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A weak state, with its authority eroded, and a judiciary with its impartiality, fairness and neutrality under a cloud of suspicion is perhaps the biggest source of despair for the average Nepali.


Human history and creation of nation-state borders are familiar with violence in all forms. Nepal’s brutal timeline can be traced back to 1768 when the king Prithvi Narayan Shah unified the Himalayan nation through military violence. Prior to that, the lynched republic was once a scattered land ruled by numerous kings. The notion that most nations were founded by spilling blood cannot be overruled. 

There is hope that the new Nepalese Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda (Nepali for "fierce one"), will work towards improving relations with India. But many here feel that the trust Nepalese people had in India has vanished and the uneasy relationship with India is set to continue. So, what next for Nepal?

On August 4, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre), was sworn in for the second time as Prime Minister of Nepal, becoming the ninth Prime Minister in the country’s eight-year-long history as a republic and the only communist leader to have managed to stage a political comeback. While this may be testimony to his pragmatism, others feel that Mr. Prachanda has engaged in too many political flip-flops.

The local tourism entrepreneurs in the Annapurna Base Camp route and tourism stakeholders in the Western Regional Association in Pokhara and the Union of Trekking, Travel, Rafting Airlines workers are at odds after the local hotel and restaurant entrepreneurs decided to increase the cost of bed and food along the route famous for trekking.  
The number of youths working as migrant workers dropped in the last fiscal year in comparison with the year before. This is something to be very concerned about as the remittance sent by the migrant workers is also on the decline. Remittance is the mainstay these days of the Nepali economy.  
The government’s policy is to ensure 100 percent enrollment of Nepali children in schools.  
Hours after being sworn in as Nepal’s 39th Prime Minister on Thursday, Pushpa Kamal Dahal made four decisions: to carry out ‘the government for the people’ program, provide the first instalments of the reconstruction grants to 533,000 earthquake-affected families within the next 45 days, mobilise doctors in all Primary Health Care Centres, and encourage registration of births by offering allowances to the Dalits.  

The trial of Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama in a British court on charge of subjecting two alleged Maoist rebels to torture during the insurgency in itself marks a watershed moment in Nepal’s transitional justice process, rights defenders say, arguing that the case, which attracted universal jurisdiction, has a clear message that rights violators can be tried even on foreign soil if the state of their origin fails to deliver justice to the victims.


The ripples of Brexit have been felt worldwide, and even here in Nepal. Because the Pound has fallen to its lowest level in thirty years, and according to the Economist has yet to find a floor, emails from project managers of DfID have started coming in to development partners “requesting all awardees to reduce the budget total by 12.5 percent on the bottom-line and [we] would appreciate any further reduction on your own accord for hedging purposes” by reducing consultant as well as travel time, activities, training and even project duration. There are somber faces from Lalitpur’sKumaripati to Pokhara and Dharan, towns with businesses made lively by British Gurkha pensioners, where household budget devaluation is the dark cloud with no real silver lining.


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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

Intensifying searches is good. But with all this only about 15% of the tax-defaulters have been caught. Therefore the government must address the major sources of black money, writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor. 


BRICS meet in Goa

sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_8.jpg India-China differences and their discord over Pakistan are among differences in the BRICS that could “capsize” the grouping if the member nations fail to address competition and disagreements among them, Chinese media said today.

Well that should be it. Game, set and match. The three presidential debates — now mercifully over — have not been kind to Donald Trump, not least the constant use of the split screen which means his peevish, glowering and frequently interrupting persona is permanently on display to viewers.

In the afternoon of October 13, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away at the age of 88, in the 70th year of his reign. I ran to a café in Sukhumvit to watch the announcement, as streets in Bangkok grew quiet, people huddled around television screens, many sobbing in disbelief....


Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

Two great sieges are getting underway in the Middle East, one in Mosul in Iraq, and the other in Aleppo in Syria. They have a great deal in common, including, the fact that the attackers both depend heavily on foreign air power, but they are treated by most international media as though, they were completely different events. How ...

On a sunny morning a young shepherd takes his cattle across the lovely winding Namka Chu into the dense pine forests on the ridge above. The cold wind blows in from the north and the boy looks up at the steep mountain ahead of him covered by rhododendrons.


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...


The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this h...


The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’  is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces wh...


In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...


Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

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