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Panama Papers database opens up to the world

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A searchable database of more than 200,000 entities found in the Panama Papers investigation has been released.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) said it was publishing the information in the public interest and the data being released only represented a small fraction of the 11.5 million leaked files from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

The full dataset is also available for download from the ICIJ website.

The ICIJ said it would not publish the entire contents of the leak or disclose raw documents because of the nature of the leak, which includes personal information such as bank statements, credit card details, internal emails, property records and financial transactions dating back to the 1970s.

The database represents the largest release of information about offshore companies and those behind them, including many of the real owners behind shell companies, who in some cases went to great lengths to obscure their identities.

The new searchable database includes personal, company, client and intermediary names and allows the public to explore the networks of companies and people that used — and in some cases abused — the anonymity of secrecy jurisdictions with the help of Mossack Fonseca.

The Panama Papers revelations have reignited the debate about the need for public registries to ensure transparency about the true owners and controllers of companies.

In the wake of the Panama Papers scandal, the US Government announced last week that it had sent legislation to Congress to create a centralised federal registry of the actual owners of any newly created company.

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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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