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.

Trust, crossed

December 29, 2016 01:23 am

Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), which likes to call itself ‘the largest humanitarian organization in Nepal’, has of late been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Its latest claim to infamy is its ‘yearly review meetings’ currently being held in Sauraha, Chitwan

Domestic air passenger movement up

December 28, 2016 21:08 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Domestic carriers flew around 1.18 million passengers in the first nine months of 2016, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Elections now

December 28, 2016 00:35 am

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is in a bind. On one hand, pressure is building on his government to announce the date for local polls at the earliest.

Death of a boy

December 27, 2016 00:45 am

Before his inevitable death on November 27th, the badly emaciated 17-year-old Shambhu Kumar Ram of Saptari district’s Dadha VDC had become the poster-child for the abject failure of child nutrition program in Nepal.

System failure

December 26, 2016 00:35 am

There should be a minimum of 2.3 health workers for every 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. Nepal has just 0.67 health workers per 1,000 people.

Test ride

December 24, 2016 00:35 am

Thursday’s cabinet decision to build the 76-km Kathmandu-Nijgadh expressway with Nepal’s own resources could be a game-changer. This is because never before has a project of this scale—with an estimated cost of around Rs 100 billion—been undertaken by Nepalis alone.

Mess, en masse

December 22, 2016 00:35 am

The collective resignation on Tuesday of around 1,200 engineers and technicians deployed for post-quake reconstruction in 11 worst-hit districts is a sign of irresponsibility all around.

No respite

December 21, 2016 00:45 am

In a welcome development, Nepal Rastra Bank’s headline inflation rate in November climbed down to 4.8 percent, the lowest it has been in the past one decade. The last time we had under-5 inflation was back in June, 2007.

Act on it

December 20, 2016 00:45 am

We have long argued that the price of petroleum products Nepal imports should reflect international market price. In a market economy, the price of any product is determined by the subtle interplay between the forces of demand and supply.