Populist Government’s Bumper Offer to Media Houses

Populist Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has now tried to lured media fraternity by offering, what media report suggests, ‘unnatural facilities’. By Siromani Dhungana UWB If you can’t beat them, join them. Or, bribe them. If it turns out to be true, the Baburam Bhattarai-led government’s attempt to appease the media sector only exposes the real characterContinue reading “Populist Government’s Bumper Offer to Media Houses”

Press Council Nepal: From a Watchdog to the Maoist Lapdog

By Siromani Dhungana UWB The present Press Council Act in Nepal need to be revisited, restructured and reformed to ensure the independence of the council and to establish it as a true ‘watchdog mechanism’. After the appointment of new chairman at Press Council Nepal (PCN), the need of reforming the existing legal provision has furtherContinue reading “Press Council Nepal: From a Watchdog to the Maoist Lapdog”

For an “Austere” Prime Minister, Far Too Many (and Costly) Helicopter Rides

But that’s the contradictory and hypocritical nature of Baburam Bhattarai. Can the Mustang-rider PM reveal the source of his party’s income to pay for his choppers fare? By Siromani Dhungana And the earth is round! Russian Mi-17 and French AS332 Super Puma helicopters were used by the then governments to fight against the decade-long MaoistContinue reading “For an “Austere” Prime Minister, Far Too Many (and Costly) Helicopter Rides”