Golden girl

Published On: August 9, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Gaurika Singh, 13-year old Nepali swimmer, has been making headlines around the world. As the youngest swimmer at Rio Olympics 2016, she won her heats in 100m backstroke and made all of us proud. She has become a household name in Nepal today and she will continue to inspire girls and boys beyond our borders.

Follow him

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

Dr Govinda KC of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital does not only represent the voice for much-needed reforms in country’s medical education sector, he is a person with a great heart and great conviction. He has been single-handedly fighting against the entrenched medical mafia by putting his life on the line for the last few years. During his eighth hunger strike about two weeks ago, attempts had been made by his opponents to project him in the negative light. They argued that Dr KC’s protest was directed against certain private medical colleges rather than for broader reforms.

Tall order

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

It goes without saying that CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has taken office amidst challenging circumstances. Madheshi and Janajati forces voted for him only after Nepali Congress and Maoist coalition agreed to their three-point demands that included declaring those killed during the Madhesh movement as martyrs, providing due compensation and free treatment to those injured in the movement and withdrawing “false cases” against cadres of Madheshi forces. They had also agreed to resolve number and delineation of provinces through constitution amendment “based on the consensus of political parties.” We sincerely hope that he will be able to build minimum required consensus among the parties to end over-one-year-long standoff between Kathmandu and Tarai Madhesh.

36 km of pain

Published On: August 4, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

The 36 kilometer road from Mugling to Narayanghat has been under construction for over two years now. More than 7,000 vehicles pass through this section every day, directly affecting the lives of thousands of people. After Prithvi Highway, this road serves as a major lifeline to Kathmandu. However, landslides due to heavy rain along the Mugling-Narayanghat stretch have made it worse for travelers who have to wait for hours to reach their destinations.

Leaving on a prayer

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

If your dream is to be a successful Olympian, South Asia would be among the worst places on the planet to be born into. The eight SAARC member countries, the home to one in five people on earth, didn’t win a single gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. With the exception of India (two bronze, four silver) and Afghanistan (one bronze), the six other countries did not win a medal of any kind. Historically, too, the Olympic record of every SAARC country has been woeful. This is one way to make sense of Nepal’s habitual under-achievement in Olympics.

Second shot

Published On: August 2, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

Pushpa Kamal Dahal could become the prime minister of a new coalition government as early as Wednesday. The parliament initiated the process for formation of a majority government on Monday when the deadline given by the president for a national consensus government expired. With so many political parties vying to join the new government, possibly even the constituent parties of Madheshi Morcha, it will be difficult for Dahal to share portfolios.

Fast and loose

Published On: August 1, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

To internalize the great risk of speeding in our highways one need only board an outbound microbus at Kalanki. Hop on board one bound for Pokhara or Butwal. Then be prepared for a ride to hell. No sooner has the microbus left Kalanki, the driver guns it, madly twisting and turning the vehicle at unseemly speeds to avoid the rush of oncoming traffic. The most dangerous bit is not the demonic speed

Halt it now

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

New cholera cases have been detected in Kathmandu Valley over the past one week. The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) under the Department of Health has confirmed cholera in 21 people. But the actual number of infected, the division warns, could be many times more.

What’s new?

Published On: July 28, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Republica

As we went to press on Wednesday, at least 50 people had already been killed in floods and landslides right around the country. The unusually heavy rains this monsoon have swollen all the major river systems in Nepal to dangerous levels. With heavy rain forecast for at least one more month, the country has to brace for the worst and prepare accordingly. The Prime Minister’s Office has directed local authorities to work with the respective district disaster relief committees (DDRC) in order to make search, rescue and rehabilitation efforts more effective. To expedite these efforts, it has written to various ministries not to grant leave to civil servants in affected areas. Likewise, security forces have now been mobilized in all flood-affected regions.

The checklist

Published On: July 27, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Republica

With CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal scheduled to take over government leadership from KP Sharma Oli in the near future, what should be the priority of the new coalition government? The first priority, in our view, has to be to try to adjust the concerns of the protesting Madheshi and Janajati outfits in the new constitution. This should be easier for Dahal than it was for Oli, who had, rightly or wrongly, come to be seen as “anti-Madheshi”. The big challenge for Dahal on this front will be to sell the reworked federal map to Oli and his CPN-UML party, which will now be in the opposition after the recent Maoist ‘betrayal’. A breakthrough is possible as there is now a realization, right across the political spectrum, that all the sides will have to be flexible if there is to be a viable constitutional settlement. We learn that four or five separate options on redrawing federal boundaries are now being discussed. A change of guard in Kathmandu could be the prod that finally solves the federal puzzle.