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Nepal: Four Major Parties Agree on the New Constitution: Update No. 310

Note No. 737                                   Dated 11-Jun-2015
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
On 8 June, the four major parties- the Nepali Congress, the UML, the UCPN (Maoist) of Dahal and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum ( dem) of Vijay Gacchadar concluded a sixteen-point agreement on the new constitution.  
 

Nepal: Elusive Consensus and Supreme Court Ruling on Amnesty: Update No. 309

Note No. 736                                                 Dated 10-Apr-2015

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Two major issues continued to dominate the political scene in Nepal.  First of course is the elusive consensus in drafting the new constitution and the second was the annulling of discretionary powers of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Inquiry into enforced Disappearance Act (CIED) by the Supreme Court..

Bhutan: Economy, Corruption and other Issues: Update No. 109

Note No. 735                                    Dated 10-Mar-2015

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Kuensel in one of its recent issues has a given a detailed account of the performance of the government in the past “year of the horse.” 

Nepal: Maoists Take to the Streets for “Consensus”: Update No. 308

Note No. 734                                    Dated 05-Mar-2015

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 28 February, the 30 party alliance of the opposition led by the Maoists held a massive demonstration in Kathmandu to force the government to revert back to find a consensus in constitution drafting rather than take the route to finalise through voting in the constituent assembly.

Nepal: Picking up the Pieces: Speaker Finally wakes up: Update No. 306

Note No. 733                                    Dated 05-Feb-2015

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Once the target date was missed, the media is full of criticism of all political leaders for their failure to produce a draft of the constitution within the self-imposed target date of 22nd January 2015.

Nepal: Promulgation of New Constitution: Dead line Missed- Update No. 305

Note No. 732              Dated 22-Jan-2015
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
As expected the dead line of Jan 22,  2015 for the promulgation of a new constitution is being missed.  The political parties refused to compromise and made little headway in drafting a new constitution.  One whole year was wasted.
 

Bhutan: The tale of Three Secretaries and other Issues: Update No. 108

Note No. 731                                 Dated 17-Jan-2015

By Dr.  S. Chandrasekharan

It should be conceded that Bhutan as a young democracy is still on a learning curve and mistakes do happen.  There will be teething problems.  Except for the entrenched bureaucrats all the rest involved in the administration directly and indirectly like the politicians, parliamentarians, ministers and the National Council members could make mistakes and these should be taken in the stride.

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