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Ruling party wants to gag its leaders to suppress criticism and dissent
In a recent circular, the Nepal Communist Party has asked its members to refrain from making comments on the party, leadership, government and policies and warned of action if they fail to abide by the diktat.
Government appoints Khatiwada as special economic advisor to Prime Minister Oli
Other Cabinet decisions include resumption of long-haul bus services and domestic flights from Thursday and allowing foreigners to visit Nepal for trekking and mountaineering starting October 17.
Domestic flights, long-distance transport to resume next week
Cabinet discusses allowing in foreign tourists but no decision was made, according to a minister.
Thirty months of poor governance and weak opposition
Despite a huge electoral mandate, the ruling Nepal Communist Party has failed to deliver on many fronts and the main opposition Nepali Congress has been a mute spectator.
In the ruling party, leaders’ focus has been on one-upmanship—not Covid-19
The party leadership squandered crucial months and multiple meetings bickering over their individual interests, ignoring the most pressing issues of the present time, insiders say.
Ruling party tug-of-war ends, but leaders wonder how long truce will last
Proposal by chairs Oli and Dahal commits a lot while failing to address some key issues, so irritants are likely to emerge sooner rather than later, insiders say.
NCP leadership calls on cadres to stop criticising party on social media
Leaders and experts see this as a step to shrink democratic space within the party as well as the larger society and it will be opposed.
Curbs extended with some relaxations, but experts question ad-hoc moves
Doctors say Valley authorities have failed to make it clear on what basis they are taking decisions, as restrictions for the past three weeks have largely been ineffective and Covid-19 cases have continued to soar.
Restrictions in Valley to continue for one more week but with some relaxations on businesses and vehicular movements
Both public and private vehicles can operate within the Valley under the odd-even rules while shops will be allowed to open with strict health protocols.
Valley mayors for easing curbs; chief district officers wait for Home Ministry orders
Authorities’ confused response to the virus continues, as prohibitory orders, which have been in place for the last three weeks, end tonight. The sharp rise in the number of cases over the period shows the measure has proved to be largely ineffective.
Gautam to the Upper House and then Cabinet may invite more trouble for Oli than succour, insiders say
Oli may have decided to take Bamdev Gautam to the National Assembly and to appoint him a minister, but he is likely to delay this process until he falls into extreme crisis.
How a pandemic law would have helped fight the virus effectively and strengthened federalism
Nepal has resorted to the six-decade-old Infectious Disease Act, which does not talk about people’s rights, but empowers bureaucrats to punish citizens.
Ruling party Secretariat decides to nominate Bamdev Gautam as Upper House member
With the decision, Yubaraj Khatiwada won't be able to continue as the finance minister.
Prohibitory orders to continue for one more week in the Valley
Authorities have eased some activities including online home delivery, development works and national pride projects.
Authorities’ confused response to Covid-19 continues as infection cases rise by the day
Chief district officers of the Valley, who are authorised to take steps to contain the virus spread, are not sure of the next move as curbs imposed since August 19 midnight end Wednesday midnight.