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All-party meeting
The last-minute decision of CPN-Maoist-led 33-party alliance to pull out of the all-party conference scheduled for Tuesday—leaving participants from other parties waiting for them inside the Constituent Assembly’s Lhotse Hall high and dry—is appalling. There were suspicions the Baidya Maoists, who still believe in ‘state capture’ and ‘people’s constitution’, were not serious about joining the constitutional process. These suspicions have been vindicated. The constitutional process was held in abeyance just to accommodate CPN-Maoist, to give them a proper hearing. This was a big concession on the part of the political parties represented in the CA. But they have proven themselves unworthy of such magnanimity. There is now a risk that CPN-Maoist could find itself completely sidelined from national politics and the society at large, which has absolutely no more appetite for violence in any form. The all-party conference provided their leaders a perfect opportunity to air their grievances. For a political party which boycotted CA polls, there could not have been a better platform to take its agendas to the people. But they missed the boat.
Dream On
Bhoj Raj Poudel
Trilateral ties
“China’s president Xi Jinping is surely not going to answer all the questions journalists ask him during his visit to India,” says Edward N Luttwak, a strategic thinker and author of The Rise of China vs The Logic of Strategy. Notably, Xi is on his maiden visit to three South Asian countries: India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Luttwak, talking about Chinese statecraft in the 21st century, claims that China is still trying to figure out which strategy to pursue to become a global leader—if it so wants. This is relevant for India and by extension, Nepal.
People's Corps
Lucy P Marcus
Two big power shifts are occurring around the world today. First, corporate power is growing relative to that of governments. Second, ordinary people are also gaining greater influence. What does it mean that these seemingly contradictory shifts are happening simultaneously?

There is, no doubt, more power in the hands of companies than ever before. People who have not been popularly elected control more and more of our daily lives—from entertainment and energy supplies to schools, railways, and postal services. At the same time, the speed of technological innovation is outpacing that of legislation, meaning that corporate activities are routinely entering seemingly gray areas devoid of regulation.
Ebola Fear
Dr Sher Bahadur Pun
Over the past few months, West African countries have been struggling to control and prevent the spread of deadly virus called “Ebola”. Up to nine out of 10 people infected with this virus meet a certain death. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) an International Health Emergency and issued a global alert and has been seeking international cooperation in its surveillance.

A total of 4,366 suspected or confirmed EVD cases and 2,218 deaths have been reported from Ebola-affected areas. It is estimated that it could infect up to 20,000 people before it is brought under control. Despite immense efforts by health organizations, EVD has not stopped. Rather it is spreading towards other African countries, and even may spread to other continents via global airline travel. A significant number of Nepali migrant workers are stationed in Ebola-affected West African countries. Thus, it is a matter of great public health concern for Nepal as well.
Rotten Few
Cooperative movement

The idea behind the cooperative movement, which is as old as humanity itself, is that members pool their resources for mutual benefit. The sum, as such, is larger than its parts. Cooperatives have played a vital role in mobilization of resources for local development and employment generation activities. In developing societies, they fill the vacuum left by the absence of institutional investors.

Given their centrality in rural development, the drafters of the Interim Constitution were right to envision cooperatives as one of the three pillars of economic development, along with the government and the private sector. And it’s a flourishing sector. In 1990, there were fewer than 900 cooperatives in the country; less than 25 years down the road, the number has swollen to 26,000. But this mushrooming growth has also invited a host of regulatory problems, primarily in the urban hubs. Of the 19,600 cooperatives-related scam cases filed with the High Level Commission to Probe Troubled Cooperatives, over 10,000 were lodged in Kathmandu Valley alone.
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