successful conclusion of parliamentary elections, Nepal's largest party CPN-UML on Wednesday picked its Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli as the next Prime Minister of the country.

The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2006 between the Maoists and the Seven Party Alliance ended the 10-year armed conflict in which more than 13,000 Nepalis were killed, 1,300 went missing and 100,000-150,000 were internally displaced.


The journey towards a true socially inclusive Nepal has never been an easy ride but rather a bumpy one. Yet despite the many existing challenges, big strides have been accomplished in the last decade: Citizens belonging to ethnic groups with a long-standing story of discrimination are now able to proudly celebrate their own rich cultures, including celebrating their main festivals, most of which have now become national holidays.


Minister of State for Finance Udaya Shumsher Rana has said the government has formally started coordinating with foreign banks and companies to trace sources of billions of rupees transferred to controversial businessman Ajeya Raj Sumargi and firms affiliated to him.


Six long weeks after the elections to the provincial assemblies and the federal parliament, the Nepali Congress last week allowed its central working committee (CWC) to discuss what led to its debacle. Yet it was more an angry outburst, rather than a sustained debate.


The cloud of political uncertainty has been cleared after the government on Wednesday nominated, though belatedly, Chiefs of State (Governors) in all seven provinces and fixed temporary provincial headquarters to operate the provincial governments until a final arrangement is made


The agriculture sector in Nepal has barely progressed in the last decade. As always, plans and policies are limited to papers only. The successive governments, it seems, are oblivious to the agriculture distress that country could face in near future.


Suspicions and fabrications about the left alliance and its sweeping election victory and would-be unification are the talk of the town. However, there has been little scrutiny into the political circumstances and recent breakthroughs that led to the present metamorphosis in Nepali politics.


The government has failed to ramp up capital spending in the current fiscal year as well. Capital expenditure hovered around Rs47 billion in the first half of the fiscal year, or around 14 percent of the annual capital budget of Rs335.2 billion, show government data.


As we cross over towards the second half of January, Nepalis can be assured that the biting cold will slowly start to wane. However, cold waves are still affecting the Tarai belt, where more than 50 people have died of severe cold this winter.


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