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‘Things could become more difficult for immigrants in US, but not likely for Nepalis’
Source: Republica

‘Things could become more difficult for immigrants in US, but not likely for Nepalis’

Dr Dee (Dianne) Aker is an advisor to the Strategic Peacebuilding Program, Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice (IPJ), School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego, USA. In 2001, the IPJ selected Nepal as one of four focus countries for IPJs Dedicatory Conference. Nepali representatives from various political parties, civil society, media and the human rights community met in San Diego ...


Nepal’s focus should be trade facilitation measures along Nepal-India border
Source: RSS

Nepal’s focus should be trade facilitation measures along Nepal-India border

Is Nepal-India relation back on an even keel after recent exchange of high level political visits? If so, what accounts for the persistent anti-Indian sentiments in Nepal? Why is India not keen on trilateral cooperation? And how will India help Nepal resolve the difficulties surrounding Indias decision to ban 500, 1000 denomination notes? These were among the other issues discussed as Subhash Ghim...


The Nepali constitution has greater legitimacy than India’s or America’s
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The Nepali constitution has greater legitimacy than India’s or America’s

CPN-UML vice-chairman and deputy parliamentary party leader Subash Chandra Nembang had a birds eye view of the constitution-making process in Nepal, having served as the chairman of both the first and the second Constituent Assembly. The second CA led by Nembang promulgated the new constitution on September 20th, 2015, or more than a year ago. But its implementation has proven tricky. What are the...


Historically most rights violators from conflict era have been granted amnesty
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Historically most rights violators from conflict era have been granted amnesty

Paul Jackson, a political economist working predominantly on conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, has closely studied post-conflict African countries like Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. He has also been involved in Nepals peace process since 2009, as a foreign consultant helping with the supervision, integration and rehabilitation of ex-Maoist combatants. Republicas Biswas Baraltalked to Jackson...


China is willing to increase investment in Nepal: Mahara
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China is willing to increase investment in Nepal: Mahara

What is your assessment after meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi? My visit to China is yet to be complete as there are a couple of other important meetings lined up. I will be in a better position to talk about the assessment after meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the leaders of communist Party of China. My meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi has made it clear that both the cou...


Caste discrimination stronger in Nepal

Sukhadeo Thorat, Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University since 2014, is the chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research. He also served as Director of Indian Institute of Dalit Studies. Republicas Kamal Pariyar caught up with Thorat while he was in Kathmandu to participate in Darnal Award for Social Justice and other lectures. How do you compare the situation of Dalit...


Maoist leaders blackmailed over the alleged war crimes
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Maoist leaders blackmailed over the alleged war crimes

With Prime Minister KP Sharma Olis resignation on Sunday, Indias role in Nepali politics is once again being debated. So is the role of CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Republicas Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal askedPradeep Gyawali, CPN-UML Central Committee member and a close confidante of PM Oli, on what his party made of the hasty exit of Maoist party from government and India...


We are aware of the obligation to hold local polls at the earliest
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We are aware of the obligation to hold local polls at the earliest

Chairperson of the Commission for the Determination of the Numbers and Boundaries of Village Bodies, Municipalities and Special, Protected or Autonomous Regions in federal Nepal, Balananda Paudel, says the commission is working day and night to submit its final report to the government at the earliest, so as to pave the way for local elections. What are the bottlenecks? And why is restructuring of...


Prachanda wanted to become PM and we backed him
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Prachanda wanted to become PM and we backed him

Eighteen years have passed since the last local elections. So Prime Minister KP Oli wants to hold local-level elections in the next six months. But Nepali Congress, UCPN (Maoist) and other Madheshi parties dont seem all that keen. Nepali Congress lawmaker Ramesh Lekhak has registered a proposal in the parliament arguing that elections cannot be held on the basis of existing constituencies. Why ...


‘Challenges of Nepal earthquake response were extraordinary’
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‘Challenges of Nepal earthquake response were extraordinary’

The WFP was able to provide food and cash assistance to 2.1 million people affected by the earthquake across 12 districts in a three-phased response. Around 20,000 metric tons of food support was distributed. We provided support with specialised nutritious food to more than 11,000 children aged under 2, and also assistance to pregnant women and nursing mothers. The challenges of getting assista...


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