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All The Fuss
REPUBLICA
The Chure mountain range that spans 36 districts from Ilam in the east to Kanchanpur in the west is Nepal’s most ecologically diverse region. It is also the most vulnerable. The tectonically susceptible mountain range is fragile, its new rock formations susceptible to crumbling.

This increases the risk of water-induced disasters like flooding and drought in the plains downstream. Chure’s biologically diverse forests are also under threat, disappearing at the rate of 1.7 percent per year. Perverted incentives are at play behind this disappearing act. Timber worth billions of rupees (no one knows the exact figure) is smuggled, it is estimated, to India from the Chure region every year.
Poking Their Nose
Bhagirath Basnet
A couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court had issued a verdict in connection with a writ petition filed by four Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) of Police. The case attracted widespread attention. It was a glaring example of the vicious cycle of political interference in promotion in our bureaucracy. Though such cases are common, this time the government crossed all limits in breaching established norms and procedures, creating non-existent posts and overriding the decision of the review committee that has the final say in such promotions.

Before the case was filed with the Supreme Court, the DIGs not included in the promotion list had filed a complaint with the review committee, for the ‘injustice’ done to them. After reviewing the complaint, the review committee had determined that performance marks awarded by the promotion committee to some candidates were unjustified. Subsequently, the promotion list was revised. However, the Cabinet decided to promote nine DIGs to Assistant Inspector General (AIG), seven in the existing vacant posts and two in new posts especially created to accommodate the other two DIGs, allegedly at the insistence of ministers.
Menstruation Myth
Pushpa Palanchoke
I was 15 when I had my first menstruation. Since then, depression around religious occasions due to menstruation observation has haunted me. Even in the recent celebratory season, a large number of females like me were worried about their festival getting ruined because of their bleeding. Menstruation is just a natural process but it acts as a factor of exclusion for females.

Hindu mythology gives rationality behind the barriers set against women during their menstrual cycle. Srimad Bhagavatam has a story that women had to share the sin of a Brahmin’s murder at the hands of Indra in the form of menstruation every month. This makes women’s menstrual bleeding a sinful act.
Economic Impact Of Bandhs In Nepal
REPUBLICA
Stuck Again
REPUBLICA
Constitution making
The constitutional process is going nowhere. The only logical conclusion one can derive from negotiations over the last one week is that no one is keen on timely constitution. As a result, the third (12 day) extension of the CA’s all-important Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC), tasked with forging consensus on key constitutional issues, is set to expire on November 1, without any substantial achievement. The kind of seriousness needed to forge consensus on important issues is sorely missing. Take the on-and-off Big Three talks. The first ‘conclusive’ talks at Gokarna got off to an inauspicious start after CPN-UML Chair KP Oli arrived at the venue four hours late. What ultimately transpired during the two days of talks at Gokarna remains shrouded in secrecy, but apparently, they helped ‘narrow down the gaps’. If the past is any guide, such ‘narrowing of gaps’ have been euphemisms for irreconcilable differences and desperate time-buying tactics. But since most of the CPDCC’s time has been wasted, there can be no justification for any further extension.
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