Debunking the Low Capital Expenditure Practice: What Engineers Say!

Published On: April 15, 2022 12:45 PM NPT By: Pradip Kumar Kafle

No miracle is going to happen in our historic trend of low capital expenditure this year, too. Same as ever, we will see a huge portion of the expenses being made in the last month of this fiscal year too (Asare Bikas accounting for almost 30% of capital expenditure).

Women’s Participation in Elections in Nepal

Published On: April 12, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Shreeju Niroula

Women won 91 percent of deputy seats in municipalities, deputy mayors in municipalities, and vice-chairpersons in rural municipalities, whereas men won 98 percent of main roles such as mayors and chairpersons (Election Commission 2017). This was due to the fact that women were nominated for mayor/chairperson in only 190 of the 753 mayor/chairperson seats across the country, representing only 25% of the total positions.

BRI and MCC: Implications for Nepal

Published On: April 11, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Dron Lamichhane

China and the United States came face-to-face over the issue of MCC agreement’s ratification through parliament. This is not a good sign for Nepal. The strategic rivalry between the US and China in Nepal should not be taken lightly.

As Afghanistan stands at the crossroads, China lends a helping hand

Published On: April 7, 2022 06:30 AM NPT By: Qian Feng

The world should not forget Afghanistan, and the United States, the maker of Afghanistan’s problems, should not deliberately ignore and stay away from the Afghan issue. It is better for the doer to undo what he has done.

Nepal's 2nd Int’l Airport Ready for Opening Amid Air Route Issues with India

Published On: March 31, 2022 07:36 AM NPT By: Hari Prasad Shrestha

Due to India’s reluctance to grant air routes, aircraft flying to Gautam Buddha International Airport will have to take a longer route from Simra which might raise the operating costs for airlines and push up ticket prices.

Global Inequality Fueling Global Chaos

Published On: March 26, 2022 02:30 PM NPT By: Sumit Pathak

The most comprehensive research done on the topic of inequality shows that in the year 1820, the average income of the global top 10 percent was 18 times higher than the bottom 50 percent while that number skyrocketed 38 times in the year 2020. The primary driver of this income disparity is financial deregulation, lack of unions, poor safety nets and the growth in executive pay and bonuses that far outstrips the salary growth of average blue and white collar workers.

What do songs have to do with polity and public?

Published On: March 22, 2022 01:30 PM NPT By: Rajendra Bahadur Singh

Songs are the strongest vehicle for the dissemination of different messages in societies across the world. The melody and metrics they have easily draw the attention of the listeners/audiences to the message they carry. As a result, a song can influence the people with the message it carries easily.

Solar Irrigation Pumps, Women and Smallholders in Eastern Tarai

Published On: March 21, 2022 11:05 AM NPT By: Gitta Shrestha and Labisha Uprety

Access to irrigation technology underpins easy and reliable water access. However, land ownership is a prerequisite to access water sources and finance to secure irrigation technologies. Yet, exploitative and unequal gender and caste relations determine access to and benefit from productive resources such as land and water.

Ukraine War: Lessons for Nepal

Published On: March 17, 2022 01:17 PM NPT By: Dron Lamichhane

Nepal shares its borders with two Asian giants - China and India - like Ukraine shares with NATO countries and Russia. Nepal has seen similar events near its borders. The first one was the political control of Tibet by China. The second example is the merger of Sikkim into India in 1975. Nepal should thus maintain balanced relations with both India and China and should be careful while developing relations with countries that are hostile to these two countries.

Nepal's Next Budget Must Remodel its Conventional Epigraph

Published On: March 16, 2022 07:33 AM NPT By: Hari Prasad Shrestha

Remittance is the most easy and conventional source to run the economy. However, in the long run, it could be more dangerous and riskier for the economic health of the nation.