Home truth

Published On: September 7, 2016 12:25 AM NPT By: Republica

Unless there is a miracle, local polls won’t happen by mid-April, 2017, the deadline set by the previous KP Oli government. And if the mid-April timeframe for local elections is missed, it will then be impossible to hold the three sets of elections—local, provincial and federal—in the next 17 months, as mandated by the new constitution.

Root around

Published On: September 6, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

During his three-day India visit later this month Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is not expected to raise the issue of the sudden discontinuity of ginger export to the southern neighbor. He should.

Pandora’s box

Published On: September 5, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Banking, like every other sector of the economy, operates on the principle of demand and supply. When the market is flush with money, the demand for it is low, which is reflected in the low interest rates that banks offer against the deposits, both personal and institutional, they mobilize. Nepali banks, swimming in remittance money, have been offering ultra-low interest rates to their depositors.

What’s the plan?

Published On: September 3, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The only way to evaluate the seriousness of our political class to implement the new constitution is to see if their actions so far have been in line with the constitution. In this they have failed miserably. The new constitution capped the number of ministers in the cabinet at 25. Both the governments formed after the promulgation of the constitution on September 20th, 2015 violated this provision.

New chinks

Published On: September 1, 2016 12:30 AM NPT By: Republica

Twenty-four-year-old Deepa Rai (Limbu) of Arun Tole, Dharan is trapped in Oman. She wasn’t meant to be there. The traffickers who had lured her with a lucrative job offer had promised to take her to Saudi Arabia instead. Once in Oman, she became a virtual slave, forced to work from five in the morning to midnight. The family that employs Deepa also subjects her to repeated abuse, both verbal and physical.

Presidential folly

Published On: August 31, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Some kinds of cancers are incurable. A few others can’t be treated in Nepal. But prostate cancer, the kind former President Ram Baran Yadav has been diagnosed with, is not one of them. Almost 50 percent of men above 50 have some form of prostate cancer. While that may sound scary, knowing about the high survival rate can be a great source of comfort.

Old haunts

Published On: August 30, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, marked on August 30th every year, is perhaps the right time to remember all those Nepali citizens who ‘disappeared’ during the decade-long Maoist war.

Ill will

Published On: August 29, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Nepali people take their high-ranking politicians so slightly because there is often a huge gulf between their lofty words and puny actions. During his nine months in office, former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, in order to burnish his nationalist credentials, repeatedly invoked the greatness of our ancestors and the indomitable spirit of Nepali people

Bigger is bitter

Published On: August 27, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and (now) CPN (Maoist Center) emerged as the first, second and third largest parties, respectively, in the second Constituent Assembly elections in 2013. There were also the three main forces behind the new constitution that was promulgated on September 20th, 2015. It was after intense deliberations that the three parties had agreed to cap the size of Nepali cabinet to 25 in the new constitution.

Thousand flowers

Published On: August 25, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

If the Cabinet approves the fourth amendment of the Electricity Regulations Act (1993), it will signal a sea-change in hydropower development in Nepal. If the act is approved, hydropower producers interested in projects of up to 100 MW will no longer be required to get the go ahead of the Ministry of Energy to carry out survey, build power plants and generate electricity.