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Nepal: Terai Agitation and the Constitution Making Process: Update No. 315

Note No. 744                                   Dated 11-Sep-2015
 
By Dr.  S.Chandrasekharan
 
With funds from abroad waiting to be used for rehabilitation and reconstruction work, the Government appears to be more keen  in re drawing the controversial provincial boundaries resulting in a serious law and order situation in the south rather than take urgent measures to start the reconstruction work in all seriousness. 
 

Bhutan: The Need to tackle recent problems of Corruption with a firm hand: Update No. 111

Note No. 743                                     Dated 10-Sep-2015
 
By Dr.  Chandrasekharan
 
For a young democracy that is moving along in a stable environment with all its institutions doing reasonably well, it is surprising that corruption has started rearing its ugly head with many seniors involved.  Unless this is met with a firm hand there is the danger of the problem getting out of hand as it has happened in other neighbouring countries of the region.
 

Nepal: Terai Agitation Reaching a critical Stage- Need for talks- Update No. 314

Note No. 742                      Dated 2-Sep-2015
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
On 31st August in Birgunj, the Police had to open fire on an unruly mob resulting in the death of one Dilip Charasiya.  The demonstrators had defied the curfew order and in the scuffle between the Police and the protestors, more than 25 persons were injured.  This included six Policemen too.  
 

Nepal: Violence in Southern Nepal: Mainstream Political Leaders should review their stand: Update No. 313

Note No. 741                  Dated 28-Aug-2015
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
I had always maintained that without solving the contentious issue of the delineation of provinces, the drafting of the new constitution cannot be completed.  This was the most serious issue affecting the Madhesi and the Janajathi groups and some solution should have been found before the final draft copy was handed over to the Speaker.
 

Nepal: The Supreme Court Judgement and thereafter: Update No. 312

Note No. 740                   Dated 8-July-2015
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
The Supreme Court judgement has divided the political leadership and the legal community over- whether the judgement is political in character and whether the Supreme Court has overstepped its jurisdiction in calling for a halt in constitution making.
 

Nepal: Court Strikes down the 16 point Agreement- Update no. 311

Note No. 739                 Dated 25-June-2015
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
On 19 June, a Single bench of the Supreme Court issued an interim order temporarily halting the implementation of a deal ( called 16 point agreement) made on June 8 by the four major political parties.
 

Bhutan: Consolidating its democratic credentials: Update No. 110

Note No. 738                dated 17-June-2015
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
One may wonder why Bhutan is moving forward and consolidating its democratic credentials, while  Maldives which introduced a democratic constitution at the same time is failing and in fact sliding backwards towards a full scale dictatorship?
 

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