IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Nepal

23rd December - 30th December
  • Senior leaders of the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) urged the Election Commission to announce the results of the Proportional Representation category of the House of Representatives elections at the earliest.
  • E governance launched in Nepal: Nepal launched the country’s first governance mobile application, Singha Durbar, at the Next Growth Conclave 2017. The application aims to educate, aware, and inform the public on critical and important laws and policies on governance, a finger-tip version on federal structure, mobile readable version of Nepal’s constitution, and information on access to justice and legal services. The application also includes a media player, where mobile users can watch the critically acclaimed Singha Durbar TV series, listen to ‘Gaun Gaun Ma Singha Durbar’ (Singha Durbar in Every Village), and Maithali language radio show ‘Sangor’ (Coming Together)
16th December - 22nd December
  • China has proposed to set up offices of joint security forces along the Nepal-China border under the Joint Command Mechanism agreement, aimed at controlling the movement of Tibetan refugees and criminal activities.
8th December - 15th December
  • Nepal’s largest wind-solar hybrid power system has come into operation: Nepal’s largest wind-solar hybrid power system has come into operation in Hariharpurgadi village of Sindhuli district. A project initiated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is said to provide electricity to 83 rural households. The turbines of the power system produce 110 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy per day easily meeting the village’s electricity demand of 87 kWh per day.
  • Owing to lack of consensus among the political parties (CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre), the process related to law on the formation of the National Assembly (NA) has been. The law-making process has remained stagnant due to dispute over the Single Transferable Vote (STV) for the formation of the National Assembly.
  • KATHMANDU: A significant earthquake hit Dolakha district. The National Seismological Centre said the tremor was of local magnitude 5.2.
  • With the votes being counted in different 32 districts where first phase of parliamentary and provincial polls was held on November 26; Maoist Centre made a clean sweep in Rukum East winning all three seats including two provincial assembly seats. UML won a parliament seat in Manang district while Nepali Congress bagged a provincial seat in the high-hilly district. Former gangster Rajiv Gurung aka Dipak Manange who contested for another provincial seat in Manang also won the elections. Manange was supported by UML there.
1st December - 7th December
  • The country is bracing for parliamentary elections. The two-phase elections for national and provincial these elections witness a direct battle between two fronts. The first, the “democratic alliance”, is led by the Nepali Congress and includes the former Panchayat parties and Madhesi groups; the second, the “left alliance”, brings together, in a surprise agreement hammered out in early October, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre).