The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index released today by Transparency International reveals that Nepal is third most corrupt country in South Asia, first being Afghanistan and second being Bangladesh. Nepal fell two notches to 124 in 2018 from 122 in 2017 out of 180 countries. Among the SAARC nations, Bhutan is least corrupt country with 25th position on the CPI, whereas Nepal stood at 124th. Likewise, India (78th), Sri Lanka (89th), Pakistan (117th), Maldives (124th).
The 2018 CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, giving each a score from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of only 43.
As per the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, Denmark is perceived as least corrupt and Somalia the most.
Our research makes a clear link between having a healthy democracy and successfully fighting public sector corruption. Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage.
Delia Ferreira Rubio, chair of Transparency International
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Nepal imports more than half of its electricity from India
According the news published in Nepali Times, Nepal imported 653MW electricity from India last Friday, the biggest amount so far since the country ended powercuts three years ago. The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) had to import because the total demand for electricity reached 1,243MW last week because of winter peak load and falling production from run-of-river schemes due to low water volume in rivers.
According to NEA, the import is necessary to fulfill immediate needs and to prevent the economic cost of resuming power cuts. “If we compare the cost of importing 500MW electricity to the loss that Nepal’s industries would incur without that electricity, then the loss is much higher,” said Ghising. “It will take many years for us to construct 500MW hydropower plants. But the power is immediately available for import, which is economically more beneficial for us.”
Last year Nepal spent Rs20 billion importing electricity from India, on top of the Rs90 billion in petroleum imports.
Gangster-turned-politician Manange released from jail
Rajiv Gurung aka Deepak Manange has been released from Dillibazar-based prison on Friday afternoon. Supreme Court has given him a permission to fight the case from outside the prison.
Earlier in January, the Supreme Court (SC) had convicted Manange in an attempted murder case and sentenced him to five years in prison. He had been put in Dillibazar jail since his arrest by the Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu in April 18, 2018 for the charge of ‘attempt to murder’ and was ordered to be arrested and jailed for 5 years by the apex court.
Manangewas was elected as an independent candidate to a provincial assembly seat from Manang district; however, soon after the election result, SC convicted him for the attempted murder and he had been on run. Fearing arrest, Manange did not take the oath of office and secrecy as PA member and had been absconding. Nevertheless, he got arrested later in April 18th from Swayambu.
According to Kathmandu Post:
A gang of Manange had lanched a sword attack on the gang of Milan Gurung aka ‘Chakre’ in 2005. His left hand was chopped into two pieces in the attack. Though his hand was prevented from being cut off after the treatment, it did not return to its previous condition.
Following the attack, Chakre’s wife, Indira Gurung, filed an attempted murder case against Manange and his accomplices at the Kathmandu District Court.
But the Kathmandu District Court had ruled out the attempted murder charge and ordered a two-year jail sentence to Manange in aggravated assault conviction. The court had also acquitted four of Manange’s accomplices, including gangster turned politician Ganesh Lama, Umesh Lama, Rewat Karki and Ramesh Sunuwar.
Dissatisfied by the court’s ruling, the government lawyers had knocked the door of the Patan Appellate Court, seeking punishment against the defendants.
The Patan Appellate Court in 2012 ruled the incident as an attempted murder case and ordered five years jail sentence to Manange, but upheld the Kathmandu District Court’s decision to acquit Manange’s four accomplices.
The Attorney General’s Office in May 2013 had moved the SC, seeking punishment to four of Manange’s accomplices as well.