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 local units important? Republica’s Mahabir Paudyal and Sangeet Sangroula visited the commission’s office in Buddhanagar, Kathmandu, to gather his views. Excerpts:
Ncell is the first privately owned GSM operator in Nepal. Re-branded as Ncell from Mero Mobile on March 12, 2010, the company broke the monopoly of the then state-owned telecommunications company, Nepal Telecom, by aggressively expanding telecommunications services across the country. On April 12, 2016, Ncell officially became a part of Axiata Group Berhad -- a Malaysian telecommunications group. However, the transition has not been very smooth for the largest taxpayer in the country. Nevertheless, Ncell is moving ahead under the leadership of Managing Director Simon Perkins. Perkins talked with Republica's Kuvera Chalise, Sujan Dhungana and Santosh Neupane about the not so warm welcome in Nepal and various issues surrounding the company, its expansion and future plans.
There has of late been a lot of speculation about the Maoists pulling out of Oli government. Can you clarify the Maoist position on this?
We have been saying that in order to complete the first phase of the implementation of the new constitution we need national consensus, which in turn can be the basis for a government of national unity. When I speak of the first phase of implementation of the new constitution, I mainly hint at the need to complete all three levels of election—local, provincial and federal—in the next 20 months, as envisioned by the new constitution. We have in fact been raising the issue of a government of national unity since the time of Sushil Koirala as prime minister. Yes, there can also be national consensus on policies; and not everyone has to be a part of government. But when you look at our political culture, it will be difficult to establish such broad consensus without a government of national unity.
Senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vijay Jolly is no stranger to Nepal. His extensive ties with Nepali political leaders of all persuasions frequently bring him to Nepal. He was recently in Kathmandu to take part in the general convention of Nepal Family Party. Subhash Ghimire and Guna Raj Luitel caught up with the ex in-charge of BJP’s Foreign Cell to understand what the ruling party in India makes of recent political developments in Nepal.
A Canadian involved in a real estate business from Vancouver, British Columbia, Matt Dawes wanted a change in lifestyle about four years ago. He then got an opportunity to work with an orphanage, Mercy Mission, run by his friends in Kathmandu, which led him to the Himalayan nation.
Political analyst and Professor of Political Science Krishna Khanal argues that timely elections of local bodies, provincial assemblies and federal parliament is the only solution to the current political and constitutional logjam. He, however, maintains that agitating Madheshi forces must be taken into confidence first. He discussed some of these issues in an extensive interview with Republica’s Biswas Baral and Mahabir Paudyal.
With over 67,000 followers on Instagram, 18-year-old Lhakyila is InstaFamous. If you follow her on the mobile photo/video sharing app, or if you’ve watched even couple of her videos, you will know why she is so popular.
KATHMANDU, June 19: Chairman of Sadhbhawana Party Rajendra Mahato has said that they are waiting for meaningful talks with the government. Talking with Tek Narayan Bhattarai for Nagarik Show, Mahato refused to sit for talks that would yield no results.
Political Scientist and co-author of books Political Leadership in Nepal and Local Leadership in Nepal, Hari Sharma, believes there are serious flaws in our political processes, policies and institutions. In an extensive conversation with Republica’s Mahabir Paudyal, he sheds light on various aspects of Nepali polity.