Think beyond planning

Published On: July 1, 2019 09:49 AM NPT By: Bhairab Raj Kaini

It is more than six decades since Nepal started planning process for development. In six decades, nine five-year plans and five three-year plans have been implemented. In case of agriculture, the first long term plan (Agriculture Perspective Plan) was implemented from 1995 to 2015 and the second one (Agriculture Development Strategy) is at its third year of implementation.

Letter to SEE graduates

Published On: July 1, 2019 09:45 AM NPT By: Sudarshan Neupane

I extend my warmest congratulations on your recent SEE results. If you have achieved what you deserved, be happy. If you haven’t got good grades, do not worry. The result is not always in our hands. Needless to say that it is not the sole indicator of your performance. So, relax and don’t lose your hope that you are capable of so many other amazing things.

Boris’s big lie

Published On: July 1, 2019 09:41 AM NPT By: Guy Verhofstadt

BRUSSELS – Three years after the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum, the UK is no closer to figuring out how to leave the European Union, and what comes next, than it was when the result was announced. And now a Conservative Party leadership election to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May is in full swing. To those of us watching from the outside, the debate between the candidates confirms that they have learned nothing whatsoever from the past two years of negotiations with the EU.

Burden of republic

Published On: June 30, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Krishna KC

We have functional governments from local to federal levels. But a number of operational fissures have started to appear on the surface over utilization of resources and powers

Costs of migration

Published On: June 30, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Sindhu Gyawali

For our temptation for career and financial gain abroad, are we not ruining the quality of life of our parents?

Redefining local leadership

Published On: June 30, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Shyam Dahal

Better governance outcomes are possible only when local politicians become more flexible and open-minded to share leadership roles with the chief administrative officers

Trump’s art of the spin

Published On: June 30, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Stephen S Roach

Policy blunders of epic proportion have become the rule, not the exception. It won’t be nearly as easy to spin the looming consequences

In instrument we trust

Published On: June 29, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Hemant Arjyal

Most find it baffling as how aircrafts fly long distances, safely and amidst crisscrossing traffic—seemingly under no control. If that was so, it would have resulted in frequent collisions or other types of midair calamities typically reflecting Kathmandu traffic scene where lack of patience rules supreme. It is not that drivers do not know the rules.

Hungary’s fights for impunity

Published On: June 29, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Bálint Magyar/Bálint Madlovics

BUDAPEST – Hungary has become a post-communist mafia state. It is led not by a party but by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s political-economic clan, which treats society as its private domain while formally maintaining a democratic façade. The Hungarian state’s actions are not impersonal but rather discretionary, aimed at taking down the clan’s opponents and redistributing wealth and assets to loyalists.

Home is where you belong

Published On: June 29, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Rishi Ram Paudyal

It’s ages since I have lived in Kathmandu but I do not call it my home yet. I live in a house here but this is not my home. When I think of home, my mind’s antennas rise up with lots of memories—my identity, my mother, siblings and my neighbors. How they call me is different from what other people call me. My ears are tuned to that sound and respond to it quickly.