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After a week of the filing of the impeachment motion in the parliament against Lok Man Singh Karki, Chief Commissioner of the constitutional anti-graft agency CIAA, the murky water of impeachment politics is being settled gradually.  
 

Those were Nepal’s traditional exports, but there are new Made in Nepal items that are steadily gaining popularity around the world. Entrepreneurs say pushing a product with a Made in Nepal tag actually adds value, but ultimately it is the quality that counts to compete in the international market. Nepali Times looks at entrepreneurs who have defied domestic odds and overcome obstacles to push Nepali products that are making a splash in the international market.

 

Considered as one of the most experienced politicians of India, President Mukherjee’s three-day state visit to Nepal has evoked much hope and excitement in both the countries.

 

Madhes is a magnificent magnet for tourism. It is a paradise for tourists who prefer tropical climate. It is neither hot in the summer nor cold in the winter.

 

Tradition and religion have roots in Nepal’s society, as well as in state affairs. There was no thought applied on how to delink them before declaring the country secular. The contradiction between the constitution and principle of secularism on the one hand and the practice by those representing the state on the other, is bringing the issue to the fore. The debate can best be settled by leaving the decision to the people. Otherwise, it may have a larger negative impact on the constitution that can only increase the prevailing disunity instead of restoring larger internal unity as prescribed by Nepal’s giant neighbours.

 

Everything remained closely guarded. 157 Parliamentarians from the ruling Maoist and the main opposition Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist signed an ‘impeachment notice’ and submitted to the Parliament secretariat on Thursday. Soon after Speaker Onsari Gharti, who belongs to the Maoist Party, notified to the President and the Prime Minister that Lokman Singh Karki, Chief of the anti-graft Constitutional body (CIAA), remains suspended pending final outcome of parliament.

 

I believe Nepal can also learn a thing or two from Finland and start adopting direct democracy. So, instead of bickering over issues that are soon to be irrelevant in the 21st century, the government should work on formulating revolutionary laws like the Citizens Initiative Act in order to strengthen democracy so that we the citizens can also set their development agendas. More importantly, the Election Commission should come up with a revolutionary internet-voting solution so that Nepali citizens residing in Nepal and also in foreign soil can vote over the internet. Nepal needs direct democracy now more than ever. 

 
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal proposed a trilateral strategic partnership during a purportedly impromptu meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa last week during the BRICS-BIMSTEC Summit.  
 

Broadly speaking, Lokman Singh Karki is himself responsible for his downfall which looks certain now. However, there are some other forces which led the turn of events to Karki’s suspension from the post of CIAA Chief.  

 

The combination of market fundamentalism and identity politics of the majority is fuelling the rightward drift of Nepali society and providing space for authoritarian institutions and personalities.

 


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