KATHMANDU, April 16:  The government has not adequately discussed the ‘podway’ technology, which has emerged as an alternative mode of transportation in developed countries, in Nepal. The policy arrangements and studies to introduce podway technology, considered suitable for making pollution-free, fast, and congestion-free public transport, have not been made.

KATHMANDU, April 14: The Ministry of Finance has pursued a policy of budget transfer, program amendments, and scaling up expenditures from the budget allocated under the 'miscellaneous' heading.

The recent scams involving corruptions and misuse of authority that have surfaced have unveiled the distorted face of Nepalese politics and the upper echelons of bureaucracy. Firstly, the instances of corruption and irregularities have proliferated in the country with the direct involvement of politicians and senior bureaucrats.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the government has made legal arrangements to address the problems arising from the same individual or group owning both businesses and banks.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: After the government implemented a policy to promote electric vehicles (EVs), their import has increased almost threefold.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that full preparation has been made to declare the country as completely electrified within the coming one to one and a half years.

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has emphasized the need of expanding universities down to the community level for searching for alternative resources to fulfill the 21st century needs.

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: To promote industrialization in the country, the government has brought about a policy to encourage innovative startups.

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said the government has a policy to make all sports infrastructures disabled-friendly.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: Sunita Dangol, the deputy mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), has said that it is not the responsibility of the KMC to manage street vendors.

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: Although the country has a long history of book publication, a clear policy regarding it is still missing.

KATHMANDU, May 28: The government has started making preparations to sell Nepal’s Chure hills to India legally by crafting a policy for the same.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel has said that the government is ready for policy-level reforms to further systematize the inflow of remittance.

South Asia was divided while responding to Pelosi's Taiwan visit. Pakistan and Afghanistan followed the Chinese standpoint. Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka reiterated their one-China policy and leveraged it to attain their interests but India and the Maldives opposed China to reiterate their policy.

KATHMANDU, May 24: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Pampha Bhusal has announced her plan to bring a new policy to increase power consumption in the country.

KATHMANDU, March 19: The Federation of Contractors' Associations Of Nepal (FCAN) has accused the government of pursuing a policy of restricting the growth and development of small entrepreneurs. The FCAN made the allegation at a press conference organized in Kathmandu on Friday.

Direct Democracy Metaverse

December 20, 2021 06:30 am

The only way society as a whole will benefit is when the metaverse can be used for direct democracy that somewhat replaces parliament as it is today.

A survey report on ‘Changing State and Prevalence of Child Labour in Carpet and Garment Industries in Nepal: Findings from a Nation-wide Survey” was launched on Friday at Yellow Pagoda Hotel, Jamal. The launch program was organized jointly by Child Development Society (CDS) and World Vision

KATHMANDU, July 19: Lack of clarity on the policy of foreign direct investment (FDI) and procedural flaws existing at the bureaucratic and political fronts has appeared as a major hindrance to attract foreign capital, said experts.

CHITWAN, July 3: Ratnanagar municipality in Chitwan has officially adopted a policy not to allow women with children below two years to leave the country.

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.

WASHINGTON, May 4: Hundreds of people are rolling up their sleeves in countries across the world to be injected with experimental vaccines that might stop COVID-19, spurring hope — maybe unrealistic — that an end to the pandemic may arrive sooner than anticipated.

Innovation in the Pandemic Age

April 22, 2020 16:00 pm

BEIJING – The COVID-19 coronavirus poses a threat on a scale not seen since the so-called Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people in 1918-19. To confront the pandemic, many governments have imposed stay-at-home orders and even strict lockdowns, bringing the global economy nearly to a standstill. But the real solution to this crisis is not containment. It is innovation.

Capitalism’s Triple Crisis

April 2, 2020 09:18 am

LONDON – Capitalism is facing at least three major crises. A pandemic-induced health crisis has rapidly ignited an economic crisis with yet unknown consequences for financial stability, and all of this is playing out against the backdrop of a climate crisis that cannot be addressed by “business as usual.” Until just two months ago, the news media were full of frightening images of overwhelmed firefighters, not overwhelmed health-care providers.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: Newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Ghana Shyam Bhushal has committed to formulate agricultural policies in accordance with changing context and launch the programs accordingly.

Danger of climate doomsayers

August 28, 2019 00:30 am

Doom and gloom distort our worldview and can lead to bad policies. The future is bright, and we need smart decisions to keep it so

Trump’s failed Iran policy

August 11, 2019 01:30 am

Trump’s biggest problem is that the other signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement from which he has withdrawn the United States, have remained committed to the deal

KATHMANDU, July 18: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) Governor Chiranjibi Nepal has put mergers of banks and financial institutions (BFIs) high on his agenda as the central bank prepares to unveil its monetary policy for fiscal year 2019/20.

Government health insurance is a universal health insurance policy. It is regarded as a social security (social protection) scheme.

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.

KATHMANDU, June 13: Nepal Bankers' Association (NBA) has advised the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) to bring policy incentives for commercial banks to encourage them to go for 'big' merger and acquisition (M&A).

KATHMANDU, June 9: Minister for Finance, Yuba Raj Khatiwada, has said that the Securities Board of Nepal (Sebon) should not function under the shadow of Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).

JANAKPUR, June 7: Leaders of the ruling coalition have filed an amendment proposal against the policy and program presented by Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha, governor of Province 2, on behalf of the provincial government on Sunday.

POKHARA, June 5: The policy and program for financial year 2076/77 scheduled to be tabled before the Gandaki state assembly today has been postponed for June 7.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal has said that the government has prepared the policy for landless squatters.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The government has prepared a guideline giving the responsibility of preparing the policy and plans on narcotic drug control to the local level.

KATHMANDU, May 12: After President Bidya Devi Bhandari presented the government’s policies and programs for Fiscal Year 2019/20 in parliament on May 4, it was found that the government’s policy for the country’s film industry is concerned only about foreign filmmakers.

KATHMANDU, May 7: The meeting today of the House of Representatives has passed with a majority the policy and programs presented by the government for the fiscal year 2076/77.

Agenda for Europe

May 6, 2019 00:25 am

AMSTERDAM – The European Union has spent much of the past decade managing crises, and has even faced a possible threat to its continued existence. Popular attitudes toward the EU have soured, too. Whereas citizens were generally positive about the first two waves of European integration in the 1950s and 1980s, they have been increasingly critical of the EU since at least 2008-2009, if not earlier. The key question in Europe nowadays is this: are we better off with or without each other?

KATHMANDU, May 5: Kathmandu denizens were hoping that the government’s policies and programs announced on Friday would speak at least about two development projects that have long been in their wish list -- the construction of bad roads in the Kathmandu Valley and completion of Melamchi Water Project.

KATHMANDU, May 4: The government in its policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year 2019/20 unveiled on Friday has given priority to the development of sports infrastructures.  The policies and programs, presented by President Bidya Devi Bhandari in the federal parliament in Kathmandu, have prioritized the building of cricket infrastructures across the country and the hosting of the 13th South Asian Games.

KATHMANDU, May 4: The government’s policy and program unveiled ahead of the annual budget is supposed to give a clear direction to its activities and expenditure in the upcoming fiscal year. But the policy and program unveiled by President Bidya Bhandari on Friday lack anything as such, according to economists.

LONDON, May 2: The U.K. should effectively eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by rapidly adopting policies that will change everything from the way people heat their homes to what they eat, an independent committee that advises the British government on climate change recommended Thursday.

UNITED NATIONS, April 23: The head for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity pledged Monday "a wide open door" for input form the indigenous community in the next global policy for biodiversity.

Hemophilia cure

April 18, 2019 00:30 am

The government should consider incorporating a specific hemophilia care policy in the national health policy of Nepal

KASKI, Feb 17: Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Prithvi Subba Gurung has said that the entire goals and planning of three-layer of governments should be focused on single direction.

Case for clean feed policy

January 14, 2019 01:00 am

Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada should coordinate with Ministry of Information and Communication to immediately implement clean feed policy

NC’s policy departure

December 17, 2018 01:00 am

Perhaps for the first time in its political history, NC places India on equal footing with China in its foreign policy agenda

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has taken a flexible policy for commercial banks in terms of calculation of their prudential lending limit known as credit to capital plus deposit ratio (CCD), amid a shortage of lendable fund in the banking system.

America’s self-defeating China policy

November 1, 2018 00:30 am

After decades of globalization and technological progress, countries are more interconnected than ever, with policy decisions made in one country having far-reaching spillover effects