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The following trekking agencies are run by persons from Hewa (Solududhkunda Municipality 1) who invest a lot of time and money in the development of their village. By bringing tourists to Hewa, they contribute to improve the income of the villagers and to sustain the projects:
Himalayan Paradise Trek & Expedition (P.) Ltd.
P.O. Box 23304, Kapan-8, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Phone: +977-1-4823172, Cell: +977-1-9841212248
Panorama Himalaya Trekking Pvt. Ltd.
P.O.Box: 25301, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Phone: +977-1-2297661, Cell: +977-1-9841426784
Website: http://www.panoramatrekking.com, E-mail: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition (P.) Ltd.
Boudha Naya Basti 4, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Phone: +977-1-6211187, Cell: +977-1-98411579429
Website: http://www.annapurnatreksexpedition.com, E-mail: email@example.com
Today's links on the crisis situation:
urged to implement NHRC recommendations (ht), Our
troubled democracy : Unless the bleeding of democracy
stops, the resto-ration of the House alone is not
going to save it, by Naresh Koirala (kp), NC,
JSP-N not keen on joint struggle : NC says it’s
protesting, JSP-N blames NCP of betrayal (ht), Petition
filed at Constitutional Bench seeking examination of
authenticity of House dissolution notice published in
Nepal Gazette (rep), SC
will not be influenced by external factors: CJ Rana
(kh) [Nobody tries to
influence the SC's decision like KP Oli. The SC must
finally silence him and stop his unjustified election
preparations! The rule of law and democracy are on the
brink of extinction in Nepal!], Former
Nepal Bar Association chairs condemn Oli’s ‘shameful
attack’ on legal profession : They say the prime
minister should apologise for slandering the country’s
most senior lawyer and the legal profession (kp),
The year of living dangerously : One year since Nepal
reported its first case, government response has been
dismal. Vaccines are likely to be available sooner or
later, but the path to inoculate all is not clear,
by Arjun Poudel (kp), Poverty
and lack of awareness and access forcing many to
resort to unsafe abortion : Even 19 years after
legalisation, women’s struggle for safe abortion
continues. As a result, they put their health at risk
and are unable to exercise their rights, experts say,
by Samiksha Baral (kp), Health
workers deprived of risk allowance warn of halting
serviceAs many as 53 frontline health workers at
Dolakha District Hospital in Jiri have been
deprived of the Covid-19 risk allowance for months,
by Anish Tiwari (kp), With
political instability, market prices soar : When
elections approach, market monitoring gets lax and
prices remain high, activists and experts say, by
Krishana Prasain (kp), Dr
KC objects to recommendation for increasing medical
education fee (kh),
(10 January 2021) The unresolved legal situation continues unchanged, while PM Khaga Prasad Sharma Oli continues to intensify his campaign for the new elections he has called for the House of Representatives. He accuses the four former chief justices, who had clearly declared themselves on the unconstitutionality of the dissolution of parliament, of interfering in an ongoing court case and attempting to influence the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, he himself continues to claim every right to call his action constitutional; that the House of Representatives will not be reinstated under any circumstances and that the elections will be held as announced. But such words from the mouth of the Prime Minister, of course, have nothing to do with influencing the decision of the judiciary.
At the same time, Oli is trying to keep the state apparatus under his unrestricted control. Thus, in order to preserve the appearance of democracy, the winter session of the remaining parliamentary chamber, the National Assembly, was convened on 2 January, but on 10 January Oli had the session ended again after only four meetings. The fact that he spat on the floor of the National Assembly on this occasion makes it clear what he thinks of this democratic institution. Also, why does Oli need a legislature at all when Nepal has such an able and powerful PM? This way, Oli can pass laws, as he wants them, by ordinance and have them signed by his president. He has repeatedly used this as an ideal way in the past almost three years of his tenure.
Meanwhile, demonstrations against Oli's unconstitutional actions (here called so with no hidden agenda of influencing the court out of full conviction) are taking place in all corners of the country. Meanwhile, Oli also likes to have such demonstrators arrested by the police. At his own election rallies, the wearing of black masks is strictly forbidden, as this could be a symbol of protest. Even black breathing masks have to be removed. What does Oli care about protective measures against the spread of the pandemic? Any other kind of demonstration is also prevented at such events. In Dhangadhi, for example, a group of young people were arrested because they wore appropriate shirt inscriptions to remind people of the continuing lack of investigation into the rape and murder of Nirmala Pant and demanded justice. Since the crime, there have been accusations that the highest political circles are deliberately preventing the investigation.
Finally, the camp of the advocates of a return to monarchy and the Hindu state must unfortunately also be addressed. The anniversary of Prithvinarayan Shah's birth is a welcome occasion to remember the founder and military unifier of modern Nepal. While it is true that Nepal owes it to this Shah king that it still exists today as an independent state and has not been absorbed into the Indian Union, it must also be remembered that the policies of Prithvinarayan Shah and his successors are responsible for the system of patriarchy, inequality, exclusion and discrimination that makes it so difficult today to transform Nepal into a modern democratic state.
ex-king Gyanendra once again spoke out today, pretending
that his main concern was the preservation of the country.
What is meant by this was made clear by Kamal Thapa, the
chairman of the RPP, when he once again called for a return
to monarchy and the Hindu state. Criticism of today's
supposedly democratic politicians is made easy for the
monarchists these days. Oli and the other so-called top
politicians are well on their way to destroying the country.
But they are only completing what the monarchy could not
complete before. Only a younger charismatic generation of
politicians from among Nepali citizens with a commitment to
inclusion, democracy and secularism and an aversion to
theocracy and overrated political ideologies can save the
January 2021) How
similar things are: When the US president
incites his most diehard supporters to initiate a coup from
above against the state and democracy for the purpose of
retaining power, statesmen all over the world condemn his
action. Not so PM Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and his
government in Nepal. Why should they, Oli has behaved
similarly to Trump after he could no longer hold on to power
through democratic means. Trump has the American parliament
stormed, which was about to confirm his ouster, Oli
dissolves the Nepalese parliament so that the democratically
elected representatives of the sovereign people there cannot
deprive him of executive power.The latter, by the way, is a
legitimate democratic right of parliament. Yet Trump in the
US and Oli in Nepal have, in four respectively three years
of failed politics, provided ample grounds for voting out or
removing from executive power.
Dahal-Nepal faction of the NCP continues to pretend that its
primary concern is the withdrawal of the dissolution of
parliament. In keeping with the media, its leaders position
themselves in a strictly hierarchical order at the forefront
of the sit-ins on the streets. However, since it became
clear that the other parties are not willing to join them in
protest actions, the focus for Dahal and Nepal has also
shifted more towards new elections. The visible sign at the
moment is the effort to be recognised by the Election
Commission as the legitimate NCP with a view to the future.
the other parties, the RPP should be mentioned here,
although this party seems completely insignificant in view
of the election results of 2017. The problem is that this
party of die-hards is trying to use the chaos caused by Oli
and the NCP to promote a return to monarchy and the Hindu
state through mass demonstrations. Their leaders are
proving that they have clearly not understood the history
and society of Nepal. The demand for such a step backwards
is unlikely to be successful, but it further exacerbates the
current chaos. (Tsak Sherpa)
(6 January 2021) The political crisis continues. Today, the Supreme Court began hearing the 13 constitutional petitions that followed the dissolution of parliament by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Of the 5 judges of the Constitutional Bench, Hari Krishna Karki has retired. He had been accused of bias as he had served as Attorney General during the first Oli government. The trial is scheduled to resume on 13 January 2021.
Meanwhile, both infighting between the two factions of the NCP at all levels of the federal system and protests by other parties continue unabated. Both NCP groups are showering accusations on each other and trying to damage the other group and push it out of power. For a long time now, this dispute has been endangering the very foundations of the entire state, especially since the leaders of the two factions seem to be mainly interested in their personal ambitions for power.
PM Oli is continually escalating into a defence of the legality of his actions. In the meantime, he is even claiming that this was a purely political measure on which the Supreme Court is not even entitled to judge.
One can only hope that the Supreme Court will reach a verdict on the constitutionality of the dissolution of parliament as soon as possible. In a democratic state, a prime minister has only two options if his government loses its majority: resignation or at least a vote of confidence in parliament. The elected representatives of the sovereign people sit in parliament. Oli owes his office only to the election by this Parliament, which alone has the right to deprive the PM of legitimacy. The dissolution of the House of Representatives, avowedly for Oli's personal retention of power, is therefore tantamount to a coup d'état.
But even if the Supreme Court reverses the dissolution of parliament, there remain legitimate doubts that this parliament will last much longer. The top politicians of the two factions have already destroyed Nepal's democratic system too much. There will be no stable governing majorities either at the central level or in the provinces after a possible restoration of parliament. In any case, the question of legitimacy remains. At the top of all the major parties are ageing leaders, some of whom have already failed several times or whose legitimacy to exercise power is at least questionable because of their political past. As a logical consequence, even if the House of Representatives is reinstated, there will probably be early elections sooner or later. However, with the current, largely over-aged party leaders, even these could be forgotten. Given the large parliamentary majority, the Oli government would have had a unique opportunity to stabilise Nepal politically and advance the country's development. Oli has miserably squandered this opportunity.
Meanwhile, the Corona pandemic continues to affect all aspects of life. But that does not seem to interest the politicians of all parties at all. The daily announced case numbers may seem low compared to western industrialised countries, but the value of the numbers mentioned is doubtful in view of the extremely low number of daily tests. While in most countries of the world the numbers of infections and deaths are steadily increasing or at least have remained at a high level for weeks, the numbers in Nepal continue to fall unabated. And this despite the fact that the Oli government continues to do absolutely nothing to control the spread of the pandemic.
too, there is hardly anything that can be glossed over. So
the comments on the revival of the all-important tourism
sector seem like a nice dream. Reports on the death of
hotels speak a clearer language. In view of the current
world situation, Nepal should rather assume that 2021 will
remain another lost year for international tourism. (Tsak
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Verein Nepal-Inzlingen - Hilfe für Kinder in Nepal, Inzlingen, Germany
Rheinland-Lorraine-Nepal eV., Koblenz, Germany
Népal et Vous, Montataire, France
German-Nepal Friendship Association website
Nepal democracy: Gateway to Nepali politics
South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Nepalmed e.V., Grimma, Germany (website in German and English)
Man Maya Med e.V., Verein zur Förderung Humanitärer und Medizinischer Hilfe
Nepalprojekt der Helene-Lange-Schule, Wiesbaden, now integrated to Childaid Network
Erdbebenhilfe Nepal des Vereins Lichtblick Nepal e.V.