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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?
 

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.” 

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