As the Election Commission has already taken several initiatives to hold the local body elections, political parties should have launched their electioneering by now. Amid violent clashes in Rajbiraj, CPN-UML completed its Mechi-Mahakali conclave, making efforts to heat up the elections. However, the closer the elections date is approaching, the more uncertain everything is looking. The United Democratic Madheshi Front (UDMF) has launched a nationwide campaign, with a call for boycott of the elections, focusing on the districts bordering India. Another force against the election is emerging now. Following the decision of the Election Commission to remove the terms 'Constitutional Monarchy' and 'Hindu State', RPP-Nepal has issued a threat to boycott the elections if the commission does not correct its decision. Just a week after the return of deputy prime minister and Minister of Home Affairs Bimlendra Nidhi from his India visit, prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is heading to China. Home Minister Nidhi met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who enquired about Nepal’s situation. As Prime Minister Dahal has already visited India, his China visit is very significant. Given the current scenario, political parties, which are harping on the elections in public, seem to have lost their sincere zeal to hold the elections.
Although politics is heating up, we have decided to cover the state of waste water and importance of water recycling and treatment as our cover story. In the absence of proper treatment plants and recycling of waste water system, people are dumping all waste water directly into Nepal’s rivers. The situation of capital Kathmandu is the worst. We have highlighted the way waste water needs to be reused. As the bicentennial ceremony since the establishment of relations between Nepal and United Kingdom comes to an end, we have an interview of British Ambassador to Nepal Richard Morris in this issue. Ambassador Morris, who arrived only a few months before the ceremony, has been able to take Nepal-Britain relations to new heights, marked by high level visits including one by Prince Harry and those of other officials, such as the visit of Nepalese deputy prime minister and foreign minister to the UK.