April 3, 2012, 5:45 p.m.

If recent statements of prime minister and political leaders are any indication, they seem to be heading towards an agreement to extend the tenure of Constituent Assembly through the new amendment in the constitution. As less than 45 days remain before the tenure of CA to end, political parties, which are yet to settle the major issues related to peace process and constitution writing, leaders of political parties seem to be heading to extend the tenure as an easy way out. Instead of going behind an uncertain political course, we have decided to take up the international mountain conference as a our cover story. Despite several commonalities among the mountain countries around the world in terms of eco-system and resources, they are yet to come closer. From Andes to Hindkush regions and Africa, mountain countries are more vulnerable to climate change than other countries. At a time when rising temperature continues to affect the overall eco-system of the hills, increasing hardship to the life of the people, International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change is a milestone. We look at various aspects of the conference and its importance in the present context in the cover story. Since Nepal has been in the forefront of raising the issue of mountain countries, hosting international conference of mountain countries is another important step for Nepal.


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