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On Sunday evening, the Nepal Electricity Authority cut off power supply to Mahendra Manzil, a bungalow within the Narayanhity Palace complex in Kathmandu, which is the residence of Ratna Rajya Lakshmi Shah, the former Queen Mother of Nepal.

 
At one time Nepal was exporting garments worth Rs. 12 billion every year and providing jobs to as many as 500,000. Then it was able to garner investment amounting to six billion rupees. However, now over 85 per cent of the garment factories have stopped operating. So far garments worth Rs. 4.2 billion has been exported in the 11 months of the fiscal 2015-16.  
 

Twice a year, a normally deserted border checkpoint high on the Tibetan plateau throngs with activity as traders from Nepal flock to do business with their giant northern neighbour China. 

 
As the head of a coalition government that has political parties which share a history of animosity, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal will need to be more flexible and accommodating. He is indeed making extra efforts to match his often repeated words — that he has learnt from his mistakes during his first eight-month long tenure as prime minister in 2008 — in deed. At home he has become less acerbic and critical towards the Opposition.  
 

When some major crisis or accident occurs, triggering public outrage at official mismanagement, government leaders and officials seem to go into a flurry of activities and high words of improving the things.

 
After backing Maoist Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal's prime ministerial bid, Madhesi dissidents are now considering to join the ruling coalition. Dahal (and the NC strategists who installed him as the new PM) sees no point in keeping Madhesi parties out of Singha Darbar after they joined hands to topple the KP Oli government. Indian lobbyists have also apparently prodded top Madhesi leaders to join the Maoist-NC government.  
 

A high level task force analysed health and development in Nepal in 2015 and came up with a load of recommendations to improve medical education in Nepal primarily in the next ten years.

 

Road accidents are commonplace in this country particularly in the rural dirt roads.

 
In a parliamentary system of governance the parliament is supreme, exercising on behalf of the people the sovereignty vested in them. Since after 1990, the country has adopted a parliamentary system. That means that if democracy is to be strengthened and the people are to feel a strong sense of ownership of the political system, the parliamentary practice needs to be improved much.  
 

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.

 


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