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Akhilesh Tripathi

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Will Kathmandu Vote for Balen Shah?

Published On: May 4, 2022 07:47 PM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Holding a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in structural engineering, rapper Balen Shah seems to have been able to strike a chord with the younger generation of voters. The popularity of his songs and election promos on the internet proves this.

Kishun Ji: A True Hero

Published On: December 23, 2021 01:11 PM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Kishun Ji’s unexpected death left a void in Nepali politics that could never be filled. It is not sufficient to say that he was one of the few main leaders who led the process of transitioning Nepal from an absolute monarchy to a multi-party democracy.

Every Day is Kukur Tihar for Sneha Shrestha, the Dog Savior

Published On: November 3, 2021 08:17 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: It’s Kukur Tihar today. That day of the year when we Nepalis worship and celebrate dogs for their loyalty and service to humankind. The day is not just reserved for our beloved pets; stray dogs, too, are honored with garlands of flowers and nice treats on this ‘day of the dogs’. But many of us express our special love, care and affection to them only on this particular day.

Why I think Rabindra Mishra is right

Published On: August 3, 2021 07:05 PM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Gone are the days when you could silence critics of republicanism, federalism and secularism by calling them ‘regressive’ and ‘monarchists’.

Death of a political virus

Published On: April 25, 2020 08:45 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

The good news is that the Oli government has withdrawn the two controversial ordinances it had introduced four days ago on Monday. The two ‘surprise’ ordinances - one to amend the Political Party Act so as to ease splits in political parties and the other to amend the Constitutional Council Act in order to allow the Constitution Council to conduct meetings even in the absence of the main opposition leader – have been withdrawn. Following a Cabinet decision on Friday, President Bidya Bhandari announced the repeal of the ordinances as swiftly as she had certified them within a couple of hours of receiving them from the government.

The daughter of God

Published On: August 11, 2017 10:41 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Horse-carts with people squashed like sardines are hurtling along the village track, billowing dust everywhere. The mercury is rising. Little children in uniform are hurrying to school, clutching their schoolbooks.

Time for regulation

Published On: December 26, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Legislature-Parliament should immediately endorse the bill to form Nepal Electricity Regulatory Commission

The Indian trap

Published On: December 12, 2016 12:25 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Energy experts say new Indian policy will discriminate against Nepal’s private sector and non-Indian investors

Reject or not to reject: CPN-UML in a Hamletian dilemma over federalism

Published On: December 5, 2016 02:20 PM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

It seems that the agenda of federalism has become a burden which the main Opposition CPN-UML is no longer interested to keep carrying. UML Chairman and former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has, once again, said that federalism was not the original agenda of his party and that his party accepted the agenda of federalism hoping that it would solve the country’s problems.

Constitution Amendment: For Whom?

Published On: November 30, 2016 06:45 PM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

The much-awaited bill to amend the constitution registered in the Legislature-Parliament by the government yesterday has failed to revive hopes. Instead of resolving problems, it has compounded them.

Toward light

Published On: November 28, 2016 12:25 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

The credit for the success in ending load-shedding goes to one person: NEA chief Kulman Ghising

RPP-N and RPP: A Strange unification

Published On: November 16, 2016 09:35 PM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: A strange unification is going to take place between the Kamal Thapa-led Rastriya Prajatantra Party – Nepal (RPP-N) and the Pashupati Shumsher Rana-led Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP).

Time for overhaul

Published On: November 14, 2016 12:34 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

The government has ignored the urgent task of unbundling the overburdened Nepal Electricity Authority

Good news

Published On: October 24, 2016 12:00 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

The PDA for the development of the Upper Trishuli-1 project could be a milestone in more ways than one.

Forces that led to Lokman’s downfall

Published On: October 20, 2016 06:27 PM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Broadly speaking, Lokman Singh Karki is himself responsible for his downfall which looks certain now. However, there are some other forces which led the turn of events to Karki’s suspension from the post of CIAA Chief.

Sharing the risk

Published On: September 26, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

The most practical solution would be for the finance ministry to create a hedge fund to absorb Forex risk

Neighborhood first

Published On: September 12, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

China is reported to have invested between US $130 and $140 billion abroad in 2015. Not even a percent of this came to Nepal

Breaking the barriers

Published On: August 29, 2016 12:25 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

The biggest problem in our hydro sector is that we failed to learn from our mistakes

Three Elections by December 2017? Good Luck!

Published On: August 25, 2016 05:19 PM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Holding local, provincial and federal elections – all three of them – within the next 16 months is going to be next to impossible.

The FDI route

Published On: August 15, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Akhilesh Tripathi

Nepal has to go the extra mile and offer a competitive investment climate to get FDI