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Subhash Ghimire

Subhash Ghimire is the editor of Republica English daily. He holds a Master in Public Policy (MPP, 2014) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

O Brahmaputra and Bagmati, how can you flow?

Published On: May 5, 2021 05:00 PM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

Pashupati Aryaghat, where Hindus cremate their dead bodies, is overcrowded, and has started cremating bodies on open grounds. Until last week, PM Oli was busy inaugurating projects, openly defying urgent pleas by his health ministry to avoid crowds and public events. He infamously urged people to ‘chew guava leaves and turmeric powder to get rid of the virus’ offering a hope so false that only this disaster could follow.

The perverse mathematics of tragedy

Published On: May 18, 2020 09:00 PM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

A 29-year-old mother of two children, one of whom was born just nine days before at TUTH, from Bahrabise Municipality-9, Ramche, died of coronavirus complications at Dhulikhel Hospital on Saturday, May the 16th.

They threaten to burn us alive: Nakkhu locals (with video)

Published On: February 10, 2020 11:20 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Just a few kilometers south from the Mediciti Hospital in Nakkhu, Lalitpur-27 is an asphalt plant being run by Shailung Group of Companies. Sharada Prasad Adhikari, former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s current landlord, is the chairman of the group.

Nepalis worry for their loved ones in Middle East

Published On: January 9, 2020 07:37 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Nearly two million Nepalis working in the Middle East are alarmed by the prospect of war between the United States and Iran. People are huddling in tea shops and chautaris across the country to discuss the possibility of World War III and families of our migrant workers are rightly worried by the news coming out from the Middle East. Sadly, our government has done very little to assure the public of the measures it will take to provide the necessary support to Nepalis in the region in the unlikely event of an all-out war. We have yet to see a statement or public remarks from the government to assure the worried Nepalis, both at home and abroad.

Party's over, get down to work

Published On: October 15, 2019 07:25 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

Kathmandu, Oct 15: The state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kathmandu couldn't have come at a better time. After years of political uncertainty, Nepal is trying to project itself as a confident nation, ready to engage with the rest of the world.

‘I didn’t even know when the second and third installments for wide-body planes were disbursed’

Published On: February 28, 2019 07:26 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari heartily accepted to come to our weekly Frontline live show on January 30. He came to our office at around 6:30 pm for the 7 pm live show. The show focused on wide-body aircraft procurement scam, fake rescue claims and other aviation issues. Those who watched the program only wanted to hear the minister talk about the wide-body investigations. Minister Adhikari promised to bring out the truth of the wide-body purchase in two-three months.

Bola Maya: Story of our national pain

Published On: May 28, 2018 01:01 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

Our 200 plus years of illusive quest to bring wealth home from abroad have often ended up in tragedies

Life of an actor who made Nepal’s first teleserial

Published On: May 11, 2018 10:46 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

Biratnagar was the hotbed of democratic movements in the early 1980s. Leaders like BP Koirala and GP Koirala were mounting pressure against the Panchayat regime to hold a referendum. This was also the place where young theater artists staged plays, sometimes critical of the regime, which irritated the local authorities.

The Dream Chaser

Published On: April 28, 2018 10:11 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

KP Sharma Oli’s rise to prominence in Nepali politics has its roots in Jhapa. Under the tutelage of Ramnath Dahal, Jhapa’s well known communist leader in the early 1960s, Oli learned to take political risks at an early age of 12.

I have many fond memories in Nepal: Prof. Parag Pathak, mini Nobel Prize winner

Published On: April 23, 2018 08:00 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

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.

From Beijing to Silicon Valley

Published On: December 18, 2017 07:50 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

How can we connect with Silicon Valley in order to attract some of the best companies to come and invest in Nepal?

Too poor to run!

Published On: October 30, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

If election tickets are to be auctioned off to highest bidders, why would anyone devote her life for the party’s betterment?

Chinese experts skeptical of Nepal's commitment to BRI

Published On: September 4, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

Chinese officials in Beijing and Kunming last week expressed skepticism over Nepal's intention to wholeheartedly endorse the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). While many Chinese officials said they understood Nepal's tricky balancing act between India and China, they insisted that Nepal fully embraced BRI for its long-term prosperity.

Postponing polls would be a historic blunder

Published On: June 15, 2017 02:15 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

KATHMANDU, June 14: “I will solve all the outstanding Madhes issues once I am in power,” Deuba told us at his Budhanilkantha residence weeks before he became prime minister again. He sounded in a hurry to assume power.

An ordinary man unknown to the world

Published On: May 26, 2017 08:54 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

“I was born on the same day as King Birendra!” He would announce proudly during the heyday of monarchy. After struggling with asthma and lung failure, Thulba, as we fondly called him, passed away peacefully at 75 last Tuesday. Tika Dutta Ghimire was an ordinary man, humble and unknown to the world, to our family; he was a patriarch, and the keeper of our family traditions.

Waiting for Godot

Published On: April 25, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

For people like my father in remote Gorkha there is still uncertainty over whether they will get any help

Dancing with the dragon

Published On: December 27, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

Dahal government hasn’t been able to handle the sensitivities of our northern neighbor with the seriousness the issue deserves

Our moral obligation to save Dr KC’s life

Published On: December 1, 2016 12:25 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Today is the 18th day of Dr. KC’s hunger strike, longer than any of the last nine. He has now sat for 120 days in hunger strike in the last four years in a relentless crusade to end corruption and injustices in Nepal’s medical education.

Remembering to not forget

Published On: April 25, 2016 12:00 AM NPT By: Subhash Ghimire

KATHMANDU, April 23: As we mourn the loss of 9,000 plus lives in last year's tragic earthquakes