In order to save his government from an imminent collapse, Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli struck a devil’s bargain with the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), his main coalition partner, on May 5.
A complaint often heard in the civil service is that ‘quality’ people are not applying for the open competition vacancies of Public Service Commission. One of the problems in Nepal is that young and qualified people are attracted to join INGOs and other development agencies, but these organizations rarely recruit fresh graduates.
The Parliamentary Good Governance and Monitoring Committee has recommended that only five former dignitaries – former president, former vice-president, former prime minister, former chief justice and former speaker – deserve certain facilities including office staffers, driver, health services and fuel.
For the first time (except on one occasion, in 2000), Parliament on Saturday passed the Appropriations Bill, i.e. the Budget Estimates for the fiscal year 2016/17 well in time. As a result, the government has received the authority to spend about two months earlier than in the past fiscal years.
In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change
In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,