Build a system

Published On: September 22, 2016 02:00 AM NPT By: Republica

Nepal’s foreign policy is in a complete mess. Following last year’s border blockade, relations with India reached perhaps an all-time low. Despite the ouster of the ‘anti-India’ Oli government, Nepal’s most important foreign relation is still strained, as was evident in the controversial joint communiqué issued at the end of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s recent India visit.

Tough year

Published On: September 20, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The omens don’t look good as today, September 20th, the country marks a year of the promulgation of the new constitution. The all-party meeting that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had called for Monday had to be cancelled after Madheshi parties refused to take part, saying that they were busy with their own programs to mark the ‘black day’.

Cut it short

Published On: September 19, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

No sooner than Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had touched down in Kathmandu on Sunday after his four-day official visit to India, he was preparing to leave again. Today, he heads out again for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York at the end of September. We learn that he could be gone for up to two weeks.

Rocky ride

Published On: September 17, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Potentially millions of Nepalis will be on the road this Dashain. As much as half the Kathmandu valley’s population of around 3 million could be heading out, in four-wheelers of various shapes and sizes, out and away through the crowded Kalanki junction. They will be in for a rocky ride.

Instant fix

Published On: September 15, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Article 33 of the new constitution ensures the right to employment for all Nepali citizens. But whatever the supreme law of the land says, it is nigh impossible for any country, let alone an LDC like Nepal, to guarantee employment for all its citizens.

Busloads of joy

Published On: September 14, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

There are already far too many vehicles on the streets of Kathmandu. Yet the year-on-year import of private vehicles continues to increase at an astonishing clip. For instance, despite the five months of border blockade, last year saw a 43 percent increase in vehicle imports from India.

Old habits

Published On: September 13, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Our parliamentarians are giving a dreadful account of themselves with their notorious record of absenteeism. On Sunday, fed up by their disregard of her repeated urgings, Speaker of the House Onsari Gharti Magar had to threaten parliamentarians to strip them off their parliament membership if they continued bunking even important House meetings.

Of vital interest

Published On: September 12, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has repeatedly clarified that during his four-day visit to India starting September 15th there will be no new agreements and that his focus will be reviewing and implementing old agreements.

Trial and error

Published On: September 10, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The acquittal of Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama—who on September 6th was cleared by the Central Criminal Court in London of all charges pressed against him in the UK—raises many questions.

Common nonsense

Published On: September 8, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The government should be doing everything in its ambit to support the ailing tourism industry, which is yet to completely recover from last year’s devastating earthquakes and the nearly five months of the border blockade.