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The other day Kathmandu’s Radisson Hotel, off a tiny lane crammed on either side by stores with Nepalese and Himalayan knick knacks, was crawling with security officials. The president and prime minister, their senior cabinet ministers and top officials, as well as diplomats, intellectuals, media and scholars, packed the sprawling conference hall, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the end of Nepal’s brutal and divisive civil war.  
 

In September, this year, the Ministry of Commerce finally unveiled the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS), 2016 which has trimmed down the list of ‘export-potential’ goods to nine products (along with three service categories) from the 12 that were incorporated in its previous avatar, the NTIS 2010. 

 

In Nepal about a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. In 2010, the Nepal Living Standard Survey found that 23.8 per cent families earned below $1.25 a day which is the national line of poverty.

 

Global market conditions have started reversing after the US presidential election, and similar to the prediction on the results of the election itself, predictions on post election US market conditions have also mostly gone the other way.

 

Let me put aside question of whether the constitution amendment bill, which should have been registered in the parliament already but which has been held in abeyance as of this writing, will pass or whether CPN-UML will support it. But given the complexity of the issues involved, any government would have only one practical way out: float a proposal that in form seems to address key concerns but in reality does not solve anything.

 

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Maoists and the Government of Nepal that started the peace process hailed as a success worldwide.

 

The government needs to take cyber security seriously as every aspect of our life is getting digitized and, at the same time, banking related crimes are increasing.

 
The impeachment issue of Lok Man Singh Karki,who is currently suspended as chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), has brought Nepal’s politics to the boil once again.  
 
The issue of amending the constitution is getting knottier day by day with the sharp opposition of the CPN-UML against it. The more pressure put on PM Prachanda by the agitating outfits forcing him to mend his fences with the UML, the harsher UML is getting towards amending the constitution.
 

We are living in extraordinary times, believes Ronald A. Heifetz, one of the foremost theorists on leadership. He calls forth a ‘new social contract’ to revitalize our civic life to grapple with this crisis of leadership.

 
 


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