Most of us have known Rajesh Hamal as an intelligent actor of Nepali film industry, the actor who has played in over 100 films in his career, and who at times
appears in quiz shows and television interviews. But what is the superstar’s understanding of Nepali politics, economy, society and Nepal’s foreign affairs? Where do we stand as a nation today? Mahabir Paudyal and Thira L Bhusal met the superstar to explore various aspects of Nepali politics.
PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkley, Biswo Poudel, has closely studied Nepal’s economic trends. What does he think of this year’s budget? Where will Nepal be headed to economically in the days to come? Mahabir Paudyal and Raj Kumar KC met with him to take his insights.
Martin Perschler directs the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, a cultural heritage preservation grant program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State. In Nepal, it has provided financial and technical assistance for reconstruction of Gaddi Baithak at Hanuman Dhoka and other heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala met with Perschler to discuss various aspects of heritage reconstruction and study of architecture and history.
Jaya Raj Acharya, Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University, is a well-known scholar and former ambassador of Nepal to the United Nations. He has studied Nepal-India relations in depth. In the context of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, he shared his insights on multiple areas of Nepal-India relations with Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala.
Minister for Forests and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet is also a key leader of CPN (Maoist Center) and one of the members of Party Unity Coordination Committee. What is his assessment of Nepal’s forestry? And what is the progress in party unification process? Thira L Bhusal and Mahabir Paudyal met with him Tuesday afternoon.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been engaged in Nepal as a development partner of Nepal since 1969. The support, which mainly includes grant assistance, concessional loan and technical cooperation, has been on wide range of sectors with twin aim of helping Nepal achieve socio-economic development and promoting friendship between the two countries. JICA has also been on the forefront in helping Nepal for reconstruction after the 2015 earthquakes.
The John Bates Clark Medal is awarded annually by the American Economic Association (AEA) to “that American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” Parag Pathak, 37, is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research proved that school choice can lead to improved student performance.