A 29-year-old mother of two children, one of whom was born just nine days before at TUTH, from Bahrabise Municipality-9, Ramche, died of coronavirus complications at Dhulikhel Hospital on Saturday, May the 16th.

Worst is yet to come

April 30, 2020 16:21 pm

Until April 20, when the government issued two infamous ordinances to change the existing laws regarding political parties and the constitutional council, before the alleged “abduction” of a lawmaker to break a fringe party apart became public, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli still had something to fall back on. Because he has had a critical kidney transplant surgery recently, there was some sympathy for him. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is ravaging the world, was overshadowing the issues of government accountability. There was a space for him to rethink the way he is governing.

KATHMANDU, April 30 : Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has offered to make the party's senior leader Bam Dev Gautam the new prime minister and Madhav Kumar Nepal the chairman in order to settle the intra-party disputes within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).

What is the next wave?

April 30, 2020 08:25 am

When we lose control of a situation, we tend to make hasty decisions that can cast a lasting shadow on our legacy. I have an innate belief that human beings, in general, act on good intentions, and that, nobody purposely jeopardises their state of being even if they are acting in self interest. But I have failed to understand why our government has not relinquished its selfish behaviour for the good of the country even during these difficult times.

Nepal Police in federalism

April 19, 2020 15:03 pm

Governments the world over are struggling to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, most using stringent measures such as the enforcement of lockdowns and shelter-in-place as their first resort. As such, maintaining public safety, enforcing lockdowns, and assisting health providers during such crises is a responsibility almost automatically and immediately shouldered by law enforcement agencies. It is therefore pertinent to soberly consider government policy towards the preparation of such agencies to respond effectively, which implies establishment and strengthening of appropriate legal/regulatory frameworks, strategic leadership capacity, and intergovernmental coordination ahead of crises.

What we gained, what we lost

April 16, 2020 09:40 am

It was early in the afternoon of April 9 30 years ago, when the news reached Washington that King Birendra had agreed to replace Panchayat with multi-party democracy, the long-held demand of democracy activists in the country. Prior to the King’s surrender of absolute authority, tens of thousands of demonstrators had converged in Durbar Marg in front of the royal palace. Nearby, in front of the Annapurna Hotel, some demonstrators climbed on the statue of King Mahendra, to hang a shoe garland. The military personnel standing nearby had earlier warned that they would shoot anyone engaging in such mischief and, surely, they shot a number of demonstrators while climbing the statue. In the evolving mêlée, the military fired on the crowd randomly, killing some 150 demonstrators.

Governing lawfully in crisis

March 26, 2020 08:03 am

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop worldwide, causing unprecedented disruption and demanding swift and significant government action. The pandemic is requiring governments to take extraordinary measures: Massively scaling up public health capabilities, pre-empting catastrophic economic consequences, and invoking emergency measures to restrict—even track—movement and enable control over private domains. The global crisis, which is anticipated to continue for many months, is already transforming social and economic life and altering the practice of politics and government.

True Price of Carbon

March 14, 2020 09:18 am

NEW YORK – At the center of many policy challenges is a contest between “realists” and “radicals.” That’s true of the ongoing Democratic primary race in the United States, for example, and it has long defined the climate-change debate. Will incremental policies such as a modest carbon price save us from disaster, or does climate change call for a more revolutionary approach?

DANG, Mar 4: Former speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who got a clean chit form the district court of Kathmandu in a case of attempted rape on February 17, is apparently having a great time in Dang these days. His remains busy every day in meetings with his supporters and voters. They garland and try to cheer him up in every way possible. However, Mahara wears a sad look on his face. While addressing the crowd, he often chokes up. He had reached his constituency in Dang as soon as he was released from jail. He is in Dang since February 24.

KAVREPALANCHOWK, Feb 16: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has urged the schoolteachers not to knock at the doors of politicians and people's representatives for getting promotion and transferred at their convenient schools.

The 92nd edition of Academy Awards bestowed some of the most outstanding icons of the industry on Sunday and also gave the fashion police some serious business.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: China has agreed not to deliberately change or cause to change the course of any trans-boundary rivers flowing into Nepal. This comes under an Agreement on the Boundary Management System reached with Nepal during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kathmandu in October.

Israel’s Democracy Fatigue

January 21, 2020 08:35 am

JERUSALEM – If any Western country is suffering from democratic dysfunction, it is Israel. With the country’s political leaders having again failed to form a government following the most recent parliamentary election in September, voters will head back to the polls in March 2020 for the third time in less than a year. Yet, given Israel’s inflamed, polarized politics and its highly proportional electoral system, what else can one expect from this next national vote except more deadlock?

KATHMANDU, Dec 31 : Selecting a candidate for speaker of the lower house of parliament  is becoming more and more difficult for the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), with its leaders divided into various camps pressing their own loyalists for the key parliamentary position.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, Dec 29: North Korea has opened a high-profile political conference to discuss how to overcome “harsh trials and difficulties,” state media reported Sunday, days before a year-end deadline set by Pyongyang for Washington to make concessions in nuclear negotiations.

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: Bibeksheel Nepali Dal expressed concern over controversies being surfaced on leasing the land of Nepal Trust at Durbar Marg to Thamserku Developers and extension of the lease period of Gokarna Forest Resort for another 25 years.

I hate politics: Arnold Schwarzenegger

October 20, 2019 17:19 pm

Veteran action star Arnold Schwarzeneggar says he is averse to politics and the reason he joined it was to help others.

American pop-icon Taylor Swift recently revealed that her latest album 'Lover' is the most politically engaged body of music yet as she was deeply affected by "the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterm elections" in the US.

KATHMANDU, Sept 4: A lawmaker from the main opposition Nepali Congress Gagan Thapa has urged Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to take rest citing the fact that the prolonged absence of the country's executive head may have an adverse impact to the entire national security and diplomatic dealings.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Political scientists have suggested the political parties that they revised their principles as per the changed context.

Rethinking business

August 6, 2019 01:00 am

We need a shift in paradigm from business is politics and politics is business to business in nature and vice versa

Women on top in democracies

July 28, 2019 02:00 am

In today’s world, men continue to hold disproportionate power. But, judging by the fast-growing number of women on the political stage, the days of male supremacy are numbered

Politics of marginalization

July 10, 2019 01:30 am

Diversity is strength only if the state promotes a policy of equality and justice. Inequalities, oppression and marginalization lead to instability and conflict

Crime and politics

July 4, 2019 02:00 am

Conviction of former lawmakers

KATHMANDU, June 29: Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara said cleanliness is necessary in politics. He said so while speaking in the National Afforestation and Sanitation Programme organized at the Dakshin Barahi community forest at Dadhikot, Surya Binayak municipality-4 today on the occasion of the 70th week of the Hanumante cleaning campaign.

KATHMANDU, June 27: Rastriya Janata Party Nepal(RJP-N) on Thursday has expressed its dissatisfaction with the government accusing the latter of backtracking on its stance on the formation of administrative court in all provinces.

LALITPUR, June 26: Minister for Urban Development, Mohammad Istiyak Rai, has said the Muslim community's participation needs to be increased in the country's politics in order to ensure their rights.

Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol took oath as a member of the 17th Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Remembering Prabhakar Rana

June 12, 2019 01:30 am

Before uprising in April 2006, Prabhakar Rana had worked extensively to get Henry Kissinger to visit Nepal to persuade King Gyanendra to reconcile with political parties

In conversation with Manoj Gajurel at Nagarik Network based commercial show ‘Dhukka Hunuhos’, where Gajurel hosted the program as Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Pangeni said that he doesn’t feel like Nepal is a Republic country.

Plato and politics

June 2, 2019 01:30 am

In this era of hate, anger and injustice only politicians as envisaged by Plato can deliver our expectations

Spain’s political paralysis

May 15, 2019 01:00 am

Many in Madrid say that Spanish politics is becoming Italian, only without the Italians’ feats of political gymnastics

Keep away from interest groups

May 13, 2019 02:00 am

When influential politicians openly hobnob with business leaders of questionable conduct, it raises question on their commitment to honesty and integrity.

KATHMANDU, April 27: A meeting of the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has decided to hold its first general convention by mid-November. The three-day general convention has been scheduled to start from November 14.

BHIMDUTTANAGAR, April 16: Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba has stressed that the incumbent government should bring Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav)-led group into the mainstream of national politics through talks.

Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan daughter Sara Ali Khan is just two films old in Bollywood but has already become a national sensation as the young actress has managed to win over the audience with her stellar performance and mesmerizing looks.

SEOUL, Feb 19: In January, thousands of North Korean students traveled to Mount Paektu, a sacred mountain where the ruling family claims its roots and where leader Kim Jong Un is building a massive economic hub at the alpine town of Samjiyon.

RICHMOND, Feb 7: The political crisis in Virginia spun out of control Wednesday when the state’s attorney general confessed to putting on blackface in the 1980s and a woman went public with detailed allegations of sexual assault against the lieutenant governor.

NC to step up anti-govt protests

January 28, 2019 07:37 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Angered by the decision of the ruling coalition parties to endorse the disputed National Medical Education Bill by force in parliament amid its objection, the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has decided to intensify protests against the government across the country.

When Bibeksheel Sajha Party Nepal (BSPN) split, it took many people by alarm.  Not because Nepalis are not used to with split and merger of political parties.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Amid criticism from within as well as outside the party that it failed to play a strong role, the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has of late been trying to make its presence felt in parliament.

Playing politics with justice

December 19, 2018 01:30 am

The proposed high-level political mechanism is believed to be yet another strategy to award immunity to perpetrators of serious crimes committed during conflict-era

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: Dismayed by poor governance and sluggish party unification process, leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party have come down heavily against Chairman KP Oli, who also heads the government as executive head, and urged him to mend ways.

Reforming Planning Commission

December 18, 2018 01:30 am

Development planning is a political process. National Planning Commission, as part of that machinery, belongs in the Prime Minister’s Office

Youth in Politics. What for?

December 15, 2018 09:25 am

Nepal, in the past 15 years has seen political and social changes once people only imagined of. From unitary to federalism, from monarchy to republic, from a Hindu state to secular, from armed conflict to temporary peace, Nepal has progressed at the speed of rocket. Liking the change or not is a subject to one’s perception and can be debated.  But Nepal’s fast paced political progression has included and attracted minorities into politics, including the youth.

Keep children away from politics

December 15, 2018 01:30 am

Politics is the most powerful divider and unifier in societies of all hues.  It can not only turn people off, but also work wonders in split seconds. Nonetheless, its fallout differs from one society to other. It is largely determined by the degrees of its denizens’ inclination toward the dominant narratives of the times in corresponding countries or societies.

Religion and politics

December 15, 2018 01:00 am

Politics matters the most when people start forming their identity around politics or to politicize the non-political

KATHMANDU, Dec 4: The Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal could be the first party to withdraw its support to the government. The move comes at a time when Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli led government is under increasing criticism from all spheres.

KAILALI, Nov 27: Last year’s local elections held after a hiatus of 20 years introduced hundreds of Dalit women to politics. Though they were assured of posts in various government offices, they are still far from the decision-making process. The constitution had made it mandatory to include Dalit women in each ward, but those members lament that they have been left out of development activities. They claim that all the decisions are taken without their knowledge as they are not invited during discussions.

RUPANDEHI, Nov 24: Nepali Congress central committee member Arjun Narsingh KC has accused the party leadership of functioning like a dictator rather than as a democrat.