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Although six months have already passed since the country was badly rocked by devastating earthquakes, with a large number of poor and marginalized people yet to be rehabilitated, a five-party coalition government has been formed under the new prime-

Oct. 16, 2015, 5:45 p.m.

Although six months have already passed since the country was badly rocked by devastating earthquakes, with a large number of poor and marginalized people yet to be rehabilitated, a five-party coalition government has been formed under the new prime-minister, CPN-UML leader K.P. Sharma Oli. The situation has gone from bad to worse due to the Madhesh agitation. Given the government’s dependency on so many small and fringe parties, it will not be easy for the new government to come out with programs to address the problems of Madheshis. CPN-UML leader Oli, who rose from an extreme Naxalites movement, is obviously in a challenging time. Projected as a leader with anti-Indian and anti-Madheshi postures, Prime Minister Oli will have his future depend on how he can make a safe landing in real politics. Another challenge before him is to put the house in order for his rainbow coalition involving extreme left, right and fringe parties. Prime Minister Oli also needs an all-out support from Nepali Congress to address the issues needing amendment of the constitution. In the national development front, Oli has many challenges as well. While noting there are so many political issues, we have decided to cover Social Development Goals SDGs and beyond as the cover story for this edition. Other social and development topics as well as our regular columns are also covered in it. Despite the scarcity of essentials and blockade in the border points, the Nepalese are celebrating their major festival of Dashain. New Spotlight Family wishes all our patrons, readers and well wishers a Happy Dashain 2072.

 

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