Homage to martyrs

January 30, 2020 07:35 am

It’s Martyrs’ Day today.  Martyrs evoke sense of sacrifice and the duty of the state to uphold the conviction and faith for which they fought. Nepal marks Martyrs’ Day every year to commemorate all known and unknown martyrs who sacrificed their lives for welfare of nation and people.

Amend further

January 29, 2020 09:45 am

Media Council Bill registered in the parliament by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in May last year was flawed in many respects.  It had the provision of Media Council slapping journalists with a fine of up to one million rupees for “publishing content against the media code of ethics.”

Wrong pick

January 21, 2020 08:00 am

Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has made a mockery of rule of law and justice, sent a troubling message and set a disturbing precedent by fielding Agni Prasad Sapkota for speaker of the House of Representatives. This is the decision that will have long-term repercussions in party’s image and is going to further erode credibility of the government. Agni Sapkota is a wrong choice for the prestigious post of the speaker for one big reason. He has been accused of murdering a schoolteacher in Kavrepalanchowk during the insurgency and the case against him is sub judice at the Supreme Court. Now the ruling NCP is poised to elevate the murder-accused to the post of the speaker. If he had been declared innocent by the court, it would be a different matter but NCP did not show patience to wait for the court’s decision.  Hearing in Sapokata’s case is scheduled for February 5.

Failing to spend

January 14, 2020 08:15 am

When the government fails to speed up infrastructure development, it could mean three things. One, the government has not been able to manage fund for development, meaning there is little capital to spend. Two, the government has enough money to spend but it has no proper plans for the same. Three, the government has commitment for speeding up capital spending process but the procedural hurdles are way too many or our bureaucracy is too lethargic. But in either of three cases, it is the government or the people in the government who are responsible. Nepal’s story has been that, despite being a struggling economy, we somehow manage funds for development but we simply fail to spend. Here is the irony, the irony that is making the mockery of capacity of almost every government, of federal democratic Nepal that needs to be sorted out once and for all.

Dismal outcome

December 31, 2019 09:10 am

That Nepal’s agriculture sector is not producing enough to meet the needs of its about 30 million people is a reality. Despite having potentials for growing a huge amount of crops, vegetables and fruits, most of our fertile lands in the hills and plains remain barren. We are importing fruits, vegetables, even food grains, mostly from India. Official figures show Nepal imported agriculture products worth Rs 200 billion in the last fiscal year and it’s in the increasing trend.

SAG and state of our affairs

November 27, 2019 09:36 am

The 13th South Asian Games (SAG) is just a few days away. But Kathmandu is still scrambling to ready the needed infrastructure for the South Asian sports festival

Reinventing NRNA

October 20, 2019 02:00 am

The ninth global conference of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) concluded on Friday by electing new leadership.

Unhealthy travel

September 19, 2019 02:00 am

Health Minister Yadav’s unnecessary trips

Statement of impunity

September 10, 2019 02:00 am

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal seems keen on granting amnesty to the perpetrators of 2015 Tikapur carnage. On Sunday, he said that the anti-constitution protest that resulted in lynchings of seven police personnel and a toddler in Kailali was a political uprising and that it should be dealt with as such. Such a remark from the head of ruling party is irresponsible and smacks of impunity.

Time for correction

September 4, 2019 02:00 am

Amendments on media council bill

How safe are our banks?

September 3, 2019 02:00 am

On Sunday, Nepal Police arrested five Chinese nationals on the charge of hacking bank data and stealing millions of rupees from automated teller machines (ATMs) from various banks in the capital.

Where are the disappeared?

September 1, 2019 02:30 am

Friday marked the International Day of the Disappeared, the day to draw the attention to the fate of individuals whose whereabouts and conditions are unknown to their relatives and legal representatives.

Let them speak

August 28, 2019 01:00 am

NCP ruling against dissent

Who stole the wildlife parts?

August 26, 2019 02:00 am

Nepal’s old palaces, many of which today house government offices, are also the repository of valuable antiques.

What’s the rationale?

August 22, 2019 02:00 am

On July 31, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli gave the impression that he meant business, seriously. He had the ministers in his cabinet sign performance agreements and instructed that they should deliver as per those agreements.

Do not obstruct justice

August 20, 2019 02:00 am

As the victims of the decade-long insurgency (1996-2006) are voicing their grievances against the government for failing to provide them justice, we have discovered a disturbing development in one of such cases of the conflict era.

High in promise, low in substance

August 19, 2019 02:00 am

Most ministers in K P Sharma Oli’s cabinet have failed to do substantive works, which is why they, including Prime Minister Oli himself, have become the subject of public criticisms.

Read the suicide note

August 14, 2019 02:00 am

When the country’s anti-graft agency, which is largely seen as failing to investigate the high-profile cases and take the accused to the court, is accused of pushing the low-ranking officials to the point of committing suicides for its alleged role in framing them, what will happen to the credibility of the anti-graft body?

Probe the fake credentials

August 13, 2019 02:00 am

We are used to with cases of top government officials, including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, altering date of births in the citizenship certificates and other academic documents to prolong their stay in powerful positions or to claim the benefits from the state.

Anger on the streets

August 12, 2019 02:00 am

People are losing patience and have begun to stage demonstrations against the government for its failure to carry out vital works of road widening and maintenance on time.

Think beyond short-term measures

August 11, 2019 02:30 am

Women in Karnali are dying due to delivery-related complications and the state response to this serious problem has not gone much beyond airlifting of some desperate women to cities including Kathmandu for treatment.

What are we teaching?

August 8, 2019 02:00 am

Nepal has been spending a lot of money for public education. In fiscal year 2017/18, the country allocated Rs 126 billion.

Clean up the mess in CAN

August 7, 2019 02:00 am

Last week was a bit disappointing for Nepali cricket fans as our national cricket team got knocked out from the global qualifiers race after losing the decisive match with Singapore in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Qualifiers in Singapore.

Probe the crossfire claims

August 6, 2019 02:00 am

At a time Nepal Police is being criticized for its failure to arrest the perpetrators of Nirmala Panta’s rape and murder, it has become the subject of public criticism over its alleged role in ‘killing’ Kumar Paudel, Sarlahi district in-charge of the outfit led by Netra Bikram Chand.

Costs of delay

August 5, 2019 02:00 am

International human rights groups and various international agencies have been pressing the government to resolve transitional justice process by amending Transitional Justice Act in line with Nepal’s commitment to international conventions and verdict of the Supreme Court.

Remove the bottlenecks

August 4, 2019 02:30 am

Promoting breastfeeding in Nepal

Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) issued the monetary policy for the current fiscal year 2019/20 last week. One of the major expectations of the private sector from the central bank’s monetary policy was measures to check the skyrocketing interest rates of bank and financial institutions (BFIs).

Decline in education outcome

July 31, 2019 02:00 am

The result of Grade XII examinations, which was published on Monday, has come as yet another reminder of how quality of education in our schools is declining,

Tiger tiger, rising high

July 30, 2019 02:00 am

Nepal has made an outstanding achievement on conservation sector. Yes, problems remain. Our wild animals still face the threat of being killed, even being extinct.

Source of sorrows

July 29, 2019 02:00 am

When floods and inundations wreak havoc in Nepal’s Tarai plains and elsewhere the issue raised every year is about illegally built structures—dams, embankments, roads etc.

367 days of injustice

July 28, 2019 02:30 am

Nirmala Panta’s rape and murder must have been the only case that agitated the whole nation for justice in recent years, which brought people from various walks of life to the street protests, which dominated media landscape and which attracted attention of the international community.

Walk the talk

July 25, 2019 02:00 am

In May last year, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa had made a commitment that received a huge public approval.

Setting the right example

July 24, 2019 02:00 am

The constitution of Nepal has fully empowered local governments to work on wide range of issues—from raising taxes of various kinds to managing basic health and sanitation among others.

They defamed Everest. Book them

July 23, 2019 02:00 am

Mount Everest, the icon for which people in the world know this Himalayan republic, received bad press, both at home and abroad in June this year.

Lessons to learn

July 18, 2019 02:00 am

Since the devastating floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains last week ravaged the settlements in various parts of Nepal, mainly in the Tarai plains, political actors have risen up to help the flood-affected people.

The Speaker must be impartial

July 17, 2019 02:00 am

The Speaker of House of Representatives is a neutral arbiter. S/he is supposed to stand above all biases and prejudices.

Come for talks

July 16, 2019 02:00 am

Netra Bikram Chand-led outfit—‘outfit’ because it has not been registered in the Election Commission and it is guided by violence—has to be contained.

Recurring tragedy

July 15, 2019 02:00 am

Deaths, homelessness in floods, landslides

Lesson not learned

July 14, 2019 02:30 am

Tribhuvan International Airport incident

Ailing public health facilities

July 11, 2019 02:00 am

Health service has always figured as the top priority of the state in its policies and legal framework.

Rules are meant to be followed

July 10, 2019 02:00 am

One of the first announcements the government of KP Sharma Oli made in its first months was about restricting ‘unnecessary’ foreign junkets by government officials and ministers.

Where has the water gone?

July 9, 2019 02:00 am

People in several parts of Nepal’s Tarai have started to face drinking water shortage because tube wells, taps, boring wells and ponds, which used to be the reliable source of water, are now fast drying up.

Stop dithering on pesticide tests

July 8, 2019 02:00 am

The government became the subject of huge public criticism, once again, over its decision to withhold pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India.

Masking the pollution truth

July 7, 2019 02:30 am

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli is making himself the subject of public ridicule by making one after another light remark on serious issues directly affecting the public.

Crime and politics

July 4, 2019 02:00 am

Conviction of former lawmakers

For the last few months, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and his cabinet colleagues have been dismissing public criticisms—even those made with the honest intentions of making the government accountable to its prime duty to rule of law and good governance—by calling them biased and politically motivated.

Kathmandu has started to give off foul stench. Once again, heaps of garbage are seen lying on the streets, uncollected for days on end, leading to accumulation of more filth and garbage every other day.

Falling behind in SEE

June 30, 2019 11:56 am

Nepal’s public schools have rarely become the story of success in Nepal’s broader education paradigm.

After the federal and provincial governments unveiled their budget plans for upcoming fiscal year, most of the local governments made public the budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday.

Say no to politics of terror

June 26, 2019 02:00 am

Netra Bikram Chand has given us only terrors. His cadres are involved in extortion, they abduct elected representatives at local levels and they bomb infrastructure.