It would be a litmus test for Nepal to maintain and continue its age-old non-aligned foreign policy in case any emerging regional super power presses her and forces her to oblige them with a strategic partnership. Tilting against the other with a security alliance would be a blunder for its survival. There could possibly be a Himalayan Triangle, a formation of three nations China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, rather than a Himalayan Quadrangle with the inclusion of Nepal.

Reforming Electricity Tariff in Nepal

November 27, 2021 13:59 pm

Nepal’s lifeline tariff should be restructured in a manner that affordable electricity service is extended to the economically-disadvantaged population and incentivize them to switch from the existing biomass cooking to cleaner electrical cooking.

A high alert during the entire process of data collection under the census is of paramount importance to ensure the quality and reliability of the outcome of the census. The results need to be acceptable to different stakeholders ethnically, culturally, religiously, and geographically with clarity of identity of each segment of society as their fundamental right.

The UN peacekeeping mission is a powerful platform for creating and maintaining soft power for Nepal. However, while soft power may seem less risky than economic and military power, it is difficult to use and easily lost without preservation. It requires time and effort to restore after being lost.

This third wave in economics demands more real-time data and less theory. This data-driven and fast-paced economics however seems to have been prevailing before being hard-hit by the pandemic.

China in the United Nations

November 4, 2021 06:30 am

China now heads four of the UN’s 15 Specialized Agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization, International Telecommunication Union, United Nations Industrial Development, and International Civil Aviation Organization. As the US suspended funding to the WHO in 2020, China promised $2 billion to fight the pandemic. The Economist writes “any retreat by America from global leadership is an opportunity for China.”

COVID- 19 and Nepali Tourism Industry

November 3, 2021 06:30 am

Nepal needs to start thinking about post-COVID tourism strategies as a country with considerable dependence on tourism income.

In order to build a community with a shared future for mankind, we need to build an open and inclusive world of common prosperity. Similarly, we need to build a world in which we share weal and woe together. And that is possible only in a fair and just world.

Now we will have to ensure that new digital innovations can help unblock the status quo while at the same time it is paramount to better understand how new technological devices can enhance the learning of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Climate Change Scenario of Nepal

October 28, 2021 07:00 am

In Nepal, the majority of people affected by climate change are women who are disproportionality at risk, whether from floods, in which more women drown than men or through working in agriculture, where women carry out most of the additional labor required to cope with the lack of water and the new diseases that climate change will bring.

Tech diplomacy can be an effective tool for a country like Nepal that would not only help in coaxing ‘techno-economic cooperation’ but also in attaining economic and security success in the long run.

We expect Roger Federer, Virat Kohli, Lebron James, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo etc to play 10 months out of a year and entertain us at the height of their capabilities and if we are not satisfied then we ostracize them. If we demand that these athletes win every match while entertaining us, then we need to re-evaluate our own mental health.

United Nations Security Council Reform

October 21, 2021 06:00 am

The aim of UN Security Council reform should be the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the global body for delivering international peace and security – the very purpose of its formation.

Tragedy of the Commons

October 9, 2021 08:30 am

Coffee consumption, overfishing, plastic pollution, and groundwater overuse are some of the examples of the “tragedy of the commons.” Humans drink over two billion cups of coffee every day contributing to habitat loss that has endangered 60 percent of plant species. Similarly, overhunting and overfishing will likely push many species to extinction.

The agencies concerned can enlist help from the Community Forestry Executive Committee to facilitate the smooth delivery of health support to the needy population. The district-level FECOFUN can also coordinate and cooperate with district-level health centers for medical rescue of the infected people.

MCC must come with some amendments and the clauses must be written more clearly, respecting the sovereignty and voices of Nepal or else, the US must keep its popularity by engaging in other philanthropic activities that it has been doing for many decades. Since the US is the global center for democratic values, questions arising over the US are also the questions arising over free speech, independence and democracy that Nepalis strongly believe in.

Technology has not Defeated Geography

October 3, 2021 06:30 am

Technology has eased human lives but not defeated geography. The case of repeated casualties from lightning and thunderstorm in the Siwalik/Churia range and fewer cases of such casualties in the mountainous region is an example of how despite the emergence of 21st century technology, it has not defeated geography.

Assessing the country’s total wealth

September 30, 2021 06:30 am

Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has announced an assessment of the country's total assets. He has said that he will launch a campaign to assess the country's wealth and will not back down from it. In Nepal, for the first time in 2067 BS, an attempt was made to start a program to assess the country's wealth. Although the then finance minister announced the program, it did not start.

Beyond Pesticides

September 27, 2021 07:00 am

The ecologically based pest management (EBPM) strategy is an effective, safe and economically acceptable alternative for sustainable pest management. Indeed, this approach manages the whole farm and keeps the pests population at acceptable bounds rather than totally eliminating them by using many complementary strategies. This also helps in sustainable ecosystem conservation and restoration.

A Letter to the Nepali People about MCC

September 21, 2021 16:10 pm

Nowadays, some sections of the public go as far as to charge treason against those who argue the MCC project is needed for Nepal’s development. Some adamant opponents do not even want to listen to or read other arguments when it comes to the MCC project. This is an utterly wrong and worrisome situation. Are the people who are in favor of the project treasonous? I would contend, absolutely not.

Screening Guidelines for Common Diseases

September 20, 2021 07:00 am

Our ability to enjoy life and live well is based on our physical and mental health. As a result, scheduling a health screening is critical.

In recent times, celebrating menstruation has been growing around the world. In some countries, families and whole communities celebrate a girl’s first period as her entry to womanhood.

Planting trees is a good thing, nobody can deny this, but should not one consider other factors before launching such projects with long-term consequences?

Dreaming of a Government of Technocrats

September 12, 2021 06:45 am

Even if such a move won’t go far, it is a gamble worth taking because it would give a strong message to the entire nation: at times of crisis, when the leadership of political parties falls short, then other options can be made available.

Creating Hope through Action

September 10, 2021 07:00 am

Seeking proper help in time can save lives. With proper treatment and counseling, one can lead a normal life. Identification and treatment of mental disorders at the right time should be the core strategy to prevent suicide.

Solving Landless People Problem in Nepal

September 9, 2021 20:30 pm

Within the past three decades, different governments have constituted nine commissions led by 17 chairpersons to solve the LDDPS’ problems. These commissions have distributed 45,964 bighas of forest lands to 54,854 families but the problem has become further complicated.

With the prevalence of on-demand transportation apps like Pathao and Sarathi, people no longer have to wait in the rain to flag down a taxi or spend time bargaining for taxi fares. Instead, rides can be hailed comfortably with just a few clicks on the smartphone screen.

Time to invest in our own universities

September 5, 2021 06:30 am

The problem with attracting foreign affiliates that are ranked poorly themselves has dire consequences for the local academic ecosystem. In a metaphoric programming language, we can refer to this as garbage in, garbage out. If we attract low-quality foreign institutions, our academics learn low-quality stuff, which then gets transferred to our own institutions.

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban carries enormous consequences for South Asia and beyond. Destabilization could start from there with Afghanistan once again becoming a safe haven for extremists working with their counterparts across the border in Pakistan. Developments in Afghanistan could significantly shift the balance of power and deepen the rivalry between the US and China.

PM Deuba’s defining moment

August 31, 2021 15:45 pm

Deuba’s fifth stint as the Prime Minister of Nepal may be brief but the unfolding of events, both national and international, reveals to be a defining moment for him.

Oil Price Hike, Again!

August 29, 2021 17:25 pm

After the increase in consumption, the management cost per liter has to be reduced. What does the NOC do?  What is the function of the Price Stabilization Fund?  Why not use it?  Shouldn't the tax levied by the government be reduced in such a short time? Why charge more than the cost price?

At the plenary meeting of the 75th UN General Assembly, a draft resolution regarding 'The Rohingya issue and other human rights situation in Myanmar' was adopted. Unsurprisingly global big shots like China and Russia defended Myanmar and India preferred to abstain from voting for obvious geopolitical reasons. But it was Nepal's silence that unsettled Bangladesh the most. Bangladesh, despite considering Nepal as an "all weather friend" has failed to find this friend in times of necessity once again.

The waste collectors can make a schedule for waste collection. They can collect only biodegradable waste on one day and non-biodegradable waste on another day. It will help in maintaining a proper waste segregation system; otherwise this becomes only a propaganda campaign. No formal municipal waste recovery and recycling programs are practiced at present.

Now appears to be the right time to look into the shortcomings of the existing model of IR, especially when the strategic pendulum has swung to the east and China and India are rising as prominent actors in the international system.

Distributive Justice in a Plot of Land

August 19, 2021 13:11 pm

By developing residential community areas near the economic zones, the government could ensure the realization of the constitutional provision of creating a just society by levelling the playing field with fair access to jobs and educational opportunities for the landless. Distributing public land plots to the disadvantaged is not a permanent solution.

Emotions are the byproducts of human psychology that drive buyers from their homes to shops and marketplaces. Buyers are in one way or the other taking initiatives to achieve desired states of emotion through products and services. Hence, products and services contain emotional elements.

With a weak data privacy regime, Nepal is among the world’s least regulated data regimes putting forward an elevated obligation toward the regulator to rigorously work on drafting a regulation to regulate data privacy in Nepal.

Politics and Business

August 7, 2021 11:07 am

For me, as an academic taking interest in issues like business ethics, corporate social responsibility and anti-corruption, keeping aside highly personalized attacks and innuendos, Mr Shrestha’s appointment opens up a never-ending debate on nexus between business and politics in Nepal. Once again, I repeat, business is politics and politics is business in my Nepal.

Build Back Better with Cooperatives

July 24, 2021 14:15 pm

Cooperatives in Nepal offer a wide range of services, including savings and credit, insurance and non-financial services. Their achievements in the field of socio-economic development of the members indicate that they can grow as cooperative players in the development of Nepal.

The Accidental Prime Minister

July 22, 2021 13:14 pm

With mere 63 seats in parliament which has 275 seats, the Nepali Congress party (23%) was not even fit for an opposition, forget heading the government. But the unfolding of political events and circumstances pushed Deuba to head a wobbling government that could easily fall apart with no reasons rather than holding together with a purpose.

Apart from the environment-based argument and identification of the perceived rent-seeking political economic incentive behind the new budgetary policy raised by various media outlets, there are least spoken but vital arguments that either challenge the premise behind the proposed policy or observe likely chances of the policy to encroach upon sub-national jurisdiction in the governing transactions of sand, gravel, and stones.

Two upcoming key global summits should be adequately prepared with a strong inclusive public engagement at home and smart diplomacy around the world.

Can an open economy like Nepal, which maintains a stable exchange rate with its major trading partners, pursue an independent monetary policy and inflation rate? Our regular answer is no. Unfortunately, policy makers never learned without comments from many organizations and individuals in the past. It may be recalled that the IMF has described how to conduct the monetary policy in Nepal.

A Day with Nobel Laureates

July 4, 2021 19:13 pm

Who are we? Where did we come from?  What is our address in this universe? Where is it (the universe) going?  Are we alone and lonely in the cosmos? How did life begin? Are there more dimensions besides space, time, and mass? Profound questions, they raised without the help of God.  Is God, too, a creation of the human brain; questions were raised by the laureates.

Nepal’s current positive population ratio is extremely favorable for investments in rapid economic growth and stability, as evidenced by examples from other contexts such as the East Asian economies of the latter half of the previous century. The flip side to this demographic window of opportunity is that countries with a large and growing number of unemployed young adults are vulnerable to conflicts.

Nepal is an independent and sovereign nation and can manage its own internal affairs. However, from time to time, complaints are heard that India has directly interfered in Nepal's internal affairs.

Taking Rice Science to Farmers

June 29, 2021 13:22 pm

The system of rice intensification (SRI) is another agronomic manipulation which can increase rice yield. The plant growth regulators (PGRs) can also be used for increasing rice productivity. However, we should not forget the environmentally-friendly and sustainability issues while increasing productivity and production.

No, Mr Prime Minister!

June 26, 2021 13:09 pm

KP Oli’s tendencies are wholly and growingly anti-democratic. He seems to hold no conception that an MP’s power to vote in parliament is derived from the trust from the sovereign people, and not from the party’s chairman.

Pseudo-experts and Economic Policy

June 20, 2021 12:35 pm

Pseudo-experts have great influence in public policy management. As a result Nepal’s policies are becoming less robust. Policies are formulated without adequate scientific analysis. Although there has been continuous progress, our policy documents fall far behind those of other SAARC nations in terms of prior analysis.

Crime against Humanity

June 19, 2021 11:39 am

Instead of making genuine efforts toward vaccine procurement, the PM urged the public to gargle with guava leaves and drink turmeric-infused water to prevent COVID, saying even the vaccine does not guarantee total immunity. This was the time when cases had started increasing by 100%.