It is true that the outgoing chief of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Sushil Gyewali, had little to show for his year in office. As we have repeatedly written in this space before, there seemed to be a big gulf in Gyewali’s words and actions.
Astonishingly, there have been no local elections in Nepal for the past 18 years. For most of that period the country was going through a wrenching political transition, the process that continues till today. First it was the Maoist insurgency which hindered local polls.
Perhaps no other public office-holder in Nepal has been as controversial as former CIAA Chief Lokman Singh Karki. A man accused of corruption, gold smuggling, and involvement in the suppression of popular protests in 2006 was clearly unfit to lead the powerful anti-corruption watchdog.
The decision of the Board of Directors of BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital in Bharatpur, Chitwan, the largest cancer hospital in the country, to bar its doctors from working out of the hospital is timely.
It’s an old mystery. If the outgoing goods are thoroughly checked before they gain entry into Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the country’s sole international airport, it makes sense to check incoming goods as thoroughly before they leave the airport.
When Republica titled a recent photo-essay on Kathmandu ‘Dustmandu’, it was done only half in zest. For the air that we are breathing right now in the national capital is not just unhealthy but also dangerous.
The month-long obstruction of the parliament, in all likelihood, will be lifted when it sits again this coming Sunday. The main opposition, CPN-UML, seems ready to reconsider its decision to obstruct the parliament following Monday’s Supreme Court verdict.
The year 2017 must be a ‘year of elections’ if Nepal is to avert a serious political and constitutional crisis. There are now less than 13 months for the constitutionally-mandated three sets of elections.
In the past few months alone we have reported on the severe shortage of vital medicines at rural healthcare centers, on new medical equipment worth billions gathering dust at government hospitals, on how the medical mafia has been able to time and again subvert the agenda of medical education reform, and on the tendency of our VVIPs to head abroad for even minor treatments.