From The Editor


Dec. 20, 2010, 5:45 p.m.

Even as the bitterness between the government and the opposition is still fresh – over the brawl in the House three weeks ago – the Maoists have now gone ahead and petitioned the president to call new session of the parliament. They have stated that the House must be summoned immediately in order to sort out the long-inconclusive election of prime minister. The summoning of the parliament is a good thing, naturally, and the issue raised by the Maoists also warrants immediate hearing as the country has been subjected to the administration of caretaker government for far too long. But without the minimum consent among the major parties, the House session will not be fruitful.  It may only further animosity between the two camps. Having said that, we would like the new House session to resolve the outstanding political disputes and set the course for the constitution making process, which has only six months remaining. That is that with politics. And politics is not the only front we are facing problems.  With the onset of winter, the season of darkness, has once again come back to haunt the Nepalis. Worse, in recent times, the situation has been complicated by unnecessary sideshows. Minister for Energy and his Secretary are not in speaking terms. And this has resulted in difficult situation. In a strange move, the Minister shut down the licensing procedure leaving the developers in a limbo. This week, we examine the effects and consequences of the Minister-Secretary tussle in the already ailing power sector.


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