Nepal’s Civil Service is facing a critical time as the country passes through a long course of political instability. Frequent political interventions have pushed Nepal's civil service, which has a strength of 80,000 employees scattered all over the country, to the corner. Trade unions are running the show in the day to day affairs of civil service as weak and unstable governments are not in a position to take any drastic moves to contain their uncalled for activities. As the bureaucracy politicized, its loyalty has also been bitterly divided. In this context, any decision taken by the government is definitely going to land in controversy. As civil servants are celebrating the Civil Service Day Friday, we have decided to analyze the problems faced by the civil service in our cover story for this week. We have also covered the political issues and financial situation of Nepal. There are regular columns on other contemporary issues as well.