The recent revelation that the government of Nepal is making preparations to ‘sell’ the Chure hills to India has raised serious concerns among experts and citizens alike. It has come to the light that the government is formulating a policy that would legalize the extraction of stones, gravel, and sand from rivers for export to other countries, primarily the southern neighbor.
KATHMANDU, Feb 13: The Government of Nepal dispatched the first shipment of over 22 tons of relief materials containing medicines, medical equipment, warm clothing, and other basic essential items for the earthquake affected people of Turkey this afternoon.
The government of Nepal is facing a significant challenge in terms of revenue collection. According to recent figures, the total expenditure estimate for the current fiscal year stands at NPR 1,790 billion, of which NPR 1,180 billion is allocated for recurrent expenses and NPR 380 billion for capital expenses. As of Friday, the government’s expenditure was recorded at Rs 613.64 billion, while the total revenue collection was just Rs 507.52 billion. The shortfall of over Rs 100 billion is set to exert pressure on the government to manage the government’s day to day expenditure. This situation highlights the urgent need for the government to diversify its revenue sources in order to sustain economic growth and development. At present, the government's revenue collection is heavily dependent on taxes, which account for the majority of its income. However, this dependence on taxes has led to a narrow revenue base, leaving the government vulnerable to economic downturns and fluctuations in tax revenues.
KATHMANDU, Dec 27: The Ministry of Home Affairs has instructed its subordinate offices to withdraw the security personnel and assistants provided in an unauthorized way to the currently serving as well as retired high-ranking officials that are against the rules.
KATHMANDU, Sept 8: The Government of Nepal has decided to accept a grant of 8 million US dollars (about 1 billion rupees) for the implementation of a project related to the stable reintegration of laborers who have returned from South Korea.
KATHMANDU, Sept 2: The government has formally resumed regular flights to and from Nepal after a hiatus of over five months. While a regular flight of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) left for Narita Tuesday midnight, a Malindo Airlines flight from Malaysia landed at Tribhuvan International Airport on Wednesday.
KATHMANDU, Aug 28: Nepal will host a virtual meeting of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Council of Ministers in the third week of September on the sidelines of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DANG, July 7: Uma Oli had a small cottage on a piece of public land in Bangalachuli Rural Municipality-5. This was where she had been living for decades. Owning a house on her own land was her biggest dream. The local government in 2018 promised her a new house. Under the ‘model village development project’, the government was building 30 two-room houses in the rural municipality. Oli, a laborer, felt on cloud nine. The government then told her that she needs to dismantle her old house as the new one would be erected on the same land and she did not hesitate to follow the suggestion.
KATHMANDU, June 27: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Ghanashyam Bhusal has said that among the key fertilizers used in Nepal, only urea is not available in enough quantity for distribution while the country has enough Potash and Diammonium phosphate (DAP).
KATHMANDU, May 21: In a bid to compensate the losses incurred by the country’s tourism industry due to COVID-19, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has recommended to the government to make a policy level intervention. To make up for the losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NTB has asked the government to shift its focus on domestic tourism by introducing Leave Travel Concession (LTC), under which companies provide travel leave to their employees.
KATHMANDU, May 19: The government has endorsed a new political map that includes Kalapani and Limpiyadhura. The government will soon publicize the new political map that incorporates the territory unilaterally kept by India on its side of the border.
KATHMANDU, April 15: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought explanation of the government authorities concerned over releasing detainees under the special arrangement to fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nepal.
KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Policy-makers, experts and practitioners of technical vocational education and training (TVET) have highlighted the need of its reforms in terms of institutions, policy and programme so as to broaden its discernible contributions to the country's development.
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.
KATHMANDU, Dec 1: The election results under the by-election for the post of Ward Chair of 39 local levels have been declared so far. Voting under the by-election was held on Saturday for a total 52 seats.
KATHMANDU, Nov 12: The ninth World Ranger Congress, hosted by the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the International Ranger Federation is scheduled to kick off in the tourist town of Sauraha, Chitwan, on Tuesday.
SIRAHA, Oct 22: Following massive media coverage of Chure destruction, the government had imposed a ban on the extraction of aggregate from the rivers and deforestation in the Chure range back in 2014. Reports, however, indicated that mafia were still active in the illegal mining and transport of the materials.
The concept of democracy is fairly straight-forward: ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the people.’ People choose the candidates who they believe are best poised to run the government. Why then is this fairly simple system losing its sheen, not just in Nepal but elsewhere as well? Why are so many “democratic” countries still facing chronic political crisis, rampant corruption, and gross under-development and governance failures?
KATHMANDU, Aug 26: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Nepal, on Sunday held a national consultation in line with a new project to support the growth of women entrepreneurs as a strategy for poverty reduction, social well-being and sustainable economic growth.
KATHMANDU, July 10: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the government's recent decision to put on hold its previous decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India.
KATHMANDU, July 8: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav on Monday admitted that the government backtracked on its decision to conduct pesticide residue tests on fruits and vegetables imported from India and third countries due to lack of modern labs at the customs points.