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Last week, Nepal’s Supreme Court settled two major cases. A three-member bench annulled the appointment of Lokman Singh Karki, chief of the anti-graft constitutional body, inferring that he lacked the necessary qualification and the “high moral character” the office called for.

 

Top leaders of the four main political parties will meet tomorrow to discuss and evolve a common stance on the formation of the interim cabinet and who should be the speaker in the interim legislature.

 
Rudderless due to unawakened masses, Tarai-Madhesh remains almost leaderless even after a decade of the first major upheaval Abrogation of the Interim Constitution, adoption of a federal structure, fresh delineation of electoral constituencies on the basis of population, and proportionate inclusion of Madheshis in the state apparatuses were some of the primary demands of the popular movement in the winter of discontent ten years ago. Back then, Upendra Yadav—a little-known former UML cadre and a renegade Maoist from Biratnagar—was spearheading the political drive.
 

It is that time of year again, and the government is getting ready to mark the annual National Earthquake Safety Day on 15 January. Once more there will be speeches, pledges and promises but no one has any hope of any quantum leap in making up for lost time on reconstruction, or in preparing for future shocks. 

 

The parliamentary committee investigating the Nagarkot massacre and the Belbari killing has directed the government to bring the then Home Minister Kamal Thapa at the committee’s meeting tomorrow at any cost.

 

As the bill has given more legal teeth to the NRB no persons in the BFIs management will dare indulge in financial irregularities as in the past

 

The power producers henceforth can invest on power sector without any apprehension of their money turning into dust. But the NEA board has not complied with the government decision which aims to generate electricity to meet the local demand as well as sell the surplus energy generated within the country.

 

With the interim constitution slated to be promulgated on Monday, moves are afoot among political parties to have a bigger share from the 48 seats in the interim legislature originally set aside for members of civil society.

 

 

Top leaders of the seven-party alliance and the CPNMaoist today decided to promulgate the “Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2063 B.S” on January 15 and also to ratify it by the interim legislature-parliament on the same day.

 

Sixty years ago, when Swiss geologist Toni Hagen walked across the length and breadth of Nepal he used to ask villagers what they wanted most. The reply was almost always: a footbridge. Rivers divided Nepal into an archipelago of isolated valleys, especially in the monsoon.

 


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