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  Inner Demons
       REPUBLICA  
 
    Tainted organic fertilizers

When the US-based Monsanto wanted to introduce genetically modified food grains in Nepal earlier this year, the country’s twitterati erupted as one against the ‘monster’ from Missouri. There is indeed a kind of sex appeal attached to protesting against multi-billion dollar behemoths like Monsanto that is supposedly trying to monopolize the world seed market.

 Its methodical entry into Nepal was an example of ‘crony capitalism gone mad’; the end of ‘farmer’s sovereign right over their own land’; a hundred other invectives were leveled against Monsanto, and whoever riled against it attained a semi-celebrity status. Nothing wrong with that. Monsanto’s motives in Nepal were a huge suspect.

 
  House Calling
       Raju Prasad Chapagai  
 
    TRC Bill

The Interim Constitution explicitly provides that the Supreme Court will have the final authority to interpret the Constitution and the laws in force (article102.4); and all shall abide by the orders and decisions of the courts and any interpretation given to a law. Moreover, any legal principle laid down by the Supreme Court shall be binding on the Government of Nepal, all offices and courts (article 116).

By virtue of the stated constitutional provisions, the government was obligated to abide by the January 2 judicial decision that rendered the TRC Ordinance 2012 redundant and ordained the government to enact transitional justice legislation in line with the victims’ right to effective remedy guaranteed under national and international human rights laws.

 
  The Way Out
       Vikash Raj Satyal  
 
    Oil crisis

Petroleum shortage has once again hit the life of urban population hard. Long queue of vehicles can be seen in front of petrol pumps. Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) says that the supply will resume in a day or two but customers don’t believe this statement.

This shortage appeared as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) lowered its supply to Nepal demanding the outstanding payment of Rs 5.18 billion. But, as usual, NOC is unable to arrange the amount and the government also turns deaf ear to the NOC problem. The current Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat is considered to be strongly against fuel subsidy. It seems easy supply will not resume anytime soon.

 
  Away With It
       Prabir SJB Rana  
 
    Labor laws

With the conclusion of fresh elections of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, it is an opportune time to rethink on some populist and impractical labor polices in order to adopt prudent ones that may appear harsh but will be beneficial for the country’s economic growth in the long run.

It is an undeniable fact that there are chronic levels of unemployment and underemployment in the country and the only viable option available for a majority of the work population is to go abroad to find a job. The remittances that the workers send back are not only supporting their families back home but also sustaining our economy. To address this problem, the government must work to improve the investment levels and employment rates and not create laws for political mileage that would give workers a false sense of job security but would cause serious harm to the national economy.

 
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