Stay extremely alert

Published On: March 2, 2020 09:32 AM NPT By: Republica

There is a reason to panic about COVID-19.  The disease that originated from Wuhan of China in late December last year has claimed over 2900 lives and infected over 98,000 people worldwide (the toll is ever rising).  The infection that was limited to China and few other countries until recently has now spread to over 60 countries across the globe.  From Japan to South Korea, to the UK to the US to Iran, COVID-19 seems to have reached every corner of the globe.

Fallout of favor

Published On: March 1, 2020 10:23 AM NPT By: Republica

Government’s open protection for a business group close to the ruling party has become a matter of serious public concern recently. Its undue favor for Yeti Group and various companies associated with it, for example, has not only brought the disgrace on the government but also Yeti Group is becoming synonymous with misrule and policy corruption.  The government allowed it to use several prime public properties including Nepal Trust property worth billions of rupees from Kathmandu to the Everest Base Camp for business.  Yeti Group managed to transfer the ownership of land inside the Sagarmatha National Park to its name to establish Kongde View Resort.

What’s our priority?

Published On: February 27, 2020 10:24 AM NPT By: Republica

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is once again embroiled in intra-party feud. Differences among top leaders, including KP Sharma Oli, Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal, have surfaced, and it is likely to impact our political stability. Nepalis voted for stability and development. But the party’s infighting exposed personal ambitions above everything else. Recent political developments are deeply troubling for the country. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has not shied away from venting his frustration over the government’s inability to pass MCC, and resolve some outstanding issues within the party.

Cost of lax monitoring

Published On: February 26, 2020 11:49 AM NPT By: Republica

Not all urbanites have luxury of eating at homes because they have to work. They leave home early and stop by the roadside eateries or canteens for breakfast and lunch.  Many others pick food items from street vendors who cook and sell on the carts and earn livelihood through such small enterprises.

Are you kidding?

Published On: February 25, 2020 09:52 AM NPT By: Republica

The government and ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have sent deeply troubling messages in the past few days.

Build bridges

Published On: February 24, 2020 10:33 AM NPT By: Republica

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli does not like when pictures of tuins are published in the newspapers. ‘They do not get to see one these days and therefore use the old ones,’ he reportedly said recently. The Prime Minister boasts that his government has accomplished so much in terms of creating basic minimum structures such as bridges and roads.

PM has a lot to answer

Published On: February 23, 2020 09:57 AM NPT By: Republica

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s trusted cabinet member Gokul Prasad Baskota was forced to resign on Thursday after an audio of him bargaining for Rs 700 million in bribe in connection with the procurement of security printing press came out. The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has asked the government to halt the process of procuring security printing press worth billions of rupees after this controversial audio went to the public.

Time for reckoning

Published On: February 20, 2020 09:51 AM NPT By: Republica

Nepal celebrated 70th National Democracy Day on Wednesday by organizing a special ceremony at the Nepal Army Pavilion in the capital. President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Speaker of the House of Representatives Agni Prasad Sapkota, National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, cabinet ministers, members of parliament, high-ranking government officials and people from various walks of life attended the ceremony.

Step up alert

Published On: February 19, 2020 09:48 AM NPT By: Republica

There have been a lot of misperceptions about coronavirus, now called COVID 19: That every infected succumbs to death, that every person coming from China is necessarily a carrier of disease, that eating garlic, smearing the body with some oil or spraying alcohol around the house can help prevent infection, so on and so forth.  It is some such misperceptions which led the people of Kharipati area in Bhatkapur, where quarantine facilities were set up by the government to keep the students brought to Kathmandu from Wuhan of China, to oppose the government’s decision.

Commendable job

Published On: February 18, 2020 09:18 AM NPT By: Republica

The government has taken up the much needed work of installing underground electric wires in the Kathmandu Valley.