KATHMANDU, Aug 11: Nepal national cricket team is back home after squaring the two-match series one-all against the Netherlands in Amstelveen. Nepal defeated the Netherlands by a run in the second ODI match on August 3. The closed camp for Asia Cup Qualifiers is set to begin on August 14.

Former minister, political analyst and member of Eminent Persons Group (EPG) from Nepal, Nilamber Acharya knows Nepali politics inside out. What is his assessment of current politics and debate on authoritarianism? How should the government and opposition conduct themselves? What is the progress in EPG? Thira L Bhusal and Mahabir Paudyal caught up with him to discuss.

Sagoon Inc, a US-based company that runs www.sagoon.com, which, the company claims, enables users to make a ‘true connection’ with others. The company also claims that it will eventually be able to provide its user base the ability to monetize time spent on the website through a revenue-sharing model. The company is currently on the closing phase of funding as part of its mini-IPO to collect a total of $20 million from the public.

Chinese company Chongquin Machinary & Electronics Holding (Group) Co Ltd (CME) has partnered with People’s Energy Ltd (PEL) to construct the Khimti-2 Hydroelectricity Power Plant in Nepal. The 48.8 megawatt project of US$ 88 million is to be constructed in the Khimti River situated in the bordering areas of Dolakha and Ramechhap districts. The two companies signed a contract for this purpose on Friday.

WASHINGTON, July 8: The Trump administration on Saturday halted billions of dollars in payments to health insurers under the Obamacare healthcare law, saying that a recent federal court ruling prevents the money from being disbursed.

Central Working Committee member and a senior leader of Nepali Congress, Dr Shekhar Koirala is a vocal critic of internal conflict and strong advocate of change within the party. But Nepali Congress has not yet been able to stand assertively on issues of public concern and has rather been reactive to government actions. What led Congress to this situation? How will it go ahead in the days to come? How does the party evaluate performance of K P Oli’s government? Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala asked.

Most of us have known Rajesh Hamal as an intelligent actor of Nepali film industry, the actor who has played in over 100 films in his career, and who at times appears in quiz shows and television interviews. But what is the superstar’s understanding of Nepali politics, economy, society and Nepal’s foreign affairs? Where do we stand as a nation today? Mahabir Paudyal and Thira L Bhusal met the superstar to explore various aspects of Nepali politics.

PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkley, Biswo Poudel, has closely studied Nepal’s economic trends. What does he think of this year’s budget? Where will Nepal be headed to economically in the days to come? Mahabir Paudyal and Raj Kumar KC met with him to take his insights.

Martin Perschler directs the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, a cultural heritage preservation grant program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State. In Nepal, it has provided financial and technical assistance for reconstruction of Gaddi Baithak at Hanuman Dhoka and other heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala met with Perschler to discuss various aspects of heritage reconstruction and study of architecture and history.

The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) is an international youth organization, recognized by the United Nations as an international youth non-governmental organization.