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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.