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Daily news – February 10, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Reuters, The Jamestown Foundation AFRICA Africa needs smarter investment in digital infrastructure: Strategies for enticing the private sector. Tara Nathan, Brookings: Weak infrastructure is widely accepted as a fundamental limitation to growth in Africa. Governments in the region struggle to meet […]

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Prioritising Indian connectivity: ‘Mission Purvodaya’ and Nepal in perspective (Sohini Nayak, ORF)

India is concentrating more on connectivity projects to strengthen the India-Nepal relations and to cater to its security needs in the Northeast Prioritising Indian connectivity: ‘Mission Purvodaya’ and Nepal in perspective | ORF (orfonline.org)

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Nepal’s eroding judicial independence leaves Supreme Court in limbo (Bikram Timilsina, East Asia Forum)

Nepal’s Supreme Court is in crisis due to unprecedented protest from its justices and lawyers. Despite over a month of protests demanding the resignation of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana, Rana has refused to step down. But nor have the political parties filed a motion of impeachment against him. Nepal’s eroding judicial independence leaves Supreme Court in […]

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US’ MCC grant most divisive issue In Nepal (Ritu Raj Subedi, Global Times)

The $500 million US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant has morphed into a contested geopolitical issue in Nepal, dividing its populace for and against it. Those supporting it argue that the US grant helps build much-needed power transmission lines and upgrades dilapidated roads, but a growing number of people have insisted that it has undermined […]

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China helps Nepal on fertilizer supply as India fails to deliver (Global Times)

Chinese companies are supplying more than 15,000 tons of fertilizer to Nepal and Chinese diplomats helped getting the desperately-needed material through border checks to help Nepali farmers, Chinese and Nepali officials told the Global Times on Tuesday. China helps Nepal on fertilizer supply as India fails to deliver – Global Times

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Nepal’s Afghanistan Policy is gradually Acquiring Some Shape (Kamal Dev Bhattarai, VIF)

When the Taliban captured the Afghan capital Kabul on August 15, Nepal was completely unprepared to face the unexpected situation that unfolded in the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member. With the Taliban rapidly advancing their hold in the months before August, foreign policy experts had suggested that Nepal must be watchful of the […]

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Personalities split Nepal’s communist parties (Anil Sigdel, East Asia Forum)

The alliance between the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist and Leninist) (CPN-UML) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) (CPN-MC), which won a landslide victory in the elections three years ago, has now fractured into three different political parties. The merger between the CPN-UML, led by then prime minister KP Sharma Oli, and the […]

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Nepal. The fall of communism in Nepal (Hari Bansh Jha, ORF)

Until the general elections in 2017, nobody in Nepal believed that the communists would be able to grab power and would prove to be an unchallenged force in the country. Therefore, it was rather surprising when the alliance of the Communist Party of Nepal–Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML), led by KP Sharma Oli, and the Communist Party […]

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Nepal. Fifth time lucky? Deuba’s last chance for a legacy in Nepal (Michael Hutt, East Asia Forum)

On 13 July 2021, 75-year-old Sher Bahadur Deuba, leader of the Nepali Congress party, was appointed Prime Minister by order of Nepal’s Supreme Court. He finds himself heading a coalition government which will have to grapple not only with the COVID-19 pandemic but also severe political, economic and environmental challenges. Fifth time lucky? Deuba’s last […]

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Nepal. Gendered Analysis of Food Security Gaps in Rural Nepal (Aryal Jeetendra P., Rahut Dil B., Gartaula Hom N., ADBI)

Gender studies on food security have often focused on the differences between male-headed households (MHHs) and female-headed households (FHHs). Hence, they have mostly ignored the possibility of food security gaps between the different types of FHHs, treating them as homogeneous. Therefore, using nationally representative data from Nepal and applying exogenous switching treatment effect regression models, […]

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Nepal. PM Deuba facing Himalayan challenges in Nepal (Hari Bansh Jha, ORF)

Sher Bahadur Deuba, the leader of the Nepali Congress, became the Prime Minister of Nepal on 13 July after Nepal’s Supreme Court in its verdict found that he had majority support in the House of Representatives (HoR), the Nepalese Parliament. Along with this verdict, the HoR that was dissolved the second time was also reconstituted. With this […]

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Nepal. Stop Stalling Enforced Disappearance Inquiries (HRW)

The government of Nepal should promptly enforce Supreme Court rulings and permit the regular courts to try cases of enforced disappearance and other grave international crimes, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, August 30, 2021, thousands of Nepali families […]