KATHMANDU, April 6: With the traffic being minimal in the capital due to the ongoing lockdown, the Department of Roads is accelerating road repair works in some parts of the capital.

Development works sluggish-Minster Pun

February 20, 2020 15:11 pm

BANEPA, Feb 20: Minister for Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation Barshaman Pun spoke the need of exploring reasons behind dismal development performance.

Investment climate: Good or bad?

February 11, 2020 08:40 am

Nepal needs to take advantage of emerging favorable investment climate to boost private investment from both domestic and foreign investors for accomplishing its target

Reboot of 1974 horror classic 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is in the works at Legendary Pictures. Reportedly filmmakers Ryan and Andy Tohill are directing the movie from a script penned by Chris Thomas Devlin.

Downsides of development

January 21, 2020 08:29 am

One could claim the best thing federalism brought to Nepal is speedy development. No matter which corner of the country you visit today, you see construction works happening around. Big yellow machines seem to be operating everywhere—from high hills to the plains. The dust across the nation has become a sign of development and progress. You can see it along Pathlaiya-Birgunj Highway, Birgunj-Kaliya route, Biratnagar-Itahari route or track opening for Madhya Pahadi Lokmarga. Biratnagar is in its worst. Here every road is in the phase of rebuilding.

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: People’s expectations from the two-thirds majority government seem to have fallen flat due to the sluggish progress of the government toward addressing the country’s main economic agendas. It is almost two years since the left alliance led by Prime Minister KP Oli took charge.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The Government of Nepal has expressed its serious concerns on recent developments in the West Asian region.

KATHMANDU, Dec 31: Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokharel said on Monday that trans-Himalayan connectivity is key to Nepal's development and prosperity.

Expedite capital spending

December 22, 2019 11:13 am

One of the biggest ironies of Nepal’s budget system has been that while the country somehow manages to allocate budget for development of infrastructure projects, huge portion of such budget remains unspent, even frozen in some cases. During the pre-budget discussion period, leaders from local, provincial and federal spheres demand money for different development activities. The respective governments address their concerns too by allocating it for the development projects demanded by them.

Combating environmental threat

December 16, 2019 08:45 am

The quest for economic development and materialism has been almost like Faustian saga in the modern times. As the learned Dr Faustus had to make a deal with evil Mephistopheles who tempted him to exchange his soul for carnal desires, we modern human beings, are exchanging clean environment with the quest for development and industrialization.

BARA, Nov 26: The construction of the Birgunj-Kalaiya-Bariyarpur road section of the Postal Highway has picked up pace for the easy movement of devotees coming to Mahagadhimai Municipality to attend the Gadhimai festival.

RUPANDEHI, Nov 10: Rupandehi, Kapilbastu and Nawalparasi have given top priority to construction of concrete bridges. The three districts have already completed five such bridges while 51 are under construction. According to the office of the road division, Butwal, the bridges have been designed to widen the road network in the villages and towns. Among the three districts, most of the bridges are being built in Rupandehi. The development has quite elated the locals, who are highly suspicious about timely completion of other projects.

When will it end?

November 5, 2019 02:00 am

In yet another deadly road accident in Sindhupalchok district at least one and half a dozen people have lost their lives and over 50 persons sustained injuries when a passenger bus en route to Kathmandu from Dolkha plunged into the Sunkoshi River. The cause of the accident is over-speeding and overloading as in most such cases of road accidents. All seats in the bus were occupied, and 20-25 passengers were standing, according to the survivors. Most of these passengers were returning to Kathmandu after Tihar celebrations. Sindhupalchok accident is the latest in the series of bus accidents happening in the country. Nearly every month, people lose their lives to road accidents. According to the data released by Nepal Police in May this year, road accidents killed 11,005 people across the country during the last five years and altogether 19,877 people were seriously injured in such accidents. The data shows that road accidents have been increasing every year—at the rate of 28 percent. These are the alarming records and yet the government bodies, including Nepal Police, have not been able to do much about controlling such accidents.

Nepal is going urban

November 5, 2019 01:00 am

Types of economic activities, degree of infrastructure development, inter-connection with the outer regions and way of living of people determine whether a place is rural or urban. Human civilization has developed through the rural mode in every part of the world. From the hunter-gatherers to discovery of fire and shift toward agriculture and technology, the basis of way of life of people has always been the activities they are involved in. Today, there has been a paradigm shift of way of life of people, from the rural to the urban. Urbanization has continued to ascend in a rapid way.

Localizing SDGs

October 26, 2019 00:00 am

If more distressed countries can work on localizing the SDGs, so can Nepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Prime Minister KP Oli has said both India and China are ready to extend support for the development of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwor Pokharel has said that the government is willing to learn from the experiences of the Chinese government.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Top guns of the major political parties have stressed forging unity among key political parties in the country for economic prosperity and development as they did for the political changes in the past.

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: Major streets in Kathmandu have been repaved overnight. Dusty and dirty roads now are now clean and shining. Road sidewalks are painted and well-decorated.

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October 2, 2019 18:00 pm

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OKHALDHUNGA, Oct 2: Although contractor Rajendra Construction Company won the bid of constructing a bridge over Molung river at Mandre Dovan in Okhaldhunga along Okhaldhunga-Saghutar road section some six years ago, the bridge has not been completed yet.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: Prime Minister KP Oli has directed all ministers and secretaries to be coordinative to bring visible progress for economic prosperity and development.

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: Chairperson of ruling Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday said the next decade will be the period for prosperity and development.

JANAKPUR, Aug 3: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Baskota has opined that the media should prioritize the issue of progress, good governance and development.

ILAM, July 31: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader and former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal said that there were no longer any obstructions to carry on the development works.

Expediting development

July 21, 2019 08:29 am

A follow-up interaction session between National Planning Commission (NPC), attended by a senior member of the commission, and Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) was held in Bangkok on May 29 this year. During the session, NPI recalled priority issues which were proposed as development planning goals in areas of (1) food security, for Nepal’s imports of basic food items have not abated (2) lifting restrictions on foreign direct investment and (3) inducting economic diplomacy as top foreign policy instrument.

KATHMANDU, July 6: Taking a leadership role in ensuring the effectiveness of the foreign aid which reaches the underdeveloped countries, Nepal is co-hosting a side event ahead of the Senior Level Meeting (SLM) of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in New York.

PARASI, July 5: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Iswar Pokharel has said the KP Sharma Oli-led government has created a development wave in Terai-Madhes.

Think beyond planning

July 1, 2019 09:49 am

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.

JUMLA, June 29: In its policy and program for the Fiscal Year 2019/20, Tila Rural Municipality of Jumla has prioritized infrastructure development, education, health, and tourism sectors.

JANAKPUR, June 26: While unveiling its budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Janakpurdham Sub-Metropolitan City, the capital of Province 2, has introduced policies to develop the local unit into a cultural city.

JANAKPUR, June 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a grant of Rs 1 billion Indian currency for the development of Janakpur Sub-metropolitan City during a visit to the city in May 2018. Almost 13 months later, the grant for developing this major destination for Hindu pilgrims looks less likely to come through any time soon.

Media for development

June 12, 2019 00:30 am

News, features, commentaries, analyses, pictures, cartoon, interviews and round table discussions should be focused on development needs of Nepal

NEPALGUNJ, June 9: Stakeholders from State 5, Karnali State and Far West State have stressed the need for accelerating development activities without creating environmental imbalance.

KATHMANDU, June 1: The government has approved the new development cooperation policy, outlining the areas of national needs and priorities for the mobilization of international support for development.

KATHMANDU, May 30: The government has increased the budget for sports development by Rs 1.96 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, May 26: The National Planning Commission (NPC) has finalized the standards for classification and separation of projects and programs to be implemented by three tiers of government in the new federal set up.

Doctors and development

May 26, 2019 01:00 am

Some doctors are not sympathetic to their patients. They launch their stethoscopes at private clinics and hospitals against their patients to make quick bucks

Red Circle in collaboration with Child Safe Net, Nepal Telecommunications Authority, and International Telecommunications Union and with the support of International Youth Media Summit, Khalti and Oscar International College of Film Studies organized a 10 Days Video Editing Certification Course as a Girls in ICT Day Initiative.

KATHMANDU, May 22: Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has stressed on the need of proper laws paving way for development and prosperity.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has urged the development partners to collaborate and coordinate with it while carrying out any development work.

KATHMANDU, May 16: Carrying out mega projects without the approval of the  Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report or in breach of the report will incur hefty fines for mega development projects or industrial ventures, following the endorsement of the Environment Protection Bill by  parliament.

KATHMANDU, May 15: Development Committee of the Parliament on Wednesday instructed the government to complete the remaining tasks of the much-awaited Melamchi Drinking Water Supply Project.

Planning for development

May 1, 2019 01:25 am

Last March one event related to the preparation of long-term periodic development plan for Nepal was discussed at the Development Council chaired by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. Earlier to that, Nepal Policy Institute (NPI), together with some Nepali diaspora scholars, had organized an interaction program in Bangkok with Vice-Chair of National Planning Commission (NPC) and senior government officials.

KATHMANDU, April 27: Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, has described the education as a foundation infrastructure for nation's development.

SURKHET, April 24: Chief Minister of Karnali State government Mahendra Bahadur Shahi has said that the country would not achieve prosperity without the promotion of the national capital.

Developing Madhes

April 17, 2019 01:30 am

If Prime Minister Oli and Chairman Dahal are truly concerned about Madhesi welfare, they should work to tame Koshi floods and put in place a mechanism to harness Kosi water

UNITED NATIONS, April 16: The 2019 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) financing for development forum opened here Monday and its participants called for efforts to reform the multilateral trading system.

No middle-income trap for China

April 4, 2019 01:00 am

The daunting challenges that China faces at this point in its economic development are far more important than whether its slowdown is a gap or a trap

RUKUM, April 3: The Bafikot Rural Municipality of Rukum has started preparing a five-year master plan for tourism development.