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Nepal: Protests Against the New Constitution: Indo-Nepal Relations taking a nose dive- Update No. 319:

Note No. 748                         Dated 1-Oct-2015
 
by Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
It is a pity that the agitation by the Terai-Madhes groups has finally resulted in India-Nepal Relations taking a nose dive, thanks to messy handling from both sides.
 

Nepal: A Nation Divided By a New Constitution: Update No. 318

Note No. 747                     Dated 25-Sept-2015
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
At last, the Koirala Government appears to have realised the seriousness of the situation.  The top three leaders who in the words of their own Baburam Bhattarai had transformed themselves into a “ruling class” met at Baluwatar yesterday and decided to withdraw the army to its barracks, provided the protests are peaceful.
 

Nepal: New Constitution Promulgated: What Next? Update No. 317

Note No. 746                               Dated 21-Sep-2015
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
As scheduled, President Ram Baran Yadav formally and officially promulgated the new constitution on 20 September, 2015.  
 

Nepal: Moving Ahead with Constitution Making Amidst Violence: Update No. 316

Note No. 745                                    Dated 15-Sep-2015
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
Amidst intensified violence in the Terai- Madhes, with the continuing crackdown by Police and mobilization by the Army, the Constituent Assembly  has begun voting on the various clauses of the new constitution.  This followed the decision of the three top political parties- the Nepali Congress, the UML and the Maoists- UCPN (M) to go ahead despite the protests.
 

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.  
 

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