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.

Good riddance

December 19, 2016 00:35 am

Some might wonder about the significance of the Supreme Court mandamus order last Thursday asking the government to take necessary steps to end the reign of transport syndicates.

Pinocchio’s promise

December 17, 2016 00:45 am

CPN-UML lawmaker Rabindra Adhikari in his tweet captured the skeptical popular mood when he questioned why the prime minister had failed to disclose his salary account.