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Some unsettling events have occurred lately in the so-called enlightened and developed Western world which has historically prescribed models of polity and economy to the rest of the world.  
 

Nepal celebrates a decade of its transition to a secular federal republic. This is the time to introspect on the peace process. It is also the time to ask how these two issues are linked and if they can transform Nepal into a prosperous and stable democracy.

 

The Government may have several political agendas but nothing should prevent it from focusing attention on the plight of the survivors of the last year’s earthquakes.

 
 

The history of Kathmandu Valley’s architecture is the history of living, adapting and reconstructing between frequent earthquakes. This cyclical renewal is at the core of our building culture. The energy for each successive renewal process, however, comes from the strength of our intangible heritage: festivals, jatras, nakhas and pyakhas. These are social bonds that have gelled the Valley’s society over the centuries.

 

In a surprising turn, Madheshi Morcha has given Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal two more weeks to sort out contentious issues and table the constitution amendment proposal in the parliament. This, we have been told, has been done to garner support from ruling as well as opposition parties to build consensus on disputed issues of citizenship and provincial demarcations. Predictably, Morcha came down to these two crucial points from their earlier 11-point and 26-point demands, which had also included broad range of governance, accountability and transparency issues. So will the deadlock between Morcha and Big Three parties be broken in the next two weeks? Unlikely. 

 

The position of Chief Secretary was not as familiar as it is now in the past. It was merely confined in the premises of Singh Durbar, guarded by police staff with a gun, and surrounded by dozens of senior civil servants at the secretariat. The king would decide who should be Chief Secretary. So this post was regarded as one of the most powerful and influential portfolios in Nepal’s public administration. This article discusses why appointment process of CS remains controversial and why the government should consider redefining the role and responsibility of this position in the upcoming structure of public administration.

 

The issue of sovereignty and territorial integrity is paramount in contemporary public discourse. Nepalese society is indivisible.

 

By 2025, the number of people using the internet will grow to seven billion and if Nepal is to remain relevant and functional in the new Digital Age, it has to do away with bureaucracy suited for the agrarian age.  

 

 A state visit by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to Delhi in mid-September, and that of President Pranab Mukherjee to Nepal six weeks later, are the government’s two other major achievements.

 

Politics generally divides us. It also limits us. And I am not talking about the amazing US elections where Mr Donald ‘Badboy’ Trump has just trumped almost every punditry to conquer the White House.

 


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