Where to now?

Published On: June 27, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Republica

It is strange that the country should still hew to the Cold War-era principle of “non-alignment”.

No cure-all

Published On: June 25, 2016 02:00 AM NPT By: Republica

British Prime Minister David Cameron was effectively leading a double-life. In 2005, he assumed the leadership of the traditionally Euro-skeptic Conservative Party. The Conservatives have always been uncomfortable with unelected bosses in Brussels making important decisions on behalf of Britain. The European Union and its jumble of regulations, in their reckoning, were putting fetters on the high ambitions of a business-oriented Britain.

Well done

Published On: June 23, 2016 12:25 AM NPT By: Republica

Farewell to 12 killed workers


Published On: June 22, 2016 12:00 AM NPT By: Republica

Potentially hundreds of thousands of cylinders that we are using in our homes could be sub-standard.

Please don’t go

Published On: June 21, 2016 01:05 AM NPT By: Republica

There is a limit to what Nepali nation-state, with its limited means, can do to ensure the safety of all its workers.


Published On: June 20, 2016 12:50 AM NPT By: Republica

If Nepal is a functioning state, it must be able to crack a whip on these criminal elements.

SLC, 82, RIP

Published On: June 18, 2016 08:13 AM NPT By: Republica

The challenge will be to ensure that all higher secondary schools meet minimum criteria.

Where to, comrade?

Published On: June 13, 2016 12:42 AM NPT By: Republica

The economic revolution Bhattarai wants would call for an unheard of 15-20 percent growth.


Published On: June 6, 2016 04:52 PM NPT By: Republica

Universal health coverage of all Nepalis is a brilliant idea. It appears realistic too. Since 2012, the government has been piloting the scheme in three districts—Ilam, Kailali and Baglung—to great success. The success of the pilot program is the reason it is being expanded to 25 districts this year, with the goal of covering all 75 districts within three years, as announced by Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel in his recent budget speech. As per the model, each family will have to pay a monthly premium of Rs 2,500 in return for which it will be eligible for treatment worth Rs 50,000 should one of the family members fall sick. Since the state has already heavily subsidized treatments of nine major health aliments—heart disease, kidney-related disease and cancer among them—it means that no Nepali will be deprived of healthcare. This will be the case since the government will also pay the premiums of the families living below the absolute poverty line, the elderly, the disabled and even those who were displaced by last year's earthquakes. This is terrific news. It, however, does not mean that the road to universal healthcare for all Nepalis will be free of challenges.