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Detente in Kathmandu

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.  

Time for action

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.

The Madhes message

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.  

Health and development: Some improvements

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.

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Six new elephant corridors to protect natural nomads

Expressing concern over the increasing number of elephant deaths in India, an international organisation involved in the preservation and protection of these animals globally has stressed the urgent need for a comprehensive policy change in the country to arrest the rapid fall in elephant population.

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India’s growth trajectory predicated on structural reform

India’s ruling NDA regime will, no doubt, bask in the glow of regaining the world’s fastest-growing economy position according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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