Fingers crossed

January 12, 2017 00:25 am

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.

Vote into law

January 11, 2017 00:35 am

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.

Poisonous legacy

January 10, 2017 00:35 am

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.

In remission

January 9, 2017 00:35 am

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.

Gold rush

January 7, 2017 00:35 am

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.

Air of despair

January 5, 2017 00:35 am

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.

Think and vote

January 4, 2017 00:45 am

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.

Slow and unsteady

January 3, 2017 00:35 am

As the country rang in Christmas and New Year, each to great fanfare in its many urban settlements, one group of people would have found nothing to celebrate.

Year of elections

January 2, 2017 00:45 am

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.

Bed blockers

December 31, 2016 00:45 am

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.